Frequently Asked Questions
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No Harm Nipple Balm
My No Harm Nipple Balm isn’t dispensing properly...
Due to the natural ingredients in this product it can harden during delivery if it experiences cold temperatures. If you stand the pump somewhere warm or on a radiator for 5-10 minutes to loosen all the ingredients this will allow the pump to dispense them.
Do I need to remove No Harm Nipple Balm before breastfeeding?
No Harm Nipple Balm does not need to be removed before breastfeeding. It’s made with exceptionally pure medical grade lanolin, is 100% natural as well as odourless and tasteless. It is safe for use during pregnancy and beyond.
Does No Harm Nipple Balm contain lanolin?
Yes. Lanolin provides one of the most effective moisture barriers to help soothe and moisturise the skin. Our No Harm Nipple Balm contains exceptionally pure, medical grade lanolin so it’s completely safe during pregnancy and for newborn babies.
How quickly will No Harm Nipple Balm work on the sore area?
Learning how to breastfeed and establish the correct positioning and attachment can take time and it’s very common in the early stages to experience sore and cracked nipples. No Harm Nipple Balm provides an immediate moisture barrier and will help to soothe and moisturise the area straightaway.
Can it be used if I have Mastitis?
Yes. No Harm Nipple Balm is safe to use during, and whilst recovering from Mastitis. Mastitis is best treated with a combination of gentle breast massage to the affected area by massaging towards the nipple, and by breastfeeding or expressing.
Can I use No Harm Nipple Balm on my baby?
No Harm Nipple Balm provides an excellent barrier cream so is ideal for use on newborn skin to soothe and moisturise.
What else can I use No Harm Nipple Balm for?
No Harm Nipple Balm has multiple uses. From a baby bottom balm and lip balm to soothing and moisturising dry and chapped skin. It can also be used as a barrier between skin and clothing during exercise.
Fantastic Skin Elastic
Can I use Fantastic Skin Elastic on my baby?
Babies skin is so delicate which is why using plain water to cleanse is advised. Fantastic Skin Elastic contains many essential oils which are perfect for expectant and new mums but may irritate delicate, newborn skin. Our No Harm Nipple Balm is safe for use on babies from day one.
Is Fantastic Skin Elastic perfumed?
Fantastic Skin Elastic is carefully formulated with vitamin E, sweet almond oil, grapefruit oil and argan oil. There are no added perfumes and the subtle, fresh scent comes from the expert blend of essential oils.
Will Fantastic Skin Elastic prevent stretch marks?
Fantastic Skin Elastic contains ingredients that soften and moisturise to help elasticise the skin as it stretches during pregnancy. It helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks as well as fade redness or scarring as a result of surgery or trauma.
Can Fantastic Skin Elastic be used on other parts of my body?
Fantastic Skin Elastic is perfect for leg massage to help reduce swelling, itchiness and restless legs. It's moisturising properties also help to reduce the appearance of thread veins and varicose veins. Using Fantastic Skin Elastic for a gentle tummy massage can also aid the mobility of your gut and help with constipation. It’s also ideal, and intended, for all over body use.
Can I use Fantastic Skin Elastic for tight, itchy, dry skin in pregnancy & beyond?
Yes. Fantastic Skin Elastic is designed to moisturise and promote elasticity of the skin as it stretches during pregnancy.
What else can I use Fantastic Skin Elastic for?
Fantastic Skin Elastic can be used as an all over body moisturiser as well as a hand cream.
Spritz for Bits
Is Spritz for Bits safe to use in pregnancy?
Yes, all of our products have been thoroughly tested and are safe for use during pregnancy. Spritz for Bits will also help to soothe the symptoms of thrush and help reduce swelling and discomfort in the perineal area.
I have 'Thrush', can I still use Spritz for Bits?
Yes, as ' Thrush' is caused by the fungus 'candida albicans' the ingredients in Spritz for Bits can help to ease the itching and pain associated with perineal/ vaginal thrush. As Spritz for Bits is safe to use in pregnancy it's an excellent 'natural' treatment to help soothe the area.
How soon after delivering my baby can I use Spritz for Bits?
Immediately. Spritz for Bits has been designed to provide instant relief from post-delivery discomfort. It therefore makes great baby shower present ideas for mums to be.
How else can I use this product other than spraying directly onto the area?
Spritz for Bits has been developed with a unique multi-directional spray to make it easy to apply directly to the perineal area as well as any other area of the body suffering from swelling, bruising or general discomfort. Alternatively, Spritz for Bits can be applied to a tissue and wiped over the area (vulva/anus) or soaked on to a maternity pad. For a soothing and comforting bath, pour straight into bath water. For cooling relief, store Spritz for Bits in the fridge.
Could Spritz for Bits cause a reaction after spraying on to the perineal/anal area?
A tingling sensation on application is to be expected and shows that Spritz for Bits is working. Although a reaction to Spritz for Bits is unlikely, if you notice pain or burning please rinse the area and stop use.
Can I use this on my baby’s skin?
Babies skin is so delicate which is why using plain water to cleanse is advised. Spritz contains many essential oils which are perfect for adults but may irritate delicate, newborn skin. Our No Harm Nipple Balm is safe for use on babies from day one.
I’m experiencing a tingling sensation when applying Spritz for Bits; is this normal?
Yes. It shows that the product is working.
I have had a C-section, can I use Spritz for Bits on my scar?
Yes. Spritz for Bits offers the same benefits as it does for the perineal/anal area. The essential oils within Spritz for Bits have been shown to help relieve itching, stinging and discomfort and also help to moisturise C-section wounds. The National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidance for all aspects of clinical care in the UK. The advice from NICE is that the dressing should be removed after 24 hours and cleaned daily. Some NHS Hospitals advise the use of essentials oils, as part of that cleaning regime to aid healing, soothe discomfort and swelling and help to prevent infection. You can also use the Spritz for Bits as a spray or by soaking a tissue and applying as often as needed, to help with general itching and discomfort of the c-section wound, which is normal as it begins to heal. If you begin to suffer with discomfort, redness, tenderness or oozing from around the wound area, a strange smell or pain in your lower abdomen ask your midwife or GP to check your wound to make sure that you’re not developing an infection.
My midwife has advised me not to use Spritz for Bits. Why would this be?
The best and up to date evidence, along with NHS hospitals and specialists in post-natal care all advise the use of lavender, tea tree and witch hazel to soothe and relieve the pain of sore, bruised skin and wounds. Spritz for Bits is perfectly safe to use immediately after birth on the perineal/anal area.
Why is ‘Parfum’ listed as one of the ingredients in Spritz for Bits?
The ‘parfum’ in Spritz for Bits is a natural ingredient and is not to be confused with the French ‘Eau de Parfum’. Although the two terms translate the same, parfum is an ingredient, not a mix of essential oils. The parfum in Spritz for Bits is a natural preservative, a vegetable extract with the aroma of vanilla and almonds and is used for its effectiveness against bacteria, moulds and yeast.
Could I not just use Witch Hazel instead of Spritz for Bits?
Witch hazel contains excellent anti-bacterial properties, however Spritz for Bits includes additional ingredients that have been carefully selected and blended to provide a unique soothing and cooling product. The addition of the multi-directional spray also means that this product is much more practical.
Can I use Spritz for Bits on other areas of my body?
Spritz for Bits has multiple uses and can be used on bruising, bites, stings and minor burns. It can also be used to help soothe haemorrhoids.
Peri Prep your Bits
Can I use Peri Prep your Bits on my baby?
Baby's skin is so delicate that we wouldn't advise applying essential oils to their skin for the first three months.
Is Peri Prep your Bits proven to reduce bruising and tears during childbirth?
Research shows that perineal massage (massaging the area between your vagina and anus) from 34 weeks of pregnancy is proven to reduce the severity or risk of tearing during childbirth by almost 20%.
Is Peri Prep your Bits safe to use during pregnancy?
Peri Prep can be used from 34 weeks of pregnancy for perineal massage. It is safe to use for all-over body massage throughout pregnancy, which is a lovely treat if you’re looking for baby shower gifts for mum.
Could I use vegetable oil instead?
Peri Prep your Bits has been developed to do more than just lubricate the area. It is packed with ingredients to improve elasticity as well as moisturise the area ready for childbirth.
I am struggling with the perineal massage; could my partner do this?
Yes. Take a look at the My Expert Midwife blog which has lots of helpful tips and advice.
What else can I use Peri Prep your Bits for?
Peri Prep can be used for all over body massage in pregnancy and during labour due to its calming and relaxing properties. It’s perfect for relieving nasal congestion by adding to hot water or by applying to the skin under your nose.
It says on my bottle of Peri Prep Your Bits that it is” not suitable for internal use” – is it safe to use for perineal massage?
The perineal massage oil is safe and suitable for use inside the vagina during perineal massage. The ‘internal use only’ refers to any area that bath water wouldn’t enter during bathing, for example; ingestion of the liquid or inhaling simply because it hasn’t been tested for those uses.
Is the Peri Prep Your Bits safe for my partner if we were to get intimate after I have been using the oil for perineal massage?
The perineal massage oil is safe and suitable for use inside the vagina during perineal massage, and if you have been carrying out perineal massage before intercourse will also be safe for your partner.
Use by Dates
My Expert Midwife products do not require a specific expiration date as they have a shelf life in excess of 30 months from the date they were produced, providing the product has not been opened.
Where this is the case you will find a little symbol which looks like an open jar, together with a number and the letter M. This indicates that the product will retain its characteristics for X months after the product has been opened, where X is the number next to the jar.
Do My Expert Midwife products contain natural ingredients?
No Harm Nipple Balm and Peri Prep your Bits are made with 100% natural ingredients. Fantastic Skin Elastic and Spritz for Bits contain natural essential oils, natural oils and a minimal amount of added ingredients to keep the products as fresh as possible.
Are your products suitable for vegans?
No harm nipple balm contains lanolin which is derived from sheep's wool and fantastic skin elastic contains beeswax, so neither are considered vegan-friendly.
Peri Prep Your Bits and Spritz for Bits are both vegan-friendly.
Have your products been certified by anyone other than a midwife?
The four products in the My Expert Midwife range have been developed by a practicing midwife in conjunction with leading chemists and aromatherapists. The range has undergone rigorous laboratory testing to ensure that they are effective and safe to use, especially in pregnancy.
Are your products Gluten Free?
Yes the products are Gluten Free, however, the presence of Gluten being harmful in cosmetics and toiletries is a common misconception. Gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin, it is only harmful if it is digested
Are your products tested on animals?
No. The My Expert Midwife range is developed in the UK and none of the products have been tested on animals.
I am allergic to nuts, is the My Expert Midwife range safe for me to use?
The nut oils included in the My Expert Midwife range have been refined to ensure that all the nut proteins (which cause the allergy) are removed. However, if you suffer from a severe nut allergy it’s best to seek further professional medical advice prior to use.