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    Is Cord Blood Banking Worth it? Why I turned it down.

    Exactly two years ago, when I was pregnant with Teddy, I was approached by a Cord Blood Banking Company and asked to become a “friend of the brand”. I was offered the cord blood collection kit (valued at $2,900) for free, as contra for social media posting of “why you decided to save your baby’s cord blood”. If I shared a code ‘meg’ I would also receive the first year’s storage ($225 value) for free. I hadn’t thought of our Cord Blood Banking decision since, but this week, that discussion and our ultimate decision was raised again by one of my followers, and I re-shared an instagram post I made…

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    What I wish I’d done while Pregnant (and what I wouldn’t do)

    Pregnancy is a time to really be kind to yourself, both physically and mentally, so do only what you have the energy and and appetite to do – otherwise, get as much rest as you can. Besides rest, here’s what else I’d do more of if I was pregnant again (and what I wouldn’t). I would… (if I could) Stay as active as I could, within reason. My recovery from my first pregnancy was quite a lot easier than my second, and I attribute much of that to staying fit and doing strength-training a couple of times a week. While I had a lot of lifting a toddler during my…

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    The Best Pregnancy/Maternity pants and Breastfeeding Clothes

    I’m almost half way into my second pregnancy, and honestly, I’m spending at least 16 hours a day in maternity wear, so I may as well share my advice. I get asked about what I love and why I choose it often, so here are my thoughts on the best to buy while pregnant and also breastfeeding. The comfiest underwear for changing bodies It’s hard enough not fitting any of your pre-pregnancy clothes, without having your underwires and elastics digging into your growing body during pregnancy. The most important feature of comfortable underwear (besides elastane!) is a wide band that doesn’t dig in. Calvin Klein offers the most comfortable wide-band underwear I’ve tried,…

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    How to set up a Nursery before Baby arrives – Dorothy Waide’s Advice

    How to set up a Nursery before Baby arrives The prospect having to create and set up a nursery can sometime be a daunting and overwhelming task. I suggest that you don’t leave this until you’re heavily pregnant and exhausted – but rather tackle it in the first or second trimester, when you’re hopefully still feeling energetic. Carrying (or building) furniture is not a job for the 39th week of your pregnancy… If you run out of time, don’t panic – your baby will most likely be sleeping in your room for at least the first couple of months (as I write this, my baby is 9 months old and…

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    The 5 Best Pregnancy Journals in Australia & NZ (…and the Worst)

    The 5 Best Pregnancy Journals in Australia & New Zealand If you’re looking for a beautiful gift for an expectant Mum this year, you can’t do better than something she will keep forever to remember her journey, so these are the 5 best Pregnancy Journals in Australia and New Zealand. Somewhere to write down all her thoughts and feelings, important appointments and midwife visits, paste in scans and belly bump photos. Whether you’re writing down your memories, feelings, dreams (or cravings!) journaling is one of the most effective ways to reflect upon and bring clarity to your life. The best pregnancy journals for you will depend on what you’re looking…

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    What to do when you find out you’re Pregnant

    The moment you find out you’re pregnant will be one of the most emotional and overwhelming feelings of your life – whether the pregnancy is a complete surprise or a long-awaited miracle, you may be wondering exactly what to do. Try not to stress, there isn’t a long list to follow, the most important thing will be to relax and take it easy as much as you can, but here’s a little guidance about what to do when you find out you’re pregnant. What to do when you find out you’re Pregnant Confirm your pregnancy with a urine test or HCG blood test Find a midwife or other LMC Immediately…

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    Postpartum Skincare (while Breastfeeding): My Top 3 Recommendations

    After making countless changes to my skincare, lifestyle and nutritional choices during pregnancy, there were a few things I was looking forward to. After careful monitoring of everything I put into my body, it was time for wine, hollandaise and custard squares (mmmmmmmm….), and getting back into F45 postpartum, to make up for the aforementioned! Postpartum Skincare Unfortunately, when it came to my postpartum skincare, it wasn’t as simple as returning to my pre-pregnancy indulgences. After having to quit some of my favourite skincare products cold-turkey during pregnancy (not to mention anti-wrinkle injections), it actually came as quite a surprise to realise that breastfeeding demands just as much consideration for…

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    Adapting F45 while Pregnant (and Returning Postpartum)

    It’s only now that I look back on my pregnancy, labour, and – perhaps most especially – the ‘fourth trimester’ (three months postpartum) that I truly appreciate how staying fit and healthy helped me along that journey. I’ve had a lot of messages on my personal instagram about how I ‘bounced back’ so quickly, and a continuation of messages about my journey with F45 while pregnant, as well as the choice to return to exercise just a few weeks after having Teddy. I should start by saying, I did not experience severe morning sickness during my first trimester, but I was completely and utterly exhausted from the sixth week of…

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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

    Edit: You may now wish to also look at Adapting F45 while Pregnant (and Returning Postpartum) 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…