Me Time for new moms – It is not an option – must be in your check list everyday.

Me Time for new moms – It is not an option – must be in your check list everyday.

Hey Mommies,

Here I am with a new short write up to give you little confidence, to give you little comfort from my side.

After delivery, for any new mom it is quite a difficult and challenging time for the first few months.

Those sleepless night,

those unbearable suggestions ,

those heartbreaking cryings of the newborn.

Amidst, you have household work to do. You have to look after your newborn.

And above all, if something is not done as per the expectation of few family members, you will be held guilty.

But, the bitter truth is, in India and in most families these are happening. If few moms are blessed with understanding husbands then they might be frustrated with in-laws

If few are blessed with an understanding husband and in-laws both they are worried about not having proper Breastmilk supply

The worst cases I have heard, where a mom has gone through a tough phase because none of her family members helped her and she had no one to look up to for help. But now after 2 years of Motherhood she has made herself more stronger and independent.

So, mommies, why I cited these examples is because each one of us has some or another problem but a very common problem is postpartum depression. We have to deal with it from day one else our life will look like a burden. Motherhood will look like a punishment.

I know, I know, It is easier said than done.

But believe me, I have gone through this phase and have chosen this topic because it helped a lot in terms of gaining confidence, in order to overcome fear, anxiety, and sadness.

What is *Me time*

It is a time to spend with oneself. Doing what you love to do or at that point in time thinking of doing that. It could be listening to music, or just relax or watching youtube, learning new courses like Digital Marketing, Python programming, Coding etc , going through your old photos ..anything but all alone and it should make you feel better.

No Household work or office work or any pending work.. No No…

How is that possible??

Yes, very much possible.

If you think any of your family members support you, ask him to take care of the baby for half an hour to one hour. And this is why you get your #MeTime.

The Worst case scenario which I have heard or seen is where people think it is only a Mother’s duty to look after the baby, in that case also those moms survived happily and took out their #MeTime.

The only time is early morning. When All family members are asleep, no one wakes up. Just wake up according to your baby routine matching with other family members’ sleeping patterns. Take out at least half an hour and the whole day you will find energized.

It is difficult after a sleepless night but we know we have to wake up after every 2 or 3 hours to feed the baby for the next 6 months. So, why not accept this fact and make use of it.

Yes, I have shared a general idea. If anyone thinks this might work for them .. try and please share your experience.

Till then stay strong Mumma,

Little ones are looking at you.

 

Just a Mom to Mom talk. 🙂

 

 

Cough and Cold during Pregnancy and their Management

Cough and Cold during Pregnancy and their Management

“Now I’m Pregnant.. while coughing, my abdomen is paining.And also will the cold symptom harm my baby? How can I get rid of this? Please help me out.” thoughts of many pregnant ladies.

This is the common question asked by many MoMsters.

Pregnant ladies have a weaker immune system, that’s the reason they are more vulnerable to viral and bacterial infections. But don’t worry MoMsters, the symptoms of cold will not affect your baby who is protected in the womb by the placenta. You might feel discomfort while coughing.”

Common cold can be caused by more than 200 different viruses; there is no medical cure for the common cold, it will get better on their own. We have to just ease the symptoms. (Caring MoMster will help you by giving few tips on home remedies)

Cold Symptoms during Pregnancy:

  • Runny nose (1st a clear later a yellow discharge).   pregnancy
  • Nasal stuffiness.          
  • Sore throat.                 
  • Feeling tired
  • Slightly swollen glands.
  • Mild fever (100-101 degree F).

Symptoms usually last for 5-7 days.

How to find out whether it is an Allergy Cold:

  • Continuous sneezing.
  • Itching of the nose, ears, and throat.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Runny and blocked nose
  • Dust and pollution trigger the symptoms worst.

Cough:

  • Dry cough is generally due to upper respiratory infection, sometimes acid reflux will also cause cough.
  • Some of the allergens such as dust mites, pollution, pollen, smoking, alcohol smell, agarbhati smell, chemical fumes, and paint smell trigger an allergy cough which is caused by your immune system’s response.

Dear MoMsters any cough lasting more than 2 weeks must be evaluated, so please take care.

Point to be remembered: Antibiotics do not work on infections caused by viruses. Then you may wonder why doctors prescribe antibiotics?

Let me clear your doubt…

“When doctor diagnosis symptoms related to acute bronchitis, Pneumonia, or Acute bacterial sinusitis, only then he prescribes antibiotics to treat because these infections are bacterial and not viral.”

Now you may wonder how to treat cold and cough during pregnancy! Medicines are safe during pregnancy?

Let me tell you that cold and cough medicines contain multiple ingredients so it is best to check with your gynaecologist about their safety in pregnancy. But most of doctors advise to avoid medications for simple common cold and cough during pregnancy, because few medicines affect the health of foetus. That’s the reason we came out with the amazing and safe home remedies for cough and cold during pregnancy.

Ease Cold and Cough symptoms by using some Home Remedies:

  • Steam Inhalation: Helps to clear mucus in the nose and relieves sinuses symptoms. Doing steam inhalation 3 times per day will help.
  • Saline nasal spray: It is a solution of sodium chloride and a form of nasal irrigation. This helps to relieve nasal congestion and is safe during pregnancy. pregnancy
  • Gargle: Gargling with warm salt water helps to remove throat infection and cough.

Recipe: Take 1 teaspoon of table salt and turmeric with 1 cup of warm water. Stir until the salt dissolves. Then gargle with it several times and spit it out.

Doing gargle 3 times a day will help.

  • Turmeric Milk: Drink a glass of warm turmeric milk before bed, which works like a magic because turmeric works as anti-allergy and antiviral.

Recipe: Take ½ teaspoon of turmeric + ¼ teaspoon of black pepper + a drop of honey (honey is rich in antioxidants) mix all 3 ingredients in the warm milk.

This warm drink helps in faster recovery from cold and cough.

  • Medicinal extract: Extract the ginger juice and tulsi leaves.

Recipe: Boil half-inch grated ginger with a cup of water + add few tulsi leaves to the boiling water. Stir the extract and add ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder + a drop of honey.

Consume it to get relief from a cough.

  • Take plenty of rest which helps to fight the virus and make you feel better.
  • Keep your head elevated on your pillow while resting to make breathing easier.
  • Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day, which helps to loosen mucus and avoid dehydration.
  • Drink warm water.

Cold & Cough Prevention is better than cure especially during pregnancy:

  • Immune boosting foods:

Take immune boosting foods like dry fruits, almonds, spinach, oranges, kiwi, melon and green vegetables. 

  • Prenatal Vitamins:

Taking your prenatal vitamin which contains vitamin B12, vitamin C, zinc, iron and so on will help in preventing cold symptoms.

(But don’t take any medicines or supplements without your doctor’s consultation). 

  • Avoid anything that triggers your symptoms: like – if you are sensitive to house dust mites, pollution, smoking, alcohol smell, agarbhati smell, chemical fumes and paint smell.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene: Make sure you wash your hands before you eat and also cultivate the habit of washing fruits and vegetables with running water before you eat.
  • Keep nails short and trim them often in order to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Regular baths and wearing clean clothes are good hygiene practices.
  • Drink plenty of fluids: During the Winter period always boil water and store for drinking purposes.
  • Avoid refrigerated food: During winter if you are sensitive for cold items, then avoid refrigerated food and ice cubes.
  • Two vaccines are routinely recommended during pregnancy:
  • Flu (influenza) shot: The flu shot is recommended for women who are pregnant during flu season (October – May).
  • Tdap Vaccine: These vaccines are given to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis), which is safe during pregnancy. 
  • Avoid close contact with a sick person.
  • Reduce Stress and get enough sleep.
  • Eat healthy and go for regular check-ups.

Consult gynecologist if you have symptoms of:

  • fever over 100 °F.
  • have severe pain when swallowing.
  • coughing up yellowish mucus.
  • experience nausea or vomiting.
  • decreased fetal movement.
  • if cold and cough lasts more than 1 week.

“Dear MoMsters incorporate our tips and stay healthy during pregnancy.

To encourage us, just share in the comments section below and also you are most welcome to give a few more safety tips for pregnant ladies”

 

 

Common worries of Parents about Baby’s development. Say goodbye to worries Mommies

Common worries of Parents about Baby’s development. Say goodbye to worries Mommies

“Please consult your pediatrician Surbhi(an imaginary character), Your baby should have started walking by this time, he is already 12 months old now”  – Suggestion by few wellwishers 

“Oh! my baby started crawling by this month, I think you should give him a regular and proper massage” – Suggestion by few more wellwishers

and what not ?? 

can you relate Mommies?

Have you heard these kinds of comments/suggestions ???

Phewww….. you are not alone to face all these demoralizing comments.

There are many other moms including me and my fellow members who once heard these comments in disguise which were named as suggestions.

You might have felt if you are doing something wrong or not doing something which is really needed for your baby to transit from one stage to another stage. 

It creates self-doubt or a pang of guilt and we start comparing our kids with another one and feel very low. 

Please hold on !! Control your thoughts which have been turned into negative and demoralizing thoughts over a period of time.

Please be informed that for a baby it takes time to transit from one stage to another. 

and it absolutely depends on babies when they will be ready for the next stage. There is a range of months, not a particular month. Hence, if your baby is in between those ranges and still about to take up the next stage, then there is no point in worrying.

Just to make you more comfortable, I will try to list down a few stages and a range of months during which a baby can show those developmental stages. 

  • Vision : Newborn can see objects that are 8-15 inches away
  • Sound : Responds to sound by 1 month
  • Smile : Begins to smile by 3rd month and laughs out loud by 4th to 5th month
  • Teething : Begins by 6th to 7th month.
  • Rolling over : 3 to 5 months
  • Neck Stability: By 6 Months
  • Sitting With support: 4 to 7 Months
  • Sitting without support: by 8th Months
  • Crawling which includes crawling like a snake and then proper crawling with the help of hands and knees: by 9 to 10 months 
  • Standing by taking support: in between 9 to 15 months till they start walking
  • Walking: 9 Months to 16 Months
  • Talking: by 6 months 2 or 3 words like gaga, mama, baba, etc and by the end of 2 years few phrases. In between, it is just a combination of 6 to 7 words.

So, I hope after reading it one can take a sigh of relief that their kids are absolutely normal. Now, the question is how to ignore those negative sounds and still continue the relationship. I will suggest just smile and say “wow! your baby is really smart” good to see such fast progress.” or “Yeah! we had a meeting with the pediatrician yesterday or recently, he said few babies take time to walk or crawl, etc (be very honest), and based on the situation.

Last but not the least, If you are reading this article, then you know what “NOT” to say to the other mom 🙂 

You can ask in comment section, if you have to face such situations. We will try to share few more points. 

Have a great and confident day 🙂 

Harmful Effects of Mobile Phones on Children

Harmful Effects of Mobile Phones on Children

N number of parents want to make their kids engaged in some activities so that they can do some other kinds of stuff. It might be cooking or household chores or office work or watching tv etc. In order to do that the most easiest way parents adopt is to hand over a phone to their kids. Few know and few donot its side effects on children. They provide mobile phones and make them engaged to spend long hours over mobiles.

But the question is,  did anyone ever thought it might be harmful to give the mobile phone to your child? If yes, then find out what are the possible effects and how to avoid giving mobile phones to your child.

The rate of radiation absorption is higher in children than adults because their brain tissues absorbs quickly, their skulls are soft. Pregnant ladies should be careful, because fetuses are particularly vulnerable, because radiation exposure can lead to degeneration of the protective sheath that surrounds brain neurons.

Children who use mobile phones are likely to suffer from the following:

Disruption of memory: They won’t be able to have the same level of thinking.

The decline of attention: Children get addicted to either social media or video games, hence they find difficult to concentrate your words or lack of healthy communication with parents.

Increased irritability: They get irritated very soon and lead to a behavioural issue.

Sleep Disruption: They may suffer from insufficient sleep by staying up all night texting or playing games which causes fatigue and restlessness.

• They face diminishing learning and cognitive abilities.

• Longer-term hazards include “depressive syndrome”.

Safety Precautions:

  • Devices should be kept away from a pregnant woman’s abdomen.
  • A mother should not use a cell phone while nursing.
  • Cell phones should not be allowed in a child’s bedroom at night, unless a cell phone is turned off, it is always radiating.
  •  When not in use, it should not be kept on the body, the best place for a cell phone is somewhere like a selves or top table.
  • Boy child should not keep a cell phone in their front pants pockets, because there is a potential harm to sperm after puberty.
  • Wi-Fi routers in the home should be placed away from where people, particularly children, spend the most of their time.
  •  Wireless Bluetooth headsets should be avoided.
  •  Use the speakerphone or a plug-in earpiece when you make your child talk to their grandparents or daddy. This helps to protect child from harmful radiation.
  • Most importantly avoid giving mobile phones for children to play games or to watch video. (If possible delete all the games from your phone, games won’t help your child anyway in future.)

  • Change the YouTube settings to restriction mode in order to protect them from watching any inappropriate content.
  • We as a parent use mobile phones almost everytime infront of our little kids which adversely trigger them to use mobiles like mumma and papa. (Children generally follows parents footsteps). Instead, spend quality time with your little wonders and try to give healthy/talented youngsters for our nation.

Dear parents please go through our content and take an immediate step on protecting your kids from mobile phones. 

Many parents cry aloud that they are missing their happy and lovable child once they had, just because of a healthy communication gap.

80 % of parents report that their child no longer communicating with the family, the phone is always beside the child day and night, their homework is pending, their aim in life and achievements no longer exist.

The simple handset can be provided for school going children just to manage missed school buses, sudden school holidays so on, provided monitor their mobile activity and lastly recharged currency for mobile.

Talk with children wisely, carefully and with all your love. Make them engaged in other activities that improve their knowledge.

Last but not the least, it is easier said than done. It might take time for the transition. But, have patience. Now, you know the harmful effects of mobiles on children. In that case, keep motivating yourselves till your kid gives away the phone and gets indulged into some healthy engagement. 

Take care MoMsters
Happy Parenting..

Nasal Congestion during pregnancy

Nasal Congestion during pregnancy

“I have symptoms like sneezing, congestion, runny nose… but I’m pregnant! What is that? What to do?”

If you have such doubt, then it is more likely known as nasal congestion also called pregnancy rhinitis, which is congestion or a stuffy nose during pregnancy.

Dear MoMsters this is the common issue faced by 30% of pregnant women.

Today I’m going to share with you a few tips to treat nasal congestion during pregnancy.

Some experience nasal congestion due to high levels of the pregnancy hormones estrogen and progesterone and few others experience congestion due to allergies, viruses (Viruses are almost impossible to avoid, especially in the winter). 

But you may wonder how to treat nasal congestion during pregnancy! Can I take medicines to treat? Are medicines safe during pregnancy?

Chill… Let us clear your bunch of doubts….  

When you consult gynaecologist they will prescribe few safe medicines, because only a few medicines can be used safely during pregnancy. However, to be on the safe side, it’s best to avoid taking any medication to treat pregnancy rhinitis.

Manage Congestion/ ease symptoms by using some home remedies:

remedies for nasal congestion during pregnancy

  • Saline nasal spray: It is a solution of sodium chloride and a form of nasal irrigation. This helps to relieve nasal congestion and is safe during pregnancy.
  • Use of Humidifier: Before using humidifier follow the cleaning instructions that come with your humidifier, because bacteria and molds can flourish in some humidifiers. Hence clean it daily. The humidifier helps to open up the nasal passages and allows you to breathe normally.
  • Steam Inhalation: Trust me it really loosens mucus in the nose and eases nasal congestion and sinus symptoms. Doing steam inhalation 3 times per day will help.
  • Warm drinks: Ginger milk helps to ease the symptoms.

Recipe: Boil half-inch grated ginger with a cup of water. Stir and mix the extract to the warm milk with a pinch of turmeric powder. This will be a soothing effect during congestion.

How to manage nasal congestion if their symptoms are due to allergies, viruses:

  • In general Saline nasal spray, Use of Humidifier, Steam inhalation, and Warm drinks will help.
  • Supporting with that taking your prenatal vitamin which contains vitamin B12, vitamin C, zinc, iron and so on will help in preventing cold symptoms.

(But don’t take any medicines or supplements without your doctor’s consultation).

  • Take immune boosting foods like dry fruits, spinach, oranges, kiwi, melon and green vegetables.
  • If your rhinitis is allergen-related then avoid anything that triggers your symptoms like – if you are sensitive to house dust mites, pollution, smoking, alcohol smell, agarbhati smell, chemical fumes, and paint smell.

Consult gynecologist if you are not able to control and if you have symptoms of:

  • fever over 100 °F
  • headache
  • Coughing up yellowish mucus.
  • Wheezing and
  • If nasal congestion lasts more than 1 week.

“So here I am done with my input my dear MoMsters, I hope this post was helpful.

 I want to hear from you, please share in the comment section about your queries.”