Dec 172017
 

As the end of the year draws near I am secretly getting excited about getting back in shape in the new year, I have a wardrobe full of pre-baby clothes I can’t wait to wear again. As you can probably imagine delivering a 4.6kg baby was no easy task, recovery has been slow and unfortunately I am yet to get the doctor’s tick of approval to start exercising again. It has been almost three months since Ted was born and thankfully I am feeling a bit stronger every day so I am slowly picking up the pace with the help of Maze Activewear:

Designed for new, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers of all shapes and sizes Maze Activewear offers stylish, high quality activewear that is both practical and flattering. I am a bit disappointed that I only discovered this awesome label after Ted was born as I am loving this supportive yet comfy sports gear!

Most expecting mums will know that it is important to stay active during pregnancy, but at the same time your changing body and that rapidly growing bump can leave you feeling a bit out of balance and unsure. Don’t worry mama, Maze Activewear will help you feel confident and supported in all the right places with their fabulous over-the-belly Maternity Tights (RRP $79.95-$89.95, size XS – L).

Featuring a breathable and seam-free tummy panel that grows with you as your baby belly grows, stability power mesh that will make you strong and steady and hi-tech performance fabric these tights are your ultimate exercise buddy. They are available in both full length and a shorter 3/4 length and come in a range of neutral colours to compliment all your favourite workout gear.

Once baby has arrived most mamas will find their new body will take some getting used to, after 6 babies my body most certainly isn’t bouncing back the way celebrities seem to do! The Maze Activewear High Waisted 3/4 Tights (RRP $49.95, size XS-L) do a fantastic job keeping all those wobbly bits in place while the Active Core Stability technology provides much needed support for this poor mummy tummy which has had quite the beating. Added bonus: A handy zip pocket at the back to keep your gym pass or keys safe and mesh panels on the lower leg for extra air flow.

Whether I am at home or out and about and whether I am relaxing or working out, our big boy counts on easy nursing access. With the Nursing Sports Bra (RRP $59, size XS-L) you can get fit and feed at the same time, easy drop-down cups allow for convenient breastfeeding (and a nursing pad if desired) while the powerful nylon/spandex/cotton blend will keep you comfortable and supported through your entire training session. The ergonomic racer back design distributes the weight evenly and stops me from getting a sore back and shoulders.

Hip Tip: When you buy the Maternity Tights and Nursing Sports Bra together you get a welcome 15% bundle discount. For an even bigger saving why not join the Maze Activewear mailing list to enjoy an additional 10% discount on your first order, simply enter your email address at the bottom of the home page to receive your discount code in your inbox.

Want to get started on your workout as soon as possible? Make sure you refer to the handy Maze Activewear Size Chart to select the size that is right for you. For extra peace of mind a hassle-free returns and exchange policy is in place.

To find out more about Maze Activewear, to browse the range and to order online visit www.mazeactivewear.com.au, shipping is free Australia wide.

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Save 10% at Hello Mama

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Sep 072017
 

Radiant skin, glossy hair and a beautiful compact baby bump? I don’t know about other expecting mamas but exhausted, uncomfortable and simply huge is a much better description for the way I am feeling right now. With just single digits to go until our baby is due to arrive I have been feeling rather up and down. On the one hand I am savouring these last days of baby kicks and wriggles, on the other hand I have no energy left and am ready to meet our new addition.

In the middle of all this last-minute stress and baby prep I felt very spoilt to receive this gorgeous surprise box of loveliness from Hello Mama, just the pick-me up this tired mama needed!

Hello Mama owner and Aussie mother-of-one Kelly knows first hand what it is like to grow and look after a brand new baby. She also knows that finding the right gift for a special mama is time consuming and time is something we’re all short of. Kelly decided to help us all out by doing all the hard work for you, delivering a fabulous range of ready-made gift boxes full of luxurious, handpicked gifts for modern mamas and their babies.

Whether you are shopping for a mama-to-be, a first-time mum, seasoned mother or little bundle of joy, Kelly has put together a selection of refreshing goodies that are guaranteed to be received with delight. Each Hello Mama gift box arrives beautifully packaged, tailored to the specific needs of the recipient and filled with unique, high quality products that ooze style and luxury.

From delicate organic skincare to scrumptious handcrafted chocolates, from soothing toiletries to calming candles, from lactation cookies to a magazine to wind-down with, from sweet baby suits to funky wooden teethers and much more, there is a perfect combination for everyone and every budget. I just love how every Hello Mama box shows great care and understanding for the needs and struggles of that specific stage, allowing you to take some time out, put yourself first and enjoy the little things in life.

Swap standard for special, boring for beautiful and ordinary for outstanding with Hello Mama, the gift box experts! Prices start at $35 and worldwide delivery is available.

Shopping for that perfect present? For a limited time only Hip Little One readers can save 10% storewide at Hello Mama. Simply enter the code ‘HIP10’ at checkout, offer ends October 7, 2017.

To find out more about Hello Mama, to take a closer look at all the different gift boxes and to order online visit www.hellomama.com.au.

Beautiful Bellies on a Budget

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Jan 142017
 

As a mum of five I know all too well that putting together a good maternity/nursing wardrobe can be costly. I learnt quickly that you need to think ahead and invest in garments that are timeless, good quality and will grow with you during your pregnancy and ideally can be worn afterwards too. Struggling to find those perfect pieces without breaking the bank? Check out these awesome sale buys from Beautiful Bellies:

Designed for pregnancy and beyond the classic Ninth Moon Stripe Tube Dress (RRP $79.99, now $29) is sure to be a big wardrobe favourite for stylish mamas. Made from soft, stretchy fabric this lovely dress is super comfortable and the gathered sides will bring out your growing tummy beautifully. It even has hidden breastfeeding access, simply open up the press studs and lift up the under layer. At almost 16 months old miss Hattie still feeds several times a day so I couldn’t resist treating myself so this bargain, I’ll let you know how we go!

This casual Ninth Moon Hoodie Feeding Top (RRP $69.95, now $19.95) is perfect for cooler weather: the longer length will keep your baby bump nice and warm and when it comes to feeding you can stay cosy and covered up. Just team it up with your favourite jeans and you’ve got yourself a great pregnancy combo. There are several different colours to choose from, you just have to be lucky with size!

Sneakily I am still tossing up whether to get this stunning Ninth Moon Maxi Dress (RRP $99.95, now $39). Navy is my favourite colour and I can totally see myself wearing this classy frock, I just love the little tan belt that adds a lovely shape to your waist! It would look amazing with a beautiful baby belly and would look great post-baby too when it offers easy nursing access and hides any unwanted lumps and bumps.

To find out more about Beautiful Bellies, to browse the range and to order online visit www.beautifulbellies.com.au.

Maternity Jeans: Do’s and Don’ts

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Oct 142016
 

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We all know a fabulous pair of maternity jeans is an absolute must-have for your pregnancy wardrobe, but what should you look for in your maternity denim? Four pregnancies (and several disappointing buys) later I have come up with a list of features that make the difference between a winner or a ‘binner’:

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Growth
Your beautiful baby is not the only one growing, over the course of 9 months your body is bound to change in shape and size too (sometimes going up several clothing sizes). Keep an eye out for adjustable waists and elasticised sides that allow you to create the perfect fit for tiny little bumps, big round tummies and post-baby bellies. With a bit of luck that means the same pair of jeans will fit beautifully throughout the whole journey and you won’t have to buy new jeans every trimester.

jeanswest-denimStretch
Make sure your maternity jeans are soft and stretchy to help accommodate the rapid body changes your body will go through during pregnancy and post-delivery. It’s all about balance when it comes to stretch: As a proud, pregnant mama you want denim that is stretchy yet strong, you definitely don’t want a unflattering jegging (jeans x legging) that offers no support and loses its elasticity after one wear.

Style
Thankfully the denim experts at Jeanswest understand that being pregnant doesn’t mean giving up on your sense of style, so they have created a great range of maternity jeans to suit everyone. The skinny fit is right on trend and with different washes and finishes you can mix and match to your heart’s content. The award winning Jeanswest Maternity Jeans range caters for sizes 6 up to 18 and even comes in length options Short, Regular and Long, they have all expecting mamas covered.

Tummy Support
tummy-bandPersonally I love the extra support and comfort of a soft, elasticated tummy band that sits nicely over your belly. It gives beautiful shape to your growing bump and prevents it from being accidentally exposed (and getting cold). Especially near the end when your bump is at its biggest the under-belly styles can get a little bit ‘awkward’…, a builders-crack doesn’t look good on anyone! The belly band also offers gentle support for a painful belly button or sore back.

To find out more about the Jeanswest Maternity range, to locate a Jeanswest store near you or to order online visit www.jeanswest.com.au.

Slow and Steady with SRC

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Jun 252016
 

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If there is one thing I have learnt after having had 5 babies it’s that ‘bouncing back’ after giving birth is (mostly) reserved for celebrities. Unlike what the media tries to make you believe for most mothers it will take more than a few short weeks to get their pre-baby body back, in fact many of us strong mamas never completely will and we will have to learn to love a new and changed version of ourselves.

A few days before giving birth to Harriet

My own wise mum always says that ‘it takes nine months to grow a baby and (at least) as long to recover’ which I felt was a reasonable and achievable timeframe. For the past nine months slow and steady has been my motto and with a combination of healthy eating and gentle (doctor approved) exercise I am now officially back to my pre-baby weight. Considering I gained a whopping 25kg during my pregnancy (I am feeling a connection with Kim Kardashian here) I am pretty pleased and also a tad proud to have reached my goal. I do have 5 more vanity kilos I’d like to lose but I’ll deal with them once I have stopped breastfeeding.

SRC

Due to pregnancy complications I have had, and still need, to take things easy but thankfully I had some welcome support during my journey. As you may remember I was really pleased with the performance of the SRC Pregnancy Leggings during my pregnancy so I had a lot of confidence in their Recovery Shorts too. Looking back I am convinced I could not have achieved these results without them.

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Highly recommended by health care professionals SRC Recovery Shorts are specifically designed to reduce pain and increase pelvic/back support post-pregnancy or abdominal surgery. They are fitted with special anatomical panels that provide consistent gentle medical grade compression to C-section or perineal wound areas so they support and protect in all the right places. Nice bonus: They also help you regain your pre-baby body shape faster!

SRC Recovery ShortsBeing rushed into hospital for delivery a few weeks early meant I didn’t get to pack my SRC Recovery Shorts but I did wear them from day 2 onwards. I won’t lie, the first time I wrestled my way into these shorts I cried, a lot. Being exhausted and emotional, a dose of the baby blues, one big swollen belly and a pair of small, super tight shorts are not exactly a winning combo for any new mum’s confidence. Initially I feared I couldn’t even get them on but within a few days it got easier and as the weight came off the shorts became easier to put on and take off too.

Closely following the product recommendations I wore my Recovery Shorts almost 24/7 for the first three-four months post delivery, only taking them off to shower or for a quick wash overnight. Yes it was unpractical during toilet breaks, rather hot in the middle of summer and a bit tricky wardrobe wise (short dresses or skirts/shorts were a no-go) but the end result has been worth every minute. If I was to have another baby I will most definitely use SRC again both during pregnancy and after delivery, I can not recommend their product enough.

SRC Recovery ShortsIt may sound silly but I actually became a little addicted to my shorts, the support they gave my tummy and back was amazing. Instead of feeling weak I’d feel strong and supported wearing them and they helped me maintain good posture during the many hours I walked around soothing a crying baby. Every time someone commented on how great I looked so quickly after birth I felt encouraged, giving my confidence a boost and ensuring me the shorts were really working.

During my twin pregnancy I developed a significant case of ‘Diastasis of the Rectus Abdomens Muscle’ which never fully healed and only got worse during subsequent pregnancies. This time around it was so bad my obstetrician used my tummy as study material for training doctors, not exactly something to be proud of! I honestly felt like there was no hope for me but diligently wearing my SRC shorts has made a huge improvement, even my doctor was pleasantly surprised.

SRC Recovery Shorts

Around two months after delivery I had lost such a decent amount of weight that my initial SRC shorts had become too big and were no longer providing enough compression to be effective. Based on the fantastic results I had already witnessed I decided to keep going and moved on to a smaller size which helped continue the healing process.

Wearing the correct size is crucial if you really want to get the most out of your Recovery Shorts, so make sure you watch the helpful measuring video and use the size chart to determine the size that is right for you.

To find out more about SRC, to locate a stockist near you or to place an order online 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!

Mama on Monday

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Sep 282015
 

Not only is today the last Monday in September, it is also the last Mama on Monday photo I got to take. I hope you have loved watching our baby grow these last few months and seeing what an everyday mama wears during pregnancy, I know I will enjoy looking back at these weekly updates later down the track.

For this last photo moment with my (rather heavy, round) baby bump I am dressed up for Spring in a light and feminine maternity dress by Australian label Szabo. If you’re looking for a pretty party dress that will flatter your bump (at any size) I can highly recommend it! To celebrate the arrival of our new baby we’re kicking off our big Welcome Baby Giveaway on October 1, we have lots of fabulous prizes to give away so stay tuned!

1 Szabo Sunray Maternity Dress

3 Maternity Dress Szabo

2 Szabo Sunray

Wearing:
Sunray Maternity Dress (RRP $149) by Szabo Maternity
Original Saltwater Sandals (RRP $84, Silver) by Little Pinwheel

Sep 272015
 

For an impatient person like me there is nothing worse than not knowing when things will happen. Even with a due date in hand you can’t rely on baby arriving exactly on that one day you circled on the calendar. Like most expecting mums I packed my hospital bag a few weeks ahead of time and it surprises me every time how much space you need for all your little things. If only this beautiful, spacious new gr8x arrival made it here in time:

gr8x Escapades Holdall

The new gr8x ‘Escapades’ Holdall (RRP $179.95) in stylish charcoal is currently en route to Australia and due to arrive in October. The bad news is that I couldn’t get my hands on one in time for my hospital stay, the good news is that by entering our giveaway below you may well be the first hip Aussie mama to own this fabulous new style!

Picking the right baby bag is a personal decision: some mums like small and compact, while others prefer large and roomy (and if you have twins or lots of young children like I do you have no choice!). Personally I prefer a larger bag with lots of storage space so I can throw in everything I need without squashing and squeezing. The Escapades Holdall is the ultimate large baby bag, it’s ideal for mums of multiple children and it makes a fabulous weekender too.

Featuring a trendy canvas laminate outer that’s easy to wipe clean and four large external pockets the Escapades is both good-looking and practical. On the inside you’ll find one main compartment, perfect for larger items, a change of clothes or baby blanket, as well as elasticized and zipped pockets for your smaller pieces. As a lovely bonus each Escapades Holdall will come with a complimentary soft, waterproof change mat and zipped, insulated bottle traveller, that’s your next day out with baby sorted!

To find out more about gr8x, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.gr8x.net.

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