If Motherhood was supposed to be easy; it wouldn’t start with labor.”

When I was pregnant, one of my favourite things to do was to watch Look Who’s talking series of movies on repeat. Ever since the birth of my daughter, I keep wondering what is going in her lovely little head and what all she would say if she could talk. So my overactive mind and imagination has put together this list of what babies would say if they could talk.

Image Via Google Images

Image Via Google Images

On Parents:

“So, this lady with my big milk bottle is the mom and the clueless guy beside her is the dad??!”

On the sudden laughter for no reason:

“I do not want to come across as a diva but I am sitting on my own poop. So mom come and change me.”

On funny face after farting in public:

“Ooops…my bad!”

On nursing that goes on forever:

I haven’t finished yet. More boobies!!

On mommy relaxing/trying to sleep/ going to pee:

If mommy goes out of my sight for a second, I will scream and bring the house down or I will poop. Hmmm. Buhhahaha

On sweet smiles for no reason:

Don’t get so excited and squeal;  I just passed wind.

On waking up inside the crib:

I had slept on mom. How did I end up here???

On breast milk and satisfactory smile after that:

It must be the milk talking but I love you ma’am.

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Being a mum, not so surprisingly is a very busy job. When you are a mum and taking care of an infant, everything gets reduced to essentials and it is important to prioritize your time rather well. So here, I have put together a quick hair care routine that will keep your hair’s health intact whilst saving you some precious mommy minutes so that you can concentrate on really important things like peeing in silence ;). Of course, this is not just for mums but for all the beautiful busy ladies out there.

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Day 1:

Day 1, I shampoo and condition my hair. I also apply a small bit of John Freida’s curling cream; I blow dry my hair in low settings to create waves. The main reason I blow dry is to instantly dry my hair; tying wet hair will only make it weak, brittle and frizzy. I have recently cut my hair short so it takes about 15 minutes.

Day 2:

Both water and excessive heat are the biggest enemies if you want good hair. So, for the second day, I use dry shampoo and Argan oil and give my roots a slight massage and style it as I wish. The whole thing takes five minutes.

Day 3:

Day three, I fashion a quick mommy knot a.k.a the messy top knot. I first apply a bit of Argan oil then simply take all my hair almost to my crown. I twist it into a bun and secure it with a band. To soften the look, I fluff my crown with my finger tips and take out some hair from front. This is another five minute hairstyle that’s high on style and easy to put together.

This quick three day routine is really helping me to take care of hair loss as it requires less water and heat.

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I have said many times in this blog that beauty for me begins from inside. It means, rather than splurging out on hundred of cosmetics to look good, to spend some time and energy to eat well. As I am five month postpartum, my body is going through several changes, in its bid to go back to its pre-pregnancy days. I feel a plethora of changes happening inside and outside. The worst one is definitely losing hair but I know I cannot do anything to stop it fully. However, as it was mentioned here, it is crucial to eat well and nourish your body to minimize the wreck caused by nature and hormones. So, here are my hair super heroes—food that will definitely give you the lovely locks you lust far.

Diet for healthy hair

1) Salmon: Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B12 and iron; Salmon is a beauty and hair super hero that will give all those hair products a run for its money. Omega-3 fatty acids give you a great scalp, adds a shine and give you an all-round boost. Vegetarian? Include flax seeds in your diet as it has the magic O.

2) Bananas: This commonly fruit is so great in all counts. It is the best answer to hunger pangs, the potassium in it essential to repair your muscles (a must if you are runner or exercise regularly). This versatile fruit also a packs a nourishing punch with its vitamins A, B, C and E. Bananas also contain minerals like zinc, iron and manganese—nutrients necessary for strong locks and supple skin.

3) Legumes/Lentils: This is another commonly found ingredient that will not burn your pockets. Proteins are the main component you need if you wish to have healthy, beautiful hair and the humble lentil gives you a dollop of those. Lentils (especially kidney beans) are also a good source of biotin. Deficiency of biotin causes brittle hair (and weak nails). Chicken is another source of proteins if you are not big on lentils. But remember, there are almost 400 types of lentils so try as many as you can before writing them off.

4) Greek honey yogurt: Greek yogurt and honey has been used as hair masks for ages. Eating it will actually give you double the benefit (trust me). The lactic acid present in yogurt will smooth and hydrate your locks whilst honey will make it deliciously soft. Sprinkle some seeds like pumpkin seeds to get some fatty acids too.

5) Walnuts: Walnuts are known as hair doctor for a good reason. Walnuts contain essential fats necessary to promote hair growth as well as biotin, vitamin e and copper. You don’t have to eat a lot of it; a little goes a long way. Not a fan? (seriously??) Opt for pecan nuts, almonds or cashews.

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I have mentioned many times in this blog that I love exercising and staying active. My intention has never been to be a size 0 or 2 but whether I am a size 8 or 12; I should be fit. Needless to say, like my many women out there, I also want to get back to my pre-pregnancy size as soon as I can. However, as much as I want, I need to respect and accept the fact that my body took almost 10 months to expand to house a growing baby and it will not just snap back in a matter of weeks. That said, I still try my best to eat healthy and exercise for at least forty minutes 3- 4 times a week. So, here are few exercises and sequences that are helping to get back to shape and keep my sanity intact.

Core exercises: 

Most new mums would vouch that they want to get rid of their mummy tummy and have those pre-baby, flat abs as soon as possible. Whist I am not sure if it is even possible to get rid of all signs of having a baby (it depends on genes too), I know having a strong core is pivotal not just for vanity but to keep issues like stress incontinence at bay. The core is primarily your abs, obliques, back and pelvic region. Having a strong core will give you those wash board abs you lust for. I do the following exercises.  (Before starting your core workout post a baby, you need to make sure you do not have Diastasis Recti). I do three sets with 12-15 repetitions.

Image credit: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/standing-abs-workout

Image credit: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/standing-abs-workout

Yoga:

I have been lucky to learn different schools of yoga like Hatha, Sivananda and Ashtanga yoga. I am a self-confessed yoga lover and I feel answers to almost every problem can be found in yoga. Taking care of an infant means inevitable sleepless nights and other challenges which can sometimes leave you overwhelmed. I do these stretches early in the morning for 1-2 minutes and sometimes throughout the day to keep calm and carry on. And when all things fail, I do my favourite restorative pose–viparita karani (legs on the wall pose) which energizes me instantly.

Image credit: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3761/Good-Morning-Yoga-Sequence.html

Image credit: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3761/Good-Morning-Yoga-Sequence.html

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Cardio:

I must confess whilst I have no problem lifting weights and doing yoga when it comes to do cardio I try and avoid it as much as I can. However, cardio and getting your heart rate up is important to lose weight. So I try to do one-day of cardio each week. It could running, cycling or cross training and if the weather is great outside, you can take the baby out in the pram and go running or climb a hill if possible.

Lower back and Glutes: 

Your lower back and glutes can weaken considerably after having a baby. It is important to strengthen these areas too if you wish to get back into your pre-pregnancy shape. However, many women can experience joint pain (I do!) it has nothing to do with the extra weight but the hormone relaxins, which helps you labor. When the body gets rid of this hormone many women can experience inexplicable joint pain. I do these knee-friendly exercises that are challenging and soothing at the same time.

Image credit: Pinterest

Image credit: Pinterest

So ladies do try these exercises and yes you can be fit as a fiddle no matter what. 🙂

PS: I really wanted to take images whilst exercising but I only get so much time to exercise and hence have used images from my Health & Fitness Pinterest board.  Also, please consult your GP or personal trainer before you start any exercise. I am neither just a woman who happens to love to stay fit 😉 

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When I was pregnant, one of the few things I really, really enjoyed flaunting was my hair. It seemed suddenly the hair Gods had answered my prayers and almost overnight I had long, shiny, strong hair that could give any TV commercials and their models a run for their money. (I kid you not!) However, all good things come to an end and since last month I have been having severe episodes of shedding. So I contacted my friend and hair expert Tuc Le Rojas from Just Gorgeous Hair who has so generously shared her tips and suggestions on how you can take control of your postpartum hair loss situation. You might remember this lovely lady from this post here. Without further ado, here is how to take stock of your hair situation.

With the hair expert

With the hair expert

How is Postpartum hair loss caused and can you prevent it?

Hair loss after pregnancy is the sudden shedding sometimes in clumps that many new mothers experience between 3 to 6 months after they give birth. We lose on average about 100 strands a day but not all at once so you don’t notice so much. Your pregnancy hormones keeps hair from falling out that’s why when you are pregnant your hair looks and feels thick, shiny and beautiful. But all good things must come to an end and that includes your new hair. When those pregnancy hormones drop back to normal the extra hair drops too. Once the nursing ( breast feeding) is over; your hair will grow back to normal again.

Can you tell us how we can control the hair loss?

Although you cannot do anything to prevent it there are steps you can take to help reduce the blow. You can keep your hair healthy by eating well and taking your prenatal supplements post birth too. Be extra gentle during your shedding months to prevent excess hair loss. Shampoo your hair less–reduce it to 2-3 times a week. Always use a good de-tangling conditioner and comb your hair only when the conditioner is on your hair. Use hair bands but not rubber or elastic ones to tie your hair and try not to tie your hair too tight.

How about blow drying and chemical treatments?

Try not to blow-dry your hair frequently or use any chemical based treatments like highlighting, perms, and straightening until the shedding stops.

Will having a hair cut help in postpartum hair loss?

Having your hair cut shorter is a great way to deal with postpartum hair loss as your hair will appear thicker.

When does postpartum hair loss stop and when should one worry? 

It varies from people to people for postpartum hair loss to stop completely. It happens usually within some months (mostly after you stop nursing). Go to your GP if your hair loss is excessive as when associated with other symptoms as it could be a sign of postpartum hypothyroidism.

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