Bath Yourself Better

I’m not going to lie, I’m still not quite recovered from the whole birth thing yet.

I’m having to be super careful what I do exercise wise. Who would of thought it after 8 1/2 weeks?
That being said I appreciate that my body has been through a huge ordeal so not panicking about the long recovery. I will recover, I just need to give it time.

One thing I’ve religiously done since the birth of Lacie is have Epsom Salt baths. Not only do the salts help with water retention, but they can also help heal the perineum after a tough labor.
They also help soothe tired muscles (especially my back) and reduce stress, while helping draw out toxins, the problem is they don’t smell nice. Infact they don’t smell at all, which is why I thought all my Christmases had come at once when I found this Shea Mooti Mama’s ‘Take the Rough with the Smooth’ Soothing Bath Soak.

Its packed with Oatmeal, Burdock Powder, Epsom Salt, Sea Salt and Shea Butter, to help soothe sore perinatal muscles. It also contains  antibacterial Witch Hazel, which helps ease pain and promote healing.

All you do is add a handful of the salts to a warm bath. They smell lovely and are so relaxing. The only problem is you have to stay in the bath for 15 minutes for them to work their magic – and as all you busy mummies know, 15 minutes to yourself is a VERY long time!!

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http://www.sheamooti.co.uk/mama-s-take-the-rough-with-the-smooth-soothing-bath-soak

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Pregnancy Reflexology – the Wonderful Keah Lan

 

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I’d never really considered Reflexology until I met the wonderful Keah Lan, a highly qualified wellbeing therapist and reflexologist. She was at The Mermaid Maternity Retreat press opening day way back in June, when I was just 15 weeks pregnant. There she gave me a 20 minute taster reflexology session, which just simply wasn’t long enough! I wanted longer – she was fab! The things she could tell from my feet were amazing and the treatment itself was really relaxing.

Since meeting her, we have kept in touch on Twitter and she told me to come and see her when I was in the later stage of my pregnancy and ready to help prepare my body for labor. At 37 weeks, I’m more than ready, so I went and saw her, again at the Mermaid Maternity Retreat, which is based on the Kings Road. 

Before our hour-long session, Keah explained that she would massage certain areas on my feet to help stimulate pregnancy and labor organs and help boost my energy flow. Some of these points that she would be working on can help stimulate contractions, ease any aches and pains as well as release oxytocin, a natural hormone that is responsible for again stimulating contractions and labor. Keah specialises in reflexology for fertility, labor and the postnatal period, so I knew I was in good hands. 

The whole treatment was really relaxing. Yes, there was so sore points on my feet, especially the areas that related back to my lower back (I’ve been having lower back pain – the weight in my front feels like it’s pulling my back out of balance), my digestive system (I’ve been feeling quite sick recently – almost like I’m in the first trimester again!) and also the uterus zone, which is located near your ankle bone, and needs to be loosened slightly to help relax and of course stimulate labor. But although these were slightly tender I just practised my deep breathing (thank you Pregnancy yoga classes!) and went with the flow. 

After a good hour of TLC, Keah finished with a neck and shoulder massage and told me to get on with my day as normal but take it easy. She also mentioned that another session later on in the week would be beneficial. I did relax and met my mum for a herbal tea who was really worried and kept asking me if I was going into labor. Of course I  explained that if the baby is not ready to come, the it won’t – however, there ARE certain pressure points that can be worked on to encourage or ‘prime’ your body ready for labour. Reflexology is unlikely to start labour there and then, but Keah has found that a few of her clients have naturally gone into labour within a next few days after her treatment – pretty impressive eh!? 

I’m excited to see what happens over the next few days – will I get some Braxton Hicks? Will my back pain continue to behave itself? I hope so! 

Keah also gave me some exercises to do to help my back and open my hips like the;

* Cat Stretch – which helps stretch the lower back
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* Pigeon Pose – which helps stretch the hips and thighs
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* The Sitting Squat pose – which again helps open up the hips and relaxes the lower back.  
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I’m going to do these everyday as well as continue to do lots of walking and my daily gym workout. You may not feel like exercising when pregnant BUT it does help open up the hips and relax the pelvic muscles. It also gets those endorphins flowing, the calming and pain-relieving hormones that can be vital during labor. 

I’ll let you know how Thursday goes at my next session 🙂 

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Relax and unwind

Since being pregnant, I’ve realised just how important R&R is. Before I would probably ignore my body, go to the gym anyway and then start the whole cycle again but these days if I want a nap, I have one and if I’m too tired to go to the gym, I’ll stay in bed for an extra hour. It doesn’t happen much but for me I’m aware I’m growing a tiny little person and her needs comes before mine.

I love R&R these days. It’s the time when I really feel my baby kick and move about. I feel incredibly connected to her when I feel her and wish I could feel it all the time. It’s such a special feeling. So when I came across these Mexican Bola necklace from Blooming Lovely Jewellery, I had to get one!

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The chiming pendant is traditionally worn by pregnant women to bond with their unborn babies.
The lovely ball design, falls low over my growing bump and gently chimes as I move. Why does it chime? Well it’s said to gently serenade and soothe baby as I go about my daily life. I’ve found it very comforting to wear, especially as some days I don’t get to sit down – it’s all rush, rush, rush, and I just want to sit down and feel her kick. It’s nice to know that she knows mummy is there and thinking of her even when I’m rushed off my feet.

This really is a lovely gift to wear throughout your whole pregnancy, everytime I hear the chime, it reminds me that I have a very special baby inside of me and that I do have to take things a little bit easier these days. Since getting it I have hardly taken it off! Frankie from the Saturdays hasn’t either! Image

Find out more at http://www.blooming-lovely-jewellery.co.uk