I Developed an Extremely Rare Complication During Pregnancy

Don’t let this photo fool you.

Pregnancy was anything BUT glamorous for me, and even though my daughter is my whole entire life, it is an experience that I’m not likely to repeat…

Let me explain

 

When I was 27, I had a vivid dream that I was holding a curly-haired baby girl, and in my heart and soul, I knew I would have a baby soon.

At that time, we weren’t trying, but my husband would be thirty soon, and I convinced him that we should begin family planning…

Two months later, I was pregnant

As soon as my husband and I discussed the possibility of having a baby, I stopped my anti-depressants—including Zoloft and Xanax.

These medications are essential for my health, and being off of them (along with the hormonal roller coaster ride that is pregnancy) made me extremely anxious.

Every single day I was convinced something bad was going to happen to the baby.

I think deep down, I felt like it was too good to be true—too miraculous to be real—and I was extremely anxious.

This began to change when I could feel the baby’s kicks…

That became the best part of pregnancy for me. Her kicks were my reassurance that she was okay, and my God was she active!

Soon after that, though, I was diagnosed with Choleostasis, which is a condition of the liver that can cause complications in the child, including stillbirth.

My pregnancy became high risk, and my nerves were back to an ALL TIME high.

I did not relax until I was in the hospital room, induced, and about to give birth.

That’s finally when I felt I could breathe, because I knew I was in good hands…

And when they put my daughter on my chest…

Well, that was the most beautiful moment of my entire life.

Why my Father is my Biggest Inspiration

My father immigrated to the US from Pakistan during college & began to attend school at the University of Houston.

He later graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, but right as he graduated, the economy collapsed and he was unable to find a job in his field.

He began to sell insurance—but he was the only person of color in his company, and this led to conflict with his co-workers.

He was let go, so he ended up starting his own insurance company.

At the time, all he had enough money for was a phone and one month’s rent…

He had a wife and baby (me) that were dependent on him, and I remember growing up in his office.

Well, from that single office unit selling insurance—my dad has built a multi-million empire of various companies.

When faced with a challenge, he does not give up.

He’s extremely creative and is constantly coming up with new business ideas.

Even in his 60s, he hustles harder than almost everyone else I know…

And every single day, it is my father who inspires me to be the best I can.

30 Days of Iftar Ideas

Ramadan is the holy month of fasting for Muslims, but because we can’t eat all day, food becomes even more important.

Many of us think about what we will have for iftar (the meal at sunset used to break the fast) all day, but knowing what to make is not always easy.

I don’t cook too often, but this Ramadan, I’m challenging myself to cook every day.

Here are some recipes for inspiration:

https://www.eatwell101.com/honey-garlic-chicken-recipe

https://pin.it/1Ktm8G6

https://pin.it/1OAiuJ9

https://pin.it/4LI4Lv8

https://boarshead.com/recipes/detail/1946608917-roasted-red-pepper-hummus-tzatziki-flatbread

https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/one-pan-healthy-sausage-and-veggies/

https://pinchofyum.com/roasted-veggie-pitas-with-avocado-dip

https://midwestfoodieblog.com/vegetable-stew-recipe/

https://simmertoslimmer.com/chicken-65/

https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-mushrooms-cauliflower-recipe

https://www.everylastbite.com/roasted-carrots-tahini-sauce/

https://pin.it/618Dy2F

https://www.eatwell101.com/roasted-potatoes-carrots-zucchini-recipe

https://www.eatwell101.com/baked-chicken-bites-recipe

https://www.number-2-pencil.com/sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas-6/

https://www.jocooks.com/recipes/garlic-butter-salmon-sheet-pan-dinner/

https://pin.it/4ibZJIz

https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-butter-chicken-and-potatoes-skillet

https://www.eatwell101.com/creamy-garlic-tuscan-salmon-recipe

https://www.eatwell101.com/instant-pot-potato-recipe

https://pin.it/5EAiIqV

https://downshiftology.com/recipes/mediterranean-ground-beef-stir-fry/

https://www.themediterraneandish.com/stuffed-peppers-recipe/

https://www.slenderkitchen.com/recipe/mediterranean-chicken-salad?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=805087162_33573264_105349

https://pin.it/23vfXYa

https://pin.it/43DiFWi

https://www.munchkintime.com/quick-easy-chili-instant-pot-recipe/

https://pin.it/6ZknocQ

https://narmeenfazwani.com/instant-pot-haleem-recipe/

https://pin.it/69GpyuA

https://pin.it/F9KqwDU

Spring Break 2022

We stayed in Houston this year for Spring Break but did something fun every single day.

Sunday: Museum of Natural Science

Monday: Rodeo

Tuesday: Brazos Bend State Park

Wednesday: Candytopia

Thursday: Tahas Birthday

Friday: New Lovevery Shipment

Saturday: Menil Park

Sunday: dinner with the in laws

Do You Struggle with Acid Reflux?

My husband has suffered from acid reflux for the last ten years. 

At first, I brushed it off as “not a big deal,” but I could see the pain my husband was in every time we went out to eat spicy or complex foods. 

It got to the point where he could no longer stomach even a few bites of Pakistani food, which is what both of us had grown up eating. 

That is, until we found GerdLi

My husband is careful about what vitamins and supplements he takes. 

He didn’t want to add on a daily medication to manage his acid reflux, because they come with a host of side effects. 

When I found out about GerdLi, my husband was skeptical but what reassured him was that it was an all-natural vegan supplement made from the rinds of fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and limes. 

(In fact, it’s even safe for pregnant women. I remember dealing with severe acid reflux in my third trimester, and I wish I’d known about GerdLi then)

Anyway, Naush took the supplement once a day for 3 weeks straight… 

And the result? 

His acid reflux is not entirely gone, but it’s control over his lifestyle has greatly diminished. 

He can eat so many more types of foods (even Pakistani food again) without being in physical pain afterwards. 

He still maintains a healthy diet overall, but the addition of this one supplement has truly been life-changing for him. 

 

Learn more here: https://gerdli.com/product/gerdli/