Friday, 24 March 2017

How Positivity Can help With Child Birth

As your due date approaches, you will be filled with excitement and anxiety in equal measure. For some, the fear of giving birth can reach fever pitch, preventing them from enjoying the birthing experience.

Giving birth to your children is one of the most moving experiences there is – or it should be. But, with fear and anxiety clouding your vision, you may struggle with labour, giving birth and the first few weeks of being a new mum.

Newborn Baby

HARTMANN Direct look at seven steps to enjoying being pregnant and giving birth.

The Birthing Stories

As soon as you announce your pregnancy, you will be showered with congratulations as well as more than a few stories about how and when other mums had their babies. Your own mum may enjoy sharing your birth story.
Inevitably, there will be people who have horror birthing stories to tell and how it was the most panful/frightening/horrendous time.
There will be other mums however, who will tell you that they had a great experience and will suggest to you to take time throughout your pregnancy to face your fear and take positive steps to managing your pregnancy and birth as you want it.

“Everyone says that…”

Unfortunately, when you announce your intentions for a drug-free, home or water birth etc. you may well be met with derision.
There are medical emergencies with childbirth but there are also plenty of pregnancies and births that result in fantastic birthing experiences for mum, dad and baby – and the rest of the family.
Don’t be put off by what other people say or tell you will happen because great births do happen!

7 Steps to a Positive Experience

Even if the birth doesn’t quite go according to the plan you had in mind, it can still be a positive experience…

#1 Face Your Fears

Watching TV programmes from fly-on-the labour-ward documentaries to soap operas all make birth look like a horrendous time in which you will shout and scream.
Some women have a paralysing fear of giving birth and this is a condition which will need to be carefully managed and treated. For others, it is the fear of the unknown.
Face your fear, understand where the fear is coming from and take the next positive step.

#2 Practice Relaxation

You will have heard of the ‘flight or fright’ principle. With a surge of adrenalin, you will either stay and fight or flee the danger.
When neither of these are an option, you need to face the situation but do so in a way that is calm. Practice relaxation techniques during pregnancy to help you stay calm.

#3 Focus on Your Breathing

When we are shocked, stressed or excited, we tend to hold our breath. The trick is to learn to focus in on breathing and make sure that exhaling and inhaling is following a calm, regular pattern.
Slower, deeper breaths will increase oxygen to your muscles, essential in labour and will also help you to relax.

#4 Include Your Partner

With so much focus on you, it is easy to forget your partner. Many men and birthing partners will promise to be with you during the birth but they too may in a state of such high anxiety and stress that they too fail to enjoy what they are about to witness.
Give your partner chance to express his or her fears too.

#5 Stay in the Moment

Labour is the final step before your baby arrives. And it is easy for you to allow your brain to race ahead and with ‘danger’ ahead, give you panicky messages and thoughts.
Stay with your labour, work with every contraction and understand that each one is a step to giving birth.

#6 Use Your Senses

Your sense are important triggers for relaxation. When you practice relaxation, choose a scent or a sound for example, that your mind associates with a peaceful, happy, relaxed place.
Have that scent or sound on hand when you are in labour to help your mind focus.

#7 Stay in Touch

The sense of touch is supportive and a strong message that you are not alone. Have your partner touch you, if this is something that soothes you. Not every labouring mum wants to be touched, so don’t worry if this is case but stay connected with your partner.
Labour is uncomfortable and giving birth can be painful but it is rewarding, an amazing show of the combined power of Mother Nature and you. Enjoy it!

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Getting Fit: Why I did it

Emily Skye Transformation
3 years ago I had reached a point where I hated the idea of shopping for myself. I didn't feel comfortable in any of the clothes I owned, and the idea of buying a new dress filled me with dread. I wanted to be able to treat myself and feel good about what I was wearing, but I was so aware of the spare tyre that had accumulated around my abdomen and how my thighs clapped together as though they were preparing to give me a standing ovation. 

I spent my time shopping for Leo, I didn't even feel the need to have a look in the shops that I used to love. I watched girls on the street walk past me looking absolutely beautiful, I saw how confident they looked and I felt green with envy. 

How these girls looked in their crop tops and hot pants over the summer months, how they pulled off the risque dress choice that I would have loved to have been able to wear. 2014 was the year that I finally got my bottom into gear, I did it for many reasons, but one of the biggest factors was so that I could wear whatever I wanted and feel comfortable and confident enough to do so (not to mention that I would have the pleasure of replacing my entire wardrobe at the end of it, I was shopping on Love the Sales most days!).

If there is one word that I would use to describe myself, I would have to go with 'Determined', a word that other people might use is 'Stubborn', but whichever way you look at it, whether it was sheer determination or the drive to prove people wrong... I achieved my goal.

Emily Skye Transformation

I have thoroughly enjoyed treating myself to new clothes, it has allowed me to be more daring than I have ever been in my life when it comes to fashion. If you are looking to make a change and apply a new lifestyle, there is no better way than setting yourself a shopping trip treat for once you have hit a certain milestone. This worked wonders for me, and actually pushed me to go further in the grand scheme of things! I still can't help checking out the dress sale on Love the Sales!

 I look at the photo on the left (top of this post) of me 3 years ago, and it's hard to remember a time that this was me. I remember how I felt taking that photo, I didn't like what I saw in the mirror, I was just starting to take those tentative baby steps to try and change my attitude towards food, and to try and take control back over my body and provide it with the TLC that it really needed.

Now I look at that photo and I see just how far I have come, I never expected to achieve everything that I have done, all I aimed to really do was lose a bit of weight and carry on with my life. I never expected to fall in love with fitness, and I never expected to be continuing it 3 years later!

This journey has been one hell of a learning curve, and even now I'm learning as I go. It's safe to say that it's not only a physical transformation that I have worked towards over the last couple of years, but it's also an emotional one that has helped me pick my confidence back up from around my ankles, where it had fallen and gathered dust and didn't have the momentum to propel itself back to life on it's own.

Emily Skye Transformation

I've shared my journey for many reasons, it's helped me motivate myself to keep going, it's allowed me to reach out to other ladies who feel like they are past helping themselves (I was one of them!), it's connected me with ladies all over the world and provided me with inspiration to keep going forward and it's helped me capture how much I have grown and learned.

I've realised that not everyone is going to like what I do, and that's fine. Although I share my journey, it's not for them, it's for me. If someone doesn't like my body or how I train then that's absolutely fine, because this is me, it's who I am, and I'm happy in the skin I'm in and you can bet your bottom dollar that I'm proud of my achievements!

You are always going to be too much for some people, you can't please everyone and you shouldn't attempt too, all you can do is keep moving forward and take strides towards your goals and smile at everyone who tells you 'you looked better before, but where are your boobs though? Too muscular, too skinny' because those kind of comments SHOULD not distract you from your hopes and dreams.

And if you are anything like me... It is those sorts of comments that will just keep you focused on the task at hand. who do you think will have the last laugh?

It won't be them. It will always be you.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Why Personalised Gifts Are Loved and Adored by Expectant Moms

baby gifts online
Everyone loves receiving personalised gifts, especially moms who are expecting. It makes them feel special, loved, and that they belong to a group that care about their baby, whether it’s during their happiest or toughest time in pregnancy.

That’s why personalised baby gifts online are becoming a trend. A mother receiving a unique gift for her baby makes her feel appreciated by people. Thus one of the reasons why personalised baby gifts are adored by most moms.

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Here are a few more reasons why it’s a great idea:

1. The Feeling of Being Loved

A personalised gift means the person knows the mom well and what they want for their baby. They think about what she had gone through her pregnancy as well as what she’ll probably go through when the little one is born.

Even a simple personalised gift can create the sense of love and belonging. Whether it’s a simple teething ring that she mentioned was “cute” or that pair of shoe she always looks up from her favourite baby gift store online. Having a loved one give you something personal will always convey love.

2. Personalised Baby Gifts Make Moms Feel Special Too

One of the many mistakes people make when buying presents for babies is the failure to communicate on what they’re getting because this makes it possible for two or more people buying the same gift. And when that happens, it’s hard for a person to assume that not much thought was given to buying these identical gifts.

The journey to having a baby is a special one because it’s a choice of two people bringing another life into this world. Thus, people bringing gifts for their loved ones who are expecting should invest some time in figuring out the perfect baby gift. And with personalised baby gifts nowadays, it’s not that hard to find one.

3. Being Personal Builds Trust

Being personal makes a mother feel that she is in a trusting and safe environment. That everyone around her thinks and cares about her and her child’s well-being. This feeling of security can lessen her anxiety and keeps her mood stable. Which overall, is good for both the baby and the mother.

4. It Helps Her Get Through The Hard Times

Before getting an expectant mom a baby gift, it may help to know what she needs first. Pregnancy has its toll to a woman’s body. It makes them weak, craving for various foods, and climbing up and down with mood swings. A personalised gift is not only used for showing affection but also to give a mom some well-deserved comfort.

A mother will do anything for her pregnancy to be more comfortable and less painful, not to mention that it also benefits the baby. So some massage oils and bath salts may not be a bad idea together with those baby body suits.

5. Immortalises The Moment

Baby gifts aren’t just shallow material things. They can also be a significant reminder of the special moments a mother has gone through while being pregnant. Also, your personalised gift can be something their child can cherish even when they grow old. Making that moment a permanent memory to reminisce about.

Being In Their Shoes

To further understand why an expectant mom will always choose a personalised gift over a typical one, it will help to experience being in their shoes. A mother only wants what is best for their young ones. And nothing says “best” like a carefully thought out baby gift given at the right time, and at the right moment.