Celeb mum Nurul Aini recently revealed a happy news on Instagram. The actress, TV presenter and mummy of 2 shared that she’s expecting Baby No.3!
The baby is due in July 2019.
Celeb mum Nurul Aini expecting Baby No.3
Nurul Aini, who will reprise her role as Durrani in Lion Mums 3, made the announcement with a picture of her baby bump.
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The actress, who is now in her second trimester, shares that she got to know of her pregnancy in November 2018.
“I started having rashes all over my face and my body. Which was strange cos I don’t have sensitive skin. And then I started feeling weak and giddy on set during shoot”, she revealed on her Insta Q&A.
Later on she experienced severe morning sickness as well. Things apparently got so bad that she even drove with a vomit bag over her mouth!
The Lion Mums 3 cast. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM / NURUL AINI
In fact, the Lion Mums 3 cast and crew were the first to know of her pregnancy, “because I was having morning sickness and was so sick most of the time.” The team ended up taping a barf bag on her chest!
“I don’t remember suffering like this when I was pregnant with Shan/Shaista. This one’s a little different”, shares this mummy, who has an 8-year-old son, Shan Ehan, and a 6-year-old daughter, Shaista Eman.
And of course, she got asked this question as well, “Are you hoping for a baby girl or a baby boy this time?”
This is what she had to say, “No preference really. I don’t mind a girl or a boy. Just want him/her to be healthy.”
Here’s congratulating Nurul Aini, and wishing her a stress-free pregnancy and smooth delivery ahead!
Relief from nausea during pregnancy
Mummies, if you are suffering from morning sickness and vomiting during pregnancy, these simple lifestyle changes and self-care tips might offer some relief:
Eat small, frequent meals
An empty stomach can make nausea worse, so make sure you have your meals early, and on time. It is also advisable to avoid large meals, which can make the tummy feel full, and opt for small, frequent meals instead.
Eat slowly and take your time to chew your food.
Avoid foods or smells that can make you sick. Also avoid oily, fatty and spicy food.
Choose food which is high in protein and carbohydrates, low in fat and easy to digest. Bananas, rice, crackers, applesauce and toast are some good options.
Salty foods are also known to be helpful, and so are foods that contain ginger.
Drink plenty of water and fluids.
As with food, taking small sips of fluid throughout the day might prove helpful. Aim for 6-8 cups of non-caffeinated fluids daily. Avoid drinks that are too cold or sweet.
Avoid alcohol. It is bad for the baby and bad for morning sickness.
Get plenty of sleep and rest.
Tiredness can make nausea worse. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Even better if you can take short naps in between.
Avoid rushing and getting out of bed too quickly.
Stress can make your symptoms a lot worse. If you feel too stressed out, try to cut down on your workload. Take some time out to relax and de-stress every day. Meditation might help you relax and get rid of negative thoughts.
Don’t smoke, and stay away from second-hand smoke
Apart from increasing the chances of nausea, smoking during pregnancy affects you and your baby’s health before, during, and after your baby is born.
Smoking can cause premature birth and certain birth defects. It is also a risk factor of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The same holds true for mummies who are exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy. They have an increased chance of having a stillbirth, a low birthweight baby, a baby with birth defects, and other complications of pregnancy.
Make sure that your room is well-ventilated. Find time to take outdoor walks. Walking and being on the move is also good exercise that is great for blood circulation.
Try these natural remedies
Try having ginger drinks. You can boil fresh ginger slices to make ginger tea that is caffeine-free and safe to drink. Another refreshing beverage, especially if you don’t like the strong taste of ginger, is to drink ginger ale.
Suck on energy sweets or peppermints. They are also great at refreshing your mouth and getting rid of that sick feeling.
Many pregnant mums often crave for sour food, and maybe part of the reason is that sour food can reduce nausea. Aside from citric fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruit and berries, you can also try eating preserved foods like pickles and jams.
Some mummies swear by alternative methods like acupressure.
There is a special acupressure point located on your wrist that can help alleviate nausea. Called the “inner gate,” it can be found around one and a half inches up your wrist. Locate the spot between the two bones, and press down hard on the nerve for at least two minutes.
You could also buy a “sea sickness band” from a pharmacy, and wear it on your wrist. It stimulates the same acupressure point that helps to reduce nausea.
A little extra vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce morning sickness symptoms in some patients.
Scientists don’t know exactly why B6 has an effect on nausea, but it could be related to the way it breaks down amino acids and helps produce neurotransmitters. It also stimulates the production of red blood cells, which is very important for the health of the baby.
Eggs, meat, whole grains and nuts are some food rich in Vitamin B6. The vitamin can also be taken in supplement form.
Do note that high doses of Vitamin B6 are harmful to your baby. So don’t take more than 200 mg a day, and always consult a doctor before taking supplements during pregnancy.
Mums, if the above self-help measures and lifestyle changes don’t help, and if the vomiting continues to be severe, you might want to consult your doctor for anti-sickness medication.
There are a number of prescription medications that are safe to take during pregnancy for nausea and vomiting. Avoid taking any over-the-counter medications or supplements during pregnancy, as these may have undesirable side-effects.
Remember to seek medical attention immediately if you:
- have very dark-coloured urine or have not had a pee in more than 8 hours
- are unable to keep food or fluids down for 24 hours
- feel severely weak, dizzy or faint when standing up
- have tummy (abdominal) pain
- have pain or blood when you pee
- have lost weight
These can be signs of dehydration or a urine infection.
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