Posts in Guest Blogs
Social and Emotional Development: How Does This Relate to Anxiety?

 Written by Emily Habelrih/ Clinical Psychologist

Social and emotional milestones are important to keep track of. They allow us to determine whether children are developing in a way that is considered to be ‘typical’ for their age. While children do develop at different rates, it is important to note whether your child is meeting important milestones significantly later than they are expected to be. 

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Birthing Calmly with Dream Your Baby

After the excitement of finding out I was pregnant with my very first baby I couldn’t help but feel nervous & anxious about giving birth. It was consuming me, which I realise now was a blessing as it put me on the most incredible journey of hypnobirthing and I am so excited to be able to share this with you all today.

I am sure there are so many of you mamas and mamas to be that can totally relate to this anxiety associated with giving birth and this is where I get really excited. Because my birth wasn’t luck. I wasn’t lucky, I did so much preparation just like I would do for any other big event in my life and if I can achieve a calm & relaxed birth, I know that you can to! 

So lets start from the very beginning… 

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Tackle Fussy Eating Head On: An expert’s advice on feeding your kid’s potential

If you have a picky eater in the family, then you know how frustrating it can be. Dr Deb Levy, holistic pediatrician, shares her tips on making meal times a fun and healthy environment for the whole family.

Mealtimes can be a source of much stress, especially if your child is a fussy eater. Around half of all children aged 2 to 12 years of age are said to be picky eaters, with recent research (available upon request) showing that 85 per cent of children aged 2-12 years are fussy about at least some foods.i

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Summer fashion can be quite daunting, and sometimes its better to just keep re-wearing things that you've had in your wardrobe for years! Motherhood makes a lot of changes to your body, and as seasons change, it can a bit terrifying to start sifting through your clothes wondering why nothing fits like it used to!

Here are my top 5 things that you need to have in your wardrobe this summer that will be classic enough to wear year after year, but also stylish enough to be in the best dressed list!

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Throughout your life as a woman, before you have even had children of your own we hear about the pregnancy myths.  How you get a pregnancy glow, if you have heartburn your baby will surely be hairy.  If you carry high it’s a girl or low it’s a boy.  Well no matter what, it is something that we as women are so excited about.  Falling pregnant and becoming a mother is a rush.  We wait those 40 long weeks that seem to drag and drag.  Some women breeze through and look as remarkable as they always did.  But a large amount of us women crave the perfect pregnancy only to feel miserable throughout it.  It really is a challenging experience for a woman, and is actually quite a difficult journey.  Clearly growing a human life is no walk in the park, but the emotional affects it has on us during this time is a force too intense to put into mere words. Postnatal depression is something that we all are aware of.  We just know that it exists, whether or not we have discovered it first hand or through the experiences of others.

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What is Anxiety and how do I know If I have it?

‘Anxiety’ is the term used to describe excessive fear, stress, worry and nervousness. This is very different to the general type of anxiousness you may feel when you are doing a speech in front of a crowd or attending a job interview. This anxiety interferes with your day to day life, work, social interactions and emotional and physical health. 

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Keeping up with fashion trends can be as hard as trying to keep a child tame after a eating an entire bag of jellybeans, yep, that HARD! But this month I thought we could back off “whats new” and focus on “what you've already got” as far as fashion is concerned.

I know being stylish isn't always fun, trust me, I get around in my gym gear (even though I only go once a week) for most of the week, and honestly wash my hair maybe twice a week if I get a minute to do so.

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When the happiest time of your life just isn't...

What is postnatal depression? Postnatal depression is depression suffered by a mother following child birth. It typically arises from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood and fatigue. Approximately 1 in 4 of us has suffered or is suffering with postnatal depression or knows someone who is.

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March 29th 2016, Dalton's birthday. The day that changed our lives forever. 

Dalton and I had just got back from his birthday weekend away with his family up in Mackay. That Saturday night away was meant to be his big birthday party but the celebrations were cut short after two glasses of champagne had me feeling not quite right. All throughout life people talk about having a "gut feeling." Was there such a thing? Do you ever really get a feeling in the gut or was this just a generalised expression?

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You know the deal, it seems active wear has really blurred the line between something you simply workout in and change out of, and become this insane fashion epidemic that’s extremely versatile and stylish. 

So how exactly does one pull off the “maybe I have worked out, or maybe I just chose to wear this all day because its comfy AF….?” Easy! 

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My name is Nicole, I’m 25 years old, a wife, a mother and I suffer from severe anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia. As Brittany wrote in her blog titled “Anxiety Control” she wrote about when you suffer from anxiety, writing about panic attacks or recalling times of high levels of anxiety heightens your levels of anxiety and can even induce a panic attack.

It’s from inspirational blogs, websites, forums and articles that gave me strength in the past when I’ve been struggling with my anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia. 

Reading and listening to other people’s stories of how they refuse to quit and give up has inspired me for many years and will continue to do so. 

I hope that if you’re reading this and suffer from severe anxiety, agoraphobia or depression that this could help you in some way.

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Colic / noun : Severe pain in the abdomen caused by wind or obstruction in the intestines and suffered especially by babies.

Ummm yeah I guess so. OR;

Colic / noun : For every second your new baby is awake, it’s screaming. YOU’RE SINGING REALLY LOUDLY (AND BADLY) TO DROWN HIM OUT. Oh, he finally fell asleep on your 187th bouncy-walk lap around the living room? Don’t you dare try to put him down.. Bloody told you didn’t I? Awake and screaming again! See also: possessed, insomniac, wine enthusiast.

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The Mum-Bod Expectation

The Mum-Bod Expectation

Social media is constantly flooded with women posting images of the body within 6 weeks of giving birth. They are (almost) always accompanied with the caption “Please don’t judge my mum-bod jiggles” or “I’ve still got a way to go” or something along those lines. Why do they feel like they need to include the ‘I just gave birth ‘disclaimer?  Why is there an expectation placed on us that our body will go back to normal immediately? And, (excuse my language) who the f*ck is passing judgement?!?!

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Guest BlogsBrittany Noonan

Learning to fit exercise into my life as a working mum has been quite a journey for me. Exercise has always been an important part of my life and now more than ever as a working mum.

Exercise allows me to achieve my strength, fitness and weight management goals and most importantly achieve mental clarity and the energy levels required to meet the demands of motherhood and career.

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Guest Blogs, fitnessBrittany Noonan
Housewifestyle - Pregnancy & Mum Bod Journey

I'm so thankful that Britt asked me to share my story, my personal experience with pregnancy weight gain and postpartum weight loss, and all the emotions that come with it. It was the most challenging mental and physical journey I had ever encountered and I hope through sharing my story it can give comfort and confidence to other women that all pregnancies are different, all bodies are different but all women are incredibly amazing and above all despite your figure it has earned your RESPECT and LOVE. 

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My Body After Baby Number 2

I’m in the middle of a body image crisis. It’s been 10 weeks since I gave birth to my second child, and before she was born I was so sure about how this whole postpartum recovery deal was going to go down. Wow, was I naïve! After the birth of my first child, when I was 19, my figure returned within weeks. Just like everyone told me, breastfeeding seemed to make all 17kgs of baby weight melt off. My recovery from the birth was slow as I’d had a physically traumatic birth, but a few walks around the block with the pram once I was able to seemed to be enough to get me back to my pre-baby weight of 50kg and looking like I’d never had a baby.

Now, I don’t say any of this to brag – of course at the time I was well pleased - but rather to show how high my expectations were for round 2.

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