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Pregnant mother’s gestational diabetes can predict father’s diabetes risk

pregnancy, pregnancy diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy, pregnant mothers diabetes, Gestational diabetes, health news, latest news, lifestyle news The researchers hypothesised that gestational diabetes in mothers signals a possible diabetes incidence in fathers.

Gestational diabetes signals future diabetes risk not only in mothers, but also in fathers, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found for the first time.

Gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy, affects between three and 20 per cent of pregnant women. Those who develop gestational diabetes are seven times as likely to eventually develop type 2 diabetes in the years following pregnancy.

In a large study analysing 20 years of data from Quebec, a team from the Research Institute of the McGill University
Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has demonstrated that gestational diabetes signals future diabetes risk not only in mothers, but also in fathers.

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“We observed that the incident of diabetes was 33 per cent greater in men whose partner has gestational diabetes compared with men whose partners did not have gestational diabetes,” said the lead author of the study, Dr Kaberi Dasgupta, endocrinologist at the MUHC and an associate professor of Medicine at McGill University.

“This is the first study to demonstrate a link between gestational diabetes in mothers and diabetes incidence in fathers,” Dasgupta said.

Prior studies have shown partners to be similar in their weight and physical activity. Moreover, Dasgupta’s team has shown evidence in a study conducted in 2014 that spousal diabetes was a diabetes risk factor.

The researchers hypothesised that gestational diabetes in mothers signals a possible diabetes incidence in fathers.

Gestational diabetes occurs when couples are in young to middle adulthood. Diabetes risk factors in these years are of high importance as they offer an opportunity for long term prevention.

The researchers randomly selected singleton live births from 1990 to 2007 with a positive diagnosis for gestational diabetes in mothers and matched controls without gestational diabetes from health administrative, birth and death registry data from the province of Quebec.

Then, they identified fathers with type 2 diabetes from the time of the mother’s post-delivery discharge from the hospital to the father’s departure from Quebec, death or end of the study period (March 31, 2012).

Overall, 70,890 fathers were evaluated (half with partners with gestational diabetes). “Our analysis suggests that couples share risk partly because of their shared social and cultural environment, which may contribute to health behaviours and attitudes,” said Dasgupta.

“The study reinforces the findings of our previous study on shared risk for diabetes in spouses, and prior studies indicating that less healthy eating habits and low physical activity could be shared within a household. Our data suggest that gestational diabetes could be leveraged as a tool to enhance diabetes detection and prevention in fathers,” Dasgupta said.

The study was published in the journal Diabetes Care.

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Exercise helps reduce daytime sleepiness

Encouraging postmenopausal women to exercise at least 300 minutes/week, longer than the minimum recommended for cancer prevention, says a study If you find it too hard to stay awake at work despite a good night’s sleep, daily aerobic exercise can help you focus, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.

If you find it too hard to stay awake at work despite a good night’s sleep, daily aerobic exercise can help you focus, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.

Exercise reduces the levels of the two proteins, resulting in reduced excessive sleepiness, the findings showed.

The study involved people with hypersomnia, which is characterised by sleeping too much at night as well as excessive daytime sleepiness.

“Identifying these biomarkers, combined with new understanding of the important role of exercise in reducing hypersomnia, have potential implications in the treatment of major depressive disorder,” said study senior author Madhukar Trivedi from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the US.

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People with hypersomnia are compelled to nap repeatedly during the day, often at inappropriate times such as at work, during a meal, or in conversation.

They often have difficulty waking from a long sleep, and may feel disoriented upon waking, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Other symptoms may include anxiety, increased irritation, decreased energy, restlessness, slow thinking, slow speech, loss of appetite, hallucinations, and memory difficulty.

The researchers looked at blood sample provided by study participants who were randomly assigned to two types of aerobic exercise to determine the effects of exercise on their depression.

More than 100 adults ages 18 to 70 who had major depression disorder participated.

Researchers found that reductions in two biomarkers – brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and Interleukin-1 beta – are related to reductions in hypersomnia.

The findings appeared in the journal Translational Psychiatry.

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Sit straight to keep active for long

sit-straight-main Have you been feeling persistent or recurrent pain in the lower back of late? You are not alone. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Have you been feeling persistent or recurrent pain in the lower back of late? You are not alone. Lower back pain affects one out of 10 people worldwide, causes more disability around the world than any other condition and accounts for a third of all work-related disability, according to a study.

Though the reasons could be varied, one of the important contributing factors behind the nagging back pain is the incorrect posture, experts say.

Which means that you can considerably cut the chances of back and neck pain and other allied illnesses by maintaining the correct posture while sitting or standing.

But how would one know that the correct posture is being maintained while sitting in a chair?

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“Good posture mainly refers to maintaining your body in a correct alignment with respect to gravity so that the body structures such as ligaments, muscles are in the least stressed position,” sports therapist Megha Bhatnagar of AktivOrtho told IANS.

In the modern urban lifestyle, where white-collar jobs require people to sit for long hours, it is imperative to take good care of spine health. One of the least interventionist and easiest first steps is to maintain the right posture while sitting.

According to a Sydney School of Public Health study, the highest rates of disability due to back pain are found in Asia and parts of Africa.

“Improper posture in the long-term can give rise to chronic neck and low back problems. Therefore, it is very important to maintain a good posture whilst sitting and standing,” Raju Vaishya, senior orthopaedic consultant at the Indraprastha Apollo hospital here, told IANS.

The right posture decreases stress on ligaments and muscles holding the spine in an erect position, reduces abnormal wear and tear of the joints, eases strain on the muscles and thus prevents neck pain, back pain, shoulder and knee pain and the like.

What then is the correct sitting posture in a chair?

“Sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back. Your buttocks should touch the back of your chair. All three normal back curves should be present while sitting,” Bhatnagar suggested.

“A small, rolled-up towel or a lumbar roll can be used to help you maintain the normal curves in your back,” she added.

To achieve the right sitting position, sit at the end of your chair and slouch completely. Then draw yourself up and accentuate the curve of your back as far as possible. Hold for a few seconds. Release the position slightly (about 10 degrees). This is a good sitting posture, according to Bhatnagar.

“While sitting in a chair, keep your knees even with or slightly higher than your hips. Your legs should not be crossed,” she advised.

According to Yashpal Singh Bundela, senior neurosurgery consultant at the BLK Super Speciality Hospital here, one should not sit in one position for more than 30 minutes.

“Also, you should adjust the height of your chair so that your thighs come in a parallel position to the floor,” Bundela told IANS.

Besides, there are a few more precautions that experts say one should always keep in mind. For example, when sitting in a chair that rolls and pivots, don’t twist at the waist while sitting. Instead, turn your whole body.

Similarly, when standing, do so by straightening your legs. Avoid bending forward at your waist.

“Try and go to your colleague’s desk and discuss rather than over the inter-com or through chat,” Bhatnagar said.

One can also use backrests available in the market. “Backrests can give sufficient support to the lower back and are especially useful for people who cannot keep their back and buttocks splinted against the chair at all times,” Vaishya said.

Also, it is important to have a good chair. Poor furniture does not provide ample support to back and thighs and thus, poorly designed chairs may create problems in the long run, experts warned.

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Sleep on your side to ward off Alzheimer’s

sleeping-main Sleeping on one’s side, as opposed to other positions such as on one’s back or stomach may more effectively remove brain waste (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Sleeping on one’s side, as opposed to other positions such as on one’s back or stomach may more effectively remove brain waste, reducing the chances of developing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases, scientists have found.

Researchers at Stony Brook University used dynamic contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to image the brain’s glymphatic pathway, a complex system that clears wastes and other harmful chemical solutes from the brain.

Researchers Hedok Lee, Helene Benveniste and colleagues, discovered that a lateral sleeping position, or side position, is the best position to most efficiently remove waste from the brain.

The buildup of brain waste chemicals may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions.

Benveniste, Principal Investigator and a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Radiology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has used dynamic contrast MRI for several years to examine the glymphatic pathway in rodent models.

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The method enables researchers to identify and define the glymphatic pathway, where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) filters through the brain and exchanges with interstitial fluid (ISF) to clear waste, similar to the way the body’s lymphatic system clears waste from organs.

In the new study, Benveniste and colleagues used a dynamic contrast MRI method along with kinetic modelling to quantify the CSF-ISF exchange rates in anesthetised rodents’ brains in three positions – lateral (side), prone (down), and supine (up).

“The analysis showed us consistently that glymphatic transport was most efficient in the lateral position when compared to the supine or prone positions,” said Benveniste.

“Because of this finding, we propose that the body posture and sleep quality should be considered when standardising future diagnostic imaging procedures to assess CSF-ISF transport in humans and therefore the assessment of the clearance of damaging brain proteins that may contribute to or cause brain diseases,” said Benveniste.

“It is interesting that the lateral sleep position is already the most popular in human and most animals – even in the wild – and it appears that we have adapted the lateral sleep position to most efficiently clear our brain of the metabolic waste products that built up while we are awake,” said Maiken Nedergaard at the University of Rochester.

“The study therefore adds further support to the concept that sleep subserves a distinct biological function of sleep and that is to ‘clean up’ the mess that accumulates while we are awake,” she said.

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Internet addiction may weaken your immune system: study

M_Id_401817_internet_users Spending too much time online may increase your risk of catching a cold or the flu (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Spending too much time online may increase your risk of catching a cold or the flu as excessive internet use can damage the immune function, a new study has claimed.

Scientists from Swansea and Milan Universities found that people who have greater levels of internet addiction problems catch more colds and flu bugs than those who are less addicted to the internet.

The study evaluated 500 people aged 18 to 101 years old. It found that those who reported problems with over-using the internet also reported having more cold and flu symptoms than those people who did not report excessive use of the internet.

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Around 40 per cent of the sample reported mild or worse levels of internet addiction – a figure which did not differ between males and females.

People with greater levels of internet addiction had around 30 per cent more cold and flu symptoms than those with less problematic internet usage.

Previous research has shown that people who spend more time on the internet experience greater sleep deprivation, have worse eating habits and less healthy diets, engage in less exercise, and also tend to smoke and drink alcohol more.

These behaviours can harm their immune system and increase vulnerability to diseases.

“We found that the impact of the internet on people’s health was independent of a range of other factors, like depression, sleep deprivation, and loneliness, which are associated with high levels of internet use and also with poor health,” said Professor Phil Reed of Swansea University.

The study suggested that those who are addicted to the internet may suffer from great stress when they are disconnected from the net, and this cycle of stress and relief associated with internet addiction may lead to altered levels of cortisol – a hormone that impacts immune function.

“It may also be that those who spend a long time alone on the internet experience reduced immune function as a result of simply not having enough contact with others and their germs,” said Reed.

The study also found that people reported using the internet on average for six hours a day, but a sizable minority of the sample used it for over 10 hours a day – most often connected with social media sites.

There were also differences in the way in which men and women use the internet – women using the internet for social media and shopping more than men, and men reporting more use of the internet than women for gaming and pornography.

“The results on internet usage, apart from being gender stereotypical, were not connected to its impact on immune function,” Professor Roberto Truzoli from Milan University said.

“It does not seem to matter what you use it for, if you use it too much, you are more susceptible to illness. However, the mechanisms responsible for you getting ill may differ, depending on how you use the net,” said Truzoli.

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Decoding the afternoon drowsiness

 sleepiness, sleeping in office, drowsiness, post meal sleepiness, postprandial sleepiness, health news ‘Post prandial’ refers to the meal bit and ‘somnolence’ to the strong desire for sleep or a feeling of drowsiness.

Sitting at your desk at work and struggling to concentrate after a meal? You are not alone, it happens to the best of us! Welcome to ‘food coma’ — that sleepy, lethargic and drowsy feeling after meals. It is a commonly seen phenomenon also referred to as ‘carb coma’ or postprandial somnolence.

As the name suggests, ‘post prandial’ refers to the meal bit and ‘somnolence’ to the strong desire for sleep or a feeling of drowsiness. It may also be accompanied by extreme fullness, bloating, mental fogginess, difficulty in concentration and reduced attention span. While this sleepiness may not be confined to the middle of the day, studies report that it is heightened post lunch compared to breakfast or evening.

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A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 1998, reported that postprandial increases in sleepiness were apparent at a wide range of times during a typical 9-to-5 working day, although the extent of the postprandial sleepiness was greatest after meals eaten between 11 am and 2 pm.

What causes food coma? Food should not make us feel fatigued, in fact it should be the opposite, that is, we should feel energised. Increased sleepiness is thought to be caused by hormonal and neuro-chemical changes related to both quantity and type of food. The key is obviously in how much we eat and what we eat.

Some foods improve energy levels, while others may hinder it. Overeating results in foggy feeling and sluggishness. Food coma is often triggered by big meals and high carbohydrate and fat rich meals. The bigger the meal, the easier it gets to slip into food coma. Many scientific studies have also indicated that sleepiness increases after meals and that the extent varies according to the fat and carbohydrate content of the food eaten.

High carbohydrate and high glycemic index foods like rice, bread, cakes, cookies, sweets, desserts, fruit juices can cause fluctuations in blood sugar levels. High glycemic foods rapidly break down into glucose, the simplest form of sugar in our body, causing a spike in blood sugar levels. This is followed by a spike in insulin levels (the hormone secreted by the pancreas) to bring down blood sugar levels as quickly. The rapid rise in insulin also causes our brain to produce a neuro-transmitter like serotonin and melatonin that leave us feel drowsy and sleepy. Wider fluctuations in blood sugar levels increase the fatigue and lethargy. So, it’s no surprise that high carbohydrate eating communities of the world like the Italians and those in eastern India declare siesta time and officially shut-shop for a few hours post lunch!

Food coma can also come independent of the composition of the meal, if the meal is large. The response to a larger quantity or volume in the digestive tract triggers a response to the nervous system to induce sleepiness.

Author is a clinical nutritionist and founder of http://www.theweightmonitor.com and Whole Foods India

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White poison: Why drinking milk could prove fatal for you

Nutritionists say there are three white poisons – salt, refined sugar and maida. One wonders now if there is a fourth one on the horizon – milk. It is not the milk per say but what is added into it that is dangerous.

Adulteration or adding unwanted ingredients to food may be intentional or unintentional. The first is done deliberately to increase profits. Adulteration may also be incidental due to lack of knowledge and lack of hygiene. Adulteration is defined as “the process by which the quality or the nature of a given substance is reduced. Water is a common adulterant to milk, to increase volume and profits, but the problem is that the consumers immediately make out the presence of it.

The taste of the milk changes, it does not boil over while heating but keeps boiling inside the vessel, the tea is insipid, and formation of cream is reduced. To avoid getting caught, the adulterator adds certain substances to the ‘watered’ milk to improve its thickness, taste, density and viscosity. The common adulterants are formalin, urea, starch, neutralizers (NaHCO3 , Na2 CO3 , NaOH, Ca(OH)2 etc.), detergents, sodium chloride, skim milk powder, sucrose, glucose/dextrose, and hydrogen peroxide. Some of these are referred to solid-non-fats (SNF) and are used to cover the quantity of natural fats missing in the ‘watered’ milk. Let us look at the some common adulterants in milk.

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– With inputs from Milk Adulteration in Hyderabad, India – A Comparative Study on the Levels of Different Adulterants Present in Milk Hemanth Singuluri and Sukumaran MK* Department of Biochemistry, Bhavan’s Vivekananda College, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Ref – Singuluri and Sukumaran, J Chromatograph Separat Techniq 2014, 5:1 

The extent of adulteration

In this Hyderabad Clinical Study it was found that milk adulteration is rampant. The study concludes that a large number of samples procured did not conform to the legal standards prescribed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). These results clearly suggest that most of the milk samples were adulterated.

The extent of adulteration varied significantly with least percentage for sucrose (22%) and highest for skim milk powder (80%). This means that most of the milk samples were prepared with added adulterants during their production and processing or added intentionally. In a country such as India where milk and milk products play an important role, this analysis should bring more awareness to the general public about the malpractices or negligence in milk production.

The National Survey on Milk Adulteration 2011 (see graph) was conducted to check adulterants in fresh milk in India. The study found that detergents that are deliberately added as well as from the transport containers not properly cleaned, find their way into the milk. The survey report notes that the consumption of milk with detergents is hazardous to health. About eight per cent samples were found to have detergents. Other contaminants like urea, starch, glucose and formalin, too, were found in the milk. FSSAI (Food Safety and Standard Authority of India) had tested a total of 1,791 samples throughout the country.

THE HEALTH HAZARDS

Just after the scare of instant noodle Food safety and drug administration (FSDA) in Agra has found presence of detergent in milk samples of a known milk brand. It has become vital to know what we drink in our milk that we consider a complete food, and give to our children in hope of keeping them healthy and growing.

The Indian Council of Medical Research, in one of its reports states, detergents (including caustic soda) cause food poisoning and gastro-intestinal complications. The other synthetic compounds impair the functioning of various organs of the body, cause heart problems, cancer, and sometimes death. The immediate effect of drinking adulterated milk containing urea, caustic soda and formalin is ‘gastroenteritis’, but the long term effects are known to be far more serious.

LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR ADULTERATORS

Milk adulteration is a very serious issue – where the entire new generation of India (children) is in danger to fall prey to it. The adulterants are toxic and can cause serious health issues. Taking a strong stand against milk adulteration, Supreme Court of India, in July this year, has urged that anyone found involved in the illicit activity should be dealt with a firm hand. As a countermeasure, the SC stated that milk adulteration should amount to life imprisonment and asked the government to take all possible measures to prevent it. The SC asked the states affected by this problem to make stronger laws capable of dealing with production and sale of milk that is harmful for human beings. The bench also slammed the current maximum punishment of six months by calling it grossly inadequate.

The question in mind arises that if the milk is so adultrated what about the milk products made out of such adulterated milk? They are even more dangerous.

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How deadly brain disease spreads from gut

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Offering hope for early detection of prion disease, a difficult to detect deadly brain condition in humans and farm animals, researchers have found how the proteins that cause the disorder spread from our gut.

Until now, it was not known the proteins – called prions – spread from the gut to the brain after consuming contaminated meat.

“We need a greater understanding of what factors enhance our susceptibility to prion diseases so that we can put in place safeguards to prevent these conditions from spreading in people and farmed animals,” said lead researcher Neil Mabbott, professor at University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

It is important to spot the detection early as many people could be carrying infectious prions without showing any symptoms of disease.

For the study, the researchers studied the course of prion infection in mice.

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They found that prions must first build up in specialised structures in the lining of the small intestine before they are able to spread throughout the body to the brain.

The structures – called Peyer’s patches – are part of the body’s immune system and form the first line of defence against contaminated food.

Prions hijack Peyer’s patches to cause infection, the findings showed.

Prions did not build up in similar patches in the large intestine until a later stage of infection, the team found. At this stage, prions were also detected in the spleen and lymph nodes.

When prions get into the brain, they destroy nerve cells. This can lead to major neurological symptoms including memory impairment, personality changes, and difficulties with movement.

However, in people, the disease remains very rare – 229 people have died from it since it was first identified almost 20 years ago, the study noted.

The findings appeared in the Journal of Virology.

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Yo-yo dieting not linked to higher cancer risk

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Repeated loss and regain of weight due to dieting or what is also called yo-yo dieting may not put you at increased risk of contracting cancer, says a new study that could be the largest of its kind.

Weight-cycling – loss and regain of body weight – is not associated with overall risk of cancer in men or women, the findings showed.

Weight-cycling is very common as those who try to lose weight often cannot maintain their weight after losing it.

The new study suggests that people trying to lose weight should be encouraged to do so even though they may regain it.

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Previous studies in animals and humans had suggested that weight cycling may affect biological processes that could lead to cancer.

“This study, to our knowledge the largest and most comprehensive to date on the issue, should be reassuring,” said lead researcher Victoria Stevens, strategic director, laboratory services, American Cancer Society.

“Our findings suggest that overweight and obese individuals should not let fears about their ability to maintain weight loss keep them from trying to lose weight in the first place,” Stevens noted.

The researchers examined weight cycling and cancer among more than 132,000 men and women enrolled in a study.

The participants were men and women ages 50 to 74.

More than 25,000 participants developed cancer during 17 years of study, but the researchers found no link between weight cycling and cancer risk.

The study appeared online in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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World Breastfeeding Week: Here’s how to take care of yourself post-pregnancy

new-mother-main Forget the housework for a while – or get someone who can help you with all the chores. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

As a new mother, you’ve endured the long wait, and possibly the discomfort of pregnancy. Soon after delivery though, parenting responsibilities set in, as does the routine of feeding-changing-sleeping and getting used to baby’s rhythms. This makes us forget how fragile the woman’s body really is.

During this time, a woman’s body is healing, re-adjusting, and needs to re-build its strength. Often put in second-place after baby, a mother’s health is as important as a newborn’s. During this period, you may experience a range of post-natal problems: post-natal infections, excessive bleeding, mood swings, pain in the perineal area, discomfort during sex, hair loss, post-natal depression, breast soreness and tenderness.

This is a special time in your life – a time where your focus needs to be on your baby, and equally importantly, on your body. Forget the housework for a while – or get someone who can help you with all the chores. It may be difficult for you, but your mind, body and spirit will be in better shape if you can get rest, get a gentle post-partum massage, and de-stress.

Here are some tips you can keep in mind:

1) Sleep when your baby sleeps: Please try and resist the urge to clean the house. Or wash nappies. Or fold clothes. Or cook. Or meet the steady stream of visitors. For the first six weeks, do only what needs to be done. Your body is an amazing healing-machine, but it needs time, rest and peace.

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2) Uterus and Lochia (bleeding): Immediately after delivery, your uterus begins to contract – commonly called ‘postpartum aches and pains’. Keeping your bladder empty helps the uterus contract effectively, and prevents too much bleeding. If you are doing too much around the house, bleeding can increase and become bright red. That’s when you know you need to take it easy.

3) Caring for yourself while breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is a learning process for you and the baby – babies instinctively know how to suckle, but not necessarily how to breastfeed. In the first week, particularly after the body produces clostrum – the nutrient-rich and thick milk, it is normal to have some pain and tenderness. If baby does not ‘latch’ properly, breastfeeding can continue to be a painful and difficult process for both mother and child.

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Here are some things you can do to help relieve soreness and heal cracked/chapped breasts:
* Keep breasts open to air frequently: this helps reduce the possibility of infections
* Warm water or tea bag compress for 15-20 minutes, 3-4 times a day
* Avoid underwire bras
* Rub a bit of your own breast milk and some virgin coconut oil onto the nipple and breast area – both are rich in Lauric Acid – one of nature’s most powerful wound-healing, anti-inflammatory agents

4) Post-partum massage: Ayurveda recommends 42 days of rest and care – because these 42 days influence a woman’s health, and prepare her for the journey ahead. If you cannot do the full 42 days for some reason, regular post-partum massage is an effective and holistic way to help the process. There are unique (and scientifically proven) post-partum benefits of regular massage, and they include hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep, and improved breastfeeding. More advanced massage therapy helps restore the body to its pre-pregnancy condition, and assists with C-section recovery.

5) Caring for your mental health: Having a baby is exhilarating. It can also be exhausting. 80 per cent of new mothers have severe mood-swings – known as baby blues – and it is important not to ignore these symptoms. About 10 percent suffer from major post-partum depression. Traditionally, doctors have blamed hormones for this, but chemistry can’t explain everything.

Don’t give up your previous interests, don’t take on all the household chores, and get reassurance and support from your family and partner.

Rest, relaxation and sound sleep is imperative. If your ‘blues’ last longer than a few weeks, speak to your gynaecologist.

Tips for the new dad
* Helping your significant other with some of the little things will bring her much joy, relief and peace of mind.

* Offer to help watch over baby while she takes a nap

* Make dinner for her once in a while

* Help her create a schedule and set priorities

* Send her for a massage, a pedicure or a manicure

* Sterilise the bottles, fold the nappies

* Give baby a massage once in a while – because baby needs to grow the bond with dad as much as with mum

The author is the Managing Director and founder of Coconess, which makes virgin coconut oil based products

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