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
Pregnancy isn't an illness: it’s a natural, normal and healthy state – even if that first-trimester permanently hungover feeling makes you feel otherwise. If you’re used to exercising it can be a scary time, not quite knowing what level is now right for your body – your exercise priorities have to change, from pushing to … Continue reading Pilates for Body–Mind in Pregnancy
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
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
I've just taught my Pelvic Floor Health and Wellbeing course at Market Studios in Greenwich. It's my favourite course to teach - and today there was a teeny weeny 10-week old baby there, which is always the best part of my job, soaking up the baby cuddles. One of the mamas there was talking to … Continue reading Build the right foundations
There's a general misconception about the "postnatal period" – differing opinions that it lasts from around 6 weeks...some say 9 months, others a year. Well, I say, if you've ever been pregnant and given birth, you are postnatal forever. Pregnancy and birth have profound effects on our systems, on our emotions and bodymind. And there … Continue reading Once postnatal, always postnatal
It’s a rollercoaster time, the newborn phase. It’s a watershed of all of the anticipation of the past nearly-year, finally holding your baby in your arms (and even more if you’ve been trying for a while). You will probably feel exhilarated and ecstatic. But you also might feel pummelled by your experience, a bit shocked … Continue reading You’ve just had a baby! What now?!