There are two types of women in the world: those who pack their hospital bags at 20 weeks ‘because time flies’ and those who pack it in between contractions – also ‘because time flies’. No matter which camp you fall into (and we love you all here at Maze), there are certain things you’ll need for your trip to the maternity ward. I’ve popped together the ultimate hospital bag checklist, so you don’t even have to think about it – just pack the stuff and get on your way when the time comes. Check it out…
You probably won’t notice you’ve stopped doing this, but now you’re a mum, looking after yourself is still super important. Maybe even more important than it used to be way back in the day when you had the time and inclination to do it. While your focus might be getting pulled in a million different directions, the truth remains: you’re still here, you still matter and your health and wellbeing is a priority. So many of us mums get sucked down a rabbit hole of self-neglect so deep it can literally take years to clamber back out. Add to that those of us with multiple kids, jobs, partners and even friendships that need attention – where is the headspace left for us? I have to admit it, there was a year or so there, where I just completely forgot to look after myself. Like, at all. It’s an easy habit to slip into.
Self care for new mums is so essential, especially when it means setting up good habits for the long term. So how do we do it? How do we get ouroxygen masks on first?
Communicating your expectations and boundaries can feel like navigating landmines as you deal with other people’s expectations of how they’d like to be involved in baby’s life. Tread carefully and sensitively as after all, by the time they are toddlers, maybe that once a week sleepover won’t seem like such a bad idea!
This week we chatted to one of our gorgeous Maze ambassadors, Ashy Rauicava about all things mum-life, workouts and how she feels about baby number two being on the way.
Ashy is mum to Buddy and is expecting her second child later this year making it two under two, just in time for Christmas. But as you’ll read, Ashy is taking motherhood, pregnancy and life all in her stride…..
5 Ways to Practice Self Care During Pregnancy
Hormones, fatigue, nausea and changes to your body. The joys of pregnancy! These added stressors and challenges make self-care even more important during the long nine months.
Here’s our top 5 ways to practise self-care during this exciting (and sometimes taxing) time. As always, this information is meant only as general suggestions and is not specific advice. For medical advice, see your healthcare professional.