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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 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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    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…

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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 pregnancy journal A pregnancy journal to document her entire pregnancy journey, from pre-conception to post-natal care, made with love – the perfect gift for an expectant mother, or a friend who’s trying to conceive. While baby books focus on…

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    birth,  parenting,  pregnancy

    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…