"I prayed for this child and the Lord granted me what I asked of Him"
-1 Samuel 1:27
I thought long and hard on whether or not I should share this journey, but after much prayer and feeling at peace with it, I am happy to announce that I am PREGNANT with my first child glory be to God. Grateful and excited, it has been a very hard and challenging secret to keep. My pregnancy was indeed planned and I am just so thankful and blessed that we conceived without a hitch. We started by sharing our wonderful news with our mums, in the first trimester, then our sisters as soon as we passed 3 months mark and the percentage rate for miscarriages drop to 5%. Soon after that our friends and now the world!
I'm sharing this journey because, now I basically have to think about someone other than my myself and my husband, and not to mention, this other person lives inside my body. So the things I eat, use, and do are now all being second-guessed and thought about carefully for the sake of carrying a beautiful healthy baby and I would love to share what I have learned with you all. I mean tell me a mum or mum to be who doesn't want the extra help? lol
So what was my first trimester like?
I had none, I didn't vomit once! Honestly, I couldn't believe how blessed I've been. The most I can say is I couldn't stand the smell of fried eggs and would find myself locked out on the balcony come rain or shine until my husband was done frying them and airing out the place. Bleurgh!
Lord have mercy! Now, this is where the real struggle was. I am generally someone who likes to eat well and balanced but sis (and any brothers out there reading this) that literally went OUT the window. I had what they called 'Food Aversions' everything I once loved and enjoyed eating I now hated, be it Fish, Prawns, Broccoli, Veg and everything I wouldn't normally touch with a barge pole, I couldn't get enough of. KFC couldn't pay me enough to stop eating their chicken wings, and I had McDonald's TWICE! (The shame). I have to keep it real with you, this was the ugly side to my pregnancy and for a person that eats so well 99.9% of the time, I felt really bad for my baby but I just couldn't help myself.
Crank up the spice! I've never been someone that shy's away from spicy foods, the more the better, but honestly guys, we are on a new level, give me all the scotch bonnets and birds eye chillies, please. I also craved a lot of traditional Nigerian dishes which I made or got my mum to make. They would often remind me of my late aunt who would have been at my beck and call making me al my favourites.
Generally, I am always tired... I mean who isn't? However this kinda tiredness deserved an award. 12 hours at night, including 2 hour day naps. Growing another human is actually hard work on your body, your hormones are raging, and you're growing a whole new organ called a placenta to help your growing baby.
Now if you know me, acne is something I am only faced with (no pun intended) when I am really stressed out. However, my hormones decided to throw shade at my pregnancy glow and grace me with tiny pimples all over my forehead. I have really good skin so this was pretty hard to deal with and those delicious chicken wings weren't helping either. To combat this, I started doing a natural homemade sugar scrub and clay mask twice a week.
The wind could blow in the wrong direction and I would cry out in pain. The second trimester in, not much has changed. Smh.
And not the type you pump at the station... TMI? Sorry but I have to share. Thankfully my husband and I are very very veryyyyyy comfortable around each other, however, that doesn't stop his surprised facial expression when I let one out the rear end! Burping and farting have literally become second nature in this pregnancy, gross but better out than in I say.
So with all that said, I can say I had a pretty easy first trimester, with most of my symptoms gone now, I still have lingering acne and the gas (the fun stuff ?) but I am soooooo happy that my appetite is slowly returning and my cravings for processed and fatty foods have subsided dramatically!
Now I can get back to sharing great recipes with you guys again. This is all very exciting to be honest, can't wait to meet our little bubba next year and shower him or her with plenty of love!
Thanks for following my journey! x