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Coping Strategies for Mums

It doesn’t matter how old our children are, parenting can be tough going at times – it could be sleep deprivation, an unsettled baby, a tantruming toddler or just meeting the demands of a baby/toddler/child/teenager. Mums often put themselves at the bottom of the list when it comes to being looked after. It can be just the way it happens – we love our kids, we look after them and their needs, we can be juggling work, we remember appointments, we can plan ahead, we can be dealing with guilt and wanting to get it right. We can be happy and fulfilled and we can be truly exhausted from mumming. All of this stuff still needs doing but what do you do for you? It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive but every mum deserves a bit of headspace and a chance to relax and be off duty. Your you time could be… taking a bath (on your own), reading a book, going for a walk, meeting friends, going for a run or to the gym, …

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New Baby Survival Guide

Congratulations, your baby is here and you are a parent! You are probably learning fast that this beautiful new creature doesn’t come with any instructions and you may be feeling more than a little lost. There are no easy solutions but it can be helpful to: Trust your instincts – cuddle, feed and carry your new baby to soothe and comfort. You will not be spoiling him, you will not be making a rod for your own back – you will be providing love, comfort and security. Give yourself time to get to know your baby and time to adjust to your new life. You both need time to get to know each other, so you can get used to how your baby is communicating with you through sounds, cries, movement and behaviour. Accept or ask for help – you do not need to be superwoman and feel that you need to do it all. If you need help or if you feel that you need a break for an hour or so – ask! You …

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Essential Tips for Labour & Birth

So you are having a baby, you getting bigger and it is becoming clear that your baby will soon have to leave your body. People can talk about how awful, painful and exhausting it is to give birth and, thanks to a few tv shows, we expect to feel out of control, to be screaming and to be under constant instruction from a midwife. It can seem pretty daunting and it can seem scary but, once pregnant, you have no choice and birth stands between your pregnancy and you meeting your baby. But does birth have to be crap? Is birth just down to luck? Is there anything you can do to make it easier for you? I have worked with expectant parents across Tyneside since 2002 to provide good information and practical skills to provide better preparation for birth.   Here are some essential birth tips for you… be assertive – if you need something ask for it so you can be as comfortable, informed and secure as possible. Throughout labour you may have a need for more information, food and drink, …

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5 Tips for Pregnancy & Birth

Labour & birth can be raw, unpredictable, powerful, beautiful, brilliant, emotional, raw, tough going, painful, exhausting and exhilarating. It can be quick, it can be long, it can be brilliant, it can be calm. It’s a huge event, there’s a lot of pressure, there’s a lot of conflicting information so good birth preparation is worth investing it,  and you can only benefit from looking after yourself in pregnancy and preparing well. Tip 1: Relax & Breathe Focusing on your breathing can be a soothing activity – it can provide calm for you and your baby and it can help with the management of stress and anxiety. Practising and using your breathing can give you a boost, it can give you energy, it can help to clear your head. Focusing on your breathing can provide you with a positive focus – in pregnancy and in labour – and it can also reduce adrenaline and cortisol and boost your endorphins. This means it can be great for discomfort and pain, for back ache, for headaches as well as for contractions. …