April has been a bit of a month for beauty and well-being with three out of four of my favourites being focused on body and mind. As I get nearer to the end of this pregnancy I am definitely starting to feel like I need to get prepared which I think is reflected in this months finds.
The closer we’ve gotten to our due date, the more I’ve started to feel like I need to start getting myself mentally prepared for birth. We practiced hypnobirthing the first time round with the little lady, and whilst we didn’t quite have the birth we had hoped for, hypnobirthing helped us feel well equipped to ask the right questions and make informed decisions. This time round I’m hoping that with a bit more practice on some of the exercises, a renewed sense of purpose and a body that has already birthed one baby, we may have more chance of an easier and better birth experience. I’ve still got all my books and materials from the first time round, but I decided to get a copy of Sophie Fletchers Mindful Hypnobirthing book which felt a bit more of an easier and more relatable read. So far I’m really enjoying it and would definitely recommend it to anyone considering Hypnobirthing.
I am forever in Lush buying bath bombs for the little lady who can’t get enough of them. She loves them because they are fun and delicious smelling. I love them because they are great natural products that are also a great incentive for getting the little one into the bath. We’ve only really started shopping there in the last year, but in all that time I’ve never actually tried any of their products for myself. So when I ran out of face wash this month it was the perfect excuse to pick up a tub of their Let the Good Times Roll cleanser to try. Conceptually it is a little different with the cleanser being presented in a tub that you create a paste with in your hands rather than the traditional tube of squirty face wash that I am used to. But I have to say I was pretty instantly impressed with this and how moisturised it left my skin feeling so don’t mind the change in application. As with all Lush stuff it smells pretty great and is reasonably priced too at £6.95 for a 100g tub.
When I’m pregnant I’m always really conscious of the fact that your body absorbs any products you put onto it, so I tend to start changing some of my body products opting for more natural and less perfumed products. I love the Body Shop Coconut range and have used their Coconut Body Butter for as long as I can remember, so when I was in one of their stores earlier this month and noticed that they had extended their range to include a Coconut Body Mist I decided to grab a bottle to try. Last time round I didn’t stop using perfumes until after the little lady was born, but have decided that I could try to stop using them now by substituting them with this. It’s a bargain at £7.50 for 100mls and smells pretty amazing. A bit like summer and holidays decanted in a bottle which makes me smile every time I put some on.
4. Baby Gap Sweatshirt
I picked up this very cool little sweatshirt that I’ve had my eye on for a while for the newest and littlest member of our family from Baby Gap. This has been on my new baby clothes wish list ever since I first spotted it a month or so ago, so I was delighted when I spotted this in their sale a few weeks ago. The little lady lived in baby grows for at least the first three months of her life so I picked up this sweatshirt in 6-12 months assuming I’ll follow a similar approach to dressing this little one. Plus, as I found the first time round, summer babies don’t wear much more than vests for the first few months anyway!
So those are my favourites for April, all things that are making me feel calm and refreshed. I cant wait to see what we find in May! What things have you found this month that you love and bring you joy?