Not everybody can look like Kate Middleton. Thankfully, you don’t have to.

The morning of April 23rd, 2018, Kate Middleton gave birth to a healthy 8-pound baby boy and the world rejoiced. Kate Middleton had been the talk of the town ever since the news of her pregnancy broke. From discussing her maternity fashion to her organic diet, there has been so much speculation about the expectant mother. But one thing that caused a stir everywhere was Kate’s flawless public appearance in just about seven hours from her delivery.

Kate was seen strolling out of the hospital with a newborn baby in her arms waving at the media looking all decked up. Not that we are getting cynical but most of the moms we know could barely walk seven hours after giving birth. But there’s Kate, showing off her new baby in a stunning red dress, looking flawless as always.

While we are certainly impressed with the endurance and physical strength that she showcased.  The truth, of course, remains that the royal method of giving birth is not that different to the way the rest of us do it. And we know how daunting childbirth actually is for any woman and the time after delivery can just be so much more painful than the rest of the things put together.

Known as the postpartum period, the time after delivery is one of the most essential phases in a woman’s life. The postpartum period lasts six to eight weeks, beginning right after the baby is born. During this stage, your body undergoes several changes physically and emotionally. It develops its own requirements which need to be fulfilled in order to return to a normal lifestyle. Postpartum care involves getting proper rest, nutrition, and vaginal care.

Getting Enough Rest

Giving birth can be quite overwhelming. Rest is crucial for new mothers to rebuild their strength. Make sure you take rest whenever you can. Sleep when your baby sleeps, this may be only a few minutes of rest several times a day, but these minutes can add up. Focus on your health first. Only a healthy mother can nurture a healthy baby. Forget about the chores. Do not try to be a perfectionist. This is not the time when your house is going to be perfect. Another thing you can do is have your baby’s bed near yours for feedings at night. It saves steps and energy.

Eat Right

In addition to rest, all mothers need to maintain a healthy diet to promote healing and recovery. Your body has undergone many changes during pregnancy, as well as with the birth of the baby. Besides, your body is now nourishing two bodies, you are breastfeeding. Eat healthy meals every day. Include grains, fruits, proteins, dairy, vegetables and just about everything on your plate. Taking care of the nutritional intake needs to take priority over and above everything else. You need to heal and recover from pregnancy and childbirth, and eating the right food can help!

Vaginal Care

New mothers should make vaginal care an essential part of their postpartum care. While it is normal to experience vaginal bleeding, discharge or soreness, there is still no reason for you to take it for granted. It is important to keep your perineum very clean. This is the area between the vagina and rectum. Continue to do perineal care, as advised by your healthcare provider, until you see your healthcare provider at your first check-up. Avoid using tampons for the first six weeks, as they can lead to infection. Use sanitary pads instead. Abstain from sexual intercourse for four to six weeks after delivery so that your vagina has proper time to heal.

Staying healthy during the postpartum period is as important as staying healthy during pregnancy. Stay on top of all of your healthcare appointments and follow your doctor’s instructions for the health and safety of you and your baby. Don’t pile any pressure on your head to be or look perfect. Don’t be anxious to lose those extra kilos. Don’t forget to take care of yourself!

 

 

Nursing Problems in First Time Mothers

Your first pregnancy can be very stressful, everything is about to change and you are unsure if you are ready. On the positive side, there is no dearth of information and knowledge on this particular phase of life. But an often unrecognised problem of pregnancies is the difficulty in nursing, especially the problem of flat or inverted nipples. It is a problem faced by 1 in 10 mothers and is particularly true for first-time mothers.

Breastfeeding is an important aspect of life for a new born child. The first six months of a child’s diet consists entirely of the mother’s milk. If the child has difficulty nursing, it can adversely affect the health of the infant.

A flat or inverted nipple doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot nurse an infant. There are many techniques and non-surgical treatments to ensure your child gets the nourishment he/she needs.

Also, there are many steps that you can take to correct the problem before and after the pregnancy.

Determining whether you have a flat or inverted nipple:

The very first step is to determine whether you have a flat or inverted nipple before your child is born. There is a very simple test – the pinch test helps figure out whether you have flat or inverted nipples.

The steps to follow are -

1. Grip the areola of your breast between the thumb and index finger.

2. Pinch gently but firmly an inch behind your nipple.

3. A normal nipple should protrude. If the nipple does not become erect, it is considered flat. If it retracts or disappears, it is considered inverted.

Treating flat or inverted nipple:

Knowing if you do have an inverted or flat nipple before the birth of the child is very good, since you can take measures to correct them. One such method is the Hoffman Technique, it’s an exercise that helps reduce the inversion of the nipples.

The steps to follow are -

1.Place the thumbs of both hands opposite each other at the base of the nipple.

2.Press gently but firmly into your breast.

3.While your breast is still pressed down, pull the thumbs away from each other.

4.Move your thumb to another position and repeat.

Note: Repeat this exercise twice a day at first, then work up to five times a day.

It helps to do the Hoffman Technique during pregnancy so as to prepare your nipples for breastfeeding. Exercising your nipples even after the baby is born will help in drawing them out properly and help you nurse your baby better.

If unfortunately you were not aware of the shape of your nipple during pregnancy and have difficulty feeding your child due to flat or inverted nipples, there are many items that can help protrude your nipples along with exercising them.

Pumping

One such method is pumping milk with breast pump, this will simulate the sucking action of a baby and help in breaking the adhesions under the skin of the nipple that causes the inversion or flatness of the nipple. The disadvantage is that if an infant gets attached to a bottle, it is hard to wean them off it and make them drink from the mother.

Nipple shields

Nipple shields with their silicon-based protruding nipple form with holes in the end can help the infant suck directly from the mother. Unfortunately the success rate of this method is not very high. If your child is a fussy feeder, he/she may not take to the foreign feeling of a nipple shield well.

Overall, the best method would be to try and make your baby feed from you directly. This will help in reducing the inversion or flatness of your nipple and help you bond with your child.

Wishing you a happy and comfortable pregnancy. Feel free to contact us for further information about breast feeding and child care.

5 questions every woman ought to ask about PCOS

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What is PCOS?

PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a medical condition in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance. Simply put, women with PCOS don’t ovulate every month, their cycles are very irregular and they might develop cysts in their ovaries. If you have PCOS your bodywill not process carbohydrates properly and produce too much insulin, which in turn cause your ovaries to release excess amounts of testosterone.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

PCOS symptoms tend to be mild in the beginning, but can progressively have far-reaching effects on your health. Women with PCOS struggle with their weight, skin conditions like acne, extra hair on their face and body, and thinning hair on their scalps, all of which can make them feel unattractive. Irregular periods – fewer than nine a year, fertility problems and depression are other common symptoms.

What causes PCOS?

The exact causes of PCOS remain unknown, but are generally thought to be a combination of hereditary and lifestyle factors. If other women in your family have PCOS or irregular periods, or even diabetes you are particularly at risk.

Should I be worried about PCOS?

PCOS affects 1 in 10 women worldwide.  However, early diagnosis can help control the symptoms and prevent potential complications of PCOS like diabetes and heart disease. If you have a family history of PCOS or have any of the typical symptoms, you should see a doctor. No single test can confirm if you have PCOS. Your doctor will talk to you about your medical history, do a physical exam, and run some tests.

How do I beat PCOS?

A balanced diet, regular exercise, medication to balance your hormones and not smoking, go a long way in dealing with the symptoms of PCOS. However treatments depend on your symptoms and it’s important to consult a doctor before the symptoms worsen. You can take the first steps to tackling PCOS by registering for a specially designed PCOS Package at Vikram Hospital Bengaluru. The package includes consultations with an Endocrinologist, Gynaecologist and Dietician, and lab tests – FSH, LH; T3 T4, TSH, Serum Prolactin; FBS; PPBS; Serum Insulin; Free Testosterone; USG-Abdomen & Pelvis. Avail a 30% discount on the PCOS Package at Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru between July 20 and Aug 20. Call 88844-16662to fix an appointment today.

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