After hearing a lot of scary stories about labor and how it is excessively painful, I started psyching myself up for the pains. One Monday evening around 10pm, I started experiencing abdominal pains. However, I did not know that I was experiencing labor contractions. . Close to 11pm I felt the baby kicking several times. At 11pm the contractions became severe so I asked that I should be sent to the hospital because I could tell at that moment that the pains were labor contractions.
We got to the hospital at 1am and I was given some injections and drips of water to help me. However, I continued feeling the pains till 5:40am. I then felt a sudden and swift shift in my womb and yelled out to draw the doctor’s attention. He realized that my baby’s head was coming out. He then helped me to deliver. My dear baby came out in less than three minutes. At exactly, 5:45, my baby was out. A sudden joy from nowhere filled my heart because saw my beautiful Remukaya without any health issues. Interestingly, I was released from the hospital that morning because my after-birth pain was endurable. Labor was definitely painful but not as painful as I imagined it.
Based on my experience, labor was easy for me because of two main things I did. First is prayer. I believe in God and so I was always prayed for a natural and easy birth. And he answered my prayer. Secondly, I paid so much attention to my diet. I used to eat a lot of fruits and my favorite food during pregnancy was yam and ‘abedu’ (Turkey Berry) stew. I think ‘abedu’(Turkey Berry) is very nutritious and helps the body to produce enough blood which is required for pregnancy. Every morning, I drunk a natural mixture of dandelion juice and a touch of garlic even before I brushed. I was always drinking water even when I wasn’t thirsty. In a day, I could drink 30 sachets of water – which is equal to a whole bag of sachet water. I was not going to work because I was not sure whether intensive heat from the cooker would have any side effects on me and my baby or not.
Talking about motherhood and my occupation, it’s not easy but planning helps manage the two. I wake up at dawn and breast feed. Even on our way to work, I still breastfeed her. Because she gets so satisfied before we get to work, she usually sleeps during work time so she does not distract my work at all.
To yet-to-be mothers, I say, to have an interesting pregnancy and child birth, it is dependent on you. You should pray very well and also eat well because ‘you are what you eat’. God can position everything to be in your favor when you are about to give birth. Furthermore, you should politely ask questions when you visit the hospital because nurses are human beings. You may not feel like eating sometimes but you have to.
My name is Mabel, a caterer.
Co-owner a restaurant.
A first time mum.