Maternity Clothes Loan

Another pile of maternity clothes back in from being out on loan. This collection is all around size 12.

All sorted through before going out again straight away to another mama to be.

Did you know I loan out maternity clothes? Much to my husband’s dismay 😆. He goes nuts about the storage but generally I never have a the clothes hanging around at home for too long. There is always another mummy to pass them on to.

When I was pregnant with my first bean I found it really expensive kitting myself out with a whole new wardrobe. I’d only fit in some things for a month! It seemed so wasteful. So I decided to loan out the clothes I’d bought to other mums to help them out.

As time has gone on my collection has grown and grateful mums have donated more and more to my stash. I now have a size 8 bag, two large size 10 ones(one winter season and one summer) and two large size 12 ones with a few larger sizes.

Occasionally I have a little clear out of things that are looking a bit tired or have gone out of fashion but for the most part the clothes are all really well looked after.

If you or anyone you know is interested in loaning a bag just drop me a Message and I’ll add you to the list for when a set next comes back in.

Pregnancy, Yoga and me

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I’ve yoga’d through each of my pregnancies. In my first I only really found time for it when I finished work and started maternity leave so I really only attended a few classes. I really struggled with pelvic girdle pain and at my worst couldn’t get off the sofa or walk across a room. It was agony. It improved with lots of rest but was tough.

In my second pregnancy I attended weekly classes and occasionally practised at home too but really only once a week here and there. My regular yoga teacher at that time didn’t feel comfortable having my continue in her class so I had no choice but to find a pregnancy specific one. There was nothing local to me so I had to travel around 10 miles to get to the nearest class. Some weeks I was just a bit too tired after work to make the drive there and back so I didn’t make it every week and I only really practised at home occasionally. It still really helped me to feel healthier and more energetic and I did still have a little pelvic pain but nowhere near as badly as first time around.

When I became pregnant third time around I decided to make a concerted effort to do some yoga more regularly. I had completed my Pregnancy Yoga teacher training so I knew I could practice safely at home on my own. It made a huge difference! In those early days of pregnancy when I was feeling shattered and nauseous all day every day yoga helped to ease those symptoms and make me feel more energetic. Just a short 10 or minutes of practice would lift my mood, increase my energy levels and ease the nausea. Fantastic!

As a result i have done a little bit of yoga most days. Sometime just 5 minutes here and there and other days lots more. My regular yoga teacher was also pregnant and so totally happy and comfortable for me to continue with classes (thanks Lucy Kite!). I was also teaching my mum and baby yoga and pregnancy yoga classes regularly too so I was getting plenty of practice in! As a result I’ve felt the most well and the most energetic of all of my pregnancies. I feel strong and healthy and have had far less trouble with the usual pregnancy niggles, pains and aches. I have slept soo much better this time around too despite having a bigger bump and I’ve had no pelvic pain this time so far.

Ultimately I think being healthier and maintaining any kind of regular exercise throughout pregnancy can benefit you enormously. The great thing with yoga is that its gentle enough for it to be safe throughout pregnancy and can easily be altered and adjusted so that you still get a good work out that builds strength and tone but without straining you or hurting baby. It has also been a lovely way for me to find time each day to connect with my growing baby despite the pressures of a very busy life with two other children.

I’m taking some time away from teaching for a few months in order to focus on our new baby and settling in to life as a mother of three but I’m already feeling excited and energised to share what I’ve learned with lots of other pregnant mums very soon!

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Demo session @ NCT Bumps and Babies

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I really enjoy doing demo sessions at the NCT Bumps and Babies group in Long Eaton. There are always lots of gorgeous babies to meet and often a few familiar faces which is lovely.

I attended this particular group waaay back when I was a bump with my first baby. It was lovely and welcoming and a great way to meet other parents and carers of babies of a similar age. In fact, my daughter went on to go to pre-school and now primary school with some of the little people that she met there. It made it soo much easier for her on her first few days of settling in at pre-school because she already had a little group of friends.

You don’t have to be an NCT member to attend the group and the recommended donation is only £2. The group organiser is really proactive and arranges for lots of people (like me!) to come and visit which can really help you to decide about activities to do with your baby.

So if you live locally why not drop in. 10:30-12:30 on Thursday mornings at St Johns church hall on College Street in Long Eaton, Nottingham.

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Me and my Chilled Beans Baby all ready to go!

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Outdoor Fun Day

The Outdoor Fun Day organised by Roots, Shoots and Welly Boots at The Old Vicarage School in Derby was fabulous.

I took the children on a farmyard adventure through yoga and had some very good mooing cows and hopping frogs and buzzing bees!

The weather was kind to us so we we able to stretch out and roll around one the grass quite happily.

I’m looking forward to doing it all again soon!

Lovely last classes today

Today was was the last class of my current massage and yoga courses. Its always really sad to say goodbye to all the lovely mummies and babies after spending the last 5 weeks getting to know them and watching the babies change and develop. Thankfully i’ll be seeing quite a few of you again soon on the next courses. 🙂

There have been lots of coughs, colds and tummy bugs about so we were missing a few little beans who I hope to cross paths with soon.

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Please vote for Chilled Beans!!

Thank you soo much for nominating me in the Whats on for Awards. I’m very proud and grateful.

Voting is now open and i’d be really very grateful if you’d vote for Chilled Beans. Its really easy to do. Just click HERE to go to the voting page. Scroll down to Best local Activity for Under 5’s and select Chilled Beans. Then scroll down, pop in your name and submit. Its that simple.

 

Daddies Workshop

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Daddies Workshop – Saturday 27th Feb at 12:30pm  @ Breaston Scout Hut. £10

An opportunity for your partner to spend some quality one-to-one time with your little bean and get to know and chat with other parents too. They can ask all those questions they weren’t sure about asking at home, boost their confidence,bond with baby and add some soothing massage and yoga to their parenting toolbox all while you get a bit of quiet time to yourself!!!

All equipment and refreshments provided.

There are only 4 of these sessions a year so spaces are limited. First come first served.

Email Chilledbeansbaby@outlook.com for booking details