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Style for Two – 5 Maternity Wardrobe Essentials

Style for Two – 5 Maternity Wardrobe Essentials

If you’ve received advice that you must spend your entire pregnancy in sweatpants for comfort, you’ve definitely been misinformed. There is no hiding out at home for the next nine months. It is time to embrace your personal style by purchasing essentials to get you through your pregnancy without sacrificing fashion. Before you head to the store or add to your online shopping cart, consider these pieces for their versatility in your changing wardrobe.   5 MATERNITY WARDROBE ESSENTIALS   Maternity Jeans. Decades ago women were limited to basic, less than attractive pairs of denim during pregnancy. Not anymore. Those seeking trendy maternity clothes can opt for designer lines, but there are still stylish choices in many price points. If you are petite or taller, select the correct inseam options to tailor to your height. There are multiple variations of waists, washes and cuts to choose from. Jeans can be paired with a dressy top for a night out or just a simple shirt for a casual afternoon. Wear it with heels and you’re ready for a night out! The Casual Dress. Don’t do date night in yoga pants (unless you are at couples yoga). Or head to the office in sweats before searching for a casual dress to be a staple in your collection. Dresses are a comfortable and stylish way to accentuate your changing figure. Some popular choices are empire waist, tunics or wraps. Soft knit or jersey fabrics provide comfort but, add accessories to make it fit any occasion. Bonus- after the baby comes out you may get some extra wearing until you are back in... read more
Mothers Day 2017 – $1000 giveaway draw *CLOSED*

Mothers Day 2017 – $1000 giveaway draw *CLOSED*

This Mothers Day, ONE lucky mum will win $500 worth of photography package and $500 worth of AnneeMatthew clothing in our special giveaway!!! To enter the giveaway: Please comment on this thread and tell us why you deserve to win Sign up for our mailing list (we will not be able to inform you if you win otherwise) Follow us on Instagram @anneematthew and @mymummythephotographer Tag a friend in separate line on our giveaway post in Instagram for more chances to win Entries are opened to Singapore residents above 18 years only. Contest will end on May 13. Winner will be announced on May 14. Judges decision is final. Good luck ladies!!! p/s. Previous entries in our Facebook page will be considered in the giveaway. Our Facebook page is currently unavailable due to some unforeseen circumstances. We hope to get it up and running ASAP. Apologies for the inconveniences. *Winner is mummy Sherr Yun* All other contestants will receive a special bonus discount from AnneeMatthew. Pls contact us (jill@anneematthew.com) to claim by May 20. Please follow our new Facebook page AnneeMatthew.com for the next... read more
Chronicles of a stay home mum

Chronicles of a stay home mum

Chronicles of a stay home mum   Having 2 small kids at home is no joking matter. In fact, on most days, it is very tiring and very exhausting unless, they are at grandma’s. Being a mum needs a lot of creativity to stay sane and, not to mention alive and still walking, at the end of the day.   I used to work in marketing for a MNC which requires a lot of traveling. I had to handle almost 300 personnel and tend to their needs. I’m used to making sales presentations and entertaining until wee hours in the morning but, nothing prepares me for the amount of responsibilities that I have to shoulder as a full time mum.   So here are my survival tips for any stay home mums out there (or those that plan to be one) in no whatsoever order… LEARN TO LOVE READING Kids just love to be read to. They will soak up any bedtime stories. Bearing in mind that their choice of bedtime stories may not be exactly your cup of tea, you must learn to love reading. I mean really love it with all your heart so, when you read, you will not be the first to yawn! The trick is to inject animation into the reading so, they will stay interested (hopefully interested enough to want to read on their own one day) and most importantly, to keep yourself awake!   LEARN TO VISIT THE LIBRARY You have no idea what kind of questions they can come up with. To avoid making up stories (which is a no-no) or... read more
9 Quick Breastfeeding Tips for First Time Moms

9 Quick Breastfeeding Tips for First Time Moms

By Susan Tanner   New mothers may find breastfeeding confusing at first. You may not know exactly what to do or how to do it. Hopefully these breastfeeding tips will help to get you started.   * Start Early – It is good to begin breastfeeding within an hour after birth if possible, when your baby is alert and the instinct to suck is strong. Although you will not yet be producing milk, your breasts contain colostrum, a thin milky fluid that contains important antibodies to disease. * Feed Frequently – You should try breastfeeding your baby at least every two to three hours. This will help to keep your breasts soft and lessen or even prevent engorgement. Watch for signs that your baby is hungry, such as changes in facial expressions, sucking sounds or lip movements, and rapid eye movement or restlessness during light naps. If you keep an eye out for these signs, you can learn to anticipate your baby’s hunger. Breastfeeding on cue will help stimulate your breasts to produce more milk. * Good Positioning – Having the right positioning for breastfeeding will play a major role in reducing nipple soreness. Use you hand to support the baby’s neck. The baby’s mouth should be open wide with the lips puckered out like “fish lips”, not folded in. The nipple should go back as far into his or her mouth as possible. If you need help finding the proper positioning, ask a nurse, midwife, or other experienced mother for some help breastfeeding. * Nipple Upkeep – When you first begin breastfeeding your nipples may become very sore.... read more
Breasts engorgement : What to expect

Breasts engorgement : What to expect

Adapted from whattoexpect.com Right after you give birth, your hormones undergo a major shift — say bye-bye to estrogen and progesterone, and hello to prolactin, the milk-producing hormone. This change causes your postpartum breasts to grow even bigger (is this possible?) and more tender (more tender?!!) than they were during pregnancy. Welcome to the world of engorgement, which begins around two to five days after delivery whether you’re planning to nurse or not. The sinister side effects: rock-hard breasts that are swollen and wickedly uncomfortable. This is pain with a gain, though, since engorgement is a sign that your breasts are filling up with the milk your baby needs. The increased blood flow to your breasts (necessary to get the milk-producing factory up and running) is also adding to the pain and swelling. WILL ENGORGEMENT EVER END? Fortunately, engorgement is temporary, and assuming you get started breastfeeding right away (the earlier the better for relief), the pain and hardness should diminish within two to three days. By the time your baby and your breasts devise a good supply-and-demand relationship (usually within a few weeks), the engorgement will have diminished completely. If you’re not nursing, it’ll decrease within a few days. WHAT TO DO ABOUT BREAST ENGORGEMENT IF YOU’RE NURSING. Until your milk supply-and-demand cycle is well established, take these steps to minimize discomfort: Feed your baby frequently (every two to three hours) to encourage the demand to keep up with the supply. The less your baby feeds, the more engorged your breasts will become. The more your baby feeds, the quicker engorgement will pass (pretty strong motivation, right?). Place... read more
Stretch Marks & Skin Changes in Pregnancy

Stretch Marks & Skin Changes in Pregnancy

by Sharon Hopkins There are countless physical changes to your skin, both pleasurable and painful attributed to your pregnancy only. The common skin change that most pregnant woman experience is stretch marks. Stretch marks are separations of the outer layers of skin caused by the overstretching of underlying layers. The most commonly affected areas by stretch marks are hips, abdomen, breasts, thighs and buttocks. Stretch marks are itchy reddish marks. In pregnancy, heredity plays an important role in determining who will have and will not have stretch marks. If your mother has had them, chances are that you will get them too. There is no sure shot remedy for stretch marks, though some do fade after delivery. The only way to avoid stretch marks is to prevent them. We recommend the following – – Massage vitamin E or olive oil on the abdomen areas from the start of your pregnancy. Massage it liberally over the marks after a shower. In case you skip a shower, clean the area with a wet cloth and then apply the oil. – Regular exercise helps to tone your muscles and keep your skin firm. – Maintain healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Plenty of proteins and vitamin C & E foods should be included in your diet. Increase your intake of minerals such as zinc and silica to maintain healthy skin. – One ounce of sweet almond or jojoba oil with 7-8 drops of lavender and chamomile oils is a good homemade recipe. – Avoid excessive weight gain in a short time span. – Cocoa butter reduces stretch marks and helps to... read more
Suffering from Early Pregnancy Back Pain?

Suffering from Early Pregnancy Back Pain?

by: Saurabh Jain Normal and Short-term Phenomenon Early pregnancy back pain is a normal phenomenon in early pregnancy and it generally subsides after about 20 weeks. Back pain or spasm, which is reflected by stretching of muscles or burning pain in the left or the right side of the quadrant, is normally the result of the softening of the supporting ligaments and disks due to an increase in the progesterone hormone. In some cases, urinary infection can also result in back pain amongst pregnant women. The extra weight of a pregnant women’s body and the change in her centre of gravity also result in backaches and back pain. The most important remedy for curing early pregnancy back pain is exercising. Walking, pelvic rocking, bridging (done by laying on the floor, bending your knees and lifting your buttocks into air), mini-crunches (done by laying on the floor), bending your knees and lifting your head on exhalation, are good exercises for pregnant women and can go a long way in relieving a back pain. The right body posture and good body mechanics also play an important role in keeping one free of early pregnancy back pain. The right posture means standing straight and tall and is as essential in early pregnancy as before that. However, in late pregnancy, as the uterus becomes big, one tends to pull back her shoulders to offset the additional weight, which results in a back strain. One can reduce back pain in such a position by frequently changing her sitting position and avoiding standing for long periods. Adequate rest and sleep are also essential for avoiding... read more

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