I consider myself to be a fairly rational and levelheaded person, but from the moment those two blue lines came into my life, I obsessed about everything from maternity wear to miscarriage, and everything in between. When I was awake at 4am fixating on whether a bag of Cheetos could cause listeria I questioned my own sanity, but I’ve since come to realise that there are a lot of things pregnant women worry about. However, while some fears may be warranted, there are definitely a few irrational ones. Here are just some of the things you’ve probably found yourself fretting over during pregnancy.
There’s a quote printed on the wall of JustKidding’s store that always makes me smile. ‘Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.’ I think pretty much every parent can relate to this. Pre-motherhood I certainly told myself I was never going to be one of those parents. Then Baby Boo came along and I broke all my own rules… or at least I think I did… I was delirious with tiredness most of the time. I know I’m not alone, which is why I put together this list of oh-so-common parenting turnarounds. How many did you swear you wouldn’t do as a parent (but do)?
For many new mums, returning to work after having a baby can be a terrifying prospect. Visions of your little one being scarred by separation anxiety or mistaking the nanny for mummy is enough to keep you awake at night. Fortunately we caught up with international parenting coach, author and founder of Munchkins, Andalene Salvesen to get her top tips on making that transition as painless as possible. Read on…
Like most new mums my time is limited. It’s no surprise then that despite my best efforts, my post-baby fitness regime has fallen by the wayside. Apart from a handful of yoga classes and the odd swim, the only regular exercise I seem to be managing is my nightly stroll around the block with Baby Boo in the buggy. However, I’m still committed to kicking those final pregnancy kilos, which is why I’ve decided to double the benefits of my stroller excursions and incorporate exercise into the outing. For a nudge in the right direction I called on Catherine Williams, co-founder Pure Fitness. Here she shares five exercises you can do with your pusher…
Last week I was invited to attend a Conscious Parenting seminar at JustKidding’s new branch at Salam Store, Wafi Mall. The event, which was hosted by Nicki Anderson, an occupational therapist specialising in child and family mental health, aimed to give parents a crash course on the new parenting approach, which is rooted in the work of Dr. Shefali Tsabary and her famous book The Conscious Parent.
Let me first begin by saying that losing weight has NOT been my main focus since becoming a mummy. My attention has 100 per cent been on my daughter and husband and enjoying this magical time. Added to this, I’ve always had a bit of an issue with how so many women feel pressured to fit into a pair of size eight jeans while walking around with a six-week-old. That said, like most women, there is a part of me that laments over my pre-pregnancy body. Continue reading “How To Get Post-Pregnancy Fit”
Hands up if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy and baby products on the market? You’re not alone. As any newbie parent will testify, yours truly included, shopping for that new phase in your life can be a daunting task. From knowing which stretch mark creams really deliver on their promise of flawless skin, to picking the perfect baby bottles for your newborn, it can be a bit of a nightmare figuring out what is needed and what type is best. Fortunately, that’s where Mama’s Box comes in. Continue reading “REVIEW: Mama’s Box”
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.
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.