This is me exactly 10 years ago when I first got pregnant. I can still remember the symptoms that I experienced then and also during my second pregnancy, 2 years later.
The symptoms I experieced included delayed menstruation. I always had my menstruation on regular intervals so I when I was one week delayed already, I bought a pregnancy kit from the drug store to find out if I was indeed pregnant.
Another symptomwas being easily fatigued. I was a very active young adult then but when I was a few weeks pregnant, I remember wanting to rest and lie down all day. Gone were the days when I wanted to watch the latest movie or eat out or stay up late at night.
One of the toughest pregnancy symptoms that I had to go through was being nauseous or having “morning sickness”. A week after I found out that I was pregnant, I began to have “all day sickness”. I couldn’t keep anything I eat or I drink down. I became dehydrated and was later confined for 3 days in a hospital. The doctor diagnosed that I had hyperemesis. I needed to ensure that I was taking enough liquids so I won’t dehydrate myself and the baby. It was a very rough first 3 months for me all through out. I lost so much weight too.
I also didn’t like anything that smelled. Whether it was perfume, laundry detergent, fabric fresheners or the smell of food. It made me dizzy and I just couldn’t tolerate it.
Frequent urination and constipation were the other symptoms that I experienced as well.
Pregnancy symptoms weren’t easy for me. More than anything, I was afraid for my baby’s well being. I wanted to be healthy for both of us and experiencing all these symptoms made me feel like I was sick. Thankfully, my OB-GYNE reassured me and taught me how to stay healthy during the entire pregnancy.
> Eat balanced meals. I needed to ensure that I was eating a balanced diet. More fiber were needed so that I wouldn’t be constipated too.
> Drink pre-natal vitamins and Anmum milk. It helped me to stay healthy as I was facing my “all day sickness” symptoms.
> Get enough rest. I must remember that I was carrying another life inside me so I was to get more rest and not be too stressed.
> Visit the OB-GYNE monthly. My OB-GYNE was a blessing to me as she helped me from pregnancy to the safe delivery of my baby. She knew how my body reacted to the pregnancy and I was confident that she will take care of me and the baby during the delivery.
> Prepare for pregancy, delivery and motherhood. I attended different classes where available, sought help from experts, read different blogs and books to help prepare myself for the new stages of life.
The pregnancy journey is supposed to be an enjoyable and memorable one. With the help of your loved ones and choosing to stay healthy, you can have a pleasant journey.
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