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Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

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Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

2009   Looking at the picture of me as a brand new mum, with my eldest as a one-day old newborn, emotion floods right back in, like an unexpectedly large wave.My eyes well up because I see that (obviously) inexperienced one day old mum with a teeny tiny brand new baby, and I remember her numbness alongside the love.I’m still not fully reconciled with the state of my mental health post birth. I never really worked out where I fell. I felt empty and robotic much of the time, but similarly I could find happiness and joy in things.I cried...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Cranial Osteopathy - Guest Blog from Nargis Ahmad

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#tbt One from the Archive: Cranial Osteopathy - Guest Blog from Nargis Ahmad

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Tuesday 2nd Apri 2013. Seven years ago, when the world was very different.)    Within minutes of being born our first daughter latched on to feed beautifully. After the shock of the initial soreness of having your nipples sucked the whole time (plus having to recover from a Day One nip), within a few weeks my nipples had gotten used to it and I was able to feed in comfort. (Until teeth and biting become an issue that is!) In fact, as a newborn, 3YO’s latch was so good, when I had to go...

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#tbt One from the Archive: "It Takes Nine Months..." (The post that started it all.)

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#tbt One from the Archive: "It Takes Nine Months..." (The post that started it all.)

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Monday 23rd August 2010.) They say it takes around nine months after giving birth for your body to return to how it was before – nine months to grow the baby, and nine months to return to how you were before you were pregnant. But to be honest, with sleepless nights, breast feeding, long walks with the pram and general rushing around, I was very lucky, the weight just dropped off – after 6 weeks I was back in my non-maternity jeans (although a fair bit tighter than before! ;-) ) However, for...

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