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Guide to Maternity Clothes

Congratulations! So, you’re having a baby – great news. It might be a little bit scary knowing that your body will change so much throughout the course of your pregnancy but don’t worry too much, we’re here to help you get through it as comfortable as possible. Here’s our quick guide to buying maternity clothes.

Basics: Stock up on a range of basic tees, trousers and maternity bras, in a range of sizes, in comfortable, breathable, stretchy materials to see you through the course of your pregnancy.
Sizing: When it comes to picking the right size for your maternity clothes, follow this basic rule. Pick your normal size. It may sound odd but maternity clothes are designed with average body shapes in mind, but they give you extra room to grow as your bump expands. If you are expecting more than one baby, you may need to opt for a size up.
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Protection Supreme

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It’s a common sight at the pool and the beach…to see mothers applying sunscreen to wriggling children who are eager to play. But there is something very wrong with this picture. Sunscreen takes half an hour to get absorbed and start protecting your child’s tender skin. So make sure you apply the cream at home and especially for babies it is best to work in the sunscreen before you put on the clothes. This protects the areas where the clothes ride up from getting burnt too. Many parents apply the sunscreen once and think their child is covered unless they have been in the water. Experts, however, recommend that the sunscreen be applied every two hours and especially after each dip in the pool. Continue reading

Screening the Sunscreen

With the number of sunscreens available it is difficult to work out which one is the best. According to her there are two basic types of sun protection creams — physical and chemical sun blocks. Physical sun blocks use either zinc or titanium oxide to reflect or scatter the UVA and UVB rays from the sun. However they may block our skin pores causing small papules to form. Chemical sun blocks contain several ingredients that absorb mainly UVB and seine UVA rays and prevent damage to the skin.

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Another factor to study while buying a sunscreen lotion is the SPF written on the side of the bottle. The SPF or Sun Protection Factor is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to produce sunburn on a protected skin to the amount of time needed to cause sunburn on unprotected skin. Continue reading