Monthly Archives: September 2015

Items You’ll Need For The Birth and Hospital Stay That No One Tells You About!

When I was in hospital for the birth of my first, Amber, I really wished that I had known to bring a few things that would have made life easier from the get go. To be honest, I was really unprepared mentally for having a baby and the fact that I spent so much time deciding which baby clothes to bring and which out fit Amber would come home in, I paid little attention to the important things!

So, without further ado, here’s my list. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list and there are dozens of those available online. It’s more about the items that people forget to tell you about.

1) Nipple cream – Breastfeeding is not easy to begin with. I really had no idea that there was a technique and skill that would only come with patience and perseverance. In the meantime, it’s pretty normal to get sore and cracked nipples from babies not latching on properly. Nipple cream is harmless for babies who are breastfeeding but will bring you some much needed relief.

2) Nursing bras that have a bigger cup than your pregnancy bust size. OMG, I had no idea how my boobs were going to swell up when my milk first came in. It was crazy. Things settle down after a few days but for many of us, we’ll need a bigger cup size than when we were pregnant.

3) A breast pump – try to borrow one from a friend or buy one new or second-hand. Should you be desperately needing some sleep, a breast pump will allow you to express some milk, hand it over to a mid-wife and get some sleep for a few hours. These may seem expensive but are well worth it as it will give you some freedom to go out of the house and leave hubby with the baby for a much needed break.

4) Breast pads – OMG, the leakage that goes on when you sleep! Sometimes you just have to hear a little whimper from a baby (and it might not even be yours) to have your milk start to flow. It’s like your boobs sometimes have a mind of their own! Breast pads will mean you won’t have to change outfits every few hours to receive those hospital visitors who can’t wait to see your gorgeous newborn baby.

5) Sensible undies – unfortunately, in addition to coming to grips with a newborn baby, lack of sleep, feeling a bit sore or sensitive down there (or around your c-section wound) and learning how to breastfeed, you’ll need to cope with what is akin to a pretty heavy period post-pregnancy. So, with needing to wear pads (obviously tampons are not a good idea) means having to wear sensible undies during these first few days in hospital.

6) A belly wrap – Once your baby is out, basically we’re all wanting to return to our pre-pregnancy shape as quickly as possible. If only I’d know about these fantastic (and affordable) postpartum belly bands when I was pregnant instead of people still asking me one year later if I was expecting. The binding helps your tummy muscles to knit together again. Combining the belly belt with pelvic floor muscles should have you on the road to getting back in shape much more quickly than otherwise. Starting to wear these as soon as you can post-birth (allow a few extra days if you had a c-section) will increase the chances of it working well for you.

Having all these items at your fingertips will allow you to concentrate on getting to know your new little person in your life (and not have your partner scrambling around trying to find these items for you and having no idea what you’re after.)

The Perfect Pregnancy Dress for Work This Summer

Pregnancy work shirt dress

The perfect dress to wear to work for pregnant mums this Summer.

It’s already a struggle to work out what to wear when you’re pregnant as you slowly but surely find yourself needing to accommodate a growing bump. Add to that, the need to look smart for work, and you could find yourself sitting at home, unable to get out of the house because nothing looks right!

And here’s the perfect dress to not only look chic and smart for work but also effortlessly cool and relaxed at weekend lunches. Funky details such as the banded collar, matching belt, shoulder tabs and decorative parallel stitching give this dress that special ‘je ne said quoi’ dose of Parisian style. And don’t you hate it when you’ve got no pockets for all your bits and pieces? This dress has four pockets, two of which are deep enough to be very useful indeed when you’re a busy mum with a million things to do at once.

Maternity & Nursing Shirt Dress

This chic little maternity dress doubles as a nursing dress too!

I’m also a big fan of midnight blue which is a great colour to look smart at work. The A-line shape of the dress accommodates your bump while the belt gives the dress shape and shows off your curves. The belt can also be worn at the waist post-pregnancy instead of under the bust.

The other nifty thing about the dress is the easy nursing access. Press studs down the front enable quick breastfeeding access when bub is in urgent need of a feed. This shirt dress really is so much than your average maternity dress and it’s why this shirt dress has been a bestseller over and over again. At $73, it’s excellent value, even a bargain considering how much wear you’ll get out of it!