-- 'All-day sickness'

Dear Notebook,

I wish to record my experience of my first pregnancy... hehe.. hopefully this will be a joyful memory to be remembered and shared. WaAllahualam..

Week 20 or equivalent to 5 months of pregnancy; I am still with the morning sickness and everything. I rather call all it an all-day sickness because I can get sick at any time of the day. According to my mother's experience, she went through 3 months of the morning sickness. It seems like I add a few months of my mother's experience... the sickness wares off as my baby approaches 5 months.. Praise be to Allah! Finally I can enjoy my meals....

During the duration of my 'all-day sicknesses', I had problems with my meals... Some food I take can cause the vomiting and sometimes it happens when I eat at the wrong time or with the wrong amount. It is so hard to adapt to the new way of eating for I rarely eat during my student life. Even tough mother and my friends always advice or even scold me because of not eating. I don't know why, to me, eating falls in my lowest priority of tasks.. and during my pregnancy.... I really really regret it!

Even during my early life in our marriage, I still haven't changed my habit of eating. Except that my hubby usually takes breakfast..so I will accompany him. Apart from that - little improvement - we will take another meal at the end of the day (my time to take the meal of the day). A total of 2 times a day of meal, compared to only once a day.

But Allah loves me and guided me to improve my eating habits.. I felt that I was actually taught by the growing baby in my tummy. SubhanALlah! By His gloriousness, I had to eat more frequently but in smaller amounts. And I had to watch what I eat to avoid being sick and wasting all the food I take (and most important, the food my hubby bought for me). Sometimes I try cooking at home, but sadly I tend to lose my appetite when it comes to the second serving. If I skip a meal the tendency to vomit is very high because air will fill my stomach and overflows, bringing everything inside, out....... :-(

Eating was never a problem to me, when and what I eat does not matter. Allah gave me a little opportunity to lose appetite, or in our culture - tak lalu makan. In addition, I had to change my eating habits. Maybe it was better for my to eat this way. Now, apart from fasting, I will take breakfast, lunch and another light meal before or after Maghrib. And I still take small snacks in between if I feel hungry.

Thus, we should know what we eat, eat what is good for us and not too much... WaAllahualam..
Ibn ’Umar related that the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “The believer eats in one stomach whilst the disbeliever eats in seven.” [Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 5081) and Muslim (no. 2060)]

The Prophet said, “The son of Aadam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Aadam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air.” [Saheeh: Related by at-Tirmidhee (no. 1381)and Ibn Maajah (no. 3349). It was authenticated by Shaykh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee in Silsilatul-Ahaadeethus-Saheehah (no. 2265).]

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