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Positive Mindful Pregnancy

From Conception to Birthing & Beyond

Helping soon-to-be parents use parenthood as a springboard into the best possible life for themselves and their soon-to-be infant.

Gratitude is not only a strength of character, but it also has the benefit of increasing positive emotions. Research shows that when we  grow our experiences of gratitude with simple shows of appreciation at least once a week, we feel happier. When we increase our positive to negative emotion ratio, we enhance our openness to new [...]

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Positive Mindfulness is a new approach to mindfulness which combines traditional mindfulness training with positive psychology. It is a programme first devised by Dr Itai Ivtzan which not only reduces anxiety, stress and depression but also increases happiness, positive emotions & wellbeing. This approach has many benefits for the pregnant, soon-to-be mother. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness [...]

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What is there not to love about a new Bridget Jones Movie?  Being a similar age, though I have never lived in London, I can certainly identify with Bridget Jones. Although I was never a fan of Mark Darcy or Daniel Cleaver, I am happy about the inclusion of McDreamy in the new Bridget Jones [...]

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5-11 Sept 2016 is the first ever Perinatal depression awareness week; by bringing awareness to perinatal depression it moves beyond solely increasing awareness of Postnatal depression to also increasing people’s recognition and understanding of prenatal depression which is experienced by 15-20% of pregnant woman. There is an assumption that when a pregnancy is announced that [...]

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As soon-to-be-parents we have all heard about the importance of the bond between a child and their primary caregiver, and bonding has almost become a buzz word in parenting circles. Do you find yourself thinking: How and when do I establish a parent-child bond? I am not feeling a connection with my bump, is there something [...]

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In this weeks Koan I bring you a poem by one of my favourite poets William Blake, about the joys of a new baby and naming them. Infant Joy “I have no name; I am but two days old.” What shall I call thee? “I happy am, Joy is my name.” Sweet joy befall thee! [...]

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Mindfulness means paying attention on purpose in a non judgemental way (Kabat-Zinn, 1991) it is a state of being attentive and aware in the present moment (Brown & Ryan, 2003).   The word mindfulness is closely associated with a meditation technique within Buddhism however within personal development it is a state which can be cultivated through practice. [...]

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An affirmation script for early pregnancy Being pregnant brings me great joy. I can feel you my dearest baby, deep within me, I feel you. With each new day, I feel closer to you. I am happy, healthy and relaxed. I lovingly accept my changing body. I have lots of support around me. I nourish [...]

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