Wow you are pregnant! How exciting…and yet you can’t maintain that level of excitement forever so the question is…what now?

Many women I work with find that when they become pregnant their priorities start to shift. They don’t want to, or can’t, carry on with the usual exercise or yoga class. The daily grind of life seems harder to cope with and the tiredness is just epic! And where do you even have time to fit in making new friends who are also pregnant?

I have just the solution for you: join my weekly pregnancy yoga class in Frome!

It is a nurturing class for mums with any or none yoga ability. The class says “yoga” but in fact we cover so much more. We do breathing, birth preparation knowledge and skills, gentle postures and even make time for some circle time where we can get to know each other a bit better.

Pregnancy Yoga in Frome

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Get into the physical and mental headspace of pregnancy, and prepare for your positive birth with other local mums in this flexible drop-in class.

As you progress in your pregnancy you will start to look ahead to birth and start researching options and antenatal classes.

If you are a first-time mum, the whole birth thing can feel like an open ocean. It is huge. It is daunting. Unchartered territory is an understatement! Where do you even start to figure out what you need to know if you have no clue about it?

And seeing birth portrayed in soaps and movies, coupled with horror stories from friends and family REALLY DOES NOT HELP!

If you are a second-time mum then your previous birth can really shape this journey. You know what worked for you the first time (and what didn’t). You know whether you need to learn more stuff to make this birth better.

I specialise in working with second-time mums who have had a really shitty first birth. It may have been really long. Perhaps it was way more painful than anything you ever imagined. It could be that your birth was so far away from your hopes and dreams that it has left you feeling shaken, upset, disturbed or even traumatised.

It’s OK. I have your back. All this is covered in my Birth Training & Coaching programme.

My own experience of birth has helped me craft an incredible programme of birth training and coaching that will give you everything you need to get through labour and birth. Both physically and mentally.

Birth Workshops & Coaching in Frome

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Move past your previous birth, and move into confidence that you WILL have an awesome birth, using this tried and tested method of birth preparation.

Birth preparation doesn’t end with a class though. There are plentiful resources for pregnant information junkies to give them all the information they need to make informed choices in their labour and birth.

I believe firmly that while we should all aim for a natural birth where possible, there is a place for pain relief drugs and interventions in birth. These can be life-saving tools in certain situations. We just need to make sure we use them when we need to or want to. we should not be using them because we think we should, or because someone else wants us to.

 

My Book: Helping Birth

helping birth eleanor hayesIn my book, Helping Birth, I discuss all labour pain relief choices and common birth interventions. I use the BRAIN framework to look at the pro's and cons, to help you make the right choices for you and your baby. Includes real-life stories.

Buy the book for £10 on Amazon (free delivery in the UK).

Finding a community of friendly faces in pregnancy can make a huge difference to your state of mind. Knowing that others are going through the same things as you (and that weird pregnancy symptom is quite NORMAL and COMMON) can be so reassuring.

Having a safe space to ask questions, offer support and friendship, and perhaps further down the line offer advice of your own, is an essential part of parenthood.

Thankfully, Facebook Groups have made it really easy for us to stay connected.

Birthzang hosts a variety of local and location-indepedent groups for mums and dads to build their support network. We have groups located in Frome, Reading and West Midlands, as well an an umbrella group for anyone, anywhere.

Everyone is welcome to join the group whether they have come to a Birthzang class or not. The policy is to be loving supportive and inclusive.

Birthzang Family

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Join our local Birthzang Facebook group, Birthzang Mums' Club, and enjoy the benefits of online chat, discussion topics, and real-life face-to-face coffee mornings.

If you feel that you need more than just a quarter of an hour break, and you actually want some time off from everything and everyone, then do just that – have a day off.

It can be a decision fraught with guilt but actually, I have learned over the years that taking time to look after yourself is JUST AS IMPORTANT. It is an essential habit that you should foster in pregnancy and carry on into motherhood because once baby comes along it is so difficult to remember to do this.

Make sure you build some YOU-TIME into your routine by coming to one of my restorative yoga classes for mums.

It is a gentle class designed to give you just a bit of space from your daily life, without preparing for birth or thinking about anything. It is just time to reconnect with yourself in a room full of mums making themselves no. 1 priortiy.

Mums' Relaxed Night Off

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Take time out of pregnancy or motherhood and join this restorative yoga class. And we always have awesome cake.

And sometimes you just want a bit of SPACE to THINK. You love your baby and partner and other kids, but sometimes you just need to STOP!

You have to keep a million and one things in your head as a mum and it is exhausting.

There is a wonderful way to clear your head, by doing guided relaxation exercises.

In response to my mums who love the guided relaxation at the end of every mum & baby yoga, and mums’ relaxed night off class, I recorded this 16-minute track. It is a simple and gentle guided relaxation which will help you to switch off your mind, relax your body and just STOP.

Guided Relaxation MP3

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Listen to this awesome guided relaxation MP3 on Itunes or Spotify, and just take a moment to stop, breathe and relax.

Sometimes the aches and pains of pregnancy, plus the stress of life get all on top of you and a little bit of self-care is required. Deep tissue massage is not really an option and saunas are off-limits so what can you do?

Let me hold your feet and you’ll be instantly converted to pregnancy reflexology.

Pregnancy reflexology is a wonderful way to allow yourself to unwind, and can mitigate some of the side-effects of pregnancy. It is a deeply relaxing experience and can help to encourage labour to start naturally, and also turn a breech baby.

Pregnancy Reflexology

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Discover the amazing relaxing effects that reflexology can bring, and take some time to allow yourself to rest, replenish your energy and connect with your baby.

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