From condoms to birth control pills to intra-uterine devices, the world of medicine has definitely offered women around the world a good range of contraceptives to choose from in recent times. The latest addition to the mix – an app.
This isn’t your usual ovulation calendar. The Nature Cycles Birth Control App, for example, has actually been approved by governments in European Union as a contraceptive. It’s only a matter of time before it hits our Nigerian market.
According to the Business Insider, “The app uses an algorithm that takes into account your temperature and many other factors like sperm survival…
We know how hard it can be to get up early in the morning and be faced with having to choose between prepping for an appointment and getting the kids set for school. The key is to focus on a plan, get organized, and find the right balance between work and parenthood. Here are some tips to get you started:
Get help: As you won’t be around with your kids 24/7, It is ok to get help. Ask your network of friends and family for reference to nannies, babysitters or daycare centres. When employing a nanny, it is advised to employ one who is educated and has a history of long commitment to families. This means they are able to care for children of all ages and assist with homework. A good daycare facility should have flexible hours, outdoor space, friendly and kind employees who have had their backgrounds checked.
Create a morning routine:: This is a really good way to avoid frazzles. You can start out by laying out the kids’ clothes plus yours, polishing the shoes, deciding what to make for breakfast, etc. Basically, doing this helps you keep your sanity.
Stay in touch with your kids: The importance of communicating with your kids from the workplace can never be overemphasized. No matter how busy you may be, always ensure you take out time out of your busy schedule to know how your kids are faring. Hearing or seeing your child (through video webcams) could help you get through a rough day and will mean a lot to your child. He/she is comforted knowing you are near.
“If I don’t love myself, if I don’t love my flaws, if I don’t accept myself for who I am, how am I going to teach my boy how to be his own person, how to love himself?” – Sisi Yemmie, Nigerian lifestyle personality
So it turns out that Pregnancy Brain is not a myth, after all. Fondly called Momnesia, it’s an intangible condition many expecting or new mums experience. It mainly involves forgetfulness, interesting brain fog if you will, that can be quite annoying for the woman affected.
Maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “Hmm, this makes so much sense because that I/my friend/my sister/my colleague is going through it right now.”
“After leaving the house with the wrong shoes on, or forgetting what’s been said mid-sentence…”
We’re happy to shine the light on the situation. Read on for some quick, easy facts to understand pregnancy brain even more:
1. Hormonal changes are a factor. WebMD states that there is actually 15 to 40 times more progesterone and estrogen “marinating” the brain during this period, affecting brain neurones. Oxytocin that causes breast milk production can be a cause too.
2. Other factors include: Stress and sleep deprivation are also contributing factors of pregnancy brain.
Hey Mums! Read on for useful tips to help with affordable shopping for the new school year:
1. Do a quick inventory
Are there items at home your child can use? From wedding souvenirs- flasks, notebooks and towels – to fairly used items from last year, work with what you’ve got to save money. Children with older siblings can always use hand-me-downs that look just as good.
2. Prepare a master list
Writing separate shopping lists for each kid is a common mistake many mums make. A master list that compiles all needs would keep you more organised and help you avoid unnecessary duplicate buying.
Many working yet nursing mums can relate to always having a breast-pump around. Maybe you’re one of them. Busy at work, you take time out to commit to the time and energy draining process. Fortunately, time spent is an investment with Baby being well-fed as a result.
If you’re looking for simple hacks to help make things easier, try out any of the hacks we have outlined especially for you:
1. Do it early
Pumping breast milk first thing in the morning can feel like a chore. Your body’s supply is at its greatest then though, so take advantage of it.
The war against Lassa fever is still on in Nigeria, with 100 Lagos residents under surveillance after two casualties.
In this segment of Mom’s Corner, we would like to appeal to all mums nationwide to protect their kids with the right precautionary measures and education. Their safety depends on it. These useful tips should get you started in the right direction:
Tell your kids about the Lassa Fever and its symptoms: It’s easy to think that your kids don’t need to know about Lassa Fever, or that it would scare them. This can lead to more harm than good though, sadly to your family’s detriment! So do the right thing. In a non-fearful way, educate them about the disease’s effects and symptoms. They are more likely to be cooperative if you do, understanding the why behind your safety instructions.
Encouraging your kids to start a business is a great way to keep them productive this holiday. Not only will it get them to fine-tune their talents, they’ll earn pocket money and learn the value of hardwork.
A few ideas for inspiration:
1. Baking: Just look at Simi of Simi’s Bakehouse. The cutie is making a name for herself – and money! – as a star baker and newsflash, she’s just five! With a handy recipe book, a bit of practice and an ever-willing customer base (relatives, maybe?), your child could be next.
From six months, breast milk or infant formula stops being enough for your baby. According to The Vanguard, he or she needs more nutrients like iron at this age, and these can be found in solid yet simple food items your child’s body can now process.
If you’re a mum who already finds yourself in this new stage, celebrate! An exciting experience awaits you and the little one, complete with many delicious food adventures. Nigeria has an array of local foods to choose from, so you’re never at your wits end. Some favourites are listed below: