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We follow this new cycle of workshops with a very specific training directed just at pregnant women working in Afrikable. The recommendations of care during pregnancy, the importance of an adequate diet and nutrition at this stage, and the follow-up of gestation by health professionals are the topics that have been addressed.

Fatuma, Magret and Mariam, each at a different time of pregnancy, have been able to share their concerns and contrast their lifestyle during gestation with the recommendations they have received.

While many of these tips have been a mere reminder, since the use of ample clothing and comfortable footwear is something that all women do in Lamu, other aspects are more complicated to integrate into their way of life: avoiding to carry weight on an island full of women bearing children on their backs and bales of firewood over their heads is a difficult goal to achieve, as well as ensuring a few hours of sleep and rest when the engine of homes and families are them, who rise at dawn to go for water to the well, cook and attend to the house before going to work.

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It happens the same when we approach the nutrition during pregnancy, because the little variety of food that is here and the economic situation of the most families prevent that the diet of the pregnant women will be as rich and varied as possible. Thus, we have adapted as much as possible, and according to the dietary possibilities that Lamu offers, the diet of Mariam, Magret and Fatuma.

The pregnant women working in Afrikable receive a lunch to ensure that their food is as balanced and complete as possible under the free soup kitchen project. To this lunch, rich in iron as legumes and vegetables, and in proteins present in fish, a daily egg and orange will be added to increase the protein supply and to facilitate the absorption of the rest of nutrients, respectively.

We have explained to this girls the importance of adapting, as far as possible, their diet to their state, since all of them have stated that they eat the same thing when pregnant that it is not. Thus, and knowing the key foods to acquire the necessary inputs during gestation (legumes and vegetables to gain iron, egg, meat and fish to get protein, and citrus to facilitate absorption), the challenge is to become aware of the importance and impact of food and to adapt the menus of their dinners and weekends to their state.

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At this point, it is also important to speak of religious practices linked directly to food. During the month of Ramadan, pregnant women are not required to practice fasting, but social pressures are often stronger than the awareness of one's own health, which causes pregnant women to fast throughout the month, with serious consequences that this can lead to both the mother and the baby. This is a controversial aspect and difficult to approach, which needs a continuous work of awareness, because religiousness has a lot of weight and governs the daily life of Lamu.

Finally, we have emphasized how fundamental it is to take control and follow-up of pregnancy from the moment they are aware of their condition in order to avoid and foresee future complications for the baby and for themselves. The key is to raise awareness of the importance of this monitoring and to foster confidence in the health services offered by these services to come to them.


Author: Marta Heredia | Translator: Sheila Castro

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Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.


In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.


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