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Benefits of massaging your baby

Benefits of massaging your baby 0

Babies communicate with their environment through the sense of touch. The power of touching is important to the newborn since it is instinctive and soothing. Normally, when a baby cries, the first thing that comes to our mind is to pick them up, cuddle and massage. This is a natural impulse that comes with great benefits to the baby. Massing your child comes with the following benefits:

Bonding

It encourages positive bonding between the baby and  parents. It helps to create an intimate relationship between the mother and the baby. Massage your baby every now and then to help develop the bond.

 

It Helps the Mother to Become More Confident

Massaging the baby makes new mothers become confident in handling the child. It helps her identify the baby’s needs and allows her to learn the clues for each need. This helps her to understand the baby even more.

Health Benefits

Massaging the baby comes with some physiological benefits which improve how the baby breaths and sleep. It also improves blood circulation, the lymph and the gastrointestinal function.

Calming Effect

When you massage your baby, it helps to calm the nervous system and helps to raise the feel-good hormones making both the mother and the baby relax. It relaxes the muscles allows the child to breathe deeply and nourishes the child’s skin. Also, it helps to stimulate the skin and trigger the nervous system.

Relief

Massaging the baby provides relief and helps to ease constipation, colic and removes trapped wind. Thus, it is recommended that you massage the baby at least every other day to help him benefit from massage.

 

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Why to breastfeed for 6 months

Why to breastfeed for 6 months 0

For your infant to grow and develop, they needs to be fed the right nutrients. Unfortunately, the new-born babies are too young to feed on solid foods that can guarantee them all the nutrients. Also, the baby’s digestion system has not fully developed and may not be able to extract the nutrients from other types of foods other than the mother’s milk. As a new mother, you don’t need to worry yourself about this. Your milk contains all the nutrients that the baby needs to develop and grow due to the rich antibodies and nutrients.

 It is recommended that you exclusively breastfeed your baby to help strengthen their immune system and combat any life-threatening diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia, infections and others. The latest studies show that children that are not exclusively breastfed in the first 6 months of their life are at higher risk of dying from pneumonia than new-borns that are breastfed. Ensuring that your newborn baby is fed on colostrum- the yellowish sticky milk that comes out of your breast immediately after the child is born is recommended. Ensure that the baby is given this milk within the first few hours of their life to increase the chances of survival. In fact, any baby who is given this milk has three times the chances of surviving compared to those who miss out on this milk.

Note that exclusive breastfeeding is recommended right from birth up to the age of six months. After six months, you may introduce other foods, but you should continue breastfeeding the baby until after they celebrate their second birthday.

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Coping with stress while pregnant

Coping with stress while pregnant 0

It is common for pregnant mothers to be anxious because pregnancy brings a lot of worries in all of us. Pregnant women will fret about everything they do. They will worry about whether the baby is healthy or not and always think about how the new child will change their relationships and lifestyle. Unfortunately, when the worry and anxiety become too much, it may interfere with her day to day functioning. It is therefore prudent that you get a way to deal with the problem.

First, a pregnant mother should share her fears with her partner. Communicate to them the concerns and the anxiety while also talking with other family members for support. Additionally, Interact with other expectant mothers since they could be going through the same situation and could be a good source of support.

Manage the stress by cutting back on chores so that you have enough time to rest. If your organization provides sick days or vacations, take advantage of them and spend some of your days in your home resting.

Exercising is critical. This helps divert your mind and clear the stress. Try yoga at home and engage in deep breathing. If you can swim, this provides a perfect opportunity to exercise. Also, walking around is critical and helps the body to remain energized.

Ensure that you get to bed early since you need enough time to help your body nourish your growing peanut.

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Potty Training

Potty Training 0

Potty training is supposed to be fun! Unfortunately, it appears hard and difficult for most of the first-timers. Boys are easier to train than girls in most cases because they learn fast how to aim, which is not the case with girls. This post focusses at how you can teach the girls and boys how to potty.

Girls

If you are a first-time mom, the best way to do this is by using a potty chair. Ensure that the chair allows her legs to touch the floor. It helps to relax her pelvic muscles and enjoy the exercise. If the girl is using the adult toilet, you may need to get a step stool.  Teach her to sit on the potty so that both the vagina and the bottom are over the opening of the potty. She should be taught to sit with the knees apart. This too helps to relax the pelvic muscles,

Once she has mastered sitting on the toilet, the next thing that she needs to learn is to wipe herself. Wipe from the front to the back and allow her to watch you as you do it.

Boys

Start by teaching him how to aim while peeing. If he is still too young to stand, you can teach him using a potty chair. Let him push the penis down before sitting on the potty. If he is standing, he should be taught how to position himself with the feet apart. It helps him to aim accurately. If the dad is present, the kid should watch him do it.

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Breastfeeding for 6 months and the benefits 0

Studies show that new-born babies should be breastfed exclusively for six months if you want them to benefit from Mother Nature. Breast milk contains protein, fat, carbohydrates and protein that help the baby develop physically and physiologically. It develops the baby’s immunity to diseases and helps them remain healthy. Breast milk meets the nutritional needs of the baby. Thus, you need not give them other foods including water. 

Other than taking care of their nutritional needs, studies show that children who are exclusively breastfed for six months suffer least from diarrheal illness. Also, breastfeeding decreases pneumonia by one third. Infants who are not breast are six to 10 times not likely to survive while formula-fed infants are at a higher risk of developing long-term diseases such as celiac diseases, type1 diabetes, childhood leukemia and ulcerative colitis. Also, studies show that children who are not exclusively breastfed are likely to suffer from high blood pressure, obesity and heart diseases. Also, children who are formula fed have been found to have a cognitive score that is three times lower than their counterparts who were exclusively breastfed for six months.

With all that said, make sure to talk with you doctor if you can not or choose not to breastfeed to make sure your little one is getting the nutrients they need.

 

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What to add to your diet when preggo!

What to add to your diet when preggo! 0

When I first found out that I was pregnant, I freaked out. What was I going to do? Was I ready to be a mom? What do I need to do to have as healthy a baby as I could have? I'd never really focused on my health before, but my baby made me take a serious look at the things I was putting into my body. I didn't just stop drinking altogether during my pregnancy, I decided to research and test the best eating habits for a pregnant woman. 

While I was doing my research, I discovered that bad eating habits can impede fetal growth, and risk my baby being born underweight, which creates a higher long-term risk of health problems. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine even found that a mother's eating habits can directly correlate to some men's tendencies for obesity later in life. 

Thanks to all that research, I found the right diet for me as well as the fundamentals of smart food choices for a pregnant woman. 

Now, my baby boy is with me, and I want to share six of the most important things to think of when putting meals together during a pregnancy. 

Make Sure to Add These Things to Your Diet While Pregnant

  1. Consume Foods High in Calcium

According to the National Institutes of Health, if you're over the age of 18, you should consume 1,000 mg (or roughly four servings) of foods rich in calcium per day. The National Osteoporosis Foundation offers you a comprehensive list of all the foods that contain calcium, as well as how much calcium you can find in each of them. 

Yes, milk and dairy contain calcium. No, dairy is neither the only nor the best way to meet your calcium needs. Sardines, soy beans, collard greens, and even some nut milks are rich in calcium. 

  1. Know Which Foods and Drinks to Avoid

Some foods are just bad for your baby's long-term health. Others can actually cause preterm labor, putting your baby's life at risk. We all know about the risks of alcohol, smoking, and caffeine on a fetus's health, although you can find out more from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

For your baby's long-term health, avoid consuming raw meat and seafood—no fish sushi during pregnancy!—as they have more bacteria and parasites when they're uncooked. 

Do your research to make sure that your home is only stocked with foods you can comfortably munch on without risking your baby's health. Health and Mind Care offers you an easy starting point to make sure both you and your baby are OK. 

  1. Take Prenatal Supplements

You are nurturing a life inside of your body—make sure that you're getting what you need, even if that involves taking supplements to your meals and your cravings. Talk to your doctor about what supplements might benefit you the most. 

In the meantime, the most common supplements pregnant women take are folic acid, vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin C. 

  1. Don't Diet

The last thing you should be thinking about is losing weight during pregnancy, as this is one of the few times when weight gain is good. Don't focus either on your weight gain or your weight loss, hard as that might be—my postpartum depression had me feeling really bad about my body and rejecting my husband's compliments. 

Instead of obsessing over how big you're getting, try focusing on how well you're eating. If you pay close attention to your health without needlessly restricting yourself—and slathering your body in almond or some other oil—you can help your body recover from the pregnancy. 

  1. Get Your Protein In

Eat that meat! Or those beans, if you're a vegetarian. The American Pregnancy Association tells us that women need to eat anywhere between 75 and 100 grams of protein per day, so make sure that your diet is protein-rich, whether it's from animal or plant nutrients.. Some foods that are high in protein include chicken, yogurt, beans, soy, and milk.

  1. Exercise Food Prep Safety

Stay clean, even when you're not pregnant—but when you are, it's all the more important for your baby's well-being. Eating fruits and vegetables is absolutely necessary during your pregnancy for a balanced diet, but make sure that you wash it all really well before prepping and cooking it. Be all the more careful if you're eating the produce raw. 

  1. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

As I said, fruits and vegetables should be a staple in your diet. Listen to your cravings for all the junk food and meat you might want, but make sure that you pair whatever it is with something green or (naturally) fruity on the side. 

Final Thoughts

Take my advice, but check with your doctor too. Pregnancy is a very personal experience that is unique to each woman and for each pregnancy—my sister-in-law had two very different experiences with her children. 

Consider this list a starting point, and an encouragement to find out more about what a pregnant woman can easily do for her part to help her baby come out as healthy as can be. 

Can you think of any other tips for eating a healthy diet when pregnant?

Kyla Thelmenn is a stay-at-home mom and a doula.

 

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