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You’re pregnant. Congratulations! Now Keep moving.

You’re pregnant. Congratulations! Now Keep moving.

As an expectant mother you want to be as healthy and strong as you can be to prepare for your birth. It’s not called labour for nothing.

That said, there are going to be days, particularly during the first trimester, when you feel so exhausted that even the sheer effort of lifting your hairbrush could reduce you to a puddle of tears.

“In the first trimester, the metabolic changes alone are tantamount to running a couple marathons.”Read more
Posted on January 23, 2017

Turning a Breech Baby with Acupuncture

How can I help turn my breech or transverse baby?

Week 34

A baby starts to migrate head down from about the 28th week. If the baby is still not head down by week 34 you should probably look into doing something to encourage them.

How to Help

There are many things you can do to help turn a baby who hasn’t gone head down yet. These include

  • Dropping to all fours and putting your chest on the floor when you feel your baby moving.
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Posted on December 19, 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

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

Family Food: Baby-friendly gingerbread cookies

Family Food: Baby-friendly gingerbread cookies

My little one loves a certain brand of supermarket gingerbread men. Luckily they are the kind with no nasties, but if you have a bit of time, it is so easy to make healthy baby-friendly gingerbread yourself! And it’s a lot cheaper.

These are wheat and gluten free gingerbread cookies. They are perfect for the festive season with a cup of warm vanilla milk (any kind of milk you like with a little vanilla extract or vanilla pod seeds).… Read more

Posted on November 24, 2016