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Aravinda Ayyagari, MD, FAAP

Dr. Ayyagari is an Attending Pediatrician with Rowedocs.com
Special Teams

Ayyagari is interested in:

  • Tips from the Mommy MD Guides syndicated newspaper column contributor
  • Media interviews
  • Speaking engagements
  • SpokesDoctor opportunities [link to Partner with us page]
Medical and Media Experience


An Interview with Dr. Ayyagari

What has surprised you most about parenting?  I thought that I would be well prepared since I am trained in pediatrics.  I didn’t realize how much self care actually was important in taking good care of my children and patients.  Being a mother and a physician, women are conditioned to put everyone else ahead of themselves and then feel moody and depressed.  When I started taking care of my needs for 30 min per day, I noticed a change for the better at home and at work.

How do you get your family to eat well?  I love my instapot which makes cooking quick and easy. I use the facebook group online for instapot to make dinner healthy for all four of us. My husband and I take turns cooking and cook the night before so that there is no delay in dinner when everyone gets home from school//work the next day.  We plan out snacks and keep them in containers in the fridge or leave a note for the kids so they know what is there.  Now that they are teens themselves, they are taking turns cooking which is fun and helps with the workload! 

How do you get your family to exercise?  I set a good example and exercise at least 3 days per week.  I also try to incorporate exercise into family time, hiking on trails nearby and walking in the neighborhood. 

What do you do to take care of YOU?  I get up early and follow a simple skincare routine and exercise for at least 20 min before going to work.  I make sure I sit and eat breakfast without any media on and sit outside in the backyard.  I find I relax immediately when I go outside and listen to the birds and just appreciate nature.

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