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Her Little Black Book | Helen Farmer (Spearman) | Editor of Good Magazine

Helen Spearman is the warm and bubbly Editor-in-Chief of Good Magazine.  Helen is entering a new phase in her life as she has recently got married and is also pregnant with her first child.  The magazine is a great resource of daily life in Dubai aiming to help us  live easier, better and simpler, changing the way we shop, eat and live. With a wealth of knowledge on what is happening in Dubai, from her role as Editor, we dig into Her Little Black Book on what she has discovered in Dubai for her pregnancy and her baby.

#Pram of choice

After much research into weight, price and practical things by my husband, and a quick look by me at available colours, we have opted for the Bugaboo Cameleon. Pricey, but for ease of movement it seems to be worth it.

#Best place for a pregnancy massage

I’ve treated myself to several Yummy Mummy massages at SensAsia Urban Spa – I’ve always loved it there, and the ginger tea takes on a whole new level of importance during pregnancy. Heavenly.

#Favourite pregnancy advice book

My mental capacity has definitely taken a nosedive over the last few months, so heavy books filled with difficult to digest information have been a challenge. Instead I’ve been reading The Rough Guide To Pregnancy & Birth by Kaz Cooke, which combines relatable advice with amusing diary entries and fast facts.

#Most useful advice so far

Be kind to yourself, and buy a body pillow. This has truly changed my pregnancy, especially as I’m getting more uncomfortable as the weeks go on. Getting good quality sleep has made a huge difference.

#Your chosen doctor

I’m seeing Dr Jozsa at HealthBay Poly Clinic. He’s straightforward, upbeat and honest. Plus my husband likes him. The whole team at HealthBay have been brilliant – I’ve been seeing physio Laura Barrett there about knee problems, and start antenatal classes with the midwifery team next week. I’ve also heard great things about the care they provide after the birth. It’s very useful to have all the experts in one place.

#Top three food cravings

Nothing too strange I’m afraid! I was eating smoked salmon three times a day before I found out I was pregnant, then really fancied lemon sorbet and frozen yoghurt for a month or so. So middle class…

#Favourite maternity store

Destination Maternity has been great for bits and bobs, and most of my maternity clothes have come from H&M. I have tried to keep purchases to a minimum – just a few dresses, leggings, vests and TKD has been fantastic with lingerie and swimwear. I’ll be buying nursing bras from there.

#Favourite brand of pregnancy jeans

ASOS came through with a pair of cropped boyfriend jeans – I suspect they will be worn for brunches after the baby arrives.

#Most challenging part of the pregnancy

I really didn’t like lying to people in the first few months, especially when I was struggling with tiredness. Also, while we were married last December, the wedding was held when I was seven months pregnant, which was a challenge on the bridal gown front! Luckily a great wedding dress seamstress called Susanna Rachel Couture on The Palm made some skillful alternations. In general though, I’ve been very lucky and have felt very well throughout – no sickness, thank goodness.

#Your chosen hospital

Dr Jozsa delivers at Al Zahra and City, so our next task is to have tours of both and get a feel for both the facilities and staff. No doubt my husband will be timing the journeys too!

Her Little Black Book | Chelsea, London | Pippa Glendon-Doyle shares her recommendations including last minute babysitters

Pippa Glendon-Doyle moved back from Dubai a few years back and now lives in London with her banker husband, Noel, and toddler son, Guy.  They previously lived in Chelsea and have just moved to Wandsworth Common West Side.  She gives us her top recommendations for mums and babies in London around where she has lived and now lives.

#1 Paediatrician

Mr Simon Eccles at the Chelsea and Westminster, specialises in cranial-facial and has the most amazing manner with children and parents alike.

#2 Choice of pram for Guy’s age

Maclaren because it’s so portable

#3 Nappy rash cream

Olive oil

#4 Best websites in London for children


#5 Best playcentre in your location

Gambado in Chelsea

#6 Best last minute nanny service


#7 Best spa for mums

Agua Spa at The Sanderson

#8 Best hairdresser in London

Smile, 434 Kings Road

#9 Best local place for date night

La Famigilia, Langton Street

#10 Best Chinese local takeaway

Good Earth, Bellevue Road

Her Little Black Book | Dubai | Lauren Ferrand shares her top recommendations and contacts

Fun loving, Australian born and raised, Lauren Ferrand, lives in Dubai with her British husband, Thomas, and their two beautiful children Tiffany and Monty, aged 9 and 5. She has now lived in Dubai for over 5 years, and she tells us some of the discoveries she has made and she advises who are her preferred doctors, places to shop and places to escape to.


Dr Loubser at the Infinity Clinic  on Al Wasl Road

Dentist for the kids

Dr Kathrin Tynes Trelles at Vila Fortuny next door to Infinity Clinic

Best handyman

Jim Will Fix It

Best place to buy clothes for the kids

Okaidi for everyday and Bonpoint for something special

Best place for designer clothes in Dubai

Boutique 1

Best place for a manicure and pedicure, and a quick blow dry

Jetset at Grosvernor House Hotel

Best place for a massage

One and Only Spa Palm Jumeirah (the private suites are amazing)

Best activity centre for the children

Kidzania and Sega Republic for the older ones

Best gym 

Talise Fitness at Jumeirah Beach Hotel