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Licking Lemon and Salt as I Walked around Town is How I Effectively Managed my Morning Sickness –Purity Musalia


Purity Musalia, 30, is a Procurement Officer and a mother of one. Today, she shares with us her journey as a first-time mom, including how she ended up becoming a mother on the same day she was supposed to attend her own graduation ceremony at Kenyatta University. Purity spoke to Mummy Tales writer SYLVIA WAKHISI.

 “When I discovered I was pregnant, I remember being so excited but yet very anxious at the same time. With my period late, I had decided to buy a home testing kit and when I tested, two lines appeared, though one was faint. I wasn’t sure if I was pregnant or not, so I took a photo of the results and sent it to my friend, a gynaecologist asking him: “should I be excited?” His reply was: “Congratulations madam!”

 Very happy but still somewhat unsure, I rushed to a nearby clinic to do the test again -just to confirm that I was indeed pregnant. And that marked the beginning of my motherhood journey. The day I found out I was pregnant was actually on my birthday and to date, it’s the best birthday gift I have ever received in my life!

Purity during her pregnancy.
Purity during her pregnancy.

 Then came the morning sickness, which I actually discovered doesn’t necessarily mean that you feel sick in the morning. There are days when I would feel sick all day and even into the night. I also had so much saliva in my mouth for some strange reason! Luckily my mom had warned me never to spit in public during pregnancy, so I refrained from doing so. What I would do was always carry some lemon and salt in my handbag. I would shamelessly lick the lemon or salt as I went about my business in town, and this helped control my nausea. Expectant women can get away with anything, right?

Also Read: Vicky Gachuche: My Experience with Extreme Nausea and Vomiting in my Pregnancies

 Then there were the cravings! Unfortunately, I mostly craved junk food –especially pizzas and burgers. I couldn’t survive a day without them. No wonder I gained more than 15kgs during pregnancy. Oh and I also craved lots of sugarcane! Chilled sugarcane. If only my fridge could speak it could tell the story.  Other than that I must confess that my pregnancy was smooth. The only thing I had to learn to manage was my hectic life as a working-student-expectant mom. I somehow managed though.

Also Read: “The Doctors Considered Terminating my Two Pregnancies” -Joan Mwaura’s Struggle with Severe Morning Sickness

 On 17 December 2015, I had planned my day quite well: I was to first go for my clinic appointment then dash to Kenyatta University for my graduation rehearsal. After that, I was to go to the salon to do my hair in readiness for my graduation the following day. However, things didn’t pan out that way…

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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.


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