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How to cure a headache during pregnancy? 

We’ve compiled a list of the best natural, at-home remedies to relieve your headache as quickly as possible!

by Henna Clark

Headaches are common in the initial months of the pregnancy. It varies from mild to severe, depending upon your health and lifestyle. It is very important that you take foods rich in fibers, antioxidants, vitamin C, CoQ10, and magnesium. You need adequate sleep as well as need to be properly hydrated to counteract its initial development.

Causes

Your body undergoes various changes during the initial months of the pregnancy, such as:

  • Change in hormone levels and volume of blood during the initial months
  • Low blood sugar levels
  • High blood pressure

Apart from these some of the other causes involve:

  • Stress
  • Eyestrain
  • Caffeine withdrawal symptoms for regular coffee drinkers
  • Dehydration due to frequent vomits in initial periods of your pregnancy
  • Migraines
  • Sometimes sinus infections are developed due to common cold, which is common during initial months of pregnancy

 

 

How to cure a headache during pregnancy? This is the question the majority of women ask, and they start taking various medications to get rid of it, which must be avoided. 

Always take the advice of your doctor before taking any medication to treat it, as doctors advice to avoid them. The reason being the unborn baby might get affected by certain medications that might harm their growth.

Aspirin is one of the medications which must be avoided, as it carries the risk of miscarriage and cardiovascular complications on the unborn child. Ergotamines are used for treating migraine pains. However, doctors advise not to use it. It causes birth defects if taken during the initial months of pregnancy.

There are various natural cures for headaches during your pregnancy. Which provides quick relief with no harm to you and your unborn child. The various natural remedies are as follows:

Relieving migraine pains

For migraine-associated headaches, you must avoid noisy surroundings and turn off your lights. Migraine suffering women are sensitive to them. Apart from these, having a sound sleep is also effective in relieving the pain. Sometimes sleep deprivation, less food, and water intake also causes migraines. Make sure you sleep well, regularly drink water, and have adequate food.

Processed and junk foods trigger migraine pains, completely avoid intake of this food to prevent migraines.

Cold compress

Apply an ice pack or towel dipped in cold water in your head while you take a nap. The Cold environment narrows the blood vessels in your head, which helps in providing relief to your headaches.

Warm compress

Apply warm compress on your eyes as well as on your nose for sinus-related headaches.

Consume water

As per the study, drinking enough water and consuming foods rich in water relieves headaches and is a preventive measure for stress and migraine-related headaches. Dehydration alleviates the symptoms of your headache and is the primary cause of migraines and stress-induced headaches.

Magnesium-rich foods

Magnesium controls the blood sugar and improves the blood circulation of the body. It helps in curbing the occurrence of headaches. Consume less magnesium at the beginning as too much intake leads to digestive issues. Some magnesium-rich foods are avocados, dark chocolate, nuts, legumes, tofu, whole grains, etc.

No alcohol

Alcohol dehydrates your body and causes headaches if consumed in excess. Its a strict no for pregnant women.

Adequate sleep

As per the study, people sleeping less than six hours suffered frequent headaches ranging from mild to severe.

Sleeping for seven to nine hours is a must for better health. Lack of sleep not only causes headaches but also has severe health complications. Having an adequate sleep is a natural way to cure headaches.

Essential oils

Essential oils such as peppermint and lavender oil are proven to be effective for headache relief. Apply these oils in your forehead or on your temples for better results. Lavender oil is also better known for relieving migraine headaches.

CoQ10 supplements

CoQ10 or coenzyme 10 is a mitochondrial nutrient that is present in all our cells. It releases energy and provides antioxidant support to the body. As we age, its proportions get reduced, which results in numerous health complications headache being one of them. Taking C0Q10 supplements helps in regaining the lost energy of your body and gets relief in your headache.

Acupressure

Acupressure points in our body are the natural healing points that give us quick relief from headaches. In your feet, locate a gall bladder 41 point between the 4th and 5th finger of your toe. This point is very effective for headaches. Take a deep breath and gently push that point for two minutes. If you find it difficult, then your partner can assist in doing that. For headaches caused due to stress and anxiety, there is another point in your foot called liver three to kidney one. You can locate it in between the thumb and first finger of your foot.

Apart from all these remedies, you need to avoid strong odors and fragrances as it triggers a headache.

The Bottom line is that these remedies have no side effects, and these are safe and efficient ways to treat your headache.

Author Bio:

Henna is a wellness lifestyle writer. She loves sharing her thoughts and personal experiences related to natural remedies, Ayurvedic, yoga and fitness through her writing. She currently writes for How To Cure. She can connect with others experiencing health concerns and help them through their recovery journeys through natural remedies

Sources:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0072975210970127

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15985108

Need help but hate the angst of leaving your children with other people? Call Cherished Cherubs!

 

It’s no secret that modern mums are busy, with so many demands placed on today’s families. Sometimes, we all just need a little help.

Meet Lisa, owner of Cherished Cherubs Babysitting Agency in Perth. She understand these demands and has experienced first-hand the difficulties of balancing work and family life. 

Women of today are expected to work like they don’t have a family and parent like they don’t work. Not all of us have family or friends living close by who we can ask to babysit either. This is where outsourcing can help in a modern household and the main reason for Lisa creating Cherished Cherubs Babysitting.

Whether you need to get some chores done around the house, have an appointment or two to attend, a date night with your partner, or simply want some well-deserved time to yourself, Cherished Cherubs can provide top quality care for your children.

Book online today here!

Cherished Cherubs Babysitting take the work out of you having to ensure your babysitters are experienced, trustworthy and professional. They understand you want all these qualities when you leave your child in a babysitter’s care.

Lisa and her team are very serious about what they do and aim to care for every client’s children like they were their own! 

The office is run by mums, foster mums and grandparents so they get the angst of leaving your children and understand how important it is to have the best people care for your most precious asset. 

“Parenting is tough, amazing, rewarding and I wouldn’t change a thing except asking for more help when I needed it and when it was feeling too much, finding something to break the circuit without feeling guilty, inadequate or weak,” says Lisa.

“Why couldn’t I go and get my hair done? Why didn’t I make time for myself? Those small hours of time out for some self-care, I know now would have made the world of difference to my self-worth but I didn’t want to ask for help.”
 
“I tried to be that super woman and I reckon I was pretty damn good at it but after too many years trying to do it all and be all came the consequences of burn out and simply fed up.”

“It’s not selfish to make yourself a priority.  If you feel guilty about self-care, know this: Taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury—it’s an essential part of being a good mum.”

Every single mums deserves some time to herself to recharge, re-energise and feel ready to tackle the world once again.

For further information, get in contact with the team on 0417 927 525 or at info@cherishedcherubs.com.au so they can arm you with all your options for creating time, space and effortless support for you and your family. You can also check out the website for easy, online bookings.

Elaine Benson of soberhood.com.au speaks out about her struggles with alcohol and wanting to be better for her sonSoberhood is a supportive judgement-free zone aimed at normalizing an alcohol free motherhood. Elaine is a single mother to a mad but beautiful three year old boy, a Cork native living in Sydney, Australia.

Former grey area drinker, I knew alcohol was crippling my life, but I didn’t realise just how much it was damaging my relationships and body until I felt forced to stop.

I had been drinking regularly from about the age of 16 and, my teens and 20’s were hedonistic, to say the least. It was accepted to drink till you blackout and somehow wake up in your bed the next morning not sure of how you got there.

I had some great experiences but mostly it was a blur of alcohol, drugs, anxiety, depression and self-sabotage.

It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I started to question my antics and see that for the most part, I was numbing the pain in my heart. Then when I became a mother and ‘mommy’s special medicine’ became the norm in the evening to ‘relax’, matters deteriorated quickly.

The drinking, coupled with the fact my son was not a fan of sleeping, sent me over the edge.

By the time he was two years old, I was desperately sad and feeling like life was a relentless struggle. My body was inflamed and in constant pain with endometriosis, which was intensified by the drinking.

The relationship with his Dad was in tatters. Like all my previous relationships, our connection was fuelled by alcohol and parties so when our son was born, the already tenuous foundation collapsed.

“I realised at that point that I wanted a better life for us.”

After a particularly heavy night on the booze at my work Christmas party in 2018, I didn’t get long to recover before we set off on a family Christmas holiday, 5 hours drive up the coast of Australia.

It was sweltering in the car, 40 degrees, Christmas traffic was in full swing, my partner and I were arguing and the air con was struggling.

The situation was already stressful and with the hangover from hell, my brain couldn’t cope and I had a panic attack.

My heart was breaking as my beautiful son watched me hyperventilating and crying uncontrollably. He was smiling at me but looking very confused. It must have been so unnerving for him to see his mother so scattered.

I realised at that point that I wanted a better life for us. I wanted him to feel safe and grounded with me. I begged the universe to take the dread away, and in return, I would never drink again.

In an effort to support myself, I listened to quit lit audiobooks repeatedly, I joined closed Facebook support groups, I listened to Tara Brachs life-changing podcast, I went to therapy, I journalled.

I tried to meditate daily, as well as practice mindfulness (which is basically being conscious and aware of your thoughts, feelings and emotions so that you can be better at life!)

I am still on the road to shedding my old skin and discovering what it is to be present to the reality of life, but I have noticed a few shifts, here’s what I’ve found:

I notice stories that are coming up for me

Even as I write now, I can pay attention to my fearful ego saying ‘You’re alone, who are you to think you can do this….’ and on and on the fearful ego goes.

Stories regularly come up around alcohol too ‘I need a drink. It’s boring being sober’. I can notice these stories through awareness and respond by playing the scenario forward in my head. I’ll have one drink, which will turn to 5, I’ll wake up tomorrow and hate myself, I’ll have a hangover which will affect my mood for days, even weeks. I won’t have the energy or desire to play with my son. And I know then, it’s so not worth it.

I can separate from my self-limiting and destructive thoughts and ego

When I catch it in time, I can see the script that is running ‘you’re not good at stuff!’ and interrupt it with loving-kindness ‘you’re doing the best you can’

I procrastinate less

A handy by-product of less self-loathing. If I had written a list that Christmas 2018 of what I wanted to achieve in a year of sobriety, I would have been selling myself way short! Procrastination is fear in sheep’s clothing. I back myself more.

I allow myself to feel my feelings

I am more connected to what is going on in my body (through conscious awareness) so, when I feel the pull of anxiety, sadness, or a craving to drink, instead of swallowing it down and feeling it follow me around for days. I stop, sit, close my eyes, put my hand on my heart and inquire ‘what’s going on for you’ and answer with compassion ‘this is hard for you’ and let the tears (and snot) flow. I always feel better afterwards.

I know I don’t have to believe my thoughts

Understanding that thoughts and emotions are visitors helps let them come and go. I try to frame these thoughts as ‘Negative Protectors’. Our primitive ancestors owe their very existence to the ‘Be careful!’ thoughts, but these days the voices say things like ‘Have a drink, you don’t have to feel this’, when we all know it only delays and worsens the feeling.

Mindfulness practice helps you live with your thoughts without always reacting.

Today as I write this, I am in a much better place mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I attribute that to sobriety and mindfulness. I still struggle, as we all do, that is the human experience. But I have greater reserves to deal with the tough times and they don’t last nearly as long.

As one of my inspirations, Jill Stark puts it,

“Sometimes for the life we want, we have to sacrifice the short-term fix for the long-term rewards. We have to work out what we value the most and put that above the things that take us further away from everything we hold dear. It’s not always easy but jeez it’s worth it”

To learn more about Elaine’s struggle with alcohol and overcoming addiction for the sake of your family visit her website or contact her via email.

Website: soberhood.com.au
Email: elaine@soberhood.com.au

Rebellious, bold, fun, vibrant and utterly lucrative are just some of the words that first come to mind when introducing the “H A R R I E T” Collection.

by Renata Garnier 3am Media

BANTU Fashion was brought to life in September 2017 by African-Australian mother and extraordinaire designer, Harriet Zwaan.

This hard-working mother of four represents Inclusivity and Diversity in the world of la mode. Bantu Fashion offers a selection of ready-to-order, custom-made designs to all women of every colour, figure and taste. The label practises Zwaan’s philosophy of “fashion should be for everyone!” in all aspects.

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When her first collection, touchingly inspired and named after Harriet’s late mother “Miriam”, launched in September 2017, it was bright and loud. We’re talking wild florals, patterns and shapes. The collection was the most astonishing mix of Zwaan’s African background and Australian modernism.

Only 10 months later followed her second collection; the “Winter Capsule”, in July 2018. This collection focused on the corporate circle, with neutral colours and earthy tones of high elegance. Harriet’s baby number four was just 2 weeks old and she was on set shooting her dream designs.

Her African pattern maker with the upmost eye to perfection and detail has yet again turned Harriet’s vision into the most beautiful, colourful, rich, flamboyant masterpieces which were hand crafted, hand beaded and heart-felt connecting with women of around the world.

If that wasn’t enough on your ‘scale of impressive’, fast forward only 12 months, and this super mum entrepreneur stuns everyone with rolling out her surprise collection that you must see to believe possible… And just like that, her collection number three was here!

This most talked about African designer in Australia stands for ‘different’, and in her own right! Her designs are globally inspired, exclusively designed and made in Australia, and exporting to the world. Her ethically made limited edition pieces are unseen and unheard of anywhere else and the quality of her work is unparalleled.

This mumma has been Busy! Her ideas that enter her artistic creative mind, often at night, after the bedtime stories are read, and the last baby feed finished, she dives into the realm of ‘everything fashion’, with hours on end of research, designs and re-designs until perfection is reached, and her meticulous approach to selections of ‘only the best will do’ are out of this world. And that I mean literally! Her suppliers of the most breathtaking pieces, fabrics and details come from the far lands of Russia, New York, Italy, Vietnam, India, Dubai and Thailand.

Passion is Harriet’s adopted middle name and if picture paints one thousand words, you are in for a treat as you emerge into the creations of BANTU Fashion www.bantu.com.au . It is my privilege and pleasure to present you the ever so wild and unpredicted: 

The HARRIET Collection

Amongst these very well-tailored ethically sourced and created pieces you will find wealth of fringe sequin, faux feather, tassel and mirror lace, hand beaded applique to brocade and pleats. The theme is high shine, glitter stretch and cape dresses, deep splits and the fabrics range from rose gold to velvet paper print with almost everything you can imagine in between. I mean, in the routine world of 9 to 5 drill, who wouldn’t be happy to sit out their 8 hours wearing a musical notes business shirt?! We spend majority of our lives at work, and while there isn’t much most of us can do about it, what we Can do, though, is doing it looking fabulous!

But do not translate these extraordinaire pieces into “out of reach luxury”. This collection truly does have something to please anyone, and will take you from your desk to the bar, to Sunday brunch with the girls and your next hot date. Rest assured; you will stand out in the crowd but in the classiest yet comfortable way imaginable.

So, I dare you, explore this new world of the Bantu vivacity that you so far could only dream up. Your wardrobe deserves it and so do you!

Apart from interstate and international reach, the next place to look for this designer’s presence are fashion shows, and for those living in Perth – Bantu’s very first boutique quarters (well, wow!) Oh and did I mention to check out the back of the next bus for the pop of colour only Bantu can convey..?

So, what’s next in that beautiful mind of the most incipient African designer in Australia? Frankly – one never knows! I may have had a sneak peek or two of the ‘next big thing’, but I never kiss and tell, and so, you – our beautiful readers and followers – will just have to wait and see… But one thing I will promise you for certain, you will not be left disappointed…

www.bantu.com.au

 

Role-play is an important part of child development and a way for children to make sense of the world around them. Children start to engage in role-play from around 18 months of age. Understanding why and how children role-play can provide parents with knowledge to best support role-play fun and learning

There are three key role-play categories;

  • Family; Mum, Dad, siblings or pets – allows children to explore different dynamics
  • Character or fantasy; princesses or Spiderman – helps children identify good from bad and encourages bravery
  • Functional or occupational; such as a firefighter, police or doctor, defined by specific actions and not the identity of the character – allows children to learn about their real environment

 

Role-play encourages creativity and imagination. It can provide a safe space for problem solving and support children in developing social skills (how they get along with their peers) and emotional skills (how they react to situations) including empathy, conflict resolution and teamwork. These are all important skills that will serve them in the school setting and other aspects of life.

 

Role-play can assist physical development, engaging children’s motor skills and hand to eye coordination – whether it be dressing or feeding baby or building at the construction site.

Role-play can also have a positive effect on speech and language acquisition – enhancing communication skills with the use of eye contact, turn-taking and listening skills. New words and new characters can combine to build new vocabulary for different events and experiences.

Perth Speech Pathologist and mum of three, Alex Trichilo explains, ‘Role-play is an essential part of a child’s journey to becoming an adult. It gives them the opportunity to practice language that they wouldn’t usually use on a day-to-day basis.

Little land has created a play space that integrates fun and learning, specifically designed for children up to approximately 8 years of age. The play space’s little town has been designed by a team of early childhood educators, paediatric occupational therapists and speech pathologists to offer a creative and educational play experience.Just like visiting the real shops, Little Land’s Little Growers Market is a great place to explore language. The groceries may be ‘big’ or ‘small’, or you can search for items starting with a certain letter. Visiting Little Land’s construction site can promote language in lots of ways too by modelling verbs – stack, dig, build, bang.

A little tipdon’t be afraid to use something to imitate something else. Blocks can be used as pet food and cardboard boxes are only limited by your little one’s imagination! Using items to represent other items is known as Symbolic Play and is a critical aspect of play development.

Alex says, ‘Role-play is an ongoing skill throughout childhood and is a fantastic activity for developing play at all developmental stages.’

 

‘It is important to see the progression from children playing by themselves, to playing next to other children, and then to playing in an organised way with each other in groups.’

Little Land also offers Sensory Sessions, developed in consultation with the Autism Association of Western Australia – a low stimulus environment to support the needs of children with Autism and specific sensory needs. Limited to 15 Wanderers, the Sensory Sessions incorporate additional materials including the ‘Going to Little Land’ storybook to help prepare your child before your visit, and play sequence guides to further support play and learning.

Play sessions are 90 minutes and run at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm Tuesday through to Saturday.

Book your play session at www.littleland.fun

 

 

 

Whether you’re trying for a baby or actually pregnant, there are endless worries every preparing mother goes through. What’s happening to my body? Should it be doing that? Just how is this baby going to get out of me?

Birth planning can be one of the most daunting and overwhelming tasks in your pregnancy journey.

The people around you may offer well-meaning advice, whether you asked for it, or not.

The internet is also a place many of us go for information, but how do you know what you’re reading is safe and accurate advice?

Epworth Freemasons has been a leader in maternity services for nearly 30 years. The private hospital prides themselves on the level of care patients receive before, during and after the birth of your child. Their midwives have decades of clinical and hands-on experience with mothers and newborns.

Birth suite Nurse Unit Manager, Narelle Tunks, is the clinic’s spokesperson. Narelle highlights the unconscious danger women face when relying on online sources for birthing information. 

“The problem is that often what they find may not be safe or accurate. It can also lead to unnecessary concerns, because what they’re reading doesn’t relate to their specific circumstances.”

Epworth Freemasons give crucial advice on staying healthy during pregnancy, what to expect in hospital and the days following birth. They even run refresher classes for grandparents!

The specialised midwives of Epworth Freemasons have collectively pooled their knowledge to produce a series of short informative videos. The clips cover some of the most frequently asked questions about pregnancy, birth and beyond. Families can access these videos wherever and whenever needed, via their mobiles.

‘We know it can be pretty daunting leaving hospital with a precious newborn and hope that these videos can serve as a handy reminder, from a trusted source, on some of the things you need to know.’

If you do have any questions during and after your pregnancy always make sure to consult your midwife or obstetrician. There are no stupid questions. Narelle emphasises “We want you to be healthy and feel supported through this truly amazing time in your life.”

For discover the series of videos, head to https://landing.epworth.org.au/maternityvideos