Bellybuttonboutique's Blog

goings on in the world of pregnancy and the time thereafter

BellyButtonBoutique.com on Philadelphia’s 10! Show


Tips For New Moms

1.  At the hospital, ask for a postpartum abdominal binder.  They usually give them to you after a c-section, but will give you one after a normal delivery if you ask.

Postpartum Abdominal Binder

2.  At your 6 week postpartum appointment ask your doctor to to check for diastasis rectiDiastasis means separation and in this case, your outer most abdominal muscles are separated and behind held together by a thin connective tissue.  You outer most abdominal muscles support your back and your internal organs.  It can be repaired using the Diastasis Splint and the Lose Your Mummy Tummy DVD and supplemental products.

Diastasis Rehab Gift Pack

3. Don’t be afraid to take the recovery products that you use in the hospital home with you. The sitz bath, peri bottle, cold packs, disposable underwear, dibucaine ointment, tucks pads, etc…you WILL want them. Besides, they are going to charge you for it anyway!

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Maternity Stores Are Horrible

Yes, I said it. I remember what is was like to shop in them when I was pregnant and I am still getting flashbacks. The racks were close together, the store was around 400 degrees Fahrenheit and the clothing was GOD AWFUL. And in my area of the country, there is one company that has an absolute monopoly over all things maternity, so you have no choice but to buy from them. They even lease space in department stores so that you are stuck giving them all of your money. This is why I have set out on my own venture. Teaming up with two other individuals, we are going to open our own store that meets the needs of mommies and mommies to be.
Ladies, what do you want to see in your ideal maternity store?

December 17, 2009 Posted by | pregnancy | , , | 1 Comment

Shiatsu Corrected My Pregnancy Sciatica

I remember jumping up out of bed in serious pain. There was a nerve that was shooting pain up the back of my thigh and into the deep tissues of my buttocks. I was pregnant and thought, RLS? My husband thought that there was something wrong with the baby and I explained to him what I was feeling. He tried to massage away the pain, which really didn’t help. Eventually I took Tylenol and fell back asleep. Nightly the pain would return. Stretching didn’t work. I knew that I was taking all of my vitamins, including calcium. Water was not the issue. I finally asked my doctor, what is going on? She said that it was a sciatic nerve and it was perfectly normal during pregnancy. Normal is fine, but I surely was not fine with being in pain on a consistent basis.
I told EVERYONE about my sciatica in hopes of finding someone who went through the same issue. I asked how I could obtain relief. Many people had no idea. At the same time I was working full-time and putting together programs for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at my company. During the process I wound up conversing with the owner of The International School of Shiatsu . I even told her about my pain! She asked me if I had ever had shiatsu and explained the benefits. I asked her, “can it fix this sciatic nerve issue that I am having?”. The answer was yes. I couldn’t get to that school fast enough! I worked with a woman named Diane who is based in New Jersey, but teaches students at the school. She is trained to work with pregnant women. For those of you not familiar with shiatsu, its like a massage with acupressure. Your body will be stretched and moved around during the process. It does not hurt and its not strenuous. I actually started falling asleep after the first couple of sessions. It really relaxed my body and improved the quality of my pregnancy.
If you are having sciatic nerve problems during your pregnancy, I would invite you to contact a shiatsu practitioner. Make sure that they are certified to work with pregnanct women. You will not be sorry.

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Ailments, pregnancy, sciatica | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Go-To Maternity Dress for the Holidays!

Bellybuttonboutique.com sells products of comfort and support for pre- and postnatal women, so when I saw this dress at a tradeshow, I HAD to add it to my store.  The 6 Way Maternity Dress is your go-to item for the holiday season.  6waydressIt is basically one dress that you can wear six (though I have counted ten) different ways.  Then throughout the holiday season you can wear this dress to every cocktail/holiday party by re-arranging, draping and twisting it into a different style.  Grab some chunky jewelery to glam it up or make is simple and sophisticated with diamond studs.

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment