Ludovic Layne’s Birth Story

Ludovic Layne’s Birth Story

– repost with permission from www.jadeannahughes.com Mommy Jade is also a customer of AnneeMatthew 🙂   I was sure Ludo would come fast, like his sister. Instead he proved us all completely wrong and took longer than both Luna and Aurora did combined. After recently moving downtown I hadn’t wanted to change doctors or delivery hospital, so I was keenly aware that we had a 30 to 40 minute trip to the hospital to factor into everything, and would also need to give my mother the same amount of time to get downtown to be with the girls. I very nearly left it too late with Aurora back in 2015, resulting in me making it to the hospital just in time and Cesar missing her birth, so I wasn’t about to let the same thing happen with our last child. How well we planned everything to ensure there would not be any Uber or unassisted home births, and how completely different it all turned out to be! It was on a Thursday, at 40 weeks and 4 days, that I knew labour was imminent. We walked a couple of miles in the 100 degree heat, finishing up a few things that I wanted done before baby, and came home to relax. At around 8pm my mother decided to come over and stay just in case things progressed rapidly, and I finished up my last work assignment for the week. We all went to bed but around 3am the contractions were every 5 minutes and I thought we should head in to the hospital. But I was only 2cm dilated and even after 90...
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...
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...
Sagging breasts? Is it due to pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Sagging breasts? Is it due to pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Adapted from babycenter.co.uk Many women think that breastfeeding causes your breasts to become saggy. It’s pregnancy, rather than breastfeeding, that may cause your breasts to change in size and shape after having a baby. Other reasons why breasts may appear more saggy after you’ve have a baby are if you: have a high body mass index (raised BMI) have had multiple pregnancies are an older mom had a large pre-pregnancy bra size a smoker Your breasts don’t contain any muscles. They are attached to the muscles of your chest wall by thin bands (Cooper’s ligaments). These bands aren’t very taut, which is why your breasts are able to move around. When you become pregnant, your breasts will go through a number of changes. They will become larger as they prepare for breastfeeding, while your nipples and the skin surrounding them (the areola) may darken in colour. Several days after your baby arrives, your breasts will become fuller and heavier. This is caused by the blood supply increasing to your breasts, and your milk coming in. As your breasts increase in size, the ligaments that support them may stretch. It’s this stretching that may lead to slightly saggier breasts. This change will happen regardless of whether or not you breastfeed your baby. A week or two after your baby arrives, your breasts should return to roughly the size they were during pregnancy. They’ll stay that way until you’ve been breastfeeding for about 15 months, or when you stop breastfeeding. When you return to your pre-pregnancy weight, your breasts will probably return to their pre-pregnancy size, too. Your breasts may not be quite as perky...
10 Tips to Get Back Into Shape After Childbirth

10 Tips to Get Back Into Shape After Childbirth

by: Janice Elizabeth Small You have just given birth and you want to get back into shape. Here are some tips: Be especially kind to yourself in the first weeks after your baby is born. Your body has gone through huge changes and it’s unrealistic to expect that you can snap back into your old shape straight away. Unrealistic expectations sets you up for failure and disappointment, but you CAN get your figure back if you are patient and take it one step at a time. Forget drastic dieting and treat your body to healthy nourishing food and gentle exercise to get back in shape. You will naturally lose some weight during the first few weeks as your uterus shrinks. Breast feeding alone will allow you to lose weight at 1lb a week if you eat normally and healthily as it uses up 500 calories a day, but you do need to eat enough so that your milk does not dry up. Plan on losing the remainder at a gentle pace. Your tummy will look very sad after the birth, flabby and saggy. Don’t worry you can soon get things looking good again. Do all the post-natal exercises and gentle exercise recommended by your health-care professionals during the first 6 weeks to get your tummy back in shape. After that check with them that it is Ok if you want to embark on a more strenuous exercise routine. Once your doctor says its OK to exercise, one of the best ways to retighten your muscles is a simple yoga move. Stand with your feet apart, hands on thighs. Breathe...
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...
5 Reasons Why You’re Experiencing Pregnancy Fatigue – And What You Can Do

5 Reasons Why You’re Experiencing Pregnancy Fatigue – And What You Can Do

Are you in your last trimester? Then this article is for you. The final trimester brings with it a lot of emotions, like excitement for the new baby, some anxiety – and probably even ‘I can’t wait for it to be over!’ After all, you may be feeling huge, need to pee all the time, and in general, just over being pregnant. One major thing that many women experience at this stage is pregnancy fatigue. Fatigue and loss of sleep is particularly common in the last trimester for a few reasons: 1 Braxton-Hicks Contractions It’s your body’s way of warming up for the actual event. These contractions are usually not very strong, but they can come and go at any time and are unpredictable. When they happen, you may wake up in the middle of the night with a rock hard belly and may leave you breathless! What you can do While there’s nothing much you can do about it except to ride it out, you can try to relax and simply know that it’s your body doing what it needs to do to prepare you for labour. However, you can keep timing those contractions to see how far apart they are, to make sure they’re not actual contractions leading you into labor. 2  Constant need to pee At this stage, the baby has dropped into your pelvis, putting pressure on your bladder, leaving less room for your urine. This means that you’ll be needing to pee more often, and getting up frequently in the middle of the night. What you can do Even though you know you’ll be...
Importance and Benefits of Post Partum Belts

Importance and Benefits of Post Partum Belts

Anyone who has gone through childbirth will know that it’s a physically taxing event. During this undoubtedly beautiful and miraculous process, your body goes through a lot of changes – your abdominal muscles and your pelvic area is stretched, pulled and pushed in order to deliver your baby. Even delivery via C-section requires a healing process where your abdominal area needs as much support and care as possible. “When I was in labor, I felt there was a huge ball of stone inside me, rolling from side to side. No sooner was my baby out than I felt totally drained and light of body. A few hours later, when I took my first step after the delivery, I felt as if I was floating and thought my stomach would hit the floor because it felt all loose and flabby. My mother was quick to reassure me that it was normal to feel that way and that ‘belly binding’ would bring it back to its old shape…” from yourkidandyou.com Postpartum belt – long 1 Postpartum belts offer great support.  Not only will belts help to support your stomach and abs, it will alleviate the pressure on your lower back. Childbirth causes stress on the lower back, which can continue if you are breastfeeding. By helping you to sit up straighter, not slouch and maintain a better posture, it can also help prevent lower back ache. As an added bonus, it can also help your stomach regain a flatter appearance. 2 Reduces stretch marks and improves recovery time. Belly binding is believed to be reduce the appearance of stretch marks as it helps to hold...
7 Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

7 Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

For anyone who’s already a practitioner of yoga, you need no persuasion about its benefits. From improved blood circulation, muscle strength, coordination to weight loss, this ancient practice is well-loved by many. What about prenatal yoga though? Is it safe enough to practice while pregnant? The answer is a resounding yes. As long as you receive instruction from a certified yoga teacher, you are in safe hands. Be sure to voice any discomforts and know your own limits. In general, pre-natal yoga is gentle enough to impart health benefits, boosting your immune system, while potentially helping you with your birthing process. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, prenatal yoga can: 1. Improve sleep 2. Reduce stress and anxiety: breathing exercises improve the flow of oxygen in your body and to your brain, alleviating feelings of stress and anxiety. 3. Improve strength, flexibility, and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth: these are your pelvic floor, hip, and abdominal core muscles. 4. Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. 5. Decrease headaches and shortness of breath. 6. General improvement in mood: exercise releases endorphins, the hormone that helps to boost mood and sense of wellbeing. 7. Bonus: meet other soon-to-be mothers! Prenatal yoga classes could also offer an opportunity to connect with other moms-to-be. If you’re looking to build a casual support network, share tips and make friends, these classes could prove to be a great chance to connect. Some general tips to make sure you’re practicing safely: 1. Know your limits. Certain styles of yoga, such as Bikram yoga or hot yoga, may be too strenuous. Bikram...
How to Sleep Well During Pregnancy

How to Sleep Well During Pregnancy

by Dr. Harry Watters For most pregnant women, being comfortable and sleeping well during pregnancy can be two of the biggest challenges. Typically, these problems affect more than 75 percent of pregnant women. During the second and third trimesters (20 weeks and beyond), lower back pain and stomach discomfort often increase. Women who normally sleep on their back or stomach often find getting enough restful sleep especially challenging. Sleeping on the back is discouraged because of compression of the uterus on the large blood vessels (inferior vena cava) and on the intestines, causing decreased blood flow and oxygen to the baby. Here are some tips on improving your sleep: – Set the proper mood to prepare for sleep through soft lighting, a good book, a warm bath (try adding a small amount of lavender oil) and/or a warm non-caffeinated beverage. Experiment to see what helps you unwind. – Make sure your clothes are loose, comfortable and non-restrictive. A sleep dress can also be a good idea. – Getting a massage is also a good way to relax. – Try to get daily exercise – walking or pregnancy aerobics often help. – Use comfort aids, such as the Gentle Air Maternity Bed or a special body pillow to support your abdomen and hips. – Nap during the day to help gain some rest and relaxation. – Ask your doctor can give you additional advice. There are several over-the-counter and prescription medications that are safe to use and effective if other methods are not...
3 Tips to Combat Pregnancy Fatigue

3 Tips to Combat Pregnancy Fatigue

by Susan Tanner If your pregnancy is anything like mine were, you are probably exhausted… all the time. It is not at all uncommon to experience pregnancy fatigue. It seems only natural that sustaining two lives drains you of more energy than only dealing with your own. Having a fetus growing in your belly most certainly takes its toll on your body. Pregnancy fatigue is often accompanied by a multitude of aches, pains, and sore muscles. How you deal with these problems will often determine your level of pregnancy fatigue. Pregnancy fatigue is generally caused by your body adjusting to natural hormonal changes, and the added weight of carrying the baby. You may also be having trouble sleeping due to aches and pains, vivid dreams, or simply too much stress. 1. Get more sleep any way you can As usual, raging hormones are unavoidable. But losing sleep is a huge contributor to pregnancy fatigue. Pregnancy fatigue is just your body’s way of telling you that it needs more rest. Then it seems reasonable to assume that the way to start alleviating the problem is to sleep more. Try to go to bed earlier, and get about 9-10 hours of sleep per night if you can. If you are having trouble sleeping, try drinking a non-caffeinated herbal tea or lighting some scented candles. Breathing exercises can also help you to calm your nerves for sleep. Try taking naps during the day in addition to sleeping more at night, and try to stay off your feet during the day, sitting or laying down whenever possible. Even a quick 20 or 30...
Pregnancy Photography – Capturing the Belly

Pregnancy Photography – Capturing the Belly

Pregnancy Photography – These tips have been adapted from Heather Hart of A La Mode Photo who specializes in natural environment, pregnancy, family and pet photography. Pregnancy is a special time. As the belly swells, so does your sense of wonder and joy – and it’s a poignant moment worth capturing. These days, pregnancy photography is all the rage – we see it all over Instagram and Facebook. But it doesn’t have to be a complicated affair! Spending some time in a beautiful natural setting with a friend and a camera can produce some pretty great results. Here are some tips that can help you along: 1. Find a friend. If hiring a professional photographer is not your thing, enlist a helpful and talented friend! Since you are the model, you need someone who has a few hours to dedicate to you and your Belly. Plus, you will probably be a lot more comfortable with someone you know and are familiar with, so you’ll look relaxed on camera. 2. Try using a camera with real film and not digital. Go to a camera store and ask for professional black and white film – avoid going to the local market or drugstore for your film – there is a big difference! Ask for 125 speed film – there is less grain. And everyone always looks so much better in black and white – try it, you may like it. 3. Wear natural make-up – a little base and accent your eyes goes a long way. Since you’re shooting outdoors, keep it light! 4. Choose a place outdoors. A local park...
More Helpful Tips for Breastfeeding

More Helpful Tips for Breastfeeding

by: Daphne Nancholas Benefits Breastfeeding has many benefits for your baby. If your baby can be breast-fed for at least 6 months then the risk of allergies, such as eczema, are reduced, ear infections and stomach upsets are also reduced. Mother’s milk seems to boost your baby’s immune system generally. How does breast milk do this? Well breast-milk, unlike formula milk, contains antibodies designed to prevent an immature immune system from becoming overwhelmed with the foreign proteins that challenge it. Research has shown that exclusive breastfeeding for six months is associated with a reduced incidence of allergy and reduced risk of gastro-intestinal illness, respiratory illness, ear infections, diabetes, obesity and respiratory wheeze. So there are lots of benefits for your baby if you breast-feed. According to the NCT nine out of ten mothers did not know that breastfeeding for just one month has a lasting impact on health during the first 14 years of a baby’s life. All the authoritative expert bodies that advise on parenting are still right behind the message they’ve always endorsed: breastfeeding is definitely still the best. The longer the breastfeeding continues, the greater the health gains for both mother and baby. Benefits for mums too? Mothers are encouraged to breast-feed, though some women find that it can be embarrassing to do so in public places. Embarrassment aside there are benefits to mothers as well. Breastfeeding can lead to a more rapid return to your pre-pregnancy weight and also reduces the risk to mothers of pre-menopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer. For some people breastfeeding can be a painful and upsetting experience. It is a...
Top 5 Tips for Pregnancy Health for Mom & Baby

Top 5 Tips for Pregnancy Health for Mom & Baby

Adapted from Robert Thatcher Finally the pregnancy test kit showed that you are positively pregnant! You double-check by going to an ob-gyne and after undergoing a battery of tests the doctor confirmed that you really are pregnant. Pregnancy can bring so much joy to a family. Pregnancy is oftentimes one of the most awaited events in a woman’s life, especially if the woman has had a hard time trying to conceive. This means that when a woman is pregnant taking some precautions for health maintenance is paramount. Here are some ways that a pregnant woman can employ to ensure the health of her baby and her self, too. 1. Eat well, conceive well. It’s not true that you have to eat for two when pregnant. Eating more than the amount of food that is enough for one person will only cause the unwanted bloat. According to research, a pregnant woman will only need an extra 200 to 300 calories per day. And who knows, you might be already eating those extra calories. Eating healthy food will do you and your growing baby just right. Of course, try to avoid packing on those extra calories should from junk food! 2. Supplement your wellness. A pregnant mom should take a vitamin supplement that contains folic acid, better even before conception and during early pregnancy. Why folic acid? Because this micro-mineral, which is found mostly on green leafy vegies, when taken in 400 mcg amounts daily before and during early pregnancy, can reduce the risk of having babies born with neural tube defects. 3. Away with your vices. It could have been...

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