I was asked to answer a few questions for a blog, and I thought I'd share it here for you guys – I'd love to hear your thoughts, we're all in it together mamas. Can you tell us a bit about how you came to writing The Supermum Myth? It's a bit of a long … Continue reading The Pressures of Modern Motherhood – why good enough is good enough
The six-week GP check – where you are pronounced ‘back to normal’, right? The 6-week check is an interesting experiment because it rarely scratches the surface in terms of what women need postnatally. And therefore, assuming that this check signs us off for 'normal' activities, whatever that is – is doing our long term physical … Continue reading Postnatal recovery: What to ask about at your 6-week check
If you feel physically weak after having babies it can have a domino effect on your emotional energy, feelings of competence, self-confidence, your sense of identity. This can spiral negatively, leading to self-doubt and self-criticism, which impacts on your health and happiness. Taking ownership of your postnatal physical recovery creates positive momentum, which can influence all … Continue reading Your postnatal strength is so important for your mental health
Pelvic floor exercises - we know we need to do them, right? But we forget, or we skip it in favour of eating a biscuit, or we're not sure HOW to do them so we don't do them for fear of getting it wrong. Does this sound familiar? The problem is, we then fall into … Continue reading Pelvic floor exercises – am I doing them right?
Meditation. That word stresses lots of us out. I can't meditate, my mind is too busy. I don't have time to meditate. Sometimes there are just too many 'shoulds' beating down our doors so we forget that actually, we do have time we just choose not to use it for our own positive benefit. Think … Continue reading Pelvic floor meditation
What is ‘the postnatal period’? It is not a small window of time that exists after you have a baby. It’s not a finite period when you have temporarily become a mother. It’s not a brief stop in your journey along the way. Often I’m asked by clients ‘am I still postnatal, my baby’s over … Continue reading How long am I ‘postnatal’ after having a baby?
This time last year I got together with an amazing group of women to have a very exciting meeting, with Baroness Cumberlege who is the Independent Chair of the Better Births Maternity Review, working to ensure women receive the treatment that they deserve when having their babies. We wanted her advice about how we could … Continue reading The Bounce Back! Your postnatal health, wellbeing and fitness