Tuesday, 26 April 2016

A Complete Guide to Home Pregnancy Test - All About Pregnancy

What an invention is home pregnancy test. Now you don't have to visit your gynecologist each time, you think you might be pregnant. Just test it easily at home and then visit your doc!

How Do Home Pregnancy test work?

The human chorionic gonadotrpphins (hCG) hormone found in a pregnant woman’s urine helps in detection of pregnancy. hCG can be found in pregnant woman urine from approximately 6 to 14 days post fertilization. And it doubles as the days pass.

How to Do Home Pregnancy Test?

Each HPT has its own instructions. You have to follow it carefully. Most of the test has 1 test device and 1 disposable dropper. The urine sample is to be collected in a clean, dry container and dropped with the dropper on the test device. The first urine sample of the day should be used (early morning urine) as it is undiluted with much water. Then wait for 5 mins and check the readings.

How soon you can take a Home Pregnancy test?

You can take a test as soon as you miss your first period date. For some people it may give negative reading because of low hCG level, then wait for few more days and check again. 


Are Home Pregnancy Kit Accurate?

Yes it is 99% accurate. But please make sure that your pregnancy test is not expired.

Points to Follow before Test?

You have to test using the early morning first urine. 
Dont drink water before taking test. 
Always use clean and dry container to collect urine. 
Dont add too many drops of urine, use as mentioned in packet. Patiently wait for the mentioned time to see accurate readings.

How to read it?


If you see one dark line and one faint line, then you are pregnant but you are so early. So you can visit your doctor to confirm your pregnancy.


If you see two dark line then you are pregnant for sure. You can visit your doctor to confirm your pregnancy.



If you see one line. Sorry you are not pregnant. Cheer up!



If you see no line at all, or one line which is mentioned in the wrong area as mentioned in packet. The the test is false or it must be expired. Test with a new kit or use different brand.

I hope i have covered most of the important points and cleared your doubts regarding home pregnancy test. 


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Silverware - Best Feeding Utensil for Babies

I was using silver bowls, spoons, plates & cups to feed my little one until she is 1. My grandma and my mom insisted me to use only silver. I used to think what is in it and why they are forcing me a lot. So i researched about it and i came across so many health and medicinal benefits of silver utensils.

Today we went to visit my hubby's friends house for his daughters annaprasana, we call it as choru ooturathu or Annaprasana. I will write a separate post regarding this function. Now a few pics from maha's annaprasana. 

What is that daddy!
Look at her face after the first bite
Yes i like it!
Okay, now back to the story. We bought silver bowl and spoon for the baby annaprasana. I took a picture of that before giving the gift, because i thought of writing a article regarding silver utensil for baby.

There are so many medicinal benefits in silverware for babies

1)It is naturally bacteria free. So sterlizing is not necessary. Washing it in normal water or hot water is enough. Silverware kills bad bacteria. In ancient time they store water and foods in silverware, this makes the water much pure. 

2) There is a saying, food absorbs the properties of the vessel in which it is served. The warm food absorbs the nutrients from the metals. Thats why drinking water in copper tumblers is a habit of many. Because copper has so many health benefits in them. Same goes to silver, Silver naturally cools our body and keeps food fresh for long time and it boost babies immunity.

3)Silver is the best antibiotic to mankind.

4)It heals wounds with its anti microbial properties.

Facts: Siver coins were thrown in holy water near temples because it purifies the water. Silver coins are added into milk olden days, this keeps the milk stay fresh longer.

Silver spoons was used to detect poison, particularly in the Korean Joseon Dynasty: due to its reactivity, silver tarnishes on contact with sulfur, thus detecting the presence of arsenic sulfides and warning ofarsenic poisoning.- Source Wikipedia

Only now they are using plastic feeding bottles for baby. But in the earlier days they use paaladai or changu for feeding milk and medicines.

Source: india mart
So it is really best to use silverware for babies instead of plastic bowls and feeding bottles, even though it says BPA free & High grade. Silverware is quite expensive, but it will surely last lifelong.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Early Pregnancy Symptoms - All About Pregnancy

First this blog started as a place where i share my little angel maha's pictures and naughty things which she do. Now it is has got into a complete baby blog where i share all about baby, baby care, baby, toddler & kids recipes..Today when i was thinking what to write in this post, i decided to start a entire section dedicated to pregnancy.

I still remember all the stuffs which i went through my pregnancy. So let me start a new section for pregnancy. First topic i am gonna write about is symptoms..

I am sharing my own experience as well my reference from googling. All the images are from google search, just to make this post interesting..

1)Swollen or Sore Breast

This is the first thing you might notice, this is one of the early symptoms. You may feel some pricking sensation as well a heaviness in the breast, specially around the nipple area. You may find your usual bra little uncomfortable, it can be noticed after 4 weeks of conception. Dont worry this is normal and may subside in few months.

Areola Colour darkens a little. This the brown area surrounding your nipples. This is one of the early symptoms. I have read somewhere that this happens because newborns have limited vision and this darkening helps them in locating the nipples.

2)Shortness of Breath

You may feel so tired and even a few foot steps will leave you short of breath. This is because thegrowing fetus need oxygen. This may continue throughout your pregnancy.

3)Fatigue & Tiredness

Feeling sleepy and so tired is one of the early symptoms..It is because of the hormones change in your body. Not to worry, it may vanish after the first trimester.

4)Nausea & Vomiting

This is one of the symptoms which i got. Everyday when i lie on bed and try to get up from bed, i feel that the whole room is spinning. And for me brushing my teeth was the hardest part, i can't even take the brush near my mouth.

It is called as morning sickness. You will be oversensitive to smells and even the smell of tadka can make your vomit. I didn't even enter my kitchen until i was in my second trimester. For me this stopped after my first trimester, but for many people it will continue throughout their pregnancy.

5)Frequent Urination:

You will be visiting the bathroom atleast 15 to 20 times a day, even though you only pee few drops each time.

6)Headaches, Backaches & Cramping:

Due to hormones change you may get headaches often, Back pains will start early and will stay until and after delivery. This is because the ligaments are loosening..Get a snoogle pillow which may comfort you a lot.

7)Food Cravings:

You will be craving for different foods (i started craving for yogurt rice & mango pickle which was the only food i ate until my second trimester). And your most favourite food will turn you off.

8)Constipation & Bloating:

You will always feel full and heaviness in stomach. And going to bathroom will be your worst nightmare. Try to eat bananas and drink lots of water, which might helps.

9)Mood Swings:

Feeling so moody all the time, yelling at your loved one for smallest things. Not to worry, it is all because of hormones change..You will get back to normal soon.

10)Feeling feverish:

Suddenly you feel heat getting all over you and feeling feverish more often, can be a symptoms.

11)Light Spotting:

Not everyone gets this, you may feel little bleeding which will be much more lighter than normal This is because you may actually be experiencing implantation bleeding, where the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall and causes a little bloodshed.

11)Missed Period:

If your cycle is regular and you didn't get your period even after a week, then its time to have a pregnancy test.

Before saying bye, if you think you are having these symptoms, then CONGRATS! go have a pregnancy test right now!

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