New Mums Workshop – May 2019. Brighton & Hove. Tips and Advice for New Mums in the “Fourth Trimester”. Gifts for New Mums & Babyshowers
Following on from the release of our book last year, we are super excited to introduce our new ‘Mother Box Fourth Trimester’ Workshops – starting in May!
Having supported hundreds of women through birth and the postnatal period we know all about the importance of really caring for yourself in the fourth trimester to give you and your baby the best possible start on your journey together.
Come and join us to talk through SO many topics including what actually happens to the body postnatally and how best to support it💛learn how to soothe all your sore bits with easy, inexpensive homemade remedies💛learn about the postnatal hormones and how best to deal with them💛learn some great coping techniques to calm the overwhelm💛learn some strategies for more sleep, dealing with visitors and asking for help when needed 💛learn how other cultures nurture their new mums and how we can bring this nurturing into our western world and lastly we’ll help you to write a ‘postnatal plan’ that you can use to guide you through the weeks and months following birth.
We’ll be joined by the gorgeous @gemswholesomekitchen who will teach you how to make her delicious energy balls and talk you through how to feed your postnatal body- you will then get to take home (or scoff on-site) your energy balls which you will have made, along with your recipe card, so that you can make them again!
Finally you’ll leave with your very own copy of The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums plan for a nourishing postnatal period and hopefully a few new Mum-to-be friends to grow your local support network.
We have released our first two dates – Sunday 12th May and Sunday 30th June at an introductory rate of £50 per person for a full day workshop.
There are only 20 spaces available so be quick to book to avoid disappointment.
We really look forward to seeing you there!
Tickets are available via the Eventbrite link
Mums Meet Up
Coping with sleep deprivation is one of the hardest challenges that new parents have to face. When we are sleep deprived we feel rubbish and unwell. We suffer with brain fog, low mood, physical healing is more difficult, mental health can suffer and everything feels harder …. .
Always try and get some sleep where possible – Most of the time we feel so much better for it! And if we don’t feel better after a few good naps and good nights sleep, then we can reach out and ask for more help too.
Some ways of getting naps in!
1. If you have a partner ask them to go on duty for the night and you take a night off. Go to another room and sleep deeply knowing you are ‘off call’ that night. If you don’t have a partner then get a friend or family member to come and stay the night and do the same. If your breast feeding this might include expressing in advance to gets stores in place for night feeds or if baby is not having any bottles get partner to change nappy- then bring baby to you for a feed – then take baby away to settle while you steal a couple hours more solid rest ! .
2. Ask a friend to come and sit with baby while you take a nap in the day, or trade naps with another tired Mum! You watch her baby while she naps and then she returns the favour! It’s a nice way to help each other out!
3. Book a postnatal doula who will happily come and look after baby while you rest!
4. Go on- book in a good sleep now! Your body and mind will thank you ! It absolutely takes a village to raise a child so bring that village in where you can and never feel guilty!!
Ladies, please don’t put up with pelvic pain!
Contrary to what we are told, it isn’t just something we need to put up with in pregnancy, there’s a lot we can do to help it!
1. When possible keep knees and ankles together. This lessens the pressure on the pubic ligaments and eases pain and inflammation. Think SHORT SKIRT NO KNICKERS – this will help you to keep knees together!
2. SIT DOWN! Not just to rest – but resting is good, we recommend that whenever you can. But sit down to put on knickers, trousers and skirts (any bottoms basically). Stepping into these clothes shears the pelvis and that really irritates the inflammation! Sit down, step into bottoms while sitting and then stand up to pull up.
3. Tail Bone – keep it pointing down. This encourages you to stand with weight equally on both feet. If you lessen the over arching in the lower back you can’t sink into one hip (which we tend to do if we are over arched in the lumbar back) standing centred and keeping the pelvis neutral will help support the pelvis.
This Mother Box “Top Tip Tuesday” is to offer advice for caring for mastitis and engorged, lumpy boobs!
Taken straight from the pages of our book “The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums” – we’re sharing this again because we’ve been showing lots of our lady clients recently, so thought we’d pop it up here too.
Comb them! Yep! We did say comb them! This is a fabulous tip we learnt from a Japanese midwife many moons ago.
If your breasts are feeling engorged and lumpy or you have a hot red patch/lump – then the chances are you will have an area (or several areas) of blocked/curdled milk.
Unfortunately, this is presents a perfect breeding ground for bacteria – which can then in turn, cause mastitis.
Getting these blocks moving will help stop mastitis in its tracks and often prevent it altogether. At the first sign of lumps/red patches – before each feed, comb the breast from the outside, down toward to nipple all the way around the breast. Use a steady firm pressure, not hard enough to hurt (the correct pressure should still feel nice).
Use a little oil or moisturiser to help the comb glide if you need. . . Latch baby for a feed and they will then encourage milk to flow through the breast and suck out the curdled milk (it’s totally safe for them as the bacteria which causes mastitis doesn’t affect them at all).
Continue to comb as baby feeds, combing from the armpit to the nipple and focusing on any lumps.
You should start feeling relief quite quickly!
Repeat this process with every feed until the breast feels soft and lump free and any red patches have gone.
Drink lots of warm, herbal tea alongside combing to flush toxins from your system and keep yourself hydrated.
If the red lumps do not go, if you have a fever or are feeling unwell or have flu like symptoms – please do seek medical advice.
OK, so we know that those early weeks of baby arriving are wonderful, but they don’t half wreck havoc on your back, neck and shoulders.
Carrying baby around and feeding baby – bottle or breast makes us sit slightly hunched over for extended periods of time. And the weight of hormonal boobs can be a complete shocker! Having large breasts ourselves anyway – we experienced back pain just from the sheer size of those bad boys!!
Please take a minute to study the illustration of how to carry out this a “back-saving” stretch for all mums (and dads actually). We found that it really helps with early tension, but is also handy all the way through parenting. Regularly carrying out these stretches will help with the strain of carrying/lifting and bending with babies and toddlers – it also helps with the ‘shoulders up round your ears’ reaction to toddler tantrums and teenage sass!
It’s a good all rounder whatever stage you are at! Try and tack it on to a routine you already have, like brushing your teeth or making your morning cuppa! Leave a post it note by the kettle or toothbrush that says ‘stretch’ to jog your memory! Illustration by the awesome @kaybarkerillustrations