Post Natal Depression affects 1 in 10 women following the birth of their babies. Having a baby can be a time of great happiness and joy, however this isn't the case for everyone. Some women feel extremely low immediately after giving birth. The birth itself can be incredibly draining and exhausting and this only compounds how women feel. Post natal depression can be caused by many things, including a drop in hormone levels, fluctuating blood sugar levels and/or nutrient deficiencies. It can be caused by a drop in progesterone levels just before birth in women whose bodies are slow to b
Recently I've become fixated on my stomach. I know it's because I had a week in an all inclusive resort recently where I ate an enormous amount of food and my body is now returning to normal. It got me thinking about all the women that hate their bodies every single day.
There is a trend at the moment which I think is a great movement. It's called #takebackpostpartum. It's all about women being empowered by their bodies following birth and babies and how you can really take back this period yourself. It promotes the fact that we don't have to be led by the very lean trend that seems to everywhere at the moment. You don't have to feel that because a celebrity has managed to get into unbelievable shape then you have to too. Sure it will be nice to wear 'normal' clothes again after what feels like a year in black leggings, but that will come.
If you've just had a C Section, chances are you are feeling pretty battered right now! A C Section is a MAJOR operation. You only have to look at any videos on YouTube to see that. It was a real eye opener for me watching one of these videos and really set it clear in my mind about how much the body goes through in this operation. Contrary to popular belief, the abdominal muscles themselves are not 'cut' but rather they are pulled apart with some force to get the baby out. Make no mistake, this is a real operation and one that needs and requires rest and optimal nutrition to heal prope
I've heard this question more than once in my lifetime and never, ever, will I apologise for it. Going to do a gym session, doing a run, or anything that moves my body and makes me feel good, will ever be a bad thing. All mums, listen up! This is not about how you look or even how your clothes feel, it's about how your mind feels being away for just an hour feeling a bit more like 'you'. Getting fitter, feeling stronger, feeling healthier, are all hugely valid reasons for leaving your family for just a little hour. That's all, you can even do half an hour if you really don't have an ho
I read a great blog recently about getting your pre pregnancy body back and how, really, that's not ever going to happen. I wanted to put my own take on it. Listen to this and try to take it in. It will save you a lot of angst and anxiety.
If you are fairly newly post natal (or maybe not so newly post natal), it can be really difficult to get enough sleep in to help you on your road to post natal happiness! I remember watching box sets through the night with my first son because I thought I had to be up and alert and ready to feed. This didn't work at all. With my second, I didn't get out of bed! Try some of these tips to help improve your sleep:
Turn off all electronic devices two hours before going to bed (or at least one!)
I've had a lot of illnesses lately and the final straw was getting an allergic reaction this week which made my eyes and upper lip swell up. Nice. I knew something wasn't quite right for someone who is as active and supposedly healthy as me. So, determined to get to the bottom of it (despite knowing really what was happening...too much sugar...too much chocolate...) I went to see someone who did a Vegatest this morning. It's a bio-electrical analysis that tests all sorts of foods, environmental triggers, organs, vitamin and mineral deficiences, everything.