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Have you heard about the recent monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria? It happened in Bayelsa State earlier this week, with 10 people reportedly quarantined. The illness isn’t fatal, fortunately, but please be safe regardless, keeping your loved ones protected. Some important facts to take note of:

1. Monkeypox is an infectious disease caused by the orthopoxvirus family of viruses. That’s the same family illnesses like smallpox, chickenpox and camelpox belong to.

2. It was first discovered in 1970 in Africa. Symptoms include fever, blisters (with pus) and respiratory problems.

3. Interestingly, it can be found in animals like monkeys, chimpanzees, rabbits, prairie dogs, and Gambian rats.

Sadly, many women in our society experience miscarriages both in early and late stages of pregnancy. Yet, it’s a topic that seems to be swept under the carpet in social circles, infertility included. More women should be encouraged to share their experiences, supporting each other in the process while they heal.

Today’s post touches on important steps a woman should take to recover from a miscarriage. Perhaps you came across this post after a sudden incident of your own, or you know a loved one who has experienced such loss. Please read on to learn more about the recovery phase and consult a doctor for further guidance:

 

First, what is a miscarriage?

In technical terms, WebMD defines a miscarriage as the loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy.

 

How long does it take to heal?

Healing can range from a few weeks to months, the length depending on how far along a woman was into the pregnancy.

Did you know that 20% of women develop uterine fibroids before they turn 50? This alarming statistic by Women’s Health points to how important it is for more women to be educated on the condition in Nigeria.  Read on for simple, quick facts:

Types

Types of fibroids and where they grow:

  • Submucosal fibroids grow into the uterine cavity.
  • Intramural fibroids grow within the wall of the uterus.
  • Subserosal fibroids grow on the outside of the uterus.

Who knew Coke was such a must-have item at home?

We came across an interesting article on Good Housekeeping and were completely impressed by how useful this popular beverage is. And right after we talked about it in a recent post on Sallah parties!

Read on ladies, experiment and tell us how it goes.

Without further adieu, you can use Coke to:

Take out grease and blood stains from clothes. Simply pour out a can in a washing machine load, using your detergent too.

Remove oil stains on a floor. All you have to do is soak the stain and wash off.

Barka de Sallah to all our Muslim readers!  We wish you a happy celebration as you spend time with friends and loved ones.

Now, Sallah parties are loading across Nigeria and this is a better time to dive into some delicious delicacies topped up with sensational Sallah meat. Or is it?  We have some “words of advice” for the dieting One Woman. Read on and reflect:

1. Attend hungry

The hungrier you are, the more drive you have to grab all in sight and take advantage of the festivities. So do yourself a favour, attend with an empty stomach. Let yourself go, eating quickly too.

Words for the wise: Hunger will actually weaken your resolve to stick to good choices. Be wise by nibbling on a light healthy snack or meal before the party.

2. Use a big plate

 In fact, the bigger the better. This way, you’re able to overindulge, eating everything in sight. Think about it. You won’t have to stick to half a wrap of eba; you’ll have space for four. Also, it will be a complete disservice to your family or host to let Sallah meat go to waste. So enjoy!

Using deodorants and antiperspirants is an important part of most women’s morning care routine. We may be stating the obvious here already, but it’s what keeps ladies smelling sweet and fresh all day long, depending on effectiveness.

However, it’s interesting to note that some deodorant ingredients have been flagged by the scientific community as ingredients of concern. They find their way through the underarm epidermis, are picked up by your hormone receptors and even stay in your fat cells. To add to the concern, some are believed to badly affect needed microorganisms in that area.

Next time you are out shopping for deodorants, it’s best to avoid these ingredients as much as you possibly can:

Parabens

Scientific research links this popular cosmetic ingredient to breast cancer. It creates cancer forming tissue cells when frequently exposed to the breasts and can even While many cosmetics companies have removed the chemical from their products because of this news, some do exist in the market, so be on the lookout.

It’s every woman’s biggest nightmare – getting caught unaware when your period strikes at a super important event. To make matters worse, there are no ladies’ products in sight in this hypothetical situation and you’re forced to manage in silence, shame or both. Here are some tips to ensure this never happens, and to help you track your cycle:

Tip 1: Using a calendar, mark the first day of your period and count 28 days forward. You are likely to have your next period on that 28th day, except your cycle is 29 or 30 days long. It’s best to use this as a guide for the first few months, adjusting to the recognized pattern.

Trust us, we love this post as much as you do. That’s if you are a huge shopping fan of course, or at least, you get good vibes from it. Read on and share with friends:

It gets your body moving: Talk about exercise that’s fun and free! #winwin. According to Livestrong, an average person of 155 pounds burns 149 calories while taking a 30-minutes stroll of 3.5 m.p.h. Remember that when next you’re out and about at the mall or pushing shopping carts at the supermarket.

By the way, we touched a bit on this in our recent article titled 6 Things That Will Change Your Life Forever. Check it out!

It gets your mind working: Comparing prices and/or styles takes serious mental work, ladies. And thankfully, that counts for something. Studies show that brain stimulating tasks reduce mental decline. So keep on shopping – online, offline and every possible line there is.

The war against Lassa fever is still on in Nigeria, with 100 Lagos residents under surveillance after two casualties.

In this segment of Mom’s Corner, we would like to appeal to all mums nationwide to protect their kids with the right precautionary measures and education. Their safety depends on it. These useful tips should get you started in the right direction:

Tell your kids about the Lassa Fever and its symptoms: It’s easy to think that your kids don’t need to know about Lassa Fever, or that it would scare them. This can lead to more harm than good though, sadly to your family’s detriment! So do the right thing. In a non-fearful way, educate them about the disease’s effects and symptoms. They are more likely to be cooperative if you do, understanding the why behind your safety instructions.

Infertility is a common issue in Nigeria, affecting 25% of couples. In simple terms, it happens when a man and woman find it hard to get pregnant (conceive) after a year (or longer) of unprotected sex. According to CDC UK, one or more of the following steps in the pregnancy process is affected:

  • The release of an egg from one of a woman’s ovaries
  • The joining (fertilization) of the man’s sperm with the egg
  • The movement of the egg to the uterus (womb) through the fallopian tube
  • The attachment (implantation) of the egg on the uterus wall

Over the years, many myths and misconceptions have emerged about infertility in Nigeria. Maybe you have heard, or even believed, a few. Let’s shed some light and debunk them once and for all.

Myth 1: Infertility happens when a couple “try too hard” to get pregnant, or don’t try well enough

 Medical conditions like endometriosis and blockage of the fallopian tube can cause infertility. That’s why conception can’t be linked to the intensity of a sexual performance.

 Myth 2: Only women can be infertile

 Actually, both men and women can experience infertility. In fact, studies show that in 50% of infertile couples, the cause is linked to the male partner alone or the male and female partners. Men can experience low sperm count in some cases, affecting fertility. This is why both partners are usually advised to visit medical personnel if they find it difficult to get pregnant.