Mothering


Resources for Pregnancy

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When you're pregnant, your baby's wellbeing is the most important consideration in any choices you make. But with new research and information published each week, it can be hard to keep up with current guidelines. I have compiled a list of national and online resources for pregnancy to help you find the information you need to have a happy, healthy pregnancy and make the best choices for you and your baby. Though there is some overlap, broadly speaking, pregnancy-related is at the top and postnatal is towards the bottom of the list.   Positive Birth Stories H...

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Kindness – Do You Know You’re Worth It?

I'm delighted that WellDoing.Org have published my article on Kindness. It is so hard for women, particularly mothers, to be kind to themselves. Click through to the article to find out the solutions that have worked for me.

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Eight Things Women Should Celebrate, But Don’t

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I was with a massage client the other day, listening to her talk about the demands on her time which were driving her to the jitters. Demands from her children, family and life in general . Her youngest will be starting school in September and she realised that she has been looking after her children at home for 10 years. 10 YEARS! There were mixed feelings of course; sadness at her baby growing up, excitement about having more time to herself, but why not celebrate the amazing work she has done over the ten years? Coming up with creative solutions, delicious food, ...

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Enough with the guilt already

Is guilt an inevitable part of mothering, does it comes with the baby? Maybe so according to a recent survey, where mothers going back to work were found to be twice as likely as fathers to feel guilty; 80%of women worried about leaving their child in the care of others, while just 39% of men felt the same way. It’s definitely something that I can relate to. I am constantly feeling the pull between my children’s needs, wanting to be more with my partner, earning a living, nourishing myself, wanting to provide the material stuff; while it’s a challenge to balance ...

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Is there life after birth?

I am delighted to be guest blogging over at Nurturing Mums this week, you can find my ideas for postnatal survival on their site here. There may be life after birth Jim, but not as we know it.

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Stay Cool this Christmas with Festive Stress Busters

Easy things you can do to give yourself a little piece of peace this Christmas.   Christmas can be a stressful time and this year even more so, the challenges of employment along with worry about our future made 77% of respondents in a festive survey say they were planning to spend less on Christmas this year than in 2012.   Women seem to carry the most of the burden to find the right presents, manage difficult relations and the inevitable tensions that arise when families get together. It’s not just the presents, how about fitting in the carol servic...

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Baby Harry

I am proud to share this heartrending story with you, it highlights the horribly lonely situation that many women find themselves in when they find they have to have babies terminated. My PAPA colleague, massage therapist Leora Leboff has asked me to send this to raise awareness of the issue among women, so that maybe fewer of us need suffer in silence. Her story is below and you can share it in whatever way you feel appropriate. If you would like to support ARC, a charity that offers non-directive support and information to expectant and bereaved parents, you will ...

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Connect with your Baby

The first trimester can often be a vulnerable period as your body undergoes the incredibly profound changes; excitement and anxieties are high, you will probably be tired, emotional and nauseous long before your belly shows. On the inside you are doing amazing work - your baby grows from a single cell to a recognisably human creature measuring 5cm long. It can be hard to find positive support at this time and much of the advice in the media is confusing and contradictory. Here is a wonderfully nourishing, safe exercise you can do at home to help steady yourself, connect ...

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Mums Me Time

Nourish Mothers nourish, that's what we do! Nutritious food, hugs and support, encouragement, kindness, good boundaries.... On a good day some of us may achieve one of these more than once. Is it always part of mothering to suppress our own needs, for the good of the children and our families?   Choose Mothers choose to make these adjustments for positive, creative reasons; in order to sustain the growth and health of our children, so that they can feel secure and nourished in themselves as they grow. And while they are wholeheartedly chosen, and ...

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Being and Stillness

I have just booked another ‘Being and Stillness’ yoga workshop lead by my friend and PAPA colleague Claire Murphy. I find that the benefits of this work stay with me. Autumn and winter is the natural time for withdrawing inward and the meditative pace of Claire’s yoga workshops make me notice how little time I spend being still, I don’t think it is just me, our lives, especially as women, are increasingly defined by how busy we are; a ticked off to-do list and multitasking is the order of the day. In our society the yang/busy-ness is approaching pathological ...

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