Movie Review: DRY by Stephanie Linus

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So I watched the movie DRY by Stephanie Linus(formerly known as Stephanie okereke) a Nigerian actress. The movie I must confess is really good and it depicts so many factors influencing maternal and child mortality in Nigeria most of which are preventable, the struggles and pains of women daily. It depicts factors such as :
– lack of access to good medical care .
– lack of access to education .
– poverty .
-child bride problems such as vesico vaginal fistula .
– The nonavailability of skilled midwives or birth attendants (people would rather use the traditional birth attendants that lack the needed knowledge and skills for safe childbirth).
– the inability of women to take responsibility for their reproductive health. There are cases in which the mother in-law or husband decides the reproductive health for their wives such as family planning .
-also physical abuse to women which is one issue in which there is increasing awareness for .

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Believe it or not these things happen everyday and it is disheartening to know that some of these factors are nor so far fetched among literates (such as child bride) . Nigerians are greatly influenced by culture and religion , but we need to know when to draw the line (such as running to the church to deliver when indicated for cesearean section) , spirituality is highly encouraged in health  cause it helps individuals mentally but we need to draw the line and know when to seek health care the earliar you seek healthcare the better the chances of survival.

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The movie not only shows the health issues but also the social and mental impacts (such as suicidal ideations) of these things and how women suffer. I must confess I cried at some point because I was touched  by the movie and I decided that I would share this with everybody I can reach out to. It is possible to reduce vesico vaginal fistula and maternal and child mortality in Nigeria, we also have our roles to play seek healthcare early. Kudos to Stephanie Linus on this movie.
Please read, share and watch the movie , your opinions count please make a  comment.

10 reasons why you should exercise.

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Like my previous post on the “fit preggo” It was about exercising in pregnancy and basic exercises you could carry out. Today I want to give you reasons why you should exercise in pregnancy . so here are ten reasons why you should exercise during pregnancy:
1) it helps you to maintain a healthy weight .
2) it helps to reduce common disorders of pregnancy.
3) it helps in better glucose utilization by increasing insulin sensitivity  I.e it reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.
4) improved fetal(baby) growth.
5) it can help to shorten labour and delivery  time .
6) it improves body awareness, balance , coordination and posture.
7) it helps to improve blood circulation and reduces diastolic blood pressure, reducing the risk of pregnancy induced hypertension.
8) it also increases endurance and stamina.
9) it helps to prevent slow and unprogressive labour.
10) last but not the least , exercise helps to improve mood.