Surviving Colic: What is Colic? Home remedies for Colic | Colicaid drops

Colic is challenging. I tried, failed, survived. If you are a mama with a colicky baby or a pregnant mama reading, I would like to tell you, it’s going to be hard. It will make you feel a failure but it’s temporary which will pass. If the pain still lasts after trying your best, consult your paediatrician for other causes of colic.

My Colicky Baby. Understanding Colic

Colic is common in infants but Baby V had this frequently. We didn’t realize he must be in pain during the hospital stay. We thought it might be due to hunger and his oral thrush.

Day 5: We came home from the hospital and every day as soon as the evening commenced, my newborn started with the incessant wails, turning into intense red and ripping at the top of his lungs. His wailing lasted for about 2-3 hours. Once night hit, the same wails began again, every single night.

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Watching him cry broke me. I just couldn’t find anything to help my baby with colic. I carried him, caressed him but nothing could calm him down. I tried swaddling, sleeping bag, bounced, paced, with no relief. I used to be drained and dejected with sleepless nights.

We were convinced his screaming in pain was due to colic and started changing my diet with the thought breastmilk was the culprit.

What I avoided eating during breastfeeding:

  • Spices, chillies, no masala, toor dal (pigeon peas)
  • I noticed leafy vegetables brought on intense colic.
  • Diary affected his bowel habits and stools. 

We were so distressed because nothing was soothing Baby V and he cried day and night. 

What were the methods I tried to relieve colic

I received advised to apply warm fomentation of carom seeds wrapped in a cloth, applying a paste of fennel seeds and carom seeds on Baby V’s belly. Still no relief. I couldn’t get him to burp, I tried all the position to hold a baby for a good burp or cycled his tiny legs to relieve the gas, but with no avail.

I spend hours googling “how do you know if baby has colic” and “how can I help my baby with colic”.

Finally, I had to take advice from my mommy friends. One of my friends suggested a home remedy for making a concoction. Boil a liter of water + ajwain (carom seeds) + fennel seeds + vaval hing (don’t know what’s it called in English, you’ll find in any Ayurveda products store). Drink this concoction throughout the day. I drank this on daily basis and it did its charm. I noticed Baby V passed lots of gases which relieved his tummy ache. He slept much better during the day as well as night.

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Apart from the home remedy, while my research on baby colic treatment I came across Mamaearth Easy Tummy Roll On. It did soothe Baby V and it was an instant option to just roll it on the tummy around the naval every 20 minutes. It has peppermint oil which must be giving a cooling sensation.

Which colic drops were effective

Baby V was prescribed Carmicide Paed Liquid but it did not help him.

Colicaid drops, a solution with fennel seed oil, Dil oil worked amazingly. I gave him 6 drops daily twice or thrice. I had a good experience with Colicacid and I can vouch for its efficacy.

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During my google binging on colic treatment I came across the information that six weeks is the peak for colic. I noticed that after one and a half months there was no wailing in evening or night. Baby V slept through the night without pain (though putting him to sleep was an altogether a different experience, which I will share in next post).

The dark clouds of colic had lifted but occasionally there were thunderstorms of colic but not regular as before.

Baby V is 7 months now and his toothless grin makes me fall in love with him Every. Single. Time.

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This post is not sponsored. These are my reviews of being a first time Mom, experiencing, experimenting to help my baby with colic.

How I Beat Gestational Diabetes and Tips for Post-partum Weight Loss

Let me rewind to the year 2018.

My IVF journey began on 1 Jan 2018 (Yes, the start of the new year and the beginning of an adventure. IVF is not less than an adventure, you never know the turns, ups and downs like a roller coaster)

I weighed 58 kg before I was put on the hormonal pills; estrogen 4mg daily in the beginning to regularise my cycle which was not due to #POF primary ovarian failure.

My lining was poor and to make it optimum for embryo transfer I was put on 6mg of estrogen. I gained 6 kg during my infertility treatment.

My second Frozen embryo transfer (FET) was in June 2019 which gave me my Baby V. I gained 9 kg during my pregnancy 🤰  = 73 kg. Most of the weight gain was due to swelling/water retention.

Being pregnant after 6 years of TTC (Trying to conceive) I was made to rest by my parents to keep this pregnancy safe.

I failed my Glucose Tolerance Test done at 26 weeks of pregnancy. I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and it was a wake-up call for me to kick myself up to engage in physical activity and proper diet. Enough of the rest.

Glucose Tolerance Test

First GTT was done on 17 Dec’19.

There were 3 ‘+’ in my urine for glucose levels

Knowing the consequences of diabetes on not only my body but also on the baby I set a goal of walking after every meal.

My Eating and Walking schedule from 7 to 9 months

  • 8:00 am – Walk for half an hour
  • 8: 30 am – Breakfast
  • 8:45 am – Walk for 15 minutes
  • 11:00 am – Mid-morning snack
  • 11:15 am – Walk for 15 minutes
  • Lunch between 1-2 pm
  • Walk for 15 minutes after lunch
  • Evening snack 4-5 pm followed by 30 minutes walk
  • Dinner between 7:30 – 8:30 pm followed by 20 minutes walk

Thus I made an effort to walk to walk at least 2 hours in a day.

Physical activity is essential in the last trimester.

Gestational Diabetes Diet

Along with physical activity, your diet plays an important role too. If you are diagnosed with Gestational DM start knowing the Glycemic Index (GI) of the food you eat. Every single of it. Let me be honest it will control your diabetes quicker. Experience talk. There are various apps based on Glycemic Index, typically they do not contain staple foods of Indian diet but they help in finding out GI of fruits.

GI is nothing but an indicator about how quickly a food consumed raises blood sugar level. High the GI = Rapid increase in blood sugar.

I did not completely stopped carbs. Carbs are essential, pregnant or not but the quantity matters.

Foods I ate or avoided during Gestational Diabetes

  • Jowar – I used to eat bhakri or rotla. Read Jowar benefits for diabetes.
  • Mixed grains chapati – Best option
  • Fruits – Apple, 1 small katori pomegranate, pear, oranges, sweet limes. No watermelon due to high GI.
  • Curd – with lunch and dinner
  • Flax seeds
  • Oats
  • Broccoli
  • I had totally avoided rice for 2 months in last trimester. But you can eat one small bowl of rice
  • Coconut water (Its sweet but did not raise my blood sugar)

Meal plan for the entire week and note down the blood sugar levels for that day. This helps in tracking whether your diet is optimum to control the gestational diabetes. Check out this Meal Planner.

Result of daily walking and conscious eating

17 Dec 2019 = First GTT

Within 10 days of eating right and walking, and then following the routine

My Glucose Levels

Diabetologist confirmed that there was no need to put me on medicines, as my glucose levels were under control.

Tip to control Gestational Diabetes: Eat right. Be persistent. Recite: I can do it!

There will be too many pricks after delivery to ensure the blood sugar haven’t spiked. My blood sugar results were within normal limits. Remember you won’t be discharged until the sugar levels are normal.

Tip to control gestational diabetes – Mindful eating and daily physical activity. Let the sugar be in sweets and not in your blood.

Post-pregnancy

I immediately lost the baby weight post-delivery. In fact, I even lost the weight gained during fertility treatment.

I guess breastfeeding did help in losing weight. It has been said breastfeeding burns about 500-700 calories extra per day. Factors such as pre-pregnancy weight, physical activity and diet also plays an important role in post-partum weight loss.

What I ate Post-delivery

Initial months post-delivery I had to cut down all the carbs, in short eat nutritious food with no masala, spices. This has been brought down by generation to generation in India. Like “Dadima ke nuskhe”. It helps a woman to recover faster post delivery.

I ate jowar bhakri, steamed vegetable soup kind of sabzi for first 2 months. I skipped jowar bhakri as I noticed Baby V always had colic when I ate it, so I switched to chapati.

Dinka che laddoo – It is a mixture of dinka / edible gum resin, dry fruits, jaggery, desiccated coconut, poppy seeds.

All of this did help me stay on my ideal weight. I can say even lockdown has an helping hand. No outside food. Once or twice a week eating Indian chaats, snacks had stopped. No cheese filled sandwich or burger.

Takeaway: Do follow our older generations instructions with regards to eating post delivery.

Physical activity during post-partum

You should not do any strenuous activities for 6 weeks postpartum. This does not mean we have to be a couch potato. 10 to 15 minutes walk post meal is sufficient to break down the calories.

Always consult a doctor about the exercises permissible after 6 weeks. Do not straight away follow any challenges going around YouTube or Social media to reduce weight.

This was about my experience with Gestational Diabetes and Post-partum weight loss. If you have any question or want to share a little bit about your own journey, please leave a comment below. Let’s held our hands and support each other because all the phases – Pre-pregnancy, Pregnancy and Post-pregnancy is hard and we need all need a virtual hug.

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When Breastfeeding is Hard | Breastfeeding Products for New Moms

The beginning of my breastfeeding was a struggle. IT WAS HARD! The pain post-cesarean made it more difficult.

I was angry and the guilt was hovering that I couldn’t feed my baby.

I had heard about breastfeeding struggles but never imagined I had to go through it too. There was no problem with the production of colostrum. The first-day post-cesarean is a resting day. No movement. No getting up. Sadly the hospital staff didn’t help me in feeding my baby. There was no guidance at all. Baby V used to have a sucking reflex but there was no latching.

To make it harder, he acquired Oral thrush on Day 3. It must have been painful for him to latch.

No one guided me to express milk and feed him by spoon. He cried due to hunger and our nights in the hospital were sleepless. Baby V slept through hunger and tired due to crying. It was so painful to watch him in that state.

The pediatrician prescribed Clotrimazole mouth paint which is bitter and Baby V had to bear it instead of sweet breast milk.

My milk ducts were beginning to clot and I was on the verge of mastitis. PAINFUL! Breast milk aka the gold was going to waste instead in the belly of my baby.

Difficult days don’t last forever, do they? Night of Day 4, nothing was soothing for Baby V. I decided to be on my feet because it was unbearable to see him crying. I carried him in my arms close to my chest, swayed him lightly, sang a lullaby, he kept watching me through his tiny eyes, and slept. I held him for about 4 hours in my arms. My back was giving up but I couldn’t put him down because he needed the golden sleep.

On Day 5, Baby V though with a bit of struggle was able to latch and for the very first time, I knew his tummy was full as he slept like a happy baby throughout the journey back home.

Lessons learned –

#1 Reading about breastfeeding isn’t enough. Take the help of a lactation consultant.

#2 Make sure the one staying over with you in the hospital knows about breastfeeding.

#3 Baby recognizes you, the connection was built even before the birth!

#4 Guilt won’t solve problems.

#5 You as a mother knows what’s best for your baby.

I am grateful I have been breastfeeding Baby V for 7 months. I introduced him to solid foods at age of 5 months. I still breastfeed him alternating with solid food.

There are 3 – 4 night feeds now. I have noticed he wakes up around the same time each night.

Breastfeeding products for New Moms

Let me clear it beforehand, I am not suggesting a breast pump here because I myself have never used it. So I can’t share any experience regarding it. Sometimes I do feel I should have used it at the beginning during the poor latch phase. Anyway, let us move ahead. The following product reviews are my personal and not sponsored or paid for.

Breastfeeding Pillow

A must buy! Invest in a good nursing pillow. I use Baybee Nursing Pillow. It supports your back, positions your baby perfectly to reach the nipple. Remember you need it during the countless sleepless nights.

Nursing Cover

The lockdown restricted going outdoors so I haven’t used it often. But I had bought Feather Hug nursing cover = a good breathable cotton nursing cover. The belt is adjustable according to your preference, you can tie it from behind. It also has a small pouch at the one end. It is super soft and doesn’t heat up while breastfeeding.

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Nipple Cream

The right breast was on the verge of developing severe mastitis. I had to manually drain it as the milk supply was more. So due to continuous left-sided breastfeeding, the nipple had gone sore. I can’t even express the pain in words. I immediately had to buy a nipple cream. After browsing through reviews I bought Mother Sparsh Nipple Butter Cream for Breastfeeding Moms, Virgin Coconut Oil and Organic Shea Butter. And it saved me from the sore nipple. It is organic so I had no worry in case if I forgot to wipe it off before breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding foods to increase milk supply

As I mentioned earlier, I am grateful for my milk supply. I take a diet with foods that are known to increase the milk supply. The following are the food products suggested by the older generation.

  • Dinkache ladoo (Gond / Edible Gum resin): It is a mixture of edible gum resin, desiccated coconut, jaggery, dry fruits, poppy seeds. Read the recipe here
  • Oats
  • Almonds

You can refer this article to know more about foods to increase milk production

Shatavari

I can’t stress enough about the benefits of Shatavari. It is an ayurvedic ingredient used since ancient to improve breast milk production. From the beginning, I have been taking Shatavari supplements from Himalaya. I have tried their syrup and tablets. I prefer Shatavari tablets and have been taking it twice a day.

This is my experience with the breastfeeding struggle and the breastfeeding products that have been helping me. Have you experienced the same? If yes, what helped you ease the breastfeeding. Do leave them in the comments.

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Life With Premature Menopause | World Menopause Day 2020

I hit my menopause at age of 27

I had an irregular menstrual cycle at age of 26 and by the time I was 27, I lost the natural ability to bleed. The innumerable blood tests, multiple follicular studies couldn’t point out the delay or stopping of menses. Finally, in the year 2017, the level of AMH (Anti-Mullerin Hormone) revealed the diagnosis. Premature Menopause or Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) or Diminished Ovarian Reserve. Thus my life began a battle with infertility.

World Menopause Day is held on 18 October every year to raise awareness of Menopause.

How many of us know about Premature Menopause? Not many, sadly. Menopause can be freedom from those monthly cramps, untimely hello from AF, the heating pads. But it drastically changes a woman’s body. The hormones that diminish during menopause are vital for bone health, physical as well as emotional health.

Imagine the same at the young age of 20s.

What is Premature Menopause or POI?

Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) is a condition in which a woman is running low on her egg supply or is completely out of eggs before the age of 40.

It is seen in 1 in 1000 women.

What causes Premature Ovarian Failure?

Well, put the blame on genetics or autoimmune disorder or sometimes unknown. It is like saying why does anyone get cancer? Talking of cancer, chemotherapy and radiotherapy love to attack ovaries too.

How does POI impact a woman?

Although the main target is the ovaries the emotional well-being becomes distraught. A young woman in 20s, ready for a baby, and BOOM! The ovaries don’t work any longer.

Why me? Why me? Why me?

If you are the 1 in 1000, cry, wail, binge eat, girl! Your ovaries have failed, but not you. Infertility doesn’t define us.

I have already talked about how Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) is diagnosed.

Will you ever have a baby with POF?

Yes! You can. Read it again.

How? I am grateful for medical science. My ovaries cannot produce healthy eggs but there was always the option of donor eggs. I accepted it. It was the most difficult decision. Why do you ask?

Donor eggs = Eggs involving the genetics of the woman who donated the eggs = My baby doesn’t share my genetics

What if the baby doesn’t look like you? It cannot be predicted even in a woman with natural pregnancy. So why worry?

What if people point out that the baby doesn’t look like you? Tell them your story. If they don’t like, they are not worth your time.

After the implantation of the embryo and throughout the entire pregnancy, every cell in the baby’s body is influenced by the birth mother’s body.

Do not forget this quote – “Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Bernard Baruch

Am I Baby V’s mother? Oh Yes! I am his biological mother even though he doesn’t have my genes. My body influenced the gene development of my baby when he was in my womb. Epigenetics play a vital role in this. I love epigenetics.

Read about Epigenetics

Genetics doesn’t define my motherhood. Do I love Baby V a little less? No. Never. Genetics doesn’t define the love we have for each other.

Did you ask will I tell him about how he was conceived? I heard you.

Yes. I don’t have to think twice. He has the right to know. It is his story. How will I tell him? Come visit again to my home. You’re always welcome.

Remember. Always Remember.

Above all else is Love.

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My Exciting Experience with C-Section – How To Prepare For It and Recovery

My Exciting Experience with C-Section – How To Prepare For It and Recovery

My RE had suggested a C-section for two reasons. One, there was 2 looped cord around Baby V’s neck and second, it was a precious pregnancy. I am unaware of other states or countries, but pregnant women from IVF are given the option of C-section.

So, it was a planned C-section for us. We finalized the date, 3 March 2020.

And so, it was time to prepare for my hospital bag. Well, in India our elderly advises not to buy anything for the baby beforehand. No baby clothes, no baby utilities, whatsoever.

The mom-in-me couldn’t restrict me. I didn’t buy any baby clothes before the D-day but I was prepared to welcome my baby. I had received baby jhabla, swaddle, cap as hand me down from my friend.

No matter what advice you have been given by your loved ones, learn everything about how to prepare yourself before delivery. Each woman has their own experiences. You should be aware of all the possibilities.

Hospital bag checklist for a newborn

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Things in my hospital bag for myself

Checklists before planned C-section

  • Prepare your hospital bag at least 2 weeks before
  • Keep ready the important documents: hospital papers, insurance
  • Plan transportation to the hospital
  • Set a time to go to the hospital. You never know what might be coming especially in India with all the traffic or trains running late
  • Contact numbers of family and friends
  • 8 hours fasting the night before

What to expect at the hospital – Steps before C-section

  1. Fill the consent form
  2. Getting ready for the procedure: Hospital gown, cap, IV line, patch test for antibiotics, Injection Tetanus, Injection Atropine, antacids. Shaving the pubic area
  3. Non-stress Test (NST) – measures fetal heart rate and response to the movement
  4. Insertion of Foley catheter to drain the bladder
  5. Enema

On the surgery table

  1. Spinal anesthesia. Lower body begins to numb and the procedure for C-section begins
  2. Injection Tramadol, a narcotic-like pain reliever.

Post C-section

  1. You will be still under the effect of Tramadol, not fully aware of the surroundings for hours
  2. Once the spinal anesthesia begins to fade, there comes extreme pain. You are advised to complete rest with no movement of legs.
  3. You aren’t allowed any liquid intake for the entire day. The fluid that goes into the body is through IV line.
  4. Foley catheter stays in situ for 3 days
  5. Antibiotics and analgesics for 5 days

Day 2

  1. You’ll be given oral fluids
  2. You are allowed to move your legs

Day 3

  1. Move that still and stiff body! There will be extreme pain you wouldn’t have imagined. But the only solution is to get yourself moving.
  2. Start with solid food

Day 4

  1. Allowed to bath
  2. You can move better than the day before but still in pain

Day 5

  1. Discharge day. Time to take baby home.
  2. Movements become easier. Pain? Yes!
  3. The bandage is removed to check for the c-section wound. Application of antiseptic over the scar and covered with a bandage. Advised no bath for 2 days

At Home Post C-section Recovery

  1. On day 3, remove the bandage, check the health of the wound. Clean it thoroughly during the bath. Dry the area. Apply antiseptic. Do this for 15 days.
  2. I experience sharp pain in the pelvic region during laughing for almost 15 days
  3. No lifting of heavyweights or exercises for 6 weeks
  4. I was advised a few simple exercises.
  5. Lying on the abdomen for 10-15 minutes twice daily
  6. Apply warm fomentation at the site of wound (not directly on skin)

Tips For Easy Post Delivery Life

  1. Wear cotton high waisted briefs to cover the c-section wound
  2. Buy a breastfeeding pillow. A must! It eases the breastfeeding, reduces back strain, and its comfortable even for the baby
  3. Eat easily digested foods to avoid constipation
  4. Avoid cold drinks, sour food which might result in cold or cough. Why you ask? The pressure from sneezing and coughing will result in unbearable pain.

It was a roller coaster ride but worth it. Do let me know if this post helped you in the comments or if you want to add from your experience that might help the reader.

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