A growing family needs more space!

How can one tiny baby need so much space?

The average home will be turned upside down, re-organised, thoroughly cleaned, decorated and disinfected several times over before the new arrival even graces their new home.  It’s probably worth thinking very early on, when your “nesting urge” is at its height, about branching out into an attic room or choosing one of many space endowing conservatories that are on offer.

The great thing about a conservatory of course, is that it can be turned into a playroom or place to hold “Mums and babies afternoon teas”.  Full of light and warmth, it is an ideal space to store toys when not in use or to put a playpen when the baby is large enough to enjoy warm sunshine radiating through the window panels.

It’s easy to find a special door gate to ensure little ones don’t escape either into the rest of the house or into the garden.  The Conservatory can be covered in safe based floor rugs and blankets can be put on top to add even more comfort for playing.

Since the expense of a baby can add up big time, it’s probably better to factor in the cost of a Conservatory or attic room at the beginning of baby’s life, rather than when she or he is of school age.  In due course siblings may arrive and – well, let’s just say that family expenditure is bound to increase and in today’s financial climate, it’s better to act sooner rather than later.

Explore a whole new world of opportunity

Run an eye over a list of possible part time jobs for “Mums after child birth,” and you’ll be inundated with the word “sell”.  Move straight on.  Caring for children at home can be hard work and, in my opinion, “selling” might be just as tough.  That’s not to say that other words such as “Franchise”, “own creative craft business”, “Mystery shopping” and “Teacher’s class Assistant” shouldn’t excite!

There are many possible, new careers both full time and part, to tempt you back to the workplace.  If you are good with numbers, a short course in Bookkeeping could lead to lucrative employment and part time work with one of the UK’s many Payroll Companies.  Part time work there may well equal 25 hours a week or less, ideally spread across five days.  A small business may well need the services of a reliable Bookkeeper.  It’s work you can complete in your own time, at home and at your own pace.

Other possible part time work, after you’ve had your family, might include “Alternative Therapies and medicine” practitioner, catalogue distribution, Writing peoples’ CVs and Website design.  If you’re a mum actively seeking part time work at the moment try these three websites to begin with.  There’s www.workingmums.co.uk/, www.mumandworking.co.uk/index.asp and www.gumtree.co.uk .  While you’re a mum, you’re in a unique position to consider a job share or a career that you’ve not considered before.  This can often mean new challenges, but great rewards and a sense of achievement.  These are all healthy values to pass on to your children.

Causes of Decreased Mobility In Pregnancy

There are various causes of decreased mobility in pregnancy. These causes can be either temporary ones or in some cases permanent. Temporary causes include; depression, anxiety, over dosage of medications and malnutrition. Whereas permanent causes of mobility in pregnancy can be due to; Parkinsonism, arthritis, muscular pains, diseases, etc.

No matter what the reason is for decreased mobility the woman has to bear all the suffering but in some cases mobility equipment can help an individual to cope with their mobility issues. You don’t necessarily have to suffer during one of the most important phases of your life. With the help of such equipment a pregnant woman can easily perform daily household and other chores and activities. Whether it is to do grocery shopping or moving around the house performing various activities your mobility can be increased with the help of equipment made for such purpose.

These are specially designed to help pregnant ladies belonging to different walks of life, young and old. Life can generally be made a bit easier even if you are pregnant, pregnancy doesn’t mean that you have to suffer in terms of mobility.

It is very important for every pregnant woman to enjoy her pregnancy time period but for some the whole pregnancy becomes a painful time of their life because they suffer from specific medical condition or disability which negatively affects their mobility in pregnancy. But there are ways that can help you increase your mobility with some specific equipment. Regular exercises can help you a lot

Shopping for maternity wear

Most woman, during pregnancy will not want to buy lots of maternity outfits. So when you go shopping for maternity clothes mix and match to that you can make the most of your purchases.     Remember after your baby is born you may be wearing your maternity clothes for a couple of weeks. If this is the case make sure your maternity clothes are suitable for breast feeding, tops with a zip or buttons down the front are a good place to start. Consider buying some wider fitting shoes for the third trimester when your feet may start to swell. Buying underwear that compliments your pregnancy is also important. Underwear can become especially tight is you are not measured regularly. Going to a specialist shop for pregnant woman to be measured is a good idea as they have your needs in mind and will be able to assist you that little bit more than a regular department store or underwear shop. It is worth bearing in mind your bust will probably increase dramatically in a short space of time so it is not necessary to buy more than two bras at a time.

There are a lot of online maternity wear web sites. Although you will see more variety online you will not able to try on the garments and no two pregnant ladies are the same. It is not to say shopping online is a bad idea it is just worth bearing in mind that trying clothing on is even more important when your body is changing rapidly.

A service that is now available in some department stores and high end baby boutiques is the facility of a baby store personal shopper. This useful when you think of all the products that are available in stores and online. You do not need everything that will be pouring out of magazines and catalogues and somebody that can break it all down for you useful. A personal shopper will be able to point out the  pros and cons of products and they also have the knowledge gained from feedback they get from customers. It is a good way to treat yourself whilst pregnant as well.

Getting feedback about products for baby and yourself can also be found online. There are dozens of forums and blogs about the subject and its all at your finger tips, a very easy way to get some advice.

Shops like Mothercare are designed with new mothers and pregnant women in mind. On recent visit there I noticed there was a feeding room. This is not something you would see in just any shop. I feel they have done well in trying to understand what mothers will need. Health officials and other government agencies will always tell you ‘breast is best’ and to see the shops making this a more achievable thing for mothers to maintain is a great thing. In a shop such as Mothercare you an buy lots of dofferent baby equipment, maternity wear and larger items such as nursery furniture. It seems to me the thing that comes up again and again when it comes to pregnancy is the want to make things easier. Things being easy appeals to us, so a shop that has all your pregnancy needs under one roof is very appealing. Especially if there are feeding and changing facilities too.

Pregnancy is a special time in every woman’s life. It is easy to get sucked into all the material things and worry, it is important to remember it is a time of your life that first and foremost should be treasured. Important decisions need to be made but this should be done with minimal fuss. It is very easy to get excessive about all the things we are told we need. In fact, you do not need that much to get started. It is more important to make sure the things you pick are right for you and your family. If you already have children perhaps letting them help choose some baby equipment with you will be a real positive thing to do as it makes it a family event rather than mummy shopping for baby.

There really is not anything else you will do in your life that is more important than your pregnancy so do it properly. Take care of yourself and listen to your body. Invest in some me time and your body will thank you for it.

Shopping for maternity wear, what size to buy

As your body changes so will your clothing needs. For the first two trimesters you may well be able to wear your regular clothes, at least the pieces that have some room in. In the last trimester maternity clothes of some sort will become necessary. Some woman will not want to spend a lot of money on clothes they will wear only for a few months. It is nice though, when spending so much time and effort on your baby that you treat yourself too. When buying maternity clothing try to stick to natural fabrics. Most woman find they feel hotter during pregnancy and you will need clothes that let your skin breath.  Buying maternity clothes in your pre pregnancy size is more advisable than buying regular clothes in a larger size. Maternity clothes are designed with a woman’s changing body in mind. Maternity trousers are often fitted with elastic in the waist that can be changed in length as the pregnancy progresses. This ensures that trousers you buy one week are not useless to you the following week.

Shopping for baby equipment part two


The basics you will need for your baby from day one include:
Cot/Crib or Moses basket
Pram/Buggy – suitable from birth
Bedding – pick suitable material suitable for babies soft skin
Towel for baby – again pick a variety suitable for babies
Changing mat
Nappies and baby wipes
Baby clothing
Breast Pads
Scratch mittens

Baby clothes are a part of shopping that can be very exciting. It is important to remember that babies grow very quickly and buying too much of the same size would be wasteful. Being practical is always key when it comes to shopping for babies and being prepared is also key. Making sure you have a small amount of every kind of clothing is best. Baby clothes, like adults can be bought in high end luxury stores or cheaper high street alternatives. As people become more aware of the things that effect us and our children we see organic cotton becoming more widely available in all baby shops. Organic cotton is more expensive, but softer and will mean there is less likelihood the babies skin will become irritated. It is important to bear in mind things such as buttons and zips. These should not contact the babies skin as its likely this cause irritation. Making sure the outfit is practical is of the upmost importance, if an outfit is difficult to put on this will cause frustration especially when you will be changing the babies nappy regularly.

Babies do not really need shoes. Socks are sufficient and booties keep babies feet nice and warm. Remember when you are shopping to be aware of what season your baby will be born in. In would be very easy to get carried away while walking around a baby shop but what your looking at in the shop may not be appropriate when your baby arrives.

Other essentials you need when baby shopping will include a cot. This could be a basic cot or a cot that become a bed as your baby grows. Moses baskets are another option although they will not last as long. The advantage of Moses baskets are the fact that they are more mobile. This is most advantageous for the kind parents that travel a lot. Blankets, car seats and feeding utensils are all important. I feel it is important to not get carried away with what a product looks like but first consider how practical it is. Always ask yourself ‘Will I really that’, it is easy will the amount of baby equipment on the market to think you must need it all – but this is rarely the case.

Shopping for baby equipment part one

With safety being at the forefront of any baby equipment’s designers mind there will always be room for improvement. It is entirely natural for any parent to worry endlessly about their baby. No sooner has one new device for babies hit our shelves than another one coming right around the corner. Some concepts are so simple yet very effective such as reins. A non technical device, in which you harness your child into a simple arrangement of  straps and hold onto them to make sure they cannot run away. A more more modern idea is the digital baby thermometer, this is an updated version of the thermometer strip parents used to stick too their child’s head. The old version was not that accurate and difficult to use. The two keys things I think the designers of baby equipment keep in mind in that it must be easy to use and very safe. It is also a real plus if equipment can adapt with the baby.

The high street is full of shops willing to sell the parents to be everything they need to assist with the new addition. Dozens of types of buggies are available and they have changed dramatically over the years. Think back to the Silver Cross buggy very fashionable in the 1960′s and 1970′s. They were big, bulky and not great at keeping baby strapped. Looking at what is available these days the differences are clear. Buggies should be easy to manoeuvre, sturdy and safe. A more traditional idea that is becoming more popular is the baby sling. These have not really been widely available in this country until the past couple of years. In certain parts of the world they are the only to carry your baby. The idea is that you wear your baby. This comforts the baby, keeping them warm from your body and cuts out the inconveniences a buggy can bring. These slings are widely available online, the only problem with this is you then cannot ask for a demonstration from shop staff.

Buggies can in hundreds of varieties and with in mind how can you know which is the right one? In fact this applies to all baby equipment. The easiest thing to do is assess our life and understand exactly what you will need. This is all so new you are not going to understand everything all at once. One good idea, before you hit the shops, would be to talk to new mums. They will be able to advise you on what brands provide the best value, quality and support. Another source of advise would be forums. Deciding on what you want depending on your life and the things you do on a regular basis is important. Some of the bigger pieces of baby equipment are expensive and you would not want to be replacing them because you bought something in haste. Things such as the width of the buggy you pick are important. If you use public transport daily the width of the buggy you pick would really matter.

Health and Beauty In Pregnancy

These days it is very common to see yoga in pregnancy classes advertised. Yoga has become somewhat fashionable over the past decade. It is very good for and encourages good posture which is very easy to lose during pregnancy. Practicing yoga throughout pregnancy will also help you prevent things such as backache, which is very common. It is very important for any pregnant woman to make sure any yoga teacher she visits is a reputable one and this should be checked out before any yoga takes place. Staying active through walking is a fantastic way to stay fit throughout any pregnancy. Walking is straight forward, you do not need any special equipment and it is free. For any pregnant woman who goes out walking regularly to keep fit, it would probably be a good idea to make sure during the later stages of the pregnancy to have somebody with her or least always have a mobile phone to hand.

There are so many products out there that have a version intended for pregnancy. A good example it vitamins, special multi vitamins are available for mums to be. This is especially useful if you happen to be a very fussy eater. As with anything during pregnancy care should betaken to not over consume vitamins. Too much of anything is bas for any human but especially so during pregnancy. A pregnant woman should also be mindful of what foods she is eating if taking vitamins. Perhaps she is already consuming enough of a particular vitamin and really does not need any more. More is not always best.

The normal hair lose all women experience during their life stops during pregnancy. This will result in most pregnant women feeling their hair is thicker than usual. After the pregnancy hair loss will probably be little more than normal for about a year. This is the hair you would have lost normally coming out. This all settles down after about twelve months. This change in your hair is down to the changes in hormones. It is not entirely unusual to grow hair on other parts of the body, that you did not have before during pregnancy. Again this is down to the hormone changes and will go back to the pre-pregnancy state in about year after the birth.

A woman’s skin will really feel the effects of pregnancy as well. This is also due to rapid changes in hormones and like hair should return to normal after the delivery. A woman may find her skin dry and itchy due to the stretching of skin. A good moisturizer will help with this and it is also helpful to keep this moisturizer in the fridge as it will help cool itchy skin. Another skin complaint during pregnancy is stretch marks. Given their name you would expect them to result just from the stretching of the skin but it is thought they are also due to the hormone changes. Stretch marks are thought to be hereditary as well so if it something your mother experienced through pregnancy you probably will too. Stretch marks do fade and become far less noticeable twelve-eighteen months after the delivery. During a woman’s pregnancy it is a very good idea to apply vitamin e oil to the abdominal area daily to help the skin as it stretches and this may help prevent stretch marks occurring.

For a woman who usually has salon beauty treatments pregnancy can be a hard time. A lot of regular salon treatments are not prohibited during pregnancy. Saunas, massages and spa’s are thought to be dangerous due to the temperature. No intensive or invasive treatments are permitted. It is also considered inappropriate to have any kind of false nails applied during pregnancy as the chemicals involved in the process can seep through the skin and into the blood stream. For the women who enjoy regular salon visits there are now special treatments created with pregnancy in mind. These treatments will only use natural ingredients and will be concentrated on the areas of the body that need it most during pregnancy, probably the feet and ankles.

Spider and varicose veins are also something that some women notice during pregnancy. They are brought about by the dramatic increase in weight on the legs and again by hormone changes. Not all women will experience them but they are fairly common complaints. Using compression stockings and resting legs as often as possible is advisable during pregnancy if these complaints run in your family.

Some women have beauty routines that simply cannot apply during pregnancy. The use of hair colors during pregnancy is not really safe, simply because of the chemicals that are present in them. The chemicals, if they come into contact with the scalp, could go through your skin and the be present in the body. Another way chemicals could end up inside your body is by inhaling the fumes when it is being applied to your head. Some feel it is OK to use hair colors during the first trimester others say it is not. I feel most decide to sit on the side of caution and not dye their hair with chemicals during pregnancy. There is a whole range of vegetable based hair colors on the market and most health food shops have a range or at least would be able to tell you where they are stocked.

The approach during pregnancy should always be to try and reduce the amount of chemicals that may enter your body. From hair products to cleaning fluids all activities should be assessed. Any pregnant woman should be asking herself is there anything I can do differently?

Trying to embrace pregnancy should be the key. If a woman usually uses fake tan regularly and will not during her pregnancy she may feel very self conscious without it. The warm glow of your skin will more than make up for the lack of tan. To give your baby the best start in life does not begin in the delivery room it is from the very moment of conception.

In 2007 there were roughly 1890 babies born every day. That is an awful lot of woman going through pregnancy and a lot of women looking for answers to many questions and experiencing a lot of things I have pointed out above. Not surprisingly pregnancy and babies are a huge market in the UK. In life most people would agree the easier things are the better. This applies to pregnancy as well. If a woman can practice an exercise that will ease her aching back or use a lotion that will soothe her aching feet will probably will use it. Missmarples.co.uk offers great advice on health and beauty when pregnant, so if you wish to get anymore tips head over.

The 1st 3 months of Pregancy

In the first three months (first trimester) of any pregnancy it is very common for a woman to feel really tired. A pregnant woman in this position should let herself rest. We are always so busy and feel pressure to get certain things done, some of us feel we must get things done and leaving them is not OK. During a pregnancy it is OK, in fact a pregnant woman should rest when feeling tired, after all it is the bodies’ way of saying slow down. Relaxing can be hard for a woman who already has children or a demanding full time job but in this position she should take rest whenever she can. Committing to having early nights and using aides such aromatherapy oils to relax should help. It is also a good thing to ask for help and do not be afraid to accept help that is offered. Headaches and nausea are very common in the first trimester as well. Again aromatherapy oils can help with this, so too can using ginger in tea and foods. Although pregnant women are allowed to take paracetamol in small doses while pregnant a lot of women choose not to. The use of aromatherapy oils are particularly useful for this kind of pregnant woman. Seeking the advice of a specialist on the subject of oils is important. As with anything during pregnancy you must first find out if it is permitted. Some oils and herbs are strong and it is advised you should not use them. On the other hand there are plenty of oils that will do you the world of good it is just about finding out which ones are allowed.

Pregnancy Information

Pregnancy can see a woman blooming or aching, either way it is one of the most precious times in a woman’s life. A woman will see her physical and emotional state change, sometimes dramatically; This can be difficult at times. It is more important than ever to look after yourself when you are pregnant. There are obvious things like supporting your back while to copes with the strain of your ever increasing bump at the front. Resting your feet whenever possible is also a good piece of advise as they try to cope will all the extra weight bearing, especially towards the end of the pregnancy.

All pregnant women should be aware of the importance of keeping active during pregnancy. The demands of labour are exhausting and generally a woman will cope better if she is physically fit. So staying active could be the difference between coping really well during labour and finding it more difficult.

Throughout a woman’s pregnancy she may find herself even busier than usual, this will make it harder to take it easy. There will be anti-natel classes and lots of shopping to do. Decisions to make that you may not know where to start with. All of this on top of your usual workload.

With so many demands and so much going on there has never been more of an emphasis on looking after yourself. Having some dedicated ‘me time’ is a good place to start. Putting aside one hour per day, no matter how busy you are is good.

Very rarely is something so important that it cannot wait an hour.