• WHAT SHOULD YOU AVOID DURING YOUR PREGNANCY?

    Written by Liza John So, you have confirmed that there is a bun in your oven and simultaneously reached your wit’s end trying to do everything right. Worry not, pregnancy does not mean that you have to stop doing everything that you once enjoyed. If you are not having a high-risk pregnancy and some tasks desperately need to be done, be sure to take necessary precautions.   Think of these changes as a short hiatus for the baby to grow and develop healthily in your womb. From hair products to lifestyle habits, pregnancy demands a lot of sacrifices from the mother. Here are a few things to keep an eye on while you are…

  • WHAT DOES THE SIZE AND SHAPE OF YOUR BABY BUMP TELL YOU?

    Written by Liza John They say don’t judge a book by its cover and the same can be said for babies and pregnancy bumps. There are a lot of old wives’ tales regarding pregnancy in every culture. Some remain consistent across the board while others form drastic contradictions. An easy example of this is predicting the sex of the baby by looking at the size and shape of the baby bump. With an almost equal probability of predictions being accurate, some say that high and less visible bumps hold baby boys while low and protruding bellies shelter girls.   These beliefs change depending on whom you ask, and they have no…

  • TOP TIPS TO STAY MENTALLY HEALTHY THROUGHOUT YOUR PREGNANCY

    Written by Liza John An emotional rollercoaster- is how many women would describe their pregnancies. True enough, you may often find yourself swaying from excitement or joy or feelings of love to feelings of anxiety, stress, or panic, except there’s no stop button on this ride.    The mood swings and hormonal imbalances may make a mess out of your mental health. It is common for women to overlook their mental health during pregnancy as they focus on the child’s growth. But before you know it, your mental health turns your life into a nightmare.  Studies suggest that about one in every seven mothers may develop a mental health problem during…

  • 7 SAFE WORKOUT IDEAS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

    Written by Liza John Uttering the word “workout” during pregnancy sets off a chain reaction. Your peers, relatives, friends, and even random strangers start competing to enlighten you.   A whole lot of misinformation, loads of myths, and another set of rubbish are by-products of this reaction.  Working out during pregnancy reduces the risks of preterm births, hypertensive disorders, gestational diabetes, and lower birth weights. It also promotes mental health, postpartum recovery, and acts as a stress buster.  So what exercises are safe for you? Should you switch your exercise regime?   Experts say that, generally, there aren’t many activities that you should avoid. However, you may have to tweak your activities to…

  • HOW TO STAY HEALTHY DURING PREGNANCY

    Written by Liza John Staying healthy during pregnancy can be an arduous and exhausting journey. Your peers, colleagues, or relatives suddenly spam you with unsolicited advice, urban myths, and more.   Quite naturally, you may find all of this very overwhelming or confusing. In an attempt to separate fact from fiction, here you are, reading this blog.  Staying healthy during pregnancy offers numerous benefits like easier labor, a healthy baby, and faster postpartum weight loss.  Even if you know these facts and want to do the best you can for your baby, staying healthy during pregnancy is a struggle.  The good news is we’re here to help you sort this out. In this…

  • CREATIVE AND FUN WAYS TO ANNOUNCE YOUR PREGNANCY TO THE WHOLE FAMILY

    Written by Feba Maryann  You have found out about your pregnancy and want to shout it out from rooftops. No wonder. Perhaps you are looking for something more creative and tasteful than that. Worry not, we have your back in the fun pregnancy announcements department.   Most expecting parents wait for 12-14 weeks before sharing the news while some also wait for 20 weeks. This is usually because there is a higher risk of miscarriage in the first trimester. But if you want support from your family in case of a miscarriage, letting them know as soon as possible is ideal.   Before someone questions the lack of wine in your hands at the next party, get…

  • TOP 10 SUPERFOODS TO ADD TO YOUR PREGNANCY DIET

    Written by Liza John  Picking a diet plan to battle your cravings, fill your tummy and at the same time nourish your baby can be a confusing, seemingly impossible task.   Through the rest of this article, we will be running you through the top 10 superfoods for pregnant women in order to help you get rid of some confusion and thus simplify your quest for the perfect pregnancy diet.  In general, during your pregnancy you’ll need to focus on whole foods that provide you with ample amounts of the following:  Protein  Healthy fats  Vitamin D, Folic acid  Iron, Calcium  Fibre  Carbs  Fluids  Here are the top 10 superfoods to add…

  • WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT WITH A MULTIPLE PREGNANCY?

    Written by Liza John   Having more than one bun in the oven can be exhilarating. Multiple pregnancies are more common in women who become pregnant naturally in their 30s and 40s, or those who have undergone IVF treatment to conceive. Carrying singleton pregnancies to full term is no small task and if you are expecting twins or triplets, the rewards, as well as the risks, increase.    All the behaviours deemed healthy in single pregnancies remain true for multiple pregnancies as well. If you have recently learned that you will be receiving more than a single bundle of joy at once, read ahead to know more about what to expect throughout the duration…

  • MANAGING A HIGH-RISK PREGNANCY

    Written by Feba Maryann There are very few moments in life that can match the rhapsody and happiness of being pregnant. However, pregnancies come with their own set of difficulties and any pregnancy is challenging as it is.   Usually, after the pregnancy period women go into labor near their due dates and deliver their bundle of joy. Then they leave the hospitals, going back to their lives with the latest addition to their family. But not all pregnancies are as smooth and some women experience what is known as a high-risk pregnancy.   A high-risk pregnancy refers to a situation wherein there are potential complications in the pregnancy that could affect…

  • 5 TIPS FOR GOOD NUTRITION DURING PREGNANCY

    Written by Feba Maryann  A healthy lifestyle and diet are always an integral part of leading a happy life. It becomes even more important when you are pregnant.  Now you have a small human inside you, depending on you to nourish him or her. It is thought that it takes an excess of 55,000 calories to have a healthy baby at birth. Although this sounds like a lot, it really is not. On a daily basis this comes down to around 300 extra calories each day, which is roughly equal to a bowl of cereal or oatmeal.  Pregnancy and raising a child is not about knowing everything but about constantly…