My parents had booked their tickets to reach my inlaws place around my last week of due date. Dont know suddenly they thought that they should prebook their tickets. They came one week earlier and even my contractions started. Along with that my husband got tested covid positive and he can’t be anywhere near me. He got admitted himself for 15 days. Luckily my mother was there at the right time. For 2 nights I had contractions every 10 , 15 , 30 minutes.. since it was not on the same durations I took it as a false alarm. I was waiting if we could delay some more and I could hold on for few days ..atleast my husband will be there during the delivery time. I was in pain and I could rarely sleep at night hence after 2 nights my mother told me to call doctor and explain the situation. Early morning 5am I called doctor on 29th April and she immediately told me to get myself admitted and do the covid tests for my mother as she is my caretaker. Also they wanted me to repeat the covid test since I was in contact.
It was one of the best hospital..they took proper care of me. I did a lot of breathing practice and was well prepared on what to do during the whole process. I was having mild contractions and also I had gestational diabetes..doctor told me not to delay. They induced me and woww the pain…Can’t explain. Initially I was fine..with each contractions I would breathe out and think about the baby. I was able to manage. I was dilating slower and they made me excercise on birthing ball. With each pain , I was asked to do sit ups. Nurses supported me by holding my shoulders and pushing me down. I kept asking them the time.. every 15 minutes and finally after 2 hours I got exhausted. They asked me if I wanted epidural before but I said no.. now what to do..
My doctor was giving me hope.. just half an hour.. hold on.. and yes I was somehow able to do it! Keep focusing on your breathing. After 4 hours.. I pushed with all the strength and along with all screaming my throat was almost gone. Babies voice 🥰 the crying sound. Baby is crying but you are smiling and happy 😍
If I have to describe the whole journey..I can write a book and it would not be enough.
Today she has turned 1 year .. oh my God! Time flies so fast.
The best blessing in my life is my sweet Baby.
To every Mother.. ” You are awesome, you are beautiful. No matter you have someone with you or you are alone.. you can achieve anything cause you are strong. Never give up your happiness , your career for anything. You can find a way if you think and you can do it. “
Finally the decison was made to go to his parents. It would be a lie if I say that was the best decision.
During pregnancy when your hormones are all messed up…at that time I believe taking any decision will take time or else you are going to be taking a decision based on what others tell you. That’s what happened to me. Had to go through a stressful and depressed phase at the wrong time. Trust me .. NOBODY will ever understand you like your Mother and NOBODY will love you unconditionally. I have learnt my lesson. Especially during pregnancy think about your happiness and think about your comfort. Keeping you and your baby happy and safe should be the first priority. Happy part is that I was not alone and with each movement or kicks I could feel in my stomach I could overcome everything.
I was very careful with what I eat and did all the exercises doctor asked me to. But my blood test on 7th month showed I had gestational diabetes. Doctor asked me I had to take insulin.. but I was too scared. Instead I asked for sugar tablet. My routine changed..I was given a diet chart to follow. I got up every morning 6am .. made sure I eat something.. drink milk..walked half an hour and I had to test my sugar level daily at home before and after food. Depending on how the level is ..I had to control my food. Stopped eating sweets and measured my food intake based on the doctor instruction.
All these made me more stressed and emotional. I felt I don’t have anyone to rely on and nobody would understand its hard for me. As any mother would do.. I was eagerly waiting for my baby.
5th September 2020 I got a positive result.😁 Since it was too early initial scan nothing came up. Took a blood test for them to check the hCG levels. Doctor asked me to come back after 2 weeks, still unsure if everything is alright. 2 weeks felt so long for me.. Finally.. at my next appointment, they could see the fetus. A very tiny dot. Could not hear the heartbeat yet. Again another blood test was done. I am very scared of needles..but the endless number of blood tests made me to overcome this fear actually. I was like blood test right.. come on take my blood🤣.
Again waited for a week and in my next scan.. I heard the most amazing sound. Baby’s 💓 it was loud and fast. I was filled with tears and I was filled with love.❤
Doctor advised me what to eat and how to be careful in the initial months. I have heard most women have upset stomach or vomiting in the initial months.. I guess I was lucky, I did not have much of that.. only two or three times at the most. Smelling lemon helped me I guess 😀 I was happy and everything was going well. Since it was during covid wave..it was at the start , at my office they allowed me to work from home. We are staying away from parents and it was decided that, we will be going to parents place when I will be around 5 to 7th month of pregnancy. My in-laws wanted us to stay with them, whereas my parents wanted us to stay with them. I was not sure what to decide.. should I go with what my husband is suggesting ..that is to stay with his parent’s or should I go and stay with my parents!
Finally..I am ready to share my Motherhood journey with my viewers! My daughter is going be 1 year old this April 29th and I feel this is the right time for me as well to write about how I feel and what I experienced.
I never imagined that one day I will also become a Mommy. When I used to see a pregnant lady..at work or on road.. I used to think how do they manage to walk and how can they carry another life inside them. I can only see the discomfort and pain. I was sure I don’t want to go through that phase. I am not capable of taking care of even myself..how will I be able to take care of a baby? The big stomach that comes with it.. the pain during birth 😢. I definitely did not want to go through it.
Well… that me has changed
After 1 year of marriage..when I was 29, I started getting these weird thoughts and feelings. 😅 My YouTube search shifted from comedy videos, make up videos to baby videos! I felt I am now ready for a baby.. I want to be a mother. I got that feeling of responsibility which was surprising to me as well. 😆
The me who loved to spend money shopping for things that I won’t even use.. started saving. 🙊
Each day with you is a blessing. It was like yestrday that I first took you in my arms..a scared mother who did not know how to hold a tiny baby. Now I am a proud mommy , I am now an expert in spending sleepless night. I will tell you the truth I do scold your dad in my mind when I see him sleeping peacefully. 😄 I am managing my job and taking care of you at same time. So you know how talented your mommy is. 😇 I can now cook baby food, though I mess that up sometimes..I have to improve a lot.
You have now started sleeping at nights. You clap hands even when you are crying sometimes. Most times you laugh for no reason. You can now sit with support and you love to stand. You make funny and cute sounds.
My baby angel you are perfect and beautiful Love you lots.
Till 6 months babies are given breastmilk and not offered any water / food hence it becomes difficult for you to find any natural remedies especially for first time Moms. Most of the common cold lasts for about a week or two and can be followed by cough. We get so worried when baby coughs as it tends to make them vomit. But it seems vomiting is fine as that’s the only way babies can take out the mucus and also through their poop. In case of extreme vomiting / if baby is unable to feed / have fever/ unable to breathe/ crying a lot please check with pediatrician.
Here are some remedies that you can do to help your baby when they have cold and cough:
Breastmilk: Feed baby breastmilk frequently to keep them hydrated which will help to reduce the discomfort and congestion for baby.
Nasal spray: If baby’s nose is stuffy then you can use nasal spray. It will be a challenging task to put nasal spray or drops on baby’s nose but it helps to clear the congestion quickly. You can buy nasal spray from medical store or it can be made at home. It’s basically saline water and does not cause any harm.
How to use Saline drops / Spray:
Hold the baby in your lap in upright or slightly reclined position with baby head resting on your arm.
Put 2-3 drops in one nostril and wait for few seconds. Repeat the same in the other nostril. Tilt the baby head little backwards just to allow the drops to go inside the nose and hold it back straight.
Keep a cloth in hand to wipe the excess saline and the mucus.
If the nose is still congested use a suction bulb to clear baby’s nose.
3. Suction bulb: Helps to clear babies’ nose when its congested. After using Saline drops you can use the suction bulb to squeeze out the mucus.
How to use Suction bulb:
Keep the Suction bulb away from the baby and squeeze it to take the air out.
Place the tip of the bulb as per the mark or the instruction provided with the suction bulb on the baby nostril.
Slowly release the bulb and it will release the extra saline and mucus.
Repeat the same in another nostril
Do not use suction bulb too many times a day as it might irritate babies. I prefer not to use saline drops more than 3 times a day as sometimes it can dry baby’s nose. Use only when its required.
Clean the suction bulb immediately after use.
4. Steam: It helps in loosen up the mucus but for babies it has to be done with care.
How to use Steam for babies:
Keep the Steam Vapouriser away from the baby.
You can hold the baby facing away from the steamer and to be careful just ask another person to hold a cloth or towel near to the steamer so that direct steam does not go to the baby. Sit in the closed room for 15-20 minutes and it will help to reduce cold and provide relief.
You can also steam the bathroom by filling a bucket with hot water and hold the baby and sit away from the bucket.
5. Mustard oil: Massaging baby with mustard oil is a traditional method and has many benefits.
Boil mustard oil with one or two garlic in low heat.
Once the oil is warm, massage the oil on baby’s chest and the foot. Helps to keep the baby warm and fight cold and cough.
6. Keep a towel rolled up under the mattress to keep the baby head little raised while sleeping, this helps them to breathe.
7. Humidifier: Placing a humidifier in room will moisten the air and reduce the cough. Replace the water daily to prevent any bacteria.
8. Keep the house clean to make sure no dust is irritating the baby.
9. Wipe the baby’s nose with a warm cloth and you can also place a warm cloth on the baby’s nose for few seconds to loosen up the mucus and also to clean the surrounding of nose.
10. Encourage baby to take rest.
These are the remedies that I came across when my baby caught cold. If you know any other remedies please share in the comment section. It will be very helpful for all the New Parents😊
Since I was on maternity leave, I was staying with my parents at Delhi for few months now. I had my mother to help me look after the baby, I did not have to cook 😁, My dad who cooks my favorite dishes and special biryanis… Now that I think of it, I rarely did any housework. Sadly, my leave has almost come to an end, have to join work on Oct 14th. Me and my husband are back to Hyderabad. Its only 2 days now but it’s been too hectic with all the unpacking, arranging and cleaning. With just two of us doing all the work… now I know it’s not an easy task to do housework plus looking after the baby. Hopefully things will get settled a bit once the organizing is done. Specially I have to maintain a schedule for doing things… These two days everything was messy and delayed. Its going to be a completely new experience… hopefully a good one 👸(Being positive)
In the coming weeks I plan to share any new tips and my travel ✈ experience with baby . There were somethings which I did not know as a new Mom and I have learned now. Looking forward to share those tips with you soon. 😊
Constipation in babies is a cause of concern for a parent. Past few days my baby had to go through the same. She did not show any signs of irritation or pain and was playing happily. It was 4 days and I was all over searching for remedies. Though the people I know told me that babies can go up to 5-10 days without a bowel movement. Initial 2-3 months babies do poop a lot and after that there will be days when they don’t do. Since she was not showing any signs of discomfort I thought of trying natural remedies and wait for a day. It actually worked.
Gently move babies legs while they are lying on their back in cycling motions.
Gently hold babies legs and push it towards the belly.
Massage: Massage the babies stomach in a circular clockwise motion.
Tummy time: Place baby on their stomach. Tummy time helps to strengthen babies muscles.
Raisin water: (for babies above 4 months)
Wash 4-5 raisins in warm water to clean it. Keep it in a bowl.
Boil 3 spoons of water and soak the cleaned raisin in the boiled water and leave it overnight.
At morning, Squeeze the soaked raisins and filter it. You will get the raisin water. If its cold then keep the bowl with raisin water on warm water. Feed the raisin water to baby once a day in empty stomach.
Black raisins are more effective. Raisin water worked for my baby within 1 hour.
If these remedies did not work and also baby is showing signs of discomfort then consult Pediatrician.
Saying No: Your friends and family will be eager to meet your baby but you need your time to rest and adapt. Its okay to say no to any visits.
Baby crying: As a newborn your baby will cry out loud and you never know the reason. You will get worried but its normal. Mostly they cry due to wet diaper, colic or just need you to lift them.
Sneezing: Babies sneeze often. You get scared thinking baby might have caught cold. Sneezing in babies is good in a way it helps in cleaning their nose.
Startle reflex: Your baby will be in deep sleep and suddenly you see your baby lift both their hands and cry out loud. This is scary and you will worry that your baby is unable to get enough sleep. Its normal for babies to have this Moro reflex for initial 1 or 2 months
Feeding: At hospital they ask you to feed your newborn every 1 or 2 hours for 30 minutes. Every baby is different and they feed different amounts. Sometimes you may feel your baby does not feed that much. Don’t worry about it if your baby is gaining weight.
Finding me time: You will be so tired feeding and caring your baby that you will find it difficult to look after yourself. In the initial months or weeks you will rarely sleep for 2 hours. Don’t worry, after few weeks you will be able to increase the gap between feedings at night as your baby will gain weight and you can set a routine. Still you will need to continue feeding baby every 2 hours during the day. Its always good to ask for help so that you can get some rest.
Milestones: Growth will differ for each baby. You cant expect the weight, height and activities of your baby to be same as how it is mentioned by someone else. You leave this to pediatrician to decide. Never compare your baby with other babies.