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    Pregnancy Sick Leave and Parental Leave in NZ

    Knowing your rights and entitlements at work is always important, and being aware of your pregnancy sick leave and parental leave is especially so. We are so lucky in New Zealand that there are strict laws employers must follow, including specific pregnancy sick leave and parental/maternity leave, so educate yourself well in advance. While most employers are supportive of pregnancy – allowing women to take leave when needed, and providing flexible maternity leave, unfortunately there will always be some whom are not so encouraging. Without knowing your rights, you mightn’t realise you are being treated unfairly in the work place whilst pregnant – so it’s crucial to understand pregnancy sick…

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    Pregnancy Changes I’ve Made: Skincare, Exercise & Lifestyle

    This week began my third trimester, a pregnancy milestone that instills both incredible excitement and more than a little apprehension. For a while it felt like every week took a month to pass, especially those in the lead up to important scans, or in the weeks leading up to our pregnancy announcement, but now they’re whizzing by! Along the way, I’ve been making little changes to my lifestyle and routine, so I thought that now, on the home-stretch, I’d share what’s helped me so far. I’ll break these down into the three I’m most often asked about: my pregnancy skincare, exercise and lifestyle changes. Pregnancy Skincare I probably don’t need…

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    Debbie Garland: First Time Pregnancy Advice and Surprises

    I am SO happy to be able to introduce you to Debbie Garland, my oldest friend, from before I even knew what friends were! Unbelievably, we are nearing our 30th year of friendship, having been introduced as babies living opposite each other in a quiet English cul-de-sac. As our Mums bonded over their adorable first-borns, and then later second-borns, and finally third-borns, Debbie and I caught butterflies, played dress-up, picked our flower gardens to bits to make perfumes, and mostly argued about who got to be “The Mum” in our games. This year, we’ll hopefully be able to introduce our own babies, due just four months apart! I can’t believe…

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    Best Gifts for Pregnant Women – Spoil an Expectant Mother

    Growing a baby can be an exhausting, overwhelming and even thankless task, so when a friend announces she’s pregnant, we all want to spoil her. While it’s easiest, and often cutest gifts for a pregnant woman are for baby, it’s less often an expectant mother gets any gifts to spoil just her during her pregnancy. Here are some ideas on the best gifts for pregnant women, so you can spoil an expectant mother. made with love Being unable to find pregnancy journal which documented my entire pregnancy journey, from pre-conception to post-natal care, I created made with love – the perfect gift for an expectant mother or a friend who’s trying to conceive. While baby…

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    Two Complicated Births & Two Beautiful Boys: Courtney Purdom

    Being the first among most of my friends to get pregnant, and without a sister who’s had children, having my sister-in-law Courtney (Mum of two boys!) to totally harass during my pregnancy has been amazing. Between texting when she started to feel her baby move, to asking about scars from her stitches (over dinner, with our husbands wide-eyed beside us), I’ve felt so lucky to be able to ask the tough questions. As Courtney didn’t have the easiest labour with her first baby, and then had a small complication with her second, her experience has also encouraged me to work on my own birth-plan early on. I’m so excited for Courtney to…

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    Skye Ross: Third Trimester and Glowing!

    When I found out I was pregnant, my mind raced, and it wasn’t long before I was thinking about Skye. Having announced her pregnancy just a month before I found discovered mine, I calmed myself in knowing I had a friend in this journey. I couldn’t wait to tell Skye, and surprised her with my news over peanut butter and chocolate smoothies. I was only 6 weeks pregnant, so being able to compare notes and ask questions was invaluable. If it wasn’t for Skye, I probably wouldn’t have got onto finding a midwife so quickly, and thankfully found one that I love. I hope that you will also love comparing…

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    Pregnancy Emotions: Hormones, Mood Swings, and Why am I crying?

    Until I realised that the emotional rollercoaster I was on was probably something to do with pregnancy, I actually started to think I’d gone mad. I can honestly say, until the onset of pregnancy hormones, I have never in my life: cried in the car when a song reminds me of a sad movie felt personally distraught when a character is killed off on a tv show become overly emotional about a 30 second commercial (or a movie preview…) got seriously angry at being unable to find the remote control, and having to stand up to turn the tv off cried for absolutely no reason while walking the dogs been…

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    Skincare while Pregnant? Botox, Peels, Retinol and more…

    I was counting on the radiant pregnancy glow… I was even prepared for the stretch marks, but it turns out that pregnancy changes much much more about your skin (and skincare) than I’d ever considered. Thankfully, the day I found out I was pregnant, I was actually booked for a facial, so my pregnancy skincare education came quickly. I was getting cosy between the sheets and asked what we were doing with my skin that day… to which she replied “chemical peel”. It dawned on me that perhaps chemical peels weren’t that suitable for pregnant women… so before I’d even told my husband (!) I was sharing the news with my…

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    Christina Dellar: 39 weeks with Baby #2 and Hyperemesis Gravidarum

    Mamas to be, the incredible Christina Dellar will soon be a mother of two who has battled severe Hyperemesis Gravidarum throughout both her pregnancies. Her pregnancy stories are inspiring, and her first birth story helped me realise just how little control we have over our births – you really do have to just trust and ‘go with’ your body. As this article was published, literally within two minutes, Christina gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Christina is a beautiful person inside and out already, but I know that post-baby, she’s not only going to continue sharing her parenting journey, but also the journey to get back in shape after babies.…

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    Starting a pregnancy journal! Ideas, Prompts & Best Pregnancy Diaries

    When I found out I was pregnant, it was honestly  only a matter of hours until I was starting a pregnancy journal! To put that in perspective a little, I had to wait two whole days for my husband to come home from overseas before I could even tell him, so I was avoiding my flatmates and friends (and the temptation of talking about it), and was completely overwhelmed with emotion – I had to get those thoughts out of my head. I should also disclose, I’m pretty passionate about journalling, I already had my own wedding journal business, and I’ve kept a diary since I was a child, so…