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7 Gift Ideas For New Parents

Ah new parenthood, whilst you have been gifted THE most amazing present in your beautiful new baby, caring for a newborn can be an exhausting time for new parents! Whether it’s your first time, or your fourth, you’re dealing with all of the changes that a new baby brings – sleep deprivation, adjustment to your baby’s unique needs, learning to breastfeed, hormonal shifts, physical and emotional changes, learning to navigate your relationship as new parents and perhaps juggling the needs of more than one child. Phew! I feel exhausted just reading that list. So what do new parents need? Sure it might be useful to receive a sparkly new household appliance, some clothes,...

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7 Simple Pregnancy Yoga Poses You Can Practice At Home

Many women are drawn to yoga for the first time during their pregnancy. It may be following a recommendation from a health provider or friend, or often it’s as our bodies and focus begin to change, we seek out something other than what we may have previously been doing. Pregnancy yoga is a great way to stretch and strengthen your body and to prepare you for labour and birth. It’s also a wonderful way to help alleviate some common pregnancy discomforts, such as pain and tightness in the hips and back or soreness and swelling in the legs and feet. Pregnancy yoga also helps you to relax and manage any stress, tension or worries you may have. It allows you to take an inward focus and...

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Why We Need a Village Now More than Ever

“It takes a village to raise a child” is a well known proverb, but what does it really mean? And where do we find this ‘village’ they talk about in today’s busy, modern society? Let’s talk about why having a village is so important.. What is a village?  In traditional cultures, the support provided by others in the community, tribe, or ‘village’ is a key part of how they survive and thrive!  In Western society, most of us don’t have that same level of support. We are more likely to be living independently on our own (with just our immediate family) and tend to do things without a lot of assistance from others. We are more likely to jump...

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6 steps for returning to exercise safely – guest post by Alyssa Yeo, Fit for Change

I’m often asked by new mamas how, and when they can safely resume an exercise regime post-birth. So I thought I would engage the wisdom of local fitness specialist, Alyssa Yeo of Fit for Change, to share with you her 6 steps to returning safely to exercise for new mamas. Alyssa helps busy parents find time to stay fit and healthy and offers personal training and group fitness classes, in both Thirroul and Russell Vale. Pregnancy, childbirth and those first few months of motherhood can be some of the most special times of your life, but also some of the most difficult! From the hundreds of mothers I’ve worked with over the last five years, there’s not one story that is...

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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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