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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.


Forty day funda

WHEN I HAD just given birth to my daughter, I was constantly told to stay away from

By Lakshmy Ramanathan October 05, 2019

Bathing the baby

WHEN I WAS researching for my book, a grandmother from Kolhapur got in touch with

By Lakshmy Ramanathan September 14, 2019

The 40-day diet

NEW MOTHERS, especially in the four southern states, follow a form of regimented

By Lakshmy Ramanathan August 24, 2019

More to paan than just masala

COMING FROM a south Indian household, I grew up watching every ceremony conclude

By Lakshmy Ramanathan August 03, 2019

Amazing ajwain

There are a lot of traditional practices that surround pregnancy and infant care in

By Lakshmy Ramanathan July 20, 2019

Magical methi

INCLUSION OF fenugreek (methi) seeds in some form or the other in a new mother’s

By Lakshmy Ramanathan June 29, 2019

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
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