Friday, 21 March 2014

SPD or PGP ... The Snoozle can help

Some women develop pelvic pain in pregnancy. This is sometimes called pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunctyion (SPD). Pelvic pain in pregnancy affects up to one in five women. 

The symphysis pubis is a stiff joint that connects the two halves of your pelvis. This joint is strengthened by a dense network of tough, flexible tissues (ligaments). During pregnancy your body produces a hormone called relaxin, which softens your ligaments in order to help your baby pass through your pelvis. Your pelvic joints move more during and just after pregnancy. This can cause inflammation and pain, and may lead to the condition SPD or PGP. 

Pain in the pubic area and groin are the most common symptoms, though you may also have the following signs: 
~ Back pain, pelvic girdle pain or hip pain.
~ A grinding or clicking sensation in your pubic area.
~ Pain down the inside of your thighs or between your legs. It can be made worse by parting your legs, walking, going up or down stairs or moving around in bed.
~ Worse pain at night. SPD can prevent you from sleeping well. Getting up to go to the toilet in the middle of the night can be especially painful.

It is important to remember that PGP is a common and, in most cases, treatable condition. In fact, the name is not very relevant. What matters most is that it is recognised as a mechanical joint problem and treated as early as possible, and that it is safely treated in pregnancy. PGP can occur at any stage in pregnancy. It may come on suddenly, or start gradually. Sometimes it will get better after a couple of days of rest.

For more Information on SPD or PGP please visit NHS, BabyCentre, Pelvic Partnership

I personally suffered from SPD in my first pregnancy and struggled with sleep and general mobility. Now at 25 weeks pregnant its creeping back, starting with pains when sleeping and walking. So when I heard about The Snoozle, the Maternity slide sheet to help turn comfortably in your bed, I was keen to test this out.

The Snoozle is a slide sheet, specifically designed to help pregnant women, who suffer from back and/or hip pain, turn over in bed and get a good night's sleep. It's the best kept secret of Icelandic midwives and is highly recommended by both health care professionals and the women who've used it (Including me now).

Mine arrived in a stunning little box, all wrapped up with a leaflet letting me know everything about the Snoozle and its benefits. Really impressed by speed of delivery and how it was presented, I was now looking forward to testing this relatively simple looking product.

It’s a 75×75″ ‘tube’ made from kind-to-skin cotton on the outer layer, and a satin inner fabric that is designed to slide comfortably with your every move. It’s incredibly simple, but often these are the very products that work the best. Just place underneath you, on top of your normal bed sheet, whilst sleeping and forget it’s there. Just drift off into sleep and let the sheet do the turning.

I was sent a pink Snoozle, but it is also available in blue or silvery-grey. The design is as simple as I’ve suggested above but I’m really impressed with the quality. The logo is embroidered so it doesn’t irritate you when in contact with your skin, and the outer layer (that you sleep on) is soft to touch. 

It was a little odd not having to lift myself to turn in bed, but very refreshing and it didn’t take me long to just relax and enjoy the ease of movement. Even helped me roll out of bed, especially on one of the many pee breaks needed during the night!

Priced at £24, I think for the size, quality, versatility and the fact I have been able to have a better nights sleep than I have had in a long time, it is definitely worth the investment and a pregnancy must have. NuVo Bebe would like to thank Snoozle for the opportunity to test this great little product, which is helping us all get a better night sleep

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Justafit Velcro Sleepsuits from Infasense

No two babies are the same. One size doesn’t fit all. Some 12 month old babies need an 18-24 month size, others a 9-12 month size. A NEW British brand, Infasense has created an innovative, patent pending, adjustable onesie for babies and toddlers.  The Justafit has been specially designed to eliminate the hazards posed by conventional, off-the-shelf onesies, by providing a safer, more hygienic, comfortable and economical alternative. A Justafit velcro sleepsuit adjusts to fit, is hard wearing and lasts longer.

The product is the inspiration of Mumpreneur Caroline Driver, whose attention was drawn to the dangers of ill-fitting onesies during a routine visit from her midwife.  Previous to this, she had witnessed the ‘flipper feet’ that emerged once her children began to crawl and toddle, and the ‘daily dunking’ of overly long sleeves in the breakfast cereal.  The unique adjustable cuffs and ankles put an end to these problems, whilst ensuring the child’s safety; no more nasty trips, slips or messy cuffs caused by excess fabric.

“We all recognise that no two babies are the same, it’s therefore equally comprehendible that one size won’t fit all.  Parents often experience a point in their child’s life where the shelf size doesn’t match their child’s growth rate; some 12 month old babies will require an 18-24 month sizing, whilst others a 9-12 month sizing,” explains Caroline. “The Justafit adjustable onesie provides a simple solution to this problem, and in turn, helps reduce risks posed by ill-fitting onesies, whilst enabling for growth with the child”.

Made from quality hypoallergenic breathable cotton, the Justafit comes in five colours (Crystalline Teal, Mellow Turquoise, Mulberry, Pearl White and Ultramarine) and is available in five sizes from 6-months to 3-years.  Priced at £19.99 RRP for a pack of two, the Justafit onesie can be purchased direct from NuVo Bebe Shop.

Created by parents to make the lives of parents easier.

Infasense sent me one of their adjustable sleepsuits for free in exchange for my honest review for my blog.

First impressions ~ I was very happily surprised by the material of the sleepsuit as I have never felt or had one like this before, just was so soft and had a very good give to it.

I bet you are all thinking well it’s just like any other sleepsuit! Well No it is not. As you will see it has adjustable Velcro wrist bands plus on ankles. I do not know of any baby/toddler sleepsuits such as the infasense justafit ones.

What I find very good for my little boy is that you can get the next size up and if It’s a bit too big then all you have to do is adjust the Velcro straps so your kids are not tripping up all over the place on the leg bottoms as I have found out so many times .

The material is very soft and washes well. The range of colours are lovely, however, one small point I did think that there should be a better, more baby like design, than just the logo. It would be nice (especially for the cost) to have something a bit nicer on the front.

Also when changing his nappy the suits are a bit of a pain as you have to loosen the straps to take them off. This is fine in the day but not at night when you are half asleep and battling with a screaming baby!

I loved the colours too, not the typical ‘baby blue’ or 'baby pink' which seems to be the majority of choice in baby clothes but still some great colours. The depth in colour also hid a few stains from lunch time and the onsie washed really well.  

They look and feel so comfortable and very long lasting.

Hygenic ~ The adjustable wrist straps prevent hands hiding in the sleeves giving full access to toys as well as preventing sleeves that are too long dipping into food.

Safe ~ The adjustable ankle straps reduce the risk of trips and falls from sleepsuits being too long.

Comfortable ~ Justafit sleepsuits are comfortable as they keep hands and feet where they should be. Children are less frustrated from sleeves and legs being too long.

Economical ~ Justafit sleepsuits adjust to your babies growth therefore last longer

All in all they are a fantastic baby/toddler item sure will recommend to friends and family, and also my blogging and social community.

Description ~ Justafit velcro adjustable sleepsuits; baby and toddler onesie. Twin pack containing two sleepsuits of the same colour. Made from 100% cotton.
- Baby and toddler adjustable sleepsuits
- Twin pack
- 100% hypoallergenic breathable cotton

Thank you to Infasense for letting NuVo Bebe test out their Justafit velcro sleepsuit, which can now be bought directly from

Silent Sunday ~ 2nd February 2014

Friday, 17 January 2014

Keep active, Feel good with FittaMamma ...

Maternity activewear, pregnancy exercise and nutrition tips - fitamammaNuVoBebe are pleased to bring you FittaMamma ~ Celebrate and support your changing shape whilst staying fit and healthy.

FittaMamma offers a unique range of maternity wear designed to provide support for your bump.  Aimed primarily at women who choose to stay active during pregnancy the range is so comfortable and stylish that it becomes a ‘must-have’ for everyday and leisurewear as well as for exercise.

Post pregnancy workoutTheir High Support Top works like a sports bra for your bump, holding it secure so you feel comfortable enjoying higher impact activities such as running or working out at home or in the gym. The top has a unique back panel that helps take the weight of your bump onto the back and shoulders where you are naturally stronger and a firm waist band that sits below the bump providing additional support. An added benefit of the High Support Top is the support and comfort it provides for women suffering from back ache or pelvic girdle pain as it helps to ease the weight of the growing baby. Available in jet black, deep raspberry or dove grey, the top costs £49.99.

FittaMamma is a useful and informative resource for pregnant women with hints and tips about exercise, yoga and nutrition so sales of the clothes are supported by a positive brand identity for pregnant women with an inclusive community that provides support and advice.

FittaMamma was conceived to support active mums-to-be. They have created a range of Maternity Active Wear clothes to support your bump and an active space where mums-to-be can find resources, information, inspiration and discussion.

They believe a healthy active pregnancy is good for you.....and good for your baby. They have created an environment where you can find information about how to exercise, when to exercise and what to wear whilst you exercise.

FittaMamma are passionate about eating well – but know that sometimes, especially when you’re pregnant, you just don’t fancy what’s ‘good’ for you. Their open friendly resource offers easy hints, tips and recipes about eating for two – helping you to stay fit, eat healthy and encourage your baby to grow strong and healthy too.

Sometimes you just need to chat. FittaMamma encourages active mums-to-be to exchange views and information through our forum. And when you need some advice you can ask their experts in health, nutrition, exercise and well-being.

Look good, feel good. The FittaMamma Maternity Active Wear clothing range is designed to work throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born. It supports, fits, stretches and looks fantastic!

NuVo Bebe have loved lookin throuh this site and look forward to trying one of the High Support Tops very soon. 

Happy Shopping :-)

FittaMamma supportive maternity tops