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By Dr Christopher Ng – Frequently Asked Questions By Mommies To Be

Got burning questions about your upcoming delivery? Dr Christopher Ng from GynaeMD Women’s & Rejuvenation Clinic has all the answers — and more.

5 ways a confinement nanny will be the wonder woman in your life

If you are reading this, chances are you are still undecided about engaging a professional confinement nanny. Your mind is probably filled with questions such as, “What am I paying for and is it worth it?” and “What does a confinement nanny do exactly and how can she help me?”

6 common household hazards you should protect your child from

Because children are so vulnerable and innocent, even the most ordinary of items can be malicious for them. Here are some common household hazards you can keep a lookout for and fix accordingly so that your home remains a safe haven.

5 confinement dishes that you can easily cook with eggs

Eggs are a staple for any diet, and even more so if you are a postpartum mama. They are highly adaptable and can be cooked in numerous ways, such that even those who are beginners in the kitchen can whip up something tasty. Here are five confinement recipes for you to try out!

6 foods that men should avoid if you are trying for a baby

We have all heard of the dos and don’ts when trying to conceive — most of which are targeted at females. However, it’s not just women who should pay attention to their bodies or watch their diet and activities if they wish to get pregnant.

8 things you should do to avoid premature labour

A premature birth is when your baby is born earlier than 37 weeks, and it’s one of the most common fears among mothers-to-be. While it can be tricky trying to pinpoint the exact reason why some infants are born prematurely, here are some steps that you can take to avoid going through the ordeal.

5 common pregnancy dreams and what they mean

Dreams are said to be a window into our subconscious, and this is especially true for pregnant women. While you shouldn’t dwell on them too much, it’s understandable if you are curious about what your dreams mean.

Common pregnancy myths that people actually believe

People always say it’s better to be safe than sorry when having a baby, because of how precious and fragile everything is during this incredible stage of life. But that also leads to a lot of unsolicited advice, conflicting tips and misinformation regardless of how well-intentioned they might be. Here are some of the most common pregnancy myths that you should not fall for.

8 ways to reduce swelling and water retention during pregnancy

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Probably more like a balloon in the case of pregnant women. Also known as edema, water retention is a common ailment that plagues mums-to-be. This is because your body is producing and holding about 50 percent more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of a developing baby. Swelling tends to occur more in the evenings, and from the fifth month of pregnancy all the way into the third trimester. It is certainly no walk in the park despite not being life-threatening, so here are some ways you can ease your swelling!

7 self-care tips to practice after having a baby

Ask any mother and they will probably tell you that their child always comes first. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it also means that women often neglect themselves and forget about their own needs. The arrival of a baby tends to throw other priorities out of the window, but it’s essential to strike a good balance between caring for a newborn and caring for yourself. Here is a checklist of seven self-care tips you should practice amidst all the hustle and bustle of life.

6 common mistakes that parents often make with newborns

With no prior experience to fall back on, first-time parents can find the arrival of a newborn to be pretty overwhelming. There’s also a mountain of conflicting advice out there, leaving you unsure of what to do. Even though there is no one-size-fits-all guide when it comes to parenthood, here are six common mistakes that you should refrain from making with your little angel.

5 foods that will help you fight postpartum depression

Pregnancy and labour, while celebratory milestones, can take a toll on a woman’s body and have debilitating effects. Even though everyone adjusts to parenthood differently, it’s not uncommon for new mums to experience ‘baby blues’ after delivery. These feelings, when prolonged, can be a sign of postpartum depression.

5 dangers that your baby is most prone to

There is no being more vulnerable and fragile than a baby, what with them being so new to this strange world. This is why parents have to take extra care and caution in ensuring their comfort and safety. What an adult finds harmless can actually be fatal for babies and these top 5 commons dangers are proof of that.

The ‘3Cs’ to consider when getting a confinement nanny

During your paktor days, you might have fantasized over the 5Cs of Singapore: Car, cash, condo, credit card and country club membership. But now that you have matured and are settling down to start a family, you are probably thinking of a very different set of Cs: Conceiving, children and confinement nannies.

It’s okay to break these 3 traditional confinement practices

The traditional custom of postpartum confinement has a rich history that goes as far back as the year 960 in China. But much has changed since then, meaning that confinement beliefs and practices have also evolved accordingly. What worked in the past might not necessarily be as effective now. People also have vastly different ideas on what is considered taboo in today’s day and age.

5 common illnesses to look out for in your child

Having your precious child fall sick is one of the most worrying yet inevitable things you will experience as a parent. You feel their pain like it’s your own and can’t help but wonder what you can do to ease their suffering.

Although it’s part and parcel of life, the best thing you can do is to be prepared for such situations. Being able to identify early symptoms so that you can swiftly decide on a course of action during emergencies can be a lifesaver, so familiarise yourself with these most common ailments that might be plaguing your child.

Can you eat avocados during and after pregnancy?

The short answer is yes! Due to its (healthy) fat content, the avocado is an often misunderstood fruit despite its plethora of health benefits. But you might be surprised to know that it’s actually a superfood for mothers at every stage of their parenthood journey.

7 must-have products that all mummies should have by their side

Being a mother is one of the noblest and hardest professions in the world. It seems like a never-ending job with no medical leave or off days — and you don’t even get paid. You are expected to multitask and take care of everything and everyone in the household 24/7. While there is no magic solution to raising a child, here are some products that can help to lighten your load and make your life much easier.

5 benefits of herbal baths during confinement

You might have heard of new mothers taking an herbal birth during their confinement and wondered what it is all about. Some questions lingering on your mind probably range from whether you should boil your own herbs or use ready-made packages from a store, how it’s done and what kind of benefits you can expect. Well, read on to have your concerns addressed!

Remember to do these 5 things after giving birth

Congrats! You’ve just left the hospital with the latest addition to your family: A happy, bubbly baby. You start to plan your next steps… and before you know it, your to-do list seems like it has no end in sight. If anything, you are starting to feel like childbirth is the easiest part.

Well, you are right in thinking that labour is just the beginning. But instead of beating yourself up over it, check out this simple list of five things that you can do to get started.

Just had a c-section? Here are the best foods to boost your recovery

Going through a Caesarean section is painful, demanding and exhausting — but hey, you did it! Now, it’s time to focus on letting your body and mind heal. Optimal nutrition is more crucial than ever if you want to bounce back quickly, so check out this guide on what to eat following your surgery and hospital stay.

An experienced confinement nanny will be able to help and advise you accordingly, but here are some easy tips that you can practice on your own.

7 quick ways to comfort a crying baby

Babies cry for all sorts of reasons, from hunger to colic to fatigue. Sometimes, the wailing doesn’t cease even when it seems like you are doing everything right. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you are just trying to catch some much-needed Zs. Try these tips when your little one seems inconsolable and you might just find something that works!

An experienced confinement nanny will be able to help and advise you accordingly, but here are some easy tips that you can practice on your own.

Dr Christopher Ng

Dr Christopher Ng Qualifications MBBS (Imperial College, UK), Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery FRANZCOG (Aust-NZ), Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist MMed (O&G) (S’pore), Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Singapore FAMS (O&G) (S’pore), Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore Dr Christopher Ng was

7 effective ways to boost your breast milk supply

It’s normal for new mums to wonder if they are producing enough breast milk for their baby. The good news is you have nothing to worry about if he or she is gaining weight well. However, some mothers might struggle with providing an ample supply for their little darling or have problems coping with the whole process.

An experienced confinement nanny will be able to help and advise you accordingly, but here are some easy tips that you can practice on your own.

Confinement practices that even your doctor will approve of

Confinement is a traditional practice that originated in Asia and has been passed down through the generations. Once a foreign concept to those in Western countries, it is gaining popularity all over the globe — with good reason.

More and more people are starting to see the positive effects and long-term benefits of confinement. It goes beyond being some old wives’ tale and even your doctor will encourage some of its practices.

5 little-known ways to fully enjoy your confinement period

Pregnancy and childbirth can be immensely stressful — and the pressure doesn’t stop there. The confinement period can be equally exhausting and fraught with challenges. However, there are still many things you can do to make the most out of your experience and have a fulfilling postpartum journey so check out these awesome tips!

5 common pregnancy fears and how to overcome them

Expecting a child is something to rejoice over, but you might find anxiety and fear creeping in every now and then. While that’s absolutely normal, you should not let these ill feelings overshadow the joy of pregnancy and parenthood.

Here are five common thoughts that you are probably losing sleep over and tips to best overcome them.

7 easy exercises to shape you up after childbirth

Now that you have finally conquered the exhausting stages of pregnancy and giving birth, it’s time to focus on healing your body. And what better way to do that than with a nutritious diet and regular exercise?
Exercise is especially helpful for women in confinement. Not only does it help you to regain your pre-pregnancy figure and keep you healthy, it also improves your energy levels, promotes better sleep, relieves stress and prevents postpartum depression.
Check out these seven simple and safe exercises that you can participate in!

7 symptoms of postpartum depression to look out for

Welcoming a baby can be an emotional rollercoaster ride of joy, anxiety, fear and more. It can also get overwhelming and bring forth a whole new set of challenges, including dealing with postpartum depression.

Top 5 confinement myths to beware of

Mothers in confinement have to take extra care because not only are they weakened by childbirth and still on the road to recovery, they are also responsible for breastfeeding their newborn. However, it can be hard knowing what’s safe to do and what’s best avoided, especially with so much often-conflicting information out there.
Here are the top 5 most common myths… debunked.

Top 5 confinement dishes that all mums should try

Eating right is more crucial than ever when you are a mother who has just given birth and are still adjusting to your new phase of life. A hearty and balanced diet not only helps you regain your strength in no time, but will also ensure that you have a good supply of breast milk to keep your baby happy and healthy.

Here are some popular confinement dishes that will whet your appetite and leave you wanting more, while providing your body with all the nutrients it needs!

The 7 most effective foods for postpartum recovery

Eating right during confinement not only spurs on your body’s healing process, but also boosts your breast milk supply, which in turn benefits your newborn. A confinement nanny can help you plan the ideal diet that’s rich in protein, iron, calcium and vitamins, while you concentrate on recuperating and caring for your baby.

Check out this list of foods you should incorporate into your postpartum meals and their individual strengths.

5 benefits of postpartum care that show why confinement is important

Is confinement necessary? This is a question that some mothers might find themselves asking, especially when they can’t wait to return to their pre-pregnancy lives and think it’s perfectly all right to skip the crucial stage of postpartum care.

Our answer is: Yes, absolutely!

Can you eat papaya during the confinement period?

This is a common question among women and the papaya remains a controversial topic of debate when it comes to pregnancy and confinement. Well, let us clear your doubts once and for all.

Here are the 5 best places to buy baby cots

When designing and planning for a nursery in anticipation of your baby’s arrival, a cot will probably be at the top of your to-buy list. You want something that’s not only safe and comfortable, but durable and affordably priced too. But with the wide array of options available on the market, cot-shopping can be a daunting task. Not to worry though, we have narrowed down some places worth checking out!

5 ways to make real deep connections with your unborn baby

The connection you share with your child is a lifelong affair and it does not have to start only when he or she is born. In fact, pregnancy is the perfect time to begin developing a great rapport with your little angel. Bonding with your unborn baby has been known to aid in its growth while making the pregnancy feel more real to you, so check out these five tips!

6 things you must know to prepare for baby delivery

Are you feeling lost and nervous as your due date approaches? Well, you are not alone. But as the saying goes, fail to plan and you plan to fail. While trying to imagine yourself giving birth might seem daunting and even terrifying, a lot of it actually has to do with being well-prepared. Check out these 6 things that you can do in anticipation of your big day!

5 ways to help your wife have a smooth pregnancy

Congratulations, you are going to be a dad! Now what? Even though pregnancy and giving birth is the mother’s job, there are many ways you can chip in and ease her burden. Did you know that according to studies, an involved and attentive father can benefit the health of both mother and child? Many men find the pregnancy process nerve-wracking and are unsure of how to contribute, but here are five ways you can begin.

Top 5 ways to deal with nausea during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful blessing, but the morning sickness that often comes with it can leave you feeling less-than-stellar. Did you know that up to 70 percent of women experience nausea early in their pregnancy while about 50 percent experience vomiting?

7 things all mothers should avoid during pregnancy

So you are having a baby! While you do not need a complete upheaval of your life, you will be required to make some lifestyle changes to ensure a smooth delivery

What this nanny did will bring you tears of joy

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Sourcing the Best Confinement Nanny

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