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New Mum Essentials!

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After pinning my way through Pinterest recently, I’ve come across quite a few companies that sell these New Mum, New Baby and Mum-to-be hampers, and its given me inspiration for this post…

When I had Jasper for the first few days not only did I feel like I had been hit by a bus, but I did not have a scooby doo what to do with this very tiny person. I mean this thing that had been kicking the shit out of me, sticking its feet under my ribs and sitting on my bladder for the last eight and half months was now laid in front of me, three weeks earlier than expected and he practically shot out, talk about giving me the shock factor! I hadn’t even packed my hospital bag! So, actually these new mum hampers would have come in very handy; as this is what happen’s when you don’t pack your own hospital bag:

My brother bought sanctuary towels instead of nappies to the hospital. TRUE FACT!

Ive put together a couple of hampers  (without the hamper)  For you to get some sort of idea of what you need… The Luxury and the Reality…

The Luxury New Mum Hamper

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New mum essentials

Eye Mask – You sleep when they sleep!

Reality – If you have other children, a Job and a house to run sleep becomes a luxury. But if you don’t then you can pick this one up this gorgeous one on notonthehighstreet.com. 

Candle – The scent is relaxing and calming.

Reality – Will cover the delightful smells your newborn will produce. Jo Malone has some gorgeous fragrances.

BB Cream – Will make your skin flawless and cover up sleepless eyes.

Reality – Not even a shovel and cement will cover the bags under your eyes. But this YSL one is worth a shot, its like magic in a tube.

Washable breast pads.

Reality – Great idea but who really has the time to wash your breast pads everyday? But if you fancy these, you can pick them up from love milk. 

Beautiful lace nude coloured underwear.

Reality – Between you’re leaking boobs and blood loss after birth, it’s properly wise to buy dark coloured underwear. Your boobs will also go MASSIVE as they fill with milk so buy a size bigger! And your knickers a size smaller! Elle Macpherson nursing Bra and Marks and Spencer pants.

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Reality – You will most likely be pooed, weeded and sick on so probarly best not wear your finest in the first few weeks. Get yourself to primark ! But if you like these ones head to mamamoosh

Now what you really need !!! 

On top of the above you will need the following:

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Paracetamol – You will feel aches and pains in places that you didn’t even know existed!

A blowup ring – This ring is perfect for all those new mums that have had a vaginal delivery. Trust me sitting down will hurt! Amazon

An Ice pack – To put on your bits and pieces whilst sat on the ring.

A breast pump – So someone else can do the night feed and give your boobs a rest!

Pads – You will need pads in every size for every area. Supermarket’s own brands I find the best!

Nipple Cream – Your boobs will hurt and become sore. Slather this gear on or be sorry. Mothercare

Epsom Salts – Just because they are AWSOME! Find them on amazon for the best deal.

More posts on being a new mum from Bump And Me Pregnancy blog

My survival Kit for any new mum – HERE

My make-up must haves – HERE

Your hair after birth – HERE

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Spoil Yourself With Spoiled Mama

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If you’re looking to spoil your self or a Mum-to-be this Valentines Day look no further than Spoiled Mama, a luxurious skincare brand that’s just landed in the UK from America. This scrumptiously delicious smelling skincare range really is something else. Although not the most affordable skincare brand on the market, Spoiled Mama is one of the few that can put their hand on their serum and say its toxin free, cruelty free and its that gentle to skin that you can use some of their products even on your new baby.

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Vitamin C Serum

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Cruelty free and Vegan Free

If like me when your pregnant you suffer from heavy legs, pigmentation spots, stretch marks and even acne you really need to get involved with this brand. All products are proven to improve the appearance of stretch marks, scars, skin texture, skin tone and mottled pigmentation – as well as increase skin’s overall hydration.

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If your looking for these products click HERE

Happy Valentines Day xx

Your Hospital bag!

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Having being efficient enough to purchase all the essentials for my baby bag at 30 weeks pregnant you would of thought I would have been organised enough to pack them… well I wasn’t, so when my waters broke at 37 weeks, and with a quick dash to the hospital minus my hospital bag, it resulted in my 25 year old brother and 68 year old father bringing sanctuary towels instead of nappies, I kid you not. So this has inspired me to give you a realistic list of all the things you will need for your hospital planned birth.

Ok first things first, do not under any circumstances forget your maternity notes! This is single handily the most important thing that you should pack.

Next, Your mobile phone! So you can let your boss and the guy you met five years ago in a bar,  that you are in labour and how much it hurts, with your constant Facebook updates and tweets. O and to call your loved ones. God forbid you run out of battery so don’t forget your charger.

This is not the time for Victoria Secret, so leave your lacy white negligee at home for this. Instead invest in a cheap nighty or an old t-shirt. Birth is not for the faint hearted, there will be a lot of blood and once your waters have broken if like me 15 hours before you actually give birth you will be very wet, so don’t expect to keep whatever you decide to give birth in. Slippers and socks are always a good idea for your stay also.

Other items you may want to include when you’re packing for the birth are –

• Lipbalm
• Waterproof mascara
• Camera
• Hair Bands
• Water Spray
• Flannel
• Make up remover wipes
• Deodorant

Trust me after you have given birth you will want a wash. Don’t be using anything on your bits and pieces just water will do, But for other areas in need of a quick wash, invest in a mini bottles of whatever tickles your fancy, boots have a fantastic range of mini bottles. As for your hair, If you’re an in and out job, Dry shampoo and a brush will do the trick until your back at home.

MASSIVE PANTS and MASSIVE SANCTUARY TOWELS! No one tells you, well they didn’t tell me! That after the birth, your blood loss is like something from a horror show! Load yourself up with pads to save on any little accidents, especially is you’ve have had C-Section you will be glad for your Bridget Jones’s!

A MASSIVE Maternity bra and pads are a must! My boobs swelled twice the size of my baby’s head which I was not expecting and were shooting out milk like something from Austin Powers, so be prepared for the unexpected!

Clothing wise Id recommend comfort over style, you will still look pregnant and be incredibly uncomfortable so leggings and a vest will be probably all you will be able to cope with! Although when I left hospital I felt soooo Thin, I could of skipped out in a Bikini…being deluded is also something you may experience after birth!

So there you go, my little list of essentials for you to think about when packing your hospital bag. Your baby bag essentials to follow…

Labour Pains?

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As soon as I found out I was pregnant although very scary the one thing that didn’t scare me was the pain, as I knew I wanted every possible pain relief option on the market to date. Load me up, I wasn’t planning on feeling a thing… The look on my NCT teachers face when I told her there was no way id be bouncing on a ball with gas and air was priceless… Well 8 months later when I found myself pushing, I ate my bloody words, literally. I felt everything mean everything. Your going to feel a ‘slight burn’ the midwife said, a burn? More like Fire!! Well as you probably gathered this wasn’t my choice but as Jasper made his arrival pretty quick, My only choice was to get on with it! Below I have listed some pain relief options for you to think about, if like me your scardy cat I have added ones with the strongest to the mildest relief. Enjoy.

Tens Machine. The Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) This works by sending electric pulses to your body via electrodes on the skin. The longer you use it the more effective it becomes. You can start with this if you think your in it for the long haul, if not Id go straight for the hard stuff.

Water. This is the one thing I wish I had chosen, the only thing that put me off is that you cant have an epidural, so I disregarded it rather quickly. Although useless as a pain relief the warm water helps you relax, so your much calmer, either using a bath or a specially designed birthing pool so less stress for you and your baby. Definitely one to consider.

Entonox. In other terms gas and air. Who ever though Air is an appropriate pain relief was clearly on something ELSE! AIR!! Anyway, When this was first offered to me (after my demands for an epidural were shot down) after my first few puffs I sounded like something from the exorcist, no joke! think I scared the living day lights out of my midwife, especially when i pulled it off the wall later, that was awkward. Anyway this is the only pain relief I had, and to be honest not sure if it worked but it did make me feel drunk, sick and made my mouth dry, aside from that it does take your mind of the pain for a little while.

Pethidine. I wasn’t interested in the slightest in this form of pain relief, as it doesn’t have the best rep. It can make you feel very sick, which on top of labour pains its not ideal. If you want to give it a try, do it in early labour as if given in the later stages it crosses the placenta and can effect your baby’s breathing.

Epidural. I wanted this. Although I feel a slight hint of gloat that I had my baby without any pain relief its not enough to go without next time. Ill be hooked up to this as soon as I get hold of an anesthetist with my next baby. Epidural is passed into the small of your back by a giant needle. It takes away the pain so I have heard… But it also takes away the feelings in your legs if you have a full epidural, although you can ask for a mobile one, which you would be able to walk, a little, But If your planning a 10k straight after this is not for you. The epidural may drastically slow down your labour, and increases your risk of intervention, but if your don’t want to feel a thing, This is the one for you.

Body changes…

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Aside from the obvious growing belly, bottom and thighs; you may experience some other unexpected changes whilst your pregnant which may come as a little of a surprise starting with the linea nigra. No this is not a form of cashmere this is really a condition some women may develop through out pregnancy. Linea nigra is a dark line that runs from your belly button down to your public line and some women may experience it from just under your bra down to your pubic bone, it is more common in darker skinned women and will disappear a few months after delivery. Having said that I’m blonde and although I’m quite olive skinned Im a far cry from dark skinned, but my Linea Nigra went all the way, and its still here, 7 months on… so don’t believe everything you read.

Along with the above, a mixture of pregnancy hormones along with increased blood volume, can cause those tiny, squiggly red or purple capillaries otherwise known as spider veins to spread out on your body and face, They can appear literally anywhere so a little tip would be to invest in a good concealer, during pregnancy. Mine appeared just under my right eye, and didn’t disappear, so Ive just had it zapped at a local Skin Clinic, It Felt like rubber band been snapped on my face, but after two weeks, totally has disappeared.

Other body changes through out pregnancy include skin tags, stretch marks (mine came after pregnancy) pigmentation (I had a skin mostache) heat rash, itching, piles, bigger, and darker areolas (mine looked like saucers) and cellulite. But don’t be too alarmed, as after delivery most changes will disappear in time, and trust me with the excitement of your up and coming arrival these little changes become trivial!

Anything I have missed out that you developed during pregnancy or are experiencing please share with us on here or on twitter.

Happy Monday xx

Vanity over Priority?

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That special day has arrived… your due date! So who do you call… The beauty salon! Yes your this reading right, in recent times beauty salons have had a 10% increase in pre-birth treatments, So not only are mothers to be under pressure to breast feed, to have a natural birth, what to eat, what not to eat and the fear of childbirth itself. More and more mothers-to-be are crumbling to the medias obsession of picture perfect yummy mummy 3 seconds after you have just endured, blood, sweat and tears by pushing a water melon or two out of a 10cm hole. Being plucked, waxed, tanned and even blow dried for the occasion seems to be becoming the norm these days… But really? Should vanity be a priority, when it comes to labour?

My labour wasn’t pretty, but in the grand scheme of things I had an easy time! Don’t get me wrong I cried, shouted, swore and rolled around on the floor for a little while, refusing to go any further and telling/screaming at the midwife that under no circumstances was I having this baby without pain relief! Well…with Jasper making his imminent arrival three weeks early and within 90 minutes, I didn’t really have time for pain relief or to make myself look like Kate moss, So Instead I just looked at this little person laid in my arms, thinking O MY GOD, whilst my friend snapped away, and hoped for the best…or wait for the wonders of Photoshop either or!

My first picture of Jasper and I, I’m naked, hair on top of my head, have mascara running down my face, and three stone over weight! Not attractive, in fact I look horrendous! But do I care… Nope because when I look at that picture I see Love, happiness and a healthy baby, and that’s all that matters! So If I had the chance to do it all over again or if I’m lucky enough to have any more children, I think when it comes to being vain, I would be all over a bikini wax (ouch) not for me, but for the poor midwifes, enduring my Hairy Fairy during labour, now that cant be very pleasant for anybody involved! O and water proof mascara! That Is a MUST!

Hope you enjoyed this post, would love to hear from you, and your views on vanity during childbirth. Please comment of get in touch Via Twitter

Daniella Xx