WORKING MOM FITNESS TIPS

 

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As a working mom, there are a zillion of activities which fight to be on the top of your priority list. Constant pressure at work and never ending tasks at home can get really frustrating after a period of time. I get a lot of queries on fitness through my Instagram Q/A sessions which I do on Missvogueviolet . The answer to most of the questions on how to be fit after being a mom is very simple – MAKE TIME for it. It is important that you take advantage of every little time that you get towards a ‘healthier you’. Here are seven tips to help you out –

  1. Like any other Corporate professional, the first question I shall ask you is “What is your vision?”There has to be a driving factor to get you working towards your goal.It could be “Staying healthy to take care of the kids” or “Getting back in shape after losing the baby weight” or just plain “Want to look and feel good”.Every reason is justified but it should be strong enough to motivate you every single day.
  2. Take a small step at a time but stick to the routine. If you decide to set 15 mins minutes out for a workout, try and maintain it religiously for a week and then increase the time slowly. Taking big jumps on a single day wont reap any results and will demotivate you further when you cannot continue it.
  3. Make the most of your work time –  I am sure like most of us, you too would be lost in meetings and con calls through the day; and there are tons of calls when you are supposed to be the silent listener. So schedule your walks during these calls, put on your earphones and fix the 3 rounds around the premises when you can easily attend the call yet manage a physical routine.
  4. Get into the recreation room in the office and do a 15 minutes stretching. Get off that chair to walk around every 30-45 minutes.
  5. Make the most of Youtube. If you do not have the time to hit a Gym, watch online videos and start with yoga. If not anything, it will tranquilize your mind and make you feel better. If you have a toddler or  baby who enjoys music, you could dance together for a few minutes.
  6. Utilize the park trips on weekends. This is something that I personally loved to do . Baby V would come along in the stroller and I could easily go for a run(if the nanny came along) or a pleasant walk if I am alone. It absolutely refreshes the mind and body.
  7. DO NOT STRESS: Yes, these are in bold letters because stressing will only make it worse. Watch motivational videos or talk to people who have achieved fitness goals and keep going. It is not going to change you overnight and remember, any progress is improvement so you will get there sooner or later.

Lastly, this is not about losing weight, it is about keeping fit and having the energy levels to manage the hundred thousands things you do. Always remember, YOU ARE A SUPERWOMAN!

HOSPITAL BAG OF AN INDIAN MOM-TO-BE

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I can still feel the excitement and anxiety of the day I was getting admitted in the hospital eagerly waiting for Baby V to arrive. Weeks of planning had gone into it and I would be happy to share the packing essentials for the big day.

  1. Photo ID, Insurance Info, Hospital Forms – First and foremost, important stuff to be filed in organized folders and kept ready at least a month before the due date. Insurance formalities can be a real pain if not managed properly.
  2. Cell phone and charger – You will need it to answer to all the wishes you get J
  3. Comfortable night gown – If you are someone like me who is used to wearing PJs and shorts, let me tell you that is not an option. Even mums who have been used to wearing sarees and salwar suits, you might like to choose comfort for a while J
  4. Headband – However trivial it may sound, it is an essential. Post my CSec I was asked to lie down without a pillow for straight 20 hours. I had taken just one clutcher which poked me all night through until the time I had to borrow a headband from someone else.
  5. Maternity Bra – Feeding a baby every now and then is no easy job. The only thing which can make things better for you is convenience. There are plenty of options in the maternity shopping section which can be explored.
  6. Hipster panties – CSec mommies will have to be extra careful with the stitches and avoid any friction on the incision. Hence, it is highly advisable to wear plus size panties which go all the way up to your upper abdomen.
  7. Breastfeeding cover – Indian friends and relatives do not hesitate to drop in generously once the baby is born. After all, our culture is such that we always rejoice and mourn together. For a new mom, it can get really hard and embarrassing to manage the crowd while she is still coming to terms with feeding a baby. So a good cover is a must (there are tons available which can be worn later in many different ways). P.S I still wear mine as a kaftan and sometimes roll it up as a scarf.
  8. Nursing Pads – Not everybody would need it right away but being prepared for leak protection will save you a lot of trouble.
  9. Adult Diapers – Heavy bleeding in the first few days comes as quite a shock to most moms but it’s all normal. Generally, recommend adult diapers which can manage heavy bleeding unlike the usual sanitary pads.
  10. Nipple creams – Sore nipples are going to be your friends for the next few months, applying good quality nipple creams could relieve some bit of pain.
  11. Toiletries and personal items: The must haves for every woman – Toothbrush, hairbrush, toothpaste, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, contact lens case and solution. Travel size packs recommended as they are easy to carry.
  12. Comfortable loose maternity clothes and flat slippers for the discharge day- I had swollen feet for the most of my maternity. While it magically disappeared just after the baby was out but I would still recommend very comfortable slippers/shoes as you are yet to gain complete stability and control over your body post-delivery.
  13. Food – Your doctor will best prescribe what diet you should be following post procedure. Also, Indian moms tend to carry Shatavari and other Ayurvedic supplements for lactation supply, make sure your doctor is aware and okay with it.

Soon, I shall come up with a packing list for the Indian baby to arrive.

WHY CHILDREN SHOULD PLAY OUTDOORS?

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This winter has been very tough for me as far as V’s health was concerned. We struggled for nights with blocked nose, persistent cough and sore throat. I had to do an extensive research on how to deal with baby’s cough and cold , how to boost immunity and how to get rid of recurring flu. While I was not successful in the initial attempts, I learnt a lot through the failed attempts. One of the biggest myths that burst for me was that babies/kids should be kept indoors to avoid any kind of health issue. Contrary to this popular belief, there are in fact hundreds of benefits for kids who play outside regularly, it is also advised that kids should spend more than 3 hours outdoors each day. Some of the reasons why you should let your child spend time outside are listed below –

  1. Confinement breeds diseases: While rest is extremely important for the sick and we are perennially worried about our kids catching cold when they step out, the reality is virus is easy to catch in closed environments. In open areas, there are lesser chances of kids catching the virus and in open air.
  2. Emotional and social competencies: Outdoor play has brain-boosting benefits for kids, starting in infancy. It strengthens the language and communication interactions among children who play together in the park. The more they socialize, the faster their learning is.
  3. Vitamin D Levels : Vitamin D has several health benefits like strengthening bone health which is a key parameter for growth in kids. Since, most of our kids have minimum exposure to sun these days, we try to supplement through food and tablets but sunlight is the most natural and effective way of receiving Vitamin D. Ofcourse, the precautionary measures must be taken for children who get sun burns easily.
  4. Channelize energy and increase curiosity: Kids come with a huge amount of energy which has to be channelized in a productive way. Kids who are confident about their physical abilities tend to be more positive about their lives in general. When they are exposed to newer things, their curiosity levels rise up, their tendency to ask questions increases and all of this contributes to the overall energy levels of a child.
  5. Increased attention span : Green outdoor settings always appear to reduce Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms amongst children, that includes the exposure they get to natural settings through different outdoor activities.
  6. Concept of leadership and team work – Outdoor play is extremely important to the social development of children particularly for building self-confidence. In addition to it, children also get more empathetic through social play, and they develop more skills for coping with conflict. Group activities also help develop team skills and leadership/moderation skills at a very early age.
  7. Boosting creativity: Sensory inputs help boost creativity and imagination. It also helps with quick learning – we all know we learn to do by doing and there is no substitute to experience. So, if you touch the sand, you would understand the concept of coarse and fine and there is no other way to explain it by seeing or reading. Hence, we must encourage our kids to step out and enjoy the sun, grass and wide skies.

I would be so happy to receive inputs from other moms who are willing to share their experiences and tricks which have worked for them.

 

 

A FIT MOMMY

Did the subject offend you? I really hope not – this is not a fat shaming, judgmental article that is going to make you feel sick about your existing body. All I want to share is how and why I look forward to being a fit Mommy and when I say “fit” I mean maintaining a healthy lifestyle and not having a body that would grace the cover of a magazine(Anyway I am far from being anything like a model):D

Here are 7 reasons which motivate me to work harder towards a healthy lifestyle –

 

  1. Leading by example: I had never spent a minute working out before my pregnancy neither did I ever pay any attention to the calorie intake of my body. Today, when I look back I wonder what was I thinking all these years. I know making a healthy choice has created an impact on my friends and family members as well. I sincerely hope my little munchkin follows suit too.
  2. Physical and Mental Development: Raising a child is not an easy task and for a working woman, it is even more difficult. Your hormones go haywire and disrupts the balance between body and mind. Becoming a healthy, fit, and happy person first involves a mindset shift to see yourself as someone who lives that type of lifestyle which means looking hot is not what you should aim at – getting fitter physically and mentally is what you should aim for.
  3. Creating a new passion: Sometimes, in such times all you need is a change. A change that can be embedded in your present. And what better than being passionate about being fitter? Everything in your life would just automatically integrate as habits which shall help you evolve into a better person.
  4. Building stamina: As your child grows, you need to do more running around and you will always need higher energy levels. A good workout also helps sleep better (which most moms find very hard to do).
  5. Me” Time: Finally you get some time to release your stress and just be with yourself. Be it a workout session or Yoga/meditation, it will act as a tremendous booster for your inner senses.
  6. Bringing out a “Happy” You – A good workout helps you release endomorphins and that makes you “HAPPY”. A healthy lifestyle translates into a happy lifestyle in no time.
  7. Back in Shape: Get back in that little black dresses you hid away in the cupboard thinking you would never fit into them. Bring them out and work harder till you get there. Any form of motivation can work, I use my LBD as a milestone J

 

Posting few looks from my journey of getting fitter (or trying to get fitter)  – Timeline of months post pregnancy:

6 months    >>        8 months   >>          10 months    >>        12 months

Champagne Themed Baby Shower:White and Gold

Hello everyone! Now that you have read all about the exhaustive efforts that goes into planning a baby shower, I thought I must show you a few themes and the elements around it which I have done so far. So, the first one that goes up one my blog is the Champagne themed baby shower – popping and fizzing!

The Entrance : The party details written on a Champagne bottle cut out.

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The Photo Booth : You can’t miss taking a picture right after you enter the party!

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Gold painted Champagne bottles : On the table top with glasses and white/gold balloons. Do not miss the white and gold danglers all around!

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The Cake table : White and Gold Back drop and filled with white, gold and clear balloons sprayed in gold. On the table is a Cake stand with crystals, a theme cake, Champagne glasses filled with mousse and cupcakes with mini champagne bottles on the top.

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A closer view of the Cake table!

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My absolute favorite – The Champagne cupcakes!

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The White and Gold Spread!!!

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Sleeping baby on the Cake!

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Salad Bar : Bringing in the element in the food spread!That’s a cute baby, isn’t it?

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Orange, yellow or golden??

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Don’t miss the Wish zone! Dropping in loads of love for the Mom to be!

 

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More themes coming your way!!

 

20 THINGS YOU CAN’T MISS IF YOU ARE PLANNING A BABY SHOWER!

What is your first thought when your best friend shares her pregnancy announcement?

Oh yes, time to be a good hostess! When my friend shared the good news, I had already started imagining what the baby shower is going to look like if I were to plan it. I will share an exhaustive list of what you must jot down the moment you decide to host a baby shower. Here you go –

  1. Will you be the only host? Always better to arrange for a co-host who can help you with all the planning and execution.
  2. Venue – Home or outside? If outside, which hotel/hall/lawn?
  3. Budget – Depending on the venue, set a budget for the whole event.
  4. Date and Time – Mostly, baby showers are done around the 7th month of pregnancy so that the mom is comfortable yet can flaunt the cute baby bump. Decide on the date accordingly, consult the Mom to be. If it’s a weekend and you got a sunny afternoon, nothing like throwing a baby shower outside in the lawn. If it is in the evening, look for a nice place where you can play with lights in the décor.
  5. Theme – Choose a theme and then pick the colors for décor. The time of the event is definitely going to be a deciding factor.
  6. Décor – Do you want to do it up yourself or hire an event manager?
  7. Choose your guests – Is it a young friends only party (you can get wild with the décor and the games) or a more formal family and friends shower? Is it an all girls or co ed shower? Consult the mom for the list, there will always be few you might not know well.
  8. Invitation – Make a quirky video or design a picture which can be sent over Whatsapp to all concerned. Do you plan to do it yourself or hire a designer? A teaser or precursor makes it more fun to reveal the theme.
  9. The menu – Giving miniature food items is always a good idea as the guests can play the games while munching on the starters. The food items should also reflect the theme – Like a “ready to pop” theme can have a popcorn bar.
  10. The cake – Please order well in advance!
  11. How to set up the cake table? – Do you want to put additional cupcakes/dessert jars?
  12. Baby Registry – The Mom to be is supposed to put together a list of all the items she expects to have but you must have all the details of the same well in advance.
  13. Baby Shower Favors – A personalized thank you gift always creates an impact. Something with a message when the baby is born will be even more thoughtful e.g. a candle with the message “Light the candle and spread the warmth, when little Joe takes birth”.
  14. Games and prizes– Decide on fun games depending on whether it’s an all ladies or a co ed shower. Keep extra prizes to be given in case there are multiple winners for each game.
  15. Photo booth – Depending on the theme, design a funky photo booth and place it somewhere near the entrance so that the guests do not miss clicking fun pictures with the Mom to be.
  16. Stationery for the games – If you are hosting the shower at home, you must procure the stationery well in advance. If you are hosting it at a destination, the event manager must be instructed to procure the same.
  17. Photographer – Hire one to capture the fun moments!
  18. The ‘Mommy to be’ sash – This is a must! Of course, the Mom to be must feel like a princess.
  19. Don’t miss coordinating with the “Daddy to be”!
  20. Don’t forget your gift !!!:D

 

Ten super cute ways to tell your husband – “WE ARE PREGNANT!”

Six months back while I and my best friend sat down to our weekly ritual of playing “Scrabble”, I found the phrase “YOU ARE GOING TO BE AN AUNT” on the board. While, I was gushing over joy, I realized there can be so many fun ways to announce your pregnancy. So, I thought I will compile a list of 10 ways to make the announcement to your partner!

So, here you go – Take your partner by surprise in the most creative way 🙂

1.Text Message Beep Beep Send a clue “1+1=3?” No matter how cheesy it sounds, it is sure to bring a smile on his face.

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2. Bake a cake and write “ Baby on its way”. The appreciation goes beyond just baking skills for the day!

3. Fortune Cookie – Use a tweezer to pull out the fortune and write in your message – “Ten little toes, one little nose, boy or girl, nobody knows”.

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4. Post it! – Post a note on the Microwave/Fridge(The first thing your husband checks in the  morning) – “ The only thing better than having you as my husband is our baby having you as his/her dad”. You can thank me later for his reaction, yeah!

5.Coffee shop Menace – Your next stop at the Starbucks – Order for 3 and ask the guy to write “ Mom”, “Dad” and “Coming soon”. That will be some entertainment for the spectators too when your husband starts jumping with joy.

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6. Get a jigsaw puzzle of white cards and paint “You are going to be a dad” – Shuffle it and leave it for him to fix. Watch his jaw drop when he gets it finally!

7.Good Morning – Take a permanent marker and write “We’re pregnant” at the bottom of his coffee mug . Give him his morning coffee and talk away till he finishes the coffee, don’t miss taking a picture when he hits the bottom.

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8. Baby on board – Get a “baby on board” sign and fix it on his car.

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9. Grocery Time – Drop a pacifier in the grocery bag or add a baby rattle in the grocery list that you share with him.

10. Gift a book “ Dude , you are gonna be a Dad!”

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Another post with list of creative ways to make the announcement to your friends and family coming soon!