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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A second time mother’s birth in St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny

New Year’s Day

Morning Time

Woke up this morning before the alarm, which usually goes off at 7am shouting “mammy, get me!”. Something has woken me up and after I pat my 40 week and 5 day old bump, I know what it was: a very mild, but distinctive period like cramp. I’d had one or two in the days shortly after Christmas but I’d been walking regularly and that was when they usually happened. Yep! There it is again. Another quick rub and half hour later I feel nothing more. Just as well as our 22 month old alarm clock is shouting for me to come “get him.” Continue reading