Author: Janine Smith

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5 effective ways to practice your breathing during pregnancy

If you can practice your breathing during pregnancy, you can learn to focus on and use your breathing effectively. It can help you to manage sickness and nausea, headaches, back ache and pelvic pain, as well as any anxiety or feeling overwhelmed. Using your breathing can be a simple and effective way to ease discomfort in pregnancy and it can be excellent preparation for birth and for when your baby is here. The key to using your breathing is to make it familiar for you, so it is comfortable to use and so it easy and you don’t have to think about it. So how do you use your breathing during pregnancy? Make the time to practice it – just a few minutes at a time. Bring it into your day so you are using it frequently: start with morning, daytime and evening. Keep it simple – this is about how you breathe, not learning a new way to breathe. Get to know your breathing and to familiarise yourself with how your body feels when …

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10 simple ways to boost your wellbeing as a new parent

Here are some quick and easy ways to enhance your wellbeing as a new parent. These things can be very much overlooked especially when experiencing a range of emotions but focusing on your basic needs can go a long way to boost both your physical and emotional health. Simple steps for your wellbeing as a new parent… 1. Fresh Air 2. Water 3. Eat 4. Use your breathing 5. Rest 6. Talk 7. Wallow 8. Ask questions 9. Use your ball 10. The Loo There isn’t a prescriptive list of what you should do to boost your wellbeing as a new parent but just focusing on the basics, working with your body and on what you need that day can be really helpful. For more information about pregnancy, birth and life with a baby, you can: ■ follow me on Instagram – click on the bell for notifications so you don’t miss a post/story■ sign up for my newsletter■ join my community group for expectant and new parents ■ book a consultation with me Janine …

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10 simple ways to boost your wellbeing in early labour

Here are some quick and easy ways to enhance your wellbeing in early labour. These things can be very much overlooked especially when experiencing a range of emotions but focusing on your basic needs can go a long way to boost both your physical and emotional health. Simple steps for your wellbeing in early labour… 1. Fresh Air 2. Water 3. Eat 4. Use your breathing 5. Rest 6. Talk 7. Wallow 8. Ask questions 9. Use your ball 10. Music There isn’t a prescriptive list of what you should do to boost your wellbeing in early labour but just focusing on the basics, working with your body and on what you need that day can be really helpful. For more information about pregnancy, birth and life with a baby, you can: ■ follow me on Instagram – click on the bell for notifications so you don’t miss a post/story■ sign up for my newsletter■ join my community group for expectant and new parents ■ book a consultation with me Janine Smith | A specialist in …

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10 simple ways to boost your pregnancy wellbeing

Here are some quick and easy ways to enhance your pregnancy wellbeing. These things can be very much overlooked but focusing on your basic needs can go a long way to boost both your physical and emotional health. Simple steps for your pregnancy wellbeing… 1. Fresh Air 2. Water 3. Eat 4. Use your breathing 5. Rest 6. Talk 7. Wallow 8. Ask questions 9. Use your ball 10. Music There isn’t a prescriptive list of what you should do to boost your pregnancy wellbeing but even just focusing on the basics and on what you need that day can have a beneficial impact. For more information about pregnancy, birth and life with a baby, you can: ■ follow me on Instagram – click on the bell for notifications so you don’t miss a post/story■ sign up for my newsletter■ join my community group for expectant and new parents Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting Janine Smith PracticeConsultations | Courses | Community Mother Cuppa Magazine Say hello…Instagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin

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Pregnancy in your words: excited

Pregnancy can be about a huge range of emotions and feeling excited can be right up there for many expectant parents, as well as grandparents, aunts and uncles. You might be excited about becoming parents, about having another baby, about getting your home ready for the new member of your family. Your main emotion might be excitement, or it might be fleeting – there are no right emotions to experience as part of your pregnancy. It might be more of a quiet excitement or excitement might not really be there at all if you are anxious, nervous, worried and that’s ok too. And don’t forget you can book a pregnancy session if you want to chat about your pregnancy. #inyourwords Working with parents since 2002 Say hello…Instagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin