This post comes from our Guest Blogger, Aarathi Selvan. Aarathi is a clinical psychologist and a mother herself, who gave birth to both her children at Healthy Mother Sanctum. In this blog she talks about the emotional challenges that new mothers face especially with respect to the changing nature of the spousal relationship. The blog further gives some simple tips on how to overcome these challenges, so as to embrace this new phase in life with positivity.
~ Vijaya Krishnan
This post talks about the most important reasons for taking a good childbirth education class in the antenatal period.
Massaging the newborn has been a tradition in India and other Asian countries since time immemorial. Various oil-based preparations have been used depending on the regional availability. Evidence exists supporting the benefits of touch and massage therapy. A quick review of literature suggests that massage has several positive effects in terms of weight gain, better sleep-wake pattern, enhanced neuromotor development, better emotional bonding, and reduced rates of infections. Massage was found to be more useful when some kind of lubricant oil was used.
We get lots of questions about healthy diet practices from expectant mothers. Many are confused by advice from colleagues, friends, relatives, mothers and mothers-in-law, and just about everyone out there. In this situation, it is important to have a balanced diet which gives you the right combination of carbohydrates, proteins [...]
Newborn Jaundice (also known as hyperbilirubinemia), is the cause of the yellow tinge that colors the skin and eyeballs of newborn infants, especially in the first week or two. Jaundice happens because babies are born with more red blood cells than they need. When the liver breaks down these excess cells it produces a yellow pigment called bilirubin. Because the newborn's immature liver cannot dispose off bilirubin quickly, the excess yellow pigment is deposited in the skin and eyes of the newborn.
This post comes from our Guest Blogger, Aarathi Selvan. Aarathi is a clinical psychologist and a mother herself. In this blog she talks about the transition period that pregnancy is, and how you can deal with the emotions that stem naturally from this state, with ease.
- Vijaya Krishnan
Massage – this word evokes so many feelings: for me, it evokes a feeling of relaxation, of decreased discomfort in achy tissues and a feeling of being pampered! In the prenatal period, massages given to the expectant mom can enhance relaxation, increase circulation, decrease physical fatigue. The gentle, noninvasive approach of prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the mother-to-be prepare for labor and give her nurturing emotional support. In the following paragraphs I show you how
So much has been written about Lamaze Breathing Techniques; So many "Lamaze" classes are run only on the basis of teaching specific breathing patterns to mothers. But, really what is "Lamaze Breathing" all about? Is it required that you attend a class to just learn breathing patterns? The answer is - No. You are already breathing! You will adjust your breathing to the needs of labor, much like you adjust your breathing to climbing stairs or walking fast. That said, slower, deeper breathing as a tool to connect with yourself and your baby during pregnancy. And, slower, deeper breathing to focus into and manage the labor pain, is a valuable tool to have.
In 1996, the World Health Organization called for the elimination of unnecessary intervention in childbirth. However, there were few resources to assist maternity care providers achieve this goal. In 2012, three major midwife organizations in the USA (ACNM, MANA and NACPM) came together to create a Physiologic Birth Consensus Statement, to help define normal physiologic birth, and systematically identify factors that would help to provide optimal outcomes for mother and baby.