Congratulations, you’re going to be a mum! Preparing for your little bundle of joy is an exciting time and there’ll be lots to do to welcome him or her into the world.
Over the next 9 months your body will go through a lot of changes, so it’s important that you remember to look after yourself and take some time out for a bit of pampering and TLC.
Caring for your skin is essential if you want to prevent those dreaded stretch marks. Rubbing in oil or cream can help and there are many products on the market that you can use.
Mama Mio’s range of additive-free products are designed to build your skin’s strength, stamina and elasticity. Not only do they help prevent stretch marks but they feel lovely and smell gorgeous. Choose from the award-winning Tummy Rub Butter, Tummy Rub Oil or Boob Tube Cream, specially formulated for the bust area.
Neal’s Yard is another natural brand. All their products are made from organic ingredients, and of course, they come in those beautiful blue glass bottles! I normally recommend the Mother’s Bath Oil for a relaxing, fragranced soak and the Mother-to-Be Boxed Set has a selection of indulgent oils and balms.
You may also like to try Burt’s Bees, a company that started making homemade beeswax lip balms and now has a whole range of natural products, including skincare for mother and baby. Their Mama Bee Belly Butter contains added Vitamin E to moisturise your bump and the specially formulated Leg and Foot Creme will relax and soothe sore, tired muscles.
As your bump gets bigger you’ll find it harder to get comfortable in bed. Why not invest in a special, supportive pillow so you can get as much sleep as you can - once baby arrives it will be a bit of a luxury! Both the Big V and DreamGenii pillows can be used during pregnancy and after birth when you’re feeding.
And whilst you’re relaxing, you might like to record all your pregnancy stories, memories and scans in a baby journal so you can look back in years to come. Enjoy this special time.