Must Know Postpartum Recovery Facts For New Moms

As beautiful is the phase of pregnancy, postpartum can be hard(for most anyway). And not only first time moms but second time moms too.

We prepare so much for our baby that’s to come but do we prepare ourself enough? I feel its all good if you are more informed and more prepared for what’s to come.

Postpartum recovery

Post partum depression is real but there are many other problems a women goes through after child birth.

To better care for our baby we need to care for ourselves first.

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Here are some truth about postpartum recovery that are less talked about-

  1. Care for your stitches– follow your doctors instructions, apply ointment for pain, keep them clean and they will heal in no time. Its essential for you to feel better and not miserable. Stitches take about 2 weeks(in normal delivery) to heal and any kind of problem should be immediately discussed with your doctor.
  2. Leaking, engorged breasts– such a common problem for moms; a lot of us have them. Feed your baby on time. If you are producing a lot of milk then pump and maybe donate. Use warm compressing to relive pain. Expressing milk helps with engorgement too.
  3. Constipation– Most moms feel constipated and the best or natural way to treat it is to have more water and fluids, eat fibre rich food and keep a routine if possible. Still if you’re having difficulty then your doctor can suggest an over the counter stool softener.
  4. Vaginal soreness, fear of pooping, hemorrhoids– Most common problems during a vaginal delivery. Good news is that after about 4-6 weeks you will start to feel better. Pushing baby can cause strain and is the major cause of hemorrhoids; keep it in check with not getting constipated. If you fear pooping don’t worry when your body is ready you will not be able to stop it so the actual fear is mostly in your head.
  5. Abdominal pain & back pain– Most common during a C sec the abdominal stitches takes a little time to heal(around 6-8 weeks) and can cause abdominal pain and back pain in the long run. As soon as you get ok from.your doctor start working on strengthening your abdominal muscle.
  6. Water retention and swelling– You can experience water retention and swelling even after pregnancy for up to 6 months or even more. Your body can look pregnant and gradually the swelling will go down. Keep your salt intake less and drink more water.
  7. Not able to breast feed, low milk supplyvery common in new moms. Dont worry in most cases you will soon get your milk supply back. But if it does not work out a plan with your doctor on how to go about it.
  8. Low sex drive– your libido can go for a toss when you deliver. Even after you have physically healed it can take months to feel like yourself. Caring for a new born and other responsibilities can make you tired and sex could be the last thing on your mind. But be open with your partner and ensure to work it out.
  9. Pain in joins– all the pushing during delivery can lead to pain and it can remain the same even after you have delivered. Weight training ensure you stay active and healthy. Dont stop taking you calcium and vitamins after your delivery.
  10. Post partum Depression– this really is a huge problem because its one of the most undetected problem. You can feel overwhelmed with all the baby care and everything else. Its ok. Seek help. You baby and partner need you.

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All this may seem a lot but its all worth it. Best part when its happening most of then time you wont know or would care less about yourself.

But the first step to be prepared for motherhood is to tale care of your own self.

If you agree leave a comment below!

Postpartum recovery

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How To Make Ginger Garlic Paste That Does Not Spoil

If you love cooking Indian food chances are you’ve used ginger garlic paste at some point in your cooking.

Lots of recipes call for ginger garlic paste and frankly I do agree that a freshly made paste gives the best flavor. But lets face it; its a hassle specially if you need ginger garlic paste on a daily basis.

I remember my mum making the paste fresh every single day but those were different days. Cooking was simpler.

Now days most of us live in a nuclear setup and pressed for time. Given the circumstances this homemade ginger garlic paste comes handy.

But buying ginger garlic paste is not the best solution as I find a peculiar smell in those paste. Infact making them in bulk in storing is quite easy.

Do read the full post as I share the storage and usage in the end!

Directions to make ginger garlic paste at home that does not spoil-

Ingredients-

100gm peeled ginger

100gm peeled garlic

50gm green chilli(optional)

Method-

In a bowl add some water and soak the chillies for 30mins.

** adding chillies is optional

** soaking is optional but helps with grinding. You can also use hot water

Chop the ginger in long pieces.

In a blender add the ginger and garlic and chillies (without water).

Blend as much as you can while scraping the sides.

Now you can add the water you soaked the chillies in. But add little by little.

Start grinding until you get a smooth paste.

Transfer in a glass jar with metal lid.

How to store ginger garlic paste-

Store the paste in a glass jar with a metal lid.

Avoid plastic jar.

Try to keep the same jars for the ginger garlic paste each time you make it.

You can store this paste in freezer up to 3 months and in refrigeration up to 3 weeks.

Metal jars can get spoilt so change the lids if you can or replace jars.

How to use ginger garlic paste so that it does not get spoilt-

When using the paste take out as much you need and put the jar back at the same time.

Avoid keeping the jar on the counter for too long. The temperature difference can spoil your paste.

Use a new dry spoon each time to scoop the paste from the jar.

I like to use wide mouth jars for easy access.

Sometimes I double the recipe and keep use able portion of jars in freezer. So once my current batch is over I can take out a new jar and avoid getting the whole paste spoilt.

Here is a quick video if you are interested-

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Nickelodeon’s New Show ‘The Casagrandes’ Review

In the age of digitization kids are relying more and more on online ways to entertain themselves at home.

The Casagrandes

Gone are the days when there were limited shows to choose from each age category!


If you have a kid around 3+ chances are you’ve heard of the popular channel Nickelodeon.


Nickelodeon is the number one brand for kids with original cartoons, movies, sitcoms, shows etc.
They have there own page on youtube channel and some of the most popular shows are available to watch. Some of my kids favourite are the animated series the SpongeBob SquarePants, teenage mutant ninja turtles, ALWINNN & the Chipmunks.

The Casagrandes


Their new show ‘The Casagrandes’ is a spin off from Nickelodeon’s emmy award winning cartoon ‘Loud House’.


Its a story about Ronnie Anne, a 11 year old whose journey unfolds adventures and excitement as she explores a new chapter of her life of living with her extended family, the Casagrandes.

The extended family has grand parents, cousins, uncles and aunts. Its one crazy family and Ronnie Anne and her mother fit perfectly in there.

The show creators have tries hard to avoid any Latino stereotypes. Its one of the first shows to show mixed mexican american characters and kids will easily be able to relate to the characters.


This show is loud, fun and exciting with an obvious slang of Spanglish that’s clearly heard throughout!
Anne is ever ready with her skateboard and schemes on her mind. The whole family kids of reminds me how we used to live in joint family as kids and how each one of us were together but very different! And loud for sure.


There is love, laughter, discoveries and plenty of food in the story. And its totally worthwhile watching the show!

The opinions, ideas, views expressed in this article is solely my experience based in hope to help my readers. Kindly excercise caution and self judgment.

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Eggless Jaggery Cake, Whole Wheat Zero Sugar Kid/Baby Friendly Cake

Could you believe that this cake is made without sugar. To replace sugar I used Jaggery powder.

Kid friendly cake, baby friendly cake, even adults love it.

Eggless jaggery cake feels like having a bit of healthy cake as I have used whole wheat flour for the cake, no butter is used, no eggs so do try this at home.

Eggless-jaggery-cake

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Directions to make Eggless Wholewheat Jaggery Cake-

Ingredients-

1 cup jaggery(add a little less for less sweetness)

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup oil(I used olive oil)

1 tbsp curd

1/4 cup sooji/ semolina

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bak ing soda

A pinch of elichi/cardomom powder( add more if you like the flavor)

*you can also add some fennel powder

**add nuts of your choice

Method:

In a bowl add jaggery powder and milk. Mix untill most jaggery is dissolved.

Add the olive oil and curd. Mix well.

Now add the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

Lastly add elichi and if using fennel powder and nuts(even nuts powder you can add).

Mix in a smooth batter. This is a thick consistency batter. But the cake still comes out soft and spongy.

If your batter is too thick add few tbsp of milk to adjust the batter.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 35 mins.

Enjoy!!

Do watch the video for reference.

Eggless-jaggery-cake

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Cucumber Mint Cooler, Easy & Refreshing Summer Drink

The cucumber mint cooler is a refreshing summer drinks. Its easy, its delicious. Try it.

Cucumbers are the best to keep the heat in summers at bay.

This easy way to drink your cucumbers is super yum. Plus the mint gives the required color and hat busting too.

Use sugar as per your choice. Add coconut sugar or jaggery or even honey.

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Cucumber mint cooler

Directions to make Cucumber mint cooler-

Ingredients-

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

6-7 mint leaves

250 ml water

2 tbsp sugar or jaggery powder

Method-

In a blender add cucumber mint and sugar.

Add water and blend everything.

Strain the juice and serve immediately.

Enjoy!!

** Add small piece of ginger or some lemon juice or chaat masala for extra flavor.

Here’s a quick video for the recipe-

Cucumber mint cooler

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