Some Mums call it their “Bible” – others say they refer to it “religiously” – but either way it’s a phenomenally informative book, written by a Kiwi mother for soon-to-be mothers, and researched alongside leading Obstetricians, Midwives, Paediatricians & Holistic Healers.
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I’M NOT FAT, I’M PREGNANT! By Jaquie Brown
The ultimate guide to getting and being pregnant – with advice from leading maternity specialists (including myself Kathy Fray). What exactly is cheeseburger crotch? Getting cellulite on your cellulite? Inhaling a lemon to cope with morning sickness? Been compared to a silver-back gorilla? This book reveals the answers to almost every question every woman has about being pregnant — from practical information to the more awkward and unmentionable topics. Jaquie’s been there done that, and she can help you keep your sense of humour as well as reassure you about those pregnancy curveballs.
Hydrogel Breast Discs
This product is absofrigginlutely brilliant! To soothe sore nipples! And an essential for first-time breastfeeding mums. My best advice is to buy this 12-pack BEFORE your baby is born (have them packed in your postnatal bag) because you’re best to start using them from the first day of breastfeeding. As a midwife I have cured literally hundreds of cracked traumatised nipples combining this product with HyperCal lotion … but the biggest problem is women having to wait a few days to receive them after they have already started breastfeeding. (Their coolness feel divinely relieving straight out of the fridge too!)
Medela Breast Shells
Before Hydrogel Breast Disc pads existed, ‘breast shells’ (not to be confused with nipple shields for flat/inverted nipples) were, for years, my absolute go-to product for sore or cracked nipples (and they were my own personal godsend by day-3 of having my first baby). These are ingenious hard shells that go over your breasts, inside you bra, so that nothing but air is touching your nipples between feeds. (They also collect dripping milk, which can then be refrigerated or frozen as expressed milk.)
My recommendation: Sore nipples? Use HyperCal lotion and Hydrogel Discs. Very sore cracked/bleeding nipples? During the daytime use HyperCal lotion and Breast Shells. Overnight use HyperCal lotion and Hydrogel Discs.
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