Why hydration matters

About 60% of our bodies are made up of water and whilst we can survive for surprisingly long periods of time without food, we cannot survive for more than a few days without water. We don’t just need it for survival though…aside from keeping our cells hydrated and functioning properly (which in itself gives us more energy), water helps us …

Gut health

Gut health & constipation have a significant impact on both your health & wellbeing and core & pelvic floor. The gut and the brain are intrinsically linked and more and more research is being published into this gut brain axis, our microbiome and things like leaky gut syndrome (a theory which suggests that a leaky bowel is the direct cause …

Constipation & pelvic health

Constipation can be both a hindrance to pelvic health conditions & a consequence of; as well as a stressor to the body, a contributor to back pain, a mood inhibitor, a flaw in our body’s detoxification pathway and many other negatives. So something definitely worth addressing if you’re experiencing it! It’s widely reported that a “normal” range for bowel movements …

How soon after having my baby can I start running again?

I’m regularly asked this question and whilst the answer to that will depend entirely on the woman, there are some helpful physio guidelines* that I thought I’d share with you to help you make that decision. Before I do though, these facts give some importance context: Running increases risk of pelvic floor dysfunction by 4.59 times so it’s essential that …

What has sleep got to do with nutrition & weight changes?

A post about sleep may seem odd to some of you (and lord knows there isn’t a pregnant women or new mom who wouldn’t like more of it!), but sleep (along with our body clock) regulates our metabolism. The list of benefits that sleep brings is pretty extensive and in nutritional terms it includes helping us to: • regulate appetite, …

The impact of your menstrual cycle on your eating habits

Ever noticed how your menstrual cycle affects your eating habits? (Or your pelvic floor for that matter!) Every woman is different and nutritional science is still way behind the curve here, but research to date suggests that… Week 1 (post period/follicular phase) – it tends to be easier to make better choices & to restrict calories here because rising oestrogen …

Nutrition & fitness habits

Generally speaking, we all know which foods are better for us and how to lead a healthier lifestyle. And we feel the benefits when we make better choices. Yet many of us struggle still to make this our daily reality. Why is this? Lots of fascinating books have been written about behaviour, goal-setting, habits, willpower, etc. but the one I’ve …

Preparing for an elective c-section

It’s quite a strange experience knowing exactly when you’ll meet your baby. And like everything to do with motherhood, it can be a rollercoaster of emotions. Whilst nothing ever fully prepares you for motherhood (however baby arrives!) being forewarned is forearmed and all that. So here’s some information on what to expect when having an elective c-section. You will be …

Nutrition & pregnancy

Nutrition is always important but it tends to take on a new focus when you’re pregnant. Suddenly there are specific foods that you’re advised to avoid, people make comments about you eating for two, nausea / dips in energy / cravings may completely change what you want (and don’t want!) to eat and weight gain is often a concern for …

Back and pelvic pain

Both ailments are extremely common in pregnancy because of the biomechanical strain that your body is under growing a tiny human. And for some, these issues continue into the postnatal period (or back pain develops at this point) because of the postural challenges that come with constantly feeding, holding and carrying a newborn. And typically as a result of weak(er) …