Before I had Baby Boo, this seemed like a no-brainer. You reach 40 weeks, your waters break and hey presto, you give birth. No big questions marks there. But, like most things in life, there’s a difference between theory and practice. As any mum will tell you, the final stage of pregnancy is filled with odd feelings and peculiar sensations and it’s often difficult to tell what’s just a random pain or puddle and when it’s action time. Fortunately, there are a few common signs of labour to look out for, and I caught up with Dru Campbell, midwife at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai to get the lowdown.
When I was pregnant, I looked at my second-time-mum mates as if they were mamma veterans. They seemed so secure and sorted, while I was utterly clueless. Admittedly the latter is true, I was clueless. But I’ve since come to realise that even second-time mums need a little TLC, which is why baby showers shouldn’t just be reserved for the newbies. Continue reading “8 Gifts For Second-Time Mums”
I was a little apprehensive… ok terrified about giving birth. In between ‘anecdotes’ from my friends about their own scary experiences, and a few too many episodes of Call The Midwife, I was petrified of everything from what ‘might’ go wrong to whether we’d make it to the hospital in time. As it turned out my birth experience was wonderful. Of course, it’s natural to be scared though, which is why I’ve put together a list of eight common labour fears, and called on the help of respected Dubai-based Consultant OB/GYN Dr. Elsa de Menezes Fernandes to lay them to rest.
When I was pregnant everyone kept telling me, ‘get your sleep now!’ But in between heartburn and restless leg syndrome I was running on about three hours sleep a night for the majority of my pregnancy. While for now those days are behind me, I have a gaggle of girlfriends who are all experiencing pregnancy-related sleep problems. In honour of them, I’ve put together this list of common pregnancy sleep problems, along with expert tips on how to solve them.
I love a good list so I’ve compiled this set of life hacks for new mums. They’re simple but helpful tips to make life run a little more smoothly and are definitely things I wish people had told me before I came home with my baby.
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”
A diaper bag is a diaper bag, right? Wrong. As any experienced mum will tell you, nappy changes away from home aren’t always a walk in the park and having a good diaper bag makes all the difference when you’re getting busy with a nappy and wipes in public. But like all things on Planet Baby, there’s an overwhelming choice on offer and when I first set out on the task of picking the perfect piece of arm candy it made my head spin. For that reason I put together this list of tips for choosing the perfect diaper bag. Continue reading “5 tips for choosing the perfect diaper bag”
This week we’re handing the blog over to Pavitra Pujary, author of UAE design blog www.funkfactoryinteriors.com. Here she gives us her top tips on creating the perfect nursery for your little cherub.
When I was pregnant, labour didn’t scare me. The way I looked at it, this baby was coming out one way or another so the pair of us might as well just get on with it. The thing that did give me sleepless nights however, was breastfeeding…
Let’s not beat around the bush – one of the perks of being pregnant is that you get to have a baby shower. Obviously it’s not just the presents; it’s the ritual – the hesitant shaking to the friend what’s in there, that first pull on the ribbon, the uncontrolled joy of tearing through pretty paper in a whirl of delight and anticipation – it’s utter bliss. Until, that is, you open up your fourth baby thermometer and realise that for the next few weeks you won’t just be lugging round a belly the size of a watermelon, but also a bag of items that need to be returned to baby boutiques all over town. Suddenly that baby registry seems like an awfully good idea. To help avoid a burst of gifts you can’t use, I’ve picked some great items to include on your wish list (hint, hint to friends and family). Put them on your registry NOW and that way your baby won’t end up with a wardrobe full of ill-fitting onesies on baby shower day.