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How mothers can create one-on-one time with their children

Whether your children are toddlers or teenagers, they receive tremendous value from one on one time with mum. But mums are busy, and time together can be difficult to find. When you do have it, this time together can be stressful because you may feel rushed. Here are some tips for better one on one time.

  1. Create Traditions – Take a day out of her school day  to lunch, hang out together, and go shopping. She can choose the restaurant and you'll drive or vice versa. Basically, whatever works for you two. If done properly, it can be something to look foward to and help keep their connection strong. Traditions can help your child learn to count on you. For example, if you have your monthly ice cream date together, then the child learns to trust that that time together is a priority for you and something you look forward to.
  1. Stay In the Moment – When you do have coveted time alone with your child, try to stay in the present moment. Don’t start talking about the past when they were little or nag them about their future. Ask questions about what they’re doing and feeling right now and listen to their answers. You can learn a lot about your child from listening to them, rather than thinking about what you’re going to say or worrying about their past or future
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  1. Be Ready for it – One on one time isn’t always planned. If your child comes to you excited about something or wanting to share an experience, whenever possible, set down what you’re doing and be there with them 100%. Whether they want you to watch them practice a dance move or they want you to throw the football to them, being willing to drop what you’re doing and spend time with your child is invaluable.
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  1. Foster Uniqueness – Allow your child to dictate how you spend time together and what the two of you do. It’s not necessarily important that you find something you both like to do. You can help your child embrace their interests and unique qualities by inviting them to dictate the time together.
  2. Enjoy the Mundane – You and your child can bond while performing routine activities. For example, you might designate one night each week to cook dinner together. This time together can be fluid. Your child might lead some of the meal planning and preparation. Other joint activities might include gardening, exercising together, learning a new sport or walking the dog.
While many parents lead busy lives, mums need to remember that it’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend with your children, but the quality of that time. Be present, create time to spend together, and allow your child to initiate the time whenever possible.  

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Common Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women

Whenever the word "hormones" is uttered, menopausal women come to mind for most. That's so sad. Hormonal changes affect everyone from birth to death, yet we seem to have a very negative association with that word. For women, the most pronounced changes come in their 40s and 50s, but can been  hormonal symptoms earlier, which has a lot to do with not only lifestyle and diet, but also the pollution, toxins and synthetic chemicals that act as estrogen in our bodies that we're exposed to every day. Some of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalances are:

  1. Persistent weight gain.
Yes, there are lifestyle, diet and physical activity components to maintaining a healthy weight, but that isn't the end of the story. Many women have underlying hormonal imbalances that make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Unaddressed or emerging insulin resistance is one of the most common; small changes in diet — such as eliminating processed foods, sugars and wheat — are steps in the right direction. hormone-imbalance
  1. Belly fat and loss of muscle mass.
When your endocrine system is under stress, there's an underproduction of certain hormones and an overproduction of others (mainly cortisol). This makes your body store fat for future use, making an increase in belly fat a clue to adrenal fatigue.
  1. Low libido.
One of the most noticeable symptoms of hormonal imbalance is low libido, which starts with disturbed sleep. Without quality sleep our sex hormone production can diminish.
  1. Fatigue.
It isn't normal to feel sluggish, scattered or mentally foggy. Easy dietary changes, such as eliminating wheat and most grains, will help stabilize your blood sugar.
  1. Anxiety, irritability and depression.
Not feeling like yourself? This isn't the time for pharmaceuticals. Anxiety and depression are clues that you have an imbalance, toxicity, are overworked, stressed out, and most likely aren't nourishing your body the way it needs. Listen to your inner voice and take the actions necessary to meet your needs. 1274750_1437746519
  1. Insomnia and poor sleep patterns.
This starts the cycle of physical stress and increases cortisol levels, which directly causes many hormonal imbalances. There isn't one area of your life that insomnia doesn't touch.
  1. Sweating.
For many women, night sweats and hot flashes are the first uncomfortable sign that something is amiss. This isn't the time to start hormone replacement therapy, but begin a food journal by jotting down what you eat and drink, how you feel physically, and any emotions that come up after. Many times our emotions are the trigger that increases internal temperature. The next time you feel the flashes coming on, stop and think about the thoughts swirling around in your mind.
  1. Digestion problems.
Gas, bloating and slow digestion are common hormonal problems that aren't usually associated with hormonal imbalances, but may be associated with eating bad foods, not chewing your food and eating too much. When you don't have optimal digestion, your body is starving because of poor nutrient extraction.
  1. Cravings.
After eating way more than you should have, or having gone through half a bottle of wine, do you look back and ask yourself why? Common causes of cravings and excess eating are adrenal fatigue, insulin resistance, and other hormonal imbalances. Again, minimizing sugars, alcohol, dairy and wheat — although difficult — not only will help control cravings, but your digestive issues as well. Please note that many of these symptoms can be linked to other physical problems, and a simple blood test can tell you if there are other underlying concerns. With consistent effort applied to improving diet and digestive health, stress management, improved sleep and consistent physical activity, true holistic health is attainable.  

Price of ‘exciting’ self-injectable contraceptive cut

The price of an innovative device which allows women to give themselves a contraceptive jab has been cut. Sayana Press has mostly been used by women in developing countries, as part of a global push to expand access to modern contraception. Working in collaboration with donor organisations has enabled the drug company Pfizer to drop the price from $1 a unit to $0.85 per dose. The move comes ahead of a big summit on family planning in London this summer. The summit, which will track progress from a similar event five years ago, will be watched closely because of recent cuts to global aid for family planning by the Trump administration. Sayana Press dispenses with the need for a conventional needle and syringe – so it has been seen as a significant development for women living in rural parts of Africa. The long-acting progesterone-based contraceptive, which provides contraceptive cover for three months at a time, is licensed for use by the NHS in the UK – but Pfizer admits that uptake here has been “modest”. self-injection The pre-packaged, single-use jab is now thought to have reached more than 1.5m women in countries such as Uganda and Burkina Faso. A long-term commitment to helping fund this programme – by organisations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation – has helped drive the price down. ‘I now feel in charge’ In Uganda, one of four pilot countries, 160,673 doses of Sayana Press were handed out during the past two years. Dr Dinah Nakiganda-Busiku, from the Uganda Ministry of Health, said: “Women told us that self-injecting gave them more privacy. “We hope to now make this part of our public procurement plan, so we don’t have to rely on donors.” One user from a small village in northern Uganda, a mother-of-two called Ms Fiona, described how previously she had had to take a long motorcycle trip to reach a clinic. She said: “Last July, one of the health workers told me I could inject myself – and she trained me. “I now feel more in charge of my life and my future as a mother.” ‘Uncertainty’ about US position on family planning The London summit five years ago agreed an ambitious goal to enable 120m more women around the world to access contraceptives. Chris Elias, president of global development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said: “The London summit will be an important follow-up event where we can look carefully at the significant progress that’s been made. “There is currently a lot of uncertainty about the US position. But we hope to continue what has been a long-standing collaboration. “But there is a long history of bipartisan support for development aid – and particularly in supporting the health of women and children. “Our foundation looks forward to working with the new administration.”

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Menopause: 8 in 10 women get mood swing

Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman’s menstrual period.  It is often called the “change of life” and marks the transition between a woman’s childbearing years and her non-childbearing years.  Menopause is a natural part of aging and occurs as a result of the gra Dr Buki Adewole, a Consultant Gynecologist and Obstetrician at the University College Hospital,UCH, Ibadan, says eight out of 10 women suffer sudden mood swings at menopause. Adewole told the News Agency of Nigeria yesterday, that the mood swings and menopausal hot flashes were common to all women particularly from ages 40 and above. MP 1 Experts including Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English define mood swings as extreme or abrupt fluctuations in emotional state; it can also be a sign of mental illness precedent to the end of menstrual cycle in women. Wikipedia states that mood swing is an extreme or rapid change in mood. Such mood swings can play a positive part in promoting problem solving and in producing flexible forward planning. However, when mood swings are so strong that they are disruptive, they may be the main part of a bipolar disorder. “The mood swings are  one of the most common symptoms of menopause which could be very frustrating for women. “Menopausal age varies from women to women, but it generally starts between ages 40 to 55 in women and that it is at this period that the fertility of the woman diminishes. “During mood swings women often experience drastic shifts in emotional state and exhibit inappropriate emotional reaction.” images (27) “Fortunately, it is widely known that mood swings are caused by fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels as soon the woman enters the pre-menopausal age,” Adewole said. She added:”Mood swings during menopause are caused largely by the hormonal transitions women go through during this time. “Hormones, such as estrogen, influence the production of serotonin, which is a mood-regulating neurotransmitter. “Mood swings can leave a woman laughing hysterically one moment and weeping the next moment and understanding why they occur is the key to getting solutions.” The gynecologist, who described it as troublesome and traumatic, however, pointed out that the experience differ among women. 2016_10_23_77236 Adewole said the condition was usually worsened by stress and anxiety and that in order to mitigate the effects of mood swings it was better for women to avoid putting themselves under stress and anxiety. “Of course, medications to regulate the hormonal imbalance are also one of the ways to treat mood swings. “I will advise spouses and children to understand this stage in a woman’s life so that she can be helped to lessen the discomfort,” she said.

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All about irregular period every woman must know

Irregular periods are usually not signs of serious problems but in some cases they indicate the presence of a serious medical problem and could result in serious complications like infertility. In teenagers and women approaching menopause, irregular periods can be said to be normal, however in women of other ages besides these two categories, irregular periods is noteworthy and should therefore call for concern. For these women, they find that their periods usually come either earlier or later than usual and therefore highly unpredictable; their periods also vary in how long they last and how heavy they are. african-women14 There are some of the causes of irregular periods:

  • Some type of birth control pills can cause irregular periods
  • Imbalance of the hormones progesterone and oestrogen can make periods irregular
  • Excessive exercising and dieting can upset the timing of menstrual flow and can stop it altogether
  • Stress and anxiety can affect the menstrual cycle and make periods irregular
  • Certain disease can also affect menstrual cycle. These illnesses include: STDs, endometriosis, diabetes and fibroids
Irregular periods that are very heavy and last longer than seven days and that are accompanied by bleeding between periods or after sex should necessitate a visit to the hospital. Likewise when irregular periods become the norm, a woman should visit the hospital. For women trying to conceive, irregular periods might make conception more difficult, especially if ovulation does not occur every month. Nevertheless, with irregular periods, a woman can still get pregnant on her own, but it is always best to see a doctor to ensure there are no other problems.  

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Woman with two vaginas describes struggles of condition

A British woman who was born with two vaginas has revealed the difficulties of the rare condition — including prolonged periods and numerous miscarriages. Known only as Nicci, she is due to appear on the BBC3 documentary The Woman With Two Vaginas: Living Differently — which will be aired across Britain later this month. In the programme, she describes that sex made her feel like ‘a freak of nature’ because men would brag about sleeping with a woman with two vaginas. nintchdbpict000313128882 Her condition made her feel so bad that she looked into having a hysterectomy. She first found out she had two vaginas when she was 17 years old. “I first knew something was wrong when I was a teenager and I was bleeding more than I should. “The pain was intolerable and, while on my period, I couldn’t function. My doctor told me I had two wombs, two vaginas and two cervixes. “There were times when I had to wear adult nappies because tampons and pads weren’t enough. “The condition has affected my life severely. Relationships with my friends and boyfriends especially.” Nicci was put on hormone treatment, which proved ineffective and made her periods last up to four weeks. She is now happily married to a man called Andy and is ready to tell her story in the documentary. The World Health Organisation estimates around one in 3,000 women around the world are affected by the condition, which occurs when the uterus fails to fuse properly during development in the womb. It means a woman can be born with any combination of two wombs, two separate cervixes and sometimes, two vaginas. Source: The sun

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Understanding heavy menstrual bleeding

Heavy menstrual bleeding (called menorrhagia by health care professionals) is defined as soaking a pad and/or tampon every hour or less during each menstrual cycle. For many women, heavy menstrual bleeding is a huge obstacle to their lifestyles. The heavy bleeding can also lead to iron-deficient anaemia, the most common health-related threat of menorrhagia. While most cases of anaemia are easily treated with oral iron supplements, sometimes the bleeding is so severe a woman's entire volume of blood drops, leading to shortness of breath, severe fatigue and heart palpitations that require hospitalization. MENT Treatment Considerations Lifestyle Options There are several options you may want to try to reduce your heavy menstrual bleeding. These include:

  • Ice packs. Put an ice pack on your abdomen for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day when bleeding is especially heavy.
  • Vitamins.Try vitamin C supplements to help your body absorb iron and possibly strengthen blood vessels.
  • Iron. Some research suggests low iron levels can increase menstrual bleeding, and that supplementing with the mineral can reduce menstrual bleeding.
  • Always check with your health care professional before taking any medication—this includes taking herbal remedies and nutritional supplements—for managing health conditions or for general health and wellness concerns.
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  • Hysterectomy. Seventy-five to 80 percent of women with heavy menstrual bleeding do not need a hysterectomy, yet many women still opt for this surgical procedure, which is frequently recommended as a treatment option.. While very effective in ending uterine bleeding (without a uterus, your periods stop), hysterectomy is a major surgical procedure that requires hospitalization and weeks of recuperation. Additionally, hysterectomy is associated with a number of complications, with infection being the most common. Ask your health care professional to fully explain the surgery and potential benefits and risks to you. Though some women may prefer hysterectomy to other surgical options, be sure you understand all your options before making a choice. Other, less invasive surgical options are:
  • Endometrial ablation. In this minimally invasive procedure, the lining of the uterus is destroyed via freezing, electricity, microwaves, radiofrequency (radio waves) or hot water. Ablation is performed on an outpatient basis or in a doctor's office with mild anesthetic and has a very quick recovery. It enables a woman to keep her uterus and, in many instances, may halt her periods altogether. If you choose this treatment option, you should be sure to continue using contraception, as necessary; pregnancy following ablation is not recommended.
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  • Other surgical procedures, including myomectomy and uterine artery embolization, are recommended if fibroids are the cause behind the bleeding. Ask about these options, if necessary.
Questions to Ask Your Health Care Provider
  1.  Is the amount of menstrual bleeding I'm experiencing abnormal?
  2.  What tests do you need to conduct to diagnose my menorrhagia, and why are you doing them?
  3.  Is this heavy bleeding affecting my iron levels? What can I do about that?
  4.  Why are you recommending this particular treatment option for my heavy bleeding? If that doesn't work, what do you recommend next?
  5.  What are the disadvantages and risks associated with each recommended treatment?
  6.  Even if you find a problem like fibroids causing my abnormal uterine bleeding, is it possible to avoid a hysterectomy?
  7.  How many endometrial ablations of this type have you performed in the past year? What is your success rate? What kind of complications have you encountered?
Before considering surgery, ensure that your health care provider explains everything and all the procedures the surgery involves.

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International Women’s Day 2017: Five things you should know

Wednesday 8 March is International Women's Day, an event held around the world to commemorate the struggle for women's rights. Here are five facts about the day (Independent)
1. Originally called International Working Women’s Day, it was first celebrated on February 28, 1909, in New York in remembrance of a 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union when 15,000 workers, including many immigrants, marched through the city's lower east side to demand social and political rights. 2. The first modern International Women’s Day was held in 1914, five years after its inception, on March 8. The day was chosen because it was a Sunday, which the majority of women would have off work allowing them to participate in marches and other events, and has been celebrated on that date ever since.
 3. The day was declared a national holiday in the Soviet Union in 1917, and was predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted by the UN in 1977. Since 1996, the UN has assigned a theme to every IWD. This year’s theme is “Be bold for change”.
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4. According to the UN, it is “a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.” 5.  The day is now an official holiday in several countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam and Zambia and for women only in countries including China, Madagascar and Nepal. In Nigeria, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has called on Nigerian women to be “bold for change’’ and work towards redefining opportunities for future generations of women. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Gender Advocacy, Fatima Kakuri, made the call as the world marks International Women’s Day. women 3 According to Vanguard, he said that the Day presented an opportunity for every Nigerian to recognise and celebrate the talent and achievement of women and girls. Senator Saraki “We must appreciate the fact that 49.6 per cent of our mothers, wives, daughters and sisters own or manage 48 per cent of the informal micro-businesses in Nigeria. “Such numbers are truly significant because they demonstrate that Nigerian women contribute immensely to our social, economic and political development. “In everything that we do, we need to be bold for change. We need to challenge bias and inequality by standing up when women are excluded from positions of leadership,’’ he said. Saraki called for synergy between men and women to ensure sustainable development.

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What determines breast shape in girls and women?

Big breasts, small breasts, medium sized breasts; all women's breasts are unique one way or the other. No one has the exact same identical pair. One side may be smaller, saggier, or bigger. So what determines breast shape or size? Our mothers? Our diet? Here are some known determinants of breast size; Genetics Far and away, genetics plays the biggest role in the size and shape of your breasts. Your genes also influence the levels of your hormones, which affect your breast tissue. Genes determine how dense your breasts are, as well as what your skin is like, which affects the appearance of your breasts. Your breast characteristics can come from both sides of your family, so genes from your dad’s side can affect what your breasts end up looking like too. Your Weight No matter how big or small your breasts are to begin with, a large proportion of the tissue is made up of fat. So it’s no coincidence that your breasts expand when you do. Similarly, as you lose weight, your breast size could change too. How much fat you lose in your breasts when you drop weight may depend, in part, on the composition of your breasts. Women with dense breast tissue tend to have more tissue and less fatty tissue. Emily-Browning-Bra-Size-Height-Weight-Ideas-1 If that's you, when you lose weight, you may not notice as significant of a decrease in your breasts as a woman who has a greater proportion of fatty tissue in her breasts to begin with. You can’t feel whether you have dense or fatty breasts (only a mammogram or other imaging would show this), so you may not know which category your breasts fall into. And as for those tiny women with big breasts? It's all thanks to genetics. Your Age Enjoy your firm breasts while you can. Like everything else, gravity takes its toll on the breasts. Beneath the surface, your Cooper’s ligaments, delicate bands of tissue, help hold everything up. They’re not true ligaments like those that hold muscle to bone, they’re fibrous structures in the breast. Over time, they can wear out like overstretched rubber bands and become less supportive, eventually causing sagging and drooping. The good news is that you can fight back by regularly sporting well-fitting supportive bras in order to reduce the gravitational pull on your Cooper’s ligaments. Find the best bra for your breast type. New-Wonderbra-Lingerie-Lightweight-Gel-Push-Up-Bra-7925-Black-32A-38D-291205236498-300x300 Breastfeeding It’s the blessing and the curse of pregnancy: Your breasts swell to huge size while pregnant and nursing, but deflate like a balloon when you wean. It’s not entirely understood why they change so dramatically, but it may be due to fluctuations in hormones and the fact that the skin stretches as the breasts become engorged and may not fully contract to their pre-baby firmness after nursing. Exercise You can do all the chest exercises, but they’re unlikely to have any noticeable impact on the appearance of your breasts. Your breasts sit on top of the pectoral muscles, but aren’t part of them so you can develop stronger muscles underneath your breasts without changing their size or shape. size bre There are, however, a few exceptions. Body-builders and women who participate in fitness competitions often have such low body fat that their breasts appear firmer. There’s some data demonstrating that breast size and density also changes in women who do a significant amount of aerobic activity. This is probably due to the fact that you lose body fat, but your breast tissue components don’t change so you develop denser breasts when you exercise more. So there you have it ladies! If you're wondering why your breasts are the way they are, your answers lie in this article.

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Int’l Women’s Day: Kilimall to celebrate Nigerian women

To commemorate the 2017 international Women’s Day, one of the Nigerian leading e-commerce service providers, Kilimall Nigeria will align with the Nigeria women to share their sentiments, dreams, and fears while striving to boldly pursue and achieve their lofty dreams. The #BeBoldWithKilimallcampaign, according to Robin Xie, KiliMalll Regional Director for Africa, is expected to reward a Nigerian woman who can dare to dream boldly and without fear. Kilimall With this campaign, he said that Kilimall intended to help one daring woman achieve her bold dream and fulfill her lofty wishes. According to him, this is aimed at encouraging and inspiring every woman to discard their fears and stereotypical hindrances. “ Kilimall Nigeria believes that the Nigerian woman could achieve anything she wants to if she can be bold and dream big. Screen-Shot-2017-03-03-at-16.43.59 To participate in this campaign, women are urged share their dreams and aspirations boldly with the world. “To do this, they are to share a poster with a boldly written text of whatever dream or aspiration they want to achieve on our social media channels with the hashtag #BeBoldWithKilimall. “ The top ten “Dreams” will enter into a draw where a final winner will emerge. In the end, Kilimall will help fulfill the dream of that final winner”, he explained. Much more than just celebrating the successful women in Nigeria, he further explained that Kilimall leverage this avenue to provide the voice of confidence and aspiration for the emerging Nigerian woman. According to him, “We want them to know that we stand behind and beside them to propel them to reach out and dare to achieve much more than they can ever imagine. So, the Nigerian woman should #BeBoldWithKilimall and achieve all that she can dream to be”. Further in celebrating the women, he said that, “we will roll out up to 90% discount on selected women items across different categories. And if you fancy any item globally, you can use our Global Shopping feature that allows you shop abroad and pay in Naira. Finally, in the spirit of celebration, one lucky woman stands a chance to win a television when they download and use the Kilimall app to shop”, So, for this International Women’s Day,#BeBoldWithKilimall and go out of your way to dream big and dare achieve it, he said, adding that, “ Our final message to every Nigerian woman is “nothing can stop you. If you can dream it, you can be it.” Source:Vanguard