The ins and outs of surviving the 4th Trimester – Shannon Stokes

The ins and outs of surviving the 4th Trimester

Written by Shannon Stokes AKA @mums_bubs_nutritionist



Since I will be experiencing my forth trimester soon and I have a lot of mumma followers that are pregnant, I have asked for some nutritional information and some basic survival technicques from naturopath Shannon Stokes from Mums and Bubs Nutrition Clinic. She is a mum herself to two littleys and has survived (just) the 4th trimester twice.


Take it away Shannon…

The journey to becoming pregnant is a magical one. Its either a ‘surprise’ I am here type scenario, a long awaited and joyous time. The journey itself is nuts! Pregnancy is a whole other kettle of fish, a completely natural yet unnatural experience. Getting pregnant, staying pregnant and just being pregnant is an insane journey, and that is just the beginning.

 

You are a mumma! Congratulations, baby is here you have been through a marathon of hurdles, a tonne of happy gas, 9 epidural attempts, a vacuum delivery, 12 different hands up your clacker at once, an episiotomy or 9th degree tear. You now have that little bundle of joy in your arms. Perhaps you are feeling those kooky love spell feelings straight away, or perhaps you think, oh jesus what have I done? All totally normal feelings. I remember thinking oh, he’s not very cute, in fact he is a bit strange looking and gee my vagina is killing…. me where are those frozen condoms at, all in the same breath! 

… All of that aside, baby is here and it’s a whirlwind few days in the beginning.

 
How does one survive through this sleep deprivation? The healing of the whole birth thing is one thing, but then perhaps breastfeeding is hurting like a bugger and you have grazed nipples or sterilizing a bottle seems to take forever and a day at 3am. You aren’t alone, this period is earth shatteringly exhausting, scary and exciting all rolled into one. Cue the 4th Trimester! So mumma, whilst we learn to look after this babe ( I am happy to leave that to the never ending advice from the mum tribe, in-laws and experts) I am here to help YOU make some tiny changes in your day to keep you thriving.

 

It starts with you and ends with you. Everything else in between is that tiny babies’. Upon your first morning wake up, (ok, so the first moment you get up for the day) refresh your self with a big glass of filtered water, and take a deep breath. That’s it for now. No matter what is happening, this is a must! Then tick it off daily as it is non-negotiable.

 

Below are some of my favourite 4th trimester survival guidelines for all new mums and even dads.

 

1. Do NOT stop your multi, infact this is a time to ensure your nutritional status is up with that of the very best it has ever been. Even if you aren’t breastfeeding.

2. Eat foods rich in good fats, think avocado, coconut oil, nuts seeds, oily fish such as sardines, salmon, qood quality extra virgin olive oil drizzled on eeeeeevvvverything.

3. Make sure you are having macronutrients with each meal and at least a palm size portion of protein at each meal. (macronutrients are the essential nutrients needed in large amounts to sustain energy and basic health. The 3 macros are Protein, Fats and Carbohydrates)

4. Take a quality probiotic daily

5. Don’t focus on trying to lose the baby weight, give yourself a break.

6. Ask for things, I wish I did this more with my first. Ask for help! (you can’t get away with asking for washing to be folded and home cooked meals to be dropped when they are 3.. dammit)! Even ask for a box of nappies to be dropped off. Use that ‘new mum’ thing a little..

7. Say no! if you aren’t up for visitors then say no, if you aren’t up for your cousins and nephews coming over and running a muck, just say no, but don’t feel guilty or think twice about it, they will understand…. And If they dont then.. meh… they will get over it.

8. Accept that some days are bad and some days are good, ebs and flows ladies, mountains and rivers.

9. Spend 5 minutes a day with your legs up the wall, relax those hips and lower back, take 10 deep breaths. (Again, non-negotiable)

10. Spend 10 minutes a day minimum outside in bright morning day light to ensure your body knows its day time and to help regulate those sleep /wake hormones

11. Don’t feel guilty, if you want to look at your phone while feeding bubs, do it. If you want to stay in bed, do it. If watching Oprah is your jam, do it, indulge a little and enjoy doing it. Stop feeling guilty. Guilty feelings radiate negative energy. If it has been a few weeks in a row then, maybe ask for a little help from a loved one and reach out if you are doing it tough… remember its all of those crazy hormones doing crazy things.

12. If you aren’t coping, reach out. You will be surprised to know that a lot of mothers find the fourth trimester insanely hard. No matter who you are, how together you think everyone is, its not the case. Speak up and your tribe will answer.  

 

Enjoy those long loving stares into your babies eyes, explore their features and be fascinated with the whole process.. this too shall pass and then all of a sudden it’s a Tuesday night and you are writing about how to cope through the 4th trimester to a friend in need. Everyone struggles and if you think that its all too much, please reach out. It does get easier and it does get better. Trust me, I never thought I would see past the sleep deprivation either.

Thank you so much Shannon for your time if you wish to contact Shannon or learn more about her, her details are as follows.

Website – 

http://www.mumsbubsnutritionist.com.au/

Instagram – 

http://instagram.com/mums_bubs_nutritionist

Thank you for reading x

#aliceloves @krewactive feat. Bloembee Blooms

Thank you to everyone that read last weeks first ever #aliceloves mini Instagram & blog segment featuring a Posy of Bloembee Blooms. Your support meant so much to me and thank you for all the lovely likes and comments too, you made my week. I always get so anxious starting a new segment. I look forward to sharing a product or brand I love with you weekly.

This week I am excited to be telling you a little more about the Krew Active Cleo Express Feeder Crops. If any of you have ever read my Alice In Pregnancyland blog, you would know that I am a huge fan and have worn these crops throughout my pregnancy. I love to wear bright active wear so these two vibrant colours that Krew Active have to offer totally did it for me.

Firstly a little about Krew Actice – Krew Active is founded by Kylie Rae Anderson and was launched in the Australian market in 2015. Kylie is a mumma for 3 and fektvtheir was a need in the market to start the maternity and nursing activewear company, due to feelings of being ignored when seeking maternity activewear in the major activewear chain stores.

 Her vision is to allow mums to experience the convenience of breastfeeding on the go and allow more opportunities to stay fit, get active and remain social while feeding discreetly. Her garments combine style, performance, support and comfort. 

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I have found this crop great to wear throughout my three trimesters. The Cleo Express Feeding Bra has a wide non roll band feature, which is soft & comfortable providing support for your growing bump. I have worn these crops during high intensity workouts, yoga and for my everyday walking.

I look forward to using the crops for my post pregnancy exercise routine too ( I will keep you posted on the support of them with breasfeeding boobies). I love that they have a quick accessible clip, so you can promptly nurse your baby on demand (I have been practicing haha). When I was breastfeeding my first born, Cruz it was so hard to just lift a non feeding crop up to breasfeed him prior or after the gym session. So I cannot wait to trial these crops out.

Cleo Express Feeder in Purple Obsession (Pictured below)


Cleo Express Feeder In Pink Fever (Pictured below)

A special thank you to @bloembee for collaborating with me on this little project of mine.In this weeks Posy of blooms we  had beautiful yellow gerberas, light purple chrysanthemum, yellow and white lillies, and snapdragon. Bloembee provides the posy of blooms, delivered to the Brisbane area for just $30. 

If you would love to be apart of this segment please email me at aliceinhealthyland@hotmail.com

Want more from the collaborators, Krew Active and Bloembee? Check them out in the links below. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you for reading.

Big Love,

Alice In Healthyland xoxo

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Website for Krew Active – Click Here

Instagram for Bloembee – Click Here

Website for Bloembee – Click Here

 

 

#showtherealyou Rebecca Carr AKA @becbodymindsoul

So excited to introduce to you all Rebecca Carr. 

I first met Bec at White Bohemian when I was working in store. She used to come in store as a customer and one day we really got chatting about her passion and that is naturopathy, yoga and meditation. This naturally beautiful woman glowed health to me, and I was always so interested to know more about her lifestyle. 

When Bec decided to start her Instagram I was so pleased as she shares so many useful holistic health and wellbeing tips, her knowledge about yoga and meditation and some delicious nourishing recipes with her followers. 

I was so over the moon when she said yes to being apart of my #showtherealyou feature as I know you will love knowing more about this holistic goddess too. 

Sit down and put your feet up. Enjoy the interview with Rebecca Carr AKA @becbodymindspirit

Favorite hot drink?

My fave hot drink at the moment is a Turmeric late. I make my own just before I go to bed & I find it really soothing & nourishing. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties. I love to think of my food & drinks as medicine & this is one that I like to include in my day.

Can you tell me who the real Bec is?

Hi my name is Bec, I live on the Southern end of the beautiful Gold Coast with my husband Colin and our three children Sienna -Rose (7), Xander (5) and Hunter(3). I am passionate about holistic health & healing, Yoga & meditation & living a positive lifestyle. I have always been interested in health since I was a teenager & that naturally lead me to study Naturopathy. I have been working as a Naturopath for most of my adult life & I love helping people improve their health & wellbeing.

I am currently consulting from the Golden Door Health Club Main Beach. Where I work 2-3 days a week. I find this is a good balance for me with family life.

I am also a Yoga Teacher & enjoy teaching private lessons from home or the beach. Yoga keeps me calm, centered & grounded. Instead of reaching for a glass of wine to chill out I grab my mat & bliss out. Often with Hunter jumping all over me or trying his best at down ward dog.

I have also been fortunate to learn Qigong meditation and this has really helped me to cope with the pressures & busyness of being a mum, juggling daily life and work.

We live near the beach, & being outdoors is a big part of our lifestyle The beaches are amazing & you will often find me there. It might be for an early morning run & swim ( total bliss ) or on an afternoon walk with the children & the dog.

To keep a good balance with family, home life & work I try to keep the rest of our life pretty simple. We go to the beach, to the creek, we love going to Byron Bay to a great place called the farm, we have yearly passes to crystal castle & the wildlife sanctuary & we go for road trips to waterfalls & the hinterlands. Balance is super important in living a healthy, happy life. Something that I am working towards daily. When I realized that everything doesn’t have to be perfect…that its perfect just the way it is…I started to let go & enjoy my life more.

Tell me about a day in the life of Bec?

Ok, so again with trying to create a balanced life, my hubby Colin & I have alternate training mornings or ‘me time’ mornings & this works out great for us. On a training day I will wake up at 5.45am & go for a soft sand run along the beach for about 5 kms. I may have a dip in the ocean or sit for 10 minutes & meditate. So by this time I’m feeling super proud of myself for getting out of bed & really pumped for a great day. It really sets the energy of the day for me. I will then come home and be tackled by 3 little ones and then make breaky. At the moment I’m enjoying apple cidar vinegar in a glass of warm water followed by my Green Goddess Smoothie. This is loaded with green veges so my body is getting a lot of nutrients & nourishment to start the day.

If it’s a work day I will take the kids to school & kindy and then will go to work. I will always take a nutritious lunch to give me the energy to get through the day. I like to take left overs as its easy to make extra the night before. I also drink plenty of water and herbal tea throughout the day to ensure I stay well hydrated. After I have seen all my lovely clients its time to go and pick the kiddies up from school & kindy.

If it’s not a work day Hunter & I will hang out. This is our special time together while Sienna Rose & Xander are at school. We will keep it simple & go to the beach or park and take a picnic with nourishing healthy food.

I try to keep after school activities to a minimum as this keep the stress down. There is a lot to do with 3 kids as they all have their different needs & they all want my attention. Dinner, bath, bed this is such a busy time of the day for me. AHHH im feeling stressed just writing about it haha.

Then there is me time…Yay! I will practice Yoga, eat a light nutritious dinner, chat with my hubby, meditate ( Colin also did the Qigong course so we meditate together ), one of my biggest luxuries since having kids is to have a long hot shower in peace. I will often light a candle in the bathroom and have some nice organic products to use, this time is a real pamper time for me. Before I go to sleep I like to read, usually only a few pages. And then in comes Hunter…and there is three in the bed!

We will have a date night or date afternoon every couple of weeks where we will go to the beach without the kids and then go for an early dinner. This is our special time together to connect.

I have 1 day to myself each week & I use this time to do something that will nourish my mind, body & soul. I usually have an acupuncture appointment & then go to a Yoga class and finish with a nourishing lunch. I look forward do this day so much & I feel refreshed, recharged & ready for another great week.


What drove you to create your Instagram account?

I started my Instagram account the same time I started working at the Golden Door Health club. It was a way I could connect with like- minded people. My mission is to inspire, empower & motivate others towards optimum health & wellbeing.

You have a big following of amazing women,  what do you think attracts women to your social media platforms?

I think that the fact that I’m showing the real me in day to day life with my children is something that women can relate to. I am a positive person, I enjoy life, I am obsessed with feeling great so my hope is that I can inspire other women towards greater health & vitality. The meals that I post are simple, tasty & nutritious and easy to make. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. I love chocolate as do most women & I think it’s something we can all enjoy. If its raw & made with natural ingredients & love our body is getting a lot of health benefits. I buy all organic food and use only wholefood natural ingredients. It’s very important to me that my children are growing up eating super healthy food as they are growing little bodies & they need it the most. I like to teach them from an early age what is healthy food, about vitamins & why their body needs it. So it becomes part of the norm for them.


You are a mumma and you have your own business? How do you manage the balance between the two.

Finding the balance for me means being organized, prioritizing what is really important, letting go of all the stuff that isn’t, having quality time with myself, my husband and each of my kids.


What is your favourite quote or daily mantra?

I have lots but the one that resonates with me at the moment is

‘I am a warrior not a worrier’


How often do you find time to move your body?

I love to move my body every day. Even when the children where babies I would have all them 3 of them on the stroller going for a walk or run. Now it’s a luxury to

go on the beach by myself in the morning. If I don’t run I will do yoga at home or go to a class once or twice a week.

Something you practice daily for self love?

Is Yoga & meditation. It’s a self love practice for my body mind & soul. It may be a dynamic practice if I have the energy or a soothing yin practice if im tired. Ive learned over the years to listen to what my body needs, to nourish rather than push and that sometimes…less is more.


What is your favourite piece of active wear in your current wardrobe?

Are my dharma bums yoga pants. They are bright & colourful & make me feel happy. They are also lightweight & super comfy.

Go to healthy recipe?

I am just loving my Green Goddess smoothie for breaky at the moment ( recipe on my Insta page ). Its packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fibre. Its also hydrating, alkalizing and a wonderful gut healer.

You can find Bec’s recipe for the smoothie HERE

What advice would you give to other people out there wanting to start a blog/business?

Find your passion, follow your heart & be yourself! Your vibe will attract your tribe x

Runners or Heels?

Runners, heels are a lifetime ago haha! 

Thank you so much for reading.
Want more from Bec?

Instagram @becbodymindsoul

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Naturopath & Yoga Website www.rebeccacarr.com.au

Email info@rebeccacarr.com.au

Alice In Pregnancyland #week24-28

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Eating. Pregnancy Style. 

Pregnancy Emotions.

My emotions in the past 4 weeks have recently been pretty stable. David and I have been really good and although I am feeling really tired, my body is just getting on with it and handling it. There is one thing that is pulling on my heart strings a little though, is that I am going to have to share my time between Cruzie and this new Bub. I hope I don’t hurt his feelings to much, when I have a screaming baby and I can’t put him to bed like I normally do. I am truly treasuring those cuddles to sleep in his room every night at the moment. Sometimes laying there a little longer to just enjoy my one on one time with him. I also get emotional thinking about having to leave Cruz at home while I go and stay in hospital to have the Bub as well. My heart does feel completely full thinking about the first time Cruz gets to meet his baby brother or sister though. He is so sweet with his baby cousin Arliah, always blowing her kisses and patting her gently and smiling. Makes me smile so much. 

Pregnancy Exercise.

So the last 4 weeks I have just been walking for 30-45minutes everyday. I feel it’s getting harder and harder to push the pram up and down the hills with a growing bump.

I have been doing yoga a little but not as much. Maybe once or twice a week. I do love the feeling after yoga, it’s just the motivation to get the mat out and do it at home while Cruzie sleeps. 

I have also been doing some lite weights from the @grace_powerfit POWERFIT E BOOK. I am currently using the MY POWERFUL PREGNANCY PROGRAM ebook to help guide me, depending on my strength and energy everyday I tailor it to suit me. My veins in my leg and pelvis can feel more heavier on some days than others, so I just take each day as it comes with my workouts. 

I love doing squats, so I make sure I do 20-25 a day in the shower and I do 20 push ups on the kitchen bench too. 

XO THREE ACTIVE WEAR

@xothreeactive for more details on the maternity and breastfeeding active wear pictured above. 
My little arm candy I use as daily motivation, to move my body in some way each day. Bracelet by Fit & Style

@fitandstyle_ for the motivational #fitnessbracelets
Pregnancy Eating.

Okay, so eating. Well I think I am doing okay! I haven’t been eating as much as I usually do as I get that full feeling super fast with my bump growing. I have been having my Bulletproof coffee smoothie (filled with lots of good fats and frozen banana) every morning with my @ponoprobiotics in them. The recipe is on my Instagram if you would like it. 

PONO PROBIOTICS – Coconut and Manuka Honey

For snacks I usually just eat rice cakes and peanut butter or just a apple or a quest protein bar (maybe once a week), or rumbles paleo bars are good too. 

Lunch is either a organic salad + tuna quinoa wrap OR tuna + sweet potato + broccoli OR EGGS + sauerkraut + sourdough + spinach.

Dinner has either been salmon or white fish with steam veggies or homemade sweet potato chips. I have also been digging homemade spaghetti bowl. 



We just finished Easter so I totally smashed an Easter bunny over Easter too. I normally eat my raw chocolate most nights, but on Easter Saturday and Sunday I totally ate Easter choccie. #noregrets

My healthy chocolate bunny 🐰🍫😋

I had all of my glucose tolerance tests finally competed and all came back negative so I am completely over the moon with that too. 

Pregnancy Style. 

So my style during these four weeks is all about maternity clothing and Kmart stretching skirts with a t shirt knotted on top. The pre pregnancy wardrobe is getting used less and less. I have been loving the simplicity of my wardrobe as I have to think less about it as I wear the same clothes often now. Unless I have an event or something on. 

With my work uniform I have been using the mini bump belt to add a bit of stretch to my work pants. It’s by Fertile Mind. It is amazing, stops the restrictiveness across your belly. I love it. They have different sizes for different stages of your pregnancy! #lifesaver

Belly Belt by @fertilemind
Without the belly belt! Ouch!
I had my gorgeous friends hens during this thing so I brought a nice boho flowing dress from The Self Styler for that occasion which I felt great in.

@theselfstyler Fawn wrap dress, available in other prints online. Hair by Emma @c_ba_hair

For this #bumpstyle photoshoot with the talented Tahlia @wyldefolkstudio we thought we would do something a little different. All I was wearing was white lace. 

We collaborated with @littlebairn a business that provides organic and all natural skin products for mother & baby, to bring you a milk bath maternity photoshoot. Boy did I love doing this. One and a half hours of pampering bliss. Although for Tahlia is was more challenging, watching our little babes and climbing the bath all the while shooting me in the bath. 

A special thank you to Amy from Daisy & Co Flowers for providing the stunning flower crown. 

Thank you again for tuning in to this weeks blog. I truly appreciate you reading and commenting on all the pieces. Plus you have all been so supportive and provided great advice during this pregnancy and my journey through motherhood. 

Big Love Alice xoxo

Photoshoot by @wyldefolkstudio_
Flower Crown by @daisyandcoflowers
Bath and Skin Products By @littlebairn

Lace, milk and blooms – maternity milk bath photography 🌿

Loving my Cruzie snuggles 🙏🏼👶🏼

Alice In Pregnancyland – #week20-24

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Eating. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Style.

So I made it to the 20 week mark, which means Morphology Scan Date! I always get so anxious, excited when I have hospital appointments and scans. I do about 3 nervous poos before and countless wees because I just want to know that Bub is healthy. I hadn’t really felt the baby move to much yet, just a few little fish bubbles randomly. So I was keen to see our little Bubbaroo.

The scan went well, it was about an hour and a half as the cheeky Bub kept on hiding their face. I cried again see the little one on screen, argh instant love. The Morphologist was surprised we wasn’t finding out the gender. It honestly does not bother me what we have, because as soon as I seen a dancing Bub on the screen I knew they looked healthy to me and i felt blessed. For David (my husband) it was a little harder. When the Morphologist told us to shut out eyes because she was going to scan the cheeky bits, David whispered to me “argh this is so hard I just want to peek’ hahaha! We both stayed strong though. It was also confirmed that I had an anterior placenta, hence why I hadn’t felt much movement. This all changed over the next four weeks though, I feel the baby doing jump flips and see their little feet kicking my ribs. Cheeky bubba. I think my bump looks very similar to my pregnancy with Cruz, maybe a little more wider.

I also met my Obstetrician at week 21. He was fantastic. We are going public, everyone has been amazing and so informative so far. He confirmed the scan all went well which was reassuring. I have really bad varicose veins in my legs and down below, so its compression stockings and sexy high knickers for me… Wootwooo isn’t pregnancy glam hahaha. I just have to monitor for DVTs as a few of my veins have erupted in my legs. I hope it doesn’t erupt down below because, hey that will not be pretty. He also stated it was time for me to stop training at HIIT Australia because of the force on my girly bits with the veins. I was pretty sad about this as I love the feeling of hitting the gym and the me time, but safety first always for the Bub.

I am super excited that I have a student midwife too. I had one with Cruzie and I just loved seeing the same familiar face at appointments and at the birth. So pleased. 

Pregnancy Emotions

During these weeks, was when I started to think about my labour, will it be the same as Cruz? Can I do this again? I knew what I was in for this time? I started to work myself up a little bit with fear. So I have been doing some meditation, to help ease those normal thoughts that most woman go through. The meditation has helped lot to keep my labour anxiety at bay and prepare my body for change. I have been using the Mind The Bump App which ideal for pregnancy. Plus I get to met my little bub at the end of the labour so its a huge positive.

We had lots of sleep troubles with our Cruzie, so there was a week there where I felt emotionally drained from the lack of sleep, I cried a lot, but I think even if I was not pregnant I would still of been upset, maybe just not as much.

The mind/body issues have died down a lot, in fact I have found a new love for my bod. I feel good with this bump on show. I have been really practicing my self love skills, I have so much respect for my ever changing body. I am enjoying when people point out the bump too as I find this is a gentle reminder to my self, that I am pregnant. I get so busy looking after Cruzie that I forget that I am pregnant sometimes. The time is flying by so fast. Crazy to think I am well over half way now. Having the scan though has made me more emotionally aware that I have a little Bubba coming. I feel more emotionally connected to the little one now I have seen Bub. Especially when it reminds me that its in there with all those jump flips and sweet baby kicks.

I feel that I am building that emotional connection with David again, it makes me smile watching him with Cruz, hearing them both giggle while they play and hang out. I am so grateful that soon I will get to hear another little voice in the house that I can listen out for and smile about. David has been truly so helpful and supportive with all the hormontionals that have come with this pregnancy, I feel very lucky, my heart is full.

Pregnancy Eating

So I have my full appetite back. My cravings have been sauerkraut (by the jar), organic eggs, spinach leaves and white fish. David and I have been studying a lot about “gut health” so as for meals, we have all been eating the same in this house. Lots of veggies, good fats, white fish, salmon, fermented veggies, sweet potato and organic eggs. Due to my varicose veins I have also been taking Vitamin C Powder (lots of it) and drinking so much water. I haven’t really craved sugary things at all, since the first trimester so I guess thats a positive.

Peace Love & Vegetables Sauerkraut 🙌🏼

Pregnancy Exercise

Well as I stated earlier, I had to stop training at HIIT Australia. My back has been sore and so have my feet from my veins. I have been walking for 30-60minutes daily. I have one day off a week from that. I really love walking, I find that the walking really helps to kick start my day and its great for the circulation in my legs too.

I am continuing my prenatal yoga about 4 times a week which I LOVE. I am still loving the Energising Flow with Tammy on youtube. I wear my maternity yoga pants from Krew Active every time to feel like a right YOGI haha. The light workout really stretches out my achy body and I feel like it keeps some tone to my body with the holding of the stretches.

Krew Active Yoga Pants and Breastfeeding Friendly Crop

I also love to do push ups fro extra support on the bench, I try do this every night. I also do 10 squats in the shower morning and night. I do my pelvic exercises right before ved at night (I do forget these alot though ekkk).

Pregnancy Style

Well if I am not in my yoga pants or my underwear at home (because its so hot, QLD please cool down), I am loving Boho flowly dresses and I am also loving rocking a firmer dress/tube skirt to show off the bump. I have found some great maternity/breastfeeding styles for daily wear from Mamma Belle Maternity, The Self Styler, Amor + Grace, and also just fromTarget, Kmart. I love that you can buy styles now that can be worn post birth too.

This months #bumpstyle shoot with Tahlia from @wyldefolkstudio_ was such a laugh. Thank you again Tahlia for the collaboration every month, I am so grateful for your talent. If you would like to collaborate with Tahlia in the future, you can contact her on her email found in her bio on her Instagram page here.

We had such a fun time, styling this big ever growing bump of mine. We found a great location outside by the water, to do the shoot. I hope you enjoy the bump style photos. Will tag the labels I wore in the comments.

Amor + Grace  – Havana Scolloped Feed Dress.

Perfect LBD for your bump and post pregnancy for breastfeeding.

Buy Here – Amor + Grace Havana Scalloped Feed Dress

MammaBelle Maternity – Maternity & Breastfeeding Dress and Ruby Olive Teething Jewels.

Buy Here – MammaBelle Maternity and Ruby Olive

 

Oh hello there little one
Baby you make life oh so good.
Perfect for your growing bump and breastfeeding post birth.
 

MammaBelle Maternity

Dress by @theselfstyler – INDIANA in the golden temple print

So in love with this style.

Buy dress here – The Self Styler – Indiana dress in Golden Temple.

Thank you so much for tuning in and reading. I am forever grateful for your love, comments, support. Thanks a million to all involved in making this blog happen, I am truly enjoying sharing this journey with you.

Always value your feedback too, so feel free to share your thoughts on the blog or on my instagram page here @aliceinhealthyland.

Alice xoxo

Mwah

Want more from these gorgeous labels?

@theselfstyler – click here

@mammabelle_maternity – click here

@rubyoliveonline – click here

@amorandgrace – click here

@krewactive – click here

And of course my beautiful photographer – Tahlia @wyldefolkstudio_ – click here

CAVEMAN KITCHEN – Nourish. Thrive. Repeat.


As you all know, eating healthy is extremely important to me. I love creating nutritious meals for my little tribe. However sometimes the craziness of life kicks in.. haha who am I kidding? The crazy, busy, happens every day! I was super excited when I came across, Caveman Kitchen on Instagram. Caveman Kitchen thrive to deliver healthy, nourishing, and downright delicious meals, that are delivered right to your front doorstep (I found this part extremely convenient).

Two weeks ago, I was delivered the Caveman Kitchen meals (conveniently before lunch) and when I put little Cruz down to nap, I dived into my first meal. I had the Chicken, Pesto & Haloumi Stack and boy did it taste amazing compared to my daily Chicken/Tuna and Broccoli. The meal tasted fresh and the ingredients list was exactly what you could see when you looked down at your plate. The ingredients list is super important to me, I am very cautious of what I put in my body, especially while being pregnant. Below is an image of proof of the ingredients in the meal that I ate. No perspectives, no added sugar and they use good fats in all their meals prepared!I tell you what? It certainly feels like Christmas getting the meals delivered and its so fun going through them all, deciding which to get when. I lot less stressful that my usual meal prep manner haha.

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Straight from the fridge.
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Chicken, Pesto & Haloumi Stack.

The rest of the weeks lunches continued to taste amazing. I love cooking and preparing my meals, but on work days I am very time poor, so I was very impressed that all I had to do was take a meal from the fridge and put it into my lunchbox. Meal prep made super easy. I think these meals would be fantastic for someone that loves eating good, nourishing food however tends to go off track with their meal plan. My husband took a meal to work to and he was very satisfied with one of the larger meals. He also found the meals to be super fresh, very tasteful and didn’t have that yucky frozen taste that most “frozen boxed” meals have in the supermarket.

Smoky BBQ Brisket with Kale Slaw
Smoky BBQ Brisket with Kale Slaw.

Ordering the meals is super easy, you click onto their website (here) to join the tribe, choose the meals or plans and as they say “chow down”. The meals are delivered every Monday, so this sets you up beautifully for the week ahead. The company offer a wide range of plans to suit you and your lifestyle, or even better a “build you own” plan for those of you that like to pick and choose your meals. Their is no lock in contracts and you can cancel at anytime. The website also has a “chat now” application if you require any immediate assistance.

Check out the gorgeous team at Caveman Kitchen in their “About Us” segment on their webpage here, I had a smile reading about their vision and passion for health and wellness. I love their “meet the team” section. I love seeing where my food comes from and learning about the people behind the business.

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Dave & Abbey – The Founders.

Caveman Kitchen have offered a DISCOUNT CODE exclusively for my followers only – aliceincavemanland (enter at the checkout for $30 off your first order).

Instagram – www.instagram.com/cavemankitchenaus

Website – http://cavemankitchen.com.au/

Bib & Spoon – “the way baby food should be”

Just 10 days ago the amazing Clare & Danny (creators of Bib & Spoon), dropped off a package to my front door step. Inside the package was the delicious goodness of organic and chemical free, made with love, toddler food for Cruzie. Wow this couldn’t of came at a better time in our lives.

The toddler meals came stored in a conveniently packaged container, which you could stack and store in the freezer. The baby purées came in easy to store, resealable bags. Reading the ingredients on these meals I was blown away. It was all just good food for my little guy to eat. No additives and no chemicals. Tick tick.

Now you all know I love creating all my food for Cruz as I love to know what’s in it (except when his Aunties or grandparents look after him). So I was very pleased to know that these frozen meals were filled with the goodness I would personally give to my son. Plus life gets so crazy at times that I can honestly say, that grabbing something that is healthy for your child, straight from your freezer, can certainly come in handy st times and a win win for us parents too (especially when you are in a rush to get your little babe down for the night).

Clare and Danny are the Brisbane based, creators of Bib & Spoon.  They are the parents to beautiful twin girls, Olivia and Hannah. They were on the hunt for delicious, fresh produced meals for their babes and could not seem to find anywhere that sourced these type of meals. So they got an idea,  teamed up with a dietitian, who then helped to make their dream become a reality. They are now helping out busy mummy and daddy’s and feeding the mouths of lots of hungry baby and toddlers around Australia. Congratulations to you both for chasing your dreams and making it work. So inspiring!

After a busy rainy day, this meal was enjoyed by Cruzie as he loved all the bits in it. Mummy even got fed a few teaspoons!
Shell bolognese. A winner! (Even I licked the spoon).
Cruzie enjoying his little toddler meals.
Perfect to stack in the freezer. Just poor ingredients straight into the saucepan to heat.
A favourite purée of ours, we add it to our bolognese sauce for the whole family!

Even though the purées state 6 and 8 months, sneaking extra fruit and vegetables into our little picky, toddlers food, is a cheeky way to give them the extra goodness in their diet and bulk up their daily intake with the natural vitamins and minerals they require to grow!

Below is a little idea you can do with the pre made purées.

Zucchini & Pear Oats

Zucchini and Pear Oats 



Ingredients 

1cup almond milk

1 cup organic raw oats

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp organic vanilla essence

2 frozen bib and spoon zucchini and pear slabs

Method

In a saucepan place 1 cup or almond milk or milk of choice, add in 1 cup of organic raw oats

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Sprinkle I’m cinnamon, nutmeg and a little vanilla bean or essence

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Continues to stir

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I the added in some bibandspoon pre made zucchini and Apple purée (CLICK HERE TO BUY)

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Allow to cook for 3-5minutes on low heat (continue stirring)

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Can add more milk or water if you prefer more milkie consistency

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Serve and poor left overs into container for the next few days, store in the fridge
Want to know more about Bib & Spoon check out their Instagram here – 

www.instagram.com/bibandspoon

And their website here to order the goodies for your little babes – 

www.bibandspoon.com.au