Packing your hospital bag is an exciting time because it means the arrival of your new baby is fast approaching.

We will summarise what you will need for yourself, your baby and your birthing partner (don’t forget about them!) so you can focus on the task at hand – delivering your baby.

Packing your hospital bag is an exciting time because it means the arrival of your new baby is fast approaching.

We will summarise what you will need for yourself, your baby and your birthing partner (don’t forget about them!) so you can focus on the task at hand – delivering your baby.

When to pack a hospital bag

We recommend packing your bag at the beginning of the 3rd trimester and placing them in the car or by the door. This way if bub decides to come around the mountain early, all your essentials will be carefully packed and you won’t have a mad rush before you head to hospital.

Hospital bag checklist for mom

Everyone has their own personal needs, but the below is a guideline to help you get started.

pregnant
via Suhyeon Choi (Unsplash)

If you have a birth plan, be sure to bring it with you. This way the nurses, doctors and/or midwives will get an understanding of your expectations and the type of birth you would ideally like to have. If you are planning on breastfeeding, make sure you include your breastfeeding plan for the midwives and lactation consultants.

It is always important to remember that your birth plan is the best case scenario. Sometimes a difficult or sudden delivery can mean that a carefully planned birth is not always realistic, and that the medical staff will need to take charge and do what is best for you and your baby.

Pack your bag with your partner or have them check it afterwards. This will ensure they know where everything is when you need it.

1. Birthing clothes – this is a personal choice. Some women choose to wear a birthing gown supplied by the hospital, while others prefer to be au naturale. An old T-shirt is a popular choice, but there is no right or wrong answer. Choose something that makes you the most comfortable.

Keep in mind that whatever you choose is likely to be put in the rubbish afterwards, so investing in an expensive outfit is not necessarily the best option.

2. PJs, robe and slippers for after the birth – choose comfortable PJs that are made from soft, natural fibers. They will feel cool and breathable, and you are less likely to get irritated.

Choose PJs that are non-restrictive and drape nicely over the belly, with easy access to your breast for nursing. Consider packing a second pair, as post-birth can have its challenges.

3. Nursing bras – pack at least three seamless nursing bras. Immediately after birth your breasts will be swollen and sore, so these will support without restriction.

A seamless bra will provide you with that much needed support and will stretch and contract with your body as your breasts learn to regulate their milk supply.

It is also perfect for sleep, as it can be worn under your PJs for added support and will help to keep nursing pads in place.

4. Breast pads – pack a number of sets of nursing pads. Once your milk comes in you will experience a lot of leakage as your breasts learn to regulate their supply.

Washable nursing pads are a great choice as they are super absorbent and will help avoid irritation and infection.

5. Sanitary pads – take a large supply of maternity pads. The hospital will provide you with some, but it’s always good to have some spares on hand.

6. Cotton knickers – choose a non-restrictive style that will sit under your belly, feel comfortable all day and night, and provide good coverage.

Cotton knickers are a practical solution during this period as they will help the skin to breathe and will be comfortable to wear during the healing stages post birth. Make sure they have a good amount of stretch and you’ll be happy to throw them out afterwards if need be.

7. Toiletry bag with all the essentials – toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant, flannel, soap, shampoo and moisturizer. Avoid perfume and overly scented products as it may disorientate your baby while nursing.

8. Makeup if you wear it.

9. Lip balm to help keep your lips moist during labor.

10. Nipple balm – you may not require this yet, or at all, but it’s worth having in case.

11. Hairbrush and hair ties.

12. Easily consumed snacks – candy, chocolate, muesli bars and small pieces of dried fruit are great as they provide an instant energy boost.

13. Water or juice with a straw – you could freeze some juice boxes and grab these on your way out. Avoid orange juice as this can upset your stomach.

14. Music and earphones – check out our blog post on playlist for labor and delivery if you need some inspiration.

15. A change of clothes to go home in – make sure you are not planning on fitting back into your pre-pregnancy clothing straight away.

Tip: Choose your favourite pregnancy outfit that is dark on the lower half as you may experience bleeding for several days. Ensure it is super comfy and loose around the middle in case you have a cesarean.

16. A positive mindset – these don’t take up too much room, but you won’t want to leave home without one.

Optional hospital bag checklist items for mom:

17. Your own pillow – If you have a thing about your own pillow, then grab yours, otherwise the hospital will have plenty.

18. Massage oil – if you would like your partner to massage you during labor or after the birth.

19. Activities – you may not have any spare time, or you may have plenty. Bring magazines, books, iPad/laptop with movies or TV shows, knitting or games.

20. TENS pain relief machine – you can hire these.

21. Water spray bottle – this can help you cool down during labour.

22. Notepad and pen if you need to write a list or record a dream.

23. Eye mask and earplugs if you need help sleeping in a noisy ward. You may not have any difficulty, though, considering the marathon you’ve just endured.

Hospital bag essentials for the birth partner

It is important that your partner also be prepared. Labor can be long and they will need their supplies to keep them going too.

hospital bag essentials
via Erol Ahmed (Unsplash)


They will need:

1. A spare change of clothes and underwear should the labor be long and there be a need for a shower.

2. A gym towel that is super absorbent, small and compact for after said shower.

3. Board shorts if they plan on getting in a birthing pool.

4. Toothbrush – they may need caffeine to keep up with your birthing stamina and coffee breath in the final stages is a bad idea.

5. Mints or chewing gum.

6. Comfortable shoes – they will be on their feet most of the time.

7. Camera to capture important memories.

8. Mobile phone to keep the family updated.

Tip: A pre-made list of who you’re going to contact once the baby arrives can be a lifesaver. It’s easy to forget some important people in the excitement.

9. Chargers for phone and/or camera. You never know when you’re going to go hospital and your phone might be on 10%.

10. Stopwatch to help time contractions. Smartphones have this as a feature or you can add a specific contractions app.

11. Snacks and drinks to ensure they also have energy and are well hydrated.

They may not have time for a proper meal in 24 hours or more, so make sure they are healthy snacks low in sugar and high in protein.

Avoid stinky (no tuna) foods or snacks that require any heating or preparation.

If you’re super prepared you could freeze some muffins, yoghurt cups or your favorite protein smoothie (x2 of course) with banana, mango or berries; ready to grab on your way out the door.

12. Spare change for the vending machine – for coffee or extra snacks as required.

13. Handkerchief or hand towels – for mopping up their own sweat or helping you with yours.

14. Pain relief as headaches for your partner are a real deal too.

Are there any other children in the family already? Make sure you’ve thought about whether they will be present for the birth or visiting afterwards. Some families like to have a gift ready for them from the baby to make them feel extra special.

Hospital bag must-haves for the baby

Purchasing a good quality nappy bag is a great investment. It will serve you well during the first 3 to 4 years of your baby’s life and will easily accommodate all the essentials. Are you having twins? Then you will need to double the quantities below:

mother and baby hands
via Aditya Romansa (Unsplash)

1. New born nappies – make sure you pack plenty.

2. A soft muslin cloth or cotton wool for cleaning baby after nappy changes, as wet wipes are not recommended for the first 2 to 3 weeks.

3. Singlet suits.

4. Full sleepsuits with feet and mittens – hospitals can be cold and your baby is used to the warmth inside you.

5. Mittens if not incorporated into sleepsuits. Babies can easily scratch themselves.

6. Socks – heat escapes quickly though your baby’s feet.

7. Hat, beanie or toque.

8. Change of clothes to take baby home in – what do you want them to be wearing in the photos?

9. Warm baby blanket.

10. Muslin for wrapping baby in.

11. Pacifier should you choose to use one.

12. Car seat – this should already be fitted by a professional in your car at the beginning of trimester 3.


So there it is. These are just some of the most popular hospital bag essentials. If you think we’ve missed anything, drop a comment below.

Happy packing, mama!

Don’t miss: Signs of Labor

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Packing your hospital bag is an exciting time because it means the arrival of your new baby is fast approaching.

We will summarise what you will need for yourself, your baby and your birthing partner (don’t forget about them!) so you can focus on the task at hand – delivering your baby.

When to pack a hospital bag

We recommend packing your bag at the beginning of the 3rd trimester and placing them in the car or by the door. This way if bub decides to come around the mountain early, all your essentials will be carefully packed and you won’t have a mad rush before you head to hospital.

Hospital bag checklist for mom

Everyone has their own personal needs, but the below is a guideline to help you get started.

pregnant
via Suhyeon Choi (Unsplash)

If you have a birth plan, be sure to bring it with you. This way the nurses, doctors and/or midwives will get an understanding of your expectations and the type of birth you would ideally like to have. If you are planning on breastfeeding, make sure you include your breastfeeding plan for the midwives and lactation consultants.

It is always important to remember that your birth plan is the best case scenario. Sometimes a difficult or sudden delivery can mean that a carefully planned birth is not always realistic, and that the medical staff will need to take charge and do what is best for you and your baby.

Pack your bag with your partner or have them check it afterwards. This will ensure they know where everything is when you need it.

1. Birthing clothes – this is a personal choice. Some women choose to wear a birthing gown supplied by the hospital, while others prefer to be au naturale. An old T-shirt is a popular choice, but there is no right or wrong answer. Choose something that makes you the most comfortable.

Keep in mind that whatever you choose is likely to be put in the rubbish afterwards, so investing in an expensive outfit is not necessarily the best option.

2. PJs, robe and slippers for after the birth – choose comfortable PJs that are made from soft, natural fibers. They will feel cool and breathable, and you are less likely to get irritated.

Choose PJs that are non-restrictive and drape nicely over the belly, with easy access to your breast for nursing. Consider packing a second pair, as post-birth can have its challenges.

3. Nursing bras – pack at least three seamless nursing bras. Immediately after birth your breasts will be swollen and sore, so these will support without restriction.

A seamless bra will provide you with that much needed support and will stretch and contract with your body as your breasts learn to regulate their milk supply.

It is also perfect for sleep, as it can be worn under your PJs for added support and will help to keep nursing pads in place.

4. Breast pads – pack a number of sets of nursing pads. Once your milk comes in you will experience a lot of leakage as your breasts learn to regulate their supply.

Washable nursing pads are a great choice as they are super absorbent and will help avoid irritation and infection.

5. Sanitary pads – take a large supply of maternity pads. The hospital will provide you with some, but it’s always good to have some spares on hand.

6. Cotton knickers – choose a non-restrictive style that will sit under your belly, feel comfortable all day and night, and provide good coverage.

Cotton knickers are a practical solution during this period as they will help the skin to breathe and will be comfortable to wear during the healing stages post birth. Make sure they have a good amount of stretch and you’ll be happy to throw them out afterwards if need be.

7. Toiletry bag with all the essentials – toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant, flannel, soap, shampoo and moisturizer. Avoid perfume and overly scented products as it may disorientate your baby while nursing.

8. Makeup if you wear it.

9. Lip balm to help keep your lips moist during labor.

10. Nipple balm – you may not require this yet, or at all, but it’s worth having in case.

11. Hairbrush and hair ties.

12. Easily consumed snacks – candy, chocolate, muesli bars and small pieces of dried fruit are great as they provide an instant energy boost.

13. Water or juice with a straw – you could freeze some juice boxes and grab these on your way out. Avoid orange juice as this can upset your stomach.

14. Music and earphones – check out our blog post on playlist for labor and delivery if you need some inspiration.

15. A change of clothes to go home in – make sure you are not planning on fitting back into your pre-pregnancy clothing straight away.

Tip: Choose your favourite pregnancy outfit that is dark on the lower half as you may experience bleeding for several days. Ensure it is super comfy and loose around the middle in case you have a cesarean.

16. A positive mindset – these don’t take up too much room, but you won’t want to leave home without one.

Optional hospital bag checklist items for mom:

17. Your own pillow – If you have a thing about your own pillow, then grab yours, otherwise the hospital will have plenty.

18. Massage oil – if you would like your partner to massage you during labor or after the birth.

19. Activities – you may not have any spare time, or you may have plenty. Bring magazines, books, iPad/laptop with movies or TV shows, knitting or games.

20. TENS pain relief machine – you can hire these.

21. Water spray bottle – this can help you cool down during labour.

22. Notepad and pen if you need to write a list or record a dream.

23. Eye mask and earplugs if you need help sleeping in a noisy ward. You may not have any difficulty, though, considering the marathon you’ve just endured.

Hospital bag essentials for the birth partner

It is important that your partner also be prepared. Labor can be long and they will need their supplies to keep them going too.

hospital bag essentials
via Erol Ahmed (Unsplash)


They will need:

1. A spare change of clothes and underwear should the labor be long and there be a need for a shower.

2. A gym towel that is super absorbent, small and compact for after said shower.

3. Board shorts if they plan on getting in a birthing pool.

4. Toothbrush – they may need caffeine to keep up with your birthing stamina and coffee breath in the final stages is a bad idea.

5. Mints or chewing gum.

6. Comfortable shoes – they will be on their feet most of the time.

7. Camera to capture important memories.

8. Mobile phone to keep the family updated.

Tip: A pre-made list of who you’re going to contact once the baby arrives can be a lifesaver. It’s easy to forget some important people in the excitement.

9. Chargers for phone and/or camera. You never know when you’re going to go hospital and your phone might be on 10%.

10. Stopwatch to help time contractions. Smartphones have this as a feature or you can add a specific contractions app.

11. Snacks and drinks to ensure they also have energy and are well hydrated.

They may not have time for a proper meal in 24 hours or more, so make sure they are healthy snacks low in sugar and high in protein.

Avoid stinky (no tuna) foods or snacks that require any heating or preparation.

If you’re super prepared you could freeze some muffins, yoghurt cups or your favorite protein smoothie (x2 of course) with banana, mango or berries; ready to grab on your way out the door.

12. Spare change for the vending machine – for coffee or extra snacks as required.

13. Handkerchief or hand towels – for mopping up their own sweat or helping you with yours.

14. Pain relief as headaches for your partner are a real deal too.

Are there any other children in the family already? Make sure you’ve thought about whether they will be present for the birth or visiting afterwards. Some families like to have a gift ready for them from the baby to make them feel extra special.

Hospital bag must-haves for the baby

Purchasing a good quality nappy bag is a great investment. It will serve you well during the first 3 to 4 years of your baby’s life and will easily accommodate all the essentials. Are you having twins? Then you will need to double the quantities below:

mother and baby hands
via Aditya Romansa (Unsplash)

1. New born nappies – make sure you pack plenty.

2. A soft muslin cloth or cotton wool for cleaning baby after nappy changes, as wet wipes are not recommended for the first 2 to 3 weeks.

3. Singlet suits.

4. Full sleepsuits with feet and mittens – hospitals can be cold and your baby is used to the warmth inside you.

5. Mittens if not incorporated into sleepsuits. Babies can easily scratch themselves.

6. Socks – heat escapes quickly though your baby’s feet.

7. Hat, beanie or toque.

8. Change of clothes to take baby home in – what do you want them to be wearing in the photos?

9. Warm baby blanket.

10. Muslin for wrapping baby in.

11. Pacifier should you choose to use one.

12. Car seat – this should already be fitted by a professional in your car at the beginning of trimester 3.


So there it is. These are just some of the most popular hospital bag essentials. If you think we’ve missed anything, drop a comment below.

Happy packing, mama!

Don’t miss: Signs of Labor

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We have come up with great Valentine’s gifts that will make her feel special and cared for this Valentine’s and some of them don’t even cost a cent!

Join in with all the heart throbbing festivities this Valentine’s Day and show that special woman in your life just how much you love and appreciate her.

We have come up with a range of gifts for pregnant, brand new and more experienced moms. Whatever her stage of motherhood, treat her with a special gift that says ‘I love you’. That’s what the day is all about, after all.

If you prefer an experience to a gift – we’ve collated a few ideas to help you along the way too. Why not take the time to plan and do something special, so that she knows you’ve been thinking about her (and possibly scheming a bit too).

So what are you waiting for, it’s time to spoil her.

Valentine’s Gifts for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy is a very exciting time for a new mom. Growing a child inside can be overwhelming and sometimes stressful for some. Help her to enjoy this time by gifting her with memories, pampering and products that will help her feel loved.

1. Photoshoot

Present her with a photoshoot voucher. She may choose to capture her pregnancy or save it until the birth. Whatever she decides, a photoshoot is a wonderful way to begin recording and capturing memories.

2. Prenatal massage

massage oil
via Christin Hume (Unsplash)

With pregnancy comes aches and pains, and sometimes stress. A prenatal massage is a wonderful gift that will not only feel great but will help to relax and destress her.

3. Maternity pillow

A maternity pillow is a thoughtful gift that can be used long after she is pregnant.

During pregnancy it will help aid in the quality of her sleep. She will also be able to use it once baby is born to provide support baby while breastfeeding.

4. Pamper pack

Create a cute basket full of her favourite beauty products. Bath oils, soaps, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms, perfume, etc.

5. Heat pack

A beautiful wheat-filled or lavender heat pack will be a welcomed gift to help soothe those pregnancy aches and pains.

Valentines Gifts New Moms

New moms need to feel just as important as when they were pregnant, or better still, before they were pregnant.

This is the special time in her life when everything is about her new baby, so make her feel extra special with a thoughtful gift that is all about her.

1. Photo album

A beautifully bound photo album is a great, thoughtful gift. She will treasure the album for years to come as she adds special memories and documents the growth and development of your child together.

photo album
via Laura Fuhrman (Unsplash)

You could have one professionally made with your digital images, or DIY one with printed images.

2. New linen

bed linen
via Devon Janse Van Rensburg (Unsplash)

All women love new sheets, so why not spoil her with a high thread count Egyptian cotton bed set. With the amount of time she will be in and out of bed nursing your baby, it’s a thoughtful gift that lets her know you’re thinking of her.

3. Lingerie

New moms will love the selection of beautiful nursing bras and panties by Cake Maternity.  The range is huge and will cater for all tastes, budgets and sizes.

truffles nursing bra

If choosing lingerie falls into the too hard basket?  Cake Maternity has gift vouchers available.

4. Shopping

Take her shopping. After nine months of pregnancy, she will be in desperate need of some new clothes that fit. A new wardrobe will put the spring back into her step!

5. Jewelry

A beautifully piece of jewelry is always wonderful to receive. Consider birthstones or the name of your unborn child when selecting a piece that will have lasting meaning.

6. Trinket box

A trinket box is a wonderful idea. She can store and keep safe special little mementoes as your child reaches milestones in their life.

7. Spa voucher

We all love to be pampered! A day at the spa does wonders for the mind and body.

She will feel like a new woman! And look great too.

8. Cleaning service

cleaning service

A cleaning service will go down well. Having a newborn can be overwhelming and exhausting. Not having to worry about household chores will enable her to concentrate on herself and baby.

9. Clothing and diaper service

diaper cleaning service

Should she decide to use cloth, a diaper service is a thoughtful gift. Not having to worry about washing will help to free her up and allow her to take the odd nap when baby is sleeping.

10. Meal delivery service

Healthy, pre-prepared meals delivered to your door makes dinner time easy and fuss free. Perfect for a new mom who is still coming to terms with managing a newborn child.

meal delivery

Better still, you could make them for her for that extra special personal touch that shows you care.

11. Babysitter

Hire a babysitter for the night and treat her to a night she will not forget.

Do something that you haven’t done for a while together and make the memories last a lifetime.

12. Sleepwear

Beautiful, soft, luxurious sleepwear is a treat. Cake Maternity designs wonderful nursing friendly nightwear.

maternity sleepwear

Choose something she would love to wear, rather than something you would love to see her in.

With new moms, comfort wins every time.

Valentine’s Gifts for Moms

A gift is surely not quite enough for the Wonder Woman in your life. Whether they are babies, children or teenagers; she definitely deserves a special gift to make her feel loved and appreciated.

We understand that life is busy and you are too, so if you take the time to make her feel extra special, she will definitely appreciate it.

1. Coffee machine

Every coffee drinker, especially moms, will appreciate their very own coffee machine. Take your time when selecting a machine. Do your research and make sure the machine is suitable for your needs and that it has good reviews.

2. Make her dinner

Simple, but effective. 

Coming home to a home cooked meal will warm her heart.  She will appreciate the time and effort you have put into making her dinner.

3. Help out with the housework

Doing the laundry and emptying the dishwasher are wonderful ways to put a smile on her face without costing you a cent.

It may even set the scene for some couple-time later that evening.

4. Chocolates

We all love chocolates. Indulge her and splurge on a box of handmade chocolates.

handmade chocolates
via Jennifer Pallian (Unsplash)

This special treat is sure to put you in her good books. She may even share them with you.

5. Take her on a picnic

Whether it is a drive, a hike or a bike ride, take her to a secluded spot or somewhere with a view where you can relax and enjoy the hamper that you’ve taken the time to make.

picnic
via Britt Gaiser (Unsplash)

Make sure when you get home that you also clean up the picnic as this can be just as much of a treat.

6. Voucher

A voucher to her favorite clothing, shoe or jewelry store will be welcomed. This way she can pick out something herself.

What girl doesn’t love to shop!

7. Flowers

fresh flowers
via Kelly Jean (Unsplash)

An oldie but a goody.  Flowers will win every time. Do your research and find something that is supporting your local industry.

Think outside the square.  Roses are nice, but a beautiful exotic bunch of flowers suggests you have thought about it.

A unique gift for a unique woman.

8. Date night

takeway - date night
via Briana Tozour (Unsplash)

A planned evening out to a nice restaurant and a movie is a lovely way to reconnect and share quality time together.

If going out is out of the budget or you don’t have a babysitter, a simple home cooked meal and a movie on the couch is great too.

9. Weekend away

driving to alps
via Ezra Jeffrey-Comeau (Unsplash)

If a weekend away is within your means, this is sure to be a pleasure.

Surprise her with a planned weekend away without the kids. 

Your relationship will love you!  Quality couple time without the kids will help to remind you why you feel in love with each other all those years ago.

10. A card

valentines card
via Naomi Andrews (Unsplash)

A heartfelt note that says how much you love her will bring a smile to her face. Words are important and we often forget to tell our loved ones just how much they mean to us.

Think carefully about what you write and do not rely solely on the printed message in the card to say how much you love her.

11. Sports watch

A sports watch is a great gift for active and fit conscious mothers. She will be able to monitor her progress and set goals.

12. Designer handbag

designer handbag
via Krzysztof Hepner (Unsplash)

After carrying around a diaper bag for many years, a classic designer handbag would be a welcome treat for mom.

Valentine’s day can be stressful in any relationship, and sometimes forgotten once the kids come along. Drop hints throughout the year to find out what she is lusting after, so you can surprise her with what she really wants on the day. Best of luck dad!

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Join in with all the heart throbbing festivities this Valentine’s Day and show that special woman in your life just how much you love and appreciate her.

We have come up with a range of gifts for pregnant, brand new and more experienced moms. Whatever her stage of motherhood, treat her with a special gift that says ‘I love you’. That’s what the day is all about, after all.

If you prefer an experience to a gift – we’ve collated a few ideas to help you along the way too. Why not take the time to plan and do something special, so that she knows you’ve been thinking about her (and possibly scheming a bit too).

So what are you waiting for, it’s time to spoil her.

Valentine’s Gifts for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy is a very exciting time for a new mom. Growing a child inside can be overwhelming and sometimes stressful for some. Help her to enjoy this time by gifting her with memories, pampering and products that will help her feel loved.

1. Photoshoot

Present her with a photoshoot voucher. She may choose to capture her pregnancy or save it until the birth. Whatever she decides, a photoshoot is a wonderful way to begin recording and capturing memories.

2. Prenatal massage

massage oil
via Christin Hume (Unsplash)

With pregnancy comes aches and pains, and sometimes stress. A prenatal massage is a wonderful gift that will not only feel great but will help to relax and destress her.

3. Maternity pillow

A maternity pillow is a thoughtful gift that can be used long after she is pregnant.

During pregnancy it will help aid in the quality of her sleep. She will also be able to use it once baby is born to provide support baby while breastfeeding.

4. Pamper pack

Create a cute basket full of her favourite beauty products. Bath oils, soaps, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms, perfume, etc.

5. Heat pack

A beautiful wheat-filled or lavender heat pack will be a welcomed gift to help soothe those pregnancy aches and pains.

Valentines Gifts New Moms

New moms need to feel just as important as when they were pregnant, or better still, before they were pregnant.

This is the special time in her life when everything is about her new baby, so make her feel extra special with a thoughtful gift that is all about her.

1. Photo album

A beautifully bound photo album is a great, thoughtful gift. She will treasure the album for years to come as she adds special memories and documents the growth and development of your child together.

photo album
via Laura Fuhrman (Unsplash)

You could have one professionally made with your digital images, or DIY one with printed images.

2. New linen

bed linen
via Devon Janse Van Rensburg (Unsplash)

All women love new sheets, so why not spoil her with a high thread count Egyptian cotton bed set. With the amount of time she will be in and out of bed nursing your baby, it’s a thoughtful gift that lets her know you’re thinking of her.

3. Lingerie

New moms will love the selection of beautiful nursing bras and panties by Cake Maternity.  The range is huge and will cater for all tastes, budgets and sizes.

truffles nursing bra

If choosing lingerie falls into the too hard basket?  Cake Maternity has gift vouchers available.

4. Shopping

Take her shopping. After nine months of pregnancy, she will be in desperate need of some new clothes that fit. A new wardrobe will put the spring back into her step!

5. Jewelry

A beautifully piece of jewelry is always wonderful to receive. Consider birthstones or the name of your unborn child when selecting a piece that will have lasting meaning.

6. Trinket box

A trinket box is a wonderful idea. She can store and keep safe special little mementoes as your child reaches milestones in their life.

7. Spa voucher

We all love to be pampered! A day at the spa does wonders for the mind and body.

She will feel like a new woman! And look great too.

8. Cleaning service

cleaning service

A cleaning service will go down well. Having a newborn can be overwhelming and exhausting. Not having to worry about household chores will enable her to concentrate on herself and baby.

9. Clothing and diaper service

diaper cleaning service

Should she decide to use cloth, a diaper service is a thoughtful gift. Not having to worry about washing will help to free her up and allow her to take the odd nap when baby is sleeping.

10. Meal delivery service

Healthy, pre-prepared meals delivered to your door makes dinner time easy and fuss free. Perfect for a new mom who is still coming to terms with managing a newborn child.

meal delivery

Better still, you could make them for her for that extra special personal touch that shows you care.

11. Babysitter

Hire a babysitter for the night and treat her to a night she will not forget.

Do something that you haven’t done for a while together and make the memories last a lifetime.

12. Sleepwear

Beautiful, soft, luxurious sleepwear is a treat. Cake Maternity designs wonderful nursing friendly nightwear.

maternity sleepwear

Choose something she would love to wear, rather than something you would love to see her in.

With new moms, comfort wins every time.

Valentine’s Gifts for Moms

A gift is surely not quite enough for the Wonder Woman in your life. Whether they are babies, children or teenagers; she definitely deserves a special gift to make her feel loved and appreciated.

We understand that life is busy and you are too, so if you take the time to make her feel extra special, she will definitely appreciate it.

1. Coffee machine

Every coffee drinker, especially moms, will appreciate their very own coffee machine. Take your time when selecting a machine. Do your research and make sure the machine is suitable for your needs and that it has good reviews.

2. Make her dinner

Simple, but effective. 

Coming home to a home cooked meal will warm her heart.  She will appreciate the time and effort you have put into making her dinner.

3. Help out with the housework

Doing the laundry and emptying the dishwasher are wonderful ways to put a smile on her face without costing you a cent.

It may even set the scene for some couple-time later that evening.

4. Chocolates

We all love chocolates. Indulge her and splurge on a box of handmade chocolates.

handmade chocolates
via Jennifer Pallian (Unsplash)

This special treat is sure to put you in her good books. She may even share them with you.

5. Take her on a picnic

Whether it is a drive, a hike or a bike ride, take her to a secluded spot or somewhere with a view where you can relax and enjoy the hamper that you’ve taken the time to make.

picnic
via Britt Gaiser (Unsplash)

Make sure when you get home that you also clean up the picnic as this can be just as much of a treat.

6. Voucher

A voucher to her favorite clothing, shoe or jewelry store will be welcomed. This way she can pick out something herself.

What girl doesn’t love to shop!

7. Flowers

fresh flowers
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An oldie but a goody.  Flowers will win every time. Do your research and find something that is supporting your local industry.

Think outside the square.  Roses are nice, but a beautiful exotic bunch of flowers suggests you have thought about it.

A unique gift for a unique woman.

8. Date night

takeway - date night
via Briana Tozour (Unsplash)

A planned evening out to a nice restaurant and a movie is a lovely way to reconnect and share quality time together.

If going out is out of the budget or you don’t have a babysitter, a simple home cooked meal and a movie on the couch is great too.

9. Weekend away

driving to alps
via Ezra Jeffrey-Comeau (Unsplash)

If a weekend away is within your means, this is sure to be a pleasure.

Surprise her with a planned weekend away without the kids. 

Your relationship will love you!  Quality couple time without the kids will help to remind you why you feel in love with each other all those years ago.

10. A card

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A heartfelt note that says how much you love her will bring a smile to her face. Words are important and we often forget to tell our loved ones just how much they mean to us.

Think carefully about what you write and do not rely solely on the printed message in the card to say how much you love her.

11. Sports watch

A sports watch is a great gift for active and fit conscious mothers. She will be able to monitor her progress and set goals.

12. Designer handbag

designer handbag
via Krzysztof Hepner (Unsplash)

After carrying around a diaper bag for many years, a classic designer handbag would be a welcome treat for mom.

Valentine’s day can be stressful in any relationship, and sometimes forgotten once the kids come along. Drop hints throughout the year to find out what she is lusting after, so you can surprise her with what she really wants on the day. Best of luck dad!

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Breastfeeding positions? Well yes, there is more than one– and sometimes you might feel like a human pretzel. In fact, there are many, and also countless…

Breastfeeding positions? Well yes, there is more than one– and sometimes you might feel like a human pretzel. In fact, there are many, and also countless undocumented positions (please share if you know any new ones). Regardless of the occasion, your baby’s age or your breast type, there are many different breastfeeding positions that would suit you and bub.

Breastfeeding can seem daunting at first. There’s a lot of information out there and it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. There’s an overload of resources out there, but we’ve sifted through and summarised the essential information below, to help get you started and see you through your breastfeeding journey. We’ve got your back (and your front).

pretzels
via Austin Moncada (Unsplash)

The Latch:

What is it? This is the general term used for when your baby attaches its mouth to your nipple/breast in order to suckle.

Why do it? If your baby is not suckling correctly, you could end up with very sore nipples and your baby may not be getting enough milk.

Where to do it? Anywhere and anytime.

When to do it? This is to be done at the first stage and it’s crucial to get it down pat to ensure your comfort and your baby’s success. Once done correctly, it becomes easy to get right, every single time.

How to latch:

  1. Get yourself comfortable and gather all the items you might need, such as water, pillow, book, phone etc.
  2. Hold your baby in your preferred breastfeeding position.
  3. When your baby is hungry and ready to feed, be ready (they may show this by opening their mouths, crying or clutching their hands).
  4. Bring your baby’s chin to below your areola.
  5. Their head should be tilted slightly back.
  6. Point your nipple towards the roof of your baby’s mouth.
  7. With the lever point being baby’s chin, move their mouth when wide open over your nipple.
  8. Make sure baby’s nose is tilted away from your breast – this needs to be kept clear so bub can breathe.

Please remember that this should not be painful. You will feel it, but it should not hurt at all. If it does, unlatch and try again.

Learn more: What I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding

How to unlatch:

If bub has finished feeding, they may come away from your breast without assistance, but if you need to adjust the latch mid-feed, here’s how.

  1. Don’t pull your baby’s head away, as this can make them suckle harder and also hurt your breast.
  2. With a clean finger, pull a section of your breast towards you to break the seal.
  3. Tilt them away and voila!

Different positions for breastfeeding:

If you have any difficulty holding your baby while breastfeeding, here are a few basic breastfeeding positions to try so that you have more ‘tools in your toolbelt’, so to speak.

When you are in hospital just after you’ve had bub, there will be people there to feed you, poke you and hopefully help you along the way with your nursing.

Take advantage of this time to figure out what breastfeeding positions you like best and then you can use them whenever you need to.

1. The Cross Cradle:

breastfeeding position - cross cradle

This is the standard go-to nursing position that most Lactation Consultants will start you on.

Method:

  1. Hold your baby on their side.
  2. Bring their body in close.
  3. Place your opposite arm underneath bub and cradle their body.

Hot Tip: Use your other hand to keep the head in place, or you can use a support pillow.

When to try:

  • This is great for first timers, when you are in bed or on a chair.
  • This one is also perfect for public places as you are able to cover up.
  • Whether your child is super young or a bit older, this one is a winner.

2. The Cradle:

breastfeeding position - cradle

Method:

  1. The same as the cross cradle.
  2. The baby’s head can be supported by the crook of your arm.

Hot Tip: You now have a free hand that is able to reposition your breast, play with your baby’s skin (or your phone), or scratch that itch.

When to try:
This is great for established feeders, for quick feeds or for endurance feeds too (hello marathon).

3. The Football Clutch:

breastfeeding position - football clutch

Method:

  1. Similar to the cradle as you are only using one arm.
  2. The baby’s body is not lying in front of yours but is more to the side and under your arm.
  3. Your right arm comes to the right breast.

Hot Tip: This can be used for when your baby is on their back or on their side.

When to try:

  • This one is great for when you’re not in a chair or bed, but you are standing or on a stool.
  • Your back doesn’t need to be supported, but it is good if it is.
  • Also good for when you are feeding from under your top, rather than from above.
  • Good for discretion or twin feeding.
  • Great if your baby is a kicker too.

4. Side Lying:

breastfeeding position - side lying

Method:

  1. Lie on your side and bring your baby in close to you.
  2. Position your baby on their side or their back.
  3. You can prop your head up on a pillow or on your arm.
  4. To stop your baby from rolling away from you or onto their back or front, you can use a pillow or your arm to keep still.
  5. Start by using the breast closest to the mattress and then either swap sides or maneuver your body and breast to enable bub to feed from the other side.

Hot Tip: Alternatively, you could bring your baby closer to your top breast by raising them on a pillow.

When to try:

  • Great for night time feeds or if your arms are sore.
  • Be careful in this position as many mums can fall asleep.
  • If you are tired, make sure that your baby’s nose is not going to be obstructed if you doze off.

5. Downward:

breastfeeding position - downward

Method:

  1. Place your baby on their back.
  2. Lean over and bring your breast to them by allowing it to drop into their mouth.

Hot tip: You can be more comfortable if you prop yourself up on one arm, use a pillow or lie on your side.

When to try:

  • This one’s great if your baby is already asleep and needs a feed.
  • If you don’t want your baby to move.
  • If you have larger breasts.
  • If you have sore breasts.
  • If you need a higher milk flow, this one’s a winner.
  • Also can be used when your baby is in a capsule or pram (hello pilates mama).

6. Reclined:

breastfeeding position - reclined

Method:

  1. Your baby is in line with your body.
  2. You can hold them under their arms, or depending on how big they are, prop them on your knee.
  3. You can be in bed or on a chair.
  4. Your hands can be free if desired (depending on the age of your baby).

Hot tip: You can start off in this position and then change to any of the others once you’re confident.

When to try:

  • If your baby has difficulty burping then this one is great.
  • If your baby is distracted easily or just wants a quick feed.
  • Also great if you need to use both your hands.

7. Sitting:

breastfeeding position - sitting upright

Method:

  1. Your baby is vertically upright and you are also upright.
  2. Your baby is in line with your body vertically
  3. You can be sitting upright or even standing.

Hot tip: Your baby can be sitting on your knee if they are big enough, or you can support their bottom and behind their head.

When to try:

  • Great for babies with reflux or when they are in a child carrier.
  • You may need to loosen the straps to adjust your baby’s height on your body.
  • Also good for when you need both of your hands. (Welcome back to work!)

These are the basic positions and once you try and get the knack of them, I’m sure you will develop some of your own that you never even thought possible (if you do, please share!). Take the time to get to know your baby and what they like. Their size will change, as will their weight, your breasts and your biceps too. Each baby is different at each stage of their development.

What works for one feed may not work for another, so you may need to try something new. Each feeding session can be different, so it’s best to be ready to adapt at any stage, time, or moment through your breastfeeding journey.

Let us know which of these you’ve tried and whether or not they work for you. If you have any other breastfeeding positions or breastfeeding tips; please share them in the comments below.

Don’t miss: Simple Steps To Successful Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding positions? Well yes, there is more than one– and sometimes you might feel like a human pretzel. In fact, there are many, and also countless undocumented positions (please share if you know any new ones). Regardless of the occasion, your baby’s age or your breast type, there are many different breastfeeding positions that would suit you and bub.

Breastfeeding can seem daunting at first. There’s a lot of information out there and it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. There’s an overload of resources out there, but we’ve sifted through and summarised the essential information below, to help get you started and see you through your breastfeeding journey. We’ve got your back (and your front).

pretzels
via Austin Moncada (Unsplash)

The Latch:

What is it? This is the general term used for when your baby attaches its mouth to your nipple/breast in order to suckle.

Why do it? If your baby is not suckling correctly, you could end up with very sore nipples and your baby may not be getting enough milk.

Where to do it? Anywhere and anytime.

When to do it? This is to be done at the first stage and it’s crucial to get it down pat to ensure your comfort and your baby’s success. Once done correctly, it becomes easy to get right, every single time.

How to latch:

  1. Get yourself comfortable and gather all the items you might need, such as water, pillow, book, phone etc.
  2. Hold your baby in your preferred breastfeeding position.
  3. When your baby is hungry and ready to feed, be ready (they may show this by opening their mouths, crying or clutching their hands).
  4. Bring your baby’s chin to below your areola.
  5. Their head should be tilted slightly back.
  6. Point your nipple towards the roof of your baby’s mouth.
  7. With the lever point being baby’s chin, move their mouth when wide open over your nipple.
  8. Make sure baby’s nose is tilted away from your breast – this needs to be kept clear so bub can breathe.

Please remember that this should not be painful. You will feel it, but it should not hurt at all. If it does, unlatch and try again.

Learn more: What I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding

How to unlatch:

If bub has finished feeding, they may come away from your breast without assistance, but if you need to adjust the latch mid-feed, here’s how.

  1. Don’t pull your baby’s head away, as this can make them suckle harder and also hurt your breast.
  2. With a clean finger, pull a section of your breast towards you to break the seal.
  3. Tilt them away and voila!

Different positions for breastfeeding:

If you have any difficulty holding your baby while breastfeeding, here are a few basic breastfeeding positions to try so that you have more ‘tools in your toolbelt’, so to speak.

When you are in hospital just after you’ve had bub, there will be people there to feed you, poke you and hopefully help you along the way with your nursing.

Take advantage of this time to figure out what breastfeeding positions you like best and then you can use them whenever you need to.

1. The Cross Cradle:

breastfeeding position - cross cradle

This is the standard go-to nursing position that most Lactation Consultants will start you on.

Method:

  1. Hold your baby on their side.
  2. Bring their body in close.
  3. Place your opposite arm underneath bub and cradle their body.

Hot Tip: Use your other hand to keep the head in place, or you can use a support pillow.

When to try:

  • This is great for first timers, when you are in bed or on a chair.
  • This one is also perfect for public places as you are able to cover up.
  • Whether your child is super young or a bit older, this one is a winner.

2. The Cradle:

breastfeeding position - cradle

Method:

  1. The same as the cross cradle.
  2. The baby’s head can be supported by the crook of your arm.

Hot Tip: You now have a free hand that is able to reposition your breast, play with your baby’s skin (or your phone), or scratch that itch.

When to try:
This is great for established feeders, for quick feeds or for endurance feeds too (hello marathon).

3. The Football Clutch:

breastfeeding position - football clutch

Method:

  1. Similar to the cradle as you are only using one arm.
  2. The baby’s body is not lying in front of yours but is more to the side and under your arm.
  3. Your right arm comes to the right breast.

Hot Tip: This can be used for when your baby is on their back or on their side.

When to try:

  • This one is great for when you’re not in a chair or bed, but you are standing or on a stool.
  • Your back doesn’t need to be supported, but it is good if it is.
  • Also good for when you are feeding from under your top, rather than from above.
  • Good for discretion or twin feeding.
  • Great if your baby is a kicker too.

4. Side Lying:

breastfeeding position - side lying

Method:

  1. Lie on your side and bring your baby in close to you.
  2. Position your baby on their side or their back.
  3. You can prop your head up on a pillow or on your arm.
  4. To stop your baby from rolling away from you or onto their back or front, you can use a pillow or your arm to keep still.
  5. Start by using the breast closest to the mattress and then either swap sides or maneuver your body and breast to enable bub to feed from the other side.

Hot Tip: Alternatively, you could bring your baby closer to your top breast by raising them on a pillow.

When to try:

  • Great for night time feeds or if your arms are sore.
  • Be careful in this position as many mums can fall asleep.
  • If you are tired, make sure that your baby’s nose is not going to be obstructed if you doze off.

5. Downward:

breastfeeding position - downward

Method:

  1. Place your baby on their back.
  2. Lean over and bring your breast to them by allowing it to drop into their mouth.

Hot tip: You can be more comfortable if you prop yourself up on one arm, use a pillow or lie on your side.

When to try:

  • This one’s great if your baby is already asleep and needs a feed.
  • If you don’t want your baby to move.
  • If you have larger breasts.
  • If you have sore breasts.
  • If you need a higher milk flow, this one’s a winner.
  • Also can be used when your baby is in a capsule or pram (hello pilates mama).

6. Reclined:

breastfeeding position - reclined

Method:

  1. Your baby is in line with your body.
  2. You can hold them under their arms, or depending on how big they are, prop them on your knee.
  3. You can be in bed or on a chair.
  4. Your hands can be free if desired (depending on the age of your baby).

Hot tip: You can start off in this position and then change to any of the others once you’re confident.

When to try:

  • If your baby has difficulty burping then this one is great.
  • If your baby is distracted easily or just wants a quick feed.
  • Also great if you need to use both your hands.

7. Sitting:

breastfeeding position - sitting upright

Method:

  1. Your baby is vertically upright and you are also upright.
  2. Your baby is in line with your body vertically
  3. You can be sitting upright or even standing.

Hot tip: Your baby can be sitting on your knee if they are big enough, or you can support their bottom and behind their head.

When to try:

  • Great for babies with reflux or when they are in a child carrier.
  • You may need to loosen the straps to adjust your baby’s height on your body.
  • Also good for when you need both of your hands. (Welcome back to work!)

These are the basic positions and once you try and get the knack of them, I’m sure you will develop some of your own that you never even thought possible (if you do, please share!). Take the time to get to know your baby and what they like. Their size will change, as will their weight, your breasts and your biceps too. Each baby is different at each stage of their development.

What works for one feed may not work for another, so you may need to try something new. Each feeding session can be different, so it’s best to be ready to adapt at any stage, time, or moment through your breastfeeding journey.

Let us know which of these you’ve tried and whether or not they work for you. If you have any other breastfeeding positions or breastfeeding tips; please share them in the comments below.

Don’t miss: Simple Steps To Successful Breastfeeding

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We all know that during the early stages of pregnancy and immediately post birth, our breasts regularly change in size. Some women will experience growth…

We all know that during the early stages of pregnancy and immediately post birth, our breasts regularly change in size. Some women will experience growth up to 5 cup changes on average – sometimes more.

This change is not always welcomed and can be difficult for fuller busted women. On a daily basis, this change can fluctuate a few cups depending on your feeding routine.

It is imperative during this time that you look after your breasts to help ensure optimal breast health.

We are here to help you and guide you on your journey so the transition is easy and even amazing, especially for the fuller busted women. Find the continual support that you require combined with comfort and above all something that makes you feel beautiful.

How to know if you’re wearing the wrong size nursing bra?

Many moms are buying and wearing the wrong nursing bra size, especially if you have large breasts and with the fluctuations that you can experience during the 4th trimester.

Wearing a bra that is too small for you or not supportive enough can be an uncomfortable experience and can cause you all sorts of problems.

  • The straps keep falling off your shoulders
  • Your breasts spill over the top or the sides of your nursing bra
  • Your breasts sag or have no lift or support
  • Your bra straps dig into your shoulders
  • The back of the bra keeps riding up

You might also like: 13 Common Nursing Bra Mistakes You Make

tea nursing bra

How to find the right fit?

Whether you are fuller busted or smaller busted the same rules apply when fitting a nursing bra.

  • Ensure your breasts are fuller encased in the bra cups. There should be no breast tissue spilling out the top or sides of the cups. When you lean forward your bust should not fall out of the cups.
  • The under band should fit snug and firm. When you lift your arms up the under band should not move. If the back is riding up your back then the under band is too big. The under band should not cut into your skin and should feel comfortable at all times.
  • The straps should feel comfortable and should not be holding all your breast weight. They should not be digging into your shoulders. Make sure you can run 2 fingers under the strap and this remains comfortable.
  • The back band should sit horizontally across your back and should not dig in. If purchasing a maternity bra in the second trimester, the back band should be fitted to the tightest hook. This will allow room for expansion as your rib cage continues to grow. If you are purchasing a nursing bra in the 9th month of pregnancy, ensure the back band is done up on the loosest hook. This way you can tighten the back band as you rib cage begins to contract post birth.
  • The bra should feel comfortable. Your breasts should be sitting perky and the bra should feel secure and snug.

When is the best time to buy a nursing bra?

It is important to invest in a good maternity or nursing bra early on. For some women it may only be a matter of a few weeks before her existing bras no longer fit.

Where can I purchase a nursing bra for my fuller bust?

Searching for supportive, comfortable and feminine maternity and nursing bras and underwear is not always easy and can be a frustrating experience to say the least.

While bra shopping in department stores can often be the preferred choice for many women, they sometimes lack the expertise, size range and provision of a personalised service. This can contribute to a frustrating experience and one that leaves many women without a correctly fitted nursing bra.

It is our advice that you visit a specialist fuller bust bra boutique. These boutiques specialise in fitting fuller bust women and will have a wide range of supportive product that will serve you well.

The women that work in these stores have many years experience and are extremely knowledgeable in relation to bra fitting & different types/ shapes of women’s bodies. They understand shape, structure and the lifestyle requirements of a fuller busted woman.

You may buy a bra in store and then repurchase online for your conveyance once you are formula with your size and requirements.

Check out this handy checklist and tips on how to buy maternity and nursing bras online.

nursing bras for the fuller bust

What to look for in a maternity/nursing bra for the fuller bust

If you’re a woman with large breasts then you’ll want to have the breast care (that was deliberate) for your bust. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a bra has these features when purchasing online, try and be a detective by knowing how to read specifications available.

Good nursing bras will provide support and comfort you desire with the functional bonus of being able to feed your baby.

Here are some things to consider when buying a nursing bra:

  • Strong, supportive fabrics. Single layers are a definite no-no, unless they are laminated or structured in a way that is super strong and supportive. Look for bras that have linings (cups linings, top cup linings, back linings), laminated fabrics (layers that are stuck together for added support) or extra sections within the bra that add support to your breast when being worn.
  • Strong straps that are easily adjustable. Narrow straps, although they may look pretty under tank tops, will not be comfortable at the end of the day (or after an hour). Opt for straps that are wide and don’t have much stretch. Better still, look for a strap that is completely rigid as this will be the most comfortable on your shoulder.
  • Durable fabrics. Get label savvy. Care labels will have the composition of the bra on the label. Look for bras that have a high elastane or lycra/spandex (branded names of elastane) content. Anything less than 5% is a no-no.
  • Drop down cups for feeding. This is the time when a pull aside nursing bra is not your friend. Drop down cups that clip up and down are better structured for your needs and will keep your bust in place.
  • A-frame sling for discretion. These are the ones that cover the front and the sides of the bust. These will not only be more discreet and only expose your nipple for nursing, but will also keep your bust in place and offer support when the outer cup is not there. Try and find one with a folded edge against your bust to allow for growth without digging in.
  • Higher centre front for more coverage. You’ve got cleavage and want to show it off? If you want support and comfort, then opt for a higher centre front and save the cleavage busting out for date night.
  • Flexible wire for added support and shape. Normal bra wires are not your friends, they are hard and restrictive and are not forgiving for fluctuating breasts. Cake Lingerie has specially engineered flexible wires that are not only more flexible in 8 different directions, but also have are shaped to sit closer together on the body and wider on your chest wall to avoid any contact with the breast tissue completely.
  • Wide supportive back band for support. This is called cantilever design. This is when the back fabric of the bra joins to the back strap before the hook and eye. This ensures the bra is wider at the back to offer more support around the body to support the bust. Remember to look for a double layer back panel also.
  • Wide hook and eye closure. This will ensure that the cups are more supported and kept in place. To ensure the maximum support, there should be 5 to 6 rows of hook and eyes to allow for rib cage expansion. On well designed bras, there should also be 3 to 4 hooks on each of the these rows. I know it sounds a bit like corsetry but it actually is when you count them – that’s 24 hooks on one bra.
  • Cotton lined cups to keep you cool and comfortable. Scratchy seams – no thanks. Cotton against your nipples: yes please.
  • No padding. If you are looking for something discreet to avoid nipple show through, look for a bra that is made from ‘spacer’ this is a breathable fancy fabric that has been laminated together with a microfilament so the two layers (inner and outer) do not actually touch each other. This forms a space between each layer and is similar appearance to a thin foam. This has the added bonus of being breathable and is perfect for t-shirt bra as well as active and sports bras.

Learn more: 9 Qualities You Should Look For In A Good Nursing Bra

What are the best nursing bras for the large bust?

Trimester 1

Invest in a good transition bra in the first trimester. Seamless bras are a popular choice and are designed for stretch and grow with your changing body.

Available in easy sizing; XS-XXL, they will fit a number of cup sizes into each size, which makes this the perfect go to bra during this time of frequent change.

TIP: Not all seamless bras are created equal. Spend some time researching the market first before investing.

A seamless bra should feel comfortable and lift and support your bust.

Paying a little extra for a quality bra is worth it, as other cheaper versions may not deliver what they are supposed to.

sugar candy fuller seamless nursing bra

The Sugar Candy seamless bra has been especially designed to nurture the fuller bust and has a unique construction only found in this bra.

It is the ideal transition bra for the fuller bust. Its unique construction has been especially designed to support and provide comfort during what can be a difficult time for some.

Trimester 2

Your breasts should have stabilised by this time.

It is our recommendation that you discontinue wearing your seamless bra during the day at this time, as it will not provide you with the same levels of support that a structured bra will.

Invest in a good non-wire or flexible wire bra that is designed to fit a specific size.

croissant nursing bra

Croissant maternity and nursing bra is a flexible wired bra made from a spacer fabric. The spacer fabric is a new technology in fabric that gives the wearer a smooth profile from under clothing without the bulkiness of a pad.

Croissant is the perfect T-shirt bra for pregnant and nursing women and is available in a full size range from 32C-42K (US sizing).

Visit a bra-fitting specialist and get measured. Your bra size will be considerably different and getting some professional advice will help to ensure you walk away with a bra that will fit and support you well.

TIP: You might like to use your seamless bra as a sleep bra during this time. It will help to keep your bust in place and provide good levels of support while you sleep.

Trimester 3:

Time to go back into a seamless bra at the end of the 3rd trimester, as this is when your rib cage will be at maximum extension and you will want to be your most comfortable.

After you have your baby, your milk will come in whether you breastfeed or not. There can be sudden transformations of breast size 3 days after you’ve delivered.

TIP: Most women will be the same size 6 weeks after they have had their baby and 8 months pregnant. So, if you are pressed for time, look for a nursing bra that fits you when you are 8 months pregnant.

For active moms, when you start exercising after giving birth, try simple postpartum exercises that will help you regain your strength. Exercise can help you recover, make you stronger and improve mood.

zest nursing sports bra

Zest maternity and nursing sports bra is a specially designed sports bra designed to support up to the fuller bust. Zest is suitable for medium to high impact exercise and has drop down cups for feeding.

Made from a strong supportive spacer fabric, the Zest bra will mould to your body shape providing a snug secure fit.

Don’t miss: How Breast Changes During & After Pregnancy

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We all know that during the early stages of pregnancy and immediately post birth, our breasts regularly change in size. Some women will experience growth up to 5 cup changes on average – sometimes more.

This change is not always welcomed and can be difficult for fuller busted women. On a daily basis, this change can fluctuate a few cups depending on your feeding routine.

It is imperative during this time that you look after your breasts to help ensure optimal breast health.

We are here to help you and guide you on your journey so the transition is easy and even amazing, especially for the fuller busted women. Find the continual support that you require combined with comfort and above all something that makes you feel beautiful.

How to know if you’re wearing the wrong size nursing bra?

Many moms are buying and wearing the wrong nursing bra size, especially if you have large breasts and with the fluctuations that you can experience during the 4th trimester.

Wearing a bra that is too small for you or not supportive enough can be an uncomfortable experience and can cause you all sorts of problems.

  • The straps keep falling off your shoulders
  • Your breasts spill over the top or the sides of your nursing bra
  • Your breasts sag or have no lift or support
  • Your bra straps dig into your shoulders
  • The back of the bra keeps riding up

You might also like: 13 Common Nursing Bra Mistakes You Make

tea nursing bra

How to find the right fit?

Whether you are fuller busted or smaller busted the same rules apply when fitting a nursing bra.

  • Ensure your breasts are fuller encased in the bra cups. There should be no breast tissue spilling out the top or sides of the cups. When you lean forward your bust should not fall out of the cups.
  • The under band should fit snug and firm. When you lift your arms up the under band should not move. If the back is riding up your back then the under band is too big. The under band should not cut into your skin and should feel comfortable at all times.
  • The straps should feel comfortable and should not be holding all your breast weight. They should not be digging into your shoulders. Make sure you can run 2 fingers under the strap and this remains comfortable.
  • The back band should sit horizontally across your back and should not dig in. If purchasing a maternity bra in the second trimester, the back band should be fitted to the tightest hook. This will allow room for expansion as your rib cage continues to grow. If you are purchasing a nursing bra in the 9th month of pregnancy, ensure the back band is done up on the loosest hook. This way you can tighten the back band as you rib cage begins to contract post birth.
  • The bra should feel comfortable. Your breasts should be sitting perky and the bra should feel secure and snug.

When is the best time to buy a nursing bra?

It is important to invest in a good maternity or nursing bra early on. For some women it may only be a matter of a few weeks before her existing bras no longer fit.

Where can I purchase a nursing bra for my fuller bust?

Searching for supportive, comfortable and feminine maternity and nursing bras and underwear is not always easy and can be a frustrating experience to say the least.

While bra shopping in department stores can often be the preferred choice for many women, they sometimes lack the expertise, size range and provision of a personalised service. This can contribute to a frustrating experience and one that leaves many women without a correctly fitted nursing bra.

It is our advice that you visit a specialist fuller bust bra boutique. These boutiques specialise in fitting fuller bust women and will have a wide range of supportive product that will serve you well.

The women that work in these stores have many years experience and are extremely knowledgeable in relation to bra fitting & different types/ shapes of women’s bodies. They understand shape, structure and the lifestyle requirements of a fuller busted woman.

You may buy a bra in store and then repurchase online for your conveyance once you are formula with your size and requirements.

Check out this handy checklist and tips on how to buy maternity and nursing bras online.

nursing bras for the fuller bust

What to look for in a maternity/nursing bra for the fuller bust

If you’re a woman with large breasts then you’ll want to have the breast care (that was deliberate) for your bust. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a bra has these features when purchasing online, try and be a detective by knowing how to read specifications available.

Good nursing bras will provide support and comfort you desire with the functional bonus of being able to feed your baby.

Here are some things to consider when buying a nursing bra:

  • Strong, supportive fabrics. Single layers are a definite no-no, unless they are laminated or structured in a way that is super strong and supportive. Look for bras that have linings (cups linings, top cup linings, back linings), laminated fabrics (layers that are stuck together for added support) or extra sections within the bra that add support to your breast when being worn.
  • Strong straps that are easily adjustable. Narrow straps, although they may look pretty under tank tops, will not be comfortable at the end of the day (or after an hour). Opt for straps that are wide and don’t have much stretch. Better still, look for a strap that is completely rigid as this will be the most comfortable on your shoulder.
  • Durable fabrics. Get label savvy. Care labels will have the composition of the bra on the label. Look for bras that have a high elastane or lycra/spandex (branded names of elastane) content. Anything less than 5% is a no-no.
  • Drop down cups for feeding. This is the time when a pull aside nursing bra is not your friend. Drop down cups that clip up and down are better structured for your needs and will keep your bust in place.
  • A-frame sling for discretion. These are the ones that cover the front and the sides of the bust. These will not only be more discreet and only expose your nipple for nursing, but will also keep your bust in place and offer support when the outer cup is not there. Try and find one with a folded edge against your bust to allow for growth without digging in.
  • Higher centre front for more coverage. You’ve got cleavage and want to show it off? If you want support and comfort, then opt for a higher centre front and save the cleavage busting out for date night.
  • Flexible wire for added support and shape. Normal bra wires are not your friends, they are hard and restrictive and are not forgiving for fluctuating breasts. Cake Lingerie has specially engineered flexible wires that are not only more flexible in 8 different directions, but also have are shaped to sit closer together on the body and wider on your chest wall to avoid any contact with the breast tissue completely.
  • Wide supportive back band for support. This is called cantilever design. This is when the back fabric of the bra joins to the back strap before the hook and eye. This ensures the bra is wider at the back to offer more support around the body to support the bust. Remember to look for a double layer back panel also.
  • Wide hook and eye closure. This will ensure that the cups are more supported and kept in place. To ensure the maximum support, there should be 5 to 6 rows of hook and eyes to allow for rib cage expansion. On well designed bras, there should also be 3 to 4 hooks on each of the these rows. I know it sounds a bit like corsetry but it actually is when you count them – that’s 24 hooks on one bra.
  • Cotton lined cups to keep you cool and comfortable. Scratchy seams – no thanks. Cotton against your nipples: yes please.
  • No padding. If you are looking for something discreet to avoid nipple show through, look for a bra that is made from ‘spacer’ this is a breathable fancy fabric that has been laminated together with a microfilament so the two layers (inner and outer) do not actually touch each other. This forms a space between each layer and is similar appearance to a thin foam. This has the added bonus of being breathable and is perfect for t-shirt bra as well as active and sports bras.

Learn more: 9 Qualities You Should Look For In A Good Nursing Bra

What are the best nursing bras for the large bust?

Trimester 1

Invest in a good transition bra in the first trimester. Seamless bras are a popular choice and are designed for stretch and grow with your changing body.

Available in easy sizing; XS-XXL, they will fit a number of cup sizes into each size, which makes this the perfect go to bra during this time of frequent change.

TIP: Not all seamless bras are created equal. Spend some time researching the market first before investing.

A seamless bra should feel comfortable and lift and support your bust.

Paying a little extra for a quality bra is worth it, as other cheaper versions may not deliver what they are supposed to.

sugar candy fuller seamless nursing bra

The Sugar Candy seamless bra has been especially designed to nurture the fuller bust and has a unique construction only found in this bra.

It is the ideal transition bra for the fuller bust. Its unique construction has been especially designed to support and provide comfort during what can be a difficult time for some.

Trimester 2

Your breasts should have stabilised by this time.

It is our recommendation that you discontinue wearing your seamless bra during the day at this time, as it will not provide you with the same levels of support that a structured bra will.

Invest in a good non-wire or flexible wire bra that is designed to fit a specific size.

croissant nursing bra

Croissant maternity and nursing bra is a flexible wired bra made from a spacer fabric. The spacer fabric is a new technology in fabric that gives the wearer a smooth profile from under clothing without the bulkiness of a pad.

Croissant is the perfect T-shirt bra for pregnant and nursing women and is available in a full size range from 32C-42K (US sizing).

Visit a bra-fitting specialist and get measured. Your bra size will be considerably different and getting some professional advice will help to ensure you walk away with a bra that will fit and support you well.

TIP: You might like to use your seamless bra as a sleep bra during this time. It will help to keep your bust in place and provide good levels of support while you sleep.

Trimester 3:

Time to go back into a seamless bra at the end of the 3rd trimester, as this is when your rib cage will be at maximum extension and you will want to be your most comfortable.

After you have your baby, your milk will come in whether you breastfeed or not. There can be sudden transformations of breast size 3 days after you’ve delivered.

TIP: Most women will be the same size 6 weeks after they have had their baby and 8 months pregnant. So, if you are pressed for time, look for a nursing bra that fits you when you are 8 months pregnant.

For active moms, when you start exercising after giving birth, try simple postpartum exercises that will help you regain your strength. Exercise can help you recover, make you stronger and improve mood.

zest nursing sports bra

Zest maternity and nursing sports bra is a specially designed sports bra designed to support up to the fuller bust. Zest is suitable for medium to high impact exercise and has drop down cups for feeding.

Made from a strong supportive spacer fabric, the Zest bra will mould to your body shape providing a snug secure fit.

Don’t miss: How Breast Changes During & After Pregnancy

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There is no doubt about it, keeping fit during pregnancy helps reduce your risk of pregnancy related conditions and certainly helps prepare you physically for the…

There is no doubt about it, keeping fit during pregnancy helps reduce your risk of pregnancy related conditions and certainly helps prepare you physically for the delivery of your baby.

Swimming is a fantastic option for women who are looking for a gentle form of exercise. The brilliant thing is that you do not necessarily need to be a seasoned swimmer to take it up during pregnancy.

Women of varying degrees of fitness will benefit from this wonderful form of exercise. Choose to swim lengths, walk lengths of the pool or do a pre-natal aqua aerobics class to enjoy the benefits of the water.

Swimming is the ideal choice because it requires your body to do less work, compared with exercise on land. You will feel weightless and buoyant. Sore and achey body parts will feel a welcomed relief as your body floats and is supported by the water.

benefits of swimming while pregnant
Source: Mali Desha (Unsplash)

Benefits of Swimming While Pregnant

It is recommended to do at least 30 minutes of prenatal exercise per day. It is always a good idea to vary your exercise routine to help keep it interesting. Combining swimming 2 to 3 days a week, with other forms of exercise is a great way to mix things up.

Cardiovascular exercise such as swimming helps to get our heart pumping, boosts blood circulation, improves oxygen levels in the blood, helps to strengthen muscles and loosen joints. All fantastic benefits for expecting women.

There are many reasons why swimming should become part of your weekly routine.

Helps to ease sciatic pain

As you float so does your baby. Pressure is released from your sciatic nerve.

Reduces the feeling of morning sickness

For some women the cool water can help to relieve symptoms of morning sickness i.e nausea.

Keeps you cool

The cool water is likely to be a welcomed relief, especially on a hot summer’s day. When we are pregnant our body temperature rises, so we are affected more by the soaring temperatures in the summer months.

Stress relief

Pregnancy is not only physically demanding on your body but it can also bring about emotional challenges too. Swimming is a great form of exercise that balances cardiovascular fitness, endurance, muscle strength and as such is a great stress release activity.

Boosted energy levels

Throughout pregnancy and generally in life it’s important to have a disciplined workout routine. Exercise also helps our body release endorphins which can help to reduce our perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling — which reduces stress and keeps us happy.

Related: Effective Energy Boosters For Tired Mothers

Helps to improve your pregnancy and labor experience

Swimming will help to improve muscle tone and endurance. Both are very important during the labor process. Labor can take many hours and a strong body is less likely to need intervention.

Related: 9 Ways To Prepare For Labor

Weight management

Swimming along with a healthy diet will help to maintain a healthy weight gain during the pregnancy.

Helps maintain a healthy and happy heart

Swimming is a low-impact exercise that benefits cardiovascular health. Maintaining an increased heart rate for a short period of time helps maintain a healthy and happy heart.

You will find simple everyday activities like walking become easier as you consistently swim. This type of exercise also helps our bodies to sleep better. Cardiovascular exercise also helps increase lung capacity which allows us to take in more oxygen and help breathing.

Increases strength, tones muscles and improves blood circulation

Swimming is a fantastic all over body workout and engages the larger muscle groups like your arms and legs and increases muscle tone. Women tend to put on extra weight during their pregnancy, this is nature’s way of preparing their body for breastfeeding. Exercise can help to keep weight gain in check.

pregnant woman walking on the beach
Source: Anthony Tran (Unsplash)

Reduces the pressure on the spine and surrounding muscles

When we swim we use the majority of the muscles in your body. This eliminates the potential for weakened areas and tension building up on areas such as the spin. Back and shoulder muscles work together to hold your posture up wright reducing pull forward from your belly weight.

Helps to improve the quality of sleep

Including exercise into our daily routines helps to tire the body out. When we are tired we are more likely to get a good nights sleep.

Related: 17 Ways To Sleep Your Way To A Healthier Pregnancy, And A Faster Delivery

It’s low impact and gentle on your body

Swimming is less strenuous on the body as compared to other forms of aerobic exercise.

With a little one on the way, the weight of the womb makes pregnant bodies heavier and puts strain on the joints. Due to natural buoyancy in water, the water acts as a support and your body feels light and weightless.

Helps to relieve painful pregnancy related conditions

Swimming is low impact and is gentle on your joints. It is particularly beneficial for women who struggle with conditions such as swollen ankles and back pain as swimming does not put any pressure on these conditions and helps to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints.

bondi beach

Is Swimming Safe During Pregnancy

The short answer is yes, swimming is a safe form of exercise for a healthy pregnant women.

It is always recommended for any pregnant woman who is taking up a new form of exercise to first consult with her health care professional.

Note to self: If you are not a regular swimmer or an athletic person pre-pregnancy it is always advised to take care and not to push yourself too hard. Start off slow and build up your swim over the months. You should not feel overly exhausted or unwell at anytime. Should you experience any feelings of unwell, consult the lifeguard and or medical professional immediately.

For those women who are fit and use to an exercise routine pre-pregnancy, care should also be taken as some activities may need to be modified. Speak with swimming instructors first before you take on any swimming program.

Be mindful when swimming

Check if the water is clean

Avoid swimming in dirty/unclean water. Your body is more susceptible to illness and bugs. Stick with workouts in properly-chlorinated pools that have plenty of good air ventilation. Avoid poorly ventilated chlorinated buildings as they could make you feel dizzy and sick.

Can I swim in a hot tub?

Stick to cool water as warmer waters are likely to cause your body to overheat. Heated water could leave you feeling dizzy and or faint. Bugs/germs are also more likely to be found in warmer/hot waters.

Tread carefully

Always be mindful of where you step in and around swimming pools. Tiled floors can be slippery. Walk slowly and never rush.

Can I dive into the pool?

Slide carefully or step into the pool gently. Jumping in or diving into the water can cause a build-up of bubbles up inside of your body due to the sudden change of altitude under the pressure of the water. Growing babies are not equipped to deal with this change.

Consistent breathing

Avoid holding your breath and use the correct breathing technique while you swim. Your baby is reliant on your breaths and constant flow of breathing.

Do I need to drink water?

Whilst it may not seem like it. You do still sweat when you swim. Keeping hydrated is particularly important when you are pregnant. Keep a bottle of water close by and take small sips often to help hydrate. Dehydration can lead to feelings of dizziness, fainting and nausea.

What foods should I eat before exercise?

During pregnancy our body is working very hard to grow a tiny human inside of us. The food we eat not only aids in his or her growth but also determines your well-being too. Eat small meals often to avoid feeling hungry and tired. Choose healthy options such as fruit, vegetables, proteins and low gi carbohydrates which will not only keep you fuller for longer but will help to give you more energy to get through your day.

Women that participate in regular exercise will need more energy rich foods to help ensure they have the stamina to get through their workout. Ie. wholemeal bread, brown rice, pasta, to name a few.

maternity swimwear

What to Wear While Swimming

The overall objective is to feel comfortable. Avoid swimsuits that are tight and restrictive or clothing that is loose and likely to get tangled in and around your body while you swim. An ideal suit should fit snug but comfortably, hugging and supporting you in all the right places.

As your body changes shape and your bump continues to grow, it is likely that your favourite swimsuit will no longer fit. If your swimsuit is feeling restrictive and tight it is advised to purchase a new one. Maternity swimsuits are a great option as they have been especially designed to accommodate a changing body, with room to further growth.

At Cake Maternity we definitely know what it takes to make a great pregnancy swimsuit!

Features include:

  • Foam cups for added support due to an increase in bust size during pregnancy
  • Wide supportive straps that will not slip off your shoulders
  • Racer back or cross over straps for added support and comfort
  • Built in shelf to help support and keep your bust in position
  • Chlorine resistant fabric
  • Ruched side panels that allow room for a growing belly
  • Modest cut that will keep your body contained and comfortable
  • A one-piece suit as it helps to support a growing belly
swimming pool

Signs it’s time to stop swimming

It is always important to listen to your body. Should you experience any pain or odd sensations that feels unusual and or beyond your expectation, it is advised to stop immediately. Never push through or push yourself beyond what feels normal. Feelings of faintness, shortness of breath, sharp pains, stomach pains and or contractions, dizziness or nausea are all signs that you should stop immediately as there is something very wrong. Move to the side of the pool and get the life guards attention. You need medical attention.

Swimming tips

It is always advised to check with your health care provider before embarking on any new form of exercise. Should swimming be new to you, we advise getting the all clear from your doctor first.

1. Choose a local community pool that is situated close to home. You are more likely to go often than if the pool is a half an hour drive away.

2. Purchase a comfortable supportive, non-restrictive swimsuit suitable for swimming in.

Related: How to Choose a Maternity Swimwear

3. Use goggles, flippers or floating devices if necessary to help support your body when exercising. Not everyone is confident in the water or able to swim lengths.

aqua aerobics during pregnancy

4. Join a pregnancy aqua aerobics class and get motivated. Organised classes are run by trained professionals and are designed to suit your changing body.

5. Listen to your body. Should you feel any unusual pain or feel light headed stop exercising immediately and consult a medical professional.

6. Avoid hot direct sun. Choose an indoor pool with a moderated temperature to help avoid overheating.

7. Drink plenty of water when exercising. Even swimmers need to drink to keep hydrated.

8. Eat a small energy filled snack before exercising to help increase your energy levels. Eat a small snack again after to replace any energy burned.

9. Vary your exercise routine. Keep it interesting by attending different classes and participating in different swimming challenges. This way you are likely to stick with it, as no one feels motivated when they are bored.

10. Create achievable goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. This can help to make exercising fun.

Swimming During Pregnancy: First Trimester

For some women swimming in the first trimester is just not an option. Morning sickness can be debilitating and can prevent you from living a normal life. Be patient with your body. For most women morning sickness will pass by the end of the first trimester.

Swimming During Pregnancy: Second Trimester

As the baby size grows so does your body. The second trimester is the perfect time to start swimming should you have clearance from your healthcare provider. Aim to swim for 30 minutes a day 2 to 3 times a week. Begin slowly and build your swim up over time. Vary your exercises and listen to your body. Some days you may be able to accomplish more than others. Be kind to yourself and give yourself permission to have off days off when you need them.

Swimming During Pregnancy: Third Trimester

Swimming through your third trimester is likely to feel like a welcome relief as your baby bump continues to grow and pressure builds on your body. You may find yourself swimming more than you did in the first and second trimester.

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There is no doubt about it, keeping fit during pregnancy helps reduce your risk of pregnancy related conditions and certainly helps prepare you physically for the delivery of your baby.

Swimming is a fantastic option for women who are looking for a gentle form of exercise. The brilliant thing is that you do not necessarily need to be a seasoned swimmer to take it up during pregnancy.

Women of varying degrees of fitness will benefit from this wonderful form of exercise. Choose to swim lengths, walk lengths of the pool or do a pre-natal aqua aerobics class to enjoy the benefits of the water.

Swimming is the ideal choice because it requires your body to do less work, compared with exercise on land. You will feel weightless and buoyant. Sore and achey body parts will feel a welcomed relief as your body floats and is supported by the water.

benefits of swimming while pregnant
Source: Mali Desha (Unsplash)

Benefits of Swimming While Pregnant

It is recommended to do at least 30 minutes of prenatal exercise per day. It is always a good idea to vary your exercise routine to help keep it interesting. Combining swimming 2 to 3 days a week, with other forms of exercise is a great way to mix things up.

Cardiovascular exercise such as swimming helps to get our heart pumping, boosts blood circulation, improves oxygen levels in the blood, helps to strengthen muscles and loosen joints. All fantastic benefits for expecting women.

There are many reasons why swimming should become part of your weekly routine.

Helps to ease sciatic pain

As you float so does your baby. Pressure is released from your sciatic nerve.

Reduces the feeling of morning sickness

For some women the cool water can help to relieve symptoms of morning sickness i.e nausea.

Keeps you cool

The cool water is likely to be a welcomed relief, especially on a hot summer’s day. When we are pregnant our body temperature rises, so we are affected more by the soaring temperatures in the summer months.

Stress relief

Pregnancy is not only physically demanding on your body but it can also bring about emotional challenges too. Swimming is a great form of exercise that balances cardiovascular fitness, endurance, muscle strength and as such is a great stress release activity.

Boosted energy levels

Throughout pregnancy and generally in life it’s important to have a disciplined workout routine. Exercise also helps our body release endorphins which can help to reduce our perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling — which reduces stress and keeps us happy.

Related: Effective Energy Boosters For Tired Mothers

Helps to improve your pregnancy and labor experience

Swimming will help to improve muscle tone and endurance. Both are very important during the labor process. Labor can take many hours and a strong body is less likely to need intervention.

Related: 9 Ways To Prepare For Labor

Weight management

Swimming along with a healthy diet will help to maintain a healthy weight gain during the pregnancy.

Helps maintain a healthy and happy heart

Swimming is a low-impact exercise that benefits cardiovascular health. Maintaining an increased heart rate for a short period of time helps maintain a healthy and happy heart.

You will find simple everyday activities like walking become easier as you consistently swim. This type of exercise also helps our bodies to sleep better. Cardiovascular exercise also helps increase lung capacity which allows us to take in more oxygen and help breathing.

Increases strength, tones muscles and improves blood circulation

Swimming is a fantastic all over body workout and engages the larger muscle groups like your arms and legs and increases muscle tone. Women tend to put on extra weight during their pregnancy, this is nature’s way of preparing their body for breastfeeding. Exercise can help to keep weight gain in check.

pregnant woman walking on the beach
Source: Anthony Tran (Unsplash)

Reduces the pressure on the spine and surrounding muscles

When we swim we use the majority of the muscles in your body. This eliminates the potential for weakened areas and tension building up on areas such as the spin. Back and shoulder muscles work together to hold your posture up wright reducing pull forward from your belly weight.

Helps to improve the quality of sleep

Including exercise into our daily routines helps to tire the body out. When we are tired we are more likely to get a good nights sleep.

Related: 17 Ways To Sleep Your Way To A Healthier Pregnancy, And A Faster Delivery

It’s low impact and gentle on your body

Swimming is less strenuous on the body as compared to other forms of aerobic exercise.

With a little one on the way, the weight of the womb makes pregnant bodies heavier and puts strain on the joints. Due to natural buoyancy in water, the water acts as a support and your body feels light and weightless.

Helps to relieve painful pregnancy related conditions

Swimming is low impact and is gentle on your joints. It is particularly beneficial for women who struggle with conditions such as swollen ankles and back pain as swimming does not put any pressure on these conditions and helps to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints.

bondi beach

Is Swimming Safe During Pregnancy

The short answer is yes, swimming is a safe form of exercise for a healthy pregnant women.

It is always recommended for any pregnant woman who is taking up a new form of exercise to first consult with her health care professional.

Note to self: If you are not a regular swimmer or an athletic person pre-pregnancy it is always advised to take care and not to push yourself too hard. Start off slow and build up your swim over the months. You should not feel overly exhausted or unwell at anytime. Should you experience any feelings of unwell, consult the lifeguard and or medical professional immediately.

For those women who are fit and use to an exercise routine pre-pregnancy, care should also be taken as some activities may need to be modified. Speak with swimming instructors first before you take on any swimming program.

Be mindful when swimming

Check if the water is clean

Avoid swimming in dirty/unclean water. Your body is more susceptible to illness and bugs. Stick with workouts in properly-chlorinated pools that have plenty of good air ventilation. Avoid poorly ventilated chlorinated buildings as they could make you feel dizzy and sick.

Can I swim in a hot tub?

Stick to cool water as warmer waters are likely to cause your body to overheat. Heated water could leave you feeling dizzy and or faint. Bugs/germs are also more likely to be found in warmer/hot waters.

Tread carefully

Always be mindful of where you step in and around swimming pools. Tiled floors can be slippery. Walk slowly and never rush.

Can I dive into the pool?

Slide carefully or step into the pool gently. Jumping in or diving into the water can cause a build-up of bubbles up inside of your body due to the sudden change of altitude under the pressure of the water. Growing babies are not equipped to deal with this change.

Consistent breathing

Avoid holding your breath and use the correct breathing technique while you swim. Your baby is reliant on your breaths and constant flow of breathing.

Do I need to drink water?

Whilst it may not seem like it. You do still sweat when you swim. Keeping hydrated is particularly important when you are pregnant. Keep a bottle of water close by and take small sips often to help hydrate. Dehydration can lead to feelings of dizziness, fainting and nausea.

What foods should I eat before exercise?

During pregnancy our body is working very hard to grow a tiny human inside of us. The food we eat not only aids in his or her growth but also determines your well-being too. Eat small meals often to avoid feeling hungry and tired. Choose healthy options such as fruit, vegetables, proteins and low gi carbohydrates which will not only keep you fuller for longer but will help to give you more energy to get through your day.

Women that participate in regular exercise will need more energy rich foods to help ensure they have the stamina to get through their workout. Ie. wholemeal bread, brown rice, pasta, to name a few.

maternity swimwear

What to Wear While Swimming

The overall objective is to feel comfortable. Avoid swimsuits that are tight and restrictive or clothing that is loose and likely to get tangled in and around your body while you swim. An ideal suit should fit snug but comfortably, hugging and supporting you in all the right places.

As your body changes shape and your bump continues to grow, it is likely that your favourite swimsuit will no longer fit. If your swimsuit is feeling restrictive and tight it is advised to purchase a new one. Maternity swimsuits are a great option as they have been especially designed to accommodate a changing body, with room to further growth.

At Cake Maternity we definitely know what it takes to make a great pregnancy swimsuit!

Features include:

  • Foam cups for added support due to an increase in bust size during pregnancy
  • Wide supportive straps that will not slip off your shoulders
  • Racer back or cross over straps for added support and comfort
  • Built in shelf to help support and keep your bust in position
  • Chlorine resistant fabric
  • Ruched side panels that allow room for a growing belly
  • Modest cut that will keep your body contained and comfortable
  • A one-piece suit as it helps to support a growing belly
swimming pool

Signs it’s time to stop swimming

It is always important to listen to your body. Should you experience any pain or odd sensations that feels unusual and or beyond your expectation, it is advised to stop immediately. Never push through or push yourself beyond what feels normal. Feelings of faintness, shortness of breath, sharp pains, stomach pains and or contractions, dizziness or nausea are all signs that you should stop immediately as there is something very wrong. Move to the side of the pool and get the life guards attention. You need medical attention.

Swimming tips

It is always advised to check with your health care provider before embarking on any new form of exercise. Should swimming be new to you, we advise getting the all clear from your doctor first.

1. Choose a local community pool that is situated close to home. You are more likely to go often than if the pool is a half an hour drive away.

2. Purchase a comfortable supportive, non-restrictive swimsuit suitable for swimming in.

Related: How to Choose a Maternity Swimwear

3. Use goggles, flippers or floating devices if necessary to help support your body when exercising. Not everyone is confident in the water or able to swim lengths.

aqua aerobics during pregnancy

4. Join a pregnancy aqua aerobics class and get motivated. Organised classes are run by trained professionals and are designed to suit your changing body.

5. Listen to your body. Should you feel any unusual pain or feel light headed stop exercising immediately and consult a medical professional.

6. Avoid hot direct sun. Choose an indoor pool with a moderated temperature to help avoid overheating.

7. Drink plenty of water when exercising. Even swimmers need to drink to keep hydrated.

8. Eat a small energy filled snack before exercising to help increase your energy levels. Eat a small snack again after to replace any energy burned.

9. Vary your exercise routine. Keep it interesting by attending different classes and participating in different swimming challenges. This way you are likely to stick with it, as no one feels motivated when they are bored.

10. Create achievable goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. This can help to make exercising fun.

Swimming During Pregnancy: First Trimester

For some women swimming in the first trimester is just not an option. Morning sickness can be debilitating and can prevent you from living a normal life. Be patient with your body. For most women morning sickness will pass by the end of the first trimester.

Swimming During Pregnancy: Second Trimester

As the baby size grows so does your body. The second trimester is the perfect time to start swimming should you have clearance from your healthcare provider. Aim to swim for 30 minutes a day 2 to 3 times a week. Begin slowly and build your swim up over time. Vary your exercises and listen to your body. Some days you may be able to accomplish more than others. Be kind to yourself and give yourself permission to have off days off when you need them.

Swimming During Pregnancy: Third Trimester

Swimming through your third trimester is likely to feel like a welcome relief as your baby bump continues to grow and pressure builds on your body. You may find yourself swimming more than you did in the first and second trimester.

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As you know, labor can be long and drawn out or it can be quick (relatively speaking). We’ve selected some songs that will make you laugh, cry, cringe, skip (not literally)…

As you know, labor can be long and drawn out or it can be quick (relatively speaking). We’ve selected some songs that will make you laugh, cry, cringe, skip (not literally), giggle, relax, energise, reflect and best of all, create memories.

Sit tight for approximately 6 hours of non-stop laboring songs that may help you (or distract you for a little while anyhow) get through your labour. Please note, these are not in any particular order, as we all know, labour can quicken or slow down depending on your contractions.

concert fans
Source: Anthony Delanoix (Unsplash)

We’ve got something for everyone listed below to guide you through your contractions and to ease you through your breathing:

  1. Believer – Imagine Dragons
  2. A Little Bit Longer – Jonas Brothers
  3. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
  4. The Edge Of Glory – Lady Gaga
  5. Take Me Home – Johnny Cash
  6. That’s Not My Name – Ting Tings
  7. I Lived – One Republic
  8. Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
  9. Marathon – Rush
  10. Breathin – Ariana Grande
  11. Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift
playing guitar
Source: Gabriel Gurrola (Unsplash)

12. Firework – Kate Perry

13. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

14. Oops I Did It Again – Britney Spears

15. About A Girl – The Academy Is

16. Cuts Like A Knife – Bryan Adams

17. The Light Is Coming – Ariana Grande

18. High Hopes – Panic at the Disco

19. Love Drunk – Boys like Girls

20. Run – Awolnation

21. On Hold – The XX

22. Wake Me Up – Wham

headset
Source: Alphacolor (Unsplash)

23. Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

24. 3AM – Matchbox 20

25. Survivor – Destiny’s Child

26. You Can Do It – Ice Cube

27. Patience – Guns ‘n’ Roses

28. Born To Be A Winner – Bonnie Tyler

29. You Need To Calm Down – Taylor Swift

30. Highest In The Room – Travis Scott

31. Born Again – Black Sabbath

32. Call Out My Name – The Weekend

33. Chrysalis – Empire Of The Sun

34. Love It If We Made It – The 1975

35. Break Out – Foo Fighters

36. High And Low – Empire Of The Sun

37. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club (preferably the version from ‘The Wedding Singer’)

38. Tonight Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins

39. Today – Smashing Pumpkins

40. Dig Down – Muse

41. Just The 2 Of Us – Grover Washington Jnr (Did someone say twins?)

42. Close To Me – The Cure

43. Let It Go – Idina Menzel (you might be hearing this a lot more if you happen to have a daughter)

44. Scream – Usher

45. Pain – 3 Days Grace

46. Love Hurts – Nazareth

47. Hurts So Good – John Cougar Mellencamp

48. Counting Stars – One Republic

49. Any song from the Band Primal Scream (yep, get used to these ones)

50. All My Life – Foo Fighters

playing piano outdoor
Source: OC Gonzalez (Unsplash)

51. Satisfaction – Benny Benassi

52. I Want To Break Free – Queen

53. Take My Breath Away – Berlin (aka Top Gun)

54. Push It – Salt-N-Pepa

55. Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins (aka Top Gun)

songs for labor
Source: Namroud Gorguis (Unsplash)

56. Standing In The Way Of Control – The Gossip

57. Don’t Panic – Coldplay

58. Pressure – Muse

59. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam

60. Rebel Yell – Billy Idol

61. I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

62. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf

63. Under Pressure – Queen

64. Sucker For Pain – Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons W/ Logic &

Ty Dolla $ign Ft X Ambassadors

65. I’ll Be There For You – Bon Jovi

66. I’m Coming Up – Pink

There’s so many songs about water, floating and lots about sinking (we didn’t add any of them) so if you find yourself floating, here are some of the best of the best of Water Birth songs:

67. Float On – Modest Mouse

68. Night Swimming – Rem

69. Shallow – Lady Gaga

70. Even Flow – Pearl Jam

71. 10:15 – The Cure

72. Underwater – Rüfüs Du Sol

73. Tidal Wave – Portugal The Man

enjoying the music
Source: Stephen Arnold (Unsplash)

If you need some extra endurance for your labour, then here are some for the long haul:

74. Get Ready For This – 2 Unlimited

75. Gonna Make You Sweat – C&C Music Factory

76. Try – Pink

77. Breathe – Prodigy

78. Stronger – Britney Spears

79. No Way Back – Foo Fighters

80. Lose Control – Meduza, Becky Hill, Goodboys

81. Stand By Me – Ben E King

82. Hold On – Wilson Phillips

83. The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy

84. All Day And All Of The Night – The Kinks

85. Need You Tonight – Inxs

concert-goers
Source: Aditya Chinchure (Unsplash)

A little bit of tongue in cheek for these ones but thought you might get a giggle from these regarding the drugs or the need/ want for them:

86. Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi

87. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – The Beatles

88. Feel It Still – Portugal The Man

89. The Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve

90. Give Me Novacaine – Green Day

91. Gimme More – Britney Spears

When it’s all over and done – we sometimes forget that you get to meet your baby. Well done Mumma, time to relax and get to know your bundle of joy.

92. So Real – Jeff Buckley

93. In These Arms – Bon Jovi

94. Nice To Meet You – Niall Horan

95. Born This Way – Lady Gaga

96. You Are My Sunshine – Johnny Cash

97. Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran

98. Lullaby – The Cure

99. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses

100. I’m A Slave For You – Britney Spears

man playing guitar
Source: Alexandre St Louis (Unsplash)

Please comment below if you have any extras to add.

As you know, labor can be long and drawn out or it can be quick (relatively speaking). We’ve selected some songs that will make you laugh, cry, cringe, skip (not literally), giggle, relax, energise, reflect and best of all, create memories.

Sit tight for approximately 6 hours of non-stop laboring songs that may help you (or distract you for a little while anyhow) get through your labour. Please note, these are not in any particular order, as we all know, labour can quicken or slow down depending on your contractions.

concert fans
Source: Anthony Delanoix (Unsplash)

We’ve got something for everyone listed below to guide you through your contractions and to ease you through your breathing:

  1. Believer – Imagine Dragons
  2. A Little Bit Longer – Jonas Brothers
  3. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
  4. The Edge Of Glory – Lady Gaga
  5. Take Me Home – Johnny Cash
  6. That’s Not My Name – Ting Tings
  7. I Lived – One Republic
  8. Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
  9. Marathon – Rush
  10. Breathin – Ariana Grande
  11. Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift
playing guitar
Source: Gabriel Gurrola (Unsplash)

12. Firework – Kate Perry

13. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

14. Oops I Did It Again – Britney Spears

15. About A Girl – The Academy Is

16. Cuts Like A Knife – Bryan Adams

17. The Light Is Coming – Ariana Grande

18. High Hopes – Panic at the Disco

19. Love Drunk – Boys like Girls

20. Run – Awolnation

21. On Hold – The XX

22. Wake Me Up – Wham

headset
Source: Alphacolor (Unsplash)

23. Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

24. 3AM – Matchbox 20

25. Survivor – Destiny’s Child

26. You Can Do It – Ice Cube

27. Patience – Guns ‘n’ Roses

28. Born To Be A Winner – Bonnie Tyler

29. You Need To Calm Down – Taylor Swift

30. Highest In The Room – Travis Scott

31. Born Again – Black Sabbath

32. Call Out My Name – The Weekend

33. Chrysalis – Empire Of The Sun

34. Love It If We Made It – The 1975

35. Break Out – Foo Fighters

36. High And Low – Empire Of The Sun

37. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club (preferably the version from ‘The Wedding Singer’)

38. Tonight Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins

39. Today – Smashing Pumpkins

40. Dig Down – Muse

41. Just The 2 Of Us – Grover Washington Jnr (Did someone say twins?)

42. Close To Me – The Cure

43. Let It Go – Idina Menzel (you might be hearing this a lot more if you happen to have a daughter)

44. Scream – Usher

45. Pain – 3 Days Grace

46. Love Hurts – Nazareth

47. Hurts So Good – John Cougar Mellencamp

48. Counting Stars – One Republic

49. Any song from the Band Primal Scream (yep, get used to these ones)

50. All My Life – Foo Fighters

playing piano outdoor
Source: OC Gonzalez (Unsplash)

51. Satisfaction – Benny Benassi

52. I Want To Break Free – Queen

53. Take My Breath Away – Berlin (aka Top Gun)

54. Push It – Salt-N-Pepa

55. Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins (aka Top Gun)

songs for labor
Source: Namroud Gorguis (Unsplash)

56. Standing In The Way Of Control – The Gossip

57. Don’t Panic – Coldplay

58. Pressure – Muse

59. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam

60. Rebel Yell – Billy Idol

61. I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

62. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf

63. Under Pressure – Queen

64. Sucker For Pain – Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons W/ Logic &

Ty Dolla $ign Ft X Ambassadors

65. I’ll Be There For You – Bon Jovi

66. I’m Coming Up – Pink

There’s so many songs about water, floating and lots about sinking (we didn’t add any of them) so if you find yourself floating, here are some of the best of the best of Water Birth songs:

67. Float On – Modest Mouse

68. Night Swimming – Rem

69. Shallow – Lady Gaga

70. Even Flow – Pearl Jam

71. 10:15 – The Cure

72. Underwater – Rüfüs Du Sol

73. Tidal Wave – Portugal The Man

enjoying the music
Source: Stephen Arnold (Unsplash)

If you need some extra endurance for your labour, then here are some for the long haul:

74. Get Ready For This – 2 Unlimited

75. Gonna Make You Sweat – C&C Music Factory

76. Try – Pink

77. Breathe – Prodigy

78. Stronger – Britney Spears

79. No Way Back – Foo Fighters

80. Lose Control – Meduza, Becky Hill, Goodboys

81. Stand By Me – Ben E King

82. Hold On – Wilson Phillips

83. The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy

84. All Day And All Of The Night – The Kinks

85. Need You Tonight – Inxs

concert-goers
Source: Aditya Chinchure (Unsplash)

A little bit of tongue in cheek for these ones but thought you might get a giggle from these regarding the drugs or the need/ want for them:

86. Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi

87. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – The Beatles

88. Feel It Still – Portugal The Man

89. The Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve

90. Give Me Novacaine – Green Day

91. Gimme More – Britney Spears

When it’s all over and done – we sometimes forget that you get to meet your baby. Well done Mumma, time to relax and get to know your bundle of joy.

92. So Real – Jeff Buckley

93. In These Arms – Bon Jovi

94. Nice To Meet You – Niall Horan

95. Born This Way – Lady Gaga

96. You Are My Sunshine – Johnny Cash

97. Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran

98. Lullaby – The Cure

99. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses

100. I’m A Slave For You – Britney Spears

man playing guitar
Source: Alexandre St Louis (Unsplash)

Please comment below if you have any extras to add.

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