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“Oh wow! You’re pregnant! You should put up your feet and rest!”

Or

“How amazing! Just keep working as long as you can, even while you’re pregnant!”  

Between these two contrasting, contradictory yet well-meaning suggestions is often a confused ‘you’, wondering where your career will go now? What about being a good mother? Is it possible to pursue your professional goals while coping with the duties of momhood? Are you doing the right thing?

Once the initial euphoria subsides, you have to start taking practical decisions that will impact you and the little one growing inside your womb. After all, pregnancy is a 24/7 job in itself, that will transform into a lifetime commitment. 

Should you work till you’re about to deliver or take a sabbatical from work? 

Let’s share our thoughts on how you can go through these incredible 9 months, while keeping yourself healthy, cheerful and fairly stress-free.

One day at a time:

The initial days are often beset with morning sickness, fatigue and insomnia. After speaking to your gynaec, give yourself the liberty to take each day as it comes. It’s okay to not be okay. 

Thankfully, most organisations now function in hybrid mode, and if your workplace has the option, work from home on days when you just don’t have the stamina to step out.

Confide in your senior:

Traditionally, Indian families prefer to announce a pregnancy only after the first trimester. However, since it is the most sensitive phase as well, it is sensible to confide in your boss so that s/he can help you tide through this by adjusting your work hours, schedules, leaves and accommodate your physical limitations. 

Feeling nauseous?

It is definitely a struggle to manage pregnancy symptoms at the workplace. Trying to rush to the washroom to throw up or pee every now and then, is quite embarrassing. Many pregnant mothers try to skip meals to avoid such scenarios, but feel worse due to acidity or nauseousness. 

Your nutritionist will usually suggest that you eat small meals every hour or two, and recommend suitable multivitamins. 

Indian elders suggest carrying sweet dried ginger candy, and keeping it in the mouth to reduce the discomfort. The same goes for cardamom i.e. ‘elachi’, which is safe for pregnant women to consume, and also suitable for anaemic women. 

Always sleepy!:

It’s very normal to feel more drowsy during pregnancy. However, to be constantly sleepy at work can affect your productivity as well as invite sarcastic comments from colleagues who may not yet be aware of your situation. 

To tackle this, ensure that you get a full 8 hours of sleep at night. Even if you don’t fall asleep right away or wake up after 6 hours or so, stay in bed and just rest. Avoid looking at devices during that time. If you can manage one or two short naps during the day, it will keep you feeling fresh throughout. 

(Here’s a little request to all organisations and institutions: Please create a ‘rest & recovery room’ at your workplace, which can accommodate at least a single bed. This will provide a comfortable option for women employees whenever they need to take it easy healthwise) 

“Everyone’s asking questions. What do I say?”:

Any pregnant woman will tell how annoying it is to answer endless questions from inquisitive people. Some may politely ask you the due date or inquire about your well-being, others may ask probing or personal questions that are quite frustrating. As a pregnant mother-to-be, you have every right to draw boundaries and politely decline, by saying that you’re not comfortable answering.  

Another easy way out is to ask them about how they’re doing, and then diplomatically change the topic. 

“I’m not good enough!”:

As a working professional, it can be very unsettling when you are not feeling your best or accomplishing as much. This can make you question your self-worth every single day. 

The simplest way is to breathe through this, with calming deep inhales and exhales. Remind yourself that you’re going through the most transformational chapter of your life, and pat yourself on the back for doing as much as possible.

There may be errors and you may have to revise or redo things that you have otherwise done effortlessly before, but that’s fine too. You will pull it off. 

“Too many trips to the washroom. It’s so embarrassing!”

The urge to use the washroom every few minutes is a very awkward part of pregnancy, especially if you’re at work. Simultaneously, it is important to stay hydrated. To manage this, start multitasking by doing something else. It could be as simple as going to the water cooler on the way to the washroom, or getting something small done on your way back. 

Taking short walks in and around the office or try stepping out for a bit, to clock in a few hundred steps. This will keep you active, and also prevent swollen feet that most pregnant women complain of, while sitting too long in a place. 

Backaches and stiffness:

As you go through physiological and hormonal changes, you may experience pain in the lower back region as well as stiffness in the muscles.

By consciously maintaining a proper posture, doing light stretches (as advised by your doc) during the day and stepping out for short walks, you can ensure that the discomfort is minimal. 

Every pregnancy is unique, and you don’t have to compare yourself to others at any point of time. Simply listen to your own body, your intuition and your doctor’s advice. 

YOUR RIGHTS AS A PREGNANT EMPLOYEE:

An organisation cannot discriminate against you on any count, if you’re pregnant. You are supposed to be accorded the same convenience and concessions that an employee with any other health risk is entitled to receive. You can however refuse to perform any tasks that may be hazardous to your health and safety.

– A pregnant employee cannot be denied a promotion or forced to quit the job, if her work is up to mark and she is efficiently completing given tasks.

–  A pregnant woman, who is a single mother, has the same rights, benefits and privileges as a married woman. 

Being a pregnant mommy-to-be as well as a working professional is a phenomenal accomplishment in itself. If you’re managing to do this, you deserve to be appreciated and admired. It is one of the most crucial phases of your life, and is a time when you need to focus on your physical, mental and emotional well-being. So, don’t doubt your worth or feel guilty about your choices. 

Don’t forget to …

– Take small steps to fill your day with laughter and contentment. 

– Keep a gratitude journal to write down what you are most grateful for, and re-read it whenever you’re feeling low.

– Make your well-being your priority this time around, and find some time to include meditation in your schedule. 

– Pamper yourself with things that bring you joy

– Sit in a peaceful place and listen to uplifting music

– Spend time with family and friends, and share meaningful conversations

 

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“Oh wow! You’re pregnant! You should put up your feet and rest!”

Or

“How amazing! Just keep working as long as you can, even while you’re pregnant!”  

Between these two contrasting, contradictory yet well-meaning suggestions is often a confused ‘you’, wondering where your career will go now? What about being a good mother? Is it possible to pursue your professional goals while coping with the duties of momhood? Are you doing the right thing?

Once the initial euphoria subsides, you have to start taking practical decisions that will impact you and the little one growing inside your womb. After all, pregnancy is a 24/7 job in itself, that will transform into a lifetime commitment. 

Should you work till you’re about to deliver or take a sabbatical from work? 

Let’s share our thoughts on how you can go through these incredible 9 months, while keeping yourself healthy, cheerful and fairly stress-free.

One day at a time:

The initial days are often beset with morning sickness, fatigue and insomnia. After speaking to your gynaec, give yourself the liberty to take each day as it comes. It’s okay to not be okay. 

Thankfully, most organisations now function in hybrid mode, and if your workplace has the option, work from home on days when you just don’t have the stamina to step out.

Confide in your senior:

Traditionally, Indian families prefer to announce a pregnancy only after the first trimester. However, since it is the most sensitive phase as well, it is sensible to confide in your boss so that s/he can help you tide through this by adjusting your work hours, schedules, leaves and accommodate your physical limitations. 

Feeling nauseous?

It is definitely a struggle to manage pregnancy symptoms at the workplace. Trying to rush to the washroom to throw up or pee every now and then, is quite embarrassing. Many pregnant mothers try to skip meals to avoid such scenarios, but feel worse due to acidity or nauseousness. 

Your nutritionist will usually suggest that you eat small meals every hour or two, and recommend suitable multivitamins. 

Indian elders suggest carrying sweet dried ginger candy, and keeping it in the mouth to reduce the discomfort. The same goes for cardamom i.e. ‘elachi’, which is safe for pregnant women to consume, and also suitable for anaemic women. 

Always sleepy!:

It’s very normal to feel more drowsy during pregnancy. However, to be constantly sleepy at work can affect your productivity as well as invite sarcastic comments from colleagues who may not yet be aware of your situation. 

To tackle this, ensure that you get a full 8 hours of sleep at night. Even if you don’t fall asleep right away or wake up after 6 hours or so, stay in bed and just rest. Avoid looking at devices during that time. If you can manage one or two short naps during the day, it will keep you feeling fresh throughout. 

(Here’s a little request to all organisations and institutions: Please create a ‘rest & recovery room’ at your workplace, which can accommodate at least a single bed. This will provide a comfortable option for women employees whenever they need to take it easy healthwise) 

“Everyone’s asking questions. What do I say?”:

Any pregnant woman will tell how annoying it is to answer endless questions from inquisitive people. Some may politely ask you the due date or inquire about your well-being, others may ask probing or personal questions that are quite frustrating. As a pregnant mother-to-be, you have every right to draw boundaries and politely decline, by saying that you’re not comfortable answering.  

Another easy way out is to ask them about how they’re doing, and then diplomatically change the topic. 

“I’m not good enough!”:

As a working professional, it can be very unsettling when you are not feeling your best or accomplishing as much. This can make you question your self-worth every single day. 

The simplest way is to breathe through this, with calming deep inhales and exhales. Remind yourself that you’re going through the most transformational chapter of your life, and pat yourself on the back for doing as much as possible.

There may be errors and you may have to revise or redo things that you have otherwise done effortlessly before, but that’s fine too. You will pull it off. 

“Too many trips to the washroom. It’s so embarrassing!”

The urge to use the washroom every few minutes is a very awkward part of pregnancy, especially if you’re at work. Simultaneously, it is important to stay hydrated. To manage this, start multitasking by doing something else. It could be as simple as going to the water cooler on the way to the washroom, or getting something small done on your way back. 

Taking short walks in and around the office or try stepping out for a bit, to clock in a few hundred steps. This will keep you active, and also prevent swollen feet that most pregnant women complain of, while sitting too long in a place. 

Backaches and stiffness:

As you go through physiological and hormonal changes, you may experience pain in the lower back region as well as stiffness in the muscles.

By consciously maintaining a proper posture, doing light stretches (as advised by your doc) during the day and stepping out for short walks, you can ensure that the discomfort is minimal. 

Every pregnancy is unique, and you don’t have to compare yourself to others at any point of time. Simply listen to your own body, your intuition and your doctor’s advice. 

YOUR RIGHTS AS A PREGNANT EMPLOYEE:

An organisation cannot discriminate against you on any count, if you’re pregnant. You are supposed to be accorded the same convenience and concessions that an employee with any other health risk is entitled to receive. You can however refuse to perform any tasks that may be hazardous to your health and safety.

– A pregnant employee cannot be denied a promotion or forced to quit the job, if her work is up to mark and she is efficiently completing given tasks.

–  A pregnant woman, who is a single mother, has the same rights, benefits and privileges as a married woman. 

Being a pregnant mommy-to-be as well as a working professional is a phenomenal accomplishment in itself. If you’re managing to do this, you deserve to be appreciated and admired. It is one of the most crucial phases of your life, and is a time when you need to focus on your physical, mental and emotional well-being. So, don’t doubt your worth or feel guilty about your choices. 

Don’t forget to …

– Take small steps to fill your day with laughter and contentment. 

– Keep a gratitude journal to write down what you are most grateful for, and re-read it whenever you’re feeling low.

– Make your well-being your priority this time around, and find some time to include meditation in your schedule. 

– Pamper yourself with things that bring you joy

– Sit in a peaceful place and listen to uplifting music

– Spend time with family and friends, and share meaningful conversations

 

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Working while Pregnant? What’s the best way through?

Working while Pregnant? What’s the best way through?

July 17, 2023

“Oh wow! You’re pregnant! You should put up your fee...

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Breast abscesses is a condition where there is an accumulation of pus-swollen lump on the skin caused by a bacterial infection. It is a common complication faced by patients who are dealing with or have dealt with mastitis in the past. Research shows that one in ten women are affected by this infection, especially new mothers who have to breastfeed their babies. Breast abscesses can be very painful and tend to recur if you have not completed the antibiotics medicine course prescribed by the doctor;

Read on to know more about this condition and how you can tackle it. We present to you a comprehensive guide that discusses the various treatments, medications and preventive measures for patients with breast abscesses;

What Causes Breast Abscesses?

One of the primary causes behind breast abscesses is a bacterial infection. It leads to the collection of pus on the skin which in turn can cause inflammation, rashes and painful lumps on the surface of the breast. Bacteria mainly enters the breast during breastfeeding, or through the cracks in the nipples or the areola. Mastitis, a medical condition where the milk ducts are blocked by a bacterial infection, can also cause breast abscesses if left unchecked for long.

Other causes behind breast abscesses are;

  • External injury to the breast such as a cut or a bruise
  • Cracked or injured nipples
  • Nipple piercing can also cause a bacterial infection
  • Breast implants and other surgeries
  • High sugar and high blood pressure
  • Wearing tight bras or corsets
  • Weaning the baby quickly and unsteadily
  • Obesity
  • Habits such as smoking and consuming alcohol

Note that just because young breastfeeding mothers are susceptible to breast abscesses, other women cannot suffer from this condition. We would recommend you get regular checkups every once a while, especially if you notice any swelling, redness or pain in the breasts

Common Signs And Symptoms

There are several tell-tale signs are early symptoms that you should look out for which can lead to breast abscesses and even inflammatory cancer if left undetected. Breast abscesses caused during breastfeeding is called lactational breast abscesses- where pus collects inside the breast tissues leaving swollen lumps that are visible on the surface. We would recommend you consult your doctor immediately if you come across these symptoms listed below;

  • Tenderness around the areolas and nipples
  • Swollen lumps in and around the breast.
  • Intense pain and discomfort in the affected area
  • Inflammation, rashes, and redness in and around the breasts
  • Fever, chills and general nausea
  • Muscle cramps, body ache, and fatigue
  • Malaise

Breast abscesses if untreated can also lead to cancer and other fatal health risks. All women between ages 15-45 years are susceptible to breast abscesses and other breast-related conditions, so get regular checkups and contact your gynecologist asap if you notice any or all of these signs. If you are looking for a reliable and credible healthcare centre for treatment, then Apollo Cradle Jayanagar is a smart option. The hospital is equipped with the medical tools, a team of dedicated doctors, nurses and staff and has enough experience in dealing with such cases to ensure a high success rate.

READ: 7 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Both Mother & Baby

The Health Risks Involved

Breast abscesses though a fairly common condition and easily detectable can lead up to some major health concerns if aggravated. A significant health risk would be breast cancer that can be fatal if untreated. Other health risks involved with breast abscesses are ;

  • Breast hypoplasia: is a rare condition where insufficient glandular tissue or IGT can cause little to no milk production and underdeveloped mammary glands
  • Sepsis: Sepsis is a life-threatening condition when the body is unable to fight the bacterial or viral infection. It is caused when the chemicals and hormones released to fight infections aggravates the damage.
  • Scarring: scarring occurs in and around the breast because of the accumulation of fat in the breast tissue. Though not fatal, scarring can lead to breast cancer if left unchecked
  • Fistula: Zukas disease is a rare condition caused by breast duct fistulas and recurrent breast abscesses in and around the nipples.
  • Functional mastectomy: mastectomy or removal of mammary tissues, nipples, and areolas from both the breasts is usually the last resort to treat breasts abscesses
  • Necrotizing fasciitis: aka the flesh-eating disease is another threat associated with extreme cases of breast abscesses.

These health risks are caused by extreme cases and can prove to be quite life-threatening. If you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms contact your doctor immediately before things got worse.

Is Breastfeeding Safe With An Abscesses?

It is safe for women who are suffering from mastitis to continue breastfeeding their babies from both breasts. In fact, with regular breastfeeding, the milk ducts would clear faster and relieve you of the pain and discomfort you had to otherwise suffer through. Usually, a gentle massage or a warm compress is recommended to stimulate milk flow.

However, in the case of breast abscesses, breastfeeding can become quite painful for the mother. Most doctors recommend patients with breast abscesses to use a breast pump rather than allow the baby to latch on to the breast directly. So, yes, breastfeeding is possible if you are suffering from breast abscesses only as long as it doesn’t block the milk duct or become unbearably painful.

Consult your doctor or breastfeeding nurse for professional advice on which approach you should opt for so as to prevent the risk of breast abscesses or mastitis in the future.

Treatment And Diagnosis

What starts out as a small lump in the breasts the size of a pimple might grow to become a dangerous and possibly fatal condition for women if left undetected. Don’t worry though, breast abscesses are treatable. Doctors are coming up with innovative ways to drain out the abscesses quickly and effectively, causing the least amount of pain and interruption during breastfeeding.

Lactational breast abscesses are treated by the incision and drainage method, although for other abscesses you can resort to antibiotics and some self-care techniques. Opt for surgery only as of the last resort. diagnosing breast abscesses requires close examinations, scans, and ultrasounds of the affected area along with all the preliminary tests checking the blood pressure and sugar levels in the body.

Antibiotics

Usually, breast abscesses in the initial stages can be cured by a dose of antibiotics. It is only obvious because the condition caused primarily as a result of bacterial infection. The most common bacteria responsible for abscesses is the Staphylococcus aureus. Although ensure that you complete the course and not leave it midway even if you find the abscesses cured. Leaving the antibiotics medicines halfway can cause a recurrence of breast abscesses in the future. Also, we do not recommend the over-the-counter antibiotics for the treatment, take only the meds prescribed by the doctor after a thorough checkup.

Incision And Drainage Method

In the incision and drainage method, the pus in the breast abscesses has to be drained out. Most breast abscesses can be drained out using a needle and some local anesthesia to numb the affected area for minimum pain. For this, doctors have to first locate the exact location of the abscesses on the breast with an ultrasound scan. If the abscesses are in the initial stages then it can be treated with a needle, however, in case of large abscesses, doctors have to resort to surgery. In surgery, a small incision or cut is made on the affected area to drain out the pus.

Once the pus has been removed, the wound would be closed or packed with cotton. Ensure that the wound is not tightly packed with gauze as it can cause more problems later.

Some Self-Care Tips

There are several measures that one can take up to reduce the damage caused by breast abscesses. Ensure that your body and mind is well rested. Stress and depression in young mothers often render their immune systems weak, thereby making them vulnerable to bacterial attacks. Follow a healthy diet (as prescribed by your doctor), be hydrated, drink plenty of fluids to flush out the toxins. Exercise regularly and gently massage the tender breasts to unblock the milk ducts. You can also use a warm compress on the affected area to reduce pain and swelling. You can also take some pain killers or anti-inflammatory medicine, of course with the permission of your doctor, to reduce the pain caused by the breast abscesses.

Post-Procedure Care

After the surgery, you will have to take some extra measures to ensure a speedy recovery. Abscesses in and around the breasts are treated using the I&D technique. However, you will have to take a few medications and antibiotics to ensure that the abscesses don’t return. Some of the cases where medicines and surgery both are required for treating abscesses are;

  • When the abscesses have spread out to multiple locations including the face and genitalia
  • When abscesses are accompanied by fever and nausea
  • When the patient is old and has sugar and blood pressure issues

At home, patients can change the dressing and clean out the abscesses. Anti-steroid medication, warm compresses and plenty of rest would do the trick.

Some Preventive Measures

There are several ways that you can adapt to prevent the risk of breast abscesses. First of all, you need to learn how to breastfeed the baby properly. Don’t rush the process up. Some simple preventive measures are;

  • Ensure that the baby is latching on to the breast properly before you begin breastfeeding
  • Refrain from wearing tight innerwear and uncomfortable clothes
  • Try to encourage the baby to drain as much milk from each breast as possible
  • You can also switch to a breast pump to pump out the milk and unblock the milk ducts
  • Wash your breasts with warm water and soap after breastfeeding
  • After breastfeeding wipe the areolas and nipples with cotton soaked in warm water or breast milk
  • Keep the skin in and around the breast moisturized. Apply lanolin cream daily on the nipples to prevent cracking

The Bottom Line

The best way to deal with breast abscesses is constant self-examination, self-care, and awareness of your body. Look out for any lumps in and around the areolas, be in touch with your gynecologist in case you see rashes, redness, experience inflammation or pain in and around the breasts during or after breastfeeding. Also, maintain your personal hygiene, avoid wearing tight bras especially after pregnancy and follow an overall healthy lifestyle.

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Breast abscesses is a condition where there is an accumulation of pus-swollen lump on the skin caused by a bacterial infection. It is a common complication faced by patients who are dealing with or have dealt with mastitis in the past. Research shows that one in ten women are affected by this infection, especially new mothers who have to breastfeed their babies. Breast abscesses can be very painful and tend to recur if you have not completed the antibiotics medicine course prescribed by the doctor;

Read on to know more about this condition and how you can tackle it. We present to you a comprehensive guide that discusses the various treatments, medications and preventive measures for patients with breast abscesses;

What Causes Breast Abscesses?

One of the primary causes behind breast abscesses is a bacterial infection. It leads to the collection of pus on the skin which in turn can cause inflammation, rashes and painful lumps on the surface of the breast. Bacteria mainly enters the breast during breastfeeding, or through the cracks in the nipples or the areola. Mastitis, a medical condition where the milk ducts are blocked by a bacterial infection, can also cause breast abscesses if left unchecked for long.

Other causes behind breast abscesses are;

  • External injury to the breast such as a cut or a bruise
  • Cracked or injured nipples
  • Nipple piercing can also cause a bacterial infection
  • Breast implants and other surgeries
  • High sugar and high blood pressure
  • Wearing tight bras or corsets
  • Weaning the baby quickly and unsteadily
  • Obesity
  • Habits such as smoking and consuming alcohol

Note that just because young breastfeeding mothers are susceptible to breast abscesses, other women cannot suffer from this condition. We would recommend you get regular checkups every once a while, especially if you notice any swelling, redness or pain in the breasts

Common Signs And Symptoms

There are several tell-tale signs are early symptoms that you should look out for which can lead to breast abscesses and even inflammatory cancer if left undetected. Breast abscesses caused during breastfeeding is called lactational breast abscesses- where pus collects inside the breast tissues leaving swollen lumps that are visible on the surface. We would recommend you consult your doctor immediately if you come across these symptoms listed below;

  • Tenderness around the areolas and nipples
  • Swollen lumps in and around the breast.
  • Intense pain and discomfort in the affected area
  • Inflammation, rashes, and redness in and around the breasts
  • Fever, chills and general nausea
  • Muscle cramps, body ache, and fatigue
  • Malaise

Breast abscesses if untreated can also lead to cancer and other fatal health risks. All women between ages 15-45 years are susceptible to breast abscesses and other breast-related conditions, so get regular checkups and contact your gynecologist asap if you notice any or all of these signs. If you are looking for a reliable and credible healthcare centre for treatment, then Apollo Cradle Jayanagar is a smart option. The hospital is equipped with the medical tools, a team of dedicated doctors, nurses and staff and has enough experience in dealing with such cases to ensure a high success rate.

READ: 7 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Both Mother & Baby

The Health Risks Involved

Breast abscesses though a fairly common condition and easily detectable can lead up to some major health concerns if aggravated. A significant health risk would be breast cancer that can be fatal if untreated. Other health risks involved with breast abscesses are ;

  • Breast hypoplasia: is a rare condition where insufficient glandular tissue or IGT can cause little to no milk production and underdeveloped mammary glands
  • Sepsis: Sepsis is a life-threatening condition when the body is unable to fight the bacterial or viral infection. It is caused when the chemicals and hormones released to fight infections aggravates the damage.
  • Scarring: scarring occurs in and around the breast because of the accumulation of fat in the breast tissue. Though not fatal, scarring can lead to breast cancer if left unchecked
  • Fistula: Zukas disease is a rare condition caused by breast duct fistulas and recurrent breast abscesses in and around the nipples.
  • Functional mastectomy: mastectomy or removal of mammary tissues, nipples, and areolas from both the breasts is usually the last resort to treat breasts abscesses
  • Necrotizing fasciitis: aka the flesh-eating disease is another threat associated with extreme cases of breast abscesses.

These health risks are caused by extreme cases and can prove to be quite life-threatening. If you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms contact your doctor immediately before things got worse.

Is Breastfeeding Safe With An Abscesses?

It is safe for women who are suffering from mastitis to continue breastfeeding their babies from both breasts. In fact, with regular breastfeeding, the milk ducts would clear faster and relieve you of the pain and discomfort you had to otherwise suffer through. Usually, a gentle massage or a warm compress is recommended to stimulate milk flow.

However, in the case of breast abscesses, breastfeeding can become quite painful for the mother. Most doctors recommend patients with breast abscesses to use a breast pump rather than allow the baby to latch on to the breast directly. So, yes, breastfeeding is possible if you are suffering from breast abscesses only as long as it doesn’t block the milk duct or become unbearably painful.

Consult your doctor or breastfeeding nurse for professional advice on which approach you should opt for so as to prevent the risk of breast abscesses or mastitis in the future.

Treatment And Diagnosis

What starts out as a small lump in the breasts the size of a pimple might grow to become a dangerous and possibly fatal condition for women if left undetected. Don’t worry though, breast abscesses are treatable. Doctors are coming up with innovative ways to drain out the abscesses quickly and effectively, causing the least amount of pain and interruption during breastfeeding.

Lactational breast abscesses are treated by the incision and drainage method, although for other abscesses you can resort to antibiotics and some self-care techniques. Opt for surgery only as of the last resort. diagnosing breast abscesses requires close examinations, scans, and ultrasounds of the affected area along with all the preliminary tests checking the blood pressure and sugar levels in the body.

Antibiotics

Usually, breast abscesses in the initial stages can be cured by a dose of antibiotics. It is only obvious because the condition caused primarily as a result of bacterial infection. The most common bacteria responsible for abscesses is the Staphylococcus aureus. Although ensure that you complete the course and not leave it midway even if you find the abscesses cured. Leaving the antibiotics medicines halfway can cause a recurrence of breast abscesses in the future. Also, we do not recommend the over-the-counter antibiotics for the treatment, take only the meds prescribed by the doctor after a thorough checkup.

Incision And Drainage Method

In the incision and drainage method, the pus in the breast abscesses has to be drained out. Most breast abscesses can be drained out using a needle and some local anesthesia to numb the affected area for minimum pain. For this, doctors have to first locate the exact location of the abscesses on the breast with an ultrasound scan. If the abscesses are in the initial stages then it can be treated with a needle, however, in case of large abscesses, doctors have to resort to surgery. In surgery, a small incision or cut is made on the affected area to drain out the pus.

Once the pus has been removed, the wound would be closed or packed with cotton. Ensure that the wound is not tightly packed with gauze as it can cause more problems later.

Some Self-Care Tips

There are several measures that one can take up to reduce the damage caused by breast abscesses. Ensure that your body and mind is well rested. Stress and depression in young mothers often render their immune systems weak, thereby making them vulnerable to bacterial attacks. Follow a healthy diet (as prescribed by your doctor), be hydrated, drink plenty of fluids to flush out the toxins. Exercise regularly and gently massage the tender breasts to unblock the milk ducts. You can also use a warm compress on the affected area to reduce pain and swelling. You can also take some pain killers or anti-inflammatory medicine, of course with the permission of your doctor, to reduce the pain caused by the breast abscesses.

Post-Procedure Care

After the surgery, you will have to take some extra measures to ensure a speedy recovery. Abscesses in and around the breasts are treated using the I&D technique. However, you will have to take a few medications and antibiotics to ensure that the abscesses don’t return. Some of the cases where medicines and surgery both are required for treating abscesses are;

  • When the abscesses have spread out to multiple locations including the face and genitalia
  • When abscesses are accompanied by fever and nausea
  • When the patient is old and has sugar and blood pressure issues

At home, patients can change the dressing and clean out the abscesses. Anti-steroid medication, warm compresses and plenty of rest would do the trick.

Some Preventive Measures

There are several ways that you can adapt to prevent the risk of breast abscesses. First of all, you need to learn how to breastfeed the baby properly. Don’t rush the process up. Some simple preventive measures are;

  • Ensure that the baby is latching on to the breast properly before you begin breastfeeding
  • Refrain from wearing tight innerwear and uncomfortable clothes
  • Try to encourage the baby to drain as much milk from each breast as possible
  • You can also switch to a breast pump to pump out the milk and unblock the milk ducts
  • Wash your breasts with warm water and soap after breastfeeding
  • After breastfeeding wipe the areolas and nipples with cotton soaked in warm water or breast milk
  • Keep the skin in and around the breast moisturized. Apply lanolin cream daily on the nipples to prevent cracking

The Bottom Line

The best way to deal with breast abscesses is constant self-examination, self-care, and awareness of your body. Look out for any lumps in and around the areolas, be in touch with your gynecologist in case you see rashes, redness, experience inflammation or pain in and around the breasts during or after breastfeeding. Also, maintain your personal hygiene, avoid wearing tight bras especially after pregnancy and follow an overall healthy lifestyle.

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‘You’re eating for two’ is a statement that every pregnant woman has heard, but that has long since been proven to be a myth. However, it is definitely true that what you eat during your pregnancy affects your baby, not just while It is in the sanctuary of your womb, but also in the years to come. While there is no such special diet that a pregnant woman must go on, it is important to eat an additional amount of certain foods and avoid eating other foods completely because of their high content of nutrients or lack of them respectively. Foods that a woman must completely avoid during pregnancy include caffeine, uncooked or processed meat, alcohol and fish that has a high percentage of mercury.

If you’re an expecting mother, here are 6 foods that you must definitely include in your diet:

Dairy Products-

Dairy products have a high concentration of protein and calcium that is required by the fetus to grow. Dairy products such as milk, curd, cheese and butter also contain high amounts of Vitamin B, zinc, phosphorous and magnesium that are beneficial for both you and your baby. Greek yogurt or even plain yogurt is particularly beneficial for pregnant woman as it has a high rate of calcium and probiotic bacteria that promotes digestion. Women that are lactose intolerant can have probiotic supplements instead. Consuming dairy products daily during your pregnancy will reduce your chances of falling prey to gestational diabetes, vaginal infections or allergies.

Legumes-

Legumes, a food category that includes beans, lentils, peas, soybeans, chickpeas and peanuts, are a good source of fiber, calcium, protein, iron and Vitamin B. Since these are vegetarian and easily affordable, they are universally recommended by doctors for all pregnant women, especially during the first trimester. Some varieties of legumes are especially high in potassium and magnesium – One cup of lentils, chickpeas or black beans can provide 65 to 90% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).

Avocados-

 These fruits contain a high amount of monounsaturated fats, which are very beneficial in building the skin and brain tissues of the fetus. Avocados have higher potassium levels than bananas, and help in relieving leg cramps that are a common side effect of pregnancy.

Dried fruits-

Dried fruits like prunes, apricots and dates contain the same amounts of potassium, protein and fiber as fruits but with much lower water percentages. While they are full of nutrition, they are also high in calories, and hence should be consumed only in small quantities at a time.

Whole grains

Whole grains, especially quinoa and oats, are highly recommended for women in their second and third trimesters. These foods are packed with fiber, vitamins and plant compounds, and are definitely higher in nutrition as compared to refined grains.

Fish Liver Oil

This supplement comes in the form of capsules and is highly recommended for pregnant women as it boosts overall health and wellness of both the mother and the child. Fish liver oil also helps build your child’s immunity.

Green and Leafy Vegetables-

Vegetables like broccoli and spinach contain high levels of fiber, Vitamins C, K and A, calcium, iron, folate and potassium. These reduce the risk of low birth weight of your child, thus preventing a whole host of related problems.

In addition to the above foods, it is important to drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated at all times. It may help to keep sipping on water every 10 minutes or keep a water bottle handy. While staying hydrated is important for all of us, it’s especially so for soon-to-be mothers as the volume of blood increases by almost 50% during pregnancy.

 

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‘You’re eating for two’ is a statement that every pregnant woman has heard, but that has long since been proven to be a myth. However, it is definitely true that what you eat during your pregnancy affects your baby, not just while It is in the sanctuary of your womb, but also in the years to come. While there is no such special diet that a pregnant woman must go on, it is important to eat an additional amount of certain foods and avoid eating other foods completely because of their high content of nutrients or lack of them respectively. Foods that a woman must completely avoid during pregnancy include caffeine, uncooked or processed meat, alcohol and fish that has a high percentage of mercury.

If you’re an expecting mother, here are 6 foods that you must definitely include in your diet:

Dairy Products-

Dairy products have a high concentration of protein and calcium that is required by the fetus to grow. Dairy products such as milk, curd, cheese and butter also contain high amounts of Vitamin B, zinc, phosphorous and magnesium that are beneficial for both you and your baby. Greek yogurt or even plain yogurt is particularly beneficial for pregnant woman as it has a high rate of calcium and probiotic bacteria that promotes digestion. Women that are lactose intolerant can have probiotic supplements instead. Consuming dairy products daily during your pregnancy will reduce your chances of falling prey to gestational diabetes, vaginal infections or allergies.

Legumes-

Legumes, a food category that includes beans, lentils, peas, soybeans, chickpeas and peanuts, are a good source of fiber, calcium, protein, iron and Vitamin B. Since these are vegetarian and easily affordable, they are universally recommended by doctors for all pregnant women, especially during the first trimester. Some varieties of legumes are especially high in potassium and magnesium – One cup of lentils, chickpeas or black beans can provide 65 to 90% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).

Avocados-

 These fruits contain a high amount of monounsaturated fats, which are very beneficial in building the skin and brain tissues of the fetus. Avocados have higher potassium levels than bananas, and help in relieving leg cramps that are a common side effect of pregnancy.

Dried fruits-

Dried fruits like prunes, apricots and dates contain the same amounts of potassium, protein and fiber as fruits but with much lower water percentages. While they are full of nutrition, they are also high in calories, and hence should be consumed only in small quantities at a time.

Whole grains

Whole grains, especially quinoa and oats, are highly recommended for women in their second and third trimesters. These foods are packed with fiber, vitamins and plant compounds, and are definitely higher in nutrition as compared to refined grains.

Fish Liver Oil

This supplement comes in the form of capsules and is highly recommended for pregnant women as it boosts overall health and wellness of both the mother and the child. Fish liver oil also helps build your child’s immunity.

Green and Leafy Vegetables-

Vegetables like broccoli and spinach contain high levels of fiber, Vitamins C, K and A, calcium, iron, folate and potassium. These reduce the risk of low birth weight of your child, thus preventing a whole host of related problems.

In addition to the above foods, it is important to drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated at all times. It may help to keep sipping on water every 10 minutes or keep a water bottle handy. While staying hydrated is important for all of us, it’s especially so for soon-to-be mothers as the volume of blood increases by almost 50% during pregnancy.

 

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Foods to Eat When You are Pregnant

Foods to Eat When You are Pregnant

April 17, 2019

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Pregnancy is known to be one of the most important stages in a woman’s life. It is marked by a lot of physical, emotional, and mental changes. The way from conception to birth is a long one. A preconception test before pregnancy is one of the best ways to endure that there are no pre-existing health issues that can harm the baby. Usually, the pre-conception tests include a detailed evaluation of your medical history, for instance, your medical history, vaccination and so on. Similarly, your lifestyle and habits will also be discussed in elaboration, for example, food habits, alcohol consumption, smoking habits, etc.

WHAT ARE THE QUSETIONS THAT YOU MIGHT EXPECT?

1. Menstrual Cycle

You will have to provide details about your menstrual cycles, symptoms, the length of your period, and so on.

2. Medications

You will be asked about the drugs and medications that you are on, be it herbal or non-herbal. The continuity or discontinuity of these medicines is determined on your conception.

3. Diet & Lifestyle

Questions might be asked about your food and lifestyle habits. The intake of calories, the kind of diet you are on, habits such as alcohol or smoking; all of these will be monitored.

4. Medical History

One of the most asked about factors is the medical history of the patient. The doctor might ask you about the health issues running in your family that might pose as a problem for you. For instance, issues like preeclampsia, postpartum depression, etc are more likely to happen to you during childbirth if it had happened to your mother or grandmother.
Similarly, any underlying or chronic health issue with you, will also be closely monitored.

5. Birth Control

Your doctor will closely track your cycle. He or she will let you know when to stop taking your birth control pills.

WHAT ARE THE TESTS THAT YOU MIGHT EXPECT?

Some of the common medical tests that you might expect during preconception check-up are:
  1. Physical Tests
  2. Blood Test
  3. Urine Test
  4. Ultrasound
  5. Blood Pressure Reading
  6. PAP Test
  7. Pelvic Test
  8. Weight Check-Up
  9. Mental Health Screening
  10. Abdominal Test
 
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Pregnancy is known to be one of the most important stages in a woman’s life. It is marked by a lot of physical, emotional, and mental changes. The way from conception to birth is a long one. A preconception test before pregnancy is one of the best ways to endure that there are no pre-existing health issues that can harm the baby. Usually, the pre-conception tests include a detailed evaluation of your medical history, for instance, your medical history, vaccination and so on. Similarly, your lifestyle and habits will also be discussed in elaboration, for example, food habits, alcohol consumption, smoking habits, etc.

WHAT ARE THE QUSETIONS THAT YOU MIGHT EXPECT?

1. Menstrual Cycle

You will have to provide details about your menstrual cycles, symptoms, the length of your period, and so on.

2. Medications

You will be asked about the drugs and medications that you are on, be it herbal or non-herbal. The continuity or discontinuity of these medicines is determined on your conception.

3. Diet & Lifestyle

Questions might be asked about your food and lifestyle habits. The intake of calories, the kind of diet you are on, habits such as alcohol or smoking; all of these will be monitored.

4. Medical History

One of the most asked about factors is the medical history of the patient. The doctor might ask you about the health issues running in your family that might pose as a problem for you. For instance, issues like preeclampsia, postpartum depression, etc are more likely to happen to you during childbirth if it had happened to your mother or grandmother.
Similarly, any underlying or chronic health issue with you, will also be closely monitored.

5. Birth Control

Your doctor will closely track your cycle. He or she will let you know when to stop taking your birth control pills.

WHAT ARE THE TESTS THAT YOU MIGHT EXPECT?

Some of the common medical tests that you might expect during preconception check-up are:
  1. Physical Tests
  2. Blood Test
  3. Urine Test
  4. Ultrasound
  5. Blood Pressure Reading
  6. PAP Test
  7. Pelvic Test
  8. Weight Check-Up
  9. Mental Health Screening
  10. Abdominal Test
 
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Recovering from birth is never easy. It’s even more difficult and painful if you have undergone a C-section. You may have to bear the pain for months. In difficult times like these, what can come to the rescue of paining mothers is ‘Breastfeeding’. Breastfeeding has always been the most natural way of providing nutrients to the new born child. Studies have shown that those women who practice breastfeeding have reduced the chances of developing cancer by eleven percent. In recent studies, breastfeeding has been linked to various benefits, both for the mother and child.

 

 

Breastfeeding can help effectively in lowering chronic pains induced due to C-section. Doctors now suggest that those women who breastfeed for more than two months decrease the chronic pain of C-section by threefold than those who do just for two months. Nearly Fifty-four percent of mothers complain of anxiety during breastfeeding. One of the reasons why chronic pain is induced can be anxiety itself. To overcome this anxiety, it’s highly recommended to embrace breastfeeding as the most natural way to go about things. Doctors all across the globe are now recommending new mothers to breastfeed for more than two months to significantly curb the chronic pains of C-section.

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Taking classes before birth that can educate you on benefits of breastfeeding can help immensely postpartum. These classes can open your mind to breastfeeding significantly so that after birth you can practice this natural method without any doubts and anxiety. Another great benefit of breastfeeding is it burns calories immensely. So if you wishing to shed off the pregnancy weight, breastfeeding is a great method.

Apart from breastfeeding, what mothers can do to heal their C-section faster is take ample amount of rest, focus on good nutrition and take good care of incision. It’s advisable to incorporate more iron-rich food in your diet, such as red meat, fish, poultry, pulses, green vegetables and dried fruits. You can also include probiotics in your diet to help quicker absorption of nutrients from the food you intake. Yogurt, pickles, Kimchi are also good examples of probiotics, you can start consuming.

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Recovering from birth is never easy. It’s even more difficult and painful if you have undergone a C-section. You may have to bear the pain for months. In difficult times like these, what can come to the rescue of paining mothers is ‘Breastfeeding’. Breastfeeding has always been the most natural way of providing nutrients to the new born child. Studies have shown that those women who practice breastfeeding have reduced the chances of developing cancer by eleven percent. In recent studies, breastfeeding has been linked to various benefits, both for the mother and child.

 

 

Breastfeeding can help effectively in lowering chronic pains induced due to C-section. Doctors now suggest that those women who breastfeed for more than two months decrease the chronic pain of C-section by threefold than those who do just for two months. Nearly Fifty-four percent of mothers complain of anxiety during breastfeeding. One of the reasons why chronic pain is induced can be anxiety itself. To overcome this anxiety, it’s highly recommended to embrace breastfeeding as the most natural way to go about things. Doctors all across the globe are now recommending new mothers to breastfeed for more than two months to significantly curb the chronic pains of C-section.

Visit us for Best Gynaecology Hospital in Bangalore

Taking classes before birth that can educate you on benefits of breastfeeding can help immensely postpartum. These classes can open your mind to breastfeeding significantly so that after birth you can practice this natural method without any doubts and anxiety. Another great benefit of breastfeeding is it burns calories immensely. So if you wishing to shed off the pregnancy weight, breastfeeding is a great method.

Apart from breastfeeding, what mothers can do to heal their C-section faster is take ample amount of rest, focus on good nutrition and take good care of incision. It’s advisable to incorporate more iron-rich food in your diet, such as red meat, fish, poultry, pulses, green vegetables and dried fruits. You can also include probiotics in your diet to help quicker absorption of nutrients from the food you intake. Yogurt, pickles, Kimchi are also good examples of probiotics, you can start consuming.

Check out Apollo Cradle Package & Offers

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I was excited and happy & scared of what lay ahead of me. Little did I know about the breastfeeding challenges that I was about to face. My 1-hour old son was brought to me for his very first feeding session while I rested in the recovery room. I saw his tiny little lips making an effort to latch on to my breasts and he simply couldn’t. At the time I chalked it up to me being in resting position as I couldn’t sit upright or hold him in my arms for feeding. The rest 2 days that followed I was woken up often by the nurses n our amazing lactation consultant Vandana mam, who eventually helped me get through my breastfeeding ordeal.

 

Despite everyone’s best efforts, my son just wasn’t latching on. I had an inverted right nipple and the left one was nearly flat. Long story short I couldn’t breastfeed him despite being fully engorged due to anatomical reasons. I thought that would be the end of breastfeeding for me and my son. To our surprise, the last day of my discharge, a nipple shield was introduced, he latched immediately and hence our breastfeeding journey began. It was painful at first but the feeling of being able to provide nourishment to my baby was extremely rewarding. Meanwhile, I kept trying to help Kabir latch directly. Pregnancy is already tough on one’s body, dealing with hormone shifts & pressures of being a new mom took a toll on me and I fell into depression. My milk supply dropped as well. And the day came when Kabir was having formula milk than breastmilk. I stayed in touch with Vandana mam and she kept encouraging me to use the shield. I put myself back together to pull myself out of this depression abysses, I read numerous articles about breastfeeding, I started to eat well including galactagogues like oats, fenugreek powder and in 3 weeks time, I was exclusively feeding breastmilk to my son. I have also suggested a breast pump and I ended up using both manual and an electric one. Following Vandana mam’s guidelines, I fed him from one breast and expressed from another. I was able to build up a frozen milk stash for days when I wasn’t available to feed him. Fast forward 7 months, I’m proud to say I exclusively breastfed my kid and we are still going strong. Don’t give up and keep trying… Persevere!

 

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I was excited and happy & scared of what lay ahead of me. Little did I know about the breastfeeding challenges that I was about to face. My 1-hour old son was brought to me for his very first feeding session while I rested in the recovery room. I saw his tiny little lips making an effort to latch on to my breasts and he simply couldn’t. At the time I chalked it up to me being in resting position as I couldn’t sit upright or hold him in my arms for feeding. The rest 2 days that followed I was woken up often by the nurses n our amazing lactation consultant Vandana mam, who eventually helped me get through my breastfeeding ordeal.

 

Despite everyone’s best efforts, my son just wasn’t latching on. I had an inverted right nipple and the left one was nearly flat. Long story short I couldn’t breastfeed him despite being fully engorged due to anatomical reasons. I thought that would be the end of breastfeeding for me and my son. To our surprise, the last day of my discharge, a nipple shield was introduced, he latched immediately and hence our breastfeeding journey began. It was painful at first but the feeling of being able to provide nourishment to my baby was extremely rewarding. Meanwhile, I kept trying to help Kabir latch directly. Pregnancy is already tough on one’s body, dealing with hormone shifts & pressures of being a new mom took a toll on me and I fell into depression. My milk supply dropped as well. And the day came when Kabir was having formula milk than breastmilk. I stayed in touch with Vandana mam and she kept encouraging me to use the shield. I put myself back together to pull myself out of this depression abysses, I read numerous articles about breastfeeding, I started to eat well including galactagogues like oats, fenugreek powder and in 3 weeks time, I was exclusively feeding breastmilk to my son. I have also suggested a breast pump and I ended up using both manual and an electric one. Following Vandana mam’s guidelines, I fed him from one breast and expressed from another. I was able to build up a frozen milk stash for days when I wasn’t available to feed him. Fast forward 7 months, I’m proud to say I exclusively breastfed my kid and we are still going strong. Don’t give up and keep trying… Persevere!

 

ANU CHAUHAN

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My Breastfeeding journey(testimonials)

My Breastfeeding journey(testimonials)

August 3, 2018

My Breastfeeding journey(testimon...

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I delivered my first child at Apollo cradle two months back.

My initial few weeks were difficult to breastfeed as I had little knowledge about it. Both I and my baby were Learning and getting used to it. But I think that the best thing that you can do is say that you want to breastfeed your baby and to hold on to that thought and to find as much help and advice that you can get to be able to continue breastfeeding. Now that can be from a breastfeeding counselor and lactation expert at the hospital.

 I literally made Dr Vandana Sarkar lactation expert to practically teach me how to connect with my baby for same. I realised how important it is to have the right sitting position, baby’s and my comfort style to make the process enjoyable and fun. I was even suggested a feeding chair which makes feeding process easy for me

My baby is now two months old and completely on breastfeed. Her doc is very happy with her growth and most importantly it’s the best way to connect with the child and make the bond strong. It’s our me time together and we both look forward to each other.

I thank the team at Apollo cradle for taking such beautiful care before and after pregnancy. Even if I call sometimes at odd hours am addressed with a full attention which motivated me to continue the process and enjoy it.

It’s the best I can do for the child as if now.

DR. MANSI PAUL

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I delivered my first child at Apollo cradle two months back.

My initial few weeks were difficult to breastfeed as I had little knowledge about it. Both I and my baby were Learning and getting used to it. But I think that the best thing that you can do is say that you want to breastfeed your baby and to hold on to that thought and to find as much help and advice that you can get to be able to continue breastfeeding. Now that can be from a breastfeeding counselor and lactation expert at the hospital.

 I literally made Dr Vandana Sarkar lactation expert to practically teach me how to connect with my baby for same. I realised how important it is to have the right sitting position, baby’s and my comfort style to make the process enjoyable and fun. I was even suggested a feeding chair which makes feeding process easy for me

My baby is now two months old and completely on breastfeed. Her doc is very happy with her growth and most importantly it’s the best way to connect with the child and make the bond strong. It’s our me time together and we both look forward to each other.

I thank the team at Apollo cradle for taking such beautiful care before and after pregnancy. Even if I call sometimes at odd hours am addressed with a full attention which motivated me to continue the process and enjoy it.

It’s the best I can do for the child as if now.

DR. MANSI PAUL

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Testimonial – Breastfeeding the best gift for my child

Testimonial – Breastfeeding the best gift for my child

August 3, 2018

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Are you a new mother? Finding it difficult to manage your work-life balance? You’re at the right place! The idea of ‘having it all’ might seem impossible to you, but here we are to help you strike the balance the right way while keeping your boss & your little one at home, happy!

Tips for you to balance work and life:

  1. Inform your colleagues – Make sure that you inform everybody at your workplace about your present situation, and that you might not be available as often as earlier. Speak to your seniors about your situation and the need for a healthy work-life balance, so that they are able to understand your requirements and provide you with leaves and perks, accordingly.
  2. Work from home – Today’s era of high-tech internet facilities makes it easy to work from home. You can opt for working from home as it does not involve taking official leave, enabling you to maintain a healthy family work-life balance. You can work and keep a tab on your toddler’s activities simultaneously. So, you receive the happiness of working, and sharing some precious moments with your child!
  3. Paternal leave – Both mothers and fathers must balance work and life to support their children’s growth. As fathers are equally important, nowadays many companies sanction paternal leaves to dads to spend time with their newborn children. Go ahead and tell your hubby that his presence is needed for your child and you! With him by your side, balancing work and family will become an easier task!
  4. Store your breast milk – There are certain situations in which you simply cannot miss work, for example, a vital meeting was scheduled beforehand. The first thought that comes to your mind is that your infant needs to be fed on time. No, there is no need to panic! You can pump out your breast milk and store it in bottles, inside the refrigerator. Specialised pumps are available in pharmaceutical stores. Once you keep the milk safely stored, the rest is your partner’s responsibility. Now you can attend the meeting in peace, and let your hubby enjoy some daddy-time!
  5. Day-care centres – After a period of compromise by working from home, taking maternal/paternal leaves and working part-time, you may admit your toddler to a well-maintained creche, where proper care will be taken to ensure that primary education culminates into refined character development. This will enable you to engage in full-time work, and be assured of your child’s wellbeing!

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance has become an important factor in newborn mothers’ lives. Gone are the days when mommies adhered to stereotyped norms, as now they can adopt numerous ways of balancing work and family life. So, ladies, go ahead and achieve your goals!

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Are you a new mother? Finding it difficult to manage your work-life balance? You’re at the right place! The idea of ‘having it all’ might seem impossible to you, but here we are to help you strike the balance the right way while keeping your boss & your little one at home, happy!

Tips for you to balance work and life:

  1. Inform your colleagues – Make sure that you inform everybody at your workplace about your present situation, and that you might not be available as often as earlier. Speak to your seniors about your situation and the need for a healthy work-life balance, so that they are able to understand your requirements and provide you with leaves and perks, accordingly.
  2. Work from home – Today’s era of high-tech internet facilities makes it easy to work from home. You can opt for working from home as it does not involve taking official leave, enabling you to maintain a healthy family work-life balance. You can work and keep a tab on your toddler’s activities simultaneously. So, you receive the happiness of working, and sharing some precious moments with your child!
  3. Paternal leave – Both mothers and fathers must balance work and life to support their children’s growth. As fathers are equally important, nowadays many companies sanction paternal leaves to dads to spend time with their newborn children. Go ahead and tell your hubby that his presence is needed for your child and you! With him by your side, balancing work and family will become an easier task!
  4. Store your breast milk – There are certain situations in which you simply cannot miss work, for example, a vital meeting was scheduled beforehand. The first thought that comes to your mind is that your infant needs to be fed on time. No, there is no need to panic! You can pump out your breast milk and store it in bottles, inside the refrigerator. Specialised pumps are available in pharmaceutical stores. Once you keep the milk safely stored, the rest is your partner’s responsibility. Now you can attend the meeting in peace, and let your hubby enjoy some daddy-time!
  5. Day-care centres – After a period of compromise by working from home, taking maternal/paternal leaves and working part-time, you may admit your toddler to a well-maintained creche, where proper care will be taken to ensure that primary education culminates into refined character development. This will enable you to engage in full-time work, and be assured of your child’s wellbeing!

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance has become an important factor in newborn mothers’ lives. Gone are the days when mommies adhered to stereotyped norms, as now they can adopt numerous ways of balancing work and family life. So, ladies, go ahead and achieve your goals!

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Five effective ways for new mothers to balance work and family life

Five effective ways for new mothers to balance work and family life

April 10, 2017

Are you a new mother? Finding it difficul...

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Most women who recently delivered a baby use breastfeeding as a method of birth control to uphold a gap between baby’s births. Efficiency is an important concern while considering a birth control method. Today, we are discussing on how effective is breastfeeding as a birth control method.

How does breastfeeding work to prevent pregnancy?

Breastfeeding naturally suppresses the hormones that are necessary for ovulation (release of an egg from the ovary), in turn, prevents conception. Baby’s continuous sucking can stimulate the hormones that suppress the process of ovulation. If there is no egg production in the body, then there is no pregnancy. Hence, breastfeeding is a good form of birth control. Regular and frequent breastfeeding as a natural method of contraception is termed as lactational amenorrhea method (LAM). LAM is highly effective i.e. 98%effective only if women follow or meet the following criteria:

  • The baby must be less than 6 months old
  • Must exclusively breastfeed the baby during the day and night (this means breast milk should not substitute with other foods)
  • Must not have periods

For whom breastfeeding is not a proper contraception method?

  • When the baby turns 6 months, breastfeeding is not an ideal option to prevent pregnancy.
  • Also, keep in mind that LAM cannot be used when you are taking antidepressants. Antidepressants make your baby feel drowsy and sleepy, which does not allow you to feed often. This reduces the effectiveness of breastfeeding as a form of birth control. Your doctor can help to suggest you alternate methods to make breastfeeding effective as a contraceptive method.
  • If the baby stopped breastfeeding and started taking solid foods along with breast milk, then LAM is no longer effective even if your periods still haven’t returned. You could be fertile and can get pregnant again.

Benefits of using breastfeeding as birth control:

Benefits for mothers:

  • Does not affect a woman’s natural hormone balance
  • Safe, simple, and convenient
  • Requires no medical supervision or prescription
  • Reduces bleeding after delivery
  • Prevents pregnancy naturally after delivery and its effectiveness lasts up to 6 months

Benefits for baby:

  • Provides the best nutrition
  • Improves the bonding between mother and child
  • Baby feels safe and secure around the arms while breastfeeding
  • Antibodies from breast milk protects the baby from development of allergies and certain infections
  • Decreases the potential risk of any infections from other foods

Women can start breastfeeding shortly after delivering a baby. If there are any issues with breastfeeding, seek immediate help from a midwife or a lactation expert so that lactation is not sporadic and disturbed. It is always highly recommended to discussing with a doctor before you consider breastfeeding as a form of birth control. A doctor can suggest you some tips to make breastfeeding effective as birth control.

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Most women who recently delivered a baby use breastfeeding as a method of birth control to uphold a gap between baby’s births. Efficiency is an important concern while considering a birth control method. Today, we are discussing on how effective is breastfeeding as a birth control method.

How does breastfeeding work to prevent pregnancy?

Breastfeeding naturally suppresses the hormones that are necessary for ovulation (release of an egg from the ovary), in turn, prevents conception. Baby’s continuous sucking can stimulate the hormones that suppress the process of ovulation. If there is no egg production in the body, then there is no pregnancy. Hence, breastfeeding is a good form of birth control. Regular and frequent breastfeeding as a natural method of contraception is termed as lactational amenorrhea method (LAM). LAM is highly effective i.e. 98%effective only if women follow or meet the following criteria:

  • The baby must be less than 6 months old
  • Must exclusively breastfeed the baby during the day and night (this means breast milk should not substitute with other foods)
  • Must not have periods

For whom breastfeeding is not a proper contraception method?

  • When the baby turns 6 months, breastfeeding is not an ideal option to prevent pregnancy.
  • Also, keep in mind that LAM cannot be used when you are taking antidepressants. Antidepressants make your baby feel drowsy and sleepy, which does not allow you to feed often. This reduces the effectiveness of breastfeeding as a form of birth control. Your doctor can help to suggest you alternate methods to make breastfeeding effective as a contraceptive method.
  • If the baby stopped breastfeeding and started taking solid foods along with breast milk, then LAM is no longer effective even if your periods still haven’t returned. You could be fertile and can get pregnant again.

Benefits of using breastfeeding as birth control:

Benefits for mothers:

  • Does not affect a woman’s natural hormone balance
  • Safe, simple, and convenient
  • Requires no medical supervision or prescription
  • Reduces bleeding after delivery
  • Prevents pregnancy naturally after delivery and its effectiveness lasts up to 6 months

Benefits for baby:

  • Provides the best nutrition
  • Improves the bonding between mother and child
  • Baby feels safe and secure around the arms while breastfeeding
  • Antibodies from breast milk protects the baby from development of allergies and certain infections
  • Decreases the potential risk of any infections from other foods

Women can start breastfeeding shortly after delivering a baby. If there are any issues with breastfeeding, seek immediate help from a midwife or a lactation expert so that lactation is not sporadic and disturbed. It is always highly recommended to discussing with a doctor before you consider breastfeeding as a form of birth control. A doctor can suggest you some tips to make breastfeeding effective as birth control.

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Breastfeeding as a method of contraception

Breastfeeding as a method of contraception

January 18, 2017

Most women who recently delivered a baby use breastfeeding as a meth...

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Breastfeeding is an important topic for every new mom. Your body will produce colostrum (pre-milk) for first few days after your baby’s birth. Colostrum is nutrient rich and has properties including antibacterial and immune-system-boosting substances. Colostrum may be either thick and yellowish or thin and watery. After 3 to 4 days of colostrum production, the breast of new mom starts producing milk. Sometimes milk production might take few more days’ time which is quite normal. Below are some breastfeeding tips.

Points to know about breastfeeding:

  • Start feeding your baby within an hour of your baby’s birth.
  • Your baby will want to feed on demand in every 1- 3 hours in a day and night for first few days of life.
  • As your baby grows older, they can have more milk at a time, and the, therefore, interval will increase between feedings.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding up to six months is good for your baby. It helps to improve baby’s cognitive development.
  • Exclusively breastfed babies since their birth is less likely to be ill in their first year of life. Breastfeeding helps to prevent illnesses including gastroenteritis, pneumonia and bronchitis and ear infections.
  • Breastfeeding helps to develop a special bond between mother and baby. Breastfeeding keeps the baby healthy.
  • It helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and reduces post- delivery bleeding.
  • Breastfeeding also helps to reduce the risk of breast cancer, protect against ovarian cancer prior to menopause and minimize the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Start of breastfeeding

  • Feeding can take 5 to 40 minute’s time; hence find a comfortable place before you start feeding your baby.
  • If you feel distracted by noise, find a quiet place for feeding. You can switch on radio or television if you feel bored during feeding time. However, if your baby feels disturbed, then you should find an alternative.
  • Hold the baby in a position that it should not cause your arm pain or a backache. You can take support from cushions or pillows.
  • If latching hurts try to keep your little finger between your baby’s gums and your nipple. If your baby latches on properly he/ she can do the remaining.
  • Keep a basket (containing a water bottle, snacks, plenty of burp clothes, diapers, wipes) near you while breastfeeding.

If you are a new mom, you may not be able to understand whether your baby is hungry or not. Here are the following signs which indicate that your baby is hungry:

  • Moving their heads from one side to another
  • Opening their mouths
  • Putting hands in their mouths
  • Puckering their lips
  • Nuzzling against mothers’ breasts
  • Stretching
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Breastfeeding is an important topic for every new mom. Your body will produce colostrum (pre-milk) for first few days after your baby’s birth. Colostrum is nutrient rich and has properties including antibacterial and immune-system-boosting substances. Colostrum may be either thick and yellowish or thin and watery. After 3 to 4 days of colostrum production, the breast of new mom starts producing milk. Sometimes milk production might take few more days’ time which is quite normal. Below are some breastfeeding tips.

Points to know about breastfeeding:

  • Start feeding your baby within an hour of your baby’s birth.
  • Your baby will want to feed on demand in every 1- 3 hours in a day and night for first few days of life.
  • As your baby grows older, they can have more milk at a time, and the, therefore, interval will increase between feedings.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding up to six months is good for your baby. It helps to improve baby’s cognitive development.
  • Exclusively breastfed babies since their birth is less likely to be ill in their first year of life. Breastfeeding helps to prevent illnesses including gastroenteritis, pneumonia and bronchitis and ear infections.
  • Breastfeeding helps to develop a special bond between mother and baby. Breastfeeding keeps the baby healthy.
  • It helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and reduces post- delivery bleeding.
  • Breastfeeding also helps to reduce the risk of breast cancer, protect against ovarian cancer prior to menopause and minimize the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Start of breastfeeding

  • Feeding can take 5 to 40 minute’s time; hence find a comfortable place before you start feeding your baby.
  • If you feel distracted by noise, find a quiet place for feeding. You can switch on radio or television if you feel bored during feeding time. However, if your baby feels disturbed, then you should find an alternative.
  • Hold the baby in a position that it should not cause your arm pain or a backache. You can take support from cushions or pillows.
  • If latching hurts try to keep your little finger between your baby’s gums and your nipple. If your baby latches on properly he/ she can do the remaining.
  • Keep a basket (containing a water bottle, snacks, plenty of burp clothes, diapers, wipes) near you while breastfeeding.

If you are a new mom, you may not be able to understand whether your baby is hungry or not. Here are the following signs which indicate that your baby is hungry:

  • Moving their heads from one side to another
  • Opening their mouths
  • Putting hands in their mouths
  • Puckering their lips
  • Nuzzling against mothers’ breasts
  • Stretching
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January 18, 2017

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Marriage is an important event of life. It is an untraversed path for the most. However, marriage has many aspects which many people are not aware of till they experience it. Men and women both have different physical, emotional and sexual needs. Even, their way of thinking and perceiving usually differs from each other.

Premarital counselling is a therapy which helps to prepare the couples mentally for marriage. The counselling helps to make sure that you and your spouse can have a strong and healthy relationship throughout your life. Premarital counselling helps to improve a couple’s relationship before marriage. Following topics are discussed during the premarital counselling:

  • Finances
  • Communication
  • Beliefs and values
  • Roles in marriage
  • Affection and sex
  • Children and parenting
  • Family relationships
  • Decision-making
  • Dealing with anger
  • Time spent together

Importance of Pre-marital counselling

  • Premarital counselling helps to improve the communications between the partners and set realistic goals for marriage. It also helps to develop conflict-resolution skills. A positive attitude is established between the couples with the help of premarital counselling.
  • The primary step of premarital counselling is to prepare would-be bride and groom to understand the significance of marriage. Such counselling helps them develop the mentality of changing themselves and adjust with their partners in their spaces.
  • When bride or groom is mentally prepared for the marriage, the next step is the selection of the suitable partner. Compatibility between the partners is assessed instead of assessing the individual merits. This is a difficult job because at this time each partner tries to hide their negative characters and put their best in front. It is also difficult to predict the way partners will relate with each other whether love or an arranged or an arranged-cum-love marriage. Inter-caste, inter-religious or marriage with a foreigner are some critical situations which might cause a problem in future if not paid attention before marriage.
  • During counselling, each partner is asked separate questions to answer in written format to assess their perspectives about each other and their marital relationship. Various issues including gender equality, liberalisation & opening up of society, women adopting equal responsibility as breadwinner, nuclear families, demanding lifestyle, extremely cut throat competitive world, and stresses & strains of day-to-day life are discussed during the session.
  • It is also important to rule out certain diseases including thalassaemia, haemophilia, sickle-cell anaemia, and certain strains of Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and others before marriage.

In conclusion premarital counselling helps to understand each other as a couple and their expectations from the marriage.

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Marriage is an important event of life. It is an untraversed path for the most. However, marriage has many aspects which many people are not aware of till they experience it. Men and women both have different physical, emotional and sexual needs. Even, their way of thinking and perceiving usually differs from each other.

Premarital counselling is a therapy which helps to prepare the couples mentally for marriage. The counselling helps to make sure that you and your spouse can have a strong and healthy relationship throughout your life. Premarital counselling helps to improve a couple’s relationship before marriage. Following topics are discussed during the premarital counselling:

  • Finances
  • Communication
  • Beliefs and values
  • Roles in marriage
  • Affection and sex
  • Children and parenting
  • Family relationships
  • Decision-making
  • Dealing with anger
  • Time spent together

Importance of Pre-marital counselling

  • Premarital counselling helps to improve the communications between the partners and set realistic goals for marriage. It also helps to develop conflict-resolution skills. A positive attitude is established between the couples with the help of premarital counselling.
  • The primary step of premarital counselling is to prepare would-be bride and groom to understand the significance of marriage. Such counselling helps them develop the mentality of changing themselves and adjust with their partners in their spaces.
  • When bride or groom is mentally prepared for the marriage, the next step is the selection of the suitable partner. Compatibility between the partners is assessed instead of assessing the individual merits. This is a difficult job because at this time each partner tries to hide their negative characters and put their best in front. It is also difficult to predict the way partners will relate with each other whether love or an arranged or an arranged-cum-love marriage. Inter-caste, inter-religious or marriage with a foreigner are some critical situations which might cause a problem in future if not paid attention before marriage.
  • During counselling, each partner is asked separate questions to answer in written format to assess their perspectives about each other and their marital relationship. Various issues including gender equality, liberalisation & opening up of society, women adopting equal responsibility as breadwinner, nuclear families, demanding lifestyle, extremely cut throat competitive world, and stresses & strains of day-to-day life are discussed during the session.
  • It is also important to rule out certain diseases including thalassaemia, haemophilia, sickle-cell anaemia, and certain strains of Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and others before marriage.

In conclusion premarital counselling helps to understand each other as a couple and their expectations from the marriage.

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Role of pre-marital counselling

Role of pre-marital counselling

January 13, 2017

Marriage is an important event of life. It is an untraversed path fo...

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