All posts filed under: Birth experience

Elvie : Your very personal trainer and your Pelvic Floor best friend

Today, I am going to talk a taboo subject. Taboo for a reason I ignore. I wish I had known about it when I had my first baby. When I was pregnant with Baby3, one lady of the Elvie team contacted me to try their personal trainer and talk about it. I was first a bit reluctant and had to think. Why? I asked myself why did I feel ashamed to talk about something women related and that it is so important? Why? Maybe because of my own experience. Let’s go back together in 2011 when I delivered my first daughter after a very fast labour. Unfortunately, when she passed, my urethra has been damaged and I will never forget what the consultant told me few minutes after having my baby. I have been told that I will be incontinent all my life and would have to wear a catheter for few months. All of this was so overwhelming between the joy of having my first baby and our first meeting and the cold consultant …

{Giveaway inside} Switching to Reusable menstrual products : Cheeky Mama Cloth Sanitary Pads Review

This week was Reusable Menstrual Products Week and it was obvious that I should talk to you about Reusable Cloth Sanitary pads. Using Reusable menstrual products has been, in my women life, the ultimate green step. Green living or at least trying to reduce waste in my life demanded efforts beyond my imagination. When I look around me all the things we use and throw into our bins after only one use it is unbelievable. I have been using disposable sanitary pads during so many years and it was obvious for me and all girls around me that it was what we would be using. When I was younger we were used to travel to Morocco every year for our summer holidays and in the 80’s to early 90’s, women – those I knew and were living with–  were still using washable pads {and washable nappies for babies!}. In fact, there were no pads. They were using pieces of cotton fabric. I grew up knowing that and having acknowledged it. I mean I have seen them washing their pads and …

All about Swaddling: From benefits to controversy

Did or do you struggle with your baby sleep? If this is the case, let’s read an old story that is all about swaddling. If your baby was or is born in the hospital, chances are she will be swaddled at some point but not when she is given to you. Skin to skin contact is very important to establish breastfeeding and for bonding. But afterwards, each of my little princesses has been carefully swaddled by Midwives: they are masters of swaddling newborns. What is the reason behind this? When you come back home, you just put your lovely newborn baby in her Moses basket and the nightmare starts: between colic, trapped winds, your little bundle of joy starts crying and being so unsettled. This is when you are trying to reach and explore anything that might help you with your baby sleep and yours indeed. So sure that when you will be looking for some help to soothe your newborn, a friend, family member or Health Visitor will suggest you to swaddle your baby.  Swaddling works to help babies drift off and stay …

4 Best products to heal cracked nipples and sore breasts: Breastfeeding essentials

My first week on breastfeeding has been a bit of rollercoaster. So if like me you are in an Ouuuuchhh… mood, read this! Your baby is just born and you are starting together your beautiful and hopefully long breastfeeding journey together {at least this is what you are dreaming of} but as you begin to nurse , you are discovering that it hurts! Do not worry! Sore nipples are a frequent complaint for breastfeeding mothers so you are not alone, and as far as I am concerned I do assume it’s an inevitable part of the nursing experience. Well, I did get sore nipples for each of my daughters, time to get on with the latch on thing. However you must know that pain is a sign that something is not so right: You should not feel pain when baby is feeding. If you do, it means that baby may not have latched on properly. You need to check: Baby’s latch: Usually sore nipples are a consequence of  baby not taking the nipple deeply enough into his mouth. For …

My Birth Story: Powerful meeting with new Baby and I am no wonder woman

The 17th of July, a not so usual Sunday, as it was my birthday: 34 years all for myself! I do not really celebrate my birthday so it was a quiet and usual day with my little family. Not so usual as we were quiet busy. On Saturday, I started my 39th week. And every morning, I was saying: one more week to go! So on Sunday, we had a long walk to the beach , a picnic and when we came back home I gave a bath to my two Babas. I was exhausted by the end of the day and felt strange. I was unable to eat anything and the only thing I wanted was a bath to relax and ease my backache. So, I got one and cheered myself up with some Living Naturally Soap Bath Tub. When I went to sleep, I was very tired and nauseous. I fell asleep at around 11pm and woke up with a start at 1 am. I was feeling strange contractions and period like pain. I felt something …

#39 Weeks update: Baby and Mum Hospital Bag essentials

Our choice has been made clear: I will give birth in Labour ward. Not by choice, by necessity. I am GBS+. GBS +, What dos this mean? “GBS is one of many bacteria that can be present in our bodies. It doesn’t usually cause any harm. When this happens it’s called “carrying” GBS or being colonised with GBS. It’s estimated about one pregnant woman in five in the UK carries GBS in their digestive system or vagina. Around the time of labour and birth, many babies come into contact with GBS and are colonised by the bacteria. Most are unaffected, but a small number can become infected.” NHS Website Extract “Carrying group B Strep (GBS) is perfectly normal and natural. It is normal gut flora in 20-30% of people (men and women), and ‘colonises’ the vagina in roughly 22% of all women. Although GBS can be passed through sexual contact, it is not a sexually transmitted disease, and carrying the bacterium is not associated with any health risks or symptoms to the carrier.” Group B Strep Support Website …