Celebrating  First Female SRC in KNUST.

Yvonne Osei Adobea is a third-year sociology student at the College of Humanities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. 

She contested in the Student Representative Council (SRC) race for the position of President. Yvonne Adobea contested against five males and emerged winner with 2282 votes making her the first Female SRC President since 1952.

According to her, she faced so much resistance right from her family right down to her friends, she said she lost friends along the line because she decided to contest. A lot of people doubted her, she was not from a male dominating hall and other factors but that did not stop her. She was determined to birth that dream she envisioned since her second year in Serwa Nyarko SHS in Kumasi and today it’s a dream come true.

You are a source of inspiration to other women out there that everything is achievable.

In her own words, she said “It is possible, when you make up your mind you can do it.”

Congratulations! Yvonne, you Inspire us at newsyayra.com

Yes, we all can.

How raw meat can affect Pregnancy.

During pregnancy, it is important to avoid half-cooked meat which can pose a huge danger to the mother and baby.

The main concern is the possible presence of destructive microorganisms and parasites that are usually seen in half-cooked meats. 

Here are a few serious dangers related to eating half-cooked meat during pregnancy:

Toxoplasmosis: 

Consuming Half-cooked meat, such as venison mutton, or pork, may contain the Toxoplasma parasite. If a Pregnant woman gets in contact with this parasite can bring about serious problems for the child such as vision impairment and hearing impairment.

Listeriosis

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can be found in half-cooked meats, as well as unpasteurized dairy and certain delicate cheeses. Listeriosis can cause unsuccessful labor, stillbirth, untimely birth, and serious disease in babies.

Salmonella and E. coli: 

Diseases caused by Salmonella or E. coli can prompt a serious lack of hydration and can be unsafe for the child.

They are many times seen in half-cooked poultry, hamburger, and eggs.

Food contamination

Half-cooked meat can likewise convey other microbes that cause food contamination, prompting side effects like sickness, regurgitation, looseness of the bowels, and stomach upset. Serious instances of food contamination during pregnancy may require clinical attention.

Cook all meat, poultry, and fish completely and thoroughly.

Try not to eat half-cooked eggs and food varieties that might contain fresh eggs.

Stay away from unpasteurized dairy items and delicate cheeses except if they are produced using purified milk.

Wash hands, utensils, and cutting sheets well when taking care of meat.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy 

During pregnancy, it’s important to pay attention to what you eat to ensure the and well-being of both the mother and the developing baby. Some foods are best avoided or limited during pregnancy due to the risk of illnesses caused by food, potential harm to the fetus,

Here are some foods to avoid during pregnancy:

Alcohol

It’s a big No for alcohol during pregnancy. It can have a very bad effect on the baby and lead to so many disorders such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Physical abnormalities, Neurological problems, Behavioral and emotional issues, Growth restrictions, Miscarriage, and stillbirth.

Raw or undercooked meats and eggs: 

These may have the potential to contain certain parasites and bacteria such as Listeria, salmonella and E.coli, Toxoplasmosis, which can cause food poisoning and affect or harm the baby.

Unpasteurized dairy products: 

Unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses can be harmful to babies, it may contain Listeria bacteria. It’s safer to avoid Brie, feta, and Camembert during this period.

Certain types of fish: 

Avoiding High-mercury fish like swordfish, sharks, king mackerel, and tilefish will be a way to play it safe, as mercury can adversely affect the baby’s developing nervous system. 

Raw seafood: 

Uncooked seafood may be contaminated and be carrying harmful bacteria and parasites.

Deli meats and processed meats: 

If you choose to eat meat in any form make sure it is properly cooked to avoid any contamination. Contaminated meat could carry bacteria that can affect the baby.

Raw sprouts

Sprouts (e.g., alfalfa, mung bean, clover) can harbor bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli, so it’s best to avoid them during pregnancy.

Caffeine

Taking too much caffeine during pregnancy is associated with some complications during prey. But avoid it during this period.

Wash vegetables and fruit thoroughly to get rid of pesticides and bacteria.

Make sure to thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables to remove any potential traces of pesticides or harmful bacteria.

Avoid excessive use of certain herbs and spices like licorice roots and cinnamon.

My C-section experience 

What is c-section 

Cesarean section also known as C-section is a major surgical procedure to deliver a baby.

I had two vaginal births and two surgical births and I will like to talk about my C-section deliveries andexperiences during and after the surgery.

I had a smooth pregnancy until 36 weeks into my pregnancy journey. My baby was lying breech, my baby’s head was lying somewhere under my right breast, and could feel it, my pregnancy tummy had taken a very funny shape. 

I cried, I prayed, and wish everything will just change overnight because people have had breech pregnancies change to occipital-anterior. Having had two natural births, I felt terrible about having surgery this time.

My Doctor gave me a week to see if there will be changes. I also tried a few exercises at home with permission from my Doctor. It’s important to let your Doctor or midwife know before you start any exercise. 

When all other options failed I was booked for surgery.

On the day of my surgery, I was prepared and taken to the theatre. My husband went in with me till the surgery was over. He prayed with me throughout the whole procedure.

The surgery lasted for approximately seven minutes by the time everything was over and I was wheeled out to the recovery room was a total of fifteen minutes.

The baby was delivered with the umbilical code wrapped around the neck twice hence the baby’s position.

Recovery started gradually and steadily 

I got out of bed the next day and took my very first step. It was not so easy but I made it gradually to the washroom. By the third day baby and mama were ok to go home.

Now the real deal begins

Healing: I took each day at a time. 

Self-care was one of my main priorities. I was given rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean every day, I also took my medication I as instructed because I did not want to put myself and my baby in any bad situation. 

What I ate :

My first food was porridge a very light one made from corn/maize which helps in breastmilk production, I followed up with soups and gradually started adding other nutrient-packed foods. At this point I was eating for healing and breastmilk production, weight can wait for these two things were so important to me.

These were some of the things I inculcated in my food or had in a day.

  1. Guava fruit which is very high in vitamin C 
  2. Oats good for breastmilk production
  3. Palm nut soup or tomato/light soup or any kind of soup
  4. Salads
  5. Cashew nuts 
  6. Wholegrain bread
  7. Green leafy vegetables like spinach 
  8. Eggs
  9. Avocado
  10. Lean meat
  11. Milo Drink
  12. Tea

Within eight weeks I had recovered well and my suture was intact and neatly healed. 

Now my second C-section expectations surgery and recovery…..read more

Guide to baby-proofing your home. 

It’s intriguing to welcome another addition to the family. We have a responsibility as parents to secure the home to avoid accidents and keep our little angels from harm’s way.

In this post, we are going to discuss a few baby-proofing tips and techniques to have a secure and friendly space for our little angels.

Nursery Safety: 

The little one’s room should be cozy and comfortable. Secure the crib, and also make sure the blanket and other bedding are not hanging around so that the baby will not grab them to cover the face. The screw and locks of the crib should be firmly in place. 

Kitchen Safety: 

Make the kitchen as safe as possible. Put dangerous and harmful things such as sharp objects, chemicals, and medications out of reach. Cover stove knobs, and secure cabinet doors with childproof locks.

Living Room and Play Area

Anchor all types of furniture and neatly pack electronic gadgets and cables in a box. If possible gate the play area.

Bathroom Safety:

I don’t know what the attraction to the toilet is, I guess is the water or maybe the paper tissue. Keep everything in the toilet out of reach, you can secure toilet lids with hooks. Installing a non-slip mat in the bathtub will also help. 

Electrical Safety:

Fix outlet covers and cord concealers, it’s important to secure loose cords to prevent tugging.

Staircase Safety: 

Don’t be taken by surprise, babies move a lot when they start crawling and walking. Install safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases. You may choose the side open made from wood or metal or the concertina stair gates which are made from mesh or soft material which extends from side to side.

Fire Safety: 

Install smoke detectors, create an escape plan, and keep fire extinguishers within easy reach for adults.

Outdoor Safety: 

Extend the baby-proofing measures to the outdoor areas of the home. Secure gates and remove potential hazards like poisonous plants or sharp objects.

Types of baby clothes

Onesies or Bodysuits: 

These are clothes that covers a baby’s body and snap at the crotch. These type of clothing makes daiper changing easier. Baby can wear it alone or pair them with other clothing.

Tops and Downs:

This ranges from shirts, sweaters, blouses and T-shirts. The downs include skirts, trousers and shorts . These pieces can be combine beautifully to create various outfits.

Sleepers or Pajamas: 

They are sleep wear that come in one piece. it usually has a long sleeve and long legs. Sleepers keep baby warm and comfortable at night.

Romper

They are a combination of top and shorts or pants, it’s a single unit garment.

Outerwear

This category includes cardigans jackets,, hoodies, coats and it’s intended to provide warmth and protection from cold weather.

Baby Accessories

Accessories for babies can include hats, socks, mittens, booties, bibs, and headbands. These items can add style and provide additional comfort and protection. Shopping baby items can be addictive, don’t shop more than necessary they outgrow their clothes so fast.

It’s important to choose baby clothes that are comfortable and safe for the weather conditions.

10 Tips for New mums

  1. Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding can be frustrating some times , it’s the best way to give your baby the nutrition they need. Don’t hesitate to ask for support from a lactation consultant or a support group for new moms. One trick you can use when breastfeeding is to be reading or watching something you like . It helps take your mind off for a while and by the time you see you would have done a long breastfeeding time.
  2. Sleep: You may not get as much sleep as you used to and yes it’s normal. Sleep when your baby sleeps, and try to take naps whenever possible.
  3. Postpartum recovery: You just did an amazing job with your body. You brought life to this world and that is a lot. Take time time to recover. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and take the time you need to rest and heal. Take care of yourself too. Get a self care journal to help you.
  4. Changing Diapers: You will go through a lot of diaper changing in the first few weeks. Daiper change will not be as frequent when the baby is  some few months older . A year daiper plan or subscriptions is a cost effective way not to save on daiper.
  5. Baby gear: Babies need a lot of stuff, but you don’t necessarily need to buy everything right away. Focus on the essentials, When babies outgrow their early age clothes wash them and keep them for next baby, it saves you spending so much on your next baby. You will only need a few new ones.
  6. Postpartum emotions: It’s normal to experience a range of emotions after having a baby. Talk to your partner, friends, family members or a therapist if you need support.
  7. Baby’s development: Babies grow and change quickly, and it can be hard to keep up. Check with your pediatrician or a trusted resource to learn more about what to expect at different stages.
  8. Time management: Taking care of a baby is a full-time job, but you still need to take care of yourself and your other responsibilities. Consider asking for help from family and friends.
  9. Self-care: It’s important to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Try to find time to do things you enjoy, like reading, taking a bath, watching a movie or going for a walk.
  10. Bonding with your baby: Bonding with your baby is important for both of you. Spend time cuddling, talking, and playing with your baby, and try to enjoy every moment.   You will miss those cute moments soon.

Celebrating The Female Activist of The Year-Ethel Adjorlolo-Marfo

Ethel The boysdocta is a passionate young woman who decided to take a path that not everybody will. When she started  When she started Junior Shapers Africa a lot of people never thought she could.

Speaking at the Ghana Women of the year Honouree brunch she stated that people ridiculed her just because  she was a woman and above all didn’t have any son to deem her fit for that task. She was told it was a man’s job.

With resilience and hard work she continued to follow her dream until it became a reality.

This indeed is a unique story that needed to be celebrated.

Today we celebrate the Woman Activist of the Year,  awarded by Glitz Africa an institution that celebrates women who are impacting society in one way or the other. 

Boysdocta we celebrate with you this great achievement. You are an inspiration to other women .