A Champneys Mum-To-Be Giveaway thanks to Infacol

Having a baby is an emotional rollercoaster and nothing can prepare you for the extremes of emotion – one minute you’re high on love and the next you’re heading for stress and anxiety.

In a unique study of parental emotion in the first 12 months, funded by Infacol, it seems that while more than three fifths of new parents of children aged 5 and under experienced pride (61%) and joy (67%), they also felt exhaustion (61%) and even fear (32%). The study also found that one in five mums (22%) describe themselves as feeling ‘out of control’ in the first year, with a further one in six parents (17%) finding that the pressures of parenting left them feeling shocked.

This is definitely something I can relate to – after having LP I wasn’t prepared at all for the amount of emotions I felt and it did really only settles down around her first birthday – when I was already expecting Little Man!

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One fascinating outcome of the research was that parents with just one child living at home were more likely to feel both positive and negative emotions, from pride (69%) and gratitude (46%) to fear (40%) and anxiety (47%). However, parents with three or more children at home were 14% less likely to feel worried, but also 11% less likely to feel proud, than those describing their experience with their first child.

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I think this goes to show that with more than one child you have to split your time whilst splits your feelings too. It’s not that you feel any less, just that there is more to feel something about.

The first year is so mixed-up emotionally for so many new mums and dads because we are all just so excited to meet our new baby that we often underestimate how hard the lack of sleep and other life changes will be. Having a baby is an incredible experience but it also changes your finances, social life and even your relationship with your partner.

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But even the tough times and late-night feeds don’t take away from the pleasures of becoming a parent, from first smiles to first words and everything in between. To help you relax in the lead up to having a baby, I have teamed up with Infacol to give away a Champneys Mother-to- Be massage. If you would like to relax and unwind and prepare for your imminent arrival in the best way possible just complete one or more entries on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Don’t forget to check out our other giveaways over on the giveaways page!

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  1. June 15, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    I have a friend who is due at the end of July who has been suffering with back pain that would benefit from this 🙂

  2. Terri-Louise Dudey
    June 15, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    i would love to win this for my best friend, she is expecting her first child and works hard as a dental nurse. She would be so happy with this and we could have a girly day out together too xx

  3. Elizabeth Hinds
    June 17, 2016 / 6:18 am

    I would love to win this for my sister who has just found out that she’s expecting 🙂 She deserves a bit of pampering at the mo!

  4. Fiona K
    June 17, 2016 / 7:37 am

    For my wonderful mother because she is always helping others, it often seems one-sided. She deserves some TLC to show her how loved and appreciated she is

  5. Paulina
    June 17, 2016 / 11:44 am

    I’d love to win this as I’m expecting my first child in October!

  6. Bridget Heather
    June 17, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    I would LOVE to win this as expecting my 3rd baby in August. This time my back has been so painful and a pregnancy massage would be absolutely amazing!

  7. Margaret Gallagher
    June 17, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    It would be for my neice
    She’s expecting her first baby in September and worries about nearly everything
    She’s never had a massage experience and this would introduce to a way to relieve her stress and a way for her to relax and enjoy her first baby and me being a great aunt for the first time too

  8. Solange
    June 19, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    My sister who is having twins.

  9. Jodi hill
    June 20, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    Meeeeeeeeeee!! I’m exhausted! And struggling with joint hyper mobility! I’d love a massage! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  10. Simon tutthill
    June 25, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    A good friend of mine who is expecting would love this brilliant prize

  11. July 5, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    For my daughter, she would love it, she suffers with chronic pain and is always saying she could do with a massage

  12. July 5, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    Me me me!! Yep completely selfish but having just worked on an event up in Manchester, missing a train, getting home not much before 10pm, shovelling pasta down my throat, now going off to get ready for bed to get up for work again in the morning AND being 30 weeks pregnant. Yep…I deserve it!

  13. July 5, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Two pregnancies in two years, with a bad back anyway due to a car crash, has left my body really sore so a massage would do me wonders!xx

  14. July 5, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    I have a few pregnant friends at the moment so whoever deserves it most at the time?!

  15. July 5, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    The massage would be for me because I’ve only got 5 weeks left, I’m knackered, I’m waddly and I blummin well deserve it ????

  16. July 5, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    What a great giveaway. We bought loads of infacol when my eldest was born as he suffered really badly with colic. Baby number 2 due end of October and I’m hoping this one doesn’t suffer with it as much x

  17. July 5, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    I’d love to win this for my best bud who’s due in sept.

  18. July 5, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    My good friend who really needs some time to herself to relax.

  19. July 5, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    I always regretted not getting a pregnancy massage. Maybe I could be a lovely friend instead!

  20. July 5, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Lovely giveaway Donna. That first year was such a blur for me both times round in terms of emotion. You’re right though – it’s funny how you just somehow feel more and your feelings aren’t split. xx

  21. July 5, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    One of the Mum’s at school has just announced she’s expecting her second child and this would be a great treat for her! Plus I may just have to tag along! 😉

  22. July 6, 2016 / 6:25 am

    Such lovely photographs!
    I would love a rekaxing massage…Ive been waiting for one since before I was a mum-to-be…

  23. esther james
    July 6, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    It would be for my friend- she works so hard as a teacher and is due soon. She needs a break!

  24. carol boffey
    July 10, 2016 / 8:36 am

    Great prize be nice to have a treat

  25. Vickie Jackson
    July 10, 2016 / 9:32 am

    It would be for one of my friends at work who is expecting her first 🙂

  26. Julie Booth
    July 10, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    It would be for me!

  27. Samantha Philpott
    July 11, 2016 / 10:55 am

    The mum to be massage would be for myself as I would really love one with all the aches and pains as im nearing the end. It would be nice to have one before I have to go through labour.

  28. Melanie Burton
    July 12, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    I have a friend who is ready to give birth in August and she has really gone through a terrible pregnancy! A massage would do her the world of good as her feet are all swollen!

  29. Natalie Gillham
    July 12, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    I would gift this to my dear friend who is expecting her second child, she is such a good friend to me x

  30. michelle hughes
    July 12, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    I’m currently pregnant with our miracle baby – this would be great to relax before she arrives

  31. Emma Whittaker
    July 12, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    This would be for my sister in law who is due in September ☺ She has not had the best time as she lost her dad in April so this would really cheer her up ☺

  32. Nikki Easton
    July 12, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    My wonderful friends who’s having a rough time and deserves a treat x

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