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Zinhle Pregnancy

She walked in and said, “I could tell you were trying to hide something but I know you are pregnant because the other day I spilled milk”. Let me explain, the spilling of milk is considered to be a sign that someone in your family or someone close to you is pregnant. Nomndeni didn’t even bother to look at the results on the stick, she was sure I was pregnant. Maybe it was her way of communicating with the universe since she knew how much my boyfriend and I wanted to conceive.

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The doctor explained my condition to me and made it clear that if I wanted the baby to survive, I would need to slow down. I had no option but to completelely stop my exercise routine and any travelling plans and to take it easy … very easy.

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“Is that my shirt?” asked my boyfriend. “Well, it used to be”, I answered. I left him no choice but to share his clothes with me during my pregnancy. My reasoning was simple … my clothes don’t fit me and most of his does.

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“Your skin is going to break out … You can’t eat sushi … Don’t eat oranges or drink orange juice … Don’t eat ice … Don’t sleep too much … Don’t wear high heels …You need to take it easy and stay home until the baby is born … Don’t wear this, wear that instead … You need to gain at least 12kgs … If your belly itches, don’t scratch … Expect the ugly nose …”

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“I do not succeed because I am a woman, I succeed because I can, I succeed because it is my time.”

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Alan Watts

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