My breastfeeding story..

Like any other new mom, I had also faced a lot in the first few days of breastfeeding. within 1 hour of baby’s birth, I fed her first thick milk, and I was happy that she will get all nourishment she wants in upcoming days too, however, the doctor suggested my husband, to buy formula milk and recommended to give it alternately along with my milk, since the supply was not enough after few hours.

After discussing with friends who had the motherly experience I came to know it is the thing with all in the first few days, but some lucky ones have a good supply from day one itself.
As per doctor’s recommendation, we gave her 10ml of formula milk on day 1, as it was normal delivery I was discharged from hospital on day 2 and we have decided to go with breast milk but the things didn’t work accordingly she cried and got irritated because of hunger as milk production was low.

Again we had to give her formula milk but as a result, it doesn’t suit her, and she cried the whole night due to stomach pain. From day 3 magically my breast became tender and they were leaking like a fountain and pained a lot.

My mother in law and I was happy by this achievement of mine, on the 5th-day baby was detected by jaundice and had to be admitted ASAP they had kept her under UV lights.
Doctor told me to breastfeed her every 2 hours as this process will make her dehydrated, the first day went smoothly but on 2nd day due to stress and been awake up for whole night for 2 days it decreased my milk supply but, I continued to feed her as more she will latch more milk will be produced but she got constipated due to less milk and dehydration . On 3 rd day, we decided not to keep her under those harm light and kept her out in sun.

Things worked well her jaundice was gone, we got discharged from hospitable things went well up to 3 months after that I was suffered by a formation of milk duct which causes fever above 100degrees and breast pain a lot.

Still, I won’t gave up as it will be open by her latching and massage only, due to offering frequent latching in one side as I had to unclog the duct my nipples became sore and bloody.
Again things were coming on track and when she turn 4th month I suffered by herpes on my stomach by sleepless nights and low immunity, that is the worst pain I have suffered in my life even my normal delivery doesn’t get me this much. It feels like someone had poured hot oil on our skin and the burning sensation is on another level it took 15 days to recover, still I won’t give up and feed her in standing position.

 

Until then things are working great soon she will be 6 months old, will try to feed her as long as possible as like my mother has fed me for long 5 years.

My breastfeeding journey has taught me not to give up; no matter what one day result will come.

The last and final stretch 3rd trimester

Hello! Friends,

As I sat down to write a regular post the little peanut inside my womb started kicking and I switch my mind to write a different content which I had never written in my blog before.

The last and final stretch my 9th month…………

Like the dots in above line the waits seems like never ending with the weekly doctor visit and passing days my anxiety level is going up and can’t wait to meet the baby while writing this post, baby completes 8 months and 23 days in my womb and when he/she is decided to pop out sure will come with a surprise.

As, per health is concern my pregnancy journey is a smooth ride with no morning sickness, backache etc. except I feel like sleeping all day long. The last trimester comes with many physical changes although I enjoy being pregnant and pampered but, it’s not easy for my body to carry a big bump.

I always wonder how people pee and pop with a large belly in Indian toilet, but now I got it, sleeping become a bit difficult and frequent washroom visits, feels like second hangout room when you are pregnant.

My most of the weight has been gained in a 9th month by 1 kg per week, the sweet craving couldn’t stop me and doctor said not to eat too much sweet as baby will gain too much weight and it will be difficult to do normal delivery, but we can do a little bit of cheating.

Definitely one will get bored of wearing same clothes every other day, though the market is full of maternity clothes and fashion these days, but it will be of no use, later on, read my post of maternity clothing hack hear to know how I survive it.

The nervousness and the patience to hold it for some more days is dying slowly inside me but it will be worth at the end of the day.

But the pampering and love you get from friends and family are the best you can get during this time guilt-free eating, shopping basically whatever you want.

And this will end with the great note just pamper yourself, take time for yourself, fulfill your cravings, spend time with your loved one and when the time comes it will happen with a blink of an eye.

Till then I’ll enjoy my belly, swollen feet and a bit of acidity.

Love you!

Shubhagini.

 

 

 

Having Nuts In Pregnancy.

Pregnancy is the best time for both the parents and family and making it sure to have a healthy baby is everyone’s first priority. Eating right is the first thing you can do to grow your fetus in a healthy way and one of them is consuming nuts.

Eating nuts during your pregnancy is the best way to load up your body with vitamins, especially for vegetarians. Nuts have an abundant amount of minerals, essential vitamins and have plenty of benefits.

Obviously, anything in excess will harm you so, having a handful of nuts daily is good enough for your daily nutrient requirement.

Consuming nuts will give you number of benefits like,

  • They are a good source of fat.
  • Contain vitamin B6 and vitamin E.
  • They fall in the healthy snack category.
  • They are a good source of iron and protein.
  • They are high in fiber which helps in fighting constipation.

Here is a chart which will show a detailed description of nutrient, is found in which nut and their benefit:

 

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Benefit

Fibre Almonds, hazelnut, walnuts, dates, dried fig, peanuts, raisins, Brazilian nut, and dried apricot are a good source of fiber. Fibre helps in constipation, prevents weight gain and controls blood pressure too.
Protein Coconut, dates, almonds, walnuts, pistachio, and peanut are a good source of protein. Helps in increasing baby weight and is very good for overall development of a baby.

 

Iron Dried dates, dried fig, raisins, coconut, walnut and goji berries are rich in iron. Iron plays a major role in pregnant women body as it provides oxygen to the fetus by producing more blood and consequently hemoglobin.
Copper Cashew, pine nuts, pistachio, walnuts, apricot, dates, and coconut are rich in copper. Copper promotes the absorption of iron and also helps in developing organs and muscles.
Calcium Dried fig, almond, and dates are rich in calcium. It helps in stronger bones, teeth, healthy nervous system and muscles to grow in a baby.
Manganese Walnut, almond, cashew, and pistachio are rich in manganese. It regulates baby weight and also helps you in regulating your metabolism, thyroid and blood sugar.

Note:

  • if you are allergic to any of the nuts do not consume it instead of ask for its supplement from your doctor.
  • The information has been researched and curate in one blog, I am nowhere expert of nuts please take the advice of your doctor before consuming them.

I Hope this will help you and encourage you to involve nuts in your daily diet, do take good care of yourself and be happy.

Love shubhagini

Exercising in Pregnancy

Exercising during pregnancy is always being daunting especially in an Indian culture where pregnant women get a way lot of pampering that she faces a difficulty in having a normal delivery because of all the comfort and no Exercising but, it is recommended only when your doctor recommends it.

Most of the women are terrified of doing it due to complication or premature labor but studies show coping up with light exercise will help you in having a normal pregnancy.

Keeping up your body active will help you post delivery as your stamina will be maintained and will keep you in good shape too.

Before starting up:

  • First and foremost is to consult with your doctor before starting with any kind of physical activity. If it’s a yes from your doctor go ahead with lite exercises like stretching, walking, yoga, pelvic stretch, and swimming.
  • Wear comfortable clothes during exercising a good sports bra, tank top, and legging which are not too tight.
  • If you couldn’t find out the proper exercise during pregnancy take help for an expert advice there are so many courses up in the market or sometimes hospital also offers such facilities so go ahead and take advantage of it.
  • If you are on a budget and can’t afford such type of classes make youtube your best friend there are tons of video related to pregnancy exercise.

The benefit of exercising:

  • Helps in maintaining weight.
  • Increase the chances of normal delivery.
  • Reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.
  • Helps in postpartum recovery.
  • Shorter labor time.
  • Helps with constipation.

Precautions:

  • Don’t attempt any physical activity if you have hypertension or heart disease.
  • If you are carrying low and have a weak cervix.
  • Avoid lying on your back and exercise related to it.
  • Don’t stress too much listen to your body and stops when you can’t do it.
  • Do not dehydrate your body; take a regular water break in between.
  • Do not hold your breath while exercising.
  • Don’t do jumping and heavy lifting exercising.

I hope this article will help you in having a normal delivery and will maintain your health and boost up your stamina throughout the pregnancy, and make sure to consult your doctor before ending up in any decision.

And do let me know in comment section if you have any doubt and share your thoughts too.

Love Shubhagini

 

Post pregnancy hair loss care.

Pregnancy comes with many physical changes. Other than stretch marks, acne, swallow feet, mood swings, also hair loss comes with it. Once the baby is born you’ll suddenly feel the tremendous amount of hair fall for 2-3 months.

But this is a temporary phase and here also you can blame hormonal changes which will become stable along with time.

What causes hair loss?

Increase in the level of hormones causes your hair to be in resting phase known as telogen, that is why you have thicker and voluminous hair during your pregnancy.

Post pregnancy settling down of these hormones back into a pre-pregnancy stage.many women face the problem of hair fall post pregnancy but, if you stress more about it, it will increase instead of stopping down.

Try to be calm and patient as it is a temporary process and can settle down 2-3 months after having a baby.

Other than hormonal changes many factors can cause hair loss like:

  • Poor nutrition.
  • Genetics
  • Thyroid during pregnancy.
  • Mineral deficiency.etc.

How to control hair loss?

Since it is natural processes in pregnancy don’t stress much about it instead with these little tips you can have control on it.

Drinking lots of water:

Consuming 3-4 liters of water in a day not only help to control hair fall but prevent many diseases too by doing so.

Hair massage:

Oiling your hair 2-3 times in a week is a great way to relax and add nutrition at the same time. Opt for coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil warm it a bit and massage it gently into your scalp.

This will strengthen your roots and prevent further hair fall.

Treating deficiency:

Take help of your doctor to identify if you have any iron or zinc deficiency and plan your diet according to it. Apart from supplements try to include a natural ingredient in your diet for iron, zinc or mineral deficiency if you have any.

Include food which is rich in vitamin C and vitamin B complex which can be found in citrus fruit and leafy vegetables, consuming these on regular basis will help to prevent hair fall.

Using organic product:

Using organic product will not harm your scalp in any way and also protect you from any allergy or infection that can be caused by using any regular shampoos and conditioner which contain paraben and SLS in it.

Using organic product during pregnancy will never harm you in any way and helps in preventing hair fall.

Avoiding styling tools and coloring:

It is best to avoid styling and coloring during pregnancy as coloring can trigger allergies. Instead, try to maintain it naturally, be gentle on it but if you are planning for maternity shoot save the styling for that one day.

Balance diet:

Whatever we consume shows up in our skin and hair, try to eat nutrient-packed food include more of fruits, vegetable, dairy product and protein-rich diet in your daily diet.

Food rich in antioxidant and flavonoids encourage good hair growth and protect hair follicles.

 

Hope this will help you in post-pregnancy hair loss, do let me know if you have any doubt in a comment section.

Love Shubhagini

Pre Pregnancy Care

Having a child is a huge responsibility and if it comes with surprise it would take you to, understand the things slowly when you are not ready, in our case we have planned a baby so I have taken care of all the things that are to be needed before having a baby.

Not only your health involves in it but your mental and financial decision also plays a huge role in it.

So, here are my pick-ups that I have done before conceiving:

Your partner decision:

Having a baby is both Father and Mother responsibility, so talk about parenting with your partner about

  • How does he feel about it?
  • Whether he is ready to take a responsibility?
  • Are we financially strong enough to give the best to our child?
  • Working or stay at home.
  • What all are his priorities and expectation.

Talk to your doctor:

After mutually deciding over having a baby the first thing I had done to talk to my doctor because she is the only one who knows you inside out.

In my case, she told me to have a thyroid, diabetic test done first and after which she prescribed me the folic acid tablet for one month and then try for it.

Talking to your doctor plays a major role if you have any disease that can affect your baby can be treated at an earlier stage so that you can have a healthy pregnancy.

Stop taking pills:

If you are on birth control pills stop using them a month before, in order to have a successful pregnancy rate and this will also help you to calculate your most fertile time of the month.

Watch your weight:

Otherwise, you are going to gain 11-15 kg during pregnancy which depends on women to women but to maintain a healthy BMI is very much important so that it cannot affect you later on because overweight can lead to many problems later on.

Cut or limit caffeine:

Being a coffee addict it’s very difficult for me to control over it so, I have started to take it in an account way before trying for a baby, limit your caffeine amount day by day so that when you’ll conceive it will not affect your craving at all.

Not only coffee but also try to cut down common sources of caffeine like tea, soda, and green tea.

 

Follow a proper diet:

Avoid outside food as much as you can and try to take a 5-6 portion of meals of home cooked food in a day, it’s ok to cheat once in a while when you crave for pizza or burger but, try to avoid it as much as you can.

Increase the amount of water intake:

Increasing the water intake will help you in fight morning sickness, indigestion and heartburn not only this it will also help you in stretch marks and in urinary infection too.

These are all I have tried it let me know if you find it useful in the comment section and all the best for it.

Love Shubhagini

Maternity Clothing Hacks

When I was pregnant I was all thrilled to shop for myself first 9 months and then for a baby, but the amount of price in name of maternity was way hell expensive.

Because of the fact that we can use them for few months only, I drop the idea of buying them instead with the little hacks and DIY I found on Pinterest you can survive in your pregnancy without buying them.

The first trimester is the easy one as you don’t need oversize cloth for the first 3 months; I have survived in my already owned clothes up to 5 months.

And now when I am in my 7 months I need that extra fabric, here are some hacks and DIY that I found on Pinterest for maternity hack.

Steal your husband T-shirt:

From lounging around the house to exercising I found them the comfiest outfit even though they are of a Medium size for your husband you’ll feel like large size all comfortable in it.

Bra-back extender:

Let’s face it your boobs will increase throughout the pregnancy and buying new lingerie every month will be a waste, a bra- back extender will work by adding some extra inches and breathing room for you.

Instead, invest in a good nursing bra.

Hair elastic:

Your favorite pair of jeans can still be worn with this simple hair elastic trick.

Make Maxi dress and Anarkali your best friend:

This is the best hack I have found to wear maxi dresses and Anarkali kurtas in your pregnancy as you can get them in a different style without spending much on it.

They can even do a trick on your maternity shoot.

Yoga pants and jeggings:

Like the maxi dress and Anarkali yoga pants and jeggings can also do a trick making you comfortable yet stylish at the same time.

Pair it up with long tops for that flaunting look.

Buy top in one size up:

For this hack go for a long top in one size up, they’ll not be stuck in your belly and will be comfortable too.

 

Here are my tips and tricks to save a little in maternity clothing, tell me yours in the comment section below.

Love Shubhagini

 

 

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How to plan a Baby moon In India

Babymoon is a whole new travel trend in India, which is already been popular in the west. Planning a babymoon in India can be quite a new experience for a couple as there is too much restriction from family but, once your doctor gives you a green flag you can plan it a much needed alone time before the baby arrives.

Babymoon is a trip taken by an expectant couple before the baby arrives. it’s a great time to spend some romantic quality time with your spouse because once the baby arrives hardly you’ll get a time for anything.

if you are planning one here are my tips and tricks to make it a memorable one without any problems.

Consult your doctor:

The first and foremost thing is your health, keep it in priority and plan accordingly. consult your gynecologist before planning, if you have any health issues try to avoid traveling instead plan a luxury stay in your city itself.

Picking up a time:

the best time to plan babymoon is the second trimester as it is easy going one and you can flaunt your little baby bump too. Youll be comfortable and enjoy your destination with ease in your second trimester.

Getting a pregnancy travel insurance:

Pregnancy travel insurance helps you if you are traveling outside the country, the cost and cover time period depends on insurance companies you are opting. try to invest in a quality travel insurance company.

Choosing a destination:

I would suggest you visit a place you have been before as it has to be an easy going trip you don’t need to explore a more of it, it’s you and your husband quality time. Just relax and make wonderful memories out of it talking about a future baby.

Or if you want to explore a new place here are some exotic babymoon destination India.

Kerela:

paradise for honeymooners this god’s own state will surely give you an extraordinary experience being it a strolling in beaches or getting a special spa.

Goa:

Another laid back and most relaxed destination, skip the tourism places and book a resort with direct access to beaches.

Pondicherry:

Enjoy the French side of India on this island with treating your little one with french cuisines.

Kodaikanal:

This unexplored hill station is a must visit once in a lifetime I absolutely fell in love with this place due to its mix Tamil and British culture, affordable Sunday market and the delicious mango.

 

These are my picks do tell me in the comment section below where you have been in your babymoon and hows was it.

Love Shubhagini.

 

 

 

Pregnancy Skin Care

Pregnancy comes with lots of joy and happiness but, at the same time with symptoms that we don’t want to share in our happy time be it a morning sickness, acne, skin discoloration etc which differs from women to women. There are some symptoms which we can’t solve and have to face it.

Whereas if it comes to skin care you can actually treat them or can take a good care of yourself before it comes in your pregnancy way.

Here are some natural treatments you can do at home during your pregnancy:

Take an adequate sleep:

Take a good sleep of at least 7-8 hour in a day it will not only relax your mind and body and will keep you away from stress which is the main cause of a lot of problems. Try to catch an afternoon nap if possible.

If you are working mom try to sleep early in the night so that your body gets an adequate sleep when it needs the most i.e. during pregnancy time.

Exercise:

As much as sleep is important during pregnancy so as exercising too, which helps in maintaining your stamina as it takes a lot of energy in developing a baby.  If you can’t make time for it try to do a simple 30-45 minutes walk in a day.

Exercise will help in maintaining your glow and charm throughout pregnancy.

If you are second-time mother take your toddler to park and play a light exercise game with them or go for a grocery shopping and take those heavy bags back home.

Try to take stair and walk as much as possible and don’t stop doing your household chore as these small things also help a lot in building up your stamina.

NOTE: Consult your doctor before attempting any exercise.

Maintaining a right weight:

Gaining weight during pregnancy is a natural process don’t freak out too much about it as it all depends on your eating habit don’t take a chance to eat each and everything especially a junk food.

A healthy pregnant woman may gain 11-15 kg in her 9 months, maintain a right weight from starting onwards.it will not only make you feel good inside out but, also keep you away from diseases like diabetics, thyroid and varicose veins.

Drinking plenty of water:

Drinking plenty of water helps me a lot as my skin becomes dryer and dryer day by day during my pregnancy, drinking plenty of water helps you in removing out all toxins from your body which can cause acne, dry skin etc. Not only this keeping hydrated your body will also help you in reducing your stretch marks.

Try to drink at least 3 liters of a water in a day.

Home remedies for skin regime:

No doubt many skin care products come with parabens and SLS in it which can be not good for you and baby too, try to use natural ingredients like

  • Shea butter and cocoa butter for stretch marks.
  • Raspberry seed oil and Shea-butter for SPF.
  • Coconut oil or jojoba oil for moisturiser.

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Do good care of yourself and relax as much as you can because once a baby arrives you may not get a time for yourself. I hope this article helps you in a best possible and do let me know in comment section below.

Love Shubhagini

Signs and Symptoms that shows you are Pregnant

As it is our first baby and totally a planned one the first thing that worries me all the time, is that going to happen or not, how ill came to know that I am pregnant or not. Obviously to know that I had to wait for my periods but, that too ditches us some time and come late.

Well, in our case we had planned to have a baby after 3 years of our marriage. So, before trying for it we had consulted our gynecologist in May 2017 she told us to take folic acid and to try from next month i.e. from June 2017.

Apparently that month my in-laws were also about to visit us so we are not so sure about it but, had to give it a try but were not sure that it will work or not that is when I had observed a lot of changes in my body that shows I am pregnant.

So, here is my experience with Signs and symptom which shows early in first month i.e. you are pregnant or not:

Frequent pee visit:

This can be an irritating sign, visiting frequent trip to loo whether it might be day or night you’ll always feel like peeing during pregnancy as your uterus presses your bladder which makes it take a lot of pee breaks in your first 3 months.

Fatigue:

If you feel tired all the time and can’t do the work like before that means you may be pregnant as your body is busy in making a little munchkin which takes up all your energy. I remember feeling tired just after waking up so you can’t imagine how tired one pregnant woman can feel.

Tender and swollen nipples:

It’s painful due to hormonal changes as breasts change its size and makes them sensitive, sometimes I feel like putting TOUCH ME NOT signboard on them. It will go on after first few weeks as your body will, later on, adjust to hormonal changes.

Mood swing:

Blame it on hormonal changes if your mood swings often in a day that is probably due to the pregnancy which can make you joy and sad at the same moment.

I remember crying it loud when nobody listens to me and on silly things and my mom still makes the fun of it.

Darkening areolas:

The circle around your nipples will start appearing darker and widen due to hormonal changes which are preparing our breasts to breastfeed.

Missing period:

This is the sure shot symptom to know that you are pregnant, get a pregnancy test to know your result at home and surprise your husband.

This is my experience in the first month of pregnancy where I didn’t know the result but experience all these early signs. Share your story in the comment box below.

Love Shubhagini