Every month we talk to a glam mummy that you might recognise, about her journey from girl-about-town to stylish mummy. This month I sat down with Kerstin, who runs the blog the LUX MUMMA. Her platform is open and non-judgmental where you can expect to find honest reviews and recommendations on premium family products and brands, the occasional fabulous fashion find, interviews with inspirational mums and dads from around the globe and plenty of family friendly luxury travel along the way. You can check it out here - LuxMumma.com
What would be your one tip to a pregnant first time mum?
This might seem like a cliché, but I do believe that knowledge is power. So my tip would be to download all the relevant pregnancy apps, buy those first-time parent books and speak to other mums about their experiences. Whilst there will still be surprises along the way, the more you know, the better you can prepare yourself for the journey ahead.
How did you prepare for your baby’s birth? Is there anything you would do differently?
As with most other parents, I did prepare a birth plan, and also discuss the possible birth scenarios with my consultant. I was lucky that it did go to plan, however this is not always the case so be prepared to be flexible when it comes to your expectations. Looking back, the only thing I would change is practising hypnobirthing techniques, as I have received such positive feedback from other mums who practised hypnobirthing
What is your must have hospital bag item?
A comfy robe and fluffy slippers!
Describe your birth experience in five words.
Positive, Calm, Empowering, Incredible and Life-changing.
Those early days of motherhood can be quite lonely, what did you do for emotional, physical and practical support?
I was fortunate that my hospital provided great aftercare, and my mum came over from Australia and stayed with us for a month to lend her support which made a world of difference especially in those first months
As a woman your body changes so much through pregnancy, birth and postnatally. How did you find dressing for your new shape? What are your top tips for dressing a bump and then postnatally?
Rather than only sourcing maternity wear, I decided to buy pieces with stretch and those which I could continue to wear after pregnancy. Therefore, I found sizing up really worked as my bump grew and I could still shop at my favourite boutiques. Postnatally, particularly during the newborn stage where you are more often that not exhausted, I preferred practical, comfortable clothes that were also breastfeeding friendly.
For many women their confidence can dip after having a baby, what advice can you give new mums to boost their self-esteem?
Don’t rush anything, forget the external pressures to ‘get your body back’, this is unrealistic and is the last thing on your mind. Your body has just performed the greatest miracle and needs a little rest. Just enjoy those new born moments and spend time with family and friends. If you need a little alone time, book in a spa experience or a pampering session, it always works a treat.
As a mummy it can be hard to fit in ‘me time’, how do you make sure you get yours?
I find the best way is to set aside me time each week, from getting my hair done or my nails, or even a coffee with a friends. Sometimes we can get so busy we forget this me time and it is important to schedule it in your diary and try and honour it each week.