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Erasing Stretch Marks

Pregnancy isn't a walk in the park. On top of nausea, back pain, weight gain, and the messy business of giving birth, it also leaves stretch marks that you'll have to deal with months, sometimes years, after delivery. But all hope isn't lost, dear reader, stretch marks usually disappear gradually after child birth. And you're not alone. Fifty percent of pregnant women have to deal with them. These marks, which usually appear in the third trimester, are a result of excessive stretching of the skin. Lucky for you, we've compiled some tips on how to erase stretch marks, naturally.

Natural Remedies for Stretch Marks:

Olive Oil

Rub some olive oil on the affected area at least once a day. It's a long process but you will start to see results after a few weeks. If the stretch marks are on your breasts, exfoliate using raw sugar and almond oil.

Almond Oil or Avocado Oil

Almond oil is high in vitamin E and helps the development of elastin and collagen content of the skin, thereby making it easier for the skin to stretch.

Water

Keeping hydrated with plenty of water makes the skin naturally moisturized and lessens the likelihood of stretch marks developing.

Exfoliant

Scrubbing affected areas with apricot scrub helps in healing stretch marks. You can also use a homemade exfoliant made of oats.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is one of the most common remedies for stretch marks. It's made of the fat extracted from cacao beans, which help moisturize the skin, thereby reducing the marks.

Food Rich in Zinc and Vitamin C

Fruits like oranges, lemons and limes, nuts, fish, milk, and plenty of greens are also helpful in reducing stretch marks.

Exercise

Abdominal crunches or stretching exercises such as yoga help to tone the muscles that are usually affected, significantly decreasing the formation of stretch marks.

The Best Post-Pregnancy Workout and Diet Plan

Can't wait to get back to your pre-baby body? Here are some tips that can help you shed the pounds, and get you feeling good and healthy again. But don't jump in too soon. It's best to wait at least six weeks after giving birth to start any diet or workout plan. If you're breastfeeding, which can help you lose weight too, doctors recommend you wait at least two months before trying to slim down. 

If you're nursing you need at least 1,800 calories a day, some even need more, from 2,000 to 2,700 calories even. To be safe and to ensure your weight loss doesn't interfere with your ability to breastfeed, keep weight loss to a pound and a half a week.

Diet Tips

Incorporate more veggies. Make sure you're getting the proper nutrition while shedding the pounds. Try adapting a mostly vegetarian diet. Make fruit or vegetable smoothies for breakfast for a boost of energy and enough calories to keep you going until lunchtime. 

Cut the fat. A lot of people think that if they cut out the carbs in their diet, they'll lose weight – even if they continue to eat fatty protein and fried food. This isn't the case. Get a good mix of protein and complex carbohydrates in your diet. They'll keep you full for longer and are less likely to make you gain any weight. Choose lean meats instead. Trim the fat off a pork chop, or get skinless chicken thighs or breasts. Fat contains more calories than carbohydrates, so choose wisely. 

Good fat vs. bad fat. Don't eliminate fat entirely from your diet. Be more discerning when it comes to the fats you ingest. Good fats like olive oil, avocado, flaxseed oil, and rapeseed oil are good for the heart and contain omega-3 fatty acids. Stay away from baked goods and food that contains lard or butter. As delicious as they are, they're not worth the extra weight.

 

3 Workouts for Your Post-Baby Body

 

Kegels for your: Pelvic muscles

Step 1: Sit on a bench with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands on your hips.

Step 2: Contract your pelvic muscles like you're holding in your pee.

Step 3: Hold it in for five seconds, then release.

Step 4: Do three sets of 10 to 20 repetitions.

 

Floor & Bridges for your: Hamstrings and butt

Step 1: Lie on your back with your knees bent, your feet flat and arms by your sides.

Step 2: Engage your core, squeeze your butt, and lift off the mat, with your heels pressing into the ground.

Step 3: Hold the pose for three seconds then slowly lower yourself back to the mat. Do one to three sets of 10 to 20 repetitions.

 

Crunch Beat for your: Abs and legs

Step 1: Lie face up on the mat, with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle, your legs lifted and parallel to the floor.

Step 2: Place your hands behind your head with your elbows out. Begin to crunch up while lifting your shoulders off the mat.

Step 3: Extend your legs diagonally upwards, crossing your ankles and extending arms at the same time. Alternate your left and right feet over and under each other for eight times. Do eight repetitions.

Eliminating Fear of Special Education

What’s so special about Special Education?

It is human nature to fear the unknown. What we don’t understand, or know little of, comes across as intimidating when we have limited information about a certain subject. Enter: Special Education. What do we know about it? It is a field usually associated with big words such as, ‘disabilities and disorders.’ 

In the case of a challenging math problem, the first step to understanding it is identifying the variables present. So, let us first define what Special Education actually is. According to the National Dissemination Centre for Children with Disabilities, “Special Education means specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability – including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and other settings.”


A Change Of Heart

Let’s take a brief trip down memory lane to see how people saw Special Education in the past. In the 1700s, people who were disabled were believed to have a certain sickness. Many thought that their condition was something to be cured in order for them to function well in the world. Children with disabilities were kept at home or in institutions.

Thankfully the 21st century is much kinder to persons with disabilities (PWD). Rather than focusing on what made an individual different, society has played a major role in shaping concepts about PWDs. Gone are the days where families hide their loved ones with special needs for fear of ridicule. Instead, people have begun developing centers and schools for children with disabilities. The environment is becoming more open in assisting families with children with special needs, and people have been more sensitive to caring for them as well.

Educational Setting 

At present, there are centers and schools which cater to children with special needs. It is the decision of the parents to place their child in a school exclusively for children with disabilities, or if they prefer to place them in inclusive or mainstream systems of education. To clarify, inclusive schools place the child in classrooms with children with the same chronological age, while mainstream settings place the child according to their abilities.

Special Education is a vast field with the goal to use education to help children with disabilities find their place at home, in school, and in society. It is something to be learned, explored, and appreciated by loving people with big hearts.

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2017
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