Monthly Archives: December 2014

THE Maternity Clothes Sale You Simply Can Not Miss!

We have now commenced our fantastic end of season maternity clothing sale! There are amazing bargains to be had as we really need to clear this stock to make way for the Winter 2015 stock. We now have 37 products in our clearance section so you are sure to find several items at amazing prices.

Nautical Maternity Dress with Peter Pan CollarOne of our favourite pieces on sale is the nautical stripe maternity dress which is now reduced to $45. It’s half sleeves make it perfect for the transition to Autumn/Winter. It’s had excellent reviews with many mums commenting on how cute it is.

Other fantastic options which are now so cheap include the grey and white polka playsuit which is fantastic for nursing and the first two trimesters. It’s now only $29!

Other items which were previously on sale have also been reduced even further such as the white on white print maternity kaftan – now only $39.

Make sure you have a good look at the sale as once these items are sold out, they are gone forever!

 

Why Our Nursing Sports Bra Is Your Must-Have Post-Pregnancy Item

Post Pregnancy workout

I have worked long and hard to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape. For almost four years after the birth of my second child I have regularly trained at boot camps, aquarobics (the hard work kind) and tennis and I’m still not completely there. However, I’m happy where I’m at and I’ve also got two super gorgeous kids as well.

I really wish I’d tackled getting into shape earlier though. I kept putting off getting into shape as I was too tired in the early days and having had a caesarian section, I was told to take it easy in the first 6 weeks. And then 6 weeks became 10, then 16 and then I found that with a baby, new business and looking after the rest of the family, there simply wasn’t time to look after me! Plus, I had good excuses like my breasts were too sore from breastfeeding to be jogging around.

One year on, I was lucky enough for a friend of a friend to have won a 3 month pass at a local gym. Lucky me scored the pass as the original winner lived too far away to use it. It has been the best kick-start I ever had into getting back into shape, both physically and mentally. I am now fitter than I’ve ever been and have found a great way to relieve stress. I haven’t completely lost the post-pregnancy baby tummy but at least people stop asking me now if I’m pregnant or not! This gyms and many other gyms also have a creche which is free to use if you have membership at the gym so that’s another excuse out the door…

I hope this post has inspired anyone out there who is thinking they need a kick-start to getting fit. I even see ‘mums squads’ out at the beach with the cost of a child carer included – I couldn’t think of a better way to get fit than that. And if you’re breastfeeding, that needn’t be an excuse either as we have the most supportive, affordable nursing sports bra available at our online shop. And, if you need further encouragement, please read this article on how getting fit as soon as you can post pregnancy is good for you.

 

For New Mums – Where To Get Help When You Need It

Something that I haven’t tried to hide, in fact share throughout these posts is just how hard being a new mum was for me after the birth of my first child Amber. I experienced severe post-natal anxiety and as a result, insomnia for a period of eight months, averaging 3 hours of sleep a night during this time.

If only I knew then, what I know now is pretty much how we all think post-newborn-baby. Most importantly I want to let you know how important it is to seek help. I was one of the lucky few, who had an excellent obstetrician, Dr Vijay Roach who picked up on the fact that I really wasn’t coping at all at my 6 week check-up with him. He recommended a psychologist who worked with me using cognitive behaviour therapy for a period of time. However, this wasn’t sufficient and I ended up needing to use anti-anxiety medication which did the trick. Thank god for modern medicine!

Anyway, I did all my visits to the Early Childhood Centres and they, unfortunately didn’t pick up on my anxiety. Perhaps I was hiding it too well. My point is, let people know you’re not coping or that things are tough. No one is a perfect mum although motherhood may seem to come more naturally to some, than others.

Anyway, here is a list of resources that were useful to me or could be useful to you during these sleep-deprived early days of being a new mum:

1) Your local GP (or obstetrician) – should be your first point of call

2) Post Natal Depression Association: www.panda.org.au

3) Tresillian – if you, like us had a baby who is napping for such short periods and having trouble settling, Tresillian can be a big help. Getting on top of sleep is a big priority.

4) Your state health authority should be able to help you find your local early childhood centre if you haven’t already found yours. www.nslhd.health.nsw.gov.au

Also, let relatives and friends know you could do with some help. Sometimes they think you want them to stand back and give you space. Asking for targeted help (i.e. please help with my laundry) is the best way to remove any doubt or mis-communication.