March 31, 2016

HORMONAL INBALANCE AND FERTILITY!

Hormonal inbalance and fertility:
One of the leading causes of female infertility is hormonal imbalance. A woman’s inability to ovulate and regulate hormone levels cause a production of too much or too less of one particular hormone. When hormones fluctuate it can affect your mood, sexual desire, fertility and ovulation. Meaning, hormones play an important role in reproduction.
Here are the types of hormonal imbalances;

March 30, 2016

WATERY EYES IN INFANTS!

Babies cannot verbally express how they feel, but a child, even an infant, can provide signs of a problem. An eye condition may exhibit symptoms such as redness, swelling or watery eyes. Symptoms such as watery eyes do not necessarily indicate a serious problem, but knowing possible causes for watery eyes will help you determine when to contact the pediatrician. Early detection and treatment could prevent the condition from worsening and may avoid potential complications.

STRETCH MARKS DURING PREGNANCY!

What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are small, depressed streaks in the skin that appear most often on the abdomen in the later stages of pregnancy when the belly is rapidly expanding to accommodate a growing baby. Some women also get them on their buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts.

March 29, 2016

HOW TO LOWER YOUR RISK TO BREAST CANCER!

3 Ways To Lower Your Risk To Breast Cancer
-Regular exercise lowers estrogen levels, reduces body fat and produces a healthier body mass index (BMI), all of which significantly reduces breast cancer risk, especially in postmenopausal women.

March 25, 2016

ICSI - INTRACYTOPLASMIC SPERM INJECTION

What is ICSI?
    ICSI is an acronym for intracytoplasmic sperm injection
        A fancy way of saying "inject sperm into egg"
    ICSI is a very effective method to fertilize eggs in the IVF lab after they have been aspirated from the female
    Its main use is for significant male infertility cases

March 23, 2016

IN-VITRO FERTILIZATION - IVF!

What is in vitro fertilization - IVF?
The IVF process involves:

    Stimulating multiple follicles and eggs to develop
    Egg retrieval to get the eggs
    Fertilizing the eggs in the laboratory
    Embryo transfer to the uterus

IRREGULAR OVULATION IN WOMEN!


Irregular Ovulation
 
Ovulatory dysfunction, is a disorder in which ovulation does not occur regularly. Ovulation is the term used to define the release of an egg from the ovary. This process is essential for pregnancy to occur. Ovulation is a complex process and depends on an adequate amount of appropriate hormones at appropriate times of the menstrual cycle. Anything that disrupts the hormonal regulation of the female cycle may result in ovulatory dysfunction.

March 19, 2016

OLIGOMENORRHEA (IRREGULAR PERIODS IN WOMEN)

A normal menstrual cycles should be from every 21 to 35 days.

However an irregular menstrual cycle medically known as oligomenorrhea, is a common problem among women. Oligomenorrhea refers to infrequent periods with intervals of more than 35 days. Normally women have 11 to 13 periods in a year, but those with oligomenorrhea may have fewer than six or seven periods. If you have irregular menstrual cycle once in a while then it’s nothing to worry about, but frequent irregular cycle caused by hormonal shifts are signals to pay closer attention to.

Whether you’re experiencing heavy, frequent bleeding or light, infrequent periods, you need to know the probable cause and how to best handle it.

Oligomenorrhea can be as a result of some of the following; 
overexercise, 
eating disorders,
significant weight loss or gain,
drug use, 
anaemia
polycystic ovarian syndrome,
increased stress, 
hormonal imbalance, 
diabetes
recent birth or miscarriage or D&C, 
breastfeeding
menopause,
thyroid disorders,
liver disease,
tuberculosis,
irritable bowel syndrome,
uterine abnormalities,
chemotherapy,
medications. 
There are so many factors that can cause this problem and it can therefore make you confused.

Some home remedies to help regulate your irregular menstrual cycle.

1. Vitamin and mineral supplements

This is not necessarily for a normal menstrual cycle, but it will help ensure you’re getting the right nutrients especially if you don’t like eating fruits.

There are some vitamins, such as B6, that are essential for women. Foods rich in vitamin B6 include pasta, tomatoes, corn and fortified cereals and can help reduce symptoms such as bloating and control mood swings.

Tomatoes, peas, lemons, oranges and limes are rich in vitamin C, which is good for your reproductive health and can keep you energised during your menstrual cycle.

2. Omega-3 fatty acids Oily Fish

Fish oils enhance blood circulation, because the blood vessels in your ovaries are tiny, which makes them vulnerable to damage and poor circulation. Oily fish, such as sardine, titus, mackerel, and tuna, provide rich amounts of protein and healthy fats, which are important for hormonal balance and normal menstruation. Oily fish are top sources of omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation, plays a role in pain and bloating, and may help reduce menstrual cramps. For best results eat more of grilled or steamed fish, and it is also recommended that you add a fish oil supplement to your diet instead of eating a lot of fish.

3. Fruits and vegetables

To improve hormonal balance and menstrual health, getting plenty of the antioxidants, vitamin C and beta-carotene is important. This can be provided in significant amount by eating fruits and vegetables along with fiber. Avoid fruit juices and fruits which has been sweetened but instead, go for fresh or frozen, unsweetened fruits and vegetables. For beta-carotene, eat sweet potatoes, carrots, lettuce, carrot, spinach and mango etc. Top vitamin C sources include red bell peppers, citrus fruits. You can make your own juice to ensure it’s not sweetened.

3. Ginger

Ginger has many benefits to the body, but it is also highly beneficial in regulating menstrual cycles and also helping to relieve menstrual pain. It promotes menstruation which makes it good when fighting scanty or delayed periods.

4. Aloe Vera

By regulating your hormones aloe vera helps treat menstrual irregularities naturally. After extracting fresh aloe vera gel from its leaf, mix one teaspoon of honey to sweeten it, take it daily before having your breakfast, do this for about three months. Take note not to use it during your period.

5. Whole Grains

Whole grains are great sources of fiber, protein and B vitamins nutrients which helps improve hormonal balance and reduce symptoms of heavy menstruation. However high-glycemic carbohydrate sources, such as white bread and sweets can worsen your symptoms. They can also disrupt blood sugar control, interfering with positive energy levels and moods. Limit the intake of these foods and eat more of whole grains, such as brown rice, oats and popcorn, instead.

6. Natural foods to regulate your menstrual cycle

Quit taking white foods such as white flour, sugar, white potatoes, white bread, white pasta, and white rice to make your menstrual cycle regular. Most natural foods are not white, so if a food is white, it might have been processed to the point of being unhealthy! White foods create insulin surges that result in fat storage and disrupt your menstrual cycle. This excess fat storage then negatively affects ovulation and your periods and can therefore cause irregular periods. Stop consuming white food!

7. Vitamin D 

Eat vitamin D-fortified milk products, like egg yolks, sardines, and cod liver oil. Also drink lots of skim milk, which has vitamin D added. You can also get vitamin D supplements which stabilizes your hormones by improving communication between your cells. Getting enough sunlight is also a good way to increase your vitamin D and make your menstrual cycle regular.

For better effectiveness, eat these foods for at least three months and if possible continue eating them until you see results.

PLEASE STOP!!! IF YOU USE BABYREX, PANDA COLD, etc FOR YOUR BABY!

Most of us (parents) have no idea what harms we might be doing to our lil ones while we're trying to care for them. Especially through medications we administer,without being aware of the risks involved.

March 18, 2016

HEALTHY BABIES ARE HAPPY BABIES! (Photos)

Kamsi is excited about her birthday coming up on the 21st of March. Here are some of her cool pics as she counts down to the mega celebration

March 17, 2016

How To Help Your Child Avoid Asthma Triggers?

Help your child avoid asthma triggers — allergens or irritants in the environment that can trigger asthma symptoms — by, first, identifying what those triggers are. Then, reduce your child's exposure to them as much as possible.

Common asthma triggers

March 16, 2016

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INDUCED LABOR!

What does it mean to induce labor?
If your labor doesn't start on its own, your practitioner can use medication and other techniques to bring on (or induce) contractions. He or She can use some of the same methods to augment, or speed up, your labor if it stops progressing for some reason

March 15, 2016

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF LEUKAEMIA!

Signs and symptoms

    Signs and symptoms of leukaemia (and blood cancers generally are notoriously vague and non-specific). There are no specific signs or symptoms of any type of leukaemia which would allow a doctor to make a diagnosis without laboratory tests.

March 14, 2016

LEUKAEMIA

Leukaemia is a cancer which starts in blood-forming tissue, usually the bone marrow. It leads to the over-production of abnormal white blood cells, the part of the immune system which defends the body against infection.
Blood cells are formed in the bone marrow, the spongy tissue found inside the bones. Blood-forming stem cells divide to produce either more stem cells or immature cells that become mature blood cells over time. A blood stem cell may become a myeloid stem cell or a lymphoid stem cell.

March 13, 2016

HOW TO MASSAGE YOUR BABY!

Setting up
    These techniques are good for all pre-crawling babies. For the best chance of success, don't try a massage just before or after a meal.
    When you think your baby's ready, set up on the floor with a towel and a small bowl of vegetable-based oil.

March 12, 2016

SHAVING YOUR BABY'S HAIR

There are many myths surrounding the shaving of a baby’s head (mostly the baby’s first haircut), and most of them are influenced by traditions. Some communities believe that a baby’s hair should be done by an elderly person from the same community until the baby is a certain age, while others believe that shaving the baby’s first head of hair will make it grow faster and thicker. However, there are people who do not believe in shaving the head at all. So, should you shave your baby’s hair or just leave it as it is?
Read on to find out.
Does

March 9, 2016

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BABY'S HEARING!

Little ears need lots of attention. Here's how to make sure your baby's hearing is on track.
Easy Listening
Just after birth, your baby's ears should be in almost perfect working order. But in some cases they're not, and that's why experts say we should listen up from the very beginning. If your baby has undiagnosed hearing loss, it can trip up his speech development and lead to later struggles in school if, for example, he can't hear a teacher's voice above the buzz of classroom activity. Learn more about spotting problems and helping your baby's hearing.
Parents of

March 7, 2016

GOITRE!

A goitre is an enlarged thyroid gland. Some people with a goitre (but not all) have an underactive or overactive thyroid. This means that they make too much or too little thyroid hormone. There are various causes of goitre and treatment depends on the cause.
What is a goitre?
A goitre is an enlarged thyroid gland. A goitre can mean that all the thyroid gland is swollen or enlarged, or one or more swellings or lumps develop in a part or parts of the thyroid

March 5, 2016

HEPATITIS : TREATMENT & PREVENTION!

How Is Hepatitis Treated?
Treatment options are determined by which type of hepatitis you have and whether the infection is acute or chronic.
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A isn’t usually treated. Bed rest may be recommended if symptoms cause a great deal of discomfort. If you experience vomiting or diarrhea, you will be put on a special diet created by your doctor to prevent malnutrition or dehydration. Vaccination can also prevent hepatitis A infections by helping your body produce the antibodies that fight this type of infection.

HEPATITIS

What Is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis.
These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol. Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease that occurs when your body makes antibodies against your liver tissue.
The

March 4, 2016

BABIES IN HOT WEATHER!

Babies and young children are very sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and can quickly get stressed by heat.

As they rely on others to take care of them it is very important to watch them closely and to keep them from getting hot or dehydrated.

March 3, 2016

TREATMENTS FOR FIBROID!

If the woman has no symptoms and the fibroids are not affecting her day-to-day life she may receive no treatment at all. Even women who have heavy periods and whose lives are not badly affected by this symptom may also opt for no treatment. During the menopause symptoms will usually become less apparent, or disappear altogether as the fibroids usually shrink at this stage of a woman's life.

FIBROIDS!

Fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus (womb). They are also known as uterine fibroids, myomas, or fibromyomas. The singular of uterine fibroids is Uterine Fibroma. Fibroids are growths of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue. Fibroids can vary in size, from that of a bean to as large as a melon.

March 2, 2016

ABDOMINAL PAIN DURING PREGNANCY!

Is it normal to have some abdominal pain during pregnancy?

Occasional abdominal discomfort is a common pregnancy complaint, and while it may be harmless, it can also be a sign of a serious problem. (Severe or persistent abdominal pain should never be ignored.)

VAGINAL BLEEDING/SPOTTING DURING PREGNANCY!

What should I do if I notice spotting or bleeding during pregnancy?

Call your doctor or midwife right away, even if the bleeding seems to have stopped. While it may turn out to be something minor, it could be a sign of a serious problem. What your healthcare practitioner does next will depend on your individual situation.