PREGNANCY

Many women want to know the reasons for missed periods not pregnant. The reasons for a missed period can be stress, menopause, or anorexia. While a missed period is the signal of early pregnancy, missing periods can also be due to a number of factors and conditions. The term amenorrhea is used by doctors to describe the absence of menstruation.

Primary amenorrhea is a condition in which a woman does not begin menstruating, but this is very rare. Secondary amenorrhea is more common, where periods stop in a previously menstruating woman. Another kind of missed period is menopause, but this is seen in women who cross the age of 40.

How can one missed periods for three weeks without being pregnant? This is because of secondary amenorrhea. A woman has secondary amenorrhea when she has missed three menstrual periods. However, the causes of secondary amenorrhea are the same factors or conditions that can lead to a skipped period. If a woman is not pregnant, a missed menstrual period may be due to a wide variety of both physical and emotional conditions that range from lifestyle stress to rare and serious diseases. Many of the conditions that lead to a missed menstrual period interfere with the body’s hormonal balance, particularly with respect to the levels of the sex hormones.

Stress is a very common reason for a woman to miss her period. Sometimes you may be so stressed out that your body decreases the amount of a hormone (GnRH), which causes you to not ovulate or menstruate. You need to work out with your doctor, so that you can help figure out what you need to do to relax and get back on schedule. This can take a few months or more. If you fall sick for a short time, or even for a longer duration your periods can be delayed. But this is usually temporary. When you do not want to have a baby and you are sexually active, so you opt for contraceptive pills to avoid pregnancy. These pills have side-effects and can lead to a missed period.

When a woman is overweight, she might miss her regular period. Carrying too much of weight can hormonally shift your cycles and even stop them. Most women will notice that their normal cycles and fertility are back with the loss of some weight. Being underweight can also be a reason for a missed or delayed period. If you do not have enough body fat, you will not have regular periods. Sometimes this can even cause your periods to stop all together. A weight gain will help you have your periods return back to normal. This happens mostly to those women who work out in extreme, or those who are professional athletes. always take care of yourself and contact your doctor .


FAMILY LIFE

Parenting in a Changing World
Nora Spurgin

We often look back to the "good old days" as the model for a traditional family lifestyle, and remember with nostalgia stories from our own childhood. Visions of mothers at home baking apple pie, grandparents visiting from nearby, uncles and aunts and cousins, and rural settings where children could feel free and safe, float across our minds.

For many of us, looking back to the values of the traditional family in those years has little meaning or connection to our present two career, urban family. In this article, I want to take a creative look at the needs of the often smaller family in our modern, highly technological, career-oriented world.

No matter what the environment, or what our time period, the needs of children are the same. They have needs for love, security, nurturing, training, relationship and a sense of belonging. Certainly, the two-parent family with the availability of an extended family is still ideal, but not always possible. Therefore, we must create a model of parenting that fits our present circumstances.


Pride in Parenthood

First, I believe we need to re-establish the nobility of parenting-motherhood and fatherhood. Before mothers worked outside the home, it was the mother who became the glue to fill in the gaps and tie the family into a whole unit. For example, if Junior was ill, Mom was at home to care for him; if Dad couldn't find his important papers, Mom searched the house and took them to the office. She ran the errands, was the taxi service, supplied the household, and was there when a parent was needed. This role, although often sacrificial, had its own rewards in experiencing the pride and joys of motherhood.

In our two career families, there oftentimes is no such adhesive, although we cannot deny the need for it. Parenting is a noble art. It takes thought, planning, time, and the right attitude to be a good parent in today's world. The effort made will realize no monetary returns, but the rewards of happy children and families are more than we often want to recognize. After all, what do we do with the money we earn? Some of it goes to buy the pleasure which comes free with a happy family. Let's look creatively at some of the problems that parents face and some suggestions for solving them.


Lack of Time

Working parents have an eight-hour-plus chunk of time already accounted for, cutting deeply into parenting opportunities. Much as we might like to extend it, we have only twenty-four hours in a day. This requires efficiency not only in the workplace, but also in the home.

I believe that every family will do well to put time and thought into organizing the family chores so that parents and children can work and play together. Busy parents have less time to play or relax, creating a harried, frantic home atmosphere. First of all, more time can be freed up to play together when the whole family shares the work load. This works best if children are included from a very young age, learning how to care for a home, cook, etc. as they work side by side with their parents. Working together can be joyful; our attitudes toward it may need to be changed.

Secondly, children need to be busy, or entertained. How many of us sigh with frustration while we're trying to get the kitchen floor mopped with a four-year-old tugging at us and begging to be taken to the park? How about including the little fellow in the mopping job? Give him a wet sponge and let him work on the spots. He'll challenge them as if they were armies to be conquered single-handedly by his little self. The same is true of the older child-there is a need for constructive activity. Even a small job outside the home may take the pressure off parents to fill the "constructively occupied" need.


Conclusion: Seeking Creative Solutions

In conclusion, I believe parents need to take a look at the lifestyle trends of our times and think creatively about making new opportunities for parenting within them. The alternative is to turn a great deal of the parenting relationship over to educational and other social institutions, which might provide the training and entertaining, but not the security and belonging. Socializing institutions may turn out well-educated, well-trained children, but seldom do they turn out well-loved ones.

Ultimately, every child must know that somebody loves him or her enough to make the sacrifices necessary to parent that child. Parenting is a wonderful God-given opportunity to give and receive love. Carelessness or lack of attention to parenting in our younger years may deny us its rich rewards in later years.

The setting and the pace may be different from those "good old days"-but the exchange of love is the same and every day is an opportunity to watch it grow.



HEALTHY LIVING

ideal children meals

If you need some inspiration to help you cook healthy and tasty food for your kids, try these meal ideas. These meals are not suitable as first foods but fine once your baby is older and used to eating a wide range of solid foods.

When preparing food for children, don’t add salt, sugar or stock cubes directly to the food, or to the cooking water.

Whole cows' milk can be given as a drink from the age of one. Semi-skimmed milk can be introduced at two years old, provided your child is a good eater and growing well for their age.

Breakfast
  • Porridge or unsweetened cereal mixed with milk, topped with mashed ripe pear
  • Wholewheat biscuit cereal with milk and stewed fruit
  • Toast fingers with mashed banana
  • Toast fingers with a hard boiled egg and slices of ripe peach
  • Stewed apple, yoghurt and unsweetened breakfast cereal or tea
  • LUNCH<
  • Cauliflower cheese with cooked pasta pieces
  • Mashed pasta with broccoli and cheese
  • Baked beans (reduced salt and sugar) with toast
  • Stewed fruit and custard
  • Scrambled egg with toast, chapatti or pitta bread 
  • Cottage cheese dip with pitta bread and cucumber and carrot sticks
  • Stewed fruit and custard
  • Plain fromage frais with stewed apple
  • Small pieces of soft ripe peeled pear or peach
baby meals
DINNER>
  • Mashed sweet potato with mashed chickpeas and cauliflower
  • Shepherd’s pie with green vegetables
  • Rice and mashed peas with courgette sticks
  • Mashed cooked lentils with rice
  • Minced chicken and vegetable casserole with mashed potato
  • Mashed canned salmon with couscous and peas 
  • Fish poached in milk with potato, broccoli and carrot
Snacks
  • Rice pudding or porridge (with no added sugar or salt)
  • Canned fruit in fruit juice
  • Fresh fruit
  • Yoghurt (unsweetened)
  • Toast, pitta or chapatti fingers
  • Unsalted rice cakes
  • Bagels
  • Small cubes of cheese
Fruit and vegetables

Try these ways of increasing your child’s intake of fruit and vegetables:

  • Put their favourite vegetables or canned pineapple on top of pizza
  • Give carrot sticks, slices of pepper and peeled apple for snacks
  • Mix chopped or mashed vegetables with rice, mashed potatoes, meat sauces or dhal
  • Mix fruit (fresh, canned or stewed) with yoghurt or fromage frais for a tasty dessert
  • Chop prunes or dried apricots into cereal or yoghurt, or add them to a stew. water is also good for your kids in order to  stay hydrated .
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