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Menstrual Cups- An Introduction

I bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. My womb is home to the divine. A source of life for our species. Whether I choose to create or not. But very few times it is seen that way… We menstruate and they see it as dirty. Attention seeking. Sick. A burden. As if this process is less natural than breathing. As if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last. As if this process is not love. Labour. Life. Selfless and strikingly beautiful.”
– Rupi Kaur
Well, this post is not about breaking the Period taboo, however each time we bring this topic up and talk openly about it, it in a way does make us feel more empowered, it does make Periods and period talks Normal.
And the best thing that happened to my Periods in these past 24 years is Menstrual cup!
Most of you will know that I have clothdiapered my son and as a CDing parent and as someone who looks for alternative sustainable solutions to almost everything around, I had to give a try to Menstrual Cup.Those of you who don’t know much about  cups would  question the need to use a cup when there are several good quality pads and tampons available.

The pads may be good absorbents, but they are not eco-friendly, no matter what these brands claim, the pads do stink more often than you would want, and sometimes they leak too. Menstrual cups to me have meant freedom, it makes me feel like I’m not on my periods, wish there was a magic potion for PMS and the pain that periods bring.
Bringing here answers to some of the frequently asked questions about menstrual cups-
  • What material are these made up of and how are these eco-friendly?

These are made up of Medical grade silicone. The average user throws away an astonishing 125 to 150kg of tampons, pads and applicators in their lifetime. Silicone made menstrual cups are eco-friendly because they last 1-5 years. Imagine the number of pads you will add up to the land-fill in all these years. Hence, in comparison to disposable sanitary pads these are way better. In fact, silicone is a greener substitute to plastic as it is derived from silica that over few years goes back to it’s natural form.

  • Is inserting a cup easy?

Easy or difficult differs from user to user, some get it right the first time, some need to try a few times. There are many ways  to insert a cup, The most popular ways to do it are-   C fold & Punch Down method.  C-fold- Take your cup, fold it in half so that the lips touch together, then slowly bend the cup in half again lengthwise. You will see that the point of insertion looks like a C (or U). The other popular method is Punch down- Hold your menstrual cup. Use your thumb to push the lip of the cup down towards the base of the cup. Then remove your thumb as you squeeze the edges together.

  • Does it not hurt?

Not really, it may be slightly uncomfortable initially, but it should not hurt.

  • Are there chances of infection?

No, not at all. The blood remains inside the body, so there is no chance of contamination unlike it is in case of pads.

  • How often does one need to empty it?

Since each woman has different flow pattern on different days, you may have to check every few hours in the beginning to understand your pattern. Say in every 2 hours when you begin.

  • Does it not leak?

If inserted well, it will not leak.

  • How do I clean the cup?

Cleaning is very simple, during your cycle you just need to wash it each time you empty the cup, once the cycle is over to you should cleanse it in hot water (to sterlise it). Dry it and keep it in an airy place. It is advised to sterlise it before and after your monthly cycle.

  • What are the things I should follow to maintain hygiene while using the cup?

Using clean cup and washing it under running water whenever emptying it is important. Another thing to take care of is that your nails should be short and hands clean.

  • What are the various brands available?

There are several brands available in India now,  to name a few-          Sirona, Boondh, Rustic Art, Stonesoup And SheCup to name a few.

Hope this has motivated you to give cups a try! Do connect if you have any questions.

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मां

तुम ना होकर भी तुम जैसी हूं मैं मां।
स्वयं को तुम्हारा प्रतिबिंब पाती हूं मैं मां।

तुम में है आकाश सी स्पष्टता व सागर की विशालता,
सागर तो नहीं,

पर किनारे आती लहरों सम चंचल खुद को पाती हूं मै मां।

समय सी अथक आगे बढ़ती हो मां,
फूलों की महक और सौम्यता बिखेरती हो मां।
मां से दादी नानी मां बनकर भी
बिना थके, निस्वार्थ सबके लिऐ जीती हो मां।

तुम जैसा वीशाल हृदय तो नहीं मेरा,
ना तुम जैसी सहनशील हूं मैं
इसीलिए शायद जीवन के हर मोड़ पर
थक कर, हार कर तुम को ही ढूंढती हूं मै मां।

तुम ना होकर भी तुम जैसी हूं मैं मां।
स्वयं को तुम्हारा प्रतिबिंब पाती हूं मैं मां।

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She was loved by her family but was often belittled for not having a career. The highly accomplished family often scorned at her under-performance. She became disconnected with all, lost in her own world. The only thing that gave her happiness was her time on phone. 
She would finish the chores at home and run to her phone, take it everywhere she went.

Her family often questioned her about her fixation with the phone, “They know me there” she would silently say.
Social media opened her door to a world that loved her for her thoughts, imagination. She was a popular writer, writing with a pseudo name, who her followers including her family adored. 
Saying “They know me there”, she smiled!

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Baby Skin Science – Why You Need To Use Face Cream On Your Baby

Face creams for babies? Admit it, it’s something you may have not heard of, neither did I, to be honest! It never struck my mind to use a special cream on my son’s face. I always figured the moisturizer I used on his body would do the job.

I mean, you just have to keep the skin hydrated right? Turns out, I couldn’t be more wrong! Just like us grown-ups, even a baby’s facial skin is more delicate as compared to that on the rest of the body. And hence, requires some extra gentle care. That’s why using a baby face cream is really crucial if you want to maintain the softness of those chubby cheeks. And also keep baby acne away!

However, buying the right baby face cream isn’t that easy. Upon my research for the perfect one, I found out that it’s not just the ingredients that matter but also the pH level of the cream. In fact, the pH level is very important as if that’s wrong, the cream won’t even be able to do its job! Continue Reading

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Baby colic – A quick guide to help your baby

 

baby Colic-A quick guide to get your baby out of it.

First few months as parents is the most overwhelming and tiring phase. While we try to understand and decode our mysterious baby, the dynamics change every day and just when you feel you have it all right, your baby will surprise you with something totally unexpected. One such thing that most parents come by is Baby Colic

I heard about Colic when I was pregnant and having a conversation with my sister-in law, she told me how most parents to colic babies dread it.

Babies cry for several reasons, like dirty diaper, sleep, hunger and overtiredness. While all the crying lasts for few minutes and is usually not so difficult to resolve, Colic is like a monster that attacks and leaves the baby crying for several hours.

What is Baby Colic-

Colic has a few typical characteristics which are-

a. Intense, inconsolable crying for no apparent reason.

b. The colic attacks at the same time every day, usually evening or late-night hours.

c. The baby clenches his/her fists and throws his legs constantly (my baby used to do all of this while arching his back)

d. Colic starts when the baby is just few weeks (4-6 weeks) and can last up to 3-4 months.

While the exact causes for Colic haven’t been established, the most common suspect for colic is abdominal pain due to indigestion as the digestive system of these tiny babies is still developing.

Happy Tummy Happy Baby

What can you do about it?

As parents we try to do everything, we can to comfort our kids and more so as new parents to these tiny humans.

There are few things you can do to calm your baby down-

1. Change the place- Change of place acts as a distraction and may be helpful in calming your baby.

2. Step out of your house- If changing the room doesn’t help, you may look at stepping out into the fresh air. More often than not, this will help the baby soothe.

3. Play Music or white-noise- Play Clam, soft music, rhymes or white noise, see what works for your baby, parenthood after all is about trial and error. White noise worked for us.

4. Tummy-Time – Give enough supervised tummy time to your baby, this helps in easing out any gases and thus reduces chances of colic attack.

5. Abdominal Massage- Gently massaging the baby on abdomen, stroking downwards helps the baby calm down. You could also try to do it before the usual time of Colic attack.

6. Wear your baby- Baby wearing reduces the colic episodes, holding the baby close has several proven benefits for baby. If you do not prefer baby wearing, hold your baby close, cuddling too helps soothe the baby.

7. The cycling Exercise- make your baby lie down on his/her back, and move his legs in cycling motion, with mild pressure on the abdomen.

8. Burping the baby- Burping the baby after every feed helps reducing the chances of having a gassy baby and further of colic instances. If the baby is crying due to colic, you could still pat the back, holding him/her upright and help the baby burp.

9. Using Heeng (Asefoetida) paste- In India, use of heeng paste is ubiquitous in most households with babies. Gently massaging baby tummy with heeng paste helps soothing stomach ache and thus the baby stops crying.


We have used this heeng paste since my son’s early days. For me rushing to the kitchen to make the paste just when the bout of inconsolable crying struck my tiny baby was never an easy thing to do. So happy that Mother Sparsh www.mothersparsh.com has launched this tummy roll-on with the goodness of heeng, fennel and mint that help easing the tummy pain and indigestion related issues. Mother Sparsh has developed 100% Ayurvedic Tummy Roll On which is made up from the combination of 5 different Oils (Hing Oil, Pudina Oil, Sonth Oil, Saunf Oil and Sova Oil). This provides the babies and young kids relief from stomach discomforts caused due to gas, acidity and indigestion. Hing Oil possesses antiseptic and antibacterial properties that reduce acid reflux and constipation. Fennel oil (Saunf Oil) in this roll on helps alleviating stomach bloating. To add to all moms’ relief, this Roll-on is 100% Ayurvedic and is free from chemicals, preservatives, prepared in a traditional way to provide the maximum benefit that can be drawn from this unique mix of ingredients. Another good thing about this product is its packaging- ease of use that also adds to zero wastage without getting your hands smeared with the contents of the pack. The roll on could be bought at Amazon

(Tummy Roll-On)

*this is a sponsored post, views however are based on my personal experience.

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