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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.

Feeling blue? Here are 5 ways to fight postpartum depression

Did you know that as many as 80% of women experience ‘baby blues’ after childbirth? The good news is these feelings, which are completely normal, tend to fade after a week or two. However, they should not be confused with postpartum depression.

Believe it or not, your breast milk can be made into jewellery

Some mothers see the unusual souvenir as something that symbolises the hardship and sacrifices they go through while raising a child. Others want to immortalise the experience of nursing, especially with kids growing up so quickly.

Why whitebait powder is the ideal supplement for pregnant mums and babies

Made from herring, whitebait powder is a fish supplement for babies aged above six months and pregnant mothers. The whitebait is harvested freshly from the sea, sun-dried, baked and then grinded into powder for easy consumption.

5 fun activities to enjoy as a family while staying at home due to Covid-19

In the time of coronavirus: Some of us might be getting bored from being cooped up indoors all day, while others might be restless from not being able to meet our friends or engage in our favourite leisure activities.

Remember to do these 7 things before giving birth

Being prepared is half the battle won, and this saying is especially true when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. The last thing you want to do panicking when your water breaks and not knowing what to do.

6 things you can do for the new mum in your life

Do you have a wife or loved one who recently welcomed a baby? Then you might be familiar with the feeling of wanting to help but not knowing how, especially when your heart aches at how exhausted and drained she seems.

Is the baby coming? Here are 7 signs you are ready for labour

Childbirth is unpredictable — but that’s what also makes it so special and beautiful. While all mothers are mindful of their delivery date, babies often do not arrive on the dot. So how do you know when your little one is en route?

5 effective ways to restore your health after giving birth

Pregnancy takes a toll on your body and the challenges don’t even end once you have given birth. With so much to juggle at once, it’s common for new mums to end up neglecting their own health. Here are five things you can do to make the confinement journey easier!

7 wonderful reasons to give your baby a sibling

Thinking of expanding your family but worried that it might be too overwhelming? Sure, a second child might mean an increase in expenses and resources. But those are overshadowed by the perks and benefits of having a big, happy and loving family.

5 yummy confinement dishes that will improve your breast milk supply

As a new mum, you might be facing unfamiliar challenges or struggling with more than one problem at the same time. Get the best of both worlds with these popular confinement dishes that are both nourishing and delicious.

7 ways to sleep well as a new mum and after giving birth

Parenthood doesn’t mean that you have to stop indulging in self-care or put your personal life on hold. Check out these tips for getting a good night’s rest, which will leave you rejuvenated and all the more productive!

Baby got injured? Here are 5 natural remedies to heal scars

Sometimes, kids injure themselves despite our best efforts. But rather than panicking or stressing out unnecessarily, we should stay well-prepared and ensure that we are always equipped with the right knowledge and tools.

5 ways to keep you and your family safe during Covid-19

The government is doing its best to contain the spread of the coronavirus and you can play your part too. Staying vigilant and being socially responsible will go a long way in keeping you and your family safe. Start by following these tips!

7 simple ways to save money when welcoming a baby

Welcoming a baby can be a costly affair, from conception to birth. Thankfully, there are many resources available for new mums and dads, and it’s all about knowing how to fully utilise them.

4 things to help you select your dream confinement nanny

Trying to hire your ideal confinement lady can be a nerve-wrecking process when there is so much to consider and you don’t know where to start. Fret not, we have come up with this guide that will help to simplify the process!

5 types of food to cut down on during confinement

A balanced and nutritious diet doesn’t stop when you give birth after nine months of hardship. You should continue to eat well during your postpartum period to ensure optimal health for both mum and child.

Here’s why you should give your baby a massage

Just gave birth to your little one? Now is the best time to introduce touch! Skin-to-skin care not only brings you closer to your newborn, but has proven to be soothing for both parties too.

5 things you should never do after a C-section

It can happen to anyone. Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances dictate that a cesarean birth is necessary. The important thing here is you have overcome both pregnancy and labour —and have a healthy, bouncing baby to go home with!

Best confinement soups to enjoy during your postpartum period

Eating well is an integral part of confinement and what better way to boost your diet than with a piping hot bowl of soup? Imagine washing down your meal with a delicious mouthful of soup as warmth and comfort spreads through your whole body.

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 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.

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. Water retention during pregnancy is certainly no walk in the park, 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.

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 overwhelming. 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 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.

5 common illnesses to look out for in your child

Having your baby fall sick is one of the most worrying yet inevitable things you will experience as a parent. 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?

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. 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 how it’s done to 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.

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.

7 quick ways to comfort a crying baby

Babies cry for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, the wailing doesn’t cease even when it seems like you are doing everything right. Try these tips when your little one seems inconsolable and you might just find something that works!

Dr Christopher Ng

Dr Christopher Ng was educated in Singapore and the United Kingdom. Dr Ng went on to obtain his degree in Medicine and Surgery at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Imperial College in London in 1995.

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 or have problems coping with the whole process.

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.

5 little-known ways to fully enjoy your confinement period

Pregnancy and childbirth can be immensely stressful — and the pressure doesn’t stop there. 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.

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?

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 recover. 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

5 ways to help your wife have a smooth pregnancy

Congratulations, you are going to be a dad! Now what? 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 and a healthy newborn. Here are seven main things to look out for and avoid.

What this confinement nanny did will bring you tears of joy

While professional confinement nannies are typically trained and fulfil their duties to the best of their abilities, it’s not every day you come across one who goes the extra mile to enrich your life and give you complete peace of mind.

5 things you go through during pregnancy that nobody ever talks about

Pregnancy is one of the biggest milestones in a woman’s life. And while it’s true what they say about it being a priceless experience that you wouldn’t trade for anything in the world, nobody ever talks about all the hardship and changes that you have to endure during this golden period.

7 pregnancy secrets that every first-time mum should know

Hello there, beautiful mamas-to-be! We know how you are feeling right now: A mix of fear, anxiety, excitement, happiness and so many other emotions. After all, you are living the most beautiful period of your life.

Here’s how you can choose the best confinement nanny

Pregnancy and welcoming a newborn is an exciting phase of life. But with this life-changing experience comes new responsibilities. A confinement nanny will not only lighten your burden but will also help you adapt to your new lifestyle.

7 ways a confinement nanny will make a first-time mum’s life easier

Being a first-time mother is exciting – but also incredibly challenging. Your baby and family are all calling out for attention. Add household chores and taking care of your own health into the mix. Sounds overwhelming? That’s because it is.

Sourcing for the best confinement nanny

by CA Senior Confinement Nanny Trainer – Rachel Ang   Sourcing for the best confinement nanny Look out for all the tips below as these are the important training points which all CA’s certified confinement nanny is trained for. Before being a confinement nanny, they must be trained to learn skills like: 1. The kind

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