Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Maternity Twitter

Everyday Maternity is now on Twitter, so why not follow us to hear about all the latestest goings on.

We will post one-day special promotions, updates on new products and voucher codes on our Twitter account.

Be the first to hear about it.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Underwire Nursing Bra

Can I Wear an Underwire Nursing Bra

Breastfeeding mums are given lots of advice when selecting a nursing bra. One piece of advice is not to wear an underwire nursing bra. Well read our Wearing an Underwire Nursing Bra Fact Sheet for more information to explain why it can be ok to wear an underwire breastfeeding bra.
We have introduced an underwire nursing bra from Emma Jane Maternity, as we find that many women prefer the additional support.

The underwires used in this breastfeeding bra are made from titanium; a lighter metal than used in normal bras. These underwires will easily adjust to your changing body shape and will considerably reduce the risk of blocked milk ducts. The bra is made from tactel and is soft, yet supportive.

Each cup has a quick release clip mechanism, and the built in support ensures your breast remains supported while the cup is open.
The straps and neckline have a delicate lace trim for a feminine touch.

The band size can be adjusted with 4 settings.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Maternity Wear Sale

Out with the old and in with the new. Although there maybe some snow across the UK at the moment, our suppliers are preparing to send out the Spring Maternity collections. So we are doing one big maternity wear sale with up to 70% off.

All the big woolly maternity jumpers need to be sold to make room for the colourful and bright spring maternity collections that are on their way.

Everyday Maternity Wear Sale

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Maternity Hospital Bag

Packing your hospital bag is an exciting job for first time mums. If you're having your baby in hospital, have your bag packed in plenty of time (ideally by 37 weeks), so if labour starts early you'll be ready to go.

Here are some ideas from Everyday Maternity on what to prepare for your hospital bag.

Try not to take too much as you often only get a small cabinet by your bed. It can be useful to have two bags: one for labour and one for your hospital stay afterwards.

Labour Bag

* Your birth plan and maternity notes
* Socks and slippers – for wandering round in and keeping your feet warm
* Maternity nightdress - or old long t-shirt
* Dressing gown – to keep warm while you wait
* Prenatal Massage oil – for soothing back rubs
* Lip balm – gas and air can dry your lips
* Snacks and drinks – for you and also your birth partner, you don’t want them flagging!
* Watch with a second hand, to time contractions
* Camera
* Magazines, book or music player – not always needed, but just in case things take awhile
* TENS pain relief machine if you are planning to use one
* Prescription medications
* Water spray or a hand-held fan to keep you cool
* Small facial sponge, for dabbing and sucking on
* Drinking straws – easier than trying to drink from a cup
* Hair bands

Hospital Bag

For you…

* Nursing Nightdress – save your Nursing Pyjamas for when you get home, as the waistband of your PJs can be painful if you have had a C-Section
* Nursing bras - two or three
* Nursing pads to absorb leaks – disposable nursing pads or washable breast pads
* Lansinoh lanolin – for sore or cracked nipples
* Maternity pads/Night-time sanitary pads -- a couple of packs. Maternity pads are more breathable - normal pads have plastic backing which creates moisture and increases the risk of stitches not healing and infection
* Disposable panties – you may need to change your maternity pads frequently during the first few hours after the birth, so if you don’t want to use disposable pants, pack your old knickers
* Towel – dark colours are best
* Toiletries – toothbrush and paste, soap, shampoo, moisturiser
* Make-up – a touch of make-up will pep you up for your visitors
* Comfortable clothes for on the ward – loose and relaxed is best, you will still have your pregnancy tummy, and may well be sore. Take a look at the Maternity Leisure Wear section for some comfy clothes
* Breastfeeding Top – you may feel more comfortable with visitors arriving to wear normal clothes
* Feeding Pillow - helps bring baby to a comfortable feeding position
* Feminine Wipes – softer than toilet paper, as you may be sore and bruised
* Ear plugs and eye mask - in case you end up on a noisy, bright ward!
* Phone book, plus lots of change for the phone - you may not be able to use your mobile phone in the hospital building
* Biscuits and snacks
* Favourite tea bags
* Fruit juice/mineral water
* Pen & paper – jot down who has visited and what gifts they brought
* Change for the car park

For baby…

* 2 x Babygro and vests for baby – put at the top of the bag to ensure your partner can get at it
* Baby blanket
* Nappies/baby wipes/nappy sacks/nappy cream
* Hat and jacket
* Formula milk/steriliser – if not provided by the hospital
* Car seat
* Muslin squares – multi tasking item, mops up sick, keeps you clean while feeding.......

Check with your midwife for a full list as different hospitals will have their own requirements. Some will provide washable nappies during your stay and do not allow disposables to be used. Some prefer to provide formula milk themselves if you are not going to breastfeed.

Other Tips

Be wary of taking anything of value such as a cameras, camcorder or iPod as unfortunately items are stolen in hospitals should you be rushed off to theatre for an emergency C-Section you won’t be able to take anything in with you.

Let your partner know what is in each bag, just in-case you are in no state to remember.

Have some more baby clothes at home that your partner can bring in, should you be staying more than one night.

Stock up on basics, such as toilet paper, sanitary pads, nappies - you will only have eyes (time) for your baby when you get home, and won't want to be going out shopping.