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August, 2013

29 Aug 13

Exercise for New Mums and Babies

A new baby is both exciting and challenging, and activities such as exercise and sleep can take a backseat to spending time with your new addition. Finding time to work out may be the last thing on your mind, but exercise for new mums has so many benefits and is not as impossible as it seems. In fact, there are many joint workouts news mums and their little ones can do together. Postnatal exercise is a great way to bond with your baby while getting back into tip-top form. It’s important for everyone to be physically active, not just new mums. Regular exercise reduces the risk of major illness and depression, boosts mood and self-esteem, and helps you live longer. For mums especially, pregnancy takes a toll on the body, stretching and weakening the core abdominal muscles, which stabilize the body and support the back. Getting these muscles back into to shape is not only […]

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18 Aug 13

Birth control for new mums

The arrival of a newborn into the lives of first-time parents is filled with joy and plenty of activity! Mums will spend hours staring adoringly at their little one and making sure the baby has all its needs provided for. However, parents should not forget their own needs as well, and that includes maintaining a healthy relationship with their spouse. A new mum needs time for her body to heal, but the average couple resumes sexual activity approximately 40 days or so after the birth of their child. That should give enough time to physically heal. Of course, each case should be consulted with a doctor. However, new mums should carefully consider safe forms of birth control. Although breastfeeding is seen by some as a natural form of birth control, it should not be trusted completely. Taking pills could affect a mum’s hormones, which would then affect her newborn. There […]

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13 Aug 13

Pink Eye in Children: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Small children can be prone to red, irritated eyes, most commonly known as pink eye or conjunctivitis. New parents should be on the lookout for pink eye in children to prevent and/or treat this infection if it appears, and avoid long-lasting damage. Of course first-time parents should avoid paranoia and be careful not to diagnose the symptoms incorrectly. Babies are prone to eye discharge while sleeping, thus waking up to sediment. Gentle massages in the corner of the eye can improve that problem. Pink Eye Symptoms and Causes The main symptoms are red, watery eyes that leak white mucus. In more advanced cases, it could even be yellow or green. If that happens, consult a doctor immediately! If you fail to treat conjunctivitis, it could lead to permanent damage for your child. Not all cases are caused by the same thing. Newborns are susceptible to infection during their journey through […]

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09 Aug 13

Where did I leave my keys? Memory loss during pregnancy

When I was a first-time mum, I felt like I had lost my marbles! The baby had not arrived yet, and I was feeling so forgetful and out of sorts. I could never remember where my keys were, and once I even found them in the fridge! How did they get there? I can’t remember.   I annoyed my girlfriends by forgetting our coffee dates, and if I went to the supermarket without a grocery list, I would come home with only half of what I needed. Have you ever walked into a room for a specific reason, but when you arrive, you stand there like an idiot because you have forgotten why you had gone there in the first place? Yes? That was me times ten! Society for Endocrinology Friends of mine, who were also first-time mums, had the same complaint. Interestingly enough, I later read several studies by the […]

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03 Aug 13

Benefits of breast-feeding: what new mums should know about nursing

Thanks to technology, now breast-feeding isn’t the only option for nourishing your baby. Mums can now choose baby formula instead. In our convenient day and age, it’s just a matter of picking up the baby bottle from the nearest supermarket! Baby formula can be quite convenient, it helps mums avoid sore nipples, plugged ducts and possible breast infections. However, women who choose formula as opposed to breast-feeding are often criticised, but I believe in free choice. Motherhood has evolved and is a very individual and unique experience. If a mum does her research and is informed on the pros and cons of both methods, then she should be free to choose. There are many options for nourishing your child. You can use either method exclusively or choose a combination of both – there is no right answer. I think that nursing has a lot of advantages, though, and I hope […]

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