EAT your placenta? 8 Options For Your Placenta Post Birth

Your placenta is a pretty damn amazing thing. A whole new organ that grows to support your baby through pregnancy providing the nourishment and oxygen for your baby to grow. Without the placenta there would be no baby. In itself it’s pretty WOW. But once baby arrives earthside, the placentas job is done. So what happen to your placenta, should you keep it, and if you do what can you do with it now? Eight things (including eating it) you can do with this unique pregnancy organ.

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13 Ways For Partners To Bond With A New Baby

The bond between a mother and her baby is intense. It’s a bond that has been able to grow and flourish over the whole 9 months or so of pregnancy, an intimate and unique connection. But the partner-baby bond is *so* important too, and having ideas as to how to grow and nurture this bond is really important.

With a little time and patience partner and baby will form their own special and unique loving bond, and that is a real joy to behold. So here are 13 ways that partners can try to feel more involved, and nurture that bond with their baby:

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Breastfeeding Myth #1 - Wine!

There are so many myths surrounding breastfeeding, and many have been around for years - despite research demonstrating that they are untrue. So I’m starting a little series of posts to bust some of the breastfeeding myths - as many of them can put off or discourage breastfeeding or make women feel in some way crap. And that is definitely something I do not want!

Number one is perhaps the most important - the myth that you cannot drink alcohol when you’re breastfeeding. Utter rubbish….read on to learn some basics and rules that allow you to enjoy a glass (if you want to).

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Partners & Breastfeeding - 5 Ways They Can Be Part Of It

The first few months after the birth of your baby (the Fourth Trimester) can be a real emotional rollercoaster ride. New mums, and new families, need lots of support to help them as they settle into the new rhythms of their new life with a newborn. This is particularly true during the early days, weeks and months of breastfeeding. And often partners can feel that breastfeeding is an area where they aren’t able to be involved - but actually the opposite is true.

So read on and learn a number of simple yet brilliant ways that partners can be a valuable part of the breastfeeding journey…..

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Pain in labour - 7 things that can make it WORSE!

At some point in your pregnancy you start to think of the inevitability of the baby coming out, and how that might feel. To many women that causes a little worry, or maybe quite a lot of worry, and often some fear, or a lot of fear. I get it. There are many things that can make labour feel more intense, more uncomfortable, more painful. And I don’t know anyone who wants a more painful labour! So learning what those things are, and how you can avoid them is so valuable in pregnancy - and that’s what this blog post is all about. 7 things I would really recommend you AVOID to help you have a more comfortable labour and birth:

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Rethinking Pain in Labour & Birth

I wrote a blog post last month all about the Fear-Tension-Pain cycle in labour, and how it’s really important not to fear birth - as that can make your labour more painful and potentially longer too. So I wanted to do a short blog post to follow up to that, and to explain how ‘pain’ in labour is completely different than other types of pain. And how if you can think about it in a different way this can really help you to manage the sensations of labour and birth. So read on:

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10 Breastfeeding Myths Busted!

There is much about breastfeeding that is thought to be ‘truth’ that actually isn’t. You often hear contradictory stuff, and it can be SO confusing (especially if you’ve had not the most sleep ever….) And when you are doing your damn best to feed a small person, you really need to know fact from fiction - so you can make informed choices that are right for YOU. That’s what’s important. So here’s a post that I am really passionate about - sorting out some of those breastfeeding myths.

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Comfort Measures For Labour - TENS

A TENS machine is a small handheld device that can help to alleviate the discomfort of labour. TENS stands for ‘Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation’ - so I’ll just call it TENS from now on, its frankly a bit of a mouthful! Some women swear by it, others find it annoying or too fiddly. But it’s something that you can use to ease discomfort that YOU have control over, it has no risks to baby, and if you don’t like it - then you can stop it effects immediately. Here’s an explanation of how it works, how to use it, and what it does.

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Breaking the fear-Tension-Pain cycle of labour & birth with hypnobirthing

It’s completely normal and natural when you think about birth, to think of the word pain. It’s a product of our modern society and culture, the media, the dramatic stories we have been told. We sadly rarely hear birth stories that are uplifting, magical, empowering, positive and full of love and joy. But there are many.

But what if you could let go of the fear that you feel about giving birth to your baby? So that would make it less painful. And be genuinely excited about giving birth? Well that’s where hypnobirthing come in. Read on folks.

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Happy Feet! Simple foot massage for pregnancy and motherhood

I’ve been doing this simple yet effective foot massage technique in my Pregnancy Yoga classes in York recently. It’s really important to stretch out your feet, ankles and legs in pregnancy (and post natally too). It keeps your feet, legs, pelvis and pelvic floor all functioning optimally - and that’s so important. Grab a tennis ball or spikey massage ball and join me!

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The Fourth Trimester - Lochia

The realities of the Fourth Trimester (the initial period after baby is born) is something that's not talked about so much. There is so much focus on the birth, that what happen to your body afterwards and its recovery is often not discussed, or seen in our culture. So I thought I would do some blog posts about the Fourth Trimester to help you feel more informed and prepared about this time as you adjust to life with your new baby. Today we are starting with Lochia.

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Baby Massage - connecting through love

Baby Massage is such a relaxing and loving thing to do with your baby. Through Baby Massage you learn how to interact, communicate and bond more with your baby through positive nurturing touch. It’s different to adult massage, we focus on touch, physical contact and skin-to-skin bonding. Studies have shown it can help your baby feel more relaxed, improve sleep and offer relief from health problems such as colic, wind and constipation. It's also really beneficial for parents too - helping you to relax, and also to build a bond together through one-to-one interaction.

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Tell Me About....Baby and Toddler Sleep

OK so this is a biggie in my 'Tell Me About' video series with amazing local pregnancy, birth and motherhood experts. It's something that is always being discussed in my Mum & Baby Yoga and Baby Massage classes, it causes a lot of worry and stress for all new, and not so new, parents - and it is of course BABY SLEEP! In this post you’ll learn all about baby sleep with the brilliant Lauren of Calm Family York.

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Food To Boost Milk Supply For Breast Feeding Mothers

If you are breastfeeding a baby, whether exclusively or in combination with formula then getting enough nourishment yourself is really important. Keeping your energy levels up and also staying hydrated will help you to produce the milk your baby needs (as well as sleep, but that’s another blog post entirely!). So this weeks blog post is all about foods that promote milk production or flow.

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Susan Bradley
Positive Affirmations For Motherhood - FREE for you

Filling your mind with positive thoughts, and reminding yourself what a truly amazing job you are doing, can really help you feel brighter and repeating positive affirmations actually rewires your brain and halts negative thought patterns.

Use these affirmations on a daily basis to help you create pops of positivity when you are sleep deprived, hormonal and feeling overwhelmed. They are simple yet effective, and allow you to regroup a little and focus on the positive. Find you FREE printable Positive Affirmations For Motherhood here.

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Reducing the chance of a tear during birth

I wanted to chat to you today about something that most women (if not ALL women) fear and worry about in pregnancy. And that is tearing in birth. So anything that you can do to reduce the risk of having a tear, is surely good to know yes? And there are things you CAN do in pregnancy and in labour too, to help to minimize this happening.

So read on to reduce this fear and feel more calm and confident through your pregnancy and in your labour and birth.

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Top Tips For A Slowed Labour or 'Failure To Progress'

In labour there is a phrase that is often not so kindly used to describe a woman who’s labour is not moving fast enough - according to folk who decide on the appropriate the speed of the average uterus! I kid you not! Such women, and you might be one of them, will be ‘delighted’ to learn the term ‘Failure To Progress’ will be written on your notes and perhaps bandied around. Fricking great! Just what you want to hear. So here’s some tips for getting a slowed labour moving again.

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Nourishing & Energising Treats For Labour & Pregnancy

At the end of my Pregnancy Calm & Relax Mini Retreat last week I loved to share a little something edible and homemade to restore and give energy back to the mama's to be. After an afternoon of letting go, relaxing and nurturing body, mind and baby it's lovely to revitalise with something delicious to eat. They are also perfect for energy in labour too. After many requests hre’s the recipes. Enjoy. Susan x

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