Maureen Bandari


Hey bunnies, I hope that y’all had a wonderful Easter Holiday just as I did. Today I want to talk about pregnancy a little and I may have such posts for a while until I get my bundle of Joy. Personally I have never really been around pregnant women much. In campus none of my friends had kids, after that, some got pregnant but I had moved cities so I didn’t really help much and of course most of my friends in Mombasa already have kids. So, everything I have been experiencing was so new to me and I had no idea what goes on for real. Today I have decided to share with y’all so that if it’s going to be your first time soon, better be prepared and if it’s not, let’s go down memory lane.



  1. Ain’t nothing like morning sickness honey! They should rename the damn thing to whole day sickness to begin with. Remember how you watch movies and a pregnant woman wakes up, runs to the bathroom, throws up and from there on she goes about her day? Lies!!!! Sometimes you are tempted to shift your mattress to the washroom coz you spend more time there…This was the most difficult part of it all. Anything and everything sets you off. Luckily not everyone experiences this
  2. Did you know that you can actually go for a short call up to five hundred times a day? Me neither…but it happens. Well, not really 500 but you get the point. Basically using the bathroom all the time is something you will experience day and night. Personally I know where all the washrooms are situated in Mombasa and especially in malls. I know which ones I have to pay, I know which ones smell good,I know which hotels have the best AC in the toilet, Basically I am a loo expert as we speak.
  3. Your boobs will become the one part of your body you absolutely don’t understand! One moment they are itchy, the next they have some freaking boobquake( I don’t care if this word does not exist) all of a sudden they are like two sizes up meaning it’s time for new bras. Before you realize it, they are darker in colour around the nipples. They are basically in a planet of their own
  4. Your sense of smell is heightened to a point where you can even smell bullshit from a mile away. If you get nausea and vomiting, It is made worse when you encounter funny smells. Personally, hotels were a no go zone for me. I didn’t use Perfumes, I changed my lotions, deodorant, I even changed from using bath creams to bar soaps and I even locked myself in a different room when my husband cooked. The beauty of this is that it fades away after the first trimester.

5) Let’s talk about hormones shall we? You will have an influx of hormones you can’t even explain why you do some of the things you do. Literally someone can just scoop some food off your plate and you can start crying asking that person why they are taking your food, and we are talking real tears here like that crying emoji. One minute you will be sad, then happy, back to sad, then extremely hyper and excited, then quiet, back to lovey dovey, then I don’t want to talk to nobody y’all better leave me the hell alone! This also involves loving certain foods one day and the next you don’t want to eat them at all.I would say though I experienced this mostly up to mid 2nd trimester

6)Because your body ligaments relax a little when pregnant and due to hormones as well, You can experience some back aches etc. Luckily for me I haven’t had any back ache at all but I can’t say the same for my ass. Maybe I sit on it a lot, I don’t know but let’s just say, after every three to four days I need a massage. I can’t complain

7)When your belly grows, doing simple stuff like jumping in and out of bed, getting in and out of a car/vehicle and washing and oiling your legs become a rumor. Basically this is where you use X+Y=Z !!! Those who have been wondering where to apply some of that knowledge, I finally have the answer. EUREKA. I have never done frequent pedicures at salons like I have right now coz basically I can’t reach my feet. When it’s time to pee at night and I have to get out of bed it’s a whole process similar to solving a schrodinger equation. Luckily we just laugh about it


8)Wearing heels and pregnancy. This is something so many people have asked me about including my mother who rebuked me when I sent her a photo of me wearing heels haha. Well, You can actually wear heels and be comfortable  Especially upto mid second trimester even though it’s really not recommended . After my second trimester, my feet were swelling honey and none of my shoes fit. Not even sandals. I get sharp pains when I try on heels currently so for now I just let Ciara on Instagram wear heels for both of us because I ain’t about to collapse for no reason.

9)You  may experience what they call pregnancy brain.  Basically you may end up forgetting everything including your own name and gender, let alone taking too long to understand something so obvious. I have been a culprit of this and allow me to share some of my funny experiences in another post

10) you tend to get vivid dreams almost everyday especially in your first trimester. Basically you will remember 90% of your dreams because you keep waking up to pee when the dreams are just too fresh in your memory. I have dreamt of literally everybody! From celebrities being my friends(yep! I was once with Khloe Kardashian in Vegas) friends, co workers, robbery cases etc. Lucky enough majority of my dreams involve my family…and notably my brother who died in 2012. He still looks and sounds the same but above all cheeky as always. 🙂

So, there you have it. All this might look like some negative vybe but  it all depends on how you take it. Of course pregnancy has some beautiful side to it like feeling your baby move, etc which I will get to share with you guys soon enough. I have had a new found respect to all mothers during this period. Also I am aware that there are women struggling to get pregnant out there and for that reason this post is in no way trying to  sound ungrateful for this blessing… it’s purely meant to share experiences



  1. Vionne

    April 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Ha ha ha the not sharing food part is sooo true. When a pregnant lady sends you for something,,,,,kindly buy two,,,,,,,or else she will curse you for dipping your fingers into hers.

    The buying bras and panties,,,,,,I never knew until a friend mentioned. You are the second person confirming this.
    Love the photos 🙂

    1. Mo

      April 28, 2017 at 12:19 am

      You outgrow everything my dear so you adjust accordingly. About the food, honestly don’t come for my food. If I don’t finish I will eat later but I won’t give it to

  2. Sylvia Loana

    April 18, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Hahahaha lol
    I totally relate… Av been through 90%of what uv mentioned… Especially the mood swings, crying or getting upset because of food or cravings but my worst was the morning sickness n peeing every now n then!

    1. Mo

      April 28, 2017 at 12:17 am

      Emotions are real for sure and it’s entirely a different world

  3. Asenath

    April 18, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    So true! Currently I am a walking hippo. No clothes fit, including panties. I wonder, is it mandatory to put on some panties? The food part, my husband and I ate boiled food for the entire semester! He didn’t ever complain. Such a trooper! Thank you for sharing love. Meanwhile let me visit the loo.

    1. Mo

      April 28, 2017 at 12:14 am

      lol,just from the loo to reply this comment. What would we ever do without supportive partners though? God bless them.
      Maybe I should send deras your way for comfort

  4. Slim

    April 18, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I blame my mother, sister, friends and all those close for never telling me the truth about this !
    Hahaha it’s real drama hun, real blessing in real disguise

    Looking forward to the hot mandazi episode !!

    1. Mo

      April 28, 2017 at 12:12 am

      hahaha the craving for hot mandazis was real. waiting on your experiences

  5. Norah

    April 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    You were with khloe kardashian in Vegas???? Hilarious. And the crying part.

    1. Mo

      April 28, 2017 at 12:11 am

      imagine, atleast I woke up before she could hook me up with a basket ball player coz I am not about to have my heart broken

  6. Stella Mapenzi

    April 18, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Hehehe i am yet to experience this

    1. Mo

      April 28, 2017 at 12:08 am

      when you do, do let us know so we can have a laugh together

  7. Sharon Chepkemoi

    April 18, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Wow! So deep and quite comprehensive.Sure Iam one of those yet to experience in the near future..Iam now fully armed with the massive knowledged.I suprised to hear the pregancy brain,for the second time.A friend of mine had the challenge when she was pregnant but I actually thought she was always forgetful not only during that season.Actually she could forget her wallet…

    Thank you so much Maureen and looking forward to the next blog…


    1. Mo

      April 28, 2017 at 12:07 am

      The pregnancy brain is not a myth. Actually I had no idea until my husband kept saying that I have become forgetful in front of our friends who ended up telling us that it happens. That’s how we got to know that it was a natural thing

  8. Fiona

    April 18, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Hehehe ” eti you can literally smell bullshit from miles away” Loool…good piece and thanks Mo’ for sharing your experience.

    1. Mo

      April 28, 2017 at 12:04 am

      true story… you are welcome dear

  9. Sophy achachi

    April 18, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    nostalgic read . I was nauseated till 2 hours to delivery but it was all worth it.

    1. Mo

      April 28, 2017 at 12:03 am

      oh wow,I had no idea that happens.

  10. Chrissy

    April 18, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Meeeeeen! I can relate to this! I have laughed my heart out!thus is so real! It’s like you downloaded everything from me and had it paste here! Live long!

    1. Mo

      April 28, 2017 at 12:02 am

      Haha I am glad you enjoyed it. Atleast currently you can laugh about it

  11. fridahbosire

    April 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Hahaha Maureen exactly what am going through. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and craving guavas!!!

    1. Mo

      April 28, 2017 at 12:01 am

      haha did you get them eventually? I hope your spouse did not think you are just doing that to spite him like seriously it’s not even guavas season. lol. Anyway, congratulations

  12. Nyokabi

    April 19, 2017 at 8:19 am

    That part for dreams I can relate. I used to get weird dreams in the first trimester.
    Peeing all the time, don’t even talk about it. I travelled one day by road from mbs to nrb and I stopped kwa bush a number of times not minding who was watching me.
    Luckily enough I only experienced those two in your list. I must say I was lucky

    1. Mo

      April 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      I actually came to realize that when you are a mum or you are pregnant,shame is not part of your dictionary. you end up doing crazy stuff while minding your own busy. Anyway you were lucky for sure

  13. Faith

    April 19, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Totally in agreement I like the part of pregnancy brain…I could not remember the name of the school I went to for real and only came to mind after a week….pregnancy makes you so real…no faking…just yourself.,..I’d you love something you love if uiu gate you hate including your finger nails…..

    1. Mo

      April 27, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      lol. when I will share the things I forgot I am pretty sure people will think I am exaggerating

  14. Sheila Cherono

    April 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Hahahaha, pregnancy! Seems you have experienced all the symptoms honey. From outside it looks all beautiful and everyone is like aaaawww, but inside you are fighting battles from the simplest of things. Keep pushing you are at the last but sorry… the most difficult trimester. Praying for you .

    1. Mo

      April 27, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Indeed it’s difficult but I prefer all this heartburns, muscle pulls, lack of sleep, fatigue to morning sickness. Nausea and vomiting almost drove me into depression hehe. Indeed on the outside, people see a different picture

  15. Sunday Osoro

    April 20, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Amazing post, welcome to motherhood my dear friend, you are so right, no1 can really fully prepare you for pregnancy. Apparently even within one individual all pregnancies are very different. I experiences all 9/10 symptoms you mentioned above but No.9 forgetfulness, I managed to take that off my worries, I didn’t put myself in any situation where I needed to use any form of thinking or any brain function whatsoever.

    Morning sickness for me, was an all day event, all the way to the end of my 2nd trimester…then, I had to walk around with a spitting jar…..literally, my saliva was my worst night mare.

    Heightened sense of smell, Hormones and emotional outbursts were what I didn’t understand at all. I could stand my baby’s father, his smell, anything about him really. Upto date, my son is almost 3 in August, I still use masculine/male body washes….

    Enjoy pregnancy my dear friend, motherhood is another chapter, can’t wait to read more from you and share some mommy advice

    1. Mo

      April 27, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      you have just reminded me about the spitting part. had to buy coloured plastic cups that way guys would think I’m carrying some drink or something. It was pretty annoying to say the least but I am glad though it disappeared with the morning sickness. About forgetfulness, I like the way you tried to put yourself in scenarios where you don’t have to remember. haha

      can’t wait to share mommy advice with you for sure.


  16. kevo

    April 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    what of demolishing lol . cant wait for the blessing Mo i miss ya sanaa

    1. Mo

      April 27, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      miss you too, can’t wait as well. xx

  17. Lucine

    April 22, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Wow….thanks for sharing.these are things we experience and decide not to or forget or just don’t see the need of sharing.while basically we ought to share. I loved the loo part……actually it reached a point I didn’t see the need of panties because I spent more time removing than wearing..thanks Mo’ and safe delivery.ooh and the food part!!! Lol.

    1. Mo

      April 27, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Hahahaha you are so funny. You removed it more than you wore it. lol, that is so hilarious you have made my day. xoxo

  18. jessica

    April 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    , I was laughing through out.
    The boobquake did it for me….now its stuck in my head….. (heads up…..I’ll use it somewhere and pretend I invented it)
    No negative vibe at all, it’s a good read….I enjoyed every bit.
    I would add the morning sickness part, and say they lied to me too when they it’s only the first 3 to 4monthstry the entire pregnancy all day all night nausea and vomiting. I still have bad dreams about it….

    1. Mo

      April 27, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      so sorry about your experience indeed it can end up lasting the whole pregnancy. I am sure though as you see your child growing, it makes it all worth it I bet. and yay to words that don’t exist. 🙂 feel free to use it

  19. Sheilla Mical

    April 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Hahaha such an awesome article,so well put together, very interesting, funny and couldn’t be further from the truth.Great job Maureen 🙂

    1. Mo

      April 27, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      thank you darling. Glad you found it interesting

  20. Thube

    May 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Lovely post I can relate to it. I was going through the so called morning sickness for the past month ay I was never ready for such joh couldn’t stomach anything but I’m feeling much better today thanks to asic my doctor prescribed it for me they actually work I’m so better I now enjoy my pregnancy

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