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T-Raises: Stand with feet hip width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Bend at your knees, lean forward, keep back straight. Hold weights in front of you and move to sides forming a T. Mountain Climbers: Get into plank position. Bring left knee to chest and pull it back. Bring right knee to chest and replicate a climbing motion. Repeat for about 8 to 10 reps.
As a woman, you are constantly wearing multiple hats. Whether it’s juggling parenting duties and work deadlines, packing lunches and looking after family members,...
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. In this condition, women produce an excess amount of testosterone than required. Any...
Ayurveda treats PCOS with panchakarma procedures such as udvartana, vamana, virechana, and uttara vasti. It prescribes shatavari to tackle menstrual irregularity, triphala kwatha to purify the body, and turmeric, guggul, and pepper to fight obesity. Yoga and a holistic diet with whole grains and digestion-boosting foods are also recommended.
Breast implant illness is a term used to describe symptoms like pain, skin rashes, fatigue, and even anxiety that may result after getting implants. While its diagnosis and treatment remain elusive, with the condition itself failing to get acceptance as a real disease/problem by the medical community, therapy or even removal of the implants could help.
Natural birth-control methods can be effective if used accurately. A popular option is to keep track of changes in your body temperature and cervical fluid while tracking your monthly cycle. Using fertility tests can also be useful. Lactational amenorrhoea, outercourse, and herbal medications also help.
If you’re due to deliver soon and have had a C-section before, some comforting statistics should make you feel better about a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). While risks of uterine rupture exist, the odds aren’t worse than when having multiple C-sections. What’s best depends on your health, age, and pregnancy complications if any.
Intrahepatic holestasis of pregnancy (ICP) causes bile flow to slow down and bile acids to move into your bloodstream. Since the bile acids may cross the placenta and reach your baby, if untreated, it can lead to complications like fetal distress, meconium passage, stillbirth, preterm birth, and maternal hemorrhaging. Symptoms include itching, dark urine, pale stools, and abdominal pain.
Wondering if exercising during pregnancy is a good idea? Engaging in low to moderate intensity exercise while pregnant reduces the duration of and exertion during labor. Not just that, it also allows for a speedy recovery after delivery and reduces the risk of pregnancy-related complications. While pregnant, steer clear of contact and high-intensity sports. Take to lighter forms of exercise like walking, stationary cycling, and swimming instead.
Ideal weight gain during pregnancy varies depending on your BMI. Weight gain recommendations include 25–35 pounds if you’re normal weight, 28–40 pounds if you’re underweight, 15–25 pounds if you’re overweight, and 11–20 pounds if you’re obese. Keep your diet healthy, exercise regularly, and aim at steady and gradual weight gain.
Foodies who love their meat find it extremely hard to give up. Attachment to and an affinity for meat causes meat cravings. Not meeting the adequate dietary protein requirements might also be a cause for this. People who are deficient in iron, zinc, vitamin B12, folate, or magnesium might crave red meat. Pregnant women might also have these cravings. Often, craving for meat might be craving for junk food. The latter is highly addictive.
Mastitis is a condition where the breast tissue becomes inflamed and painful due to the buildup of milk or an infection following injury to the breast. If you are breastfeeding, continue to do so or express milk. Applying a hot or cold compress, cabbage leaves, turmeric paste, aloe vera, neem leaf juice, or calendula can help. So can a breast massage.
Cracked nipples are a common complaint among nursing mothers. Making sure the baby latches on properly can help tackle the root cause of this problem. Massaging in a few drops of breastmilk or applying a warm compress, purified lanolin, medical-grade honey, ghee, or food-grade coconut oil may also help.
Asthma affects between 4 and 12% of pregnant women but it doesn’t cause any significant risk when it’s well controlled. Take asthma medication as prescribed by your doctor to keep the condition under control and to avoid potential risks to both you and the baby.
Bleeding during pregnancy can be caused by harmless changes as well as serious conditions. Light bleeding can occur when the baby implants in the uterus or due to increased blood flow in the cervix. But it may also point to problems with the placenta, infection, ectopic or molar pregnancies, miscarriage, or preterm labor.