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7 Ways to Make Your Child Eat Fruits

Every parent understands that fruits are a healthy addition to every child’s diet. Only if our children understood that, it would be a great boon. But it isn’t always simple to get your kid to chomp down on fruits. You may have followed a pregnancy diet wherein they got the lovely nourishment while they were inside you but now the story is a bit different.

Keeping that in mind, Prega News, India’s best pregnancy test, gives you a few pointers to make life easier and your little one’s life a lot healthier. Consider doing these 7 things to make your child eat fruits.

ON THE READY

One of the foremost tips you should inculcate is to keep your fruits ready to eat and within eye shot of your child. If a platter of fruit is kept on the table, your child will definitely end up taking a bite or two when they feel hungry instead of snacking on useless fast food products.

GET INNOVATIVE

You won’t find this in a pregnancy guide but most children stay away from fruit because there is no excitement attached to it. Presentation is key when trying to get your little one to start eating fruits. Make a smiley face on the plate, add ice-cream if you can. Try something innovative to attract them towards a healthy habit.

GET SNEAKY

Okay, this might sound unfair but as a parent it is 100% FAIR. When your kid asks for a snack, sneak in a banana. When they ask for ice-cream, give them a banana split. Slip in strawberries for breakfast, an apple for lunch at school. There are lots of ways to be sneaky and as a parent, you should definitely start looking towards them.

FRUITY DESSERTS

Children always have a sweet tooth. Lucky for you, it can turn the tables in your favour as well. Instead of boring ice-cream, you can whip up a nice ice-cream sundae complete with loads of fruit. How about a chocolate covered banana? Ever heard of candy apples? Well, this is your best way to a fruity start.

COOK WITH FRUITS

A lot of recipes call for fruits like perhaps an apple pie or how about fruit pancakes? Start utilizing fruits as a vital ingredient in your recipes to inculcate a healthy habit within your child. The best way to do this is to pick up a recipe book which talks about utilization of fruits and you’d be all set.

FRUITY PARTY

Birthday parties or the normal get togethers, your children will invite many friends over. The best thing to serve during this time is fruits. Don’t be boring – innovate and serve up whipped cream and strawberries, fruit salads or even fruit ‘chaat’ and the little ones will come crawling back for more.

BEGIN EARLY

It is highly important that you nurture this habit at the very beginning. If they get into a habit of eating fruits, you won’t have to be running after them, they’d come looking for you. That would be ideal but it does take a bit of hard work and determination. Start off early to avoid the hassle and running around later.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kid Safe During Holi

The festival of colours and joy is around the corner and just like your child, you are excited about it too. Holi not only brings togetherness and happiness but also channels up the excitement level. Amidst the colours, ‘Gulal’, water, dancing…. there is loads of fun to be had. But you shouldn’t forget that any festival can be a bit unsafe for your children if not kept under check.  Keeping this in mind, Prega News have listed down the top 5 ways which will help your little bundle of joy have a happy and safe Holi.

1. Eyes Wide Shut

Kids are super energetic and just in a blink, they can go away from your sight which can lead to a lot of ruckus during all the fun of Holi. While they are covered in colour, you can easily lose a track of them and can possibly mistake someone else’s kid as yours while your little one goes uncharted. Always keep an eye on your child’s whereabouts, where they are playing etc. Besides water guns and ‘Pichkaris’, there are coloured water tubs which could be dangerous if your kid takes a fall into it.

2. See No Colour, Taste No Colour

Colours can be harmful for your kid if it enters their eyes or mouth. In the case where the colour enters their eyes, rinse it immediately with plenty of clean water. Do not let them rub their eyes as the chemicals present in the colours will only make things worse. Consult a doctor if the redness or irritation in eyes gets worse If your child accidentally swallows the colour, immediately make your kid rinse his/her mouth with plenty of clean water.

3. Stay Organic, Stay Happy

Nowadays the colours that you get in the market are filled with toxic chemicals that could be dangerous for you and your little one. These toxic chemical filled colours can cause skin diseases and eye infections. Make sure that the colour you buy for Holi is Organic or Herbal and is safe. You can easily buy skin friendly organic and herbals colours in the market or on online as well.

4. Balloons are a NO NO

Playing with and throwing water balloons at each other can be a lot of fun, but it could also be painful. When thrown at the person (knowingly or not) they can cause ear, eye or skin injuries which could be really painful. Children should avoid playing with water balloons and instead should use ‘Pichakaris’ or Waterguns to enjoy their Holi.

5. Stay Aware, Stay Prepared

No matter how safe you play, there could be one misfortunate incident during Holi. You should be ready for any of such unexpected emergencies. Keep a list of doctors who could be contacted during any emergencies. Also, keep a lot of colour free, clean and fresh water ready for rinsing mouth and eyes.

By keeping track of the above-mentioned ways, your little one will enjoy their festival safely and without any hassles. Browse through our website for more parenting and motherhood tips.

Trying To Conceive: Tips For Men

It takes two to make a baby. Although a woman will carry and deliver the child, a man also has a leading role in pregnancy. For fertilization to occur, his sperm must be healthy and strong enough to reach and penetrate the woman’s egg.

To make this process happen, a man must be able to have and keep an erection, possess enough sperm that are the right shape and move in the right way, and have enough semen to carry the sperm to the egg. Here are some tips Men can try to improve their chances of getting their partner pregnant.

  • Quit Smoking- Smoking depletes the body of vital nutrients for sperm production. So it is advisable for you to cut down on your cigarettes.
  • Keep Masturbating- It may seem like you shouldn’t be doing this – the idea of wasting quality goods and all that – but it’s actually beneficial when you’re trying to conceive. Sperm eventually dies if it isn’t released on a regular basis, which overall damages its quality. So, when you’re not having sex, it’s fine for him to masturbate.
  • Loose Extra Pounds- Studies have suggested that couples in which the man is overweight or obese and the woman is of normal weight take longer to conceive than couples with no weight problems. Some research has also shown that being overweight or obese affects a man’s sperm quality, reducing sperm counts and decreasing their ability to swim, as well as increasing damage to genetic material (DNA) in sperm, according to The American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
  • Take A Daily Multivitamin- Many multivitamin formulations for men might include antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, and the minerals selenium and zinc. Some research has found that antioxidants may cause a slight increase in sperm count and movement, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
  • Ease up on Alcohol- Many women will steer clear of alcohol when they want to become pregnant, and their partners could also use this as an opportunity to cut back on beer, booze and binge drinking. Research has found that heavy drinking in men can reduce sperm quantity and quality. When a couple is trying to conceive, men should limit alcohol to low or moderate amounts.
  • Boxers Or Briefs? – This is everyone’s favourite question. But there’s not a lot of science to suggest that switching from briefs to boxers improves a couple’s odds of getting pregnant. Although a man’s underwear choice may affect his scrotal temperature and reduce sperm quality, most studies have demonstrated no real difference between boxers and briefs in terms of their impact on male fertility.
  • Beware Of Heat- Frequent visits to and long stays in hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms could increase scrotal temperatures, which may decrease sperm counts and sperm quality. But this heat exposure does not have a permanent impact on sperm. Reduced sperm counts may be only temporary and could return to normal in a few months once a man stops going into a hot tub or sauna.
  • Age Men also have a ticking biological clock, but they experience fertility declines later in life than women do. In men over 50, there is a decline in testosterone levels, which can impact sperm function.  As men get older, there is also a fall-off in the number of healthy sperm and the movement of sperm. Older men can also have more DNA damage in their sperm. These changes could mean it takes longer for a couple to have a baby. As men get older, there is also a greater risk for genetic abnormalities in their sperm. Research has found that older men are more likely than younger men to father a child born with autism, schizophrenia or Down syndrome.

For more pregnancy tips and information including delicious and healthy recipes for your pregnancy diet to learning how to use the pregnancy kit properly, don’t forget to have a look at the rest of our site.

The Truth about being a Mom

Deciding to become a parent might be one of the most difficult decisions you would ever take. For a mother, however, the stakes seem to be just that much higher. From the maddening diaper duties to juggling your career, it is just a never-ending list of responsibilities.

While we realize that the challenges of caring for a child are innumerable for both parents, a mother usually has the lion’s share of the responsibilities considering that the father, in most Indian families, is the only one who’s working. Even if both the parents are working, it is usually the mother that has to take most of the care of the baby whilst managing her career. This is a list of a few common mom struggles, along with some encouragements and suggestions that might help you deal with them.

Social problems

Being a single mom means that you’re basically trapped underneath a mountain of responsibility that’ll not let you have the time to keep in touch with your friends let alone finding romance. Many working single moms also talk about the guilt of having a night out while leaving their kids at home.

This is an extremely important issue; you will need all kinds of encouragement from people who love. Search for places that will help you get some social time while keeping kids entertained, maybe a gym with a kids’ area or you could even go on a play date with other single parent. You can also get family members to take care of your child once a month so that you can let your hair down. Parenting, especially when you’re single, is immensely taxing, that is why you need some time for yourself.

Fatigue

Let’s face it; the bottom line is that you’re doing alone what was supposed to be a two-man job. Raising a child by yourself leaves you physically, emotionally and spiritually drained. But because you are the only one your kids can depend on, you’ve got to stop pushing yourself to your limits everyday. You must take care of yourself so that you can take care of them.

There are many ways to take a breather. Search for other single parents near where you live and get in touch with them. You can take care of their kids when they want to go out and they can do the same for you. Take the time off to exercise, go out with your friends or even sleep. You need to understand that taking care of yourself is not being selfish.

Guilt

From feeling culpable about not being able to provide things financially to blaming yourself for spending a day away from your child, there seems to be no end to the guilt a single mother feels. You might also feel guilty about the way things have turned out and then there’s the guilt about not getting to (maybe) follow your dreams because of your situation.

There are many reasons someone can be a single mother; for instance a mistake is the reason for your single status, learn from it and move on. If your situation is the result of the mistakes of others (maybe an arranged marriage), learn to forgive and move on. If you hold on to the anger and guilt, you’ll never fully appreciate how wonderful motherhood is.

Regardless of how you became a single mother, your worry will prove to be very detrimental for your kids. Focus your energy on making a better future for yourself and your kids.

Financial strain

Events leading to single motherhood, whether it’s divorce, death etc. can have a massive impact on your financial status. It wrecks your financial balance and leaves just one person handling the burden that should have been tackled by two people.

No matter what leads you to this point in your life, you have to let go of the past and move ahead for your kid’s sake. You’ll have to get organized and start handling your money astutely. Consult with a financial planner to help make every rupee you have go as far as possible. Always keep in mind that despite your financial strains, what your kids need most is your love, which you have in abundance. Lavish them with love and don’t beat yourself up for not being able to give them material things that they want.

Decision-makings

From deciding the best school to sending their children to getting the perfect insurance plans parents have to keep making some tough calls. While the married parents do share the decision-makings, mothers usually bare the weight of most of these tough decisions.

Talk to your parents or your friends who have kids to help you take these decisions. Getting help from trusted people can help you lessen your anxiety and strengthen you to take the difficult decisions that you’ll need to make.

We hope that these tips will come in handy while you’re navigating the difficult waters of motherhood. For more tips, including delicious recipes for your pregnancy diet and how to properly use a pregnancy kit check out the rest of the site.

5 ways how you can celebrate Republic Day with your kids.

India will celebrate her 67th Republic Day on 26th of January 2016. This is the perfect opportunity for you to bond with your child and instill a sense of patriotism in him/her. Many might think of the Republic Day as just a national holiday, but it is up to you imprint a sense of pride of for this great nation in you kids and to mold them into responsible citizens.

Here are a few ways you can make the most of Republic Day with your kids and bond as a family.

1. Watch the parade

Make it a point to watch the live telecast of the parade together. Teach them about our nation’s diverse culture and how they should always respect someone else’s culture. You can also watch the bravery awards that are awarded to children.

2. Story telling session

You can tell your kids stories of our nation’s heroes, there are so many! This will help instill nationality and pride in our historical struggles.

3. Host the national flag

Gather the kids and their parents in your neighborhood and hoist the national flag. You can even teach your child the national anthem and have them sing it.

4. Perform a play

Something you should work on before the celebrations. Take the initiative to get the children in your neighborhood and teach them a small play. It can be a story of any one of our patriots. They can perform this on Republic Day.

5. Fancy dress contest

Another thing that you can do with your kids. Organize a fancy dress competition in your locality. The theme should be something related to India’s independence. The contest can be held on Republic Day and the prizes can be something that goes with the theme. For eg. The winner gets a Gandhi coloring book.

Many people criticize the current generation of forgetting our country’s struggle to get independence and become a republic. There are kids who do not even know the difference between the Republic Day and the Independence Day! It is up to the parents to ensure that the kids grow up to become model citizens with a strong sense of nationalism. That is why this Republic Day is a perfect time not just make it a family day but also teach your kids about our country.

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Pregnancy Myths & Facts

Pregnancy is a very difficult and stressful period for women, especially if they’re pregnant for the first time. Unfortunately, there are many myths that are accepted as facts by many in our society. That is why Prega News has come up with a few myth busters that will help you during this period. Like our pregnancy test kits, these myths busters are extremely reliable.

Myth 1: One of the most common myths that surround pregnancy is the shape of a woman’s stomach. If a woman is carrying high, in all possibility it is a girl and if she is carrying low it is a boy.

Fact: Experts say there is no scientific basis for this assumption and it is the woman’s muscle size, structure, the position of the foetus, posture, and the amount of fat deposited around her abdomen that play a role in the size and shape of a pregnant belly.

Myth 2: Craving for salty foods means you’re having a boy. Craving for sweet foods indicate a girl is expected.
Fact: Research shows that cravings have nothing to do with determining the sex of a baby. Stick to all the proper food your pregnancy diet requires you take.

Myth 3: If you suffer from heartburn during pregnancy, it means your baby will be born with lots of hair.
Fact: Heartburn is a common problem for pregnant women and has nothing to do with the quantity of hair for your child. Even women who suffered a lot from heartburn have welcomed bald babies.

Myth 4: If your mother had an easy pregnancy and delivery, so will you.
Fact: Hereditary factors have no role to play in predicting how easy or difficult your pregnancy and delivery will be. On the contrary, the size and position of the baby, your pregnancy diet and lifestyle play a role in determining how things will be.

Myth 5: Sleeping or taking a nap on your back will hurt your baby.
Fact: While you won’t harm your baby if you sleep in this position, you will feel better if you sleep on your side. Experts recommend sleeping on your left side since this is known to increase blood flow to your uterus and placenta.

Myth 6: Having sex might hurt the baby.
Fact: You should know that seven layers of skin from the abdominal wall to the amniotic sac are present to protect your baby. Your cervix has lengthened and hardened to prevent anything from getting into the uterus, and it also produces mucus to keep the area clean and infection free. Having sex cannot reach, touch or harm your baby. If your doctor has not asked you to abstain from sex, have no fear and go ahead.

Myth 7: First babies always arrive late.
Fact: While this is true to an extent since about 60 percent arrive after their due date, five per cent on the due date and 35 before the due date, what really determines the arrival of your baby is the length of your menstrual cycle. If it is shorter, there are more possibilities of you delivering early. If your cycle is longer, your baby will arrive later and if your cycle usually lasts 28 days, you will more likely deliver close to your due date. Always be sure, keep up-to-date with your ovulation date with our ovulation calculator.

Myth 8: A woman in her early 20s not using birth control has a 50 percent chance of getting pregnant each month.
Fact : Getting pregnant isn’t as easy as you’d think. Surprisingly, when you’re under 25, your monthly chances of hitting baby bingo are just 20 to 25 percent — not that much higher than they are for a woman who is over 35, whose monthly odds would be about 15 percent.

Myth 9: Saliva is the most fertility friendly lubricant to use when you’re trying to conceive.
Fact : You’d think that all bodily fluids would just get along — but no, not so, saliva is a sperm killer. In fact, the truth is that most lubricants and massage oils are fertility unfriendly — so best to go without when you’re baby making.

Myth 10: Boxers are a better bet than briefs when you’re trying to conceive.
Fact: though in most cases, not true enough to make a big difference. Sperm production can get a cold shower from overheating — whether it’s in a hot tub, a sauna, spandex bike shorts, or a pair of tighty-whities. So if you’d like to give your partner the most conception-friendly climate control, switch to boxers and stay out of hot water.

Myth 11: Laptops can impair sperm production.
Fact: The heat is on when you use a laptop on your lap, and heat is not a friend of male fertility. The same may hold true for cell phones. So keep them out of your pocket and treat laptops as desktops.

Myth 12: It’s best to take a home pregnancy test first thing in the morning.
Fact: Even though you can get a positive result with anytime of the day urine, the longer you’ve gone between pees — and drinks — the more concentrated your urine. The more concentrated your urine, the more likely early levels of pregnancy hormone are to show up in it — and the more likely you’ll get the early positive you’re hoping for. For the best result try our pregnancy kit and check out our video on how to use a pregnancy kit properly.

Myth 13: The average couple conceives within 3 months of trying.
Fact: Conception doesn’t typically happen overnight — even after a really hot night. Egg and sperm may meet up on your first try, of course, but it actually takes take the average couple who doesn’t have any fertility issues between 6 and 12 months of active efforts before mission conception is accomplished. So if at first you don’t succeed — try, try again next month. Don’t forget to check out our conception calculator and our pregnancy test kit!

Myth 14: After an egg is released, it can be fertilized for up to two days.
Fact: While sperm can hang out and wait for their date for three days or more, an egg has only a 12 to 24 hour shelf life. So sperm have to catch it while they can. Timing is just about everything when it comes to fertility, which is why how to tell when you’re ovulating (and pinpointing ovulation) is so key to conception success. Try our ovulation calculator and our due date calculator to get the best idea.

Myth 15: You can wait until you’re pregnant before you start cutting back on those lattes.
Fact: Too much caffeine isn’t just a pregnancy no-no, it can be a fertility buster, too. Heavy caffeine consumption is linked to fertility issues, as well as to early miscarriage. So decaffeinate your diet and stick to no more than 200 mg a day while you’re trying to conceive, the equivalent of 12 ounces of brewed coffee or 2 shots of espresso. Good news: You won’t have to cut back any more once you’re expecting. The pregnant set is allowed the same 200 mg.

Myth 16: Hopeful Moms need to switch to sparkling water, but Dads can keep their cocktails.
Fact:Too much alcohol can definitely mess with a woman’s cycle, so it’s best to start cutting back on alcohol or cutting it out once you’re actively trying — especially because you won’t know immediately when baby’s on board. But dads don’t get a free drink pass. Too much alcohol can bring down the curtain on performance, but it can also lower testosterone, impairing sperm production.

Myth 17: When a couple is having trouble conceiving, the woman should get a fertility workup first.
Fact: First of all, fertility issues are just as often linked to men as to women. More importantly, a female fertility workup involves lots of testing, prodding, and probing. A male fertility workup involves a sperm sample. You do the math.

Myth 18: Men don’t have a biological clock.
Fact: It’s a clock with a much longer-lasting battery, but it’s still ticking away. While guys can produce viable sperm — and father babies. Older men are more likely to have fertility issues, due to dipping testosterone levels, the decrease in quantity and quality of sperm, as well as its strength and motility, and other factors.

Sex During Pregnancy

Most research suggests that, during pregnancy, sexual desire and frequency of sexual relations decrease. In context of this overall decrease in desire, some studies indicate a second-trimester increase, preceding a decrease. However, these decreases are not universal: a significant number of women report greater sexual satisfaction throughout their pregnancies.

According to some couples, pregnancy is a time for great sex. For others it may be a time of concern and fears. Your husband might find your pregnant body more desirable, but you may feel anxious about your baby’s wellbeing. For some women, the hormonal changes bring about an increased sex drive. Others may be completely averse to the idea of making love.

The best way to overcome your fears is to discuss your feelings with your husband. In case of any doubt or fears about sex during pregnancy, you should also consult your doctor. Every woman wants to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. In fact, many women go to great lengths to ensure their baby’s well being by tailoring their stress levels, sleeping patterns, diets and even leaving bad habits (like smoking and alcohol consumption) to accommodate the new life inside them. But there is always a cloud of uncertainty around how safe it is to have sex during pregnancy.

Although, we often think of women as being the most sensitive about the health and well- being of their baby during pregnancy, in fact many men report feeling awkward about initiating sexual activity due to fear of causing pain or problems for either their partner or their baby. On the other hand, many women actually say they experience a heightened sense of sexual desire during pregnancy, which is likely to be caused by hormonal changes that cause the vulva (the area around the opening of the vagina) to enlarge and the breasts to be extra sensitive.

However, this feeling will likely vary in intensity throughout the pregnancy. For example, women who experience morning sickness and general fatigue during their first trimester are not likely to feel particularly desirous. And once a woman reaches her third trimester she may be feeling uncomfortable due to weight gain, and therefore may feel discomfort or a lack of desire for sex during this time.

In any case, talking with your partner in an open and honest way about your feelings regularly is the best way to ensure you both feel connected and fulfilled. If you are experiencing a normal pregnancy (or one that is considered as low-risk for miscarriage or premature birth) then it is perfectly normal to have sex while pregnant.

SAFE SEX POSITIONS

Once a woman has reached the second trimester it is generally not encouraged that she lie on her back due to the added pressure her growing uterus would place on major blood vessels; thus making sex in the missionary position is increasingly risky – not to mention uncomfortable. Here are several other positions that you can try,

  • Spooning (while lying down man enters woman from behind)
  • Woman on top
  • Woman on hands and knees, rear entry
  • Side lying, woman’s knee pulled up
  • Doggy style
  • Sitting

Also, be aware that oral sex can be harmful if the man blows air into your vagina, as this could potentially block a blood vessel.

WHEN CAN SEX BE HARMFUL TO A PREGNANCY?

For women experiencing normal pregnancies, sexual intercourse should have no bearing on the overall health and safety of your baby. The baby is safely stowed in the uterus, where the amniotic sac and strong muscles protect the baby from coming into contact with the penis. Neither intercourse nor orgasm will cause you to have a miscarriage.

Many women also worry about orgasms inducing labor. In fact, semen does contain a chemical that could encourage contractions, which is why many health experts do not recommend having sex during the final weeks of pregnancy. Of course you should first visit your health care provider early to determine what risks (if any) intercourse could pose to your baby.

REASONS TO AVOID SEX DURING PREGNANCY

  • Your doctor has advised against it.
  • You have a history of premature birth or labor.
  • If your placenta partially or completely covers your cervix (placenta previa).
  • Your water has broken.
  • Your are currently experiencing unexplained bleeding/Spotting.
  • Either yourself or your partner have an active, sexually transmitted disease (STD).
  • During the first trimester if a woman has a history of miscarriages or threatened miscarriage, or shows signs of a threatened miscarriage.
  • During the last trimester if a woman has a history of premature or threatened premature labor, or is experiencing signs of early labor In the last trimester, if twins are being carried.
  • You may also be advised to avoid sex during pregnancy if your husband has genital herpes. If you catch genital herpes for the first time during pregnancy there is a small risk that it could affect your developing baby.

But remember that even in the absence of these symptoms your body will tell you what is right for you. If for any reason you are feeling uncomfortable about the prospect of intercourse during pregnancy, then speak with your partner and your doctor so you can make your pregnancy the best time for you.

A Man’s Guide To Conception

Successful conception is dependent on a man producing a healthy sperm, which then fertilises a healthy egg from a woman. If your partner has talked about ovulation, checking mucus, checking body temperature or working out the length of her cycle and you are not entirely sure what this all means, then read on.

OVULATION

Ovulation is the development and release of an ovum (egg) from a woman’s ovaries. A woman is fertile around the time of the month that she is ovulating. The Ovarian cycle, which results in a woman having a menstrual period, usually occurs in cycles of approximately 28 days (though this can vary). Ovulation generally occurs at about the middle of the cycle, or 14 days before the first day of a woman’s menstrual period.

EJACULATION

On average about two thirds of a teaspoonful of seminal fluid is expelled on ejaculation, containing about 210 – 525 million sperm. About one quarter of these sperm will be abnormal and the remaining three quarters will be capable of independent movement which is needed to reach the fallopian tube. Once the sperm enter the vagina, they will be deterred from continuing on their path by the slightly acidic vaginal secretions. Of the millions of sperm released in each ejaculation, only a few hundred will reach the female egg in the fallopian tube.

CONCEPTION

Prior to conception, an egg was released from one of your partner’s ovaries and began to travel down the fallopian tube. At the moment of conception, one of your sperm met, entered and fertilised your partner’s egg, which then sealed itself off to exclude all other sperm.
When your sperm fertilise your partner’s egg, the genes or chromosomes from each of you combine to create a cell. This cell then starts to divide, becoming a collection of cells, or blastocyst.
The blastocyst continues to divide and grow, moving down the fallopian tube until it reaches the uterus (or womb) between 3 and 7 days later. Once in the uterus, the blastocyst will implant itself into the lining of the uterus, but before this happens, a change occurs. The blastocyst creates a liquid pocket in its centre. This fluid space creates a division in the blastocyst, resulting in an inner cell mass, which will form the embryo, and an outer trophoblast, which will form the placenta.
About a week after conception, the outer cells help the blastocyst to implant or embed into the lining of the uterus so that it can seek nourishment. As a result of the hormone changes following conception, the lining of the uterus has already become thicker and has an increased blood supply in preparation for implantation. The process of implantation usually takes about one week.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO HAVING SEX?

A woman’s most fertile period is from four to five days before ovulation to 24 hours afterward. Basically, sperm cells can live for 72 hours but unless fertilised, ova survive no longer than 24 hours.
If you and your partner are trying for a baby, the best times to have intercourse are in the days immediately preceding ovulation and the day of ovulation. If your partner cannot determine when she is ovulating, one suggestion is to have intercourse every second day from day 10 to day 18 of her ovarian cycle.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY PARTNER IS ANXIOUS THAT SHE HASN’T FALLEN PREGNANT YET?

  • Listen to her concerns.
  • Remind her that it can easily take six to twelve months to become pregnant and as you get older it can take longer.
  • Join in the process of improving and creating new healthy lifestyle habits and make it fun.
  • Remind your partner that this is a good opportunity to enjoy the time you have together before your life is turned upside down by a baby.
  • Take a holiday together or make a point of doing things that the two of you might find harder to do when you first become parents.
  • Offer to attend visits to the Health Practitioner.

You can have a look at our ovulation calculator and our conception calculator to understand when the right time for conception is. For more pregnancy tips for both you and partner, check out the rest of our site.

5 ways to teach your kids more about Independence Day

India will celebrate her 70th Independence Day on August 15, 2016. Today’s kids hardly know much about our Independence and the struggle our people went through to attain it. However, you can use this Independence Day as the perfect opportunity to bond with your child while imparting knowledge in fun ways and prepare your kid to be a responsible citizen for the future of India.
Here are few ways through which you can make this Independence Day special and bond with your family.

1. Perform a play

In order to teach your kids more about Independence Day you can produce a play revolving around the theme of Independence. You can ask other family members to participate and act out roles of different freedom fighters. This is a fun way to engage your children and teach them about our glorious past. It will also help you connect, as a family.

2. Read out stories

There are many stories written about our Independence. You can carry out a reading session at your place or in your society where different families can read out stories about the different struggles or stories of our freedom fighters. The kids will find it fun and you’ll feel a special connection with your family as well as your neighbours.

3. Show patriotic movies

You can run a movie marathon for your family. Show patriotic movies to your kids in order to help them learn more. Movies have a great impact on people and showing patriotic movies will help your child understand Independence Day better. You can show movies like Gandhi, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Shaheed, Mangal Pandey – The Rising, etc.

4. Trips to historic monuments/places

Nothing tells us more about our history than the places themselves. Taking trips to such places will not only be a good idea to bond with the family but will also teach your kids so much about the journey of Independence. This educative cum fun family outing will help your kid learn a lot and you will also get a chance to explore more.

5. Carry out competitions

Try and bring as many people as possible to involve in this activity. Ask your neighbours to prepare their children for competitions like fancy dress or plays and at the end you can hand out prizes. This way the kids will try and give their best and in the process learn about our Independence Day.

Many people crib about the new generation not knowing much about the struggles and difficulties our people went through at the time of Independence. This is the time for you, as a parent, to teach your kid and bond with them.

Happy Independence Day!

 

Helpful Parenting Tips

Parenting skills are generally learnt from our own caregivers or through our experiences and observations during our childhood. This process is called “role modelling”. In most cases the role model is a mother or a father or both, but in many cases, the role model could be a grandparent, foster parent, family friend or any other guardian. Throughout these early life experiences, most parents learn healthy and adaptive ways of raising the child. However, for some, it’s a challenge as their own upbringing has gone through some dysfunctional issues like violence, abuse, negligence or other forms which disturbs and restrict their ability to parent.

Past bad experiences can be a challenge for some people. In other words, it can be challenging for them to parent their children differently from how they have been parented. They are always cautious about the fact that what happened to them shouldn’t happen to their children. Parents either having poor childhood memories or good childhood memories are always concerned about their parenting skills.

The road to better parenting or parenting differently from what you experienced begins with the process of self-discovery. Consult a social worker or read books related to the ways of overcoming bad experiences you had as a child which is now affecting your adult life and parenting. This will give you a clear view of yourself to fully and deeply examine and determine “what to act” and “how we act”.

This is the first step of parenting. By understanding ourselves, we are then better equipped to recognize our current parenting behavior. It enables us to contrast our behaviour with what children really need for healthy development. In case of discrepancy between what we now realize we are doing and what is actually best for children, steps can be taken to improve the matter. The next steps involve shedding the old patterns of parenting behaviors in favour of adopting new parenting skills.

Strategies to become a better parent can come in several different forms and include everything from reading books, to notes on the refrigerator door, to counselling, to support groups, to parenting classes. Along the way, you may desire to adopt a new role model. If your role models weren’t healthy, think of someone else, whose parenting abilities you admire. This could be a friend’s parent, a fictional character from a book or even a television personality. The objective here is to pick someone who you know parent well. When you are stuck and wonder what to do, you can think what that person would have done in your situation. This is a nice way to take care of yourself and your children.

HELPFUL PARENTING TIPS

  • Phone

    Does your child suddenly seek your attention or phone when you’re busy chatting with a friend? Get your child a toy phone, or give your child an old cell phone without battery that you are not using. This may even work better than a toy phone, since some children know what’s a toy, and what’s the real deal!

  • Manners

    Do you want your child to speak politely and mind his/her manners? Make sure you do the same, especially when speaking with him/her. Try and think of ways in which you can use words like “Thank-You” and “Please”. For example, you could say, “Can I see your doll, please?” Then return it to her and say, “Thank you.” Encourage her to reply with, “You’re Welcome.”

  • Breastfeeding

    You’re out of the house with your baby, shopping at the mall, when your baby starts wailing. It’s time for a feed. One of the best things to do is to take your baby to a changing room at a store and breastfeed there. Alternatively, take her to the ladies restroom and feed her there. Many restaurants, large stores and hotels have fairly swanky restrooms with a seating area inside, so you don’t need to take her all the way into the cubicle and feed her while sitting on the toilet.

  • Distraction

    Talk to your baby to keep her still when taking her for a haircut, when helping her change her clothes or when changing her diaper. A one-way conversation is not enough stimulation for her, so make sure she participates. A great tip is to ask her to point out various parts of her body. Ask her where her mouth is, where her ears are, and so on.  Wind chimes work great. Change the clothes of the baby under the wind chimes, and tinkle it at the time of changing. Baby will be sufficiently distracted to let the change.

  • Food

    Is your child a fussy eater? Get a plate with a loud, colourful picture painted on. Cover the picture with food, and let him see how, with every spoonful he puts into his mouth, the picture reveals itself. Let your child understand that he needs to finish his food if he wants to see the picture. Draw his attention to the image, and describe it to him. Ask him to repeat after you. Television is better alternate to keep him engrossed.A great tip for fast food, without actually resorting to fast food, is to cook a whole lot of pasta beforehand, and store it in the freezer, in separate lots. Similarly, tomatoes puree, simmer them with chopped capsicum pieces, and freeze the mixture. When you need to get food ready for your kids in a jiffy, pull out a lot of pasta, tomato puree, and cook it along with a few chopped vegetables and cheese. Add fresh basil leaves for flavor.

WAYS TO HANDLE A NEW-BORN

Here are a few basics to remember when you’re handling your new borns:

  1. Wash your hands (or use a hand sanitizer) before handling your baby. Newborns don’t have a strong immune system yet, so they are susceptible to infection. Make sure that everyone who handles your baby has absolutely clean hands.
  2. Be careful to support your baby’s head and neck. Cradle the head when carrying your baby and support the head when carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down.
  3. Be careful not to shake your new born vigorously. Strong shaking can cause bleeding in the brain and even death. If you need to wake your infant, don’t do it by shaking, instead, tickle your baby’s feet or blow gently on a cheek.

Make sure your baby is securely fastened into the stroller, or car seat. Limit any activity that could be too rough or bouncy for your child.
Remember that your newborn is not ready for rough play, such as being bounced up and down on the knee or thrown in the air.

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