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Judy Nyawira: How I juggled my ‘unplanned’ pregnancy with college

Judy Nyawira, the wife of renowned Kenyan actor and filmmaker Abel Mutua, has made a startling revelation about her pregnancy experience while she was studying at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) more than a decade ago.

In a candid conversation with broadcaster Oga Obinna, Judy said she got pregnant in her third year in college, culminating in the birth of their only child, Stephanie Mumbua.

The unexpected twist commenced during a holiday break, approximately two weeks after Judy’s return home.

“A week before we closed school, I had started to feel strange. I felt that my body was not normal. I started to feel that there was something here. The morning sickness had not yet started,” Judy recounted.

As time elapsed, her suspicions escalated.

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“Two weeks after I got home I started feeling bad. I saw there is something here, there must be something here. There was no morning sickness yet, but I was already starting to feel something.”

She confided in Abel, revealing her unsettling intuition.

“So we talked (with Abel) and I told him what I felt, there is someone inside this stomach. Sometimes women say they can’t tell when they are pregnant, but I felt it.”

Abel Mutua with wife Judy Nyawira.
Abel Mutua with wife Judy Nyawira. PHOTO|COURTESY

Judy’s concerns deepened, and it was not long before she found herself five weeks into an unplanned pregnancy. During this tumultuous period, Abel, already a Tahidi High cast member, provided guidance and even offering to be present when she took the pregnancy test.

Judy, following Abel’s advice, made up a reason to return to Nairobi without arousing her mother’s suspicions. The goal was clear – to find out the the truth together.

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“I lied to my mother, she agreed and that’s how I found myself in Nairobi and we tested on the same day. I didn’t want to wait, I just wanted to know if it was true,” Judy explained.

The outcome of the test confirmed Judy’s suspicion, throwing her into an emotional turmoil.

“We measured, and it was there, I cried and cried. I used to sleep, I cried until my head hurt, I slept again, I woke up remembering and started crying again. Abel was just comforting me,” she recalled.

“At the end of the day, we had a conversation. It’s a conversation we needed to have about what I wanted to do with the pregnancy,” she said.

Faced with life-altering decisions, Judy chose to keep the pregnancy and pursue her studies simultaneously. It was a tough choice but she persevered and even gave birth while steadfastly working on her academic project.

Remarkably, Judy’s determination led her back to school a mere two weeks after childbirth. During this period, her daughter found solace in the care of her in-law, granting Judy the opportunity to accomplish her academic dream.

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