Monthly Archives: February 2014

Stylish Maternity Swimwear

Choosing the right style of swimwear when you have a blossoming belly can often be tricky.

Selma Blair shows her growing bump in a bikini

There are those of us who enjoy showing off our baby bumps and feel totally comfortable strolling along the beach in a two piece bikini. There may be times though where you want to cover up a little more. This is where the one-piece swimsuits and tankinis play their part. Whilst bikinis may look great on the beach, they might not be quite as suitable for a maternity pool exercise class at the gym!

We have a great range of maternity swimwear to suit your style

Maternity swimwear is great as it is designed to accommodate your changing shape and gives you support in all the right areas, such as providing a gentle lift to your tummy and a proper fit for your bust.  The right swimwear will last you throughout your pregnancy, and often future pregnancies too, and there are some hot styles around that celebrate and enhance your curves, rather than trying to minimise them. Check out our fantastic selection of swimwear designed for all occasions.

Natural Ways To Encourage Labour

Pineapple contains an enzyme that may encourage labour

Congratulations! You have reached full term and are probably feeling as big as a house! You are getting impatient to meet your baby, but he seems perfectly happy where he is and shows no signs of making his grand entrance. It is around this time when you might start looking for ways to bring on labour. Here are some tips that might just do that!

  • Certain foods such as pineapple, ginger or spicy dishes may actually contain enzymes that help to ripen the cervix – despite it seeming like an old wives tale!
  • Sex – This is one you have probably heard about before. Sex can help bring on labour in two ways. Sperm contains a chemical called prostaglandin that helps to soften the cervix, while the physical act of having sex can encourage contractions.
  • Evening Primrose Oil – you can swallow the capsule or if you are feeling particularly nimble, break the capsule and extract the oil. You then rub the oil directly onto your cervix to help it thin out. It is important to speak with your midwife beforehand and avoid direct contact with your cervix if you have had problems during pregnancy.
  • Nipple stimulation can also help to bring on labour. It causes the release of oxytocin – a hormone that brings on contractions. Don’t overdo it though, your nipples will get enough stimulation after baby is born!