One of the best – and worst – things about pregnancy is all the random food cravings. During my first few months nausea really knocked it out of me and the only way to combat the problem was to give in to all my cravings, which included everything from cheese-stuffed pretzels to spicy Cheetos and chocolate ice cream. While I enjoyed this period of excess, I was somewhat relieved by month five when my normal, healthier, appetite returned. After all, while cravings are completely natural, you have to set reasonable limits because the more weight you gain in these nine months, the harder it will be to stabilise it later. Plus, there is some evidence to suggest that babies discover flavours in the womb, and if you don’t want a little one with a taste for fried buffalo wings in brown sauce, it’s wise to reign it in. Continue reading
A first Christmas is an exciting time for the whole family. While your little one is probably too tiny to partake in many of the family traditions, such as putting milk and cookies out for Santa or decorating the tree, there is something heartening about introducing them to the warmth and goodwill of the festive season. With this in mind, I’ve put together 10 great ideas for making your tot’s first Yuletide season as special as possible. Merry Christmas everybody!
While I’m a firm believer that babies don’t need much – quite frankly they’re happy with a bottle and a tummy rub – try explaining that to new grandparents and aunts and uncles who are just itching to race down the aisles of their nearest baby store this Christmas. My little one isn’t even born yet, but I’ve already been inundated with requests from well-meaning family members who’d like to pop a little something under the tree, in anticipation of her arrival.
I’m rocketing towards my due date now and I don’t mind saying, the prospect that life will never be the same again is starting to give me the heebie jeebies. In honour of all the mum-to-bes out there who are feeling apprehensive about how life will change come D Day, I’ve put together this list of fun things to do before your baby arrives.
Fruits of the forest smoothie
Since reaching my third trimester my appetite has gone into overdrive. After a full nights sleep I’m ravenous in the mornings, which has lead to a breakfast obsession. However, it’s got to be delicious, filling and ready in less than five minutes, otherwise I begin tearing apart the kitchen with abandon. Fortunately I have my Mum Cook Book by Beaba and Beaba Babycook Solo on hand, which contains recipes for women during pregnancy. One morning while frantically flicking through the pages I came across a recipe for fruits of the forest smoothie and it has become my new morning mania. Sucking down one of these awesome fruity smoothies gets my motor running and the best part is it’s ready in a matter of minutes. Surprisingly thick it’s almost like drinking a shake (but not as sweet) and it keeps me full until lunchtime. Anyway, rather than blathering on about how splendid this little recipe is, let me tell you how to do it. Enjoy!
From baby baths to diaper bags your list of ‘essential’ can seem endless. The good news is that a lot of things can be purchased after baby’s birth, as and when you need them, so there’s no hurry to have every item on your wish list straight away. However, there is one piece of equipment that is vital before the big arrival, and that is a car seat. After all, how are you going to get your little bundle home from the hospital without it? Of course, finding the right car seat can be overwhelming as there are so many brands and types to choose from. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of questions you need to ask before you hit the shops.
Pregnancy is a time when you will receive well wishes and nice remarks from those around you. It’s also a time when you’ll be on the receiving end of some rather unflattering, frustrating and darn right infuriating comments. Here’s our pick of what not to say to a pregnant woman.
Petit-Suisse cheese with berries and cereal
Hello. My name is Catherine and I am addicted to cookbooks. I’m only half joking here. The truth is that I have a huge cookbook collection and try as I might, it doesn’t look like I’m going to stop adding to it any time soon. Being seven months pregnant, my latest purchase is the Mum Cook Book by Beaba, which contains recipes for fresh, tasty and light treats for women during pregnancy. The recipes are designed for use with the Beaba babycook Solo, a baby food maker that steams, cooks and blends. It’s great news for mums-to-be, because the two combined give those who plan to make their own baby food the opportunity to have a practice run before the little one arrives.
Whether it’s low blood pressure, indigestion, swollen ankles or sickness, every pregnant woman struggles with something. Heartburn is my particular brand of torture. I tried all the usual tricks, such as going to bed sitting up, which brought on a bad case of lower back pain – talk about double whammy! Next I moved onto TUMS antacid tablets. Unfortunately they turned out to be about as effective as a watering can on a forest fire. My doctor then suggested avoiding food six hours before bedtime (she types laughing). Er, are you kidding me? You want a pregnant woman to go 14 hours without food? My husband may lose an arm, while I lose my mind in a haze of hormones and ravenous morning sickness.
Like most first-time mum-to-bes, when I found out I was expecting I went through all the usual emotions of joy, fear, elation, fear, delight and well, fear again! It wasn’t that I was scared of becoming a parent, but as any first-time baby bandwagoners will understand, the idea of growing, delivering and then looking after a miniature human can seem a little daunting. As an avid bookworm my way of handling this trepidation has been to get my hands on a range of parenting books. From nitty-gritty texts about pregnancy, to birthing and breastfeeding titles, I’ve looked for the answers from an army of baby experts. Unfortunately the vast majority have either been scary, patronising or both, and none have made me feel more prepared for the arrival of my daughter in January.
So instead I decided to call on Dubai’s best-known parenting bloggers to quiz them about the baby bibles they swear by. Read on for their recommendations.