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BREAST FEEDING your baby : A Helpful Insight

Breastfeeding is the most beautiful thing on Earth. The act naturally establishes a relationship between the mother and child and its purest form of love. While this primary method of nurturing is followed by almost all mothers, most new mothers worry about the process, “Am I doing it right?” “Am I providing the right nutrients?”  These are a few questions that always play in the backdrop.

We understand that, and thus through this article, we will try to clarify all your concerns about “how to breastfeed?” and all the other relevant questions as far as breastfeeding is concerned.

So, let’s first begin with a few tips:

Breastfeeding Tips

Let Your Baby Decide The Frequency and Extent of Nursing

Since your baby knows their requirements better than you at this moment, let them be content with what they want. Do not try to force-feed the child. New mothers have this tendency to set predetermined time for feeding the child, and then deny them food since not much time passes between two hunger pangs. This practice needs to change. On the other hand, it is not a good idea to wake up a  sleeping baby for a meal.

Relax

Your baby can only be comfortable while you are nursing them if you are relaxed.  Babies have a very strong connection with their mothers. If somehow they feel that you are not comfortable while breastfeeding, then they will not latch properly.

Get Comfortable For Feeding Times

If you are a new mother, you know that you will be spending a lot of time holding your baby in your arms while breastfeeding. Thus you must get in a comfortable position which can support you for a long period. The primary idea is to stay fixed. If you move too much then your baby might get distracted and disturbed.

Help The Baby Find The Spot

Through the process of breastfeeding, your baby will find a position that works out for them. It is your job to pay attention and learn this spot quickly so that next time you can place them in the same position. However, do not force your baby in a particular direction, they may be happy with a slightly different style. Let them be comfortable.

The Letdown

This is a reflex that occurs as soon as you start nursing your newborn baby. The let-down reflex is also known as the milk ejection reflex is a natural reaction that takes place in the body as soon as the baby starts sucking on the breasts.

When the breastfeeding process is proceeding, the brain releases two hormones, prolactin, and oxytocin.  The former one is responsible for the increased production of milk and the latter triggers the let-down of your breasts.

  • If you are experiencing the Let-down reflex, these are a few common signs:
  • You can feel pins, and needles, or a warm sensation in your breasts.
  • Breast milk can spray out of your breast even when your baby is not feeding.
  • You can see milk leaking or drip from the baby’s mouth
  • You feel cramps in your uterus, especially during the early weeks after childbirth.

While a few of these signs can be uncomfortable, they can be dealt with by having a warm shower or wrapping your breasts with a warm, moist towel. A massage can also be helpful. 

Breastfeeding vs Bottle-feeding

Though new technologies have made breastfeeding for babies easy, thanks to the breast pumps, and baby formula. But controversies often arise when it comes to choosing between breastfeeding and bottle feeding. In the current age, it is natural to find both working parents in a house.

Under such circumstances, staying home to nurse the child for more than 6 months may not be possible. In such cases, many young mothers take up Bottle-feeding when they have to get back to work after their maternity leave.

Breast milk is indeed the best first food for a child. Health organizations like the Academy of Pediatrics American Medical Association and such insist mothers give breast milk to infants. But if under certain circumstances, it is not possible then bottle feeding is an option that can be considered.

Manufactured in a sterile environment, commercial formulas are made to duplicate the nutrient content of the mother’s milk. Plus they have a few added nutrients which breastfed babies have to be given as supplements. Sometimes due to certain medical conditions, mothers fail to breastfeed the child. In such cases, bottle formula feeding is an ideal option.

Formula feeding can be taken up by either parent. Though an infant socializes with the mother first, formula feeding is a means which gives the fathers a scope to connect with the child as well.

Breastfeeding Diet

You have surely heard the saying “You are what you eat”. This statement holds very true as far as breastfeeding is concerned. Since your milk is your baby’s first diet, you want to ensure that it has all the essential nutrients that your baby requires at that tender age. Though a mother’s milk is naturally rich in nutrients, a proper diet on your part can produce better results.

A few things to incorporate into your diet can be:

Fruits and Vegetables

Generally, fruits provide B1, B2, B6, and C which are essential for your health and are also imperative for healthy milk production. Include a lot of oranges, bananas, grapes, and apples in your diet. These fruits cure the body of the free radicals that causes long term damage.

Along with fruits, consume a lot of green leafy vegetables during your breastfeeding days. Vegetables are a good source of potassium, folate and Vitamin A which promotes healthy cell function and division.

Lean Protein

Lean protein provides the 9 essential amino acids which the body fails to create on its own.  These are mostly available in eggs, fish, milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products.

Include Whole Grain In Your Diet

Since you are producing breast milk you have to have a sufficient amount of calories and carbohydrates in your body. While the bodily requirement can be met by fruits and vegetables to some extent, it is not enough. That’s why including whole wheat and oatmeal in your diet is essential. Though your primary focus can be on fruits and vegetables, a little bit of pita and pasta can be consumed.

Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are found in nuts like almonds and walnuts. You can also consume avocado which is rich in vitamin E, omega-3, omega-6, and antioxidants. Though you need to include these healthy fats in your diet, try not to go overboard with them. Always remember that too much of everything can be utterly detrimental.

Include Calcium In Your Diet

Breastfeeding exhausts the calcium reserve in your body. Thus it is essential to keep the level of calcium up, by consuming calcium-rich foodstuffs. Calcium is essential as it supports the skeletal structure and teeth setting. It also has a role to play in muscle contraction, blood clotting, and nervous functions. It is advisable to consume up to 1000-1500 milligrams calcium every day when you are breastfeeding your child.

Iron In Your Diet

During pregnancy and breastfeeding stage, the amount of iron in the blood becomes less due to the rise in the level of red blood cells in the body. This is a very natural thing to happen during this time and there is nothing to worry about. To keep the situation in control, all you need to do is increase your dietary iron consumption.

A sufficient amount of iron in your system is essential as it helps in transporting and storing oxygen in your body. It further contributes to the production of energy, cell respiration and enhances the number of white blood cells in the blood. 9 milligram of iron intake is recommended for a breastfeeding woman.

This is what W.H.O. has to say about Breastfeeding

Fact 1: BreastFeeding for the first Six months is Crucial
WHO recommends that:

  • Mother initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth
  • Infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development, and health, and thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while continuing to be breastfed
  • Breastfeeding should continue to up to two years or beyond.

Fact 2: Breastfeeding protects Infants from childhood illnesses
Breastmilk is the ideal food for newborns and infants. It gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide. Breastmilk is readily available and affordable, which helps to ensure that infants get adequate nutrition.

Fact 3: Breastfeeding also benefits mothers
Exclusive Breastfeeding is associative with a natural(though not fail-safe) method of birth control(98% protection in the first six months after birth). It reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and postpartum depression.

Fact 4: Breastfeeding has long-term benefits for children
Beyond the immediate benefits for children, breastfeeding contributes to a lifetime of good health. Adolescents and adults who were breastfed as babies are less likely to be overweight or obese. They are less likely to have type 2 diabetes and perform better in intelligence tests.

Fact 5: Infant formula does not contain the antibodies found in breastmilk
The long-term benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and children cannot be replicated with infant formula. When infant formula is not properly prepared, there are risks arising from the use of unsafe water and unsterilized equipment or the potential presence of bacteria in powdered formula. Malnutrition can result from over-diluting formula to “stretch” supplies. While frequent feeding maintains breast milk supply if formula is used but becomes unavailable, a return to breastfeeding may not be an option due to diminished breast milk production.

Fact 6: Transmission of HIV through breastfeeding can be reduced with drugs
An HIV-infected mother can pass the infection to her infant during pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. However, antiretroviral(ARV) drugs given either to the mother or HIV-exposed infant reduces the risk of transmission. Together, breastfeeding and ARVs have the potential to significantly improve infants’ chances of surviving while remaining HIV uninfected. WHO recommends that when HIV infected mothers breastfeed, they should receive ARVs and follow WHO guidance for infant feeding.

Fact 7: Marketing of breast-milk substitutes are highly monitored 
An international code to regulate the marketing of breast-milk substitutes was adopted in 1981. It calls for:

  • all formula labels and information to state the benefits of breastfeeding and the health risks of substitutes
  • no promotion of breast-milk substitutes
  • no free samples of substitutes to be given to pregnant women, mother or their families
  • no distribution of free or subsidized substitutes to health workers or facilities. 

Fact 8: Support for mothers is essential 
Breastfeeding has to be learned and women encounter difficulties at the beginning. Many routine practices, such as separation of mother and baby, use of newborn nurseries, and supplementation with infant formula, actually make it harder for mothers and babies to breastfeed. Health facilities that support breastfeeding by avoiding these practices and making trained breastfeeding counselors available to new mothers encourage higher rates of the practice. To provide this support and improve care for mothers and newborns, most countries have implemented the WHO-UNICEF Baby-friendly Hospital initiative, which sets standards for quality care. 

Fact 9: Mothers should continue breastfeeding at work  
Many mothers who return to work abandon breastfeeding partially or completely because they do not have sufficient time or a place to breastfeed, express and store their milk. Mothers need a safe, clean and private place in or near their workplace to continue breastfeeding. Enabling conditions at work, such as paid maternity leave, part-time work arrangements, on-site creches, facilities for storing and expressing breastmilk, and breastfeeding breaks, can help.  

Fact 10: Solid foods should be phased in at six months
To meet the growing needs of babies at six months of age, mashed solid food should be introduced as a complement to continued breastfeeding. Foods for babies can be specially prepared or modified from family meals. W.H.O. notes that:

  • breastfeeding should not be decreased when starting on solids;
  • food should be given with a spoon or cup, not in a bottle;
  • food should be clean and safe; and
  • ample time is needed for young children to learn to eat solid foods.

Breastfeeding and Weight loss

Not only does breastfeeding provide the child with essential nutrients and protection against disease, but it also helps mothers lose weight gained during pregnancy.

The process of breastfeeding involves the use of the fat cells in the body and the calories from the diet. These two combine to fuel the total milk production. However, do not be under the impression that proper food intake can stop the process of weight loss. Weight loss will continue to occur even if you are consuming 300 to 500 calories a day.

Breastfeeding Benefits For Mom

While the baby gets a lot of nutrients required in the early days of life from breastfeeding, what benefits does the mother get?  Let’s look into that:

  • It has been noted that mothers who breastfeed, recover more quickly from the impact of childbirth than mothers who fail to breastfeed. The hormone oxytocin helps the uterus to return to its original shape and reduces the chances of postpartum bleeding.
  • Studies also show that women who breastfeed have lower chances of getting breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Breastfeeding also reduces the risks of counteracting type 2 diabetes,  cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, etc.
  • Oxytocin, a hormone that is released during breastfeeding also helps develop a strong sense of attachment between the baby and the mother.

New mothers are often confused about when does milk come in? Well, the process begins sometime during the mid-point of the pregnancy period. Gradually, it increases in quantity and evolves from colostrum to mature milk within 2 and 5 days.

While there are loads of nursing books that you can make use of, if you are a new mother, confused about how long to breastfeed then you can check out lactation videos on the internet. These videos are very descriptive and cover a lot about breastfeeding toddlers and breastfeeding newborns.

How To Wean Baby Off Breastfeeding

Before getting into the process of weaning, it’s important to know what weaning is. Weaning is the process when the baby is shifted from breastfeeding to the intake of solid food. However, weaning comes with a lot of emotional changes. While the new mother can be excited about the baby starting a new phase in life, eating solid food, she might also feel a bit of sadness since the connect of breastfeeding is lost.

But, how long should you breastfeed? This is one very crucial question. The answer is 6 months. Ideally, as the child turns 6 months they are shifted from breastfeeding to solid food. As they grow, their nutrient requirement also changes and solid food is the only source that can meet this growing need.

But how do you know that your baby is ready for weaning, here are a few tell-tale signs:

  • Baby seems hungry than usual.
  • It can keep food in the mouth without throwing it away.
  • It can sit up without support and has fair control over the neck muscles.
  • Is interested in the food others are having.
  • Is ready to have food which comes their way.

So, if you see these signs in your child, know that he/she is ready to be weaned.

Here is what is done:

  • The weaning process should be kept gradual for your baby. Spread it out over several weeks and don’t try to feed him/her everything in one day. Abrupt weaning can lead to unwanted circumstances.
  • Begin by introducing one food. When that is going well, try substituting another.
  • Continue the substituting process but the pace at which it proceeds will depend on your baby. However, the slower the process the better.
  • Again, do not overfeed the bay. Follow the cues they give you.
  • Make it a point to hold and cuddle the baby while they are feeding. This extra dosage of closeness will help you and your baby during the weaning process.

How To Stop Breastfeeding

After a certain time, breastfeeding has to stop for many reasons. It can be the end of your maternity period, you might be planning for another pregnancy or there can be health reasons. But no matter what the cause, make sure you and your baby are happy before you call quits on breastfeeding.

Ideally, it is advisable to give your baby nothing but breast milk for the first six months. Weaning can take place after that. It has been noted that some children continue to breastfeed well after their weaning stage. Prolonged breastfeeding has a lot of health benefits when the infant grows up to be a toddler.

But once you make up your mind to stop breastfeeding, let the change come in gradually. Let your body get used to producing a lesser quantity of milk and let your child get the hang of bottles and beaker formula.

With all the pointer stated above, you will find the entire lactating phase a little easier. Of course, you may face some other issues, but do not panic. Relax and seek help. Happy parenting!

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How To Dry Up Milk Supply Without Getting Mastitis?

A mother’s milk is the first food that a child consumes. However, the child does not continue having breast milk for very long. Gradually, the mother weans the baby out of this and introduces solid food, which adds better nutritional value to the diet. 

As per statistics, the breastfeeding rate in the USA is seen to be on the rise. However, only 27 percent of the children in America continue breastfeeding until six months. It shows that these mothers are weaning their babies off breastmilk pretty soon and will thus have to start with drying up breast milk

There can be multiple reasons for early weaning and consequent drying up breast milk. One may have to get back to work soon, maybe the baby is on some different diet which requires formula feeding, the mother is finding it difficult to pump, or the baby has weaned himself/herself.

No matter what the reason, if a mother stops breastfeeding, then the body will stabilize within seven to ten days and will start producing hormones like before. A natural remedy like a cold compress, cabbage leaves, and sage tea helps to speed up the milk drying process. 

How to dry up milk supply quickly?

If you wish to dry up your breast milk quickly, then you have to stop breastfeeding altogether. However, it might feel very uncomfortable. Breast milk production is generally based on a supply-demand ratio. Thus if one stops breastfeeding altogether, then the body will naturally stop producing the milk. 

In the meanwhile, the breasts become full of milk while the hormones stabilize. It is advisable to use soaking pads during this time to avoid any leaking. Its essential to know that during this time, the breasts will be very painful, thus wearing a support bra might be required. Additionally, a cold compress can be useful to soothe the pain. 

If things get too uncomfortable, a breast pump can be used to pump about just the exact amount of milk needed for you to feel comfortable. Though it does sound unusual, rubbing cabbage leaves on the breast stops the production of breast milk due to the enzymes present in the leaves. 

It’s essential to drink a lot of fluids during this time. Additionally, change the cabbage leaves every few hours or as and when they become limp. 

Things to avoid when drying up breast milk:

There are a few dos and don’ts to follow while one is trying to dry up a breast milk supply:

Pumping:

As soon as you start decreasing the nursing sessions, your body will need time to adjust to the change in schedule. This often results in the breasts feeling full and painful. This feeling will continue until your body is ready to slow down on the nursing process.

It does get very uncomfortable at times, and one might feel the deep urge to pump the breasts between nursing sessions to ease the pain.

However, this practice must be avoided as much as possible.

 

Avoid Tight Bras:

One of the most common advises that one gets while drying their milk supply is to bind up the breasts tightly. This is done in order to suppress or cut off the milk supply.

So, if you have received this advice and thinking of taking it up, its time to drop that bad idea!

Binding the breasts can cause engorgement, or in worse case scenarios, increase the risk of getting Mastitis. 

 

Get A Break From Breast Massages:

When we feel any sort of pain in the body, our first reaction is to massage it. In that light, you might be tempted to do the same when your breasts are sore and full. This idea couldn’t get any wrong. In other words, any stimulation your breasts receive signals your body to produce more milk.

 

During the milk drying stage, even touching the breasts will signal it to let down the milk as it will feel like nursing. This is not the ideal situation. Thus it’s advisable to keep your hands off the breasts in all conditions during this time. 

Ways to dry up breast milk

Often known as lactation suppression, drying up breast milk supply can become important for various reasons. But no matter what the reason, it is a good idea to wean the baby gradually. An eventual process is stress-free, not only for the child but also for the mother. 

However, in certain extreme cases, weaning has to be done as soon as possible, and then one has to dry up the breast milk quickly. A few of the following methods can be oped for:

Stop Breastfeeding

The body stops producing any breast milk when it does not get any stimulation or signal. However, the time required for the breastmilk to dry up depends on how long one has been breastfeeding. 

The following tips can come in handy:
  • Pump out the milk to reduce engorgement. However, it must be done only when needed else the brain gets the signal to produce more milk to meet the demand. 
  • Buy supportive bras to keep the breasts comfortable. 
  • If you experience pain and inflammation, then use ice packs on the breasts or take over the counter pain medicines.

Cabbage Trick:

Cabbage leaves help in the suppression of lactation if they are used over a long period of time. However, there are not enough studies to show how this really happens.

To use cabbage:

    • Cut and wash the fresh green cabbage leaves
    • Store the leaves in a container and put them in the freezer to chill. 
    • Put one leaf each on the breasts before wearing your bra.
    • Keep on changing the leaves every two hours or as soon as they get limp. 

Sudafed:

As per the results from a small study conducted in 2003, eight lactating women were administered pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) in a minimal quantity. This proved useful as it worked well and aided in breast milk reduction. 

The plus point was that the daily intake of medicine did not affect the babies who continued to breastfeed while more lactation was being suppressed.

  The recommended dosage of this medicine stands at 60 mg four to five times a day. 

However, it is essential to talk to the doctor before any OTC medicine can be consumed.

 

Herbs:

As per a study conducted in 2014, Sage can help in the reduction of breast milk. However, no study points out to the specific effect of this herb on milk production. To that end, not much information is available on how sage impacts the infants still consuming breast milk.

Thus, it is advisable to start with a small amount and analyze how the baby reacts to the changes. Sage infused herbal tea can be consumed. However, the amount has to be diluted to figure out how much of it works. 

 

In addition to Sage, other herbs such as Jasmine, Parsley, Peppermint, and Chatesberry can be used.

However, not much is known about the impact of these herbs on the infant’s body. Thus it is advisable to try small amounts. Some of these herbs can also be very dangerous for the baby.  Therefore a little research and consultation with your doctor may be required. 

 

Birth Control Pills:

It must be noted that Progestin-only birth-control contraceptive pills do not affect the supply of milk. However, contraceptive pill, which contains estrogen, works well to reduce lactation. The effect of these medicines is noticeable even after the milk supply has been established. 

Though many women do not feel the side effects of these medicines, a few might. In that light, it is important to discuss it with the doctor. Though birth control pills are not FDA approved, they can be prescribed in certain circumstances; these are known as off-label drugs.

 

Vitamin B:

Vitamin B 12, B1, and B6 work well in suppressing breast milk production. However, this should only be used when one has never breastfed before. A study was conducted in 1970 to identify the impact of this vitamin on the human body. The study consisted of 96 participants who showed no side effects on the use of Vitamin B6. 

However, a recent study conducted in 2017 came up with controversial information about the effectiveness of this drug. In the latest research, participants were handed out B-6 medicines of 450-600 mg for four to five days. 

However, not much is know about its exact side effects. Thus having a word with your doctor before consuming this medicine is essential. 

How long does drying up breast milk take?

How long for breastmilk to dry up greatly depends on the method used for the drying process and on how long has one been breastfeeding. Sometimes it may take just a few days, while in other cases, it may take up several weeks or even months depending on the drying up process used and the current milk supply. 

Even after most of the milk is dried up, one may produce some amount of milk for a few months after the weaning period. However, if the breast milk comes back without any reason, then you should get in touch with a doctor. 

What are the possible risks of drying up breast milk?

Stoping milk production abruptly can give rise to the risk of engorgement and raises the chances of getting blocked milk ducts leading to infection. In such situations, one may have to express some milk to vent out the pressure. However, this has the opposite effect. The more milk is expressed, the longer it takes to dry up. 

When Is It Time To Get Help? is it time to get help?

As known, lactation suppression can be very uncomfortable at some time. Though pressure and engorgement of breasts are natural, if one does experience constant pain or other worrisome side effects, it’s essential to contact a doctor. 

Many times, a plugged duct can lead to the tenderness of breasts. If such a situation arises, it’s essential to massage the area while expressing the milk gently. 

It is essential to call a doctor, if a milk duct cannot be unplugged in 12 hours, or if one gets affected by fever. Generally, fever is the symptom of breast infection called Mastitis.

Other symptoms of breast infection are redness of breasts, swelling of breasts, and general malaise. In such situations, oral antibiotics must be consumed immediately to stop the problem from becoming more serious. 

If things do get frisky, a certified lactation specialist can be contacted. 

What is Mastitis? 

Mastitis is a critical condition of the breast tissue in which the milk ducts get infected owing to bacterial attack. This condition generally arises when the milk glands try to generate more milk but get blocked due to some clogging. This overtime leads to very painful infection and can only happen to lactating mothers. 

 

However, lactation mastitis is a curable condition, and lactating mothers can come out of this painful disease. This condition generally occurs within three months of the lactating period.

In the first few months, the mother’s breasts generate and produce large quantities of milk for the consumption of the baby. However, if the child abruptly stops consuming the milk, excess milk rests in the breasts and cause lactation mastitis. 

Thus it becomes essential for the mother to be aware of the right process of breastfeeding and pumping of milk. 

Symptoms of Mastitis:

Before getting to know how to dry up milk supply without getting Mastitis, let’s look at some common symptoms of Mastitis:

    • Swelling of Breats
    • Warm and painful sensation in the breasts
    • Formation of lumps and thickening of breast tissues
    • Sore breasts accompanied by fever
    • Red skin in a wedge-like pattern.

How to stop pumping without getting Mastitis:

Mastitis is indeed a very painful situation that concerns most mothers. However, weaning an infant of breast milk may be absolutely necessary for many reasons. Thus drying up breast milk may not be a choice but an essential requirement. 

However, if proper care is not taken, then the situation can go from bad to worse. In that light, the following steps can be taken:

Consuming Sage Tea:

Though it is not scientifically proven, Sage can help one to reduce the amount the milk being produced. The dried-up leaves of the tea aids in limiting the amount of milk produced by the glands. 

However, Sage has a very bitter taste and thus must be consumed with honey. This is something from the grandmother’s old recipe books, and like all other ancient remedies, this too works when it comes to lactation reduction. Since the herb contains natural estrogen, it aids in the decrease of the milk supply. 

Supportive Bras:

Not all age-old remedies are effective. As per older belief, tight bras or bindings can help in the reduction of milk production. However, that does not apply in the modern world. Tightening the breasts using very tight clothes can only make one uncomfortable, raising the chance of growing Mastitis.

A properly fitted bra is required during this stage as it helps in proper blood circulation. Since some women prefer to wear the bras to sleep, caution must be given to the type of fabric and fit of these inner wears. 

Less fancy and lacy bras must be opted for. In fact, the idea is to buy bras made of natural fibers. These will soak up the milk in case there is a spillage.

 

 

Consume A Lot Of Fluids:

There is no link between drying glands and the consumption of less water. No theory supports or claims that drying milk has anything to do with the intake of water.

In fact, during this stage, more water must be consumed; otherwise, one runs the risk of getting dehydrated, tired, dizzy, and may also develop cracked skin on the nipples. 

 

Avoid taking Hot showers:

Thinking about how to dry up breast milk with ease? Well, then you might have to cut down on your hot bath for some time. Studies show that hot water aggravates the milk secretion and thus must be avoided if you are looking forward to drying up your milk secretion.

However, hot showers are beneficial for reducing the pain and soreness of the breasts. But on the flip side, it signals the milk glads to produce a higher quantity of milk. Thus, while a hot shower can feel suitable for a short span of time, as soon as the glands start to produce more milk, the pain and soreness will be back. 

 Ice-acks On Breasts:

During this time, very often, the breasts become swollen, fuller, and tight. This can cause a lot of discomfort, and thus ice packs can be used on the breasts to reduce the pain. Cold compress with ice bags, frozen bags of gels, and peas can lower the temperature of the sore breasts and can also help in dealing with the pain and discomfort. 

Along with cold cabbage leaves, cold pea bags can also be kept inside the bra to bring relief to swollen or tightened breasts. Additionally, it absorbs the extra heat produced by the breasts at this stage. 

However, the ice packs should not shroud the breasts completely. If one does feel feverish or gets the chills, then it’s essential to contact a doctor urgently as this can be the tell-tale sign of Mastitis. 

 

Anti-lactation Medicine:

If you are worried about how to dry up your milk both quickly and safely, then you can try the anti-lactation medicines. These oral medications help in drying up the milk secretion glands on their own’

Due to these medicines, lactation suppression is not required anymore. However, the use of bromocriptine and estrogen has been dropped nowadays. 

 

 

Why does Mantitis Occur? 

This painful condition does not occur out of the blue; there are strong reasons which lead to the development of Mastitis. While you are busy wondering how to get your milk to dry up, the reasons behind Mastitis gets overlooked. 

Following are the reasons which lead to the development of Mastitis:

    • Excessive milk storage in the breasts. 
    • Often all the milk ducts do not get empty after feeding; then, a clogged duct can lead to Mastitis. 
    • A bacterial infection is yet another reason which leads to the development of Mastitis. When the baby is suckling, bacteria can find their way in the breast through the small micro-cracks on the nipples. 
    • Ill-fitting or too tight bra. 
    • Smoking addiction
    • The previous inclination of the immunity towards Mastitis. 
    • Lack of proper nutrition
    • The exhausted mental health of the mother
    • Ill breastfeeding practices
    • A lengthy interval between pumping and breastfeeding

In the light of all of this, it’s essential to treat a clogged milk duct or excessive milk storage quickly. Though it may apparently sound harmless, Mastitis can lead to pus formation in the breasts, causing severe pain and infection.

In worse case scenarios, one might have to go through a lengthy surgery to fix the condition. Thus, it’s essential to take up caution when there is still time. It is advisable to use natural remedies as much as possible so that there is no side effect.

However, make it a point to inform your doctor and follow his/her recommendations. Make your nursing stage a blissful period!

Happy mothering! 

 

When Does Pregnancy Line on Stomach Appear

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful things that can happen to a woman. Bringing in life in the world is a big deal, and most women look forward to this day. However, in addition to the beauty of the event, certain bodily changes become difficult for many women to accept. 

Pregnancy is a complicated procedure and takes some toll on the female body. During pregnancy, the body goes through severe hormonal changes, which impact the primary bodily functions. 

The hormonal imbalance gives rise to both physical and psychological distress, which a woman has to bear during this period. It is not uncommon for women to go through chronic depression and frequent hot flushes during pregnancy. Additionally, quite a few physical changes come up. One is lines on the stomach during pregnancy. This is officially known as the Linea Nigra. 

Linea Nigra concern many women who want to know as much there is to know about these during pregnancy. Through this article, we will try to answer all those obvious questions about Linea Nigra, which haunt women during pregnancy. 

What is the pregnancy line on the stomach

The pregnancy line, which is called the Linea Nigra, is a dark line on stomach pregnant.

The line traces the path from the navel to the pubic bone region. The very same line darkens during pregnancy and is then called the linea nigra or the black line. 

 The pregnancy lines on the belly are never black, to begin with; however, they grow from light brown to dark brown during pregnancy. 

Is it possible to have a pregnancy line on the stomach but not pregnant?

 It is possible that the line was there all along, but since it was so light in color, it had gone unnoticed. Before pregnancy, this line is referred to as the linea alba or white line

When does the linea nigra appear

Though the line may be present throughout, it grows darker and becomes linea nigra around the 5th month of the pregnancy. However, quite a few women have noted that the line has appeared suddenly. On the other hand, others have reported that the line popped up one fine day while they stepped out of the shower. But no matter what, this line darkens as one goes through with the pregnancy. 

What causes pregnancy lines on belly?

Forming a dark line on the stomach when pregnant or pregnancy stomach line is very natural and happens to everyone. However, the exact cause for the formation of these dark lines is unknown. 

As mentioned earlier, the body goes through a lot of hormonal changes during pregnancy. The entire system starts to function differently. In that light, it is possible to grow a pregnancy line on stomach owing to the hormonal imbalance. 

However, there are a lot of other theories that try to explain the formation of this dark line during pregnancy. One theory premises that the melanocyte triggers hormone produced by the placenta is one of the primary reasons. This hormone also makes the nipples grow darker. 

There are quite a few old wives’ tales associated with the linea nigra. One such story highlights that if the linea nigra runs only up till the naval, then the baby will be a girl. But if it passes e navel and reaches almost near the ribs, then the baby would be a boy. However, these are just folklores, not backed by any scientific evidence. 

What can you do about the line down the middle of the stomach

While the appearance of the linea nigra during pregnancy is natural, there is no denying the fact that it does look bad. So the best thing that one can do is cover up the line during this time. 

Here are a few tips that can be used to this end:

Good Food:

Many a time, a folic acid deficiency can lead to hyperpigmentation. In that light, it’s essential to eat well during pregnancy. The daily diet should contain a lot of green vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. This should be paired with protein and other vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it’s essential to consume prenatal vitamins daily. 

 

Cover:

Well, this is one quick way to go about it. While makeup can be used to cover up this line, it can be a time-consuming process with all the blending. The second-best alternative is to spend some time and work out a tan. The tan will hide any form of discoloration on your body, and thus the pregnant belly line will not show as much. 

Characteristics of line on the belly during pregnancy

As mentioned earlier, this line can travel from the pubic bone region up to the umbilicus or the belly button. However, in some cases, it rides back up to the sternum. This line is generally 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch wide. 

If one notices this line properly, it can be seen that it grows lighter, and as it goes up. However, in some women, the reverse may happen, i.e., the line can go darker. However, there is no need to worry, since the variation is normal and there is nothing to be concerned about. 

Can Linea Nigra be harmful?

Many women have this question since the line kind of stands out, which makes most women quite concerned. However, there is nothing to worry about since this line is anything but dangerous. It is one of the most common markers of pregnancy (other than your belly bump). More than 75 percent of women experience the appearance of this line during their pregnancy. 

Can the line down the middle of the stomach be prevented?

Unfortunately, there is nothing that one can do to prevent this line from emerging. It is a very natural part of pregnancy. However, you can try the cover-up techniques mentioned above if you do not like to have this line. But eventually, this line fades away after the birth of the bay. 

Can Linea Nigra predict the baby’s gender?

Many old wives’ tales talk about different means to determine the gender of the child, and surely linea nigra is one of the many. As per many old wive’s tales, if the pregnancy line on stomach extends downwards, from the navel to the pubic region, then in all probability.

However, if the line travels from farther “north,” then one is going to give birth to a boy. But do not get carried away by it. It is just an old wives’ tale, but it can surely pique your curiosity. 

How to reduce line down the middle of the stomach?

If you desperately want to remove the linea nigra, then there are a few things that you can make use of. For instance, quite a few doctors suggest the use of bleaching creams right after delivery. However, this technique can only be used if the new mother is opting for formula feeding. Or else a fading cream or any topical cream can be opted for. 

A few women have also found acidic creams useful for the elimination of hyperpigmentation. To reduce discoloration, it is advisable to keep the stomach covered when you opt for bleaching. Additionally, tanning beds should be avoided. However, even if you are not doing any of these, you can rest assured that the dark line on the stomach when pregnant disappears once the baby is born.

Are bleaching creams safe?

No. Though many women have found it useful, bleaching creams are not at all safe. It should be entirely avoided by breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women.

Most bleaching creams contain hydroquinone. This ingredient has been categorized in list C by the FDA database. In other words, the use of these creams is not at all safe, especially for pregnant women. Additionally, no conclusive test has been conducted, and thus, it’s advisable not to use them.

Natural Means of Reducing Linea Nigra:

You can’t, and that is okay. Linea Nigra bears evidence to the fact that your body is doing some fantastic things to nourish the child that you are going to have. 

If anything, you should treat your linea nigra as a medal of honor! However, if you are not happy about its appearance and want to cover it or reduce it, a few natural means can be opted for:

ACV Toner:

Apple cider vinegar is a beneficial ingredient that you can use to treat dark spots and to improve skin quality. Prepare a mixture with a half cup of ACV and half cup water. Mix thoroughly and apply it on the dark spots. 

 

Turmeric Milk:

This is a traditional secret from the grandmother’s recipe book. Turmeric milk protects the skin against UV damage. It is very easy to make the paste with just turmeric and milk. Once done, just apply this paste on the linea nigra. Leave for 10 minutes or more and then wash it off. It also helps if turmeric milk is consumed. 

 

Honey and Oatmeal Mask:

While oatmeal acts as an exfoliation agent, honey helps in breaking down dark pigment on the skin. 

Thus a mask formed with oatmeal and raw honey can be very useful for reducing dark lines. The mixture can be left on for 10 minutes and then washed off

 

Milk of Horseradish:

Mix a few inches of horseradish with half a cup of water. Leave the mixture for ten minutes after straining it in a separate bowl. Take two tablespoons of this mixture, add two tablespoons of milk and splash on your stomach before you take a shower

What is the pregnant stomach line actually for?

There are many theories about the actual use of the line down the middle of the stomach. As per many midwives, the linea nigra was originally for the baby to find the breasts. That is how the body evolves to respond to the new changes. 

Midwife Marie Louise says” The linea nigra is perfectly normal, it’s a hormonal change and a mainly to facilitate darkening of nipples so that your baby can see his/her target for breastfeeding’

Pregnancy line on the stomach but not pregnant? Is it possible?

It is indeed possible for women, men, and even children to have linea alba while they are not pregnant. 

However, women can have a dark line on the stomach under the following circumstance:

Addison’s disease: In some rare cases, women can grow linea nigra, which is indicative of adrenal failure. This is a condition in which the body fails to produce a sufficient amount of cortisol. 

Birth Controls:

As mentioned earlier, pregnancy lines on belly appear when the level of hormones ( progesterone and estrogen) increases in the body. In many cases, hormonal contraceptives increase the level of hormone in the body, which leads to the formation of linea nigra.

 

PCOS:

 

Women suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome experience a high level of estrogen in the body. Such a situation can cause linea nigra formation. 

Linea nigra when does it disappear:

The linea nigra usually starts to reduce right after the birth of the baby, mostly within a few months. However, if a mother is on the breastfeeding stage, it might take longer since the body is still producing hormones. As the hormone levels drop to normal, the line fades away eventually. However, it will reappear with the next pregnancy. 

Though a dark line growing on the stomach may not be a big deal in other times, with all the other changes going in the body, it might push one over the edge. 

But it’s important to understand that your body is going through a lot of changes doing a lot of incredible things to nurture life within it. In addition to your linea nigra, the stretch marks, the skin tags and all the other changes bare evidence that your body is doing a great deal of work. You are creating a miracle, and you must be proud. 

How to Switch From Breastmilk to Formula

If you are a mother, then you must be aware of the importance of breastfeeding. Though a mother’s milk is important for a child and forms the first food for the infant, it cannot be consumed forever.

After a certain time switching from breastmilk to formula becomes necessary. Formula feeding is the next stage following breastfeeding. Through the introduction of formula, a child slowly starts to get independent. However, the transition is not easy. It is not something that can be done all at once. It should be a gradual process.

New mothers are often concerned about the breast milk to formula transition. So to that end, here is all that you need to know about switching from breastfeeding to formula.

How To Transition From Breastmilk To Formula?

If you are ready for switching baby from breastmilk to formula, it is important to note that it is not an overnight process. It has to be done gradually so that your baby does not face any side effects or flops.

The sudden switch can badly affect the health of the mother too. If the transition is made all of a sudden, then the breast can become painful and swollen. This is because it continues to produce the same amount of milk as earlier.

Thus while switching baby from breastmilk to formula, it’s important to consider such fallouts. In that light, dropping out on breastfeeding slowly helps both the mother and the baby.

It a very good idea to drop one session every day until the transition process is complete. However, your baby may still require morning and bedtime feeding even after they wean from breastmilk to formula process is complete.

Since nowadays most women are working mothers, it’s only natural for them to miss multiple nursing sessions. Thus it makes it necessary to take up transitioning from breast to bottle. Under such circumstances, it is advisable to pump while away. However, if you want to consider switching from breastmilk to formula at 6 months, then reduce the pumping sessions to cut out on the production of milk.

This also makes the transition a little easier since the babies are already used to bottle feeding. Under such circumstances, alternating breastmilk and formula become easier.

Yes, there are times when your baby might throw tantrums. In such times, it’s better to step away from the child and let another adult feed then the formula from a bottle. Once the baby cannot see the mother in the room, he/she might decide to have the formula.

While many mothers wait up to 6 months to start the weaning process, it is ideal to consider switching from breastmilk to formula at 3 weeks. By this time the baby gets a hang of breastfeeding and can handle a bottle with ease. Through most mothers may not know, breastfeeding is more difficult than drinking formula from a bottle.

                  Also Read: When Should a Baby Sit Up?

How To Introduce Formula To a Breastfed Baby?

Honestly, there is no ideal way of starting with formula feeding. Some babies just get along with it and are comfortable with having a formula when they are hungry.

However, it does not apply to all babies as some will not be happy with the change and may refuse to feed a few times.

Thus, as mentioned earlier, a gradual transition is required. You have to let your baby get accustomed to the taste by introducing one feed a day. After he/she is used to the taste you can try the same for another feed.

Are There Any Changes After The Switch?

After you wean from breastmilk to formula, you will gradually notice that your baby will start to prefer formula feeding over breastfeeding. Generally, it is due to the quick delivery system that bottles offer which works out great for quick eaters.

In addition to that, you might notice that your baby is not getting as hungry as he/she was used to getting earlier. This is because babies take longer to digest formula feeding in comparison to breastfeed.

Can You Mix Formula and Breastmilk?

Many young mothers are often concerned about this. To end all worries, it is important to arrive at a solid answer and that is -yes.

Yes, mixing formula and breastmilk is okay and is pretty common. Many women take on this process for many reasons. Young mothers might have to get back to work, their breasts might be sore, or there might be a demand-supply crunch. Under such circumstances mixing breastmilk with formula can be a good idea.

Again the transition must be made gradually. It is advisable to discuss with the doctor first before taking any decision. However, if you wish to continue breastfeeding then it is advisable to pump at least a few times a day so that the supply does not fall suddenly.

So to answer the question, can you breastfeed and use formula? The answer is yes.

Can You Breastfeed and Formula Feed?

Yes, it is possible to combine breastfeeding with formula feeding with the use of expressed milk and formula. However, one has to wait for at least 8 weeks before they can try this combination or else it might affect the milk supply to a great extent.

Many mothers go for this combination when they find it hard to express milk. It is a good idea to combine breastfeeding and formula feeding than stopping breastfeeding altogether

Adding Formula To Breast Milk

Yes. It is possible to add formula with breastmilk that too in the same bottle. Many mothers do this to provide that extra dosage of health and nutrition to their child.

However, if you are planning on doing this then you have to follow the instructions of the formula mixing very well. Adding too much formula in breast milk can cause a heavy concentration of nutrition and pose some serious health issues for your baby.

But why do people consider adding formula to breast milk?
  • Required sleep: Sometimes mothers mix breastfeed with formula so that they can get extra sleep at night. Such a mixture takes time to digest and thus the babies do not wake up as quickly as they do when they are breastfed.
  • Back to work: A combination of breastfeeding with formula often works out well when people have to return to work after a period.
  • Low milk quantity: Some mothers stop producing enough milk after their kids pass through the weaning stage. In such cases mixing breastmilk with formula can be an effective option.

Also Read:  When Do Babies Sart To Walk?

How To Supplement Breastmilk with Formula

It is important to note that any amount of breastmilk is useful for the child. So if the mother is not producing enough milk, it is okay to supplement it with formula if that works with the mother and child, However, before taking any decision, it is a good idea to discuss it first with a lactation specialist.

 

Though health specialists suggest feeding the baby with breastmilk right up to the age when they are ready to eat solids, supplementing breastfeed with formula feeding can be opted for. Mothers may do it for various reasons and there is nothing to worry about.

However, the process must be gradual. Ideally, it should start with one feed at a time until the baby is completely used to having a formula. An aggressive drastic drop in breastfeeding will not only affect the baby but also the mother.

Your baby’s health depends on the decisions you make. Thus put in some thought in the process and discuss your plans with the doctor before arriving at any decision.

 

When Should a Baby Sit Up?

When baby starts to achieve their milestones like sitting up, crawling, walking, and so on, it is a huge sigh of relief and satisfaction for the parents. The parents are always worried about their baby’s health and body development and keeping a check on their baby’s milestones’ timeline.

Sitting up is one of the crucial milestones that baby crosses around the time of four to eight months, and it is what paves the way for other important milestones like crawling, standing, walking, and so on. In this article, we would touch all the important aspects that are related to the baby achieving the milestone of sitting up.

When Do Babies Start to Sit Up?

Some babies can develop enough back and neck strength to be able to sit up momentarily around the period of four to five months. However, for babies to sit independently without any support, you might have to wait a little longer as most babies would be able to achieve that milestone around seven to ten months. After 4 to 5 months from birth, the babies can develop enough strength in their neck and back to support head control. 

It is what leads to babies doing mini push-ups while lying on their tummy and it is what drives them to be curious about making movements. The parents should always stay close to the baby as they start to roll as you do not want them to get hurt from hard

 

surfaces or falling from high surfaces. Once the babies have gained sufficient head control, it commences the process of them trying to sit up. It starts around the time when they are five to six months old. At around eight to ten months, most babies can sit up without needing support.  

Signs That Baby Will Sit Up Soon

Around the age of 3-4 months, the babies can sit up with the help of external support from parents or some other vertical support like a baby chair. Around the age of 5-7 months, most babies would be able to sit up independently on their own without support but may end up toppling down at times. 

Even though many babies can sit for some time on their own and may also get to the sitting position on their own around five to eight months, they would always need some support to remain in a sitting position for long. If the baby is able to control neck movement and has developed sufficient shoulder and arm strength, it would be able to sit up soon. 

They would not require any support for sitting up around the end of 11 months or a year. The timeline for these milestones always differs in babies as parents must stay away from developing the habit of comparing their child with others in terms of who achieves the milestones first. When do babies start sitting up depends mostly on the mix of right exercises, body growth, and other environmental factors that work collectively to help baby progress into achieving the sitting up milestone.

At What Age do Babies Sit Up?

Sitting up is one of the most crucial milestones for their babies as it helps in developing neck, shoulders, arm and back muscles and signifies that these muscles are developed enough to support head control and sitting posture. It starts with baby gaining head control around the end of three to five months. 

Cute baby boy in white sunny bedroom.

Since the time the babies gain head control, they are constantly in the process of achieving the next milestone, which is sitting up. Most babies sit up around the age of five months, but it is a milestone they would be able to achieve independence and for long without toppling down only after 10-12 months.

If your baby has not been able to sit up unsupported around the period of 8-10 months, it may be a good idea to follow up with your pediatrician to get more precise answers on why the baby hasn’t been able to sit up.

How to Teach Your Baby Sit Up?

Teaching baby to sit up is fun, and all you need to do is play with the baby in a way that keeps them highly physically active. Play with the baby while getting down on the floor with the baby. When the baby sees you on his/her level, it is sure to make it more enjoyable for the baby. 

The role of parents is very crucial when it comes to how fast the babies reach their milestones. The parents need to spend quality playtime with their babies to ensure that the baby is active. Lure the baby to catch the toy of their liking or keep the toy at a little distance to lure them into making movements.

The babies may not be able to reach the toy, but it would inevitably lead the babies to make movements that work as a gym work out for babies. It helps with muscle development that leads to enhanced strength. It is this enhanced strength that leads to baby achieving their milestones, including sitting up, crawling, standing, walking, running, and more.

Parents should ensure that the baby is getting a sufficient amount of tummy time each day. It is one of the best positions for the babies to exercise and develop their muscles across the length and breadth of the body. Tummy time would lead to motor control of the head, and it would help the baby to gain head control, which would give the baby time to focus on developing strength in other areas of the body like in arms, legs, and shoulder. 

Parents must use chairs, lap or in strollers for their kids to be able to sit for a while every day with the help of a support. It gives the babies an entirely new perspective as to how they can see the world, and it generates curiosity in them that leads to babies sitting up. Luring the baby with a toy from different positions would also help the baby to do neck muscle exercises that would enable them to sit up. 

In the end, it all comes down to how much playtime your baby is getting that would lead them to become more active and achieving their milestones timely. 

It is this excitement in the baby that would push the baby towards milestones faster. Provide your baby support with your hands or through the chair to help sit up. Providing support for a couple of months when sitting up would pave the way to the babies sitting up without support eventually. 

Baby Milestones

Babies grow very fast, and there are many new milestones that they continue to reach each month. Let us delve deeper into the milestones that the baby would achieve in its first year. 

1-3 Months 

In the first three months, the babies would develop their hearing, recognize familiar faces, react to the sweet smells and can open and close their hands. The baby can recognize the faces of parents and is comforted by their touch and sound. During the second month, the baby can lift their shoulder a bit during their tummy time. Some babies can mimic some sounds and make eye contact. 

4-6 Months

Six Month Boy Sitting

During this period, the babies begin teething, and they love to play with toys. They start to react to different colors and develop the ability to giggle and laugh. Some babies can roll up from the stomach to their back without assistance. Babies love to play with toys at this time as they start to develop their sensory skills and recognize different colors and shapes. Babies can listen clearly to the voices and react to familiar sounds.

7-9 Months 

Portrait of an adorable baby girl covered in a towel at home

At this point, the hearing of the baby is thoroughly developed, and they can see full colors as well. Many babies can sit up without any assistance for some time and can differentiate between different shapes as well. Some common words like – Yes, No, Dada, Mama, are understood by the babies at this time. The leg muscles have developed considerably at this point for the babies to hold some weight. Babies may also start crawling during this period and do mini push-ups as well.

10-12 Months

The babies would be able to say Mama and Dada at this time and would be able to recognize familiar sounds they hear every day. The ability to hold and pick up a few of their toys without assistance is also developed in this period. The hand-eye and ear coordination increases and the babies can listen and look at the same time. Babies may walk during this period while talking assistance from the furniture or by holding their hands. Understanding commands like eat, come here, sit down, become clearer around one year. As children can see and hear at the same time, listening to stories become much more fun. The ability to sit for longer without assistance is possible at this time. 

When Do Babies Sit Up on Their Own?

The babies sit up on their own around the time they are four to seven months old and perfect the skill of sitting up for long without assistance around 11 months to a year. 

Average Age for Baby to Sit Up

The average age of babies sitting up is around six months, and it varies by a couple of months as the development cycle of different babies varies. 

Exercises to Help Baby Sit Up

Babies grow quickly but parents must do their part as well to help babies achieve their milestones timely. Parents can help babies perform some exercises to ensure optimal body growth and development that leads to achieving baby milestones. Here are the few basic exercises that you must engage baby in –

    • The best practice for your baby to sit up is for your baby to have a tummy time every day. It helps in increasing the muscle strength in different parts of the body that is necessary to act of sitting up. 
    • Lure the baby with toys or even mirror during tummy time for the baby to look up or make a move towards the toy. It accelerates the development of neck and arm muscles that help the baby to sit up. 
    • Place intriguing objects nearby at a small distance from the baby for him/her to try and get close to these objects. It would trigger the baby to move towards it and the effort the baby puts into it helps with muscle development in related body parts like arm, leg, shoulder, and neck.
    • Allow baby to play around in considerably ample space and don’t keep confined in a small crib all the time. Confining in a crib would restrict body growth whereas playing in an open area would keep the baby active and healthy.

Sitting up is one of the critical milestones for babies and parents should know how they can help the baby achieve it. However, let the babies go with their natural flow and don’t overdo it as you do not want to stress the baby with too much activity as well. Focus on the baby’s proper diet and optimal physical exercise daily, and you will see your baby reaching the milestones before you even realize.                                                                           

Can Pregnancy Test Be Wrong?

Planning a baby or not a pregnancy test is extremely crucial for any woman missing periods or facing a delay to be sure and plan your next step. Not knowing can be dangerous for precautions must be taken as early as possible in any case, you keep the pregnancy or not.

While missing periods is a sign, it could be a case of delayed periods as well and that’s exactly why you need to confirm before reaching out to a gynecologist and taking a pregnancy test at the hospital.

Yes, it can be if it’s taken too early like there are some brands of pregnancy kits for Home Pregnancy Test claims to do a pregnancy test as soon as six-day before your period scheduled date. This might be possible depending on the difference between the date of unprotected sex and the test being taken and if the difference is less than 10 days then the accuracy rate, in this case, is pretty low.

Thus, testing becomes important but the first question that hits your mind is the Pregnancy Test Accuracy which brings us to, can pregnancy test be wrong?

There are various ways to test your pregnancy, which includes both medical tests and home remedies. 

Pregnancy Test: Methods

    • Pregnancy Test By Blood or Urine- Clinical
    • Home Pregnancy Test
    • Pregnancy Test Home Remedies

How Soon Can You Take A Pregnancy Test?

A pregnancy test can be taken as soon as you miss periods because that’s when you realize the possibilities. You can take a test 10 days after having unprotected sex as well to test your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Test You Can Take Early

Unexpected pregnancy or not, the news of pregnancy changes your life and that is the reason it’s so important to know and be aware but especially in the case of unwanted pregnancy. Thus, the requirement of pregnancy test you can take early, each additional day with a fetus calls for more complications. It is always sooner the better and the tests that can come super handy to you in such a situation is the Home Pregnancy Test.

Pregnancy Test When To Do

After the first Pregnancy Test Check, a thought that’s very common to women expecting is about the credibility of the test result.

Doubting the pregnancy test accuracy, a lot of people are seen doing Pregnancy Test Check more than one time using either the same method or trying different ones. The one common factor that affects the result of the tests, be it any type is the time of the Pregnancy test.

To think of a pregnancy test when to do, it is important to understand that fertilization takes up to 24 hours after unprotected sex. Pregnancy test check is based on the hCG level found in the blood and urine of a conceiving female body may take up to 10 days to be detected.

So the best time to take a pregnancy test is after 10 days of fertilization or when you miss your periods. Also, doctors and pharmacists suggest using the first-morning urine for the Pregnancy Test for the best results.

Pregnancy Test When To Do
Is your Pregnancy Test Accurate?

Now that the ‘When to do’ of Pregnancy Test is sorted, it’s time to answer the next vital question, the ‘How to do’. 

Pregnancy Test By Blood

Clinical Pregnancy test by blood or urine measures the level of hCG hormone in the blood that gets released in extreme amounts by the Placenta when the embryo gets attached to the uterus lining.

Considered the best and the most preferred way to do a pregnancy test check by the doctors, pregnancy test by blood can be done as soon as 7-12 days from possible conception.

Home Pregnancy Test

Home Pregnancy Test

A pregnancy test at home is the fastest and easiest way to do a pregnancy test check at the privacy of your home. Also, prescribed by doctors for initial testing Home Pregnancy Test Kits are easily available in the medical shops and are pretty cheap compared to that of other clinical pregnancy tests.

Home Pregnancy Test can be performed in no time and requires no help. You just have to take the stick, pee on a particular section, preferably the first pee in the morning and wait for a few seconds for the lines to show up.

The first line is known as the control line which means there’s no pregnancy while two lines showing up means you have conceived.

Also, before doing the test, you can check your Home Pregnancy Test Kit with water to check if its working fine. 

What next? The obvious but the most important question, can pregnancy test be wrong?

Pregnancy Test Accuracy

Pregnancy test accuracy varies from method to method and actually, the pregnancy test result also depends on the time too, if not done at or after the pregnancy test best time, pregnancy test accuracy may falter. In general, the Pregnancy Test by Blood or Urine has the highest accuracy rate followed by the pregnancy test accuracy for Home Pregnancy Test. But, did you know there are other ways to do a pregnancy test check and that is through using pregnancy test home remedies.

Pregnancy Test “False Positive”

The pregnancy test accuracy is an important factor to consider because there are chances of pregnancy test false positive that gives you a positive result even if you are not pregnant and that may happen for various reasons. The reasons for pregnancy test false positive may run from hormonal imbalance due to medications to immature pregnancy or embryo formation with complication which would eventually lead to automatic miscarriage or abortion.

You must keep in mind that the Pregnancy Test Negative results mostly occur due to two main reasons, one, early testing and two, error. 

Both home pregnancy tests and clinical pregnancy test methods can be wrong if the pregnancy test is done in less than 10 days of fertilization. Even if you have missed your periods because many a time ovulation gets delayed, which may cause a pregnancy test false negative result despite conceiving. To avoid this, try the test again after a week.

Also expired Home Pregnancy Test kits cannot be trusted. There are reasons for mentioning the dates on the packets, remember that and be careful. Also, read the manual given with the Home Pregnancy test Kit properly, even if you think you are an expert, different brands have different specifications so be sure you have read them before taking the test to avoid getting mislead unnecessarily.

Some brands show the positive result with two lines and many others that indicate the positive pregnancy test result with one line also the time to put the stick through the stream may differ from brand to brand.To overcome your doubts you have another set of pregnancy tests that can be super handy in situations like these when you don’t know whether to trust the results or not.

Also read: Everything To Know About Implantation Cramps

Pregnancy Test Home Remedies

Pregnancy Test Home Remedies is the ‘most’ easiest way to do a pregnancy test at home without facing any embarrassment at all because the ingredients needed to do the test is easily available in your kitchen or household pantry and even if not then too there’s no shame in going to the store and buying sugar, salt, toothpaste, baking soda or soap at your nearest store.

There might be a situation when you are at a remote location and cannot reach a  pharma-shop or there are no Home Pregnancy Test Kits available at the store, now this is one-moment when you realize the importance of knowing Pregnancy Test Home Remedies. When we say it comes handy, we mean handy, nothing can be more useful than this.

Pregnancy Test With Sugar

Sugar, a common ingredient in every household can be of help not just with unexpected guests but also with family (your baby). It helps you to test your pregnancy easily and very fast. In a few minutes, sugar can tell you if you are pregnant or not only if you know how to use it. For the women who don’t know the process, below is your solution.

pregnancy test with sugar
Pregnancy Test With Sugar

Pregnancy Test How To Use Sugar

Sugar is very simple to use and the science behind the pregnancy test home remedy is very simple. You have to take a tablespoon of sugar, preferably powder in a pot or a container and then pour your urine in it and then wait for the reaction. If the sugar dissolves easily making it a solution then you haven’t conceived but if the sugar starts forming lumps and takes a lot of time dissolving then its news good or bad you decide!

The hCG hormone that is released during your initial pregnancy does not react with sugar and can’t dissolve it. 

Pregnancy Test With Salt

The best way to soothe your anxiety around your pregnancy is common salt, as that’s one ingredient present in all kitchens which means easily available and superfast as the test takes two to three hours max to give results. The salt test is one of the best pregnancy test home remedies and the pregnancy test accuracy for this one is pretty high compared to the other home remedy tests.

Pregnancy Test With Salt
Pregnancy Test with Salt

Pregnancy Test How To Use Salt

You will need a bowl first and add some common salt to it. Take your urine into the bowl or a container, it would be good if you choose a transparent one for the test. Also, use your first-morning pee as this increases the pregnancy test accuracy. Mix a spoonful of salt to the container filled with urine and then wait for 2-3 hours.

Pregnancy Test Result

If the solution remains unchanged even after 3 hours, the test result is negative which means you are not pregnant but if the solution turns milky white then positive it is, you have conceived.

Pregnancy Test With Toothpaste

Toothpaste is another easily available ingredient that can be used to do a simple and fast pregnancy test in the comfort of your home. But there’s a little catch, the toothpaste required for the test has to be a white one. This toothpaste test is most convenient in the list of pregnancy test home remedies because both the first pee and toothpaste are part of your morning and both available in the loo which makes it easier for you to keep everything hush-hush without attracting much attention.

Pregnancy Test With Toothpaste
Pregnancy Test with Toothpaste

Pregnancy Test How To Use Toothpaste

By now, we know the basic ingredient is your morning pee along with toothpaste for this test in a container and then wait for the reaction to happen. Wait for a few hours to take the result as confirmation.

Pregnancy Test Result

Again, no reaction means no conception and you will need to try again if you are planning a baby and if your urine becomes frothy then it’s time to run to the doctor.

Pregnancy Test With Baking Soda

Another ingredient from the kitchen can be used to test your pregnancy and that is baking soda. Not common like the other test ingredients in this list e.g. salt, sugar, and toothpaste but not that uncommon as well.

Pregnancy Test With Baking Soda
Pregnancy Test with Baking Soda

Pregnancy Test How To Use Baking Soda

Take your first urine in a container or a glass preferably transparent mix it with baking soda and wait for the reaction.

Pregnancy Test Result

Like always, no reaction suggests pregnancy test results negative but bubbles are indicative of the embryo forming inside that tummy of yours. If you are not planning a baby then you need to rush to a doctor right away for delay poses threat and complications to abortion. But, even in the case of a planned pregnancy, you should go see a doc asap for the delay, in this case, might affect the health of you and your baby.

Pregnancy Test With Soap

Bathroom ingredients make pregnancy tests easier and confidential, the very reason why people use pregnancy test home remedies. To make your life easy, here’s how you can do a pregnancy test with a soap.

Pregnancy Test With Soap
Pregnancy Test with Soap

Pregnancy Test How To Use Soap

This time instead of taking a container, try to take a plate-like structure with a flat base where you can lay your soap. The size of the soap doesn’t matter because the reaction will anyways happen if it has to. Pour your first urine fresh on the soap bar and wait to see the reaction.

Also read: All you need to know about menstrual cups

Pregnancy Test Result

You will not require much time for either taking the pregnancy test check or to get the pregnancy test result. If the urine causes bubble formation and the solution turns into a greenish hue then its a positive sign, you are soon to be a mommy. No reaction means negative which too can bring a lot of relief at times.

From clinical tests to home pregnancy tests and not to forget the list of pregnancy test home remedies, we have covered it all. The pregnancy test accuracy may not be equal for all the methods but a combination of them can be pretty useful to get a good enough result for the first stage because eventually a positive result or missed periods for long will lead you to a gynecologist.

But after reading this handbook, you will be able to answer two things for sure- Are you Pregnant? And Can Pregnancy Test Be Wrong?

When Do Babies Start to Walk?

Ideally, babies start walking between the nine and twelve months and perfect the art of walking by the time they are about 15 or 16 months old.

However, it is perfectly normal for some babies to take a few more months to walk, and it can cross the past two years as well at times. In the first year, the baby’s muscle development takes place in all parts of the body, and it would lead to him crossing some important milestones like sitting up, crawling and rolling over. 

When Should a Baby Walk?

Don’t keep wondering at what age do babies learn to walk all the time as it would only add more stress to you as a new parent. Most of all don’t compare your baby with other babies and their growth and milestones timeline. 

Around the time the baby is around eight or nine months, he or she would be standing up as well. Babies would gain confidence by using a baby walker and push toys that would help the babies get the control and balance they need to start walking independently.

The babies can stand around the time when they are nine to ten months old, and by the time they are around 12-15 months old, they can walk as well. Once your baby can stand up on their own with or without assistance, it is the sign that she would be walking soon. With some support, practice, and a helping hand, it won’t be long that your baby would start walking. 

 

When Should a Baby Walk
When Should a Baby Walk

It takes time for babies to gain confidence when it comes to walking as they tend to fall often. You would be able to keep a check on the baby’s muscle growth and development by checking the lineage of other milestones the baby has completed like crawling, sitting, rolling over, and so on. If the baby has completed these milestones already, the next stage is walking, and it generally falls around the nine to twelve months mark with some babies taking a few months more. However, the baby can walk clearly without any assistance by the time they are about 17-18 months.

How To Help Your Baby Learn to Walk?

As baby approaches the nine to ten months mark, the legs muscles would have developed enough to support the baby standing up with some assistance for balancing.
Standing for a while holding on to the furniture is one of the favorite activities during this time, and you would have noticed how babies love to stand in the crib holding on to its handles.
It only helps in accelerating the pace of leg muscle development. Help your baby walk by holding out your arms from a distance towards the baby as he tries to walk. 

It would encourage the baby to get to you that would trigger the action of walking. Also, you can hold both arms of the baby as he tries to walk. It would provide the baby with the support and stability required to walk.
It is just like using the cycle with balancing wheels the first few weeks before the rider gets the hang of cycling without it. 

Also Read: When Do Babies Roll Over?

Exercise to Help a Baby Walk

Some babies learn to walk naturally following the environment around and through little assistance from the parents while others take a bit more time. There are several exercises that you can try to help your baby learn walking and get comfortable with it. 

Exercise #1

One of the best methods that are practiced by most parents is to hold both the hands of the baby and walk along. Doing it a few times each day is going to help the baby get some momentum and practice that would initiate his attempt to try it on his own. 

Exercise to Help a Baby Walk
Exercise to Help a Baby Walk

Exercise #2

You can practice cruising and walk on a sofa where a baby can take support from one side while walking from one end to another. Another hand of the baby must be held by the parent for safety to assist with balancing. Doing this a few times daily would help the baby with walking independently soon.

 

Exercise to Help a Baby Walk
Exercise to Help a Baby Walk

Exercise #3

While walking to and from one end of the sofa to another, keeping softballs on the way of a baby is a good idea too. The baby will invariably kick the balls, and it would help with faster muscle development. It also helps the babies to develop the ability to balance while walking. 

Exercise to Help a Baby Walk
Exercise to Help a Baby Walk

Teaching Your Baby to Walk

Most babies would learn to walk on their own when its due in the correct environment but the onus is on the parents to help the baby reach their milestones. When your baby is around nine to ten months old, you will notice how he can stand with the support of furniture on his own. 

It is the tell-tale sign that the baby would be walking soon. You can do the above-mentioned exercises with your baby from time to time to help him achieve the balance and the momentum. It would give the baby the much-needed confidence to start walking on his own without the fear of falling repeatedly. 

Teaching baby how to walk
Teaching baby how to walk

There must always be someone around the baby as babies are always trying to reach out to something and it would need movement.
During the nine or ten months mark, this movement can be your baby’s first step. Walk along with your baby while holding both his hands or give him the baby walker that would keep the baby from falling while assisting him in learning the art of walking.

Don’t get worried if your child takes a few more months to walk than other babies of the same age as it is perfectly normal for some babies to take more time to learn walking independently.

Signs Baby Will Walk Soon

One of the first signs that the baby would be walking soon is when the baby can stand up on its own or is standing up using the support of any furniture. The babies are watching others walking around the house all the time, and it does leave an impression on their minds. 

It is also the natural instinct that would trigger the baby’s first step when he develops the appropriate legs muscle strength.
If your baby is standing and playing for a considerable amount of time in his crib or loves to keep standing up on the sofa with assistance, then it is a clear indication that the baby would be walking soon. 

When do Most Babies Start Walking on Average

The average time for most babies to start walking is around 9 to 12 months, and in a few more months, the babies can walk confidently and steadily as well. Some babies learn more quickly than the others, and there is nothing to worry about if your child is taking a bit longer than the standard timeline for these baby milestones. 

Also Read: When your baby starts crawling

Baby Milestones

During the first year, the baby crosses some significant milestones that lay the foundation of all the milestones to follow in the coming years. Some of the important milestones that the baby reaches in the first year itself include –

1-4 Months 

1-4 Months 
1-4 Months

 

 

Some essential physical developments happen during the first four months as he develops sensory skills like touch, hearing, and watching. Even though these are the areas that would still be in the development stage, the babies would be able to feel your touch during these months and can hold your fingers too.

The babies would be smiling a lot during this time and parents should encourage the same by smiling back always. During the third and fourth months, the babies would be able to recognize familiar faces and voices and may start rolling on their tummy. Some babies would be able to gain partial head control too during this time.

5 – 8 Months

5 – 8 Months
5 – 8 Months

 

The babies would start to sleep more during this time at night, and that would be good news for the parents. The babies would be more interactive and active during their waking hours. Some babies would also be able to say mama or dada during this time, but there’s nothing wrong if your baby doesn’t start uttering words by this time. 

Sitting without support and crawling are the milestones that many babies cross during this period. Help your baby with as much play and tummy time and they would be able to sit for more extended periods without assistance. Standing for a while with some support and developing the strength to pick toys from the floor is also a possibility during these months.

9-12 Months

9-12 Months
9-12 Months

 

Your baby would be able to wave you bye as well as call you from a distance by waving hands. Babies love to start clapping as they develop considerable strength in their arms during this time.

The babies would be able to understand simple instructions, drink from a cup and stand independently for a few seconds during the last few months of their first year. Most babies start to cruise during this period that is the sign of them being able to walk soon.
However, some babies are known to walk in their first year, but it is only for some time and does so unsteadily.

When Do Babies Walk on Their Own

Most babies would start to walk on their own between the 17 to 18 months period. As parents, it is crucial not to get too worked up about your kids’ milestones and go with the natural flow.
Helping your kid with exercises that would assist them in developing their muscles as well as practice walking is excellent but don’t overdo it because the baby’s muscles are still weak and fragile and cannot take unnecessary stress. 

Walking is one of the most memorable milestones for all the parents and rightly so. With proper nutrition, much playtime and a little bit of exercise, your baby would reach the walking milestone when it’s due or a few months more. Checking periodically with the pediatrician is necessary to ensure your child’s proper body development and if his milestone’s timeline is on track or not. 

When your baby starts crawling

One of the first milestones that baby achieve physically is crawling, and it typically takes a baby 6 to 10 months to achieve the crawling milestone. Don’t be surprised if your baby crosses the milestone a month or two earlier or later as each baby has its own development cycle depending on their environment and body growth.

Some babies go straight to walking, pulling up and cruising and surpass the crawling stage altogether. There is nothing alarming about this, and it primarily depends on their physical activity and how much-supervised tummy time they are getting. Here we would discuss the various intricacies of a crawling milestone for better understanding.

When Do Babies start to Crawl?

As per studies, most of the babies start to crawl by the time they are eight months old. However, some babies start crawling as early as six months, and many others may not crawl till after 11 months.

When your baby starts crawling
When your baby starts crawling

Don’t get worried if your baby doesn’t crawl at all as some babies skip the milestone of crawling altogether to reach other milestones like walking and cruising. There are different types of crawling as well, and different babies adapt to different crawling methods depending on what they are most comfortable with or get habituated with. 

At What Age do Babies Crawl?

The process of crawling is pretty complex as it involves the coordination of hands and feet as well as the appropriate development of the strength of muscles in hand and feet. The first signs of baby crawling can be seen when the baby gets up on their hand and feet and rock back and forth.
It also depends on the muscle and strength development on legs, shoulders, and arms. Most babies crawl between the age of six to ten months, but it may be different for different babies, and it depends on baby growth as well. 

Baby crawling

How to Help your Baby Crawl?

The best way to help your baby crawl is to ensure your baby spends a lot of tummy time. It helps the baby to develop muscle strength in arms, legs, shoulder and the torso. While the baby is lying on tummy, give incentives to the baby by showing attractive toys of their choice at a small distance. It would encourage the baby to crawl and make an effort to reach out to the toy.

Practicing this on a daily basis would help you see visible changes in the motor development of your baby. For the baby to develop his/her motor abilities, it is important to provide sufficient space. It is, for this reason, it is imperative for the new parents to childproof their home and take care of the potential hazards that may be dangerous for the kids.

 

Also Read: When Do Babies Roll Over?

Baby Milestones

There are many baby milestones that your baby would cross since birth to becoming a toddler. During this phase, it crosses the range of toddler milestones. It is a full-time job of the parents to keep a watch on their child’s development and ensure that each of these milestones is crossed without any hiccups. Some of the baby milestones that a baby cross by the time they are one year old are as follows – 

    • Sitting upright without any assistance
    • Achieving a hands-and-knees position on their own
    • Crawling
    • Standing with support
    • Standing without support
    • Walking with support 
    • Walking without support
    • Ability to walk a distance while holding your hand.
    • Murmuring random gibberish words.
    • Say full words like “mama” and “dada” or anything else that you repeat for the child to speak regularly.
    • Try to increase their vocabulary by imitating new words you speak around the baby.
    • Imitating expression and gestures to call you, say bye-bye, or say yes or no
    • Developing the ability to use different objects appropriately like drinking from glass/cup, using toys properly, brushing hair, and more.
    • Identifying different members of the family
    • Recognize different fruits, candies, and things to eat, especially if they like it. 

Above are the few baby milestones that most babies would reach by the time they are one year old. However, do not get too cautious or worried if your baby misses some of these milestones as each baby is different and there are various factors that influence the pace at which the babies reach any particular milestone.

When Do Babies start to Crawl
When Do Babies start to Crawl

By the time the baby has completed the second year, below are the few baby milestones that most babies have crossed –

  • Ability to walk alone
  • Playing with a ball and kicking it independently
  • Enough muscle strength to carry several toys with themselves while moving around
  • Ability to run
  • Climb different furniture types on their own
  • Ability to draw and scribble with crayons
  • Call different people by their name
  • Recognize different shapes and sizes and favorite fruits and vegetables.
  • Mimic different people
  • Develop the ability to follow simple instructions.

Exercise to Help a Baby Crawl

As a baby, the bones and muscles of the baby are too weak to do any form of exercise that can put too much stress on their body or obstruct their body growth. However, you should try to give your baby good amount of supervised tummy time as it would encourage the baby to move in a different position and encourage movement.

It helps in the development of arm, leg and shoulder muscles. In terms of exercise, there are few things you can do to help your baby crawl –

  • Encourage the baby to crawl by holding a toy of a child’s interest or placing it at a little distance from the child. The child would try to reach out to the toy and in process, would develop the ability to crawl in the due process through repeated attempts to move.

Exercise to Help a Baby Crawl
Exercise to Help a Baby Crawl

Give your baby plenty of tummy time and make it fun to ensure that he or she enjoys it, or it may lead to making the baby cranky. Playing with the baby during tummy time, playing soft kid’s music or surrounding the kid with toys is a good idea. Tummy time leads to faster development of core, arm, leg and shoulder muscles that would lead to the milestone of crawling.

Baby tummy time
Baby tummy time

When the baby starts to make small movements forward, put your palms on the baby’s feet to help the baby support their movement forward. Try to do that for the first couple of weeks till the time the baby is able to move without such support. 

How Long do Babies Crawl?

Most babies start to crawl around six to seven months after birth, and it continues for a couple of months before they are able to cruise and walk. When the babies are able to crawl, they would want to crawl all the time they are awake.

It is their curiosity that would lead them to follow you all the time, try to get hold of their favorite toys around the house, and reach out to new objects and places inside the house. It is for this reason, childproofing your home before the baby arrives is a good idea. 

When the baby starts to crawl, make sure that you do not leave your baby unsupervised even for a minute as they can make rapid movements. It is even more crucial to never leave your baby out of sight when placed on higher surfaces like a bed or changing tables. 

When the baby starts to crawl, depending on the baby’s physical growth, babies can crawl non-stop for around half an hour to an hour before they start feeling hungry, cranky or sleepy. It is the time period that changes according to their age and body development as they progress to their next milestone. 

When do Most Babies Crawl?

As mentioned above, most babies start crawling between six to ten months. However, you should not give this timeline too much importance and give yourself sleepless nights. It is because the timeline of babies achieving milestones varies from one baby to another without any underlying biological conditions. It is natural for some babies to reach milestones early while others take a bit more time. It also doesn’t mean that your baby is stronger or weaker. 

Also Read: When Do Babies Start to Walk?

Types of Baby Crawling

Different babies do not only take a different amount of time to reach the crawling milestone; they may also crawl differently. Here are the few crawling styles for you reference –

  • Cross Crawl – Crawling forward while on their all four with the help of cross-hand movement that corresponds to the knee movement. 
  • Bear Crawl – It is similar to class hands-and-knees crawl or cross crawl as mentioned above except that the hands do not fold and remain straight during the forward movement like a bear. 
  • Commando or Belly Crawl – In this kind of crawling, the baby is actually lying on her tummy and just uses the hands to move forward.
  • Rolling Crawl – In rolling crawl, the baby simply rolls from one point to their destination through rolling. 
  • Crab Crawl – The baby movements are completely controlled by the hands in this kind of crawl.

Average Age of Baby Crawling

The baby can start from any age between six months to ten months, and in some cases, it can be a little sooner or later. In most cases when it is sooner or later, there is nothing you need to worry about, and you can check with your pediatrician as well to confirm it.

As a parent, it is important to stay observant of your baby’s body growth and development and keep a checklist of the milestones that your baby achieves as it grows. However, do not keep comparing the milestones with other babies too much as it would lead to unwanted worries and concerns that are unfounded.

What is most important is that you enjoy spending quality playtime with your kid as he or she passes these milestones and cherish these moments as trust me, they would fly by before you realize.

30 best exercises to increase height

Everyone loves to be tall and beautiful, isn’t it?

You must be thinking – can I increase my height naturally without taking any medicines, right? The answer is yes; you can increase your height with the help of height gain exercises

Height plays an important role in our life and also in most of the professions. That is the reason people always want to increase their height and look great and confident. 

How do height increasing exercises help?

How do height increasing exercises help
How do height increasing exercises help
  • Height increasing exercises help in strengthening and toning the muscles.
  • These exercises for height gain help the body in releasing growth hormones which in turn helps in adding a few inches to your height. 
  • Along with exercises, one needs to include a healthy diet.

To get the best results, the exercise/stretches to increase height have to be done on a regular basis.

Exercises to increase height

Below enumerated are the best 30 stretching exercises to increase height in a faster way. Let’s get started!

1. Cobra stretching exercise

Cobra stretching exercise
Cobra stretching exercise
  • Cobra stretching exercise elongates the shoulder, chest, and abdomen (upper body).
  • It helps in releasing stress from neck muscles, shoulder muscles and spine muscles.
  • It also helps in strengthening the muscles. 

Method

  • Lie down on the flat surface (floor) facing downward.
  • Palms should be placed on the floor. (Palms should be under your shoulder).
  • Lift your face while arching the spine back. (Arch back as much as possible).

2. Jogging

Jogging
Jogging

Jogging is one of the best exercises which work like wonders if you want to increase your height. It helps in making your legs longer and stronger.

3. Swimming

Swimming
Swimming
  • Swimming helps in increasing the height in a natural way.
  • It is a full-body work out which helps in stimulating the cells within.
  • It helps in strengthening the muscles.

You must be thinking, which style of swimming right?

“It is breaststroke style”.

4. Hanging on a bar

Hanging on a bar
Hanging on a bar
  • Hanging on a bar stretches the spine because of the lower body weight and hence helps in increasing the height.

5. Plank exercise

Plank exercise
Plank exercise
  • This exercise helps in elongating your spine and helps in improving your height.

6. Forearm side plank exercise 

Forearm side plank exercise
Forearm side plank exercise
  • The forearm side plank is the best exercise to stretch your leg muscles.
  • This core exercise helps in achieving longer and slimmer legs.

7. Pelvic shift

Pelvic shift
Pelvic shift

Method:

  • Start pelvic shift exercise by lying on your back in a plane surface (Floor).
  • Place shoulders and arms on the floor.
  • Bend both the knees and get your feet close to your buttocks.
  • Lift your pelvic in an upward direction.

Also Read: Tips for how to get a bigger butt

8. Hopping using single leg

Hopping using single leg
Hopping using single leg
  • Hop on one leg for around 10 times and repeat the same on other legs.

This simple exercise helps in releasing growth hormone.

9. Reverse tabletop pose

Reverse tabletop pose
Reverse tabletop pose
  • This is one of the most effective exercises to increase your height.

10. Pilates rollover

Pilates rollover
Pilates rollover
  • This exercise stretches the spine and neck and thus helps in adding a few inches.

11. Forward spine stretch (Seated forward bend pose / seated toe touch)

Forward spine stretch (Seated forward bend pose  seated toe touch)
Forward spine stretch

Method

  • Sit up straight by extending your legs.
  • Raise both your hand up.
  • Bend forward and try to touch the toes.
  • Repeat.

12. Triangle pose (Trikonasana)

Triangle pose (Trikonasana)
Triangle pose (Trikonasana)
  • This exercise works wonders in adding a few inches to your height.

Method

  • Stand straight and keep your legs apart.
  • The position of the right foot should be 90 degrees and the left should be 15 degrees.
  • Bend your body towards left. Raise your right hand up in the air; simultaneously bring your left hand down and try touching your ankle.
  • Try keeping both your arms in a straight line.
  • Repeat it on both sides.

13. Cat – cow stretch

Cat – cow stretch
Cat – cow stretch

Method

  • Place both the hands and knees on the floor.
  • Inhale while you are flexing your spine down.
  • Put your head down and bring up your spine into an arched position. While doing so, exhale.

14. Low lunge pose

Low lunge pose
Low lunge pose
  • Arching the upper body is the best exercise to increase your height.
  • This pose stretches the back and abdominal muscles.

15. Surya namaskar

Surya namaskar
Surya namaskar
  • This exercise is one of the best gifts from yoga.
  • Hit has many benefits; it also helps in promoting your height.

16. Standing forward bend pose (Standing toe touch)

Standing forward bend pose (Standing toe touch)
Standing forward bend pose (Standing toe touch)

Method

  • Stand straight by keeping your legs close.
  • Bring your hand up.
  • Bend down forward and try to touch the floor.
  • Don’t bend your knees.
  • Repeat. 

17. Bird dog exercise

Bird dog exercise
Bird dog exercise
  • This core exercise stretches almost all the muscles and helps in improving your height.

18. Spot jump

Spot jump
Spot jump

Method

  • Stand straight and keep your legs apart.
  • Bend your knees slightly.
  • Jump by raising your hands up.
  • Repeat.

19. Bending forward by keeping hands on the head

Bending forward by keeping hands on the head
Bending forward by keeping hands on the head

Method

  • Stand straight by keeping your legs apart.
  • Bring both your hands bend the head or neck.
  • Bend forward as much as possible.
  • Avoid bending your knees.
  • Repeat.

20. Side bending pose

Side bending pose
Side bending pose

Method

  • Stand straight by keeping your legs apart.
  • Bring both the hands up in the air. Keep them straight.
  • Bend on one side.
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Jump squats:

Jumping exercises are best for increasing your height. It stretches and strengthens the leg muscles.

21. Swimming on dry land

Swimming on dry land
Swimming on dry land
  • Dryland swimming is the best stretching exercise to add few inches to your height. 
  • This exercise is for those who are scared of water or doesn’t know swimming.

22. Downward dog pose (Downhill pose)

Downward dog pose (Downhill pose)
Downward dog pose (Downhill pose)
  • The downhill pose is widely followed exercise to increase height.

23. Skipping

Skipping
Skipping
  • Skipping is the best exercise to increase height.

24. Basketball

Basketball
Basketball
  • Playing basketball helps in muscle growth.
  • It stretches almost all the muscles and helps in increasing the height.

25. Toe lifting exercise

Toe lifting exercise
Toe lifting exercise
  • Keep your back and leg straight and stand on your toes.
  • If you need support, stand against a wall.
  • This exercise gives the best results.

26. Extended puppy pose

Extended puppy pose
Extended puppy pose
  • This pose helps in stretches your spine and leg muscles and hence helps your bones to grow longer.

27. Legs up the wall pose

Legs up the wall pose
Legs up the wall pose
  • This exercise helps in stretching the muscles present in the back of the neck, front torso, and back of the legs.

28. High leg kicks

High leg kicks
High leg kicks
  • This exercise helps in stretching the leg muscles and helps in having longer and beautifully toned legs.

29. Cycling

  • Cycling stretches the leg muscles and helps in increases your height by few inches.

30. Ankle weight

Ankle weight
Ankle weight
  • Ankle weight helps in gaining height. 
  • You just have to tie the weight around your ankle while exercising (Make sure about the weight your ankle can handle).
  • You can use ankle weight while jogging, running or while performing hanging exercises. 

Practice the above-mentioned exercises for height gain on a regular basis and add a few inches to your height and look great and confident. 

Good luck!

Tips for how to get a bigger butt

Are you worried about your tiny looking butt? Do you want to get a bigger booty? Continue reading this post to know about the healthy, easy and very effective tips to have a bun of steel.

How to get a bigger butt?

Exercises like squats, crossover lunges, crab walk etc are best to change the size and shape of your butt.

Now you must be thinking how do I get a bigger butt with exercises and which are those exercises right?

Stay tuned to know more!

Tips to have big butt:

Not only women, but even men also want to have a big firm butt. Here are some of the best and very effective exercises to help you get a bigger buttock.

1. Knee tuck exercise using stability ball:

    • Start this exercise in a push-up position, keeping your hands on the floor and resting your toes on the stability ball.
    • Slowly bring the knees towards your chest by rolling the ball.
    • Extend your knees back.

This exercise using stability ball is super effective and helps you have a bouncy butt.

2. Chair pose (Utkatasana):

Chair pose (Utkatasana)
Chair pose (Utkatasana)
  • This powerful pose aims in strengthening the muscles of your butt.
  • Put in your effort and do this exercise on a regular basis to see the result you want.

3. Crab walk using resistance band:

Crab walk using resistance band
Crab walk using a resistance band
  • Crab walk with resistance band is one of the excellent exercises to strengthen and increase your bum.
  • Always choose the correct tensioned resistance band.

4. Standing sidekick:

Method:

  • Stand on your feet and keep it apart.
  • Slightly bend forward and lift your left leg off the floor and kick on the left side. (You can take the support of the wall if you find it difficult in balancing).
  • Switch sides and repeat.

5. Squats:

Squats
  • Squatting is the best exercise to enlarge the butt for both men and women.
  • There are varieties of squats like:

Dumbbell squat

Parallel squat

Plie squat

Single leg/pistol squat etc.

  • Squatting helps in strengthening the glutes and also helps the body release more growth hormone and helps in butt building.
  • Choose the one which you are comfortable with and practice it to get the best result.

6. Ballet kicks:

Ballet kicks
Ballet kicks
  • This is the best exercise to tone your bum.

Method:

  • Stand keeping the left leg in front and right leg in back.
  • Slightly bend the left leg and lift the right leg up as much as possible.
  • Slowly lower the right leg. Do not touch the ground.

7. Releve plie:

Releve plie
Releve plie

Method:

  • Stand straight and spread your legs (approximately shoulder width).
  • Slightly turn your toes outwards.
  • Rise up the heels and stand on your toes. Hold a chair to balance.
  • Bend your knees in the direction of the toes and come down to squat position.
  • Slowly rise up on your toes.
  • Bring the heels down and relax.

8. Four butt exercises to boost your booty:

Four butt exercises to boost your booty
  • Doing single leg bridge, stability ball leg lift, curtsey lunge and standing single leg bridge for 12 minutes helps you in lifting, toning and tightening the butt.

Single leg bridge on back:

Method:

  • Lie down on your back keeping legs and hands straight.
  • Bend one leg and keep the foot of the same leg on the floor.
  • Lift the other leg from ground level to about 45 degrees up.
  • Slowly lift your bum from the floor.
  • Slower the bum slightly ( do not touch the floor).
  • Switch the side and follow the same steps.

Stability ball leg lift:

Method:

  • Lie down on the stability ball.
  • Keep your hands (palms) and legs down on the floor.
  • Lift your legs up in the air.
  • Slight bending of hands is allowed.
  • Slowly lower your legs.

Curtsey lunge:

Method:

  • Stand straight keeping your legs apart.
  • Hold dumbbells on both your hands.
  • Cross your left leg back and lower down to curtsey.
  • Come up.
  • Repeat using the right leg.

Standing single leg bridge:

Method:

  • Stand straight with one leg.
  • Hold dumbbells on both the hands.
  • Bend the waist in the forward direction and bring your arms down.
  • Slowly come up.
  • Follow the same steps with the other leg.

Do these exercises to fill your butt.

9. Booty pop/monkey squat:

Booty pop monkey squat
Booty pop monkey squat
  • Booty pop exercise is also called a monkey squat.
  • This squat works wonders on your butt and helps in filling your glutes.

10. Squat and drop the knee:

Squat and drop the knee
  • Squatting and dropping knee is the ultimate exercise to have a better bum.
  • It helps in muscle growth and adds more muscles in the glutes.

11. Donkey kick:

Donkey kick

Method:

  • Start this exercise on all fours on a plane surface.
  • Kneel down and keep both the legs in 90 degrees and hands should be shoulder-width apart.
  • Lift one leg into the air (Leg should be arched) – lift several inches higher and kick towards the ceiling.
  • Slowly return to start position.
  • Repeat on the other side.

If you feel pain on your knees, you can keep a pillow below your knee or do this exercise on a yoga mat.

12. Explosive lunges:

Explosive lunges
Explosive lunges

Method:

  • Stand straight and keep your feet apart.
  • Hands down and straight.
  • Bring your right leg forward and bend it to form 90 degrees.
  • Keep your upper body straight.
  • Jump and switch legs in between.
  • Land with your left leg forward.

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Set of exercises which help you to have buns of steel:

Squat: 20 repetitions with 1-minute rest in between each repetition.

Deadlift: 20 repetitions with 1-minute rest in between each repetition.

Step up: 20 repetitions with 1-minute rest in between each repetition.

Lunge: 20 repetitions with 1-minute rest in between each repetition.

Donkey kick: 20 repetitions with 1-minute rest in between each repetition.

Single leg bridge: 20 repetitions which 1-minute rest.

  • These strength training exercises focus on the area around the glutes.
  • It helps the body release more growth hormone and helps in butt building.
  • These workouts help you in adding more definition to your butt.

Conclusion:

Being consistent helps you in improving the shape and size of your buttock. Follow the tricks mentioned above; these bum friendly exercises work wonders on your butt and help in filling your glutes and helps you in having bubbly Brazilian butt.