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Counselling sessions for first time mothers

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Having a baby for the first time is an exciting experience. I remember how exciting it was for me over 5 years ago while I was pregnant with the Kiddies. Like most first time mothers to be, it is an experience I can never forget. Having said, the whole pregnancy process is brand new so there is always a bit of anxiety for most new mothers. And for some other mothers to be, the whole period of pregnancy, the thought of child-birth and life after can be pretty scary.

Pregnancy can be so scary for pregnant women, and the fear can even cause problems in your relationship with your spouse/partner, because it may feel hard to describe your feelings. These issues can even cause couples to drift apart, which usually leads to other family issues. Which is why I believe every first time mother should be offered at least one counselling session while pregnant.

 

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First time mothers to be should have counselling sessions

I believe every first time mother to be should be offered some counselling sessions. These counselling sessions should be carried out by a qualified therapist. The sessions can be incorporated with the ante natal classes. I think pregnant women will really benefit from some form of counselling to prepare them for motherhood and the life and body changes that come with it.

There are so many side effects of pregnancy and child-birth no one really talks about. The pregnancy books try to explain them but nothing really prepares you. I read so many pregnancy books, but I remember how shocked I was when I looked at my stomach for the first time after delivery. It didn’t look like mine. It was flappy and looked deflated. So having someone to answer your questions and shed light on issues you may be facing would be a life saver for many mothers to be.

 

Hormones can trigger a mental health issue

Many pregnant women have no idea how the strain of pregnancy will affect their body, mental and physical health. The pregnancy hormones can make women feel more anxious and ‘low’. Some pregnant women develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth, which is referred to as the ‘perinatal period’. Here are some examples of perinatal mental health illness –

  • Perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Antenatal depression
  • Postnatal depression
  • Anxiety
  • Postpartum psychosis
  • Tokophobia (extreme fear of childbirth)
  • Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

 

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I wish I had the opportunity to speak with to a licensed counsellor about my mental health while pregnant for the first time. Being able to speak with a therapist would have answered many of questions and put my mind at rest. And I know many women feel the exact same way. Having that safe place to pour out your mind and speak about what ever issues or feelings you might be having would make the whole pregnancy process a lot easier for many.

 

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think first time mothers to be should have counselling sessions? Please share in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by.

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5 Benefits to Hiring Electricians in San Diego

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Every home in San Diego is bound to experience some electrical problems at some point. For many DIY enthusiasts, their interest and curiosity will eventually lead them to try to perform electrical repairs at home. Even though DIY projects have a lower upfront cost, shoddy, DIY work could cost you much more in the long run including your family, your property and your life.  This is why it is important to call in experienced electricians San Diego to carry out all your electrical work.

 

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Here are 5 benefits to hiring electricians in San Diego.

 

  1. Knowledge and Experience

Hiring an electrician with vast knowledge and experience will give you peace of mind knowing that you can trust their work. Remember, when it comes to electrical repairs YouTube tutorials cannot provide you with sufficient knowledge or experience to diagnose electrical problems and fix them. Electricians in San Diego go through a series of training, tests, and inspections before they can acquire the state license to offer electrical services.

 


  1. Keep Your Family Safe

As a parent, you want to keep your family safe at all times including when they are at home. The Electrical Safety Foundation International estimates that about 51,000 home electric fires occur every year leaving behind a trail of death, injuries and property damage. Faulty wiring and poor workmanship cause many of these fires. Hiring a professional electrician will ensure that safety issues in your wiring are addressed. Protect yourself and your family from electric shock and electrocution by hiring a qualified electrician to handle the dangerous stuff.

 

  1. Your Property Is Protected

Fires are not only dangerous to your family but to your property as well. If you are away from home when a fire starts, it could destroy all your property and the cherished memories you have made in your home. Secondly, poor equipment installation could reduce your home’s efficiency by up to 30%. This means that you will spend more on your electricity bills.

If your home has weak or faulty wiring, the best thing would be to hire an electrician to upgrade your wiring and protect your property from damage.

 

  1. Your Electrical Job Is Done Right the First Time

DIY electrical projects can be very costly in the long run especially if you have not been trained to work with electricity. Work done by an inexperienced individual is not only dangerous but also expensive. You may have to bring in a professional to redo the work later. However, when you hire an electrician to do the job for the first time, you can be sure that he will detect the problem and fix it permanently.

 

  1. Liability When Something Goes Wrong

In the event, the electrician gets injured on the job, who would be responsible for all the damages on the property? Who would bear the medical costs of the electrician? Who would be liable for compensation? This is why you should always work with an insured, certified and licensed electrician in San Diego.  With a licensed electrician, you do not have to worry about unexpected expenditure.

 

保持嬰兒皮膚清潔的重要性

照顧新生兒責任重大,其中有三項重點:包括滿足他們的營養需求,定期清潔護理他們幼嫩的皮膚,並確保他們心理和生理都能夠漸漸適應新環境。在剛出生的頭幾年,嬰兒的身體,特別是皮膚會經歷較多的變化: 包括初始保護層(vernix caseosa)的脫落以及他們膚色的轉變。

 

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考慮到這些皮膚的變化,家長可參考一般護理嬰兒肌膚的方法: 包括每週三次定期洗澡、使用溫和的護膚產品,如aveeno嬰兒護膚品、定期更換尿布、並確保嬰兒居住的環境沒有灰塵或其他污染物。

以下護理嬰兒皮膚的方法:

 

  • 定期沐浴有助嬰兒去除初始保護層,從而保持嬰兒皮膚潔淨。每週沐浴三次除了確保皮膚清潔,還可以預防皮膚乾燥。大多數兒科醫生會建議在初出生幾週內使用普通肥皂和溫水來洗澡,避免刺激性化學物質接觸嬰兒嫩肌。
  • 隨著嬰兒年齡的增長,可能需要轉用某些護膚產品: 包括用於清潔尿布區域的嬰兒濕紙巾,使用嬰兒洗髮水清洗頭髮,以及使用有保濕功效的肥皂。對於皮膚乾燥的嬰兒,使用天然油可能更合適於治療皮膚剝落和一般皮膚不適。
  • 除了嬰兒護膚產品,投資在高品質的尿片並定期替寶寶更換,也是確保健康皮膚的關鍵步驟。家長需確保尿片不會長時間停留在嬰兒的肌膚,主要是因為糞便和尿液會引起刺激,使嬰兒的皮膚生病並容易引發其他潛在的疾病。
  • 家長亦需確保室內環境衛生: 包括定期打掃房間、掃掉灰塵並投放置加濕器以保持空氣濕潤,此舉有助提升嬰兒的整體舒適感。由於嬰兒的免疫系統尚未完全發育,應盡量避免空氣中的灰塵和花粉影響他們的健康。

 

 

 

 

總結

 

在護理嬰兒皮膚方面,家長的考慮需要更全面: 包括他們不斷變化的身體狀況,以及四周圍的環境狀況。當內在和外在都滿足考慮條件時,毫無疑問,擁有潔淨皮膚的嬰兒通常會呈現一個快樂舒適的模樣,並隨著年齡的增長舒心地成長。

除了維持身體健康外,父母和孩子之間的關愛時刻也間接促進了成人和嬰孩皮膚的親密接觸,而形成「袋鼠護理」,為孩子產生更多心理健康上的好處: 包括依戀母親,減少焦慮,增強兒童認知發展,以及促進父母和孩子之間的親密關係。

 

 

 

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The Impact of Having Clean Baby Skin

Taking care of a newborn comes with several responsibilities. This includes meeting their nutritional needs, cleaning their skin regularly, and making sure they are able to adjust to their environment accordingly. During the first years of life, a baby’s body– particularly its skin undergoes several changes. This includes the fact that their body shed their initial protective layers (vernix caseosa) as well as their skin tone generally evening out to adjust to the environment.

 

With these changes in mind, it helps to keep the child’s skin healthy. This includes regular baths three times a week, using gentle products like aveeno嬰兒護膚品, regularly changing their diapers between uses, and ensuring their environment is free from dust and other pollutants.

 

Here are ways on how products and care influence a baby’s skin:

 

  • Regular baths help ensure clean baby skin by helping the body remove its initial waxy protection. Bathing three times a week also ensures that the skin stays clean without necessarily drying it out. Most pediatricians may suggest using plain soap and lukewarm water during the first few weeks to avoid harsh chemicals.

 

  • Eventually, as the baby becomes older certain products may be required as long as they are safe to use. This includes baby wipes for cleaning their diaper areas, using baby shampoo to wash their hair, and using effective soap that helps retain moisture. For babies with dry skin, they may benefit from natural oils which helps treat flaking and general discomfort.

 

  • Aside from skin products, investing in high-quality diapers and nappies plus regularly changing them between usesis a crucial step in ensuring healthy skin. The most important step is for parents to make sure that these diapers don’t stay long after they have been used. The reason for this is because fecal matter and urine can cause irritation which makes the baby sick and prone to potential diseases.

 

  • With these steps in mind, ensuring that their environment stays clean contributes to a baby’s overall sense of comfort. This includes regularly dusting their room and investing in a humidifier to keep the air moist. The reason why cleaning their surrounding environment is needed is because a baby’s immune system has yet to fully develop, making them susceptible to the dust and pollen in the air which could eventually affect their skin as well as their entire bodies.

 

 

Final Thoughts

When it comes to ensuring a baby’s skin is clean and healthy, certain factors need to be taken into consideration. This includes their ever-changing bodies, regular bathing periods, frequent diaper use, and their surrounding environment. When all these needs are met, there is no doubt that a baby with clean skin often presents a happy and comfortable baby who can adjust safely in their environment as they grow older.

Aside from physical health reasons, these moments of care between parent and child also promote skin-to-skin contact or “kangaroo care” which yield several psychological benefits. Some of which include better maternal attachment behavior, reduced anxieties, enhanced child cognitive development, and a stronger relationship between parent and child.

 

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