• Pregnancy Skincare Botox Retinol Hormones

    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…

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    My Pregnancy Journal: First Trimester Fears

    First Trimester Fears: Pregnancy Anxiety   I’m not really a ‘worry about the future’ kinda person. That old saying ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’ is the complete antithesis to my conviction – this baffles and infuriates my sister to no end. I think it’s probably because nothing in my life has ever actually gone according to plan, no matter how good the plan, so somewhere along the line I gave up on it. So far, it’s working out fine. I have, however, discovered that I am not immune to the anxiety and that often associates pregnancy, particularly first trimester fears and reservations. For once, I’m starting to wonder if…

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    What foods should you eat when pregnant?

    What foods should you eat when pregnant? Pregnancy is a time of rapid growth – your baby will be growing from a sesame seed to an avocado, and even melon, in a matter of months! As a result, pregnant women need increased amounts of many essential nutrients, including protein, folate and iron. A diet full of key nutrients is best for the baby’s development.  The best thing you can do is eat a colourful, balanced diet, but what, specifically should you put on the menu, now that you’re expecting? Protein The amino acids that make up protein are the building blocks of your body’s cells – and of your baby’s body…

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    How to find a midwife in New Zealand

    After sharing Our Struggle to Find a Midwife, I have put together a guide on how to find a midwife in New Zealand. This guide has some information specific to NZ, but much of it will be applicable wherever you live, and the questions to ask your midwife are universal. When you find out you are pregnant you should choose an LMC (lead maternity carer) as soon as possible (see also What to do when you find out you’re pregnant). This is very important for your health and for your baby. Most women choose a midwife but you may wish to choose an obstetrician. Using an obstetrician costs approximately $5-7,000, whereas…

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    My Pregnancy Journal: The Struggle to Find a Midwife

    I was prepared for the morning sickness, the cravings, aversions, cramps, even the crazy pregnancy dreams… but what I had no idea of, is how hard our struggle to find a midwife would be. Yes, there have been articles describing New Zealand’s shortage of midwives, ‘The midwife crisis is real” should have been a giveaway, and while I’d seen a story about a Mum-to-be who “called dozens of midwives before she found one who could take her” I just didn’t think it would happen to me. I must have contacted 30 midwives… I too, contacted literally dozens of midwives, either by telephone, text or e-mail, hearing back from only one who had…

  • What foods should you avoid when pregnant?

    What foods should you avoid when pregnant?

    What foods should you avoid when pregnant? Please say my brunch benedict with smoked salmon is still on the menu…? Heartbreakingly, no. On the 20th of September I said goodbye to anything involving raw, unpasteurised egg, raw or smoked fish, and rare meat, and began to scrutinise everything else. Pregnancy food restrictions are to avoid listeria, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, mercury poisoning from fish or other food-borne bacteria that could be harmful, or even deadly, to your baby. As well as avoiding foods, getting proper nutrition is important for a healthy pregnancy, and your body requires an additional dose of certain vitamins at this time, so you should be taking a prenatal/folic…

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    My Pregnancy Journal: I just found out I’m pregnant! Now what?

    I’m 29, I don’t use contraception, and I have regular sex with my husband… yet I just found out I’m pregnant and I’ve never felt so unprepared or surprised. To give you a little more perspective, I’ve had hypothalamic amenorrhea for around four years, rendering me infertile. I had my first period in February, and just a few irregular ones in the seven months since. We (mostly I) thought becoming pregnant was going to be a journey frought with difficulty and challenges. That’s not to say it still won’t be, but I have just found out I’m pregnant, I have no idea how many weeks I am (irregular periods, and all…