Friday, January 18, 2008

Expecting (4): My Health

My mother always says that I’ve been a good girl ever since I was a fetus. She's usually surprised whenever a woman complains about her uneasy pregnancy or about her naughty children saying that she never suffered from such things. E7EM E7EM :D.
This to some extent used to relieve me knowing that girls do inherit such things from their moms. So, having a smooth and happy pregnancy like mom’s was something I looked forward to.

Unfortunately, my pregnancy turned out to be completely different. I suffered from almost all the awful symptoms that pregnant women may have from nausea, heartburn, food aversions and cravings, to moody swings and other things.

Even before knowing that I’m pregnant, I noticed that I can’t stand to smell any strong odor including my own perfume. This, later on, developed to a strong feeling of DISGUST. Any smell, even that of food, would turn my stomach. I couldn’t enter the kitchen for weeks! Entering the kitchen was like entering hell to me. As a result, I wasn’t able to cook. So, I used to force myself to eat some fruits- the only thing that my stomach could accept- and that’s it! At night, hubby would order fast food after spending much time choosing something that would't make me feel queasy.

Starving myself means starving my baby, a fact that I came to know later, and made me feel very guilty. I made my baby starve, I am extremely sorry but I didn't mean to wallhi :(

Believe it or not, I hated all kinds of coffee and chocolate, knowing that I am a coffee lover and a chocoholic. Now I can’t even stand their smell! Weird things happen during pregnancy.
This, however, is a good thing. Pregnant women better limit their intake or even cut caffeine out of their diets. Chocolate, too, will give me nothing but extra pounds, so I'm lucky I hated it too.

On the other hand, I craved the arabic bread, especially el saj (mar2oo2) and tanoor, which was impossible to find in Turkey. I also craved my mom's cooking. I wanted badly to eat Mlokheyeh although I don't really like it much, but as I told you the most weird things may happen during pregnancy. I wanted to eat wara2 3inab, kebbeh b laban and many other things... I made a list by the way :D I was daydreaming about eating them :D

Eating them is no more a dream now. I enjoyed (and still) eating mama's cooking. Thanks to her care and tabeekh, I don't starve my baby no more. You better thank ur grandma for taking good care of you, fahem? hehe The pills and vitamins prescribed by the doctor helped a lot in reducing the symptoms and increasing my appetite and I started gradually to get better. Now that the first trimester which is the most difficult stage is about to end, the unpleasent symptoms are disappearing thank God. And I feel good, both physically and emotionally.


Qwaider قويدر said...

You're going to make a fantastic mother ... you're going to be amazing. And inshallah you'll have a gorgeous healthy baby in no time

By the way, pregnant women have heightened senses. They can smell stronger, and taste better. That's why you've been feeling uneasy. You can smell things that no one else can. So don't blame yourself for it
You'll be a great mommy, sing to your baby, they can hear you sing and feel comforted with it

Anonymous said...

lol just looking at the picture made me laugh. Something about the way you write, it reflects how you feel and how you changed thruogh pregnancy, I can see your excitment :) and it kind of makes me skip a heartbeat, being pregnant is a huge phenomenon. What do you hope for? boy/girl? you said *fahem* lol

Sam said...

when i was pregnant i could not stand the look, sight,or the thought of drinking water and in my second pregnancy it stretched to most liquids.....that was bad!
the good thing it does not last long...(well sometimes it does) im praying for that it does not last long so u can enjoy your pregnancy...they do have some very cute pregnancy clothes..

Summer said...

one third gone, two thirds to go! inshallah it will be easy and fun. enjoy it, it will not last very long. bissalameh ya rab.

عـلا - من غـزة said...

Hi Diana ..
this is my first time here and mashalla u seem a very nice lady ..

Allah ykoon bi3onek ... that's why the heavens are under mothers' feat ..

you made me miss my mother's tabeekh too hehe

lol @ You better thank ur grandma for taking good care of you, fahem?

God bless you and your baby ...

My deepest regards :)

Diana said...

Qwaider: thanks! That's so sweet of you! inshallah Allah yesma3 minak.

Batoul:Yeah, it's a funny picture :D. mish tfakro eno I look like that. NO WAY!! :D
I've changed, that's true, and I'll write about this change soon inshallah. Actually I still don't know whether it's a boy or a girl, but I have a feeling that it's a boy. Allaho a3lam. ele beji min Allah mnee7.

Diana said...

Sam: yeah, cutting liquids is bad for both u and the baby.
Thank God the unpleasant symptoms are disappearing already.
How come I can't find nice maternity clothes, maybe bcuz I don't look pregnant yet.

Summer: thank you dear. Allah yesma3 minik

Diana said...

Ola: welcome to my blog.
ma fi ba3ed mother's tabeekh, no?
You seem a very sweet lady too. thanks for stopping by and for the nice words :)

Anonymous said...

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Oriental Arabesque said...

My friend told me the same when she was pregnant she hated anything with chocolate although she was addicted to them before. it’s normal and it’s all due to the hormones change taking place in your body.

I’m glad you’re feeling better and eating better now. I hope your doctor told you to take folic acid it’s excellent for pregnant women and for the baby
enjoy the experience sweetie :-)

SimSim said...

Oh u have been suffering alot sweetie !! but i am glad u r feeling better now ! but still enjoy each moment of it and wish u all the best :hug:

Diana said...

Adam: this site is for idiots. So, you must benefit from it more than us :)

Mais: I'm taking folic acid of course beside iron and vitamin supplements. thanks Mayooos :hug:

Simsim: I will 7abebti, thanks a lot :hug: