Expectant women and new mums have a lot to contend with right now as the natural anxieties associated with pregnancy are coupled with Coronavirus concerns.
To help ease your mind we’ve pulled together a list of calming, practical tips for day-to-day life and readying your hospital bag that can help you to feel more prepared for motherhood.
Support tips for pregnancy during Coronavirus
Limiting your social contact and regularly washing your hands is thought to be the best way to protect yourself, your baby or your blossoming bump but it’s also important that you keep in touch with your antenatal and postnatal team as well as friends and family.
Sarah is our Ecommerce Team Leader and is currently expecting her first child. Here she tells us how she’s keeping connected during her 12-week isolation period.
“It’s pretty daunting to be told that you need to distance yourself from friends, family and colleagues for the next couple of months. I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home but have found the move out of the office to be quite isolating.
“Regular calls into the office help me feel connected with the team and keep me motivated. We’re lucky to live in a time with so much technology at our fingertips and I am grateful that I can have video calls with friends and family and even participate in my weekly yoga class remotely!”
Prepare your hospital bag well in advance
Whether you’re planning to deliver at home, in a midwife-led centre or in hospital, during the lead-up to your due date you might want to prepare a kit containing items you’ll need during labour.
In these uncertain times some essentials can be hard to come by, so we suggest preparing your hospital bag well in advance. Not only is this practical and exciting to do, it also gives you something productive to do during periods of self-isolation.
Unsure what you need in your hospital bag? To help you pack we’ve compiled a list of essentials for mothers-to-be and newborn babies.
We understand that at these uncertain times you’ll want to get the most out of every item you by so we’ve explained which of our long-lasting products can be used by both mum and baby.
Birth essentials for your hospital bag
An ultra-gentle post-birth shower gel
Childbirth is exhausting and as your body starts the recovery process, you’ll welcome the opportunity to have a soothing shower.
During the immediate period after childbirth you might find that some areas are particularly sensitive to synthetic fragrances and foaming chemical ingredients.
For this reason, you may wish to consider using our Scent Free Shower Gel, which like all of our shower gels, does not contain harsh ingredients such as alcohol or SLS.
A natural deodorant to keep you feeling fresh
To keep body odour at bay, don’t forget to pack a roll-on made with natural sweat-fighting ingredients in your maternity hospital bag. Unlike chemical antiperspirants, Green People roll-on deodorants are enriched with safe and natural prebiotics, Zinc ricinolate and organic plant actives.
A natural balm for perineal massage
Worried about your risk of damaging the perineum during childbirth? Suitable for use on the perineum from 34 weeks, our Mum & Baby Rescue Balm is made with a skin-softening blend of organic oils that can help to soften the perineum ahead of childbirth.
It is designed to be gentle on delicate skin so can also be used to soothe newborn infant skin. If you go in for an induction, then this is well worth taking with you.
A pure nipple cream to support breastfeeding
Worried cracked nipples will make breastfeeding or pumping milk painful? Our Mum & Baby Rescue Balm is also perfect to use as a soothing nipple cream.
Scent-free and suitable for use before, during and after feeding, it soothes sore nipples and because it is made with natural, skin-calming ingredients, it can be left on the skin to provide long-term protection from soreness and irritation.
An 'everything' balm
Motherhood can throw so many challenges your way and the calming botanical Calendula and Lavender blend used to make our Organic Babies Salve is a staple that can help you to calm everything from cradle cap to nappy rash.
Mums can even use this soothing salve to soften and protect hands left dry from nappy changes or, apply a little to the temples and use as a stress-relieving balm.
A calming nappy cream
Be ready to repel dampness and soothe sore bottoms with our 100% natural nappy cream.
Made with Zinc oxide, Chamomile Calendula and Beeswax, it is compatible with cloth nappies and packed with organic goodness. Not just for nappies, this multi-purpose chamomile cream relieves red, sore skin anywhere. Apply to skin whenever it needs a soothing touch.
Don't forget your toothpaste
A change in hormonal levels can leave pregnant women vulnerable to oral health concerns so it’s essential that you take good care of your teeth[ii]. To protect teeth from bacterial growth without the need for harsh chemical ingredients, be sure to pack a tube of Green People’s natural toothpaste.
Available in a choice of four flavours, these natural formulas release a gentle burst of organic freshness to keep your mouth feeling clean.
What do you have in your maternity hospital toiletry bag? Let us know by using #GreenYourRoutine on social, or leave us a comment below.