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Top Choices For Maternity Wear

Top Choices For Maternity Wear

I had a few rules when I was pregnant. 

Firstly I didn't want to spend a lot on maternity clothes, secondly, find pieces that could work pregnant and not.  I invested in a few bottoms, a few tops for work, a few tops for leisure, bra’s, undies and a couple of hospital necessities.

What I learnt – very little goes from pregnant to not; with so few things to wear in your wardrobe they get worn out pretty quickly and your cost per wear (yep, I went there) works out pretty low anyway. I should caveat this by saying that I always loved wearing flowy things anyway, (pear shaped body), and so I did have something in my wardrobe that for most of my pregnancy I could wear.

Make sure the clothes you get are comfortable, that your bra does not have an under-wire and is the best you've ever bought; and be prepared for a permanent fishing expedition for shoes.  Your feet will swell as sure as the sun and the moon appear!

  1. Queen Bee – this is where I got most of my maternity wear.  Loves their collections, basic, hard wearing clothes.  
  2. Hatch – love their collection. Ships from the US.
  3. ASOS Maternity – great for basics – including dresses, tops and t shirts.  
  4. Gilt – quite regularly have maternity wear sales.  I like the fact that most of it is from shops we normally don’t know about and don’t get to shop at and you can find some unique pieces.  But you need to be on the mailing list. (PS the same goes for their kids collections.) 
  5. Egg – Hit and miss for me. But they have an outlet on their website with their sale items, so always worth a quick look.
  6. Ripe - Not one of my favourites but worth a look
  7. SOON Maternity – good range 
  8. Mama Bella – worth a look;  they stock some of the Tiffany Rose special occasion wear although a limited range  
  9. Tiffany Rose - specialise in special occasion wear including wedding dresses.
  10. Sussan introduced a very limited maternity range - mainly jeans, leggings and tops. Very limited.  

Tory talks.... Calmbirth

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Generally speaking, childbirth and parenting comes along with a generous serving of opinions and advice, some of it relevant, most of scary and daunting. This is why, I always preface my ‘advice’ with the most obvious yet rarely disclosed statement of ‘this is what worked for me.’ In saying that, CalmBirth was one of those experiences, I strongly implore people to consider very carefully…and by consider I really mean, do it.

 

The reason for my strong support of Calmbirth, is not shares in the company, it’s that I genuinely believe everyone has something to gain from the experience. My personal benefit came in the form of control. Throughout the course of the pregnancy experience, I was repeatedly reminded of how little I had to do with what was happening to me. Numerous mums told me that I shouldn’t bother with a birth plan because it was out of my control, the day I would go into labour and even if I’d actually go into labour was out of my control  then Drs told me that specific changes to my body and the pregnancy symptoms I would experience were out of my control. Not something easily absorbed by a control freak.

Enter Calmbirth. Don’t get me wrong…I had it pegged as some hippy, weird Lamaze deal, it was founded in Byron Bay after all! My gorgeous friend talked me into it and I will be forever grateful. It’s not remotely hippy and most certainly not some speed breathing race with other mums.

Calmbirth is a technique devised to give women their control back. Sure, we can’t pick the date or the circumstances but we can sure as hell chose what we do with them. After a very thorough, without being graphic, explanation of exactly what’s going to happen to you every step of the way, you will be armed with options and techniques to help with each phase. Notice I used the plural tense for options and techniques. There isn’t one solution, there are multiple so you can change and adapt to whatever works for you. The premise heavily relies on a form of meditation. You will learn visualizations skills supported by audio meditations. This is coupled with breathing, positions and yoga moves and supported by the use of the techniques the hospital will invariably supply also. There is also some pretty compelling evidence to support some actions you can avoid to promote an easier situation rather than a stressful one.

As the name suggests, Calmbirth rests on the ideals that if we can manage to stay as mentally calm and relaxed as possible for as long as possible then it allows the body to take over and do what it knows how to do. It takes into account people’s personal choices like water birth (obviously a recommended method) but also a hospital birth and offers solutions for all possibilities.

Of course this all sounds wonderful as long as you can manage to deliver naturally right? I know people who have used this technique during cesareans, natural labours and induced labours. No matter what situation they found themselves in, they managed to draw on the options and solutions they had to chose from to apply to them, walking away with what they all described as ‘positive experiences’. Suddenly the time it took or the method they used/were forced into using bared no impact on their perception of the experience.

Calmbirth gave me a skill that suddenly gave me a sense of control and determination. I went from approaching the birth date with apprehension, fear and concern and suddenly saw it as something I could have a say in. Even if things changed and I had to adapt, I was still equipped with skills to deal with it and that was a game changer.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out this dynamic Midwife-Yoga Teacher duo. With such an extensive background between them, you not only get a well-rounded view of everything but a few little extra gems of information as well!

http://calmbirthclasses.com.au/antenatal-classes

Pregnancy Resources

A lot is happening to you when you are pregnant.  There is a lot to do, remember - oh and there is a person growing inside you forever changing your body.  It's an incredible experience, although through the fog of nausea or vomiting it may be hard to appreciate at that moment.

Recently, I came across this overview of what is happening to the average body going through pregnancy, which I thought some may find useful.  And, in addition to that there is a Nursery Bird checklist of some things you need to do when pregnant and soon after.  It's not the full list, but there is more than enough to keep you busy!

Enjoy!