Keeping cool during pregnancy

Keeping cool during the Indian summer is challenging, but it can be especially difficult for expectant mothers to deal with. This is because the extra blood flow that results from pregnancy adds to the heat and can cause higher-than-normal body temperatures. The effects of dehydration, heat stroke and other heat-related conditions get amplified when it comes to pregnant women and their babies. Thus, it is very important for moms-to-be to take the necessary precautions during the summer. Here ar...
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Healthy weight gain during pregnancy

Whether you are planning a pregnancy, or on your way towards a delivery, weight gain is a thought that grabs your attention often. If you are starting out with those extra pounds that you have put on before pregnancy, it takes a toll on your body that can be very discouraging. Although the doctors recommend that every woman should gain a certain amount of weight to sustain a pregnancy, you need to be sure that you are managing your weight and know when you have gained more than what is suggested...
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Infant sleep patterns

One of the many subjects that worries new parents is whether their new-born infant is getting quality sleep. This not only refers to the duration of their sleep, but also the frequency of their naps and the positions that they adopt while they nap. Speaking of sleep duration, here is a rough chart of how much your baby should be sleeping at different stages of infancy: Newborn - 4 months Total Sleep: 16-18 hours Night-time Sleep: 8-9 hours Naps: 7-9 hours (3-5 naps) 4 months - 12 months...
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Dental care during pregnancy

The importance of dental hygiene during pregnancy is often not stressed enough. The fact is, infections that start in the mouth can soon spread to other parts of the body. While this is something you should be mindful of at all times, its importance shoots up during pregnancy. These infections put yours and your baby’s health at risk. It is also advisable to avoid any sort of dental procedures, such as tooth extraction, tooth implant or root canal during the 1st trimester (first 12 weeks) and th...
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Baby’s first fever

  For first time parents, their baby’s first fever is usually a scary situation. But if you’re well prepared, it is nothing to panic about. Infants are very delicate in the first few months of their life and their immune system takes time to develop. So it is important to pay attention to any changes in your baby’s behavior. Touch your baby’s forehead and check to see if it is warm. It is not always necessary for the baby’s body to heat up if he/she has a fever. Look out for symptoms ...
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Signs of Postpartum Depression

  Postpartum Depression usually affects women right after childbirth. It normally occurs in the first year after delivery.  Frequent changes in your mood or the way you feel about everyday things are the affects of depression. It mostly effects women but can also be seen in men who are new fathers and even in couples who have adopted. Without proper counseling, the depression may last a long time. Postpartum depression is common in people who: Are relatively younger parents. Have f...
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Importance of vaccination

For every parent, their child’s health is the top priority. They will do everything possible to protect their children and make sure that they are healthy.  The best way to do this is to make sure that your baby is vaccinated at the right time. Babies get a number of vaccinations by the time they are 2 years old. This may seem a lot to a few parents but it is necessary.  Here are a few reasons why Vaccination is very important for your child’s healthy living.   Saves lives: Vaccines...
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10 benefits of Natural Childbirth

Natural childbirth is considered the most preferred type of childbirth since it involves minimal to no medical intervention. Nature knows best where biological processes are involved and medical intervention should only be resorted to in cases when it becomes absolutely necessary. Natural birth is beneficial to both, Mother and child. Here are a few reasons why Mothers should opt for a natural birthing process, unless there’s a very strong reason to choose otherwise:   Risk is reduced: A...
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Your 3 month pregnancy diet chart

Eating healthy and having a nutritious diet is always good. The importance increases when you are pregnant. It is essential to have a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy, but the first trimester matters the most. So, here is a healthy 3 month pregnancy diet chart to help you out. Before we start listing down some essentials on your first trimester pregnancy diet chart, let it be known that a perfect pregnancy diet is that which strikes the right balance between essential nutrients, car...
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Gynaecological problems you should be aware of

Every woman must have been advised at least once that ‘you should know everything that is going on with your body.’ This usually happens when you start your menstrual cycle. That doesn’t mean that you go deep into learning all about gynaecology, but knowing about some common gynaecological problems that every woman could face is not a bad idea. Below are listed some common gynaecological problems that you should know about: Dysmenorrhea  It is a symptom of painful menstruation, and ...
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