Guest Column

Lakshmy Ramanathan

Lakshmy Ramanathan

Lakshmy Ramanathan is the author of For Bumpier Times: An Indian Mother's Guide to 101 Pregnancy and Childcare Practices. she conducts 'Riding the Bump' workshops for expecting mothers and new parents.


Getting back in shape

I RECENTLY received a mail from a young mother about her struggle with losing

By Lakshmy Ramanathan June 15, 2019

Drink it up

RIGHT AFTER I gave birth to my child, my mother-in-law asked me to go easy on water.

By Lakshmy Ramanathan May 25, 2019

Boiling hot or icy cold bath?

FROM turning weepy in the middle of a supermarket (courtesy supercharged hormones)

By Lakshmy Ramanathan May 04, 2019

Tummy check

SIX MONTHS after giving birth to her twins, Ramneek Gupta, 29, noticed the ‘coning’

By Lakshmy Ramanathan April 20, 2019


When my friends began to have their babies, I used to get strangely similar calls

By Lakshmy Ramanathan March 30, 2019

Can ghee really help with labour?

TRADITIONALLY, a very high amount of ghee (a cup per meal) was included in the diet

By Lakshmy Ramanathan March 09, 2019

Planning your baby’s birth

WHAT IS A birth plan?” I once asked a group of dads-to-be at a workshop. One of

By Lakshmy Ramanathan February 16, 2019

When is your baby due?

THAT IS PROBABLY the most frequently asked question to a pregnant woman. But

By Lakshmy Ramanathan January 26, 2019

Piling on the kilos

I GAINED 17KG when I was pregnant. It seems like a humongous figure (and I did cut

By Lakshmy Ramanathan January 12, 2019

DIY way to delivery

IN THE OLDEN DAYS, women who were nearing the end of pregnancy were encouraged to

By Lakshmy Ramanathan December 15, 2018

Ultrasounds: too many, too much?

I WAS ACCOMPANIED by my father for my first ultrasound scan. I remember little else

By Lakshmy Ramanathan November 10, 2018

Riding the bump with BP

LAST WEEK, my maid grumbled to me about how her niece had turned into an enormous

By Lakshmy Ramanathan November 04, 2018

Iron works

CAN IRON DARKEN THE BABY? No, it cannot, but the belief runs deep across the rural

By Lakshmy Ramanathan September 30, 2018

Chew on this

While expecting, I was a vomit-spewing dragon, emptying contents several times a

By Lakshmy Ramanathan September 09, 2018

Dad's the word

TODAY’S DADS are such a different breed from earlier counterparts. They attend

By Lakshmy Ramanathan August 19, 2018
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