Author: Janine Smith

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Pregnancy Wellbeing

Pregnancy wellbeing can feel like an indulgence because pregnancy is natural, so what’s the fuss? While I don’t like a lot of fuss, pregnancy is just the time to start to focus on your wellbeing and what you need to feel as physically and mentally well as possible. The simple steps of pregnancy wellbeing can help you to feel well: rest when you need to and when you can swim, walk or do pregnancy yoga to ease aches and boost your energy levels breathe to de-stress, to be calm and to relax eat well and often – this isn’t a time to restrict food so healthy options throughout the day can help to ease any tiredness or nausea drink water throughout the day – it’s easy to become dehydrated de-stress – especially if you are busy with work as well as family life share how you feel if you are feeling low or isolated what do you need? focus on putting you first Finding what works and doing it will make a difference, so planning …

Pregnancy in your words: strong

Pregnancy can be such a positive time – feeling healthy and strong and in awe of your body as your baby grows and you experience changes. For some women it is a time of health and fitness – focusing on eating well, focusing on moving more and prioritising self care. Enjoy it, taking care of yourself is important and any new habits you develop now can continue to be part of your life when your baby is here. Working with parents since 2002 Say hello…Instagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin

Postnatal Words: isolated

This is a words that comes up in a lot of conversations with mums. Having a baby is such a personal and unique experience because no two babies or families are the same and, while, there are similarities, it is your experience. It can be isolating if you are experiencing challenges with feeding, weight-gain, health, sleep and some days are just tough. What helps? Good support, knowing you aren’t doing anything wrong, trying to look after yourself, talking through how you are feeling and working with me if you are experiencing some challenges or need to talk it all through. Through this website and my social media accounts you can read practical articles and posts along with different experiences and comment about all things pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Working with parents since 2002 Say hello…Instagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin Copyright: Janine Smith

Birth Words: Primal

So many women comment on how primal and raw labour and birth can feel, how instinctive it can be to do what feels right, how much we do that we don’t have to think about. When a woman is well informed and well supported, she will be able to respond to her body’s needs with movement, sounds and breathing as she needs to. This can encourage effective and manageable contractions, while also providing calm and focus. Through this website and my social media accounts you can read practical articles and posts along with different experiences and comment about all things pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Working with parents since 2002 Say hello…Instagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin Copyright: Janine Smith

Birth Words: Intense

There’s often an intensity to labour and birth that means you may need to dig deep, to use strategies to manage it and have good support to keep going. Intensity isn’t bad, it isn’t to be feared but it makes a difference to be better prepared for it. And it can mean different things to each labouring woman. For some it could be early labour, the speed of labour or birth, it could be transition, it could be exhaustion or it could come from interventions. What helps? Knowing more about how labour and birth works, what it can look and feel like, what could be helpful for you and what might not be, as well as a toolkit of coping strategies to work through the challenges. Through this website and my social media accounts you can read practical articles and posts along with different experiences and comment about all things pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Working with parents since 2002 Say hello…Instagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin Copyright: Janine Smith