#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Motherhood

Looking through my hard drive today and came across some posts I had started writing in my early days of motherhood. I’ve never shared them here but they are very interesting 🙂


Today, I share with you one of the very first, about my thoughts on getting married and becoming a mother. What did you think about your own experience getting pregnant and delivering your baby? Were you one of those earth mothers – fully prepared and ready to go? Let me know how it went with you! Below, I share my own experience – I feel vulnerable reading the uncertainty and yes, the vulnerability in my words. If I could tell my young self anything, it would be, ‘don’t worry. You’ve got this! It will all be fine!’ Same thing I say to every other young mother…don’t worry. You’ll be fine.
Enough already 😀 Here’s the post…

I remember when I found out I was pregnant. It took weeks of ‘malaria-like’ illness, feeling nauseous etc for the message to finally sink in. When it finally did, I decided to just do a scan and confirm this and from that moment, I fell in love with this life I was carrying inside of me. I was in awe of what was expected of me…carry this baby to term and thereafter ensure that this child is presented as a well brought up child to society. I wasn’t even sure I was all grown up myself and yet I had to do all this (I was all of 27 years at the time).The year I had my first baby also started an important tradition in my life. That of spending my birthday getting ready for my daughter’s birthday. Our birthdays are 2 days apart.

The year I had her, I woke up on my birthday with the realization that my delivery bag was not fully packed and ready and then decided to go to the market on that day to complete the shopping for the event. The next day I was in the hospital and delivered early in the morning the following day.Remember those ambivalent feelings when the baby is first placed into your hands. The fear that you might mistakenly throw the baby down, the responsibility that this child was yours to mould, the awe that God could make this amazing creature come from you and the heart breaking love that you feel as you look into the eyes of this child that is your own flesh and blood. Nothing can quite describe that feeling. I could hardly sleep the first night for excitement!And then the baby starts to grow and you get used to what needs to be done: bathing the baby, the late-night cramps, the fever that comes with some immunizations, the whole teething palaver and then pre-school. At this time, you start to feel accomplished and on top of things. You hope and you pray that as they grow you will have more time to do things you used to love to do ( you actually believe this!). But for the moment, you are entirely thankful and grateful to God that you’ve got a tiny tot (born by you or adopted ) to call yours, to love and care for. This is one being, at least at that time, who loves you totally unconditionally. We can all do with some unconditional love here, can’t we?

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Why Is My baby Crying?

Q: Hi, my baby is crying a lot, day and night. What can be the cause, and how can I cure it?

A: What’s my baby saying when he whimpers, when he cries, when he … what does it all mean. It can be pretty overwhelming trying to make sense out of it all, I know J

Let’s help you out: Here are some signals babies could be giving out when they cry

Hunger:

If your baby isn’t full after a feed, he would cry at the end of it and before the next one. Babies also don’t feel hungry at regular intervals and so there are days when he appears to need a feed more often and other days when he needs it infrequently.

So, offer a feed if you’re not sure what signal he is giving out.

Needing to be held:

We all worry about whether we will spoiling our babies if we carry them whenever they cry. Well, if your baby needs a cuddle and that’s why he is crying then you just need to carry him…and you won’t spoil him! A front carrying baby sling may be a good idea.

Otherwise, Carrying or gently rocking your baby is also a good idea. Rocking is better than vigorously joggling him up and down, because this may prevent him from drifting off to sleep.

Tiredness:

When a baby has had way too much excitement and stimulation, it can tire him out, making him irritable and unable to sleep.

Make a habit of putting your baby down in a quiet, darkened room and leave him for a few minutes, even if he’s crying, to see if he will settle and go off to sleep.

Too hot or too cold:

For those living in the tropics, this one is for you! J  You know those warm and woolly caps we wear on our children at all times, whether the weather is cold or hot? Bad idea!!! Babies can feel uncomfortably hot or cold, just as older children and adults do.

If your baby is sweating or his tummy feels hot to the touch, remove some of his clothing. If he is in his cot, take off some of the bedding. Remove hats and extra clothing as soon as you come indoors or enter a warm car, bus or train.

The room that a baby sleeps in should be neither too hot nor too cold. Please do not use a hot water bottle or electric blanket for your baby. Do not also place them in direct sunshine. These prevent overheating and significantly reduce the risk of cot death as well making him more comfortable.

Wet or dirty nappies:

Well, this bothers some children more than the others! However, regardless of which category your child falls in, please change the nappy as soon as you realize it’s wet or dirty. This helps to prevent nappy rash, which would almost certainly cause your baby discomfort.

Now you know what to do when your baby starts crying…let those maternal instincts kick in 😀 But if s/he continues to cry after figuring these out, you lose nothing by checking in with the doctor. Better safe than sorry.

All the best!

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: What Is The Treatment For Goiter?

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Hi! Doctor, Please I’ve being battling with goiter for the past three years now and I am scared of surgery. Please, is there any suggested treatment for it? Thanks

A: Swelling of the thyroid gland which is seen as a neck swelling is called goiter. But how does this develop? I’ll start from the beginning.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs when your body produces too much thyroid hormones. These hormones are usually produced by a butterfly shaped organ located at the front of your neck, called the thyroid gland. These thyroid hormones produced typically control the rate at which the body converts food t energy (metabolic rate) and also controls a whole lot of other cells and tissues like your bones (the hormones determine how your body incorporates calcium into your bones), the rate of your heart beats, your muscle contraction, cholesterol levels etc

Most cases of hyperthyroidism is…

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What are the best calcium sources for people who are lactose intolerant? – Harvard Health

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Are you lactose intolerant? Do you know what that means? I’ll give you a quick refresher course…

Lactose is a natural sugar found in milk. People with lactose intolerance can’t digest lactose, which is the natural sugar found in milk. This is because they lack an enzyme called lactase. Some people with lactose intolerance cannot digest any milk or milk product at all, others are able to digest small amounts of milk and milk products.

Lactose intolerance occurs more commonly in adults and in the African, Asian and South American races. It appears to run in families. So, a positive family history means one has a higher risk of developing this. Lactose intolerance usually occurs during the teenage or adult years but some of these people are able to take some milk or milk products. Severity of symptoms depends on the degree of lactase deficiency and the amount of lactose…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: It’s New Year 2018!

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Happy New Year! It is the very first day of 2018!
 
Be intentional about this year. It may just be day 1, but it all adds up from today.
 
Go all out! Love with all your heart; work with all your strength and intellect; give it all you’ve got! It’s not a year of half measures.
 
I end with a traditional Celtic blessing:
 
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine upon your window pane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near to you and
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
 
May this be your best year ever!

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Daily Health Tips: Why Do I Feel Breathless While Pregnant?

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Q: Hi Doc, I have been watching your program on Channel 155 and believe me, I love you and your program, therefore I have decided to write to you. I am 3 weeks pregnant and I want to find out what I can do to stop feeling breathless and how to prevent heartburn. Lastly, how often should I have sex with my husband?
 
A: The pregnancy hormone, progesterone, makes your body adapt to the way it absorbs oxygen from the lungs. It leads to the women taking in deeper breaths and gives the impression of breathlessness in some women
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Other women who have not experienced breathlessness throughout pregnancy may experience it during the third trimester as they deal with baby’s extra weight. Essentially, the growing baby at this time, pushes up into the lungs and reduces the space available in the lungs for air. However, this is offset…

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#HLWDK Daily Health tips: Stomach Ulcers

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Q: How to deal with stomach ulcers?  Especially food wise..

A: Thanks for writing in.

There are two conditions that may often be confused, one for the other: Peptic ulcer and Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

Gastric acid is secreted normally in the stomach to help the process of digestion. Peptic ulcer is a sore in the stomach, esophagus or duodenum and occurs when there is either over-production of this gastric acid in the stomach or reduction in the quantity of mucous that protects the stomach from the acid. Infection with an organism, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) has been found to be a cause of peptic ulcer.

GERD, on the other hand occurs when stomach acid backtracks into the esophagus causing heart burn.

In the past, it was thought that spicy foods caused peptic ulcers. However, there’s no evidence to support this, though spicy foods can certainly make the symptoms of…

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Daily Health Tips:Contraceptives For Hirsutism?

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Q: Can you shed more light on using contraceptive for the treatment of hormonal imbalance associated with hirsutism? Thanks for your response

A: Hirsutism can be caused by any situation that increases the male sex hormones (androgens) or increases the response of hair follicles to androgens. Some conditions that can cause this include Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), some drugs, obesity etc It is more likely in people who have a family history of this and in people of Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern origin. This can also be found in women with no risk factors and women where no specific cause can be found.

Specifically to your question, birth control pills (contraceptives) used over a period of 6 to 12 months may improve this condition by helping reduce the effects of androgens and reducing the production of more sex hormones. Anti-androgen drugs can also be used.

However, if specific…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Did I Get Pregnant Too Soon After?

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Q: Good
evening. Trust you are well. Kindly advise. I have just confirmed that I’m pregnant.
I’m a bit scared, I lost my pregnancy this year in march. It was about 5 months;
it was one painful ordeal. My doctor told me to rest and not to get pregnant
soon but I believeGod has good plans for me. It came unexpected and I’m
here embracing it well. Kindly advise – how can I take care of myself.
Thank you

A: Oh sweetheart,
condolences. I feel really sad that the miscarriage happened! But it’s all good

There are no
standard answers really, as to when to start trying to get pregnant after a
miscarriage. If this is the first time you’re experiencing a miscarriage, some
doctors still advice people to wait 3 to 6 months before trying again so that
it’s easier to date the pregnancy etc. Others will just ask…

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It’s Christmas Morning!

Eemember that COVID-19 is real. Even though we now have vaccines, it may still be a while before we all get vaccinated. Wear your masks (covering your nose and mouth), wash your hands often and sanitize them when you can’t, keep your hands off your face and avoid public gatherings.

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Merry Christmas, family! It’s a magical morning. Just imagine…thousands of years ago, a king was born who made the difference and continues to make a difference in our lives! What a blessing!
 
As you go about doing all the things we love to do on festive days like cooking, visiting, partying etc, don’t forget to spend some minutes reflecting on the real and true reason for the season. Don’t forget, if you have children, to remind them that Christmas is really more than the presents they may get. Remember to spend quality time with those who matter the most…quiet time, just savoring and enjoying the moment.
 
I love you all and wish you the best Christmas you’ve ever had, filled with joy, happiness, peace and of course, wellness 😉 🙂 You all continue to make me a better person and doctor!
 
May God grant your deepest and…

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