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What to eat and avoid for a healthy pregnancy

Having healthy diet and lifestyle habits during your pregnancy (and ideally before you conceive) will help to minimize many common pregnancy related discomforts, as well as ensure that both you and your baby are the getting optimal nutrition you need. By eating well and nourishing yourself during pregnancy, you will also help to prepare your body for labour and birth and the increased nutritional demands of breastfeeding and caring for your newborn in the postpartum period. According to Ayurvedic medicine (one of the world’s oldest holistic whole-body healing systems, based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit), pregnancy...

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Becoming Us – Interview with Author & Relationship Counsellor Elly Taylor

So as you may already know, I am SUPER passionate about supporting women as they transition through pregnancy and into new mamahood. This also includes helping you to navigate the changes that having a baby brings to your relationship – which are momentous! When it comes to the changes parenthood brings, preparation before your baby arrives is a great place to start. Cue the amazing Elly Taylor. I first met Elly Taylor, a renowned Relationship Counsellor, Mama of 3, Researcher and Author of the book “Becoming Us – 8 steps to grow a family that thrives” many years ago.  Elly has drawn on over fifty years of research and the experience of working with hundreds of new parents to...

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7 Ways to Cope with Sleep Deprivation

No wonder you feel exhausted! According to research, new parents can lose around 44 days of sleep in the first year of a child’s life. This breaks down to just over 5 hours of sleep per night, compared to the recommended 8 hours. Whilst nothing can truly prepare you for the physical and mental exhaustion of having a new baby, there are some simple strategies that can help you cope. Sleep deprivation would have to be one of the biggest challenges faced by new parents. Long-term sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on relationships, mental health, physical wellbeing and your ability to cope with day-to-day life. Every baby is different, some sleep more than others, but you...

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7 simple self-care ideas for mamas

As a mama it’s so easy to put yourself on the bottom of your list of priorities. We are made to feel ‘guilty’ if we think of ourselves or dare do something that is just for us, not for our family. But what happens when you neglect your needs? When you spend all of your time caring for others, but not yourself? You set yourself up for postnatal depletion, exhaustion, and feelings of resentment towards your partner and your children can start to emerge. I’ve been there, in fact, there are times that I still find myself there, even though I am always encouraging mamas to practice self-care. And what happens when I neglect my own well-being? When I ignore the signs that things are out of...

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What I now know about motherhood – Guest post by Rita Balshaw, Author of Hippies in the City

I’m really honoured to be sharing this special guest post by the beautiful Rita Balshaw with you. Rita is the best selling author of the Hippies in the City books, Wellness Ambassador at Perfect Potion and has actively worked as a Natural Therapist for many years. Rita presents Wellbeing Workshops and DIY Classes all over Australia. She is also a Mama. What I now know… “When I learned to love myself enough to slow down, that is when everything changed”. If there was some kind of “holistic pregnancy award”, I reckon I would have for sure been an eligible winner! In fact I spent the entire nine months of my pregnancy utterly immersed in self-care rituals. Nourishing myself with daily...

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10 Things I wish I knew before I had a baby

Like many women, during my first pregnancy I spent a LOT of time preparing myself for my labour and birth. I read endless books, hundreds of birth stories, watched as many birth DVDs as I could get my hands on and became obsessed with all of the birth documentaries and shows. I did prenatal yoga, got regular massages, drank copious cups of raspberry leaf tea, attended private birth classes and took a hypno-birthing course. I went on to have an amazing labour and birth with my daughter, I was totally blissed out and felt stronger and prouder of myself than I’d ever felt before, I thought if I could do this, I could do anything! And then I entered the world of postpartum. Why...

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7 Things That Mums REALLY Want For Mother’s Day

What do you really want for Mother’s Day? I wanted to delve beyond the usual marketing hype about what to gift Mums for Mother’s Day. Hence, I’ve surveyed 100 people and the top seven answers are on the board – just kidding. But seriously, I have been asking local Mums-to-be and Mums what they need, or want, for Mother’s Day. Here are the top 7 answers: Massage This is without a doubt THE top response I received. If a massage gift certificate doesn’t land on your lap (in bed) on Sunday morning, don’t worry, I’m giving you full permission to go and get one for yourself! Here’s why… Massage helps to Improve your mood and relaxation by stimulating natural...

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10 Tips for Breastfeeding Your Newborn

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I thought that breastfeeding would come easily. It was natural right? My body was made to breastfeed, just like it was made to grow a baby and to give birth. I vaguely remember getting advice from other Mums about the challenges breastfeeding could bring, but I thought I’d be fine. I’d done my courses, I’d read my books, I was prepared! How wrong I was. The first few weeks of breastfeeding can be really challenging. So I’ve put together a list to help you navigate your way through the early days of breastfeeding your new baby. This Wasn’t How I Pictured Feeding My Newborn Would Be I thought that breastfeeding my baby...

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Acupuncture for Pregnancy & Labour Induction – Guest Post, Sandy Hewitt

You may have heard of using acupuncture during pregnancy and to induce labour, avoiding medical induction. I’m a HUGE advocate of using natural therapies to support women during pregnancy, birth and into new motherhood. Acupuncture is definitely one of my go-to recommendations on many occasions. I had my first experience with acupuncture for fertility support when I was having difficulties getting pregnant. I then continued to have regular acupuncture during my pregnancies to help encourage labour and prepare my body for birth. I had 3 wonderful and problem-free natural birth experiences and I’m sure acupuncture played a big part in supporting this. Now I recommend acupuncture...

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6 Reasons I Love Using Cloth Nappies – Guest Post by Alice Henchion, Nappy Lane

I’m really excited to share this guest post with you from the very knowledgeable (and very likeable) Alice Henchion, the owner of Nappy Lane, a modern cloth nappy online shop. Alice lives in Bulli with her beautiful family and is a supporting member of the Australian Nappy Association and passionate about advocating for cloth nappy use. Cloth nappies have really come a long way in the last decade. Gone are the days when they were just white terry squares of cloth pinned together. There are loads of different types of nappies available today – pre-folds, fitted nappies, pocket nappies, all-in-ones, all-in-twos or ‘snap-in-ones’.. The choices can be overwhelming, so...

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