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Monthly Archives: May 2012

  • Yoga during Pregnancy

    Yoga offers many health benefits that can be derived throughout one’s pregnancy. It prepares a woman for motherhood by helping her to breathe and relax and thereby encouraging the body to cope with the physical demands of pregnancy and labour. The overall calm that practicing yoga will bring is by alleviating the emotional and physical stress your body will go through during pregnancy. Yoga will also improve your circulation and lead to better posture and Continue Reading

  • Healthy Diet during Pregnancy – Vegetarian or Vegan

    With 31% of Indians being vegetarian, it should come as no surprise that it is possible to have a perfectly healthy pregnancy and baby when following a vegetarian or vegan diet. Vegetarian moms-to-be can grow babies as well as any meat eating mom-to-be can. In fact, some experts believe that vegetarian diets can provide higher quality nutrition as most of the nutrients come from fruits, vegetables and whole grains. What it may become challenging is Continue Reading

  • What is Godh Bharai (Baby Shower)

    What is the Godh Bharai or Baby Shower Godh Bharai is an Indian ceremony that marks the third trimester of a woman’s pregnancy. It goes by different names across the different states in India but the intent is the same – to celebrate the prospect of the newest addition to the family with your nearest and dearest. The ceremony is done at this late stage in the pregnancy as it is generally considered safe and Continue Reading

  • India is 76 in the list of 80 “less developed countries” on the Mother’s Index

    India has performed poorly on the mother and child front with its rank on the Mother’s Index dropping to 76 in the list of 80 “less developed countries” category as against 75th position in 2011, a latest report has said. Afghanistan has shown an improvement while China is way ahead of India, it says. The Mother’s Index is based on a number of criteria such as lifetime risk of maternal death, per cent of births Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Week 1

    It’s a girl! It’s a boy! Yes, the day is finally here but no matter how excited you are about the birth of your baby, don’t be taken aback by your feelings of nervousness and self-doubt as the enormity of parenthood sets in. These feelings are completely normal; you are not going to know everything right away; it’ll come naturally and before you know it, you will have figured it all out. Your baby’s development Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Week 2

    This week is marked by you and your family getting used to this new routine with the baby. You still have a ways to go before you have figured it all out, but at least you know what is in store for the next coming months. Your baby’s development Your baby continues to sleep most of the day during this week, waking up mostly for feedings. However, you might find her waking up more often Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Week 3

    With every passing week, the baby will be much more alert and awake. This is the best time to bond with her, so take advantage of the moments that your baby is awake and taking in her surroundings. Your baby’s development While your baby continues to be startled by sudden loud noises, you may find her sleeping through most of them. These could be anything from your phone ringing or the subjiwaala hollering at you Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Week 4

    At the end of this week, you should prepare for a first month doctor’s visit. Come up with a list of questions that concern you as you may not get another opportunity to have your questions answered for weeks. Your baby’s development A wellness check at the end of the first month is essential for both the mom and the baby. Your baby most likely began to lose weight even before you left the hospital, Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Week 5

    Your baby has officially graduated from being a newborn to an infant. As much as you have yearned for your new baby’s arrival, the sleepless nights, diaper-changing and overall exhaustion can take a tremendous toll on you and dad. With the baby entering the second month, you have survived a crucial time and have made some headway into setting somewhat of a routine. Your baby’s development This week should see your baby smiling more and Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Week 5

    Your baby has officially graduated from being a newborn to an infant. As much as you have yearned for your new baby’s arrival, the sleepless nights, diaper-changing and overall exhaustion can take a tremendous toll on you and dad. With the baby entering the second month, you have survived a crucial time and have made some headway into setting somewhat of a routine. Your baby’s development This week should see your baby smiling more and Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Week 6

    At this joyous time, with the baby reacting to your every little expression, your baby might also get over- stimulated and end up crying for no apparent reason. At these times, giving the baby some alone time on his tummy will help calm her down. Your baby’s development If you are planning on going back to work in a few weeks from now, it is important to get the baby used to a bottle if Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Week 7

    The sound of baby-talk is delightful for anyone; to a mother, it can be music to her ears. Communication with your baby even if it’s just eye-contact and some gibberish is essential for bonding and her development. Your baby’s development Your baby will demand more and more attention as the weeks go by. She may not appreciate being left alone for even a minute after she wakes; but giving in to her every cry will Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Week 8

    With your baby’s two month checkup right around the corner, you may be looking to have many of your questions answered such as, is she putting on enough weight, is the head circumference falling within normal limits and most importantly, how much are those immunization shots going to hurt! Your baby’s development At this stage, your baby may be holding things in her hands. In fact, you may find it impossible to wrestle a rattle Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Month 3

    Although your baby has probably been able to recognize you since she was just a few days old, now she can actually show it. Most babies begin to show unmistakable signs of recognition when they see their parents. Your baby’s development Research has shown that babies whose parents spent time speaking to them extensively, had the largest vocabularies and highest IQs as they got older. So this stage should be all about interaction with your Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Month 4

    Even as early as this stage, some babies will attempt to communicate with you by imitating the sounds you make. At this time, it is important to react with praise so that she realizes that what she says makes a difference. Your baby’s development Your baby might react to your taking away a toy by screaming her head off as she begins to understand what is going on around her. Showing her disapproval of your Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Month 5

    With your baby’s new discovered help of her tongue and of all the noises she can make by manipulating it, don’t be surprised to see her spend most of her day delighting in bubble-blowing through her lips. Of course, this stops being as cute when she does it with a mouthful of food! Your baby’s development Most parents wonder about starting solid foods between months 4 and 6. Although there are no strict guidelines as Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Month 6

    Wow, she’s halfway to one! With the baby being able to roll over, sit up, and even reach her hands out to be picked up, before you know it is, she’ll be asking for the keys to your car with her driver’s license in hand! Your baby’s development Your baby’s eyesight is sharp now, so don’t be surprised if she can spot a biscuit crumb from across the room. She may even try using her Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Month 7

    Although your baby may be sitting unsupported for a big part of the day, consider placing pillows around her in case she topples. With crawling right around the corner, you never know what is coming next! Your baby’s development If you have not baby-proofed your home already, there is no time like the present to do it. Just about anything at her eye level becomes fair game for her to try to reach. She will Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Month 8

    This month is mostly about wanting an object and reaching for it. Try and resist the urge to bring the object to your baby as it is this curiosity about the object that propels your child to move. In fact, encourage your baby to get to the object herself. Your baby’s development In order to support your baby’s developing skills, encouraging words often go a long way in overcoming frustrating situations such as getting to Continue Reading

  • Baby Development : Month 9

    With every passing month, babies get more and more adventurous and are therefore more and more likely to get in trouble. Install a baby gate or barricade whenever possible especially at the top and bottom of the stairs as the baby is sure to be curious about how she can scale those soaring heights! Your baby’s development You may notice that your baby is developing strong likes and dislikes when it comes to food. She Continue Reading