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10 Tips on How to Deal with Challenges During Pregnancy

What are your fears and joy of being or getting pregnant? I know for a fact that it is not a smooth sailing journey for most women, especially in their first trimester. But generally, being pregnant is such a great gift to experience. During this time, you will be looking forward to having a glowing skin, safe pregnancy, and a healthy baby.

However, there is a common occurrence you will face challenges during this time, as your body adjust to a series of different changes. There is no need for alarm, really; here are some of the most common medical challenges to be on the lookout.

Nausea and Vomiting (Morning Sickness)
You might experience some degree of nausea during your pregnancy. Doctors link this to soaring of gastric problems, estrogen and progesterone hormones during the first three months. Also, you can reduce the severity of morning sickness by eating healthy.

Cramps, Varicose Veins, and Swelling
Cramp is a sudden sharp pain; that occurs in your muscle, swollen feet, ankles or fingers. Veins, particularly in the feet, become swollen. To reduce these effects, you should avoid standing for longer periods of time and ought to exercise regularly to improve your circulation.

Bladder and Bowel Problems
Frequent urination often starts early in the pregnancy, and sometimes it continues all through the pregnancy term. You can experience constipation, meaning you are unable to pass stool as you normally do. In addition to that, leaking urine, also known as incontinence can also occur.

You can eat foods that are high in fiber such as, beans and wholemeal to reduce constipation.  Drink less water to avoid frequent urination.

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Sharp Groin Pain
The pain occurs when the round ligaments in your pelvis stretch to accommodate your developing baby. If the ache comes, sit down and rest a few seconds until it subsides.

Fatigue
There are a lot of hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy.  You will experience faintness due to lack of enough oxygen circulation to the brain. When feeling faint, get up slowly after sitting or lying down.

Vaginal Discharge
Vaginal discharge can be quite uncomfortable and keeps coming back. It is commonly known as recurrent thrush. The discharge is caused by ‘Candida albicans,’ a yeast infection. Symptoms occur around your vulvae, such as itching and soreness. But it is relatively harmless and is curable; you will be prescribed an anti-thrush cream.

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Make a point to go for regular checkups to know the status of your unborn baby and your health as well.  Furthermore, you should consult your doctor on the above or other related challenges so that by the end of your pregnancy, you will have a bouncy bundle of joy.

 

 

 

The Tale of Arturo my Cat and I

I named my cat Arturo. She is a cute furry bundle of joy. I got the name from some moive program I was watching a few years back (can’t remember the name). Arturo and I have been friends for the longest time ever. Say eight years, or so […]

baby-art  We have forested a relationship that has made communication between us much easier than I had ever hoped. She comes up to me when I’m watching TV, having my meals or when she reveals herself in a particular verbal phrase when she appears in my line of sight.14799887_10209403944047643_1741298094_o

When I come back home from my projects, errands, or work, I actually seek her out to remind her of how much I love her and how much I miss her every time I leave home. Hence, I would peck her on the head, stroke her furry head and her body or use verbal means of communication to communicate.

At times, it would be hard to get hold of her because she would either disappear to our neighbor’s places or would hide somewhere in the house to have a nice quiet nap. I had to learn to predict Arturo’s body language to know what she wanted because her verbal communication of meowing was not always easy to tell exactly what was on her mind.

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Arturo can be quite sneaky and at times can be mistrustful. If for instance, you leave your food lying around for a second she would help herself to it, at one time, she came running to the kitchen and came across some hot oil in a pan that had been placed on the floor by my younger brother, and she got one of her ears burnt. Still, I got a Veterinary who treated the wound but lost her ear. But she recovered after the ordeal and survived the eight years without one ear.

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Whenever she got hungry, she would shove her empty  plate around the floor. In case she was in the mood of playing, to get my attention, she would play with stuff. And that would get me on my feet, and we would have a nice time just playing anything with her. I had joined the sales and marketing of insurance products, and I was the most nervous person on this earth. Just the mere thought of talking to strangers either on the phone or approach them was terrifying to me.baby

Thus, I would sit Arturo down and speak to her as though I was talking to a client to build my confidence. And interestingly enough, she would sit there and just stare at me listening attentively as though she understood what I was saying. (Crazy, I know). But it helped me a lot. In fact, I now have the confidence even to speak in public places and meetings.

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She has given birth three times, and I had plans for her to get … I have been giving out her kittens to my friends and only remained with one – male by the name Tin Tin. Tin Tin and her mother had a sort of “frenemy” relationship. They would fight for attention or compete to come and sit where I was and in a particular spot. They would glare at each of there, waved their paws at each other and drew back their ears ready for war. If I expressed my disapproval for their behavior, both or one of them would bolt out of the room annoyed.tin

Unfortunately, last week, Arturo died. I was not home at the moment, but I was informed she got sickly one evening and the next day, she was found dead outside. She left behind Tin Tin and couple of young kittens she had just given birth to. I was devastated when I heard the news.arturo

Arturo had become part of my life. I was at a loss for words. I regretted why I had not started my blog earlier on and shared with you the tales of my Cats, Arturo and Tin Tin. But I will miss her – terribly. I loved her very much, and I hope she has found peace in her animal spirit world. I’m however glad she left us Tin Tin and four more kittens as her legacy. I will keep telling you tales of Tin Tin and her siblings once in a while. Find out more on  Tin Tin’s breed here and Arturo’s breed here.

This is a prayer for my Arturo.

O God, you have redeemed all creation
through the incarnation of your eternal Word;
Protect our pets, your creatures,
who provide us with joy
and nonjudgmental companionship;
Give us respect
for all of your redeemed creation,
that we may care for creation
as just and humble stewards;
We pray this in the name of the same Word, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Prayer Request for all the Candidates Sitting for their Kenya National Examinations

It’s that time of the year again; finals exams are here candidates are doing their last minute preparations to prepare for their exams. I was in that position once. I know the feeling all too well. I wasn’t one of those students thrilled to do any exam. I mean, who is?

In addition to this, there are so many activities going on that can either make you or break you. So, before we have this extraordinary prayer, I would like to point out a few things first.

Parents; I know you are entitled to your children’s success and all. After all, you have been paying the bills and taking care of them. But here’s the thing, there is so much you can do for them in this last weeks. Some of you parents have resulted to threatening your candidates with unimaginable punishment if they fail (exams they have not taken yet) or threaten to withdraw certain privileges is very unfair. It’s time to support, love, pray and encourage your kids.

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Psalm 121:2
My help comes from the Lordthe Maker of heaven and earth.

Life is full of opportunities, if you nature your children’s talents then you might end up with the likes Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Tabitha Mukami Muigai Karanja and Aliko Dangote of this world. Another thing, please, I beg you. I know some or all of you parents, guardian’s and have siblings have sent out messages to everyone and on your phone book letting them know your brother, sister, son or daughter is a candidate this year and they deserve a success card from you.faiith

I know I have gotten A LOT of those messages. Get me right here, I am not against us sending our children success card for a little boost of morale, but let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute. These cards don’t have answers in them. It is after all your kid’s responsibility to have prepared and revised enough for the exam.

So stop with the ultimatum’s and pettiness of so and so did not send my kid a card so I am canceling them from my friend list. Or I won’t talk to my relatives for some time because of the same. Duh! This is not the time to be at crossroads with relatives or friends and spread negative energy all over.

Kindly ask for a word of prayer for their health, success and prosperity. No need to get worked up in case some will not be able to send the cards, judging by the fact that your kid is definitely not the only one sitting for their KCSE OR KCPE.

This is for my two brothers doing their KCSE and all the candidates:17398_10205765046597481_2640666146829619107_n

Guys, congratulations for working hard and been able to reach this crucial time in your life. I do wish you the very best in your exams. This time to sit back and reflect all the knowledge you’ve gained in the past few successful years. That, or completely freak out and find excuses to do anything other than revision. Please, please go in the exam room and know you are not doing them for your parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, school or any other person. You are doing these exams for you and only you.

Secondly, don’t be too engrossed in counting how many cards you have gotten, there’s this favorite  aunt of yours who had promised to send you a card but it never arrived. So you end you getting frustrated and start panicking for no reason. My point being, do you. Whether you receive zero, one or a million cards, they are meant to boost your morale. Trust me; those things don’t come with answers written inside. So work hard, pray, revise and have faith in yourself.faith

Now, with that said, let us pray, please.

Father in heaven, thank you for the gift of good health, life and love that you have shown us. In this examination season dear Lord, we put all our candidates in all fields, whether KCSE, KCPE, university exams, literally, any exams. Lord provide for them, I speak victory in their exams, may all the things they have read all this year be revealed to them in clear memories in Jesus name. We cancel any kinds of illness, laziness, anxiety, stress and negative thinking in Jesus name. May the Holy Spirit guide all their paths in all the days of their lives and may they find peace in your presence.

I declare victory in their lives, their exams, their future, their families and their schools. May everything they touch into GOLD in Jesus mighty name we do pray and also believe.

The world is yours to conquer. Cheers!

Be blessed,

Chao.

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