Beyond birth – Breastfeeding your baby

42 weeks, www.42weeks.ie, AIMS Ireland

As we get closer to the end of our pregnancy the full realisation that we will become a mother starts to dawn! A lot of the early pregnancy can be taken up with planning where we will have our baby and coming to terms with being pregnant, including pregnancy related nausea. For most women the second trimester offers an opportunity to blossom and bloom and to research further how they will give birth and to prepare for this event with antenatal classes and pregnancy exercise classes such as antenatal yoga. At some point in the third trimester most women start to focus more on what will happen after the birth. This can make us susceptible to baby advertising and some serious commercialism! Baby clothes, nappies, furniture, buggies, slings, cots, carriers . . . the list is endless. We all love buying or borrowing things for our new arrival, but one of the most important things we can do at this time is give consideration to breastfeeding. Continue reading

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Shaping up for labour

What can a leaping frog, a downward dog or a cat’s pose offer an expectant mum? Quite a lot really, writes yoga teacher and mother Claire Maguire.

AIMS IRELAND 42 weeks campaign  model: Lisa Downing, Co. Dublin photographer: Angela Martin/Redboots photography & design www.42weeks.ie

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