Pregnancy can be a roller coaster ride!
Updated: Dec 23, 2019
So, today I'm going to share with you my experience of growing a little angel in my womb. My pregnancy was like a roller coaster ride. There was just never a dull moment, there was always something after the other. It was just never ending!
The first step was to conceive. Obviously! This took us about six seven months. But we finally made it happen.
First month went well. No nausea and morning sickness and all that drama didn’t happen. I was so happy thinking the rest of the months would also go smoothly. Well haha!! What was I thinking.
Here are some of the hiccups I went through during my pregnancy and what I did to overcome them -
Flu - During pregnancy your immunity is like that of a little baby’s. You tend to catch infections so easily. I was down with the flu at least 2-3 times during my pregnancy. The worst is if your stomach is nice and big and you can’t sleep because of your coughing. So you end up sitting and sleeping. You can get flu vaccines also if your doctor recommends, on the onset of flu season.
Home remedies to overcome it -
Take steaming at least twice a day. Once in the morning and the other in the evening. Don't do it before you sleep as all the mucus melts and dribbles down your throat which makes you cough more.
Drink kachi haldi (turmeric) milk once before you sleep. Boil the kachi haldi (only 1-2 cm) in the milk and add sugar for taste. You can get this haldi from any sabji wala. Don't use powdered haldi masala.The milk will help you sleep well and the haldi will do its magic. This is advised only after your first trimester.
Take boiled water. Add 2-3 leaves of tulsi and one badi elaichi. Add it to the water and let it sit for 2-3 hours. Drink when you are thirsty. Avoid normal water.
Put eucalyptus oil on a handkerchief. Only a few drops. Smell the handkerchief. This would clear out your blocked nose.
Avoid drinking cold water. The water should be room temperature.
Make sure you are warm in winters. If you are feeling cold bundle up. The cold weather can increase your cough.
Haemorrhoids & Anal Fissure -
Women who are pregnant or who have just given birth tend to develop painful bowel problems as there is an increase in pressure in the pelvic area due to the growing uterus.(TRUST ME! IT’S SO PAINFUL!)
Now, this usually happens because of the change in hormones, which slows down the blood flow to the intestines and makes it difficult to poop. This causes constipation which increases the risk of anal fissures and haemorrhoids. Please! Pretty Please!! Take necessary precautions! Pooping in this state is really, really painful.
Home remedies to overcome it -
Add loads of fibre to your diet. Make sure you don't get constipated.
Avoid apple and banana as they can tighten your stool which can make it more difficult to poop.
Have adequate amount of water. If you can’t drink water have lots of fresh juice, nimbu paani, chaach.Stay hydrated.
Make yourself a sitz bath. A sitz bath consists of warm water and betadine solution (a wee bit) and you have to sit in there for about 10-15 mins or so. It eases the soreness of your anus and gives you temporary relief.
Try stool softeners. Ask your doctor if she can prescribe them to you.
Cold compression - wrap ice in a towel and apply it to your anus. It is an effective treatment and eases the pain. Don’t apply ice directly to your butt it would hurt more.
These were the worst! There is no home remedy for migraine as per my personal experience. Nothing actually worked. I tried several things to overcome this torture. It took me a while to figure out why I used to get them.
At first, I thought it was some particular type of food or sleep cycle that triggers it off. But this is how I figured out the root cause. Once, in my 8th month, my husband had to go out of station for 10 days and I moved to my mum’s place .(Yippee) So, over there non- spicy food is prepared. For these 10 days I did not have a single migraine attack. Voila! Problem solved! My migraine was because of the spicy food I used to eat.
After that separate food was prepared specially for me. God bless my mother in law! So that was an end to my migraine attacks. It took me a while to figure it out. It had become so bad that I had to undergo an MRI of my brain. I used to take a lot of medication which I didn't want to, but didn't have much choice. But even the medication didn't make any difference, so I used to get paracetamol drip done. That was the only thing that eventually pulled me through.
So do think about what could be triggering it off! Think!! And get it sorted!
Also always keep in touch with your doctor. Do discuss every nitty gritty that bothers you.
Many women go through even worse than what I went through.
A salute to all you beautiful pregnant women out there!!
You got this!