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Healthy Eating for Mothers

Post Delivery, new mothers are advised to consume nutritious food to keep the mothers and the babies healthy. Here are a few tips on healthy eating and post pregnancy weight loss.

As important as it is to take care of your baby after the delivery, it is essential to take care of yourself as well. After the baby is born, your body would need rest and proper nutrition to stay healthy. If you are breastfeeding, the food you eat helps your baby grow and keeps both of you healthy. 

 

Generally, in Indian families, healthy eating for mothers includes a certain set of foods that is highly advised to keep the mothers and the babies healthy, and another set of food that is definitely not advised for new mothers. Food in India, especially for new mothers, are prepared keeping in mind the dietary and nutritional requirements for the baby and the mommy. It is not only helpful in keeping healthy all the time but can also help you lose the weight you had put on during your pregnancy.

 

Eating Options 

 

Here are a few options for healthy eating for mothers that help keep both mommy and the baby healthy and happy.

 

  • Rotis and Rice

Rotis and Rice are a big part of the Indian staple diet. They are extremely healthy; rich in fiber, carbohydrates, and have very little fat content. These would help you keep strong and energetic to take care of yourselves and the baby. The fiber content present in roti helps you have good digestive health. Rotis are generally made of whole wheat; they are extremely successful in reducing body weight and making you healthy. 

You could consume rice with a simple dal curry, variants of sabji, and even with ghee, salt, and pepper. They help you keep warm and increase your immune power. 

 

  • Ghee 

Indian mothers swear by ghee for many problems. Ghee is rich in omega fatty acids that help you boost your immunity, keeping you healthy. Even though there is no evidence proving that ghee would help you increase breast milk, it definitely helps in keeping our muscles and bones strong. Consuming ghee in moderation also helps you in reducing your hair fall concerns. 

 

  • Fruits and Vegetables

Consuming fruits post-delivery would keep you healthy and immune. Naturally, they help and improve your immune system, keeping you and your baby strong. Fruits like oranges, watermelon, and papaya gives your body strength and provides you with essential minerals and vitamins. Since fruits generally have fewer calories, they help you lose weight as well. You can either eat them or drink pulpy juice made from these fruits. 

 

Green leafy vegetables are a must for all the new mommies. They enhance your metabolism and help you with breastmilk. Spinach, methi, and mustard greens are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, and folate. Mothers who are breastfeeding are advised to consume them every day to enhance lactation. You could eat them as salads or use them in your dishes like methi-paratha, methi rice etc. 

 

  • Spices and Pulses

It is well known that Indians are big on spices. We use them in almost every dish. They not only enhance the taste, but also have several health benefits. Sprouted fenugreek seeds are usually advised for new moms. You could consume it with jaggery or honey, or you could add them to your everyday salad.

 

Cumin seeds are usually used as spices, but they have endless health benefits. They improve everything from the immune system to blood circulation. You could powder them and add it to milk, or you could even eat them raw. 

 

Food made of sesame seeds are a must for all new moms in Indian households. They are rich in minerals like copper, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Laddoos and chikkis made of sesame seeds and groundnut are how they are generally consumed. 

 

  • Dairy Products

Dairy products are rich in proteins that are essential for new mommies. You could consume milk with pepper and turmeric. It helps you in getting a good sleep and improves your immunity. Buttermilk generally helps you with hydration and cools down the body. You could add ginger, a pinch of salt, and garlic to your buttermilk to make it healthier. A cup of yogurt is beneficial in digestive health and skin concerns. 

 

 

Food that New Mommies Have to Avoid

 

  • Caffeine and Aerated Drinks

Mothers who are breastfeeding are advised not to consume any aerated or caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is a stimulant that passes through breast milk to the baby, it may affect the baby’s growth. Caffeine is found in tea, coffee, chocolate, and many aerated drinks.

 

  • Alcohol

All alcoholic drinks and drinks mixed with any amount of alcohol are a strict no during breastfeeding. The alcohol passes through your breastmilk to your baby and can harm your baby’s brain and body development. 

 

These are just a few suggestions and tips on healthy eating for mothers. Adding to the list, you should not forget to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. You could always consult with your doctor and nutritionist if you have any other doubts or problems. You can join in on our community and ask the Baby Space Expert for nutrition tips too!

 

February 09, 2021 |  read

Hair Loss During Menopause

Are you worried about losing your hair during menopause? Are you experiencing other menopausal symptoms as well? Then read this article to know more about Dr Batra’s homeopathic medicine system

When a woman permanently stops having her menstrual cycles, it means that she has attained menopause. Every woman attains menopause in her life at one or the other point. There will be a lot of hormonal fluctuations during this time and thus the body experiences many physical changes to adjust to the new changes. This phase can also bring in some not-so-pleasant symptoms like mood swings, insomnia and/or hot flashes. A lot of women commonly experience hair loss during menopause.

 

Thinning of hair on the front, sides or top of the head is noticeable more than actual bald spots in most women. Sometimes, while taking a shower, or combing or brushing, hair may fall out in large quantities.

 

The hormonal imbalance is the main reason for hair loss in women during menopause. More specifically, the production of estrogen and progesterone, which goes down during this time. Hair starts growing slowly and gets thinner when the levels of estrogen and progesterone (or the female hormones) lower. The production of androgens (group of male hormones) increases as a result of reduction in the production of female hormones. Androgens can cause the hair follicles to shrink and lead to the loss of hair on the head. Menopausal women sometimes develop small and thick facial hair, including the chin due to the androgens.

 

Apart from the aforementioned, other factors like illness, stress, lack of specific nutrients can also cause hair loss during menopause. Thyroid tests, Complete blood count tests and a few other diagnostic blood tests can help rule out the other possible reasons of hair loss.

The following tips can help you to maintain the health and strength of your hair during the menopausal phase.

 

1. Take Out The Stress

Hormonal imbalance can be prevented if you keep your stress levels in check. You might experience symptoms like mood swings, depression and anxiety as reduced estrogen production can affect the brain. Getting some regular exercise can help you de-stress. While battling menopausal symptoms, practicing yoga and other relaxation methods can prove to be very effective.

 

2. Regular Exercise

There is a reason why exercise is said to be one of the important elements of a healthy lifestyle. If exercise is a part of your daily routine, you will feel more strong and happy. Menopausal symptoms like mood swings, weight gain and insomnia can be prevented by regular exercise. Proper maintenance of hormonal levels increases hair growth and these factors play a main role in the same. You can choose the form of exercise which works the best for you. You can take a walk with a friend, go for a run, go to the gym or simply practice some yoga and do meditation.

 

3. Practice a Healthy Diet

While fighting against hair loss, a balanced, low fat diet can be your best ally. Every meal should include an adequate amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It is important to consume mono-saturated oils like olive oil and sesame oil. Hair growth can also be improved by drinking green tea and taking supplements of Vitamin B6 and folic acid. Like the name says, essential fatty acids play a very important role in maintaining healthy hair. Hydration is necessary for the body to run properly, so drink a lot of water throughout the day. Depending on several factors like exercise intensity and health conditions, the amount of water necessary changes from person to person. In general, you can make it a point to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water everyday.

 

4. Minimal Usage of Chemicals and Hair Tools

Hair heating tools like dryers and straighteners can cause your hair to dry out or break. Try to keep them as away as possible to prevent the damage. All-natural hair colours are better for your hair if you must dye it. Dyes and perms contain artificial chemicals which can alter the health of your hair and scalp. Make sure to use a nourishing conditioner whenever you wash your hair for a healthy scalp and to encourage the healthy growth of hair

 

5. For a No Side-effects Treatment Option, Consult Your Homeopath

It is necessary to understand that homeopathy medicine is a holistic system. If there is a woman who is suffering from hot flushes, which are one of her menopause symptoms, your homeopathic doctor will prescribe the medicine after studying the person as a whole. This system is also called constitutional medicine. The remedy prescribed by your homeopath in this way will promote huge improvements in your overall health and at the same time also treat the imbalance you’re suffering overall. Unlike HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy which can have side effects like vaginal bleeding, breast tenderness or swelling, bloating, leg cramps and headaches, Homeopathy treatment doesn’t have any side effects.

 

While reducing your hair loss during menopause, homeopathy medicines also shield you from the harmful side effects which can be experienced with conventional drugs. If you have underlying problems like thyroid, Homeopathy can effectively help your treatment with those too. As a mind-body medicine, Homeopathy aims at targeting the mind and mildly restoring the mind-body equilibrium rather than only treating physical symptoms. In conclusion, Homeopathy  treats the patient as a whole.

December 24, 2020 |  read

How to Choose Baby Names

We have all been a part of the art of choosing names from our childhood- from naming our dolls or pet animals, now we are old enough to choose a name for our child, who will carry it with pride

Since the system in India does not allow us to determine the sex of the baby before he or she is born, we cannot narrow down a name to a specific gender. But that’s the best part actually. You will have a broader range of options when you pick names. You get to choose names for girls, boys and even include gender-neutral names.

 

Most parents are nervous when they have to choose baby names for their child because they get to decide what their child will be called for the rest of his or her life. So it’s best to take your time to make a good decision that both partners can agree upon. It’s a very fun process! In fact, some of us might have already chosen a few names for our future kids when we hear interesting names of characters in books or movies. It is also kind of a teamwork. There will be a lot of people who can come up with very creative names.

 

 

Traditions and Cultures

Our close-knit communities have a lot of cultures and traditions that you will have to probably follow when it comes to choosing names for your baby. Some families may want to pass down a family name or particular first name to your child. Not all of us will be lucky to have the coolest names of the century.

 

There may be times when your folks insist on naming your child after a great grandfather or grandmother. In these cases, there are a few ways in which you can include the name without actually hurting anyone else in the room. Some parents include that particular name as the middle name of the child. They can either use the whole name or just an initial of the name in the middle. Using middle names are optional, but it comes in handy for situations like this. If you have to inherit a particular house or family name, you can just opt to include initials to the child’s name if you don’t want to include the whole name. Some parents opt to drop the name completely and use it as a nickname instead.

 

Use these methods to try and get everybody on board when you have to choose baby names as a family. If it is not possible to get everybody on the same page you can suggest these different ways to get around to almost what everybody likes.

 

A Trend-setter

Now here is the fun part in searching for a name for your baby. It is a personal choice for parents to choose baby names with respect to the current trends or otherwise. 

 

Let the name ring in your ears. Play with sounds and the words will roll in your mouth. Mix and match a few combinations of words in the name. Don’t be afraid to go back to the classical style. Although the names sound a bit old fashioned, some of them are still trending on top of the chart. If your child has a very long name, like more than just a first name and surname, you will gradually evolve to bring in initials to the name. Initials not only shortens the name but also makes it easier to pronounce in a crowd. 

 

Speaking about short names...who is into nicknames? We know we are! Nicknames are always fun, it’s like a secret name for your child just for the inner circle. It is your personal choice as to how you want to name your baby. Trends keep changing. They come and go according to time and popular fashion. Just stick to your gut feeling. Trust us, it’s true. 

 

Rushing into a Name

The time period in which you should decide on a name for your baby depends on when you decide to create a birth certificate for your newborn. Some people who have to travel abroad have to decide the name of the child as soon as they can, so that they get other travel documents, like the passport, ready for the child’s travel. But once the birth certificate is written and documented, the procedure to change the name will be totally different. So you have to be 100% satisfied when you choose a name for your child.

 

Most parents begin to choose baby names as they count down the days to labour. So unless there are any last-minute changes of thought or opinion that they come across, choosing a name for your baby cannot be that difficult. It is best to start looking out for names as early as possible so that you have a few options written down. In this way, you will have enough time to discuss with your partner and other members of the family and rule out names that you don’t like. This will truly give you more time to be creative and come out with an original name of your own. You know how unique names are head-turners in the crowd.  

 

It’s very important to take the time to choose the right name for a child. This is not to increase the pressure of getting the right name that your child might like or dislike sometime in the future. But it is to help you get enough time to do more research on names and it’s meanings before you finalise on one particular name.

 

 

A name of a person is a very important aspect of an individual. Some say that it brings about a certain kind of personality, but we should remember that a name is not the only thing that determines a person’s individuality. There are a lot of other factors that come into play that help the person to grow and develop into the kind of person they are. When you do choose baby names, take enough time to do research on other possibilities and meaning for the name you choose.

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

Fun and Easy Games to Play at Baby Shower

Wondering how to throw an amazing baby shower for your loved one? Learn about some fun and easy games to play at a baby shower that will keep your guests amused and entertained within low budget

Your loved one’s almost become a mother and her baby is going to come home soon. It’s time for the baby shower! Planning a baby shower can be quite a task. What’s more challenging? Keeping your guests entertained. Let’s look at a few fun and easy games to play at a baby shower to keep the party loud and alive!

 

The Baby Trivia Game

What You’ll Need

  • Pen

  • Paper

  • Loads of baby trivia!

What to Do

Why not transfer learning about babycare into a fun game? A baby trivia game is an easy quiz where you, as the host, can pick out some of the important things that future parents and caregivers of the baby should be aware of. Divide the people gathered into teams and ask questions in turns. Offer four options for each question and let each team that scores a correct answer get a point. This way, the mom-to-be will get all the information she needs as a game, without bombarding it and overwhelming her.

 

What to Keep in Mind

While this is a fun activity, ensure that you do not leave the mom-to-be confused and doubting herself, especially if she is pregnant for the first time. Keep the questions simple and fun. It may also be a good idea to give her a heads up beforehand so that she can brush up on some baby trivia and doesn’t make herself look unaware in front of the guests. 

 

 

Who’s that Baby?

What You’ll Need

  • Childhood photos of the invited guests

  • Projector/ Television

What to Do

A new baby is coming home and no one can believe how fast time has flown by. Make it a little more interesting by playing a guessing game with old photos of the guests. Project these on to a screen and let the guests guess whose photo it is. Try procuring these images without their knowledge to make it unexpected and give them all a pleasant surprise.

 

What to Keep in Mind

A pregnant woman may be quite emotional and sensitive. Looking at old photos can be an emotional moment and it’s safe to expect some tears and nostalgia. While this is no reason to not include this fun game in your baby shower, remember to keep some tissues and cookies handy, just in case.

 

What is It?

What You’ll Need

  • Pen

  • Paper

  • Bowl

What to Do

A classic “What is It?’’ or “Twenty Questions” never goes out of fashion and is one of the fun and easy games to play at a baby shower. Make chits of all things you can think of related to a baby and fold them up uniformly. Now put them in the bowl and let the guests take turns to pick out a chit. The others assembled have twenty questions in total to ask the person questions related to the object. Remember, the person who picked up the chit can only answer in yes or no.

 

What to Keep in Mind

No one is going to be a babycare expert and it’s no fun if the things you write down are too technical that no one is able to guess it. Go for common objects that are easy to guess for everyone. Brands of certain products, names of baby’s toys, etc. are some of the fun things you can write down.

 

 

Name the Rhyme

What You’ll Need

  • Music system

  • A collection of kids rhymes

What to Do

Make a list of all the rhymes you grew up listening to as a child. Now download them onto a pendrive and edit them in such a manner that only the tune of the rhyme is heard. Play these for your guests and let them guess which childhood rhyme this comes from. Beware - some serious nostalgia is coming your way.

 

What to Keep in Mind

Editing may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Get help from friends who can do it well. Further, if you feel the music is not enough to guess the poem, cut away the beginning of the lyrics and keep the middle or last stanza. Let the guests guess the poem from this. Change the game as per what you feel would be the most fun.

 

 

Crafty and Creative 

What You’ll Need

  • Plain white baby one-pieces

  • Colourful Markers

What to Do

Divide your guests into groups of two and give them a baby one-piece each. Now let them go loose on their creativity and design a baby outfit for the baby that will soon come home. What’s more? The baby is going to have lots of unique clothes, to wear once he or she is here.

 

What to Keep in Mind

Not all markers work well on fabric and you may need to do a trial run before you fix on the ones you need. There is no reason for you to restrict your guests’ creativity to just sketches and feel free to get fabric paint, fabric glue and sequences, or anything that you think will work best. 

 

 

With these fun and easy games to play at a baby shower, you can keep the party going  and your audience entertained. Remember to keep the mom-to-be’s comfort in mind when you choose the games. Change and adapt the games according to what works best for your gathering. It’s all about having fun!

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

Tips on Parenting from Mothers

With advice flowing all around you, especially when you are new to parenthood, it can get quite confusing. Here are tips on parenting from mothers to let you know what to focus on.

We have often heard that parenting is not easy and involves fighting constant battles. But is it worth the battles? Of course, it is. Your kids would be all the reward that you would need. However, some advice from the experienced, can help you understand and prepare better.

 

Here, we have compiled a list of tips on parenting from mothers that’d help you navigate through the growing years of your child.

 

1. Let your little one discover the world

By this, we mean that we give them the freedom that they need. As a mother or a parent, it is understandable that you would always be worried. But ask yourself a question: if you do not let them wander around or are constantly worrying, will they grow? Growing up means getting out of the safe cocoon, which is what your child ought to do, as well. Of course, an amount of regulation is necessary but don’t worry too much. Let them learn by making mistakes.

 

2. Be a role model for your child

We, as humans have this inherent habit of imitating what our role models do. For your little one, you would be their role model. Therefore, be the person you want your child to be. Love them unconditionally, for they would do the same. Read to them, show them what is right and what is wrong and inculcate positive behaviour among them.

 

Loving your child, on the other hand, does not mean giving them whatever they want. That would simply indulge them. Leniency and indulging them in too many materialistic things would not be healthy. One of the best tips of parenting by mothers is that loving them means listening to your kids and understanding them, above all.  

 

3. Firm and positive parenting

A firm behaviour with your child does not mean taking punitive measures whenever they are wrong. If your little one has made a mistake, which they will (at some point), show them why it is wrong and make them understand why they should refrain from repeating such behaviour. Having such a positive attitude towards their growth will inculcate compassion among them and they would grow up to reflect the same.

 

Have little traditions of your own like singing a silly song while you are bathing them, a family picnic every weekend in the park, dramatic display of the characters in your baby’s books by your partner and you, to name a few.

 

4. Praise them on their good behaviour

Think of it this way: how do you feel about a boss who would constantly pick on you as against a boss who praises you for the tiniest work you did well? Exactly.

Your little one would love it if you noticed their positive behaviour and praised them. They would realize you are noticing them, and your encouragement would lead them to be better. Be generous with your rewards; which need not be materialistic. A simple hug or your love would do wonders.

 

5. Discipline and consistency

Discipline is a necessary element for kids to grow up. It helps them to understand acceptable behaviour and learn self-control.

If you outline what they ought to do or how they must behave, make sure that they know the consequences of bad behavior. This does not mean you ought to be harsh. You can very well specify that they cannot watch their favourite cartoon unless they finish their meals and homework. But do make sure that you are consistent with your words. If you are not, they would understand that you are being too lenient and would never take you seriously.

 

5. Have your own quality time with them

It is important to play with your children or read to them. Let them choose the game and let them win, now and then. What is important for you is to have fun with them.

You children would love your voice. That’s what soothes them. So, read to them or sing them a lullaby. Let them know that they are important. It is important to make them feel loved. Don’t let anything intrude your time with your kids.

 

6. Be ready for sick days

This is probably one of the most important rules of parenting: stock up on the essential supplies of medicines and other materials. This will prevent you from running errands now and then or realizing at the last minute that you do not have something important.

 

7. Finally, find your tribe

 

Your little angel is important but so are you, to yourself. Do not be too hard on yourself. Remember to let it out, now and then. Take turns with your partner to be with your kids while you go out with your friends. Plan for that date night with your partner that you have been postponing. If not anything, take just time off to watch your favourite movie or make yourself a perfect bath and a meal.

 

Kids are a reflection of their parents and the way they grow up. They learn from their surroundings. This is why no one ever said parenthood is easy. It is constant hard work but very rewarding. We hope that these few tips on parenting from mothers and their experiences would give you a head-start and give you a little insight into the experiences of other parents.

 

December 24, 2020 |  read