Secrets of a Yummy Mummy


Essential Holiday Pieces

Get ready for your holiday with these key beach holiday pieces.

1.  Linen Shorts with Pockets from Olian – The perfect little shorts for summer that sit under the belly with adjustable waist tie and patch pockets on the front and back.

2.  Draped Camisole by Jules and Jim – double layered camisole with draped neckline, fitted waistband and adjustable straps.

3.  Rouched Tankini by Belabumbum – Perfect for the beach!  Silver tankini with adjustable rouching, side ties and metal ring details on the front straps.

4.  Voile Shirt by Olian – lightweight semi-transparent cotton crepe top that can be used as a beach cover up.

All above items are part of Nine Months’ End of Season Sale.  Visit the boutique or shop online www.ninemonthshk.com.

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Packing A Hospital Bag

A properly packed hospital bag will make your labour and hospital stay more comfortable.  If you are having a c-section then you know your delivery date in advance.  If you are planning a natural birth you should have your hospital bag packed at 35 weeks.  Here’s my list for a private hospital stay:

Nursing PJ’s or Nightie – during labour and delivery you will wear a standard hospital gown but during your stay you will likely be receiving guests so you’ll need something that is nice enough but comfortable and enables you to nurse easily.  Nursing PJ’s by Olian Maternity include bottoms, nursing top, robe and matching baby onesie.

Comfortable Maternity/Nursing Clothes – if you don’t want to wear sleepwear then a comfortable maternity outfit will work.  LA Made’s Noah Pants are loose fitting cotton/lycra trousers with a foldover waist which are perfect if you’ve had a c-section.  Everly Grey’s Lizzie Nursing Top is made of comfortable fabric and is available in green or navy.  Save the Glamourmom Nursing Tanks for after you arrive home and have established a good breast feeding routine.

Milk Producing Tea – I have always spent the beginning days worrying about my milk coming in so I’ve sipped More Milk Please Sippin’ Tea from the Spoiled Mama.  It’s 100% organic and tastes yummy.

Nipple Balm – this is an absolute must!  There are some organic ones available like Earth Mama Angel Baby or you could go with the old favorite Lansinoh but I find it too sticky.

Tummy Butter or Oil – you should continue massaging oil and cream into your tummy for a month after birth to ensure you don’t get stretch marks.  The Spoiled Mama Tummy Butter and Bump Gloss are my favorites because they are organic and lightly fragranced with essential oil.

Socks & Sweaters – hospitals tend to keep the temperature quite low so I have always needed socks and a sweater even in the height of Hong Kong’s summer.  A cardi or wrap is more suitable than a pullover.

Lip Balm

Evian Spray – you might like a refreshing spray during labour.

Mobile Phone and charger – I spent a lot of time during my hospital stay texting with friends.

Magazines, DVD’s, IPad – anything to help you pass the time and relax.  I had a portable DVD player that was a lifesaver.  Don’t forget chargers.

Hairbands

Digital Camera with charger

Outfit to go home in – you’ll still be wearing your maternity clothes as it will take time for your tummy to go down.

Nursing bras – 2 should be enough.

Nursing pads

Toiletries – your stay will last anywhere from 3-5 days and it’s always nice to be using your own products rather than those provided by the hospital.

Not-so-nice undies – Don’t bother bringing your favorite pair because they will be ruined.  Think cotton, black and comfortable.

Eye masks & ear plugs – If you don’t have a private room you might be dealing with a noisy neighbour.

It’s not necessary to pack anything for baby as it’s usually all provided by the hospital but it is best to call in advance to confirm.  Just remember to arrange an infant car seat for the journey home.



Maternity Wardrobe Guide – The Basics

Anyone who has been pregnant knows that dressing yourself during pregnancy can be a challenge!  I often get women in the boutique looking for advice on which wardrobe pieces they’ll need to get them through their pregnancy so I’ve compiled a list broken down into:  The Basics, The Must-haves & The Investment Pieces.  Today, The Basics:

These are items that you will wear the most during your pregnancy.  There’s no bells-and-whistles here…nothing fancy at all but they will be staples and they won’t break the bank.

1.  A versatile cami – Perfect for layering which is key in pregnancy and the cooler season.  Look for comfortable natural fabrics like cotton and bamboo.  The most versatile styles are form fitting.

LA Made Layering Cami

2.  Leggings – You’ll get a lot of wear out of a pair of black leggings.  They can be worn with everything from tunics to dresses and you will live in them for the last month of pregnancy.  Get 3/4 length for Spring and full length for Fall.

LA Made Leggings

3.  Comfy Lounge Trousers – Wide leg loose fit trousers made of natural fabric.  You’ll be wearing these around the house and to yoga class.

LA Made's Noah Trouser

4.  Layering cardi – Autumn is here so you’ll likely need a little bit of warmth.  A layering cardi is the perfect piece to provide warmth and you can still remove it easily when you get too hot.

LA Made's Striped Cardi

5.  Nursing Bra – No need to buy maternity bras, just jump straight into nursing bras so you can wear them after the baby is born.  They are made from soft, comfortable fabric and they don’t have any underwire.  Lots of women wear them to bed to provide a bit of support and comfort.

Belabumbum's Camille Bra

6.  The Everyday T-shirt – Again a layering piece.  Maternity t-shirts are longer than non-maternity t-shirts so don’t make the mistake of trying to make due with your non-maternity ones or your belly will show.  You can choose a very plain style or something with a bit of detail.

LA Made's Double V Tee

As you’ll notice I’ve featured a number of items made by LA Made  because they are the experts in casual maternity fashion.  You can find similar pieces by different brands however I’ve handpicked LA Made because of their high quality, comfortable fabrics and on-trend styles.

Everything above is available at

Nine Months Maternity
5/F Tung Yiu Commercial Buidling
31A Wyndham Street
Central, HK
2868-5988
Shop online: www.ninemonthshk.com



Must-have Basics for Breastfeeding

I wish someone would have told me how difficult breastfeeding can be when I was having my first baby.  I thought it would be a walk in the park and it was anything but.  The sad truth is that some women find it incredibly difficult and I was one of them.  I’m not sure anything really helps except a huge amount of patience and persistance but here are a few must-have’s to help you along.

1.   Herbal Tea – The jury is still out on milk stimulating herbal teas but it’s one of those things that can’t hurt to try if you’re having difficulties.  There are a number of different herbs that are said to help your breasts produce milk but Fenugreek seems to be the most effective and should be the main ingredient.  The Spoiled Mama‘s More Milk Please Sippin’ Tea is made from 100% organic ingredients and is said to increase breast milk supply within hours of use.

2.   Nursing Cover – One of the most useful items to purchase is a nursing cover.  I sometimes see women struggling with a scarf or something similar when a nursing cover would make life so much easier at minimum cost.  The best ones are made from thin cotton maternial with an adjustable strap to go around your neck and a  stiff front neckline that gives you a full view of your nursing baby.  Udder Covers makes super stylish ones in 6 different patterns that won’t hurt the pocketbook.

3.   Glamourmom Tank – The Glamourmom tank is a must-have for all mums who have established a good breastfeeding routine with their baby.  Glamoumom tanks offer full support with easy breast access all while keeping the belly fully covered.  Perfect on their own or under a sweater or flowing top.

4.   Nursing Bras & Nightwear – Gone are the days of plain Jane nursing bras and underwear and not a moment too soon.  Just because you might not feel your sexiest doesn’t mean you should go the route of frumpy undergarments.  Belabumbum is loved by many celebrities mums and with good reason and the nursing bras are so comfortable you can wear them during pregnancy.

All available at
NineMonths Maternity Boutique
5/F Tung Yiu Commercial Building
31A Wyndham Street
Central, Hong Kong
P: 2868.5988
I:  http://www.ninemonthshk.com



Looking HOT on Valentine’s Day
February 4, 2010, 12:41 pm
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Who says you can’t look hot when you are pregnant?!  Most women feel unattractive and awkward but it doesn’t have to be that way…aside from the dreaded last month of pregnancy when you feel like a beached whale.  Your elevated hormones are already working in your favour making your skin glow and your hair thick and shiny.  Why not add to it by taking care of yourself?  Get your butt to antenatal yoga class, go for walks, eat well and drink lots of water.  Basically do all the things that you would normally do to feel and look good.  Most will also have an abundance of cleavage to show off and why not?!  Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity let your husband know that you are still one hot mama.  There are a number of sexy maternity and nursing lingerie brands available to the women of Hong Kong like Belabumbum, HOT Milk and Cake (if you order online they can ship internationally).  So don’t let this Valentine’s Day go to waste because you are pregnant…love is in the air….

HOT Milk Slip Into Seduction Nightdress

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Maternity Bras – Keeping Your New Friends In Check
October 19, 2009, 12:26 pm
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Belabumbum Lotus Nursing Bra & Underware

Belabumbum Lotus Nursing Bra & Underware

When to say goodbye to your lovely, lacy underwire bras, you ask?  Well, the question is twofold.  First is the issue of when to switch to maternity bras.  You’ll likely find that you will likely need to switch from your regular bra to a maternity bra around week 18 depending on the person.  You’ll know when the time is right because you won’t be able to get through the day without feeling constricted and uncomfortable.  If you’re normally on the smaller size and you are finding that even while pregnant you’re not in dire need for extra support then it’s ok to go the route of buying bras that are a bigger cup size.  However, if you are normally well-endowed and your pregnancy means your breasts seem to be taking on a mind of their own then I would recommend getting a proper maternity bra asap.  If you are on the frugal side then it is perfectly acceptable to buy nursing bras as they are just as comfortable as maternity bras and you won’t have to purchase once the baby is born.  Look for bras that have a high cotton content or other natural fabric so that you’re skin can breathe, the straps should be slightly wider so that they are more comfortable, and the back should have 3-4 hooks so you have room to grow.  You will likely have to buy new bras twice in your pregnancy, once in the 1st or 2nd trimester and then again near the end of your pregnancy as your breasts could change size considerably.  Some people recommend against wearing underwire bras as they can restrict milk ducts.  Personally, I just found them to be incredibly uncomfortable and couldn’t stand to be in them for more than 2 hours.

The second issue is whether or not you are destined to 9 months of boring, “functional” underware.  The answer is no.  There are plenty of options out there if you are committed to wearing pretty undergarments during your pregnancy.  Notable brands include Belabumbum and Hot Milk.

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