Pregnancy in KSA


Wednesday: March 30, 2016 – First hint of pregnancy
Monday: April 11, 2016 – Confirmation of pregnancy!

First Trimester

Morning sickness  [more like all day sickness]
Unhelpful – car rides, heat, lack of sleep, most foods
Helpful – sleeping in/naps, lights off
Foods – Kraft macaroni & cheese, DQ slushies, Ramen noodles, Pediasure (with milk)
Other Items – Sea Band (acupressure bracelets for nausea)

– Dubai {weekend getaway}, Ha’il {to see Y’s family}
Events – Work, Start of Ramadan
Beauty – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil
Medication – Navidoxine (for nausea), Prenatal vitamins, folic acid

April 20 – 7 weeks –  Ultrasound — check to see developing embryo with heartbeat
May 16 – 11 weeks
May 30 – 13 weeks – Ultrasound — first time to see “baby” (head, body, limbs, heart).

Overall feeling – Sick. Tired. Happy to be pregnant.


Second Trimester

Aversions – Spices (especially cardamom), Smell of anyones breath, wearing pants/leggings over my belly
Cravings – Cereal, milk, decaf coffee, drinks with ice, Eggo toaster waffles, bagels with cream cheese
Other Items – Boppy wedge pillow

 – USA, Ha’il {to see Y’s family}
Events – Long trip to USA (New York, Vermont & Mississippi) {Grandfather’s memorial party, Baby shower, shopping trips, visiting with family}
Beauty -BioOil, Earth Mama Angel Baby Stretch Oil, Johnson’s 24 hour Moisture Soft Cream, Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel, Tom’s Fluoride Free Toothpaste, Tom’s Aluminum Free Deodorant
Medication – Prenatal vitamins, Iron, Saline Nasal Spray, Vitamin C

June 21 – 16 weeks – Ultrasound – [Low-lying placenta]
July 3 – 17 weeks – (Car Accident in Ha’il) – Ultrasound – [Placenta high]
July 7 – 18 weeks – (Sick – Allergies)
July 24 – 20 weeks – Ultrasound (checkup before travel)

16 weeks – kicking {felt like gas bubbles}
20 weeks – belly popped (more obviously pregnant)
24 weeks – Braxton Hicks contractions, leaking milk, stronger baby kicks

Aches & Pains: BH contraction pain, heartburn, diastasic recti (not painful), restless leg syndrome
Overall feeling
: – Pregnant. Happy. Enjoying my growing belly and kicking baby.

Third Trimester

Aversions – Same as second trimester
Cravings – Cereal, milk, oatmeal, granola bars/biscuits, lemon mint juice, sushi
Foods/Drinks: Pedialyte, Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Other Items – Stretchy maxi dresses & skirts

 – Ha’il {to see Y’s family}
Events – Back to work
Beauty – Same as second trimester, Lush Bubble Bars
Medication – Prenatal vitamins, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D
Activities – 45 to 60 mins of walking, sitting/bouncing on exercise ball, started drinking RRLT daily during week 32

September 17 – 28 weeks – Ultrasound
October 16 – 32 weeks
November 5 – 35 weeks
November 20 – 37 weeks – Ultrasound – [Low amniotic fluid]

Aches & Pains: BH contraction pain, symphysis pubis disfunction, restless leg syndrome.
Milestones: Lots of baby hiccups, Contractions about 1 hour apart from week 35, During week 36 I thought I felt baby change position from breech to head down after

Overall feeling – Very Pregnant. Very happy. Excited/Anxious. Loving the belly and doting on baby’s every move.

BabyandBump – [website] – (forums)
Ovia Pregnancy – [app]
The Bump – [app]

Childbirth Without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read
Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel
HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method by Marie F Mongan
AMANI Birth by Aisha AlHajjar
What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter
Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil
Johnson’s 24 hour Moisture Soft Cream
Earth Mama Angel Baby Stretch Oil
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel
Tom’s Fluoride Free Toothpaste
Tom’s Aluminum Free Deodorant
Lush Bubble Bars

Prenatal Vitamins
Folic Acid
Saline Nasal Spray
Vitamin C Effervescent Tablets
Vitamin D drops

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Green Mountain Coffee – Decaf Breakfast Blend
PediaSure Vanilla Nutrition Powder
Pedialyte Electrolye Powder

Sea Band Mama
Water Tumbler w/ cover + straw
Stretch Maxi Dresses + Skirts
Victoria’s Secret Pink No-Show Panties
Exercise Ball
Boppy Pregnancy Wedge




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