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Being pregnant doesn’t mean giving up your personal style but there is really no need to spend big on maternity clothes! You can get a lot of mileage out of what’s already in your closet.

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All you need is a nip here, a tuck there and some nifty styling tricks.

Here are a few tips on how to dress during pregnancy.

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1. Kimonos

Kimonos are a staple in the wardrobe on any given day, and they have been especially fun throughout my pregnancy.

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There are so many ways on how to wear kimonos during pregnancy, but the most important maternity style tip that I can give you, is to keep your outfit simple and let the kimono do the statement. They’re great for when I’m working and also great in your early pregnancy to cover up your questionable and not-yet-cute bump.

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2. Jeggings

Good for the first trimester, and maybe second. Even if you’re not showing, you might get bloated early on, and feeling uncomfortable is a very common feeling. If you have ever been pregnant, you know what it is like to try to find fashionable clothes that fit and are comfortable. Jeggings are sure to be your knight in shining armour.

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3. Bodycon Dresses

Good for: Second and third trimesters. Bodycon is fun, no matter the length — it adds a little diversity to your wardrobe (essential in these trying times!) and adds a little more coverage if you’re not one to show off your body.

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4. Comfy Flats

Pregnancy isn’t always easy on your feet. A little baby weight can lead to swelling. In such circumstances, a pair of comfortable shoes can do wonders. You require the right kind of pregnancy footwear to not only give you comfort but also keep your baby safe.

CREDITS: This article is written by Olaoluwa Oloyede


Things To Do When Travelling With A Person Living With Disability

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Traveling with persons living with disability has become easier these days thanks to modernisation and technology. However, people who are travelling with persons living with disability must still be equipped with the do’s and don’ts for persons with special needs.
Here are some of the tips that you must consider when you are travelling with a special needs person.

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1.Carefully choose your destination

Some destinations may be good for ordinary persons but may not be fit for persons with special needs. An ordinary person might transfer to places, climb stairs and walk a lot, but a disabled person may find it hard to do such. Therefore, you must carefully plan your destination and the route that you will take on your trip.

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2. Book ahead of time

If you are going on an air travel, you need to book your flight ahead and inform the staff of the airline that you are traveling with a person with special needs. With all those luggage checks, long lines and exhausting waiting time, you might probably want to proceed through the lines prioritizing persons with disabilities.

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3. Do your research

Always remember that persons with disabilities are prioritized in almost everywhere. They are given a number of privileges in hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, and other facilities due to their disability. They are also provided with amenities and lanes solely for them to provide them with the convenience that they actually deserve. So do your research to discover some of these places and do not hesitate to take advantage of them.

4. Consult a doctor

Certain activities and environment can be prohibited for a particular disabled person. Therefore, you must first consult a doctor if your trip will likely cause any harm to your companion with special needs. Besides, not all medical remedies for persons with disabilities can be easily available at the place of your destination so it is always better to bring with you additional pieces of medicines that will be prescribed by the doctor.

Stay in accessible areas

If you are traveling with a disabled person, avoid staying and going into remote areas or to places that are far from the capital or center of your destination. Always assure that your location is close enough to establishments and hospitals so that, in case there will be an emergency, it will be easier for you to bring your companion and provide them with the medications that they might need.

Here Are 6 Reasons Why You Wake up At night

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Waking up in the night is a pain. Whether it’s because you’re anxious, need the use the convenience or have simply had a nightmare, it disrupts your sleep hugely. And once you’ve woken up, it can be surprisingly difficult to get back to sleep. But why are you really waking up? It turns out that there are various things you can do to reduce your chances of waking from your slumber in the middle of the night.


1.You have eczema

Eczema sufferers often find their skin becomes very itchy at night, and this can often make it difficult to sleep. Consult a skin specialist who will be able to give you medication to treat the problem.


2.You urinate often

It’s normal during pregnancy for women to feel the need to urinate during the night, but if you’re not pregnant and this happens to you a lot, you may have Nocturia. For most people, urine production should be low at night. Avoid drinking too much in the evening, particularly, diuretics like tea and coffee.

3.You’re drinking too much alcohol

You may think a couple of glasses of wine will help you sleep, but it can often lead to disrupted sleep in the night. Try and stop drinking a while before bed to give your body time to metabolise the alcohol first.


4.Your bedroom is too hot or too cold

Sleeping in a room that has the wrong temperature can make it harder for you to sleep and stay asleep. The room temperature for proper sleep is between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius.

5.You’re too stressed

If you’re stressed out and it’s disrupting your sleep, make sure to find time to unwind and de-stress before bed. Listen to relaxing music or try a colouring book or other mindful activity.

6.Your bed is too firm

While you might not feel comfortable on a particular bed sleeping on one that’s too firm can create pressure in your hips, shoulders and lower back. Make sure your bed works for you by getting one from a company that allows you a trial period.

5 Interesting Ways To Use Yoghurt For Your Skin

Yoghurt has been consumed all of over the world for years. It is very nutritious, and eating it regularly may boost several aspects of your health. The eating side of yoghurt is what everybody knows about. Yoghurt is also perfect for your skin.

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1.Reduces Wrinkles 

As you grow older, your skin begins to show signs of ageing. You can deal with these wrinkles using a yoghurt scrub on a weekly basis. You mix several spoons of yoghurt and oats and stir to get an even consistency and apply it all over your face.

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2. Reduce dark circles

A sleepless night is one of the causes of dark circles. Using yoghurt can help reduce them. Dip the cotton balls in the yoghurt and use it to subtly dab under your eyes. You can do this for 10 minutes and rinse.

3. Treats skin infections

If you are looking for an all-natural remedy for skin infections, then you should use yoghurt. Apply the yoghurt to the infected area using a gauze to dap it. You should repeat this procedure twice a day till the infection goes away.

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4. Moisturizes skin

If your skin needs a boost of moisture, you can try using a yoghurt face mask to rejuvenate your skin.

5. Combat acne

Yoghurt is very effective in ridding your face of acne. You simply apply the yoghurt to affected areas and ensure that you do not touch other parts of your so that it won’t spread. Additionally, it is advisable for you to apply it overnight.

How a mobile health platform is reducing maternal deaths in Nashik.

(How Nigeria can improve Maternal Mortality)

Through screening, identification and tracking of high-risk pregnancy, Maatritva aims to prevent complications in the health status of pregnant women.

The first pilot of Maatritva, designed in regional language with an option to be used without the internet, was launched on the August 5, 2016, in Primary Health Centre (PHC) of Amboli of rural Maharashtra with eight sub centres under it. The midwives used the platform to record the medical information of the pregnant women in the antenatal clinics conducted by them. “Since the platform records the antenatal data of the women, it automatically identifies the women who are ‘at-risk’ and ‘high-risk’. The platform assists them with decision making and highlights to them the cause of the risk so that the women can be counselled accordingly.

On April 2017, based on the result and outcome of the pilot in the Amboli PHC, Maatritva was scaled across five talukas of Nashik district along with the district health office. 175 users including the Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM), Multipurpose Worker (MPW), Supervisors and Medical Officer (MO) were trained to use the platform by Maatritva, in March 2017.  “A live demo and hands-on sessions are organised by us where the midwives were informed about the purpose of the Maatritva platform, and were trained on every feature and functionality of the platform. A manual booklet was given with details of the process to refer at any point in time,

The pilot is monitored for issues, with one dedicated person supporting the midwives in using the application. Maatritva also involves other health workers such as the Asha workers, who visit the houses of pregnant women once a reminder is sent to them through the application. When the lady is identified as ‘high risk’ by the midwife, she is referred to a medical officer at a higher level of facility who then examines and confirms the risk status of the women. Along with this, the administration is equipped with a dashboard to monitor the near real-time data indicating the functioning of the health facilities.
After the users were completely trained, by August 2017, Maatritva was scaled to the district level with all 15 blocks of the Nashik district now using the application.

Maatritva presently has over 1,000 active users, over 500 midwife users, and has screened more than 13,000 pregnant women. In addition to the existing platform, in the future, the trio intends to build various other features in the platform – a referral module, information escalation module, and birth preparedness module.

“The primary channel is to pilot and approach various stakeholders by means of reference or recommendation by the current customers. Apart from this, we are also exploring opportunities where various organisations can be consulted for their CSR projects and for help in streamlining and implementing Maatritva,
From high-risk pregnancy identification to mapping referrals to concerned facilities, Maatritva has opened ways for birth preparedness by getting the efforts of all players involved in delivering the maternal health services in sync. Besides, the application has not only emphasised on the need to identify high-risk pregnancies but has also given significance to identifying and monitoring the ‘at risk’ pregnant women. Thus, saving time and averting possible complications.


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5 Foods Nursing Mothers Must Avoid

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You spent the last nine months streamlining what you eat and drink in order to ensure that what you put in your stomach does not affect your baby’s development. Now that you are nursing your baby, you still have to be careful of what you eat. It is, therefore, essential that mothers maintain regular meals when breastfeeding to acquire important nutrients and also to increase their breast milk. Regardless, we share some foods women should avoid while breastfeeding.

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You don’t need to abandon fish completely, but you need to be selective about what types of seafood you eat. Some fishes can be high in mercury, which can find its way into your milk supply. So, before you eat any fish especially the packaged ones, ensure it does not have mercury.

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2. Alcohol

Alcohol can get into your breast milk and can negatively affect your child. It is advisable to avoid it but if you have to drink, it will take 1-2 hours for it to dissolve. That means you have to wait for that number of hours if you do not want to feed your baby with breast milk mixed with alcohol. Just don’t drink alcohol.

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3. Caffeine

For women who love coffee, they have to wait after breastfeeding before they resume drinking it. It’s important to know that caffeine also finds its way into your breast milk. If this is the case, your baby’s body will be unable to process the caffeine as quickly as an adult’s body. You do not want to keep your baby awake.

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4. Garlic and ginger

Garlic and ginger can smell in your breastmilk. If you find that your baby is reluctant to nurse, it may be because you have eaten garlic or ginger.

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5. Dairy products

Normally, breastfeeding your baby with milk or other dairy products in the early stages of breastfeeding is not encouraged. It can affect the full development of your baby.  So, you should avoid downing milk or any other dairy products.

4 Reasons ICM is One of the Best Things to Happen to Lagos

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ICM (Ikeja City Mall) is a shopping center located at Alausa in Ikeja, Lagos State. It’s the first of its kind on the mainland metropolis of Lagos and includes specialist facilities for department stores, banks, cafes, bars, restaurants and hairdressing/beauty salons as well as a 5-screen cinema for movie viewing pleasure. There are many reasons why ICM is one of the best things to happen to Lagos but we will share 4 of these reasons.

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1.It’s Easily Accessible

Aside having multiple entrances, ICM is in a relatively centralized location on the Mainland metropolis of Lagos which makes it easier to access from any location on the Mainland. This works well for many considering the center is a hub for engaging and relevant commercial as well as leisure activities (as highlighted earlier).

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2. It’s a Hub for Commercial Activities

The shopping center is home to over 90 stores which include restaurants to enjoy varieties of delicious meals, fashion outlets for clothes and accessories shopping, a large groceries store packed full of an array of groceries and household items from different parts of the world, hair and makeup stores, banks, pharmacies, specialist clinics and even spas for catering to your body and health, as well as gadget shops for the sale and repair of varieties of gadgets and gadget accessories, etc.

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3. It’s a Great Place to Relax and Unwind with Family and Friends

With so many facilities offering the promise of various interesting and engaging activities, ICM is indeed a great place to meet up with family/friends and have a good time, it was after all created with the aim of becoming a destination point that caters for all members of the family. Be it morning or night, there is something to do at every point in time for every type of person.

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4. It’s Home to a Number of Local and International Brands

This is great because it makes it easier to get products directly from the brand owners, thus reducing, if not totally eliminating the risk of purchasing fake or counterfeit items

5 Hacks To Deal With Yellow Teeth

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Changes in the colour of your teeth may happen gradually. Some yellow colour may be inevitable. Teeth can look more yellow especially as you age. As the outer enamel wears away, the yellow dentin underneath becomes more visible. So, if you are looking to fix your teeth, we share 5 ways to do this.

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Bleaching performed by your dentist is really not the best way to whiten your teeth. This is because dentists use products that contain hydrogen peroxide. To protect your teeth, the dentist will protect your gums, tooth enamel, and the rest of your mouth from damage during the procedure, which lasts for about an hour.
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2. Adjust your lifestyle

Tobacco, with its tars and nicotine, is one of the major causes of yellow teeth. Tobacco use, along with consuming certain foods and drinks, such as red wine, dark sodas, coffee, and tea, can stain teeth and cause them to yellow.

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3. Proper brushing
One of the best ways to prevent teeth from yellowing any more than normal is to take proper care of them. Keep up with brushing and flossing, and use toothpaste that’s not too abrasive.
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4. Quit grinding teeth
One surprising contributor to yellowing teeth is grinding. If you’re a chronic teeth grinder, the extra stress could contribute to ageing and yellowing of the teeth.
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5. Lemon, orange, or banana peels

Rubbing lemon, orange, or banana peels on your teeth will make them whiter. It’s believed that the compound d-limonene, which is found in some fruit peels, will help to whiten your teeth. Gently rub the fruit peels on your teeth for about two minutes. Make sure to thoroughly rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth afterwards.

6 Foods You Should Not Eat For Breakfast

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For some people, starting their day with breakfast is a proven recipe for having a good day. Breakfast provides the body with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients required to feel vibrant. However, there are some foods you should totally stay clear of if you really want to start off your day the right way.

Here are 6 of such foods:

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1.Flavoured yoghurt

Flavoured yoghurt contains sugar and sweeteners. In fact, these yoghurts can have more sugar than your regular soft drink. Taking flavoured yoghurt can shoot up your cravings for sweet items much later in the day.

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2. Bananas

Bananas may seem like a great choice for breakfast because it is starchy, and will probably give you plenty of energy to last you for a significant part of the day. This is because bananas are high in simple sugars, which your body will burn off in no time, and will leave you feeling even hungrier than before.

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3. Coffee

Some people are addicted to morning coffee and drinking it on an empty stomach can have an impact on digestion due to its acidic content. The rule of thumb is to always have your coffee or tea with additional food.

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4. Processed meat

Processed meats like sausages and meat pies have become an open road to heart diseases as they contribute directly to cardiovascular and coronary disease. This is because it has a high combination of fats and preservatives.

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5. Butter

Butter is not bad in small amounts, but if you’re eating it every single morning in large quantities, it means you are ingesting high doses of unhealthy fat. You can replace your butter with a healthier option like low-fat cream cheese.

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6. Mango

Mango is very high in sugar. It will increase your blood sugar levels and leave you hungry before lunch.

6 Guaranteed Ways To Deal With Sore Throat

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A sore throat is more prevalent this time of the year because the weather is dry. Thus quite a number of people will be suffering from it. If your saliva goes down like sandpaper, and every cough makes you feel pain, then you have sore throat. Here are some of the remedies for sore throat.

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1.Wash with salt water

Saltwater can calm inflammation by getting rid of the acidity that causes throat irritation. It may also help draw infections or irritants to the surface of your throat, where your body is better able to deal with them. You should gargle every hour or two.

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2. Drink extra-cold liquids

Drink ice cold liquids can both numb your throat and calm some of the inflammation that’s causing you pain.

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3. Avoid acidic foods

Acidic foods exacerbate your sore throat. Therefore, avoid fried foods and citrus fruits like oranges and lemons.

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4. Lemon and water

Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice in a cup water for this home remedy for sore throats.juice will help shrink swollen throat tissue and create an unfriendly environment for viruses and bacteria so they do not thrive.

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5. Enjoy a drop of honey

Warm tea that is sweetened with honey can help soothe your irritated throat. Tea also keeps you hydrated, which is another important step in treating a sore throat. Make a cup of tea and add honey to deal with a sore throat.

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6. Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is an important part of treating a sore throat. When you’re dehydrated, your body can’t produce enough saliva and mucus to keep your throat naturally lubricated. This will make the swelling and inflammation worse.