• Abby Hopewell

Over the weekend, the very first Pregnancy Cake Club happened and it was fab - absolutely soaking wet through, but fab all the same 😂

I spent the week leading upto the Pregnancy Cake Club checking the weather; we were forecast thunderstorms all week which didn't materialise. On the Friday I e-mailed everyone with a warning that we may have to postpone and that I would message on Saturday to confirm. On Saturday the forecast was much lower and so I decided to go ahead... However, our wonderful British weather had other ideas in mind and it absolutely chucked it down! Thankfully everyone took it in good humour and we got through.

It was a really lovely group who all started chatting immediately. It was wonderful to listen to their conversations and it really cemented in my mind the reason why I was doing this; pregnant people need to speak to other pregnant people who "get it", who understand what they are going through and experiencing.

Some of the topics that came up during the afternoon were; pre and postnatal depression; hyperemesis gravidarum (severe vomiting in pregnancy which is highly debilitating); frustrations at attending scans alone; breastfeeding including difficulties and where to find support; hypnobirthing; SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) and PGP (pelvic girdle pain) as well as chiropractic treatment as it IS treatable and of course slings which was our topic of the month.

I demonstrated stretchy wraps, close caboo's and a buckle carrier at this session as well as going through positioning and safety.

We ate a lot of cake. The beautiful cupcakes were courtesy of Libby's Kitchen and the other goodies were from M&S.

This months goodie bags included Weleda samples courtesy of Nikki from Doncaster Wellbeing; badges from Doncaster Mumbler and doTERRA essential oil samples courtesy of B Carried. There were other goodies, too but I don't wish to spoil the contents for any future attendees.

All of the attendees provided positive feedback (despite the weather!) and agreed to join a WhatsApp group which was specific to them so that they can stay in touch and continue to support each other throughout the rest of their pregnancy and beyond.

If you would like to join us for the next Pregnancy Cake Club, the September event is now live and can be booked here.

If you're a business and would like to donate samples or services for our goodie bags, please get in touch.

Abby ❤

It pretty much flooded...
Beautiful but soggy rag rugs on tarpaulin

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  • Abby Hopewell

I had a chat on BBC Radio Sheffield again this week, this time with Simon (what has happened to my life that I'm speaking on the radio!?) about "push presents".

I haven't been able to listen back to it yet - it makes me cringe

Can we come up with a better name?

I asked the above over on my facebook page and the general consensus, like I said during the chat with Simon was - it's an awful name but can be a really lovely thing to do.

From sentimental gifts such as a bunch of flowers including the birth flower (each month has its own); a piece of jewellery with the birth stones in it; a special photo frame of the first moments together right through to diamond earrings, an afternoon tea or a hamper packed full of their favourite food and drinks - I think "push presents" or rather birthing gifts, are as individual as the person giving and the person receiving the gift.

Did you get one? Have you ever heard of one?

Push presents are the thank you gift that someone buys for their partner for giving birth to their baby/babies.

Abby <3

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  • Abby Hopewell

This week I added a professional birth pool to my growing collection of ways to support expectant parents!

They're not everybody's cup of tea and that's absolutely fine but for others, they can be wonderful as a form of pain relief.

Some NHS trusts have pools available to hire, but they're often few and far between, so if someone booked it first you're out of luck. They're also quite an investment regarding hiring or buying one privately which is why I've got one that my birth clients are welcome to use, free of charge. It's handy for me so I know exactly how to pop it up and down with relative ease.

A liner and a hose will have to be bought by the client because they are disposed of after each use.

Abby <3

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