Day 113, Week 17

Your Pregnancy journey

It is important to keep your body hydrated during pregnancy. Water is a must for absorption of nutrients and also to ensure that you do not get dehydrated. Mild dehydration can result in pre term contractions hence ensure that you keep that bottle of water close to you and keep sipping. A minimum of two litres and then drinking to thirst is the rule to follow.

Nasal congestion is common and because of  this most pregnant women are very prone to coughs and colds. Drinking plenty of fluids will help keep your nasal passages hydrated. Also you could try and use a saline non-medicated nose drops to get relief. This week most mum’s also reportedly feel hot most of the time on account of the increasing fluid volumes in your body. You would also experience sweating much more than usual.

This may also be a good time to start off with some exercises with your partner.

PREGNANCY SQUATS:

Stand facing your partner and hold on to your partners hand for support. Your partner will help balance you. Spread your egs wide, point your toes out and gently squat. Go half way till your thighs are parallel to the ground and make sure that your knees do not cross the toe line. You can repeat the squats as per your comfort. Once you gain strength,

you can go lower and attempt a full squat as well. Remember to use your partner only for balance, and not to pull yourself up and down.

LEG RAISES: Lie down on your side and have your partner sit behind you. Your partner can place his hand on your ankle to provide counter pressure. Now raise your leg against the pressure being provided by your partner. This counter pressure will act as a weight, and will add intensity to your workout. You can repeat the leg raises as per your comfort and then turn over and work the other leg.

BUTTERFLY : Sit on the floor with your feet facing and touching each other. Your partner will sit in front of you. After you have done several gentle flutters in this position, have your partner apply pressure with his hands on both your knees. This has to be done gently and to the point of your resistance. This posture will help improve the flexibility in the inner thighs, and hence, prepare the body for labour and birth.

PREGNANCY BREATHING EXERCISE:

Have your partner sit with back support and you can lean against him for support. He can place his arms around you and place his hands on your abdomen to help monitor your breathing. Take a deep breath in, all the way to your lower abdomen and then slowly exhale. Repeat this a few times. Have your partner check that you are inhaling deeply.

Your baby’s growth

You are now a growing Yummy Mummy to be! Your uterus is now halfway between your navel and the pubis bone. The baby is slowly and steadily growing inside you and in no time you will have a small bundle of joy playing in your arms. Your baby is now bigger than the placenta.

Day 117, Acne or Skin Problems

Acne  or Skin Problems in Pregnancy

Acne problems in Pregnancy is another common symptom that most pregnant moms face. Its nothing that you should be too worried or upset about. This is one of the skin changes that happens due to hormonal changes.  The reason why this happens is because the sebacous glands in the skin become overactive and release more oily substances. This can cause the mom to break out into acne. You can do a few things to help the situation.

Face wash

Make sure that face is washed well and use a non-medicated and non-perfume face wash. Make sure you pat the skin after washing it and not scrub it cause thaty could irritate it further

Make up

Do not prick or poke the pimples or zits. If you do use make up opt for water based makes up and not oil based because that could lead to excessive blocking of the pores.

Balanced diet and fluid intake

Drink plenty of water so you are hydrates and your pores clean out. Equally important are your fruits and vegetables. They provide vitamins and minerals which help to support a healthy pregnancy. Of course they are also low in calories and hence can be eaten in plenty. Ensure that you have a minimum of five servings from the fruits and vegetables category.  They will help keep you healthy and help keep away acne.

Over the counter medication

A lot of acne treatment creams available over the counter have certain ingredients that maybe considered harmful for your baby and you during pregnancy. Stay clear of those creams and prescriptions. Instead consult a Pregnancy skin expert and let them guide you on the safe products that can be used during Pregnancy. Contact Awww today to get skin expert advice during Pregnancy

Day 116, Tandoori Mushrooms

Yum yum, nom nom, unbelievably this delicious starter is made with just a teaspoon of oil! Low-cal, protein-rich mushrooms are cooked in lip-smacking tandoori style. The velvety mushrooms are coated with an aromatic masala and kasuri methi with a little help from low-fat milk, which also adds some calcium to the goodness of this tasty dish. Cooked easily in a non-stick pan, the Tandoori Mushrooms are sure to become the star of your party, with their unbeatable texture and flavour. –

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Day 117, Pre Natal and Post Natal Services

Under the Prenatal and Postnatal Care Services, Awww provides you with the following services –

Body Change consultancy plan

Personalised diet and Nutrition plan

Exercise plan

Pregnancy Information

Baby Fetal Brain Development

Post natal care.

Under the Post Natal Care, Awww offers you the utmost care through the services as under-

Childcare Session

Breast Feeding Session

Labour and Delivery Sessions.

You can book these sessions directly on our Awww Services page and trust in Awww to take you from Day 1 to Day Happiness.

Day 119, Pregnancy Workout with Partner

PREGNANCY is a very special time for the mother.

There is a new life growing inside of her and there is a lot of excitement, expectation and planning for the big day. Traditionally, this was the mother’s domain but today’s father has also taken a lead role in every aspect of pregnancy. From doctor’s appointments to pregnancy classes, ultrasound scans to helping the mother eat right. So why not exercise?

There are a lot of benefits of exercising with your partner. Working out with your partner can be fun and exciting. It’s a great time for you to bond and spend time with each other. First and foremost, you have an exercise buddy which means that you are less likely to get bored and more motivated to stick to your schedule. Secondly, your partner will be able to observe you and help you take corrective measures to get that right posture and prevent injuries. Thirdly your partner can provide the support while performing certain postures which will allow you to achieve more than what you set out to achieve on your own. A team works better than a single individual anyway.

The easiest and most fun workout that you can plan with your partner is going for a walk. You can get started on the early morning walk before you both head to work, or if you prefer, you can even walk in the evenings.

Additionally, here are some postures that your partner can help you with:

PREGNANCY SQUATS:

Stand facing your partner and hold on to your partners hand for support. Your partner will help balance you. Spread your

legs wide, point your toes out and gently squat. Go half way till your thighs are parallel to the ground and make sure that your knees do not cross the toe line. You can repeat the squats as per your comfort. Once you gain strength, you can go lower and attempt a full squat as well. Remember to use your partner only for balance, and not to pull yourself up and down.

LEG RAISES:

Lie down on your side and have your partner sit behind you. Your partner can place his hand on your ankle to provide counter pressure. Now raise your leg against the pressure being provided by your partner. This counter pressure will act as a weight, and will add intensity to your workout. You can repeat the leg raises as per your comfort and then turn over and work the other leg.

BUTTERFLY :

Sit on the floor with your feet facing and touching each other. Your partner will sit in front of you. After you have done several gentle flutters in this position, have your partner apply pressure with his hands on both your knees. This has to be done gently and to the point of your resistance. This posture will help improve the flexibility in the inner thighs, and hence, prepare the body for labour and birth.

PREGNANCY BREATHING EXERCISE:

Have your partner sit with back support and you can lean against him for support. He can place his arms around you and place his hands on your abdomen to help monitor your breathing. Take a deep breath in, all the way to your lower abdomen and then slowly exhale. Repeat this a few times. Have your partner check that you are inhaling deeply.

LABOUR BREATHING EXERCISE:

Once again the posture remains the same. Sit snuggled against your partner, only this time you will be doing short breaths only till your chest. Have your partner check that you are not using your abdomen muscles for breathing. This type of breathing can be used during labor to help manage the pain of the contractions.