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Pregnancy Personal Care Tips

Pregnancy brings the natural glow in any women, that’s because of the joy and excitement one goes through, but it also brings along hormonal changes and completely alters the way you look.
So, to stay looking beautiful and more importantly, feeling good about yourself while you are pregnant have a look at these beauty & skin care tips. Banish the blues, feel amazing and celebrate your motherhood with us.

 

1. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
During pregnancy you need to consume lots of water during a day. It not only helps in filtering and washing out all the toxins from your body but also maintains sufficient amniotic fluid in the sac for the baby to be comfortable.

 

2. EAT THE RIGHT FOOD
During pregnancy one needs to be extra cautious about what you are eating and how healthy it is as, it directly impacts the growth of your child. It’s advisable to consult a doctor for a diet chart. Pregnant women need between 2000 – 2500 Kcals per day – spread over 4 meals: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner.

Must-haves for your diet,

  • Vitamins: Vitamin C (citrus fruits, green vegetables, etc.), Vitamin A (carrots, tomatoes, etc.), and Vitamin B (milk, eggs, whole grains).
  • Iron: lots of women suffer from iron deficiency, it’s therefore important to also eat red meat, fish, lentils, spinach, etc.
  • Folic acid, which helps iron work properly in the body: asparagus, almonds, etc.
  • Calcium, essential for the formation of your future baby’s skeleton. Try to eat a variety of dairy products: milk, cheese, yoghurt, etc.

 

3. MAINTAIN A SKIN REGIMEN 

  • If you are prone to acne, arm yourself with a good skin care and anti- blemish agents. Be aware that retinol and such chemicals are to be avoided during pregnancy. So consult your dermatologist before you use any new product.
  • Some women are known to suffer from dry skin though it’s not a part of their regular skin type. Use a lot of thick moisturizers and also increase your fluid intake. Reapply them all through the day.
  • Don’t forget to moisturize your skin. Use your HG moisturizer to keep your skin supple and glowing.
  • Dip some cotton into non-boiled milk and run it slowly across your face. Your skin will be hydrated, tan reduced and a glow added.
  • A paste of corn flour and honey definitely helps handle blemishes and dead skin. Scrub it away and moisturize.
  • Use sliced cucumber to give relief to strained eyes. Freeze them for better cooling effects.
  • If you are suffering from major hair loss, opt for a shorter hair cut. Now is the time to experiment with all the newness.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen. Sun protection is always on the top of the priority list.
  • Avoid using soap. Soaps dry your skin maximum and give you blotchy spots. Use hydrating cleansing milk instead.

 

4. BEAUTY SLEEP
Fatigue is one of the symptoms which expectant mothers experiences, especially during the first trimester. Proper rest is very important because that’s when your body and mind rejuvenates itself. Make sure you catch enough sleep that your body feels less fatigued. Make yourself comfortable when you go to sleep. Keep your posture right. You might want to use a maternity cushion or something equally comfortable while you sleep.

 

5. EXERCISE

  • Walking
  • Aqua Aerobics
  • Pregnancy yoga
  • Swimming

These are the top four ideal sports for pregnant women. Exercise is strongly recommended to strengthen joints, improve circulation in your legs, stimulate breathing and can even help your body cope with labour.

Avoid sports where you’re at risk of falling (cycling, horse riding, skiing, etc.), and only do exercise in moderation. If you weren’t previously active then seek medical advice before taking up aqua aerobics or swimming and take your walking and yoga session easily at first.

 

6. HAIR CARE

  • Oil Massage: Oil your hair, at least, three to four times a week. Opt for oils that have healthy ingredients like olive, coconut, almond, jojoba, castor and the like. Heat up the oil slightly, making sure it is not too hot, but just warm. Massage this through the scalp and hair.
  • Shampoo & Conditioning: Make sure you use a shampoo at least once to twice a week.
    Use a mild shampoo, or better still, use a shampoo that is herbal. Apply a conditioner every time you wash your hair. Pay special attention to the tips of the hair to avoid dry or split ends.
  • Combing: Avoid combing hair when it is wet. Let your hair dry naturally, or use a hair dryer at medium heat. Comb it using a wide toothed comb when dry. This will help avoid hair fall.
  • Regular Hair Trims: Your hair goes through different changes during pregnancy, causing difference, in hair texture and thickness. A good idea is to go for a regular hair trim that will help avoid split ends or rough ends.

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Tips on Trying to Conceive

Getting pregnant is one of the greatest joys that a married couple can expect in their lives. However, it is estimated that one in eight couples have problems in trying to conceive. While this shouldn’t deter one’s patience, if it keeps happening for a long time, it is bound to cast a shadow on the couple’s happiness. A few months of trying doesn’t mean that you have a ‘fertility issue’, but the most probable reason could be that you are not making love at the right time. As in a woman’s one month menstrual cycle, she has a window of approximately 2-3 days in which pregnancy can occur – so just missing the boat could be a likely cause. You can use the help of our ovulation calculator as well to help you know when is the right time.

Knowledge of the right timing and right way can shorten the waiting period. Couples must keep the following things in mind while they’re trying to conceive.

  • Overweight or obese women may have problems in conceiving. Shedding down weight helps in trying to conceive a baby. Regular exercise and a well-balanced diet are crucial in maintaining a consistent fitness level.
  • Caffeine has been found to reduce fertility. So if you have been a coffee addict for long, replace the intake of that caffeine with water and juices.
  • Avoid certain foods like raw and undercooked egg, oysters and meat, shellfish such as prawns, ripened cheese, unpasteurized milk, liver and liver products as they are not conducive to increasing fertility.
  • Watch your alcohol intake. It is advisable to refrain from alcohol 3 months before conception. Alcohol creates an imbalance in your system and not being in good health isn’t advisable for becoming pregnant.
  • Smoking (of any kind) is an absolute no. It can triple the chances of infertility.
  • Supplements that have been prescribed and verified by your doctor are the way to go. Ensure your diet has enough vitamins and nutrients. Take iron supplements as well.
  • Do not subject yourself to any kind of drugs during this period. Drugs diminish oxygen in the would-be womb and can cause birth defects
  • Stress and anxiety can also be the reason you are unable to conceive. It is estimated that couples trying for a second child often conceive faster.
  • The reason could be less of anxiety and pressure in comparison to the first-timers.
  • Check with your doctor in case any prescription medicine is hindering the conception.
  • Your age may work against you. Women become less fertile at the age of 30. Egg cells start disappearing at a faster rate by the time they reach 37. It is advised to not wait too long. Babies who are born to mothers in their 30s also have an added risk of being born with Down’s Syndrome, physical defects, etc.
  • Fertilization process begins when the woman’s eggs combine with a man’s sperm. A woman’s body releases an egg (ovulation) roughly 14 days before her period. She is most likely to conceive during this time. The ovulation period roughly lasts for 24 – 48 hours during a cycle. Sperm, on the other hand, lives for around 3 to 5 days, and sometimes even longer.Therefore, there is a very short time in a month when you are likely to conceive. It may take a year to get pregnant, especially if your monthly cycles are infrequent or irregular. Don’t worry if you are not pregnant even after a couple of months. Just stay positive and keep trying.
  • Before ovulation, there can be little or no mucus. But during ovulation, the mucus is highly fertile. The best time for conceiving is when the mucus stretches for few centimeters. You can check with your fingertips.
  • Try different positions every time. Tests reveal that during intercourse if the man is on top, there is a better chance of the sperm reaching its destination.
  • Ask your partner to wear boxer shorts rather than close-fitting briefs. It helps the sperm breathe and could help in boosting the sperm count.
  • Too much sex or too little sex can be a hindrance in getting pregnant. Everyday sex may reduce the sperm count. In general, it is best to refrain from intercourse few days before the ovulation period, so that the sperm count is high. Some doctors even recommend having sex every alternate day during the fertile phase.
  • STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) can also affect woman’s fertility. They may spread into the uterus and fallopian tubes, causing inflammatory disease, which is a cause of both infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
  • Oral sex before having intercourse is not advised as there is evidence that the bacteria in the mouth damage the sperm.
  • Limit your movement right after having intercourse. Sudden movements can cause the sperm to leak out. It is better to stay in the same position, flat on your back perhaps for sometime after ejaculation. Wait for around twenty minutes before standing up.
  • Check with your doctor for anything that might be wrong in your immune system. Sometimes ailments or conditions that do not directly have anything to do with sexual health tend to become hindrances in the path to getting pregnant. It always helps to keep consulting your doctor if such a thing happens.
  • Avoid living in an area that is filled with toxins. A toxic environment may unknowingly do damage to your health. Often we inhale toxins that circulate in the air, or drink water that isn’t completely purified. Even setting up a house near a factory disposal or such can be a hindrance in conceiving.
  • A very basic is to stop using contraceptives. You might not be getting pregnant immediately after quitting contraceptives because some birth control methods have a longer readjustment period than others. It depends on woman to woman as well since bodies differ in the time they take to readjust.
  • Use an ovulation predictor kit. An ovulation predictor kit will help you be sure of the number of days that you are ovulating. You can try our ovulation calculator which can help you predict the days you’re ovulating.

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Early Pregnancy Detection

Pregnancy can be a little difficult to detect in early days, but by keeping an eye on these symptoms, you can detect early pregnancy. If you tick all or most of the symptoms, be sure to use the easy-to-use Prega News Advance pregnancy test to get proper results.

  • Getting dizzy and/or faint: Often caused by either low blood sugar or blood pressure, a dizzy spell or fainting could be because you’re expecting.
  • Feeling extremely tired: Due to the increase in hormone levels, most women begin to feel extreme tiredness and exhaustion, as one of the first signs of pregnancy.
  • Breasts and/or nipples become very tender and sore: Many women feel that their breasts are fuller and more tender with their nipples being more sensitive during early pregnancy.
  • Signs of bloating and/or cramping: This early sign of pregnancy tends to feel like your period is coming. It could be your period, but it could also be early pregnancy.
  • Signs of headaches: Headaches are usually thought to be an effect of changing hormones in your body during pregnancy, they occur most commonly in pregnant women.
  • Signs of backaches: For women who don’t usually have backaches, this could be an intimation that the ligaments in your back are loosening, preparing for the time when you have to hold extra weight in your pregnancy months.
  • Spotting: Faint vaginal bleeding could be from impregnation of a fertilized egg into the lining of the uterus. Many women feel that it’s the beginning of their period, but it is actually one of the first symptoms of pregnancy.
  • Getting short of breath: The fetus that is slowly developing needs oxygen, which means that you’re most likely to feel a bit deprived. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that you’ll continue to feel out of breath if you decide to bring the baby to term.
  • Mood swings: Your system is being introduced to new hormones when you’re pregnant. This means you’re likely to overreact on something frivolous or suddenly find yourself teary for no good reason. Nausea and/or vomiting: Normally, morning sickness won’t occur until about a month after conception, and some don’t have this pregnancy symptom at all.
  • Urinating more than normal: Increased urination occurs due to the increase in blood and other body fluids, which ends up being processed by the kidneys and ending up in the bladder. Getting more sensitive to odors than normal: This is another early pregnancy symptom which may be due to increased estrogen levels.
  • Feeling extremely lethargic: This is one of the most common signs of early pregnancy amongst women and it’s something that most women tend to ignore, the feeling of extreme laziness or lethargy.
  • Increased appetite: Another symptom is an excessive urge to eat. While you can give in to some of your pregnancy cravings, do ensure that you don’t go overboard, instead try to follow a balanced diet and avoid foods unsafe for you and your baby.
  • Excessive sleep: Many women also tend to sleep a lot and always feel lazy, which could be another sign of being pregnant.
  • Constipation: Constipation, bloating of the stomach or an inability to go to the washroom is also a very common pregnancy symptom.

While these can all be symptoms of pregnancy, there is a chance that you might be mistaken. That is why to be certain learn how to do a pregnancy test at home. You should use the Prega News pregnancy test kit for the best results.

10 Things Every Mother Should Teach Their Sons on Women’s Day

The first thing you should know is that the things you learn here aren’t meant to be followed only on International Women’s Day. These are guidelines a man should always follow. A man should always respect women and understand why there is such a divide between the two genders. It is the duty of a mother to instill this awareness in her son so that he grows up to be a responsible and decent human being. Many men do not get why International Women’s Day is celebrated. There are many people who do not appreciate the idea of giving women a day to celebrate their achievements and shine a light on the continuing struggle for gender equality. International Women’s Day is a reminder that women aren’t treated equally to men across the world. Women all around the world are subjected to shocking abuse from female genital mutilation to sexual violence, and forced into marriages and becoming child brides. That is why it is extremely important for mothers to teach their sons about the importance of International Women’s Day. Here are a few things that you can teach your sons.

It’s okay to show emotions.

While the strong, silent type and the macho tough guy may seem appealing to boys, mothers should teach sons that in real life, the guys who know how to deal with their feelings (the right way), are the good guys. Men shouldn’t feel ashamed of their emotions and should be encouraged to communicate their feelings rather than bottling up or lashing out when they can’t handle their emotions. These stereotypical “manly” qualities are very bad and need to be nipped in the bud.

You do not become less of a man if you do chores.

In most Indian households, the girls are taught how to cook and do other chores while the boys are told to play, or study. Despite the changing times, this is something that still persists. It is up to the mothers to change this outdated and evil thinking. Your sons should be taught that if he helps out in household chores, it is not wrong. A boy should know that there is no chore or job beneath him. You should always do what must be done.

A woman can do anything that you can do. Mutual respect.

As a mother you should, teach your sons that a woman can do anything a man can do and that they should be looked as peers. If you teach your son that girls are as athletic or as intelligent as he is from an early age, he will grow up to respect women and will not have the misconception that he is better than a woman because he is a man.

Be chivalrous.

Now-a-days it seems that to disrespect a woman is “cool”. Unfortunately, sometimes acting like a gentleman can also be looked upon as sexist. It is not. Teach your son to open the car door for you, hold the elevator, carry the groceries and to buy flowers. Things like giving a coat to a woman when she is cold or to get the car if she is in heels are considered very “old-fashioned” but they’ll never go out of style.

That it is OK not to be strong ALL the time.

Mainstream media has “brain-washed” our society into thinking that “real” men are the silent types who are stoic and are strong all the time. This is wrong in so many levels. As humans we are programmed to feel. That is why boys need to be taught that there is nothing wrong to feel vulnerable sometimes.

No means NO.

A major issue that our society plagues our society is that so many women are sexually assaulted or raped. Your son needs to be taught that when a woman is not consenting or is inebriated, it is not okay to touch her inappropriately or do something that she is not comfortable with. She has the right to choose whom she wants to be intimate with and you have to teach your son that it is wrong (not to mention illegal) to do anything to her without her consent.

Walking away from doing something wrong is not being a coward — it is being a man.

As kids, we tend to go along with the crowd because we are scared of being the outcast. It can be the hardest thing for your son to disagree with the crowd and do what he feels is right, but if that feeling is the right one, he should be encouraged to follow his gut. We have seen so many young boys sitting in a group eve-teasing passing girls, they need to be taught that it is not okay to do this and that they stop this.

Never ever use physical violence. Ever

Your son should be taught that violence is never okay. A woman should never hit a man and a man should never hit a woman. But teach your son that if a woman ever hits him it’s NEVER okay to hit back. Teach him to walk away or to restrain her kindly. He is a man. And being a man comes with advantages as well as responsibilities. Never hitting a lady is one of those responsibilities. There is no exception to this rule.

Don’t play with her emotions.

Most men believe that having many partners is “cool”. While nobody can tell your son how many partners he should or shouldn’t have, it is your responsibility to teach him that if he doesn’t like a girl, he should not play around with her feelings. He wouldn’t like it if someone does that to him, so that is why he shouldn’t be doing it as well.

Standing up for her doesn’t mean you take decisions for her

A thing that many women appreciate is when her partner stands up for her. He should always have her back. But your son should be taught that there’s a fine line between standing up for a girl and speaking for her. Nothing gives a man the right to take decisions for a woman, and that is why you should make sure that your son learns that “controlling” a person, never mind a woman, is a big no-no.

These lessons could easily apply to fathers, daughters or anyone. As a mother, it is your job to instill a sense of respect and responsibility into your child towards women. If you follow these lessons, chances are, your son could turn out to be the type of man you want him to be.