Aisha's Pregnancy Journal

This is Aisha’s 9th pregnancy. She has 7 children, and is now expecting her 8th child. Her last pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage, and after waiting two cycles she is eagerly awaiting the birth of her next child. Join Aisha’s as she shares her pregnancy journey and coping with pregnancy at 40, running a small business, and managing a household full of 6 boys!



*Weeks 16-20*  Made it to the 2nd Trimester!

Alhamdulilah, I was so relieved  to have made it this far.  After having a miscarriage prior to this pregnancy, I was on pins and needles my whole first trimester. Now this is not usual for me, and I’m usually pretty carefree during my pregnancies, but having experienced a miscarriage, that attitude changed for this pregnancy. I made a lot of dua for Allah to keep me strong during this pregnancy and for the baby to be born safely. I asked Allah also for patience and to accept His decree no matter what. After reading that women over 40 have a 50% chance of having a miscarriage, those are kind of depressing odds. But I know Allah has control in all matters and to not put too much weight into what the “odds” are and what the “studies” say.

But I was still nervous.  I bought an Amazon a fetal doppler so I could listen to the heartbeat. I thought this would give me peace of mind, but also a cool tool for my husband and children to be able to listen to the hear beat too. Well the first time I tried, after about 20 minutes I was able to pick up the heartbeat…or what I thought was the heartbeat anyway.  A couple of days later I decided to try again, wondering if I really did hear it the first time or not. Well this time I couldn’t pick up a heartbeat. I knew it was still early to be able to pick up the heartbeat using the doppler that I purchased, and that the more your pregnancy progresses and the baby grows, the easier it will be to pick up the heartbeat.
But still, I just wanted that reassurance. It was about a week till my next midwife appointment, and I tried almost daily to pick up the hear beat, but no success. Alhamdullilah, when I had my appointment, the midwife picked up the heartbeat right away. What a relief! I told myself that I was not going to use the doppler anymore and would sell it. The anguish you feel when your not able to hear the heartbeat and all the “what ifs” that go through your head is just not worth it. On the other hand, the feeling you have when you hear the heartbeat is awesome and such a joy.
About a week after my appointment I decided I would try one more time. I payed attention to where my midwife found the heartbeat before and now that I was further along, I hoped I would be able to pick it up. And Alhamdullilah I did! So,I still have the doppler, but I do have mixed feelings about it. It is a beautiful thing to hear your little ones heartbeat and for families members to hear it as well. But that moment when you can’t find it does do a number on you. I guess me and my doppler have a love hate relationship, but for the time being we’re going to stick together.


My energy has really started to pick up the last few weeks, Alhamdullilah.  I’m finally over the first trimester fatigue fest which helps, and I’ve recently upped my iron intake as well. I now take my prenatal vitamin plus two additional iron supplements a day. I’m normally slightly anemic without being pregnant, but pregnancy just wipes out all my iron stores. I’ve found these great Iron supplements called  Mega Food Blood Builder that I got from Amazon. They work great, I feel better, and my Iron levels have increased substantially. I also try to increase my iron intake through iron rich foods as well. Some of my faves are chicken livers, raisins, dark chocolate, and spinach. I also do most of my cooking in a cast iron pot as well, which is an additional way to get iron into your system.


That’s all for this entry. Next week I’m looking forward to my Ultrasound appointment and a trip to the zoo with my Mom and kiddos. See ya then!

7 comments

  1. MashaAllah! May Allah make everything easy for you and the baby. Ameen!

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  2. This is lovely and so relatable. We also had a scare in the beginning of my first pregnancy where we couldn't pick up the heartbeat and I can totally relate to how terrifying that is. Thank you for sharing this!

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  3. Ahh this is reminding me of my pregnancy days. I can imagine it must have felt a little scary to look for the baby's heartbeat. May Allah make the pregnancy an easy one for you.

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  4. I never got a doppler as I knew I would panic if I couldn't find the heart beat for whatever reason!

    MashaAllah lovely to read your update and in sha Allah the rest of the pregnancy goes smoothly.

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  5. Miscarriage is really most panic attack. I had my first pregnancy the first month of marriage and then miscarriage. And I admit I was biggest fool that time.

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  6. Aww, mashaa Allah. May Allah grant you a healthy pregnancy, ameen. x

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  7. Lovely post, may Allah grant you a healthy pregnancy and keep everyone safe and happy. (www.spicyfusionkitchen.com and www.beautywithzainy.com)

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