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Maternity Clothing – Essential Shopping Elements

Before considering which maternity style to go for throughout pregnancy, first consider these critical elements for when and how to shop for maternity clothing.

Maternity clothing – essential elements:

  • Shop maternity sales for high quality, understated basics as soon as you find out you’re expecting.  You’ll be wearing for the same temperature and season in your last trimester when you need them the most.
  • Avoid purchasing all of your maternity clothing at once – your style may evolve as your body continues to grow and change.
  • The Perfect Fit:  wear clothes which hug your bump and show your new curves rather than wearing over-sized clothing.
  • Choosing the right fabric is essential to maternity style and comfort.  Avoid woven materials which are non-stretchy and synthetic… opting instead for stretchy, soft, breathable fabrics.  Higher quality maternity clothing will hold shape and look fabulous, yet stretch with you as you grow.
  • Maternity jeans are essential.  Shop your favorite designers for their maternity styles and prepare in advance by purchasing during your first trimester… often helpful for a quick growth spurt and that morning when nothing seems to fit.
  • Wear your pre-pregnancy jeans into your third and fourth months with a “belly button”, Bella Band, or ask a tailor to insert elastic panels into each side of the waist-band.
  • Incorporate true maternity pieces into your wardrobe at the beginning of your second trimester so you get your money’s worth from the clothing.
  • Quality over quantity every time.  You’ll look better, feel more comfortable, and the clothes will be durable for repeated washing and … maybe repeated pregnancies if they are timeless classics!

Please add a comment if you have additional tips for all the Mums-to-be out there who have maternity clothing on the brain.  Stay tuned – maternity style advice is the next post!

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Antenatal Classes – Hong Kong

Hello Parents-to-be,

Antenatal classes prepare you for labour, birth, and early parenthood.  At the same time, these classes are an ideal place to meet other parents and share information about their experiences since they are going through the same phases and changes that you are.  Here is a powerpoint slide presenatation from The Women’s Clinic in Hong Kong relevant to 3rd trimester complications and expectations; by Dr. Alexander K. Doo:  antenatal_classes.  If you are interested to attend antenatal classes in Hong Kong, consider the following locations: 

Adventist Hospital

http://www.hkah.org.hk

This private hospital runs a four-week Prepared Childbirth course (two-hour classes, once a week; $1,000) covering labor, relaxation and alternative pain relief techniques, delivery methods and breastfeeding. It also runs a two-hour baby care class for Home Helpers ($250).

Obstetrics Unit: 2835-0523; 40 Stubbs Road, Hong Kong; hkahinfo@hkah.org.hk; 3651-8888

 Annerley

Annerley offers a wide range of antenatal classes, focusing on natural childbirth, hypnobirthing, and more traditional antenatal classes, Babies and Beyond. It runs refresher courses for women expecting their second or subsequent child, as well as courses for mothers of twins. Most courses are five weeks, but semi-private Fast Forward courses are available that compress the lessons into two four-hour sessions. Annerley also runs antenatal checkup and motherand- baby clinics, postnatal visits, developmental assessments, a sleep clinic and lactation consultancy. The organization also runs a nanny agency.

1801 Car Po Commercial Building, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central ; 2983-1558

 

Matilda International Hospital

http://www.matilda.org

Matilda runs a six-week parentcraft course explaining what to expect in the last weeks of pregnancy, giving birth, breastfeeding and giving tips on how to cope in the first weeks of a child’s life. It’s popular, and not just with those who give birth at the hospital, so book early (Health Education Dept: 2849-0357). Courses are held at the hospital, or the Matilda Medical Centre, Suite 2601, 9 Queen’s Road Central. Classes are held in English. Cantonese, Japanese and private lessons are available by arrangement. Prices include lecture notes and refreshments.

24-hour helpline: 2849-0123; 41 Mount Kellett Rd., The Peak; health@matilda.org ; 2849-0111

The Family Zone

http://www.thefamilyzone.hk

Set up by qualified British health visitor and Matilda Hospital midwife Yvonne Heavyside, the Family Zone offers Active Child Birth and Baby Basics courses, as well as post-natal home visits, parent childcare, domestic helper assessment, guardian service and more. Prices vary.

9887-3235 ; info@thefamilyzone.hk ; 2544-3399

YWCA English-Speaking Members Department

http://www.esmd.ywca.org.hk

Antenatal & Babycare Classes

Classes for parents including baby massage, first aid and CPR, effective parenting, cooking for infants and toddlers. Also classes for domestic helpers in basic baby/childcare, first aid and CPR, and more.

3/F 1 Macdonnell Rd., Mid-Levels; 3476-1340

 Source for classes found at:  http://www.thelist.com.hk/listings/family/antenatal-babycare-classes-0

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