Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Vitamin A & Pregnancy - Vitamin A Foods for Pregnancy - Vitamin A During Pregnancy

Maintaining a healthy diet during pregnany is very important. During this time, your body needs additional nutrients, vitamins and minerals. In fact, you need 350–500 extra calories each day during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Vitamin rich food is very important during pregnancy. But you should never go over board as well. Your doctor must have prescribed you certain prenatal vitamin tablet to consume. Apart from that consuming certain foods helps too. In this article lets discuss about vitamin A foods, health benefits and side effects of too much vitamin A.

vitamin A takes on a bigger role. Here are a few benefits of taking vitamin a while pregnant: (source)
  • Vitamin A aids in the development of your baby’s heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, and bones in the womb.
  • It also strengthens your baby’s circulatory and respiratory systems.
  • Vitamin A is especially important during the last stages of a pregnancy. It works to repair tissues and helps the new mother fight infections.

Recommended Vitamin A For Pregnant Women:

You don’t need vitamin A every day. Instead, try and get the average dose in the period of a week.
  • A pregnant woman needs 750 to 770 micrograms (approximately 2,565 IU) vitamin A every day.
  • A breastfeeding woman requires 1200-1300 micrograms (approximately 4,330 IU) vitamin A per day.
Vitamin A Rich Foods During Pregnancy:

If you want a healthy pregnancy, you need to eat right. To ensure a balanced pregnancy diet, include the following foods. These are good sources of vitamin A as well as other important nutrients.

1 medium baked sweet potato - 1,096 mcg (21,909 IU)
1/2 cup cooked carrot slices         - 665 mcg (13,286 IU)
1 slice pumpkin pie                         - 596 mcg (4,567 IU)
1/2 cup boiled spinach                 - 573 mcg (11,458 IU)
1/2 cup cooked butternut squash    - 572 mcg (11,434 IU)
One medium raw carrot                 - 509 mcg (10,191 IU)
1 cup nonfat fortified milk         - 338 mcg (1,131 IU)
One packet oatmeal, prepared with water - 329 (1,099 IU)
1 cup cantaloupe cubes                 - 270 mcg (5,411 IU)
1 cup raw spinach                         - 141 mcg (2,813 IU)
1 large egg, scrambled                 - 87 mcg (321 IU)
1/2 cup frozen peas                         - 84 mcg (1,680 IU)
1 ounce cheddar cheese                  - 75 mcg (284 IU)


How Much Vitamin A Is Too Much?

Yes, you can overdose on vitamin A! Your body needs a limited amount of Retinol. Overdo it, and you can risk a number of health issues, including:
  • Abnormal softening of the skull bone in infants
  • Blurred vision
  • Bone pain or swelling
  • Bulging fontanelle in infants
  • Changes in consciousness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Double vision in young children
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Irritability
  • Liver damage
  • Nausea
  • Poor weight gain in infants and children
  • Skin and hair changes
  • Cracking at corners of the mouth
  • Hair loss
  • Higher sensitivity to sunlight
  • Oily skin and hair
  • Spontaneous fracture
  • Vomiting

This is why pregnant women and women who are trying to conceive are advised to stay off certain acne treatments because they contain high doses of vitamin A.
Many studies have shown that pregnant women who take an overdose of vitamin A during the first seven weeks of their pregnancy can cause serious damage to their unborn child.
A woman who consumes more than 10,000 IU of vitamin A daily is more likely to give birth to a baby with head, heart, brain and spinal cord malfunctions.

Tips On Consumption Of Vitamin A During Pregnancy:

  1. Avoid taking prenatal vitamins that contain vitamin A.
  2. Limit your daily intake of vitamin A to 6000 IUs during the first two months of your pregnancy.
  3. Make sure you are consuming at least 3500 IU of Vitamin A every day.
  4. Try to get most of your vitamin A from your diet. Eat bright colored fruits and vegetables.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Calcium During Pregnancy - Calcium Rich Foods For Pregnancy

Normally you will be starting to have your calcium tablets in your second trimester. The need for calcium increases when the women is on her second and third trimester and it is essential when breast feeding as well.



Saturday, 3 December 2016

Rose & Sandal Melt & Pour Soap Recipe - DIY SOAP PROJECT 2

I have never thought of making soap at home. But when i came across a post in pinterest of making our own soap at home, i was drawn into it. Immediately i looked up online for the ingredient and i could easily find them. So i ordered a batch of them and here i am with my first flavour soap.



Thursday, 24 November 2016

Folic Acid During Pregnancy - Top Folate Foods for Pregnancy

When you visit your doctor after you find that you are pregnant. Your doctor will surely start with a batch of prenatal vitamin which you will be taking all through your pregnancy.

Folate - Folic Acid - Vitamin B that has a miraculous power for a pregnant women. It helps to prevent neural tube defect in baby. It is known that our body absorbs folic acid from supplements rather from the folate rich foods. But it is best to take folate rich foods all through your pregnancy.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

No Cook Play Dough Recipe - Easy Peasy Play Doh Recipe

My little one loves play doh. I used to buy it at stores very often, since my little one throw it at random places and when i find those, it is hard and unusable. So i have to keep buying it often, which i found a waste of money. So i decided to make it at home.  I would say this is a fool proof recipe and it is just amazing. I have once made a cooked version, this one is more easy that that. Plus you have the satisfication that it is kids friendly. 

Even if you have the toddler who puts everything in mouth, this is completely safe. In that case you can use food grade food colour, i used painting colours. This play doh is so soft, easy to work with, long lasting and kids friendly. Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Some Amazing Shots of Maha!

These are some of the old pictures of maha taken on her 1st birthday by the very talented photographer. Check out his facebook page

I think i missed to share these pictures here, so thought to make this maha's photoshoot post.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Swelling During Pregnancy - Causes & Treatment

Most of the pregnant women must have come across this problem. It usually occurs during the second and third trimester of pregnacy. 

When i was pregnant with maha, i didn't experiece any swelling, but i am experiencing it on this pregnancy. It can be quite frightening at the first time. But it is normal and there is nothing to worry.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy - What Not to Eat When Pregnant


When you are pregnant there are certain foods you should be avoiding. It is not myth when elders tell you "not to eat that or this", there are some facts in this.

Here is the list of foods which you should never eat.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

All About Second Trimester - Complete Guide to Pregnancy

Since i am in my second trimester with my second baby. I thought of sharing all the experience i am feeling right now.

Week 13 to Week 27 falls in this trimester. Normally the nausea and vomiting subsides in this period. It is the most active trimester, so make use of it to the fullest. I was very tired during my first trimester and hardly found my interest to cook. But my second trimester was bit relieving because i got back my energy to do cooking and other chores.

Friday, 11 November 2016

What to Pack in your Hospital Bag

Source: Baby center

It is recommended to pack your hospital before a month or atleast 2 weeks before your due date just to avoid last minute rush.

First create a checklist of what all things you need, it may vary upon your needs.

Here i am just giving a basic checklist which you can upgrade as per your need.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Lemon Honey Facepack - For Treating Acne & Lightening Skin

This is a great face pack to freshen up your skin after a long day in sun. Whenever we go shopping, we used to walk a lot in the sun which will make our skin darken. This face pack lightens it up instantly and adds a lovely shine to your skin.

Check out my 

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

A Trip to Goa - Maha's Photoshoot

Few Months back we took a trip to Taj Exotica - Goa, Check out my review here and here.

We enjoyed a lot there, here are few shots of maha during the trip.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Best Gummy Vitamins for Toddlers & Kids in India

DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid review, i was not paid or given any sample for a review. I bought the product on my own money and this review is from my own experience.

When your toddler or kid is a messy eater, and you feel that they dont get their proper nutrition and vitamins from the veggies. Then it is essential to give a extra supplement for them. I was looking for a vitamin supplement for my little one since she is such a fussy eater. So i looked online, did tons of research and found this gummy vitamins for her.

It is called Chubears and it is a natural fruit flavoured vitamins made specially for the indian market. It has 30 gummy and it is a month pack. My little one loved the taste of this vitamin and i give her daily one gummy. For kids above 10 years, they can have two vitamins.

I loved this because,

1)It is affordable. This is not that pricey, not like other expensive gummy vitamins available online.
2)Each gummy vitamins are packed in a separate covers, so it is easy to grab one and more hygenic.
3)Taste really delicious. I tasted one and it is just like a candy. So toddlers will love it.
4)It is gelatin free, gluten free, fat free, and dairy free
5)It is a product of india

It includes vitamin A, D3, C, E, B3, B6, B9, B12 and H

You can easily buy it from amazon

CHUBEARS - India's favorite gummy multivitamin for children, 8 essential vitamins PLUS 400 IU of Vit D per gummy!, Natural, Vegetarian, Once a day, Made in India, Lab tested safe & effective, Health supplement, 30 gummies in ALL Natural Fruit Flavors


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

All About First Trimester - Complete Guide to Pregnancy

Getting pregnant is the most excited time for everyone specially when you wanted it so badly. It is one of the joyful time in your life. But the most hard time in pregnancy is during your first trimester. The first three months of you pregnancy can be terrible for some women. Pregnancy is different for each women. Some dont feel a thing, they will be enjoying just like the usual day. But for some it is terrible. 

In this post i am gonna take you through the symptoms and the changes that will be happening through your body in your first trimester.

You may start to experience few changes in your body right from the 4 week onwards. 

1)Slight bleeding

Not everywomen experience this, but 25% of women experience slight bleeding in their first trimester. It is sign that the fertilized embryo has implanted in the uterus. But you have to be careful, if you go through severe abdominal pain or sharp pain and lots of bleeding, then you have to call your doctor ASAP.

2)Swollen or painful breast

I went through this, suddenly you will be feeling that your breast has enlarged and feeling too heavy. It may be painful too.

3)Morning sickness & Nausea

You may feel totally off during morning hours. Even the simplest task of brushing your teeth may make you throw up. 


Since your body go through a lot of hormonal changes, you may be getting fever suddenly and may experience body pain. But if it is unbearable then you have to visit your doctor immediately.


5)Constipation & Diarrhea

The changes happening inside your body slows down your digestion process and many women go through this. Make sure you drink lots of water. Sometimes you may get diarrhea even if you change your diet a little.


Your body is taking so many changes inside it which will make your weak and tired. Even few taking few steps will make you tired. So take as much rest during your first trimester.

7)Food Cravings or Loss of Appetite

Some women get weird food cravings on their first trimester, You may also lose your appetite. Even thinking about food may make your throw up. Even drinking water may be really hard. So you have to make sure you consume lots of juices and other form of water like buttermilk, flavoured waters and tender coconut water.

8)Mood Swings

During this time you will go through unusual mood swings. One time you will be extremely happy and other time you will feel like kicking someone. Increased fatigue will make you feel like you are going in a roller coaster ride.

9)Bloating & Gas

Through out your first trimester, you will be experience bloating and heavyness in your stomach. Due to slow digestion, the foods which you take will cause bloating and gas. Make sure you stay away from dairy, too much carbohydrate. 


You can happily gain weight during your pregnancy. But dont over do it. Just eat small portions of food throughout the day and stay away from deep fried and fatty foods. During your first trimester you can gain up to 3 kgs. 

Do's on your First Trimester:

1)Take your first ultra sound during 8 to 9 weeks to make sure your babies heartbeat is fine and your baby is doing good inside you.

2)Start taking your daily vitamins and folic acid.

3)Drinks lots of water, since you may be prone to get urinary infections.

4) Gets lots of rest because you will need it.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Charcoal & Lavendar Melt & Pour Soap Recipe - DIY SOAP PROJECT 1

I have never thought of making soap at home. But when i came across a post in pinterest of making our own soap at home, i was drawn into it. Immediately i looked up online for the ingredient and i could easily find them. So i ordered a batch of them and here i am with my first flavour soap.


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

DIY Massage Oil for Soft & Silky Hair - DIY MASSAGE HAIR OIL

This is one hair oil recipe which i use atleast once a week for my hair. I apply it during night and leave the oil on my hair for the whole night, i wash my hair the next day. My hair feel so soft, silky, shiny and nourished after this treatment.

1) Almond oil contains all kinds of healthy ingredients for hair like Omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids, vitamin E and magnesium. Using almond oil nourishes and strengthens your hair, and is optimal for treating hair loss and damaged hair

2) Coconut Oil For Faster Hair Growth. Use coconut oil as a natural way to help your hair grow longer, thicker, and faster. The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles

3) Olive Oil is great for flaky scalp or dandruff. It moisturize the hair without making it greasy.

Monday, 20 June 2016

What to Pack in your Handbag - Travelling with a Toddler

Last week we went on a trip to goa. You know that travelling with a toddler can be a pain when you don't pack certain stuffs. So i thought of sharing a post and show what all i packed in my handbag. 

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Oatmeal & Turmeric Face Mask - Scrub, Acne, Moisturize & Lighten Skin

Have you ever thought that oatmeal will make a great scrub or a great face mask. This face mask is such a amazing one for your face. 

These are the benefits of oatmeal for your skin:

1)Helps sensitive skin
2)Act as a homemade natural scrub
3)Removes dead skin cells.
4)Removes black heads and white heads.
5)Tackles Oily skin
6)Treats Acne
7)Yields Clean & Clear Skin'
8)Lightens skin

Friday, 10 June 2016

Tips to Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy

It is very important that you stay hydrated during your pregnancy. There is nothing worse than getting dehydrated. Thats why doctors tell you to drink lots of water during your pregnancy specially during summer months. 


You need water to keep your body hydrated. Drinking enough water prevents dehydration. Dehydration during pregnancy can lead to many complications such as constipation, headaches, nausea, cramps, oedema and dizziness. And also water is main source for breast milk production. Water helps to provide essential nutrients to your baby.

Here are few tips to make sure you drink enough water during pregnancy.

1)Fruit Juices

-Drink variety of fruit juices throughout your pregnancy.
-You can add honey as sweetness if you want to, but drinking fruit juice without sweetner is recommended.
-Add mint or lemon or ginger can enhance the taste
-Make sure you dont add too much water and dilute the juice.



2)Herbal Teas & Green Tea

-If you love your caffeine, it is time to cut it or reduce it.
-You can replace it with herbal tea like homemade mint tea, lemon tea, black tea, lemongrass tea.
-You can even enjoy fruit teas like orange tea, apple tea,
-Green Tea are really good for you, it helps in increasing your digestion and reducing nausea and vomiting.

3)Tender Coconut Water

This is such a miracle drink. I had 1 tender coconut throughout my pregnancy. It helps to cool your body and keeps your refreshing and plump. It helps you stay hydrated.


-Including fresh vegetable soups or chicken soup day in your diet is highly recommended.
-You get the nutrients from the protein and vegetable as well as your water content.
-You can have any soups as you like.
-You can make soups using one veg like tomatoes, carrots or use a combo of all the veggies for added nutrients.
-Cold Soups like tomato gazpacho or cucumber, mint and grape gazpacho can cool you during summer when you dont feel like having hot soups.

5)Buttermilk & Lassi

-Having a glass of buttermilk is must. It is a natural thirst quencher and cools you during summer months.
-You can add mint leaves and salt to buttermilk for more taste.
-Add fruits and honey and make sweet lassi.
It helps in digestion.



-Drinking two glass of milk is must when you are pregnant. 
-It is rich in calcium, proteins and vitamin D which are very essential during pregnancy.
-You can add flavourings like saffron, turmeric, honey, palmsugar, cardamom to it and make it more interesting.


Always keep a bottle of water on hand. Keep drinking it and stay hydrated.


1)Apart from water, fruit juices and other drinks can be had only in moderation.
2)Never drink packaged fruit juices and other packaged drinks. It is packed with preservatives.
3)Never drink aerated soft drinks, it is highly dangerous when pregnant.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

How to Make Slime (DIY) - Fool Proof Homemade Slime Recipe - Homemade Ooze Recipe

My little one used to see these slime videos in youtube. People used to play with it and she really enjoy seeing those videos. Oneday she asked me "Amma, Can you buy me this". I searched all over the internet and all those recipes calls for borox. In my place i couldn't get it, so i ordered it online.




Thursday, 19 May 2016

How to Make Rainbow Crayons - DIY Rainbow Crayons

I came across this idea in pinterest and immediately it made me try. I had lots of bits and pieces of crayons lying around the house. I used all those to make this colourful rainbow crayon. 


Friday, 13 May 2016

Homemade Play Doh Recipe - Play Doh without Cream of Tartar

My little one loves play doh. I used to buy it at stores very often, since my little one throw it at random places and when i find those, it is hard and unusable. So i have to keep buying it often, which i found a waste of money. So i decided to make it at home. 

When i searched online for recipes, most of the recipes has cream of tartar in them. I couldn't get it in my place. So i looked for recipe which dont used them. I came across no cook play doh recipe. which i was not confident enough to try, because i thought it will turn like a chapati dough and would dry up soon. After many research and googling, i finally stopped with this recipe.

I would say this is a fool proof recipe and it is just amazing. Plus you have the satisfication that it is kids friendly. Even if you have the toddler who puts everything in mouth, this is completely safe. This play doh is so soft, easy to work with, long lasting and kids friendly.

You could just put this in a air tight container and store it away for many months. This doesn't get dried up easily as well. So it is easy to work with. Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 2 mins per batch
Makes one medium size ball of playdoh


All Purpose Flour / Maida - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/8 cup
Vinegar - 1.5 tsp
Vegetable Oil - 1.5 tsp
Food Colours as you like
Essence as you like


Take all the ingredients in a sauce pan, mix well. Cook on a low heat till it thickens and leaves the sides of the pan and comes as a nonsticky mass.

Remove it to counter top and cool it down. Now knead it to form a smooth ball.

Once it is cooled, store in a air tight container.

Wash the pan and repeat the process with different colour.


1)Use individual container for each colour, this will prevent staining.
2)After playing, store it in a closed container.
3)If it gets dried, add few drops of water and knead well. So it gets soft again.
4)This will last for many many months, even years.


Take all your ingredients

Take flour in a sauce pan

add in salt

add in water

Add in oil

Add in vinegar

add in food colour

mix well

cook it on a low heat

Cook till it thickens

cook till it leaves the sides of the pan

take it in counter top and cool it down.

Now wash the pan and start with a different colour batch

mix well

cook till it thickens

repeat with diff colours

once it is cooled, store in a air tight container

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