Hey congratulations! You have given birth to a cute little baby. The past nine months of pregnancy was a time of change, new life and expansion. The change has been emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Apart from this, there have been incredible changes in your physical structure during pregnancy. As soon as the pregnancy ends, most of you must be desperate to get back to the pre-pregnancy size. Now as the pregnancy gets over, there is no more pampering and no more freedom to fall for the choice of foods. During pregnancy, you craved for weird foods and that too lots of them. It took you around 40 weeks to gain this much amount of weight so of course, you would understand that weight loss is something you should not to rush for. Always remember that you have done a wonderful job of growing a baby and your body now needs some time to recover from the process. Getting back in shape after pregnancy is every woman’s desire. The desire turns into desperation when they happen to see their favorite celebrities as slim and in shape just days after pregnancy. When you see these celebrities getting a model-perfect shape in no time, you assume them to get onto treadmill just after their baby’s birth. Many new mums desperate for weight loss opt for surgery as the option to regain the shape. For this, they often go for tummy tuck surgery and get back to shape. However, we would only say that, be realistic! There are several less drastic and healthier ways to get back in shape after pregnancy. These ways will not only help you reducing weight but will also keep you with enough energy to get through your sleepless nights. Why you should not rush for any weight loss regime just after pregnancy? During pregnancy, a hormone named relaxin is released to soften the ligaments and muscles to enhance the easy delivery. The effects of the hormones lingers for around five months even after baby’s birth which means ligaments and muscles are tend to injuries in case of any physical strain. Pregnancy was a time of fatigue and tiredness but after pregnancy your life become more tiring owing to the birth, breastfeed, sleepless nights, baby care and responsibilities and many other things. So, this is no time to get engage in any strenuous exercise. Just do a little bit and mild regular exercise to boost your energy levels. Your abdominal muscles become quite weak due to the pressure exerted by the growing baby on the connective tissues. It takes them around 5-6 months to realign so, better not indulge...

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Pregnancy Week 40 So, finally week 40 is here. It means your due date is here. It may have seemed to you pretty long to reach this week when you first saw that extra line as a positive indicator of your pregnancy. Pregnancy sickness may be far distant memory for you as you are now only focusing on the fact that you will soon going to be a mom. Although, you must have thoughts of not reaching this milestone but Congratulations, for getting all through this and entering in the most awaited time. Now you feel and look comfortable and can’t bear this pregnancy anymore. It’s hard to think about anything else apart from the delivery and baby. Well, you will probably get into labor in this week provided you are not overdue. Growth and Development of Baby This is the moment which will mark the official end of your pregnancy. Your baby probably weighs around 7 ½ pounds and 20 inches long. The skull bones are still not fused to allow for “molding” which means overlapping of bones while passing through birth canal. While still in the womb, you are continuously giving your baby antibodies to let him fight with the infections. In case you breastfeed after birth, you will provide him with more antibodies. The baby’s immune system will be most boosted with first thin clear yellowish precursor of breast milk called colostrum which is super rich in antibodies. The baby’s endocrine system is working hard to get your baby out of the womb. The baby’s hormonal system releases some hormones in placenta which actually triggers the labor. Actually, this is the baby’s indication that he wants to come out. During birth, baby will produce lots of stress hormones than ever he does in his life. These hormones though named stress, but are quite useful for baby to let him survive and prepare for the life outside womb when he will be disconnected with the placenta that has provided life support to your baby in the past nine months. Post Delivery After delivery, the major mystery of the gender will be solved. You may expect your baby as picture perfect chubby babies but they are swollen due to their birth journey in birth canal. The babies have puffy eyes and cone-shaped head. Apart from this, they are wrapped up in his travel dust which consists of blood, vernix, lanugo and amniotic fluid. You may give the first look to your baby quite affectionate but from your baby’s point of view, he/she has a blurry vision. The babies at birth can see clearly only from an inch away....

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Pregnancy Week 39 Growing impatient or eager? At 39 weeks, every little twinge in your body must be bothering you. Any pain or any movement seems like triggering labor contractions or labor pains. Well, if you have successfully passed the last 38 weeks, you will handle further also. Just believe that your baby knows what will be the right time for him to come out. He will decide his BIRTHDAY on his own. Till then, just be happy and enjoy your last weeks for pregnancy, dream about your baby and finish up any preparations to welcome your baby. Growth and Development of Baby As you are waiting to get some signals, your baby is doing the same now. Your baby, who weighs around 3 kg and measures about 50 cm is all set to make her big debut. However, some babies tend to stay in womb for one or two additional weeks past their due-date. The greasy, white coating called vernix casesoa has been shed by now. The shed parts are mixed with amniotic fluid which turns from clear to milky white in appearance. There is thick hair on baby’s head and his fingernails extend beyond his fingers. The baby’s skull bones are not fused until birth to allow easy passage from the birth canal. This causes skull bones to overlap each other. It is because of this reason that head appears cone-shaped just after the baby’s birth. You must have heard that babies cry a lot after birth but one astonishing fact is that they do not show tears in their tiny eyes as their tiny ducts are not working until now. It will take around one month to get them functional. Your once pink baby now appears white due to the thick layer of fat tissues under his skin. Though, you will not gain any weight from now, but your baby continues to deposit fat under his skin as the baby’s temperature control in brain is still immature so he uses fat layers for temperature regulation. This weight gain will continue till last date of pregnancy. Now, the baby is quite big and does need much space for the movements in the uterus. The organs which are still maturing are lungs and will continue doing that till birth. They will be fully functional only after birth when the baby breathes first time. However, breathing practice and surfactant production is still on. The brain of the baby is also maturing and establishing nervous connections which will continue throughout his early childhood. It may be possible that your baby do not give any signals even after his due date....

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Pregnancy Week 38 You have turned all rounded, and desperately waiting for either the cute angel or the little hero to hold him in your hands. Well, be patient as your baby will himself decide his birthday to come out and he will do so once he is fully prepared. Some nagging thoughts must be ruling your mind related to baby and his delivery. You must be swinging in the calmness on one side and sudden panic attacks on the other. Your baby is entering quite down into your pelvis which may give you lightning bolt sensation in your legs. Being so low in your pelvis, he is bumping on all kinds of nerves there even the most sensitive ones. Read further to know what else you can expect from this week. Growth and Development of Baby Your little one is quite plumped up now. He or she weighs around 6.8 pounds and measures around 19 ½ inches long. Within two more weeks, your baby will make his most awaited arrival. All the baby’s organs are mature enough to survive in the outside world. As you prepare for ETA, your baby is also getting ready to come out. The vernix and languo has been already shredded into the amniotic fluid. This amniotic fluid is taken in by the baby. Some of this fluid winds into the intestine along with other shred cells and waste products and becomes the baby’s first bowel movement called meconium. The baby’s lungs are still maturing and continue building up surfactant which prevents sticking of air sacs when the baby breathes through air first time outside womb. Though, you are almost full term but there are little but important changes happening inside. The fat deposition is still on. The brain and nervous system are still fine tuning to be ready for all kinds of stimulations he/she will receive in the outer world. Do you know what color of your baby’s eye is? Well, you may notice it to be brown, dark blue or any other color, no matter her parents have them or not. However, the baby’s eye color changes months after he/she is born. In the months ahead, your baby gains more pigment. The baby’s eye movements are also matured now with rapid eye movement lasting for about 25 minutes. This activity is coupled with periods of increased activity and fast heart beat. You may notice a decreased activity in your womb as baby’s movements have slowed down. The reason is quite obvious as baby does not have enough room to move all around. Thus, baby is investing his time more into sleeping and...

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Pregnancy Week 37 Wow, you are so close to your baby! You have almost passed all the hurdles, pains, aches and emotional upheavals with success and finally reached the week which is safe in every sense for your baby (until and unless, you face any last minute complications). If born in this week, your baby will survive without any issues of prematurity. However, you still have 2-3 weeks to go so better try to occupy your mind in some interesting and motivating things otherwise only waiting can be unbearable. Growth and Development of Baby With only three more weeks to go, you are quite close to your due date. Though, doctors still not consider any baby at 37 weeks to be full term, you are on a safer side. The babies born at this stage are likely to thrive very well without any external support. However, their growth is still not complete as they are packing on ½ ounce every day. At 37 weeks, your baby weighs around 6 1/3 pounds and measures about 19 inches in length. Doctors generally consider baby as full term in 39 weeks as in these two weeks, the baby’s lungs and brain will be fully mature. If you are thinking of C-section, your doctor will give you some date after 39 weeks. When your baby was 30 weeks, he carried only 30 grams of fat but now, at 37 weeks, it has multiplied several times, making it 16% of total weights of the body. This means that fat has increased quite manifold in its proportion in these last few weeks. If a baby is born on time, he or she will have a small pad of breast tissue under his nipples and their fingernails must have reached to the tips. By now, many babies have full head of hair which are around 1 ½ inches in length. However, you must not expect that color of his hair shall be as yours. The baby’s tummy is filled with green sticky waste products known as meconium which will be baby’s first potty. The baby’s immune system is developing and after birth, your breast feed will provide him with necessary antibodies. The vernix layer and lanugo hair have disappeared to much extent but if babies are born in this week, they tend to have these on their body. The baby is busy in practicing his easy exit through inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, sucking his thumb, blinking and other activities. Generally, boys carry more weight than girls and this is the reason women carrying boys feel lesser kicking, stretching, rolling or wiggling than the women carrying...

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