Wow Baby talks
Hi Mumma’s and Pappas,
Sorry I’ve been gone awhile, but life has been hectic lately with work and my little one. He’s in the terror dactual two’s as I like to all it. One minute he can be the sweetest thing and saying ‘I love you Mummy now’, us doing silly toddler dancing watching Cocomelon (on YouTube and very educational) to the next minute being incredibly cheeky and running away from me with something he shouldn’t have (he’s a very fast runner for a two year old), to then having a major melt down over something. It’s so much fun and rewarding especially when they are giggling like crazy, but also very challenging especially at times when your trying to work from home or get stuff done around the house.
Now let’s talk about that first trimester and announcing your pregnancy. The first trimester can be a breeze for some people. I didn’t really have any major issues and just snacked on a regular basis to keep the nausea at bay and going to bed early, as I was generally more tired than normal. I found the time I felt most nauseous was at 10pm at night a few hours after eating dinner. I found making homemade popcorn and snacking on it during the day was the best.
This period dragged a bit for me, as you don’t want to tell anyone other than your closest friends and family. My mum was the worst at keeping the secret, as I think she was so excited to be a grandmother for the first time. I was in my first trimester and it was the Xmas party period as well, so another major challenge pretending your having a fancy looking cocktail, when you’re just drinking a mocktail. Being around people drinking while your tired and straight as an ox isn’t much fun.
While you don't really majorly show during your first trimester, you'll start to notice small changes in your stomach and your clothes will start to feel tighter around the waist. I found this all very exciting watching my body slowly change and my tummy growing.
Here’s a useful list of first trimester to-do’s from what to expect:
- Start a prenatal vitamin. If you haven’t already, start taking a prenatal vitamin immediately — doing so in the first trimester has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of neural tube defects (like spina bifida).
- Choose your practitioner. There are a number of different practitioners you can choose for your pregnancy, from your local doctor who specialises in maternal health, gynaecologist to midwife. So take time to consider your options and pick the right way forward for your needs.
- Book your first visit with your local doctor. Your doctor will review your medical history and perform a thorough physical exam. You'll likely undergo a battery of tests, including a Pap smear, urinalysis and blood work to determine your blood type and Rh status, hCG levels and the presence of any infections. You'll likely have an initial ultrasound to confirm a heartbeat, date your pregnancy and be sure things are progressing as they should. You might also be screened for genetic illnesses or diabetes, depending on your family history. While your practitioner will ask lots of questions, be prepared to ask plenty of your own: Now's the time to inquire about the safety of any medications you’re currently taking, help for quitting smoking or anything else that’s on your mind.
- Consider genetic tests. You’ll likely have a nuchal translucency screening (between weeks 10 and 13 of pregnancy) to look for Down syndrome and congenital heart defects; based on your risks, your practitioner may also recommend NIPT around week 9 (a noninvasive blood screening that looks for chromosomal abnormalities) and/or invasive but more definitive prenatal tests (chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis).
- Make a budget. Growing your family is an excellent — and necessary — time to re-evaluate your monthly expenses. So learn the cost of having a baby, then set up your monthly budget.
- Eat right. Now’s the time to cut down on caffeine, as well as to learn which foods to avoid and which to feature in your pregnancy diet so you can stock your kitchen accordingly.
- Carve out time for fitness. There are lots of benefits of exercise during pregnancy for you and baby — which can be good motivation to get your 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Not sure where to start? Try these pregnancy-friendly workouts.
- Have sex, if you feel like it. It’s fun and safe for baby — plus it has benefits for both of you.
- Start thinking about baby names. If you don’t have a baby name in mind, it’s never too early to start tossing around ideas. Check out these 10 tips for naming your baby for guidance.
- Plan to announce your pregnancy. Think about how and when you want to tell your friends and family the good news, and if and when you’ll announce on social media. Most women wait until the end of the first trimester to do so, when the risk of miscarriage is lower. And if you’re employed, start thinking about when to tell your boss your pregnant and what to say; do your research in advance to understand your company’s maternity leave policies.
There is definitely a lot to think about during this first twelve weeks while your body is adapting to your pregnancy, so take it easy and enjoy the ride, if your not too sick. Doctor google is very helpful in keeping you informed and apps like Babycenter and What to expect can help you track your babies progress and keep you informed about what to expect.
Chat to you again soon.
Wow Baby Mumma xx
Hi Mumma’s and Pappas,
Wow Baby is now under new management and we are going to be ramping back up in the baby market in Australia, bringing you a range of amazing baby, toddler and mother care products to you.
About Wow Baby
Now a bit about us, as a mother to a young toddler, I know what it's like to go through all the exciting phases of finding out your pregnant, such as telling your partner your pregnant, pregnancy announcement, medical appointments you need to book, planning your baby shower, and then thinking about all the things you need to buy before the baby arrives. So, I’m hoping I can help guide some of you who are new to the journey and some who are coming back for a second or third round but need a little refresher on all things baby. My toddler is almost 2.5 and his newborn baby life feels like a lifetime ago already.
A little about Wow Baby, we are an Australian online retailer committed to offering Australian families a range of quality baby, toddler and mother care products at fantastic prices with fast, reliable delivery.
We know you only want the best for your baby and child; so, do we. That’s why we are selling products from well-known brands and works closely with suppliers to ensure all products meet Australia's high safety standards.
For the Wow Baby customer service team, your satisfaction is our number one priority and we aim to provide you a hassle-free shopping experience.
The team is based in Melbourne and we are here to help with any questions or just chat about your order.
New Wow Baby website and brand
We've just upgraded our website and relaunched our brand, which I hope you all love. The new website is a new seamless design, with features such as being mobile friendly, faster speed, wish lists and a compare product feature.
Any issues with the functionality of the site, please let us know and we’ll get it fixed ASAP. I hope you all like the new look and feel.
As part of this blog, I’d like to talk through the different stages of pregnancy and parenting, starting with your pregnant, now what to do I do.
You think your pregnant, now what?
I remember thinking, I better check that I’m not pregnant before I went out and had a few drinks with friends. I took that illustrious pregnancy test and low and behold I got two pink lines. I remember sitting there a bit dumbstruck and thinking is this really happening, I’m pregnant.
Of course, like most of my female friends, I then proceeded to do another pregnancy test with the same result, and then another one in the morning just to triple check. Mind you, doctors tell you these days that those pregnancy tests are damn good, but you know, it’s for peace of mind.
In the meantime, I’m also calling up my best friend and telling her I think I’m pregnant as I needed to tell someone straight away, before planning my game plan to tell my partner.
We had been trying for a few months, so it was a very lovely surprise, but still a shock, nonetheless that it was really happening.
Telling your partner your pregnant
Finding out you’re pregnant is one of the biggest delights you’ll ever experience, and so is sharing the news with your partner.
While bursting out with “I’m pregnant!” works great for some people, some females prefer a little more fun and try to make it a special occasion they’ll look fondly on. After all, what better way to launch a new chapter of your life together than with a super-cute and memorable pregnancy reveal?
Whatever you decide to do, one thing is for sure their reaction is something you’ll always remember.
Here’s a list of 10 ideas on telling your partner your pregnant:
- Hide the pregnancy test somewhere you know he’ll find it.
- Buy him a manual. If this is his first child, he's got a lot of learning to do now that he's going to be a dad and what better way to gift wrap him his own baby manual.
- Get your child to announce it by making a sign and dressing up, or a short-recorded video. Very cute.
- Buy some small baby shoes or clothes and gift wrap them for your partner
- A sign quite literally spells it out for people and it’s a classic approach that never gets old. Think cute baby-themed props, such as a sonogram photo, teething beads, and sweet baby blankie, make it visually complete.
- Painting your tummy with "Baby on board," a simple "I'm pregnant," or anything else you think will get the point across.
- Settle down at the breakfast table eating your cereal in a pregnancy reveal bowl, then watch him begin to recognise the message and his jaw drop. Talk about a memorable morning!
- A sweet, simple pregnancy reveal card sums up what you've got to say in as few words as possible.
- If your partner is sports obsessed, so why not make the reveal by reminding Dad that he's about to get a baby and a new superfan? Especially if you purchase a mini me little team outfit.
- There's absolutely no way to go wrong with a giant poster that spills the beans in the most simplistic way possible.
For more ideas on telling your partner you are pregnant, check out their café moms blog post.
Want to know what my top 5 products are right now? These are all super cute and very useful products to help you as parents and are great for your baby or toddler.
Top 5 products right now:
- Snuggle Honey range of bassinet and cot sheets, and baby jersey wraps
- Oh Aldo koala bear comfortors in 100 % Australian Merino sheepskin wool
- Nail Snail – The Nail Snail is a 3-in-1 baby nail trimmer tool which provides an easier, safer and faster way to trim the fingernails and toenails of newborns, babies, toddlers and children.
- Shnuggle bath - The Shnuggle Bath is designed to make bath time less stressful for parents and fun for baby. Its compact size means the water stays warm for longer and takes no time at all to fill, with a minimum of two litres of water needed.
- All 4 Ella matching mum and bub range – Cute range of matching mum and bub range of outfits in a soft rayon fabric in leopard and stripe patterns.
Over my next few blogs, we'll talk through the various stages of pregnancy and different milestones, such as making the big pregnancy announcement to your family and friends and what to expect during the first trimester.
I hope you find this blog interesting and useful and if you'd like me to talk about a topic, please let me know.
Wow Baby Mumma xx