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3Cs to Avoid in Parenting

We are here again with our A to Z challenge with #BlogChatterA2Z. It’s time to reveal another article which starts from C.

Since, I have told in the past two articles that what to do to be an effective parent, here I am sharing the C, to tell you what not to do if you want to enhance your parenting skills.

So, you might have quite guess the topic 3Cs to avoid for being an effective parent.

Criticize

The studies show that frequently criticizing your kid can make them bully others. Don’t you think sometimes the things we do as parents on our child might have long-lasting consequences? Yeah, it does have, and it can turn out to be the worst. If you criticize your child then stop it now, they feel unloved and they start comparing you with others. Many parents make the mistake of criticizing their child in front of others. Do you think this is the right way?

The right way is to explain to them a reason why certain things are immoral and tell them their consequence. Communicating your thoughts makes your relationship healthier and stronger.

Compare

Comparing your child with others is completely a No-No. Being a parent you need to realize that kids have different abilities, and comparing them can demotivate them and bring their morale down. Your appreciation can make them feel confident and boost their mind in creativity.

Just imagine, don’t you get disappointed when your kids start comparing you with their friend’s parents? Think twice before comparing them with their peers.

 Compete

Nowadays, fighting for 1st rank and expecting your child to be number one has become a normal task. But why? Why your kids have to participate in every race?

I have seen parents and maybe you guys might sometimes compete with your kid with their friends, cousins, etc. I really want to know why?

Every child is special and they have different talents. So, don’t ask them to compete with them. Instead, ask them to follow their heart. If someone is good at sports then it is possible that your child will be good at something else. Encourage them for what they are doing.

I hope you will avoid these 3Cs in your parenting journey. I will be coming up with the alphabet ‘D’ which guides you to be an effective parent.

Also Read, 3B’s of Effective Parenting.

3B’s of  Effective Parenting

We are back again with our A to Z blogging challenge by #BlogChatterA2Z. It truly gives me immense pleasure to participate in such challenges. I have been participating for the past 4 years and still not tired to go ahead with it. We have already started up with 3A’s of effective parenting, if you haven’t read it till then make sure to give it a read. Every parent should learn about effective parenting, so here we will start with 3B’s which makes you an effective parent.

You might be guessing that what are the 3B’s make you an effective parent. Aren’t you? No worries! I am here to guide you in everything about effective parenting.

Be Available

The first B tells you about being available for the kids. Our kids notice when we are and when we are not present around them. Be available for your kids not only when they need it, but also when they want to spend some ‘me’ time with you. Remember your kids are always in search of you. Play with them, spend some time, teach good habits, etc. Let your kids know that you are in their vicinity. Being available at the times when they need makes your relationship stronger.

Be Patient

Being impatient with your child can damage your relationship. It actually takes a lot of time to be patient with your kid. Yelling on your kids can worsen your relationship with them. Remember to make them understand calmly and patiently will help you to gain their confidence. This is one of the key lessons of effective parenting. Try to create a good bond with your kids. Don’t Yell! Be patient with your words and actions with your kids.

Believe in Yourself

Sometimes, parents are really scared whether they are handling their kids in a good way or not. Are they good parents? Trust me every parent has such doubts. Believe in yourself, and trust your abilities to be a good parent. Doubting your parenting abilities never makes you an effective parent.

So these are the 3B’s which make you an effective parent. Did you find this blog as a great guide for new parents? If yes, then please share with people who are becoming new parents.

3B’s of  Effective Parenting

Also, Read 3A’s of Parenting

Stay tuned with A to Z blogging challenge with #BlogChatterA2Z for the complete guide.

3A’s of Parenting

Hola! We are again back in April with our A-Z blogging challenge by #BlogchatterA2Z. Trust me, it is an extreme pleasure to participate in this challenge for the past 4 years and it excites me every time. Your wait is finally over, and I am coming up with a new theme to this challenge, i.e. A-Z becoming an effective parent. If you are a parent then this blog will be worth it. What are you thinking? This niche is related and close to my heart as every parent should know how effective parenting is important and how it helps you and your child to make a stronger bond.

So, let’s start with alphabet A, Do you know what are the 3A’s of becoming an effective parent? If not they do give a full read to this blog.

 Acceptance

Acceptance is the key to open the door to different opportunities. Once we become parents, the acceptance of our child shows how she/he is making parenting effective as we are unlocking the door of possibilities, and finding the new and creative solution to every hurdle. In my opinion, once you start accepting the situation, your whole perspective towards parenting will change. When I started hurdles came around but trust me the situation tremendously changed.

Availability

The availability towards your child might be tough but it is not impossible. You have to take them as a priority, this will help them gain trust and open up to you. Don’t stress! Being a parent makes them believe, no matter what the situation is you will be available with them. This will help your child be more confident. Availability towards my children is the key and being available to them is a sense of identity that makes them conclude that they are secure.

Affirmation

Parents Affirmation is security, praising and encouraging them makes them believe that they are important to you. Make a positive statement every time they do something good, talk about their good traits. Our children have a desire of being loved, they feel valued and loved for what they are. So, affirm their attributes.

There is a whole lot of difference between effective parenting and good parenting. Don’t you agree with it? A loving parenting guide can bring a change not only in parents but as well as children’s life.

A-Z blogging challenge by #BlogchatterA2Z

Stay tuned for my next blog where I will be revealing the effective parenting techniques which starts from the letter ‘B’

Kids Yoga

Gone are the days when it was considered that yoga is only for adults. Today, kids yoga has equally become very important and is in rage for all good reasons. Yoga for kids is essential as it has several physical and mental health benefits. Learning yoga from a young age can improve the kid’s focus, immunity, concentration, cognitive abilities, emotional quotient, and intelligent quotient. To help you with the same, Cure.Fit has started sessions on kids yoga which is very helpful, and I say this from my own personal experience. Your kids can practice yoga from the comfort of their homes.

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Features of kids yoga sessions on Cure.Fit

You will find different videos that contain simple yoga postures and exercises for kids. The videos are exciting and involve them in the practice session. They have been designed and customized to suit the interest of kids and retain them in the classes. The yoga asanas that are included in the videos are easy yet compelling and explained in a way that the kids could perform it smoothly at their home.

Age-appropriate videos

The Cure Fit kids yoga pack have two sessions of three videos. The sessions are divided as per the age group of kids. The first session is kids yoga for 5 to 7-year-olds, and the second session is for 8 to 10-year-olds. The videos in all sessions are of 30 minutes. The categorization has been done to make it further suitable for the kids of the age bracket. The pre-teens and teen kids can practise the asanas in the second category. Even adults at home can use the same yoga postures to perform their early morning yoga workout session.

5 to 7 year age- The kids at this age are very active and their bodies, are quite flexible. If they start practising yoga from this age, their body can quickly adapt to the postures and help them embark on the beautiful journey of yoga. The videos are filled with fun and involve the kids with the activity without actually making them feel that they are doing yoga. Instead, it seems to be a fun play activity.  Thus, the kids play and stimulate their bodies at the same time.

8 to 10 years- Kids this age are eager to make their decisions and thus the yoga postures in this category focus to calm their minds and help them to stay focused and make their decisions. These postures help them strengthen their body and boost their immunity. Overall, with yoga postures from these videos, the kids improve their performances in academics and sports as well.

Why Cure.Fit?

The most important reason to opt for Cure.Fit is that it involves the kids in a way that they enjoy the session instead of getting stressed. The kids will look forward to their yoga sessions as the postures here are simple and useful for the kids. The postures help the kids develop confidence and calm their minds. Also, they need not go to yoga centres or pay a considerable amount as fees. Instead, under your guidance from their homes, they can perform yoga on Cure.Fit.

Organic Kids Clothing

Being in the blogger industry, I have developed more love towards enhancing my dressing style, taking care of my skin, and being physically and mentally fit. And, being a millennial mother, I would love to dress up kids every now and then. Here I am sharing organic kids clothing for your child.

Nino Bambino

As a result, my daughter, Angel has a knack for fashion too. But, my little baby, Aarit is still too young to understand anything about fashion. But he loves everything that I choose for him. I love dressing him up so he can develop his own sense of style.

Recently, I have posted a few pictures of Aarit on Instagram and everyone went gaga over his outfit in my comment section. So, recently I came across a brand, Nino Bambino. While scrolling, I found super cute and colourful outfits for baby boy and baby girl. And the best part is that they are made up of 100% organic kids clothing material which is super soft on the skin and totally wearable.

Aarit has worn three outfits from Nino Bambino, and let me review it individually.

  • Multi Colour Dungaree Set for Baby Boy By Nino Bambino: 

Nino Bambino 100% Organic Cotton Multi Color Dungaree Set For Baby Boy

Who said only girls can wear pink colour? This pink coloured dungaree with a white leopard print t-shirt will make your kid looks super stylish and trendy in the outfit. If you want, you can add a baker boy hat to make their look straight out of kid’s fashion magazine.

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  • Orange Coloured Slipper Print Romper By Nino Bambino: 100% Organic Cotton Full RomperIf you have been looking for a great way to style your kids, then you can never go wrong with a romper for your kids. Not only the cute slipper print romper looks cute but also it provides maximum comfort to your little ones.

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  • Cute Yacht Printed White Top & Button Set By Nino Bambino:

Nino Bambino 100% Pure Organic Cotton Top & Bottom Sets For Baby Boys

Want to keep it simple yet chic? Then this yacht print colour co-ordinated set for kids will steal everyone’s heart. Get it for your little baby as you don’t have to worry about co-ordinating the top wear and bottom wear every other morning.

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Why Would I recommend Nino Bambino outfits to every parent?

So, whenever I buy new things and if I like them, I love to spread the word about them. From talking about the fresh prints of clothing for babies to comfort level, let’s check out why you need to try Organic Kids Clothing Nino Bambino’s clothing pieces.

  • All the clothes by the brand are 100% pure organic kids clothing which means it won’t cause any rashes and allergies on your baby’s sensitive skin.
  • The clothing items of Nino Bambino are QC checked and passed.
  • They are super affordable and the best part is that they have discounts going on their website.
  • The products are generally dispatched within 2 days when you order on Nino Bambino’s website and they provide a 100% Money back guarantee.

So, order the super stylish outfits for kids right now and share your pictures on Instagram and tag me on your baby’s outfit pictures too.

Also Check, Super Comfy Bouncer Chair for New Born Baby

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A for Animal Fact List With Kids

Nowadays, getting productive during the quarantine period is not as easy as it seems. And, if you are a working parent and stuck with kids, then it is even harder to entertain them. 

A for Animal Fact List With KidsBut, don’t worry! I am here to help by A to Z Blogging Challenge with #BlogChatterA2Z. As I have revealed my theme which is based on the Fun Activities to do with your Kids during Quarantine.

So, here is the first activity that you can try out with your kids i.e., A for Animal Fact List With Kids. It is a super amazing yet inexpensive activity that you can do with your kids. It will surely let you teenybop discover some fun and furry animal facts about our incredible wildlife on this planet. 

Why Animal Fact List With Kids?

The reason for choosing this activity is to educate our children with wildlife. Once, they will know the untold facts about these wonderful living creatures then they will eventually take the utmost responsibility of being sensitive towards them. These animal facts will increase their knowledge too. As a parent, you should collect relevant information about the animals and share them with your children.

Material Required for the Animal Fact List 

As I have already mentioned, this activity is super inexpensive. All you need a pen and paper. 

How to play “Animal Fact List With Kids” 

You don’t need a special skill to ace in this activity. Moreover, there is no specific process to play the activity. You can play this on your terms. 

  • Match the Animals and Their Facts

Just a paper and write about the list of the animals on one side of the paper and jumble down the fun facts of the animals on the other side of the paper. And share the paper with your kids and tell them to match the animals with their facts and let’s see how much they can get it right. 

  • Guess The Animal

It is pretty much the same as above but in this, you can tell your kids an amazing fact and give them a hint along with the fact and ask them to guess the animal. I am sure your children will love this activity.

Key Learnings 

This activity has helped to develop a great learning experience for the kids. Here are some of the points that were key learning points.

  1. We learned to discover the multiple threats that these animals face today. 
  2. We learned about some beautiful extinct and endangered animal species. 
  3. This activity helped us to grow sensitivity and responsibility to preserve these animals. 
  4. Exposure to the great wildlife of this planet. 
  5. We learn about the meaning of their actions and behavior.

My Overall Experience

It was such a great experience to discuss animals with my daughter. She loves to know more about animals. And you won’t believe it, we played this activity straight for three hours, which is unbelievable.

So, try out this activity with your kids too and don’t forget to share the experience in the comment section below. If possible, you can also share the pictures and tag me @sneha_261013 on Instagram.

And stay tuned for the next activity from the alphabet, ‘B’! Can you guess it?

Pregnancy Massage during the First Trimester

Getting a massage is a blissful journey. This is one luxury, which anyone would love to indulge in. We all have been living a life so stressful, fast, and tiring – both mentally and physically. A back massage from the shoulders, all the way to the spinal cord, until the hips. Don’t you feel it? But before we get diverted by the written pleasure, let us not forget the topic we are going to discuss today. Are massages safe during pregnancy? A lot of pregnant women have this one question in their minds, which has most of the time remained unanswered.

Pregnancy Massage during the First TrimesterI have been doing my research through it since I have stepped into my second trimester. I have been reading a lot about it. Along with it I also consulted my doctor for the same. Since this is my second child and my age have had a huge effect on the same. Therefore, I take extra precautions on my end to be careful with my health and the health of the child as well.

So, when it came to massages, I thought of taking those only after I am completely sure about it. So, I did my research on various things – from when should I take my massage, what should be avoided, are there any benefits of taking massage and one of the major questions, is it safe to take massages during pregnancy? So, to avoid the research on your end I would like to share my research with you along with my experience for the same. So, here we go!

Let us begin with the basic question:

What is Pregnancy Massage?

A pregnancy massage is also known as the parental or the postnatal massage. It is a term used for a hands-on massage taken during or after the pregnancy. The massage would usually last for an hour for a forty-five-minute session. There are professionals associated with the pregnancy massage and they use a massage table, this is no usual massage table. This table is designed in a way to accommodate the pregnancy belly of a woman. Along with the table, there are specially designed pillows with are called as the bolsters. This helps the pregnant woman to comfortable adjust on the pillow on her side. This is mostly helpful in the later stages of pregnancy that id posts the first trimester.

When should you not consider getting a pregnancy massage? 

There will be several articles that say that a woman should get the message anytime, or some may tell you to get it done during the third trimester, so on and so forth. It is alright to get a massage during pregnancy, what you do not get this when you should not consider getting one. However, what I have got to know is that there should be two typical scenarios when a woman expecting a child should think very carefully to get a pregnancy massage. There are the following:

  1. The first trimester:

There are reports which tell that women are most at risk in their first trimester to get a massage. Several massage therapists say a vehement no to their clients in their first trimester. There are risks of miscarriage, or induced labor during the first pregnancy massage in first trimestertrimester if opted for a pregnancy massage. Some of the massage therapists are most considerate of the high blood flow during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Secondly, there are certain pressure points. How are we even not mentioning pressure points when discussing the massage. There are pressure points, which are almost certain to initiate contractions. If you have a doctor’s prescription, they might still consider a parental massage during the first trimester. Most likely they refuse to give a pregnancy massage during the first trimester.

  1. Medical conditions also relate to pregnancy massage:

We all know the basic logic behind massage – it is the circulatory system. Their circulatory system is the one that engages the blood flow in the body. These could affect ladies with medical conditions and harm health conditions. So, the following are the issues where you must consider your doctor before divulging yourself into a pregnancy massage. Of course, the doctor will let you know, however, you should still consider asking them on a personal level.

  • High Blood pressure issues
  • Pregnancy risk concerns such as congenital heart disease
  • Any recent injury or surgery
  • An organ transplants

The benefits of Pregnancy Massage:

There are very fewer studies and research made which primarily focus on pregnancy massage. There are no “affirmative” benefits stated. However, there are still few studies which show multiple benefits for the pregnancy massage, which are:

  • A lower level of anxiety
  • A decrease in back and leg pain
  • Improved sleep cycle
  • Decreased level of stress hormones
  • Reduced muscle tensions and headaches
  • Reduced edema

Additional benefits that some other studies show are as follows:

  • An increase in the level of “feel good” hormones
  • Decreased levels of stress indicators
  • An overall mood lifter
  • Improvement of nerve pain
  • Improved circulation

Is it safe to consider pregnancy massage?

There are a lot of doctors who hesitate to recommend parental massage during pregnancy. There are a lot of reasons that follow up for hesitation. One of the basic reasons being the trainer who does the massage. There are very few professionals who lack certification of pregnancy massage or have a different technique. Therefore, during such scenarios where it is difficult to prove the certification the parental massage isn’t safe. It is all about the techniques.

We all are aware that any regular massage, even a basic one is all about the nerves and muscles, and pressure points. One wrong pressure and the massage could be fatal. Therefore, when pregnant the ladies have to be far more careful in choosing their professionals.

Secondly, as mentioned above there have been very few studies about the pregnancy massage. One of the major debates that are still prevalent of whether it is safe to get a massage during the first trimester. Therefore, it is very important to consult a doctor for the same and find a practitioner who has a certificate for the same.

This was my take on pregnancy massages; however, I have started pregnancy massage during my second trimester, avoiding it completely during the first trimester. I would surely let you know an updated version related to my experience.

Third month of pregnancy – A crucial month to find out genetic abnormalities in fetus #Pregnancy-series

As addressed in the previous blog, I have decided to share my Pregnancy Stories, experiences, and everything related. My core idea to tell these stories is to share what I have gone through and to help anyone who needs it. Having said that I am well aware of the fact that each woman goes through different experiences. Each pregnancy is way different than others and that everyone goes through different complications, God forbid. But if anyone who relates to a similar condition they can easily go through my blog and seek help. So, in this blog, I will be speaking about the second and third month of pregnancy.

Why the second and third months together you ask? Well, these two months were a kind of mental recovery and taking care of months for me. However, there were a lot of realizations and mistakes I made even during these months, which I will be discussing in the latter part of the blog. However, these months were a continuous process, which you will realize by the end of the read below.

If you haven’t read my previous post, I will link it hereI have stated in this one that I have been going through complications because of Placenta Previa. Placenta Previa is a condition in pregnancy where the placenta grows in the lowest part of the womb that is the uterus. This covers the complete or a part of the cervix opening. The placenta grows during the pregnancy period and helps in feeding the baby. This causes bleeding or spotting.

Things I realized were reasons for my complications

I consulted my doctor as soon as I saw spotting and experienced complications during my first initial month. However, after having concerned my doctor, I realized two major things:

  • This was my second pregnancy
  • My age and pregnancy complications

Speaking about the first reason, it was my second child that I was expecting. I had psychologically back in my mind that since this is my second pregnancy, I am aware of the drill. Little did I know that there is a difference.

My second reason played a major role. A woman undergoes several changes from hormonal to genetics to physical during every sphere of her life. I am expecting my child at 35. There are a lot of changes I am going through apart from the mood swings. Secondly, my body has its own needs to be fulfilled along with the health of my child too.

These were the two major reasons I realized and shook hands with that I have to take care of myself. The carelessness of taking bumpy rickshaw rides, traveling to Europe, and playing Dandiya and Garba during my first months won’t work or help me in many ways. However, these were the ones that invited complications for me.

Major Mistake Made from My End:

There are certain tests that you have to get done when you are expecting your child. This is one fact each one of us is aware of and well-guided about. Apart from the sonography (USG) , there are certain reports and tests, which the doctor asks you to get done when you are expecting depending on the month.

Well, since it was my second and third month of pregnancy respectively, I had to get an NT Scan done.

Third month of pregnancy– What is an NT Scan?

An NT Scan is a very common screening that is to be done during the first trimester of the pregnancy. This is one test that helps in measuring the size of the clear tissue, which is called the nuchal translucency.

However, I got that test done. The mistake that was made from my end was that I did not get the Double marker test done. This is one of the most important tests for pregnant ladies above the age of 35 years. This test lets you know that there is no genetic issue with the child and he or she is perfectly fine.

How crucial is Double Marker test?

The story goes such that the day I was scheduled for my double marker test, I was late in reaching the pathology and it was closed. And therefore, I missed two more days because of this, followed by dusheera, the alb was closed. I thought will go after 2 days. little i did know that this can’t be done after 14 week. I have written complete post on double marker test but for time being double marker test is done to determine any chromosomal malformation in the fetus.  The issue was that the NT Scan was to be referred along with the double marker test. Since I missed this test, I lost the chance to find out genetic issues till 19 th week of pregnancy as I will have to quadruple marker test.  Keeping positive  in mind, we waited for 19 Th week.

But my doctor literally shouted at me saying that how can be this careless and I should not have missed the double marker test. It was an important test in order to know that if there is any genetic disorder in the child. Because of the pregnancy as I mentioned, I was being lazy and this made me miss the test, which was a huge mistake.

However, later on, when it was week 18 and 19, I was supposed to get done quadruple marker test and anomaly scan, which I did on time. This is a test that should be done in order to prevent any kind of genetic disorder in the kid.  Do read my next blog on what happened in my Quadruple marker test as it was not expected as I wanted.

All that I went through during the first trimester

In the early and mid-second trimester, I used to get spotting early morning. However, by the first trimester, it stopped. This spotting was all because of the placenta previa.

There were several reasons that accounted for all the carelessness or mistakes that were made.

Expecting my second child and between that, I have to also give time to my first child, as she is now in second grade. She has to be sent to school, taught at home as I take care of her studies.

  • Secondly, the other thing accounted for in this way that we are getting our new home constructed. This is also taking our time.
  • Thirdly, the Europe trip, I will definitely be writing about it on my blog. However, shopping for the trip, preparing for it and everything else made me physically tired and exhausted.

All these accumulated in the exertion and exhausting my body physically. However, when I told my doctor about it, she told me that internally everything is perfectly fine, there is no issue or problem with the child growing in me or with my body.

Along with it, I myself felt a tad bit better than the first two initial months by the time the third month has begun. There was lesser spotting, I would not say lesser mood swings and laziness, however, it did improve to some extent.

All you must take care of in the third month of pregnancy

As I have been saying since my first blog that the aim of writing these blogs and publishing them is to help women to learn from the mistakes I have done. The third month of pregnancy as said is a crucial stage, people do not even tell a lot of their relatives and closed ones that they are expecting until they have crossed the third month.

The following are my learning till third month of pregnancy
  • Take a lot of care of yourself. Do not only depend on the others to remind you about your medicines (if any) or eating habits. Since I had only 8 hemoglobin , my folic acid and Iron tablets were really crucial. But when you have so many complications in your life, you gotta forget medicines. And more thing Never Take the calcium and IRON TABLETS together, as they both interfere in their absorption in blood. so always keep a gap of 5 hours between two medicines.
  • Do not miss any tests told by the doctor, these are important and there are time periods fixed for them. If you miss one day you might not be allowed to take the test any further.
  • Try not to physically exhaust your body.
  • Also If you are going thru many complications, don’t do exercise at all, until your doctor advises you.

I hope these are going to help you a lot and I will be back again with the blog on compulsory or mandatory test to be done during pregnancy. And let you know what all I went through and what were the better signs I was able to witness.

Disclaimer: These are my personal experience and may not be applicable to any one else.

 

 

Does first month of pregnancy decide the fate of your child ?

Hearing those sweet toy bells is one of the most beautiful feelings in the world for a mother. There have been a lot of myths, speculations, and precautions that go around amongst the mothers. They say, “you bring a new life into this world.” Well, yes! I agree with it. However, there are a lot of things, which each woman goes through. There are certain unique traits seen in every month, which is different from every woman. Since I was no different I myself went through certain issues in my pregnancy. As everyone might not be aware that I am expecting my second child. Yes, so I would like to take this opportunity to tell my readers about it. I will be sharing each and everything that I went through starting from when I was the first month pregnant until the ninth.  So if you are a mom ,or expecting or trying to conceive, read it carefully till end.

This will be my pregnancy dairies – sharing my first-hand experience on every month. So here we go!

first month of pregnancyThe Announcement!

We had planned our second child for the sole purpose to provide our first child a sibling. This was the whole and sole purpose of hands down and nothing else. So, the announcement came to us and we were definitely happy about it.

Signs and Symptoms during the First Month of Pregnancy

When I was pregnant with my first child, I was a chirpy one. Sometimes I had cravings to eat something so on and so forth. However, when I came to know I was second time pregnant, I was prepared for what might and might not happen. But my dear friends, you can never predict this. Every pregnancy is different. You are not aware of what might happen, how your body would react to it, and what would happen with you. However, you must not be reckless, I know being in that situation and saying that is hard, but you can always prepare yourself.

I have read articles before and even read articles in the first month of pregnancy. They did not much help me in my case. The reason was I wasn’t able to find anyone who wrote what I was feeling. However, if anyone goes through the same situation, I want them to help with my experience. Following were the signs and symptoms that I saw in the first month of pregnancy:

Apart from this, I was at ease that I did not suffer from vomiting. Whereas, some women might. Having said that there are also certain things that one must take care of, which I will be sharing with you all in the latter part of the blog.

There was something I wasn’t happy about

I vividly remember that when the news for my first child came to me, I was very happy. I felt happy within. There were new kicks about each and everything that I used to feel. Small joys brought me great pleasure. Eventually, when I was told that we are expecting our second child, the feeling wasn’t the same. Henceforth this happened with me at the beginning of the first month of pregnancy itself.

I did not feel excited or enthusiastic about it. Definitely, I want this child, all I am trying to say is that my body wasn’t telling me the same. During the first month itself, I became cranky. I wasn’t feeling joyous or excited. I did not want to write or do any creative thinking. I wasn’t able to. Initially, I thought that it might be because the first child was a completely new thing for me and me stepping into motherhood. This might have some kind of psychological reasons.

The doctor said I was completely fine and there are different signs and symptoms in each pregnancy. There are different events each woman goes through. It has nothing to do with the first or second child or with me per se. I was relieved on that part after hearing her words. However, little I knew this was just the beginning.

I never saw this coming

Apart from feeling cranky, bored, and lazy, there was something I never knew that bumped on me. While I had just gulped the lazy symptom, I came across another issue. I had started seeing spots during my first month itself.

So this was one thing that irked me, and I became restless to know what was wrong? I was fine with everything but this, why? I obviously took an appointment with my gynecologist and asked her all my questions.

I was told that this spotting was because of the placenta previa. I was worried about it since I thought that all this happened because I wasn’t much care during the first month. However, the doctor cleared it very vividly about the same.

To all those who don’t what placenta previa is:

Placenta Previa isn’t that common when it comes to woman, however, I would like to share this with my readers. One of the major reasons I would want to do that is I became very reckless when I saw all this happening to me. I had no one to let me know that this wasn’t a thing to worry about. There are several women who go through the conditions but do not know what to do. Of course, a doctor is an ultimate help, but I believe sharing my experience will help you. And as far as I believe once you know how and what to do through an experienced person you are much careful.

So, coming back to Placenta Previa, it is not “the most” common thing. Every 1 in 200 women suffers from this. However, this commonly happens until the third trimester. And I suffered through it in the first month of my pregnancy only. It is most common for women who have has:

  • More than one child
  • A caesarian
  • Surgery on the uterus
  • Twins or triplets

The exact cause of Placenta Previa is yet unknown, however, in my case, I suffered from the spotting because the mouth of my uterus was downwards.

Where did I go wrong? Precautions to be taken during the first month of pregnancy:

As accepted, I did not take care of myself as I should have in the first month of pregnancy. One of the major reasons was the happiness within, which I was not able to feel. Secondly, there are certain things every woman should take care of. Despite your pregnancy case is different.

The following are some of them which I feel according to my experience:

  1. Do not take bumpy rides – no rickshaw rides.
  2. Travel less, especially nowhere alone or far land
  3. Give your body rest
  4. Dancing and heavy activities must be avoided

The above-mentioned points, I believed were a myth and being an enthusiast on that end, I did not take care of it. However, let me clarify that my spotting wasn’t because of the rides or travel or dancing, it was due to the placenta previa.

My carelessness was seen since I traveled a lot during my pregnancy and my first month itself. Along with it, it was during the Navratri season when I came to know that I was pregnant. One of the major things that added to my carelessness was dancing.

Definitely, you all must be thinking every doctor’s advice to keep on doing some activities, however, my Indian readers must be well-aware of the difference between a Navratri dance and a usual activity. Once you are dancing with hundreds and thousands of others you tend to make a mistake. I would say, I did that too.

Eventually, until my fourth and fifth month of pregnancy, I have coped up with a lot of things. But this was my first month of pregnancy experience. These were the things I went through. So, having shared that, I will come up with my #PregnancyDiaries for the second month super soon. Please let me know your thoughts on same.

 

 

 

Skill Development Books for Your Kids

Parenting is one of those lessons that life teaches you in varied ways. Once you become a parent it isn’t only a responsibility but life’s way to teach you beautiful lessons, hard way or harder lesson in a beautiful way. From learning to hold your newborn with utmost care to teach them to walk, speak, and learn – life teaches you all. However, there is a lot of time when parents like me and you seek help from books, digital articles, and even word of mouth. In a similar manner to make your little one learns some efficient skills, there are several skill development books available for the kids of every age. Today kids hate plain white and black plain books. They want more activity oriented books to read.

I never knew there could be books specifically made for kids of all ages wherein according to the age there are skills of art and crafts to writing, and sentence formation that could be taught to kids. I remember when I was a child, my parents used to make me hear moral stories, fables, and sometimes poems in order to impart upon our knowledge. I never thought that I would be confessing, and it will be this soon when I would say “Our time didn’t have the exposure our kids get.” I hope a lot of parents reading this would agree.

Coming back to the topic of developing skills in kids there are science experiments, Vedic mathematics, thinking power, and a lot more. I have been an ardent reader of online articles and books on parenting, I have read a lot about parenting and that how important it is to develop skills in our kids right from the tender age of 5. Kids are quick learners during that age. We all have been there, the A-B-C learned at the age of 3-4 is by heart even today, so are the nursery rhymes and not the periodic table, right?

WHY READING BOOKS?

Sometimes reading books to them soothes them, they start to visualize too. However, when once you begin to teach them the visualization, learning the power and thought power starts to develop in a better direction. How you can develop skills in your kids with books is to let them read and ask questions.

There are books from A-B-C, finding colors, learning through fun activities that entice them and they too are enthusiastic to learn in this way.

HOW DO THESE SKILL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS HELP?

Just like any curious parent, there are several questions going on in your head, just like it happened to me. Researching and looking for my answer and through my experiences, I found that kids love to run their minds on finding things, something they would get in the end and with their hard work. Treasure hunt, colors, pictures are a few things they easily learn and also this helps then in identifying and developing skills too.

There are storybooks too, for the kids who are of the age of 3 to 6 where reading big words is a task, you can always read them stories, which makes them learn morals and develop visualization like the traditional way.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS I WOULD SUGGEST

The following are the skill development books, which I would suggest that would really help boost your child’s skills.

INTELLIKIT TRIAL BOX:

This box has mini-books which as activities like vegetables sorting, food bingo, and others perfect for kids age 4 to 6 years.

https://www.firstcry.com/firstcry-intellikit-subscription/firstcry-intellikit-trial-box-4-6y/2402410/product-detail?ref=SEM_GSN_SmartShopping_Products_Intellikit_13_Educational-Toys-2402410!!GSN_Smart_Shopping_All_Products!!&gclid=Cj0KCQiAiZPvBRDZARIsAORkq7csuUApUpLT_YiYmdSmGg9tjDMBbiJlaRo_1Xbl60b9pWtsbpuNWRcaAojLEALw_wcB

IDEAS GO CREATIVE:

Kids of age group 8 to 10 years- will learn how to solve problems. Once the word problem occurs, we adults consider it to be some household and office chores, but when it comes to the kids solving problems related to music, dance, and math are something they love.

https://www.amazon.in/Problem-Solving-Ages-8-10-Ideas/dp/0713683333/ref=asc_df_0713683333/?tag=googleshopdes-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=396989490468&hvpos=1o5&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6906378595753905484&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9062269&hvtargid=pla-835793292220&psc=1

 

INDIA A TO Z:

When it comes to learning new things, general knowledge will be the first thing that any parent would want their child to be quick. Knowing about the country the firsts of every category, all these are easily available in this book.

https://www.amazon.in/India-Z-Penguin-Children-Boo/dp/0143332570/ref=asc_df_0143332570/?tag=googleshopdes-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=397083386816&hvpos=1o13&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6906378595753905484&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9062269&hvtargid=pla-838080322445&psc=1

https://www.firstcry.com/creative/creatives-think-and-match-i-game-multicolor/1195532/product-detail?ref=GoogleShopping_5_Learning-and-Educational-Toys!!GSN_Smart_Shopping_All_Products!!&gclid=Cj0KCQiAiZPvBRDZARIsAORkq7eS80XbzYv0uPJq5ztaIBFdgzvyFLjeHMhQR0x0hOTSGab8dzAzPhMaAqTTEALw_wcB

SUDHA MURTHY CHILDREN’S TREASURY:

We all have been there, listening to grandma’s stories and being excited for it every time we visit her, or rather during the nights. Sudha Murthy’s books are exactly what you need.

https://www.amazon.in/Sudha-Murty-Childrens-Treasury-Box/dp/0143333828/ref=asc_df_0143333828/?tag=googleshopdes-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=396989088624&hvpos=1o6&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6906378595753905484&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9062269&hvtargid=pla-835349735947&psc=1

Developing skills in kids is all that you can endeavor in your kid and not force. Each child has its own talent and skills, one might interest in learning math while the other in a treasure hunt.

 

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