Fertility, pilates, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, wellbeing

Pelvic flaws – the link between pelvic floor dysfunction and postnatal mental health issues

My talk at the Birth Trauma Conference earlier this month focused on the link between maternal mental health and pelvic floor dysfunction. I explored three main questions: —Is there a link between birth injuries/pelvic floor health and maternal mental health issues/postnatal depression? —What is currently going awry with the system of postnatal care and how… Continue reading Pelvic flaws – the link between pelvic floor dysfunction and postnatal mental health issues

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Fertility, pilates, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, wellbeing

Anxiety in motherhood – why you’re feeling anxious, and how to make friends with it

What is anxiety? What is its purpose? Anxiety organises our responses to threats to our life, health and wellbeing. Focuses on our escape from danger. It encompasses feelings of unease, worry and fear – and this includes both the emotions and the physical sensationswe might experience when we are worried or nervous about something. This… Continue reading Anxiety in motherhood – why you’re feeling anxious, and how to make friends with it

Fertility, pilates, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, wellbeing

Mindfulness for pregnancy, birth… and motherhood

Mindfulness is definitely a buzzword, like many a new fad in the wellness industry we may have reached peak saturation in terms of hearing about this as a skill/method/technique. Which is a shame as I think it makes people roll their eyes when they hear the word, rather than prick up their ears. How do… Continue reading Mindfulness for pregnancy, birth… and motherhood

Fertility, pilates, Uncategorized, wellbeing

Mindfulness for mums – meditation for perinatal wellness

I'm so delighted and proud to say that I have passed my first level of Teaching Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with the British Mindfulness Institute. My own mental health as a mum has been so powerfully enhanced by MBCT techniques in the writing of The Supermum Myth (such a huge learning curve for me and one… Continue reading Mindfulness for mums – meditation for perinatal wellness

Fertility, pilates, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, wellbeing

Perinatal anxiety – what it is, and tips for how to manage it

Perinatal Anxiety What is it, and why am I feeling it? We’ve all heard of ‘postnatal depression’ and it looms large in your imagination as a scary ‘thing’ that might happen after the baby arrives. Increasingly being recognised, though, is the fact that heightened levels of anxiety or low feelings during pregnancy can increase the… Continue reading Perinatal anxiety – what it is, and tips for how to manage it

Fertility, pilates, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, wellbeing

How to restore your pelvic floor, in less than 3 minutes a day

One of the things that new mums tell me almost more than than anything else, is that they wish they had fully understood how important pelvic floor health was, and they wish they had taken the time to focus on it a bit before baby came - as let's face it, once baby is out… Continue reading How to restore your pelvic floor, in less than 3 minutes a day

pilates, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, wellbeing

Welcome to Motherhood

I did a lovely live chat last night with Lauren, an inspiring author and motivational speaker, on her Facebook page This Girl is Enough. We talked about self care and wellness for mums – about how mums are so keen to put ourselves at the bottom of the care-for list, somewhere far below the neighbour's… Continue reading Welcome to Motherhood