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Pregnancy is the beginning of a new phase for parents, especially the mother due to the fact that a life grows in her womb for 9 months and becomes the centre of attraction and all the happiness for the rest of her life. Sperm and ovum fusion goes through a lot of rapid physical changes to grow from a zygote to a full grown foetus, ready to pop out at anytime after 9 months.

A pregnant woman needs to be super alert about her health and nutrition especially during the first 3 weeks to three months. Pregnant woman health must be the top priority as it directly affects foetus growth and health. Though zygote is a tiny spot at 3 weeks, its sex is determined while it gets cozily implanted in the uterus. Hence it is important not to take a lot of physical and mental stress as it could lead to irreversible damages.

Since the beginning, pregnant woman needs  take folic acid and calcium supplements as foetus’ skeletal structure including spinal cord begins to form in the initial stages. Babies grow rapidly from the1st week to 12th week evolving into proper human shape while various other body parts such as fingers and nails continue to form and grow.

From the second trimester, pregnant woman must start on taking iron supplements and continue with calcium supplements. It is just not vitamin supplements, foetus growth requires all essential nutrients in order to become a health baby within the span of 9 months.

The journey doesn’t end at giving birth to a child, but a greater responsibility comes along the way to take care of a totally dependent life which cannot survive without proper nutrition and care. For the first 6 months, babies solely depend on milk i.e. breast milk or formula feeding (if breast milk supply is low).

Babies need to be breastfed at least for the first 6 months as breast milk is full of essential nutrients, antibodies and antioxidants for which there is no equivalent. New mothers need to breastfeed babies for every two to three hours; however sometimes babies may go through cluster feeding phase where they cling to mother's’ breasts for more frequent feeds.

Since it could be extremely tiring for mothers, following 7 tips for cluster feeding would help in the process.

  • Understand that cluster feeding is a natural phenomenon and nothing wrong with the baby.
  • Know that they do not last long and seek medical help for prolonged feeds.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and try to enjoy the process.
  • Be in a comfy position with something to read or watch during the feeds.
  • Be aware that these feeds help in improving breast milk supply.
  • Shift breasts every few minutes once baby is completely fed on one breast for relief and increased milk flow
  • Get plenty of rest, eat and drink healthy to ensure that baby is getting all the milk that she is craving for.

These tips would come in handy for all clustering feeding sessions and make them more enjoyable and satisfying ones.

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