Conceive Plus: The Success Stories

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  • Used it with an ovulation tracking app after trying to conceive for a year and worked for my husband and I! Blessed to say we are 19 weeks pregnant with our baby!, Shanitra Cheff, Facebook, November 2017
  • I was trying since February with no luck but started using the product in August and was pregnant the same month. I am due in May next year, Nini Myers, Facebook, November 2017
  • My husband and I tried for 10 months to get pregnant. I bought this product as a desperate attempt. We used it once. I am now pregnant with our first baby. Coincidence or not, I don’t know, but I’m grateful just in case, Amazon Verified Review, November 2017
  • The best through God and with this I’m 26 1/2 weeks… After trying for a year I used this and was pregnant after around 5 applications, Erianna Mack, Facebook, November 2017
  • 100% recommend the conceive plus lubricant! Definitely think thats what worked for us to conceive our baby girl! 💖, Keeley L. Cattell, Facebook, November 2017
  • Well it worked!! Glad I purchased this!! Used all 3 tubes during most fertile days and on my ovulation day and it worked! I’m now 7+1. Highly recommend, Sarah, Amazon Verified Review, November 2017
  • I am in love with this product! for the past 9 years of trying to conceive with no luck. I decided to try this one. Within less than a year I was able to have my first daughter. I am not 100 percent that this helped me out but this was the only thing I tried and now I have one beautiful healthy baby girl born on June 2016. My husband really wanted another one so here we go again trying use the same thing this time took us a year to conceive. So with my opinion if you want to conceive give this a try. You just might never know. Good Luck!, Amazon Verified Review, November 2017
  • Worked for me! Tried for two years without anything, nothing worked, til i came across this, got pregnant within the first month of trying with it😍, Ameri Shae, Facebook, November 2017
  • We had been trying for over 2 years and had just been referred for IVF got pregnant first month using this just wish I’d tried it sooner, Georgie, Amazon Verified Review, November 2017
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Ask The Pharmacist: My Breastfeeding Journey

As part of World Breastfeeding Week, our Supervising Pharmacist in our Tesco Ballybeg store shares her experience of breastfeeding with her baby.

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Read Nicola’s story below and call in to any of our pharmacies to learn more about breastfeeding!

Breastfeeding is the best start you can give your baby and as soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to try to breastfeed. I attended a breastfeeding evening and read as much information as I could to help prepare me for the journey. I had my little boy by C-Section and the midwife put the baby on my chest to initiate skin-to-skin contact. As I was in a bit of pain the midwife positioned the baby to my chest for the first feed. Over the next few days I was able to latch the baby on myself and with each feed my confidence grew. On the third night the baby cluster fed most of the night and although I was very tired it was a positive experience as the next morning my milk came in (day 4).

The next two weeks were tough and I struggled with engorgement and cracked bleeding nipples due to a bad latch. I immediatley sought the help of a lactation consultant and she really helped me to perfect the latch and reassured me that things would get easier at a time when I was thinking of giving up. Within a few days things did get eaiser and I’m so glad that I persisted through those tough few days.

I knew breastfeeding had nutritional benefits but I never could have imagined the emotional connection and bond that this would bring to us. Looking back I am so happy I persisted through those initial few weeks and sought help when I needed it. A breastfeeding journey I thought might only last a few days/weeks ended up lasting 3 years.

 

 

Ask The Pharmacist: The Benefits of Breastfeeding

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To mark World Breastfeeding Week, we want to share some tips, advice and benefits of breastfeeding your newborn baby.

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The Department of Health and Children, in line with the World Health Organisation, recommend that babies should be exclusively breastfed for six months (not introducing any other food or drink). Mothers are also being encouraged to continue breastfeeding after that, in combination with complementary foods up until the age of two years as the longer you breastfeed the greater the health protection for both you and your baby.

Breastfeeding may be one of the most natural things in the word, but it is a skill that you and your baby devleop over the first few days and weeks. With the right help , support and information most mothers can start breastfeeding and continue for as long as they want to.

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Breastfeeding – Why breastfeeding is so special?

  • Breast milk is an ideal blend of nutrients which provide everything a young baby needs for healthy growth and development. It is also very easy for a baby to digest.
  • Breast milk, unlike other baby milks, contains antibodies which help protect babies against infections such as coughs, colds, chest infections and tummy upsets.
  • Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk for having asthma or allergies.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of childhood obesity.
  • Breastfeeding helps build a special bond between a mother and her baby.
  • Breast milk is available at all times, and is free.
  • Breast milk is hygienic because, unlike other baby milks, breast milk does not have to be prepared using special equipment which can so easily be contaminated by germs.
  • Breastfeeding helps you to return to your normal weight after delivery by using up the fat stored in pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Breast milk is environmentally friendly – it is a truly natural resource.
  • While breastfeeding hormones are released into the mother’s blood which make her feel relaxed and content.

Getting Started:

Skin-to-skin contact with your baby in the first hour after birth will help get the first feed off to a good start. To help position your baby for feeding, with one hand cup your breast and gently stroke your baby’s lower lip with your nipple. Your baby will instinctively open its mouth wide. Supporting the baby’s neck, bring your baby’s mouth closer around your nipple, trying to center your nipple in the baby’s mouth above the tongue. The baby should have all of your nipple and most of the areola (darker skin around your nipple) in its mouth. You may feel a slight tingling or tugging but breastfeeding should not be painful. Ensuring you have a good latch helps prevent sore nipples. If you are having trouble in getting your baby to latch correctly or find breastfeeding painful be sure to contact a lactation consultant who can help and advise you.

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  • Be patient while your milk comes in. Colostrum is a nutrient-rich, syrupy, pre-milk that your baby needs in its first few days of life. After two to three days your body will then typically begin to start producing milk; however it can take longer for some mums.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Try to rest where possible especially in the first few weeks
  • Seek help from a lactation consultant if you are having trouble.
  • Try not to worry about your supply as long as your baby is having at leat 5-6 wet nappies per day your supply should be fine.

Five More Tips For Breast Feeding Mums

To mark World Breastfeeding Week, we wanted to share tips and more on the benefits of breastfeeding your newborn.

To help reduce stress and worry, we want to share five more tips that we think will help make your breast feeding experience a positive one.

1.Tend To Tender Nipples

Nipples are already a sensitive area for most women, and after three hours of non-stop nursing, nipples can feel painful. While pain can be due to a bad latch in the beginning, it can just as likely that you need to give it time to get used to nursing.

2.Stay Hydrated

It takes a lot of water to make milk. Until your body begins to regulate and figure out exactly what it’s doing, you’re going to need to stay hydrated. A nice reusable water bottle should be on every mum-to-be’s baby ‘must have’ list.

3.Work With Nipple Shields

Many women with flat or inverted nipples are often told they will never be able to successfully breastfeed. While it may be more difficult at first, it is definitely not impossible. Nipple shields are fitted covers that help stimulate the baby’s sucking reflex. Over time breast tissue will adjust and release an inverted nipple.

4.Discuss Breastfeeding Expectations With Your Partner

No matter how prepared you are, or how dedicated you are to breastfeeding, there will come a time when you want to stop. Before your baby is born, discuss your desire to breastfeed with your partner. Express all the emotions you have surrounding the experience and be sure that they fully support your decision.

Five Breast Feeding Tips You Need To Know

Breastfeeding may be one of the most natural things in the word, but it can take a lot of work and worry before it seems that way.

To help new moms ad moms-to-be we’ve put together a list of breast feeding tips to help you!

1,Don’t Scrub Your Nipples

We don’t really know who started this rumour, but using a scrub brush or loofah on your nipples to ‘toughen them up’ is completely unnecessary.

Pregnancy is hard enough with adding chapped, sore nipples to your list of complaints.

2.Be Patient While Your Milk Comes In

While you’re pregnant your body will start to produce colostrum. Colostrum is a nutrient-rich, syrupy, pre-milk that your baby needs in its first few days of life.

After two to three days your body will then typically begin to start producing milk; however it can take longer for some moms and that’s ok. If your concerned chat to your healthcare professional.

3.Know That Newborns Nurse A LOT

Newborns are constantly hungry and that’s ok. Breastmilk is the perfect food for babies and it is quickly digested. With a stomach the size of an egg, it is expected that babies will need to be fed often.

Frequent nursing also serves another purpose. Your breasts work on supply and demand. The greater the demand, the more milk your body will produce. Your baby is helping your body to learn how much milk it will need to make.

4.Try Not To Worry About Too Much Supply

One of the difficulties while breastfeeding is not having a way of seeing how much milk your baby is getting. When your baby seems like they are always hungry, it is easy to start to worry you’re not making enough milk.

Try not to worry about this, how much milk you product is not related to how much milk your baby is getting. As long as your baby is having at least 5 or 6 wet nappies a day, your supply should be fine.

5.Learn To Love Cluster Feedings

The time when many mothers worry the most is when the baby goes from feeding every few hours to demanding to nurse every few minutes. Cluster feeds have more to do with times of rapid change than with your supply.

Growth spurts usually last two or three days and happen at about 1 week old, 3 weeks old, 6 weeks old and again at 3, 4, 6 and 9 months old. When cluster feedings are finally over, your milk supply will have increased.

Summer Festival Essentials

 

During the summer months here, we are lucky to have so many fantastic festivals across Ireland. These festival weekends usually see music lovers flock to a campsite and enjoy a weekend of music, art, entertainment and laughter.

But… there’s nothing worse than arriving to a festival and realising you’ve forgotten something or maybe even multiple things which can really put a dampener on your weekend.

So to help from that happening to yo, we’ve put together this helpful list of things you absolutely need when going to a summer festival!

This way to you relax and enjoy yourself and be completely stress-free!

Items You Definitely Cannot Forget

Festivals can only go to plan if you remember to take your tickets, so you should definitely have them at the top of your list, also make sure you have your wallet or purse and your ID to avoid any unnecessary worry.

Items You’ll Also Need

Try to be as prepared as possible for every and any eventuality when at a festival, with festival style becoming more and more popular each year, be sure to pack your favourite cosmetics, tan, etc.

To help you get the most out of festival season, we’ve put together this helpful list of ‘must haves’ that you can’t leave behind!

1.bPerfect Cosmetics Carnival Palette

The latest palette from bPerfect is the Stacey Marie carnival palette. This palette is an explosion of highly pigmented colours and shimmers that will unlock your inner creativity.

This palette contains 17 vibrant matte eye-shadows, 7 high pigment shimmers, 2 highlighters and a mirror.

This is available in store for €45.

2.Cetrine Allergy

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Cetrine Allergy is a non-drowsy antihistamine used for the relief of Hay Fever symptoms and allergies, such as dust or pet allergies.

If you suffer from Hay Fever, a weekend festival in a field is probably going to cause a flare up of symptoms. Be sure to take one of these daily to keep your symptoms at bay.

3.Oxylent

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Going to a festival often mean long days and nights, which can often leave you feeling run down, tired and a little unwell.

Oxylent is a multi-vitamin supplement that can rehydrate you and boost your energy and immune system. Pack a few of these with you and have one each day of your festival for a natural energy boost to see you through the day!

4.Sun Protection

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With almost all of this years summer festivals taking place outside, make sure you pack enough sun protection to get you through the weekend!

Just remember, many festivals have limits to the amount of liquids you can bring in, so when shopping for sun cream pick up one that is below the allowed size. If you need more bring multiple small bottles rather than one large one.

5.The Luna By Lisa Magic Makeup Bag

Pack all your festival essentials into one easy to carry bag! From sun protection to tan, your favourite makeup palette to hair accessories everything can be stores in this stylish must have makeup bag!

For more festival essentials check out the image below or call in store where our expert team can help you find everything you need!

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3 Reasons Why NUXE Lip Balm Is A Favourite Among Top Make-up Artists

NUXE lip balm is often found backstage at fashion week and on set for high-end photo shoots. But what makes this lip balm so special? Keep scrolling down to find out!

We all know NUXE has a fabulous range, but one of their top hero products is definitely their Rêve de Miel lip balm, which you will often find in make-up artists’  kits.

Its a bit of an industry secret, but we think it’s time everyone hears about this!

Here’s some of the top uses that you can use for this range!

As A Traditional Lip Balm

The main thing that makes the Rêve de Miel so special is its texture. When used in its traditional capactiy, it will hydrate and smooth your lips leaving them feeling and looking plumped.

It also smells and tastes great, which is a nice touch.

As A Lip Primer

Texture has already been mentioned but NUXE lip balm has a matte finish which makes it particularly good to use as a lip primer before applying lipstick, especially wen you use a matte lipstick.

If you use your ring finger to pat on a light layer of the balm to prep your lips, you’ll then find that the finish and wear time is vastly improved… so is the comfort!

As A Brow Tamer

Some MUAs like to use a brow gel or even hair spray to keep hairs in check. But if you want a soft finish, the NUXE lip balm is perfect. Simply use a small amount using a cotton bud and brush through brows. The matte effect of the balm looks natural, and also helps to hold powder in place to make brows look fuller if tapped on top too.

So there’s three reasons why MUAs LOVE the NUXE lip balm. but if you want to find out how this lip balm can cover blemishes click here!