Mama Wellness Blog

Motherhood, Identity and getting your mojo back

Motherhood brings with it a new identity. Any woman who has been a part of this transitional period can understand the vast physical, emotional and mental changes that are experienced from conception, throughout pregnancy and in the months, and sometimes years, after giving birth. Dr. Irena Milentijevic, a psychologist from Texas describes this process as […]

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Why women should choose their Personal Trainer like they would their Childminder

It’s really hard to choose someone you really trust, to look after your precious little one, isn’t it? Going back to work, I looked at endless childcare options, scrutinising the Ofsted ratings, and personal attributes of those who would be potentially caring for my children. I wanted to feel that they would be well looked […]

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Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage – A Nurturing Treatment for Mamas I absolutely love Indian Head Massage. This treatment, along with a wonderful reflexology are my ultimate favourite therapies. I feel the tension literally leave my head and shoulders, and find that my brain stops whizzing in thought, and I can really relax. For mamas who are always hyper […]

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How I Survived the Transition to Motherhood

Resilience – how I survived the transition to motherhood Resilience  “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness”. Oxford English Dictionary When I birthed my son, in my ideal birth setting, on his due date, with everything going to plan, including a perfect pregnancy, I just presumed that the rest of my life, as a planned, […]

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There is No Green Light with the 6 week postnatal check

Why Women feel pressure to shape up Some women have barely birthed their new, soft little bundle, when the feelings of ‘oh good grief, where did my body go’ start creeping in. Our society has a lot to answer for, what with the Instagram and Facebook images and posts about ‘how I got into my […]

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Feta, Tomato and Cucumber Wrap

These Wraps are so easy to do. My son loves helping me to make them and my daughter loves them in her lunchbox. Cucumbers are under-rated for their health properties. They actually can help protect against neurological disease pain and headaches as they contain an anti-inflammatory substance. They also contain a nutrient called cucurbitacin, which […]

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Orange and Pomegranate Wheel

These pomegranate and orange wheels are not only a pretty looking piece for a buffet style lunch, it also contains an abundance of nutrients. Pomegranates are not eaten as regularly as other fruits, but they contain so much goodness, it would be a crime not to include this fruit in your weekly shopping list! They […]

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Pear, Goats Cheese and Fennel Towers

These cute little food towers are surprisingly therapeutic to put together, look really pretty on a plate, and above all, taste really nice! You can adapt the recipe and change the cheese for feta or cooked halloumi, and use apple instead of pear. The real health addition from these little stacks are the fennel seeds. […]

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Raspberry and Coconut Amazeballs

These coconut and raspberry amazeballs are little bites of heaven! They are quick and easy to make and everyone will love them. They are also super healthy. Linseeds, also known as flaxseeds are available in either golden or red seeds, but they possess the same nutrients. They contain essential fatty acids, are high in protein and packed with zinc, calcium […]

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Chilli and Ricotta Stuffed Courgettes

These chilli and ricotta courgettes are my favourite lunch box pack up. They are delicious served straight from the oven, but are also really yummy if they have been chilled in the fridge (will last for 48 hours). The tomato puree and chilli gives the courgettes are real punchy flavour and the creamy cheese texture […]

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Oops I did it again!

  Pregnancy and birthing places a lot of pressure on  a woman’s pelvic floor muscles. Subsequently 1 in 3 women suffer some kind of incontinence issues. Many women don’t address this embarrassing problem of leaking urine or faeces when they cough, sneeze or pick up their baby. Worse, they are using sanitary pads when returning to exercise to […]

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Veggie Mushroom Bites

These veggie mushroom bites are so easy to make and are literally a taste explosion in your mouth. Mushrooms provide good mineral sources of selenium, copper, niacin, potassium and phosphorous. These minerals contribute to cardiovascular health by balancing cholesterol levels. Additionally, mushrooms provide protein, vitamin C and iron. To get the nutritional benefit from mushrooms […]

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Paleo Tipple

This Paleo Tipple is a fabulous refreshing drink that gives mamas a lift when they are feeling tired, and is great to have after a workout. This is a far healthier option than any of the ready made energy drinks you can find at the supermarket which are often packed full of caffeine, read more […]

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Paleo Shortbread Cookies

I wanted to create some simple but tasty bites (plus a cheeky paleo non-alcoholic tipple!) That inspired mamas to make them when they had friends over for a cuppa, instead of the usual hydrogenated fat and processed sugar cakes, biscuits and pastries. So over the next 8 weeks I will be sharing some fantastic, tasty […]

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10 Pregnancy Exercise Myths Busted

There are a lot of myths about what exercise you can and can’t do during pregnancy. A lot of advice was given before the medical profession realised the benefits of exercise in pregnancy. Here are ten myths we’ve busted to put your mind at rest if you want to continue to train whilst you’re pregnant. […]

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Hormones and How to Naturally Help Restore Balance During Childbearing

Childbirth provides an immense hormonal roller coaster for women. From conception to post birth a woman’s body must deal with an abundance of hormones that assist in sustaining a pregnancy to birthing and feeding a new-born. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG). Released from conception it gains in quantity for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy when […]

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New Year 7 Day Detox Plan

I have created a New Year 7 day detox plan for you to follow to help you kick start your new year the right way. All methods can be employed whether pregnant or postnatal. Please remember that this can be adjusted according to your health needs. Listen to your body and make changes as necessary. […]

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Recipes For A Paleo Christmas

Here are 5 fantastic and simple Paleo recipes for you to try this Christmas inspired by my adjustment to a Paleo lifestyle. Below you will find a dessert recipe for Poached Pears in Pomegranate juice, Linseed and Cranberry Stuffing, bread for breadcrumbs and stuffing, Cranberry sauce and finally a delicious Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken as […]

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Nourish and Prepare yourself for the coming seasons

I hope you’ve managed to enjoy the weather we have had this summer and have made some good memories. As we are nearing the end of our summer season and moving towards the autumn this is a great time to think about optimum nutrition and getting your body in the best health possible as the […]

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Want Great Abs? Then Get off Your Butt!

A fully functioning core comes from working the muscles frequently and in a variety of ways. Conventional abdominal workouts don’t challenge the core dynamically. Sit ups, crunches and planks move or hold the tension in just one way and cause a huge amount of intra-abdominal pressure, which is not what women want if they have […]

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I can’t exercise, I’m pregnant!

Mama Wellness pregnancy fitness expert Nina Parnham explains why it’s vital that you exercise in pregnancy. There are always people out there telling pregnant ladies that the best option is to quit the gym and ‘put your feet up’ and rest, but this is certainly not effective in terms of building up your strength and […]

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The key to healing diastasis recti and having stronger and better looking abdominals after childbirth

During pregnancy, as your belly expands to accommodate your growing uterus and baby, your abdominal muscles naturally separate. This is normal and expected but can cause issues after the birth if the muscles don’t come back together and women experience what is known as a diastasis recti. Having a significant diastasis recti (the gap measures […]

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Water is literally your life!

The amount of water in the adult human body ranges from 50-75%. The percentage of water contained in your cells depends on your hydration level. People feel thirsty when they have already lost around 2-3% of their body’s water. Mental performance and physical coordination start to become impaired before thirst kicks in, typically around 1% […]

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