The DRINK MAMA TEA CHALLENGE!
We are launching the DRINK MAMA TEA CHALLENGE over on our new DRINK MAMA TEA blog! Over the next few months, we will be exploring the effects of caffeine on the body for anyone, not just pregnant or nursing women. We hope you will take a look at some of our Drink Mama Tea articles!
If you want to take the Drink Mama Tea challenge, then why not buy one of our bumper packs of Mama Tea? Buy HERE!
Our Bumper Pack will give you 80 teabags, so there is more than enough Mama Tea to replace one of your caffeinated drinks – your fav coffee or another cup of caffeinated tea with a caffeine-free, delicious Mama Tea!
A little caffeine every day is probably quite good for you (unless you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman). However, more than a few cups is detrimental to our health in lots of ways. Over the next few weeks we are going to examine this high-street drug in more detail to really look at it’s effect on the body.
However, as we all know, it is one thing knowing that something is not good for you in large doses and trying to cut that down, particularly something as addictive as caffeine. To do so, it is worthwhile to take baby steps, which is why we have come up with the Drink Mama Tea challenge.
Break the Caffeine Habit
We have all heard that it takes 28 days to break a habit. Well, the bad news is that research shows that it actually takes a little longer – more like 66 days actually. However, the good news is that our bumper packs have 80 teabags in them, so that’s enough to help you break the caffeine habit and have some to share with friends!
We love Ready Mama…….
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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea by Mama Tea
Here at Mama Tea, we have lovingly crafted the perfect red raspberry leaf herbal tea (in our humble opinion!) – READY MAMA! We have blended red raspberry leaves with stunning hibiscus, delicate rose petals and rose hip to create a delicious fragrant raspberry leaf tea. Perfect for the last stages of pregnancy and the hospital bag!
Here at Mama Tea, we take our herbs very seriously. We love the herb Hibiscus, which is a showy flowering plant, that is eaten dried as a delicacy in Mexico and has a long tradition in herbal infusions.
Hibiscus in Mama Tea
We have blended hibiscus into our Ready Mama tea, which is our fruity raspberry leaf and hibiscus birth preparation herbal tea. We included it in our birth preparation tea because it can help with uterine contractions, however it is also a great herb for period pain for the same reason.
Hibiscus comes from the Greek word for marshmallow and is also known as rose mallow.
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, an old species that was grown as an ornamental flower in China, is believed to have been cultivated there for thousands of years. Although it appears to have been in cultivation throughout much of the Asian continent, early reports of hibiscus rosa-sinensis flowering around temples in China imply a Chinese origin, hence the name “sinensis”.
- Lower high blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Stomach cramps (anti-spasmodic)
- Menstrual cramps (anti-spasmodic)
- Weight loss (There is an enzyme known as “amylase” in hibiscus, that breaks down starches and other complex sugars in the body)
- Boost immune system
“Bump to Buba” is a full collection of our delicious Mama Tea Pregnancy and Breastfeeding herbal teas to take you from the start of pregnancy through to breastfeeding your new baby! Buy our collection here!
Morning Sickness Herbal Tea
Ginger herbal tea for weeks 1-40. Ideal for morning sickness.
Rooibos Pregnancy Herbal Tea
Rooibos herbal tea for weeks 1-40. Ideal pregnancy antioxidant tea
Spearmint Pregnancy Heartburn Herbal Tea
Spearmint herbal tea for weeks 1-40. Perfect for pregnancy heartburn
Raspberry Leaf Herbal Tea
Raspberry leaf herbal tea for weeks 38 onwards
Breastfeeding Herbal Tea
Breastfeeding herbal tea for breastfeeding mamas
Happy New Year to all of our amazing customers! To celebrate,we are launching a new responsive website – www.mamatea.com. This means that you can buy your favourite Mama Tea on your desktop, iPad or mobile! You can also buy New Mama breastfeeding tea on our new website. Hurrah! You can also buy our new “bump”er packs of 5 boxes of any favourite Mama Tea or a mixed pack! Get our “Bump to Buba” packs on our new website.
http://www.mamatea.com Have a fantastic 2014! The Mama x
Nesting is the instinct to clean the entire house and get baby’s room ready for the new arrival. It tends to kick in around the last trimester and increases towards the end of the pregnancy. It is something that is extremely powerful despite the increased tiredness at that time of pregnancy. But is there more to it than just getting ready for baby?
Scientists at McMaster University are conducting a series of studies into nesting behaviour and so far have gone so far as to explain that it is what is thought of as an “adaptive behaviour”.
“Nesting is not a frivolous activity,” says Marla Anderson, lead author of the study and a graduate student in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. “We have found that it peaks in the third trimester as the birth of the baby draws near and is an important task that probably serves the same purpose in women as it does in other animals.”
“It ties us to our ancestral past. Providing a safe environment helps to promote bonding and attachment between both the mother and infants,” she says.
So now that we understand this is no frivolous exertion, let’s have a look at some essentials for baby’s room and some stunning examples for some inspiration!
We at Mama Tea are big fans of Stokke Cribs. They go from mini crib and expand as baby grows. Perfect!
A night light is a fantastic way to get baby nodding off after it’s feed. It will also stop you stumbling around in the dark when getting up for night feeds! Mothercare has a good selection!
What about this personalised Night Light from Not On the High Street – stunning!
We think this is a brilliant idea – can store nappies, wipes and all the essentials – get some plain white baskets at your local Homebase or these fancy ones at Amazon and add lots of different coloured ribbons or add colours to match your colour scheme!
Some beautiful Baby’s Room Interiors……
The lovely Room-to-Bloom (what a brilliant name!) designs baby’s room interiors and has some amazing inspiration!
Project Nursery is a brilliant baby room design blog with lots of great ideas!
Have a look at our Pinterest Board for some more inspiration!
Mama Tea – a Female Brand
I never set out to create a brand that would just appeal to women; it just developed quite naturally into that! I have always been passionate about women and women being equal to men in the world, but I am no bra-burning feminist!
The idea for Mama Tea came from two very painful pregnancies. Sorry to all the guys out there reading this but I am now going to go into the kind of details that only women will understand….
It wasn’t just in the mornings. It was EVERY DAY for 20 weeks and 24 weeks relatively. It completely took the bloom off being pregnant and made me feel awful. From what I’ve heard from other women, I wasn’t on my own….
I had never experienced heartburn before pregnancy and then it hit me like a brick! It was so terrible that it dominated my every waking moment. Balancing eating too little with eating just a little bit too much that would tip you over into heartburn hell. Drinking heartburn remedies like water and wondering what could possibly make it taste a little better?
Like many mums-to-be, I went quite far over my due date with both pregnancies. I was going up the walls! I tried raspberry leaf tea, like many others, but hated the taste of it, so wondered if it was possible to make it taste good??
Luckily I didn’t suffer with lack of breast milk like a lot of others, but I still found it incredibly difficult to get the baby to latch on properly and found the whole experience extremely stressful and I had ENOUGH MILK!! Therefore, I wondered if I could make a tea that helped with both the breast milk production and the stress?
Mama Tea – A brand for Women – Making a Difference
The reasons above are all the practical reasons that I created Mama Tea however the fundamental passion behind Mama Tea is empowering other women. Mama Tea is dedicated to making a difference to women. If that is through a cup of tea that helps with breast milk production or through our supportive social network, we are there for other women. We believe passionately in empowering women, so we are now launching our MAKE A DIFFERENCE campaign to empower women world-wide. We are looking at several different initiatives but are keen to hear from our community for some crowd ideas!
Watch this space for more details but if you have some ideas for how we can MAKE A DIFFERENCE, we want to hear them!
To all the women out there.
Anna Louise Simpson
How to Budget for a New Baby
There’s no doubt that having a baby is one of the most exciting experiences in any adult’s life. However, budgeting to add another member to your family can be difficult, and it does take some proper financial planning. While planning for a child can be stressful, it shouldn’t get you down. With a bit of care and some proper debt management planning, you can make sure that you and your wallet are prepared for the miracle of having a new baby.
Start Saving Right Away
Once you’re done celebrating the fact that you’re going to have a new baby, the first thing you need to do is open a savings account to put some money away. Ideally, you’ll want to look for a high-yield savings account that can help you earn even more on what you put in – even if that only amounts to a little bit of money overall. Before you open your savings account, figure out how much money you can use to fund it. From there, try to put a set portion of the money you earn each pay period into the savings account.
Pick up Extra Work
If you’ve got a good-paying salaried position, this may not be something you have to worry about; however, if you work an hourly job, picking up a few extra hours and doing some overtime can help you fund your savings account and make sure you’re financially prepared for your new baby. Taking on extra work in the first few months of pregnancy can also help you safeguard your finances for any time you may have to take work off due to complications in your pregnancy in the later months that may not be covered by maternity leave.
Have a Garage Sale
It might seem crazy to have a garage sale to prepare for a new baby, but getting rid of unnecessary items can help clear clutter and make space for a new child, while putting a bit of extra money in your pockets. If a garage sale doesn’t really seem like your style, or you don’t think you could get much in your area, online classifieds sites, like Craigslist or eBay, can be a great way to sell valuable items you don’t use. Don’t turn your nose up at the idea of a garage sale– some people make $1,000 or more in a single weekend while clearing space in their home! You can then take the extra money you earn and invest it in a debt management plan. If possible, you should try to pay off everyone you owe before the baby arrives.
It’s pretty natural for expectant parents to run out and by all sorts of things for their baby and begin preparing a nursery right away. After all, it’s a part of planning for a new child. However, you shouldn’t go overboard right away. Remember that you’ll be getting some great gifts at your baby shower, and some items can be found second-hand for less.
Take Care of Debt
Credit card debt can be a real problem for many new parents, and it can be a heavy burden. While you may not be able to pay off all of your existing credit card debt, enrolling in a professionally monitored debt management plan can help you get your debt under control through affordable monthly payments. Having a new child can be incredibly exciting, but without a debt management plan to pay off what you already owe, you may find it hard to handle the stress and added financial responsibility. Budgeting for a new member of the family can be difficult, but it’s entirely possible if you plan accordingly with your finances. Guest Blog by Marcela De Vivo (http://marcela.co/)