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5 Ways You Can Take Care Of Yourself After Giving Birth

Most moms after going through the ordeal of giving birth and going through the hustle and bustle of taking care of their newborn, they might forget to take care of themselves. Yet to be able to take better care of your child, you need to take care of you first. You might be tired, after all you just gave birth to a whole being and labour is not only physically exhausting but mentally too.

For you to recover quickly and be able to better take care if your child, here are a few tips to help you;

1. Ask for Help

Accept that you can’t do it all! There’s be no award for best mother of the year so if you need some help ask for it. You can ask for help from your mother-in-law, husband or family member and if there’s none, hire a help for a period of time. And if you don’t want to hire, reduce the chores.

2. Relax

You can be tensed up from the many chores you have to do, your muscles can be aching so the best way to soothe your body is to relax, get your husband to pour the oil and give you a massage. You need the soothing effect that massaging offers you.

3. Stay hydrated

Water helps with the function of your system, now more than ever you need to remain hydrated especially if you’re breastfeeding. So drink lots of water to ensure you don’t become dehydrated. if you are a lover of caffeine (in coffee, coke…  ) reduce your intake of caffeinated drinks and foods if your baby is reacting to it. Instead drink more water, at least 6 to 8 glasses a day. Anytime you sit down to breastfeed your baby, drink a glass of water.

4. Eat Healthy

Foods rich in nutrients are what your body need after giving birth, you are breastfeeding and also need to regain your strength, eat more of whole grains(brown rice, wheat bread, wheat, millet, whole grain cereals), legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables. Also eat foods rich in protein, calcium, and iron.

5. Sleep

Again although it’s quite annoying and many moms see it as impracticable I’ll still advice you to sleep when your baby sleeps.  I know when baby is asleep is when you can get chores done, but how about you sleep when baby sleeps and when she wakes up, breastfeed her and when she’s calm, get those things done?

And finally, listen to good music the type you love to hear when in a good mood, get a massage and if you’re depressed talk to your doctor, and don’t forget to get a massage and finally sleep!

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The Dangerous Impact Sugar Could Have On Your Baby’s Brain

Kids have sweet-tooth so they are so in love with sweet things but you shouldn’t indulge them all the time. To parents who often pamper their kids with sweet things, you might want to read this article  so you can be motivated to reduce the amount of sugar your child takes.

A new research published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience says that sugar might have the same impact on a child’s brain as psychological trauma.

Content of the study

Australian and Indian researchers set out at the beginning of their study with a hypothesis: could foods high in sugar and fat assist in regenerating a hippocampus damaged by stress.

The hippocampus is the part of the brain responsible for short- and long-term memories and your sense of direction. And when it is exposed to stress, conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may set in.

The researchers examined newborn rats who had stress-damaged hippocampi due to poor nesting. In order to see if sugar and fat could ‘heal’ this damage, different groups of the rats were exposed to diets containing various amounts of sugar and fats — and the extreme opposite of the researchers’ original hypothesis was shown to be true.

What they discovered was that sugar (as well as stress) reduced the re-growth of damaged brain cells in the hippocampus by more than 40%, also affecting the ability to learn new things.

What this means is that, consuming too much sugar may result in serious psychiatric issues, similar to those caused by extreme stress.

And even though this study was conducted on rats, the authors caution that “if similar effects occur in humans, early life adversity and high sugar diet may independently increase the risk for psychopathology later in life.”

It was also noted that “limiting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages across the community may be an effective way to curtail the burden of psychiatric disorders.”

So yeah the study was conducted on rats but would you risk it when there’s a way around it? Simply treating your children to sweet things on rare occasions will do.

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