Having read this article online I feel like the writer Ashley Pearson makes a really valid point. Pregnancy isn’t just a three trimester deal. In fact the hardest trimester is probably when you bring the baby home and if you’re anything like me you’ll be completely novice at how to deal with him/her. Honestly I won’t even pick up friends new-born babies because I’m so scared of damaging them!
While my little one is safely tucked away in my womb I know that this will be the last time I’ll be able to get on a bus or leave the house easily without having to pack a huge bag of baby goodies to strap to a pram. When he’s out I’m sure my world will become chaotic for a while. Especially the first three months.
So this article I found to be really useful.
Ashley Pearson even goes as far as to list the essential items a fourth trimester woman will need.. I’ve gone through her list and omitted the ones I don’t think will be as useful but seeing as I’ve linked the article I know I can always refer back to it as can you ;)
Some of the things she writes about are useful but aren’t necessarily for me so I mention them and then say how I would personally do things.
1. The Perfecter Hair Styler, £69.99. A round brush to sort out your tresses quickly and efficiently. I already own the Babyliss Big Hair Styler, £45.00. So that ones already checked off my list. (Which by the way the Babyliss styler is an amazing hair tool. I’ve not used The Perfecter so I can’t compare but if you have I’d love to hear your comments.)
2. Baby powder will be abundant and can be used to disguise greasy locks. Cheaper than dry hair shampoo.
3. The textured hair wrap by Ken Paves. I’m not particularly fond of hair pieces at all. So this isn’t for me. I’d rather just bung my hair up in a bun, ponytail or plait.
4. A form of light reflecting concealer to hide dark circles. I’ve tried light reflecting concealer’s including the notorious YSL Touche Éclat and found I just can’t make them work for me. I’d rather just use my usual concealer to hide a multitude of facial sins at the same time. I’m a big fan of MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. It comes in a small pump tube that’s easy to transport around. I use one pump a day with a foundation brush over the areas I want to disguise and find it works brilliantly. I have half a tube left and I use it nearly every day and I’ve had it since March.
5. The Cocoonababy. Ashley states she’d get an extra hours sleep just by using this. So this will be on my purchase list. Has anyone else tried it? I’d love to hear some reviews on it. It’s supposed to resemble the womb and helps with gastric reflux. But at £129.95 I want to know it works first!
6. Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature baby wipes to use from birth (removing the need for cotton wool and warm water). I’ve seen these already and have these on my must purchase list. They’re eco friendly and are 99% natural plant extract so are good for sensitive bottoms. They’re made with natural aloe vera and purified water and don’t contain any of the nasties found in other similar products like parabens, alcohol etc. Most supermarkets stock them now as well so no excuse buying the cheaper but more damaging products. Currenlty you can buy them direct from the stockists on Amazon for £15.96 for a bundle of 10 packs which contain 64 wipes each. Hmmm.. where’s my credit card?
7. The Jamie Storksak Baby Bag, £150.00. This truly is a great design for men to not fear the nappy bag. But we’ve already purchased ours and as I’m going to be the stay at home mum I bought one that I thought was suitable and worked with my style. I bought the Cath Kidston Cowboy Changing Bag. It costs £65.00 (but I got mine for £30.00 in a sale), and it contains a changing mat and a bottle holder as well as numerous pockets and is wipe clean.
8. The Clarisonic facial brush, £125.00, to cleanse your face properly and quickly. I’ve been lusting after one of these for ages. I’ll give in eventually and buy one. My current facial regime is to cleanse with a Simple face wash in the morning, tone and moisturise with Estee Lauder oil free anti oxidant cream. In the evening I use St Ive’s Apricot Scrub to double cleanse taking off my pro long wear concealer, tone, then use advanced night repair serum by Estee Lauder and finishing off with the same moisturiser as in the morning (even though it has SPF in it).
9. Anita post natal girdle, £42.40-£59.99. Not the sexiest item but anything that might help sculpt me back to pre pregnancy so I can start wearing my sexy lingerie again is all good in my books. It’s been rated highly and is supposedly quite comfortable especially compared to the other post natal girdles on the market.
10. The Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra sounds comfortable as anything to me! I’ve purchased some nursing bras already as my usual bras don’t seem to fit me anymore. The ones I purchased are from Marks and Spencer’s and if I’m honest they aren’t the sexiest of designs. They literally are boulder holders. Not great for looking sexy at this time.
The Bravado body silk nursing bra isn’t the sexiest either but from the pictures it looks just like a sports bra and comes in a variety of basic colours and a choice of two seasonal colours which I assume they change. This is something I’m putting on my purchase list as well.
11. Get on board with DietChef. One of my biggest problems is when I’m tired I’ll just forgo food. Having someone else take care of putting together healthy meals for me would be a god send. It would be a god send now not only once the baby is born.. lets see if I can convince my other half on this one…
Another way around this is doing a mass cooking session and freezing loads of meals to just defrost and heat up or microwave. Lets see if I can get the two grandmothers to be on board and help me out!
12. Make sure you look after you overly stretched skin by continuing to moisturise.
I’m currently slathering on the lotions and potions. I know stretch marks are mainly down to genetics, but I also think if you have dry skin it’s more likely to mark as it does stretch so why not give it a little helping hand and moisturise it to prevent some of the marks you’ll otherwise get. I’ve been using a concoction of creams because everyone keeps telling me to use different ones. So depending on how I feel I pick up which ever one I fancy using.
So far on my shelf I have Bio Oil, Weleda stretch mark massage oil, Mama naked serenity stretch mark cream and The Body Shop’s cocoa butter stick (recommended to me by a friend who said when I have the urge to scratch my belly as it grows scratch it with the cocoa butter stick instead). Currently I have no stretch marks. But I have a whole lot more stretching to do.
13. Find a way to ease stress. I’m currently doing ante-natal yoga in the attempt to keep myself limber and to hopefully aid me in delivery but I intend to keep up yoga post natal as well. That hour a week does clear my mind. I also love to read and I’m addicted to my kindle. I don’t have the Kindle Fire as I didn’t want all the additional gadgets on a book reader to distract me. I just wanted the book reader. I bought a cover for my kindle which has a little light engrained in it which means I can read it even if my partner is asleep so this will also carry me through the night feeds when my little one makes his appearance. I bought my cover from Amazon.
I hope you’ve found this post to be helpful. I know it’ll be something I’ll keep referring back to when we start buying bits and bobs and also when the little man is here and I’m struggling! So for that I’m grateful for the original article by Ashley Pearson.