Post pregnancy tummy reduction

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Struggling with the saggy tummy post pregnancy try these out. They worked out well for me.

“Patience is waiting, not passively, but keep going when the going is hard and slow-that is patience.”

No change happens over night , try out these with patience and note the change.

Something you can do to help firm up loose and saggy belly.

  • Exercise (Crunches and planks)
  • Eat healthy fats and proteins
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Massage with oils
  • Try skin-firming products (Belly wrap)
  • Breast Feeding
  • Walking

The postpartum recovery won’t be just few days. Fully recovering from pregnancy and childbirth can take months.  While many women mostly feel recovered by 6 to 8 weeks. The uterus return to the pelvis in around six weeks after birth, and it goes back to its original size ( similar to a closed first).  Generally what happens is that after the baby is born, the stomach muscle gradually comes back together.

Exercise

Moderate exercise after 6 to 10 days (depends upon person to person) are good to bring the body back to normal. Crunches are the best to do after delivery to bring down the extra tummy.  Crunches can be done probably after one month after the vaginal birth, and only after complete recovery of stich for the C section.  The  crunch is one of the most popular abdominal exercises. When performed properly, it engages all the abdominal muscles allows both building six pack abs, and tightening the belly.  It is the best and the low cost exercise that can be performed at home.

An approved crunch begins with you lying down, knee bent, and hands positioned beneath your lower back for support.  Do not hollow your stomach or press your back against the floor. Just lift the head and shoulders, hold briefly and relax back down. Don’t overdo crunches , as it may give a negative result. Start with 5 or 10 crunches and gradually increase to 50, 60 or as your stamina permits. Its all about your body, so don’t overstress the body.

Plank also know as front hold over, or abdominal bridge.  Strength exercise that involves maintain a position similar to push up for the maximum possible time. The forearm plank which is held in a push up like position, with the body’s weight borne on the foreams, elbows, and toes. This help a lot in firming the body and tightening the muscles.  

Healthy Food

Healthy food can be a large variety of food , eat foods that have proteins such as milk, cheese, yogurt, meat, fish and beans.  Eat fruits, and vegetables,  limit junk food.  Eating lot of ghee is advised as it help in reducing the joint pain.  Leafy green veggies like spinach, broccoli are filled with vitamin A which is good for both mom and baby. They are also a good non diary source of calcium and contain vitamin C and iron.

Drink Water

Drink plenty of liquids, drinking plenty of water along with feed . Every time you breast feed your child along with that you can drink water . It help to dehydrate your body , though not proven it helps in reducing the intake of excess food that keep the body fat high. Drinking a glass or two of warm water adviced early in the morning will help in cleaning your system.

Massage

Give a gentle oil massage around the saggy tummy in circular motion for about 15 to 20 minutes . after the massage just cover the massaged area with a hot towel for 10 min. Bio oil is used to massage the tummy area for removing the stretch marks that are common after delivery. Do it regularly before shower and after the shower tie a belly belt or the belly wrap.

Belly Wrap

Belly wrap, though its not going to burn all the belly fat but definitely it will help in reducing the tummy from coming out.  It gives support to the womb, speeds up the healing process, helps to tone the abdominal muscles.  These belly wraps also called abdominal binders provide correct body positioning and provide support.  These belly wraps will be most effective when worn immediately after delivery, for 6 to 10 weeks although some women prefer to wear It for longer period. In case of C section it is advised to use the binder when the surgery stitch is healed.

Breast Feeding

Breast feeding help to reduce the belly fat.  Researches have shown that breastfeeding can support your postpartum weight loss. However, in the first 3 months of breast feeding, you may experience no weight loss or even some weight gain. When you breast feed, you use  the fat cells stored in the body during pregnancy along with calories from your diet to fuel the milk production and feed the baby.

Walking can do wonders in reducing the tummy fat as well as reducing the excess weight. Start with small distance at the begining.

I have done all the above , not all at one time but starting one at a time and then gradually moving to the others. As there is a saying….

” Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled they are the ones that never give up despite the struggles. “

Keep going and enjoy the journey of motherhood.

Selfcare first to care your baby

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In the middle of all the hustle of bringing your baby home, you may have forgotten to take care of that other important person…THATS YOU! It’s crucial to nurture yourself in order to better nurture your little one. Post pregnancy care is integral for a mother who has just endured the stress of labor to ensure that her newborn gets the care & nutrition. First of all, you’re going to feel a bit worn out, don’t worry you just gave birth! Even under the best circumstances, labor is mentally and physically exhausting. . At this point labor care for mothers becomes necessary so that you regain your health as soon as possible to attend to your baby and enjoy the journey with the new one.

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Keep these things in mind to be healthy happy and have a quality time with your new one.

Ask for Help

Instead of doing all the house hold chores on your own, you can ask for help from a family member, a friend or hire a maid. Do not try to wait it out, hoping for your health to get better. Accept offers of help when they come your way! you might include a friend who offers to do the laundry or any sort of help possible. Make post-delivery care simple and convenient, and spend more quality time with your new-born.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can really wear you down, without you even realizing it. Here’s an after delivery tip – If you’re breastfeeding, you run an even greater risk of becoming dehydrated, so remember to drink plenty of fluids. The best thirst quencher is water, so drink lots of it—about 6 to 8 glasses a day. An easy way to remember is to drink a glass of water whenever you sit down to feed your baby. Avoid heavy foods that can weigh you down. Instead, eat moisture-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, with a little carbs.

Moisturising

Also, don’t forget that your skin needs moisture too. Replenish your skin’s moisture, and take a much needed moment for yourself with a shower. In addition to helping hydrate your skin, a shower or bath will help to relax your sore muscles. Use a gentle, moisturizing cleanser with a mild fragrance to make this an all the more rejuvenating experience. After delivery care doesn’t always have to be stressful.

Eat Healthy

To ensure optimum post delivery care for both you & your new born, it is important to eat foods that are rich in nutrients. Think of breastfeeding if you need motivation to follow a healthy diet. The healthier you eat, the better you will be able to nurse your new-born. Focus on eating whole grains and cereals, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables. Go for foods that provide plenty of protein, calcium, and iron.

Sleep

Sleep is an important part of your post delivery care.  Try to follow the simple rule- “You sleep when your baby sleeps.” Resist treating your baby’s naptime as time to do household chores. Try to take rest when your baby sleeps. Make your bedroom as quiet and comfortable as possible. You will sleep better if your bedroom is cool and dark. You could also play some good music to calm yourself. You may not get a full night’s sleep anytime soon, but the least you can do is make the most of any opportunity you do get to sleep, even if it’s just a nap. As a mother, you have already endured a beautiful but hard 9 months of pregnancy, and of course labor. It has not been an easy journey, but today you have a little bundle of joy in your arms to make up for those sleepless nights and monthly doctor’s visits. It is now time for you to concentrate on yourself so that you can give your new-born your undivided attention. Thus, after labor care for a new mom is not just necessary, but also well-deserved for all that your body has gone through.

Relax

Your muscles are likely to be tense from lifting, carrying, feeding, rocking and soothing your baby during all hours of the day (and night!) Now is the time to get yourself a good massage & some tender loving care after your delivery.

You probably already know the benefits of massaging your little one, but now more than ever, you need the pampering, soothing effects of a massage for you too! A good rubdown can help relax your muscles with firm strokes along your shoulders, arms, lower back, thighs and calves. Remember to use a gentle lotion or oil to help make the massage more comfortable.

This is very essential after delivery to release muscle tension and give yourself the tender, loving care that you deserve.

These are some must do daily things for a new mom to be healthy and enjoy with your new joy!!

Stay happy…….

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Who am I; I Me Myself

Here I begin with a brief introduction about myself. I am Manjusha. I want to work and be busy the whole day.  After my second child, i couldn’t move out and work for quite some time. But still a net savvy, love to surf over net and search various information.

I always had a hunger to learn new things, in this search over internet i found a blog which was an inspiration for me and quite interesting too. Its about a mommy who was working and now when she had her first baby she started blogging. This was the first time I started thinking about writing and expressing my views.  When we see people doing something, we get inspired. Since I always wanted to learn new things i started learning about blog, what it is , where to start it, how to write, what to write etc… In this search i started reading books which helped me understand what and how a blog works.

I love to give my views on different topic of my knowledge. Writing blog will be a good platform for me to write my views , ideas , imagination , and sharing knowledge.

Along with books i searched YouTube about blog, that gave me more wonderful idea about bloging, which was of more interest. Then without wasting time i opened WordPress, signed up for a website and a blog. And here I am with my introduction, will be writing my views on different topic soon……

Must have this when u have a toddler at home

When you have a toddler around its really hard to manage things. They at this stage start showing tantrums. As everyone says the best way to deal with their tantrums is to leave them alone or simply ignore them. But as I have observed, it’s always not practical to do so.

This is the stage when they start exploring new things. If they are ignored and lest alone for their tantrums they may take it as a chance to do anything, which may even harm them and also may destroy things at home.

It is always a good option to distract and divert their mind. A lot of things can be used to divert their mind and distract them.

Toys can distract them from their tantrums, if they see some new toy. Always have some toys (some 4 or 5) which are not kept along with other toys. As a mother can understand by the time when they are going to show the tantrums, simpy ignore the tantrum and change to some new topic with some new toys. This will help them to be less adamant too.

These are some toys which you can keep aside and play when they are showing tantrums. Do sit with them, give them a tight hug and then start playing with these toys along with them

As physical growth and development slow during the age of two to four, the motor skill the cognitive development and language take a huge stride. They will start telling stories or explain things more clearly.

Development of motor skill they are going to climb on top of evrything, say for example table, chair, bed etc. More than climbing on top felling down from them is more dangerous,as they are not grown up enough to identify the last point till where they can travel. It is always a better option to put some thick floor mat to help them from knocking their head on the floor.

Try to keep the sharp edged things out of reach, also try proofing products for proofing the corner of the table and sharp edged item placed at the center of the room. Use the furniture safety locks to stop them from getting into some serious trouble while exploring the cabinets, drawers, almirahs, etc. Electrical protector socket plug cover guard

At this age the toddlers can be trained for eating on their own. An elder must always assist them, but still they can be provided with a high chair , baby dishes, and some sipper glass . This may help them to start eating on their own, they will enjoy their food more.

Potty training age is the age from 2 to 4, as a kid can understand it properly by the age of 4. To train them bring a potty seat and be with them tell them to sit on it and assist them without leaving them alone, which may create a mess.

A toddler bed is a small bed thay uses crib matress, which make the toddler feel more cozier and secure and will also make the transition easier for some toddlers. These toddler bed should have a bed rail to protect them from falling down in their sleep.

The toddlers at this age are really clueless, they can do anything and everyting. Most of the them does the unexpected ones. Those naughty pies need a lot of care and attention even if we are equiped with all the necesities, one has to be caring attentive and patient to control and take care of a kid. The above things can help one in handling kids and also help to teach them the right things at the right age.

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Health is wealth a healthy person can conquer the world.

What comes to your mind when you talk about health. The physical body, the mental well-being or both?

Health is wealth was only a proverb for Riya as is it is for others . Never ever in her scariest dreams did she imagines that in such a small age she will loose it . Never be too late and forget to look back and have a check on your personal health. All other things in life will come and go but once gone the health will never come back. People realise about the value of health once they loose it. Change your lifestyle.

Riya was very happy girl at her early twenties. As every other girl of her age she was ambitious, wanted to conquer the world and live independently. With the support of her parents and blessings of almighty she got selected for her dream job. She loved traveling , photography. The job demanded the same. As a part of her job she travelled to different cities and countries.

Travelling to other countries, learning about their culture, meeting different people, ofcourse lots of money and new friends. Life changed. Life was set on her desired path. Little did people realise that it takes less than a second to get things turn upside down, when you are on your own life have what ever you dream. For people there are different view points about life. These views come into life when they are out of their comfort zone. When they are comfortable with what all they have and wish to fly even more high, they don’t even look back,or never do they have a view point about their life. It’s only enjoying and conquering high.

Back to Riya, it started with a very slight back pain. “You are travelling a lot, the long journey is the reason for back pain” Advices and new remedies drained from different sources. But all in vain. Suddenly one day she fell down all unconscious, while she was standing at the main balcony. Finally decided to consult a doctor. The primary reports were little misleading, and the doctor advised for a detailes check up. Scan , MRI, different blood tests all done. Finally the result came……..

A new term for her … bone marrow………..

Travelling, photography all came to an end. The world shrinks down to Cancer center. Days, weeks, months were spend on the hospital bed. Chemotherapy, and all the medicines were new friends. Job lost as she was incapable to cope up with the jobs requirements. No money no friends. Only then she thought about her parents, who were always eager to talk and to be with her but she enjoyed her new life and friends and had little time for them, they came and now only they are left with her.

At this moment she realised the value of her health. It’s not money, it’s health that is wealth. After 13 chemotherapy and 7 surgery , she came back to life, not a normal and healthy though, it’s her strong mind and wish to live that bought her back to life after going through such hard times.

Better late than never, invest in your health, spend time for yourself, don’t run after money. “Health is the only wealth and those who don’t have good health only realise it’s real value”

What foods are believed to increase breastmilk production

It is believed that some food can increase the breast milk production. But these food also may not be effective if the body lack or have some hormonal imbalance, also when the body is having some disease for which you are taking some antibiotics.

Although there is no scientific research to prove that the following foods help increase breastmilk, they have been served for generations to lactating mums and many mothers feel that these foods helped them.  Anyways excess of anything is harmful to health it is always advised to consume all the food in moderation and only as part of a balanced diet.  These are all natural food that are believed to increase the breast milk supply, the first one is

Fenugreek seeds (methi)
Methi seeds have been used for generations around the world to increase breastmilk supply.  Fenugreek seeds are a source of healthy vitamins that are good for lactating mums such as omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats are important for your baby’s brain development. Fenugreek leaves are rich in beta carotene, B vitamins, iron and calcium. The tea is not that delicious, but at many places it is  seen that the fenugreek tea  (methi ki chai) is a popular drink given to new mothers. Fenugreek (Methi) can also be added to many dishes, especially vegetables, and meat dishes and its leaf can be used while making paranthaspooris or stuffed rotis.

          Method of preparation:

Fenugreek tea : for making the tea take 1 tablespoon of fenugreek and crush it slightly, then to a pan add 1 cup of water let it boil, when it starts boiling add the crushed fenugreek into it. Let it simmer for 5 min strain it and add some sweetener of your choice and have it .

Fenugreek seed can be added in almost all vegetables.

Fenugreek paratha: fenugreek leaf can be used to make stuffed paratha/poori. Take some fenugreek leaf, wash it and cook it in low flame for 15 min while the colour change. Allow it to cool and while kneeding the dough add it along with and kneed into a soft dough. And make small ball out of it to make poori and similarly make Paratha.

Fenugreek  is a member of the same plant family as peanuts (moongphali), chickpeas (chhola) and soyabeans. If you are allergic to any of these foods, you may also react to fenugreek.


Fennel Seeds (saunf)
Fennel seeds are another traditional remedy for increasing milk supply. They are also given to new mums to help prevent gas and colic in their baby. The logic is that since fennel seeds are used by adults to ease tummy upsets and aid digestion, the benefits of fennel can be passed to a baby through the breastmilk. There is no research to back either of these beliefs but many mums feel that fennel seeds have helped them or their baby.

After 6 months the baby can also have fennel water, as it is adviced only exclusive breast feed for first 6 months. Take a cup of water add 1 teaspoon of fenugreek bring it  to boil. Let it cool for some time. The baby can have it after the normal pudding or porridge in order to get rid of any stomach upset.

Cow ghee: Ghee is added to almost every item , from laddu to panjiri, roti and sometimes to hot milk. It  good source of calcium, khane wala gondh along with ghee is considered good for the lactating mother as it  relieves the joint pain by lubricating the joint and reduces back ache. The essential nutrients are helpful to the baby through the breast milk.

Green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of minerals such as iron, calcium and folate, and vitamins such as betacarotene (a form of vitamin A) and riboflavin. They are also believed to enhance lactation.
Breastfeeding women are recommended to eat green leafy vegetables daily. Again they can be consumed as paratha or poori, or can be cooked nicely by adding some ghee.

Oats: Oats are also traditionally believed to ease anxiety and depression.
Dates are rich in iron whereas oats contain significant amount of dietary fibre. When both are combined with substantial quantity of ghee, the snack is packed with essential nutrients and it help increase the volume of blood. Dates , Oats and ghee are used to make gluten free laddu.  Oats are commonly eaten as porridge and some nuts, milk, spices or fruits are added to it to  improve the nutritional value.

Sesame seeds (til) Sesame seeds are a non-dairy source of calcium. Calcium is an important nutrient for breastfeeding mums. It is important for your baby’s development as well as your own health. Perhaps this is why it’s an age-old ingredient in breastfeeding mums’ diets. It can be consumed after slightly roasting in ghee and adding some jaggery into it.  It can be consumed in the form of laddu or gajak.  Add sesame seed while making roti or poori along with the dough.

Dry ginger:  The powder is extracted from ginger root which is dried. It is off white or slightly brownish powder with a nice aroma. This is put in a special food called panjiri which is prepared during the early days of delivery . along with dry ginger nuts , wheat flour, ghee, melon seeds ( char magaj) is also added to make and is consumed as a snack every day.

Brown rice: Brown rice is a rich source of fibre and is boiled with fenugreek seed along with some ghee and dry ginger , and is a special food given during initial days after delivery.

Breast feeding the baby is the best for both baby and momy….

Benefits of breast feeding are endless to count . List a few of them….

For the baby:

Helps the baby to resist infection: Baby on formula milk are much prone to infection cold cough as compared to breast fed children. Studies say that breast milk help the child to develop antibodies that fight against infection that may affect the child in early and late childhood. 

Avoid the baby from becoming allergic: Some children are very much allergic to changes in the surrounding like climate, pollution, dust.  A slight change in the surrounding make them fall sick .  These allergies are less affected for the breastfed children

Improves baby immune system:  Immunity is most important in todays world. As there are a lot of diseases which are causing illness among people. We need to develop a good immune system in infants right from the beginning. Breast feeding can help in improving the immune system of the child and are less affected by the modern pandemics and immune deficiency diseases.

Less chances of constipation: Formula fed babies may have issues like constipation and stomach upset as compared to babies on breast feed.  Babies on their breast feed will have a poo which is yellow in colour and is curdled which is quite common. They may at some times have a poo for 5 to 7 times a day or may have once in 7 days .Both these are quite common and no need to worry if are taking feed on proper intervals. This is also a symbol that they are getting enough feed.  Where as those on formula may have stomach upsets and constipation with tight poo/stools.

Brest milk improves babies healthy weight:  The new born babies are tend to lose weight immediately after birth. They will regain their weight after 5 to 12 days. Those on breast feed will have a healthy weight gain. They will get all the required vitamins from the mother milk in the required quantity. Where as those on formula milk may sometimes tend to gain more weight or may be underweight due to overconsumption or less feed.

Breast feed babies have a high IQ intelligence increase:  As the mothers milk is a natural source of all necessary growth vitamins and minerals and the babies brain develop the most during the initial stages of 1 to 2 , studies have shown that they are high on their IQ levels. 

Baby get all the required nutrients: All the above points conclude that the baby will get all the required nutrients in its natural form from breast milk.

Baby bonding with mother increase: For breast feeding the mother hold the baby each time. This increase the bonding between the mother and the baby.

For the momy

It is equally beneficial for the mother to breast feed the baby as it is for the baby. There is a myth that breast feeding will lead to more saggy breast. But out of my personal experience I can say that its just a myth. Along with feeding the baby, mild exercise every day or yoga can help in bringing the body back in posture along with that the breast will be back in proper shape.

Breast feeding help in faster tummy reduction: As feeding release a hormone which help the uterus shrinks back quickly and also reduce the bleeding post delivery. The hormone that release while we breast feed help in shrinking the uterus which in turn reduces the tummy.  Using an abdominal belt immediately after delivery can fasten the process.

Loose the extra weight more easily : People struggle after their postpartum days for loosing weight. Doing all sort of tips and tricks do get rid of the extra weight. If you are feeding the baby and the baby is only on breast feed, after postpartum you may notice a large difference in your weight. By the time the baby is 6 months if the baby is on exclusive feed then the mother can see a noticeable change in her body.

Breast feeding mothers survive postpartum depression Post partum depression is a big emotional and mental depression that many of the women post delivery goes through, and they don’t even understand what they are going through and what need to be done.  But those women who prefer to breast feed the child exclusively and have a strong bonding with the child will never have such depression.   

There are assumption that those mothers who breast feed are less likely to develop breast cancer.  Breast cancer is a disease in which the cells of the breast grow out of control.  Breast cancer can begin at different part of the breast . Studies have shown and there are proven result to show that mothers who breast feed lower the risk of pre and post menopausal breast cancer. And breast feeding longer than the six month can provide additional protection

Inspite of all the advantages to both mother and the baby its quite normal that some of the women out there find it difficult to breast feed the baby due to lack of breast milk due to hormonal imbalance or any other reason such as medication or so.  Also some women worry about the milk supply. Its quite common to worry about the milk supply when you start breast feeding your baby.

The best indication that you’re producing enough milk is that your baby is putting on weight and growing along his growth curve.  Also notice the following within your body to know whether you are having enough milk to feed your baby.

  • Breastfeeding feels comfortable and painless.
  • Your new born is feeding at least six to eight times a day and is content after a feed.
  • Your breasts feel emptier and softer after feeds.
  • You can see and hear your baby swallow while he is feeding.

Personal advice : This is to all the nursing mothers if you have time to feed the baby and have enough milk then it is best to breast feed the baby for overall development of the baby.

Checklist for new parents & to be parents

” Ten little fingers, tiney toes, the sweetest of smiles and a cute littel nose. “

Parenting your new born during the initial days is incomplete without these checklist & guidelines on how to choose the right baby product. 

The checklist for new and first time parents  to have on hand for the early days with your newborn :

  • Diapers and Wipes
  • Feeding Equipment (if you are not breast feeding)
  • Feeding bra
  • Cream for sore nipples
  • Lots of bibs
  • Burp clothes
  • Basic nursery & Linens
  • Cleaning and basic baby care
  • Diaper bag
  • Baby item organiser

An ideal baby product should not be harsh on your baby’s skin or eyes:

Safety is at most important when you are dealing with the delicate skin of your baby. Don’t forget to get lots of baby diaper and baby wipes. The diaper you buy at the beginning must be of size nb, which means new born baby diapper. Be ready with plenty of diapers.  Also don’t forget to store diaper rash cream, and apply it as soon as you see some readcolour or a slight colour change. As the new born is likely to get rashes due to diaper. And don’t forget to change the diaper quite often in order to avoid rashes. Use baby wipes immediately after removing the diaper. And also apply some baby talc.  The baby wipes must be very gentle. Baby wipes can be used for the gently wiping the baby after changing the diaper.

Always keep a baby item organiser ready with all the required items in it to easily access all the baby items when changing the diaper and also after giving a nice and soothing shower to the baby.The baby item organiser can contain lot of diaper,  a rash cream, talc for the baby, baby wipes,  moisturiser for the baby, a smooth towel and 1 set of dress.

Before the baby is born be ready with some basic baby nursery and linen.  It is better if you buy a complete new born set before the baby arrive and don’t forget to wash it with some antiseptic liquid. Complete new born set contain almost all the baby required set for the initial days of the new born. Along with the linen set also get baby    

The feeding equipment are must for those who are not planning to breast feed.  Keep a feeding pumb and a feeding bottle in any ways you not able to feed the baby. Where as you may require feeding bra if you wish to breast feed the baby. The feeding bra are very comfortable for feeding the baby every time.  Your breast is going to feel some tenderness during the initial days and later on when the baby teeth start to come out. So you could keep one nipple butter in hand to apply after the feed. Breast wipes are also advised after and before feed. Breast wipes can be either disposable or washable which ever you think is best for you.

Baby bibs are a must during the initial days of the baby. You can use it till the baby turns 1. Put on baby bib when you are feeding the baby.  Its always advised to the  new parents to always burp the baby immediately after feeding the baby. While burping during the initial days hold the baby in your arms and gently tap the baby on its back and  use a burping cloth to wipe the baby.

Diaper bag is a must for all the new parents from the time the baby is born till you bring the baby back home.  Keep a diaper bag ready before your baby is born and always keep it handy with filling all the required items as per requirement of the child. The diaper bag must be comfortable for carrying and also must hold all the baby items.

Last but not the least do keep formula milk in hand in case you are planning not to breast feed your baby.   

Do keep in mind these things :

Most babies cry for an average of 2 hours a day during the first 3 months. As shocking as it may be, it’s also normal. To comfort your baby, first try to determine the cause of your baby’s discomfort. Is your baby hungry or is there any gas? Does the diaper need to be changed? Is it time for a nap? Is your baby over-stimulated by noise, lights or activity? Your natural motherly instincts will also come into play without you even notice these.

To help soothe a sleepy or over-stimulated baby, hold her on your shoulder while gently rocking her. Sing or speak softly to your baby—reassure her with your calm voice. Rubbing your baby’s back as you do so can also help calm her. Try different positions to find one that’s comfortable for both of you.

Sleep

Your baby’s sleep patterns change as they grows up. Newborn sleep through a major part of the 24 hours, waking up often during both day and night. Even so, you can still begin to develop a bedtime routine for your baby from as early as 6 to 8 weeks.

As the baby grows up they starts to develop a more concrete night-time sleep routine with fewer daytime “naps.” You can help her with this by teaching her that night-time is for sleep, and not play.

Feeding

It is a well known fact that nothing is better for the new born baby than breast milk. Nutritionally speaking, it’s tailor-made for your infant. Unfortunately, sometimes mothers cannot breastfeed, due to medical problems or other special circumstances. Consult your paediatrician on how to feed the new born if there is a lack of breast milk supply or some other reason by which you cannot feed the baby. 

No matter how you decide to feed your baby, always be sure to hold your baby while feeding. The cuddling that comes with nursing and feeding helps in building a strong, loving bond between you and your baby.

Freshening

Freshening your little one can be a great bonding experience.  After every bath and diaper change you can protect your baby’s skin from excess moisture and leaves it soft and smooth by applying the baby talcum powder and the moisturising creams. It eliminates friction while keeping skin cool and comfortable.

” There are hard days in motherhood , but looking at your sleeping baby reminds you why its all worth it. “

Baby blue or Postpartum Depression!!

Why PPD

The birth of a baby can trigger powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — “depression”.
Most new moms experience postpartum “baby blues” after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping.But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Postpartum depression isn’t a character flaw or a weakness. Sometimes it’s simply a complication of giving birth.

Postpartum depression (PPD) signs and symptoms may include:
• Depressed mood or severe mood swings
• Excessive crying
• Difficulty bonding with your baby
• Withdrawing from family and friends
• Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual
• Inability to sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much
• Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
• Intense irritability and anger
• Fear that you’re not a good mother
• Hopelessness
• Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy
• Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
• Restlessness
• Severe anxiety and panic attacks
• Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
• Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Role of Estrogen and Progesterone

Progesterone and estrogen are the two most important hormones in the female body. These are steroid hormones that are responsible for various female characteristics in the body. Changes in hormone production or functioning could lead to the onset of depressive states. Any changes in hormone states including menopause, childbirth, thyroid problems, or other disorders could cause depression. Estrogen is thought to increase serotonin, which is a chemical in the brain that boosts mood. Estrogen deficiency may cause a decline in serotonin that contributes to mood swings or depression

Reason for PPD

PPD can happen after the birth of any child, not just the first child. You can have feelings similar to the baby blues — sadness, despair, anxiety, irritability — but you feel them much more strongly. Although there’s no proven way to avoid developing PPD,  there are steps you can take to protect yourself and reduce your risk.

Steps to reduce the risk

Educate yourself: Learn everything you can about postpartum depression. This will enable you to recognize the condition if it occurs and get help for it quickly. You will also be able to give your health-care practitioners the information they need to help you recover.

Sleep and eat properly: A nutritious diet and a sufficient amount of sleep are critical to your health and well-being. Do your best to eat right and get as much sleep as you can, both during your pregnancy and your postpartum period.

Exercise :Exercise is a key component in reducing your risk for PPD. Squeezing in even 15 minutes of walking a day will elevate your mood and help you feel better about and in more control of your body.

Avoid making major life changes during or right after childbirth: If at all possible, don’t make any big life decisions, such as buying a house or changing jobs, during or right after your pregnancy. Keeping your life as simple and stress-free as possible will make your postpartum recovery faster and easier.

Let your feelings be known in the delivery room: Don’t be afraid to speak up and express your needs and wants in the delivery room. It’s important that your delivery be as comfortable as possible.

Healthy tip: Enjoying the present situation to the most and having nutritious food can help to overcome PPD upto certain extend.

Let’s begin the journey of parenting

Lets beging the journey
The journey of parenting begin here…….
Congratulations to the new momy and dady… you have gone through pregnancy, labor and delivery. I know the most memorable moment of yor life was the one when you saw your little bundle of joy, and the most wonderful day in your life was the day when you bought your baby home, and begin a new life with your baby. Right from the moment the baby is born the journey of parenting begin.
Handling a newborn!!!!
Even if you are first time parents or you have elder ones each child is different. Taking care of every child is challenge in itself. So ready to take the challenge. How wonderful it is to spend time with the little ones. But be careful , these little ones don’t have quite strong immune system. Even before the baby arrived you might have bought a lot of items like new baby dresses, diapers , cradle etc.. the most important part is to clean them all with an antibacterial soap or detergent. Before you take any baby products wash your hands…
The first thing you need to remember about is to clean up all the place with an antibacterial soap or detergent. Quite often you may need to disinfect the house. Apart from flies and mosquitoes flying in and spreading diseases, your house might attract cockroaches, germs, fungal and bacterial infections. Spraying all surface with antibacterial liquid cleaners, mopping the floors wih disinfectant soap will keep germs and bacterial infections at bay.
Holding your baby!!!!
While holding your new born always remember to support the head and neck. Cradle the head when carrying your baby and support the head when you lay your baby down. Never shake the newborn whether in play or in frustration. It may even cause death.
Along with baby take care of yourself according to the climatic conditions. Its quite possible to catch common cold , and its easy to pass it on to your baby. It is best to keep away from your baby if you have fever or runny nose. Along with disinfecting the baby products its equally important to keep the baby diapers in dry place. And if possible buy sealable diaper packets, and also put naphthalene balls or silica gel to absorb the moisture.
Burp your baby after every feed!!!
Babies tend to be gassy after every feed, try burping your baby after every feed. For burping hold the baby up with the babies head on your shoulder. Support your babies head and back while gently patting or rubbing the back with your other hand.

Congratulations to new momy and dady

Handy tip: keep a tray ready with baby wipes, baby powder, a soft woolen or cotton cloth and diapers,this will help to clean your baby quickly

Enjoy the days with your new one. You gona experience new things every day

You think people look younger than their actual age because of the beauty products????

Some people look so young even after 60’s, it’s not because of any beauty products they use while young. We people are born with 2 ages. One is called chronological age and the other is called the biological age. Chronological age refers to the actual amount of time a person has been alive. In other words the number of days months or years a person has been alive regardless of how healthy or sick. This just count the number of months and years we are living.

Whereas biological age is calculating the rate at which our body is aging. The total number of years and the rate are entirely different. Biological age refers to how old a person seem. It changes according to the rate at which a body grows. The rate at which biological age change may be fast or slow. Biological age is also known as physiological age. Many lifestyle factors for example our diet, exercise, sleeping habits etc… affect our biological age. This is what makes it different from our chronological age.

Everyone ages at different rate. Some people seem to age very rapidly, while others age at a much gradual pace. We all might have come across someone who seems rally younger or older than their actual age. This difference is all because of difference in their biological and chronological age. How we age is not under our control. It is primarily governed by many genetic factors which we can’t control. But secondary factors are under our control. They are the habits which make our daily routine. They are diet, exercise, stress level, sleeping habits and smoking.

Even in women the breast tissues are older than the actual age. This is quite common in every woman. A healthy breast tissue is three to four year older than the rest of the women’s body. But actually what matter is the biological age, because it only determines whether a person is really healthy or sick. Every tissue grows and glows according to the biological age. How young you seem to look is not because of beauty products only, but it depends upon our lifestyle that we follow.

Follow a healthy lifestyle routine along with healthy diet to look young.