Facial at Home – Indrani facial kit

What is facial and why is it necessary?

A Skin treatment that happens in multiple steps like exfoliation, nourishing, steaming, bleaching is called a facial. Proclaimed to be one of the best ways to take care of your skin, facial helps to maintain healthy, hydrated, and younger-looking skin.

How often should you opt for a facial?


If you have a normal, dry, or oily skin ideally doing a facial once a month should be fine. If you are someone with sensitive skin you could opt for a facial once in two months.

How long does the effect of facial last?


The effects of glowing skin due to boosted blood circulation typically last from 48-72 hours.

FACIALS AT HOME


Now that we have a pandemic in place, stepping out for a facial is probably not a safe decision. Even though you know if you are visiting a posh salon that takes all the highest measures of safety and hygiene, you never know where you might get infected. In such cases, facials at home are saviors.

So what do you require for facials usually?

  • Cleanser
  • Scrub
  • Massaging gel or cream
  • Face pack
  • Astringent

INDRANI ORANGE FACIAL KIT

Being a person with combination skin, predominantly oily I would say, I was on the lookout for a good facial kit that suits oily or combination skin. Since I wanted to opt for something that had citric acid (good for oily skin) I decided I should check those options which had citrus fruits.


I stumbled upon this orange facial kit online. Checked out the contents, pricing, reviews and decided to buy it.

What does it contain?

  • Lemon cleansing milk
  • Apricot scrub
  • Orange massaging gel and orange nourishing cream with vitamin E
  • Orange face pack
  • Astringent

Steps to do facial at home

Cleansing with lemon cleansing milk

Lemon cleansing milk


Cleansing being the first and foremost step to prepare your skin for the treatment, take 2-3 drops of cleansing milk and massage onto face in an upward circular motion for 2-3 minutes. Wipe off with cotton pads.

Exfoliation with Apricot scrub

Apricot scrub

Exfoliation is the next step, where you remove dead skin cells and unclog the pores. Take a small amount of scrub, massage onto your face in a circular motion for about 3-5 minutes. Wipe off with damp cotton pads. Do not scrub harshly. Gentle circular strokes would suffice.

Massaging with gel and cream

Orange facial massage gel
Orange nourishing massage cream with vitamin E oil

Take equal quantities of orange massaging cream and orange massaging gel and mix. With upward and circular strokes massage the mixture until it is absorbed into the skin. You could do this for 10 minutes.

Face pack

Orange face pack

Mix Indrani orange face pack with water or rose water and apply evenly onto face and leave on to dry for about 10-15 minutes. Wash off gently with water and pat dry.

Astringent

Astringent

Add two to three drops of astringent on to the cotton pad and dab it on the face to complete the facial and close the pores.

Skin feels fresh and renewed post-facial. Orange being a citric fruit is great for oily skin and vitamin C present is known to remove blemishes and give a glowing skin.

Price: Rs. 162 for all the six items included

Shelf life: 24 months

Packaging

Orange facial kit

The packaging was neat and sturdy with a hard cardboard box casing the six items needed for facial. Each item comes handy in small boxes and bottles that can be easily stored post usage. One kit would last for 2-3 facials for the minimal amount used.

Each liquid or cream is either a 10ml or 10g pack. You need not buy big packs and keep them stored in your closet. This is just the right amount.

Looking for a good facial at home and affordable too, then head right to purchase this kit. The kit can be purchased for Flipkart and Indrani cosmetics official website.

Onion Oil and Shampoo from Upakarma Ayurveda

Upakarma onion hair oil and Shampoo

Why onions for hair ?

Onion is one of the most safest, easily available home remedies that works wonders for your hair. Using oil extracts for your hair helps in improving thickness, stimulates growth and helps in new hair growth when dealing with hair loss.

Onions are rich in dietary sulphur, which are found in amino acids which in turn are part of proteins. One such is keratin, that is much required for good hair growth and maintenance. Hence onion is very beneficial in promoting hair growth and maintaining thickness.

Upakarma Ayurveda onion shampoo

Upakarma onion shampoo

Having mentioned above the benefits of using onions for hair, it is also said that incorporating onion extracts in washing hair has much greater benefits than washing it with water.

Upakarma Ayurveda onion shampoo contains a combination of oils that help make your hair washing a good experience without hair loss.

The shampoo is light in terms of texture and lathers good when mixed with water. The hint of onion extract is strong in terms of fragrant when using the product.

Ingredients

  • Red Onion Seed Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Aqua
  • Lauryl Glucoside
  • Decyl Glucoside
  • PQ–87
  • CAPB
  • Keratin
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin E
  • Vanilla Oil
  • Bramhi Oil
  • Amla Oil
  • Bhringraj Oil

Benefits

Herbal blend with Amla and brahmi helps reduce premature greying and hair loss, stimulates hair growth. Helps to reduce stress and relaxing effect. Blend of ten essential ingredients helps boost hair growth. Helps in nourishing hair through intense hydration.

No harsh chemicals like sulphate and parabens incorporated in ingredients and just natural ingredients makes it suitable to use for all hair types.

Stimulates hair growth due to presence of dietary sulphur in onion. Antibacterial properties of onion keeps scalp clean and stimulates blood circulation for good hair growth.

Repairs hair damage and chemically treated hair by providing nourishment to the tired tresses.

How to use

  • Wet hair in lukewarm water.
  • Take little amount of shampoo. Apply on scalp and hair length.
  • Massage gently and lather well .
  • Rinse thoroughly until shampoo is completely off the hair.

Price : Rs. 599 for 300ml bottle

Upakarma onion hair oil with 12 essential oils

Upakarma onion hair oil

Onion oil – The name in itself says that the oil is a blend of multiple essential oils which add their benefits to the already known benefit of onion for hair. The blend of multiple oils help in making hair stronger from the roots shinier and frizz free on the outside.

The oil has a very strong scent of pungency due to the onion extracts. The oil is light in consistency but mildly sticky. Apt to be used for daily application and also for a massage before hair wash. In that case the oil can be mildly heated before applying on scalp for massage.

Ingredients

  • Red Onion Seed Oil
  • Black Seed Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Rosehip Oil
  • Macadamia Nut Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Amla Extract
  • Bhringraj Extract
  • Neem Oil
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Hibiscus Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil

Benefits

Shinier and strong hair due to blend of argan, jojoba,black seed and Amla oils. Extracts from Amla and black seed help in maintaining strong roots and argan, jojoba help to maintain shinier hair.

Scalp nourishment by almond oil rich in vitamin D and Bhringraj oil. Necessary nourishment is provided helping flaunt healthy hair.

Safe for all hair types due to ingredients having only natural elements and no harsh chemicals. The natural blend makes it suitable for usage on all hair types and even chemically treated hair.

Hair growth is boosted which is the much needed benefit one could ask for.

Natural and toxin free makes it usable for all without any side effects. Ingredients contain only natural extracts and oil with no chemicals. Does not cause breakage due to ingredients.

How to use

  • Apply generous amount of oil on scalp and hair length.
  • Massage gently in circular motion and stroke gently.
  • Wash off with mild shampoo, preferably Upakarma Ayurveda onion shampoo.

Price : Rs.499 for 200 ml bottle

Both the products are available on the brand website.

Why should you opt for Upakarma Ayurveda products?

  • Fastest growing Ayurvedic brand in India .
  • All their products are Toxin Free, chemical free, pure & safe natural.
  • All their products are Cruelty Free Products, Not tested on animals, No ingredients of animal origin, vegan.
  • Upakarma Ayurveda products Premium and made of finest ingredients.
  • Upakarma Ayurveda is an ISO certified company & the products are Manufactured in GMP certified manufacturing units

Do check out their products on their website. I am sure that you will be impressed with the superior quality and assurance.

Upakarma Ayurveda

Balance your life

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Review of we are pregnant

We are pregnant

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We are Pregnant” is a first of its kind pregnancy companion book with real-life anecdotes and expert inputs from doctors. In this book, Monalisa who is a mother herself has delved into various aspects of pregnancy based on her experiences, further enriched by those of other mums she has spoken to. She has talked about the ups and downs of the journey, emphasising on the fact that you are not alone in this. This book will help expecting mums and dads make sense of their pregnancy journey. We also hope along the way it also brings a smile on your face. The author has believes pregnancy is not an ordeal to be endured, rather it’s a journey to be enjoyed. Enjoy reading and we wish you a very happy, healthy and safe – pregnancy and childbirth.

MY REVIEW

A one of a kind book on pregnancy from Author Monalisa Bandyopadhyay. The book has everything about pregnancy from conceiving to cord blood banking.
Isn’t is nice when you have a one book guide that talks about the first test where you confirm pregnancy, the exact beginning of your wonderful journey ahead & going to cord blood banking that’s done after you deliver you baby.
The book answers a lot of questions that goes inside a pregnant woman’s mind. Googling it all up wouldn’t be a solution. The author in the first chapter says that choosing the doctor is the first step, because she would be your partner for every visit and for your final day when you deliver. Choosing someone whom you can trust, who talks freely is most important. She also says that just because you got your pregnancy confirmed by a doctor doesn’t mean you should continue with them. Choose the right one.
This book talks about the author’s pregnancy journey, events from her visits to Dr S and Dr.P whom she trusted most on the earth during her journey. The book has a Q & A section at the end of some chapter answered by doctors. Also some real life experiences of her friends who were willing enough to share their journey. I really loved the part where she has a section to  pen down our story as well.

The book also touches about informing the workplace, advice that starts pouring in, the doctor visits and the tests that follow. The ultrasound scans the prenatal classes are what you need to plan as well.
Weight gain and exercise is an integral part that needs to be discussed. Eat for two as they say is only the nutrients. The quality of the food matters than the quantity. Tips on what to and what not to eat also are listed which makes food planning easier.
A separate section on aches and pains starting from morning sickness, the heartburn, indigestion, varicose veins, swollen legs and how to deal with them .
Mood swings like I said is one of the parts of pregnancy journey that absolutely needs to be discussed openly. Especially with the better half. Look happy, be happy. So if it’s only from inside it would be shown outside.
The clothes, Skincare , makeup ,spa ,photo sessions every little thing is discussed in detail.
Child birth the day we have been waiting for , the day we had been preparing for, contractions and when exactly to start for the hospital, coping with pains. Reading this mentally prepared you for what you are about to experience.
Once the baby is out, the woman needs to recover, bond with baby, latching and pumping needs to be concentrated on. Breastfeeding DOS and don’ts , the changes the body undergoes are discussed.
The after delivery care for the woman and the baby, postnatal blues are some other topics discussed.
I really appreciate the author’s efforts to include not only her own experience but excerpts from other women too. I loved her writing style which was natural and how the way she actually felt was there in her words.

BOOK DETAILS

Format : paperback

Publisher : Rubric publisher

Pages : 262

Price : Rs 399

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Monalisa is mother of a school going kid who equally balances her career and family responsibilities. This is her first book which she was inspired to write based on her experiences during her pregnancy and childbirth. She holds an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and has worked extensively in the financial services sector in India and abroad.

Review of UNEARTHED – An environmental history of Independent India

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Protesting against dams, protecting tigers, hugging trees, saving seeds, making room for elephants, battling mountains of waste, fighting air pollution, coping with soaring temperatures-India and its people have shared a remarkable relationship with the environment.
From the Green Revolution to the National Action Plan on Climate Change, Unearthed: An Environmental History of Independent India chronicles the country’s historical movements and significant green missions since 1947. Interspersed with lots of trivia, tales of eco-heroes and humorous cartoons, this easy-to-read account uncovers the story of a past with the hope that we will rewrite India’s future.

REVIEW

A book that treasures the environmental history of independent India. Divided into portions that discuss about white revolution, green Revolution,dams and climatic changes the book has a multitude of reasons to be the best gift one can have to know about the environmental  history of the country.
A book that can bring in environmental cautiousness in future generation to preserve nature and make it the core motto of the society.
The tiger tales chapter that explains the nearly extinct or towards extinction of our national animal due to TCM .

Water scarcity , afforestation, nuclear energy the book covers vast topics supported by loads of facts, people behind the movement and illustrations.
The book is easy to read for kids and also a great one for adults.
Written in simple language the book is  a great gift to kids.
A few notable events like the Bhopal gas tragedy, acid rain effects on Taj Mahal and other monuments and also about uranium poisoning in Punjab.

The idea is to make kids aware of what happened over the years and to implant thoughts of preservation.

BOOK DETAILS

Format : Paperback

Pages : 232 pages

Age recommended : 10 and up

Publisher : puffin books

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Meghaa Gupta’s tryst with environmentalism began in 2013, when she was commissioned to compile a book on environmental courses and careers for students in India. From passionate teachers and students to eminent professionals, the journey exposed her to the fascinating work being done in this field. Her writing has also appeared in TerraGreen, Careers360 and The Hindu and she has contributed to WWF-India’s One Planet Academy. She is deeply interested in exploring how young people relate to the natural world and has conducted a series of workshops with school and college students in association with WWF-India. Meghaa works in children’s publishing and this is her third book.

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Rose glow kit – Deyga organics

About Deyga

Deyga is a brand that believes in all natural ingredients for skin and haircare. Their products are aimed at giving you flawless skin by keeping skin safe. All their products are made from natural ingredients or at least the base ingredients for processing are naturally procured.

Their products are aimed at providing skincare by using pure and organic materials. A combination of high performing antioxidant with naturally occurring vitamins and essential oils are used for formulating their products.

Quality being their priority, each ingredient is carefully sourced from the best farms across the country. The products do not contact SLS, parabens and SLES.

The rose glow kit from their range is one of their best selling products and I am glad that I had the opportunity to try them out for about two months , post which I reviewed them.

Rose glow kit

Deyga rose glow kit

Price : 3500

Contains

  • Rose pink clay soap
  • Rose glow serum
  • Rose scrub
  • Rose and mulethi face pack
  • Rose powder
  • Rose water facial toner
  • Rose and geranium body butter

Rose pink clay soap

Rose pink clay soap

Ingredients

  • Rose extract
  • Pink clay
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Shea butter
  • Extra virgin coconut oil
  • Olive oil

Price : Rs. 370

The soap is handmade and cold pressed. Helps in micro exfoliating dirt and oil. The soap has natural fragrance and no additional fragrance is added . Helps in treating skin irritation. The soap lathers well in normal water and keeps skin soft. Coconut and almond oil along with Shea butter helps keeping skin smooth.

Rose glow serum

Rose glow serum

Contains

  • Rosehip oil
  • Saffron
  • Rose essential oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Almond oil
  • Vitamin E oil

Price : Rs. 790 for 30 ml

The serum smells heavenly with the natural fragrance of essential oils. It is light in consistency which makes easier to be absorbed by skin. It is apt for night routine so that the serum helps in skin repair throughout the night.

Rose scrub

Rose scrub

Contains

  • Native rose petals
  • Lotus petals
  • Beetroot extract
  • Semolina
  • Rice flour
  • Aloe Vera powder

Price : Rs. 570 for 100g

The scrub can be used for hands/ feet and the underarms. It just take 60 seconds for absorption into skin. Wash off with warm water. Rice flour as we know is a great kitchen ingredient for scrubbing. In addition to it the rose and lotus petals help in making skin soft and smooth.

Rose and mulethi face pack

Rose mulethi face pack

Contains

  • Native rose
  • Oats
  • Mulethi or licorice
  • Skin cherishing essential oil

Price : Rs. 490 for 200g

Helps in giving the skin instant glow and brightness. The pack upon continuous usage helps lighten dark spots. It can be mixed with milk or rose water toner for usage. Apply, leave on for 15 minutes and wash off with a massage. It’s as easy as that. It can be used in combination with the rose scrub. It is suited to be used for all skin types.

Rose powder

Contains

  • Organic arrowroot powder
  • Kaolin clay
  • Rose essential oil
  • Zinc oxide

Price : Rs. 600 for 100g

The powder can be used for hot and humid weather to keep away from body odour. The natural scent from English rose leaves a sweet fragrance. It is suited for both men and women. Can be used as a dusting powder post bath. Helps in preventing perspiration and drying of skin. Most importantly it’s talc free.

Rose water facial toner

Rose water facial toner

Contains

  • Steam distilled rose

Price : Rs 430 for 100ml

The fragrance is absolutely heavenly with the only ingredient being steam distilled roses. It’s apt for astringent and helps in balancing the skins pH value. It is a great option to be used to dilute your face packs. Just spray and pat skin dry to get it absorbed. Can be used in combination with rose mulethi face pack.

Rose and geranium body butter

Rose and geranium body butter

Contains

  • Rose essential oil
  • Geranium essential oil
  • Extra virgin coconut oil
  • Unrefined shea butter
  • Jojoba oil
  • Sweet almond oil

Price : Rs. 550 for 100g

The body butter helps in rejuvenation of skin by keeping the moisture sealed. The essential oils provide natural fragrance that keep you fragrant. Helps in healing of dry and chapped skin. Apt for using post bath and massaged onto skin until the butter is absorbed completely.

The kit can be purchased from their website. The products are available individually as well. This review is post my usage for two months. I’d suggest a patch test before you use any new product.

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Review of I hate my curly hair

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I tug till my head’s black and blue!
But nothing can tame
This wild, curly mane!

Curly haired girl does everything she can to straighten her stubborn curls-after all, everywhere she looks she sees heroines with smooth, silky hair. Then one day, a big bully comes along and everything changes! A humorous tale of self-acceptance. And of hair, lots and lots of glorious curly hair!

REVIEW :

Having read her first book dare eat that. This book is a complete contrast and is aimed at a different age group.

The author Divya aka ‘baal ki dukan’ had struggles with her unruly and very much curly hair. I’d definitely trade mine to have curly hair now.

This book is from the point of view of a four year old girl, who absolutely hates her curly twirly hair that coils and twists.

She feels it’s so unfair for someone to be blessed with curly thick hair that makes it unruly, frizzy and unmanageable.

Being called names like noodle, poodle this girl has tried everything she can to get those curls straight. From stretching it with books, glue, oil and what not the poor thing has tried to set right the unruly mane.

A sense of sadness surrounds her when she watches girls with long straight silky hair on TV and that’s something she doesn’t have.

Being bullied and laughed at for all her hair struggles, she tries hard not to cry.
But an incident changes her while thought and she starts feeling proud and happy to sport those lovely twirly whirly curls. Taking similarity to favourite heroes from books who are brave and adorn curly hair. She feels unique and is finally happy to have accepted herself as the curly haired girl and so does the bully friend.

The illustrations by @rujuta.td are brilliant and absolutely cute to look at.

A recent obsession of my daughter to grow long hair right after I narrated #rapunzel . She now wants curly hair post we finished reading this book.

A very fun and engaging read this book can reread as many times just to teach kids self acceptance and joy of reading.

BOOK DETAILS

Format available: Paperback and ebook

Price : paperback 244 ebook 156

Publisher : puffin books

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Divya, often called ‘ baal ki dukaan‘, struggled with unruly, thick, curly hair for over two decades before she realized her hair looks best when it’s left uncombed! She loves using her curls to hold the numerous pens, pencils and paintbrushes she needs while she’s writing, doodling or working. She gets her best creative ides when she’s hanging upside down, doing anti-gravity yoga. If you’re in Bangalore, you might spot her (and her distinctive curls!) with her husband Vivek. Their quest to eat bizarre foods from around the world features in her first book, Dare Eat That. Follow her at: http://www.divyaanand.in

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Review of oils and herbal powder – Shesha beauty

Ayurveda and usage of herbs in skincare and haircare has been done generations past. Usage of herbs, concoctions to make oils and powders for cleansing and wellness has been there for ages.

I recently came across shesha beauty which has a wide range products for hair and skin which help you combat all skin and hair problems.

Their products are made of goodness of natural Ayurveda and from our very dear god’s own country , Kerala. It’s the brainchild of an ex-amazon engineer, Renji , who hails from a family of naturopaths and Ayurvedic Doctors. She missed the goodness of authentic Ayurvedic products from her very own land which gave birth to shesha’s evolution.

Their oils are cold pressed and all natural. The powders for face and hair are all from natural ingredients like tulsi, orange peel, rose petals and so on.

The products are 100% natural and cruelty free. They are free from paraben and sulphates which makes them skin and hair friendly.

Having a no stretch mark belly and a clear and healthy skin is all what women dream about. This combination of oils and powder from shesha will surely make your dream come true. I’d definitely say these are my postpartum saviours and a regular in my skincare regimen.

I tried a couple of their oils and powders for a really long period before I came up with my review.

Nalpamaradi tailam . Known as natural illuminator, this oil is used to illuminate skin and to remove tan. Helps clear scars, acne marks and uneven skin tone that causes pigmentation. Usage is really simple. Take the required amount and massage on to skin until it gets absorbed and leave on for half an hour. You can then wash off with mild soap. The oil is beneficial is removing scars, pigmentation and is all natural.

I started using this when I was pregnant and pigmentation was a problem that led to stress. The oil has been working well to remove blemishes.

Price : Rs .250 for 50ml

Dhanwantram tailam. Pre and post natal massage oil. A traditional oil that helps in alleviating pain, rejuvenates muscles and increase immunity this oil is apt for pre and post natal massages. These are period which require massaging of skin to improve elasticity and strengthening of muscles. Regular usage also reduces stretch marks effectively during and post pregnancy. Made from authentic Ayurvedic formulation this oil is made from all natural ingredients and is not so sticky when applied. The oil can be massaged until absorbed by skin and left for half an hour. This can be washed off with mild soap in a warm bath.

I’ve been using this regularly post delivery and trust me it’s been the best savior of postpartum recovery.

Price : Rs. 250 for 50 ml

Tejaswini face wash powder. Green gram Bengal gram are skincare secret ingredients passed on from generations. This face wash powder is soap free , and helps absorb oil and makes its oil free. Can be used as daily scrub for face and suited for all skin types. Helps prevent acne and blemishes updated n regular usage. What else does a girl need when there is an all natural face wash. Usage is making the powder into a paste with water or rose water applying on face , scrub for 15-20 seconds and wash off for all day glow.

I’ve been using this for about two months and feels so good to be back with grandma’s Skincare secret.

Ingredients : almond, green gram, bengal gram, orange peel powder, rose petal, aloe Vera, avarampoo, hibiscus.

Price : Rs. 399 for 50gm

Kasturi manjal powder . Known as wild turmeric this is a staple in all Indian households. A must have ingredient for natural Skincare, this powder helps protect skin from harmful radiation. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties which help fight acne causing bacteria. A lovely uplifting aroma arises when using this powder. Helps in removing blemishes and acne marks this powder also helps in increasing skin luminosity. When mixed with Coconut oil can be used for spot reduction of scars. When mixed with water can be applied on to face, massaging in circular motion and washed off with warm water.

Kasturi manjal is a staple in our routine from being a baby. It is incorporated into bath powders to reduce hair growth and keep skin healthy.

Ingredients : Wild turmeric, lemon, orange and tulasi leaves.

Price : Rs 399 for 50gms.

Extra virgin coconut oil . Made from 100% natural coconut milk, the oil is apt for haircare in treating dry and sensitive scalp. Helps boost volume and improve hair growth.

An excellent massage oil for babies with all natural nutrients. A natural makeup remover this can be used in daily Skincare routine. I’ve been using it for me and as well as my baby for regular oil massage.

Price : Rs 299 for 200 ml.

A 100% all natural and trusted brand where you can buy Ayurvedic products for skin, hair and body wellness from our god’s own country. You can shop them at https://www.sheshabeauty.com

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The invisible load of Breastfeeding mom

Breastfeeding mom

When a baby is born, the mother is also born. The anxiety, stress, tiredness from delivery still takes days for her to settle down. But is she prepared for the invisible load.

No matter how much a mom is prepared for her journey post delivery, she still undergoes a lot of things unsaid and her mind is always preoccupied.

Being a new mom myself let me list them out.

Being the only one who can feed

Yes, if you are an exclusive breast feeding mom, you’re the child’s only source of food. Your duty cannot be passed on or taken over by someone else.

But if you would want your milk to be fed to your baby , you could pump, you at least have that exclusion. No, that needn’t make you feel guilty.

Staying hydrated

Yes, staying hydrated is part of your new mom schedule. You need to keep yourself hydrated in order to make milk that would suffice your baby’s hunger. Yes load yourself with water, flavoured , unflavoured, juice, buttermilk, milkshakes but limited caffeine. Definitely no alcohol.

Leaking milk and blocked duct

This definitely needs to be said. Milk leaking on your favourite shirt ,dress. You ain’t going without your breast pads on. The blocked duct and don’t forget to mention the pain that it offers you. Oh my god, nobody told me that if you make excess you’re going to suffer. So make sure your baby empties your breast it you at least pump the milk out to save yourself from pain that the engorgement gives you.

Feeling tired of being touched

With constant feeding, hugging and cuddling though it does have a lot of positive effects like the absolute delightful bond between mom and child, increased milk production, at times you just feel tired and don’t want to be touched. Especially if you’re co-sleeping or during the growth spurts when you cluster feed at times you get too tired and drained out especially the breasts.

Worry they’re getting enough

That mom guilt you get whether you’re making enough for your child. The constant thoughts that your mind keeps getting whether the child is full. You touch their stomach, see if they burped and are sleeping well. It’s an age old quotient they say, well fed baby sleeps well. Those were people who didn’t know about growth spurts, regression, colic and so on.

You’re Cinderella clock is only 2-3 hours

Yes, your baby needs you so you definitely aren’t getting away anywhere for more than a maximum of three hours. They want you to cuddle them , hold them and feel you so you better get back earlier.

Pumping and labelling

Did I tell you the hack that even if you’re the only source of nutrition you could excuse yourselves by pumping. I forgot to mention that pumping has its own accompaniments too. Yes labelling the pumped milk and storing them. The different temperatures to store and the time period they can be stored to be used. So now your refrigerator has extra compartmental spaces for your milk so keep out those squashes, cakes , juices and pizza out.

Adjusting caffeine alcohol and diet

I did mention while talking about being hydrated that caffeine has to be taken in moderation. If you’re someone who could survive without caffeine I’d clap my hands or if you’re someone like me who needs a dose of it everyday, make sure you get it before evening. A strict no to alcohol, but if you’re too addicted make sure you don’t feed the baby at least for 6-8 hours.

Diet is yet another aspect where you got to make adjustments and compromises. Yes , the postpartum diet is healthy and makes you put on a lot of weight. They say feed the mother well so the baby gets enough so in the process you tend to put on those extra kilos. Learning to say no or not to get tempted seeing your favourite foods which aren’t part of postpartum diet. Though they say the food taken by the mother doesn’t affect the baby, it all depends on the baby in the end.

Being the one waken up for night feeds

The night feeds especially the ones immediately post delivery the next one to four weeks are tiring and makes you lose sleep. Again you’re the only source you will have to wake up when your baby needs milk. But if you’re someone who doesn’t want to look at your husband whose happily sleeping like a baby, I’d say you pump and make him feed or make him get you some midnight snacks you could munch on.

Limited dress options

Did I tell you that you have limited dressing options too. Don’t let your eyeballs bulge out. The need to nurse makes you have only very little options for wardrobe and don’t forget that the boobs need to be secured well inorder to not sag and most importantly not to reveal when they leak. Not to forget those elderly advices hide your breasts you’re a feeding mom, people might look at you.

When to wean advices

The most important or needed purchases post your delivery is good pair of airports or headphones. You might need them for a longer period until you decide to wean your child upon your own will. Untill then the advices keep pouring in stating reasons like milk isn’t enough or the baby is growing and needs solids. Happily plug in your ears and listen to some soothing music or watch your favourite series and don’t give a heed. You’re the mother and who exactly know when to start solids for your child. Until then keep calm and offer your breasts happily.

Responsibility of the weight

As long the baby is breastfed the weight factor depends completely on you. You take full responsibility if the baby is gaining or no. Here’s one other reason for moms to stress on. But let me say as long as your baby is happy and active don’t get the number get into your mind. Your baby needn’t be plump when compared to others nor is going for a weight lifting competition for you to worry about.

So let me tell you though these are invisible loads keep yourself calm and composed you can do it. Keep telling yourself that you’re a good mother and doing the best for your child. That’s the mantra to keep yourself going.

Also check out what Arti has to say and what Debidutta shares about sanitizers.

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Staying positive when you’re pregnant during Covid19 times

Staying positive when you’re pregnant

Pregnancy is a great period and one of the most looking forward moments in a woman’s life. Though there are a lot of stressful moments , the anxiety and happiness to welcome a new human being she created sure does bring in a lot of excitement.

Being pregnant in covid19 times

But coming to our current situation of the global pandemic #covid19 and the continuous lockdowns that are imposed I came to know that a lot of women went into stress and depression.

✔️Keep your mind open for changes happening around. With lockdown in place new rules are made every minute so don’t keep your mind rigid. Be open to changes.

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✔️Stay calm and all this is just temporary and will be alright in a few days. The changes happening around are just for few days. Things would be back to normal in few days. Focus on your baby and keeping yourself stress free.

✔️Keep tracking baby growth with apps like @oviahealth @babycenter. Tracking baby growth is of utmost importance, the current situation shouldn’t hinder you from doing it in regular basis. Know your baby well. We now have a lot of applications on phone to help us with it.

✔️Make sure you don’t miss your doctor appointments or scans. Lockdown is not a reason to skip appointments or scans. Even if your hospital isn’t accepting patients, there are a lot of maternity speciality or childcare hospitals which are working in full swing to help pregnant women at this pandemic times.

✔️Don’t miss out on your walks or light workouts. The terrace or the car parking could be a great place to walk. A mild workout is necessary during this time. Most commonly people can opt for walking as it’s less strenuous and also aids good physical activity.

✔️Make meals that is favourite to you and your family. This is a great time to start experimenting new cuisines . With no time restrictions to pack lunches for kids and family, you’re at your ease to try out those new dishes , videos of which you had saved long back.

✔️ Set up a candle light dinner with your partner, while the toddler can spend time with grandparents. Who said you can’t go on date nights when you’re pregnant. Going out could be risky during this time but a good dinner at home cooked by both of you together sure does rekindle the spark and gets the libido working.

✔️ Pretend play a sleepover with your toddler. Toddlers are great mood changers. One smile from them or a tiny action sure does light up our minds. Especially if you take part in their pretend plays, it makes our mind relaxed and also makes them happy. You can also read about various activities to do along with them . Read on activities to do with toddlers to know more. The kids could also be a little out of routine, due to lockdown me staying home; which could make them cranky at times. Moreover the new arrival taking the attention would be playing a part in their mood swings. Speak to your partner on how you could handle it. You could also read along how to handle work and make time for them here.

✔️ Don’t get upset if things don’t go as you planned. It’s okay that sometimes things don’t go as per plan. Think of plan B. Divert yourself and don’t keep brooding about what didn’t happen. Just think there is a better way to handle right in front of you. Getting upset or depressed sure will affect your baby too.

✔️Divert yourself into something more interesting like sewing, crochet , doodling or listening to some peaceful music. Picking up a new hobby is always fun. But when you are doing something for the little one inside it doubles the joy and satisfaction.

✔️Devote time to reading good books that boost positivity. Parenting books provide great knowledge at this time. You could also read about how to handle your labor in a relaxed manner. There a lot of books that help how to lead a happy life like IKIGAI.

✔️Talk to your baby in the womb. That is much more comforting. Babies start responding to the mothers voice sooner. It could be in the form of kicks. Start talking to him/her , trust me this will have greater benefits once they’re out.

✔️Self care is much needed and you don’t get better time to do it than to maintain and enhance that pregnancy glow. Get all the scrubs and face masks that are hiding in your closet and waiting to be used. Get going girl,it’s time to bring out that glow. I had a lot of time to try out products and my most favourite and a great recommendation for Ayurvedic products are here. You could take a look and invest , I’m sure you won’t regret buying.

✔️ Maintain a pregnancy journal of start writing posts on to a blog. Document what you feel. If you’re well informed of health sciences during pregnancy you could write on that. This would help fellow women who are pregnant. If you need help on how to start a blog you can read on. How to start a blog.

✔️Most importantly step out for some fresh air and breathe. Fresh air is all we need to keep our mind relaxed it also helps you in bringing in a lot of positivity.

On another note I came across a wonderful technique that my friend had shared, an idea about a gratitude bubble and being grateful and thankful at the end of day for things that we would like to make a note. Do read about it here. I’m sure this would be a great way for positivity too.

The points that are documented above are based on my experience as a pregnant mom during #covid19. I know that many of you or people whom you may know might feel the same. Do share this with them and make them stay positive. We can get through this sooner.

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Related read : Improving child immunity during Covid19.

Ten Breastfeeding Myths Busted

Soon after a woman delivers , advices start pouring in from all directions. Starting with healing from delivery, Breastfeeding, taking care of baby, postpartum care and what not. Most often they are centered around some age old myths that have been in place. Let’s take a look at the top ten myths relating to Breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding myths busted.

1 Do not nurse when you’re sick.

Our bodies produce antibodies when we’re sick. When we continue to breastfeed babies, the antibodies we produce to fight against sickness gets transmitted to the babies and helps in raising the immunity levels in them. During these times where covid19 is at its peak of spreading, breastfeeding is a great way to protect babies. WHO has also issued guidelines that a mother who is covid positive can continue breastfeeding her baby and this is in a way much better to protect the baby against infections.

2. Small breasts do not produce enough milk.


Size of breasts doesn’t decide the amount of milk. Every woman has the ability to produce breastmilk for her baby. So the size of the breasts be it big or small doesn’t decide the quantity that would be produced.

3 Prepare your breasts and nipples by toughening them for Breastfeeding.


Nipple stimulation can induce labour, just gently massage them and they would do their job. In olden days ghee was used to massage the breast and nipples. Though this is a tradition that is being followed even now , sometimes could lead to preterm labor.

4 . Clean your nipples before every feed.


This is much important for bottle feed. This was a precaution cause impure nipples can lead to bacterial formation and later lead to health hazards. But when it comes to Breastfeeding, you needn’t clean your nipples each time. Cause if you do, you are wiping away the lubrication that’s is being provided by the oils from the glands.

5. Eat bland food when you’re breastfeeding


Eat anything in moderation that won’t affect the baby. The food that you eat is fully digested and then utilised to produce breastmilk. Hence the food is broken down before breastmilk preparation. So you can eat anything, but in moderation.

6. Breastfed babies tend to be clingy and dependent


Studies have proved that breastfed babies have grown up to be more independent. Quite often when women say they are breastfeeding post age one, the immediate comments they get is you are making your baby much clingy. The kids will be dependent on you. Breastfed babies actually tend to be more independent and capable of being more stronger .

7. You can’t get pregnant when you’re breastfeeding.


We’ve been told ovulation doesn’t occur when you breastfeed, but you can’t trust that to be birth control method. It is true that Breastfeeding can help in relating period and so ovulation doesn’t occur. But it is not always a trusted method of birth control. So it is always advisable to consult your doctor for a suitable birth control method.

8. Do not nurse when you have blocked duct or infection.

Nursing often doesn’t lead to blocking. Nursing during duct actually clears it up. Blocked duct most often can be cleared if you feed after got or cold compress. But inorder to avoid duct formation its always adviced to feed frequently.

9. Drink milk to make your milk.



Even if you do not drink milk your supply won’t be affected. Drinking milk is not the only way to produce breastmilk. Intact no food is said to boost supply, each woman has the won ability to produce breastmilk for their baby. Whether or not they drink milk, their breasts would be producing breastmilk.

10. If your breasts don’t grow when you’re pregnant you cannot make enough milk.

Generally breasts go up by one or two cup sizes for most women when they’re pregnant. But that does not decide if you produce more or less breastmilk. Whether they grow or no your breasts will be making milk.

So ditch the myths and continue breastfeeding. That’s what our babies needs.

If we have myths busted for Breastfeeding why not parenting myths debunked. Read on to know more.

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