Have you been following a proper intimate care regimen during and after pregnancy? Let me tell you about its importance in my blog post today!
As women, our body goes through several hormonal changes during and after pregnancy. During this period, due to hormonal changes, the intimate area is prone to infections and excessive discharge. Additionally, this disturbs the pH balance which leads to irritation and itching in the intimate area. To maintain the right pH balance, it is essential to include intimate care products in our personal hygiene routine.
To cater to this need of ours, Himalaya FOR MOMS has come up with an Intimate Care range – Intimate Wash and Intimate Wipes.
1. Himalaya FOR MOMS Intimate Wash
Himalaya FOR MOMS Intimate Wash is specially formulated for mothers to gently cleanse the intimate area. It is infused with Tea Tree Oil, which helps relieve itching and irritation, and Pongamia Oil, which helps prevent odor. Also, it lathers well, and the fragrance is not very strong.
How to Use:
Apply Himalaya Intimate Wash gently on the external intimate area from front to back and rinse with water. You can use the wash twice a day.
Price – ₹116 for 100 ml and ₹205 for 200 ml
2. Himalaya FOR MOMS Intimate Wipes
Just like the wash, the wipes are an essential intimate care product, especially while traveling. I carry a pack of wipes in my handbag when I’m on the move. The wipes are a perfect solution to keep the intimate area clean. The wipes are enriched with Lavender Oil and Pongamia Oil. Lavender Oil helps prevent odor and Pongamia Oil helps reduce itching, irritation, and dryness.
Price– ₹50 for 10s and ₹110 for 25s
So, guys, I do understand that most of us don’t get time for ourselves as we are so busy taking care of our children. Also, some of us are not comfortable talking about intimate care and hygiene. But, these small things play a very important role in our personal hygiene and don’t take much time. As I always say, SELF CARE comes first! Big thumbs up to both these products by Himalaya FOR MOMS.
Do try them and don’t forget to share your reviews with me.
Choosing the right pre-school for your child can prove to be a very difficult task. The feeling of leaving your lil one alone in a new place for hours on a stretch is no less than a mini heart attack. But if you keep a couple of things in mind, pre-schooling could be a joyride for you and your little VIP.
My fears got relieved when I visited Wonder Years Pre-School with Shiv where we met Ms. Sharmila Galundia, patron of the school and a seasoned teacher with years of experience in dealing with young minds.
Wonder Years follows Reggio Emilia inspired, emergent curriculum founded on the child’s curiosity. It is an experiential approach to learning and discovery of ideas. A rounded development is envisioned with an emphasis on social, cognitive, personal, physical and emotional well-being. The collaborators work together to create a stimulating environment where an idea is explored via discussions and hands-on experiences.
There are no conventional classrooms in the schools but different learning zones like — Shakespeare’s Studio which is music and movement room, Creative Cove which fosters creative freedom and imagination, Building Blocks which is a space for logical, scientific and numerical development, Yogi Beans which focuses on gross motor skills and physical development of the children.
Ms. Sharmila has taken care of the minutest of details in conceptualizing the school. What inspired me the most was the use of natural material like wood, sand, twigs, tree branches, etc. instead of the usual plastic toys and other items. The school is designed to provide an unrestricted and varied environment which fosters the children to learn things using their individual and unique sensibility.
Wonder Years is a blessing in disguise for all you new mothers who are looking to get back to work. Their Day-Care Facility is equipped with all the safety and comfort amenities fused with homely vibes to ensure your young one is at ease while learning.
And this is not it, the school also doubles up as a After-School Activity Centre, wherein they conduct a slew of exciting and fun activities for children like creative writing, skating, dance, music, art & craft, theatre, personality grooming, book reading, public speaking, tabletop cooking, indoor games, yoga, martial arts, organic gardening, DIY workshops, to name a few.
So thats it guys! I hope you had a Happy Read. Please leave your queries, if any, in the comment section below. Also, do not forget to follow me on Instagram for regular updates.
So today, I’ll be answering the most commonly asked questions by moms. How did you start weaning? What food do give to Shiv? When did you start solid food? Etc etc .
So, Shiv was exclusively breastfed for 6 months. I never gave him top feed or any other source of nutrition before that. Many people start with Dal ka pani and water at around 4 months. But I do not recommend this. Breastmilk has all the required nutrients for a baby until 6 months.
See, I listen to my paediatrician and do everything according to him, and this has worked really well for me. ‘Doctor to yuheen kehte hain’ is the most commonly heard phrase from our relatives. But our doctors have studied for 10 long years guys. They know better than any of our family members or acquaintances . Why will the doctors advise something that’s not important? Think about it!
Anyways! Let’s begin with how I started weaning?
I started weaning at 6 months exactly. The first meal I gave Shiv was 2 spoons of coconut water. He got so excited after the first sip. I guess it happens with everyone.
How to begin?
Begin with 3 meals daily, 1/4th katori (bowl).
First Meal(Liquid)- Dal ka pani, Vegetable Soup, coconut water
Third meal(Solid food)- khichdi, Daliya, Sooji kheer, Oatmeal, sooji halwa. Use breastmilk for cooking if needed.
Sips of water throughout day.
Increase the quantity to 1/2 katori after 15 days and add another solid meal
1 solid + 1 liquid + 1 fruit purée + 1 solid
Increase the quantity to 1 katori after next 15 days and add one more solid.
1 solid + 1 liquid + 1 solid + 1 fruit + 1 solid
After Shiv turned 7 months old, I started putting vegetables to his solid meals. Pumpkin, bottle gourd, carrots, beans, broccoli were my favourites. Avoid giving tomatoes initially. Also, I started with Paneer blended with Dal or vegetables, Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes at around 8 months.
Keep increasing the consistency of the food slowly. You may also use Amul full cream milk after 8 months for cooking food. No cows milk please. It contains high amount of proteins which are difficult to digest. Also, it lacks the right amount of iron required by the baby.
Things to avoid till 1 year
My baby doesn’t eat. What to do? Should I add salt or sugar to his/her food for flavour?
Well! This is again a very frequently asked question.
Weaning is very important, and it’s on us how we deal with it. Our babies will put us into a difficult situation for sure. That’s completely normal. That doesn’t mean that they need flavour. Let me make it very clear that OUR BABIES KNOW NOTHING ABOUT FLAVOUR INITIALLY. We will have to work hard and keep trying. Try to distract the baby with stories, toys, lights, flowers, shoes…anything. Let them watch television guys if that helps them eat. It’s just a matter of 10 minutes. I remember I used to take Shiv to the garden, or the temple in our house, or my mom in law used to talk while I spoon fed him. So there are many many ways. Never give up. Keep trying hard. Search for new ways and never panic.
Most importantly, always think positive. Thoughts like ‘Offo she won’t eat now’ , ‘Why isn’t she eating?’, ‘It is very difficult to make her eat’ are negative thoughts. Instead think that ‘My kid is a good girl’, ‘She will eat properly’, ‘She will love what I have cooked today’ are some positive thoughts that should always be there in your mind.
Things to remember:
1. Try using a high chair so that the baby can learn to sit and eat properly.
2. Never force feed the baby. Always remember that babies would never starve themselves.
That’s it guys! Let me know if you want to know about anything else in the comment section below. Also, Shiv(11 months) is going through a difficult teething phase right now. He does not want to eat anything. So, all you experienced and beautiful moms, please suggest me ways to deal with this cranky phase.. I shall be grateful.
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Hope you all are doing great and my Mommy readers, hope you are all enjoying your motherhood! It’s the most beautiful experience of a woman’s life. Enjoy it to the maximum because these days won’t come back!
Pregnancy was a wonderful experience for me. There were plenty of beauty bonuses that helped me look and feel great. One of them was a Fabulous head of hair. Thanks to those pregnancy hormones. But what happens to those thick and lustrous hair after 3 months post delivery? Oh god, it’s super stressful. Isn’t it?
Today, I will be talking about My Post Delivery Hair Care routine. I was very happy with my hair till 3 months after Shiv was born. But then I was shocked to see my hair falling out. It felt as if I would go bald in a few days. This happened for 1 month daily. I felt so worried throughout and one day my mom suggested me to try hair care products from Kama Ayurveda.
1.Kama Ayurveda cold pressed Organic Coconut Oil-
I actually bought this oil for Shiv’s daily massage. And one day I tried this on my hair too. Since then it has been my favourite and I never forget to apply this at least once a week. I first warm it up and apply it on my scalp, I massage my scalp gently for few minutes and then leave it for at least 20 min before washing my hair. I can really see the difference, as it leaves my hair looking super shiny and healthy. This coconut oil is definitely a must have in my bathroom.
I love using natural and organic products on my hair, as the chemical ones tend to damage our hair in the process of cleaning it. The Rose and Jasmine hair cleanser is a mild shampoo and is made up of natural ingredients. Initially when I tried this shampoo, I got a little worried that if my hair were washed properly or not, as there was not much lather formation. But my hair really felt very clean. I was super happy with the results. What I must suggest here is that, it takes time to see the benefits of a new shampoo that you start to use. Give it atleast a month to see how your hair behaves to it before opting for another one. I have been using this shampoo since 4 months now and I have not seen any hairfall. Also, I love how soft and clean my hair looks after every wash.
3.Kama Ayurveda Rose and Jasmine Hair Conditioner–
This is a must have if you are using the above shampoo. It is again a chemical free conditioner and leaves my hair immensely soft and bouncy. Just apply on wet shampooed hair, concentrating on the ends. Keep it for 4-5 minutes and rinse it off with clean water. It prevents hairfall, promotes hair growth and leaves them look stronger, shinier and moisturised with every wash.
So that’s it guys. Post pregnancy hair fall is a temporary phase. After you give birth, your estrogen levels decreases causing the hair(which were in resting phase during pregnancy) to fall out. There is absolutely no need to worry. You will not go bald. Just take good care of your hair, eat proper iron and protein rich food and most importantly do not take any stress.
As I always say, enjoy your motherhood, be happy and spread positive vibes.
I hope you had a happy read. Please leave your reviews or any queries in the comment section below. Also, follow me on Instagram for regular updates.
I am finally sharing the most requested post today- MY POST PARTUM WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY! See, I am a normal woman who gained weight, then lost some, ate healthy, ate poor also and has also been very lazy to work out sometimes. I do not have that perfect body right now and I don’t consider myself to be fitness influencer.
I really feel that every human body is different and it’s more important to appreciate your body and find ways that work best for you. To be honest, my body has always been on the slimmer side(thanks to my genes and good metabolism). And according to me, this factor plays a very essential role.
But ultimately, you guys have continually asked about my weight loss journey. So here I am with some tips that I feel really helped me lose those 20 kgs faster.
Breastfeeding– Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months has helped me reduce weight in a very big way. I know not every woman can breastfeed. No judgement here. But if you can, I suggest every mama to stick to it. I consider it to be a blessing for both Mom and Baby. It burns upto 500 calories per day. Yes, you read that right!
Healthy diet– I was breastfeeding and Diet plays the most important role here. I did not deprive myself and never restricted my portion sizes. I focussed more on filling my tummy with a balanced diet. Oat meal; Dal,Roti,Sabzi; Daliya(Porridge); Salads(after first 40 days); Milk; and lots of water. I used to have Makhana(Fox nuts) whenever I craved for some snacks. That’s it! What I completely avoided in the initial months was White sugar(Instead use Coconut sugar and Jaggery) and Too much Ghee(Just total 2 big Spoons daily)
Walks and Baby jobs– I started walking as soon as I felt comfortable. Please don’t be bed ridden all the time and always listen to your body. I went through a c-section, but made sure to walk in my room and do all my baby’s work everyday, like massage, bathing, changing diapers, making him sleep, on my own. I did not take much help from my Jappa wali Bai. All this definitely helped me bond with my baby more and I felt happy and good about myself. In fact I feel proud of myself today. I believe that keeping yourself engrossed in your newborn will help you stay healthy mentally. And I consider this to be a reason why I did not suffer from Post Partum Depression.
Work Out– I started doing mild yoga 3.5 months post delivery. Just simple stretches at home and brisk walks for only 10-15 minutes was my daily workout. I suggest to begin steadily, especially if you have had a c-section. And also, most importantly, never start anything without consulting your doctor. At around 6 months, I was doing running(sometimes) and more yoga. Today, I do 20 sit-ups, 10 suryanamaskars , 10 squats , 10 lunges and some leg rotations every day at home.
I am still 3 kgs above my pre prgnancy weight. I plan to join a gym after Shiv turns 1 year old. I definitely need some body toning now.
My personal advice for the post partum period would be to focus on feeling POSITIVE and HAPPY again, rather than losing weight. Just eat healthy, feel nourished and exercise. Give yourself confidence and grace. Never forget that you have created a miracle.
So, That’s it guys! I hope you had a happy read. Please do not forget to give your reviews in the comment section below. Also, I would love to hear your weight loss stories.
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It took really long for me to put together my birth story as it was the most scary yet memorable day of my life. I have kept it very raw and simple,and I hope you guys will like it. Happy reading and here it goes!
Since the day I got pregnant, I always knew that I wanted a natural delivery, and my commitment became even stronger as the time passed. I read a lot of books, browsed the internet and attended several childbirth classes, and to be honest, most of them focused on natural delivery. I always had this in my mind that it is better to deliver in a way that the God and nature has created. Another reason why I wanted a natural birth was because I also wanted a faster recovery.
It was 22 May 2017, at around 9 pm. I was watching TV while laying on the sofa and suddenly, I felt some trickling. I immediately called Avinash and we rushed to the hospital without wasting any time. There, the emergency doctor did my check up, and we were disappointed as it was just mucus…lol. We came back home, but I don’t know how I had that intuition that something was going to happen, and went off to sleep.
I slept really well that night and woke up at around 9 am. As soon as I got off from the bed, I felt trickling again, which was much more than the previous one. I was really scared and asked Avinash and my mom in law to take me to the hospital again. I remember, we were in the lift and I suddenly felt a gush of fluid coming out. ‘Oh my God, my water broke!’
At around 10 am, my doctor did my checkup and I was shifted to the labour room immediately. I was made to wear that scary pink hospital gown and they also gave me a tablet to induce pains. I could feel a continuous trickling, but there was no pain at all.
It was 10:45 exactly, and I felt my first contraction. Avinash and my mom in law were with me in the labour room. The contractions appeared in a gap of 15 mins, and oh boy! They were terrible! As the time passed, the intensity of pains increased and at around 2:30 pm, they became continuous with maximum intensity and I was shouting badly. Avinash was there with me throughout, holding my hand and was cheering me up.
By mid afternoon, the contractions were coming one after the other, but I was only 3-4 cm dilated. The doctor told me that I wasn’t progressing, “We should think about a C-section.” My first reaction was that I didn’t want one, and starting crying even louder. She told me that she would let me go for another 4-5 hrs, but I might not progress anymore. And also I had lost all my amniotic fluid and there was a risk that my baby could catch some infection. I had not read much about C -section and I didn’t know what to expect. I trusted my doctor and said Ok.
Now, comes the most terrible part of my delivery. First of all, Avinash was not allowed to stay with me during the operation. Second, I was in full intensity labor pain and I seriously don’t remember what all they were doing with me at that time. I can just recollect that I was surrounded by n number of people and they first made me sit, did something on my back, I felt a sharp pain due to the injection and started crying badly. Uff! I get goosebumps whenever I think of that moment.
Then, they made a partition and I couldn’t see what the doctors were doing. They also put an oxygen mask on my face and I felt pretty relaxed and mentally present at that time. Right before she pulled the baby out, she gave me a signal,’We are ready’, and they pulled him out. I could feel everything that was going on, but it was not painful.
The baby started crying the second he was out, and they didn’t even tell me whether it was a girl or a boy, despite me asking many times.It took them 5 minutes to clean the baby and test him. Then they brought the baby to me, and said IT IS A BOY.
OMG! That was the most beautiful and precious moment of my life. I think those feelings cannot be expressed in words. He was staring at me with his widely opened eyes and the first thing I said to him was, ‘I LOVE YOU MY BABY‘. Then, they took him outside and announced the good news to my family.
The only regret that I have was that my husband couldn’t be with me during my delivery. I always dreamt of seeing my baby for the first time with Avinash. Anyways, it’s fine. Everything that happens, happens for good.
Yes guys I had a C-section and it was surely not a part of my “birth plan,” but the outcome, the healthy baby, THAT was the most important thing.
So, peeps I hope you enjoyed reading my BIRTH STORY. I know it was a bit long but I seriously have edited a lot to keep it very simple.
This is it guys! Please share your birth stories with me. I would love to hear them. And also do not forget to give your reviews in the comment section below. And also, do follow me on Instagram for regular updates.
See you soon lovelies with another story of my life. Stay tuned, and spread positive vibes.
A very very Happy Diwali to all of you! Well! This post was supposed to be published on Diwali, and I am really sorry for the delay. I was pre occupied by a lot of stuff. I know you guys will understand.
So, today’s Blogpost is about the final stage of my pregnancy – The Third Trimester.
Let’s begin and Happy Reading!
My second trimester flew by so fast. I think when you feel fabulous the time goes by faster. Read all about my second trimester here if you haven’t .
The energy I felt during my second trimester, I was hopeful that it would continue for a few weeks more. I was wrong. My third trimester was a flipping physical challenge . I enjoyed being pregnant and I loved my bump. But, it was not so easy on the body.
Third trimester woes first:
No sleep: Sleeping became a little difficult. My belly was much larger now, so turning over became a challenge. I couldn’t sleep on my back anymore as it puts too much pressure. And I had to wake up several times to use the washroom.
Weight gain: There is a drastic weight gain as soon as you enter the third trimester. It felt as if someone was filling air into me. I gained around 12 kgs during this time. I wondered how people with large bellies live! lol
Body discomforts: Back aches, heartburn,swollen feet and lots of fatigue comes along. It makes you feel that you just want your baby in your arms and your pregnancy to be over.
No clothes: You get bored wearing the same clothes every third day. My wardrobe had just those few 5-6 outfits which I wore consecutively. I didn’t feel like spending too much on my maternity clothes as they would be of no use later.
Nervousness: As the time for delivery nears, I experienced a lot of fear about childbirth. I always worried about how painful my labour would be, how long will it last and will I be able to manage the baby or not. All these things bothered me and I felt worried.
Good things now
Guilt free eating: I craved for lots of sweets during these three months. I remember having a full bucket of Baskin Robbins ice cream at night. I didn’t care about gaining another pound because at this point, what’s one more pound? Lol
Centre of attraction: Your aura is so good at this time that everyone is attracted towards you. I have noticed people opening the doors, asking me if I need assistance and always smiling at me. It is such a great feeling.
So much love: I got so much love and care from my husband during this time. He was so supportive. How are you feeling today? Have you eaten? Shall I give you a massage? Did you sleep well? These were the daily questions in my third trimester. He became one of those dreamy husband and I felt blessed to have him.
Excitement: The excitement that you are just some months….weeks…days…away from meeting your little one and adding a blessing to your family makes all the woes worth it!
Some tips from me to handle the third trimester
Start going for a minimum 1/2 hour walk daily.
Do Duck walking as soon as you enter the 8th month.
Whenever you feel down, just talk to you baby bump.
Eat healthy and avoid junk.
Avoid spicy food as they cause heartburn and gas.
Attend Childbirth classes.
Avoid going to public washrooms. Even if you do, use toilet seat sanitisers like PeeSafe.
Pamper yourself by going for shopping and meeting friends.
Do your baby shopping. Try buying neutral colours.
Drink plenty of water and take adequate rest.
This is it guys! I am sure there are many more things that happened/will happen with you. Please do share it with me. I would love to hear them from you.
And also, please do not forget to give your reviews in the comment section below. Thanks for reading. I love you all!
I will soon be back with another post on MY BIRTH STORY. So, Stay Tuned and spread lots of love!