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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Being pregnant and being responsible as a mother to care a baby is a tough task for a woman in her whole life as she suffers lots of problems related to her health and other aspects (socially, physically, mentally, emotionally and intellectually). And what if she already suffers or develops any risk during her pregnancy, she becomes very hopeless and weak both physically and mentally. We would discuss in this article all the aspects related to the high risk pregnancy (such as what is high risk pregnancy, what are high risks during pregnancy, signs and symptoms of high risk pregnancy, risk factors for high-risk pregnancy, how to manage high risk pregnancy, tests during high risk pregnancy, etc) in order to help a woman suffering from the same. What is High Risk Pregnancy A pregnancy is called high risk pregnancy if a woman or her baby develops any chance of getting health problems. Women suffering from high risks during their pregnancy need some special attention by the doctor throughout the pregnancy. Pregnant women having high risk must keep themselves under close watch of the gynaecologist. Some of the high risks during pregnancy involve slow growth of baby, preterm labour, placental problems, preeclampsia, etc. What are High Risks during Pregnancy Some of the examples of the high risks during pregnancy are mentioned below which a pregnant woman must take care throughout her pregnancy and follow all the instructions and prescriptions given by her doctor in order to make her pregnancy safe, easy baby delivery and give birth to a healthy baby. A woman may have high risk pregnancy if she already suffers or develops following during her pregnancy: High blood pressure Obese Overweight Underweight Diabetes Cancer Suffering from tuberculosis Kidney disease or disorder Epilepsy Use to of alcohol or illegal drugs Smoking habits Woman younger than 17 Woman older than 35 or 40 Having multiple pregnancy means pregnant with more than one baby. Previous history of having three or more miscarriages. Having family history of genetic conditions like Down syndrome, heart ailments, lungs disorder, kidney problem, etc. Women having past history of preterm labour. Women suffering from preeclampsia or seizures (eclampsia). Women suffering from HIV, hepatitis A, B, C or some other infections like toxoplasmosis, chickenpox, syphilis, cytomegalovirus, rubella, etc. Women getting medicines like phenytoin, lithium, valproic acid, carbamazepine, Tegretol, etc. Women suffering from health problems including asthma, sickle cell disease, heart valve problems, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, etc. Women suffering from urinary tract infections Signs and Symptoms of High Risk Pregnancy Some of the signs and symptoms which high risk pregnant women see and feel all through the pregnancy: Loss...

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How to check pregnancy is the most common question arises in the mind of woman whether she is trying to conceive according to plan or worried about her unplanned pregnancy. As first time a woman is quiet shy and does not want to share her feelings to others. In such case, she thinks about how to make pregnancy test own at home. Now a day, it is quiet easy to test pregnancy at home through pregnancy kit available in the market with instructions and step by step procedures for confirmation. However, it might be stressful for a woman as it brings up many positive and negative emotions with lots of excitement and fear. Sometimes unplanned pregnancy brings lots of fears and common thinking like whether it is right time for me and family or not. However, pregnancy is a precious gift from nature to the couples so accept it and try to enjoy. Have a best pregnancy kit from the market and confirm your pregnancy at home and let others know about this surprising news. Pregnancy kit works on the mechanism of availability of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG releases when a fertilized egg implants in uterus by attaching to its lining) in the urine and it is found only in a pregnant woman’s body. You can test your pregnancy at home or under the watch of your health care provider. Pregnancy test is generally done when you get your next period missed. If pregnancy test is done after a missed period the result become more accurate. A woman must read all the instructions and methods of using it before opening a pregnancy kit in order to get confirmed in one time. I have discussed below some early signs of pregnancy as well as signs and symptoms of pregnancy which may help you to get confirmed about your pregnancy other than the pregnancy test: Early Signs of Pregnancy You may feel prickling and tingling sensation around nipples due to the increased level of pregnancy hormones in the blood supply to the breasts. Sometimes it can be noticed just a week after conception. Such feelings easily subside after days as soon as our body gets used of such hormones. Some women feel spotting (slight pink or brown-coloured stain) which is the sign of fertilized egg implantation in the uterus which lead towards slight cramping in the belly. Some women feel weak, fatigue and sick in the early days of conception due to the lack of proper vitamins in the body. Breasts may get tender, larger and swollen due to hormonal changes in the body. Simple food becomes tasteless...

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Menopause is the end of fertility period of a woman means during menopause a woman stops menstruating and most probably stops ovulating as well. Menopause brings end of reproductive years in the woman life. Some women may ovulate even after the menopause for some years so a little hope is there for some special women having there hormonal balance in the body. However, there are some advanced medical technologies helping woman after menopause in getting pregnant. Chances of conceiving a baby after menopause are very less however possible in some ways during initial years of menopause with lots of complications. Getting pregnant after menopause is too much risky for the health of both mother and baby. Tips for Getting Pregnant after Menopause Below we have discussed some important tips which help you in getting pregnant in the initial years of menopause. It is very necessary to follow all the medical advices to get pregnant during menopause in order to lessen the health risk of both mother and baby. Taking precautions to a great level prevents baby from the congenital birth defects. Discuss to a best gynaecologist before planning your pregnancy as it may arise lots of difficulties due to the irregularity in ovulation. So it is best to confirm your some possible ovulation dates with your doctor to go ahead with the conception. It is first and foremost thing to balance your physical and mental health. Try to be happy in daily life and never disturb yourself mentally. If you are tired of searching ways of being pregnant in your menopause, adopting a child is the best way to bring happiness to home and life. Getting pregnant during menopause with the use of donor healthy eggs is also possible but only under the watch of good medical assistance. Generally, menopause is declared after twelve months of the last menstrual period as it is a gradual process of hormonal changes in the body. Good health habits may make it possible to get pregnant during this period. A woman must sure the availability of required amount of calcium, vitamin D and iron in the daily diet as a woman going towards menopause requires almost double amount of all than her young age. If you have planned to get pregnant you must maintain your healthy body weight and body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9 by intake of foods high in nutrients and low in calories. You must go through all the required health check up and ovulation check up to get confirmed about the good health before conception. If you are unable to get pregnant even after you are ovulating, go...

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How to Get Twin Pregnancy Some women wish to get pregnant with twins baby however some have fear of twin baby due to the problems arise all through the pregnancy as well as after delivery responsibility of caring and nourishing twins. Passionate women try to get pregnant to have twin baby naturally. Having twin is occasional and depends on some common factors which increase the chance of conceiving with twin. Women crazy about getting twins should prepare their mind about all the risks and complications associated with the multiple pregnancy such as preeclampsia, prematurity, etc. Naturally made twins are of two types called as identical and non-identical twins. Identical (also called monozygotic twins or non-fraternal) twins are formed when an egg gets fertilized with a sperm and divides in two equal parts (having same genetic components and identical genetic structures) called embryos sharing only one placenta. Non-identical (also called dizygotic twins or fraternal) are formed when two eggs gets fertilised with two separate sperm. Such type of twins have their own and unique individuality and own placenta. How to Conceive Twin Getting pregnant with twins baby is not so simple however following some tips may enhance the chance of conceiving twins: Having some weight under good dietician, before getting pregnant, increases the chance of twins as weight gain directly associated with the changes in secretion, serum level of reproductive hormones, post-translational modification, etc. However it is considered as weight gain may involve some complications during pregnancy. Eating foods stimulating the hyper ovulation by enhancing the secretion of certain hormones which in turn causes ovaries to release multiple ova. Wild yam is a type of food found in Africa known for the highest incidence of twin pregnancies. As women gets old over 35 to 40 rate of ovulation decreases however chances of multiple gestations increases. Increasing the intake of folic acid before planning pregnancy decreases the risks of anemia and neural tube defects among babies as well as enhances the chance of twin pregnancy. Some foods having high value of folates like lentils, green leafy vegetables, spinach, oranges, kidney beans, broccoli, etc which can be included in daily routine. High cholesterol foods are generally restricted during pregnancy however they may increase chances of twins. Enhancing the intake of dairy products also increases the chance of twins baby through hyper ovulation. Fertility level can also be increases through exogenous hormonal supplements or medications under any authorized gynaecologist. Such medications enhance the ovulation by many folds. It is considered that breastfeeding moms are prevented from pregnancy however it has been noted that breastfeed moms have 9 times more chance of twins baby....

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Common Ovulation Problems (Infertility) in Women Ovulation is the first and foremost thing for a woman to make her life happier in every aspects of life. A woman without ova or ovulation does not feel herself a normal woman as she gets devoid of being a mother of her own baby in her life. A woman cannot get pregnant without ovulation throughout her life so anyone can understand the situation that what a big problem is for her. Ovulation is the normal phenomenon in a female body occurs two weeks later the menstruation period in every month. However, there may be some problems or irregularities in this process called ovulation problems or infertility problems in women due to some reasons like genetic, dietary deficiency, complications or diseases. Some of are mentioned below: Endometriosis: It is the condition in which endometrial tissues found in the uterus lining starts growing abnormally outside the uterus in the abdominal pelvic cavity. It shows symptoms of painful menstruation, pain in pelvic region, painful intercourse, heavy menstrual bleeding, unusual blood spotting and etc. It may treated surgically involve removal of endometrial tissue, some fertility drugs and artificial insemination. Around 40 % of the women get relief after the treatment success. Some hormonal problems also disturbs the ovulation process among women by prevents egg to gets matured or egg development in the ovaries. It shows symptoms of missed, absent or infrequent periods or period with abnormal, light or heavy bleeding. Poor Egg Quality: Poor egg quality also matters in getting pregnant for a woman thus, it is considered as one of the ovulation problems. The egg quality may be very poor or ovary is unable to produce sufficient number of eggs naturally during each menstrual cycle so that a woman can get pregnant. Fertility treatment in the starting period under the gynaecologist may be effective. Some other solutions to this problem are donor egg option and IVF or adopting a baby. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: It is also known as PCOS in which small and immature egg follicles do not develop into the larger and matured follicles in the ovary thus ovary does not able to release any mature egg. It is caused due to the sex hormone imbalance in the body. It shows symptoms of extra hair growth, irregular periods, acne, weight gain and etc. Some positive lifestyle changes like proper diet, regular exercise are common solutions otherwise you need to go other options like fertility drugs, IVF and adoption in serious cases. Tubal Factor: Tubal factor means blocked or damaged fallopian tubes prevents mature ovum to meet with sperm as well as prevents implantation of...

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What are Most Fertile Days for a Woman to Conceive (Get Pregnant) The whole menstruation cycle of a woman consists of fertile days (ovulation period), safe days (anovulatory phase) and menstruation days. Fertile days are the days come in every periodic cycle during which a woman ovulates and releases an ovum from anyone of the two ovaries. Thus, the chances of getting pregnant for a woman during this period increases to a great level if a woman establish successful and regular intercourse with her partner all through these days. However, counting most fertile days of any woman depends on her length of menstrual cycle, regularity in periods and lifespan of the human eggs. The menstrual cycle of every woman contains 3 phases called as follicular phase, ovulatory phase and luteal phase. Around 15 to 20 eggs from each ovary start maturing during the follicular phase. After this, follicle of the egg (egg case) starts producing estrogen hormone which in turn causes release of luteinizing hormone. Rise level of LH hormone again causes ovulation during which a highly matured egg gets released and starts travelling to the fallopian tube to meet the sperm. During this period, if a woman goes through the intercourse, she may get pregnant if her egg meets with sperm within 24 hour of release. Thus the most effective ways to get pregnant is to have sex during the fertile window which generally lasts in six days. It is also good to have sex one or two days before the ovulation so that sperm may already available to meet with an egg. A woman should chart her length of menstrual cycle on the calendar regularly for 3 to 4 months to keep track on the duration of fertile days. In order to determine your ovulation period, you should notice changes to the cervix or little spotting, rise in temperature, etc few days after menstruation. How to Predict Ovulation Predicting ovulation is very tough as it may vary monthly according to the length and regularity of the menstruation cycle or periodic cycle. However, it can be noticed through some signs and symptoms of the ovulation: Start noticing the increased vaginal discharge like wet and stretchy egg white (fertile mucus). You may feel slight discomfort on anyone side of the belly. You start feeling naturally more sexy. You may get little spotting during ovulation. If a woman has regular and normal periodic cycle of 28 days long then she may has 1 to 5 days of period, from 6 to 9 days her vagina is dry with little or no mucus, from 10 to 12 days she gets secretion...

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Mother Nature has been blessed to every woman with the power to create a new life within her. This is not just a process of creation but it establishes a natural, firm and incredible bonding between a mother and a child. Now the science has also proved this bonding. According to the “Maternal and fetal Micro-chimerism” study during 2002, it was revealed that during 4-5 weeks of gestation, some fetal cells are released and pass on to the mother’s circulatory system. These cells establish physical as well as emotional connection with her child in the womb. Though, creation of a life is equally contributed by mother and father but a father can never feel the development process. This is the why when a woman gets her pregnancy news, it’s a joyous news for her irrespective of situations (except some cases) while her male counterpart is not always so happy or we can say he takes time to realize the fact he is soon going to be a father. On the other hand even, when the partner deals with our mood swings, physical exhaustion, unrealistic demands, carvings, fear of labor, her wife feels that he is not actively involved in her pregnancy. There could be several reasons for his disinterest or resentment like: He is uncomfortable with the changes you are facing. Pregnancy was not planned. He does not know much about pregnancy. He wants to involve but does not know how. Financial issues are bothering him. Feels unable to accept the new role and responsibilities. May be he is the first one to be a dad in his friends circle. You have obsessed with the pregnancy and child thoughts. He feels ignored and neglected. Physical changes in you. Keep your Body and Mind Balance and Talk with Partner If you are also the one, who is facing such avoidance and disinterest from the partner, employ the below described tips and suggestions so that your husband’s participation and interest in pregnancy lasts till the end. Stay Calm: First of all do not overreact, chase or demand him when he expresses his feelings. Instead stay calm, composed, positive and resolved. May be gradually, he would realize and join you in half way. Though, you will have moments with changed attitude and frustration building but just try to be calm and quiet. Sit in a quiet place for a moment and pray. Give him time: Sometimes, things are not like as they are seen. May be he is not showing care and love towards you due to fear of his own inadequacies regarding his role of a dad. However, with time, he...

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The birth of the child seems to be the best day in a woman’s life. She is overwhelmed with the feelings of joy, happiness, pride and satisfaction. Along with that, she feels contended to have completed the long term of pregnancy with a success. May be a woman feels free of all the instructions, restrictions and suggestions implied on her during pregnancy but that’s not the case. Post partum women need excessive care even more than their pregnancy to ensure healthy recovery and right upbringing for the new born. They are called for counseling post delivery to discuss about their diet, care, exercises and tips to look after their mental health and ways to cope with the emotional distress. Generally a woman with vaginal delivery without any complications is scheduled to visit her mid wife or doctor after 4-6 weeks post delivery. On the other hand, women with C-section are scheduled a bit sooner around 2-3 weeks later. During this visit, a woman’s health is reviewed and then she is discussed about postpartum diet, nutrition, health and mental, emotional and physical care. This article would get you informed about all the care and nutrition one need post delivery for healthy development and proper management. After Delivery Counseling (Postpartum Counseling) Often, a postpartum woman goes through a medical state known as postpartum depression owing to the physical, mental, emotional and internal changes within her. As the name refers, it is a kind of depression which may become severe if left untreated. Most of the time family, friends and partners’ support and medical care can help one get out of this. However, sometimes, a woman needs some sort of counseling so that she can reveal her fears, insecurities, thoughts and other physical symptoms of the same. Counseling with a psychotherapist or a doctor would help you overcome your difficulties and imparts positive changes in your life. A counselor asks you questions to know about the personal, family and other issues in your life. Besides knowing the reason, he also picks out the reasons behind them so as to help you in mental and emotional recovery. A counselor provides you safe, professional and confidential environment where you can express and talk openly. You also have an opportunity to express regret, anger, frustration, guilt, resentment or other feelings which you are unable to express in front of family members. A counselor will treat you as friend, listen to your worries and discuss them in detail. He will tell you why there are unrealistic thoughts of motherhood or why you are facing anxiety and how could it affect your life. He will also suggest...

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What Parents Feel after having Baby While you were pregnant, you must be waiting desperately for the day when you will bring your child home. You expect it to be the happiest day of your life. Once you take this giant leap from pregnancy to parenting, the feeling of happiness is sure at its peak but it is mixed with other emotions of fear, regret, anxiety, bliss and pure love. All these emotions will circulate in your mind within 30 seconds. When the first time, you bring your baby home, an awareness floods over you and you realize that your life has changed forever. Now, there is a new life which is totally dependent upon you for its survival. Apart from the baby’s dependency, you will generate a desire to be the best parents on the earth. The desire serves as the great source of energy but also bring stress along with. Though, you have anticipated parenting techniques before conception or during pregnancy, you may have felt your baby for months or already had some very strange and worrisome dreams about your baby, but the actual moment brings the fresh issues and problems of parenting stage. As new parents, you must be going through physical, mental and emotional turmoil. Though, the feelings for a new mom are far different from the feelings of a new father, but there are some common thoughts and feelings also, which they share. Common Feelings of New Parents Feeling low and depressed: Initial months and days after baby are often occupied with low feelings, depression, mood swings which become worse in the morning and at night. These feelings are due to the realization of new responsibilities and duties for the child. Most of the time, new mums even feel like weeping all the time. This may be due to the hormonal changes she is going through. Anger: This is again common for both as you both feel unable and helpless to return to your normal pre-baby life. The baby demands time and attention from both of you which resist you from doing even the simple, urgent and important chores of everyday life. This makes both of you feel annoyed and angry. Guilt: When you overcome with the feelings of regret, annoyance, anger and hatred, you feel bad about having such feelings for your baby. You realize that it was your decision to have the child in your life and that new little life has no fault. All these feelings fill you with extreme guilt. You feel as you are not a good mother or father, you are not giving best to your baby etc....

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