As good as it goats

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Oct 162016
 

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Now that all the suitcases are unpacked, the laundry is done and the jetlag is under control I can finally take a calm look at all our holiday photos. We sure made the most of our time away and squished in as much we could, there was so much to see and do! Any outing that involves animals is a big hit with our kids and our trip to a real goat farm was a fantastic adventure.

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As soon as we walked into the barn we spotted a large pen full of adorable baby goats who were more than happy to be hugged and patted by our tribe. Imagine the children’s delight when they got to feed the goats using tiny bottles that we bought at the farm office. But it wasn’t just us feeding the goats, the goats fed us too as there was a gorgeous farm cafe serving the most delicious goat’s milk ice cream and warm apple pie with goat’s milk whipped cream.

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I was really chuffed with this delicious menu, with our children’s difficulties with cow’s milk in mind this was a fantastic treat we could all enjoy without having to worry about getting upset tummies afterwards. Goat’s milk is a rich source of nutrients and it has naturally high levels of important vitamins and minerals, it also contains up to six times the prebiotic oligos of standard cow’s milk (Yay for a good serving of prebiotics for my tribe!).

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If you are looking for a nutritious, healthy and safe drinking formula for your growing toddler you will find Oli6 ticks all the boxes. This nutritional goat’s milk formula is easier to digest than cow’s milk based alternatives and it’s made right here in Australia, now that’s welcome peace of mind for caring parents.

To find out more about Oli6, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.oli6.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.

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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 Spanx

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Nov 132012
 

Obviously I feel very, very blessed to be pregnant and I am definitely enjoying feeling and seeing this baby grow but I am also looking forward to meeting him/her in the new year. I am looking forward to knowing the gender, seeing its beautiful face and introducing the baby to its siblings and getting lots of hugs day and night. I am looking forward to using all those gorgeous baby clothes and seeing a little personality develop.

It may sound a little strange but I am also excited about getting back into shape, to be honest I am finding the weight gain much harder to deal with this time than during the other pregnancies. Not that I am putting on any more weight this pregnancy but because I worked so hard losing 16kg before falling pregnant. I loved feeling confident and happy with my shape and I can’t wait to feel the same again.

For now I am proudly wearing my bump and with a bit of help from Mama Spanx I should be able to pull off some gorgeous dresses this festive season. You may have heard of Spanx before, it’s an almost magical range of body shaping products that many mums worldwide, including famous ones, swear by. In fact, the gorgeous Retro Mummy was raving about it just last week (and she was brave enough to share a photo, I think she looks amazing!). Now of course pregnant women don’t need any slimming products but sometimes we do need a bit of support, at least I know I do, which is exactly where Mama Spanx comes in.

The Mama Spanx Full Length Panty Hose is specifically designed with expecting mamas in mind: the design is comfortable and made with high quality materials, it supports, lifts and smoothes the areas that need it yet provides plenty of room and a soft waistband for your growing baby belly. If you ask me Mama Spanx is the best of both worlds, it flattens everything but your tummy! Combine these great features with a fabulous ultra-sheer look and you’ve got a real confident mama must-have.

Mama Spanx Full Length Panty Hose ($59.95) are available in nude and black and come in 4 different sizes, you can find them at selected Myer stores across Australia.