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If You’re Facing Parenting Problems, Sumayah Hasan Is Here To The Rescue

parenting problems, sumayah hasan

Basically, blogging is online journaling. People blog to express themselves and share their passions. They share their knowledge and also earn money. Some say that it has therapeutic benefits. Although there are multiple Pakistani bloggers, there are very few blogs which focus on parenting tips. However, there’s one blogger who has solutions for all your parenting problems, Sumayah Hasan a.k.a Super Sumayah.

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Time to properly unveil the red head phase of my life. 👾👾 For those of you who have been following me for a while, I'm sure you've noticed how I keep experimenting with my hair and trying a new look every couple of months/years. I'm a sucker for trying something new. And to me my phases in hair represent life itself. There are times when you don't particularly like an experiment, but you know you'll have to live with it for a while. Like this dye that I got. First day I hated it. But I eventually accepted its existence in my life and the fact that it's not going anywhere soon. By the third day I started liking it. From hating to liking in three days is really an achievement, and that's life for you. There are phases that we hate at times. Sometimes those phases entail situations beyond our control. We can choose to hate on it for as long as we can, or accept it and learn to move on. And eventually appreciate the importance of even the most challenging times of our lives. So yeah. Who thought hair experiments could teach me such deep stuff about life? 🤓🤓 #supersumayah #instablogger #vlogger #blogger #PositiveThinking #NeverSayNever #DontHate #Appreciate #Hair #Fashion #RedHead #hairstyles

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In the crowd of mommy bloggers and parenting problems, Sumayah Hasan is a breath of fresh air.

From traveling to skincare, from workout regime to sharing her struggles with PCOS, Sumayah Hasan writes about everything. Talking about hormonal issues is not easy but she is very vocal about it. She shares diet plans for PCOS and workout routines. Sumayah Hasan is one of the few people who has highlighted this particular issue. It’s important because it’s very common among women but there’s no such awareness about it.

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I have been getting acne since I was a teenager. 😞My monthly cycles were always extremely painful. 😫I had gorgeous voluminous hair but in the last ten years half of that volume had gone. 💇🏻The first time I was told I had PCOS was at the age of 26, even though I was 23 when I was given a hormone pill aka birth control for my symptoms by a gynecologist. Of course this wasn't the first time I was told to take the pills. Dermatologists had been insisting my acne would go away if I took them since the first time I visited them, with no mention of PCOS. I had already had ultrasounds in my early twenties that had shown cysts in my ovaries, but no one called it PCOS. They told me it was normal and most girls had it and it was nothing to worry about because 'they wash away'. They weren't wrong though. They just forgot to tell me that they don't go away after that one time and keep coming back if I'm not careful. I discovered what PCOS were all about only a few months ago. That it's a lifelong condition. And that I have it because diabetes runs in my family. Not because my diet is poor or I'm not exercising enough. I also learnt that if I kept my lifestyle healthy, it wouldn't impact me and I can actually live without acne. I just wish the first time I went to a doctor, they had told me all these things, so I could've spent my twenties without worrying about the acne and the hair loss every single month. Since I don't want any other girl to live in the dark anymore, I've put everything you need to know down in this post about PCOS. [Link in Bio] If you don't have it, learn about it so you can spread the awareness to those who might. Happy Thai New Year to everyone. 🤡 #blogger #supersumayah #pcos #health #womenshealth #acne #skin #hair #womenempowerment #girls #women #awareness

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Since her daughter’s birth, she has started focusing on parenting problems.

Although her daughter is just one month old, Sumayah Hasan shares all her struggles and happy moments of motherhood on her blog. During her pregnancy, she posted about her daily routine and it helped mommies-to-be a great deal.

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Big Announcement Time! So I had been debating over whether I wanted to talk about my pregnancy at all on a public platform or not for a while now. Recently saw Kylie Jenner’s video and how she never announced it till the baby was finally here, and I thought 🤔 I should do that too. But then I realized I’m no Kylie Jenner 🤡. I was afraid of many things such as nazar and bad vibes, etc. You know the stuff people tell you to be wary of throughout your pregnancy. But the truth is, in the past couple of months of engaging with you all, I’ve received so much love and prayers and kindness from most of you, and very rarely received any bad vibes that I didn’t see why I should be worried at all! 🌝 I need prayers and good vibes right now boys and girls, and I’m counting on you all. 😌 This hasn’t been an easy journey, but it’s been an interesting one for sure. I’ve learnt so much in these last few months about life, patience, health and wellness and what not. And I’m dying to share my lessons with all of you! So YES! I’M PREGGERS! Alhamdulillah MA! I hope you’ll get to learn a few things or two with me on this journey. Are you with me? 🐒 #supersumayah #surprise #pregnant #baby #babybump #7weekstogo #inshallah #blogger #love #kindness #prayer

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She encouraged mommies to exercise during pregnancy.

Although our elders have always discouraged us to exercise in pregnancy, it is absolutely safe. Sumayah posted about her workout routine and demonstrated some light exercises. Also, she mentioned the health benefits of exercising during pregnancy.

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EXERCISE IN PREGNANCY: A lot of people think exercising while 🤰🏻can lead to a miscarriage. 🤦🏻‍♀️It’s super healthy and can help ease a lot of pregnancy symptoms and complications as long as you follow some basic guidelines that I’ve shared below. The only time you shouldn’t do any activity is when your doctor specifically tells you not to, due to a complication! 🧘🏻‍♀️Doctors recommend minimum 30 mins/day of activity. 🧘🏻‍♀️Don’t set new goals. Go with whatever you’ve been doing pre-pregnancy stamina wise. 🧘🏻‍♀️If you’ve already been doing weights before then no need to stop. Just don’t do any exercise that puts pressure on abdomen or requires you to lie flat on the back for long. 🧘🏻‍♀️Cardio is great especially in the last trimester. Helps baby to drop apparently. 🧘🏻‍♀️Any exercise you do shouldn’t make you breathless, you should be able to make conversation. 🧘🏻‍♀️Make sure you’re well hydrated and calorie intake compensates for the amount of activity you’re doing. 🧘🏻‍♀️Yoga and swimming are gr8 for relieving back pain. I followed @sarahbethyoga prenatal workout from YouTube and it helped. 🧘🏻‍♀️Get a professional to help at the gym. I went to @executiveclubofficial where @samreen.naeem.108 was guiding me. 🧘🏻‍♀️Always listen to your body. 🧘🏻‍♀️When in doubt, ask your doctor! If I’ve missed any info, so lemme know in the comments below and if I’ve motivated you to work out leave me a 💪🏼! It might motivate me to start walking again too. 😇 #supersumayah #pregnancy #fitness #empoweryourself #empoweringwomen #1weektogo❤️ #inshallah

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Also, she defied all the stereotypes and included her husband in every moment of her pregnancy.

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One of the reasons we had a co baby shower that we called ‘Diaper Bash’ was because I disagree with celebrating a child’s arrival just with the mother. 🌝 Parenting is as much a father’s job as it is a mother’s. Sure there are some things which only a mother can do, like breastfeeding, or carrying a baby in her uterus. But there’s a lot that is still left for the dad and that needs to be done by the dad, not only to give the mother a break, but also because the child needs it, he/she demands it. Honestly that traditional way of raising children where the moms do everything are gone. And this is something that I wish to focus on with my child iA, to make sure that despite our cultural norms telling dads not to participate in Diaper changing and other baby chores as if it’s something beneath them, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be a part of every aspect of their child’s life. I want my daughter to grow up believing that it’s not a woman’s job to take care of the household, and the family, but it takes both partners to do it together. With increasing pressures in today’s day and age of women being expected to do more like having a career, driving for chores and looking perfectly healthy and fit, it doesn’t make sense that the dad’s role doesn’t also evolve to encompass more. It’s not about being supportive, it’s about being responsible because hey, it takes two to make a child and to raise it. 🤓 If you agree with me, leave me a 🐒 in the comments below. And if you’ve already got this figured out and you and your husband are raising the kids like a boss, then leave a ⭐️ below coz you’re really super! #supersumayah #realrishtey #4weekstogo #inshallah #peakfreanscakeup #RealGoodnessInside #pregnant #maternitydress #maternityshoot #itsagirl

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After her birth, Merai Zahra Ahmed made her first appearance on her mommy’s blog.

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Merai Zahra Ahmad 👶🏻 . . So a lot of you have asked me the meaning and pronunciation of my baby monkey’s name. Here it is: Merai has its origins in three languages. In Turkish it means ‘Glowing like a moon’. In Japanese it means ‘Future’ and in Basque (present in parts of France and Spain) it means ‘Miracle’ which this bubba really is. It is pronounced as ‘Me’ as in the English word ‘Me’ and Rai as in the Urdu word Rai meaning opinion (Aap ki Raye Kia Hai?). . . Zahra is the middle name and is not part of the first name as some of you asked. It’s pronounced as Zah-ra not Zehra or Zara. It also has its origins in three languages. In Arabic it means ‘beautiful and blossom’, in Persian it means ‘Blossom’ and in Swahili it means ‘Flower’. . . Okthanksbye. 🤡 #supersumayah #babygirl #postnatal #4weeks #baby #pregnant #pregnancy #newmom #ftm #saymashallah

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Sumayah set the record start about the postnatal body.

Most of the times, women have this wrong notion that their bodies shrink almost immediately after birth. Obviously, this is not true. Sumayah shared her thoughts on this matter.

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So how many of you think that your body shrinks back completely right after child birth? Raise yo’ hands! 🙌🏽 I don’t know about you, but for some reason that’s what I thought! 😅🤦🏻‍♀️ I assumed that once the baby’s out you just go back to your old size. But hey your uterus grows multiple times it’s original size in 9 months, how could it possibly shrink back in an instant?! 😱 So here’s the fun fact: Post natal bodies look like you’re 6 months pregnant as you can see in the photo. This is me one week post partum with swollen face, hands and feet, water retention and weight gain that happened over 9 months. The uterus shrinks back from 2 and a half pounds to 2 oz over six weeks or so, varies from person to person. So rather than obsessing over unnatural standards to look like we never had a child, let’s just try to be real and kind to ourselves yaaaa? Pregnancy and child birth are both beautiful miracles of life. Let’s celebrate them in their entirety! 💃🏻 This picture is just a reminder to myself that I did gain weight but I’m not ashamed of it, because at the end of the day it was all worth it. ♥️ There’s tones of aunties and relatives that are going to tell you todkas and what not to lose weight as soon as you’re back home and probably make you freak out over your weight gain, but rest assured that you’re fine and the aunties have simply forgotten what their bodies looked like after their childbirths. 🤡 so don’t tension okkkkk? #postnatal #pregnancy #supersumayah #baby #newmom #itsagirl

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After that, she started the diet regime and asked other mommies to join her.

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Health and Fitness Regime Update: A lot of you joined the regime with me last week (yayyyy!!) where we started off with eliminating artificial sugar and cheese from our diets. While I was good on the cheese front, I did cheat with coke and cup cakes/cakes a few times over last week. 😭But it’s a new week and I’m determined to try harder this week. I had planned to start a light workout this Monday and share that with you, but Merai has kept me quite busy and my plan to move back home (where all my workout clothes and equipment is) got delayed by a few days. 🤡 So for this week I’ve decided to add one more item to the elimination diet: White bread! 🥪 Switching to brown bread for breakfast now and excited to feel better. I’d also like to think of what goals I want to set for myself for this regime so I can track progress, with the goal not having a timeline (since I’m in postpartum phase and it’s necessary to stay flexible and easy) but if you don’t have such constraints then setting a timeline really helps. I want to start with shedding 10 kilos, and losing weight on my face and arms/shoulders. That’s my initial goal, will add more goals once I’m closer to meeting my first. So here it is, your homework for this week! 👯‍♀️Share your goals below since saying goals out loud help you set your intention stronger in your own mind! 🤓 Here’s to hoping this little 🐒 gives me some time every other day to work out a little next week iA! 😅 Swaddle and Robes from @poshpeanut #supersumayah #babygirl #itsagirl #baby #postnatal #postpartum #ftm #mom #pregnant #pregnancy #fitness #womenshealth #empoweringwomen #empoweryourself

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Also to mention, her workout regime.

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Fitness Regime Week 3 💪🏼: For this week I’ve decided to get back to Yoga 🧘🏻‍♀️with the PostNatal Yoga Routine by @sarahbethyoga on YouTube. It’s a 30 min routine designed to rebuild strength and flexibility, both of which I find myself lacking postpartum 🤡. I decided to restart physical exercise with Yoga for two primary reasons: 1) it’s gentle on your body and perfect to ease back into a routine and stamina. I feel a lot of stiffness in my legs and feet till now (it’s been a month and a half) and feel like I’ve lost a lot of my strength despite working out during pregnancy. 2) It’s perfect to de-stress and get some good positive energy going, which is much needed postpartum when you’re physically and mentally taxing routines make it hard for you to take out any time for yourself. Women with PCOS are speculated to be more prone to general depression as well as postpartum depression, so I’ve wanted to deliberately take out the time to make sure my mental health is well looked after. 🧘🏻‍♀️ So that’s my plan… would you like to join me this week? Leave me an Aye Aye Captain 👩🏻‍✈️in the comments below! #supersumayah #yoga #womenshealth #womenempowerment #postnatal #baby #itsagirl #empoweryourself #empoweringwomen

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According to Pakistani aunties, the most important part of raising a child is the right shape of their head. Sumayah shared her thoughts about it.

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I’ve heard this time and again from people, in person and also on Instagram DMs, that I should keep a pillow under Merai’s head when she sleeps because it helps shape the head (sarr banane ke liye), and I’ve decided to address this here for the general awareness of everyone who’s expecting or has a baby. 🤡 Health care providers all over the developed world insist that parents avoid keeping ANYTHING in the crib when the baby sleeps which includes hats, blankets and surprise surprise, PILLOWS, to minimize the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). A lot of people told me that keeping the pillow has been a practice followed in Pakistan for centuries and that they’ve used it with their infants and they were totally fine. 😕Here’s a not so fun fact: Pakistan ranks as the country with the HIGHEST infant mortality rate in the WORLD according to the latest @unicef report! We beat war torn countries like Afghanistan and Syria and all of African countries as well to get to the top. Imagine that! So while Alhamdulillah the babies of these well intentioned people didn’t suffer, there have been infants who have for one reason or another. I’m so blessed to have a great pediatrician for Merai (Dr. Joza at Medicsee in case anyone’s interested) who told me that nothing is more important than my child’s life and that I MUST NOT use a pillow because a) most babies are born elongated heads and the heads find their normal shape on their own with time), and b) keeping a baby’s head straight during sleep puts the baby at the risk of choking since the baby needs to spit out milk and it’s random so you never know. So for all those reading this post: PLEASE stop this practice. Not only is this dangerous, it feeds into the earliest form of body shaming for your child. Your child is beautiful as he/she is. How you perceive her perfections and imperfections will make her see them the same way. 🦄 #supersumayah #postnatal #baby #itsagirl #womenshealth #pregnant #pregnancy #empoweringwomen

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Breastfeeding is the most difficult thing for new mommies.

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So many girls told me that they quit breastfeeding right at the onset because of the challenges they faced and the lack of support they had to help them overcome those challenges. Breastfeeding is super complicated and there’s a lot of awareness and education needed on the subject to encourage women and girls to persist through and continue with it. I’ve tried to answer all the questions I’ve been asked related to breastfeeding in my instastory today along with any other info I had that I thought could be useful for others! 🤡 The story has been put in the highlights as well for all of you to take a look at whenever you need any info. 🐥I sincerely hope this helps some of you like it helped me when I was at the verge of quitting. But trust me once you know how it works and the whole science behind it, you not only get the hang of it, you find yourself a lot more confident with the whole process. ☯️ Whether you choose to bfeed or not is entirely your decision and it doesn’t make you a good mom or a bad mom. Having said that, bfeeding is DEFINITELY more healthier and better for your baby and doctor’s advise at least six months of exclusive bfeeding to reap all the truck loads of benefits it comes with! So enjoy the story and feel free to leave any info I may have missed out on in the comments below for others to benefit from. Remember, together we’re all stronger! 💪🏼 #supersumayah #postnatal #baby #itsagirl #breastfeeding #womenshealth #womenempowerment #empoweryourself #empoweringwomen #postpartum

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Recently, she started setting a sleeping routine for her daughter.

For infants, bathtime doubles as exercise time.

Super Sumayah is the superhero among all mommy bloggers.

Pakistani mommies, especially new mommies, need guidance at every step of motherhood. Sharing tips about parenting problems, Sumayah Hasan makes it look easy. Super Sumayah is definitely the superhero among new mommies.

Written by Mehak Zahra

31 year old mother of a boy. Lover of films, books, words, history, art, nature, stories. Dreamer and a very flawed person.

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