Don’t you just want to squeeze their little cheeks? What could be more beautiful than 30 adorable babies… They’re not that little for long and that’s why it’s best to book your newborn photography shoot in their first few weeks of life – when they’re the sleepiest and oh, so dreamiest. You wouldn’t believe how fast the first few months go. One minute you’re in the birthing suite and the next, you’re going to mothers’ group.

You’ve heard the saying, “they grow up so quickly”. Between your Aunt, your Nan and every woman who’s had children that you’ve ever spoken to, you’ve probably heard it a million times. They say it because, well, it’s true.

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If you’re currently pregnant, you’re going to be reading this with great enthusiasm, thinking about all the exciting things you need to do in preparation for the arrival of your little one. Newborn photography is on the list – you’ve heard all about it, your friends with kids did it, and what’s-her-name, from the prenatal yoga class organised their photoshoot too. You want to make sure you get it right. Afterall, you’ve heard about all the bad experiences people have had – and that is not going to happen to you. So here you are doing your research, making sure to cover-off on all basis before you make your final decision. It’s okay, we get it, this is an investment and you want to make sure your newborn photographer gets you – understands you.

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On the other hand, you may be sitting on the couch, scrolling on your phone and just happen to come across this blog. You look up and see your teenage son rummaging through the fridge only to find “there’s no food Mum” because he’s sooooo hungry, all the time. On the other side of the lounge room is your pre-teen, 10 going on 15-year-old daughter. She’s glued to her iPad, looking at all the things she doesn’t have and “needs it now because everyone else has it”. You close your eyes, just for a minute, because that’s all the time you have, and try to remember their newborn faces… remember those times? When they loved you unconditionally (which I’m sure they still do in their own way). Remember when they would smile the moment you looked them in the eye. Or how they would giggle when you would kiss their belly. The way they would look at you when you were feeding. Such simpler times… You wish you had organised a newborn photographer to capture those very moments. Especially now that you’re reading this. Don’t fret, you can make up for that now by booking in for a family photoshoot. It may even be on your to-do list. You’ll never regret having a family photoshoot, but, you may regret not having one.

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Back to the Mum-to-be who’s ready to get started on what’s going to be the most rewarding, yet challenging and fulfilling journey of her entire life. As you look around your home, you start to picture life as a Mum. You see yourself sitting over there on the sofa, feeding your little one, and over there by the island bench, you see yourself playing aeroplane, trying to get bub to eat their mashed pumpkin. Your nursery is full of all the things you could possibly need to make sure you are as prepared as you can be, to take care of this tiny human. If you’re super organised, and depending on how far along you are, you may already have your hospital bag packed, it might even be waiting by the front door. Here’s a little secret, you may not actually get to use what’s in that bag. So many of us have tremendous plans going into birth, only to find out their new boss (bub) has other ideas. Well, it’s best to be prepared anyway, right? Even if the best laid plans… how does the rest of that sentence go? That’s right, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Doesn’t matter though – you’re prepared and that’s all that matters at this point in time. It’s all mental preparation anyway, really. That’s what will get you through the tough times – you know those times, the ones that are set to make us stronger. Like childbirth, which despite all the stories you’ve heard, will be one of the most magical moments in your entire life. If only you could be as prepared for those sleepless nights as you are for labour. Nothing can prepare you for that.

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You’ve probably found that time has already gone so quick. It only felt like a few weeks ago that you found out you were expecting, and now, you’re getting ready to meet your little munchkin. Amazing. Next minute, it’s 3am and your rocking and swaying like a crazy lady, pacing up and down the hallway, shooshing for what feels like forever, in an attempt to put your angel to bed. Then, in the blink of an eye it’s their first birthday and you can’t believe you survived the year. You can’t even bring yourself to thinking about kindergarten or primary school – it just feels sooooo far away. But is it? Like, really? …. (um hand waving here… suddenly your baby is towering over you, and the second not too far off).

Newborn Photography ~ Memories. Moments. Family.

Your home is full of beautiful things. There’s that vase you picked up at that trendy antiques store in Norwood. Oh, and that amazing lamp you found at the treasure market in Adelaide. You can’t forget that delightfully scented candle from Hahndorf. Your floorboards are polished and your soft rug matches your block-out blinds. The stone benchtop glistens as the afternoon sun seeps in, lifting the hint of grey on your walls. Or perhaps, this is your future home… Whatever your home looks like, imagine the precious face of your little one bringing your home to life, complementing your décor as works of art. Perhaps it’s that close-up of their tiny face, or that endless moment of love captured between you… This is what turns your house into a home. Memories. Moments. Family.

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That is exactly what’s captured in newborn photography. Remember that time at your 21st when you really wanted to get that special pic, but it didn’t happen. Or at your Formal when you were too shy to get professional photos done – and oh, how you wish you had them now. Do not let this be one of those times.

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Capturing those precious moments in life doesn’t have to be hard. Let your newborn photographer take care of you – after all, that’s exactly what they want to do. They want to make this photoshoot as relaxing and special as it can be. Let your photographer do the work – trust me, for them, it’s not work, they literally live and breathe this stuff. At just a few weeks old, you won’t believe the peace and calmness that comes from a single shot of your precious little angel. Actually, you will, and that’s why you’re here, reading this, getting organised while you’re still pregnant. Because you know how quickly life can pass you by, and you want to hold on to the memories of your baby, forever.

To find out more about Newborn Photography and having your new baby photographed feel free to take a look around for more information contact me here. I would love to chat and would be honoured to photograph and capture this chapter of your family’s life.

Melissa x

AIPP South Australian Professional Newborn Photographer of the Year 2019

BOOK MELISSA FOR YOUR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY MEMORIES NOW

 

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Exercise during pregnancy and after…

Do you want to safely exercise and regain strength and feel better during pregnancy, as well as after having a baby? All while taking into consideration your pelvic floor and the recovery of your separated abdominal muscles?

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Last week I met another local Adelaide business owner, Kat Warr, who does just this. She is a physiotherapist with a special interest in pre and post natal women and owns IvoryRose Physiotherapy for Her . IvoryRose run mums and bubs classes as well as pre-natal classes for pregnant women and their purpose is to provide a safe place for ladies to come along with their babies and work out while they are safely exercising and also pushing them to achieve maximum results.

This specialised care puts your mind at ease and allows you to stay active and continue regular exercise during pregnancy and also once baby arrives. The Pilates classes will help you keep healthy and strong during pregnancy as well as enable you to regain important strength and energy once baby arrives as you ease back into exercise.

Kat says “our classes combine a lot of strengthening exercises to get our bodies working. During pregnancy and after babies there are many muscles that women aren’t use to using which can be a leading cause for pain throughout their body. We try to strengthen these areas in order to prevent problems developing. We combine the use of the reformer with the mat and resistance training to hit all bases as well as some added cardio to boost those endorphins. Our classes are small and personalised with just four people in each session allowing us to really focus and take care of each individual.”

“It’s important that mums have this time for themselves, at least for a small portion of her day. We have created this safe place for our ladies to come with their little ones and work out in a way that makes them feel confident and nurtured, but equally pushed and challenged. Of course, to do this we need to ensure that babies are entertained so we have kitted out our space with a range of swings, mats, bouncers, activity gyms and even a ball pit. Sometimes, in desperate times, the instructors will even wear the babies in a carrier for mum, just to make sure she gets a solid workout in.”  How awesome is that! This truly is a one of a kind, personalised service for women in our community. Kat is lovely and is very passionate about ensuring women look after their bodies and know you CAN get back to ‘normal’ after babies and that we shouldn’t accept leaky pelvic floors are the norm just because you’ve had a baby.

There are 28 timeslots per week for these personalised exercises/Pilates classes, providing women with plenty of opportunity to fit some ‘me time’ into their week.

And don’t forget IvoryRose is a full physiotherapy service for women. As the body undergoes major changes around this time many of these changes can present challenges for women’s bodies. There are a variety of conditions, aches and pains during pregnancy (and after baby is born), that IvoryRose Physiotherapy can assist you with during this special time. Kat and her team have extensive training in the field of women’s health, pelvic floor and pre and post natal care.

IvoryRose Physiotherapy for Her is a unique Physiotherapy service designed by, and with a special interest in Women. Their focus is on assisting and supporting the female body throughout the various stages of life, working closely with General Practitioners, Surgeons and Womens’ Health Specialists to ensure the utmost care is provided.

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This is the perfect combination of self care and exercise to ensure your body will strengthen and cope with the changes of pregnancy and once baby arrives. It sounds like a perfect plan to me.

For more information contact Kat and her team:

Phone: 0401569209
email: info@ivoryrosephysio.com.au
www.ivoryrosephysio.com.au
104 The Parade, Norwood

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I spend so much time talking to new mums, parents and parents to be and I LOVE hearing of great Adelaide businesses. I’ve made it my mission to find these and share them with you. Especially those I wish were around years ago. So the first one to share ….. a little place everyone should know about…

Every mama needs to know about Mama & Bump. I recently met up with the gorgeous Renee, owner of Mama & Bump. Mama & Bump specialise in pregnancy, postpartum and women’s massage therapy. She makes you feel so very welcome and has that lovely nurturing vibe about her. You’ll feel at ease knowing she is a qualified remedial massage therapist with specialist training in pregnancy and postnatal massage. So you are certainly in safe hands.

As a mum of three herself, Renee knows how amazing our bodies are and just what they go through during and after pregnancy and not to mention the changes and stresses we go through emotionally too. She focuses solely on pregnancy, post natal and women’s massage therapy (you don’t even have to be a mama or mama to be)

Renee will take the time to get to know you, your body, your health and how you are feeling to ensure you get most from your massage treatment

Not only can massage help reduce the stresses and just generally relax your mind and aching body it can also assist with a myriad of other ailments. Pregnancy in particular can cause a lot of stress on our hips and pelvis as well as the upper shoulder area. I know, myself, I suffered from symphysis pubis (separation of the pelvic bone) which required almost weekly treatments. Renee’s massage can also compliment any physio treatments you may be receiving and help that treatment program along. Renee explained that lymphatic drainage massage is another very effective treatment for, the all common, swelling suffered by many women during pregnancy.

Massage is really valuable and helps many women during IVF treatment. A lot of anxiety is built up for women, especially during certain phases of IVF treatment. She’s found many women use massage to assist in reducing the anxiety and stress associated with IVF.

There are many common questions asked about pregnancy massage – here’s a few things you may wish to know (see below):Adelaide mums pregnancy massage baby newborn

 

What are the benefits of pregnancy massage?
There are lots of benefits including: reducing stress and anxiety, relaxation and improved sleep, treats discomforts of pregnancy, decreases muscle tension, elevates mood, provides comforting and nutruing experience

When is the best time?
Pregnancy massages are suitable through the entire pregnancy

Can anybody provide massage for pregnant women?
No you need to ensure your therapist is specifically trained in pregnancy massage as they understand the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy and what precautions need to be taken. A trained therapist will use appropriate and the safest techniques for pregnancy

 

Renee is tucked away in her cute little treatment rooms in the north eastern suburbs of Adelaide (Highbury) and also has a beautiful selection of items for mums and babies. I fell in love with so many of her products she has on display and really wished many of them were around during my pregnancy. So much so that I couldn’t’ resist purchasing at least something – I couldn’t resist the scrumptious handmade vegan…….soaps…….I’ve been using it every day since. So beautiful.

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So do yourself a favour, whether it’s a special treat or you would like regular treatments to look after yourself, head on over to Renee’s website to see more about her services and pregnancy massage. She has gift voucher’s available (hint hint dad’s to be!) or even just check out her online shop for a lovely selection of items for mums and bubs.

Mama & Bump offers private health rebates for remedial services (always check first and also check with your health insurance company about what you can claim)

 

To get in touch with Renee
0413 954 653
Shop 4, 999 Lower North East Road
Highbury
www.mamaandbump.com.au

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