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
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
I've just finished writing Postnatal Pilates - I cannot wait for this to be available as a resource for mums to take ownership of their physical and emotional recovery after birth. But, what exactly is “the postnatal period”? It is not a small window of time that exists after you have a baby. It’s not… Continue reading What is “the postnatal period”? How long am I “postpartum”?
If I could have known the power of JUST ONE THING postnatally first time round, it would have been the immensely healing and restorative power of abdominal massage. Particularly post-caesarean, but arguably essential as a general post-pregnancy recovery tool. All new mums should be given the gift of understanding how much power you have in your… Continue reading Abdominal Massage – why it’s so important for your postnatal recovery
In the first few days and weeks after giving birth you’ll probably feel bruised and sore, whatever birth experience you’ve had. We’re preoccupied with “snapping back into shape” straight after having a baby, and if we buy into this bounce back mentality, the days and weeks after baby can come as a huge shock when… Continue reading Post birth healing tips
Caesarean birth (mostly these tips are also applicable to all birth): after care. In the first few hours and days, focus on your breath and gently moving as much as you can to maintain healthy circulation and help the gassy belly release 🙏🏼. You’ll be tender and bruised. Maybe in heart, soul AND body. So… Continue reading Caesarean birth: tips for immediate after care
This week is birth trauma awareness week. Fittingly, it's also my due date week of my first (rainbow) baby. I had no idea about birth trauma when I went (12 days beyond my due date) into my birth experience. If I had, perhaps rather than labelling myself a "failure" I would have more kindly labelled… Continue reading Birth Trauma Awareness Week