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In India, the arrival of a child is not very different from a wedding. It is a family event that everyone looks forward to with great eagerness and enthusiasm. Each family member also knows of an age-old custom or belief they know to have benefited expectant mothers and newborns. But how does a first-time mother balance quirky community-based rituals alongside new-age, scientific norms? For Bumpier Times is an attempt to capture the complexities of being pregnant in our society and to arm you with information that enables you to make empowered decisions. By recording 101 rituals from across the country, and by having them reviewed by an eminent panel of doctors and experts, the book hopes to dismiss your doubts and fears, trace the origin behind these myths and beliefs, and keep up with the latest in childbirth and care to help you achieve that balance crucial to welcoming your little one into your culture and world. Written in an easy-to-understand Q&A format, Lakshmy Ramanathan has managed to create an elaborate guide on pregnancy and childcare specific to Indian mothers.
About the Author
Lakshmy Ramanathan graduated in English Literature from Stella Maris College, Chennai and went on to major in print journalism from the Asian College of Journalism. She spent her early twenties covering health and education, and interviewing refugees of war and terror, along with achievers from various fields for The Times of India and Daily News & Analysis (DNA). She is now a full-time mommy and part-time slave to her four-year-old. She lives in Mumbai with her family.