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My experience with Rainbow Hospital

Parenting - Anupriya kapur - May 9, 2017

There have been a couple of times that as a blogger I have been given the opportunity to write about hospitals, however, I have not taken it on the basis of no experience. However, when I got the opportunity to write about Rainbow Hospitals, I gladly took up the assignment as I delivered my son at their Banjara Hills, Hyderabad clinic. And honestly, it took me some time to gather my thoughts as it has been over 9 years since I delivered.

I had a very bad experience with the initial two clinics (I don’t remember their names anymore) I visited as I was new to Hyderabad. A part of my pregnancy was spent in Delhi and the gynecologist put me on a high protein diet, the only problem being that it wasn’t from natural sources. Due to extreme nausea, I was having a tough time dealing with protein intake, apart from my regular food. As I wasn’t keeping too well a friend asked me to try Rainbow (at that time relatively new) as it was a specialty mother and child clinic. And I’m so glad that I did. Continue Reading

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Are you mom enough?

For the soul, Parenting - Anupriya kapur - August 20, 2015

When I got pregnant (really really long back that is) and people got to know that I’m, something around me had changed. My every single step was closely watched by people who genuinely care and people who don’t.

Everyone had an opinion and they made it a point to let me know. It was all about how healthy/pale I looked, how I plan to give birth (natural or c-sec), how prepared I was to nurture the baby, do I plan to breastfeed or not, chose cloth nappies over diapers, plan to cradle the baby to sleep or let it cry itself to sleep, the list was endless. But even after 8 years of giving birth some of those things have stayed with me.

My pregnancy wasn’t very pleasant and I had gestational diabetes in the 3rd trimester. I was stupidly hell bent on giving birth naturally because I wanted to prove a lot of people wrong (that I was too thin so c-sec is the only option! and I fell for it!). I managed alright with epidural to my rescue. I was lauded for having a “normal” delivery. And I wonder why and how “natural” became “normal”. Aren’t we being condescending towards women who have to or choose c-sec over natural birth? And what did I do special by giving birth the way it should be that it became special? “Natural or c-sec?”, why do we women ask each other this very irrelevant question?

Because of post-delivery complications, I had a HB count of 5 and I was on strong medication, I could hardly breastfeed. My son refused to latch on, no matter how hard I tried. I finally gave up (after pumping milk from my breasts after a month) as I wasn’t getting any rest I needed to recuperate. I would have killed myself if I hadn’t stopped trying. But everyone around me (including strangers in a mall) started looking down upon me like I was committing the biggest crime in the world by putting my son on formula. It took me months to get over that guilt.

During the whole process of pregnancy and giving birth, a woman is struggling with so much – getting to know organs that she didn’t know existed, engorged breasts, continued bleeding, a stomach which looks like a burst balloon, stretch marks, smell of curdled milk, sleep deprivation, baby’s farts (which can be quite explosive), it’s all so overwhelming and at least one thing we can do is be tolerant, keep our opinions to ourselves (unless we see someone doing something which a hazardous to the mother and/or baby) and let her experience her own journey the way she wants to. At some point, aren’t we all in the same boat in any case?

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#ThisGirlCan, So can we!

Fitness, Fitness related - Anupriya kapur - February 19, 2015

Post treadathon

There is no perfect shape or size. Why should there be perfection at all? Who defines perfect in any case?

For the longest time I didn’t want to run because I thought I would look funny with my breasts bobbing up and down. I didn’t want to be stared at. I was intimidated by the idea of people looking at me and judging me specially after I had put on 20 kgs during my pregnancy.

But then I realised it’s about how healthy and fit I feel, looking good is only secondary. I felt weird running my first 500 mtrs but the overall exhilaration I felt was far greater than that. There was no stopping me post the initial hitch.

I chanced upon this beautiful video which shows how REAL women look and feel when they are striving to become healthier (not skinnier) versions of themselves. The campaign, called ‪#‎thisgirlcan, was created by SportEngland, a U.K. government agency whose research found that 75% of women want to be more active, but they don’t because of a “fear of judgment.” I’m sure this statistic would be at least 95% for Indian women, if not more.

I urge all women to take up fitness without caring about what others think of them. It really is about overcoming the initial hitch. It’s time to shed inhibitions, get out there and just do it.

Sweaty is pretty!

Sweaty is pretty!

 

Deal with it :)

Deal with it 🙂

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