Navigating through the world of pregnancy appointments can be overwhelming! Knowing who can help and with what is all unchartered territory - you may be wondering who to see for your prenatal care and what role they might play. This blog post will tell you all about the allied health professionals that are important during pregnancy and why! We cover the most common allied health professionals that we work with here at Nascent including physiotherapists, dietitians, osteopaths, remedial massage therapists, acupuncturists, sonographers and exercise physiologists. If there's an allied health professional that you love just let us know!
Pregnancy is associated with many physical and emotional changes. The allied health professionals listed here can help provide support during your pregnancy through the following ways:
Physiotherapy in pregnancy
A physiotherapist can show you some simple exercises to do as well as give advice on how to manage any pain that may arise due to the extra weight of pregnancy or common conditions such as SPD (it's common not diagnosed until later in life). They also teach mums about pelvic floor exercises, which are important after childbirth. They're our go-to for any aches or tension and are experts at helping to prevent problems before they even start!
Osteopathy in pregnancy
An osteopath will check for aches and pains throughout the body - back and pelvis problems tend to increase during pregnancy because of increased weight, so it's always good idea go see an allied health professional who specialises in this area if these symptoms occur. They can also help with techniques for labour and birth.
Nutrition and Dietetics in pregnancy
A dietitian will ensure you are getting the right nutrients for you and your baby - especially important in the third trimester when cravings and aversions to certain foods are common. They can also give advice on how to beat morning sickness, stay healthy through each trimester, prevent unnecessary weight gain and meal plan for the fourth trimester once bub arrived. They're also brilliant at helping to control gestational diabetes and have great roles to play once bub is born too!
Remedial Massage in pregnancy
A remedial massage therapist can help relieve tension headaches, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and other pregnancy related problems. The gentle massages they provide can be really soothing during this time! Many massage therapists can treat with pregnant women laying either on their side or on their bellies with a special pregnancy cushion. Absolute bliss for mamas who are belly sleepers!
Acupuncture during pregnancy
An acupuncturist may be able to help with issues such as nausea, vomiting, breech babies or fertility problems. They can also help to prepare for labour, and many women swear by them helping with babies that are overdue. It's worth speaking to them if you have any concerns your pregnancy - acupuncture is a very safe treatment.
Sonography during pregnancy
A sonographer will be able to check the development of your baby and make sure everything is going well with them - especially in early pregnancy when things can change very quickly! In Australis it's standard to see a sonographer at 12 weeks and 20 weeks, however many mums have an earlier dating scan, and a later scan to check bubs position and size. They can also do scans at different stages during pregnancy for expecting mums who want something special from their experience - photos and videos to keep as a memory. Many parents opt to find out at 20 weeks whether they are having a boy or girl with their sonographer. Or of course you can ask them to keep mum and stay team green!
Exercise physiology in pregnancy
An exercise physiologist can help women to stay active safely throughout their pregnancy. They can help to modify exercises to suit each trimester, and work with your physiotherapist or osteopath to use exercise in order to reduce pain. Staying active during labour is associated with a shorter active birth stage and a better recovery. We love encouraging pregnant mamas to stay active as much as possible!
Psychology in pregnancy
A psychologist specialises in emotional and mental health, so may help if you are feeling anxious or stressed about something during your pregnancy - allied health professionals such as psychologists have training to work through these issues effectively. If you have suffered from mental health issues prior to falling pregnant we certainly recommend checking in. They can also help you to prepare mental health strategies for when bub arrives, and ensure that you get support quickly if PND or PNA becomes an issue for you.
The allied health professionals mentioned above all provide different services but share the same goal: helping pregnant women stay healthy throughout their pregnancies! Do you have a favourite allied health professional? Give them a shout out in the comments below!
Finding postpartum mental health can be hard. There are so many new pressures, responsibilities and demands on your time post-baby that it's easy to feel overwhelmed, exhausted and unfulfilled. But postpartum depression is not inevitable - there are some simple steps you can take now to improve your postpartum mental health and prevent postpartum depression later on in life.
Try to exercise every day. A postpartum workout will not only help you to rehab after all of the physical changes your body has gone through, but it will also give you a boost of endorphins which can improve postpartum mood and prevent postpartum depression from setting in. If the weather is poor or if none of your friends are free, do an online workout or take a walk around the neighbourhood.
Meet New Mum Friends
One of the best things you can do for your postpartum mental health is to find some new mum friends. Meeting other women who are going through the same thing as you, and who understand what you're going through, can be really helpful. It's also a great way to get out of the house and have some fun! There are lots of different ways to meet new mums - try joining a mothers group, go to a postnatal yoga class or start up a postnatal playgroup in your area.
Leave The House
Another key step in improving postpartum mental health is to get out of the house on a regular basis. Staying indoors for too long post-baby will only make you feel isolated, lonely and trapped. So try to leave the house at least once a day - even if it's just for an hour or two! If your partner is home with baby, go out by yourself (this could be somewhere like the park where you can take baby along) but if they're not available then don't let that stop you from leaving the house postpartum depression may set in otherwise.
Ask For Help
Don't feel guilty about asking for help postpartum. Mental health following childbirth takes a village so don't be afraid to ask friends and family members if they would mind popping round to give a hand occasionally instead of trying to do everything yourself. It may be that postpartum depression sets in if you never ask for help post-baby, so don't feel embarrassed or guilty about asking for assistance with the baby and housework - it's much better than struggling alone!
Eat Healthy Food
Ensure you are getting the right postpartum nutrition by eating healthy food. You should be aiming to eat three meals a day, plus two or three snacks in between, of fruit and vegetables as well as dairy products for calcium intake. Make sure that your diet is high enough in iron (found in fish, red meat and eggs) because postpartum fatigue can stem from low levels of this mineral.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water will help keep your body hydrated - which means better mental health! Staying properly hydrated with eight glasses per day ensures good circulation around the brain so it's best to drink plenty post-baby if possible (especially if you're breastfeeding).
Schedule time for self-care solo postpartum
It's important to schedule time for self-care postpartum, even if it's just an hour or two each week. During this time you can do whatever makes you feel relaxed and restored - whether that's reading a book, taking a bath or going for a walk. This is your time to focus on yourself and recharge so that you can continue to care for your baby effectively.
These are just some of the ways in which you can improve postpartum mental health. If postpartum depression does set in despite your best efforts, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Postnatal depression is a very real condition that requires treatment, but with the right support there is no reason why postpartum mental health cannot be restored.
Attachment parenting is a style of parenting that allows children to be close and connected with their parents. Although this parenting style has been around for centuries (without being named), it was not until the 1990's when attachment parenting became more popular in west, starting primarily in the US as a counter style to the predominant parenting paradigm at the time. It is based on the idea that early attachment helps develop healthy attachments later on in life. Attachment children are known for being intelligent, sociable, confident, stable individuals who have high self-esteem and feel loved.
This article looks at what what attachment parenting is, how attachment parenting affects children's development years down the road, how you can practice attachment parenting simply at home setting your child up for a lifetime of success.
The History of Attachment Parenting
The roots of attachment parenting can be found in attachment theory which is a psychological model that posits that children need to form attachments with their caregivers in order to develop healthy psyches (Fonagy et al., 2002). Bowlby, who developed attachment theory, believed that early relationships with caregivers were crucial for children's development and future mental health. While attachment theory may provide some guiding principles, attachment parents are free to interpret the childrearing philosophy in any way they see fit.
There Are Benefits for Children with Secure Attachments
It is important when practicing attachment parenting or attachment freedom that children have secure attachments. A recent meta analysis found strong evidence suggesting that having healthy early relationships helped develop trust and reduce fearfulness in kids (Dozier et al., 2014). Although this study did not specifically investigate attachment parenting, it does suggest that parent-child relationships are important in child development.
Attachment Parenting Doesn't Have to Be Difficult
There is no doubt attachment parenting can be difficult; however attachment parents believe the benefits outweigh any difficulties associated with this type of parenting style (Pipher, 2013). Attachment theory suggests that children need healthy attachments for proper brain and emotional development (Ainsworth et al., 1978) which has led some attachment parents to claim they will only raise their kids using attachment principles even if it means making sacrifices along the way. Healthy early attachment helps develop trust and reduces fearfulness later on in life (Dozier et al., 2014), so many feel like giving sleep or other activities is worth these
The Benefits of Attachment Parenting
There are many benefits to attachment parenting. Some of these benefits include:
How Can You Practice Attachment Parenting? Simple Ways To Implement Attachment Principles At Home
There are many ways you can practice attachment parenting at home with your children without too much difficulty or hassle. Here are some simple steps you can take in order to implement attachment principles into your daily life as a parent:
There are many benefits to attachment parenting although it may take some extra effort on the parent's behalf. However, attachment parenting has been shown to help children develop trust and reduce fearfulness later on in life (Dozier et al., 2014), which makes all of this hard work worth it! By practicing attachment principles at home you give your child every opportunity possible for success down the road!
Dozier M., et al. (2014). The developmental significance of attachment beyond the dyad: Meta-analysis of attachment in early childhood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 55(11):1190–1207.
Fonagy P., Steele M., Moran G., Steele H. (2002). The predictive power of attachment style on sexual risk taking in late adolescence: A longitudinal study. Developmental Psychology 38(l):628-635
A postnatal yoga class can be a great way to get back into exercise and challenge your body post birth. But what if you have a baby? How do you bring them to postnatal yoga with you? This post will take the guesswork out of bringing your baby along, making sure you know how it all works, and ensuring you pack everything you need for bub (and you) to make coming to class with a newborn as smooth as possible!
Things to Pack
Things to Know
Things to expect
Want to know more about when the next rounds of our Brisbane Postnatal Yoga Courses run? Why not give us a call on 07 3061 5050 or pop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org - we would love to support you on your postnatal journey!
Pregnancy is a time of change. You may be feeling tired, uncomfortable, and overwhelmed by the changes that are happening to your body (and that are about to happen to your life!). It's also a time when you're more susceptible to aches and pains, as well as prenatal conditions like gestational diabetes or high blood pressure. Yoga can help ease these symptoms and prepare you for childbirth - whether you're a complete beginner or have been practicing for years, these are our top reasons for starting a pregnancy yoga course.
Learning how to breathe
Breathing is one of the most important aspects of prenatal yoga - it helps us to stay calm and focused during class, as well as preparing us for labour. In our prenatal yoga courses we focus on deep breathing techniques which will help us through labour, like ujjayi pranayama or horses breath. These help manage pain, as well as keeping us calm no matter what happens in our birth!
Mentally Preparing for labour
Prenatal Yoga can also help prepare you mentally and emotionally for childbirth. It gives you time to focus on yourself and your baby, learn about what to expect during labour, and develop coping mechanisms. It can also help you to connect with your partner and build support networks.
Working on flexibility
The prenatal body is often quite stiff, which is why prenatal yoga is so beneficial - it helps us to gently stretch and open up the body. This can help relieve pain in the hips, pelvis and lower back, as well as preventing common problems like SPD.
Pregnancy is not a time to be shy about getting strong! Prenatal yoga can help you build strength and stamina for labour. In our classes we use postures that will help build strength in the legs and pelvic floor muscles , as well as preparing us for the physical challenges of childbirth.
Taking some me-time
Even if you're feeling tired or uncomfortable, prenatal yoga is still a great way to take some time out for yourself. It's a chance to relax, de-stress and focus on your own wellbeing. And of course, you'll also be getting fit and preparing for labour at the same time!
In our Prenatal Yoga Courses we focus on breathing techniques that will help us through labour, practicing various postures which open up joints and make room for baby, plus meditation practices designed to strengthen both body and mind going into this big life transition. We also work on building strength without putting extra pressure onto muscles already under strain from changes in weight or balance due to pregnancy hormones.
If you would like to know more about whether our Brisbane Prenatal Yoga classes are right for you feel free to give us a call on 07 3061 5050 or email us at email@example.com. We would love to support you on your pregnancy journey!
Many mothers will remember their first Mothers Group. They were a safe, welcoming place to turn for advice and support as they navigated the new world of motherhood, but the advice they got - maybe they shouldn't have listened to all of it. Gone are the days of outdated advice about feeding rice cereal at 6 weeks - modern-day mothers groups provide up-to-date research on healthy attachment, sleep and women's health - while at the same genuinely focusing on fostering connection between new mums! So what exactly are modern mothers groups all about?
Modern mothers groups provide up-to-date and evidence based advice from health professionals
On a whole range of issues, from breastfeeding and sleep to post-natal depression and anxiety. This is invaluable for new mums who are feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what they're doing! Think physiotherapists, breast feeding counsellors paediatric experts and baby-wearing specialists. It's like attending 8 different specialist appointments at a fraction of the cost!
The focus is truly on making new mum friends
Motherhood can feel pretty isolating. It's hard enough when you're just getting used to this whole parenting gig, but throw in some sleep deprivation, post-natal depression or anxiety and suddenly you can start feeling really alone. That's where mothers groups come in - they provide a safe and welcoming space for new mums to turn to for advice and support.
But mothers groups aren't just about getting advice - they're also a great place to make friends. It can be hard making friends as an adult, but when you become a mum it feels like the social landscape has changed overnight! Mothers groups provide an opportunity to meet other mums in your local area and form friendships that will last long after your children have outgrown the group.
They're not just for first time mums
Second time mums, adoptive parents and LGBTQIA+ families are welcome at modern mothers groups too! So if you're looking for a supportive community to connect with other mothers in your area, look no further than your local mothers group
If you're a second time mum, joining a mothers group can be invaluable for the other mums there! You can share tips on all things baby (after all you've done most things a few time), and guide mums as their babies grow on things like how to juggle new parenthood whilst holding down a job or studying. And because you've been there done that before, chances are you won't judge when times get tough! There is nothing more comforting than being able to talk about what's going on in your life without fear of judgement from other mothers - finding someone experience who knows exactly what you're going through and feel like friends rather than strangers can be exactly what another new mum needs.
So if you're looking for a supportive community of mothers to connect with, look no further than our much more modern mothers group! You'll find everything from evidence based advice to friendship - and a whole lot of info in-between!
You can find out more about when we'll be running our Nascent Mothers Groups here - we'd love you to join! Give us a call on 07 3061 5050 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or any questions you might have!
The first few months with a newborn are an exciting time for many mothers, but it can also be very challenging. Mother's groups often help new moms navigate the challenges of caring for their child and leave the house to do things they want to enjoy as well. In this blog post, we'll talk about some of the considerations that you should make when starting to get out of the house solo, so you can take your bub with you with confidence!
First, let's talk about the baby bag. Baby bag's come in many forms, but it is essential to plan for your outing ahead of time. Make sure you have everything that might be needed before leaving the house - nappies and wet wipes are a must (however many you think you'll need be sure to add at least one extra just in case!). If formula feeding or bottle-feeding your newborn make sure you include their bottles with water ready to heat up (or a thermos of warm water) while out if necessary. Necessary items when planning an outing with a new born also include a changing mat, spare clothes (for you and bub( plus suitable clothing depending on weather conditions. Don't forget to pack socks! Make sure you always have a warm layer of clothing for bub in case it's cooler than you realise too. And those muslin cloths that you were gifted a million of before bub arrived? Perfect for all kinds of accidents, covering up, keeping bub warm or shaded and made a perfect place for them to lay on.
A carrier is another great option for leaving the house with a newborn. While a pram is great, having both options for when bub is still small can mean that you're not juggling with a baby in one arm while pushing the pram with the other if they're unsettled. A carrier also comes in handy when travelling on public transport.
If you are feeling a little anxious about leaving the house with your newborn, start off by taking short trips - to the local shops or park or popping down the road to see your friend over coffee in their home. Mother's groups or postnatal exercise classes are a great way to get out and about as you'll be with other mothers who are in the same boat.
Don't forget that not every trip will go according to plan... But don't let this deter you from getting out of the house before it becomes second nature either! Remembering what works well at home usually helps in these situations - which brings me onto my final point; accepting that not every trip will be a success. Mother's groups are great for this as well, because you can share your experiences with other mothers who have been there and done it before so they'll know what to expect!
I hope these tips help on your journey of leaving the house with a newborn. Leave yourself enough time to get where you need to go (much longer than you used to give yourself pre-baby) and remember that all new mums feel like this! We promise it gets easier and easier as you go along!
You've done your Pregnancy Yoga and learned your breathing. You've completed your Active Birth Course. It's almost time to head to the hospital and meet your little one! It can be hard to know what you will need when preparing for labour - you need to pack for both you and bub! You want to get everything you need, but don't want to over pack or forget something important. While every mum swears by a different list, here are our top tips for getting through labour!
If you'll be labouring:
For Labour Recovery:
What are your essentials for packing in your hospital bag to meet bub? If there's something we're missing please let us know! At Nascent we're all about empowering you for an epic birthing experience! Why not check out our Birth Education offerings too :)
Do you have a little one on the way? Whether it's your first birth or your fifth, preparing for birth with an education workshops can make all the difference in helping you have a truly empowered birth! A birth education course can help you prepare for your baby's arrival and make the process as comfortable as possible.
The following are our top 5 reasons why you should sign up to a birth education course:
1) You will feel more confident in your body's ability to give birth naturally because you are educated about it all!
This is an empowering thing. Knowing what to expect during pregnancy, labour and delivery can give you the confidence in your body's natural ability to birth without unnecessary interventions that come with an uninformed decision or one based on fear or lack of knowledge about what it takes to bring a baby into the world naturally.
Having prenatal education helps reduce many fears women have around giving birth! The more informed you are about how things work physiologically, the less fearful you will be...and isn't that something we all want when it comes time for our little one's arrival?
2) You will learn about labor and delivery techniques, such as breathing techniques and positions to help everything move smoothly.
We're not going to lie - labour can often be uncomfortable! But you and your birthing partner can develop an entire toolkit of what positions, breathing exercises and tools are available to get you through the process as comfortably as possible!
When you learn about different positions to help with contractions, it can take some of the pain away and allow for a better experience all around. It will also give your partner an idea of what might be most helpful - offering suggestions and reminding you of techniques means they'll have an active role to play in the birth!
3) You will receive information on postpartum recovery .
Although the postpartum time period is often a joyous one, it can also be quite challenging as you recover and take care of your new little one. A birth education course will give you information on what to expect in those first few weeks and months - from how long it might take for your body to heal to tips on caring for a newborn.
Having a strong understanding of what you can expect in the postpartum phase will give you an edge as far as how to care for yourself and your baby during this time period! We know it's easier said than done, but self-care is important during those early days.
In addition, having knowledge about breastfeeding techniques will help set you up for a successful breastfeeding relationship with your little one.
Our Active Birth Workshops run monthly and are an incredibly affordable way to empower yourself for birth, connect with other expecting families and most of all educate both you and your birthing partner on what to expect (so there aren't so many surprises!). For more information about our upcoming Brisbane based Birth Education courses and whether it might be right for you pop us an email at email@example.com or call us on 07 3061 5050.
Those mothers who have gone before us have knowing smiles when they see our growing bellies. They've experienced the joy of motherhood firsthand, but also the hardship and sleepless nights - especially in that first year. It can be one of the loneliest times in many women's lives, with the village that we're supposed to have being noticeably absent for many busy modern families. Finding mothers going through the same experiences at the same time can be one of the best parts of new motherhood, and those catch ups surely make the days less lonely (and much more manageable). So where do you find your mama tribe (and make new friends as a new mother)?
Whether they are through your local health clinic, paid for (like the Nascent Mothers Group which includes coffee and guest speakers!), informal through friends, these are best started early on (think those first 3 months), but can definitely work for older bubs too! Create a Facebook group, Whatsapp chat or text chain and be sure to keep in communication regularly. Finding a regular time or day can be great during materinity leave, and will give you something to look forward to each week!
Yoga, Pilates and Fitness Classes
Not all of us are cut out for mothers groups (sitting around talking can feel a little intimidating for introverts) so postpartum recovery fitness classes can feel a little more easeful as there's something else to focus on! Mums & Bubs Yoga and Pilates (like here at Nascent or at the incredible Articulate Physiotherapy), mums and bub bootcamps, physio fitness classes and Kanga training are all fantastic options
There are SOOOO many classes available for bubs these days! Music classes, swimming lessons, baby sensory - the list goes in! Brisbane has tonnes of baby classes these days, and focusing on bub can really take the pressure off if you're a little shy! Check out Brisbane City Council libraries for free activities for older bubs too!
Whatever option you choose in those early days, the most important thing is to keep reaching out to people, even if friendships don't bloom straight away! Juggling babies, families, friends and work on little sleep can mean that often plans will be cancelled or things will change. Try to put out invitations to other mums without any expectations, and try not to take cancelled plans too personally. Your mama tribe will build, grow and change as your little one gets older and is interested in different things. The more activities you sign up for, the more mamas you meet, the more likely you are to meet your people!
If nothing else, it will get you out of the house and into the world in those early days where it all feels so daunting, with mums in exactly the same boat as you! Just one conversation can be enough to completely change how you're feeling in a day, and make early motherhood seem just a little bit less lonely.