Chat with Sis Noe: What I must do to get curves

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 | 931 views

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Hi Sis Noe
I AM 23 and gave birth three months ago. How do I restore my tummy to its pre-pregnancy status and get rid of the stretch marks? — Worried.

Reply

Being a new mum is a trying time and a special one too. So take the time to bond with your new baby and only start your weight loss programme when you feel you are 100 percent ready. Do not put it off for too long though. To have a flat tummy, stop eating any junk foods that you may have developed a craving for while you were carrying your baby. Junk food is not only food but also soda, sugary drinks and alcohol. Replace these foods with healthy foods and drink plenty of water. You should also exercise for weight loss, you are going to have to stimulate your metabolism and exercising is one of the best ways to accomplish that goal. Exercises should include sit-ups, where you lie on your back and raise your upper body and lower it repeatedly.

When your metabolism is increased your body will use more calories even while resting. Communicate to your husband how important it is for you to look better and feel better. Ask him to help you find time to help you with the baby so you can get your workouts in. Most men are thrilled when their wives are trying to look better and most will be glad to help and be part of your efforts. Women who are breastfeeding usually get in shape sooner than women who are not. During breastfeeding, oxytocin is secreted, which causes the uterus to shrink. Besides that, breastfeeding spends your calories; it is physically exhausting, even though women are not aware of that. If you are breastfeeding, continue doing that, it should definitely help you tone up the stomach after giving birth and shrink it.

Hi Sis Noe

I am pregnant but I am still having my period. — Confused.

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You cannot have a period while you are pregnant because both of these functions cannot happen at the same time. If you were pregnant and began menstruating, inevitably you would lose the pregnancy or have a miscarriage. Although you can’t be pregnant and have a period at the same time, you can, in fact, experience vaginal bleeding and continue to be pregnant. These are two very different terms: vaginal bleeding and menstruation (period), but it is usually vaginal bleeding that women confuse as their periods. The pregnancy hormone completely prevents ovulation in the first place.

Ovulation is required to have a period. You cannot have a period while you are pregnant. So in biological terms, it makes no sense to have a period while you were pregnant. It’s simply not possible. Therefore, the spotting or bleeding that you are experiencing is caused by something other than your period. Most women confuse and accept bleeding during a pregnancy as their period; they fail to inform their doctor. Thus, there are very harsh consequences for not obtaining the proper medical attention in time when they have abnormal vaginal bleeding. So I advise you to see a doctor immediately.

Hi Sis Noe

Is it possible to get pregnant while breastfeeding? — Curious.

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Yes; it is possible to get pregnant within a few months after having a baby — even if you are still lactating. You may have heard about something called lactation amenorrhoea, or the breastfeeding method, which is a birth control method frequently used by new mothers. It works because breastfeeding causes a woman to stop ovulating and in turn, stop menstruating for about six months after giving birth. However, this contraception strategy only prevents pregnancy when under specific circumstances. This means that some new mums might still be at risk of pregnancy depending on their particular breastfeeding situation.

Hi Sis Noe

I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I have never enjoyed sex and I don’t feel a thing. Am I normal? — Worried.

Reply
Sexual experiences reflect the relation of the mind and the body. What goes on in the mind is affected not only by what is going on sexually and non-sexually between the partners, but by everything that has gone on in a woman’s life. Sometimes even experiences from childhood can be relevant. This means that what you feel when your body is being stimulated by your partner depends not only on the partner’s skill, gentleness, care, and ability to be guided by your needs, but also by what is going on in your mind while this is going on. Is your mind settled? Were you once raped? Were you raised by parents who taught you that sex is bad? All these and more could be the reason you don’t enjoy sex. Go to the doctor to find out what’s wrong with you.

Hi Sis Noe

I was a virgin but I did not bleed when I had sex with my husband. — Help.

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Not all women bleed when they have sex for the first time. Vaginal bleeding from first time intercourse typically occurs when a woman’s hymen tears. The hymen is a thin layer of tissue that covers part of a woman’s vaginal entrance. Although the tissue itself is thin, it is filled with blood vessels — that is why tearing the hymen can lead to bleeding. Among women who notice bleeding when they first have sex, some notice only a small amount of bleeding and others notice a significant amount.

However, some girls are not born with much hymen tissue at all and so when they are older and have vaginal intercourse for the first time, they don’t notice much bleeding, if they notice any at all. Other times girls are born with a typical amount of hymen but the hymen tears during childhood or adolescence without them even realising it. A young woman may tear her hymen while washing her vagina by inserting her finger or fingers or another object. Also, a young woman may tear her hymen while being fingered by her partner as part of sex play. Even tampon use may wear away parts of the hymen over time. Sports that require a lot of leg work, running and riding a bicycle can cause the hymen to tear. In other words, there are several reasons why you did not bleed during your first sexual intercourse — but that doesn’t mean that you were not a virgin. I hope this is helpful.

Hi Sis Noe

I am an 18-year-old girl and I was wondering what I must do to get curves. — Worried.

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Curves may be attained in different ways, some of which are more beneficial to health than others. Many have become quite round by eating too many calories and not exercising regularly. Excess weight increases the risk of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and depression. This roundness may not be the kind of curves you are talking about, I think. Perhaps you are talking about having a more womanly figure; maybe more ample breasts, hips, and/or a plumper posterior. One way to gain curves is by working specific muscle groups in the areas you would like to shape.

Eating a well-balanced diet can help, too. That being said, it’s also important to be realistic about the way your body is currently shaped, the shapes that are predominant in your family, and the way you want to look. If you wear baggy clothing, it may de-emphasise whatever curves you already have. Buying clothes that amplify your curves can help. More than anything though, it’s important to love your body in its natural form.

Remind yourself about the features you do like about your body and accentuate those. You may find that changing your dress size isn’t what makes the biggest difference.

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