Frequently Asked Questions
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No Harm Nipple Balm
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 aid healing. 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 contains anti-infection properties and provides an immediate moisture barrier to start the healing process straight away.
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 healing 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 also helps reduce the appearance of thread veins and protects against 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.
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.
I've been told to keep my perineal wound dry; can I still use Spritz for Bits?
Avoid excessive bathing as this will keep the tear moist. After bathing make sure the wound is dried (skin absorbs lots of excess water during bathing which can take a while to thoroughly dry). Spritz for bits can be applied as often as needed as the wound has been closed with stitches and the sanitary pad that is worn will absorb any excess liquid whilst still allowing the essential oils and witch hazel to work their magic.
How else can I use this product other than spraying directly onto tears and stitches?
Spritz for Bits has been developed with a unique multi-directional spray to make it easy to apply directly to vaginal tears, stitches and episiotomies as well as any area of the body suffering from swelling, bruising or general discomfort. Alternatively, the Spritz can be applied to a tissue and wiped over the area (vagina/anus) or soaked on to a maternity pad. For a soothing, healing 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 tears or scar tissue?
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.
I have had stitches/episiotomy during labour, can I still use Spritz for Bits?
Yes. Spritz for Bits has been made with a range of ingredients to prevent infection, soothe and promote healing. It helps to provide instant relief caused by tearing and stretching during childbirth.
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 and stitches?
Yes. Once the dressing is removed Spritz for Bits offers the same benefits as for perineal tears and episiotomies. It will help with itching, stinging and discomfort and will help to prevent wound infection and aid healing. The National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidance for all aspects of clinical care in the U.K. The advice from NICE is that the dressing should be removed after 24 hours and cleaned daily and to make sure that the wound is dried after cleaning.
My midwife has told 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, relieve pain and heal. Unfortunately, some healthcare professionals aren't as up to date as others. Spritz for Bits is perfectly safe to use immediately after birth, on stiches and C-section scars.
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, cooling and healing product. The addition of the 360 degree 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 cuts, grazes, bruising, bites, stings and burns. It can also be used to help soothe and reduce 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.
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.
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.
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 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.