Rent a pump
If you don’t want to shell out for an expensive breast pump, Healthbay now has a Breast Pump Station at its clinics in Mirdif and on Al Wasl Road where you can hire a range of Medela and Ameda hospital-grade pumps at reasonable prices. Midwives and lactation consultants are also on hand for expert advice and tips on pumping. 04 252 4511/ 04 348 7140.
Milk and cookies
Struggling to maintain milk supply, or just want to make sure you’re producing enough? Try a delivery from Dubai-based bakers
Couture C4. Featuring a host of galactagogues (ingredients known to boost and support milk production), they’re the only home-made range of cookies and brownies in the UAE specially designed for lactating mums. Right now, there’s a special offer for Aquarius readers too. www.facebook.com/couturec4, 050 917 1977.
Nursing mums will agree that a properly fitted nursing bra is key to a successful nursing relationship. Make sure yours is as good as it can be with a fitting at Blush and Bloom, a Dubai-based online boutique that offers maternity bra-fitting sessions in the privacy of its studio in Arabian Ranches. www.blushandbloom.com.
Now you see me
Try the new infant vision screening checks at Healthcare City facility My Pedia Clinic. Boasting the latest technology, the screening involves a quick, non-invasive computerised procedure and results are available instantly. 04 430 5926.
Lap of luxury
The Cocoon massage (Dh500) at the upmarket Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, is a 60-minute treatment that uses a hot cloth soaked in Himalayan herbs to massage into pressure points, relieving pregnancy-related stress and tension and enhancing well-being. 04 453 0456.
The 90-minute Maternity Hammam (Dh360) – suitable from the sixth month of pregnancy – at the Dubai Ladies Club offers three options, while the Instant Leg Relief Wrap (Dh260) includes exfoliation followed by a relaxing massage and cooling wrap. Suitable from the fourth month, the Maternity Tonic Wrap (Dh450) alleviates dry skin and stretch marks. 04 349 9922.
Home sweet home
If you just can’t drag yourself to a spa, relax at home and let the professionals bring the spa experience to you. Dubai-based Home Spa has a therapist trained in pre-natal massage techniques who will bring a special table to carry out a pregnancy massage (Dh400) that focuses on relieving the stress caused by the physical and psychological changes of pregnancy. 04 452 0001.