Throughout this pregnancy so far, since we made our announcement on the blog, I have been lucky enough to be sent lots of lovely things to review. I call these my pregnancy pretties because they are things that have made me feel good about myself. Things for me, not for the baby. And while I still need to write up the reviews on many of them, I wanted to share them with you in a bit of a round up, so this is Pregnancy Pretties part one!
I’ve already written about the wonderful products I was sent from Mustela (we’re still using these a lot), and since then I’ve also been sent some new stretch mark cream to use too. Did you know that Bepanthen now make this glorious stuff?
patches on my knees and tops of my feet too! Lovely. The wonderful people at Bepanthen also sent me a little goody bag filled with treats too- a pregnancy journal which is beautiful, and some other bits and bobs to help me relax during this pregnancy. The cream itself is a wonderful addition to my skincare routine.
Another wonderful little edition to my feel-good factor rating this pregnancy, is the Carriwell support band that I was very kindly sent to review. I have used bump bands before, to help prolong the life of pre-pregnancy jeans and to keep larger items of maternity wear on my body, but I had never used a support band before. This being my 4th pegnancy, and the fact that I am ten years older than I was the first time I did this, I did feel that a little extra support wouldn’t go amiss. And there is also the fact that I love bump band for smoothing down lumpy bits quite effectively, so I knew that the support band would help in that area too!
The Carriwell support band is lovely. It supports the bump really well and is seamless so you really can’t tell that you are wearing it once you have your outer clothes on! I love the fact that it holds your hips and back too, and there is plenty of room for the belly to just keep on growing. Which it continues to do quite nicely! It also acts just the same as a bump band and has meant that the last pair of jeans and few skirts in my wardrobe from my pre-pregnancy days are still accessible to me- hooray! The support band I have is white, and it washes really well- still as bright as the day it arrived!
Bravado have also been a wonderful addition to my pregnancy underwear collection, and I was sent this lovely pink Sweet Pea nursing bra– which is actually one of the most comfiest bras I own right now. I love that I will be able to use it while breastfeeding the poppy seed too, and for now it works so well as a non underwired bra during pregnancy. This bra is seamless too and so comfortable that you barely know you’re wearing it! I love Bravado and thoroughly recommend them if you’re pregnant and/ or breastfeeding. *Note: the attached photo is not me. I wish.
Green People sun cream has also been an essential part of this pregnancy for me, since much of it has been during the summer months so far.
We took these creams on holiday with us and they were indispensable. With temperatures reaching 37 degrees, there was no way we could protect our skin any better- and I’m pleased to report that we all came away lightly tanned and happy. No sunburn to report. The cream itself is suitable for the most sensitive of skin (during pregnancy or otherwise) which is great news as we are a family of specific skin needs, to say the least! The younger two both suffer quite badly from eczema so it was great to find a cream that we could use for them. even on their faces. Natural organic products are certainly what we need- and Green People deliver this perfectly! Again, another product that we highly recommend!
During this pregnancy, we are no longer an adroid only family, and having an iphone has meant a few more apps have become available to us. I was asked to review a wonderful app from Yoga4Pregnancy. Regular readers will know that I have been trying my best to stay fit and active during this pregnancy and have been a fan of yoga and pregnacy for a number of years. What I love about this app is that its suitable for both beginners and experienced yogees (is that a word?) and is aimed directly towards pregnant ladies. The app has been developed by Anna White, qualified British Wheel of yoga teacher, who actually specialises in pregnancy yoga- so you know you’re in safe hands. The app can be downloaded here. Incidentally, Anna also does a Preparing for birth app and a Breathing through Contractions app too, both of which I intend to download soon.
Another app that I have been using (free) is the wonderful Baby Buddy. It’s still in it’s development stage ahead of it’s official launch in November but I wanted to tell you about it quickly now. While it’s aimed towards young and first time mums to be, there’s no reason why older mums of three-soon-to-be-four can’t give it a go too. You create a buddy, who takes all of your relevant info regarding your pregnancy, and uses that to send you daily updates about your pregnancy. You can ask questions (I’ve used this feature a lot, and its wonderful) and save appointments in there too, so that you never forget another antenatal check up again. Not that I have ever done that, of course. I love this app because it’s fun- a lot more light hearted than some pregnancy info apps, but still with all the accurate information that you need when you’re expecting.
The app has been developed by the charity Best Beginnings and is free of charge. If you’d like to download it before the official launch date, you can do so by clicking here for android and for iphone click here. Best Beginnings also have a Facebook page and they are on Twitter too as @babybuddyapp. Don’t forget to leave them feedback as they are continually working towards making this app as wonderful as possible for parents to be!
Part two of Pregnancy Pretties will be a series of reviews on the fabulous maternity clothing I have been reviewing for Isabella Oliver, Babes with Babies, New Look, Pink Blush Maternity, Heavenly Bump and, of course, The Essential One.