Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Mustela stretch mark care oil

Mustela 9 month stretch marks care oil

Back when I was pregnant, I was sent a few products from Mustela to try out, one of them being this stretch mark care oil and now that I've been trying it out for a while, I thought I'd let you know what I thought of it :)

The Mustela 9 month stretch mark care oil is made up from vegetable oils and natural active ingredients like lupeol (strengthens skin), pomegranate seed, musk rose and baobab oils (nourishes and improves elasticity), avocado oil (hydrates) and sunflower oil (nourishes).  It comes in a bottle (105ml) with a spray dispenser.

The formula and spray dispenser actually confused me the first time I used it (sounds strange I know!) but the product is quite a thick oil, so I didn't expect it to spray very well, however it dispenses really well.  It has a lovely warm and slightly sweet scent and absorbs into the skin really well (despite being an oil).  It's very thick and leaves my skin feeling really soft and nourished.

During pregnancy I did have some stretch marks pop up around my belly button area and while this didn't really change how red they were, it certainly made my skin feel healthier.  Had I used it earlier, it may have helped prevent them, or better yet, less red.  Now, I've never had a baby before, so I couldn't tell you if stretch marks on the tummy change colour straight after birth or not, but what I can say is that my stretch marks have faded already, that happened within about a week of Squidge being born - whether that's normal, or down to the Mustela I don't know, but either way I'm happy!

It left my skin feeling soft, nourished and smelling lovely - so whether it helped my stretch marks or not, it did leave my skin feeling lovely.

If you're looking to pick this up to give it a try, they've launched in a range of independent pharmacies, and on a Google search I found them on Amazon too - this product was on there for £12.59.  They also have a Facebook page recently launched if you'd like to check them out.

Would you recommend stretch mark creams?  If so, which was your favourite?

Georgina <3
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*This post contains a PR sample

Monday, 27 October 2014

Expressing diaries

Squidge in his first grown up outfit
Squidge wearing grown up clothes @ 20 days old

Since Squidge hasn't taken to breastfeeding, and I'm finding the experience very stressful, I've been expressing as much milk as I can instead. At least that way he's still getting the best milk, just via a bottle, and where I'm not able to make enough, we top up with formula.

A few days ago (Thursday) I had a visit from the midwife who warned me that my milk stocks will start depleting soon since I'm not breastfeeding.  Well, what I didn't expect was for me to start seeing that happen the same day... at the next express, where I'd normally comfortably get 100ml, I struggled to hit 50ml.  It's been the same since, the numbers keep going down and that's with me putting in more time during each session to try and get that same amount of milk.

This is where I took to Facebook to chat to my October mummies group, to see if anyone had any advice on whether it's possible to 1) increase how much milk I'm expressing, and 2) feed via expressing for as long as I want to.  That's where this awesome blog post was shared with me - it's given me the hope that I might be able to overcome my dwindling supply.

Since reading that I've started trying to express at night during Squidge's night feeds (something they recommend) and making sure I don't go more than 3 hours without expressing (if possible).  It's early days, but so far the numbers seem to be going up again, albeit it slowly, and with a lot of effort.  I used to express for 10 mins on each breast, but the advice the midwife gave me was for 10 mins on each breast, twice.  And that's what it's currently taking to get the quantity I did just a week ago.

I've also tried massaging the breast during expressing sessions, which seems to help encourage a little more milk out.  I've no idea how long it might take to get my stocks up to their previous quantity, but I hope it's not too long.

If you have any tips on keeping your supply up when expressing I'd love to hear them :)

Georgina <3
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Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Health Visitor

My long baby @17 days old :)
Before I became a mummy, I'd heard a lot of bad press about health visitors, about how they're a nuisance and generally a bit interfering - so I went into parenthood dreading my health visitor appointments.

It's early days, we've only had 2 visits so far, so there's plenty of potential for my experience and views to change, but I'll say this - so far, so good.

The first visit was quite long, about an hour.  They weighed Squidge and checked him over, and were happy with him.  He'd gained on his birth weight so they were really happy, putting him into the 25th percentile.  They gave me quite a bit of paperwork, the best bit being a print-out of all the local mum & baby type groups locally, organised by days of the week.  I've already picked out one that I'm going to try, which is at my local Church centre on Thursdays -  I was going to go this past Thursday, but I was in hospital, so next week I'm going to go with the MIL and see what the group is like.

The second visit was fleeting - it was the day after I was discharged from hospital, and the community midwife turned up at the same time, so the health visitor didn't stay.  They weighed Squidge (now 7lbs 7oz) and were really happy with his growth, still in the 25th percentile and said they have no concerns with the baby (yay!), they just want to get me back to being 100%.

So far they've been great - I was dreading his weight loss being worse and hearing the dreaded words 'feeding plan' - but I think because he's being bottle fed (breast milk and formula) he's getting more food than if he was on the breast, so it's helping him gain weight quicker.  Don't get me wrong, I'd prefer for him to be breastfed, especially as it'd keep my milk supply for longer, but he really struggles to latch and only does with the help of a nipple shield as it's easier for him to grip.  We keep trying, and will keep trying, in the hope that it'll help boost my supply if he manages to start feeding, but we'll have to wait and see :)  I'm trying not to get too hung up on it, although, part of me does feel like I've failed...

What's your experience of health visitors been like?

Georgina <3
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