Classes

Some things to look for near you: Active Birth, Antenatal classes, Baby Sign Language, Belly Dance, Breastfeeding, Hypno-birthing, National Childbirth Trust, Nonviolent Communication, Positive Birth, Yoga,

 

Clothes

 

I found it difficult to get maternity clothes from charity shops.  However, I did manage to find clothes which were stretchy, baggy, or had pleats.  Maternity and baby clothes swaps may be organised by your local council, children’s centre or other organisation.  You an also try DePop, Ebay, Freecycle (emails may go to your spam folder), friends and family, GumTree, Mummybay, Nextdoor, Oxfam Online, or Preloved.

Second hand

Secondhand maternity and nursing clothes. 

From:

Vary

Occasional

Tiffany Rose

Occasional and wedding wear for nursing and maternity.

From:

£70- 350

Ethical

Secondhand maternity and nursing clothes. 

From:

Vary

High Street

Everyday maternity and nursing wear

From:

£14- 140

Bra extender

eBay

Make the strap of your bra longer.

From:

Vary

Comfort

 

Pillow- old

eBay

Pillows to support tummy and hips.  Some can double as breastfeeding pillows. 

From:

£3- 15

Pillow- new

Snuggle Up- UK

Daisy Baby- UK & international

Baby Monitors Direct- UK & international

Baby Security- UK & international

Pillows to support tummy and hips.  Some can double as breastfeeding pillows. 

From:

£20-60

Pillows HK

Pillows to support tummy and hips.  Some can double as breastfeeding pillows. 

From:

$275- 799

Ball

eBay

Pregnancy and postpartum exercise and support in birth.

From:

£10- 15

Hypnobirth

Joyful Birth

Preparation to stay relaxed and manage pain in birth.  We attended Joyful Birth workshops which came with a Soundcloud playlist, and also bought a book with MP3s.

From:

£8

Belt

Tummy support for back pain. 

From:

£1- 40

Belts & extenders HK

Tummy support for back pain. 

From:

$160- 689

TENS machine

Birth pain relief machine, which works with electric shocks. 

From:

£1- 50

Rebozo

eBay

Tummy support for birth and pregnancy. 

From:

£15

Bach Flowers

Nature's Healthbox- UK & international

Bach flower info

Emotional help in birth and preparation.

From:

£3.99- 8.69

Arnica

Helios

For muscle pains resulting from birth or pregnancy. 

From:

£5.19- 16.50

Homeopathy

Helios

Homeopathy info

I was prescribed pills for tobacco sensitivity and morning sickness by Helios.  I also bought this kit to bring to, and prepare for the birth. Watch out for lactose in other brands. 

From:

£5.19- 6.99

Oils

Pregnancy oil blends

Funky Skincare- UK

Use the code LWW10 for 10% off

Ethical

Fushi-UK & international

Fairtrade

Fair Squared- Germany & EU

Fair Squared- Germany & EU

I used oils in pregnancy for stretch marks, milk flow and perineum flexibility ready for birth.

From:

£18

Massager

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For birth partner to give back massages with in labour if their hands tire!

From:

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Pelvic floor devise

Planet Organic

Intimina LaselleT Weighted Exerciser £9.95

Intimina KegelSmartT £69.95

From:

9.95- 69.95

Oils HK

Ztore- Hong Kong

I used oils in pregnancy for stretch marks, milk flow and perineum flexibility ready for birth.

From:

$138- 298

Scented massage oil

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For birth partner to give back massages with in labour, with added aromatherapy. 

From:

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Raspberry Leaf Tea

For the very end of pregnancy, with medical advice.  Read the Bolton NHS page and Royal College of Midwives

From:

1.64

Sprey

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To freshen up.

From:

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Doctors/ complimentary therapies

I informed my NHS doctor and family planning services before and after I became pregnant.  I registered/ self referred myself to a hospital near my new house.  You can find NHS maternity services here.  We also took a ten weeks private test.

If seeing a complementary therapist, apparently it is a good idea to check they are registered with the regulatory body for their industry, and have pregnancy training.

Groups

See the list.

 
 

Nausea/ Morning Sickness

NHS nausea information

Loads of bed rest and regular bland snacks helped with my morning sickness.  I stayed inside the flat as much as possible to avoid cigarette smells.  We also learnt sniffing a lemon can hide other smells.  

 

Ginger Tea

Warming ginger tea

From:

€3.07

Wristbands

eBay

Sea sickness wristbands

From:

£5

Dust Mask

eBay

2 x 3M 9925 Welding Fume Dust Mask Particulate Respirator Valved FFP2

From:

£12.49

Dust Masks

Hema- UK

A set of two dust masks suitable for single use. 

From:

£5.50

Air Purifier

eBay

We used this to clear the smell of neighbour's cigarettes from the air of our flat.  We also put brown tape and cloth all around our front door, and paper over the air vent.

From:

£35- 200

 

Pregnancy

TheVeganKind- - ship internationally from UK

Nature's Healthbox- - ship internationally from UK

Iron

Nature's Healthbox- ship internationally from UK

Herbal Mixture

Vekoop- Germany & European countries

mother magic pregnancy - organic 

From:

€20

Pre/ post natal HK

The Store- Hong Kong

'23 organically grown fruits and vegetables add supporting antioxidants, vitamins and nutrient cofactors.'

From:

$196- $648

DHA

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DHA

From:

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Subscription boxes

 

Gift box

TheVeganKind- UK & international

Our Mummy & Me box is the perfect gift for the vegan mummy-to-be in your life. 

From:

£50

Subscription or one off box

Dear Bump- UK & international

Each box contains 7-9 products tailored to your due date. Boxes are sent every month. 

From:

£34

 
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