I live in Lagos, the most populated and busiest city in Nigeria. I was going from Doyin to mile 2 (for those of us who don’t know where that it, you really don’t want to know) by bus, stand still traffic, two hours. The heat? NO! when all of a sudden, I heard noises from behind “excuse, excuse make I come down abeg” there was a struggle to get off the bus. A billion thoughts of what the matter could be ran through my mind in just one second. I mean, its Lagos.
So happened that a pregnant woman, like, very pregnant woman who was sitting at the back, had a short slight seizure and then passed out. She looked flushed. I prayed she would get resuscitated, I’m sure she did.
- Who runs away from a pregnant woman in trouble? Smh.
- Why is a very pregnant woman even in such an environment?
- Who are her people?
- What caused the seizure and passing out?
She had a heat stroke.
I’m quite aware that times are hard, especially here in my great country. And maybe people have to “hustle” to keep mind and body together and all of that. But if you do realize the grave dangers you and your unborn child are exposed to in very hot environments, you just might want to reevaluate.
Pregnant women are naturally hotter than normal, and do not need any extra heat. I find some, very heavy, in the sun, doing one strenuous thing or the other. Yes , I know not everybody has somebody, maybe you, but then you have been blessed with somebody and are on a mission to lose that somebody. Prudent?
Have cool showers regularly, drink lots of cool water , take walks in the cool of the evening, all you need is cool,cool,cool, and not the opposite.
Keep baby and body together.
Contributed By: Chisom Nwobodo