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VIDEO Post-Natal Exercise with Baby in a Sling: tone your bum

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Here’s a ten minute post-natal programme to tone up your bum while you are carrying your baby in a sling.

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Enjoying Your Maternity Leave: 10 Top Tips

This is a special time in your life; one that you will always remember.  It is also a challenging time, becoming a mother.  Give yourself the best chance of making lots of happy memories and enjoying your maternity leave with our ten top tips.

 

1. Accept offers of help.

If family and friends offer to cook you a meal, do an errand or help in the house, say yes.  If you try to be a supermum and do everything on your own you may end up being burnt-out and exhausted.  You have an excuse to sit back and focus on looking after your baby.  Let everyone else do the running around just this once.

 

2.  Get active again.
The list of benefits is endless.  It will get you out of the house, give you some structure in the week, help you feel better about your post-pregnancy body, help shift the baby weight, help prevent back pain, help get rid of the wobbly mummy tummy, help you feel great …

 

Walking with the buggy/ sling is great for starters, then build up to something that challenges your body just a little.  Choose an activity which is suitable for post-natal clients.  Your body is still in recovery from the pregnancy and birth, and you are still at risk of muscles strains because of the hormonal changes in your body.  There are baby-friendly fitness classes out there which also have the advantage that you will meet other mums too.

 

3.  Meet up with other mums.

Chatting to other mums who are at the same stage as you is fantastic.  It gets you out of the house, out of your head, helps to ease anxieties you might have by sharing stories, and you might just make some new friends for life.

 

Try different social groups to meet like-minded mums depending on what you are into.  Cuidiu parentlink is a great all-round scheme to connect local mums, or try La Leche League or Friends of Breastfeeding if you are breastfeeding, or a sling meet.

 

4.  Happy baby = happy mum

Look out for tips from other mums on how to soothe your baby.  Every baby is different and what works one month may not work the next, so it’s good to have a ‘toolbox’ of different strategies you can use.  Baby massage is great for helping baby relax.  Try lifting baby up to an open window to experience a breeze and a different view.  Some babies like to be out seeing other mums and experiencing new situations and get easily bored.  Other babies prefer less stimulation and would rather stay quietly at home.

 

Observe your baby carefully.  Listen to what s/he is telling you and you will start to understand the cues and be able to stop the fussing before it turns into crying.

 

5. Read ‘What mothers do; especially when it looks like nothing’

Naomi Stadlen helps you to feel good about not ‘being able to get anything done’ .  If you did not keep up with household chores today, it means that you gave your baby the time and attention that s/he needed instead.  This is the mark of quality parenting, not of being disorganised or inefficient.

 

6.  Plan some home-based entertainments.
There are days when you might want to get out of the house, but your baby has other ideas.  Get in some good books and magazines.  Have them to hand wherever you feed your baby, in case you end up being there for the whole afternoon.  Start a new DVD box set, and watch them only when it’s you and your baby cuddled up on the sofa together.  That way you will look forward to those times rather than feeling frustrated because you would rather be out.

7. Keep baby close.
When your baby is snuggled next you s/he is likely to be happier than spending lots of time in a crib/ rocker.  Bonding is really important during these first months, as there will be fewer opportunities when you go back to work.  Bed-sharing is lovely way to do this – check out the guidelines by James McKenna on how to do this safely (see below).

Baby-wearing (carrying baby in an ergonomic sling/ carrier) is not just a practical alternative to a buggy when you are out, but is also a great way to bond with your baby at home.  I had difficulties breast feeding with my first baby and was very upset that feeding was more of a battle than a bonding experience.  Wearing him close in the sling for a lot of the day helped us to have lots of happy moments together.

8. Listen to advice, but trust your own instincts first.
There is a saying ‘your baby is the teacher, you are the expert, and everyone else is there to give support’.  When you observe and listen carefully to your baby s/he will tell you what they need from you.  You can get great tips and advice from other parents and from books, but you are the expert on your own baby.  If a piece of advice doesn’t resonate with you try saying ‘Thanks for the advice.  I’ll think about it.’; then ditch it.

9. Join or start a ‘Self Renewal Group’
These groups are a based around a personal development book for mothers called ‘The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal:  How to reclaim, rejuvenate and re-balance your life’ by Renee Peterson Trudeau.

I joined a group of 5 mums soon after I had my daughter.  Each month we do another chapter and consider such questions as bringing adventure back into your life, or what your own parents taught you about parenting.  The questions that you answer together in the group are fairly probing and lead to a greater level of openness and sharing stories than you would get by just a casual meet up. I have found it to be a really rewarding experience.

10.  Seek help if you need it.
If you are having a hard time in the first few months, get help.  It might be that you feel your baby has a health issue that is being dismissed by your GP – seek a second opinion.  If you feel your baby is unusually fussy, windy or has colic, try baby massage or cranio-sacral therapy.  If you really want to breastfeed and are finding it difficult, call a private lactation consultant right away.  If you feel depressed or anxious, tell your GP, join some groups/ classes for mums and babies and consider talking to a counsellor.

This is a time in your life you want to look back on with joy.  It is too important to say to yourself ‘maybe tomorrow things will be better’.  Maybe they will, but maybe they won’t.  Take control of the situation, be proactive and get help.  You and your baby deserve it.

 

Resources

James McKenna for safe co-sleeping guidelines http://cosleeping.nd.edu/

Cuidiu for parent link support groups http://www.cuidiu-ict.ie/

La Leche League https://www.lalecheleagueireland.com/

Friends of Breastfeeding http://www.friendsofbreastfeeding.ie/

 

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Active Mum in the Media

There’s an interview about Active Mum on Dublin City FM on Monday 25/1/16.  Podcast to follow.

We have a really positive article about Sling and Dance in the Herald 18/1/16.
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Article ‘How baby can help you get fit’ , Fit Magazine 2/8/13

Article about Fitness for Mums including sling and dance, in the Irish Times 30/10/12

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo Shoot for Active Mum

Monday 8/12/14 at Castleknock Community CEntre, Laurel Lodge, D15

Would you like to get some professional pictures of yourself and your baby for free?

I am looking for some mums and babies to help me get some good images to use for my website, posters etc.  I am booking the community centre room for an hour.  In that time we plan to get some good images of the following:

–        post-natal pilates (with Sinead, the post-natal pilates teacher)
–        mum and baby yoga (with Hilary – classes coming soon)
–        baby massage (with Hilary)

The photographer, Dee Organ will take photos throughout the hour, of Sinead and myself teaching, of you and your baby in different positions as they would be in the classes, and of you and your baby interacting together..  I will be given all the digital images a week or two later, and you are welcome to have copies of any of the pictures that feature you and your baby.

Because I plan on using the images for Active Mum publicity I will ask you to sign a waiver saying that you are happy for me to use the images for that purpose.

 

Who is it suitable for?

Mums with babies aged 6 weeks to 1 year.  Babies aged 7-12 months won’t be suitable for the baby massage pictures, but will still be able to participate in the pilates, yoga and general interaction shots.

If you have a friend who might be interested do pass the details along – you do not need to have been attending classes with Active Mum already in order to join us.

 

Photo Shoot Details

11am – noon on Monday 8/12/14
Castleknock Community Centre
Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15

 

Booking

The photo shoot is free, but please let me know if you are coming, as we need only 8-10 mums and babies.  Please contact 0877402236 or lorna@activemum.ie.

 

 

 

 

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*NEW* Baby Massage Discount: Bring a Friend

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€10 off the cost of a baby massage course for both you and your friend when you book a baby massage course together.

It can be nice to sign up to the course with a friend, as you get to share a lovely experience together as well as with your baby.  To book, each of you can sign up individually, and just send me an email to let me know that you are together.  Baby massage can help with wind, sleep and bonding.  It’s a great way of spending quality time with your baby.

Baby Massage Discount

Baby Massage Course (no health insurance) €70

Baby Massage Course (health insurance) €90

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Active Mum Coffee Morning with talk about baby sign language by Superhands 10/4/14

Come and meet other local mums for friendship and support!  The group is friendly and relaxed and I will be there to welcome you and introduce you to the other mums.

The group is breast and bottle feeding-friendly and is a safe, comfortable space for you to enjoy being with your baby and being out meeting people too. It is open for mums with babies under 9 months, so you are all at the same stage.

There will be a €3 admission charge to cover the rent of the room, and that will include biscuits.  Tea and coffee are available to purchase from the coffee shop.  Tea is €1 and coffee is €1.50.

Thursday 10/4/14  2014.  There will be a 20 minute talk by Geraldine of Superhands about baby sign language and how it can help you to communicate with your baby before (s)he has learnt to talk.

Coffee Morning Mums Details

Every Thursday from 11am – 1pm

Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15
Just drop in.

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Paediatric First Aid Talk & Coffee Morning 3/4/14

3/4/14 – FEEL FREE TO DROP IN LATER.  THERE ARE STILL SOME PLACES LEFT.

Philip Burke of the Medilink Ambulance Service is coming to the Active  Mums coffee morning in Castleknock to give a talk on paediatric first aid.  He will cover what to do if your baby chokes, receives a burn, gets a high fever, and so on.  The talk will last for an hour and then there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions afterwards.

Admission €12

All welcome – your babies and children may be any age.

Please book in advance as numbers are limited.  You can pay here with PayPal:
 

Details

Coffee morning from 11am-1pm, paediatric first aid talk starts at 11:30am
Thursday 3rd April 2014
Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15

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Active Mum Coffee Morning with talk by infant acupuncturist

Come and meet other local mums for friendship and support!  The group is friendly and relaxed and I will be there to welcome you and introduce you to the other mums.

The group is breast and bottle feeding-friendly and is a safe, comfortable space for you to enjoy being with your baby and being out meeting people too. It is open for mums with babies under 9 months, so you are all at the same stage.

There will be a €3 admission charge to cover the rent of the room, and that will include biscuits.  Tea and coffee are available to purchase from the coffee shop.  Tea is €1 and coffee is €1.50.

Thursday 27/4/14  2014.  There will be a 20 minute talk by John who specialises in needless acupuncture for infants and toddlers. Gentle stroking and tapping techniques are used to calm anxious children, facilitate restful sleep, clear congested heads and chests and smooth digestion.

Coffee Morning Mums Details

Every Thursday from 11am – 1pm

Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15
Just drop in.

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Baby Massage Castleknock on 6/5/14

Spend quality time with your baby learning how to give your baby a massage, and meet other local mums for friendship and support.

I will teach you strokes that are safe and appropriate for you to massage your baby, so that you can enjoy it as a regular activity at home.

The massage class which I teach was developed by Vimala McClure who is the founder of the International Association of Infant Massage and is taught all over the world.

You can be sure that you are receiving a quality class as I am accredited by the International Association of Infant Massage and am a member of Baby Massage Ireland. This also means that you can claim back up to €100 off the course cost from your insurance company.

I have a first class degree in psychology and philosophy and a masters in womens’ studies which along with qualifications in counselling skills, first aid, teaching and over 13 years of experience teaching adults means that I am well placed to teach the course.

As a sling consultant I offer help at the end of the class if you are considering getting a baby carrier or sling.

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The benefits of baby massage include:

  1. Relief – may help relieve constipation, wind and colic pains.
  2. Relaxation- during the massage and also may help baby sleep better
  3. Stimulation – stimulating the muscles and nerve pathways.
  4. Interaction – great for bonding between the two of you.

You will get a receipt for your payment on the first day of the course, which you can send off to your health insurance company to claim the full or partial cost of the course back.

  • VHI – EU100 during the baby’s first year. Read more
  • Leya Healthcare – up to EU275 during baby’s first 3 months. Read more
  • Aviva Health – up to EU150 Read more
  • Glo Health – up to EU40 Read more

 

Baby Massage Castleknock Course Details

The baby massage classes are held at Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15

Next courses: 11 am on Tuesday 6th May 2014.

More information about baby massage

To book:  http://activemum.ie/book-now/

 

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Active Mum Coffee Morning: Lactation consultant on 3/4/14

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Come and meet other local mums for friendship and support!  The group is friendly and relaxed and I will be there to welcome you and introduce you to the other mums.

The group is breast and bottle feeding-friendly and is a safe, comfortable space for you to enjoy being with your baby and being out meeting people too. It is open for mums with babies under 9 months, so you are all at the same stage.

There will be a €3 admission charge to cover the rent of the room, and that will include biscuits.  Tea and coffee are available to purchase from the coffee shop.  Tea is €1 and coffee is €1.50.

Thursday 3/4/14  2014 with Mairead Murphy, lactation consultant, who will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about breastfeeding.

Coffee Morning Mums Details

Every Thursday from 11am – 1pm

Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15
Just drop in.

coffee morning mums

 

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