She Feared She Would Cough The Baby Out: Soha's Journey From 'Womanhood' To 'Motherhood'

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She Feared She Would Cough The Baby Out: Soha's Journey From 'Womanhood' To 'Motherhood'

One phase of life that every woman wants to embrace is motherhood. The pain and ordeal that a pregnant mother-to-be goes through pay off at the end of nine months, when she holds her baby, whom she has nurtured inside her womb, for the first time. The sheer joy, extreme happiness and a blissful feeling which can never be described, are beyond anything in this world.

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One such celeb mother, who has shared a similar feeling, of her transition from womanhood to motherhood, is Soha Ali Khan. We brought to you the story of her new-born baby girl. In case, you missed it, click here.

Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

In a recent article that she wrote for The Quint, Soha described all her feelings, right from the first till the last trimester. She compares her nine-month pregnancy journey to a child’s curiosity of reaching the destination on a family trip. “Are we there?”, becomes a recurring question.

Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

She writes:

“I am currently on one of the most important journeys of my life – a nine-month migration from womanhood to motherhood – and as much as the ride so far has been swift and smooth (barring the one obvious and welcome bump) as I enter the final stretch, I simply cannot wait to get there!”

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Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

Describing her feelings of the nine-month journey, from womanhood to motherhood, she says:

“For me, the first trimester was full of wonder and excitement – I had about three weeks of morning sickness, which really should be renamed progesterone poisoning because not only does it merit a more momentous moniker, it can also strike at any time of the day and for many women be their cruel and constant companion – but apart from that and the odd eruption on my jaw, I was fine.”

Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

In her second trimester, she felt the baby kick for the first time. She writes:

“My second trimester was marked by mind-boggling milestones such as feeling the baby kick for the first time, watching my bump develop and expand and buying my first set of maternity clothes.”

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Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

About her third trimester, especially the ninth month, she says:

“The seventh and eighth months have also been relatively kind to me but the ninth month is proving to be a fiendish foe. It started out benignly enough with some stiffness in my knuckles a couple of weeks ago – my OBGYN is not one to get hot and flustered easily and so when I told him my fingers ached, his response was, “that’s just old age”. Cheeky but oddly reassuring in its dismissiveness.”

Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

Talking about how her physique changed and how the baby bump affected other regions of her body, Soha says:

“My engagement ring, the one precious adornment I habitually wore, sits sullenly on my bedside table, taunting me. Every morning I struggle to put it on my swollen finger, like one of Cindarella’s step-sisters straining to squeeze their portly paws into the dainty glass slipper."

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Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

She adds:

"I can’t remember the last time I took a satisfyingly deep breath that filled my lungs with air. If you are under 5 feet 5 inches (like me) and are temporarily housing an average sized baby inside you, it is safe to say that by your third trimester your organs have been flung aside to make way for a burgeoning uterus.”

Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

She further adds:

“Your bladder has been flattened to a pancake and your liver has been shoved up your throat. Your diaphragm is pushed upwards compressing your lungs and limiting their ability to expand, causing you to feel like you have run a marathon when all you’ve done is bend over to tie your shoelaces.”

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Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

Writing intricately on how the baby bump affects the bending and kneeling down, she writes:

“Speaking of bending over, you know you’re reaching the end of your pregnancy when you drop something and can’t be bothered to pick it up anymore. This huge bowling ball gets in the way and it’s just not worth the effort.”

Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

So, how did she pick up the fallen objects? She says:

“I tried training Masti, our beagle, to retrieve fallen objects but unless it’s something she can eat, she can’t be bothered either. So now what I do is send snapshots of fallen objects and their locations to our house help who kindly do the needful.”

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Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

Moving on, one part of pregnancy, that brings the maximum pain to a woman, mainly during the ninth month, is the heartburn. She elaborates:

“The latest and perhaps the most bothersome symptom of the ninth month torment is heartburn which feels exactly how it sounds, like a burning sensation in your chest. I’m told it’s caused by the growing baby putting pressure on the muscle that keeps food down in the stomach leading to acids leaking up and out, causing acid reflux.”

Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

She further adds:

“Certain foods make acid reflux worse and of course those would be exactly the foods that I now have an insatiable craving for – chocolate, garlic and mint. So now whatever I eat, my staple dessert is always an antacid, this pregnant woman’s best friend.”

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Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

In fact, she once feared that she would push the baby out while coughing. She pens down:

“Just this morning the reflux triggered a coughing bout which lasted the better part of an hour. I was so worried all that hacking was putting too much pressure on my uterus and that I would cough the baby out that I called my doctor in a panic. He was his usual unflappable self and assured me that it takes a lot more effort than a cough to push a baby out.”

Soha Ali Khan Pregnancy

After going through all these pains and ordeals, it seems that the recurring question, “Are we there?”, would stop now. Yes, Soha, you’re there. In fact, we’re there! The destination has arrived and you’ve happily transitioned from being a woman to a mother now. We congratulate you for your new-born! May you both always stay healthy.

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(With inputs from Soha Ali Khan's article on The Quint)

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