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Pregnancy & birth

Childbirth is a contact sport!

Regardless of how your baby is born, your body will suffer a variety of torn, strained, bruised and damaged muscle and connective tissue. And that’s if everything went well! For many, childbirth will result in physical trauma, the effects of which can be life-altering. Body-based trauma counsellor Thea Baker wonders why, after working so hard to conceive, carry and birth our children, do we feel the need to compress our recovery into the shortest amount of time imaginable?

I don’t feel an attachment to my newborn – what does this mean and what can I do?

Every mum and every baby are different, so it’s no surprise that we all form attachments at different times and in different ways with our babies. Some mums might bond with their baby the first time they see them, like love at first sight. Some mums might not feel an instant connection. Louise Hurley explains why this is perfectly OK as well as when and how to reach out for help if it’s needed.

Why Your 6-week Check-up is Not Enough

At a 6-week postpartum check-up, women expect a long, thorough chat about their birth, pregnancy and what should and shouldn't be happening now – and in the future. But, the reality is your 6-week check-up is NOT enough. Anita Guerra, trainer and midwife, explains why.

Do I have the baby blues or is it postnatal depression?

Being mum to a newborn was hard. My body didn’t feel like my own anymore and breastfeeding was agony. I was tired, sore and emotionally drained. I just felt so sorry for myself. When I look back on this period of time I feel extremely fortunate that these feelings of low mood only lasted a few days. It’s what many people would call the baby blues. But how can you tell when the baby blues are no longer the blues, but postnatal depression? Louise Hurley explains.

How exercise can assist with labour and birth preparation

As a midwife, Anita Guerra has supported countless mums during their labour and birth and has witnessed firsthand how exercise throughout pregnancy can assist with labour and birth preparation. Here she takes us through the benefits and why she highly recommends it.

Returning to exercise after a C-section

Whether you had an elective or emergency C-section, you should know a couple of things before starting to exercise again. It is major abdominal surgery, and proper recovery is necessary. Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains what you need to know.

Actionable steps to strengthen your pelvic floor post-birth

While you are pregnant, you will receive so much advice on the dos and don'ts, but the one topic people don’t generally talk about is your pelvic floor. Anita Guerra, Midwife and Fitness Trainer, takes us through the importance of pelvic floor exercises whether you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or post-partum.

Why it’s important to understand your birth story (no matter how long ago you gave birth)

As mums we have so many experiences in common but our pregnancy and birth stories differ greatly. But now that you’ve done the hard work, baby is home and you're recovering well, what’s the point in re-visiting your birth story? It's important, and Louise Hurley explains why.

How does my body change after having a baby?

We all expect our body to change during pregnancy. Many women find comfort in their growing tummy and boobs but after the baby is born, we think we should just "bounce back" into our pre-pregnancy bodies. But does this really happen? Rachel Leman looks into the most common body changes that happen after having a baby.

Should I choose a midwife or obstetrician when having my baby?

There are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing if you want a midwife or an obstetrician caring for you throughout your pregnancy and the birth of your baby. As midwife Anita Guerra explains, the most important thing is to be well informed before making your decision.

How to help your pelvic floor recover immediately post-birth

The first stage in helping your pelvic floor muscles recover after giving birth is simply rest – and not jumping straight into dreaded kegels! Carly Steggles outlines the best way to help your pelvic floor to heal after giving birth.

What to do if you’re experiencing thoracic pain during pregnancy

Have you started experiencing upper back pain since being pregnant? Or has breastfeeding left you hunched over and achey? Physio Madison gives us her top tips on how to help back pain during pregnancy, as well as postnatally.

What is birth trauma?

Trauma is a word that we hear a lot today in various contexts but what is birth trauma? Thea Baker breaks it down for us.

The top FIVE exercises to keep you run-ready in your pregnancy

Staying strong during your pregnancy will help you return to running quickly and injury free postnatally. Madison Cutmore highlights her top five exercises to keep you run-ready during pregnancy.

How you can (and why you should!) prepare your body for birth

How can you prepare your body for birth? And why is it so important? Women's Health Physio Tamara Woods shares her advice.

Why pregnancy is your perfect running off-season

Runners like to run. So what if you're told you can't for the next 9 months? Madison Cutmore explains why you should treat your pregnancy as an off-season for running.

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