4 tips to combat feelings of loneliness as a new mama

new mama Feb 20, 2017

I remember when my first baby was born, I had ZERO friends with kiddies. Zero! At the time, I was living with my parents in their lovely home, as my husband was commuting weekly to London. But good God I felt lonely. Then a close friend suggested I hook up with one of her best friends who was in the same position and thankfully we went on to become great friends and now have boys the same ages and even in the same class in school!

But I often thought about how I would cope if I didn't have the luxury of living with my wonderful parents in their beautiful and very spacious house. The only thing I ever needed to focus on was my newborn son. Dinners appeared without me having to lift a finger, dirty clothes were taken from the basket and put back into my room ironed, folded, spick and span. My mother is a saint. I thought about those ladies staying on their own for the whole day, feeling exhausted, potentially really confused or overwhelmed, and desperately lonely. And as we all...

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How to manage sweating during pregnancy in 5 simple ways

Ah the glow of pregnancy, isn't it just beautiful? Eh no, no it's not. For some women, all they seem to have to do is go from sitting to standing and they break out in a sweat!  Do you find yourself peeling off the layers sometimes when everyone else isn't even warm?! All this increased heat and sweating is a right royal pain in the bum.

So why is it exactly that as pregnant women we tend to get all hot and sweaty more easily? What do we need to avoid doing? And is there anything we can do to reduce the sweats?

 Why the increased sweatiness?!

As we know, the body is under enormous change during pregnancy. It has to work extra hard as the mother's body has increased heat from a multitude of sources.

  • All pregnant women's systems are increasing their workload massively - the cardiovascular, respiratory, excretory and more - and all this extra energy creates extra heat. Mama-to-be also has an increased metabolism, which causes a rise in temperature.
  • As well as that...
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5 steps to avoiding overwhelm with a new baby

You are finally pregnant with your much-longed for baby and have a rough plan of how your day will go when baby arrives. You have researched your feeding options, bought some bottles and a steriliser in case breastfeeding doesn't work out.  You know newborns will sleep a lot of the day so hopefully you'll be able to nap too; you have bought the buggy / travel system, tick; car seat, tick; cot, tick; and you are feeling well prepared, a little anxious but an overall sense of sheer excitement! Let's do this baby thing!

The big day comes and your gorgeous little bundle arrives. You leave hospital after a couple of hours or days feeling utterly elated but exhausted, and a little sore and stiff. But life is good! This was me, and thousands of other women no doubt too, on their first baby.  

When you take baby home, I guarantee you'll spend most of the time just staring at them! Making sure baby is still breathing when they are asleep, and in general just attending to their...

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Lean In to Chill Out

new mama Jan 16, 2017

I recently published an article in the Huffington Post about Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘Lean In’. One area of the book I found fascinating was the concept of how many hours mothers will spend ‘focused on their children’. The fact that nowadays in the States, an employed mother spends roughly the same amount of time on primary care activities (defined as routine caregiving and activities that foster a child’s well-being, such as reading and fully focused play) as a stay-at-home mother did back then, needs exploring! 

I go through the research which looks at exclusive maternal care versus child care, and the impact that has on a child's development. Fascinating stuff! 

Here are a couple of paragraphs from the Huffington Post article...

"Much of Lean In made my mind run wild, filling myself up with inspirational content. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d highly recommend the book, for both men and women alike. It’s an...

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Want to celebrate this Christmas without the alcohol?

recipes Dec 05, 2016

Christmas is synonymous with alcohol and celebrations! So if you are bored of sparkling water and fancy something a little different and don't want to feel like you are missing out, check out these great recipes below:

Virgin Mojito
Ingredients:

3 Limes
Soda water
Small bunch of mint leaves
1 tsp sugar
2 glasses
Method:

Crush the mint leaves together with the sugar in a separate bowl. Squeeze the limes. Add some ice to each glass and split the lime juice evenly between the two glasses. Add the mint leaves into the glasses and top up with soda water. Stir and enjoy!

If you want to go crazy altogether, some alternatives are to add your favourite puree in like passion fruit or raspberry!

Berry Fizz
Ingredients:

100ml of cidona or ginger ale
100ml of cranberry & apple juice (if you can’t find the mix use 50ml of each)
splash of lemon or lime juice
1 tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
Method:

Rub a lemon or lime around the rim of your champagne glass and then dip into the...

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The fastest, healthiest breakfast for all the family!

recipes Nov 28, 2016

So in my house, we have different tastes...depending on the mood. Son 1 knows what he likes and doesn't often care to veer off the path of normal, and son 2 will throw his chops around most foods thankfully.

Like all houses, school mornings can be rather stressful to say the least...or any morning when you need to get out the door. So this recipe is so fast, delicious, healthy and so easy to make...and for the most part...keeps everyone happy :)

The following recipe makes 5 decent American-style pancakes...and I find is enough for 2 people (1 big, 1 small). 

Ingredients:

  • 2 free range/organic eggs
  • 1 banana - I'm always using ones which have come home battered and uneaten in the school bag
  • Roughly 1 cup of organic porridge oats...vary the amount to how runny/thick you want them
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon - if you could be bothered

Method:

Pop all into a blender - I use my ever-reliable Nutribullet - for 1 minute. Pop a bit of coconut oil (or whatever oil/fat you wish) into a...

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How Herbal Medicine can help you in Pregnancy, labour and birth.

I'm so fascinated by the holistic world of herbal medicine and alternative therapy. When I got the chance to interview Marina Kesso, Herbalist and Naturopath, I was so excited! She's an incredible lady and helps so many Pregnant women, and new mamas cope with their ailments, and improves the quality of their lifestyle, all through the wonders of Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy. 

HP: Marina, thanks so much for your time today. Can I ask how you got into the Herbal Medicine world?

MK: Thanks so much Helen, I'm thrilled to chat to you. I was living on a small farm in Leitrim, growing lots of different herbs and plants for years. Living on the farm, we tried to live sustainably and ate only what was in season. Even though my background is Fine Arts, herbs and plants were a big passion. Living in the countryside, lots of locals knew I grew them on the farm, so they kept coming to me to get different plants for them. It came to a point where I wanted to know more about...

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Exercises to Relieve Back Ache during Pregnancy

Pretty much every pregnant woman suffers from some form of back pain. Here are 5 simple exercises to do daily which will relieve back pain. Also listen out for my 2 tips to help prevent back ache too!

Exercises start at 2mins 50 sec.

Enjoy

 

If you would like to learn more about freeing yourself from discomfort in Pregnancy, feeling strong, sleeping soundly, and feeling prepared for your labour, check out our comprehensive Online Prenatal Program.

 

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The 4th Trimester - what is it & why is it so crucial?

new mama Oct 17, 2016

Why is it that you can never seem to put your newborn down? They were happily asleep in your arms and literally as soon as you put them in their crib - boom! Tears galore! The concept of the 4th Trimester (a term used to describe the first 3 months of a baby's life) isn't new, but many new mamas don't spend time thinking too much about those first few weeks and months, as their main focus is on 'THE BIRTH'!

Let's take a step back and think of the environment from which they came. Inside mama, there wasn't a care in the world. It was warm and dark, and all their needs were met. Baby was wrapped up super tightly in the amniotic sac, there were dull noises around constantly, they were carried and rocked all the time, food was supplied on demand, their bums were clean, it was a wet environment, and they had constant contact with mama. And this environment doesn't change - it's constant!

Now, forward on a couple of weeks and holy moly it has all changed. Society norms are to not...

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So what was your birthing experience like?

Hmmmm, there is nothing quite like discussing your birthing experiences to get the emotions running. What should be an empowering and joyful journey for all women, is increasingly becoming a very challenging experience, certainly in Ireland. This is in part due to a serious lack of resources in the hospital environment...putting it bluntly...there ain't enough midwives for the birthing population and the hospitals are having to cope with so many more births than they were designed for. Plus, structurally in Ireland, we do not have the set up to offer choice to women to birth more in the community.

I sat down with Psychologist and mother of 3, Allison Keating from Bwell Clinic, to have a chat about it all!

I truly hope you enjoy the discussion and find some useful nuggets of info in there for you.

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