mental health, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Solo mums

How much sleep does your baby need?

If there are 2 questions that torment new parents more than any other, they must be: 1) is my baby getting enough to eat? 2) is my baby getting enough sleep? Particularly when we are trying to function on a sleep defunct ourselves during that newborn stage, it can be really hard to work out… Continue reading How much sleep does your baby need?

mental health, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

What does it mean if I don’t like being pregnant?

Quite frequently, I speak to women who are feeling incredibly guilty and anxious about the fact they dislike the experience pregnancy, and sometimes, they are lacking any sense of connectedness to the baby growing inside their bellies.  These women have usually heard/read all the stories about "mummy love" this feeling that all women are supposed… Continue reading What does it mean if I don’t like being pregnant?

mental health, Parenting, Solo mums

Parenthood and sleep deprivation

Anyone who has had the experience of having a brand new baby in the house will remember the agony of those first 6 or so weeks where you are so totally sleep deprived you spend most of the time feeling like you are having an out of body experience.  For most new parents you just… Continue reading Parenthood and sleep deprivation

mental health, mental illness

Mindfulness and self esteem

Have you been feeling like your self esteem is not quite as robust as you would like? Recent research has been suggesting that mindfulness can play a part in building a more positive self esteem by reducing the degree to which we compare ourselves (critically) to those around us. Read more about this research here. https://www.mindful.org/feeling-self-critical-try-mindfulness/?utm_content=buffer02ef7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

health, In the news, mental health

Gratitude

I know I share a lot of articles and information on this blog - because that's the primary reason I started it. But this morning I thought it might be nice to make it a little more personal and show that (at least some of the time) I do try to practice what I preach.  And… Continue reading Gratitude

grief, In the news, mental health, Parenting

Helping kids cope with traumatic news

Its is beginning to feel like every time we turn on the TV, radio or social media, there is another terrible event being reported, and with the advent of 24 hour, 7day a week news services, it is a little inescapable.  All of this bad news can feel terrible for adults, but for kids the… Continue reading Helping kids cope with traumatic news

mental health

What exactly is Positive Psychology?

Some people think the key to feeling better is just 'Thinking happy thoughts' but we know it really isn'tthat simple. Positive Psychology however has a whole range of helpful strategies which can assist in preventing mental illness as well as helping us to recover if we do become unwell.  http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/life/health/article/2017/05/24/what-exactly-positive-psychology-and-how-can-you-use-it

In the news, mental health

Diets, weight and mood

Yesterday I attended a fantastic professional development day on eating disorders - I left the session feeling energised and much better equipped to manage my clients who present with eating/weight issues and eating disorders.  I only only to wait a few hours today to put my new knowledge into action as a brave client admitted… Continue reading Diets, weight and mood

In the news, mental health, mental illness

The impact of stress

The following article isn't specifically related to fertility treatment, but does provide some extra insight into how our body is impacted by high chronic levels of stress.  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38584975 As time goes by, we are learning more and more about the mechanisms that cause us to become unwell, and this research helps describe the connection between stress and… Continue reading The impact of stress