Early Symptoms of Pregnancy

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Early symptoms of pregnancy can alert you to the fact that you are pregnant. A pregnancy test should be done to confirm the same.

The most widely recognized sign of pregnancy is missing periods, but some women are so attuned to their body that the immediately understand with the symptoms in the early stages.

Most of the early symptoms resemble what happens before and during mensuration and therefore most women cannot tell the difference. And the symptoms vary from woman to woman and even pregnancy to pregnancy.

We found this interesting infographic for you, to help you distinguish between Mensuration and Pregnancy Symptoms. Read on:

 

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Tips for First Time Parents

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There are a zillion questions running through your mind when it’s almost time to have your first baby. You have read all the books, asked all the correct questions, and spoken to everyone about baby care. Unfortunately, you didn’t understand half the things said. It is because this is one of those jobs where practical experience is most effective.

Here are some tips that I am sure will help you survive the early weeks with your baby:

– Get the house and the nursery (or your room) prepared before the baby comes home because you will have limited time in your hands after the baby comes home. Plus if you are renovating or adding a room – you don’t want fumes and dust that can affect the baby.

– Get as much rest as possible. Stick to the rule ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’. If you are not sleeping, use the time to relax and watch TV or read books.

– Eat meals with all the essential nutrients and stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids throughout the day.

– Talk to other parents to share ideas, concerns and experiences. Get tips on handling the baby and also how to loose weight. Join the nappy times forum.

– Don’t beat yourself about not completing housework – the time will come for your to be ‘supermom’

– Don’t worry – call your doctor for any questions or concerns you might have about your baby.

– Meditate, light yoga or a walk (with your husband and baby) – light exercises help release tension and make you sleep better.

– Most visitors will understand that you are tired to entertain them – don’t feel shy about asking them to come back another day

– Dads, spend as much time playing with your child or caring for him as you can.

– Ask for help/advice if needed, especially your family and close friends.

– Take some time out for yourselves. Once you find a sitter, take a break.

– Set a bedtime routine ASAP. Also set a time for feeding and bathing and stick to it.

– Start your online baby book – record all the milestones and upload all the pictures, you can always organize it better just before sending it for printing.

– Most importantly enjoy every single moment of this phase in your life. The first baby experience will include crying, sleepiness, laughs, smiles and many joyful moments – embrace them all.

 

Nesting Instinct During Pregnancy

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Do you suddenly have a burst of energy even in the middle of the night? The impulsive urge to clean, organize, and arrange life before your baby arrives can be slightly frightening for you and your husband. The mood can strike anytime during your pregnancy but it seems particularly intense in the last trimester. This is called NESTING. There is a focus on all manner of home projects that simply needs to be taken care of before the baby arrives.

It only makes sense to be prepared for life post childbirth but it turns out that biology can be blamed for this unexpected urge. This attention towards your domestic life can only mean good things ahead for you and your baby.

Pregnancy can be termed as dress rehearsal to parenthood. The brain and body are busy readying themselves to prepare for this new challenge. Research has proven that a women’s brain structure changes because you need to pay attention to the baby and bond with the newborn, but these changes actually begins well before birth. Expecting and lactating mothers are known to have high levels of ‘hormone prolactin’, which is known to stimulate nurturing. And your brain changes in anticipation of parenthood. There is a growth of neurons in the brain that gives you the boost in spatial memory. This helps you in taking care of your baby, but while your pregnant, this energy is channeled into preparing the nest.

No you know why this sudden change in your behaviour and you can explain it to your alarmed husband or family who might be thinking you are getting cold-feet or panic attacks about having the baby.

Not only will you feel the need for nesting during pregnancy, but also feel the stress and anxiety of it all. My daughter, would love to get her husband to do ice cream runs for her, but then she would lie awake worrying about small aspects such as the type of pram to buy, or colour of the bed sets etc. It was often difficult for her to just relax. Fortunately by her second pregnancy she was more settled and was also able to help my younger daughter through this period. The trace of stress will keep you on your toes (therefore the cleanliness and organizing disorder).

You will also notice a change in your husband which can range from saving more money to ensuring safety in the house. Mom or dad, the nesting instinct will reveal itself in some form or the other. The energy if controlled well can make you both feel productive and better prepared for your baby.

Due Date: What to pack for the hospital?

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As you enter your eight month, keep your hospital bag packed as you could go into labour anytime in the weeks before your due date. Here is a list of items that the team at Nappy Times finds essential to pack:

Nightgowns or Pyjamas
Hospitals provide gowns, but many prefer to carry their own gowns. At least 3 pairs of gowns that you wouldn’t mind soiling right after birth and a pair with front buttons which is easy to use during breast-feeding.

Slippers and socks
Hospitals can get chilly, so keep socks handy. And slippers for walking around the room or down the hall.

Bathrobe
Incase your decide to stroll across the hallway to see your baby in the nursery.

Nursing bra, pads and tops
Essential for breastfeeding moms. Nursing bras also give you extra protection and support as compared to regular bras.

Underwear
Hospitals provide mesh underwear, but most are comfortable in their own soft underwear. Comfort is most important post birth.

Sanitary Napkins
Get your preferred brand, as you do not know what the hospital will provide.

Toiletries
Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hairbrush, lotion shampoo are essential for any women even after delivering. Lip balm can be included because he heavy breathing can leave your lips dry.

The going-home outfit
One of your pregnancy dresses and comfortable flat shoes.

Baby Clothes
This is your baby’s first visit into the real world, so dress them up. Choose the outfit based on the weather and ensure to bring a cap for your baby’s head.

Diaper Bag
Bring a few diapers and some gentle wipes for emergencies. You might as well get used to carrying this around from the start.

Blanket
Pack the soft and cozy wraps for your newborn even though most hospitals provide you with it.

Camera (and its charger)
Most hospitals allow videos during labour, else you would at least like the first baby picture and a lot more after that.

Snacks
Even though you may not be allowed to eat these snacks, your husband can always rescue his hunger bangs with these snacks.

Mobile Phone and Tablets
Most of us are addicted to our phones or tablets to quickly update status and announce your baby’s arrival. Plus it provides entertainment during the stay.

Babybook notepad
Keep a notepad handy to jot down essential details to fill into the Nappy Times Baby Book. Get your babies first handprint or foot print if possible and add it to the Nappy Times Baby Book

Cosmetics
A little kajal and lip balm wouldn’t hurt for all the photographs post delivery. And don’t forget the visitors who will be coming to meet you in the hospital.

Importance of Baby’s Sleep Time

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Very few moms are lucky to have their newborn sleep through the night few weeks after their birth. The rest of us have to deal with a baby who awakes at night and cannot go back to sleep. There are many reasons why this can happen: fight sleep, to wanting to stay awake, and even thinking its ‘plays time’. Result: sleep deprivation for the mothers, who will not get time to make up for lost sleep. Lack of sleep in mothers can lead to depression.

Newborn babies generally sleep for around 16 hours a day (or more), but it is usually in period of 2-3 hours at a time. But as your baby grows, the erratic sleep changes to regular sleep pattern with longer periods between feeds.

By the age of 3 months, many babies sleep for at least 5 hours at a time. And by the age of 6 months, night time sleep stretch between 9-12 hours.

It is critical to have a healthy sleep pattern for your baby from day one, but night sleep interruptions are part of the baby’s schedule, as they need to be fed. During the daytime, babies should be actively stimulated with song, dance and play. This helps him use up his energy and sleep through the night. Baby’s function better with a healthy dose of routine and structure, so follow this with a consistent bedtime routine.

In the middle of the night, if your baby needs care or feed, use dim lights, a gentle voice and soothing movements – ensuring that he understands it is not play time. Similarly, during the day make sure the room is well lit so he doesn’t sleep for too long and thereby interfere with his night sleep.

Sleeping, just like eating can be forced onto a baby, so create a safe and secure environment making it easier for him to sleep. This routine will develop into a healthy attitude in your child with respect to sleep even into his adult years. Many sleep problems in older children and adult’s stems from childhood sleep routines – where they felt that ‘sleep’ was not a great state to enter and was a fearful place to stay in.

6 Pregnancy Myths Broken

 

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When you announce you’re pregnant, the ‘free advice’ you get from everybody is annoying and also confusing.  The one thought that goes through your mind is ‘should I believe this?’ I would say, listen to your doctor; he knows what he is saying.

Listed below a few myths:

Myth 1: Eat three healthy meals a day

Fact: Eat six or sever small meals a day (every two-three hours). Frequent meals from various food groups keeps blood sugar in constant range, which is beneficial to you and your baby. Do not resist the urge for ice-cream sundaes and chocolaty pastries, you can eat whatever your desire.

It helps to keep a diary to note down what you eat. It will help keep tab on nutrient intake.

 

Myth 2: No caffeine

Fact: Coffee in moderate intake will not harm your child. Studies have shown that coffee intake leads to miscarriage, but these studies do not reveal the type of coffee, how coffee was brewed etc.

Therefore, Moderation is coffee. Same hold true for sodas, tea which have caffeine in it.

 

Myth 3: You’re eating for two

Fact: You need only 300 extra calories a day, so pregnancy shouldn’t be reason for you to pig out. Though sometimes a second helping at dinner is fair.

 

Myth 4: No Seafood

Fact: I agree that there is a greater risk of ingesting bad kinds of bacterial with raw food, so avoid the raw fish sushi and choose a cooked shrimp roll instead. Not all fish are the same (or dangerous during pregnancy). Chose seafood with lower mercury levels like salmon or shrimp.

 

Myth 5: Suffer the sickness

Fact: Many over-the-counter meds are safe during pregnancy, but many women believe (or are made to believe) that they have to suffer through the illness. Check with your doctor for medications for – fever, diarrhea, colds, and allergies.

Herbal supplements and teas are also popular and research hasn’t proved any harm on fetuses, check with your doctor. But our recommendation for natural route to soothe your nerves is by eating chocolates or meditating.

 

Myth 6: Exercise is a no-no

Fact: Many docs advice that mild exercises are fine during pregnancy. If yoru pregnancy has no complications, low-impact workouts are great to control weight gain and prep for baby. Avoid – exercises that involving lying on your back as it can reduce blood flow to your brain and uterus. Go for yoga.