22 January, 2021

3 Effective breathing exercises during Pregnancy

Apart from the regular body changes that occur during pregnancy, emotional changes are also significant. The overwhelming feelings that you feel are rather unexpressed most of the time. The conditional mood swings caused due to the pregnancy hormones have a huge impact on your mental stability during pregnancy. Breathing exercises will greatly help in calming down all the pregnancy. 

Breathing exercises also help in the efficient removal of waste products and a plentiful supply of oxygen for both the mother and child. Effective breathing will purify and calms down the nervous system. It induces a feeling of pleasantness and well-being.

Check out these 3 effective breathing techniques during pregnancy, 

  1. Breathing deeply from the stomach 

    This can be practiced while sitting in a comfortable position or lying down on the floor. Start relaxing with the deep breaths that move your stomach up and down. For additional motivation or concentration, you can try placing a toy or an object on your stomach. You can focus on the object, moving up and down to avoid distractions. This belly or diaphragmatic breathing is good for pregnancy as it results in 1/3rd more oxygen being inhaled than regular.

  2. Chest breathing 

    Chest breathing is a definite breathing technique that concentrates on the breath drawing from the chest, not deep. The concentration is placed on the rib cage and thoracic cavity expansion during inhalation and exhalation. This exercise can be practiced alone or with the stomach breathing alternatively. 

  3. Shallow or chest breathing

    Shallow breathing or chest breathing is a technique where you draw minimal breath into the lungs. This technique is highly recommended to reduce stress during pregnancy. Place one of your hands on the chest and the other on your belly to observe the quick moments during the inhalation and exhalation. Concentrate on your breath and try to breathe in and out gently. You can practice this multiple times a day whenever you feel comfortable or stressed. 

    While being pregnant, concentrating on your breathing will help you have a more peaceful and joyous experience. Practice yourself or seek support from your doctor to begin the new routine, and happy pregnancy!

    Note:  It is advisable to wait about three hours after a heavy meal or an hour or two after a light meal or regular snacks to practise breathing exercises! 

*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision. 


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30 January, 2018

Ways in which Dads-to-be can help out in Delivery Room

In the delivery room, it is up to the mother to do all the pushing. However, dad can play a major role in the birthing process too. Labor can be overwhelming for first-time mothers. If your partner is able to have a normal, vaginal delivery, you can ask the doctor about being present in the delivery room during birthing process. As a dad, your support and encouragement can go a long way in comforting the mother. Here are some ways in which dads-to-be can help out in the delivery room: Provide Distractions Labor has the tendency to be long and tedious. You may be spending hours doing nothing but waiting for your baby to arrive. You can take your wife’s mind off her discomfort by keeping her distracted. Music, conversations or even card games are a great way to keep her mind occupied. Speak out on her Behalf To do this, it is important you discuss her birth plan in advance. Understand how she feels about episiotomies or what her expectations of the doctor are. Don’t wait until your partner begins having her contractions to find out what kind of assistance she needs from you. Knowing her birth plan in advance makes it easier for you to articulate her needs when she is in pain,
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02 February, 2018

Reasons for periods to be late if Pregnancy test is Negative

More often than not, a missed period is an indicator of a woman’s pregnancy. However, that isn’t always correct. A woman may have a delayed or missed period but still, have a negative pregnancy test. There may be several reasons for that happening. Here are some of them: Low Hormone Levels During early pregnancy, the levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) aren’t high enough for a home pregnancy test to detect. So if you’re trying to get pregnant, your negative test result on a home kit may not be correct and you might be pregnant. A woman’s cycle may keep varying and if she conceives later in the cycle, the hormone levels may be low at the time of her missed period. To rule out any complications, be sure to talk to your doctor if you miss your periods and continue to do so. Ectopic Pregnancy Although rare, an ectopic pregnancy can show up as negative on a home pregnancy test. Only about 3 percent or fewer cases of negative tests point towards an ectopic pregnancy. If you have these symptoms along with a negative result, see your doctor immediately: Severe pain in lower abdomen or on one side Dizziness or lightheadedness Bleeding or spotting Nausea and vomiting
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05 February, 2018

7 Effective tips to lose baby weight post-pregnancy

Achieving a healthy weight post-pregnancy might seem like a difficult task for most women. With added responsibilities of taking care of a newborn, adjusting to a new routine and recovering from childbirth, finding time to lose all that baby weight can be challenging. Whether you want to become pregnant in the future or lead an active, healthy life, it is important to return to a healthy weight after delivery. Here are 7 effective tips to lose baby weight post-pregnancy: Breastfeed Breast milk contains all the nutrients a baby needs to grow in the first six months of life. It has several benefits for the mother and the child. If you can and choose to breastfeed, it can help you lose baby weight quickly. A study indicated that women participants lost an average 1.68kg more weight than non-breastfeeding women by six months after delivery. However, they may not be any weight loss in the first three months and some women may experience weight gain due to increased calorie intake. Monitor Your Calories Keeping a count of your calories can help you figure out how much you are eating and how to control your diet. It can also ensure you are getting enough calories to provide you with the energy and nutrition you need as a new
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