Welcome to The Pregnancy Wellness Podcast.
Hosted by Pip, a practicing Midwifery Sister with a wealth of experience in assisting and supporting mothers.
On a mission to empower women with evidence-based information we speak to special guests and leading experts to discuss all aspects of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum. Equipping you with the best advice and guidance for your journey and having a few giggles along the way.
With no further ado let's make a cuppa and create a Pregnancy Wellness Movement.
#15 Mindfulness for Pregnancy during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Pregnancy and the Postpartum can be very anxiety provoking times, add into that mix a global pandemic, self-isolation and a huge amount of uncertainty on future lockdowns and prospects and we can find ourselves amidst a challenging time to say the least. Equipping ourselves with mindfulness tools and techniques can be game changing in helping us manage our daily stresses and anxieties. I was, like many, a mindfulness sceptic until I actually tried it and realised it is not all about chanting and crystal balls as it is often portrayed. By all means chant away if that is what works for you but for so many it can be a powerful way of focusing our minds and bodies on the present, breathing and relaxing into a calm state that enables us to take on the day in a positive way.
On this week’s episode I am delighted to be joined by Rachel @_stronglikemama_ , a qualified hypnobirthing practitioner, from Kent and a mum of two boys. Rachel trained and qualified with KGHypnobirthing and set up Strong Like Mama, to teach a full antenatal and hypnobirthing course to expectant couples.
She wants women to go through pregnancy and birth feeling truly confident and informed, and like they are the ones in charge of what happens to their body and their baby (which of course they are!) They should feel empowered and, frankly, a little bit like a superhero after birthing a baby!
Rachel teaches both group and private course and offers face to face and zoom classes too. Rachel and I discuss how many of the tools used in hypnobirthing can transform into everyday life and assist us to live in more mindful and present way. At the end of this episode I am super excited that Rachel will also be sharing a short relaxation practice, so join us and give it a go in the comfort of your own home and see how you feel afterwards
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#14 What is Hypnobirthing?
Google anything to do with labour and you will likely hear the term ‘Hypnobirthing’.
But it is not about chanting with charms and crystals, in fact that is a huge misconception!
At its core, Hypnobirthing aims to help a woman deal with any fear or anxiety around birth and aims to equip you with methods to help you stay calm, relaxed and in control.
On this week’s episode I am delighted to be joined by Abby @abby_loveyourbirth , an experienced Hypnobirthing teacher and teacher trainer. Abby and I talk abouthow the practices of hypnobirthing compliment your body’s physiology in labour. By enabling your body and mind to be relaxed, birth can be less painful, quicker and a very positive experience. Abby is based in West Yorkshire, with many years’ experience teaching hypnobirthing to expectant parents and also training and mentoring others to become hypnobirthing teachers she is the perfect guest for this weeks podcast chat.
Abby helps parents to feel calm and confident about birth, equipping them with the tools to have a positive birth experience however this may happen for them. Abby really does practice what she preaches having given birth to her 4 children all through which she embraced hypnobirthing techniques.
Abby mirrors my ethos that all women should approach their birth free from fear and I hope this chat helps you to embark on your positive birth journey.
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#13 Understanding physiological birth
It comes as no surprise that our bodies undergo incredible changes during labour and birth. But how much do we actually understand about the ‘normal’ physiological process?
On this week’s episode I am joined by midwife Angie Willis who explains why women should understand what their body is doing and the amazing things it is capable of. We hear of terms such as contractions, the birth canal and cervical dilation but what actually are these and how does labour andbirth work?
This is a hugely empowering and enlightening listen and Angie mirrors my ethos that all women should be fully informed about their bodies. So, I am thrilled that Angie has come on to chat about birth physiology and address this gap in understanding.
Angie can be found on Instagram @theecomidwife where many cute eco nappies feature!
#12 Navigating the world after a Stillbirth - Josephine’s Story With Josephine Wood
This week, Thursday 15th October marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Unfortunately the death of a baby is not a rare tragedy and so it is imperative that we break the silence on this issue, give bereaved families a voice and banish any taboo or stigma associated with losing a baby.
I am honoured today to be joined by Josephine, mum to Oliver who was born sleeping in January this year. Josephine shares so honestly and bravely her journey in coping with the loss of Oliver and navigating her way through the world after his stillbirth.
She is an inspirational woman who is on a mission to raise awareness about baby loss and help to support others who have been affected.Josephine has been sharing her journey via blogging and on her social media @precious_little_footprints.
Please note that this is a very emotive subject that may trigger stress or trauma, I would advise listening to this episode in a safe space with support available.
If you are affected by any of today’s episode and feel you need support, please check out these 3 fantastic charities; www.sands.org.uk www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/pregnancy-complications/baby-loss/stillbirth-information-and-support https://achingarms.co.uk
#11 Disordered Eating and Relationships with Food
Food can trigger such a huge spectrum of emotions from positive to controlling and incredibly negative and can ultimately lead to the damage of physical as well as psychological health.
Eating disorders are complex mental illnessesand so many men and women are living with distorted perceptions of their body image and around the consumption of food.
On this week’s episode I am so pleased to be joined by an expert in this area-Consultant Dietitian Maeve Hanan who has a range of experience in clinical nutrition and nutrition communication.
Maeve is the founder of Dietetically Speaking which promotes evidence-based nutrition messages online and on social media. https://dieteticallyspeaking.com/Maeve is on Instagram @dieteticallyspeaking and her page is packed with free, simple information about nutrition and health.
Maeve is also an author, her new book “Your No-Nonsense Guide to Eating Well” simplifies the art of eating well, making it accessible to all-it is available to purchase through amazon on the link below:
If you are affected by any of today’s episode and feel you need support the BEAT charity discussed in the episode is linked below:https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
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#10 Your guide to Assisted and Instrumental Birth
The concept of an assisted birth is an anxiety provoking one amongst most pregnant women and many are desperate to avoid the use of forceps of ventouse instruments during their birth. However instrumental assistance is currently used in around 1 in 8 UK births and so it is imperative women are informed and empowered about them.
On this week’s episode I am joined by Consultant Obstetrician Aamna to discuss the ins and outs of assisted and instrumental birth, to help you realise that it is not something to be afraid of and that an assisted birth can still form a hugely positive birthing experience.
When the lovely Aamna is not chatting to expectant mums or supporting birth on labour ward she can be found on Instagram @aamnasasanow
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