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Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
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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...
#tbt One from the Archive: i could have danced all night… and still have begged for more.
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(First published on The Contented Calf website on Wednesday 14th August 2013. I'd just spent a week attending the London Amateur Ballet Summer Intensive, and I was buzzing...) In the words of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady: I could have danced all night!I could have danced all night!And still have begged for more…. I could have spread my (swan) wingsAnd done a thousand thingsI’ve never done before. I’ll never know what made it so exciting.Why all at once my heart took flight. I only know when he (actually, they - the rest of the London Amateur Ballet Summer Intensive Company, that is) Began...
#tbt One from the Archive: To sleep: perchance to dream? To sleep: perchance to sleep, please....!
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(First published on The Contented Calf website on Tuesday 12th February 2013. With a three year old and a 10 month old in tow, sleep was always on my mind....) To be honest, all I really want to do when I go to sleep is sleep. For the whole night. And wake up naturally. If I could do this for a whole seven nights in a row, I would be in heaven. I would be a new woman. This morning however when the alarm went off at 6:45am I was a tiny bit less tired than I often am. I think...
14 Top Tips to Boost Your Immune System
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Winter is always the season when we feel like we need to support our immune system against seasonal infections. This year we feel this more than ever! Together with a group of wellness experts, we’ve created a set of Top Tips for boosting your immune system this Winter. IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST consult a doctor or health-care professional before consuming ANY supplements, herbs or oils. Each person has individual health issues or conditions specific to their own individual body – what may be health-boosting to someone, maybe dangerous to another. We have divided our tips into four sections: Nourish, Water,...
#tbt One from the Archive: Cranial Osteopathy - Guest Blog from Nargis Ahmad
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(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...