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Two sparkling eyes,Ten little fingers,Ten wee toes,Boy or Girl,No One Knows!

Are you having a girl or boy?
The gender reveal is probably one of the most exciting parts of your pregnancy.

Perhaps it is our desire to envision a complete little person before the birth, a need to begin attributing characteristics, consider names, and find the perfect blue booties or pink laces. Sometimes curiosity about a baby's gender leads to some gender-guessing games that may have moms-to-be wondering: Is there any truth to those old wives' tales?






Carrying low means boy: MYTH
If you’re carrying low, congratulations — it’s a boy! Or so the saying goes, at least.
But coming to think of it, there could be another reason for a high belly. If it’s your first pregnancy and your body is in good shape, your stomach muscles, body shape, and how much weight you gain during your pregnancy will all play a role in how you’re carrying.
Unfortunately, the sex of your baby has no impact on any of this. That means you can’t tell the gender just by evaluating your belly. Multiple pregnancies can also have an impact on the elasticity of those same muscles.
Lesson learned? Don’t count on this myth to determine gender. This is true whether it’s your first pregnancy or your fourth.



Faster fetal heart rate means girl: MYTH

Listen closely the next time your doctor listens to the baby’s heartbeat. According to the old wives’ tale, a rapid rate of more than 140 beats per minute means you’re having a girl.

It’s the age of a fetus that really affects heart rate speed.
Around week 5 of pregnancy, the fetus’s heart rate is roughly the same as the mother’s, between 80 to 85 beats per minute.

It will quicken steadily until week 9, topping off between 170 and 200 beats per minute.
It then starts to slow down to an average of somewhere between 120 and 160 and it changes every second to be precise.


Craving salts means boy: MYTH
The saying goes that craving sweet things during your pregnancy is related to the baby girl you’re growing. If you’re dreaming of salty or sour snacks, you’re carrying a boy.
While there’s some suggestion that cravings during pregnancy can be related to deficiencies in specific minerals, there’s no connection between cravings and gender.


Breakouts and oily skin is girl: MYTH
One gender myth says that bad, spotty skin could mean you’re having a girl. Your skin is oily and you’re breaking out during pregnancy. Common wisdom explains that it’s because your baby girl is stealing your beauty.
In reality, you can blame your skin woes on hormones, not your baby girl.


Excessive morning sickness is girl: MYTH
The old wives' tales say that excessive morning sickness at any point during your pregnancy means you’re having a girl.
The truth? Morning sickness is related to surging hormones and low blood sugar. Don’t start buying pink clothes just yet!

Moodier than normal means girl: MYTH

Feeling grumpy and down in the dumps? It could mean you’re pregnant with a girl. 
But it’s probably because you’re on a hormonal roller coaster called pregnancy! There’s no science behind this myth. Mood swings are common for mothers-to-be carrying babies of either gender.

THE TRUTH!!
While you have a 50-50 chance of guessing your baby’s gender correctly, you’re still guessing.
The truth is, medical intervention of some kind is necessary to accurately predict your baby’s gender. You’ll have to wait until the big day, the Labour Day, the Day of the Birth of your bundle of joy for the gender reveal - one of life’s best surprises!!
                                   
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Nausea and vomiting or morning sickness is usually equated to pregnancy but it is one of those truisms about pregnancy which is not necessarily true. Studies show that almost three quarters of all expectant mothers experience this symptom. 

If you are among those who did not have a nauseous moment, or who feel only occasionally or slightly queasy, you can consider yourself not only pregnant but also lucky.

Happily though, for all those of you who are in the queasy club, you maybe definitely feeling the effects of the morning sickness but your baby are not. That is because your baby is not even the size of a pea and its nutritional needs are tiny now. Even those of you who are actually moving leftwards on the weighing machine during your first trimester are not harming the baby or your pregnancy, provided you make up for the lost weight in the later months.  

Morning sickness is by the way a misnamed malady as most of you must have already noticed it can strike at morning, noon, evening, night or all of the above!  

When do you experience this discomfort?

This disabling symptom in majority disappears by the end of 12 weeks and for a few by 20 weeks. Rarely do you end up suffering from this throughout your 9 months. 

Why do you feel queasy?

Stress, fatigue and improper eating habits can aggravate it.

Although the exact cause of this nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is unknown you can comfortably blame it on your hormones. No matter what the cause, there is no sure cure for the queasiness but the passing of time. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize these discomforts while you are waiting for the less nauseous days to dawn. 

How to find some relief?

Eat after going to bed and eat before getting out of bed! No I am not playing. Morning sickness does not wait for your day to start, in fact it is at its worst if your stomach is empty and the acids are churning in the tummy with nothing in it to digest. Thus, stack your bedside stand with nibbles like cracker biscuits or wholegrain bread and munch on them whenever you wake up in the night for a nature’s call or in the morning before you climb out of bed. 


Eating a high protein or complex carbohydrate snack before bed is a treat for your tummy as well. 

Eat small frequent meals. A stuffed tummy is as likely to puke as is an empty one. If all the balanced diet nutritious charts are not working for you eat whatever you can tolerate for the first few weeks. You will soon be better. Right now, getting anything into your stomach and keeping it there should be your priority. 

Avoid the spicy and greasy foods and try lemon or ginger ale or ice. If your so called favourite foods are making you nauseous, just stay away from them. Period! Don’t force yourself to any food whose taste sight or smell irks you.


Keep yourself well hydrated, particularly if you are vomiting. Not able to get even a sip of water down your throat, you are not a rarity. Try other liquids, anything including home-made soups, fresh fruit juices, buttermilk, coconut water, smoothies or any recipe under the Sun.

If nothing helps consult your doctor especially if you are feeling dehydrated or if the frequency is more than regular or if colour of the vomit is different. There are some medication which is safe to be used in pregnancy to curb the vomiting.

In conclusion let me say that no one said that your pregnancy would be easy but it is surely worth it!!
Thank you for visiting the blog. Appreciate your time and please share your thoughts in the comments section. Regards, Dr. Nabat Bandeali
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Congratulations! You’re pregnant! That’s a great news- and if you’re a first time mom, you have a good reason to celebrate one of the best moments of your life.

There are moments when being pregnant feels so magical and thrilling that you never want it to end. One thing is for certain-there’s no other experience in life comparable to the feeling you experience when you finally realize you are pregnant; these nine months will change your life forever!
However this beautiful phase brings with it its own side effects of which aches and pains are a part and parcel. Over 70% of you will complain of back pain, pelvic aches and sciatica during your second and third trimesters. It could hence be said that Backpain is synonymous with pregnancy!!
Why the Back pain?
Understanding the cause of these pains may give you some reassurance.
• As your beautiful baby bump grows, your lower spine will curve inwards to support your baby's weight and the top of your spine will curve slightly outwards to support the growth of your breasts.
• During pregnancy, due to the notorious hormones especially relaxin, acting on all joints of the body the usually stable joints in the pelvis, begin to loosen up to allow easy passage of the baby at delivery. However the hormone knows not how to spare the back and ribs hence they also soften and give you the pains.
• Postural problems caused by your growing uterus and stretched abdominal muscles that restrict you from being able to maintain proper alignment.

• Your baby's weight causes your lower back to sway as your centre of gravity moves forward

making back muscles short, tight, and painful.

• Position of your baby (particularly towards the end of pregnancy) can compress nerves and cause back pain.

How to find some relief?
No gain without pain. Even pain with a purpose hurts though. But without defeating the purpose you can conquer the pain or at least subdue it. 


Sit erect
Sitting puts more stress on your spine than almost any other activity, so it pays to do it right. Comfortable chairs with back cushion and armrests can make life much easier. Use a footrest while sitting and make it a habit to take short walks after every few hours. Sitting long hours can be as painful to your already painful back as can be a wrong posture while sitting. 

Try not to stand too long either
If you work on your feet, keep one foot on a low stool to take some pressure off your lower back. Avoid lifting heavy weights but if you must, do it slowly. First stabilize yourself with a wide stance. Next, bend at your knees not at the waist. And finally lift with your arms and legs, not your back. 

Wear the right shoes
Extremely high heels are a pain for your back as are very unsupportive flat ones. Try a chunky two inch heel or a low wedge heel or flats with good arch to support your body in proper alignment. 

Sleep easy
Sleep right and make yourself comfortable with pillows especially under your knees. Turn while getting out of bed instead of swinging up. 

Heat and ice
Alternate hot and cold therapy for the back will temporarily relieve the soreness of the aching muscles. 

Exercises and antenatal yoga
Simple back strengthening exercises like pelvic tilts, arm and leg raises, wall squats, back stretches and hamstring stretches will also do wonders in abating your pain. Be careful not to do them unattended if you are not trained – attend an antenatal class or Lamaze session.

                                 




SCIATICA
Your sweet little baby maybe getting on your nerves, literally - the sciatic nerve. It can be a sharp, shooting pain, sometimes intense pain, tingling or numbness that starts in your buttocks or lower back and radiates down the back of both or either legs. Though sciatica may pass if your baby shifts positions, it can linger until you have delivered and sometimes even till a little post-partum. As simple a remedy as getting off your feet and taking some rest can this pain off your ‘nerve’ at least for a bit. Exercises and warm heating pads on the legs will also relieve this excruciating dilemma for a little while.

Your body will go through several changes as pregnancy has its way with you. However, the biggest change will be your slow beautiful transformation from being a woman to being a mother. Congratulations!!

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Thank you for visiting the blog. Appreciate your time and please share your thoughts in the comments section. Regards, Dr. Nabat Bandeali
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