My parents had booked their tickets to reach my inlaws place around my last week of due date. Dont know suddenly they thought that they should prebook their tickets. They came one week earlier and even my contractions started. Along with that my husband got tested covid positive and he can’t be anywhere near me. He got admitted himself for 15 days. Luckily my mother was there at the right time. For 2 nights I had contractions every 10 , 15 , 30 minutes.. since it was not on the same durations I took it as a false alarm. I was waiting if we could delay some more and I could hold on for few days ..atleast my husband will be there during the delivery time. I was in pain and I could rarely sleep at night hence after 2 nights my mother told me to call doctor and explain the situation. Early morning 5am I called doctor on 29th April and she immediately told me to get myself admitted and do the covid tests for my mother as she is my caretaker. Also they wanted me to repeat the covid test since I was in contact.
It was one of the best hospital..they took proper care of me. I did a lot of breathing practice and was well prepared on what to do during the whole process. I was having mild contractions and also I had gestational diabetes..doctor told me not to delay. They induced me and woww the pain…Can’t explain. Initially I was fine..with each contractions I would breathe out and think about the baby. I was able to manage. I was dilating slower and they made me excercise on birthing ball. With each pain , I was asked to do sit ups. Nurses supported me by holding my shoulders and pushing me down. I kept asking them the time.. every 15 minutes and finally after 2 hours I got exhausted. They asked me if I wanted epidural before but I said no.. now what to do..
My doctor was giving me hope.. just half an hour.. hold on.. and yes I was somehow able to do it! Keep focusing on your breathing. After 4 hours.. I pushed with all the strength and along with all screaming my throat was almost gone. Babies voice 🥰 the crying sound. Baby is crying but you are smiling and happy 😍
If I have to describe the whole journey..I can write a book and it would not be enough.
Today she has turned 1 year .. oh my God! Time flies so fast.
The best blessing in my life is my sweet Baby.
To every Mother.. ” You are awesome, you are beautiful. No matter you have someone with you or you are alone.. you can achieve anything cause you are strong. Never give up your happiness , your career for anything. You can find a way if you think and you can do it. “
Finally the decison was made to go to his parents. It would be a lie if I say that was the best decision.
During pregnancy when your hormones are all messed up…at that time I believe taking any decision will take time or else you are going to be taking a decision based on what others tell you. That’s what happened to me. Had to go through a stressful and depressed phase at the wrong time. Trust me .. NOBODY will ever understand you like your Mother and NOBODY will love you unconditionally. I have learnt my lesson. Especially during pregnancy think about your happiness and think about your comfort. Keeping you and your baby happy and safe should be the first priority. Happy part is that I was not alone and with each movement or kicks I could feel in my stomach I could overcome everything.
I was very careful with what I eat and did all the exercises doctor asked me to. But my blood test on 7th month showed I had gestational diabetes. Doctor asked me I had to take insulin.. but I was too scared. Instead I asked for sugar tablet. My routine changed..I was given a diet chart to follow. I got up every morning 6am .. made sure I eat something.. drink milk..walked half an hour and I had to test my sugar level daily at home before and after food. Depending on how the level is ..I had to control my food. Stopped eating sweets and measured my food intake based on the doctor instruction.
All these made me more stressed and emotional. I felt I don’t have anyone to rely on and nobody would understand its hard for me. As any mother would do.. I was eagerly waiting for my baby.
5th September 2020 I got a positive result.😁 Since it was too early initial scan nothing came up. Took a blood test for them to check the hCG levels. Doctor asked me to come back after 2 weeks, still unsure if everything is alright. 2 weeks felt so long for me.. Finally.. at my next appointment, they could see the fetus. A very tiny dot. Could not hear the heartbeat yet. Again another blood test was done. I am very scared of needles..but the endless number of blood tests made me to overcome this fear actually. I was like blood test right.. come on take my blood🤣.
Again waited for a week and in my next scan.. I heard the most amazing sound. Baby’s 💓 it was loud and fast. I was filled with tears and I was filled with love.❤
Doctor advised me what to eat and how to be careful in the initial months. I have heard most women have upset stomach or vomiting in the initial months.. I guess I was lucky, I did not have much of that.. only two or three times at the most. Smelling lemon helped me I guess 😀 I was happy and everything was going well. Since it was during covid wave..it was at the start , at my office they allowed me to work from home. We are staying away from parents and it was decided that, we will be going to parents place when I will be around 5 to 7th month of pregnancy. My in-laws wanted us to stay with them, whereas my parents wanted us to stay with them. I was not sure what to decide.. should I go with what my husband is suggesting ..that is to stay with his parent’s or should I go and stay with my parents!
Finally..I am ready to share my Motherhood journey with my viewers! My daughter is going be 1 year old this April 29th and I feel this is the right time for me as well to write about how I feel and what I experienced.
I never imagined that one day I will also become a Mommy. When I used to see a pregnant lady..at work or on road.. I used to think how do they manage to walk and how can they carry another life inside them. I can only see the discomfort and pain. I was sure I don’t want to go through that phase. I am not capable of taking care of even myself..how will I be able to take care of a baby? The big stomach that comes with it.. the pain during birth 😢. I definitely did not want to go through it.
Well… that me has changed
After 1 year of marriage..when I was 29, I started getting these weird thoughts and feelings. 😅 My YouTube search shifted from comedy videos, make up videos to baby videos! I felt I am now ready for a baby.. I want to be a mother. I got that feeling of responsibility which was surprising to me as well. 😆
The me who loved to spend money shopping for things that I won’t even use.. started saving. 🙊
A healthy diet during pregnancy is very important to maintain your health and also help your growing baby. Following a healthy nutritious diet helps you to avoid complications hence reducing the risk.
What should you eat and What you should avoid?
Here are few important foods that you should include in your daily food intake:
Protein: Include protein rich food such as eggs, Milk, Almonds, Cheese, Yogurt, Lean Meat and Fish.
Fiber: Stay away from constipation by consuming fiber Rich foods such as Oatmeal, Beans, Raspberries, Pears and Apple.
Folic Acid: Folate prevents any abnormalities related to brain and spinal cord. If you are planning for a baby, you can start taking folic supplements or your doctor will prescribe for you. Foods such as Beans, Spinach, Oranges, Kiwi are a good source.
Calcium: Helps both you and baby for strong bones and teeth. Good calcium sources are diary products-Milk, Yogurt, Cheese and in vegetable it includes Broccoli and Kale. Fruits such as Apricots, Kiwi, Oranges, Berries.
Carbohydrate: Healthy carbohydrates prevents constipation. It helps to manage the blood sugar levels and decreases the chances of getting gestational diabetes. Some of the healthy carbs are Brown Rice, Whole Grain Bread, Bananas, Legumes, Beans.
Iron: Iron is required to produce red blood cells for both you and baby. Some of the foods that give Iron are Oily Fish, Eggs, Green Leafy Vegetables, Beans.
Supplements: Your Doctor will provide you with supplements such as Calcium, Vitamin D, Folic Acid and Iron supplements. Taking these will help to fill the deficiency and keep you on safe side. Do not take any supplements without Doctor consultation.
What you should avoid?
Processed Food: Minimize the intake of processed food as it contains preservatives and you don’t know how it is prepared. I know with all the cravings.. avoiding it completely is difficult but trust me it makes lot of difference to your health.
Caffeine: It is best to limit the intake of caffeine as it is said to create complications in pregnancy. If you are a coffee lover like me then you can have up to 1 or 2 cups a day. Soft drinks also contain caffeine and its best to avoid them.
Alcohol: Stay away from alcohol or stop it completely as it may lead to abnormalities in the baby and is harmful.
Smoking: It causes low birth weight and it causes birth defects for the baby.
Other Foods to avoid: Raw or half cooked egg, High Mercury Fish, Raw Meat, Unpasteurized diary products. In Fruits avoid Papaya, Pineapple and Grapes.
Pregnancy is a beautiful part of life. Along with it comes the changes in body, emotions and its symptoms.
Here are some of the symptoms that will help you to find out if you are possibly pregnant:
Missed period: Pregnancy is not always the reason for missed period. Normal menstrual cycle for most women is 28 days but can differ. Keep a track of your period using a period tracker app. If you have missed a period at least 30 days late then you can use a pregnancy test kit. Sometimes its too early and it will show negative result. You can repeat the test again after a week. If you still did not find positive result along with a missed period then its best to consult a doctor.
Morning Sickness: Morning sickness, vomiting or nausea is present in most of the women whereas some may not have it. It can happen anytime of day or night and the severity may vary. This symptom can start as early as 3-4 weeks and will settle later.
Changes in Breast: You may find your breast fuller and tender, it is similar to what you get around your period date.
Frequent Urination: If you are visiting your bathroom frequently then it is a sign of pregnancy. You will still need to drink at least 2-3 L of water to stay hydrated.
Dizziness: You will feel like taking nap frequently and feel tired, as the body undergoes changes to carry a baby. Make sure to get enough rest.
Cramping: This symptom also occurs before or during period. Some will feel cramping as the uterus stretches.
Mood Swings: You can suddenly cry for no reason or get angry. Anyways you cant do much about it. You blame the hormones for this.
Cravings: You will feel the craving to certain types of food. It can also be a food which you did not like before or you may start a distaste towards the food you used to like.
Bloating: You may feel bloating and constipated due to the hormonal changes. You may not see a weight gain at early stage but still can see a big belly! Drink lot of water.
Other symptoms can include:
If you are worried then take a pregnancy test at home. Some of the pregnancy kits can detect early, based on the hCG level. Levels of hCG doubles every 2 or 3 days. Visit a doctor, who will determine if you are pregnant or not based on a blood test or urine test.