SRC Pregnancy Leggings: Supported, stable and safe

 Mum  Comments Off on SRC Pregnancy Leggings: Supported, stable and safe
Sep 112015
 

After carrying four babies (including twins!) I know all about the toll pregnancy takes on your back, hips and pelvis. During pregnancy your body has a lot of extra weight to carry and for me, like for many mothers, pain and discomfort has been part of every pregnancy journey; it’s definitely not all smooth sailing. What a blessing the adorable babies make you forget about all the tears and struggles or I would have stopped after the twins!

With a home full of young children to chase after, a household to care for, school runs to do and specialist appointments to attend my obstetrician warned me that this time around pregnancy would be even harder on my body. I expected the pain to kick in early but was very determined to not let it ruin my joy or keep me housebound, which is how I stumbled upon SRC Health:

SRC

The SRC Pregnancy range is designed for expecting mothers and consists of Pregnancy Leggings (RRP $189.95) and Pregnancy Shorts (RRP $199.95), available in neutral black and size XXS to XXL. Both products are ARTG listed and recommended by health care professionals to provide support and relieve pain in your back, pelvis and hips during pregnancy. Using specifically designed anatomical panels the shorts/leggings offer consistent gentle medical grade compression for these well-known problem areas.

SRC Pregnancy LeggingsAs the majority of this pregnancy would fall in winter I decided on the full-length SRC Pregnancy Leggings for extra warmth and comfort. I first started wearing the leggings at around 24 weeks of pregnancy, some days matched with a dress/tunic and boots and other days with a cosy hoodie and nice sneakers. On days that I did not wear the leggings out, I would quickly change into them when I got home so I could still benefit from the extra support for some time of the day and even night. In my opinion the longer/more often you wear them the bigger the relief.

You may find that the leggings are a little tricky/tight to get on (especially near the end of your pregnancy when there is a big baby bump in the way) but this medical grade compression is essentially what will give you that much needed support so it is worth the wrestle and once they are on you will feel fabulous.

SRC Pregnancy Leggings

I am currently 36 weeks pregnant so the end is in sight and I cannot begin to explain what a difference the SRC Pregnancy Leggings have made for me. I was hesitant at first but hopeful and I can confidently say that this pregnancy has been my most comfortable yet! Even my obstetrician has been amazed at how well I have carried this pregnancy and how much less pain I have experienced. The extra support and stability for my pelvis and hips has been very noticeable and reassuring and not once (whilst wearing the leggings) have I felt that dreaded feeling of my hips giving way, my pelvis becoming unreliable or not being able to move anymore.

Getting a good night sleep has also proven to be a lot easier when your pelvic area is secure and you can comfortably move and roll over without being in pain. My only regret is that I did not give SRC a go during my precious pregnancies, they are absolutely worth every cent. In fact, SRC is so confident you will love your SRC product that they back it up with a 100% Money Back Guarantee (conditions apply), now that’s great peace of mind!

SRC Recovery ShortsAfter experiencing the relief and support from the SRC Pregnancy Leggings I have high hopes for the SRC Recovery Shorts for post-natal recovery. As I suffer from severe diastase recti, better known as tummy muscle separation (oh the joy of twin pregnancies!), I am afraid I have a long way to go but that’s a different story and one I will deal with when the time comes. I look forward to sharing my progress with you as I recover and (hopefully) improve so stay tuned.

To find out more about the SRC Pregnancy range, to determine your correct size using the size chart and to locate a stockist near you visit www.srchealth.com.

Handy tip:
If you have private health insurance you may want to check with your insurer before making a purchase from SRC Health. Many private health insurers in Australia will provide a Health Fund Rebate to customers who purchase an SRC product as they are considered a medical compression garment, designed to aid with the recovery and health of expectant and new mothers. You could save yourself some welcome dollars to spend on gorgeous baby goods!

How to ease your nagging backache

 Home, Mum  Comments Off on How to ease your nagging backache
Apr 292015
 

Ever since I fell pregnant with the twins in 2008 I have been struggling with a sore back. Many broken nights, busy days with lots of cleaning and lifting, a huge baby bump, heavy babies to carry on my hip, a lack of core muscles and a big tummy muscle separation, another two pregnancies… all added up it is no surprise that these days my back is not what it used to be and it has been causing me a lot of grief.

Over the years I have tried many things to help relieve my backache and I would love to share my three (very Aussie) top tips with you:

OZ MattressTake a closer look at your mattress
Gently bounce on your mattress, inspect it closely and feel around with your hands. It is likely the springs are no longer as bouncy as they were in the beginning and you are probably sleeping in a sunken spot leaving your back in an unnatural position night after night. After a long, long, long time of waking up exhausted with a sore back and hips hubby and I recently swapped our old, used up mattress for a strong, sturdy, supportive new mattress and the difference is ah-ma-zing.

When we tried out some of the mattresses in stores I could immediately feel the welcome support in much needed places, I realised that I no longer wanted to wake up feeling like a bruised and battered old lady. Yes a new mattress doesn’t come cheap but it is a long-term investment and when you divide the total cost over every night, week and year you will be sleeping on it it is absolutely worth every cent. When mattress shopping make sure to shop local and support an Australian made and owned product like Oz Mattress.

MyOki Wheat Bag ScarfeUse a wheat bag
A good, decent size heat bag is probably one of the fastest ways to ease your nagging backache. It’s easy to use, effective and you can use it on other sore body parts too. I have been using a Lavender MyOki Wheat Bag Scarfe to provide much needed relief for my shoulders and back and it works a treat, it is soft and comfortable against the skin and it smells absolutely delicious.

The unique shape of the MyOki allows you to wear it as a scarfe around your neck or wrap it across your back or waist, wherever you could use the warm, soothing relief of 1.2kgs of certified Australian Bio-Dynamic Wheat. Want to swap your heat pack for a cool pack? You can cool the MyOki in the freezer too, now that’s what I call a real versatile design!

Bosisto's Eucalyptus RubTry a soothing muscular rub
Just like the wheat bag Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Rub is only a temporary solution but is affordable, easy to use and widely available. This warm and soothing muscular rub smells divine and it rubs in easily (plus it’s the perfect excuse to ask hubby for a back massage). Within a minute or two your back will start to warm up and your muscles will start to feel better very quickly.

I love how something simple and natural as Australian Eucalyptus oil has so many great uses! Both hubby and I use the Bosisto’s rub regularly and are big fans.

Do you have another great tip for beating a nagging backache? Let me know, I’d love to try it out.

Sep 022014
 

BabyBjorn logo copy

Big Birthday Bash – Day 33

As small as a baby may be, when your family grows from two to three your whole word changes, your me turns into we and things will never be the same again. At BabyBjörn they know how precious our little bundles are to us which is why they have designed a brand new baby carrier that enables you to keep your beautiful baby close wherever you go:

BabyBjorn Carrier We

The new generation Baby Carrier We ($149.95) by BabyBjörn is designed for modern parents with an active lifestyle and suitable for ages 0-3 years old. The word that best describes the Baby Carrier We is easy; it’s easy to put on, easy to take off, easy to wear and easy to adjust between different wearers, different children and different carrying positions, the Baby Carrier We is all about making a parent’s life easier.

BabyBjorn WeWith three front and back carrying positions including a special higher height position and head and neck support for newborns the Baby Carrier We provides an optimal position for all ages and stages. Like all BabyBjörn products this new carrier is designed in close collaboration with leading paediatricians, midwives and child psychologists to create a safe, comfortable, ergonomic baby carrier for both children and their parents.

One of the biggest selling points of the Baby Carrier We is safety with a range of clever features offering parents much needed peace of mind when it comes to carrying their baby. From safety clicks to tell you that you have fastened the buckles correctly and a unique function to move your baby into back position in a safe manner to fabrics that are free from health-hazardous substances and allergens, BabyBjörn will help you keep your baby safe with every step.

To find out more about BabyBjörn, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.babybjorn.com.au.

For your chance to win a BabyBjörn Baby Carrier We enter our giveaway below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jun 302014
 

ByKay Carry Your Love

Since becoming a mum almost six years ago I have tried several different styles of baby carriers (some I loved, some not so much) but I always put the Mei Tai in the ‘too hard basket’, it just looked difficult, time consuming and more intended for hardcore baby wearers which I do not consider myself to be. Everything changed the moment I saw a picture of the ByKay Mei-Tai Deluxe Denim, it looked so hip and comfortable and it simply had my name written all over it.

ByKay Mei-Tai Deluxe Denim

ByKay Mei-Tai Deluxe Denim

My new ByKay Mei-Tai arrived just as I was heading out the door for school pick-up but I was so excited I couldn’t wait, I had to try it out straight away. No time to read the instructions, I tied on the waist strap, popped the little passenger in and the rest was very straight forward: over the shoulders, cross over on your back, cross over again on your front and tie up at the back. It immediately felt really comfortable and supportive and the weight was spread out beautifully.

ByKay Mei-Tai Denim

Because the wide straps cross over as opposed to going straight down they don’t dig in, the fabric surrounds your body like a second skin and follows your every move, the best way to describe the Mei-Tai feeling would be ‘natural’. Miss Sybbie snuggled into my chest like she always does when I hold her and she clearly enjoyed the warmth and cosy Mei-Tai hug. The mums at school admired the stunning denim carrier and commented on how happy and content Sybil looked and when she fell asleep on the way home I knew I would never look back again.

ByKay Mei-Tai Back

Our gorgeous girl is not a fan of strangers, new environments, loud noises etc so places like busy shopping centres, crowded events and big airports cause her a lot of distress. By carrying her close to me in the ByKay she feels safe and protected, crisis averted. At the same time, when you have a big family like ours you are always short of hands and especially in those crowded situations it is important to hold onto those little hands tightly so I love how the ByKay Mei-Tai allows me to keep two hands free to look after my children.

ByKay Mei-Tai Deluxe

These photos were taken a few weeks ago when we headed into the city to run a few errands for the holiday. Sybil was very tired which usually means super cranky and on edge but the ByKay totally prevented a melt down. She rested, smiled, cuddled, slept, looked around, enjoyed plenty of kisses and hugs and even munched on a biscuit and not a single tear which is amazing. I feel so much more confident about our upcoming plane trip now, thanks ByKay!

ByKay Deluxe Denim

A few facts and figures: The ByKay Mei-Tai Deluxe Denim ($199.95) is made from a super soft cotton/linen blend and is available in dark jeans or stonewashed, the carrier is machine washable. The clever adjustable design and wide shoulder straps make it an ideal carrier for all ages from newborn to 4-5 years old (obviously this will depend on your child’s weight) and can be worn front, hip and back. For extra shade, shelter from the rain, a cosy sleep environment or extra head support a handy sleep hood is attached, this is a fantastic and very practical feature that I use a lot.

If you haven’t entered our ByKay giveaway yet there is still time, you could be taking home a brand new ByKay carrier! For your chance to win a ByKay Essential or Design Baby Carrier just let us know which colour/style you would most like to win, for more details visit our original ByKay giveaway or take a shortcut and get your entries in below.

To find out more about ByKay, to browse the range and to order online visit www.bykay.com.au.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Boba Carrier – New look, new features

 Baby, Out & About  Comments Off on Boba Carrier – New look, new features
Jan 152012
 

In the very early days of Hip little one I wrote about the Boba Carrier, a fantastic soft structured baby carrier that made going out with the kids so much easier for me. I first started using this carrier just over two years ago, wearing my chubby one year old son in it. At the time I was pregnant with baby number three and even though the baby belly was growing rapidly I used the Boba nearly every day with ease.

Once the baby was born I could hardly wait for her to reach the minimum weight for the Boba Carrier, luckily she got there quickly so I could get out and about with the twins in the double pram and baby in the Boba. People always commented on how comfortable she looked in there and they still do. Both hubby and I love the Boba Carrier so much that we actually have two, we keep one at home and one in the car so we always have one within reach.

My baby has changed a lot since that photo was taken and so has the Boba Carrier. The new, revamped Boba Carrier is now suitable for newborns as little as 3.5kg up to 20kg, so most mums can starting using the carrier from the very early days all the way up to the toddler stage. This wide weight range makes the Boba a fabulous investment for families. The Boba Carrier can be worn at the front and at the back so it is really versatile.

It is obvious that the original Boba Carrier has undergone a little beauty makeover too, the new Boba is available in five different styles with gorgeous new fabrics like Lila, Tweet and (my favourite) Soho. Priced at USD $125 the Boba Carrier is a stylish and affordable alternative to some of the big names with a rather expensive price tag. If you are not convinced yet why not go try it out for yourself at one of the Boba stockists, there are Boba stockists in many countries worldwide.

I was already very impressed by the high quality and clever features of the original Boba Carrier so I have no doubt this new release is well worth the money. If you were to make a list of things you are looking for in a carrier the Boba Carrier will tick all the boxes for sure. Let’s hope I am lucky enough to add to my brood one day so I can try out the fabulous newborn hold which looks fantastic!

To find out more about Boba, to take a closer look at the Boba Carrier and to order online go to www.bobafamily.com or visit a retailer near you.