This will be my second time to give birth in Barcelona. Sometimes, I did not fancy searching the Net for answers regarding questions like what to take if you have a heartburn; where can I find biodegradable diapers; what to do when the building you live in has an elevator a size of a potato beetle.
Here is the deal, you can read some questions and the solutions/answers of mine and if you think of something else, contact me. Your best bet is to find my on Instagram: @zoardminiboy.
1. What do you do with your heartburn?
I take Almax (chewing tablette). I sleep on my side with at least 4-5 pillows. I eat small amounts.
2. Where did you find a maternity pillow?
Prenatal has one with a light blue cover. It is not cheap but the first time I was pregnant we bought one. I would also check what deals amazon.es has at the moment if I were to buy one now.
3. I have to take iron tablets, will I vomit from it?
Well, if you do, do not be shy to ask your midwife to recommend another brand. I am taking Ferbisol and this one is fine for me, though it is a bit strict how you have to take these tablets. Preferably with Vitamin C (orange, grapefruit…). Vegetables and milk products, tea, coffee are not the right choices to eat/drink before taking your iron tablet. Absorbing is a key factor…
4. A pram will not fit in our elevator, could this be??
Yes. So I will post some updates but our plan is to use a carrier with an insert designed for newborns. Slings are your other alternative, along with your creativity. But it is a REAL problem.
5. Where can I get biodegradable diapers?
We are using the ones that Veritas sells for Zoard and this is our plan for Assya as well. We used to cloth diaper when Zoard was tiny but everything was from the States and without a dryer it was super tough. For us at least.
6. What do you put on your stretch marks?
I like all the products of Weleda and it is a brand that you can find in so many places. The shampoo, shower gel for Assya will be Weleda as well. It is expensive and stretch marks have to do more with genetics than what you put on your skin but if you are keen on pampering yourself, Weleda has a nice smell and it does not leave stains on your clothes.
7. Where to buy maternity clothes in Barcelona?
If you do not want to pay a lot, look at the clothes on sale at Prenatal or try H & M. This time around, I bought nothing for myself, I borrowed a few things and I am wearing my regular clothes and my husband’s sweaters. If money is not an issue, you can even go online because shipping to Spain is quite good. For nightgowns I found one in Benetton and Primark but I have pajamas from Victoria’s Secret and Hatley as well.
8. Where to buy easy-to-put-on shoes?
My loafers are from Massimo Dutti. As Spanish as it gets!
9. Where to buy socks that will not leave a mark on your skin?
Calzedonia has very simple socks that they sell in at least ten colors I think. They always have a buy 3 or 5 deal…
10. Where can you find used baby clothes?
It is wise to be part of an expat group and ask around. A shop that has both used and new clothes, that I like, is called La Baldufa. It is close to the Fontana station. They have a Facebook page you can check out.