Mother & Baby - - MUM’S THE WORD - Do you have some­thing to say? Is there any way Mother & Baby can help you in your jour­ney of par­ent­hood? Write in to the ed­i­tor at this e-mail ad­dress: mbe­d­i­to­

Dear ed­i­tor, I would like to con­grat­u­late you on the won­der­ful work you are do­ing for the last few years. At the same time, I have a re­quest. Can you please, please, please pub­lish more ar­ti­cles on foetal de­vel­op­ment. I am cur­rently six weeks preg­nant. I find the whole process of the baby grow­ing in­side the womb very fas­ci­nat­ing. It is so amaz­ing that I am cre­at­ing a whole hu­man be­ing in­side of me. I would love to un­der­stand this process in more de­tail. And who bet­ter to ask this of than the ex­perts? Thank­ing you in an­tic­i­pa­tion, MITALI JOSHI, MUM­BAI Dear Mitali, Thank you for writ­ing in. While it is easy to feel sat­is­fied with ul­tra­sounds and the grow­ing baby bump on the out­side, tak­ing a mo­ment to re­ally un­der­stand what’s hap­pen­ing on the in­side is very in­sight­ful and awein­spir­ing. We will do our best to bring you more on foetal de­vel­op­ment in the forth­com­ing is­sue. – Swati

Dear Mother and Baby, I dis­cov­ered a cou­ple of months ago that I am ex­pect­ing my sec­ond child. My older son is 10, and though I have al­ways wanted a sec­ond one, this comes as a sur­prise at this stage. Both my hus­band and I are elated, and so is our son. It has been a while since my last preg­nancy, and so much has changed in terms of health­care and preg­nancy ad­vice in the last decade, that I feel like a babe in the woods. A dear friend gifted me a sub­scrip­tion to this amaz­ing mag­a­zine as soon as she learned of my preg­nancy, and I am re­lieved be­yond words! Look­ing for­ward to a healthy, joy­ful and in­for­ma­tive preg­nancy. POOJA MAL­HO­TRA, MUM­BAI Dear Pooja, Con­grat­u­la­tions on your preg­nancy. Though it is the sec­ond time for you, for your body, it is a new chal­lenge. Like they say no two preg­nan­cies are the same. Do check out our ‘bump to birth’ sec­tion ev­ery month to en­sure that you have all the ammo you need to make your preg­nancy a smooth sail­ing one. – Swati

Dear ed­i­tor, As a first-time mum, I am prone to a lot of fears and anx­i­eties. With a whole gamut of in­for­ma­tion avail­able on­line, I am not sure what ad­vice to fol­low and what to ig­nore. Thank­fully, M&B is around to fil­ter all the good from the un­nec­es­sary and give me the guid­ance that I need, with­out hav­ing to worry about the cred­i­bil­ity of the source. Thank you for all the hard work that you put in, so we can rest as­sured. SALMA ALI HAIDER, HY­DER­ABAD Dear Salma, We are glad to be able to put your wor­ries to rest. Do write to us if you have any fur­ther queries and we will be happy to as­sist you. – Swati

Hi team, I am an un­likely con­sumer of this beau­ti­ful mag­a­zine. A stay-at-home dad, I seek con­stant sup­port from M&B as I look af­ter my 11-mon­thold daugh­ter. From eas­ing her colic early on to wean­ing ba­sics and then more re­cently, in un­der­stand­ing her be­hav­iour and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, Mother & Baby has been a guid­ing light to me. My wife Avira is a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur, while I am a scriptwriter. Bring­ing up a child is hard work, and with our kind of lifestyle, it is so im­por­tant to have the cor­rect av­enue to reach out to. I am thank­ful that we have you! VISHAL MENON, BENGALURU Dear Vishal, Thank you for your kind words. It is not easy to han­dle a baby but be­ing or­gan­ised can go a long way in mak­ing things less stress­ful. Al­ways keep the doc­tor’s and mid­wife’s num­ber handy so you don’t panic dur­ing a cri­sis. Keep all es­sen­tial things in the right place so you do not have to go about look­ing for them. – Swati

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