Preparing for a Positive Cesarean Birth
#instaworthy wraps and swaddles
For a lot of women having a cesarean birth is extremely daunting and scary. Being awake during a major abdominal surgery is definitely anxiety provoking not to mention the fear of the spinal block, recovery and all the horror stories people like to tell you about what can go wrong or how hard their recovery was.
In this article I want to share with you some ways I have been preparing for a positive experience again this time round so hopefully you can too. It may be a long piece so please stick around as there is a lot to cover!
Pregnancy Diary: What's in my hospital bag?
In this blog you will find 5 brands of wraps and swaddles that are totally #instaworthy for their looks but also amazing quality and super functional of course. There are SOOO many different brands out there but these are my top 5 right now! Don’t forget I know I’m having a girl so most of these are girly prints ways but all brands do unisex and boys ranges too.
Cute Baby Clothes Brands
What I’m packing in my bag to take to hospital for myself and for bub for my cesarean birth.
We will be in for 4-5 days as I am having a cesarean so you may not need as much as me but this will give you an outline of things you can pack for you stay for you and bub!
Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy
Just a quick blog to share some of my fave go-to brands for baby as I’m always being asked on my instagram. After buying a ridiculous amount of clothing that were never worn by Millie I have tried to keep it simple and basic for this bub as I know she will live in onesies and zippys when shes a newborn but of course I also couldn’t help getting few cute dresses and rompers too. In here you will see cheap finds to more expensive pieces.
H&M KIDS – FASHIONABLE, AFFORDABLE & ALL IN ONE PLACE!
During pregnancy it's thought that around 1 in 5 women experience pelvic pain but many of us tend to ignore it or not understand it.
Its so important if you're experiencing PGP (pelvic girdle pain) to speak to your midwife, OB or a women's health physio about it so they help you to feel and function better. Although it is not at all harmful to your baby it causes huge discomfort for sufferers and limits your abilities to function during your pregnancy.
Tips From Real Mums: Transitioning from 1-2 Kids.
Hands up who loves shopping with their kids, toddler, babies?
Anyone? I didn’t think so but we all know it’s a necessary evil and sometimes we must do it when they are with us so finding stores you know and trust is important as busy, time poor Mums.
Although shopping with kids isn’t fun buying cute, fashionable outfits for them is right? I love dressing Millie up in fashionable outfits and finding the best looks for her.
So, what’s the three most important things when shopping for our kids?
Convenience, price & quality - this is where H&M is the perfect fit.
6 PREGNANCY MUST HAVES
I often think about the huge adjustment and change our world is about to make and especially for Millie as she has never known any different other than Mummy & Daddy being her whole world and hers ours. I worry about our bond, our quality time together and how she will feel seeing me give so much attention to the baby. I also think a lot about how in the world am I going to juggle it all?
I recently asked my Instagram how they adjusted from one to two kids and I had so many Mum's who are currently pregnant with their second ask me to share what tips I got so here are just some of them.
Baby Sprinkle Picnic
6 Things we I think all should have during our pregnancies. All these things have helped me in different ways but have all been a massive help during this pregnancy.
OWLET MONITOR – Helping You Rest Assured
On the weekend I was surrounded by my beautiful girlfriends to celebrate our baby girl who will be arriving very soon. I know it's not tradition to have a baby shower for number 2 but I'm not traditional and I personally think every little blessing is worth a celebration and for me it was about seeing my friends and catching up with them before the craziness of new born life starts, not at all about gifts. And because I have been so sick I haven't seen many of them my whole pregnancy.
For my baby sprinkle I had a styled picnic at home in my back yard
STRETCHES For Pregnancy & Beyond
Every day I am approached by multiple brands trying to get me to promote their products. There are so many products out there for your baby—especially for newborns—that it can all become so overwhelming and confusing. When it comes to finding brands that I am happy to represent, they need to align with my own core values and beliefs and I need to feel connected to what their selling and their story. When Owlet first came to me, I was immediately drawn to their product for several reasons, but really connected with their mission and their story; so, I am so happy to share and look forward to using this monitor with my baby girl when she arrives soon.
Trimester 3 - Exercise Guidelines
Pregnancy stretches for pain relief and strengthening the posture.
6 Pregnancy Active Wear Brands
Yahooo.. We've made it to the final stretch, the final trimester and soon your baby will be here!
The second trimester is definitely the most forgiving - you aren't as sick, you aren't as hormonal and you aren't too big yet! And then the 3rd trimester hits - you're sore, big, bloated, nausea can start again, you're holding on to fluid, your hormones start racing again, you cant stop peeing, you're tired, exhausted and freaking scared at times about birth and beyond.
In this article I’m sharing recommended guidelines for trimester 3 exercise.
6 WAYS THE LG TWIN WASH IS SAVING US TIME & MONEY + HELPING MY MUM BRAIN.
Active wear also known as the mum uniform - whether you're working out or not us Mums love our active wear and that doesn't stop during pregnancy.
In this blog after many requests I'm sharing with you 6 maternity active wear brands that I LOVE!
Pregnancy Diary - Girl Mama.
Earlier this year I reviewed the LG Twin Wash washing machine that was gifted to us.
Since then I have noticed how much time this machine saves us and a few other little handy tricks that I wanted to share.
This washing machine is an investment at a higher price point so I want to make sure that if you’re considering it, you know all the amazing things it can do and how it will save you time, money and help your mum-brain moments too (also so you can convince your hubby you need it ).
Don’t forget this washing machine is actually two washing machines and a dryer in one, and replaces the need for two separate appliances.
Gut Health & Probiotics During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding.
ITS A GIRL!....
We are so excited to finally tell everyone that we are welcoming a second beautiful little girl in to our family and I can honestly say we are all so beyond excited. It's been so hard to not say anything on my Instagram and there's been many times I've said "her" or "she" and had to delete my videos or when recording Millie on my stories shes said baby sister so Iv'e had to mute the video but it was also nice to have that little secret for ourselves for a while.
Breathing Techniques for a Calm Mind.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that gut health has always been very important to me, and over the last 12-18 months, I’ve learned a lot about the microbiome which is the good bacteria that live in our gut (and in other places too), and have made a real effort to look after my gut health.
In this blog I want to share with you a pregnancy and breastfeeding specific probiotic and also share some other ways you can look after your gut health during pregnancy and beyond.
Birthing Calmly with Dream Your Baby
Breathing, inhaling, exhaling - we all do it all day everyday. But do you know how much breathing correctly, slowly or mindfully can effect and help your mood, your energy and your anxiety?
Tonight I want to share some breathing techniques to help you clear the mind, reduce your stress, refocus or re-energise and calm your nerves.
Pregnancy Diary: Mindfulness for a positive Mindset.
After the excitement of finding out I was pregnant with my very first baby I couldn’t help but feel nervous & anxious about giving birth. It was consuming me, which I realise now was a blessing as it put me on the most incredible journey of hypnobirthing and I am so excited to be able to share this with you all today.
I am sure there are so many of you mamas and mamas to be that can totally relate to this anxiety associated with giving birth and this is where I get really excited. Because my birth wasn’t luck. I wasn’t lucky, I did so much preparation just like I would do for any other big event in my life and if I can achieve a calm & relaxed birth, I know that you can to!
So lets start from the very beginning…
6 Ways to: Stay Hydrated Enough Everyday
About ago I was getting to a pretty bad place in my mind. After suffering antenatal depression during my last pregnancy I knew and was totally aware of the warning signs that I may be slipping back to that dark place.
I knew to get myself out of that place I had to change my mindset - either I could let me sickness and my dark thoughts control me or I could take control and implement the things I have learnt along the way to get control of my thoughts again.
I decided that I needed to stop laying in bed all day everyday and get out in the fresh air more often, I needed to start eating a more varied diet, I needed to start moving my body more and most importantly I needed to start living more mindfully.
We all know the benefits of water and why it is so important to make sure we are getting enough each day but sometimes it can be hard to reach our minimum daily intake!
Our minimum intake should be 8-10 glass so about 2-2.5 liters per day and for women who are highly active or breastfeeding or both it should be even more per day.
So how do we get enough without being bored or forgetting?
In partnership with Red Seal Tea’s I’m sharing 6 healthy ways to stay hydrated each day…