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Lucy's birth story: The sweetest little hands I've ever seen!

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Lucy's birth story: The sweetest little hands I've ever seen!

This is Lucy's birth story, the daughter of QueenBee Pure Founder, Helen Watson. A routine scan at 38 weeks revealed there was very little amniotic fluid around my baby and an induction was in order. After a restless night’s sleep, I had a small breakfast and then it was off to the hospital for an induction at 8am. An assessment was made and the gel was put in as close to the cervix as possible (to ‘trick’ it into softening and going into labour).  I then waited and waited. Hours passed and nothing – no contractions, just some minor tightness...

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Maggie's birth story – my Pohutukawa baby

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Maggie's birth story – my Pohutukawa baby

I was 39 weeks pregnant when I sat under a Potutukawa tree at my local cafe, sipping horrible decaf coffee, crying. I was sore, tired, swollen and enormous with my baby bump. It had been a hard month of sleepless nights, mood swings and dramatic Braxton Hicks that my midwife was not interested in hearing about. It’s not labour, she insisted. Have a shower and go to bed early, she advised. I was over it. Please baby, please come soon I prayed, as I gazed up at the crimson red blooms above me. I didn’t know how much longer I...

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Most popular baby birth dates & names in New Zealand

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Most popular baby birth dates & names in New Zealand

If everyone you know seems to have a birthday this month, or is about to have a baby very soon, there is a good reason! September is the top month for babies to be born in New Zealand with the most common date being September 29, which just so happens to be 40 weeks and one day after Christmas!  We know that babies only arrive on their due date approximately 5% of the time, but the most common birth dates range from September 24 and October 4, which proves that Christmas really is a popular time to conceive! This baby...

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Beat the breastfeeding blues – here's how to overcome the obstacles!

We know that breastfeeding is natural and best for babies and their mums – health guidelines promote breastfeeding exclusively until bubba is around six months old. However some women find it incredibly difficult to get established or maintain breastfeeding and often feel they have to give up. QueenBeePure founder and former postnatal nurse, Helen Watson, agrees that breastfeeding can be difficult but says challenges can be overcome with preparation and the right support. “Your midwife and Plunket nurse should be there to support you and if you still have problems, a lactation consultant can be invaluable. But by far the...

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Teething: Dental care for babies & toddlers

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Teething: Dental care for babies & toddlers

Is your baby coming up to teething? If your baby is around 6 months old, it’s likely you'll see those little teeth starting to break through baby's gums. Their first teeth will probably be the ones at the front in the bottom gum, and be followed by the front teeth on the top gum.  During teething, most babies will get dribbly mouths, gnaw and chew EVERYTHING and maybe get a little bit cranky. You can see your pharmacist for teething gels or other cover-the-counter remedies if needed but most importantly, it’s time to start your little one’s oral health routine to look...

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