Your Pregnancy - - Letters -

As most preg­nant women know, our emo­tions are all over the place. Here’s how my story starts. My par­ents both passed on a few years ago. In my teenage years I was di­ag­nosed with epilepsy and anaemia. Later in my life the seizures stopped for five years. Early this year, I dis­cov­ered I was preg­nant with my first child. Since be­ing preg­nant, I’ve had three seizures.

At first, I wasn’t over­joyed about the preg­nancy, as I’d just started a new job and had high ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions. Even­tu­ally I got used to the idea that I was car­ry­ing an­other life inside of me, and when I had my first scan and heard my baby’s heart­beat, I knew I would do any­thing for this child. When I found out I’m hav­ing a boy I was so happy! I’m now at my 17th week and worry ev­ery day about my son and the risks as­so­ci­ated with my preg­nancy. I also miss my par­ents more and more ev­ery day. My mom would’ve known ex­actly what to do dur­ing my seizures and my dad would’ve spoilt his grand­son rot­ten. I know I’ve been given this child for a rea­son. I have faith that ev­ery­thing will be okay with my son and can’t wait for the day I fi­nally get to meet him. NEESHA NADAR, CAPE TOWN

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