• Skye Ross Third Trimester Glowing Pregnancy

    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…

  • Pregnancy Fears Anxiety Worries

    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…