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Docs to attend conference in Beijing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
Four doctors from Ludhiana will accompany a 19-member delegation from India to participate in the 16th World Congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in China from September 15 to 19.

Dr Arun Mitra, Dr S.K. Prabhaker, Dr Waheguru Singh and Dr Jeet Amol Singh Gill from the city will participate in the congress that plans to come out with a concrete action plan with an aim to educate society of dangers of war, mobilise them and solve disputes through dialogue, said Dr Mitra while addressing mediapersons here yesterday.

The congress will deliberate on diverse issues like nuclear terrorism, IPPNW’s role in health approach to prevent small arms injuries, dialogues with decision makers influencing security policy and armed violence in South Asia.

The medical fraternity will also discuss impact of armed conflict on children, uranium weapons and bio-medical and social affects of atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.



Getting into shape after childbirth
Tribune News Service

THE birth of a child is a life-changing experience. But that is not the only thing that changes after your bundle of joy enters your life, the new mother’s body also changes to a large (pun intended) extent.

Kegel exercise: Try stopping and starting flow of urine alternately. That squeezing is the pelvic floor muscle contacting which will tone these pelvic muscles. Kegel exercises can be performed anywhere while sitting, driving etc. Beginning with 10 to 20 (holding till a count of four) the aim should be at least 100 a day. Kegel exercise is also helpful in preventing urine incontinence and prolapse of the uterus.

Isometric abdominal contractions: Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on floor. Take a deep breath and exhale as you tighten abdominal muscles by pulling your belly button in. Inhale as you release.

Modified crunch: Lie on your back with your knees bent. Keep your arms behind your back, out in front, or across your chest. Inhale, then exhale and raise your head and shoulders off the floor.

Inhale, and slowly lower your body. Relax. Repeat 5 times

Leg raises: Lie flat on your back. Slowly raise one leg keeping the other flat. Hold till a count of 5. Repeat with other leg.

Exercise for back: Lie flat on face, arms by the sides. Slowly lift head and shoulders.


  • Start any exercise programme gradually, allowing yourself time to build up over a number of weeks.
  • Remember to have some water handy , especially if you’re breastfeeding. Always carry a water bottle when going out.
  • Pain is a warning signal during exercise. If you experience any discomfort, discontinue the exercise and consult your doctor.
  • Avoid jumping, bouncing or jerky movements for at least five months after the childbirth.
  • Keep a good posture to strengthen back muscles.

The routine of a new mom is an endless rigmarole of frequent feedings, diaper changes and taking over domestic responsibilities. Amid all this activity the motivation to get back to shape gets lost.

So at the altar of sleep-deprived life of the new mother, exercise is the most obvious sacrifice. And yet exercise should be a top priority at this time of your life, says Chandigarh-based gynaecologist Dr Umesh Jindal. Because it is vital to re-educate the muscles that have become weak during pregnancy, she adds.

Exercise also helps you to return to your pre-pregnancy weight and shape, says another Chandigarh-based gynaecologist Dr Sonica Chugh.

Post-natal exercises offer many other benefits as well, asserts Dr Chugh. These include increased energy to cope up with the demands of new motherhood, faster healing process after birth, overall feeling of well being and health and reduced stress and post-partum depression.

There is no fixed time to start your post-natal exercises but according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology resuming or starting your exercise routine should be based on your physical capacity.

But always consult your doctor before starting any post-natal exercise routine, cautions Dr Jindal.

It is essential to take time to recover as childbirth can place enormous strain on your body even if the birth was a normal one. While certain simple toning and stretching exercises like Kegel and isometric contractions can be started in the first week after delivery (strictly under your doctor’s guidance), Dr Jindal advises to wait till the stitches have healed.

Normally after your six-week post-partum check up most doctors advise some sort of exercise routine unless you have had a Caesarean section, then the advisable waiting period is at least three months, adds Dr Jindal.

During pregnancy and childbirth uterine, abdominal and back muscles become lax, Dr Chugh advises some simple leg raises and stretches to tone these muscles.

However, if you had a Caesarean section, only deep or abdominal breathing is advised, along with simple toning exercises. Any exercise which puts pressure on abdominal muscles should be avoided for at least three months, she asserts.

Ms Jasbir Kaur, owner of a gym in Mohali, says many women want to join the gym immediately after delivery but ‘‘we normally advise them to wait for at least a month before joining any sort of exercise programme. And even after a month I make them start with light cardiovascular and floor exercises for toning their abdominal muscles. These are for not more than 30 minutes. These may include walking on a treadmill, cycling and simple stretching exercises. This light schedule is of at least one-month duration depending on the stamina of the individual. No weights or jumping exercises are recommended for another six weeks after starting the post-natal exercises’’.

Aerobics, too, are advised after three months even after a normal delivery, she adds.

Simrit Dhanoa (29), a Mohali-based housewife and a mother of two kids, highly recommends post-natal exercises to new mothers. Simrit has had two Caesarean sections. Both times she gained over 15 kg during pregnancy. Six months after her both deliveries she joined a gym. Beginning with 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercises she increased it to 90 minutes and lost around 15 kg in four months after the first baby and 10 kg in two and a half months after the second delivery. She strongly recommends working with an experienced trainer as only a sustained effort will help you get back into shape which is not possible working out on your own.

A dietician, Dr Neelu Malhotra of Mohali, recommends a high calorie, high protein diet for lactating mothers. However, only 500 extra calories are needed for new mothers making it roughly a 3000-calorie diet. She also advises an intake of at least three litre of liquids out of which one litres should be milk.

Dr Jindal recommends calcium and iron-rich foods for lactating mothers. But fats should be strictly avoided, she says.

So go easy on that ‘panjiri’ or just dry roast the atta and use ‘shakkar’ instead of sugar, suggests Dr Malhotra.

A simple exercise routine and a sensible diet along with breast feeding will soon get you back into shape.



Nutrition Day celebrated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 8
Freedom Fighters’ Organisation and the Freedom Fighters’ Successors’ organisation celebrated Nutrition Day by distributing fruits to all patients of the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, and donating 101 bedsheets for the use of patients here yesterday.

A function presided over by the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, was held at the Civil Hospital.

As many as 105 freedom fighters and their successors participated. Prominent among those present were Dewan Jagdish Chandra, general secretary, all-India Freedom Fighters’ Organisation, Mr Ram Lal Chiba and others.

Dr Narotam Dewan, general secretary, Punjab Pardesh Freedom Fighters’ Successors’ Organisation, said that the godowns were full with grains. “We have fruits and vegetables in plenty.”

Proper management of these eatables for the starving and malnourished would make “our countrymen healthier and protect them from infectious diseases like tuberculosis.”

Dr S.N. Tiwari announced that all freedom fighters would be given due respect in the government hospitals.



Eye donation fortnight concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 8
An eye donation fortnight, organised by the Department of Ophthalmology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, concluded today with holding of a quiz for MBBS students.

The quiz consisted of GK round, clinical case study round, visual round and buzzer round. Five teams consisting of two participants each contested for the trophy. Participants where shortlisted through a preliminary round held earlier. Team D (Pankaj Jawa and Amisha Kurl) where declared the winner with 110 points. Parul (BDS I), Preet Kiran (BDS I) and Sneha Anna Joy (MBBS I) won the first, second and third prizes, respectively, for the poster competition.



Sahnewal zone beat Gujjarwal zone in kabaddi
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 8
Sahnewal zone pipped Gujjarwal zone 46-44 in kabaddi (u-14) in the Ludhiana District Inter-Zonal Games being played at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Gill, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU.

The following are the results: Kabaddi (u-14): Sahnewal zone beat Gujjarwal zone 46-44; Jagraon zone beat Khanna zone 54-44; and Khanna zone got walk over PAU zone.

Kabaddi (u-17): Gujjarwal zone beat Gill zone 70-16; Jagraon zone beat Khanna zone 73-25; and Sahnewal zone walk over PAU zone.

Kabaddi (u-19): Gujjarwal zone beat Gill zone 60-38; and Khanna zone beat Sahnewal zone 54-46.

Volleyball (u-14): Gujjarwal zone beat Raikot zone; Jagraon zone beat PAU zone; and Samrala zone beat Khanna zone. U-17: Raikot zone beat Samrala zone; Gill zone beat PAU zone; Jagraon zone beat Khanna zone; and Sahnewal zone beat Gujjarwal zone; U-19: Jagraon zone beat Sanewal zone; Raikot zone beat Samrala zone; and Gill zone beat Gujjarwal zone.

Kho-kho (u-14): Sahnewal zone beat Samrala zone; and Raikot zone beat Khanna zone. U-17: Gill zone beat Sahnewal zone; and Raikot zone beat Gujjarwal zone. U-19: Jagraon zone beat Khanna zone; Gill zone beat Gujjarwal zone; and Raikot zone beat Sahnewal zone.

Handball (u-19): Gujjarwal zone beat Khanna zone; and Raikot zone beat Jagraon zone. U-14: Jagraon zone along with Samrala, PAU and Gill zones have entered semifinals while in u-17, Gill, Gujjarwal, Samrala and Raikot zones have made it to the last four stage.



Mini-Olympic games to start tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Samrala, September 8
The 58th mini-olympic games will start from September 10 at Kot Gangurai village, 13 km from here, according to President of the games today, Mr Rajinder Singh Kooner, and secretary Master Mewa Singh here today.

Talking to mediapersons at the local civil rest house, Mr Mewa Singh said on the Kabaddi (30, 37 and 45 kg), playing cards and cart races will be held on the first day on the second day, kabaddi (52, 57 kg,) volleyball shooting and athletics (boys and girls), event will be held.

Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, PWD minister, Punjab, will distribute the prizes. Mr Ishar Singh Meharban will preside over the function. Mr Mewa Singh also said on the last day a big mela in memory of Baba Nag will be celebrated with great pomp and show.


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