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A Healthy Pregnancy Diet

A healthy pregnancy leads to a healthy baby. This guide to pregnancy nutrition can help you maintain a balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and fats for a healthy pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time when women feel a sea of changes taking place in their bodies. On the cusp of motherhood, they experience the excitement and bliss of creating and carrying another precious life within themselves with occasional anxiety and mood changes due to hormonal fluctuations. However, it is important to note that a healthy pregnancy diet is the key to a happy pregnancy and works marvels in coping with several pregnancy-related problems that expecting mothers might face.

 

One must also remember that a healthy diet during pregnancy means a balanced and nutritious diet and that under no circumstance implies gorging on large amounts of food thinking one is eating for two at a time. This has been reported as one of the most common blunders women make during their pregnancy. During this phase, since the baby’s nutrition depends upon the mother’s diet it becomes essential for the expectant mother to consume the right amount of nutrients to avoid birth defects as well as to keep unpleasant pregnancy symptoms at bay.

 

Quick Guide To Pregnancy Nutrition

In order to give the baby the right kind of nourishment the mother-to-be is expected to consume a wholesome and balanced diet that consists mainly of- carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins such as folic acid and minerals, chiefly- calcium and iron. The mother also has to ensure that she is taking moderate amounts of healthy fats namely the monounsaturated fatty acids and the polyunsaturated fatty acids like the omega 3’s. Intake of food rich in these compounds, helps in boosting the baby’s immunity and ensures adequate nourishment for the mother as well as the baby. 

 

Carbohydrates

During pregnancy as the mother and the developing baby try to meet their own nutritional needs in their own respective ways, the right amount of carbohydrate intake helps in fuelling the baby’s growth. They also provide energy to the body including the brain to be able to work efficiently. The good carbs help to keep the blood glucose levels under check which is essential during pregnancy.

 

 Carbohydrates are found in a wide assortment of foods, such as- milk and yoghurt, beans, legumes, starchy vegetables, various fruits, whole grains and products like whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, etc. which are also rich in other nutrients like fibre, and folate. These high-quality carbs help in adapting to the metabolic changes that occur in pregnancy and also enable effective functioning of the body. Since, excessively high amounts of blood glucose levels can lead to complications during delivery as well as have a negative impact on the foetus, it has been recommended that carbs should constitute just over a third of the food a pregnant woman eats.

 

Proteins

Sarah Krieger, a registered dietician and spokeswoman on prenatal nutrition for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in St. Petersburg, Florida has highlighted the importance of consuming protein-rich foods during pregnancy. According to Kriegar, protein is a ‘builder-nutrient’ since it is chiefly involved in the development of organs such as the brain and the heart.

 

Moreover, since proteins are a constituent found in every cell of the body and are vital in the making of muscles, hair, nails, skin, etc.  they also contribute in the growth and repair of tissues, regulation of normal muscle function, producing enzymes and hormones, transportation of oxygen through blood as well as building antibodies and bettering the immune system of the baby. Some of the commonly available food items rich in protein include- fish, meat and poultry, eggs, nuts, tofu, beans, lentils, and milk, cheese and other dairy products.

 

Vitamins

Vitamins such as folic acid which plays a major role in preventing birth defects in the newborn’s brain and spine, is contained in leafy greens like spinach, fenugreek leaves, kale, cabbage, broccoli, beans, legumes, oranges, whole grains like wheat, rice, whole grain pasta, etc, nuts, and fortified foods like breakfast cereals. It is a B Vitamin and is crucial in the body to make new cells and produce DNA. It is generally advisable for pregnant women to take at least 600 micrograms of folic acid a day under the supervision of her obstetrician.

 

Minerals

Essential minerals such as Calcium, is considered vital in building up the baby’s teeth and bones while inadequacy of the same can culminate in deficiency especially in the mother as the baby will draw the calcium from the mothers teeth and bones to fulfil it’s needs. The best sources of calcium are- dairy products including milk, paneer, cheese, yoghurt, etc. and green vegetables such as- spinach, broccoli, etc. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women aged 19 and above need at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day.

 

Another vital mineral which should be a mandatory addition to the diet of a pregnant woman is Iron. It is advisable that pregnant women must take 27 milligrams of iron a day which helps in moving oxygen from the mother’s lungs to the rest of her body and to the baby’s body as well. Moreover, iron is also essential in making additional supply of blood in the mother and baby thus, reducing the risk of iron deficiency anemia which can make the mother feel tired and also result in small babies at term or pre term babies. Expecting women, especially vegetarian moms can consume iron-rich foods with a good source of vitamin C at the same meal to increase the absorption of iron from food. ACOG recommends a glass of orange juice at breakfast with an iron-fortified cereal as an example. 

 

Healthy Fats

Expectant mothers should consume mainly unsaturated or healthy fats like monounstaurated fats (avocados, olive oil, groundnut oil, nuts, etc) and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 fats like safflower oil, sunflower oil, flax seeds, walnuts, etc) during pregnancy and stay away from saturated and trans fats.

 

 

In addition, there are certain limits and restrictions which pregnant women must adhere to. For instance, caffeine intake should be controlled as well as fish containing high levels of mercury should be avoided. Besides this, alcohol, raw meat, raw eggs, unpasteurized milk and unwashed fruits and vegetables must be completely avoided to prevent food borne illnesses by the expectant mother. 

December 17, 2020 |  read

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Beverage Feeding Guidelines for the Baby

Don't know which beverage to introduce to your baby at each stage? Don't worry, let us break it down for you: What to give your baby to drink and when.

Every day with your newborn is a heart-warming experience, but along the way, there will also be many firsts. Even with all the books you started reading since before you were pregnant and all the advice you have received from every other person out there, there might still be some things which are new for you. But we have got your back.  In this article, we will tell you about the baby beverages that can be introduced at various stages and the reasons behind it.

 

Only Breast Milk Till 6 Months

All of your baby’s nutritional needs are fulfilled by breastmilk up until the age of 6 months. Even if you are living in places with high temperature, do not feed your baby any water. If you feel he/she might be thirsty, you can breastfeed them instead as your milk is about 80% water, especially the milk that comes out first during every feed. Giving water to babies under 6 months might put them at risk for diarrhoea and other infections (if the water isn’t clean enough). If your little human’s tiny stomach is filled up with water, they might not drink enough breastmilk, which might lead to malnutrition.

 

If you can’t breastfeed due to medical reasons, then of course, baby beverages like instant formula and the water in it is enough for their hydration.
 

What About Water?

Water can slowly be introduced after the age of 6 months. Babies between the age of 6-12 months only need 2 – 4 ounces (59 to 118 ml) of water a day, along with breast milk. Water is very essential for your baby’s good health as they start growing up. According to research, they require more water than adults as they are growing up quickly and have higher metabolic rates. It is also necessary to regulate the baby’s body temperature and ensure good functioning of all the organs. Mommies, introduce your babies to sippy cups filled with water!

 

By the time your baby is one year old, their breastmilk intake relatively decreases. At this stage, you can let them drink approximately 8 ounces (237 ml) of water per day. As they grow older, you can also increase the amount of water. When they are two years old, you can give them 2 eight-ounce cups of water and 3 when they are aged three and so on up to the age of 8. Once you introduce a solid breakfast, lunch and dinner routine with your toddler, you can let them drink small amounts of water after every meal and even after snacking.

 

In a toddler’s world, everything is colourful and fun and just plain water may seem boring to them. What can you do if they refuse to drink it? As he/she gets adjusted to drinking water, you can make the experience more fun by pairing it with fresh fruits and herbs. These, while giving water extra taste, will also fulfil some of the baby’s nutritional needs without adding any extra sugar calories. As they grow up, you can also let them choose pairings they like the best.

 

Some of the best ingredients to infuse in water are pineapple, mint, tulasi, cucumber, watermelon, berries, orange or lemon. You can try a combination of these ingredients too. For example, mint and pineapple or watermelon and lemon.

 

When to Transition to Cow’s Milk?

If there is no history of cow’s milk allergy in your family, then experts say that you can start giving very small amounts of milk to your baby after they turn 11 months old, just to familiarize them with the taste. After they turn a year older, you can start giving them milk in limited quantities. You can give them a minimum of 8-10 ounces of whole milk every day (if you have weaned them off breastmilk) but the total intake should not be more than 24 ounces (approx. 700 ml). Kids under the age of 2 shouldn’t drink reduced fat milk and should only drink whole milk. Also ensure that you are not giving your kid flavoured milk, but just plain milk.

 

Milk contains calcium, phosphorus, protein, magnesium and many other nutrients which are essential for the baby’s development as well as good bone strength. Experts say that cow’s milk is the best choice for your baby when compared with other plant-based milks like almond milk. The nutritional values of plant based milks aren’t as rich as cow’s milk and might vary with each product.

 

All the Other Beverages

100% fruit juices can be given to your little one between the age of 1-6 years in small quantities, 120-180 ml, to be precise. You can also introduce them to coconut water by the age of 2 as it is healthier than other sweetened beverages. Avoid sweetened beverages like sodas, coffee and energy drinks up to age of 12 years as they might have adverse effects on the kid’s health. Smoothies can be introduced as soon as they can start sipping from a straw or sippy cup, which could be as early as 9 months.

 

 

A child’s nutrition is very important and hence, it is advised to have a conversation with your paediatrician before you introduce new baby beverages to him/her. As your little darling grows up, you can alter the beverages to their preferences keeping in mind these guidelines.

December 23, 2020 |  read

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Your Baby’s First Foods: What to Feed, What Not to Feed

As your baby reaches all those exciting milestones, questions like when, what and what not to feed your baby arise. This guide will help you chart your babies first foods.

Is your little one already six months old? Now, 6 months is the perfect time to start weaning your baby as the baby needs extra nutrients for growth and the body can also now cope with the external solids. The most exciting of all milestones your child reaches, is most definitely his or her transition to solids. With it, a dozen other questions follow, including when to feed, what to feed, and what not to feed.

Know that a baby’s first foods are no fancy recipes with seasonings! They are supposed to be single flavours for your baby – pureed, mashed, pulped, chopped – all at different stages of their growth. Let us try and chart out when should they be fed, and with what. Do remember to fill your pediatrician in, on your plans.

 

The ‘When’

In bringing the world of solid foods to your child, you as a parent are helping your child shape his or her relationship with food, and letting them establish an eating style that is a healthy one. Except, of course, the time of such introduction depends from infant to infant.  To find out if your baby is ready for baby food, look out to find if he or she displays the following signs –

  • Starting to support his or her neck up, and sit.
  • Grabbing food with hands, wanting to feel its texture and trying to put it in their mouth.
  • Picks up the spoon, sometimes only to imitate adults around.
  • No longer pushes food out of their mouth using the tongue.

 

Nutrition from milk, either breast milk or formula, after six months is not sufficient for the nutritional growth of your baby. And this is exactly when solid foods need to be added to your child’s diet.

 

The ‘What’ and ‘What Not’

At Months 4 - 6 :

At this starting point, try and keep things simple, and prepare single ingredient purees using the following :

 

Bananasbananas in a crate on rustic wood table - banana stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

Bananas are rich in fibre and potassium, and are supposed to be a perfect food for your child. They are very gentle on the insides of the baby’s stomach. 

 

Carrotscarrot soup - carrot puree stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

A carrot puree, with its pleasant texture, provides a natural sweet taste to your child’s taste buds. A rich supply of Vitamin A can be provided to your baby even with its simple presentation.

 

Peasfresh green peas - peas stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

Although the peas may seem tiny they are a huge source of nutrition, packed with vitamins, protein, calcium, and iron. Passing the puree through a fine mesh sieve will ensure the skin pieces are removed.

 

Sweet Potatoesbaked sweet potato - sweet potatoes stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

Sweet Potatoes are loaded with health benefits. Its puree too makes a yummy and nutritious food for the baby.

 

At Months 6 - 8 :

It’s time to prepare your baby’s first foods like purees slightly thicker in consistency, and with more than one ingredient. Combine them one at a time – the ones you are sure your child is not allergic to. It is recommended to run a double check with your pediatrician on purees made out of :

 

Banana and Avocado

young woman making a healthy smoothie - banana and avocado stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesPotassium and Vitamin C rich, this combination also contains good fats and fibre. The banana adds sweetness to this preparation.

 

 

Three Veggies 

spoons and purees - potato puree stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesPotatoes, carrots, and peas make a great combination. Some like to     introduce their babies to non vegetarian food like fish, along with this mix of the three veggies

 

 

Beetroot and Blueberry

fresh beet and blueberry juice - beetroot and blueberry stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesThis nutritious blend is rich in fibre, and can make a delicious breakfast for your baby, when added to a cereal.

 

 

At Months 8 - 10 :

 

Papayas

papaya - papaya stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesA papaya with its enzymes helps in digestion, and so makes a good food to help relieve the baby of tummy troubles. However, it is best to wait until eight months before introducing the papaya.

 

Mangoes

tropical fruits: sliced mangos in a wooden plate on a table in rustic kitchen - mango stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesIt is about time that you let your baby taste some tang. Peal, deseed, and mash the mango to get a fine consistency.

 

Vegetables

organic produce pile on a brown table - vegetables stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesPotatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, onions – all of them can be cooked and mashed to make a nutritious food option for your baby.

 

Water and Juices

bottled citrus fruit juice with drinking straw along side with cut citrus fruits family stacked on white background. - natural juices stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesWhile your baby’s digestive system is still developing, make sure he/she gets enough water. Prepare natural juices, without sugar at home.

 

 

At Months 10 - 12 :

Now that your child is 11 months old already, he/she can eat various fruits, veggies, and meat. Along with breast milk or formula, an average 11 month old baby will require three meals a day along with a snack. You could give them :

 

Dairy

dairy products cheese yoghurt milk - dairy stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesDo not start off with cow milk just yet. Give your baby other dairy products like curd.

 

 

Grains and Pulses

variety of grains - grain and pulses stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesGive your child some variety, and switch between various pulses and grains.

 

 

Green Leaves

fresh organic homegrown herbs and leaf vegetables background - spinach stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesLeafy greens like fenugreek and spinach are beneficial particularly because of the iron they contain. You may go ahead and feed your baby with these now.

 

 

Stay patient with your baby, and keep your creativity running, because in no time they will grow up and begin to ask for burgers, pizzas, sodas, and other junk food of all sorts. While you still can, try and make sure that your baby’s first foods are healthy, and the experience is fun for all involved

December 21, 2020 |  read

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Ayurveda and Conception

Ayurvedia provides holistic healing and effective solutions to problems relationg conception. Simple Ayurvedic methods like a proper diet, envirnomental changes, therapeutic body practices can help so

With increasing stress levels, people are facing more problems in conception now than they did in the past. Ayurveda, one of the oldest schools of healing with its roots in India, has got some remedies for men and women of today when it comes to pregnancy. There are a few methods to improve chances of conceiving, promoting the health of a mother and her baby throughout pregnancy, and even after the child’s delivery. Let us take a look at some of these Ayurvedic measures.

 

A Nutrition Filled Diet

For someone who practices Ayurveda, diet is of prime importance when it comes to treating medical conditions as well as maintaining a good health. According to Ayurveda, a good dietary practice is beneficial for both the body and the mind. It is necessary that Ojas (the essence of all bodily tissues which has direct effects on a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual life) building food items like organic vegetables and fruits, protein rich plant products like whole grains, etc. are included in daily diets. Further, canned products, processed carbohydrates etc. should be avoided. While the former are beneficial in boosting ovulation in women and increasing their fertility, the latter are believed to destroy the same. Excessive intake of dry, bitter, acidic, and hot food is thought to cause Shukra dosha (diseases of sperms) or sperm morbidity. 

 

The Environment Matters

While we tend to take care of our bodies, we often forget to cater to our mind’s needs. Ayurveda has solutions for this as well. According to this school, to prepare for pregnancy, it is important to develop sattva or a calm, safe, and peaceful environment. A specific branch of Ayurveda called rasayana is used traditionally for this. There are four types of this that cover almost all aspects of a person’s health. Ahara rasayana pertains to the food intake and digestive process, Vihara rasayana deals with the lifestyle, Achar rasayana is about the behaviour, and Aushadha rasayana, pertaining to herbs.

 

At least a few months before the planned conception, the parents are expected to introspect their lifestyles keeping these four aspects in mind and detox their bodies to prepare for the event in all respects. Herbs like Kapikacchu, Gokshura, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Yashtimadhu are especially prescribed for men to increase sperm count and mobility, quality of the semen, levels of testosterone, and the overall fertility. Ashwagandha and Shatavari are also beneficial for the woman to maintain hormonal balance . 

 

Therapeutic Body Practices

Only a healthy body can conceive a healthy child. Body therapies, as prescribed by Ayurveda, are said to release tensions, body impurities, and energy trapped within the body. Doing so will help the body nourish itself, revitalize the minds, and strengthen the immunity system . Shirodhara, abhyanga, marma therapy, nasya, and basti are some of the therapeutic practices that can be followed.

 

Body massages and yoga have also been found effective. While the former helps in rejuvenating the body and helps in tackling issues like blocked tubes and inflammation in reproductive organs, the latter can help in reducing infertility. Panchkarma i.e. Vaman (therapeutic emesis), Virechan (therapeutic purgation), Basti (medicated enema) and Uttar Basti, Nasya (Nasal Drops or Nasal Medication) and Raktamokshan (Therapeutic Blood Letting) have benefits for conception and in recurrent IVF failure. 

 

Balancing the Energies

According to the philosophy of Ayurveda, during pregnancy, there is a downward-moving energy to support the foetus called apana vata (adrenal energy) and an upward-moving energy called prana vata (mental energy) that supports the mother’s sattva and emotional stability. During the period before conception, both these energies must be balanced in both parents to create sattva. Taking care of one’s lifestyle can bring in this balance which can improve the mother’s chances of conceptions and the father’s quality and number of sperms.

 

Ayurveda After Conception

After a child’s conception, Ayurveda prescribes a few measures to ensure a healthy gestation period. They are based on three important aspects: ahara (or nutrition), vihara (or lifestyle), and vichara (or thoughts). Diet remains one of the most important measures to keep the body and mind healthy. A pregnant woman’s diet should not include items which are Atiguru or difficult for the body to digest, Atiushna or too hot, Atitikshna that is sharp food like too spicy, Viruddha or unwholesome food. Milk should be an important constituent according to them as it is rich in calcium, lactose, protein, and fat. In case of complications, it is advised that the woman be administered drugs (by her doctor) that are Mridu (soft), Madhura (sweet), and Sheeta (cold)

 

Ayurveda After Delivery

Diet must still be closely monitored for the mother, even after her delivery. The food should be less in oil and spices. It should include light foods like khichadi, soup, mildly cooked vegetables, etc. Date powder or Shatavari Kalpa and Dhatri Rasayan are recommended to boost the healthy production of breastmilk for the child 

 

A lot of women, across the world, hope to be mothers but are often unable to do so due to the varying lifestyle patterns that increase stress and other hormonal problems. However, Ayurveda, a holistic healing science, offers effective solutions to tackle a lot of these problems and offers prescriptive measures not just for the woman but also the man to increase fertility and advance the chances of conception. Even after the child’s conception or his/her birth, there are easy measures that can be followed to keep the mother and child healthy and fit.

December 21, 2020 |  read

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Causes for Poor Weight Gain in Children

As parents, you will see growth/developments in your child within the first 5 years of their life. Children need enough care and nutrients to support these developments for a healthy growth.

Children attain two levels of growth- mental and physical growth. While mental growth helps to develop an emotional quotient in the child; physical growth helps to increase height and weight in the child. Each child’s development is different from the other. Therefore, it is important to keep a check on your child’s growth patterns so that it will help you to find solutions to any problematic growth and development.

 

Children will show a steady development in growth and weight in the first few years of their life. But there are still exceptional cases where the growth will be slightly different from other children. These are signs of what is known as a ‘Poor Weight Gain’ in children. 

 

Growth and development in the child are very important in the first 5 years of their life. During these years the child develops physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally.  

 

There are many ways to describe poor weight gain in children. Your doctor or a caregiver will be able to check into your child’s development and help you to eradicate the problem to bring in a healthy growth pattern.

 

Watching Child’s Growth

Poor weight gain in children affects their ability to take, keep, or use the calories in the body which will help them to be strong.

During the first year of the child’s birth, the brain also grows as much as the body. Hence, the lack of nutrients during this period will have a lasting effect on the child because it will affect brain activity.

 

At 4 months, the child is double the weight, triple when they turn one. A child with such a condition will not be able to reach these milestones. A ‘plump’ toddler may slowly reduce weight later which will then affect their height growth. 

 

Signs in an Undernourished Child

  • Show no interest in their surroundings
  • Distracted and avoids eye contact
  • Bad temper and fussy
  • Take more time to reach milestones like walking, talking or sitting up

 

Here is age-wise information that can help you identify the ideal weight and height for your child:

 

4-6 months

A child is expected to gain weight twice their birth weight at this age. There will be steady growth in height too.

 

1 year (12 months)  

Children of this age will gain weight thrice their birth weight when they turn one year old.

 

1-2 years old  

Kids have to gain 1.5 to 3 kg more weight than when they are at 12 months. Even their height will develop to increase by 3-5 inches.

 

2-9 years old  

While the growth of the child goes steady at this age, the child should develop another 2.5 kg body weight each year.

 

9-15 years old

A child should gain 4-5 kg per year during this time period. This is also a period where you will be able to see a sudden spurt in growth in the child.

 

 

Poor Weight and Its Causes

Feeding Patterns :

Worried parents tend to get the measurement of the formula wrong and because they are worried that their child may become very fat. This results in fewer calories in the child’s body. 

 

Children Do Not Eat :

Some issues like prematurity, development delays, or autism leads to problematic eating patterns. Children refuse to eat food or dislike certain types, textures of food.

 

Digestive System :

Diseases like cystic fibrosis, chronic liver, gastroesophageal reflux (GER), and celiac diseases can prevent your child from gaining weight.

 

GER irritates and causes pain in the child’s stomach that he or she will refuse to eat food. Diarrhea leads the nutrients, proteins, and calories from food to leave the body. Your child might be eating a lot, but diseases such as these do not allow food to remain in the system.

 

Intolerance to Food :

This is not the same as a food allergy. In cases like this, the child is sensitive to certain types of food. For example, if your child is intolerant to milk protein, it means that his or her body will not be able to absorb that particular protein from milk products like curd, milk or cheese.

 

On-going Illness :

Premature babies will not be able to consume enough calories to support their growth and development. Illness to the body systems like the heart, liver or endocrine system will require the child to eat more than usual and the child may sometimes fail to take in enough to keep up.

 

Infections :

Children with infections like UTI may face long or short term imbalance in growth due to the body’s rapid use of nutrients and decreased appetite.

 

Poor weight gain in children can be a combination of both medical and environmental problems. For example, a severe case of GER makes the child refuse food and stress on the eating pattern. This causes the child to be irritated and frustrated and the caregiver will not be able to feed him or her enough food.

 

Problems with Poor Weight Gain:

  • Lack of growth and development
  • Periodic infections
  • Late puberty
  • Bone diseases (Osteoporosis)
  • Severe cases of cardiac problems

 

When Do You Have to Meet Your Doctor?

It is usual for your child to have steady or slight variations in weight for a small period of time. But if you don’t see any changes for a period of 3 months in the first year of life, then you should visit your doctor. 

 

Homeopathy and Growth Problems in Children

Homeopathic treatment is a healthy method to take care of underweight children. They have a wide range of medicines that have no side-effects, increases immunity and decreases infection in children. Homeopathy uses natural methods to enhance food absorption and homeopaths give a calming medicine to children for treating psychological or behavioral issues, while also treating for poor weight gain.

 

Click here for more details on homeopathic treatment.

December 24, 2020 |  read

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Homeopathy for Children's Growth Issues

Some children take more time to develop and it’s natural for parents to be worried. This needs to be addressed at its root to deal holistically. Homeopathic treatment to help in child’s growth

Being a parent is as stressful as exciting. You are constantly anxious if you are doing enough as a parent and if your child is growing as well as he or she should be at that age. Rest assured. You're not the only one. It's only natural to feel worried if you notice that your child is not as developed as his or her companions. What is important is to identify the problem at the right stage and look for possible remedies. Homeopathic treatment to help in child’s growth problems is an effective method to overcome these. 

 

Book an appointment with a homeopathic doctor near you and discuss your child’s growth issues. While most traditional lines of treatment look at the problem through a symptomatic lens, homeopathy will address the root cause of the issue and offer medication accordingly. At Dr Batra’sTM, they have a team of medical experts who are trained in pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition, and psychology, with a success rate of 96.8% when it comes to treating children with growth issues.

 

 

Keeping Track of Your Child’s Growth

Parents are often unaware about what growth their child should have attained at a particular age. Here are some points to keep in mind to monitor your child's physical development.

 

By the time a baby attains four months, he or she would weigh about twice as much as their birth weight. If you have a girl, you would notice that she is half as tall as an average adult at 19 months. For a boy, however, this can be observed only at the end of 2 years. At this age, he or she should have a head size that is about 80% the size of an adult’s. As you celebrate your child’s first birthday, he or she would have gained considerable weight which would now be about three times of that at birth. If you notice a decline in the pace of growth during the toddler years of your child, this is no reason to panic. The chubby baby may now slim down as he or she attains a steady pace of growth.

 

Given this, remember that each child has his or her own growth rate. These are only estimated milestones found commonly and a little deviation to this side or that is only natural.

 

Why is My Child Not Growing Enough?

There could be multiple reasons why your child is not showing the growth he or she is expected to. It depends upon each child and the family situation they find themselves in. Some children may have certain diseases that affect their growth like conditions affecting the digestive system including gastroesophageal reflux (GER), chronic diarrhea, cystic fibrosis, chronic liver disease, and celiac disease. The child may also be suffering from disorders where his or her body is sensitive to certain kinds of food items. For instance, if a child has an intolerance to milk protein, then their bodies would not be able to absorb these from food items like yogurt and cheese, which could have an impact on their growth.

 

Lack of proper attention to the child’s nutrition is another possible reason why your child may not be growing as well as he or she should be. At times, when both the parents are busy with their own schedules and do not pay enough attention to the hunger cues or nutritional needs of the child, this could lead to child growth issues. Some families may not be able to afford the nutritional food requirements of the child, having similar effects on their growth.

 

Lifestyles are in constant flux and these changes have an effect on our children as well. More reliance on food from outside and less physical activities that a child indulges in become important factors that affect their growth. This makes it important for you to visit a doctor regularly with your child and get health check-ups to understand what your child’s issues might be. 

 

How Can Homeopathy Help My Child?

Homeopathic treatment to help in child’s growth problems has been gaining popularity over the years. Homeopathy gives your child a holistic treatment addressing the root issue of the growth problem. You can stay assured that there are no side effects to these. These medicines are completely safe for children of all age groups and come from natural sources. These are beneficial for them in the long run as they boost the immunity.

 

Roshan’s Story

Roshan was a 15-year old boy who found himself much smaller in terms of size compared to other children around him. While he was as smart and intelligent as others, this affected his self-esteem and confidence. Upon consultation with doctors, he was prescribed a Growth Hormone Treatment which his parents were afraid to pursue, fearing side effects. It is at this stage that they approached the experts at Dr Batra’sTM. He was given a personalised treatment which soon started reflecting on his development. 

 

 

This is how homeopathy can be a boon to those facing growth issues. Assess your child’s state of health and find out the way in which you can address these through a holistic approach. Homeopathic treatment addresses the individual emotional, physical, and mental states of a child before planning out a treatment. Homeopathic treatment to help in child’s growth problems will further boost the overall resistance of your child’s body in the process.

December 24, 2020 |  read

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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

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Do Homeopathic Medicines have a PCOS Cure?

Here are a few effective homeopathaic treatments that can help you manage PCOS.

“Don’t mind the mood swings, social awkwardness, and my obsession over hair removal products!” - A disclaimer that I, Ashita have used during all those upsetting years while suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a hormonal condition. Once I found a safe and natural treatment for it in homeopathy, I stopped using this disclaimer. 

 

Here, I will make an attempt to spell out how homeopathy helped me in curing my PCOS (CLICK HERE) in the most effective manner.

 

How It All Began

During my senior year in high school, I stopped menstruating and some physical manifestations developed on my body that made me feel anxious. There was dark hair growing above my upper lip, some later beginning to sprout out on my chin. Naturally, I was unhappy about the situation, and thought of it simply as a matter of heredity. It slowly became one of the reasons to bring social interactions to bare minimum. Quite frequently, my mother would also point out to me my dirty neck and elbows. Attempting to make amends, I would scrub those “dirty” regions, but failing to have them go away. After a few years, having been diagnosed with PCOS, it occurred to me that the ‘dirt’ was one of the first signs of this hormonal disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

 

It was quite distressing and unsettling for me to come face to face with the fact that it was not pointed out and diagnosed earlier. It was not looked at during my yearly health check ups with my doctors. My mother and I were simply told that there are hormonal changes taking place in my body, and that I needed to undertake skin treatments and lose some weight. To question the judgement of a medical professional never occurred to either of us.

 

CLICK HERE to seek help from our homeopathic professions for your PCOS issues and discomforts. Dr. Batras will be happy to help!

 

So, when I reached the age of nineteen, without having gone through a single month period, I decided to share my problem with a friend’s mother. It was then when she recommended homeopathy for my problem. She expressed to me how she too had gone through a similar experience during her teen years, and homeopathy did lend a great helping hand. In her times of distress, homeopathy aided to get her relieved of the PCOS symptoms forever. CLICK HERE

 

What I did next was follow her advice and commence homeopathic treatment for my polycystic ovarian syndrome. That particular month, my menstrual cycle was quite a nightmare! However, slowly and eventually, after a few months, my cycles regularised and my issues started to get resolved. Life returned to being ‘normal’. It was only after this experience when I figured that facial hair growth, irregular bleeding/ spotting, a sudden weight gain, and thickened dark skin were a result of polycystic ovarian syndrome, and that they were somehow connected.

 

If you are somebody with PCOS and who is looking for a natural, holistic, effective, and a safe treatment, choose homeopathy. Book an appointment with Dr. Batras’ homeopathic expert, online. To do so, CLICK HERE.

 

Out of Every Five Women, One Suffers from PCOS

Are you suffering from this hormonal problem called the PCOS, yourself? There is no reason for you to worry. You are definitely not alone in this, dear sis! It is because this condition does not cause any explicit pains, that it goes undiagnosed for almost half of the women who suffer from PCOS. Medical help is only looked for when these PCOS symptoms (CLICK HERE) start to show and get in the way of a woman’s day to day routine. It has the potential to cause other complications like infertility, diabetes mellitus, and ovarian cancer, if left untreated or undiagnosed. In order to prevent this and take preventive steps in the right direction, it is important to know the common early symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome. To know more about symptoms of PCOS in detail, CLICK HERE.

 

A Natural and Safe Homeopathic Treatment for PCOS 

After having gained all the information about the polycystic ovarian syndrome, and it’s homeopathic treatment in my knowledge bank, it can be said that there is hope. There is hope for women dealing with PCOS symptoms and are too distressed with them. It is not normal to go months without menstruating. There is no need for you to panic if as a young girl, you are diagnosed with PCOS. A typical, conventional treatment will aim at mitigating symptoms by simple dietary measures along with contraceptive pills. The only downside about the pills is that they increase the drug dependency of the body in an attempt to provide temporary relief. So, go homeo!

 

In a research, it was found that homeopathic PCOS treatment can lend better results if compared with other conventional treatments. The main reason for PCOS (CLICK HERE) is a kind of hormonal disturbance. What homeopathy does is that it rectifies this disturbance, and brings about a holistic harmony with absolutely no side effects, whatsoever. Further, it aids avoidance of the use of any surgical procedures to regularize a woman’s menstrual cycles, and help maximising the chances of conception.

 

A clinical study on a bunch of women with PCOS showed that for a majority of these women, PCOS symptoms started to disappear, given the emotional picture of the homeopathic remedy  called Pulsatilla 30C. Furthermore, homeopathy leads to normal ovulating follicles. However, it is best to consult your homeopathic doctor to find the kind of medication that suits your body best and works well for you!


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December 23, 2020 |  read

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