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Pregnancy Impacts Baby’s Stress Hormones:

Depression is a syndrome that is common among the people irrespective of the gender. A normal person when under depression needs to face number of serious health complications. And when a woman is depressed when she is pregnant there are a number of complexities that can arise both for the mother and the child.


An expectant mother being depressed is quite common and it was once known that the depression that is caused during the pregnancy is due to the improper functioning of the pregnancy hormones. And it is now said that the increasing level of the hormones during pregnancy increases the chances for depression. Some other depression causing factors during the prenatal period are changes in the chemical levels in the brain, physical, emotional and psychological factors.

 Effects of depression during pregnancy:

It is said that exceeding levels of depression leads to dangerous complications in the baby and the mother. There is a serious trouble in the eating habits of the mother, and there is also likelihood of the mother getting used to smoking and drinking which may further lead to a suicidal behavior. These exceeding limits of the depression levels thus elicit premature birth, developmental problems and low birth weight. The depression that the mother goes through during her pregnancy stages can also impact the stress hormones of the baby.


These troubles in the stress hormones are also responsible for the sleep problems that the baby suffers. This can, in addition cause difficulty in the studying, metabolism regulation, sustenance of the cardiovascular system. Moreover, the trauma that the mother goes through will also affect the later stages of the child. It can either be hyperactive, inattentive, under active or even exhibition of poor self control.

In some cases there is an asymmetry in the coordination of fingers, feet and elbows. According to some researches, the children whose mothers underwent depression during pregnancy are more prone to show cognitive and behavioral problems.

 Dealing with depression during pregnancy:

As the effects of depression takes a toll on the health of the child, it is necessary that every mother identifies the depression symptoms and work on getting over the problem.

Have a complete knowledge of the depression symptoms so that it becomes easier for you to identify the problem.

Talk about the uneasiness you feel to others so that atleast they can have an eye on the stress symptoms you show.

Eat well according to the instructions given by the doctor. Also inform the doctor about the way you feel.

Do not attempt any self medications even if it is a natural treatment. Once you feel you are ill at ease or perturbed make sure you visit the doctor and get a treatment done.

Tips on how to lose weight after pregnancy tips on how to lose weight after pregnancy:


Pregnancy has made a big change in every part of your body including a few extra pounds. Getting back normal to your body shape from pregnancy is quite a slow process. Some wish to have a slim look soon after giving birth to baby but in reality it’s obviously difficult.

 Facts behind those extra pounds:

Getting back to the pre-pregnancy state takes time as you had your baby for the past nine entire months. The instant your baby is born your belly starts shrinking back, a minimum of four weeks time it takes for the uterus to contract to the original size. The extra fluid and stuff your body gained in these nine months reduces gradually.

Ways to lose baby weight

It is not that easy to lose baby weight instantly, it needs some healthy protein diet plan and mild exercise for its set back devoid of troubles. Depending on the condition of the birth and doctors consultation one can adapt to a set of dietary plans. Breastfeed also helps lose baby weight as it requires 500 calories a day, but it must have adequate energy to be replaced on demand of the energy spent.

 Hindrance to Exercise:

You may feel tempting to lose weight at once in a ramped activity but it may be difficult to be hard on exercising for a few months after the child birth. Some of the issues that hit you while acting vigorous on exercising are as follows…


Tiredness and unhealthy feel are common once giving birth and breastfeeding. As most of the energy is depleted burning more calories quicker. It is essential to keep a balance over your energy levels for health and fitness.

Mood swings such as depression can also occur with the change in the hormonal balance. Exercising can help in regulation but getting the right advice from your doctor is a must.

Time management is also needed as they will not find the right time to make their workout plans as only few minutes will be left midst their time taking care of the newborn. Workouts can be split and spread the day long which does not demand a problem.

Simple workout will do rather than vigorous activities, walking around the house or up and down a few steps is sufficient as they will keep moms active cutting down sluggishness. Getting support with idea on baby care tips and keep fitness across the tough times can help. Keep some time for your own health and fitness to become a strong mom in building your future strength.

Protein diet plan can help you with the adequate energy supply one can compensate while losing calories on daily activities after birth. Healthy chicken soup diet and fresh veggies and medicinally valued greens are more important one need to include in the diet sheet as it helps in recovery from the loss of energy and strength spent on delivery.

Common Skin Problems and infections in Babies:


Handling new born babies with complete care is one of the complex jobs that parents’ have to take over. Babies with sensitive skin and body need intense care and affection with full of patience handling them. As there are several skin problems and infections that are common in children keeping the baby protected needs a keen knowledge on the skin problems and newborn baby skin care.

Here we list our discussion on some of the baby care skin problems…

 Pimples and red spots:

Baby acnes can also affect the tender skin as it starts from the mom’s womb. The hormonal changes in mother affects the baby’s skin as it boosts excess oiliness that clogs on the baby’s skin. Pimples with red spots are common in the cheek and nose region which will fade off in few weeks of time which require no treatments except the use of baby lotions.

Prickly heat with irritation, small reddish-pink bumps occurs in regions that are prone to sweat such as neck, armpits, skin folds, diaper area and in the back. Loose-fit clothing (preferably soft cotton based) with cool dry environment can heal the problem quickly.

Baby Health Problem

Baby birthmarks are also considered to be one of the skin problems if they worry you. But generally they are not treated with medication as this mark does not cause any problem. It’s a slight discoloration in small region of the baby’s body. A pediatrician can help if it is a disturbing factor.

Dry skin in babies is more common problem, but the inner skin in quite good healthier and moist with complete softness. Moisturizing can help well.

Sunburns affect the infants tender skin, keeping off direct sunlight is highly recommended for the first six months. Baby sunscreen, umbrellas and hats helps in keeping off the direct heat. Applying a cold cloth for few minutes will help in curing mild sunburns. Zinc oxide cream can do well on nose, lips and the ears regions.

Cradle Cap is caused due to excess of oil which is seen in the first or second month soon after the baby is born. It is also referred to as Seborrheic dermatitis with symptoms of waxy-scaly texture in the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelids and also in some parts of the face

  • Special shampoo, baby oil, and certain special lotions can help in the treatment.
  • Four basic guidelines for newborn baby skin care.
  • Identifying the cause of the skin problem is important to start the treatment.
  • Check for the level of infection if it can be treated at home or must consult a pediatrician.
  • Quick remedies for a skin infection minimize the infectious factor.
  • Regular check up with the child specialist is essential to discuss about newborn baby care ideas.
  • Close attention is essential to observe a minor abnormality.

About Dr.Alex Johnson

Making just a few changes in your lifestyle can help you live longer. A recent study found that four bad behaviors—smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising, and not eating enough fruits and veggies


  1. Worth reading article!

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