Family time at the Mum and Baby Centre in Nicosia

A couple of weeks ago we visited a lovely new space for mommies and babies who opened its doors a couple of months ago in Nicosia. The Mum and Baby Centre is located inside the Cyprus State Fair in Egkomi, Nicosia.

It is a wonderful space, with a cafeteria featuring healthy snacks and drinks, a kids corner, a multi sensory room for babies, a breastfeeding room and a private space for classes and parties.

My two daughters just loved the kids corner so much they did not want to leave. The kids corner is suitable for babies and toddlers. Books and table games are also available for older children.

Photo Credits @AnnaMilosovaPhotography

The super-talented Anna Milosova was taking photos on the day for the centre’s promotion and so the mums and babies who were there had the chance to have their photo taken while playing and having fun.

I also had the honour to meet and chat with Elena and Fani, the wonderful fellow mums who own the centre. I am always amazed when meeting super mums who are willing to leave a corporate life to start something of their own, follow their dreams and also give something back to their community!

The Mum & Baby Centre is ideal for spending a lovely morning or afternoon in a friendly and clean environment and for meeting and connecting with other mums in Cyprus. The multi-sensory room will provide a great pass time for your baby and with help with your child’s development.

The Mum & Baby Centre hosts classes such as baby music classes, baby yoga, antenatal and prenatal classes and seminars such as Breastfeeding support groups.

Breastfeeding mums can use the breastfeeding room supported by Medela Cyprus and the Cyprus Breastfeeding organisation.

To conclude, if you are pregnant, a new mommy or have young children and need a place to relax while your children enjoy some playtime, then the Mum and Baby Center is for you!

My journey to a more natural lifestyle

My journey to a more natural path begun almost 7 years ago when me and my partner were trying to have a baby.

Being on contraceptives for more than a decade to regulate my periods and all the symptoms accompanied by the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), i naturally thought of going to my obstetrician and see what the situation was and if i could finally stop taking the pills in order to become pregnant. He assured me that i would be pregnant in no time (as he did so many times before when i had asked about being able to conceive..). So i stopped taking the pills and i felt confident that my body will do the rest. One month later, two months later, 6 months later my period was still nowhere to be found.

So we went back to the doctor’s office. Apparently my hormone imbalance did not allow for my ovaries to develop an egg properly and so i never had ovulation and thus no menstruation. So the doctor advised that we start with hormone pills to develop the eggs. But still nothing happened. Somehow my body was refusing all the hormones. It could not work properly. I was getting frustrated and anxious and the hormones were making me irritable and emotional. We tried a few times with the pills and then went on to hormone injections. Still, every month was a disappointment and heartbreak.  It was getting harder for me to cope with the hormones that i started getting depressed. I could not understand why this was happening to me and i did not know what to do to help myself.

Desperate to find a way to conceive we changed our doctor to someone more experienced with infertility issues. He was very understanding and kind and he listened to us and after a long time made us feel like our feelings mattered. We proceeded with a combination of folic acid, hormone pills and injections to help my ovaries develop an egg, which they did,  but all the pressure, the stress and anxiety could still not help me conceive.

We were just a step away from doing IVF when i decided enough was enough. I decided that this was not the way i wanted to conceive my baby. I wanted it to be intimate and personal and as nature intended. Not in a clinic, not with artificial hormones, not with injections.

So i begun a quest to find the best possible way to become pregnant naturally. I felt it in my heart that there was a way to solve this problem. I began talking to people. Friends, family, anyone who might be able to help me find my way. And they did.

I was introduced to a wonderful doctor and holistic practitioner who changed my life. I was tested for food allergies and intolerance, for nutrient deficiencies and we examined every aspect of my health and diet right up to that point. He suggested i get a detox to clean my body from all the toxins built up from the artificial hormones and i started taking supplements. I eliminated from my diet most of the processed food i was consuming and removed completely sugar and cow’s milk. I became mindful of what i was putting in my body. I reinvented my diet and myself. It was a very challenging period but i was willing to risk it all in order to be able to start menstruating and conceive naturally.

After 3 months of changing my diet one step at a time, i got my period. Naturally. I was amazed. I could not remember the last time i menstruated naturally… This helped me relax, believe in myself and in my body and have faith in nature. And my miracle happened!

I had a wonderful first pregnancy. I continued with my changed diet and it became a new lifestyle. I had to be mindful not just for me now but for my baby as well. A year and a half after having my first baby, i naturally conceived my second baby. I now have regular menstrual cycles and i can pinpoint exactly when i am ovulating as i now have and understand the symptoms of ovulation.

Looking back to my journey, i can now reflect and see clearly how everything that happened, happened for a reason. I am grateful for everyone who where part of this journey. I am thankful to the universe for giving me what i wanted most!

So this is why i believe in a more natural way of life. Be more mindful of what you consume as this will reflect in your health. I understand that it is not easy for everyone to lift infertility issues and conceive naturally. But my story is proof that it is possible. And i wish this to every couple facing issues. Trust your instincts and your body. And trust that your journey will lead you where you want to be. Just believe!

If you want to talk about any issues you are facing, i will be glad to listen. Let me know in the comments. Sharing your story can be liberating!

Love and kisses

A.

Natural birth: a powerful right for every woman

It was a wonderful evening last night at the Cine Studio, where the last screening of the BirthDays documentary took place in Nicosia. A room full of expecting couples, young mothers and healthcare practitioners.

The documentary, directed by the talented Danae Stylianou, was a true masterpiece. With just a video camera at hand, she managed to capture the miraculous event of welcoming a baby into this world. Powerful moments that brought the audience to tears.

For me it was a reminder of that exact moment your baby is placed on to your chest, the feeling of relief and the overflowing  of love. It brought back all the emotions experienced during pregnancy and birth. The fear of the unknown, the anxiety, the self-doubt.

Natural birth can be an emotional, liberating and empowering experience. It allows women to overcome their fears, to trust their bodies and trust in nature that everything will work as intended.

But in order to do this, women need to feel confidence. Confidence that they will have by their side experienced midwives, responsible and well-educated doctors and a system that will provide proper education to pregnant couples on what to expect during labor, how to use breathing techniques correctly and how exclusive breastfeeding can be achieved. And of course to feel the confidence that their rights will be respected.

Congratulations to the team of Birth Days Documentary and to everyone who participated in this film as well as to Birth Forward for their passionate work on educating couples on making informed decisions for the birth of their children.

To all expecting mommies out there, trust your self and your body. You are strong and powerful and you were designed to bring life into this world. Trust in nature and prepare yourself for the wonderful journey to motherhood.

Love,

Andria.

xoxo

 

BirthDays Documentary: How natural is labor nowadays?

“In a country where Caesarean section births account for 4 times the recommended WHO rate, one mother sets out to reclaim her own body and regain trust in the maternity care system. How do we give birth to our children and what are the reasons behind the increase in C-sections? Has labour become a “cascade of intervention”? What are women’s rights at labour and how can a woman gain confidence in her own female nature?
By presenting audiovisual material from natural births, interviews with health care professionals and a series of real events, Birth Days opens new horizons in the approach of labour as a unique natural experience. Has medicalisation of childbirth gone too far?”

Danae Stylianou’s latest documentary is screening on the 31st of October at Rialto Theater in Limassol. A must see documentary on making informed choices for the birth of our children, on the necessity of medical intervention and on our rights as parents.

For more information visit BirthDays Documentary website

6th Mums2Be & Baby Day by mumsincyprus.com

 

What an incredible opportunity to learn more about pregnancy and baby related matters, find hand-picked items for your little ones and have fun at the same time!

MumsinCyprus organises the 6th Mums2Be & Baby Day Informational Expo on October 21st at Londa Hotel in Limassol from 10:00 to 18:00.

Entrance is free for visitors but a donation of €2 is encouraged as a donation to the local non-profit organisation ‘The Center for Preventive Paediatrics’

The first 1000 days

Ygia Polyclinic organises a wonderful event for informing health professionals as well as expecting and new parents on what you should expect during the first 1000 days with your baby.

The event is taking place on Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 to 15:30 at Carob Mill in Limassol.

The program for the day will cover topics related to pregnancy, delivery and care for your baby, breastfeeding, vaccinations and more.

 

Every pregnancy counts, every child matters

This week we honour all the little souls who have returned to heaven before completing their journey on earth. Baby Loss Awareness Week aims to break the silence, to break any taboo that these babies do not matter. Every pregnancy matters even if it is not completed as expected.

We all try to comfort mothers who have lost a baby. We try to find the right words, to say anything that will make life more bearable, more manageable.. But is is never easy. When you are hurting inside, everything hurts, even the most comforting words. You feel like no one and nothing will make this pain go away, nothing will change the fact that you will not be holding a healthy baby.

So this week lets all light a candle for all the little angels and their mommies who are strong enough to be bearing such an unbearable situation.

Birth Forward in Cyprus is organising a pregnancy loss support group. If you are having a hard time dealing with the loss of a baby, make sure to seek support, contact a friend or seek medical advice. You are strong but you are not alone!

xoxo
Andria