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Review: ‘One with Nature’, Fun Nature Fest for Kids and Parents!

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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One of Pune’s biggest landmark, Empress garden in camp has been a host to numerable kid friendly activities over the past few years. One such fun fest was organized by Beyond Academics in December 8th and 9th 2018 called the ‘One with Nature’ which the twins attended (They were 5 years old then). With a Sprawling garden specializing in regional plants, with rare trees, flowers and a kids’ area, it was a day well spent with lots of kid oriented fun activities.

‘ONE WITH NATURE’ is an annually organized fest by ‘Beyond Academics’ held in Pune and Mumbai. They had an exciting line up of free activities to reconnect kids with nature like: Storytelling, Nature Games, Art and Craft, Yoga, Scavenger Hunts, Recycling and much more. These activities were conducted free of cost in a common open arena surrounded by the beauty of nature. Picture4I personally liked the Yoga session which was specially designed for kids integrated with different stories.  They also had paid activities like: Adventure sports, Science & Nature, Art & Craft, Sensory Play and to top it all, Mouth-watering Food Stalls, Pop Up Stalls & much more!!Picture3

In adventure sports the main attraction was the ‘Zip- Line” which the twins tried for the first time, since then they make a beeline for it wherever they come across it. The twins also tried their hand in pottery which was yet another interesting activity. Obstacle course was also pretty much adventurous.

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The tickets were available on bookmyshow.com with discounted rates. Ample parking was present in Empress garden. Since it was in December, the weather was cool and pleasant.

One with Nature – Pune – Edition 2(Click on the link for more details) will be held on Jan 11, 2020 at 9:30 AM – Jan 12, 2020 at 6 PM at Empress Garden. Don’t miss it.


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DIY Activity 21: Make your own Puppet Theatre

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If you grew up watching the Muppets or Punch and Judy, you probably understand just how magical puppets can be for children. Through these larger-than-life characters, young audiences learn important lessons and form long-lasting bonds. But it’s not just watching puppets that can make a difference in young children’s lives; playing puppets can have a profound effect on childhood development, too. Handing over a hand puppet or two to your child opens up a world of imaginative and open-ended play.

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DIY Activity 20: Easy-to-make fresh flower tiara, corsage and necklace in under 20 minutes!

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Floral crowns and tiaras are so pretty and dreamy to make for playing pretend fairy princess or are a simple way to dress up for a spring or summer party. From crowns made of fresh flowers to felt, crepe tissue, or paper, they just add a beautiful touch to the dress. Continue reading

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Hair Loss after Pregnancy

Hair loss after pregnancy is quiet common and distressing. This kind of hair loss generally begins about 1-2 months after delivery. Severity is much more in twin/triplet (multiple pregnancies). Onset is a lot of times sudden and a bunch of hairs are lost before even treatment is started.

What causes hair loss after pregnancy?

Reactionary hair loss

Reactionary hair loss, also known as ‘Telogen Effluvium’ occurs because of hair cycle arrest during pregnancy. Similar hair loss also occurs after any major illness. Due to physiological stresses of the pregnancy and childbirth body is in a state. This is similar to any illness. If cesarean section (c-section) is done for delivery, then this kind of hair loss is quite common. Surgery plus childbirth puts too much stress on the body. As a result of this, hairs go in shedding phase rather than in the growth phase.

Lactation

Lactation requires a lot of vitamins and minerals. If the mother is not sufficiently getting those from the diet, this leads to a relative dietary deficiency. This leads to hair getting less and less of vitamins and minerals for their upkeep.

Improper Diet

Due to increased workload after childbirth, many mothers don’t pay attention to their own nutritional requirements. Taking care of a single child or a lot of times twins/more is enormously hard work. Mothers require vitamin and mineral rich foods. This is often neglected. Hairs in the process are adversely affected.

Multiple Pregnancies at More risk

Mothers of twin/triplets etc are at more risk of hair loss after childbirth because of the intense strain on the nutritional resources is put. Also after childbirth, the mother’s works is significantly higher than single pregnancies. This causes physical as well as psychological stress on the mothers. Stress in this form takes a toll on hair growth.

Undetected Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

India is a country where the nutrition of the mother is often taken seriously only when she is pregnant. Before and after pregnancy nutritional requirements like iron, b-complex vitamins, vitamin D3 levels are completely neglected a lot of times. As soon as the pregnancy is detected, most mothers are started on some form of nutritional supplements based on a lab test. If it is found that there is a deficiency of iron or low hemoglobin, then iron supplementation is started for the betterment of the child growing in the womb as well as the mother’s well being. However soon after childbirth, most of these supplements are suddenly withdrawn. This is, as expected, going to lead to post pregnancy dietary deficiencies. Dietary deficiencies are often neglected further for a long time. Only when the hair loss begins, a dermatologist opinion is sought.

Undetected Thyroid Issues

Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid Hormones) or less commonly hyperthyroidism (Excessive Thyroid Hormones) causes a severe type of hair loss. A lot of time thyroid disorders start after the childbirth. Hypothyroidism is much more common than hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism can occur as a genetic disease, sometimes even before the pregnancy. Pregnancy can also cause the development of anti-thyroid antibodies which attack the thyroid gland. This reduced the thyroid hormones output and hypothyroidism.

Treatment of Post Pregnancy Hair Loss

  1. First Step is to perform a series of lab tests to identify deficiencies and hormonal disturbances. These commonly include check haemoglobin, serum iron, thyroid function tests, serum b12 level and vitamin D3 levels
  2. Multivitamins supplementation should be the start of mothers especially iron and b-complex vitamins as often these are found deficient.
  3. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy): PRP hair Treatment can help mothers in selected cases. More details about PRP here.
  4. Medications
    1. Minoxidil: Minoxidil spray, although might be effective, should not be used as the mothers are lactating.
    2. Capixyl: Capixyl Sprays might be helpful and are safe during lactation too. however often in the face of nutritional deficiencies, these sprays don’t work.
  5. Sleep Regulation: Often underestimated and swept under the rug as ‘mother’s burden’, it should be taken seriously. Help from the family for child care is important so that mothers get adequate sleep.
  6. Meditation: Meditation and Yoga exercises relieve anxiety and stress where it is mild. This along with regular cardio exercise is generally beneficial to get better sleep and reduce anxiety and stress.
  7. Diet: Diet after pregnancy is extremely important. Diet should include iron and B12 vitamins the most.
    1. For Iron: Apples, Dry Fruits and Green Leafy Vegetables, Chicken and Red meat (the Best source)
    2. For Biotin: Boiled Eggs
    3. Vitamin C: Citrus Fruits like oranges, kiwi and apples.
    4. Ragi: Porridge made out of ragi is popular in India. This provided a healthy combination of dietary fibres and iron.
  8. Counselling and Support: Family support is necessary during this tumultuous time. Hair Loss is psychologically disturbing, especially for new mothers. Fortunately, this hair loss is not permanent and this needs to be understood by the mothers. Hair lost are recovered eventually, it’s just a matter of when. Whenever hair sheds after stress situation like pregnancy the hairs are only temporarily lost, however, they do enter the growth phase after quite a bit of time. That is why patience while treatment is necessary.

How Long it Takes for Hair Loss to Stop?

Results of the treatment depend on how much lifestyle changes are adopted by mothers. Multivitamin supplements are necessary and early discontinuation is likely to further the hair loss. Once the hairs go in shedding phase it takes at least 5-6 months to see noticeable changes. This is why the support of family and patience is utmost important while treating this hair loss. We generally continue the treatment for at least a years before stopping and ensuring that hairs are stabilised now.

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Review: ‘Bumble Jumble’ Play centre at Undri, Pune

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Spread over an area of 10,000+ sq. ft., Bumble Jumble will enchant your little ones with a vivacious assortment of age-appropriate and gadget-free games and activities. Peppered with dollops of bright colours from ceiling to floor overlooking the in-house restaurant separated by a glass partition, the entire play area is a visual treat.

Ratings: ★★★★ ½ (4.5 out of 5)

Location: 5th and 6th Floor, Dorabjee’s Royale Heritage Mall, Next to Vibgyor School, Mohammadwadi, NIBM Road, Pune


Contact: +91 96088 08808

Parking: Has ample parking space in the basement of the mall and charges Rs 20/- for a four wheeler

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bumblejumblepune

Timings: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm all days

Charges: Rs 499 on weekdays and Rs 599 on weekends for one child accompanied by one adult. for an hour. Ideal for all ages: 1-13 years

Socks are mandatory, you can also buy them for Rs. 50/pair

Attractions: There are two levels t Bumble Jumble, hence twice the fun. Picture9Picture8Picture7Picture6Picture4Picture3Picture5On the first floor, there are games and activities like toddler’s play area, magic sandbox, interactive piano, sensory wall games, sand pit, ball pool, role play zones, doll house and balloon room. But, if your kids want to get more adventure rush, then they can experience it with car track, football dart and a play structure with a 20ft slide on the second floor.Picture2Picture10

 

Attraction for grown-ups: The best part of this play center is it’s adjoining pure veg, multi-cuisine restaurant ‘Hunger House’ which serves delectable goodies that leave you craving for more. The glass partition ensures that you can keep an eye on your kids in case you don’t join them. After the kids are out of the play area, you can treat them to yummy delights and refuel their energy! Bumble Jumble also doubles up as a birthday party venue. I celebrated by twins’ 5th birthday at this venue herePicture1

Safety: The play areas are baby proofed and most of the other games are safe. .

Hygiene: The play area is very well maintained and clean. Washroom is available inside the store.

Staff: The staff is friendly and helpful and keep an eye on the kids.

Other attractions in the mall: The mall has a variety of branded stores which give a good shopping experience. The mall also has a toy train on the second floor. Crossword is also right across, on the same floor.

Overall a must visit!!!!


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Review: Hamley’s Giant Desk Tidy

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My twins love art…..it’s a form of expression for them. I had a eye on this ‘Giant Desk Tidy’ by Hamley’s for a long time, but thought the cost of 3599/- was too steep. So when Hamley’s announced their 50% sale this year, I had to buy it for the girls.

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Product review: Lego Classic Brick 10696, 484 pcs

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This was my first Lego classic set purchase, after my 5-year old twins transitioned from Duplo. The 10696 Lego brick is the medium sized one, which I feel is quite adequate for a beginner with 484 pcs. It has wide range of creativity from house, flowers, cars, trains, alligator etc. Continue reading