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Francis is one of my favourite kids at the hospice. His limbs are slender and disabled, but this doesn’t stop him from trying to move them. He uses his bed rails to lift himself up. He tries to hold on to his toys. He claps with his feet when I say “clap for Jesus”.

I always thought he was going to be confined to his bed, and eventually, a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  But day by day, he continues to prove me wrong. It’s inspiring to see him wriggle on the floor, moving from one point to another. He also does so quickly. In his mind, he is completely unstoppable.

Are you an expecting or new mum? Curious about painful sexual intercourse after childbirth? Continue reading…

Many Nigerian women experience pain during sex after having a baby, with no knowledge why. This isn’t something that should be ignored or taken likely especially with the solutions readily available. We have health research-backed reasons to explain what could be going on “down there”. Read on for details:

1. Breastfeeding lowers oestrogen hormone levels: This can lead to dryness and eventual friction in the vagina area. Scary Mommy points out the importance of using a lubricant to help, natural options include coconut and olive oil.

2. Effects of an episiotomy: An episiotomy is a surgical cut carried out on many women during childbirth. It can take up to 6 months to heal, causing pain and discomfort during intercourse as a result.

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.

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.

Who knew Coke was such a must-have item at home?

We came across an interesting article on Good Housekeeping and were completely impressed by how useful this popular beverage is. And right after we talked about it in a recent post on Sallah parties!

Read on ladies, experiment and tell us how it goes.

Without further adieu, you can use Coke to:

Take out grease and blood stains from clothes. Simply pour out a can in a washing machine load, using your detergent too.

Remove oil stains on a floor. All you have to do is soak the stain and wash off.

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.