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Tag Archives: Pregnancy

  • To Gain Weight or Not During Pregnancy

    Recently I’ve seen a lot of fit mothers who bounce back to shape once their little bundles of joy are delivered. I was one of them! Not only did I not gain weight, but I maintained lean muscle and continued being fit through out. In 9 months I gained 6 kilos and once the 3 kg baby was delivered, I was half a kilo less than before. In the past, a large weight gain was Continue Reading

  • To Gain Weight Or Not During Pregnancy

    I have recently seen a lot of fit mothers who bounce back to shape once their little bundles of joy are delivered. I was one of them! Not only did I not gain weight, but I maintained lean muscle and continued being fit through out my pregnancy. In 9 months I gained 6 kilos and once the 3 kg baby was delivered, I was half a kilo less than before. In the past, a large Continue Reading

  • Triple Impressions – 4 by Shefali Vaidya

    One whole week had crawled by, excruciatingly slowly since I was admitted to the hospital with premature contractions. I was still on Mag. I was still paralyzed neck down, I was still lying in a little windowless room decorated in ten different shades of grey and I was still hallucinating like a hobo on crack! But I was still pregnant and that meant my babies STILL had a chance! The minutes ticked away. When you Continue Reading

  • Triple Impressions – 5 by Shefali Vaidya

    The days passed. The hospital stay had become the new normal. I was now the longest staying resident of the pre-natal wing, on first-name basis with all the nurses, helpers, the pathology technicians, the lady who delivered food from the cafeteria, even the guy who came to maintain the AC! I did not know it then, but a lot of people were silently rooting for our babies. I would have an ultrasound every alternate day to monitor the heart-rate of Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Planning: 10 Things to Keep in Mind

    Having a baby is one of the most important events in the life of a woman.  We bring you 10 things to keep in mind while planning for a pregnancy.  Once you have decided to take a plunge into motherhood , the following points will help you to ensure not only a healthy pregnancy but also a healthy baby. 1. Preconception Visit to a Doctor It will be great if your partner accompanies you to 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

  • Pregnancy Week 3

    Now that you have ovulated and have maximized your egg’s exposure to sperm, be prepared to wait at least two more weeks before you know whether you are pregnant or not. An important step in this journey will take place this week – Implantation. Now that your egg and sperm have met, the fertilized egg will travel to the uterus where it will continue to divide for the next 3 days before implantation takes place. Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 4

    Get ready to enter a new phase in your life and embark on a 36 week journey to take on a new role! Slowly but surely, your body is gearing up for its most important function in paving the way for a new life. If Mr. Right’s fastest swimmer met your eager egg, then you might be experiencing symptoms that might have you convinced that you are about to get your period. So before you Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 5

    Wow! You did it! You have a baby growing inside of you and it feels surreal, doesn’t it? Feeling overwhelmed initially is quite common, so don’t overthink it. If you haven’t begun doing so already, start eating right and getting regular exercise even if it is just a 15 minute stroll and not a full-fledged gym workout. If you’re the kind that spends most of your time taking care of everybody else around you – Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 6

    While your mother-in-law is keeping her fingers crossed for a boy, like any good Indian grandmother would; you and your husband couldn’t care less as long as the baby is healthy. And you would be right about being cautious as weeks 6 to 8 are extremely vulnerable periods during fetal development. During this time, it is important that you do not expose yourself and therefore your baby to any toxins or pathogens that may impact Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 7

    Everybody who knows the big news so far is telling you that you need to eat for two. But that’s easier said than done, considering how awful you feel if you are experiencing morning sickness. The good news is that most of the time, morning sickness lasts only the duration of the first trimester. By the time the second time trimester rolls around, pregnant women are rejuvenated by a sudden burst of energy which lasts Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 9

    While it may seem like time has come to a standstill with the nausea and occasional cramping, this too shall pass! In fact even before you know it, your first trimester will seem like a distant memory. So if you have always thought about keeping a diary, this might be the time to start. It might seem silly now, but documenting every little twinge, cramp and bust measurement is testament to what your body is Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 10

    If you find yourself crying over Johnson and Johnson Baby Oil advertisements on TV, then realize that it is part of the emotional roller coaster that pregnancy will have you on. Your feelings of perpetual nausea may be coming to a close but the happy one second, mad the next and sobbing the third, are just beginning! Just accept it and go with the flow. What’s happening with you These ups and downs are quite Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 11

    While your morning sickness may be winding down, this may mark the beginning of headaches for some women. So when you say “not tonight darling, I’m having a headache”, to your husband, you might actually be being truthful to your husband! What’s happening with you While headaches are annoying whether you are pregnant or not, at least at other times you will have an arsenal of medication at your disposal to choose from. When you Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 12

    Without a doubt you have reached a milestone! With your chances of miscarriage really low, you can now scream that you are pregnant from the rooftops. You can rest easy now, knowing that you are past a significant point in this journey. So if you have managed to keep your pregnancy a secret until now, it is a safe time to spill the beans. If your colleague told you that you packed on a few Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 13

    Yippee! It’s the last week of the first trimester. And this officially marks what should be the end of morning sickness. Imagine being able to brush your teeth or walk past a restaurant without gagging! You might actually be able to go out and celebrate your pregnancy. In fact, you may even want to take a short vacation before you stop fitting into any of your clothes.  Of course, there are a few women who Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 14

    With your pregnancy coasting along, your energy levels are on the rise and you think back and wonder what you were complaining about; it’s not so bad after all! You are definitely starting to show, and as for that outer circle, it may be time to share the great news. With your nausea out the door along with that general sense of malaise, this is the best stage in your pregnancy, so enjoy it. What Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 15

    This period of your pregnancy, with most of your nausea and discomfort behind you, is mostly about planning for the future. Contemplating all the ways in which your life is going to change, along with a whole lot of waiting and wondering is what the second trimester is all about. But remember to enjoy this piece and quiet, because it’s all going to change very soon! What’s happening with you Just because you feel more Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 16

    As your pregnancy progresses, although you are feeling great, don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest. With all the changes that you and your baby are going through, any chance for relaxation should be grabbed, almost as a way of making up for what is to come. Even with the cushiest of pregnancies, nobody warns you about the emotional outbursts and itchy and blotchy skin. So go get some rest, you deserve it. What’s happening Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 17

    By now, you are probably used to feeling random aches and pains all across your body. This should not cause you any concern as these are perfectly normal sensations. If you are lucky, you may even feel tiny flutters in your abdomen every once in a while. Try to concentrate on those and not so much on those other uncomfortable sensations. What’s happening with you It does feel good to know that for the first Continue Reading