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Third Trimester Pregnancy Essentials {Mia and Dom Review}

This week, I am sharing a lot about pregnancy. Why? As it begins to take most of my mind and time.

And Friday is our Pampering day as usual!

One of the recurrent third trimester symptom if we can call it this way as for me it is not a symptom but an unavoidable consequence: STRETCH MARKS and itchy bump. I did not mention it in my third trimester symptoms blogpost, simply because it is just something that is going to happen anyway.

Image courtesy Mamanatural

Image courtesy Mamanatural

Is It the truth? Not at all. It depends on your skin really and you can put as many creams as you want, from the most expensive to the cheapest, it is written in your body: if you have to stretch , you will stretch. No Myths, no Miracle products, just the truth as always. About 90% of women get pregnancy stretch marks, even if they’ve never had stretch marks before. So to say that they are common is an understatement.

But what you can do is help your skin and ease the itchiness that comes with it as it is quite uncomfortable.

What do I use? No perfumed {chemically fragranced} products, simple composition. I do not use the oil/lotion you receive for free with your Emma’s Diary pack. I just do not like it. I used them to try for my first pregnancy and hated how sticky I felt afterwards.

For my second pregnancy, I have used coconut oil and I like it, even if I did not feel so moisturised. Coconut oil is absolutely not a greasy oil and leaves your skin dry {I am not sure it makes sense :-/}

Mia and Dom Skin Care

So this time, my tendency for green beauty and my love for aromatherapy pushed me to try something new. Have you heard about Mia and Dom Skin Care ?

mia and dom logo“Mia & Dom Skin care is an organic skin care range for pregnancy, and babies made using botanical and essential oils to produce natural products you can trust.”

I just fell in love with all the products range and the simplicity of the ingredients. Simple but efficace: no fuss, no useless packaging, just what you need.

So I have decided to try Mia and Dom  products for Pregnancy and here is my selection:

Mia and dom pregnancy products

I choose to try:

  • The stretch mark oil
  • The aroma candle
  • Spearmint and lavender lip balm
  • Perineum massage oil

The Stretch Mark oil

Extract of Mia and Dom website:

stretch mark oil Mia and domA massage oil packed with skin soothing and regenerating oils to help you blossom without the marks to prove it.

We are all proud of our growing bumps but you can keep the stretch marks thanks all the same!

Massage this oil into your stomach before or as soon as your bump starts to grow allowing your skin the opportunity to flex and grow with your baby without leaving marks. We use Baobab Seed oil (soothing and softening), and it helps cellular regeneration, combined with Calendula, renowned for healing scars and damaged skin.  This massage oil is packed full of all things you need to help your skin stretch and blossom with you.

Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Thistle Oil, Camellia Seed Oil,  Rosehip Seed oil with 0.5% Vit E, Baobab Seed Oil , Calendula Oil,  Tocopherol Lavender Essential Oil , Palmarosa Essential oil .

My point of view:

Refreshing and moisturising, it will help with the itchiness and I feel my skin is softer. I absolutely like using it and the soothing effect afterwards. In fact, I do love it so much that I use it on my soooo SWOLLEN legs and feet to ease the pain and it is working.

This oil is part of my bedtime routine, just sitting on my bedside table. I am waiting for this moment all day long. I use it after shower and massage generously my bump and baby is loving it too {a lot of kicks} so it is a lovely moment for bonding!

Then just before to sleep because I suffer from swollen legs: I  lay flat and try to massage all my leg from feet to laps in this sense with the oil. I do insist on the sole of my feet to finish. And I can assure you that this is really relaxing and soothing.

Mia and Dom propose a Foot Massage oil  too and I am really tempted to try it. I will surely do once I finish my Beloved oil .

Aroma Candle and Lip Balm

  • The aroma candle:

I love candles, not to say I am an unconditional fan and user.

mia and dom candle

This little aroma candle combines the soothing fragrances of Lavender and Roman Chamomile. I am going to repeat myself but I love how soft the smell is. It is really relaxing and helps me gather myself. Very enjoyable, every evening or in bathroom, I think this candle will be perfect during labour.

  • The lip balm now:

Whatever the weather, pregnant or not we all love a lip balm. We have combined the clean fresh smell of Spearmint with Lavender to produce a beautiful lip balm that includes shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax for added luxury.” {from Mia and Dom website}

mia and dom lip balm

Do I confirm this statement?

Absolutely! I have always used lip balms as I am not a make up person. Lip balms hydrate and keep  lips in a beautiful state while keeping them natural. The must, they are usually scented!

One always in my handbag {should I say changing bag now! :-)} and one waiting for me on my bedside table.

What DO I like with the Mia and Dom Lip Balm?

  • Smooth texture and easy to apply balm.
  •  Light and not greasy at all
  • NO sticky or rough feelings on lips after application
  •  The balm keeps lips moisturised and leaves lips feeling nourished and looking good – very good for very dry lips!
  • This has a gorgeous lovely smell not too overwhelming,
  • It is nice and firm in a handy cute pocket size tin, easy to keep in a small handbag.
  • The fact that it is organic is JUST a massive bonus 🙂
  • Clear ingredients , no added nasty things { Ingredients: Sweet almond seed oil, Beeswax, Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Spearmint Leaf oil, Lavender Essential oil }

This lip balm will be clearly part of my Maternity/Hospital bag. We’ll talk later about must have things to bring with you.

Perineum Massage Oil

Mia and Dom perineum massage oil

  1. What is Perineal Massage?

    Extract of website

    Perineal massage involves loosening the muscles between your vagina and your bottom (perineum) during pregnancy, to prepare for giving birth. This will help the opening of your vagina to stretch as your baby emerges into the world.

    If you’ve never given birth vaginally before, massaging your perineum towards the end of your pregnancy can reduce your risk of episiotomy. It may also reduce your risk of having a tear. Even if you have had a baby before, perineal massage can help to reduce discomfort after the birth.

  2. Can perineal massage help me avoid an episiotomy?                       Extract of websiteIt’s possible. Starting around 34 weeks, try massaging your perineum (the area around your vagina). Daily perineal massage may increase the area’s ability to stretch, leading to less need for an episiotomy and fewer natural tears.
  3. How to do a perineal massage?

You have a lot of ressources online with pictures to help you. You can also ask your midwife for advices and how to do it.

My point of view about perineal massage:

Do I think it is useful? I am not sure.

But during my midwifery and nursing studies, I have learnt that it was. It can really avoid episiotomy and tears. Now, like anything It is not to be taking for guaranteed like any other exercices {a well known is holding your perineum like if you were holding your urine and relax}.

I think if you are at ease with the method, you can try it, obviously more useful if you are a first time mum or just to help if you are not.

Tears during labour depend to too much things: your position during delivery, baby’s pressure, the intensity of your pushes and of course quality of your perineum. If this massage can avoid a  3/4 tear degree, so just try it, even if it just from 36 weeks. Anything that can help is good to avoid this kind of damages.

Now the Mia and Dom perineum massage oil:

Perineum Massage Oil is a pure, natural formula that nourishes and prepares the skin for birth. The combination of oils used improves the elasticity of the skin and cellular regeneration.

Note: Perineal massage involves gently kneading the perineum (the delicate area located between the anus and the vagina.) This practice is most often undertaken during the final weeks of pregnancy (34 weeks onwards) in order to alleviate tears to the perineal during childbirth. Sometimes, regular perineal massage can eliminate the need for an episiotomy (making a small cut in the perineum to facilitate the baby’s head.)

I cannot review the product as it is not a product to be reviewed. And it is quite personal but as for the other products, the quality is really good. You have to try it to know and make up your mind 🙂 and see if it can help.

Again, more for first time mums, if this massage can make you feel more confident about giving birth, you should try. The anxiety is so hard to manage for a first baby: this is the unknown. For other mums, once you have gone through it already, you are more prepared and I feel it is easier even if worries are always here. Let’s say that it is natural.

Overall experience

I love my Mia and Dom products: all of them with no exceptions at all!

tested and approved by oummanna

My favorite being the stretch mark oil:

mia and dom stretch mark oil

I do regret not to have known them in the beginning of my pregnancy to try the other products of the range.  You can find all the products on their website and from some retailers.

Mia and Dom also proposes products for babies and for eczema!

My Shopping list:

  • Embroidered Towels from Ilham’s

Note : I have been sent the PRODUCTS mentioned in this post for this review purpose and did this review because I wanted to, no  financial compensation was received for doing it. No one has told me what to write, all words (including spelling mistakes) and opinions are 100% my own and genuine.

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