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Yoga for a Healthy Mum and Baby

By Brian Goodwin

Yoga has so many health benefits and there is a style of yoga to for everyone. A new trend in yoga focuses on mothers and babies. If you are expecting a baby, trying for a baby or just had a baby; there is a style of yoga for you.

Fertility Yoga: is a practice that helps to reduce stress and restore hormonal balance. Stress and hormonal imbalance are two common factors for fertility problems. Restorative yoga and meditation can help to bring the nervous, digestive, pulmonary, immune, skeletal, lymphatic, reproductive and endocrine systems into alignment and promote fertility. Classes are safe for women undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technology and suitable for any women hoping to balance their hormone cycles.

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Pregnancy Yoga: is one of the best ways to exercise and keep in shape while pregnant. Classic postures are adapted to create a safe and gentle way of keeping toned and strong without harming your baby. Yoga can help you prepare physically and mentally for the stresses of labour. Meditations will help you to be in tune with your baby's development. Pregnancy yoga classes are generally designed for mothers up to 28 weeks and suitable for all fitness levels.

Birth Yoga: is a blend of gentle yoga and childbirth discussion. It is a way to connect with the changes in your body and the development of your baby. Classes are generally for women in their second trimester. Birth Yoga helps to guide mothers, and their partners, towards an understanding of their baby and a positive outlook towards birth. Classes use gentle classic postures, breathing exercises and meditations to improve health. Birth yoga can also help relive common pregnancy pains such as back ache, leg cramps, tension headaches and stomach cramps. Some classes tell birthing stories and have past students return to discuss their birthing experience.

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Calm Birth Yoga: combines yoga and the practice of removing fear from the birth process. Anxiety and stress often surround labour and birth. Calm birth classes try to remove this by empowering couples with practices and knowledge to connect with their baby and understand its development. Classes often involve breathing exercises, meditations and focusing on relaxation over anxiety. Classes are suitable for all fitness levels and stages of pregnancy. It is thought calm birth yoga techniques can diminish the need for painkillers, decrease labour time, reduce fatigue and encourage bonding between couples and babies.

Mother and baby Yoga:
focuses on the bond between mother and baby but also helps mothers to connect with other mothers. It helps mothers to regain their core strength, releasing muscle stiffness and tension, improving posture, strengthening the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles and restoring energy. There are benefits for babies too. It is thought yoga can improve sleeping patterns and digestion and help babies move from simple reflexive movement to voluntary movements and assist with brain and nervous system development.

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Eco Mother and Baby - Green Advice For New Mums

By Richard N Williams

There probably won't be any more of an exciting, and yet daunting time than when you are starting a family. But children don't come cheap and not only does it cost a fortune in financial terms to bring up a baby these days it can also cost the environment too.

Many of the products available for babies are not designed with eco friendly credentials in mind and can be quite damaging to the environment.

However, we all want what's best for our children and few new mums would want to compromise on the well-being of their child to help the environment - but being an eco friendly mum doesn't necessarily mean you have to.

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Perhaps the single most environmentally damaging aspects of a new baby are the disposable nappies. A baby can go through dozens of nappies a week and as they are not biodegradable all these soiled nappies can linger in landfills for decades.

Of course, we may all recall the old terry toweling nappies used by our parents and grandparents but this can appear as too much work, especially for a new parent that is juggling work and bringing up baby too.

However, washable nappies are not as daunting to use as many people think. They can be stored in a nappy bucket and washed in the machine once a full load is ready. This isn't really a difficult task and will save a fortune on disposable nappies in the long run.

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Baby Clothes

Baby clothing is an area where changing to eco-friendly alternative can actually be better for your baby. Some eco-friendly fabrics such as bamboo are thermo sensitive - helping you baby stay cool in the heat and keeping it warm in the cold. Bamboo baby clothes are also every bit as soft and comfortable as cotton but as bamboo baby clothes such as a bamboo baby grow is made from a sustainable source it is far less damaging to the environment

For those not wanting to stray from cotton then organic cotton baby clothing is available that ensure the cotton used is from only sustainable sources so you can be assured that when you dress you baby you are not stripping the planet of its natural resources

Richard N Williams is interested in green innovations and writes about them. Please visit our website if you are interested in eco baby clothes or other eco-friendly products.

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