Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
In Japan, doctors believe that overweight mums-to-be may have a higher risk of pregnancy or childbirth complications. Hence, all expectant mothers are told to diligently watch their diet and limit their weight gain to 10 kg during pregnancy.
Back where I came from, this may be a formidable task as pregnant women are encouraged to eat for two… (three or even four). Thus, they were gaining weight faster than their Japanese counterparts. As for me, I ate in moderation as I secretly hope to return to my pre-pregnant body with the least effort possible.
Eventually, my maximum weight gain was 9 kg. Though after delivery I was only 2 kg heavier than my previous weight, my joy was brief. I soon realized that it was taking forever to shed off that extra weight. Sniff ~~>_<~~
In many parts of the world, pregnant women eating sushi are not only frowned upon, but are strictly forbidden. Since I am unable to resist sushi, I am glad to be in Japan. Like any Japanese mums-to-be, I continued to eat raw seafood throughout my pregnancy. Even shortly after childbirth, the hospital throw me an Oiwai Gozen (celebratory feast) to celebrate the safe delivery of my son, and sashimi was on the menu.