Pregnancy

The Ultimate Indulgence

August 28, 2015 | 0 Comment

I LOVE being pampered. I know, you’re probably thinking “who doesn’t?” Though aside from the hair appointments I book every 8-10 weeks, it’s not usually something I treat myself to often. That has to change.

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As a pregnant blogger, I was invited to attend the second Pregnancy Pamper Retreat held in Prahran, Melbourne. The Pregnancy Pamper Retreat was created and hosted by Katrina Zaslavsky, Author of “A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth” and Founder of Birth Goddess, and Emily Jones, Founder and Practitioner of Acacia Wellness. These two women, both mothers themselves, are passionate about and committed to supporting women though their journey into motherhood. From conception, through the entire pregnancy, to birth and new life. They both dedicate their time to empowering women in their birth experience, transforming fear to peace, power and calmness.

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This retreat, hosted over 4 hours at the incredible Morocco Lounge in Greville Street, was purely a day for their expectant guests to relax, be pampered and try new therapies. As we arrived prepared for a day of luxury we were greeted by a special guest belly dance performance to kick things off – the perfect start!

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Then it was time to well and truly relax. The choice of treatments on the day included massage, make up, facials, hand scrubs, reiki, manicures, hand or body henna, belly art and my personal favourite, reflexology.

Not only that, in between our pamper sessions there was plenty of time to mingle with the other pregnant women and friends while we were treated to gourmet sweet and savoury food and delicious pregnancy specific teas.

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The cost of your ticket includes all of the above, though the amount of treatments you indulge in depends on the type of ticket you purchase, and no one leaves empty handed! You will take home with you the most extravagant gift box I have ever seen (not to mention additional and VERY generous door prizes). The sponsors and hosts of this incredible event, went above and beyond to spoil us all with the most amazing products, vouchers and gifts, both for mum and for baby. It’s also important to mention that your ticket also helps to raise much needed funds for the Miracle Babies Foundation, who work tirelessly to support sick and premature babies and their families. A cause that’s beyond worthy.

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If you are planning a pregnancy, are already pregnant or know someone who is (this makes the best gift!), please keep an eye on the website and head over to “like” the Facebook page to be the first to know about upcoming retreats as these events have sold out fast! My baby will be here before the next event, but if we plan a third child, I’ll be signing up to indulge again. What better excuse?

www.pregnancypamper.com.au

www.facebook.com/pregnancypamper

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All photographs (aside from the gift box) by Renee Lee Photography

I feel relaxed just reliving the day in this blog. I hope everyone has had a great week!

Belinda x

Nesting?

May 26, 2015 | 0 Comment

How early in a pregnancy can you start nesting? I swear, since I was about 8 weeks pregnant I have become this crazy neat freak. This is not normal for me. My house has always been moderately clean by a usual standard but nothing like it is now. I’ve always been a ‘holy crap my mother-in-law is coming over’ cleaner and I cram it all in the day of, then delight in how good it looks before letting it get a bit dishevelled again. Nowadays though, anyone can drop by whenever, without notice, and I don’t have to do the mad scramble. I’ll even have beautiful fresh flowers and a scented candle burning.

Natural Nest on Weathered Board

You know how the longer you live somewhere, the more crap you accumulate? Although moving sucks, I’ve always enjoyed how ruthless I get with anything I don’t want to pack. If I cant be bothered moving it, its getting thrown out. I’m so looking forward to this new baby because it means transforming my husbands’ study into the amazing nursery that I have designed. Our study is currently the junk room. We all have one, don’t we? If you don’t, well done! I couldn’t be more excited about cleaning it out and getting rid of all the books we don’t read anymore, CD’s we have in iTunes and no longer need, and all my husbands Star Wars paraphernalia that he assures me are “collectors items, honey!” Ok, so I’m kidding myself if I think we’ll be getting rid of those but hey, I can assure you they’ll be moved and stored away somewhere else.

So, back to my crazy cleaning. I’m going to chalk it up to a few things;

  1. I’m so desperate to demolish our current house and build on this block (that’s our 3 year plan) that I do whatever I can to make this place look good.
  1. Trying to be more organised with a toddler around, because if I don’t I’ll find the keys in the toilet, my purse in the recycling and a brand new block of chocolate in the bin (yes, that has happened and was a very distressing and stressful time until I thought to check the rubbish and there it was. Haha).
  1. Pregnancy nesting. If I say on top of what needs to be done it helps with my sense of ‘holy crap I’m going to have a 2 year old and a newborn, what were we thinking?!?’

I’m currently just over 22 weeks pregnant now. This pregnancy is FLYING!

Belinda x

Second Pregnancy Essentials

May 13, 2015 | 0 Comment

This second pregnancy has been so interesting. It’s almost like this baby made me sicker just to remind me that he or she is actually there. Like “pay attention to me, Mum!” Seriously, when I started feeling better at around 14 weeks, but before I began feeling kicks 3 weeks later, I barely had time to remember I’m pregnant. Now I’m constantly aware, because this baby is active.

I love the kicks. Maybe because Jack was a small baby, born at 6lb10 (2.99kg), or because I have a long torso, but I never got those uncomfortable or painful kicks in the ribs, or the feeling that a tiny foot was wedged in there. I was able to just enjoy the movements, and I’m loving them now just the same. I’m not a pregnant worrier (which is probably good, because if my amazing obstetrician was anymore relaxed, he’d be dead! Haha) but it’s a long wait between 12-18 weeks (I don’t have any appointments in between those two ultrasounds) so I like to starting feeling the kicks to know that little one is still progressing well. He/she is kicking me as I write this. Hello little one, I love you!

I haven’t even opened up a pregnancy book this time around. Last time I would follow along with Up The Duff and What To Expect When You’re Expecting but this time I haven’t felt the need, or had the time, to do either.

Want to know what I’m super thankful for this time? NO HEARTBURN YET! Even though I had an easy pregnancy with Jack, that was my most annoying and debilitating symptom and I swear I had it by now with him. So far, so good. Here’s hoping this time I’m spared.

This brings me to my pregnancy essentials. Or top three anyway! I’m always fascinated by what people crave or do during this special time. So here are mine;

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  1. On Becoming Babywise (Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep) by Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam

A good friend of mine actually recommended this book to me and boy I’m glad she did. I’ve never functioned well without sleep, so if I could arm myself (before he arrived) with as much information as possible to get my baby into a good routine that encouraged healthy sleeping and feeding, then I was all for it. I’ve got 20 more weeks, give or take, to read it again and refresh. It’s full of sensible information and really worked well for the pattern that Jack and I naturally settled into.

  1. Fanta

Or any orange flavoured soft drink. I only had one craving with Jack, and that was cordial. I hadn’t had it for years before getting pregnant and I haven’t had it since he was born, but during his pregnancy, I needed it! I’m weird, its drinks with me, not food. My food preferences don’t change.

  1. Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil

Again, something I was fastidious about last time that I barely remember to do now is massage my belly with oil. Though I’m getting better at remembering as my tummy is starting to grow. My genetically blessed Mum was spared of stretch marks during both her pregnancies and fingers crossed for me too, though I am prone to them on my hips so I was surprised not to get any. Most importantly, I found last time that massaging my belly with oil was a lovely way to bond with Jack.

So tell me, what are your pregnancy essentials or cravings?

Belinda x

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