With figures suggesting that perinatal anxiety is an even bigger problem than postnatal depression, we sat down with TV presenter, counsellor and best-selling author of ‘Breaking Mad’, Anna Williamson, to get her top tips on managing anxiety and wellbeing in pregnancy and beyond.
On any other day, the mere thought of entering an enclosed chamber would get my anxieties twitching. Tell me this said chamber has been cooled to a forbidding 90 degrees below freezing and I’d be running for the hills as fast as my legs could carry me!
Recent research from the British Fertility Society has found that a low-carb diet, where women eat just one portion of carbohydrates a day, almost doubles your chance of becoming pregnant. But with thousands of women struggling to get pregnant everyday, could the answer to our fertility problems really be down to something as simple as cutting the carbs?
Ensuring you get enough vitamins and minerals is always a good idea, and never more so than during pregnancy. But what vitamins and minerals should we be looking for and how will they boost ours and our unborn baby’s health?
Keeping up the motivation to exercise on a regular basis isn’t easy at the best of times, throw in pregnancy and all that comes with it; I’m talking an ever increasing belly, never ending tiredness, aches, pains and the desire to demolish entire packs of biscuits in one sitting, and it can seem like a task of Everest proportions.
Love the idea of a barre workout but looking for something a little more dynamic? Recently exported from the US, Xtend Barre takes all the chiseling elements of a traditional barre class, think pulsing and micro movements, and give it s a tougher more energetic twist that is Pilates and dance amplified.
Its like clock work. Every spring once the weather has finally warmed up, my desire to lounge on the sofa indulging in winter stodge (tell me it’s not just me) magically disappears and in its place, the sudden need to cleanse, nurture and nourish.
If you’ve ever tried exercising during pregnancy you will know that the challenge to find comfortable and stylish, well fitting activewear is very real. Tops ride up, over-bump leggings are far too hot and under-bump leggings fall down at any significant movement (so basically all the time!).
Pelvic girdle pain or PGP is a tem used to describe pain in the joints of the pelvis. Most frequently occurring in pregnancy, it is triggered by the joints in the pelvis moving unevenly due to lax ligaments, a common side effect of your body producing the hormone relaxin to prep itself for the onset of labour.
Back when my son was just a tiny (screaming) bundle of joy and I couldn’t get to the gym, I would put my little man in the BabyBjörn carrier and go for a invigorating power walk along the Thames. Not only was it one of the few things that stopped him screaming (seriously it was constant!) but it was also an excellent way to ditch those lbs.
Ever since it first opened it’s doors way back 1998 (and well before HIIT become the no.1 buzz word on every fitness fanatics lips), Barry’s Bootcamp has set the standard for hard core, high intensity, bootcamp style workouts.
For those of you that haven’t yet heard, this week is cervical cancer prevention week. With 8 UK woman diagnosed with cervical cancer every day and 1,000 UK woman losing their lives to the disease each year, I thought it was important…actually scrap that, a necessity to help spread the word.
One of my favourite fitness studio’s barrecore, famed for their brilliant fat-burning full body workouts, have decided to step things up a gear and make achieving your wellness goals a whole lot easier.