All these things might cause discomfort but let’s face it, periods are a natural occurrence. Their presence indicates good health.
There are, however, a couple of things you should avoid doing in order to make those few days in the month a little more bearable.
Periods may cause some pain and discomfort but you can take specific steps to ease the symptoms
Here are 8 things you should not be doing during your periods:
Foods with a high salt content are not good for you when you’re menstruating because they can worsen your cramps. What’s more, it can cause severe bloating and add to the discomfort.
Skipping meals and eating junk food
Skipping meals during your periods isn’t a good idea because it can severely affect your energy levels, making you feel lethargic and irritable. This, however, doesn’t mean you replace actual meals with junk food. Junk food contains high amounts of salt and sugar, contributing to issues like bloating and discomfort.
Drinking a lot of coffee
This is one of the worst things you can do when you’re menstruating! High caffeine content can exacerbate your pain and also contribute to breast tenderness. You might crave caffeine but you will definitely need to reduce the intake of coffee.
Using a douche
Douching to clean yourself down there can prove to be very harmful. It can cause several health issues like infections and an increased risk of developing STDs by interfering with the vagina’s natural barriers against bacteria.
Wearing the same sanitary product all day long
It doesn’t matter if you’re using a sanitary pad or a tampon, wearing the same product for more than 4 to 6 hours will prove to be a breeding ground for bacteria and will lead to the development of bad odour. In addition, doing so can also cause skin rashes and TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome).
Waxing or shaving
When you’re on your period, avoid hair removal. The area is sensitive and the pull of the wax strips can hurt, adding to your discomfort. Shaving can prove to be an extremely messy affair due to the period flow. In case you end up with a cut due to the shaving, it might lead to infection. So, plan it after a week of your period to reduce the risk of pain and discomfort.
Having unprotected sex
First of all, it’s absolutely normal to have sex when you are menstruating but having sex without protection during periods is a bad idea! If you’re not looking at starting a family just yet, you should avoid taking the chance. Plus, protected sex is also a way of avoiding STDs. Period, or no period, always practice safe sex in order to steer clear of infections and STDs.
We all know smoking is dangerous for our health but women who smoke during their period are more likely to experience severe pain. So, it’s better to kick the butt.
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Hey Preggo Ladies, Here Is What To Do When Labour Starts
Pregnancy is the most beautiful journey most women want to take but they tend to hit a crossroad when they get into labour.
Most women forget all the mental and physical preparations they’ve worked on for 9 months prior to being in labour. It’s true that they go through the most excruciating pain ever which can go for hours before the baby finally comes out.
Here are a few tips to remind on you on what to do during your labour period;
The first thing to do is try to stay calm. The stories you hear about babies arriving on the way to hospital or in the bathroom are the exception, not the rule. You probably have plenty of time.
If you’re not sure whether this labour has started, phone your midwife or labour ward for advice.
Checklist of things to do when your labour has started
- Call your birth partner, or partners, to let them know.
- Write down how much time there is between your contractions and how long each one lasts. If you have a smartphone you can use the timer function.
- If you’re having a home birth, let your midwife know you think labour has started.
- If you have other children and have arranged a babysitter, let your babysitter know.
- Check you have everything you need. If you’re going to hospital make sure you have your bag, car keys or taxi number and money to pay for the parking meter or taxi.
- Don’t forget to pack your pregnancy notes.
- Try to relax!
When should I ring the hospital or midwife?
You can call your midwife or hospital straight away if you think you’re in labour. You’ll probably be offered an early assessment on the phone.
Your midwife will:
- ask how you feel (any tightenings, bleeding or if your waters have broken)
- ask you about your birth plans, hopes and any concerns
- ask about your baby’s movements, and especially about any changes in this
- explain what you can expect in the early stage of labour, including things you can try to help with pain
- offer you support and pain relief, if needed
- tell you who to contact next and when
- give advice and support to your birth partner (if you have one).
Your midwife may believe you’re in the latent phase of labour. If this is the case, you’ll probably be recommended to stay at home where you can stay as comfortable as possible. You’re more likely to have a smoother labour and fewer interventions if you stay at home until labour is stronger and your contractions are regular.
Established labour is when your cervix has dilated to more than 4cm. At this point, you’ll start having stronger, longer and regular contractions. Contact your midwife, maternity unit or labour ward again when:
- your contractions are regular and coming about 3 in every 10 minutes – you could use your phone to time them and there are lots of apps available that may help you keep track
- your waters break
- your contractions are very strong, and you feel you need pain relief – if you are in severe pain during the latent stage you can ask for an epidural
- you’re worried about anything.
Your midwife, maternity unit or labour ward will advise you when to come into hospital.
Who will be with me during labour?
If you’re having your baby at home, your midwife will be with you all the time unless you ask to be left alone with your birth partner for a while.
Once you’re in established labour, you should have one-to-one care from your midwife. There may be a student midwife working with your midwife. Your birth partner can be with you all the time.
If you have decided who you would like to have with you, you can put it in your birth plan.
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Could Your High Heels Be the Cause of Your Pain?
How can high heels make you feel pain?
All the joints, nerves, and tissues in your body are connected, and can impact one another. Your plantar fascia under the foot, connects to your calf and down to your under thigh and hamstring. The hamstrings connect to the hip joint area or pelvis, which is connected to the spine.
Wearing heels alters your posture, alignment and balance, causing you to stand with your back arched, and mounting pressure on the ball of your feet. This causes you to bear weight on the wrong areas, and could lead to pain in your feet, back and knees.
Preventing Back Pain From Wearing Heels
For many women, not wearing heels is not an option. I’m not saying you should stop wearing heels, but you can take some steps to avoid developing pain that accompanies wearing heels.
- Reduce the amount of time you wear them.
- Wear lower inched heels, preferably 2 inches, the closer your feet are to the ground, the better.
- Avoid pointy toe heels, which can put a strain on the nerves in your feet, and also cause corns and calluses.
- Wear high heels with better support, such as wedges or platforms, for better balance.
- Buy shoes with soft/ leather insoles for comfort.
- Massage, stretch, flex your feet after taking off your heels.
- Use arch inserts and orthotics to align the feet and distribute weight.
- Alternate footwear, so you aren’t wearing the same type of shoes every day
Routines to help you with pain relief
- Place a 1-inch book on the floor. You can stack up the book to 2-inches when you start to feel comfortable, but don’t exceed a 2- inches.
- While standing upright, place the ball of your foot (base of the big toe ) on the book and your heels on the ground
- Lean forward and pull your toes up, you can bend your knees a bit for convenience.
- Hold the position for 30 seconds and do the alternate routine for both feet.
- You may not necessarily have to stop wearing heels to reduce pain, but make better choices when it comes to your preference of heels. What you wear can affect your health. Make sure to try out these tips and tricks if you wear heels regularly, you’ll be sure to get relief.
If you can’t get relief using the methods suggested above, See a physiotherapist to help evaluate the cause of your pain and to provide relief to your pain.
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Domestic Flight Fees In Ghana 2022/2023
Domestic flight is one that take place within a country’s borders or within the same country.
In this article, we’re going to discuss the full list of Domestic Airlines, their Flight Fees and frequently asked questions about domestic flights in Ghana 2022/2023.
Domestic Airlines In Ghana 2022/2023
- Africa World Airlines in Ghana
- Passion Air
- Aerogem Aviation Ghana Airlines
- Air Ghana local flights in Ghana.
- Antrak Airlines in Ghana.
- Gianair Airline companies in Ghana.
- Royal Fly –GH Airline.
- Starbow Airlines.
- Gian Air
How many domestic airlines are functional in Ghana?
Ghana currently has two functional domestic airlines that fly in Ghana.
The domestic airlines currently flying in Ghana are;
Domestic Flight Fees in Ghana 2022/2023
Domestic flight fees for airlines is not quite straightforward as a lot of factors come into play to determine the pricing.
Factors that determine the amount of flight fees;
- Airline you choose
- Season of booking
- Class you want to fly in (Economy, Business, First Class, etc.)
Domestic Flight Fees in Ghana
We have compiled the average cost of each amount airlines charge to major cities from Accra.
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Do you need a passport for domestic flights in Ghana?
The answer is No, you do not need a passport for domestic flights in Ghana. However, you will need a valid Identification Card or documentation to be able to fly domestically.
You can use your Passport as well but it needs to be valid one.
What documentation do I need to fly domestically in Ghana?
Any of the following could be used to fly domestically in Ghana.
- A valid identification Card
- A Valid Passport