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Encouraging your baby self-feeding at 10 to 12 months


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Encouraging your baby self-feeding at 10 to 12 months

Your little ones are more likely to be turning into an experienced eater by the time they are almost one year old. Your toddler can now sit comfortably in the high chair and will be using his hands a lot more. The little one at that age is having mastered the so-called ‘pincer grasp’ – he now can hold small items between finger and thumb. When your baby starts to reach for the spoon to help get the food in… you should bear in mind that with this new skill, the baby starts to say refuse the food very often, or even throw the whole prepared food on the floor. 

This can be a very challenging stage, but it’s an important one, you have to encourage your baby to feed himself with his fingers or by a spoon. Understandable, that your little one won’t eat always much, but it’s a great way to teach him independent eating skills because those will serve him in the future too. 

Self-feeding with cutlery

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When you start encouraging your toddler to feed by himself, one of the best ways is to use sticky foods like oatmeal or mashed potato. This is one method that will cling the food to the spoon and can make it easier for the baby to get a mouthful before it all slides off. 

Filling the spoon and then offering it to the baby is one of the ways you can encourage self-feeding. 

Try to relax, as his sense of achievement for feeding himself will outweigh his inconvenience of taking casseroles of the board or wall; making all the place mess is a stage you can’t avoid. 

If you are being concerned that he is not eating that much, try using two spoons, one for him to hold, and one for you to load the food while he is trying to eat by himself from the bowl.

When you are trying to teach your baby to be familiar with the cutlery – the chunkier and clunkier the better. Even if your baby doesn’t want to feed by himself, he will love to chew the spoons.  

While some parents prefer to use a long spoon to feed the baby, a shorter one with an angled head will make it easier to feed him.

One thing you should know is that you need to choose child-friendly bowls for the feed – a bowl with a sucker on the bottom will stick to the high chair and can make it easy for the baby to get at his food without having to chase the dish around. This is perfect idea limiting the throwing of bowl when he gets annoyed and bored!

Finger foods for self-feeding

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Now that your baby has more teeth, finger foods can really come into hand at this point. Now your baby has more teeth and better reflex skills, that means that is time to start introducing to a wider variety of flavors and textures. Crunchy foods like breadsticks, toast, rice cakes, and cereals are ideal food for your baby. You can also try to feed the baby with cucumber sticks, meatballs, cooked pasta, and even fish fingers. As your baby gets better at feeding himself, you may be able to introduce him to a daily finger food meal.

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Using a cup

Many experts recommend removing your baby off bottles at around 12 months to avoid damaging his teeth – so, at this stage, it’s a great idea to make sure you teach your baby to use a cup to drink water or milk. There are a lot of options to choose from with baby friendly features. You may need to try different kinds before you find one that your baby can drink from easily.

Good role modeling

The best way to encourage your little one to feed himself, you have to eat together as a family – this way, he could have a chance to see others using cutlery, and may encourage him to be like Mummy, Daddy or his siblings. Sharing mealtimes is fun, and babies are somehow ‘forced’ to choose up on what everyone else is doing and eating.

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Esmé Gelder has dreamed of being a pediatrician since she was a little girl making rounds with her mother. She grew up in St. Louis and then she received her medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

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What You Need to Know About Antenatal Care

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Antenatal care is the care you get from health professionals during your pregnancy. 

It’s sometimes called pregnancy care or maternity care. 

You’ll be offered appointments with a midwife, or sometimes a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician).

You should start your antenatal care as soon as possible once you know you’re pregnant. You can do this by contacting a midwife or GP.

Mama kit is one the items mothers are advised to buy during antenatal classes

What is antenatal care?

This is the care you receive while you’re pregnant to make sure you and your baby are as well as possible.

The midwife or doctor providing your antenatal care will:  

  • check the health of you and your baby 
  • give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy, including advice about healthy eating and exercise
  • discuss your options and choices for your care during pregnancy, labour and birth  
  • answer any questions you may have 

All mums-to-be in England are offered:

  • 2 pregnancy ultrasound scans at 8 to 14 weeks and 18 to 21 weeks 
  • antenatal screening tests to find out the chance of your baby having certain conditions, such as Down’s syndrome 
  • blood tests to check for syphilis, HIV and hepatitis B
  • screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia

You may also be offered antenatal classes, including breastfeeding workshops. 

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Starting antenatal care

You can book an appointment with your GP or directly with your midwife as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. 

Your GP surgery or a Children’s Centre can put you in touch with your nearest midwifery service.

It’s best to see a midwife or GP as early as possible to get the information you need about having a healthy pregnancy. 

Some tests, such as screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia, should be done before you’re 10 weeks pregnant. 

If you have special health needs, your midwife, GP or obstetrician may take shared responsibility for your maternity care. 

This means they’ll all be involved in your care during pregnancy. 

Let your midwife know if you have a disability that means you have special requirements for your antenatal appointments or for labour.

How many antenatal appointments will I have?

If you’re expecting your first child, you’ll have up to 10 antenatal appointments. 

If you have had a baby before, you’ll have around 7 appointments, but sometimes you may have more – for example, if you develop a medical condition. 

Early in your pregnancy, your midwife or doctor will give you written information about how many appointments you’re likely to have and when they’ll happen. 

You should have a chance to discuss the schedule of antenatal appointments with them. 

If you cannot keep an appointment, let the clinic or midwife know and make another one.

Where will I have my antenatal appointments?

Your appointments can take place at:

  • your home 
  • a Children’s Centre 
  • a GP surgery 
  • a hospital 

You’ll usually go to the hospital for your pregnancy scans. 

Antenatal appointments should take place in a setting where you feel able to discuss sensitive issues, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental illness or drugs. 

To make sure you get the best pregnancy care, your midwife will ask you many questions about your and your family’s health, and your preferences. 

Your midwife will carry out some checks and tests, some of which will be done periodically throughout your pregnancy, such as urine tests and blood pressure checks. 

The results may affect your choices later in pregnancy, so it’s important not to miss them.

Your midwife will also ask about any other social care support you may have or need, such as support from social workers or family liaison officers.

Questions you might be asked

The midwife or doctor might ask about:

  • The date of the first day of your last period  
  • Your health 
  • Any previous illnesses and operations you have had 
  • Any previous pregnancies and miscarriages
  • The ethnic origins of you and your partner to find out whether your baby may be at risk of certain inherited conditions, or other relevant factors, such as whether your family has a history of twins 
  • Your job, your partner’s job and what kind of accommodation you live in to see whether your circumstances might affect your pregnancy 
  • How you’re feeling and whether you have been depressed 

Your antenatal appointments are an opportunity to tell your midwife or doctor if you’re in a vulnerable situation or if you need extra support. 

This could be because of domestic abuse or violence, sexual abuse or female genital mutilation.

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How to Return to Work After Taking Parental Leave

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Transitioning back to work after parental leave is hard. You’ve been out of the flow of the office for weeks or months, and you’re returning as a different person with new priorities and concerns. (Not to mention the stress and strain of endless new logistics.) It’s jarring and often overwhelming.

So how can you make your first few weeks back in the office as smooth as possible? If you have the choice, is it better to ease back slowly or to jump right in? How should you manage your relationships with your boss and coworkers? Perhaps most important, where can you turn to get the emotional support and encouragement you need during this time?

What the Experts Say


Returning to work after being home with a new baby is “a transition that’s like no other,” says Daisy Wademan Dowling,

the founder and CEO of Workparent, a consulting firm for working parents and employers. “Everything is changing — from your practical day-to-day schedule, to your new responsibilities as a parent, to your identity in terms of how you’ve seen yourself your entire adult life,” she says.

Adding to the pressure, you’re making this transition while “taking care of a little human who might not be sleeping very well.” It’s an “intense physical and psychological adjustment,” adds Denise Rousseau, a professor of organizational behavior and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

“You may not feel ready to leave your child,” she says. Or you may even feel guilty about your decision to go back to work in the first place. “All of this is normal,” of course, but that “doesn’t make it any less overwhelming.” Reentry is a challenge, and there’s no perfect path. Have faith “that you will walk it well,” she says, and know that there are many ways of doing so.

Here are some pointers for how to navigate those first weeks back at work.

Be gentle with yourself

First things first: “Try not to take your emotional temperature in the first two to three weeks” that you’re back on the job, says Dowling. Your life has changed dramatically. “You will be tired, frustrated, and full of self-doubt,” she says, maybe even conflicted about whether to return to work or stay at home. Indeed, many people come back from parental leave and consider quitting.

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But just because you’re sad or worried now doesn’t mean you will be forever, she says. “It’s an emotional time.” Remind yourself that it’s too early “to draw conclusions.” Don’t ignore your feelings, but bear in mind that, just like the ages and stages of your new child, this too shall pass. “Don’t be too hard on yourself,” agrees Rousseau.

Consider your schedule at work

Making the transition back to work will “never be easy,” but there are “a lot of aspects of it that you can manage and plan for,” says Dowling. Take, for instance, the question of whether you return gradually by working a couple of days a week or resume full-time work from the get-go. Not everyone has an option, but if you do, it’s sensible to consider the pros and cons of each.

  • Easing back in by working part-time at first “allows you to learn how to do the job you did before differently,” says Rousseau. It removes some of the pressure of juggling your new home life, and it helps you focus at work.

    “You learn to prioritize and concentrate on the things that move the needle.” When you’re part-time, “you can’t putz around,” she says. “You have to be discriminating” about the tasks you take on and how you do them. Be aware, however, that this schedule might “send a complex message” to your team, says Dowling. “If you’ve been a guns-blazing professional and you come back to two days a week, you’re telegraphing — even if you don’t mean to — that you are no longer working in the same way,” she says. “Your attention and ambition have shifted.”
  • Going back full-time immediately allows you to “resume the career you had before,” rather than one “with radically reduced expectations,” says Dowling. It may be harder at first, but the benefit is that you’re not “setting the bar differently” at the outset. Returning full-time allows you to “go in and do some data gathering and test things out.” If you need to, you can then “ratchet back.”

Whichever path you choose, Dowling recommends working only two or three days in your first week back on the job. A midweek start allows you to make the adjustment a little more slowly and ensures that you don’t have a five-day stretch of work from the start, which will no doubt feel too long.

Do a few practice runs

Returning from parental leave often involves executing on a new set of complicated logistics. Dowling advises “trying to get ahead of them” as much as possible to “minimize the sting.”

Start with the basics: The first day you go back to work shouldn’t be the first day your baby goes to daycare or stays home with a new nanny. Dowling recommends doing at least a few practice drop-offs or asking your sitter to start a week early.

“Get your child used to the process and accustomed to the caregiver,” she says. Dry runs will help you, too. “Get up in the morning, take a shower, put on your work clothes, feed the baby, take her to daycare, get your Starbucks, and drive to the office,” she says. “Then literally turn right back around.” If you’re nursing, try to add a pumping session or two in there as well. Your goal, says Rousseau, is to get “a realistic preview” of what to expect.

Be up front with your boss


Maybe not on your first day back, but at some point, you need to have an honest and “up-front conversation” with your boss about the new realities of your life as they relate to your job, says Dowling.

Acknowledge that the “next few weeks may be bumpy” — your emotions may be all over the map — but make it clear that “you are still fully committed to your job and organization.” Think about what you need from your employer and how to make your new situation work best for you. Bring up “projects you’d like to be considered for” and “work travel that you’re willing to do or not do,”

Dowling adds. “You need to proactively own your story; the more you can control, the better.” Rousseau recommends asking for your boss’s advice and counsel on how to reenter successfully. Be candid and realistic about what can be accomplished in your first few weeks and months back on the job. “Talk to your manager about what’s critical versus what’s nice to have.”

Set expectations with colleagues

Be mindful of how you manage relationships with colleagues as you settle into your new work life. A lot of parents return from leave with the “mindset of ‘I’ll figure it out’ or ‘I’ll adapt,’” but this is risky, Dowling says.

“If you don’t go in with a clear idea of what your schedule and plans are, others will make assumptions.” Communication is critical.

Be direct about how and when you will work. Make your schedule predictable. For instance, “if you need to leave every night at 5 PM on the dot, then people will know not to come by your office at 4:59 PM wanting to talk,” she says. Things may change over time and even on the fly, of course, but if you “train your colleagues on what to expect” — and explain your schedule requirements clearly — they will learn how and when to adjust as needed.

Seek support at Work and Home

Resuming your professional life is a process — don’t go it alone. As you make the transition, Dowling advises, seek out support and encouragement. “Join a mom and dad network,” she says. Look for an online support community. “Build connections with people in your neighborhood who also have young children.” Find out if your employer has resources for new parents. Seek advice from colleagues who’ve been through the process.

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Be deliberate about your time with your child


As you’re getting back into the swing of work, think about “how you will spend time with your kids,” Dowling says. Will it be in the morning? In the evenings? Mostly on weekends? Especially “if you work long hours or travel,” you need to have a plan for when you’ll have “rewarding time with your child.” Let your child’s caregiver in on your thinking.

Whether the baby is going to daycare or staying at home with a nanny or  family member, these people are now critical pieces to your professional puzzle. “Do you want them to send pictures to you while you’re at work? Will you do FaceTime?” The bottom line is, “Don’t allow your emotional bond with your child to play second fiddle,” Dowling says. “Be deliberate.”

Reset your expectations


In those early days of coming back to work, it’s wise to think about how you can recast yourself professionally. Think about “what makes you special or different,” Dowling says.

Then consider how to modify those attributes to suit your new life. “If you were the hardest-working person in the office, then maybe you become the most efficient. If you were the best mentor or project leader, you become the best delegator,” she says. Your goal is to reset your expectations for yourself.

“If you don’t, you will find yourself trying to play a role you can no longer play.” Rousseau agrees: “You need to be realistic about what you can and should give.”

Principles to Remember 

Do:

  • Resist taking your emotional temperature during your first few weeks back on the job. Returning to work after parental leave is a process.
  • Make your schedule as predictable as possible and communicate your plans to your colleagues. But understand that adjustments may be needed along the way.
  • Seek out support and encouragement from other parents at work.

Don’t:

  • Make the first day you go back to work the first day your child goes to a new caregiver. Do practice runs to get you and your child accustomed to the situation.
  • Be shy about asking for flexibility if it will help you do your job better. Speak up for what you need.
  • Assume that you will be the same professional you were pre-baby. Instead, think about how to modify your best attributes to suit your new life.

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Can You Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?

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Like many new moms, you may wonder if it’s okay to drink alcohol while breastfeeding your little one. You might wonder if it’s harmful to have a drink from time to time. Or, you might have doubts about drinking during the breastfeeding stage of your baby’s life. A little information may help you make a decision.

Alcohol and Milk Production

The urban myth that alcohol, specifically beer, can increase your milk production when breastfeeding is just that – a myth. Many women have used this old wives’ tale as a justification for drinking when nursing their child. The truth is that alcohol can actually have the opposite effect on milk production, leaving you with less milk to feed your child.

Alcohol consumption can not only reduce your milk production, it can also affect the let-down reflex (milk ejection reflex), so your baby receives less milk all around. Alcohol can also alter the taste of your breast milk, making it unappealing to your newborn child.

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If you have your heart set on breastfeeding and are overly concerned about the health of your child, you may want to avoid drinking alcohol until you’ve weaned your baby. Having said this, however, it’s important to point out that the ill effects of alcohol on a breastfed baby greatly depend on how much alcohol you consume during this stage.

Alcohol in Breast Milk

When you drink alcohol while breastfeeding, it will pass into your breast milk and eventually into your baby if you breastfeed him or her shortly after consuming your alcoholic beverage. Alcohol levels generally peak between 30-60 minutes of finishing a drink. One drink can remain in your breast milk for up to 2-3 hours.

The more you drink, the longer alcohol will remain in your breast milk, making it more likely that it could find its way into your child.

Various factors can affect the alcohol levels in your breast milk, including:

  • The amount of alcohol you consume
  • How quickly you consume the alcohol
  • Whether you’re eating while drinking or drinking on an empty stomach
  • How much you weigh
  • How quickly the alcohol is broken down in your body

Effects of Alcohol on a Breastfeeding Baby

The effects of alcohol on your breastfeeding baby depend a great deal on how much alcohol you drink. Moderate drinking, such as limiting yourself to one alcoholic drink or fewer at one time, poses less risk to your baby’s health. That’s because the amount of alcohol that baby absorbs from your breast milk is relatively low.

If you wait at least two hours after having a drink to nurse your infant, that adds an extra layer of protection. After the amount of time, there’s a better chance that the alcohol will have passed out of your system.

Risks go up when you start increasing your alcohol intake. Consuming more increases the level of alcohol in your bloodstream and breast milk. The more drinks you consume, the longer alcohol remains in your breast milk.

Drinking heavily on a regular basis as a nursing mom can be detrimental to your baby’s health. Going overboard in your drinking can reduce milk production and disrupt the let-down reflex, causing your baby to receive less milk and nourishment.

Exposure to alcohol can also hinder your baby’s growth and development and upset his or her sleep patterns, something you want to avoid at all costs if you want to get sufficient rest yourself.

Babies aren’t the only ones who can feel the ill effects of drinking too much. Excessive drinking can impair your judgment as a mother, making it difficult for you to properly care for your child.

If you become intoxicated, don’t nurse your child until you are completely sober. Bottle feed him or her instead. If you’re constantly drinking too much at home or at social events, you may have an addiction and be in need of alcohol addiction treatment.

Pump and Dump

Expressing (pumping) your breast milk and dumping it doesn’t reduce the alcohol level in your milk. Pumping and dumping will only alleviate your discomfort if you haven’t nursed for a while.

Time is the factor that decreases alcohol levels in your breast milk, and it usually takes a few hours to reduce your alcohol levels if you’ve had one drink.

If you want to avoid exposing your baby to alcohol in your breast milk, you can express your milk before you drink and save it for your child’s next feeding. Otherwise, wait at least two hours after having a drink to nurse your child. The more you drink, the longer you’ll need to wait to safely nurse your child.

­Weigh the Pros and Cons

Before deciding to drink while breastfeeding, weigh the pros and cons. The truth is, that you don’t have to drink while breastfeeding (or at any other time). When in doubt, it’s best to stick to healthy beverages or nonalcoholic drinks such as mocktails until you wean your child.

If you’re comfortable with the idea of having an occasional beer or glass of wine at home or during social events while nursing, it poses less risk to your child’s health if you don’t breastfeed immediately afterward. The key word here is occasional, not necessarily on a regular basis.

By planning ahead, you can drink and avoid exposing your baby to alcohol in your breast milk. Express milk before you start drinking alcohol and store it safely for his or her next feeding. You can also bottle feed your baby until the alcohol in your system has cleared out.

The Bottom Line

Going by research on the subject, it is relatively safe for you to drink while breastfeeding if you stick to the recommended amount, i.e. one drink or fewer per day. An occasional drink might be relaxing for some new moms and help reduce the stress that often comes with having a new baby.

If that one drink, however, starts to stretch into two or more or becomes a daily habit, you may want to forego alcohol altogether while breastfeeding to avoid endangering the health of your child.

There’s no stigma to abstaining from alcohol while nursing your newborn. As a mother, your priority should always be the health and welfare of you and your child.

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babycenter.com – Is It True That Drinking Beer Increases a Breastfeeding Mom’s Milk Supply?

breastfeeding.asn.au – Let-Down Reflex (Milk Ejection Reflex)

cdc.gov – Alcohol

healthline.com – Is It Safe to Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?

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10 Danger Signs in New Mothers and Infants

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For new mothers you’re always looking out for signs of anything that might go wrong in both the mother and the baby, sometimes your not sure if what your noticing is normal or not, this becomes tougher for fast time mothers.

Related: 6 Things New Parents Should Avoid.

Today we list you 10 reasons why should call for a doctor immediately if you notice these in the baby or mother

  1. Fever of over 100.4° F
  2. Severe headache that begins right after birth and does not let up in intensity
  3. Sudden onset of pain in the abdominal area, such as tenderness to touch or burning sensation
  4. Foul odor from vaginal discharge
  5. Sudden onset of pain in the incision area that can include a pus discharge
  6. Swollen, red, painful area in the leg
  7. Burning urination or blood in the urine
  8. Appearance of rash or hives
  9. Extremely heavy bleeding that soaks a maxi pad within an hour, or the passing of large clots
  10. Sore, red, painful area on the breasts that may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms
  11. Feelings of anxiety, panic, and/or depression.You can also book for a support nurse during your postnatal period via at Teheca App

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10 At-Home Spa Treatments During this LockDown

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if you fancy some pampering but don’t want to splash out on expensive treatments or considering the lock down of most spa centres.

check out these 10 at-home spa treatments perfect for staying in and relaxing.

1 Rejuvenating Body Scrub

Regular exfoliation is important for removing dead cells which can accumulate on the skin’s surface, leading to dull, dry skin. For a nourishing body scrub, mix together some brown sugar and olive oil, using roughly double the amount of brown sugar as oil. You can also add in some manuka honey, which is beneficial for both dry and acne-prone skin types, and some lemon or orange essential oil for an uplifting scent. Use the scrub in the shower, rubbing in circular motions over the body and paying attention to rough spots such as the elbows.

2 Refreshing Foot Mask

Our feet are often neglected, but they deserve a treat from time to time, particularly after a long run or training session. For an invigorating treat for your feet, mix together equal quantities of oatmeal, corn meal, sea salt and olive oil. Add a few tbsps of aloe vera gel to get a mask-like consistency then add a few drops of refreshing peppermint oil. Apply to feet and massage in. Leave for a few minutes then wash off.

3 Steam Facial

Steaming your face is a good way to cleanse your pores, helping to promote clear and glowing skin. 

For a steam treatment at home, fill a bowl with boiled water and leave to cool slightly so that it is not hot enough to burn your skin. Add a couple of drops of essential oils, such as tea tree oil for acne-prone skin, lavender oil for oily skin or rose absolute oil for dry skin. Steam your face for a few minutes by leaning over the bowl with a towel covering your head to trap the steam. You can follow a steam treatment with a purifying clay mask or simply some toner and moisturiser.

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4 Softening Hand Treatment

For a softening treat for your hands, try using a moisturizing scrub made from 1tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp sugar and a teaspoon of almond or grapeseed oil. Scoop some of the mixture on to your hands then massage in circular motions all over. After a few minutes, rinse of the mixture with warm water until most of the oil has been washed off, then pat dry. Finish with a moisturizing hand cream or lotion.

5 Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

You don’t need to splash out to get perfect lustrous, shiny locks. For a natural conditioning treatment, try mashing up an avocado and applying directly to your hair for a shot of moisture and nourishment. Alternatively, for a protein-rich treatment, apply a beaten egg to hair, leave for 10 minutes, then rinse off with cool water.

6 Milk Bath

Take a leaf out of Cleopatra’s book and relax in a cleansing and nourishing milk bath. The lactic acid in milk will soften your skin, and milk baths can also be soothing for those with eczema or psoriasis. Add a few cups of whole milk or some milk powder to your bathwater, mix in some essential oils and honey (optional) then float rose petals on top for a luxurious and indulgent treat.

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7 Aromatherapy Shower

While baths are perfect for relaxing, if you don’t have access to one or aren’t much of a bath person, you can still create a spa-like experience for your shower. Choose a relaxing essential oil such as lavender or an uplifting oil such as neroli and add a few drops to a damp flannel or sponge. Place this on the floor in front of you as you shower to allow the steam to release the scents.

8 Skin Brightener

Papaya and pineapple are great natural exfoliators and skin brighteners due to the alpha hydroxy acids they contain. To tighten and brighten your skin, blend some papaya with yogurt and honey and apply as a face mask. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse off. Alternatively, pour some pineapple juice into ice trays and leave in your freezer overnight. Once frozen, pass the pineapple ice cubes over your skin and leave for five minutes before rinsing.

9 Soothing Eye Treatment

If you have puffy, dry or irritated eyes, try a homemade remedy to soothe and refresh. Cool chamomile tea bags and cucumber are good traditional remedies to cool and soothe the eye area, while cool potato slices are also good for puffy eyes. Light some candles, put on some relaxing music and lie back with the tea bags, cucumber or potato slices covering your eyes for 10 minutes for a soothing and relaxing treat.

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10 Purifying Facial

For the ultimate at-home facial, begin by cleansing and lightly exfoliating your skin using oatmeal and water. Follow this up with a soothing, moisturizing or cleansing mask made by natural ingredients such as yoghurt, avocado, strawberries or honey. Finally, pamper yourself with a DIY facial massage using a natural oil such as jojoba, grapeseed or almond oil. Apply the oil to your hands then massage your face using gentle upward circular motions. This will help to nourish the skin and boost circulation, giving a vibrant and soft complexion.

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5 Ways to Rekindle Love in Your Relationship After Child Birth

Reading Time: 4 minutesSome couples choose to have a baby to celebrate their stability or to strengthen their relationship. They think that a baby will bring them closer together, and that life after childbirth will be a time of tenderness, intimacy, and maturity. However, having a baby is a stressful experience that challenges even the best of relationships.

First-time parents face role changes, lifestyle adjustments, and financial difficulties. Experienced parents have additional demands from their previous children. More couples today are seeking relationship counselling after having a baby than ever before.

This does not necessarily mean that the stresses are greater now than in previous years, but rather that more couples are recognizing when they need help.

Mothers and fathers respond and adjust to their newborn baby in different ways. Misunderstandings and conflicts can affect the relationship as a result.

Role changes, lifestyle adjustments, and financial difficulties can all add to the problems. Conflicts can be compounded if the mother is experiencing postpartum depression.

With Valentines Day approaching, here are fives 5 helpful ways that you can improve your relationship with your partner after having a baby.

1.Know what new mothers go through?

New mothers are often overwhelmed by their changing role in life. Whereas before they were individuals surrounded by friends and possibly a challenging career, now their needs are secondary to the newborn baby.

They may feel less important now that their days are filled with diaper changes, feedings, and chores galore.Fathers can help by trying to understand how busy their partner’s day really is. Don’t expect chores to be done, the house to be clean, and dinner to be on the table when you come home from a hard day’s work.

Instead, when you arrive home, ask your partner about her day and how you can help. Offer to take care of your newborn baby alone so your partner can take a much-needed break.

Taking care of your baby alone is also the best way for you to get to know him and establish a real relationship.

Mothers may also have issues with their body image. Their breasts look different, their hips are wider, and it may be harder than they originally thought to lose that extra bit of fat. You can help by reassuring your partner about her looks. She needs to know that you still find her attractive.

2.Know what new fathers go through?

First time fathers sometimes feel left out and isolated. They may even see the new baby as a sort of competition for your attention.

As a result, they may withdraw and become depressed. You can help by including your partner in the care of your newborn baby. Take advantage of his offers to spend one-on-one time with your baby. Your partner may do things differently from you, but try to look past that. He needs to do things in his own way, and he will be just fine.

 

3.Spend time with each other

Couples with new babies are busy. Feedings, diaper changes, and consoling a baby seem to take up endless hours of the day. By the time the mother and father do get to see each other alone, they are usually completely exhausted.

If they are cranky from sleep deprivation, and sometimes they just don’t want to spend time together at all.

Try to find time to talk things over and be a couple again, even if it is just for a few minutes. You might even have to schedule in a time when you are both available.

Choose a time when your newborn baby and other children are well-fed and settled. This may be difficult when your baby is just a newborn but should become easier as he gets older.

Related: Expectant Mothers’ Hospital Bag check list

4.Regain your intimacy in the relationship

Most new parents experience a loss of sexual intimacy, this can begin during pregnancy because the couple felt uncomfortable about having sex, the mother was not feeling well, or there were complications.

Sometimes abstinence during pregnancy can lead to a long period of abstinence after the baby is born during childbirth, a woman has tearing or an episiotomy​, both of which require considerable time for recovery.

When the woman has sex too soon after giving childbirth, it will be painful. Even if the woman did not have tearing or an episiotomy, her vaginal muscles may simply be too slack to really enjoy sex soon after giving birth.

5.A few last mentions

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Last but not least, breastfeeding can inhibit a woman’s desire to have sex. She may feel that her breasts are reserved for her newborn baby now, and that can make her feel less interested in being intimate.

Also, when a woman is constantly touching and interacting with her baby, and especially if she is breastfeeding him, she can feel “touched out.” This is a common feeling in women, where they do not want any physical contact with their partner because they are getting so much from their newborn baby.

Men can feel extraordinarily betrayed if they are rejected both physically and emotionally by their partner. It is important to talk to each other about your feelings. There are other ways to be physically intimate with each other, such as cuddling and holding hands.

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10 Must Have Items in a MamaKit For All Pregnant Women.

Reading Time: 4 minutesA hospital bag is one that every family should be have handy, its more important for the couples and families that are expecting a new baby soon. Expectant mothers are expected to have a preparedness plan for the time when baby is about to pop.

At a bare minimum mothers are expected to have a mama kit which includes the material that mothers use in the labour ward. Most of the things in the mama kit are single use are only for the mother and the health workers who are helping a mother in giving birth.

On top of the mama kit, mothers and couples headed to labour need a couple of items listed below.

1.Surgical gloves

Basically used by the midwives for protection and prevention of infections or any other diseases and as an expectant mother you need an average of 8 pairs gloves and they may also be used by your care giver while nursing you after birth.

2. Cotton wool

For cleaning, draining and dry the mother, the cotton wool is also used as absorbent for mothers to use to prevent further bleeding after birth

3. Surgical blades

This is meant to carry out an episiotomy  by a midwife or obstetrician during second stage of labor to quickly enlarge the opening for the baby to pass through. and for a C-section mother, it is used through surgery around  the stomach areas

4. Macintosh (Plastic mats)

For purposes of hygiene maintenances hospitals authorise mothers to carry macintosh(polythene mats) to prevent infection from the beds they lay on directly and it also acts as the delivery plastic sheet. 

5. Immunisation cards

During postpartum period and immediately the baby is born  he/she is immunized to prevent  against several diseases and for purposes of monitoring the immunization statistics immunization cards are required for record keeping, Mothers are required to have immunisations handy when they are going to the hospital.

6. Umbilical cord knot

This is used to tie the baby’s code immediately after birth.

7. Disinfectant

To prevent infections, a disinfectant is needed to prevent  germs and also used for cleaning areas where the mom has delivered from, both the bed and the room. Most commonly used disinfectant in the local hospitals and health centre is JIK.

Of course this is also for washing and cleaning the mothers garments that maybe soiled during birth.

8. Gauze

Gauze is used together with cotton while draining and dry  blood of the mother after birth. Due to the nature of cotton it may leave particles  in the  mother’s body which is harmful and to prevent it from happening gauze is wrapped around each piece of cotton before usage.

Also gauze is used in making pads that the mothers can used to pad them selves after birth to protect them from soiling bedding and panties

Related: How to Provide Extended Support to New Parents after delivery

9. Soap

This is usually needed for both cleaning the baby and the mother after birth.

10. Baby receivers & Baby clothes

These a smooth sheet  of cloth that are wrapped around the baby immediately after being delivered to prevent them from any risks to pneumonia and cold. 

Baby clothes are those the baby can wear while still in hospital and after births. these include the baby gloves, caps, diapers, wipes blankets and bed sheets. Ideally these clothes are meant to keep baby warm and clothed. Always carry enough of these as the they will be changes often as the baby will wet them.

11. Normal saline water(in case of a c-section)

Traditionally people have come up with a number of myths for cleaning the baby code and ensuring it dries up quickly like, using saliva, salty water and many more but for purposes of preventing infections and germs health workers encourage mothers to use saline water to clean the baby code, saline water is basically drip water.

12. Mother  clothes & beddings.

Because of the shock and rush that happens when a baby is about come and the pain of the contractions, many couples end up in hospital with only the clothes the expectant mother is having on, only to be left wrapped in a cold bedsheet after giving birth.

couples are encouraged to keep small suite case ready that will include at a minimum a pair of bedsheets, night ware, pyjamas, free clothes, include extra rolls of cotton wool incase of extra bleeding.

13. Baby bottle/spoon

Baby bottles are used to feed babies after birth though health professionals encourage mothers to keep them very clean to prevent babies from easy risks to infections and diseases. Expectant mothers and new mothers are expected and advised to prepare breastfeed there new babies in the 6 hours after giving birth

Teheca team has developed a prepared mama, that comes packed with a mama kit and more items that mothers need, the bag is aimed to be used to keep everything needed for welcoming a new baby together in one place as part of the preparedness plan. You can order for a prepared mama here. 

The bag is designed with a wide space to carry enough material quantity over and above the quantity found government provided Mama kit.

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Preparing for your baby; 6 pregnancy checklist

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Are you anxious and at the same time excited about the birth of your baby, are you actively looking for answers to questions like;

Things I need to do to prepare for my baby?

How much you should spend when preparing for a baby?

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Well having a baby is a great experience every mother is hoping to have, that’s why it’s important to equip yourself with the various knowledge of baby and pregnancy before you get pregnant. If you’re already expecting a baby, wow congrats on your pregnancy journey and it’s not too late for you to follow these steps and start preparing for the birth of your baby.

Preparing for a baby can be exciting as well as draining that’s why as expectant mothers we need to plan for the arrival of our baby. Planning is an effective way to prevent the burnout that comes with childbirth. As you prepare for your baby you should draft down all the necessary things to get available before your baby comes.

Financial planning

Experts say ‘You’re almost guaranteed to waste money on things you don’t need if you don’t start thinking about them now’. 

You don’t need to worry about how much you need to spend when preparing for a baby if you have a financial plan. A financial plan should be drafted the moment you and your partner decided to start having babies. It’s always advisable to make a financial plan earlier, if you haven’t drawn out a plan now is the time to get on with it, so you don’t get too overwhelmed with plenty of expenses. 

You don’t need to empty your accounts when preparing for your baby, first make a financial plan by setting up a new budget especially for your baby, estimating the medical cost in having a baby from medical bills, prenatal care, healthcare provider, the shopping list for baby gear, etc. You don’t want to spend all your income in planning for a baby, so start saving before the due date, ensure your financial plan covers both the baby and the mother, and also don’t forget to include your baby in your health insurance.

Plan a family leave

Preparing for a baby deserves so much attention and dedicated time to plan for your baby, but how can you find the time between work schedules, paying the bills, to create a birth plan, and prepare or even attend childbirth education classes. 

Planning for maternity/paternity leave from work is the perfect option to give you time to prepare for your baby, working out the details can be tricky as most times you have to negotiate your leave with your employer to get a better deal. Most organizations offer unpaid or paid maternity leave, so you must communicate with your employer informing them about your pregnancy and ask about the organization’s policies for maternity leave and get more information before you make a decision.

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Choosing a healthcare provider 

It’s time to pick a paediatrician or a midwife if you have chosen to give birth at home, your baby’s first doctor appointment will come within the baby’s first week of life. So, you will need to choose a licensed physician taking into consideration factors like proximity to your home, to avoid long trips in case an emergency arises. 

You can also ask to interview a paediatrician to verify before you make your choice. Start early so you can give yourself plenty of time to find an appropriate physician who will be a good fit for your baby.

Take childbirth and infant-care classes 

“Taking a course is not a requirement; you’ll get to give birth no matter what,” says Heidi Murkoff, author (What to Expect When You’re Expecting)“It’s just that they call it ‘childbirth preparation’ for a reason: it helps prepare you. It takes the mystery out of it. Information is empowering, and what you don’t know can scare you more than it should.”

It is advisable to make out time to join birth classes once you get pregnant, to learn about the stages of labor, options for pain management, breathing techniques, medical equipment, that may be used during delivery.

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Decide which childbirth class to take that agrees with your philosophy on giving birth, comfortability, and flexibility in terms of location and convenience. Most hospitals and birthing centers offer such classes for expectant parents, you can also ask friends for guidance.

Shopping for your baby  

Experts say ‘you should only buy the necessary baby kits and items as this will help you save for other important things.

Compile a list of all baby items you need including baby gear, spurning from a stroller, to crib, car seat, mattress, and beddings, or baby carrier, baby bibs, baby feeders, baby clothes, etc. It’s tempting to spend a fortune while shopping for your baby as there are endless varieties of baby items in the market to suit your needs.

You should always consider your finances and baby’s safety when planning to shop for your baby that’s why you need to plan and make a priority list budget for your baby gear. 

Plus, it is easy to buy more than you need or buy the wrong things if you don’t get the right information and plan your baby’s shopping.

Pack your bags

Great! you have gone through all the other processes in planning the birth of your baby don’t forget there’s no telling when your baby will arrive, it could be anytime from up to a week or two before your due date to a week or two after it.

RELATED: 10 Must Have Items In A Hospital Bag

Having your bags packed earlier will mean that you’ll be ready whenever your baby does decide to put in an appearance, the last thing you will want to worry about when labor starts is packing a bag.

Awesome! you have done a great deal in preparing for the birth of your baby, I bet doing this wasn’t so difficult like you thought. Well don’t let the anxiety of preparing hold you back, what then are you waiting for jump right into this as you await the birth of your baby.

Need more tips on preparing for a baby, shopping for baby kits, getting a nurse or a doctor for your baby? or you want more insights from other expectant mothers, and experts’ advice on how you can best prepare for your baby, you can join a community of expectant mothers and other parents on the Teheca app.

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Techniques to a healthy work environment [work – life balance]

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Work-life balance is an important aspect of a healthy work environment. Having a good work-life balance helps reduce stress and prevents burnout in our places of work.

What is work-life balance? Work-life balance can mean different things to different people but simply put work-life balance are the various ways we chose to handle our professional life vis a vis our personal life. 

Not maintaining a good work-life balance can lead to chronic stress which is one of the most common health issues at work, which in turn can cause mental health issues linked to depression, anxiety, and insomnia. we are likely to get burned out from work overload, boring work schedules, colleagues, family, and probably our work environment.

’Research shows the percentage of people who are stressed at work is high and it keeps getting higher, expects to agree that compounding stress from never-ending workday is damaging and can hurt relationships, health and overall happiness’

Everyone gets stressed up at some point at work, and burnout from work can cause fatigue, mood swings, irritability, and a decrease in work performance.

How can maintaining a good work-life balance improve our mental and physical health as well as boost productivity;

Prioritise our schedules

We can schedule our day for focus by prioritizing and reprioritizing as much as possible. It’s crucial to define and set clear objectives and goals, we want to try as much as possible to eliminate distractions when we are trying to focus on our daily tasks.

We should start by creating a to-do list, so simple, yet so effective. To make sure things get done, we should write them down in a notebook or a note-taking app, writing down all we want to achieve starting with the most important projects that are aligned with our goals and objectives and focus on them, also we need to set realistic deadlines in other to help achieve these projects.

We can also use our calendars to plan our weeks so we don’t feel overwhelmed with tasks. We experience stress most times when situations feel out of our control, don’t try to be perfect, focus on projects you specialize in, and execute them. The desire to be perfect increases our stress levels, don’t be scared of making mistakes recognize that failures don’t define us, they’re just opportunities to learn and grow. 

Take out time to unplug

In recent times, it’s easy to feel pressured to be available round the clock. To scale through these emanating pressures, we have to establish some work-life boundaries for ourselves to avoid burnout and the negative effects of stress on our health. We need a time-out to replenish and return to our pre-stress level, this process is “unplugging” from work by not engaging in work-related activities, or thinking about work. we must disconnect from time to time, in any way that helps rebuild our physical and mental health. 

Take time off to go on a vacation to relax and unwind, so we can come back to work feeling recharged and ready to perform at our best. When we’re not able to go on vacations, we can take time out to unplug by making rules to help give us a quick boost. Like, turning off your smartphone, taking a stroll, and focusing attention on activities not related to work, not checking email from home in the evening, or not answering the phone during dinner. By doing this we will adopt the habit of resilience, thereby having great control over our life. 

RELATED: 4 Tips To Ease Anxiety When Returning To Work.

Most people have different preferences when it comes to how much they blend their professional and personal life, establishing some clear boundaries between these two, can help reduce stress and work-life conflict.

Dedicate time to Exercise

Being overly focused on work can affect our physical and mental health, that’s why experts advise that we should make out time for regular workouts. Exercising can reduce stress and elevate our mood, so when we feel stressed out, we should move away from the stressful situation, take 30 minutes to stroll if we can, or perform some stretches. 

Experts say setting out time to exercise eliminates depression and boost productivity.

Other techniques such as meditation, and deep breathing exercises, can also help reduce stress. We can start by taking a few minutes each day to focus on a simple activity like breathing, meditating, reading, or walking, these are effective ways to boost energy, increase moods, relax our body and mind and increase focus. 

Eating healthy meals

Our food choices have great effects on our moods during work, so we have to make smart food choices because healthy meals can help maintain even blood sugar levels which supply the body with energy that helps us focus. Turning to unhealthy food to manage stress, is an unhealthy way of dealing with work stress, Experts call this “stress eating”. When stressed, the brain releases the hormone cortisol, which increases cravings for salty, sweet, and fatty foods. Ironically, “stress eating” doesn’t solve the problem it only aggravates it.

Sugary or fatty foods make us feel tired and less productive to handle tasks, which only increases our stress level. It is very important to eat healthy foods that are rich in carbohydrates, that fuel our brainpower and help concentration and focus, this will give us the power to learn how to handle work pressure and overcome stress at work. We should also avoid foods high in fat, carbs, or sugar, caffeinated drinks, and alcohol as all these could increase stress levels.

Finally, snacking influences our diet, so eating healthy snacks will help improve our diet and keep our stress levels in check.

Developing healthy sleeping habits

Our body needs on average 7 hours of sleep a day to rest and regenerate to function properly, lack of it causes fatigue which in turns affects our mood and performance, not getting enough sleep can be one of the contributing factors to work stress.

We can create a healthy sleep routine by; sticking to a sleep schedule and maintaining it, turning off screens an hour before bedtime as they could disrupt our sleep, taking naps, we can create a soothing atmosphere by listening to soft music, reading, and using low lightening. 

When trying to reduce burnout and balance work-life it is very crucial to consider getting adequate quality sleep, because it helps in building strong mental health.

RELATED: How to Return to Work After Taking Parental Leave

Studies reveal that those who maintain a steady work-life balance are much more productive than those who do not.

‘A good work-life balance, has numerous positive effects, including less stress, a lower risk of burnout, and a greater sense of well-being. This not only benefits employees but employers, too’ says Chris Chancey, a career expert.

Employers need to realize that work-life balance is about more than just hours. Besides promoting flexibility, employers should also strive to improve the overall workplace experience for their employees.

Prioritizing a healthy culture and cultivating a happy workplace promotes work-life balance. When employees are happy in their roles, work will feel more like a second home, and less like working for a paycheck. Employers should prioritize competitive compensation, comfortable office conditions, opportunities for professional growth, and opportunities for social connection.

Source: Forbes.com

4 Tips To Ease Anxiety When Returning To Work.

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Having a swell family fun time and everything seems to be great until the last day of the vacation and suddenly you realize what awaits you ‘work’ sigh, the break is over and it’s time to return to your desk, anxiety kicks in and you start feeling overwhelmed. 

Everyone at some point or the other has felt this way as they realized the holiday fun is over and they’d have to return to the office. 

The idea of Returning to work after a holiday can affect a person’s feeling, the anticipation perhaps of a long working day, difficult commute or stressful journey… says Natasha Crowe a counsellor and psychotherapist.

Returning to work after a holiday can be both exciting and overwhelming, majority of people are less stressed after a vacation and feel more motivated to work, their work quality and productivity is better while for some others the positive effects fades with the thoughts of returning to work.

Dr. David Ballard says ‘Research shows that when people come back to work and there’s a mountain of work waiting for them… then those gains they made dissipate even faster… if you start worrying about that as your vacation wraps up, it’s eating into the recovery experience…it’s pulling you back into work when you are supposed to be still destressing and recovering’. 

Workload expectations or challenging colleagues and bosses, getting back to a routine after a break can be hard and can affect a person’s feelings and cause anxiety, well these are probably the reasons we opt for a break/holiday.

Here few tips to help you ease the anxiety when returning to work

Plan ahead

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Anxiety is always triggered by a negative thought. Planning the right approach to work can help overcome these anxieties. 

Before you return to work you should take out time to plan out as much as you can, your work schedules and activities for that day or week and even for the month, and prioritize your to-do list. Set achievable and measurable goals to achieve, as this would help with required motivation for work.

Establish a more positive mindset

Complaining about our jobs during and after the holiday can feed our negative thinking pattern and preconditioned ourselves to resent going back to work, enjoy the moments of your holiday without thinking of work and after the holiday develop a positive mindset about work.

Think of the fun times at work focus on them and try reliving the memories, you feel yourself relaxing and smiling at the beautiful memories, your mindset starts changing towards associating work with positive and not negative feelings.

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You can also establish a positive mindset by reading books, listening to uplifting music and exercising. 

Like Theodore Roosevelt says… ‘believe you can and you are halfway there’

Relate with colleagues

when you resume from your holiday, it is very important to engage with your colleagues especially if you have been away for a long time. Try setting your mind to catching up with your colleagues on the first day of resumption rather than on tasks as this would help with the anxiety.

Take time during lunch break to bond with them, share your most exciting holiday moments, get updates and catch up on what you missed, ask questions about their holidays by doing this you are setting yourself up to be able to get back to your normal work routines.

Back on track

Resuming work after a long break can be rough, ease your mind into it don’t just jump right to difficult task, get organized. You can start with checking emails or completing easy tasks, get small quick wins nobody wants to spend all day slogging over a difficult task.

Taking breath exercises on interval, having a lot to do when you return to work is inevitable, so take out time to rest, take the workload one day at a time.

Doing all these with enthusiasm and commitment will set you back on track for productivity before you know it you are solving and completing daily tasks.  

… the only way to do great work is to love what you do!

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What You Should Know about Hypertension

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Hypertension is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.

High blood pressure often has no symptoms. Over time, if untreated, it can cause health conditions, such as heart disease and stroke.

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Eating a healthier diet with less salt, exercising regularly and taking medication can help lower blood pressure

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Acne during pregnancy? Try these natural remedies

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Many women experience acne during pregnancy. It’s most common during the first and second trimesters.

An increase in hormones called androgens can cause the glands in your skin to grow and produce more sebum — an oily, waxy substance. This oil can clog pores and lead to bacteria, inflammation, and breakouts.

Women who are prone to breakouts during their menstrual periods have a greater likelihood of pregnancy acne, according to March of Dimes. Fortunately, pregnancy and postpartum acne is usually temporary. It will likely clear up once your hormones return to normal. 

Here are some tips for treating pregnancy acne, from all-natural remedies to daily skin care do’s and don’ts.

1. Apple cider vinegar

Mix one part raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to three parts distilled water. This will create a toner that is rich in naturally occurring enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids.

Soak a cotton ball with the diluted apple cider vinegar mixture and apply to your skin to absorb oil.

It is important to dilute the apple cider vinegar with the distilled water, and if excessive dryness occurs, this treatment should be discontinued. Do not use undiluted vinegar on skin, as it is very acidic and can cause burns.

2. Baking soda

Baking soda dries the oil on your skin and promotes healing, but it is not widely recommended by healthcare professionals because it can irritate the skin and remove important protective oils. It might be best used as a spot treatment for breakouts. 

Make a natural spot treatment by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water. Apply to individual pimples, not the entire body or face. Allow it to dry before washing off. 

3. Citrus fruit

Alpha hydroxy acid is found in citrus fruit like lemons and limes. When the juice of a lemon or lime is applied to your skin, it helps unclog pores and shed dead skin cells. These astringent and antibacterial properties make it effective as an exfoliant.

Squeeze the juice from a lemon or lime and apply directly to spots with a cotton ball. Leave on for 10 minutes or until dry, and then rinse with cool water.

4. Honey

Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It’s also soothing to the skin.

To apply, first rinse your face with warm water. Apply honey directly to the affected area. Leave it on your skin for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

5. Coconut oil

Coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal propertiesTrusted Source. It’s also soothing to the skin and very easily absorbed.

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6. Oatmeal and cucumber

Cucumber and oatmeal offer soothing and cooling properties for the skin.

For a homemade treatment, try this mask from Wholefully. It uses all-natural ingredients commonly found in the kitchen. Simply blend, put in the freezer, and apply to your face for 10 to 15 minutes before washing off. 

General skin care tips

Don’t over-wash

Washing your skin too much removes its natural moisture. This can then increase oil production and make you more prone to breakouts.

Very hot water can also dry out your skin. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a mild, soap-free cleanser with cool or lukewarm water in the morning, at night, and after heavy sweating.

Avoid scrubbing 

Aim for gentle exfoliation instead. Use your hands or a soft washcloth with gentle pressure and cleanse skin in a circular motion. Wash and rinse thoroughly.

Pat skin dry instead of rubbing and follow with a gentle, oil-free moisturizer.

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Best practices

Caring for your skin during pregnancy doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some best practices to help your skin stay beautiful, glowing, and free of acne.

  • Don’t pop, pick, scratch, or squeeze acne sores. This can increase irritation and cause scarring.
  • Keep your skin hydrated by drinking purified water. Avoid carbonated beverages and too much caffeine.
  • Eat a nutritious diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein, and healthy fats like avocado and nuts. Avoid refined sugars and processed foods.
  • Give yourself time to rest and relax. Stress and fatigue can trigger acne outbreaks.
  • Change your pillowcases and towels often.
  • Avoid touching your face, which can introduce bacteria.
  • Wash your hair regularly, particularly if it’s oily, and try to keep it off your face.
  • If you wear makeup, use oil-free products labeled “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic.” Mare sure to wash off your makeup before going to bed. 
  • Always consult with your doctor before using over-the-counter treatments. Some ingredients in common skin care products, like salicylic acid and vitamin A, may not be safe to use during pregnancy.

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