Noticeable Symptoms Of Baby Boy During Pregnancy

After the big news on your pregnancy is out, the next big question looming large is whether you’ll have a boy or girl. Most couples want to know as soon as there is a visible sign in the ultrasound. They want to be armed and ready with the right nursery paint and baby name. Others want to voluntarily avoid finding out. After all, it is one of life’s wonderful surprises that is best revealed when the time is right.

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But that won’t stop people from speculating all through the nine months. Every little symptom from nausea to belly size to food cravings will be interpreted as a sign on the baby’s sex. There are old and elderly ladies who claim to know the sex of the baby by just looking at the way you “carry the baby”. There may be some truth or it can all be just old wives tales. Read on and enjoy – there is always a 50% chance that it is right!

The ‘discovery’ phase has a fun of its own. As your symptoms change day on day, it’ll be fun to see through the points below to see where you fit in. It’s a fun way to pass time! Take all the speculation from friends and family on your stride. It’s just their way of ‘engaging’ with your bump early on. Here are some signs that can give you a push towards the ‘blue’ brigade.

The Way You Carry:

If you are carrying your bump low down and all ‘out in front’ you are said to be having a boy.

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Boys Keep You Happy:

If you aren’t experiencing the dreaded morning sickness your pals described it’s because of the little baby B. Girls tend to cause a little extra trouble for their mothers in this department.

Your Food Craving:

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Love your salts and spices? Like cheese and chutney more than candy? That little bump of yours is can just about be a baby boy.

You Know It In Your Heart:

If your baby’s heartbeat is less than 140pm

The Palm Trick:

Expectant mothers are asked to stick their hands out. If you do it with your palms facing down, you are having a boy

Do You Smell Like Garlic?

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If you have a clove of garlic and start reeking from your pores. (As magical as it sounds, women carrying a baby girl don’t smell at all!

Mirror Mirror On The Wall:

Look into the mirror for a minute. If your pupils dilate then it’s a boy

Are You A Glowing Mum-To-Be?

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Girls are said to steal their mothers beauty while boys are said to add that all-familiar glow to a yummy mother to be

Hairy Story:

Did you hair just start feeling full-bodied, voluminous and shiny? Thanks to the little boy in you tummy who is already making mommy look amazing. The not so good fact – the hair on your legs may grow faster too if you are having a boy!

Of Keys And Rings:

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Put a key in front of a pregnant woman. If she picks it up by the narrow part, she’s expecting a girl. If she picks it up by the round part, she’s having a boy. Similarly, you can tie a wedding ring to a thread and hang it in front of the bump keeping it as still as possible. If it oscillates side to side or back and forth (instead of circles), it’s the sign for a baby boy

His Side, Her Side:

Was your pillow in the north when you were busy making the baby? You are likely to have conceived a boy.

Crooked Or Straight Linia Nigra:

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That’s the black line that runs vertically over your abdomen crossing your belly button. If the line is crooked, you are having a boy.

The Math Behind It:

Add your age to the month you conceived. You’ll get an even number for a boy and odd for a girl. This one is quite uncannily true for scores of women. If fact, women try to choose the month they want to conceive to backtrack and decide if they want a girl or a boy!

Girl or boy, it’s your very own bundle of joy. Have fun with the myths and stories while you can.

What Foods To Eat And Avoid During Pregnancy

Every woman enters a new world during her first pregnancy – one filled with excitement, anticipation, anxiety, aches, pains and choices. Advice is always available whether you ask for it or not. Most people provide it based on their own experience. Older women provide it on the wisdom gained from the collective experience of their generation. Some are steeped in tradition like having saffron milk for the baby to get good complexion or avoiding conjoint fruits to reduce the risk of Siamese twins. So what’s the list of edibles available between the possible yeses and definite nos? Here you go:

Good To Eat List

Home Cooked Food: 

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Thoroughly washed and freshly cooked home food with a tone down on salt spices and oil is a great addition to your plate any time of the day.

Fresh Fruits And Veggies:

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These should be a staple part of your everyday diet so that you get your required intake of vitamins and fiber. Though leafy veggies are a great source of nutrition, do a double wash (even if the packet says triple washed) to avoid a bacterial infection. The keyb here is to have a good variety in your diet. This not only lowers your risk of infection from one source but also helps your taste palette and gives you a variety of nutrients.

Soy:

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The good part is soy is a powerhouse of nutrition. You can have all soy products like tofu, soy milk and soy yogurt as long as the products have followed their storage instruction and the “best before” date is good to go.

Debatable List:

Tea / Coffee:

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Caffeine studies are at best “confusing”. While some say moderate amounts are fine, others say that even a small quantity of it increases the risk to the fetus. As per the most recent guidelines, its best to limit to 2 cups / 300 milligrams a day.

Canned Foods:

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Most will contain preservative. Check for a “consume-before” date and if the food requires refrigeration after you open it. Better go for fresh than canned

Leftovers:

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It is best to eat leftovers within a day when it has been stored in the fridge. Always reheat to 60 degrees or more before consuming.

Eggs:

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These are a great source of nutrition but doctors recommend a note of caution. Don’t use dirty or cracked eggs. Stay away from them totally even if there is a far flung rumour on the other end of the world on a chicken epidemic. If you choose to have them, cook them well at least 71 degrees C.

Hot Takeaway Chicken:

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Though outside cooked foods are to be generally avoided, you can have chicken from takeaways if it is well cooked.

Cooked Seafood:

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Eat if it is thoroughly cooked, homemade and can be consumed when hot.

Strict No-No List

Raw Seafood / Sushi:

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Sea food from a source near the city can be high on pollutants like mercury that can affect your baby.

Raw Or Processed Meat:

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Give a skip to ham, salami and chicken meat outside as there is no way to be sure how thoroughly it is cooked. Also avoid the cold turkey, chicken or meat in sandwich bars as you just don’t know how well they’ve been stored.

Cheese:

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Soft and semi-soft cheese were once considered potentially harmful because they can harbor listeria. Listeriosis, an illness caused by the bacteria listeria, can be passed to the fetus, leading to miscarriage, premature delivery, or stillbirth. Some soft cheeses have been allowed in a can-have list as long as it is made with pasteurized milk and is well cooked.

Alcohol:

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Doctors typically put this in the strict no list. There are debatable studies that say that small amounts of alcohol doesn’t affect the fetus. And women who are used to have a drink here and there everyday want to believe this study. The problem is the side-effects are much more than you can bargain for. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or FAS causes mental retardation and so many other abnormalities that it is simply not worth the risk. If you have a problem staying away, get a support group to help right away.

As always, keep a list armed and ready during your next doctor visit checking if you can eat a particular food or not. No amount of reading or general knowledge substitutes your physician’s tailored advice.

Remedies For Bloating And Heartburn During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an amazing time in any woman’s life. So many wonderful changes, a growing belly and a time filled with anticipation for the impending bundle of joy. Unfortunately, not all side effects are so friendly. Pregnant women often experience bloating and heartburn. In fact it is one of the most common conditions for which women actively seek out remedies.

Everyone has gas, in general. In fact, an average adult passes gas 14 – 23 times a day!  Once you’re pregnant, you may find yourself belching or passing gas a lot more than usual giving you a feeling of bloating.

Here are some common bloating causes during pregnancy:

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Progesterone:

Blame it on the hormones. This one is their fault too. Progesterone is an important hormone to help you stay healthy during pregnancy. The hormone relaxes smooth muscle tissues including those in the gastrointestinal track. This in turn slows down the digestion process leading to gas, burping, bloating flatulence and overall discomfort.

Your growing uterus:

Your growing baby is taking up a lot of space in there crowding your abdominal cavity which further slows down your digestion. You may also have uterine swelling right around the time you discover you are pregnant which is caused by the increased blood flow to your womb to protect the fetus. This can also cause bloating and heartburn in early pregnancy.

Constipation:

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The growing baby absorbs more water content from your food, leaving your stools dry and harder to pass making you gassy.

Here is how you can get relief from bloating and heartburn during pregnancy:

Increase Fluid Intake To Battle Constipation:

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You are drinking for both you and your baby. Start your day with a glass of water and keep sipping juices and other non-calorie loaded liquids through the day. It’ll keep your stools moist and easy to pass and also flush toxins out of your body.

Go Easy On That “eating for two” Thing:

Those famous hunger attacks can be quite a problem but try to time your meals in more frequent smaller portions so that your digestive system works more smoothly. Chew well and take your time to eat as gulping food quickly may make you swallow more air, increasing your burps.

Eat The Good Foods:

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Foods rich in fiber like fruits and whole grain breads absorb water from your digestive track and smoothly transport your food through the intestines to keep your bowels running up and fine. Eating healthy is always the right choice.

Don’t Eat The Junk:

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The most effective way to reduce gas may be to cut back on the foods that are most likely to cause it. We know that the cravings can drive you crazy. So it’s ok to give in sometimes. Again, sizing your portions and timing them can work to your benefit. Also avoid foods like onion, cabbage and beans that are gas-inducing even in normal people. Foods that contain refined sugar like colas are overloaded with fructose corn syrup which can cause bloating.  A relatively high amount of naturally occurring fructose is present in leeks, onions and scallions, artichokes, dried fruit, pears, apples, honey, and wheat.

Do Not Drink In Between The Meals:

This slows down digestion. Also make sure you drink from a cup or glass instead of the bottle so that you don’t gulp down too much air.  Sit up during meals and drinks or even during a small snack.

Get Moving:

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Get regular walking into your regimen, doing at least 30 min walks during the day. A brisk walk can give your digestive system a much needed boost. Take your doctor’s advice and add in other activities like light exercises, yoga and other relaxation techniques.

Get A Prescription Medication:

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Pregnancy is not the time to try out over the counter medications. If you’ve tried all of the above and still feeling gassy and bloated, ask your doctor for some medication that can provide some relief.

Hey, Is It Really Gas?

Did you know that many first time mothers between their 4th and 5th month of pregnancy mistake their baby’s first kicks to be gas! May be that’s what is happening to you too.

In some other cases, a gassy discomfort may be accompanied by pain, cramping, severe diarrhea or vomiting. In such cases, call your doctor immediately to request a check up.

Tips For Having A Natural Childbirth

As your big D-day looms large when you’ll meet the tiny wonder you’ve nourished and treasured inside, you may have several questions, quite a bit of fear and a whole lot of anxiety about the birthing process. You may have heard from many women, especially elders in the family, about how a natural childbirth is better than everything else and you should go for it too. We, collectively as a society, tend to look down upon women who’ve had C-sections thinking they “had it easy”, which is really not the case.

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The first and foremost thing to understand here is that every woman and every pregnancy is different. Natural childbirth is a great option but not necessarily so for every woman. Research all your options and speak to your doctor as much as possible before deciding what is right for you. If your doctor says that everything is as it should be for you to attempt a natural delivery, here are some tips you can try to give yourself a push for it.

Prepare Yourself Mentally:

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One of the best things you can do is arm yourself with the right knowledge on some of the things you can expect during labor. Read up the tried and tested books on what to expect. Try to stay away from the scary stories. Just because it happened to someone else doesn’t mean it will happen to you. Try to gauge your own set of ‘normal’. Fear makes labor tougher, so try to work through any fear that you have and use the times that you feel fear as a chance to practice relaxation. The pain is going to be temporary but the rainbow at the end of a storm – that cute cuddly little wonder is so so worth it.

Take A Pre-Natal Class:

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Find yourself a local pre-natal expert who can not only teach exercises that’ll keep you flexible but keep your stamina level up, aches and pains in control and mind relaxed. It is important you choose a practitioner who is a certified pre-natal expert. These classes typically involve the support of your spouse. Many-a-times, a husband is left wondering how he can help and this is the perfect way to get them started. Concentrate on the breathing and relaxation techniques which can help you during labor too.

Aim To Walk 30 Minutes A Day:

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Walking has always been a great form of exercise for your entire body. It becomes even more necessary to continue it during your pregnancy. Agreed that things will tend to get slightly difficult as your baby’s weight and your weight increases but it is important to keep going as the activity will keep you flexible. It is considered to be one of the techniques that elders often swear by for having a natural childbirth.

Go For Natural Pain Relief Options:

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Choosing what type of pain relief you want during labor should be an option you should know about. Many woman choose epidurals a local anesthetic injected into the epidural space (the space around the tough coverings that protect the spinal cord). Epidurals block nerve signals from both the sensory and motor nerves, which provides effective pain relief but immobilizes the lower part of the recipient’s body. But like most intervention procedures, it can come with its side effects.

Learn how meditation, a hot shower, soft music, hydrating yourself, a foot massage or other such remedies can help you cope with labor. Knowing these options makes you more confident and lowers the anxiety of pain management during labor.

Get Yourself A Support System:

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Labor can be hard. And painful. But a woman’s body is made to get through it. The pain will go away when the baby arrives. She has done this naturally for a million years or so and she will continue to do so. So will you. Choose one person who you’ll want in the room while you are in the throes of pain – your husband, friend, mother, mother-in-law – anyone who’ll see you cry like a baby or curse like a sailor and still love you as much. Keep your friendship in good shape with the nurses – they are often overworked and under-thanked of the whole lot.

Know that whatever your ultimate choice, it should be for a safe and healthy delivery for you and your baby.

Things Every Guy Needs To Know And Understand About Pregnancy And Parenthood

Choosing to become a parent is a very big step in anyone’s life. Lots of expectations, anxiety come with the “good news”. This transitional phase of nine months is different for the would-be mother and father. For the mother, the physical metamorphosis gives a very real feel to the baby who’ll be in her arms in 9 months. But for a father, who is a ‘part’ of the journey from afar without any visible life changes, things can get a tad bit confusing. Here’s what every guy needs to know and understand about pregnancy and parenthood.

Your Wife May Turn Into A Weepy-Soapy:

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Pregnancy can wreck havoc with a woman’s hormones. The mood swings, physical changes and exhaustion can cause your wife to turn into a person you haven’t met before. She’ll need your support and care more than ever and more importantly, a little intuitively. Prep up that pillow for her when she comes to bed. Ask her if she needs something special for breakfast and take time out to make it.

She Is Not Going To Look The Same:

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Pregnancy brings about a great deal of change in a woman’s body. From stretch marks to weight gain, the effects can be seen even long after the baby is born. This is also a phase when a woman is in constant self-doubt about her body and feels she has lost her previous beautiful self. You need to remind her that her body is incredible because it helped make such an amazing little person. It takes time to get back to shape so encourage her to eat healthy and support her in her exercise schedules by offering to take the baby off her hands for a while.

She Needs You To Be Her Pillar:

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According to a study support from partner predicts lower distress for mother and infant. Life takes a 360 degree turn during the baby making process and the first year of raising one. This is a time when she automatically becomes a magnet for advice which constantly puts her in doubt on how she is handling her child. Every mother and child is unique and a mother has a learning process for the rest of her life. You need to show her how to trust herself and her instincts and help her gain back confidence.

Your Woman Will Be Obsessive-Defensive:

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She has just managed to discover a level of unconditional love in her heart for another human being which she didn’t think could possibly exist. Her entire world will be centered around her baby for quite a while and everyone else will be second priority. Mothers are like that. If you want to have your say in the matter, choose your time and do it subtly so that she doesn’t feel you are encroaching her territory.

She Will Never Have Anything To Wear:

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Half her clothes are in between sizes and nothing fits as she yo-yos between losing and gaining weight. Anything that currently fits has already been pooped into, peed into or thrown up into. You’ll need to carefully gauge her size and get her new clothes now and then (now more than then). Though shopping is a good cure, at times like these, you need to do it like you are treading on thin ice. You’ll have to goad her into picking extra large cloth sizes which can well kick start the crying blues.

All Superheroes Need Some Timeout Too:

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It’s not just cooking, cleaning the house, doing the dishes or washing the clothes  it is doing it all with a baby in tow that adds the ‘super’ in the ‘super mums’. We often come across women who seem to have it all gathered while we are often left wondering why cleaning our house with a child is like eating Oreos when brushing. Let her know that ‘She’ is important. She deserves a break and doesn’t need to work all the time to get everything in order. You can order food one day or simply take the baby out for a stroll while she can take a snooze.

Your life will most definitely change, but how much for the better is really in your hands. Your wife will love to see you grow into the role of a doting father. Take time out as these special days will always be cherished.