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How to celebrate a child’s birthday

No matter how jaded you might be about your own birthdays, there’s something very special about the anniversary of your child’s birth. Not only is it a time for you to take stock, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime. There are a number of ways that you can make your child’s birthday extra special, and they don’t all need you to spend what remains of your bank account. If you have a son or daughter who is about to have a birthday, here are three clever ways to ensure that they have a day to remember, and all without spending thousands of pounds.

Take a day trip

It will depend on the kind of hobbies and interests that your child has, but taking them out for the day is always a good idea when it comes to creating a memorable birthday. There are also a vast number of options to choose from, so you’re really only limited by imagination and budget. You could go the low-cost option with some activities like bowling or ice skating (along with a few of their school friends of course). Or, if budget is less of an issue, then you might prefer to take them somewhere more unique, with trips to Harry Potter World UK always being a popular choice, and special offers available for family tickets. Consider what your son or daughter will enjoy, and tailor their birthday around their interests, and you won’t go far wrong.

Go camping

There’s something very unique about a family camping trip. Being out in the fresh air, surrounded by nature, it’s an ideal way to bond together as a family while soaking up the sights and sounds of the natural world. Working together to prepare a meal without the aid of a kitchen is great fun, and having a stroll through the woods or across the beach as the sun starts to set, is something that will never be forgotten. If you’re looking for ways to create experiences that will last forever, then family camping is the ideal solution, and you can even invite other families along as well. For the bravest, there’s also the option of a camping birthday party, however, just remember to invite the adults along as well!

Have a party

Every child loves a birthday party. After all, an event dedicated to them where they are the centre of attention? What could be better? Throw in some presents and being surrounded by friends, and it’s no surprise that birthday parties are the most popular way to celebrate a young birthday. There are quite a few ways to keep the budget down, and there are also some great ways to make the party more unique. The best way is to give the party a theme, so look for the best in boys and girls party themes to make their day all the more special. Making the party about something they’re interested in is a great way to minimise the risk of any frustrations or tantrums on the day itself.

The most important thing to remember when it comes to a child’s birthday party is that you should talk to them about it. Finding out what they want to do is the best way to get the most out of the day. It may take some compromise, and you may not be able to get the unicorn or superhero that they want, but creating the best birthday memories is not the challenge or the expense that most parents seem to believe. Memories are about experiences, not budget.

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5 Cleaning Solutions to Stay on Trend

It is not easy going to work, taking care of your family, having a social life and keeping the house spotless. Cleaning up is a mammoth task, but thanks to technology, life has become so much easier.

You no longer need to spend hours vacuuming the floor or take turns to do the bathroom because the latest on-trend cleaning gadgets, such as a vacuflo vacuum, robotic window cleaners, and sanitizing wands will do the job just right.

From carpets and window sills to microwaves and refrigerators, these trendy cleaning gadgets are not just low on effort, but also very effective. So, brace yourselves and get ready to come back home to a neat, clean, and tidy space with these 5 cleaning solutions that will do the magic and save you time.

Window Cleaning Robots

Yes, you heard that right—window cleaning robots exist and are here to make window cleaning a breeze. We all agree that cleaning windows can get quite painful. Whatever you do, there will always be some pesky residue left and after all that effort, that can be quite a disappointing sight.  So, how does one get that sparkling, professional finish?

Turn to your personal window cleaning robot and trust it to clean every little corner irrespective of the size of the window. These robots run on battery and once latched on the window, begin the cleaning process.

If you wish to have control over it, you can opt for a remote-enabled cleaning robot, otherwise an automated one works just fine. You will need to change the spare parts of the window cleaning robots from time to time, hence ensure you choose the one whose spare parts are readily available.

Vacuflo Vacuum

Have you ever wondered if the portable vacuums you’ve been relying on are effective enough? Well, there is a better solution. With the centralized vacuflo vacuum you can get your entire house cleaned swiftly and with better results than ever before. This powerful system provides superior cleaning solutions, keeping your home healthy and pollutant-free.  Confused where to begin? We suggest you turn to Gary’s Vacuflo Central Vacuum Systems to choose the perfect fit suited to your home’s needs and size.  Consisting of true cyclonic, filtered cyclonic and a replaceable filter bag, Gary’s Vacuflo promises to eliminate 100% of vacuumed dust and allergens from your home through in-wall tubing. Not just that, unlike other central vacuum systems that depend on permanent cloth filters to do the job, its performance is unaffected by the accumulation of dirt.

Thanks to this centralized vacuum system, you do not need to drag a bulky vacuum cleaner around anymore. All you need to do is move the lightweight hose from the strategically located inlets in your home. And, the central power and dust collector can be placed in the basement or a garage. Then simply empty the system of dust and debri about once every three months as needed.  

Central vacuum systems come with multiple benefits such as circulation of healthier air, lesser noise pollution, greater convenience, and they also help in increasing the resale value of your home. Now this is a cleaning solution we can get behind!

Sonic Scrubber

Hate to do the dishes, but have no other option? Make sonic scrubbers your new best friend. Resembling a toothbrush, this scrubber can be used to clean dishes, sinks, bathrooms, countertops, refrigerators, and even your car.   The best part is that you can get rid of germs and dirt on surfaces without having to even touch them!

This multi-purpose scrubber comes with different types of detachable cleaning heads that can be accordingly used based on the kind of surface they are meant to clean. Known to be over 25 times faster than manual scrubbing, the brush heads oscillate more than 10,000 times per minute leading to quicker and effective cleaning.

Not only is it lightweight and portable, but it is also very versatile. A must-have cleaning gadget, this one scrubs away the most stubborn stains and reduces cleaning time and effort. A treat for all those who hate cleaning, isn’t it?

Automatic Toilet Cleaner

Cleaning the toilet bowl is often a chore that causes a visible cringe and no one wants this task. Even though this is a supremely essential exercise, it is definitely not a pleasant one.  Toilet cleaners are required to remove harmful bacteria and leave a pleasant scent. But, if you thought the only way to do this was to manually clean, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that automatic toilet cleaners do a great job too.    You can say goodbye to scrubbing and bleaching because automatic toilet cleaners remove stains, keep your bathrooms fresh, and prevent the formation of mineral stains one flush at a time. 

Sanitizing Wands

Imagine moving a wand over a contaminated area and have it instantly go from dirty to clean. This is now reality.  Sanitizing wands are basically magic wands in the world of cleaning. They were earlier only used in hospitals, but are now also used for domestic cleaning purpose.  Sanitizing wands make use of ultraviolet light to destroy germs. While they are easy to use, ensure you follow the directions and hold the wand in the right position for the appropriate amount of time to get the best results.

This portable, handheld sanitizer runs on batteries and disinfects surfaces in seconds. What’s more, you can also use it to clean awkward places that are rather difficult cleanse, but is likely carrying germs such as remote controls, under kitchen appliances, and all those corners that are difficult to access. If you are wary of disinfectant sprays or often suffer from allergies, sanitizing wands will do wonders for you.  While cleaning is a chore, these trendy solutions sure do take the stress, time, and effort away, allowing you to devote your time to things you enjoy most like spending time with the kids and getting outside in nature.

So, go ahead and give these cleaning solutions a shot. Make life easier for yourself without compromising on the quality of home.

 

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A glimpse at the main man in the Mamma Fairy house

So who is the Dada Fairy, the man who much prefers to stay in the background? Everybody knows I like to write, to blog, to ramble, to talk…..but what does the Dada Fairy do with his spare time??

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Well, to put it mildly he is car mad! Whether that’s racing, cleaning, looking at them, he doesn’t discriminate he loves it all equally!  Myself on the other hand can just about drive a car! However years of living with a car fanatic have taught me a few things. Roll back 10 years and I wouldn’t have had a clue what a slipstream was. Now I can talk somewhat confidentially about slipstreaming or in layman’s terms when a vehicle takes advantage of the space behind another vehicle where there are decreased air and wind resistance.

While I am nor will I ever be any kind of expert on motor sports. My knowledge does extend to having a vague knowledge of preparing for racing or track days to those more in the know. To be honest some of the tips here can be extended to everyday driving life, whether that’s proper servicing, safety features in the car such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits and critically proper tyres. The emphasis of this  cannot be stressed enough.

While I may not be into racing in the way that the Dada Fairy is id love so much to be driven in a racing car or maybe something a little gentler on the nerves like a driving experience in an Aston Martin or Ferrari. Now that is the kind of motor sport I can really get behind!!

I think its funny how in relationship while we are very much independent we do tend to gravitate to having a tangential interest in what the other person is doing. While he wouldn’t be into blogging he will happily chat to me about it even suggesting topics or new things to try on the blog. I suppose that’s how relationships work, its the give and take, the compromise and taking an interest in what the other is doing.

Anybody else with a car fanatic other half?? Do tell me more……..

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5 Things you Can Donate for Good Causes

When we give something, it gives us a warm feeling inside knowing that we are doing something good for someone that we will likely never meet. We all wish that we could do more for good causes, however, life often gets in the way and although our good intentions are there we can be guilty of never getting round to it.

With that being said, though, there are many things that we can choose to give that will make a difference for the better. Whether you feel that you have a lot or a little to give, it is important to remember that every act of charity, no matter the size, has the ability to change someone’s life.

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Toys

Charity shops and gift initiatives are always welcoming of toys that they can use. When children grow older, they move on from the toys that they used to play with, often still in perfect condition. While your child may no longer play with their discarded set of Barbie dolls or action figures, there will be a little boy or girl out there somewhere that would love them.

Clothes

Just as toys become forgotten about, so too do clothes. In everyone’s wardrobe there are shirts, dresses and other clothing that serve no other purpose than clogging up rail space. Whether it is a case that your old clothes simply do not fit you anymore, you have long since forgotten about them or they were an unwanted gift, they will certainly be wanted elsewhere.

Homeless shelters are always open to receiving clothing to help keep those who live on the streets warm. Children’s charities are also open to accepting the clothing your children have grown out of for young children that are living in poverty. Before throwing away any unwanted materials, consider why you are throwing it away – is it damaged beyond repair, or could it still be worn?

Blood

Giving Blood

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There is always a mass calling for blood, with Ireland currently seeing a shortage in blood with demand not decreasing anytime soon. When you agree to give blood, you will find out your blood group if you do not already know it.

If your blood group is O-Negative, you should certainly look to donate as this is known as the universal group as it is compatible with every other blood group. Those with AB-Positive blood can receive blood of any type, although this is the rarest type of the eight variants.

Money

The most common form of donation is, of course, money. Fundraising events are held nearly every day with charities and those that support them looking to spread the word of their cause all while raising money. In many religions and cultures, giving to charity is an obligation – for example, Muslims will make an annual payment known as zakat, which is a percentage of disposable income.

Time

Finally, if you have absolutely nothing else that you can give then you can give the gift of time. Volunteering to help with events, work at a shelter for a few hours or going the extra mile and putting yourself forward to go abroad and get hands on. Any time that you can give for others can make a difference, so even if it is just an hour every other week, do not think that it will not be appreciated.

 

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Alternative Adventure Activities All the Family Can Enjoy This Summer

If you’re seeking some alternative ways to spend time together as a family this summer, why not aim for a little adventure? Adventure-based activities are great for children’s development, they help you to bond as a family and they keep you and the kids active.

So, what type of alternative adventure activities can you take part in? Below, you’ll discover just some activities you’ll want to consider.

Quad skating

 Back before the development of technology, children used to spend hours skating outdoors. While roller blades can be potentially dangerous, quad skates really couldn’t be safer. Why not treat the kids to a new pair of quad skates this summer? You can pick up some pretty cool looking skates these days from stores such as SkateHut.

The great thing about quad skates is that they’re affordable and enjoyable to use. They’re also suitable for most age groups and loved equally by boys and girls. You could even pick up some adult skates and join in. You’ll be surprised how enjoyable skating can be as an adult.

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Birth Story Expeirences

I have two wonderful, happy and healthy little men, however their entry into this world was anything but straightforward. I love to write which is why I started blogging.

However I can’t seem to bring myself to write my own boys birth stories, its still all too fresh in my head.  I often wonder why, envying women who seem to be able to take it all in their stride.  Was it something I did? Is there something wrong with me? Or was in medical negligence? Maybe ill never know.

I decided to speak to some fellow bloggers to share their birth stories.

Each one different yet each one equally magical.  Bringing a new life into the world is an experience ill probably never be able to convey properly into words.

Birth experiences

 

  • First up is Lisa who shares here own experience on her blog Irish Baby Fairy. Lisa is a mid-wife herself so I was very interested to read her story.  Uniquely she is able to give us perspectives from the both sides in the labor ward. A story well worth a read.
  • Next is Hayley who blogs at I am River. I just love that name, if and thats a big if, I ever have more kids I may need to steal this name.  The positivity in this post really resonates with me.
  • Lyndsay- Rose writes at My Family of Roses and talks about not having a birth plan on her second. Her first was premature but second time round it was a very different experience. Showing us how different birth experiences can be.
  • I just love the pure honesty in Georgina who writes at Gee Garnder post.  After a very difficult pregnancy her beautiful baby was born full term, healthy and happy with no complications.
  • Nicola who blogs at Mummy to Dex shares her own experience of the birth of Dexter.  This post is really detailed and gives a great insight into Dexters birth. Again a very informative post well worth a read.

I really do enjoy reading other peoples birth stories, its gives me hope that maybe just maybe if I rolled the dice one more time I may have a calmer, more straightforward birth. We will see!

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Top tips for dealing with the warm weather for kids & babies

This week we have been fortuante enough to speak to an expert from LloydsPharmacy who very kindly took the time to share her expert advice and guidance on dealing with these unusually warm tempartures we are having here.  These tip are also excellent to have if you are jetting off this summer too.

1. Sunburn

My pair are blue eyed, blonde and pale so preventing sunburn is very important, Rebecca has set out her top tips to prevent sunburn below:

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We all know that sunburn is a huge risk factor for skin cancer, but did you know that much of the UV damage that leads to skin cancer happens in the early years of life. All children are at risk of UV damage, even those who tan easily.

  • Wear sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher in adults and SPF 30 or higher in kids and reapply every TWO hours.
  • Stick to the shade where you can to limit your exposure to UV rays. Babies under 6 months should be kept in the shade as much as possible. Make sure the shade casts a dark shadow.
  • Cover up as much sun-exposed skin as possible and wear a wide-brimmed hat made of cloth, or other close-woven material to give shade to the face, neck, head and ears.
  • Don’t forget to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses, sun exposure over time can lead to cataracts and cancer.
  • These tips apply whether you’re at home or away, UV damage is just as harmful from Irish sun as abroad. We’re getting an unusually hot spell right now but everyone needs to take just as much care on cloudy but bright days – up to 90% of UV rays can pass through cloud.

2.  Dehydration

I am always very aware at getting liquids into the boys during this heat. Some tips from Rebecca include:

  • Water should be given to counteract dehydration in hot or humid weather and should be drunk before you get to the stage of feeling thirsty.
  • Oral rehydration solutions such as Dioralyte replace salts, as well as water, lost through sweating.
  • Kids should be encouraged to drink water or a sports drink before, during and after any exercise in hot weather.
  • Adults should remember that tea, coffee and other caffeine containing drinks are diuretics and can worsen rather than help dehydration. The same goes for another diuretic, alcohol!
  • Children in cars need special attention as temperatures in cars can reach dangerously high levels very quickly. Children should never be left in a parked car.
  • If a child suddenly becomes dizzy, nauseated or weak in hot weather, bring them inside or at least in the shade. Give them lots of water or a sports drink and cool them down with a tepid shower or a sponge bath and fan air over their moist skin. Seek medical attention if their symptoms get worse or last for more than an hour.
  • Also avoid sun in the middle of the day, ideally between 11 and 4pm as sunburn stops your body from cooling itself down properly. Wear loose, light clothing that will allow the sweat to evaporate by allowing air to flow around the skin. Avoid dark clothing as this absorbs more heat than light colours.

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Your Guide to an Eco Friendly Period

This  month we have something a little different and hopefully very useful – .We are delighted to have Jackie Bolen a self confessed tree-hugging friend of the Earth guest posting this month. When not working on Reusable Menstrual Cups (https://reusablemenstrualcup.com/), she can often be found paddling the rivers, on top of a mountain, or drinking coffee around Vancouver, Canada. Her hope is that one day, a menstrual cup or cloth pad will be found in the hands of every single menstruating person in the world.

 

I have few regrets in life, but this is one of them…

I didn’t realize that there were eco friendly period options until I was in my early 30’s. I honestly thought that my two choices were disposable pads or tampons.   I’m not sure why I didn’t know this—maybe I was hanging around the wrong people, or maybe these products just weren’t as popular as they are now. Whatever the case, I’m happy that I made the switch, although I do regret all those wasted years (and money!).   I’ll talk about what’s wrong with traditional feminine hygiene products and then offer a couple of eco-friendly alternatives for you to consider.

 

What’s Wrong with Disposable Pads and Tampons?

Pads and tampons are expensive. According to the Huffington Post, people spend an average of 13 Pounds on pads or tampons each month. This can add up to thousands over a lifetime. According to that same article, only 6% of people in the UK are using a menstrual cup. This means that 94% of people are using disposables.   Estimates vary, but it’s thought that the average person produces 100-150 kg of waste during a lifetime from feminine hygiene products. These products, by their nature aren’t recyclable. 90% of disposable pads are non-biodegradable plastic, which will still be hanging around thousands of years from now.    This isn’t a huge amount of waste when compared to other things, but it’s not ideal especially when considering that there are far less wasteful options.

The final reason why disposables aren’t great is because they sometimes contain trace amounts of pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Although not found in huge quantities, repeated exposure to these things is thought to potentially have some serious side effects. There aren’t a lot of studies related to this, nor is there much information from the manufacturing companies about what exactly is in their products.

Overall, disposable pads and tampons are expensive, and also not great for the environment or our health. Thankfully, there are some cheaper, healthier, eco-friendly period options.

Reusable Option #1: Menstrual Cups

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As only 6% of menstruating people in the UK use menstrual cup, you may not know what they are.   They are bell-shaped cylinders, usually made from medical grade silicone, and are designed to replace tampons. The best thing about them is that they’re reusable, and with proper care and cleaning, can last for 5-10 years.   A menstrual cup is obviously much better for the environment than thousands of pads or tampons, particularly if you have a heavy and/or long flow. There’s more good news—menstrual cups can often be recycled, depending on where you live.  Period cups cost around 20 pounds, which makes them slightly more expensive than disposable products in the short term. But when compared to the 13 pounds a month on disposables, you’ll be saving money in only a couple of months.

The final reason to consider making the switch to a menstrual cup is because they don’t contain chemicals and pesticides in them. Just be sure to get a top-quality menstrual cup that won’t degrade quickly and avoid the cheap ones from China.   To date, there has only been one reported case of toxic shock syndrome related to menstrual cup usage, unlike with tampons where there are thousands of cases.

If you live in the UK, an excellent option is the Brighton based MoonCup. It’s one of the oldest, most established menstrual cup companies in the world. Shipping is free and you can order directly from their website here. You’ll be well on your way to an eco-friendly period!

Or, consider the Lena Cup. Although it’s relatively new, it’s quickly become one of the most popular menstrual cups. It has some of the best user reviews on Amazon, and it’s often a little bit cheaper than something like the MoonCup.

Reusable Option #2: Cloth Menstrual Pads

The next eco-friendly period option is cloth menstrual pads. They are similar to disposable pads, except that they’re reusable. You just have to wash them with your regular laundry. The best ones are stain resistant, or are made from dark fabric.    Cloth pads cost around 5 pounds each, or you can make your own for cheaper. Like menstrual cups, they can last for 5-10 years and most people find that a set of 6 is enough to get through their period. Again, you’d be saving money by using reusable pads in only a couple of months when compared to disposables.   Cloth menstrual pads can go a long way towards reducing waste going to the landfill, particularly of the plastic variety. They are made from natural materials like charcoal, bamboo and cotton so once thrown away, they’ll biodegrade. I’ve even heard of people burying cloth pads in their garden once they’re done with them!    Finally, cloth pads don’t contain all the toxic chemicals and pesticides that the disposable ones do. Just be sure to wash them before use.

The best place to buy cloth pads is on Amazon. They have the full range of colours, styles and absorbency levels.

Ready to Make the Switch to Eco-Friendly Period Products?

Are you ready for some eco-friendly period awesome in your life? Congratulations! You’ll be joining an enlightened group of people who are excited that there is a better way to do periods. You’ll save thousands of dollars, produce a lot less plastic waste, and reduce your chemical load.

Small changes really do make a difference. Be part of the change.

 

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Christmas Craft Ideas

Christmas Crafts

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Christmas is the ideal time to get creative, and crafting can be used to make presents for loved ones, and decorations for your own home. Check out these wonderful Christmas crafting ideas, and delight your friends and family with your creations.

Edible Christmas trees

Who wouldn’t love a decoration you can eat? Make your very own edible Christmas tree using gingerbread stars, icing and sprinkles. Bake your gingerbread from scratch and cut into cute star shapes. Stack the stars to resemble a tree and glue them together using icing. Decorate your tree with icing and sprinkles, or edible beads. Edible Christmas trees can take different guises, with pizzas, cupcakes, and fruit all suitable for the Christmas tree makeover.

Melted candy ornaments

Staying with the edible theme, get the kids involved in making these tasty melted candy ornaments. For this recipe you will need metal cookie cutters, peppermint candies, parchment paper, cookie trays, and ribbon. Onelittleproject.com has an excellent how-to guide for these ornaments and even tells you what not to do when creating them, saving you time and money. Head on over via the link to discover how you can make melted candy ornaments.

Resplendent wrapping

Do away with boring gift wrap and create your own. Buy large pieces of paper and use crayons, felts, and paints to design original pieces of wrapping paper. When your creations are dry, and you have wrapped the presents, finish each gift by wrapping with a ribbon, or raffia, and tying baubles in assorted sizes to the middle of the cross section of ribbon.

Paper snowflakes

These are sure to bring back childhood memories of sitting and cutting out snowflakes with which to decorate your home in the holidays. This used to be a common activity, but now with so many children preferring to play technology-based games, making paper snowflakes is becoming a dying art. Introduce your kids to the pleasures of learning How to Make Paper Snowflakes by following the tutorials on Origamiway.com. This may not be how you used to make snowflakes, but once you learn how, it will be the way you make them from now on!

Mason jar snow globes

So simple to make, these pretty snow globes offer a modern take on a traditional ornament. To make one of these you will need fake snow, pink and white spray paint, a mason jar and lid, a small bottle brush tree, a hot glue gun, and pink ribbon. Start by spray painting the bottle burhs tree pink and leaving it to dry. Once dry, glue the tree to the centre of the bottom of the mason jar lid. Next, pour fake snow into the bottom of the mason jar, about a sixth of the way up. Then, carefully put the lid and tree into the jar and tighten the lid. Once the lid has been tightened, wrap the pink ribbon around the lid and tie into a bow.

 

Have fun making these beautiful gifts and decorations with your family – Happy Holidays!

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Why Its Important to Take Care of Yourself During and After Pregnancy

Wow! You’re pregnant!  Congratulations.   And yet, despite the euphoria, there are feelings of dread, uncertainty and anxiety.  For many women, this comes with every pregnancy, whether it is their first child or their third.

It is a time of great change and for many of us, that is tough to handle. Combined with your own feelings of trepidation and insecurity, there is your partner to consider too, and their concerns too.   It is also a time where family members, work colleagues, friends and complete strangers feel they have the right to tell you what to do and not do, where you are going wrong and why.

Others also feel that they can impose their own belief systems about what a ‘good’ pregnancy is as well as wax lyrical about how to give birth.

And then there is the debate about breastfeeding and formula feeding, which is best, better or the devil in disguise. Here’s the big question – are you looking after you?

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Running on empty when pregnant, either physical or emotional energy, is simply not possible. Thus, looking after you is essential. But how?

 

  • Take action that suits you

 

From finding a discreet incontinence pad supplier who delivers regular orders to your door that makes managing occasional leaks or urine easier, to practising pregnancy yoga to eating crackers when you wake in the morning, do what works for you.   Bear in mind that every pregnancy is different and so what worked the first time around, may not the second.   Be agile – in other words, be prepared to adapt from one pregnancy to another, from one trimester to another, from one week to another, from one day to another.

 

  • Take time out

 

You can’t unstrap your baby bump for an hour or two but you can close the door on the world and all that well-meaning advice.

Unwinding, de-stressing, zoning out, call it what you want but just as in everyday life, taking time to disconnect, even if it is for half an hour, can leave us feeling renewed and vitalised to face the rest of the week.

 

  • Stay active

 

There will be some days where rest is essential. And there are other days when a brisk walk around the park is just what you need.   But again, there are all kinds of beliefs that others have about pregnant women exercising. Providing you were an active gym bunny pre-pregnancy, there are no reasons why you can’t continue. You’ll probably find the gym staff will help you adapt your routine anyway.

 

  • Keep an eye on your mental health

 

Thankfully, we have started to talk more about mental health and how, for some of us, days, weeks and months can be a struggle.The black cloud of depression hangs around and yet we don’t know why – we have everything we need and want.  And yet… 

Hormones in pregnancy magnify mental health issues and it is very easy for everyone, including you, to just assume that it is part and parcel of being pregnant. It is, in some ways, but there are also warning signs we need to keep an out for and when we ‘see’ them, we must reach out for help. But at a time when you are low, reaching out is the hardest thing to do. The days of social services popping up and taking your baby away because you have dared to admit to feeling depressed, stressed and uncertain are gone.

There are mental health charities and phone lines who can help and will listen.  Please talk. Please share.

 

  • YOU time

 

This includes the basics and the luxuries;

    • The basics – shower. Go to appointments in good time. Eat well. Stay hydrated. Talk to your midwife/GP/pharmacist if you feel unwell just as you did before pregnancy and before you were mum.

    • The luxuries – a warm bath, with bubbles and candles and the door locked so everyone knows it is calm and relaxing time for the lady growing a small human inside her. Or sit in the park, the garden or anywhere you like, reading a book and enjoying a chocolate treat or two.

 

  • Banish guilt and shame

 

It is easier said than done because more mums – and dads – will tell you that most of the early years of being a parent are marred by guilt. Are they doing the right thing? Should you be going out and leaving the baby with a sitter? Should you go back to work?   And then there is the guilt-tripping that others do, sometimes without realising and without malice. They’ll tell you ‘what you are doing wrong’ or imply you are making the ‘wrong decisions’.   Banish this negativity and look forward to a joyous time, a time of amazing change and embrace it. Because you are amazing!

HARTMANN Direct is one of the leading discreet incontinence pad suppliers in the UK. Their products are safe for use during and after pregnancy.

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