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8 tips for losing weight after pregnancy
Don't diet. It may sound strange, but going on an official "diet" could derail your post-pregnancy weight loss goals. Feeling deprived of your favorite foods while you're already stressed out by your new role as mom could actually cause you to gain weight, Johnson says. "If you go back to eating healthy and eating for your hunger, most women find that the weight comes off pretty naturally," she says. Instead of dieting, she recommends eating a well-balanced variety of foods. Keep different snacks in the house to keep you from feeling hungry and give you energy throughout the day. Apple slices, carrot sticks, and wheat crackers are all good for noshing. No matter how much you want to lose weight, try not to dip below 1,800 calories a day, particularly if you are breastfeeding. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPyramid site can help you design a personalized eating plan based on your age, activity level, and weight loss goals. The site even has a special section for breastfeeding moms. Load up on "super foods." When you're a new mother, your body needs maximum nutrition, especially if you're nursing. Choose foods that are heavy in the nutrients you need and light in calories and fat. Fish is one of these "super foods" because it's packed with DHA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that helps your newborn develop a healthy brain and nervous system. The best sources of DHA are cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, and tuna (stick to canned light tuna because albacore tends to be high in mercury). Milk and yogurt are also super foods because they're high in the calcium you need to keep your bones strong. And don't forget the protein. Lean meat, chicken, and beans are low in fat and high in protein and fiber. They're good for you, and they'll keep you feeling full for longer. Breastfeed. Whether breastfeeding can actually help you lose weight is still up in the air -- some studies find that breastfeeding exclusively can help you return to your pre-baby weight faster, while others find no difference in weight loss between women who breastfeed and those who bottle feed. What is for sure is that breastfeeding is good for your baby, boosting immunity and providing a number of other important health benefits. And nursing exclusively lets you add about an extra 300 calories a day to your diet (you can add slightly more calories if you have a really big eater or twins). Just make sure that if you do breastfeed, you don't use it as an excuse to eat whatever you want. Drink up. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day prevents you from getting dehydrated. It also fills you up so that you don't eat as much, and some research has found that it may speed up your metabolism. Whether you need the often-recommended eight glasses a day isn't certain, so Johnson recommends using the color of your urine and how often you need to go to the bathroom as guides. If you're drinking enough fluids, your urine should be relatively clear, and you should be going to the bathroom about every three to four hours. Move it! Diet is important, but it's only one part of your post-pregnancy weight loss plan. You also need to incorporate aerobic and strength training exercises after pregnancy to burn calories and keep your muscles and bones strong. "Exercise, beyond helping you lose weight, provides so many benefits to a new mom," Johnson says. "It helps with depression, it helps with the sleep issue ... it helps in relieving stress -- and having a new baby in the house can definitely be stressful." Get some sleep. It may seem impossible to get a full eight hours of sleep when you have a baby summoning you like clockwork throughout the night, but being sleep deprived could make it harder for you to shed the baby weight. In one study, new moms who slept five hours or less a night were more likely to hold onto their extra pregnancy weight than women who slept seven hours. When you're tired, your body releases cortisol and other stress hormones that can promote weight gain. "Also when you're exhausted, you don't feel like taking good care of yourself," Johnson says. "You're less likely to choose healthy food. You're more likely to grab something through a drive-through. You're also less likely to get physical activity." Ask for help. If you're struggling to lose the weight, enlist the help of your doctor and a dietitian. The dietitian can help you design an eating plan that will let you lose weight safely and effectively, while the doctor can guide you on how much weight you need to lose and when you can start exercising.
Essential items to pack in your hospital bag
Your delivery is just round the corner and you are so stressed that you keep forgetting what to keep for the D-Day. So here's a quick check list for you to organize yourself and enjoy your less chaotic days. Smartphone and Charger It's true that today you just can't be without your phone. Since you may be messaging, calling or replying a lot, before and after the delivery, keep your chargers handy, too. Important Documents A picture ID, health insurance information, and hospital registration forms. Even if you've already registered at the hospital, some hospitals need to confirm your records before they can admit you. Toiletries Deodorant, body wash, shampoo, facial cleansing wipes, toothpaste, and a toothbrush are necessities. Don’t forget the lip balm and moisturizer – hospitals rooms may make your skin dry, so keep all your personal stuff ready. Hair Care Products Head bands, shampoo, conditoner, dry shampoo, oil, and hair brush. Cash and Change Hospital food for your partner and tips to the staff at the end of your stay will make you run out of change. So stuff your wallets.Homecoming Outfit for Baby Pack a newborn-size kimono-style shirt, with footed pants so you don't have to bring socks. You'll likely get a receiving blanket and hat in the hospital, so skip those unless you've got your heart set on a specific style. Extra Outfit for You Here's a hint: You'll probably still look about 5 months pregnant, so skip your non-maternity skinnies and pack your favorite maternity dress or leggings and a tunic. (Trust us: Not fitting into your going-home outfit is a bummer!) Sleepwear and Underwear A cotton nightie will be much more comfortable than a hospital gown, and a robe will come in handy for walking the hallways. Several pairs of undies are also a must for any hospital bag checklist (briefs, maternity, or disposables like Depends) if you don't want to wear the mesh underwear the hospital gives you after delivery.Flip-Flops Bring flip-flops for the shower or to wear home if your feet are swollen. Slippers and/or Heavy Socks Keep your toes toasty and clean, whether you're in bed or strolling around on the cold tile floor. Bring a pair that's easily laundered, as they may get a bit dirty. Extra Undies and Extra-Absorbent Pads You're going to need these after delivery. It might also be helpful to pack lidocaine spray or witch hazel pads (to relieve pain from tearing). Nursing Bra Bring a nursing tank or bra that's comfortable enough to sleep in. Music, Movies, and Magazines, Books. Load up your smartphone or tablet with tunes and anything you might want to binge-watch on Netflix. It'll help district you—and your partner—during a long labor. An Extra Bag or Two With all the goodies from the hospital—diapers, blankets, and creams—and all the gifts from well wishers, you're bound to have more stuff coming out than you did going in. For the Baby: Most of the things will be provided by the hospital and you will be charged for those anyway, but you could keep these. A set of clothes to take baby back home in A few sets of clothes/onesies/tops for baby to change into while in the hospital Caps A blanket for the crib A blanket to carry baby back home in Diapers Wipes
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8 Important Tips for Breastfeeding in Public
A new-born baby needs to be fed every two hours, irrespective of whether they are at home or out somewhere. Consequently, a new mother has to be prepared to feed it whether she is at home or not. Though, breastfeeding in public might be a little difficult, the sooner she gets used to the idea without feeling guilty, the better. Here are a few tips to make breastfeeding in public a little easier: Be prepared: When you know that you have to go out, plan and prepare in advance. Be mentally prepared to breastfeed in public. Pack a nursing shawl, a diaper bag, and other nursing essentials in such a way that they are easy to access so that you do not waste time in accessing things. Look for a place to breastfeed: Visualize the place in your head and demarcate the places where you feel you would be able to breastfeed your child. Some public places have a separate nursing room. Ask around to find one, but if there is no such room, then select a quiet café or a place where a couple of ladies are already present and breastfeed there. Latching and unlatching: When you are latching and unlatching the baby, turn away from the crowd. That is the time when your skin gets exposed to the maximum. Turning to a wall will ensure that you are able to do this comfortably. Once the child has latched, you can face the crowd once again. Wear appropriate clothes: When going out with an infant or a toddler, choose clothes that facilitate breastfeeding. A top with front buttons or opens at the neck makes the process less tedious. Also, opt for a nursing bra. And don’t forget the nursing shawl. Always travel with someone: Travel with someone you are comfortable with. This might be your friend, family member or spouse. The person would provide moral support, help you cover up, provide conversation, and also hold your stuff while you are breastfeeding. Practice in front of the mirror: Before you actually step out in public, practice breastfeeding like you would do in public in front of the mirror. This will give you a clear idea of the position you need to take and improvisations you need to make. It will also make you comfortable with your body and the practice of breastfeeding in public. Watch baby closely: Look out for signs that your baby is hungry. At the same time, do not wait for long to feed as a hungry baby becomes fussy and maybe so busy throwing tantrums that they may not latch on quickly, making the process tedious. Smile, it’s alright: Some times, in spite of all your efforts to breastfeed your baby as inconspicuously as possible, people may stare or pass comments making you feel guilty. Either respond politely saying that this is your right as a mother or just smile and let go. Choose a response you are comfortable with. Lastly, remember that as a mother, you have certain rights. Your baby needs nourishing and you have the right to provide it. Though India as a country has no rules and regulations to protect the mother legally, it is a socially acceptable practice in both rural and urban areas. So, feel confident and breastfeed your child without any guilt. #noguiltmom