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Nourish + Nurture: What you really expect when you're expecting (and beyond)

Expecting a baby is undoubtedly one of life's most transformative experiences. From the initial excitement to the anticipation of your new arrival and everything in between, pregnancy is a rollercoaster of emotions. However, amidst the baby shower and decorating the nursery, there are certain aspects of pregnancy that often get overlooked. In this blog post, we delve into the realities of what women truly need when expecting, beyond the clichés and Instagram-worthy moments.

Meal train – There's nothing quite like the love and support of a meal train from your village. From comforting casseroles to homemade soups, each dish is a warm hug for the tired parents navigating the whirlwind of newborn life. Meal trains can be organised by a loved one either themselves or using an online platform, enabling people to choose a date for food drop off. These acts of kindness nourish both body and soul. We recommend

Let’s not forget the mama! - As everyone celebrates the arrival of the newest addition to the family, let's not overlook the true champion of this beautiful journey – the mother herself. Why not treat the radiant mama to a little self-care indulgence? Whether it’s a bath soak, a soothing massage, or a cozy robe for those precious moments of relaxation. These small but thoughtful gestures serve as reminders of her importance and strength when she might need it most. Because when we nourish mama's well-being, her love and resilience shine even brighter.

Speaking of presents… – If you’re wanting to buy a gift for the baby, ask the mama to be what she might need or want. This thoughtful act provides a gift that is going to be used and cherished, plus makes it easier for the person buying too!

Don’t message asking if the baby has arrived yet – Despite meticulous birth plans and preparation, childbirth is inherently unpredictable. Whether they’ve had the baby or remain patiently awaiting their arrival, when they are ready, mothers will tell you that their baby has arrived.

Enthusiastic cheerleaders – Women need a village to hold them throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period. People to support their birth choices, respect their space, and assist them with activities of daily living when things might feel a little hard. These supporters offer a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a hand to hold as they navigate the ups and downs of their journey.

Don’t expect the pregnant mama to be the 'deso' driver - Let's face it – pregnancy isn't all glowing skin and baby kicks; sometimes it's just plain uncomfortable and a craving for hot chippies at 3 am. While the squad's out partying, there's often an unspoken assumption that mama-to-be will happily take the wheel. But hey, growing a tiny human is exhausting work! So, let's cut her some slack and acknowledge that she might not always be up for playing chauffeur.

The well-meaning advice-givers – Pregnancy seems to attract unsolicited advice like bees to honey. Well-meaning friends, family members, and even strangers may feel compelled to share their pearls of wisdom about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. While their intentions may be good, navigating the onslaught of advice can be overwhelming. Expect to receive a barrage of conflicting opinions and recommendations, from old wives' tales to the latest parenting trends. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt and trust your instincts as you navigate this maze of well-intentioned guidance.

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