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Yoga poses you shouldn’t do whilst pregnant

Exercise during pregnancy improves general health, vitality, and wellbeing, and reduces stress. However, some safety precautions are necessary for the exercise during the pregnancy period. Yoga is a popular form of exercise among pregnant women. We are delighted to publish this guest blog written by Anja Brierley Lange. In this article, Anja provides very useful information on some yoga poses pregnant women should avoid. About the author Anja is the founder of Yoga Embodied and Soma Aroma. Here she shares her passion for holistic health and wellbeing. Her approach is elective having qualifications and experience in Ayurvedic medicine (BSc, PGDip), yoga, clinical aromatherapy, flower essences amongst others....

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Relationships during pregnancy: exploring the realities

Sarah Wheatley, from Birth and Beyond, has written this useful information on relationships during pregnancy. Sarah is a renowned BACP-registered Counsellor from the United Kingdom, with a background in social research and psychology. She has appeared in many TV and radio interviews, talking about a number of topics including Perinatal Mental Health and ways to improve the parent-infant bond. For further information about her work, please visit Birth and Beyond website Everyone is happy for you when you’re pregnant – right? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that. Pregnancy has a habit of changing your relationships, not just with your partner, if you have one, but...

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Neural Tube Defect – Emotional impact on Parents

Neural Tube Defect, such as Spina Bifida, is the second most common birth defect in the world. This article gives a comprehensive overview of NTDs and the emotional impact on parents. Neural Tube Defect Emotional impact on parents upon the diagnosis during pregnancy & beyond Neural Tube defect (NTD) is a type of birth defects. NTDs develops when the baby’s neural tube does not close completely during early stages of pregnancy. This is the second most common birth defect after the congenital heart defects. About 300,000 babies are diagnosed with NTDs each year. (Ref) With the help of global public...

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Beyond Birth Trauma and PTSD – How we can support families and make a difference

We are honoured to publish this wonderful blog written by Emma Jane Sasaru  who is doing an inspirational work in supporting mothers and families. Emma is from United Kingdom (UK) and working tirelessly in 'raising awareness of perinatal PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder, and birth trauma by talking at conferences, campaigning, blogging and helping with the setting up of strategic pathways in local Trusts and helping develop education for healthcare professionals'.      Beyond Birth Trauma and PTSD – How we can support families and make a difference - Emma Jane Sasaru We sometimes go through things in life that completely change us....

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Pilates during pregnancy and beyond…

We are delighted to publish an interview with Nikki Williams-Quamina from Devolin-Mai Pilates (UK) regarding the practice of Pilates during pregnancy and perinatal period. Nikki is a Midwife and an experienced Pilates instructor and trains women both during pregnancy and post-childbirth period. Please find the interview below: IFWIP: What is Pilates? Nikki: Pilates is a group of low-impact exercise and breathing techniques which aims to strengthen the body, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.  Regular Pilates practice can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. Pilates was developed by German-born...

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Websites for perinatal anxiety – what do the women want?

We are delighted to publish this guest blog by Dr. Donna Moore from the United Kingdon. Dr. Moore is a lecturer and research consultant at The Open University. She has been researching perinatal mental illness and internet use for the last 9 years and has presented her findings at several international conferences. Donna’s background is in counselling and she has enjoyed helping many women and their families with perinatal anxiety, not least because she went through it herself with both of her children. Her current work with Dr. Gini Harrison involves researching perinatal anxiety websites and how they may be...

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It’s A Sling Thing…

We are delighted to publish this article written by Jennifer Littlejohns, Co-director of It’s A Sling Thing. Jennifer is a Baby Carrying Consultant trained by both Slingababy and L’Ecole a Porter (JPMBB). She has been using slings since her first child was born, including whilst pregnant with her second child, who is now nearly 2 years old. Her approach to slings is that they are versatile tools that can be used in a variety of ways to support parents to meet their needs and the needs of their baby. Please find the article below: It’s A Sling Thing... When asked to...

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Exploring Family and Systemic Psychotherapy in pregnancy and beyond

We are delighted to publish this informative article written by Ms. Sreety Das. She is a renowned Family and Systemic Psychotherapist from S.R Das Consultancy Limited (London, UK) and a Social Worker. She has been working with individuals, couples, and families for the last 14 years, particularly with families who have multi-agency or social care involvement. (Correspondence details: please send your correspondence by email to Sreetydas@gmail.com)    Please find the article below: Family and Systemic Psychotherapy This is also known as family therapy and can help individuals, couples and families explore their close relationships to better understand and support one another....

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Bereavement and beyond…

In our Inspiring Stories category, today we are honoured to publish a brief summary of work of David J. Roberts, LMSW, from the USA, who is doing an exemplary work of providing information, support, and resources to individuals and families who have suffered the death of a child or other catastrophic losses. We thought his work could be relevant to the mothers/ families who experience bereavement during pregnancy or post-childbirth period. David is a retired addiction professional and an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Utica College in Utica, New York, USA. Sadly, David experienced the death of a child when his daughter Jeannine...

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Postpartum recovery with yoga

We are delighted to publish this article on postpartum yoga by Anja Brierley Lange.  She is a yoga teacher and yoga teacher-trainer, Aromatherapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Self Care Alchemist.  About the author  Anja is the founder of Yoga Embodied and Soma Aroma. Here she shares her passion for holistic health and wellbeing. Her approach is elective having qualifications and experience in Ayurvedic medicine (BSc, PGDip), yoga, clinical aromatherapy, flower essences amongst others.  Her specialty is in working with women to facilitate space to create healing, and empower women to feel confident and balanced with their menstrual cycle, feminine health, pelvic awareness as well as during...

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