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Newborn Twins

Congratulations for your newborn twins. In this article you will find information about newborn twins.

Early Days of Twins:

Your newborn babies have very little head control, so yo need to make sure they are well supported. Sometime  newborns noises  are very loud, if your baby get upset and cry, they will not share tears this conditions happens mostly in early days to months. Your babies may look more pink because of the higher blood count in their bodies, but immature circulation may leave their hands and feet cold.  Babies cannot easily control their temperatures and can overheat, so the number of blankets required depends on the that time’s temperature. Your babies may still have Vernix ( waxy coating) in the creases of their ears, arms and groin. This waxy coating protects their skin in the womb and come away after their few baths. Babies often have skin imperfections, tiny white spots, or little rashes that gradually disappear. Flat pink or red spots at the base of babies necks or over eyelids are commonly referred to as stork bites. They may more noticeable when your babies cry, but will fade over time.

      Your tiny twins will look a bit squished for the first few days until they uncurl, this is changes in weekly to monthly.  Your baby sleep a lot initially because they have habit to sleep in womb that habit continuous outside the womb also. , giving you time to study them in detail and you will also get good sleep and rest well. During this period babies will cry more because they don,t know the difference between day and night and also due to hunger. They do not know when should take milk and at the same time they want to sleep also. In this situation you need more patience and try to feed and calm them by cuddling them. You should feed them after every 2 hours. Set time so child will not  cry more.

Head Shape:

The shape of your babies heads will depend, to an extent, on the birth, caesarean babies will have rounder heads than those born vaginally. Laying your babies on their backs to sleep may accurate uneven head shapes, but this is necessary to prevent cot death. Once your babies gain head control their head shapes will even out. Your babies have two soft spots on the top of their head called fontanelles, which are spaces between the growing skull bones. These fuse as your babies grow. You may see it pulsating from time to time, but this is normal. If you notice that your babies fontanelle have sunk, contact your GP or Doctor or midwife, as it could be sigh of serious dehydration.

 Umbilical cord:    

Your twins will each have an umbilical cord or stump where their cords where cut. You will need to keep these ares clean and dry to prevent infection. When the cord fall off, after a week or two, you will see your tummy buttons.

For spot and differences in twins, dressing them in different cloths, this will  helps them to develop their own individual identity.

Delicious soups and stocks for babies and toddlers!!!

The soups are very nutritious and easy meals for babies and toddlers. It is ideal at tea time when the time is limited and energy levels are low for both mother and child. In this article, you will read delicious recipes of different soups.  All recipes are suitable for home freezing. I have not included salt in any of my recipes. This is because young babies should not have salt added to any of their meals as it can be harmful to their immature kidneys. Salt is naturally present in all materials which I am using during the preparation of soups. This is the best baby food.

Many soups require vegetable stock and chicken stock during preparation.

#Vegetable Stock: –  Quantity: 1 Liter

 Materials: 1. Medium onion peeled and chopped, 2 carrots chopped, 2 sticks of celery trimmed and

sliced,  green top of leek chopped, 1.5-liter water.

Preparation Method: 1. Place all the ingredients in a large lidded saucepan, bring to boil,  then low the heat

and cover the saucepan with lid. Boil this for half an hour.

2. Strain the stock into a jug, discarding the vegetables, then cover and leave to cool.

3. Use the stock for the preparation of different soups.

This stock is very useful in different soups preparation.

 

#Chicken Stock:- Quantity: 1 liter

Materials: 1 chicken tray, 1 onion peeled and chopped, 1 carrot chopped, 1 stick celery, 1 leek chopped, 2-liter water.

Preparation method: 1. Place all the ingredients in a large lidded saucepan, bring to boil, cover it with a lid. Lower the heat and keep the boiling for 1 hour.

2. Strain the stock into a jug, discarding the cooked chicken and vegetables, then cover it and leave to cool.

3. Use the stock for the preparation of different soups.

You can store all these preparations in the freeze.

This is homemade tomato sauce, which is less in salt and sugar. Multipurpose useful for all dishes and children will like it.

Home made tomato sauce

Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party
This recipe is from www.thepost

Ingredients

  • tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 400g can plum tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried herbs parsley, oregano or basil

Note

From www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion and garlic until soft.
Step 2
Add the tomatoes and chopped herbs. Stir well, on medium flame boil it for 15 minutes.
Step 3
Stir it occasionally, simmer the heat now for 15 minutes. When cooled mash it or blend it as per your preference.
Step 4
You could freeze small amounts of sauce in plastic tubes. Please consume it within seven days.

Fish stock:

Fish stock

Serves 1.1L
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Allergy Fish, Shellfish
Meal type Soup, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion (sliced)
  • 5-6 black peppercorns
  • fresh herbs (parsley or coriander stalks, tarragon leaves)
  • 115g white button mushrooms (sliced)
  • 900g white fish bones (rinsed)
  • 2l water

Note

Use for soups or sauces or freeze for future use. Remember to label carefully.

www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Put all the ingredients into a large lidded pan. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and leave to simmer gently for 20 minutes.
Step 2
Any scum that rises to the surface should be skimmed off and discarded.
Step 3
Strain the stock through a fine sieve and taste. You may wish to reduce it further to get the flavour.
Step 4
If necessary, simmer in an open pan until you are happy with the taste.

 

Postnatal depression to mother

One in the 10 new mothers is affected by Postnatal Depression (PND) or baby blues. This happens because of changes in hormonal concentrations which generally affects after delivery.

This depression can remain for certain day or months and sometimes a year also. It can make you feel low, unsure of yourself, exhausted, vulnerable, extra sensitive, unable to make decisions, disturbed. This depression can not recognise immediately in yourself. But you can overcome on that by discussing with your partner or Doctor or midwife or counsellor. Do not shy or hesitate to share your problems. Talking with other mums, especially who have experienced this depression can also help for your recovery.

Factors that increase the risk are:

  • Previous history of depression.
  • Unsporting partner.
  • Premature baby.
  • Recent stress like accident or death in the family.

How common is it?

Around 1 in every 10 women has PND after having a baby. Without treatment, it can last for months, or rarely years.

What are the symptoms of PND?

  • Depressed

You feel low, unhappy and wretched for much or all of the time. You may feel worse at particular times of the day, like mornings or evenings. Occasional good days give you hope but they are followed by bad days which make you despair.

  • Irritable

You may get irritable with other children, occasionally, with your baby, but most often with your partner. He or she may well not understand what is happening.

  • Tired

All new mothers get pretty weary, but depression can make you feel so utterly exhausted that you feel physically ill.

Even though you are tired, you can’t fall asleep. You wake at the crack of dawn, even if your partner has fed the baby overnight.

  • Not hungry

You lose your appetite and forget to eat, which can make you feel irritable and run down. Some people eat for comfort and then feel bad about putting on weight.

  • Unable to enjoy anything

You find that you can’t enjoy or be interested in anything.

  • Sex

Your partner may want the comfort and intimacy of sex again – but you’re just not interested. Of course, there are other reasons to lose interest in sex after having a baby – it may be painful, you may be too tired, or you may be just trying to adjust to the new situation – but PND will take away any desire or enthusiasm. If your partner does not understand this, they may feel rejected.

  • Unable to cope

PND can make you feel that you have no time, can’t do anything well and that you can’t do anything about it. You may find it hard to organise a routine with your baby.

  • Guilty

Depression changes your thinking and makes you see things negatively. You may feel guilty, useless or that you are responsible for feeling like this.

  • Anxious

You may worry so much that your baby might scream, or choke, or be harmed in some way that you are afraid to be alone with him or her. Instead of feeling close to your baby, you may feel detached. You can’t work out what your baby is feeling, or what your baby needs.

Even if you have strong loving feelings for your baby, you can still feel anxious. Most new mothers worry about their baby’s health, but PND can make this overwhelming. You may worry:

  • That you might lose your baby through an infection, mishandling, faulty development or a ‘cot death’
  • About ‘snuffles’, or how much weight your baby is putting on
  • If your baby is crying or is too quiet, or if they have stopped breathing
  • That you might harm your baby
  • About your own health

You may find that you need reassurance all the time from your partner, the health visitor, the GP, your family or a neighbour. You may feel panicky – your pulse races, your heart thumps and you may feel that you have heart disease or are on the brink of a stroke. You may wonder if you have some dreadful illness, or if you will ever have any energy again. The fear of being left alone with all this can cause even the most capable person to cling desperately to their partner, not wanting to be left alone.

Go for regular exercises and yoga which give you relief from this depression. Discussion with your partner or people whom you are close.

Common Questions and Answers based on PND:

Doesn’t everybody get depressed after having a baby?

No. About half of new mothers will feel a bit weepy, flat and unsure of themselves on the third or fourth day after having a baby. This is known as the ‘baby blues’, and it passes after a few days.

When does PND happen?

Most cases of PND start within a month of giving birth, but it can start up to six months later.

What causes PND?

We don’t know enough to be sure who will or won’t get it. There is probably no single reason, but a number of different stresses may add up to cause it. You are more likely to have PND if you:

  • have had depression (especially PND) before
  • do not have a supportive partner
  • have a premature or sick baby
  • lost your own mother when you were a child
  • have had several recent life stresses – bereavement, unemployment, housing or money problems

Even so, PND can start for no obvious reason, without any of these stresses. And having these problems does not mean that you will definitely have PND.

What about hormones?

Levels of oestrogen, progesterone (and other hormones to do with conception and birth) drop suddenly after the baby is born. It’s not clear exactly how they affect your mood and emotions. No real differences have been found between women who do and do not get PND, and research does not suggest that this is a major reason for depression. Hormone changes may be more important in the baby blues and puerperal psychosis.

 

After the baby has arrived:

  • DO tell someone about how you feel. Many other women have gone through the same experience. If you don’t feel you can talk to your family or friends, talk to your health visitor or GP. They will know that these feelings are common and will be able to help.
  • DO take every opportunity to get your head down. See if you can cat-nap. Your partner can give the baby a bottle-feed at night. If you like, you can use your own expressed breast milk for this.
  • DO eat well. Healthy foods like salads, fresh vegetables, fruit, fruit juices, milk and cereals are all nice, packed with vitamins and don’t need much cooking.
  • DO find time to have fun with your partner. Try to find a babysitter and get out together for a meal, a show or to see friends.
  • DO let yourself and your partner be intimate if you can: at least kiss and cuddle, stroke and fondle. This will comfort you both and lead to the return of full sexual feelings sooner. Don’t feel guilty if this takes some time.
  • DON’T blame you or your partner: life is tough at this time, and tiredness and irritability on both sides can lead to quarrels. ‘Having a go’ at each other will weaken your relationship when it needs to be at its strongest.
  • Don’t be frightened by the diagnosis. You know what is wrong, that many others have had the same experience and that you will get better in time. Your partner, friends or family can be more helpful and understanding if they know what the problem is.

During PND try these healthy recipes which will help you to go back to the normal routine as soon as possible.

Lentil Soup

Serves 2
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Bread, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack, Soup
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 275g brown or green lentils (small variety)
  • 100ml Extra virgin oil
  • 1 Medium onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 Small Garlic (thinly sliced)
  • 1 carrot (sliced)
  • 400g chopped tomatoes (or 1 can)
  • 1 heaped tablespoon Tomato puree
  • 1l Hot water (vegetable or chicken stock)
  • fresh black pepper
  • salt to taste

Note

This recipe is written by www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Rinse the lentils, drain them and put them in a large bowl with water cover it. Soak this lentil for 10 minutes. This will give nice texture to the soup.
Step 2
After soaking ,strain it, discard the water and keep aside the lentil. Now take a pan add oil, garlic, onion saute until translucent. Now add lentils, carrots, tomatoes, tomato puree, green herbs and stock or hot water, stir it properly.
Step 3
Add pepper and salt to taste. Bring it boil for 20 to 25 minutes until the lentil becomes soft or cooked. Stir well, add green herbs on top and serve hot. This is tasty and nutritious soup for all ages.

Breakfast oats

Serves 4 adults
Prep time 10 minutes
Allergy Milk, Peanuts, Wheat
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
From book Taster recipies

Ingredients

  • 150g High fibre porridge oats
  • 25g dried cranberries
  • 50g dried apricots (chopped)
  • 25g sultanas
  • 300ml apple juice (unsweetened)
  • 8 tablespoons low fat natural yoghurt
  • 100g bluberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 100g rasberries (fresh or frozen)

Note

Healthy recipe for all. It contains 294kcal/ portion.

Directions

Step 1
Mix the oats, cranberries, apricots and sultanas in a large bowl.
Step 2
Stir in apple juice. Cover and pop in the fridge for overnight.
Step 3
In the morning, share the mixture between 4 bowls. Spoon 2 tablespoon of yoghurt on each serving and add blueberries and raspberries in each bowl.

White Bean Soup

Serves 4
Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Dietary Diabetic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Soup, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Formal Party
This recipe is written by www.thepostnatal.com.

Ingredients

  • 400g cans butter beans 3 cans (drained and rinsed)
  • 900ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 6 tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • salt (to taste)
  • fresh black pepper (to taste)

Note

This healthy and nutritious recipe have 150 calories per servings.

This recipe is given by www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Put the beans and stock in a medium saucepan, bring to boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.
Step 2
Now remove one third of beans in another pot. Remaining beans you can mashed it by blender or food processor into fine pure. Now mixed the beans the and pure into one saucepan.
Step 3
Add olive oil in the saucepan, add garlic then fry gently till golden color appears. Now add chopped tomatoes and simmer it fir 5 to 8 minutes.
Step 4
Stir the mixture meanwhile. Add salt, black pepper and coriander mix well, stop heating. Serve hot.
Step 5
Instead of cans beans, you can also used dried beans approx 500gms, just by soaking it into water for overnight. Drain it and cooked into water for 20 minutes in pressure cooker or 40 to 50 minutes in microwave or on hob. Till it becomes soft for pure.

 

But you can overcome from this problem definitely!!! All the best to you.