Article Category - "Pregnancy, New Mums & Babies"

Family Food: Vegetarian Chilli without the Chilli

Family Food: Vegetarian Chilli without the Chilli

My kids LOVE this dinner when I accompany it with taco shells, sour cream, iceberg lettuce, mashed avocado with lemon and some grated cheese and just let them build their own tacos! Without the dairy accompaniments this is a vegan dish.

The recipe works with whatever beans and vegetables you have in, so feel free to experiment!  Its a great way of getting veggies into the kids and for cutting down on meat, which might be perfect after Christmas indulgence!… Read more

Posted on December 15, 2016

5 things you won’t get from a hospital antenatal class

5 things you won’t get from a hospital antenatal class

Is the hospital antenatal class worth doing?  Do I need to do something else as well? Where can I go if the hospital antenatal class doesn’t suit me?

Here at the elbowroom, we believe that its important to do an independent antenatal course, one not affiliated to any hospital.  Why?  Well, because the hospital will give you the hospital line…when to go in, what pain relief to take, what interventions are necessary from the hospitals point of view.… Read more

Posted on December 15, 2016

Nurturing the Mother-to-be: Pregnancy Retreat

Nurturing the Mother-to-be: Pregnancy Retreat

I am so excited about our nurturing pregnancy retreat in the elbowroom escape in County Wicklow, this coming February.  Joining me in facilitating this lovely weekend will be our amazing yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer, Melissa Curtis.  Like me, Melissa is a mum, yoga teacher, birth educator and hypnobirthing coach.  She also has over 14 years experience working with pre and postnatal mums and is a qualified doula also.

A pregnancy retreat to prepare body and mind for motherhood

This 2-night retreat takes place from February 3rd to 5th 2017.  … Read more

Posted on December 15, 2016

Breastfeeding through illness

Breastfeeding through illness

While becoming ill while breastfeeding can be exhausting and an additional worry, it is generally fine to nurse through most common illnesses. Always, if you are worried consult your GP, but in the vast majority of illnesses, it is fine to carry on breastfeeding as normal. In fact the only illness considered to have contraindications with breastfeeding, is HIV.

With common viruses and bugs, you will provide antibodies to your nursing baby as you breastfeed through it.… Read more

Posted on December 15, 2016

3 Tips To Help Avoid Back Pain While Breastfeeding

3 Tips To Help Avoid Back Pain While Breastfeeding

After the impact of giving birth, the body has already been through a huge amount of stress and strain. There is a large amount of estrogen in the body which means that everything is extremely elastic. This means that sitting upright is very important to avoid overstraining the lower back.

Here’s 3 simple tips to help you stay pain free while breastfeeding

1 Sit in a chair with a straight back and make sure your bum is against the back of the chair (no slouching).… Read more

Posted on December 8, 2016

Christmas and induction go together like turkey and ham!

Christmas and induction go together like turkey and ham!

Be aware of the increased likelihood of intervention with a Christmas baby

Did you know a Christmas due date is linked with an increased likelihood of induction, intervention and caesarian birth.

Let’s face it, your consultant would rather not be pacing the corridors on Christmas Eve and if you are due around Christmas, electing for induction or caesarian birth might seem appealing at first.

My last baby was due December 26th.… Read more

Posted on November 28, 2016