Secrets of a Yummy Mummy

‘Tis the Season – Fabulous Gift Ideas for Mums-to-Be…

It’s the holiday season again which means buying gifts for loved ones.  Here are my top 5 gift ideas for mums-to-be:

Pregnancy massage – Mums-to-be generally feel tired and suffer from back aches, swollen legs and ankles and sometimes even sciatica.  A pregnancy massage can help alleviate all these nasties and also give a much needed hour of rest in the middle of the day.  The Sutherland-Chan Centre has gift certificates for all treatments and their expert therapists can also recommend special exercises that will help with the aches and pains of pregnancy.  If a full body massage is too much consider a foot massage which is also a great gift idea as long as mum-to-be is past her first trimester.

Pregnancy and baby books – You can never have too many points of reference when you are pregnant.  Books on pregnancy and baby books are a great gift idea especially for the first time mom.  My favourite was “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, and Sandee Hathaway.  If you’d prefer something with more humour “Dummies for Mummies” by Hong Kong’s own Sarah Brennan is a good choice.

Dummies for Mummies by Sarah Brennan

Pregnancy Journal – A pregnancy journal is a book that allows you to record your month to month pregnancy journey. Questions prompt mum-to-be to capture the most important moments of pregnancy. It provides room to record doctor visits, baby’s development, the physical changes and symptoms, and room for pictures.  Pregnancy Journals are also great keepsakes.  Notable ones include Tummy Talk and The Essential Organizer “40 weeks +” & “Birth to 1 Year” which helps keep track of baby’s development in the first year.

Tummy Talk Pregnancy Book

Cashmere Wrap – There is nothing like snuggling up during the Winter season and a cashmere wrap is the coziest item around.  This is a decadent gift but it’s a classic so it’s the gift that keeps on giving even after the baby is born.  Notable designs from Madeleine Thompson and  Eric Bompard.

Madeleine Thompson Cashmere Wrap

Organic Body Products – Nothing says love more than oils and creams that will stop stretch marks!  Mums-to-be should start applying twice a day from 4 months to 1 month after birth which means she will be going through a lot of product.  Look for organic brands free from synthetic additives such as parabens, phthalates, petroleum derivatives and synthetic fragrances.  Notable brands include The Spoiled Mama and Earth Mama.

The Spoiled Mama Ultimate Gift Set



Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
October 2, 2009, 1:38 pm
Filed under: Pampering | Tags: , , , ,

We’ve all likely felt the searing pain of sciatica sometime in the second and third trimester of pregnancy.  When it happened to me for the first time I thought I would never be able to walk again.  Thankfully I got some relief from a lovely massage therapist who saved the day.  Not everyone realises that pregnancy massage can treat many pregnancy-related ailments, including muscle pain, swelling, breast tenderness and headaches.  It also can lower anxiety, prevent the onset of sciatica and ease pain during labour.  In Hong Kong, the people at Sutherland-Chan Centre are the experts in pregnancy massage.  They are all Registered Massage Therapists (RMT’s) and understand how to adjust treatment according to trimester.  In the first trimester, when nausea and swelling are common, treatment will focus on the neck, shoulders, face and head to reduce headaches and lymphatic drainage techniques to reduce swelling.  In the second trimester therapists are trained to relieve the pressure that starts to build up in the lower back and bum.  This pressure is what generally leads to sciatica and a number of other nasty problems.  The focus in the third trimester is rest and relaxation so treatment focuses on relaxing massage, heat therapy and trigger point therapy.  This is also when Dad would come in to learn the basic techniques to keep Mum happier during delivery.  Perhaps the benefit of pregnancy massage that attracts the most women is the reduction in labour pain.  According to a study in the USA, massaged mothers reported a decrease in depression, anxiety and pain, plus shorter labors, shorter hospital stays and less postpartum depression.  I’m sold.

Sutherland-Chan Centre