Dear Helen, which are the most common symptoms of pregnancy?  

“Dear Helen, I am 5 weeks pregnant, and I am experiencing a lot of symptoms which are making me feel a bit worried.  Is it normal to be too tired and feel a lot of physical pain? I am also experiencing different mood swings during the day which make me feel very sad and emotional.  Can you advise me how I can help myself in this case? Thank you very much in advance!”

Dear future mom,

First of all congratulations on your pregnancy! As a first-time mom-to-be, you’re embarking on an exciting journey but there must be some challenges.

It is very common to experience some uncomfortable symptoms during the first few weeks of pregnancy but if you think your pain is getting worse over the days, it’s always best to consult with your doctor to make sure everything is okay.

Not every woman experiences the symptoms in the same way because it can vary from one woman to another. However, we are here to help you as much as we can.

Some of the earliest symptoms may include tiredness and unwellness which are very common, along with nausea and vomiting, especially in the morning, known also as morning sickness. Some women have changes in their taste and smell and may crave or dislike certain foods.

Despite that pregnancy can have a significant impact on a woman’s mental health as well. While it can be a joyful and exciting time, it can also be stressful, overwhelming, and emotional and going through a lot of the swing moods.

Indeed, it is really important to take care of your mental health. This can include seeking support from friends and family, talking to your healthcare provider about it and considering counseling or therapy if needed.

It is important to keep in mind that taking care of your mental health is equally Important as looking after your physical health.

We wish you the best of luck!

Dear Helen, how to take care of my health after giving birth?  

“Dear Harper family, I’m a new mom and I’m looking for some advice on how to take care of my health after giving birth. Do you have any suggestions or tips that could help me? Thank you!  “

Dear mom,

Being a mother is not an easy job, the advice is indeed quite beneficial, but every mother will discover her own real-world approach.

However, nipple milk and the natural oils on them both have protective properties. The infant is protected from disease by a range of chemicals found in breast milk, so there is little chance of contracting an infection in this method.

As a result, there is no requirement to sanitize the breasts prior to each feeding. Wiping the nipples with warm, boiling water once or twice a day will be adequate during the breastfeeding stage.

Using carbonated water or soap at this time is not advised as it might cause the skin to dry out and split.

However, you should properly wash your hands before each feeding.

A few drops of milk applied to and around the nipple region might help keep the nipple supple after the infant has done eating during the breastfeeding session.

Food contributes significantly to the milk new mom produces. It is recommended to avoid diets and medications that promise fast weight loss.

Compared to women who don’t breastfeed, it is simpler for new mothers to lose weight.

Water intake is the key to enhancing milk output. Mothers should consume 2.5 to 3 liters of water a day. This is due to the fact that water makes up most of the milk.

Also, they should not skip meals, and they shouldn’t smoke or consume alcohol while doing so.

It’s also advised to drink less tea and coffee and switch to herbal teas.

Dear Helen, should I be worried that my baby isn’t drinking his favorite milk anymore?  

“ Dear Helen, I have a 10-month-old boy. He is cheerful and progressing nicely. Since I did not have enough of my milk at the start, I fed him with other milk, as well. After the third month, I no longer had milk, so he was using adapted milk. That was his favorite food, but since last Sunday he’s been refusing it. He hardly drinks 30-80 ml of milk. He eats other food without any problems. Helen, do I have a reason to be worried?”

Dear mom,

Good job for trying to breastfeed for at least a couple of months ! If I understood correctly, your baby was drinking adapted milk formula which he is now refusing.

Try another producer or regular cow’s milk. If he refuses that as well, there is still no reason to worry. Try to mix it with baby porridge, whisk it in pudding, boiled semolina, rice pudding, etc.

I also recommend that you use yogurt, kefir and other dairy products.

Also, it could happen that a baby refuses adapted milk formula for one period of time, and then begin to eat it again later.

You should occasionally try again, because you never know when he might pleasantly surprise you.