Spring is here and of course we all want to make the transition from winter boots to summer sandals as effortlessly as possible. Most of us will have neglected our feet a bit over the colder months and they’re probably aching from the extra pregnancy weight, so it is vital that we take time to make them feel great and look sandal ready! If you don’t have time to head to your nearest nail bar or spa, or prefer to look after your feet yourself, a self-pedicure is easy to do once you know how.
What do I need to know before I get started?
A foot spa can be safe to use during pregnancy, and foot treatments are safe, so long as you make your therapist aware. You will need to avoid massaging your ankles and also if you attend a spa make sure you get a reputable and fully qualified therapist - especially if you’re considering reflexology, as certain areas could just start labour off!
So what do you need to get started?
If you haven't got yourself a foot spa then now might be the time to invest in one. You will want to keep the temperature warm - but not too hot. Set the mood to relax, and maybe check out our meditation blog so you can combine into your time.
If you haven't got a spa then a bowl of warm water with a few bubbles in will be just fine. You’ll also need:
A pumice stone
Your favourite nail varnish
Clean your feet with a warm damp flannel and remove any old nail varnish
You will need to grab a book and let your feet soften in the water for up to 20 minutes.
When they are soft grab your pumice stone to remove any hard skin
Wipe clean with a warm flannel and then rub in our Secret Saviours night cream to nourish the skin.
If you need to push back the cuticles take care. We would advise to only get this done in a professional setting if you are unsure!
File the nails to a rounded shape and paint with your favourite colour
Add a bit of sparkle if you’re feeling brave!
And there you have it - perfect toes ready to show off in your favourite sandals!
We also love this video from Cafe Mom on how to relieve swollen pregnancy feet and recommend you make this part of your daily routine! Of course do think about a Spa trip to really pamper your feet too!
Don't forget if you’re booked in for a elective c-section you will be asked to remove any nail varnish before baby’s birth day.
You can grab some nail inspiration from our latest pinterest board!
Let us know what how you have made your feet ache free!
If you are finding it difficult to maintain a calm balance during your pregnancy then it may be an idea to consider meditation.
We all know that work life can be pretty hectic, throw in pregnancy hormones and morning sickness and it can all become a bit overwhelming. Freeing up some mind-space and focusing on yourself can have a positive affect on both you and your baby.
So how can meditation help you?
There are many ways that meditation can help during pregnancy.
It helps to relax you and ease away tension. Keeping your stress levels down is important for you and your baby.
It can help you breathe through any examinations you may have.
During labour it can help take away any fear and give you a focus during contractions.
It is thought that meditation can help prevent any intervention during labour.
How do you meditate?
Find yourself a calm space, this can be at home, the local park or beach. If you have your own office make sure the seating area is clutter free. Get a yoga mat and a comfy cushion or your pregnancy pillow. If your surroundings are too buzzy then grab your phone and some headphones and find a piece of music that makes you feel calm and relaxed.
Focus on your breathing and take some big deep breathes
Visualise your favourite place to be and all it’s sounds. For example if you love the beach imagine the sound of the waves as you breathe in and out.
Pay attention to what your body is telling you - if you feel tension in your shoulders imagine those waves washing the tension away.
We love this video which shares a guide to pregnancy meditation from Amy Maher.
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Where can I find help with how to meditate?
One of our favourite apps is Headspace as it is really easy to use and sets up reminders throughout the day to take some time for you. You can use the website or the app, whichever is easier and you can choose to do short bursts or longer meditations (perfect for just before bedtime).
So has meditation helped you during pregnancy? We would love to hear.
The sunny mornings, the lighter nights and daffodils spouting can only mean one thing - Spring is in the air. We've been sampling some fabulous mocktails that we're sure will quench your thirst during Spring.
Raspberry Cream Soda
A handful of Raspberries
Crush and mix with ice
Pour over cream soda
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of lime
A slice of fresh lime
Add a shot of Seedlip Garden (non alcoholic gin)
Top with Tonic
1 cups boiling water
1 decaf tea bags
1 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 medium orange, sliced into thin rounds
1/2 medium lemon, sliced into thin rounds
1/2 medium lime, sliced into thin rounds
1/2 medium apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 cups carbonated water depending on how sweet you want it!
4 oz plain Yogurt
1 cup sliced Fresh Strawberries
1 cup Cold Milk
1/2 cup crushed ice or Ice Cream (optional)
2 oz Cranberry juice
1/2 tablespoon Lime juice
Why not make your beauty bag a happy bag of positivity by giving it a spring clean!
Many of us are guilty of keeping our makeup products long past their PAO (period after opening) dates … yes, that’s right, like foods, cosmetics go off! But with no sell by dates printed on the packaging, and no obvious signs of decay, it’s often tricky to know when good make up goes bad.
EU rules say that all make up/cosmetics have to have a PAO on it by law. In case you don't know this is the symbol and it says how long after opening it will last.
The main cause for concern is contamination. Makeup collects germs and should be thrown away once it’s reached it’s PAO – even if it’s your favourite product and you can’t buy it anymore.
We’ve pulled together this nifty little Spring Cleaning Checklist, which we thought we’d share with all our lovely mums-to.be.
This essential piece of kit, has a shelf life of one year. It’s usually fairly easy to spot when blusher has got-to go, as it tends to become dry and cakey. Cream blushers will last about eighteen months, as the pigment and oils preserve them.
This has a shelf life of one year. Remember to make sure you wash your brushes if you’ve been using them on spots.
These last around two years, whether you use cream or powder.
Oil-based foundation and make-up powder last for up to 18 months.
Lipstick and Lip Gloss
Both have a shelf life of up to two years. But remember to chuck them out immediately if you get a cold sore! As with your make-up brushes, wash you lip brush weekly.
This is the product to keep an eye out for (excuse the pun!). Mascara only lasts for around four months and should never be shared with your friends.
There’s no time like the present ladies – clean out the old makeup and treat yourself to new.
Find out about our beauty bag must haves on our latest Pinterest board!
Mothers's Day is on 26th March this year and we've been thinking up alternative ways to spend Mother's Day as a pregnant mum. We've come up with a few lovely ways to spend the day celebrating the lovely Mums and Mums To Be in Your Life!
Afternoon Tea With Your Mums
If you want to take your mum for a super treat (as well as yourself) then there’s no better foodie indulgence than Afternoon Tea at the Ritz. Get your favourite girls and take your own mum to share in this unique experience. This is one we’ve had on our bucket list for a while and we’ll be honest being pregnant is a great excuse to indulge in plenty of tea (over 18 types of loose leaf tea) and, of course, amazing cake!
Priced at £54 per person
Pregnancy Massage For Yourself!
Taking that time to appreciate your pregnant body and elevating those aches and pains is so important. A spa day which includes an indulgent pregnancy massage is an ideal treat for any mum to be.
Catch up on our suggestions of spas you need to visit here.
Styling Session For You and Your Best Friend
If you are a bit lost with your style then why not try and find a local stylist. A stylist will take you out and show you the best clothes to work for you at every stage of your pregnancy. You don’t need to be stuck in a rut with yoga pants and oversized tees any longer! Find your unique mama to be style now!
We would love to know how you are spending your Mother's Day. Secret Saviours believes in looking after Mums To Be during their pregnancy and so we'll be offering 20% off for all purchases on the day. We know many mums to be love our anti stretch mark bump band, gel and cream so we know that you will too! Why not give your partner a hint by sharing this post!
Not only that we have teamed up with some lovely companies to offer a great Mother's Day giveaway! Pop on over to our Instagram Account from 3pm on 17th March to enter!
Baby showers are a great way to celebrate your pregnancy in your last trimester. They’re usually thrown by friends, family or co-workers – leaving you to enjoy the fun, stress free!
We’ve always been fans of Baby Showers “with a difference”. Just because you’re not the organiser, doesn’t mean you can’t influence the planning. Here are a few of our favourite ideas:
Pamper and Preen
We all love a good “Pamper Day” and, with your friends and family around you, there can’t be a better way to celebrate the impending arrival! Make sure you book in for the full body treatment, including waxing, so you feel as good as new for labour day!
Check Out Our Pregnancy Pamper Pinterest Board.
If you’re a film lover then why not book a cinema experience? Many local cinemas allow parties in private boxes - often with a tour of the projection room after the film. This is one for the geekier mamas to be!
Check Our Our Favourite Chick Flicks Pinterest Board.
Air BNB City Break
We think a baby shower is a great excuse for a girlie weekend away. And for a more homely experience, why not check out the fab range of Airbnb apartments and getaway cottages, scattered across the UK. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Check Out Our Favourite City Break Spots.
The Crafty Party
If you’re a “maker” then a crafty party is for you. You can’t beat an afternoon with friends at a local pottery café, creating trinkets together. Or maybe a Sewing Bee style party is more your cup of tea? Chuckling over pregnancy and birth stories while you create your masterpieces is a must!
Check Out Our Crafty Pinterest Board.
Mad Hatters Tea Party
If you lean towards the more traditional type of baby shower then why not have a Mad Hatters Tea Party with upside down food? It’s just perfect for the mum-to-be who has all those crazy pregnancy cravings.
Check Out Our Mad Hatter Pinterest Board.
Are you planning on having a baby shower? Let us know what inspired yours over on our Facebook wall!
What would you say if we told you the key to a healthier body, beautiful skin and less morning sickness was in a piece of fruit? Because that’s the proposition we’re putting to you.
Secret Saviours have been enlightened on the benefits of drinking water with lemon (and they are huge), thanks to lifestyle blog Complete Health and Wellness.View full article →
Did you know that in pregnancy women pump about 25% more blood around their body, to support their uterus? It’s this increase in circulation that can make faces appear brighter – even flushed. And as women’s bodies produce more hormones at this time, their oil glands go into overdrive, often producing that well-known pregnancy glow.
If you’re not one of the lucky ones to benefit from that special glow, don’t worry, we’ve got four great tips to help you fake it!
A good lip balm or cream.
Your lips can become very dry during pregnancy so it’s important to find a good nourishing lip cream. And here’s a top tip: once you’ve applied a lip balm, wear your usual lipstick over the top – it’s a great way to seal the moisture in, preventing chapped dry lips.
We love Burt's Bee Lip balm collection - each one of the super nourishing balms has its own natural tint.
Charcoal facial cleanser
Those fluctuating pregnancy hormones are also responsible for the, all too common, acne breakouts. A charcoal facial cleanser is a great way to treat blemishes, but it also helps prevents spots appearing in the first place, by drawing out impurities in a way that a normal cleanser won't.
We love this Charcoal facial cleanser by Biore.
Are you suffering from unusually dry skin? Then, more than ever, you need to invest in a decent daily moisturiser. It can be used underneath your make up and will help rehydrate your skin to get that pregnancy glow with minimum hassle.
We love Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, with built in SPF for those sunny days.
Last, but not least, nothing achieves that pregnancy glow quite like a glow foundation. It should be every woman’s secret weapon, especially on those off days when you’re feeling tired. Glow foundation can make you skin look more luminous and give you that radiance that all pregnant women deserve.
We love NARS Sheer Glow foundation.
So come on, tell us how do you achieve your pregnancy glow?
Changing bags have received a somewhat bad reputation in the past, due to their unwieldy styles and bulky shapes. However, mothers in today’s world are provided with so many different options that now it’s easy to find a changing bag to suit your needs. Here is a list of 5 of the most stylish changing bags that we’ve found on the market.
If you are looking forward to getting your hands on a user-friendly change bag, Jem & Bea Amber is one of the best options available on the market. It has received lots of attention among women because of its innovative organization. From the outside, this Jem & Bea Amber change bag looks just like a standard handbag. However, the zip open panel offers you a complete view of all that’s inside. And with multiple compartments this bag is flexible enough to be used as a baby bag, or work/day bag. You can even personalise the leather tag!
The PacaPod Mirano change bag is also called the Mary Poppins of nappy bags – there’s just so much room!. And we think it’s the epitome of elegance! This bag offers a 3-in-1 organising system which includes a changer pod, feeder pod and changing mat. It’s perfect for the fashion-conscious mum and comfortable to carry around too.
If you’re expecting twins this could be the bag for you! The Multiples Kerikit Keri Jane bag is great for storing two bottles at time – plus it allows you to store four more externally. Better still, the liner can be removed so it doubles as the ideal weekender bag. You’d better hurry though – this stylish bag is Limited Edition,
This retro-style Storksak Poppy change bag looks good and has the perfect structure so everything can be neatly stored, and within easy reach, too. Even better, it can easily convert into a backpack, which is great for those times when you want to go hands-free. But what really makes it a winner for us, is the tough, wipe clean quilted nylon fabric – now what mum doesn’t want their bag to look stylish and new!
Last, but not least, this Pink Lining Wonder Bag has a great reputation for being one of the best change bags out there. This signature bag comes in several colours and is packed full of handy accessories like a cute changing mat, bottle warmers, a key fob, a wet bag and even a mirror to top up the lippy when you’ve got time!
So ladies, come on - which one of these fab change bags will be hanging of your arm this year?