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      About to Become a New Mom? Here’s What to Expect After Birth

      About to Become a New Mom? Here’s What to Expect After Birth

      Whether you’re just days away from your due date or only just discovered your pregnancy (congratulations either way!), you’re likely wondering what you can expect after you give birth. Understandably, your life will change massively!

      Life as a new mom can be extremely busy; you’ve got ever-changing nap times, breast or bottle feeding, nappies, and finding time to take care of your own needs on top of all that. You can easily become overwhelmed during this time, so it’s good to prepare as best you can. 

      Here are a few things to expect and how you can best prepare for them so your new life with a baby starts as smoothly as possible:

      What to Expect After Birth & How to Prepare

      1.    Don’t try to be superhuman!

      We all hope that we’re going to take to being a mom like a duck to water – we’re going to be full of energy, get back into shape, be awake for every feeding, do our hair and makeup every day, get back to work as soon as possible or keep the house as clean as possible. If you’re shaking your head – you’re ahead of the rest of us! It’s normal to want to be supermom and keep on top of everything, but you need to understand that it’s okay to look for help during this time.

      Make a list of names and numbers of people you can turn to when you’re struggling or have a question. This may include:

      • Your mom/dad/guardian/mother-in-law/another parental figure
      • Other friends and/or family members you can call on for help, advice, or just a chat
      • Neighbors you’re close to
      • Groups you’ve joined online
      • Doctor(s), doula
      • Other experts you may need to reach out to, such as physical therapists, lactation consultant, therapist, etc.

      For the latter, you may never need those numbers or website addresses. But if you find yourself struggling, you’ll thank yourself for having spent 15 minutes doing the work to put that list together.


      2.    Make self-care in the weeks after birth easy

      In the first few weeks postpartum, your body will go through a lot of changes. In some cases, new moms have to relearn how things work – your body has literally made another human being, so give it some grace! Prepare your home for your self-care, as well as your baby. Consider ensuring you’ve got:  

      • Sitz baths to be filled with hot water and sitz herbs. This can be healing for your urethra and any vaginal tearing.
      • A donut-shaped cushion to sit on. Sitting down postpartum can be tricky, so eliminate this issue by having something comfy at the ready. 
      • High-waisted padded underwear. This can help wick away any postpartum bleeding or hold your pads in place.
      • Medium-to-high compression shapewear – this isn’t just to help you feel better about your figure post-baby, it’s actually incredibly helpful in assisting your body to return to it’s normal shape and make you feel more comfortable. Our High Waisted Strapless Body Shaper is a perfect candidate for this, and we have many other suitable options should you want something with more or less coverage.  We’ve got a complete guide you can watch here.
      • Something to make going to the toilet easier. After having a baby, the last thing you’re going to want to do is to push, so have some prune juice or stool softeners to hand just in case.
      • A heating pad. You’ll want to stay warm and comfortable, and an electric heating pad can help reduce discomfort. Cold packs are another good thing to have to hand.
      • Make lists of books you can read on your phone (much easier to hold and read when holding a baby – Kindle Unlimited may be a good choice), invest in audiobooks, find new podcasts, and TV shows you can watch for comfort when you’re caring for your baby. There are some great podcasts out there for new moms, so find a few you like now so you can find comfort in others when you need it.


      3.    Don’t make plans until after you’ve had a day or two at home

      The most effective way to ensure you can care for your baby is by being well-rested. You probably already have plans for how you’ll introduce your new baby to family and friends, but resist the urge to make plans until after you’ve got home. You can’t know now how good you’re going to feel, so delay setting dates or making plans until you’ve got the baby home.


      4.    Consider Buying a Journal

      “What…?” You say. This may sound odd, but having a journal to hand to record how you feel and talk to yourself and think through how you feel is a good idea. You are going to have a huge identity shift, face struggles, and feel all over the place emotionally thanks to your hormones. You don’t need to write in it every day, but it’s a good way to wind down if you can’t get to sleep and just need some quiet time to reflect.


      5.    Sort Your Food Ahead of Time

      Make room in the freezer, because it’s time to stock up on easy to heat up foods. If you’ve got friends and family around who want to help, ask them to make you meals and drop them to you after you give birth. This will give them an excuse to drop by, and you get a cooked meal out of it.


      • Making and freezing meals you can reheat later
      • Buy easy-to-eat frozen meals
      • Consider investing in a meal delivery service for 2-4 weeks after your due date.
      • Grab healthy-ish snacks – they don’t have to be perfect, but don’t binge on chips and chocolate!


      This is going to be an exciting and stressful time as you recover and relax into your new role as a mom. Do all you can now to ensure you have everything you need so you can focus on yourself and your baby as you recover.

      20 Best Types of Cardio and Prenatal Exercises for Moms-to-Be

      20 Best Types of Cardio and Prenatal Exercises for Moms-to-Be

      Finding out you’re pregnant brings a whole load of different emotions and thoughts. It’s so exciting and you feel so happy but there are also worries about how your pregnancy will go. How will it affect your body? How can you do the very best for your developing baby? Will you still be able to do the activities you love and carry on with your normal life throughout your pregnancy?

      There’s no reason to make drastic changes to your daily life, especially in the first two trimesters. Maintaining an active life throughout the stages of your pregnancy has benefits for both you and your growing baby.


      Why is it good to exercise throughout your pregnancy?

      You know how good exercising is for your mental well-being, and during pregnancy it will help reduce stress and anxiety, and help you maintain your figure as much as possible throughout your pregnancy.  

      You can prepare your body for the changes it will undergo and build strength in the areas that will carry new weight in the future. This can mean less back pain, less extra weight gain plus more energy, and a better body image. Women who keep fit have a lower incidence of hypertensive disorders and gestational diabetes during pregnancy and a faster recovery after birth. If you exercise you will return to your pre-pregnancy body shape much sooner too!

      It actually has benefits for your baby, too. There is growing evidence that new babies whose mothers regularly exercised have improved heart and brain function. There is a lower incidence of preterm birth among mothers who exercise, and fewer emergency cesareans. It can reduce the chances of a low birth weight giving your baby the best possible start in life.


      Can I Continue Going to the Gym When Pregnant?

      If you are someone who already has a high level of fitness, there is no reason you can’t carry on with your usual exercise until late in your pregnancy, but check in with your doctor about what you’re doing regularly. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise per day.

      They recommend swimming, walking, and running if you run regularly. In the gym, the elliptical, stair climbers and stationary bikes are good choices. You can continue to lift weights, but again, check in with your doctor if you lift heavy.

      You can do classes such as low-impact aerobics and Zumba, but make sure your instructor knows you are pregnant so they can guide you through the best moves for you.

      Best of all find a prenatal exercise class. You will get the support and friendship of other new moms, learn relaxation techniques, and have the benefit of a program designed especially for the needs of pregnancy.


      Prenatal Exercises to Do at Home

      You can also exercise at home to build up muscle strength and prepare your body for the changes in posture and weight distribution it will experience. 2-3 days of strength training targeting the major muscle groups every week will bring great benefits, improve spinal mobility, and strengthen those important abdominal muscles.

      We’ve outlined some of the best exercises below, but don’t forget you can also do those outlined for the next trimester if you want to.


      1st Trimester

      Plank and crunches – unless your doctor has told you otherwise, you can still do the majority of ab exercises, so make the most of it while you can still see your toes easily!

      Squats – squats are an ideal prenatal exercise. If you find them hard, use a chair for balance or use a chair, poof, or exercise ball to sit down on at the bottom of your squat.

      Kneeling pushups – like normal pushups, but do them from a kneeling position. Try wide stance and narrow to target your triceps.

      Bicep curls with small weights – you’d better leave the one-rep-max and personal best until after you’ve given birth, but continue working out with weights that are a comfortable test for you.

      One-arm row with small weights – as above. Bend at the hips, soften the knees, keep your back straight and pull your elbows back to row. You can combine this with triceps kickback too.


      2nd Trimester

      The second trimester is often the time of your pregnancy when you feel best but you need to be careful with physical activity and avoid jumping and high impact and don’t overdo it until you are exhausted.

      Pushups against a wall – If you no longer feel comfortable or able to do kneeling pushups, move to using the back of your couch or the wall.

      Step up and down – a simple step up and down, with or without weight, is an easy way to work out your lower body without putting unnecessary stress on your body.

      Standing boxer twist – stand up with your feet hip width apart. In both hands, hold a dumbbell out in front of you, with one hand on top of the other. Gently twist from side to side. Keep the movement slow and controlled, don’t be tempted to swing.


      3rd Trimester

      You will be feeling less mobile so take easy. Be aware of your body and stop if you feel any discomfort or pain. Concentrate on a few exercises such as:

      Plie – this is a ballet term which involves essentially doing a wide squat. Place your feet slightly wider than shoulder with, and gently lower your hips as far as comfortable, and then straighten. Keep your back straight and hold onto something for balance if necessary.

      Lying leg raises – lie on your side with the leg under you bent. Straighten the leg on top and raise it carefully up and down. You should feel the burn in your hip, thighs, and glutes. Place a soft yoga mat or pillow under your stomach to make yourself more comfortable.

      Gentle abdominal exercise – this is best if you’ve already been doing it throughout the course of your pregnancy. You can do anything gentle, and even plank, but stop if you feel uncomfortable.

      Walking – get outside and walk! It’s one of the best ways to get exercise at this point, plus you’re essentially carrying a weighted backpack. Walk with friends, family, a podcast, or just to the sounds of the world passing. It’s a good opportunity to relax and be with yourself.


      Don’t Forget To Exercise Safely

      A few essential things to remember:

      • Always consult your doctor and Health Professionals before doing an exercise program
      • If you are new to exercise start slowly
      • Don’t do too much!
      • Make sure you don’t get too hot
      • Always warm up and cool down
      • Listen to your body at all times
      • Don’t lie on your back for too long
      • Avoid full sit-ups, double leg lifts, jumping, bouncing, sudden changes in direction and jerky movements
      • Make sure you drink plenty of water
      • Make sure you eat to keep up your energy


      If you continue to exercise throughout your pregnancy, you’ll likely find it easier to give birth, and find it easier to return to your pre-pregnancy weight. It’s a win-win!

      New Mom’s Hospital Checklist: What to Pack for Hospital

      New Mom’s Hospital Checklist: What to Pack for Hospital

      Whether you’ve got a planned caesarean or just know that your due date is on the horizon, it’s a good idea to have your hospital bag packed and ready to go as the date nears. As we all know, we can get a little nervous and scatterbrained during our pregnancy, so we’ve put together an easy-to-follow New Mom Hospital Checklist so you know exactly what to take with you – and why!

      Here’s the list (print it out if necessary!):


      New Mom’s What to Pack for Hospital Checklist

      For You

      • Your cell phone and charger (Ideally pack a spare charger now, and take your cell phone with you at the last minute. This way you won’t be without a way of contacting your friends and family should you need them or want to share the good news while you’re still in hospital!)
      • Toothbrush and paste (it’s a good idea to buy an extra tube and brush so you can keep them in your bag ready to go)
      • Hairbrush and ties
      • Face care (just bring the essentials – whatever that means for you)
      • Deodorant
      • Pregnancy underwear
      • Max-absorbency pads (whatever you’re most comfortable with. The hospital will provide this but you may prefer your own alternative)
      • Nursing bra
      • Post-partum shapewear to offer your body some compression and help you feel more comfortable after birth (we’ll list a few of our recommendations for this after the checklist)
      • Some baby wipes/makeup wipes so you can wipe your face/armpits etc. if a shower isn’t possible
      • Snacks! (Don’t underestimate how much you’ll need this one)
      • A basic makeup bag and mirror so you can feel human again after the delivery
      • A lip balm
      • Pajamas
      • Robe
      • Socks and/or slippers
      • A comfortable outfit for when you go home
      • A pillow
      • Glasses if you need them or normally wear contacts
      • A large towel or two


      For Baby

      • A going home outfit for when you take your new baby home
      • A blanket or two
      • A few diapers (hospital will likely provide a few, but it’s a good idea to be prepared)
      • Car seat
      • Information on your pediatrician
      • Bottles (even if you plan to breastfeed)



      • A few copies of your birth plan
      • Proof of insurance
      • Any other paperwork you need to take
      • Books/Nintendo Switch/cards – anything that would be easy to use for entertainment while you wait, or as distraction during a long labor


      Recommended Post-Partum Shapewear

      Post-partum shapewear can be a lifesaver – our bodies start going through a huge number of changes after we’ve given birth, and while you will have lost a significant amount of weight (ahem, your baby), you’ll still have a pregnancy stomach for some time. Equally, if you have a cesarean, either planned or emergency, the healing process can often be supported with compressive shapewear. So, it’s a great thing to pack in your bag to have on hand after birth, even if you don’t end up wearing it until after you return home. Here are three of our most popular choices:



      Tummy Control Bodysuit Shapewear – this is a great choice for breastfeeding new moms because you can easily wear your nursing bra with it, allowing you to be as comfortable as possible. It offers mid-compression, so you’ll feel gently supported and it will never roll down. An added benefit is that you’ll feel more your pre-baby self instantly because it will help smooth the extra bumps you’ve gained throughout your pregnancy. If you’re not sure what sizing to go for, simply email our team and we’ll guide you to the right choice. 


      Semi-Vest Waist Body Shaper – if you don’t like the idea of your shaper going down below your butt, this shaper will give you the tummy support you’re looking for while being easy to get on and off. The three different levels of support mean you can continue to wear it as your body shrinks after birth.

      Ultra-Smooth Invisible Butt Lifter Shapewear – this offers you complete support from the knees up. If you’re looking for shapewear that will help keep bulky pregnancy pads in place, this is the perfect solution. It smooths and supports everything from knee to bust, so you’ll feel comfortable and more yourself even as it helps your uterus return to it’s original shape.


      As a new mom, there are two things you can do for yourself to make your life easier:

      • Be prepared, and
      • Give yourself ways to feel more yourself and human again!

      By packing your bag early you’ll cover the first, and by packing makeup, skincare, and the right shapewear and clothing you’ll be able to do the latter. So make sure you keep this list handy, and we wish you a speedy and easy birth!

      The Best Comfortable Shapewear to Wear at Home: Top 4 Picks

      The Best Comfortable Shapewear to Wear at Home: Top 4 Picks

      Since the world was placed under quarantine, we’ve had to adjust our whole lives to isolate ourselves from other people. The gyms have been closed, and we’ve all put a temporary pause on our workout routines, or making do with at-home workouts.

      While working out from home is never going to be as good as having access to all the gym equipment you need, and you’ll definitely be forgiven if you’ve let your fitness routine fall by the wayside during this time, that doesn’t mean that you have to feel uncomfortable with your shape even while you’re at home.

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      All About NS015 Answering your Frequently Asked Questions!

      Recently we have put out an AD that included our NS015 Shaper and since then it has completely blew up! You ladies have so many questions regarding our famous shapewear so we decided to answer all your frequently asked questions. We truly hope this helps you ladies get to know our beloved "Famous" Shapewear a bit more!

      See more videos on our YouTube channel and remember to hit subscribe!

      How tight Should my Shapewear be?

      How tight Should my Shapewear be?

      Shapewear should be fitted – we all know that, since if it wasn’t well fitted it wouldn’t hold you in where you need it to! However, knowing what’s just right or too tight can be tough, especially if you're new to the world of shapewear or waist training.

      The key to answering, “how tight should my shapewear be?” is this: it should be comfortable.

      Choosing the perfect shapewear can be difficult and often many mistakes are made, and the most common mistake is buying the wrong size. In order for the shapewear to do its job, you have to make sure it fits perfectly.

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