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Itchy Skin in Pregnancy-Causes and Remedies

Are you constantly itching your skin in pregnancy?? Do you face extreme itching on your hips, belly, breasts, and thighs?? Well, not to worry, itching in pregnancy is a common symptom every pregnant woman experiences. While pregnancy is undoubtedly a blessing, there are some annoying issues that can plague you throughout pregnancy. Itchy skin is one of them. Some women experience mild itching whereas some experience it in an extreme form.

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Causes of Itchy Skin in Pregnancy

Itchy skin is mainly due to the muscles stretching and increase in the female hormone estrogen. The further the pregnancy progresses, the itchier the skin becomes. As the body expands to accommodate the growing baby, pregnant women tend to experience itching on the thighs, breasts, belly, and hips. The other causes of itchy skin in pregnancy are:

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  • Hormonal changes
  • Stretched skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Sudden increase in blood supply to the skin
  • Dry and sensitive skin
  • Skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema
  • Iron deficiency anaemia
  • Liver disorders
  • Kidney Infections
  • Thyroid disorders

Remedies to Treat Itchy Skin in Pregnancy

Itchy skin can be very annoying for the mother. Hence, it is better to adopt remedies to get relief from it. Since over the counter medications are not safe during pregnancy, listed below are some simple home remedies that will help you get relief from itchy skin.

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1} Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is considered to be one of the best remedies for itchy and sensitive skin. Coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothe itchy skin. It also moisturises the skin and prevents it from drying. Gently massage some organic or virgin coconut oil on the affected areas of the skin. Leave it on overnight and wash it off during your bath next morning.

2} Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera gel is a tried and tested remedy against any skin infection. Personally, it has worked for me as well. Aloe Vera has cooling properties that help soothe dry and itchy skin. Generously apply Aloe Vera gel on the affected areas and allow to dry.

3} Baking Soda Bath

Yes, it did wonders to my skin and I felt instant relief after following this remedy. Baking soda has alkaline properties that help to restore the pH of the skin. It reduces itchiness associated with pregnancy. Add one cup of baking soda to your bathtub. Soak in baking soda water for about 20 minutes before stepping out.

4} Lemon Juice

Lemon is rich is ascorbic and citric acid that helps restore the pH of the skin. Its acidic nature also helps reduce inflammation and itchy skin related to pregnancy. Squeeze a lemon and dilute it with little water. Now dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply on affected areas. Leave it on for half an hour and wash with water.

5} Gram Flour

Gram flour is a wonderful kitchen remedy to treat skin itchiness, inflammation, and irritation. Mix little gram flour with yoghurt to form a paste. Keep it of medium consistency and apply this paste on all affected areas of the skin. Leave it for half an hour and rinse with water.

 

Precautionary Measures for Itchy Skin in Pregnancy

Apart from the above-mentioned remedies, the below tips will help you avoid worsening of itchy skin.

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  • After a bath, gently pat yourself dry using a soft towel. Do not rub hard on your skin.
  • Apply moisturiser immediately after taking a bath.
  • Avoid wearing tight and uncomfortable clothes. Opt for loose cotton clothes.
  • Apply calamine lotion twice a day on affected areas of the skin.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Reduce salt intake.
  • Refrain from taking too many hot showers.
  • Avoid overexposure to the sun.

If the itching is severe and persistent, you must contact a doctor immediately. Persistent and severe itching can be due to other medical conditions like liver and kidney disorders.

Personally having suffered from itchy skin myself, I can relate to all the women suffering out there. Try these above-mentioned remedies and tips to get relief from itchy skin in pregnancy. They have really provided me relief from itchy skin. If you have more suggestions and ideas, please do share them in the comments section.

 

Things to Do in Your 30s-To Live Without Regrets

When I turned 30 this year, my first reaction was “oh gosh!, I am turning old”. To this, my family told me to think what all I have at 30. They told me I am happily married, a mother of a beautiful baby girl, and I have a well-settled life. Yes, I do agree with all of them. Life has blessed me with wonderful family and friends. What else do I need? When I sat to re-think about my life, is when I realised there is so much left to do. Instead of regretting what all I had not done, I realised it is time to focus on what I should be doing.

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Things to do in the 30s to live without any regrets

Age is just a number. Yes, now I do believe in this fact. There is nothing that can be or cannot be accomplished due to age. Instead of thinking what one should not do in the 30s, it is time to think what all can be achieved in the 30s. Listed below are some of my ideas to do in your 30s to live without any regrets.

1} Stay Healthy and Fit

This has been a big realisation and turning point in my life. I have realised how important it is to be healthy and fit for yourself and others. A healthy diet and lifestyle will keep you running for a longer time.

2} Spend time with family

Yes, work is important, there is no doubt in that. But family needs you too! It should not turn too late that you later regret not spending time with your family. I took a break from my full-time job to spend time with my baby, and I do not regret that. Seeing her cross those beautiful milestones fill my heart with joy. I am also getting more time to spend with my husband and parents, which was a limitation when I was working full time.

3} Never get intimidated by anyone

Your life and your experiences are your own. Do not let yourself be intimidated by anyone. Of course, you should learn from people-both failures and success.

4} Indulge in hobbies

If marriage and children have taken over your past few years of life, no worries. You can still indulge in doing things you love the most. It is never too late to return back to your hobbies. Afterall they are a part of you.

5} Follow your desires

All of us have desires, don’t we? It may be a desire to achieve something in professional life or perform an adventure sport, or travel around the globe. If you haven’t been able to fulfil these desires due to your life commitments, its time to act on it now. Take a break and do something you have always desired for.

6} Whatever you think of doing someday-do it now if possible

I am sure all of us have dreams. Some of us are lucky enough to live our dreams, while some of us have to drop them due to personal commitments. Whatever you are thinking of doing someday, do not delay it anymore. Try doing it now if possible. If it is difficult to start right away,  then make a plan to convert it to reality and begin working on that. It is very painful to realise 10 years later, that whatever you dreamt of, was just a fantasy.

7} Do not become a slave of an organization

I am sure many of you would connect and relate to this point. From my personal experience in the past, I would suggest to never become a slave for the company you work for. Do not shed your sweat and blood thinking that it is for the greater good and you will be rewarded well in the future. If you are burning it out and no one thanks you in the end,  then all the efforts go in vain. If you are actually reaping the benefits, then it is fine. But do not be blind in your hopes and ignore the reality.

8} Learn to enjoy life

All of want a lot of money, and no matter how much we have, it will never be enough. We keep desiring for more. In this bargain, we lose our mental peace and physical health. But the truth is, money is never enough. In the race to earn more money, we neglect the beautiful things in life like- Love, relationships, family, friends, and children. Learn to enjoy the little things in life that make you happier.

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The above-mentioned points were some of my ideas of things to do in the 30s. Having turned 30 myself, I do plan to work on these aspects of life. Lastly, congratulations on those who turned 30 and those who are already in their 30s. Life is beautiful and there is a long way to go. Suggestions and ideas are welcome. Please feel free to share them on this forum.

Remedies to Deal with Morning Sickness in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful experience, but the morning sickness that comes along with it? Not so good. Some women are blessed not to experience any morning sickness throughout pregnancy. Some suffer only in the first trimester whereas some suffer throughout 9 months of pregnancy.

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Remedies For Morning Sickness in Pregnancy

Being a mother to my 19-month-old daughter, I still recollect my days of morning sickness. Gosh! I had it throughout my 9 months of pregnancy. Every time I ate, I would throw up. Coupled with gastritis, I used to feel sick every time I vomited. That is when I realised to read about some remedies to help ease morning sickness. Listed below are some tips that helped me.

1} Drink Herbal Teas

There are several herbal teas that are known to reduce morning sickness during pregnancy. A cup of ginger tea helps ease motion sickness. Every time you feel uneasy and get the feeling to throw up, sip in hot ginger tea. Other herbal teas made with peppermint, chamomile, and lemon balm are also helpful in reducing motion sickness. If you are suffering from heartburn, avoid consuming peppermint.

2} Chew fennel seeds

Fennel seeds are also considered to be an excellent remedy for morning sickness. Every time you feel nauseatic, chew on few fennel seeds.

3} Vitamin B6 supplements

Research suggests that pregnant women consuming 25mg of Vitamin B6 3 times a day reported lesser incidences of nausea and morning sickness. You can consult your gynac before deciding to take any pill.

4} Drink plenty of water

Water is an excellent remedy to ease morning sickness in pregnancy. Drink a glass of water every hour. This will keep your body hydrated and reduce the feeling of throwing up. Additionally, it will also keep your urine clean and flush out all the toxins from the body.

5} Lemon Juice

Lemon juice, being rich in Vitamin C, is a wonderful remedy to treat morning sickness. To reduce the feeling of nausea and vomiting, drink lemon juice. You can also sniff a lemon which helps reduce the uneasy sensation.

6} Eat as soon as you wake up

Surprising as this may sound, eating immediately after waking up does help reduce morning sickness. Having a small snack after waking up also keeps you and your baby healthy.

7} Avoid large meals

In pregnancy, break the routine of 3 large meals in the day. Instead, break them into smaller and frequent meals. Smaller meals are easier to digest and keep down in the stomach.

8} Avoid fried food

Although you may have cravings for junk food during pregnancy, make a cautious effort to avoid fatty and fried food. Fried and fatty foods are rich in trans fat and can aggravate nausea.

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While some pregnant women sail through pregnancy easily, some aren’t so lucky. Having undergone morning sickness myself, I would suggest pregnant women try these above-mentioned remedies. Also a request to other mothers, please do share your thoughts and tips in the comment section. It will definitely help all of us.

Brushing Baby’s Teeth- When Should You Begin?

It is indeed a joy for all parents to see baby’s first tooth appear. It is an indication that your baby can slowly start chewing food. However, as joyful it may sound, teething can be a painful experience for both babies and parents. Maintaining healthy teeth is also a challenging task. Questions like, “what kind of a brush to use?”, “when to start brushing?”, “should I brush the gums?”, and “what toothpaste to use” will haunt every parent’s mind. Read on to understand baby teeth brushing and cleaning basics.

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Baby Teeth Chart

Well, all babies are not the same. Some babies get the first tooth as early as 6 months, whereas some babies get it between 8 to 10 months. There is nothing to worry about this process as each child grows and develops differently. Listed below is a standard teeth chart to understand what type of teeth appear in different growth stages.

Lower Teeth:

  • Canine: 17 to 24 months
  • Incisor: 10 to 15 months
  • First molar: 14 to 18 months
  • Second molar: 21 to 30 months
  • Central incisor: 6 to 9 months

Upper Teeth:

  • Central incisor: 8 to 12 months
  • Lateral incisor: 9 to 13 months
  • First molar: 13 to 18 months
  • Second molar: 24 to 34 months
  • Canine: 16 to 22 months

When to begin brushing your baby’s teeth?

Many tend to ignore brushing in the first few months after the teeth erupt. But doctors suggest to start brushing as soon as the first tooth appears. In fact, it is also recommended to brush the gums gently to keep them clean.

Before the teeth appear, it is generally advised to clean your baby’s mouth using a moist cloth or finger. The gums and the tongue are thoroughly cleaned after every meal. Regular cleaning helps prevent bacterial plaque that can damage infant’s teeth.

How to brush your baby’s teeth?

As soon as the first tooth pops out, you can start using a toothbrush. Soft and gentle baby toothbrushes are readily available in the market. Listed below are some tips to brush your baby’s teeth.

  • Wet the toothbrush
  • Squeeze on it a little baby’s toothpaste
  • Brush thoroughly at the back, front and corner
  • While brushing, gently rub the back of the toothbrush on the tongue and gums to clean them

Regular cleaning of gums and brushing of teeth fight the growth of bacteria and support good oral hygiene.

Is fluoride toothpaste safe?

It is recommended to use non-fluoride toothpaste for children below 3 years as it is not safe if ingested. Children above 3 years can use a small quantity of fluoride toothpaste and be instructed not to swallow it.

Preventing cavities

Babies are more prone to getting cavities. Try to avoid feeding your baby too many juices or sugary drinks. Carbonated beverages must totally be avoided. Encourage drinking more of formula milk or cow milk. Ensure that your baby does not go the bed without brushing her teeth and rinsing her mouth.  It is absolutely necessary to prevent cavities in babies, as decayed teeth can hamper speech and brain development.

 

Do not make brushing a boring or routine activity as children will not like it. Try to make it a fun activity by allowing your child to play, dance or sing songs. If your baby’s first tooth is out, pick up the brush now :-). Request other mothers to share their opinions and tips please. Do comment.

Postpartum Depression- Tips to Deal with it

Although the term postpartum depression sounds familiar to all of us, how many of us mothers find ways to deal with it ourselves? Postpartum depression is simply ignored without giving it too much importance. Well, did you know that it can be dangerous for the new mom? Ignoring postpartum depression can lead to chronic depression and have other impacts on health.

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Most of the negligence comes mainly due to ignorance of the medical condition. Not all are able to identify postpartum depression. Hence, there is no way to deal with it. Before finding ways to tackle postpartum depression, let us first understand postpartum depression.

What is postpartum depression?

When your baby is born, you experience a whole lot of emotions like joy, anxiety, and sadness. While most of it is normal, at some phase certain symptoms must not be ignored. If your feelings of sadness prolong for many weeks and start interfering with your day to day life, then you may be suffering from postpartum depression. Some women face depression in an extreme form whereas some overcome it within a few days.

Tips to deal with postpartum depression

You may have frequent mood swings, find it difficult to bond with baby, bouts of sad feelings, and find it hard to make decisions. You may also get into fits of anger from time to time. Yes, this is postpartum depression. If you are suffering from it, you are not alone. Thousands of women go through this phase after delivery. Listed below are some tips to deal with postpartum depression.

1} Give yourself time to rest

Although you may be excited to do everything yourself for your little one, it is advisable that you take rest during the day. You might have been told by your parents or family to “sleep when the baby sleeps”. This is true because good sleep and rest cure most of the depressive disorders. Resting well and sleeping adequately also improves your mood and keeps you happy.

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2} Follow a healthy balanced diet

You may be surprised to know that healthy eating and nutritious food go a long way in curing postpartum depression. Nutritious foods give your body the nutrients you need and help it cope with both physical and mental stress.

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3} Avoid isolation

While you are suffering from depression, it is common to avoid people and stay in isolation. But isolation will only increase postpartum depression. Staying with family members and friends will keep you distracted from mood swings and bouts of depression. It is also a good idea to tell your loved ones that you are suffering from depression so that they can help you cope with it.

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4} Exercise regularly

It is a scientifically proven fact that exercise acts like an anti-depressant. You need not perform heavy exercises or hit the gym. You can begin with light exercises like walking and jogging. You can also take a walk with your baby in a stroller. This will give you both some fresh air and lighten up your mood.

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5} Ask for help 

You simply cannot act as a superwoman trying to attempt your hand at everything. You cannot do the household chores, clean the baby, breastfeed the baby, put the baby to sleep, or look after your elder child in the day. Instead of dealing with all the pressure all alone, ask for help. You can ask your spouse to do the household chores and request your parents to babysit the elder one. Schedule some “me” time for yourself and indulge in activities you love to do.

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These above-mentioned tips will surely help you cope with postpartum depression and come out of it. However, if you notice that the feeling of sadness, agitation, and anxiety is prolonging for weeks, it is recommended to consult a doctor. Your doctor can suggest you the right support you need.

Healthy Diet Tips For Working Women

Working women need to be like superheroes to balance the demands of work and family. In the struggle to cope up and strike a balance, women often fall short of the right nutrition and end up succumbing to illnesses. You may be surprised to know that women require more nutrition than men to sustain themselves and carry out regular activities.

The right nutrition helps enhance mood, support healthy body function, and boosts energy. Whatever the age might be, committing to a balanced nutritious diet helps women sail through all obstacles of life.

Nutrition Tips for Working Women

Women need to go through different challenges of life-which include being a wife, pregnancy, motherhood, and old age. Apart from these, women also have to face the hectic schedules of their professional careers. Hence, concentration on the right nutrition is extremely important for women. Below mentioned are some nutrition tips for working women.

1} Avoid processed food

This is the most difficult thing to forgo among working people. Women face a lack of time to concentrate on their healthy eating due to pressures in personal and professional life. Hence, working women easily take to junk and processed food to satiate their hunger and beat the stress. Processed food is rich in trans fat, excess sugar and salt which is a big enemy to your health. To lead a healthy lifestyle, working women should completely avoid junk and processed food.

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2} Never skip breakfast

Most of us would relate to this, don’t we? At some point of time or the other, we all would have skipped our breakfast in a rush to reach office on time. Working women often face the crunch of time while attending to the duties of family. Due to this, women end up compromising their health. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and literally mean “break the fast”. If you skip breakfast, the hunger cravings increase making you resort to calorie-rich foods to satiate your hunger. The most important nutrition tips for every working woman is to have a healthy and wholesome breakfast.

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3} Avoid bad carbs at lunch

We all resort to carrying simple food to work, however, carbs like pasta, processed food, and whole grain bread have negative effects on your health. If you prefer to eat carbs at lunch to remain energised, you can switch to healthier alternatives like rice, quinoa, farro grains, and root vegetables. Grains like quinoa and farro can be cooked in bulk for 3 to 3 days in a row to save time.

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4} Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated is the key to staying fit and healthy. There is nothing better than plain water. Try avoiding aerated beverages and switch to plain water instead. Drink plenty of water throughout the day between work and other activities. Drinking water helps the body carry out all the necessary functions effectively.

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5} Eat Healthy Snacks

Due to stress working women need to face juggling between work and family, they often resort to unhealthy snacks and binge eating. Hunger between meals is inevitable. Hence, consider eating healthy snacks such as fruits, dried nuts, yoghurt, and protein bars to curb unhealthy cravings.

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6} Take Supplements

Sometimes it is not completely possible to meet all the nutrient requirements of the body. Women need more nutrition as they need to cope up with several challenging phases of their life. Working women are always the risk of not getting the adequate nutrition that they require. Hence, it is better to compensate some nutrition through nutritional supplements. Working women can start taking supplements of Vitamin B complex, C, D, and omega-3s after consultation with a doctor.

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Working women should follow a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle to fulfil the demands of all the roles they face. These above-mentioned tips will help them cope with pressure and challenges they face in day to day life.

Gender Neutral Parenting-Bridging the line between girls and boys

Stereotyping gender and classifying parenting style according to gender is the most rampant issue in the society today.  It is a notion that girls and boys are brought up differently which has continued for many years. But today, in the modern era, should girls and boys be brought up differently? Well, it is a debatable topic. Some are for gender-neutral parenting while some are against it. Although many of us want to be neutral between boys and girls, we are not able to bridge the gap. So let us understand the basics of gender-neutral parenting.

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What is Gender Neutral Parenting?

Gender neutral parenting is a parenting style where you consider both genders same and raise your children irrespective of gender norms. Parents tend to differentiate between their boys and girls through dressing, toys, and behaviour. While to some extent gender bias is ok. However differentiating between girls and boys by means of education, exposure, and behavioural teaching must stop.

Parents also differentiate between their girls and boys in basic aspects of life. Many believe that boys have more confidence and strength and girls have more tolerance. Hence, parenting styles also have been designed to meet preconceived notions.

Influence of Gender Neutral Parenting

The strongest influence of gender-neutral parenting begins from parents and other family members. We may have across many families where boys are put into sports whereas girls are put into dance. Well, it’s a belief that boys fair better at sports than girls. Girls are good at dance and do better than boys. Well, who decided this?

In the modern era, we have several girls who are athletes and several boys who are excellent dancers. The main issue of gender bias begins first from the family and then prevails outside. Hence it is important to understand where to draw the line and how much both your girls and boys can do.

Tips to Follow Gender Neutral Parenting

Stereotypes in gender must be laid off and all parents should strive to be a gender-neutral parent. Below mentioned are some tips to raise your kids without the gender binary.

1} Make your home environment gender neutral

Every aspect of your child’s life begins at home. Both your boys and girls will feel equal only if parents begin to treat them equal. Stop restricting daughters and sons to preconceived notions of what girls and boys should do. There is nothing wrong if your son plays with dolls or if your daughters are interested in sports.

2} Take gender out of activities

Never strict any activity related to gender. Give your children the freedom to choose the activities they like irrespective of the gender. If you force your children into activities based on gender, it will demoralise them and make them insecure in the future.

3} Start gender equality at a young age

Teaching gender equality right from a young age is very important. Satrt by giving them non-gender toys and allow them to choose freely. This will inculcate gender equality right from the beginning. They will grow up to be gender neutral.

4} Give both girls and boys equal exposure

Be it a girl or boy, both deserve equal exposure in every aspect of life. Keep you children away all gender stereotypes and bias. Being being neutral yourseld, you are taking the first step towards gender neutral parenting.

5} Show them real examples

Giving real life examples helps children understand better. Show them examples of different work or profession being carried out well by the opposite gender. Teach them to excel in life irrespective of the gender.

 

Last but not the least, there is nothing that girls or boys cannot do. Education, work, or profession does not depend on gender. It is based on determination, capability, and the will to do. If you want your children to be out of gender bias, start by being a gender neutral parent now.

Tips to Reduce Stress and Get Good Sleep

Do you keep tossing and turning on your bed at night? Do you find it difficult to sleep after the end of a tiring day? While lack of sleep can be due to several medical disorders, one of the most basic reasons causing it is stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety are inevitable parts of our life. No matter how hard we try to get rid of it, it makes sure that it continues to follow us. Stress and anxiety have a huge impact on our mind and body.

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Tips to Reduce Stress and Get Good Sleep

One cannot prevent stress and anxiety completely but can find ways to deal with it. Ensuring that there are no side effects of stress and anxiety is the key to stay healthy. If stress and anxiety are hampering your sleep patterns, then the below-mentioned tips can help you.

1} Put your fears away

One of the biggest enemies of sleep is the fear of not getting sleep. Going to bed with the uncertainty and fear of insomnia will further increase stress and reduce sleep. Fear creates tension in the body and the body being in a tensed state cannot fall asleep. Your struggle with insomnia will end only if you put your fears and uncertainties away.

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2} Relax for 1 to 2 hours before bedtime

Relaxing before bedtime is very crucial for good sleep. It is advisable to reduce any form of stimulation post your dinner time. Indulge in light activities such talking to your spouse, listening to music, reading a light book, or performing yoga. You can also take a hot bath to relax your body. Staying relaxed before bedtime will ensure good sleep and cut down the stress faced during the day.

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3} Eat a sleepy meal at dinner

You may be surprised to hear this, but certain foods promote sleep. Eating a sleepy meal at dinner time will stimulate the mind and body to relax thereby ensuring complete rest. A combination of proteins, and complex carbohydrates. Foods rich in melatonin, tryptophan, and magnesium are also known to induce sleep.

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4} Exercise

Physical activity is a must for the body to stay fit and healthy. It’s amazing how exercise does wonders to your body. Exercise helps counteract stress, relax the body, and induce good sleep. If you cannot do a strict exercise regime, you can perform light exercises such as jogging, swimming, walking, cardio, or even playing a game.

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5} Take breaks in the day

A lot of stress and anxiety gets built up in the day due to extreme pressure at work. Due to this, the mind and body are constantly under stress even after work. Altering your activities in the day can help improve sleep patterns. Take breaks between work to keep your body balanced. Make sure you are not in an overwhelmed state at the end of the day. Keeping your work spaced out in the day will help you sleep better at night.

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6} Cut down caffeine by noon

Most of us are addicted to caffeine owing to the stressful lives we lead. We believe caffeine stimulates the body and keep us energised. Although that is true, caffeine stays nearly upto 10 to 12 hours in the body after consuming it. Hence this can hamper sleep and cause insomnia. Try quitting caffeine by noon or consider eliminating it completely for a few months to improve sleep at night. You can switch over to alternatives like herbal tea, green tea, or fresh fruit juices.

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Getting over stressed about not being able to sleep will only worsen your situation. Stress is simply a response to the way we lead our daily life. To reduce stress and get good sleep, we must work on how we lead our lives. A healthy body and sound mind work a long way in beating stress and helping you sleep better.

5 Tips to Feed your Fussy Toddler

Mother to an 18-month-old baby girl, I often wonder, if feeding my little one is ever going to be easy? Feeding a toddler can be very frustrating when she is fussy. There are certain development stages when your toddler will simply refuse to eat anything that you give her. It’s hard to digest that something as simple as feeding can end up in a fit of tantrums which make your toddler throw up or cry inconsolably.

Is your little one also fussing to eat? Well, then you are not alone. I and several other mothers go through this phase. Although fussy eating can be very annoying, it is an absolutely normal phase in your toddler’s development. It will improve with time.

Tips to feed your fussy toddler

Many parents dread feeding their toddlers. Well, it’s completely normal. When your little one refuses to eat anything that you give her, you dwell on the fact that as infants they hardly gave any trouble to eat, then why are they being so fussy now? Additionally, you also worry if your toddler is still hungry or isn’t full yet. Listed below are some of my tricks that can help you feed your fussy toddler.

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1} Make Mealtimes Fun

Do not make your toddler feel that eating is a big task to do. Only if they enjoy eating, they will reduce their tantrums. Make mealtimes fun and relaxing. Do not yell at your toddler if she spits out food or refuses to eat. Yelling will only put your toddler’s mind off eating. Avoid distractions such as music or tv, as your toddler will focus more on the distractions rather than eating. You can instead involve your toddler in storytelling or a game that would make eating a fun activity.

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2} Give smaller portions

Although you would like to make your child eat more, giving smaller portions at a time really works. Heaping food in a bowl or plate will reduce the interest of eating in your toddler. Give your toddler smaller portions and frequent meals throughout the day, rather than big meals.

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3} Feed only when really hungry

If your toddler is not hungry, no matter how much you force her, she will simply refuse to eat. Lack of hunger is one of the reasons why your toddler may fuss to eat. Engage your little one in enough physical activity so that she feels really hungry during mealtimes.

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4} Check milk intake

We all feed our toddlers milk as it is a wholesome and nutritious food. Sometimes to counteract fussy eating, we feed milk instead. This is to mainly ensure that your toddler’s stomach is not empty. However, drinking too much milk can be an enemy to your toddler’s hunger. Doctors recommend not more than 500 ml of milk in a day. If your little one is consuming more than 500 ml milk in a day,  she will bound to be fussier at mealtimes.

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5} Do not force-feed your baby

As parents, it’s completely natural to be worried about our toddler’s hunger and nutrition. Having said that toddlers will never go hungry by choice. They know when to ask for more and when to stop. This is the survival instinct God has blessed them with. If your toddler shakes her head away from food, give her a few minutes before trying again. After a few minutes, if she eats again, that means she wants to eat. If she continues to refuse, then feed her no more. Try offering another meal a few hours later.

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Last but not the least, you can also consider changing the taste, by offering her something different than the usual. Toddlers have sensitive taste buds and are always keen to taste different things.

The key to coping with a fussy toddler is to stay calm and positive. Your positive state of mind and encouraging body language will help your fussy toddler eat better. Make sure to compliment him when he eats well. Like adults, toddlers also like appreciation and compliments.

Finally, you must remember that this phase is not permanent. Its a part of growing up and this stage too will pass soon. These are some tips that I used to feed my fussy toddler. This forum is open for other mothers to share their opinions and tips. Your opinions and tips will surely help me and all other mothers out there!