A Little Bit of Care, Goes a Long Way…………

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When was the last time you paid any serious heed to your sudden weight gain without any apparent reason, dry hair,fatigue,memory loss,excessive hair fall??? We all attribute it to thoda healthy looking or change of weather or simply put the issue aside considering it as trivial as it can be. But hey hold on this could not be your usual,run of the mill ailment but a possibility of Thyroid disorder and gaining Thyroweight.

Last month, I had the privilege to attend an very interesting event about Thyroid awareness, Rule Out Thyroweight, it’s about time that women give themselves utmost importance and this event just did that in the right direction. I was shocked to know that 1 among every 10 Indian has thyroid.

This was one of my first bloggers meet held at Marriot on 15th January It really intrigued me as I wanted to know more about this disease and how its effecting our daily life .I have heard about friends/family suffer because of thyroid. This event was such an eye opener and truly inspiring. The very next day I was at my doctors clinic, checking on my thyroid levels. Various facts pertaining to women’s lifestyle came to light that leads to this hormonal imbalance.

There was an interesting session with renowned Dr Sheila Sheikh who was busting thyroid myths and famous actress, Juhi Chawla. She supports the cause because she has watched the disease very closely, her husband and father in law being Thyroid sufferers,she vouches how medication helps. One of the member of her entourage, her hair stylist also suffers from Hypothyroid and yet with simple medication, they all have overcome major hurdles and leading their life to the fullest.

Dr Sheila said the hormones produced by the thyroid gland play a major role in our body’s metabolism. Any imbalance in these hormones affects our bodily function. There are a no of medical reasons that can cause Thyroid. Thyroid gland has important roles to regulate numerous metabolic processes throughout the body. Different types of thyroid disorders affect either its structure or function.

However prevalence of Hypothyroid is very common in Indian adults,especially women. Untreated hypothyroidism may lead to serious cardiovascular and neurological complications. Early diagnosis and treatment remain the cornerstone of management. Even though the prevalence of thyroid disorder is 11% of the population in India, 76% of the people remain unaware & hence undiagnosed. One cannot take Thyroweight lightly

A Woman’s body undergoes through a lot of changes, from menstruation to motherhood.

They are constantly juggling, one needs to consult their doctor if they experience constipation, muscle weakness, weight gain, even though you are not eating more food,  joint or muscle pain,feeling sad or depressed. feeling very tired, pale, dry skin, Irregular menstrual flow. Untreated hypothyroidism may lead to serious cardiovascular and neurological complications. Early diagnosis and treatment remain the cornerstone of management. Treatement of Hypothyroidism is usually life-long. It is recommended to change the thyroxine dose depending on certain patient factors like age, body weight and TSH level

 

During pregnancy, there are a lot of hormonal and other changes taking place in a woman’s body and these changes can also alter the functioning of the thyroid gland.The doctor may consider history of symptoms, may examine physically, and recommend some laboratory tests that measure the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in blood. A normal pregnancy results in a number of important changes that alter thyroid function. While usually normal, the TSH may be slightly low in the first trimester, this usually returns to normal throughout the duration of pregnancy. The thyroid is functioning normally if the TSH, Free T4 and Free T3 are all normal throughout pregnancy. For more information please visit  http://thyroidindia.com/thyroweight/

The idea out here is to be the change and give yourself the utmost care,Happy mothers make Happy babies is old, the new mantra is Healthy mothers make healthy babies.Hence I say …..A LITTLE BIT OF CARE,GOES A LONG WAY!!!

Disclaimer: I attended a discussion on thyroid awareness facilitated by Abbott India Limited. Any opinion expressed in this blog is my personal opinion and not the opinion of Abbott India Limited. Abbott India Limited does not assume any liability for the content of the blog. The blog post is not meant to be a replacement for a doctor consultation, nor is it a medical recommendation or prescription of treatment for people having thyroid problems. Any reader of this blog suffering from thyroid problems should specifically consult his/her doctor for the same and follow the suggested course of treatment.’

 

Windmill Festival – ‘Save the date’

JAMMs workshop (age group)Windmill Festival – ‘India’s First International Children’s Festival’ is back. The second season of the festival is scheduled to be held on December 16th and 17th, 2017 at Jio Garden, BKC in Mumbai. The festival is a joint initiative between Event Capital (a Laqshya Media Group Company) and Tribe Asia. Aimed at children of all age groups, Windmill Festival has something to offer for everyone – from toddlers to teens and even their parents! The festival is co-powered by India Gate Brown Basmati Rice and held in association with Asian Paints Kids’ World (Décor Partner) Avon cycles (Associate Partner), Hypercity (Retail Partner) and Sony YAY!(Happiness Partner).

 Festival tickets: Tickets are live on Bookmyshow | bit.ly/2xyJnjL

Child – Rs 600 per day

Adult – Rs 300 per day

Free entry for children below the age of 2

The two-day children’s festival will see special performances by artist and TV personality Rob and singers Arjun KanungoDarshan Raval, Akasa SinghBhavya Pandit, Vipin Heero and Raaga Trippin. The festival will also include a day care centre, various play areas, a petting zoo, centre for robotics, a curated section for art, craft, science, sport & music workshops, a concert arena, sports arena, and much more; all categorised to suit the needs of different age groups of children. In addition to all these offerings, toons from Sony YAY!, India’s leading kids entertainment channel – Guru Aur Bhole will also be seen engaging with kids at the festival.

Windmill Festival is specially curated for urban families who are always on the look-out for the next opportunity to spend quality time with their children. While the festival has no age limit, the activities are curated to suit the 0-3, 4-7 and 8-14 age group. The key objective of the festival is to give the urban child an outlet to be creative, gain information and get a recreational experience along with an avenue to spend quality time with their parents and friends in an outdoor setting

Jamms Windmill_Experience_v2Speaking about the genesis of the festival, Mr. Swaroop Banerjee, CEO, Event Capital, said, “The concept of Windmill Festival is something you’ve never seen in India before. We have curated over 50 workshops for children to sample robotics, aeronautics, comic book making, puppetry, storytelling, pottery, charcoal painting and so much more. We want the child to discover his/her innermost passion and work towards developing it. In addition to the workshops, we have a music stage with performances curated for families. We also have a first of its kind petting zoo where children can pet farm animals.”

I am going to be there with my family. Hope to see you all there having some family time.

A big shout out to the Windmill Festival’s community partner JAMMS. Do follow them on social media Facebook, twitterInstagram and become a part of an awesome mommy community.

Turning Point…..

Life so far with work, deadlines, meetings, husband ,in-laws, friends was very different not primarily in that order but yes poles apart from feeding, rocking the baby, making him burp, sleepless nights,incessant crying and changing diapers. Not that I was not prepared to have a child but nothing can prepare you enough. I was definitely not the types who like babies and go crazy just looking at them.The responsibility of another human being (my baby) scared me, there was too much of naivety to deal with. My old pre-baby life as I knew would be over but what the heck I anyways went for it.

Giving birth to a child as said gives birth to a mother. A mother whose worth you realize once you become a mother yourself and surely enough the relationship that I share with my mother has immensely changed now from that irritated teenager that I once use to be, to a loving daughter. As anew mom there are various issues one has to deal with as if coping with the baby is not enough and the post par tum depression and sickness add to your woes, I would not say the first time I saw my baby and I just fell in love with him but then I couldn’t be away from him for too long. Crossing the threshold into motherhood is a physical, logistical, and emotional journey. A good transition contains a solid balance of all three and I was going to be no different so I gave in and surrendered to the beauty of it all.

The firsts or the milestones of my baby became the events of my life that I would look forward to and was extremely happy once they were completed. Starting from the very first smile, the first turn, the first yawn to graduating to the first step, first tooth and the first word. There was just so much to celebrate… celebration of life in the most innocent form that I have ever known. My days began with anticipation and ended with satisfaction. The joy of getting to know my child was immense and nothing was more important to me than him. His dependence on me made me love him even more. Exploring my son’s world I didn’t realize when I became a part of it. I fitted in the new role of the Mommy to the tee without even making efforts towards it. I just loved spending time with my baby.

Today almost being 2 years into it I can proudly say that I surprised everyone and myself at times by being a doting mother to my little one. My son has taught me patience, selflessness, time management and many other such qualities which were in me. I have become a better human being and I am grateful to him. I am not just his supermom but his nurturer, teacher, playmate, caretaker and friend. Motherhood completed me; it was not a turning point in my life as I thought but a new beginning and a beautiful one indeed.