The link between mental and physical health is inextricable, arguably. But never more so than in pregnancy and motherhood. In the second half of my talk, the case for a physio check up post birth being standard was explored - along with the acknowledgment that there is a very human flaw in pelvic floors -… Continue reading Pelvic flaws: Part 2 of my talk at the Birth trauma conference.
It's that time of year again, where fitness advertising cashes in on the fact that we've all eaten too many biscuits and have been sitting on our bums a lot for over a week. What do you think about new year's resolutions? Do you make them? Do you ever keep them? I think there's a… Continue reading New year – same you! Why we should ditch new year’s resolutions
Motherhood is the one thing able to send you from feeling like a million dollars to a piece of poo, in one swoosh of a baby wipe. It contains our zenith, and our nadir. You’re having a great mothering day: you wake up after three hours’ unbroken sleep (which constitutes a great night), you manage… Continue reading The Supermum Myth – how to overcome anxiety, ditch guilt and embrace imperfection
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
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