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Fourth Trimester Must-Haves

Posted April 21, 2016 by Bethanie Lunn

As you know, I’ve recently had a baby and I’m basking in the glow downright challenging period of the fourth trimester i.e. the post natal three months following giving birth.  Eight weeks on, I’m in a much better place and totally smitten with my baby girl, Sassie.  She’s sleeping for long chunks of time at night, I love her snuggles in the day and her smiles completely lift me.

 

It wasn’t always this way though.

Watch my video on the baby blues, four days after giving birth – it was a dark time that I now feel light years away from so please know, if you’re approaching / experiencing the fourth trimester – IT DOES GET BETTER!

Then watch the video where I apologise for worrying you all and tell you how things are manic but much better.  there’s a whole new #FOURTHTRIMESTER section on my YouTube channel.  Check it out for total honesty and support.

So, there are certain things that have helped me move from a dark place to an all-singing all-dancing place of happiness.  Girl friends, family, talking it out and caffeine have all been compulsory but I’ve also found key products that help me feel more beautiful, make life easier for me and the kids or that life my energy.  I’ll share these with you every Thursday.  Here’s my first round up:

This Weeks Fourth Trimester Essentials

My favourite way to drink matcha - with frothy steamed milk

My favourite way to drink matcha – with frothy steamed milk

Bloom Trimtime Matcha, £16.99 for a 30g jar.

Bloom Matcha (green tea powder) has a small caffeine lift and amazing health benefits too and the lift lasts, without energy slumps.

The impressive know-how: Matcha gives you a natural source of powerful antioxidants (vitamins and minerals) that your body needs, especially when you’re post natal, in order to boost immunity, fight disease and stay hydrated.  If you’re planning on breast-feeding, this is an extra plus as you’ll be so thirsty, and matcha contains a low 30mg caffeine.

There are 101 reasons to drink this but I love that matcha’s slow release caffeine can last up to 4 hours and is regulated by L-Theanine (amino acid) which doesn’t stimulate the stress hormone.  This magical ingredient also increases the production of dopamine and serotonin which enhances mood, promotes better concentration and improves memory for up to 4 hours.  The result?  This personally helps improve my ‘baby brain’ and I feel aware but relaxed – ideal when you’re running around after two kids, as in my situation!

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Trimtime Matcha in particular helps you shed those pounds so if you have any ‘baby weight’ to lose, this will help you on your way.  Genius.
Available exclusively at Harrods. 

Snugglebundl Baby Lifting Blanket, £34.99

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The Snugglebundl is one of those multi-tasking products I adore as it ticks so many boxes in one hit, making parenting easier.  In fact, this is their strap line.  What is so great about this blanket is that yes, it’s pretty and comes in four designs and yes, it keeps baby warm and cosy but it also  has handles and makes looking after your baby so much easier.  It has a soft padded hood and head support which you can roll back, and you can lift baby using the extra strong handles without straining your back or stomach muscles – always welcome after giving birth!
I love that you can put baby in the Snugglebundl and hold them in your arms to rock them to sleep BUT – and this is the genius bit – once finally asleep, you can put baby down without disturbing them as they’re still cradled in the blanket, fully supported and using the handles mean you won’t disturb them.  Trust me, this is a necessity to keep baby happy and you sane.
As you can see, my snuggle bundle is very content in her Snugglebundl

As you can see, my snuggle bundle is very content in her Snugglebundl

You can also use it to transport baby to their car seat, pram, shopping trolly without waking them as the straps do up over it and yeah, it’s machine washable 🙂
Check out their video to see it at work and it’s worth checking out their tips on key topics such as baby sleep problems and after birth back pain.

TIGI Bed Head Hair Saviours

During pregnancy and the fourth trimester, my skin and hair have experienced all sorts of changes.  I can blame those pesky hormones for that too.  My hair has turned into a bit of a birds nest, one that was perhaps caught in the rain and then run through a chip pan.  My routes are greasy, the ends are brittle and I’ve hunted high and low for products that will help sort my mop out.

Buy TIGI at all good chemists

Buy TIGI at all good chemists

In step TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive!  Matte Dry Shampoo.  Dry shampoo is a mum essential and this is one of the better ones.  It uses starch to absorb oil which can make your hair look greasy and feel dirty and limp – ideal for when you don’t have time to shower.  C’mon, you’ve all been there.  Combine that with TIGI Bed Head After Party on the ends of your hair and you have a miracle concoction.  After Party is a lightweight hair creme that tames fly-aways and helps you fake a sleek, smooth barnet.  Hurrah.

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