Why should you go to a baby show?

You’ve just had the happy news that you will soon be hearing the pattering of tiny feet. You’re over the moon of course, but then you face the realisation that there is so much to prepare before you get to meet your little one. Everything from a cot and a pushchair, to a little wardrobe of baby clothes, to all the other things in between, it all needs to be relatively sorted before you baby comes along. Which is why a visit or two to some baby shows are such a good idea.

Baby Shows are Fun

You can have a great day out at a Baby Show. In general, they are enormous events so you can make a day of it – have a bite to eat, watch the demonstrations and browse the stalls, maybe ticking a few items off your ‘to buy’ list as you go.

Grab a bargain

There are many stores at baby shows that have a good range of products. Pushchairs, cots and bulk buys of baby toiletries can all be purchased at prices that are far cheaper than the normal recommended retail price. In addition, you may get to try/view products that are new to you, and there may also be samples/goody bags that also have free products in them.

Meet the Experts

Most Baby shows have experts who can answer your questions and queries. These can be related to feeding or sleeping, or can also be of a more technical nature – maybe you’ve not decided what sort of travel system you want, or have questions about choosing your baby monitor. Baby Shows are a great way to get your questions answered.

Find everything you need in one place

If you have a hatred of shopping, but don’t really enjoy getting things online either, then a Baby Show could be a great way to find everything you need in one place. You can place orders for the ‘big things’ like cots, highchairs and prams, which can then be delivered to your door, but you have also had the chance to look and test drive these things first – something you can’t do if you just shop online.

Did you go to a baby show when you were expecting?

 

Tips on How to Get Back into Shape After Birth

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During pregnancy, you can crave all kinds of foods, sometimes in odd combinations. There are other changes too, all because of a significant surge in hormones.

Women can feel pressured to snap back into shape as soon after birth as possible. We see pictures of post-partum celebrities who within days of giving birth seem to have lost every ounce of ‘baby weight’ they gained.

Articles on celebrity diets and tips on post-pregnancy weight loss litter the pages of women’s magazines.

But, with these tips from HARTMANN Direct you can assign the magazine to the recycling paper bin because ‘secrets’ are revealed…

Start when you are pregnant

It is perfectly natural to gain weight during pregnancy. And we all do it differently. Some women seem to blossom and balloon, whilst other pregnant ladies maintain their lithe shape and enjoy a pert bump.

Some of us gain weight right at the start, others gain it in the final trimester… we could go on but the point is this, just as you probably wouldn’t eat a family sized chocolate cake for breakfast when you are not pregnant, throwing caution to the wind and eating what you want when pregnant is not a wise choice.

Maintain the healthy lifestyle you followed pre-pregnancy but enjoy the odd treat or two.

A helping hand from nature

Once the baby is born, you can drop between 11 and 13lbs of weight instantly. Breastfeeding also helps with the calorie control as feeding your baby uses up over 800 calories a day.

Rest and recuperation is essential but once you have the all clear from the midwife, get back to walking or your gym routine, or whatever exercise you did pre-pregnancy – and start gently.

Rest and sleep

Babies don’t have a set sleep pattern, although others may boast that their little one is sleeping through the night. The point is, their sleep cycle changes and as mum, when baby sleeps, you need to be resting or sleeping too.

Odd sleep patterns cause chaos with the metabolism, making shifting baby weight a little tough. Rest and sleep when you can.

Nature’s weight loss remedies

Nature, as you would expect, has many helping hands when it comes to helping your body recuperate post-birth. Many of these remedies, however, are not suitable during pregnancy but once baby is here, why not try;

  • A dash of lime or lemon juice in water, sweetened with honey a couple of times a day can help to lose weight, especially if you have water retention
  • Green tea has excellent weight loss properties
  • Munch of negative calorie snacks such as celery, tomatoes and cucumbers

If you are breastfeeding, remember what you eat passes on to baby so don’t go overboard otherwise you will be battling colic!

Join other mums

Having a baby is an exciting, thrilling time but when reality sets in, you need the support and encouragement, as well as company of other mums. Getting out and about, being part of a group is excellent for focusing on other things other than your weight.

Calorie counting is the answer

You can sup as much green tea as you like but, if your calorie intake is way ahead of your calorie expenditure, shifting the extra lbs you have gained is not going to happen.

Calorie counting is boring, no doubt about it but, with all kinds of calorie counting and fitness apps available, it can be slightly more fun and easier to manage.

Changing attitude to food

You’ve enjoyed pregnancy and your little bundle of joy is here – and you need to get back into a healthy eating routine – and this not only means the food and drink you consume, but when you consume it.

During pregnancy, attitude to food does change. In late pregnancy, portion sizes would have been smaller because you felt ‘full’ and cumbersome with a full-term baby. Now that you can eat normally again, portion sizes increase. It is amazing how many not-so-good habits stay with us.

Eat well at breakfast, get back to eating fish three times a week and opt for lean cuts of meat again. Space your meals over the day so that your calorie intake is evenly spread.

In summary

Your post-pregnancy body can feel very different, certainly for the first few weeks or even months after giving birth. You need to give it chance to heal but you also need to be mindful of making changes that will help you get back into shape both physically and mentally so that you can look forward to the challenges of parenthood.

 

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Post-Pregnancy: Skin Problems Faced by New Moms

After having a baby, you might notice fairly quickly that the glow you have while pregnant is now gone leaving your skin dry, flaky and dull. This is a normal condition suffered by new mothers or second time moms. Believe it or not the stress of pregnancy and now dealing with a newborn is just beginning to leave its trail of destruction on your skin.

Common Skin Problems

Pregnant and new mothers suffer from common skin problems. One of them is puffy eyes caused by late nights and fatigue. Breastfeeding, for instance, can take its toll on the skin and the eyes are always the first to be affected. Dark circles are signs of sleepless nights tending to a newborn. Another skin problem that post-pregnancy brings is dry skin which is not only caused by sugar and caffeine fixes to stay energized but also by harsh soaps, shampoos and hot showers that deprive the skin of emollients and oils. Fine lines and wrinkles may start to appear due to exhaustion. Let us face it, pregnancy is heaven compared to the real work that’s going to start once the baby is out. And finally, you might also experience pigmentation or dark spots that appear on the epidermis.

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Treatment Plan

The good thing about these skin problems is that there is something you can do about them. A combination treatment plan and therapy will work best in managing skin issues. For example, we do know that eye bags and dark circles are caused by ‘fluid retention’ so drinking lots of liquids can help. It is also best to keep yourself hydrated especially if you are expressing milk or breastfeeding. There are also store-bought eye creams that get good reviews to help relieve tired eyes and put back the sparkle in them. Look for eye creams that have vitamin C and antioxidants.

You can reduce dry, flaky skin by drinking lots of water, avoiding hot showers and harsh cleansers and moisturizing. In choosing moisturizers and lotions, go for hypoallergenic products that are rich in hyaluronic acid to fix the skin barrier and retain moisture. Add flaxseed and fish oil to your diet or take them as supplements.

For melasma or skin pigmentation, there are over-the-counter products that you can get to lighten dark spots. If buying products for skin discoloration, look for active ingredients such hydroquinone, kojic acid, retinoic, lactic and citric acid or salicylic acid combo to correct dark spots.

Lines and wrinkles are mainly caused by raging hormones and tiredness. Buy products that contain helpful ingredients such as niacinamide (vitamin B3). It reduces water loss and may improve the elasticity of the skin. Note that these products will not solve every skin issue and they are not overnight miracle workers. Getting adequate rest, eating a balanced diet, keeping skin clean & hydrated as well as using sunscreen are equally important.