Pregnancy is complicated

After our first child, my husband and I decided to be patient with having our second and almost 6 years later I found out I’m pregnant again.

It was the perfect timing with my daughter being at school and us being stable in our jobs.

My first pregnancy was very smooth thanks to God, no complications, I was very energetic, very little nausea at the beginning, positive vibes and all that pregnancy glow was there.

My second pregnancy however was not as expected. Nothing major to be honest but surprisingly a little difficult. To begin with I spent the first trimester feeling nauseous and tired. I needed my full strength since I was working full shifts and interacting with people was also energy consuming. I prayed for the nausea to fade and it did thank God. Then at week 17 I had an ultrasound and the technician was trying to be nice and informative explaining some specific details I didn’t need to know. She said between week 17 and 20 the baby’s brain fills up with fluids and then empties after that and which was showing on the scans and we needed to follow up so imagine what I had to go through from that time until my next scan.

Isolated mild fetal ventriculomegaly at second trimester

Needless to say Google search was not happy because I had searched every possible pathology and anomaly that could explain what that meant. And at my next visit everything was peaceful again, the technician said it’s all good and that no fluids were showing anymore but still we needed to follow up just to make sure which was enough for me.

Normal Ultrasound of brain at second trimester

Moms are super heroes not only they have to endure physically but also emotionally. Now, at 26 weeks I’ve been suffering from a very disturbing cough since mid March and wouldn’t go away but it keeps on changing forms. Started dry, then a little mucus was coming out but then transformed into very intense cough which troubled me with the COVID-19 outbreak so I went to see the doctor who said my chest is clear, no need even for antibiotics, and it might be just allergies or possibly gastric reflux especially when I mentioned that it gets worse when I lay down on my back. She gave me allergy medications and told me to check how it goes, But as it evolved into severe cough with shortness of breath followed by vomiting I thought it might be actually a gastric reflux so I bought pregnancy safe antacids.

Pregnancy safe antacids

It’s been one week now and the symptoms have improved even though they haven’t faded entirely. I’m a patient person so I’ll try to be in this and see how it goes.

Fingers crossed for a smooth ending.


Flu Season in Doha

It’s Flu season in Doha, again! and it seems to be the case all year long.

It’s been a very frustrating week for me and my husband with my little baby girl sick still until this day. Kids get sick all the time especially with all sorts of viruses but this time is different for us, high temperature lasting for more than 5 days, night and day, sleepless nights, coughing and nose running. And the worse part? you can’t do much.

We took her couple of times to the emergency room where they confirmed it’s a viral infection and that all we needed to do is dropping the temperature with ibuprofen and paracetamol, saline solution to clear her nose and that’s it.

Today she’s doing better since last week, still has runny nose and coughing but no fever, so far!

Bottom line is that most infections encountered in Doha are viral and what I have learned for the last 7 years here, is that healthcare professionals in general and in Doha specifically, prefer to wait before prescribing antibiotics to rule out a bacterial infection. Which is totally understandable with the high rise of resistance to Antibiotics. Viral infections are treated for their symptoms and bacterial infections with antibiotics, that is why patience is key with the viral infections as they take time to clear.

The way that children interact means that infectious diseases can quickly spread, they will have close physical contact with other children through play, put objects in their mouths and may not always cover their mouths through sneezes and coughs. And because in early childhood their immune systems are still developing, they are more prone to those diseases than others.
Simple steps can reduce the chance that childhood infections spread to other people in the family and in childhood education and care services, and to vulnerable people in the community.

Steps include:

  • Staying home when they’re sick
  • Getting vaccinated when available
  • washing their hands well and using hand sanitisers
  • avoiding interaction with other kids especially through saliva contamination and breath.

Below is a very explicit chart of those steps and more.