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Here's Everything You Need to Make It Through the 'Fourth Trimester'

Here's what experts say about surviving the "fourth trimester."

When we found out that Uniqlo has a Babies line, we encouraged them to take on the challenge to be scrutinized by none other than the moms who would end up buying the clothes for their precious bundles of joy. pooled real moms—some of whom are first-timers, while others have two kids already. The utmost consideration was, of course, comfort and wearability. Their generally positive feedback was a testament to the quality and wearability of Uniqlo's Babies line.

The awarding of the SP Mom-approved seal took place at the Smart Parenting Baby Shower held last November 11 at Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. It was a great day to learn about giving birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum care as the room was packed with around 100 expectant moms eager to welcome their baby soon.

After Leah Nemil-San Jose, Editor-in-Chief, gave her welcome remarks, the awarding ceremony followed. Uniqlo's Infant and Toddler line received the SP Mom-Approved seal!

Experts were also present at the event, and they shared their tips and tricks when it comes to being a first-time mommy: 


On Breastfeeding 

Breastfeeding counselor Zenaida Feliciano, more popularly known as Coach Z, shared some stories which prove that even when you think you can't nurse your baby, there is something you can do to succeed in breastfeeding.

It only takes dedication and discipline to be able to commit to what moms need to do to give their baby the best.

Coach Z also shared a few basic tips for moms who are planning to breastfeed:

You can pump your breast milk after giving birth, but for your body to produce more milk, direct breastfeeding is recommended, especially during the first few weeks. It also helps with bonding with your little one, because as you nurse, you can do skin-to-skin contact, too, which is beneficial for baby.

If you feel a little under the weather, you can still breastfeed your baby. Just wear a mask, so your little one doesn't get sick as well.

Even if you have inverted nipples, you develop nipple blisters, and it hurts, you can breastfeed. All you need are the right information and ample support from family.


On Postpartum Depression and Recovery

The second speaker was Noelle Polack, a birth and postpartum doula from the Pinoy Doula Collective and a Doterra essential oils ambassador.

Essentials oils have become a trend, and it was good to know that it's safe for pregnant women to use. It can even help during their labor and postpartum recovery. She shared with the preggo moms how to properly use essentials oils and what combinations can ease specific ailments, among others.

Polack, who is also a mom to two kids, also talked about postpartum recovery and adjusting to the so-called fourth trimester.

For preggos who would like to use essential oils, Pollack offers guidelines:

Dilute the essential oils before applying them topically in order to prevent possible skin reactions. For preggos, go for mild ones such as lavender, chamomile, peppermint, frankincense, and ilang-ilang.

To use essential oils during labor, place a cotton pad soaked in one diluted essential oil in a zip-top bag so that you can switch aromas anytime. Clary sage and jasmine help stimulate contractions, while lavender helps you relax. Peppermint, meanwhile, gives you the energy to push.

Healing a new mom's body while taking care of a newborn is one of the first challenges of motherhood, but it's possible with a detailed postpartum care plan. Since the first few weeks of motherhood can be incredibly busy, it's easy to forget that your body needs to heal as well.

Here are two main tips moms took to heart about postpartum recovery:

It took nine months for your body to get pregnant and it will need time for it to go back to the way it was. Breastfeeding does help your uterus shrink. The dark spots and hair fall are the effect of hormones so it will pass.

Recovering from a vaginal delivery is hard; even more so if it's a C-section. Prioritize and delegate tasks if you need to. The strength of a mother is knowing when to ask for help.


On Choosing the Right Baby Clothes

This is where Uniqlo can be a partner to all mothers. When it comes to newborns, it's crucial to choose the right clothes that are safe for baby. Uniqlo's Babies line has the basic tie-side in all variants (sleeveless, short-sleeved, and long-sleeved). You can be assured the fabric won't give way quickly even after some washes. Uniqlo knows how difficult it can be to dress toddlers, and its product innovation shows that.

Uniqlo's Babies line also boasts of unique safety features, ideal for your baby's well-being. Care labels are placed outside baby's clothes to prevent any contact with your child's delicate skin. Onesies also have hypoallergenic plastic poppers that make diaper change safe and easy. 

In between the talks, the preggo moms enthusiastically answered questions to win prizes. When they received their loot bags, some of the moms even swapped onesies to suit the gender of the baby they're expecting. It's an early sign that it truly takes a village to raise a child, and we're all here to help. 

Check out Uniqlo's Maternity LifeWear here

This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Uniqlo.