Buggyfit Odiham and Hook

Buggyfit is an outdoor exercise class for Mum’s. Designed to get Mum’s out and exercising safely, and the plus side is that babies come too.

Classes enable Mum’s to rebuild their pelvic floor, their core, stamina and tone their body, whilst also stocking up on that all important vitamin D!

Classes involve using a variety of different circuits and exercises.

There is always lots of laughter, and chance to make friends, it doesn’t matter if baby cries, we change what we are doing and the instructor helps to keep them entertained.

Classes run –

Monday 1.15pm

Wednesday 9.45am

We meet outside The Hive Community centre on Kersley Crescent, Odiham (RG29 1QH). This is the first building on the right.

For more details get in touch with Anna on 07920 405512, or email buggyfit.odiham@ugrace.co.uk.

You can also look us up on twitter and Facebook. More info available here – http://ucgrace.co.uk/buggyfit.html.

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The next “Baby and Me” classes – June 2017

“Thrilled to let u all know another course has been agreed…highly recommended for any mums with young babies. Feedback has been brilliant from previous course and looks fab”!

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Pilates for Tummy Restoration

Pilates Body after Baby core restoration.

Struggling to get your tummy back in shape?  Pilates is an effective way to restore those core muscles after having a baby (no matter how long it has been).

Core Power Pilates classes take place every Monday 7-8pm.(except Bank Holidays) at Everest College in Basingstoke  (just off Popley Way).

Only £7 per class pay on the door to give it a try and see a difference.

Yes its hard but boy is it worth it.

https://www.yogawithgloria.co.uk/pilates

Nameste

Yoga with Gloria

0758 462 1857

yogawithgloria@gmail.com

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Baby & Me Course – PND

“Baby and Me” FREE course. Open to parents with baby/babies under 1 ideally, although open to being flexible on this.

This is really for anyone who perhaps is struggling with their emotional health. You don’t need a PND diagnosis, we all know lots of people are un-diagnosed. This is also open for anyone who is generally just finding things difficult.

This is FREE currently (donations for refreshments appreciated).

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NHM Readers Recommend Newborn Classes to Meet other Mums

I recently asked the Friends of  my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook for their suggestions on classes to go to with a newborn to meet other mums. (Thank you very much to everyone who responded and thank you to Shona for putting this post together!!) 

These were the responses I received.

NHM Readers Recommend Newborn Classes to Meet other Mums

NCT Early Days

Becky said: Doesn’t necessarily count as a ‘class’ perhaps, but I found the NCT Early Days course really useful for meeting Mums with other newborns

Fiona said: I would echo this. I met a great group of mums on the course and we still meet now 3 years on

Corissa said: Absolutely NCT Early Days. Our group are still close friends almost two years after we met.

Naomi also recommends NCT Early Days.

Alexandra said: NCT courses for new mums such as early days, baby massage etc just because the groups are smaller and more intimate.

Diana also recommends NCT Early Days

Information on NCT Early Days: This is a group that meets in a supportive, relaxed and friendly atmosphere to openly talk about life as a mum. You can discuss challenges, tips and the reality over the expectations you had/have. You will meet other parents, make friends and gain support and tips. Courses run over 4-6 weekly sessions for new mums. They are aimed at new mums with babies under 6months. There is a fee for this course – enquire and book via link below.

NCT Early Days

Baby Sensory

Lucy, Sarah, Diana, Verity and Caroline recommend Baby Sensory.

Information on Baby Sensory: These are nationwide so have a look online for your local session as there are quite a few in Basingstoke. They offer a musical world of sensory experiences for both parents and children. There are light shows, bells, bubbles, puppets and signing to name but a few of the activities. The class is split into three phases so there is a free play session in the middle where you can play with the toys and activities set out and sit and talk to other mums and dads. Sessions run term time only and the course is £70 per term you wish to take up.

Baby Sensory

NCT Mother and Baby Yoga

Claire said: NCT Yoga with baby, met some lovely mummies there.

Information on NCT Mother and Baby Yoga: These sessions are designed to ease yourself back into exercise after birth. Yoga helps to stretch, strengthen and tone your body. You must have had your 6/8 week check with your doctor prior to starting. There is a fee for this course – enquire and book via link below.

NCT Mother and Baby Yoga

Fitmama at Studio 41

Wendy recommends the Post Natal Class at Studio 41.

Information on Fitmama: These sessions are known for giving women a safe return into fitness following birth through pelvic floor and core repair, nutritional coaching and support for sleep deprivation. Courses can be started as early as 3-4 weeks depending on delivery type and recover. Baby can go with you too! The charge for this course is £50.

Fitmama

Newborn to Parenting at the Hurst

Samantha said: Newborn to Parenting at the Hurst was brilliant. Definitely recommend it.

Information on Newborn to Parenting: This is a 6 week course aimed at helping parents to find their feet in the early weeks and months. Contact the centre for more details at the link below.

Newborn to Parenting

Caterpillar Music in Chineham

Jaz and Verity recommend Caterpillar music in Chineham.

Information on Caterpillar Music: These are music sessions on weekly which include themes, colourful instruments and puppets. Check out your nearest class and timetable by checking the link below.

Caterpillar Music

NorthHantsMum has also found these groups/classes you may be interested in looking into:

NCT Coffee groups

Basingstoke NCT runs coffee groups that meet regularly to support parents-to be and parents. Anyone is welcome, you don’t have to be a member of NCT and is open from pregnancy right up to pre-school age. Opportunities to meet other people and talk to them about their experiences and make new friends.

No fee to attend, there is a collection towards the work the NCT do.

NCT Coffee Groups

Little Tots Poppins

This is an Art and Messy session followed by Music and Movement.You don’t register, just pop in. The sessions are run on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 11am and costs £3 per session. The sessions are term time only.

Little Tots Stoney Heath, White Lion Court, Hollybush Farm, Stoney Heath, Ramsdell, Tadley, RG26 5SL. 01256851398

Poppins

Little Munchkins Baby

These are Baby Massage and Baby Yoga classes which help you to feel relaxed, happy and confident with your baby. Baby massage helps build bonds and will help you become more in tune and confident with your baby’s needs. The course is taught in 5 weekly session (1 hour long each session). Suitable from birth. It runs on a Tuesday from 11am to 12pm at Tadley Community Centre.

Little Munchkins Baby

Tots Play

This is a 6 week course suitable from birth to 6 months. You learn fun ways to play and communicate with your baby using massage, music, signing and is also a great way to meet other mums. The class runs from 11.20am to 12.20pm and you must book in advance.

Tots Play

Barn Tots

This is a friendly play session from birth to pre-school. They meet at Viables Community Centre on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm and Thursdays from 9.45am to 11.45am. It is term time only. There are different toys each week and a great soft play area for babies. There is singing and storytime and music and movement too. It costs £2 per session and includes refreshments for adults and a cold drink, fruit and biscuits for the children.

Barn Tots

Active Mums

This is an hour long class which starts with a warm up walk which moves up to a power walk. There are exercises throughout the class to strengthen and tone. The route is suitable for any buggy and it’s a great session to get some exercise and meet other mums. The classes run at 11am on a Monday and Wednesday at Basing Wood. It is all year round and no booking is required. 1 session is £4 or you can book 10 sessions online for £35.

Active Mums

Also check out:

Children’s Centres – Cluster A

Children’s Centres – Cluster B

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Perinatal mental health research: Pregnant or a New Mum?

Hi All,

I am a third year trainee clinical psychologist at the University of Southampton. I am looking for soon to be mums and new mums to take part in an online survey for my thesis project.

If you are pregnant or have given birth in the past 12 months and are interested in taking part please click the link below. #

It takes about 20 minutes to complete: https://www.isurvey.soton.ac.uk/19563

The password to enter the survey is ‘baby’.

Please share with anyone else who you think might be interested in taking part. If you have any questions please feel free to message me (email address ht5g14@soton.ac.uk).

Thank you

Hannah

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New Class!!! Buggyfit

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Good for Mums launches Buggyfit classes in Basingstoke which are run by a friendly local mum who is a qualified fitness instructor and specialises in pre and postnatal exercise. 

Why a Buggyfit Fitness Instructor not just like any other Trainer……. I gained a lot of weight before falling pregnant and couldn’t diet once i knew i was expecting. Once my son was born I had around 7 stones to lose to bring me to a healthy weight but going back to an office job didn’t help matters and its only in the past year that I have lost four of the seven stones. 
 
I started a local running group for mums and rediscovered my love for exercise. I found that I really enjoyed running with mummies and love the support other women can bring to each other when going through similar life events. I tried some buggy fit classes while on maternity leave and enjoyed them so much I decided to become a trainer. 
 
I’m just a normal mum, who has sleepless nights, wobbly bits, enjoys a glass of wine but knows how important it is to take time for yourself as a new mum. Buggyfit works so well because the little one comes too but you get the social aspect of being with other mums and the support and skills a specialist pre and postnatal fitness instructor can offer. Classes are designed to be safe no matter what your postnatal stage but also challenge you in the right way.
In addition to Buggyfit I run a baby free circuit class for mums (postnatal and beyond) in St Peters Church, South Ham on a Tuesday evening at 7pm. Please see my website for more information and updates. 
 

Buggyfit classes run all year and at weekends too ! So whether your a working mum, juggling a school run, toddlers, babies or just the chaos that is modern life, there should be a class which suits your busy schedule.

Classes run in all weather so its important to wear layers you can remove if you get hot while working out however, the little ones are not moving around so snuggle them up in a buggy with blankets, hats and gloves to keep them snuggly and warm. 

Its important to remember that your body has been through a lot to carry your precious baby, so treat it kindly, bring water and a snack for both you and the little one. All mums are welcome to join a class as long as you’ve had your six week check with your GP (eight weeks post c’section) and have been given the all clear. 

More information, tips, what to wear, what to bring and what to expect can be found on the Buggyfit Basingstoke Facebook page or www.goodformums.co.uk
Classes are filling up fast so if you want to secure a place please contact via the website or Facebook page to check availability.
Hope to see you at a class soon! 
Helen
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Relax for Birth Hypnobirthing & Birth Preparation

My name is Wendy I am the founder of Relax for Birth Hypnobirthing & Birth Preparation and the Healing Birth Space offering support and treatment following a traumatic birth.

I have worked in the birthing world since the early 1990’s.  I initially trained as a Midwife, my dream since I was a little girl.  During my training and Midwifery career I worked in large units averaging 5000-6000 births a year.  My belief was and still is (now more than ever) that women are strong, our bodies are capable and with the right support (and in the absence of actual medical issues) they will birth just as nature intended.

However my experience as a Midwife threw this into question on a daily basis.  I grew accustomed to witnessing healthy women with easy pregnancy’s spiral into a birth complete with intervention, anxiety, fear and ultimately trauma. This became the norm rather than the exception.

I struggled! Big time! Trapped in a world of policy’s and protocols I was unable to support women and their partners in helping them to achieve the birth that I knew they could, calm, comfortable and hell even enjoyable!

Eventually I left Midwifery…. a BIG decision! I continued to work in the NHS but birth and supporting couples through this incredible journey was and still is my passion.

In 2009 and my life changed, I gave birth to our first son, the birth was hard but I was prepared as I could be and I got through it. I felt in control and new my options, when my home birth didn’t happen it was me that made the decisions to transfer to hospital, I fully understood the benefits and felt supported. The upshot being that even though the birth didn’t play out as planned it was a very positive experience.

Following Charlie’s birth my passion was reignited, I returned to Midwifery  doing  a weekly shift for about a year.  So it did two things, it confirmed Midwifery wasn’t for me, but it was about to change my life. I was asked to look after a couple who were Hypnobirthing! Hypno what? That moment, those few hours spent with that couple were life changing, setting me on a new course, and new journey. Reaffirming what I had known all along!

‘Women are strong and we are made to give birth.’

I completed my Hypnobirthing training in 2011 and my Doula training followed shortly after. Birth is so important, it’s not just about that one day! Birth impacts it imprints and good or bad it will remain with you for life!

Its not about out a perfect birth, the key is a positive birth.  A birth where a woman feels in control, supported, understood and safe. Where her wishes, her body and her birthing space are respected.  When just one element of this recipe for birth are missing then birth can spiral into trauma.

As a Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Doula I focus on helping a couple to prepare for birth, empowering them with knowledge and skills to ROCK their birth.  But over the years I have worked with women  who are on their 2nd or 3rd birth who still carry the trauma of a first birth, the trauma and the feelings still seeping into their daily life impacting on moving forward and embracing what they have.  It is the wonderful couples I have been blessed to work with that have inspired me to extend my practice so that I can endeavour to support them in releasing their existing trauma.

I am so grateful to have trained with the wonderful Alex Heath in Birth Trauma Recovery and using the 3 Step Rewind Technique, learning how to lift and heal the symptoms of birth trauma and associated Post Traumatic StressDisorder.

The birth of my second son Alfie was most definitely my defining moment, calm, comfortable, empowered and enjoyable it set me up perfectly physically and emotionally for my 2nd journey into parenthood. I trusted my body and I knew that those around me, my husband and Midwife did too. I feel blessed that this was my experience.  But I know that this isn’t the reality for everyone.

Trauma in birth is very real, it can impact on a woman, birth partner and even birth professionals for a long time and can have a huge effect on day to day life.

So that it where my Birth Trauma Recovery sessions can help, aiming to lift the symptoms of the trauma and allowing the space to confront and banish them.

So if you would like to plan for a calm and positive pregnancy and birth then check out my Hypnobirthing & Birth Preparation classes at www.relaxforbirth.co.uk

If you have experienced trauma in childbirth then please check out my website www.healingbirthspace.co.uk to see how I can help.

Email wendy@relaxforbirth.co.uk

FB:https://www.facebook.com/healingbirthspace/

https://www.facebook.com/RelaxforBirth/

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Healthy Weights Survey

Please complete the survey if you have had a baby at either Andover, Basingstoke or Winchester – or at home – since 2014 and share this survey with all of your Mum friends who also fit the criteria!!!

Healthy Weights Survey

Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust have recently been looking at the information and care offered to women around healthy lifestyle and weight management in pregnancy and have decided to make some changes.

It is hoped that these changes will improve  patient experience as well as pregnancy outcomes.

It is important to us that we hear your views and opinions to help us plan this care.

If you have received maternity care from Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust between 2014 to present day,  please spend 5 minutes to complete this short survey by following the link below, feel free to share this friends.

Closing date December 12th

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HQ8SJRD

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Mama’s Meals

While you look after the baby, who looks after you?

That was a question that I couldn’t answer after I had my son Harry and so I set up Mama’s Meals, a meal delivery system for parents of newborn babies in and around the Basingstoke area.

I cook, freeze and deliver hearty meals using fresh ingredients with a focus on nutrition and wellbeing to parents who don’t have the time, energy or inclination to shop and cook but still want to eat healthily.

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How Mama’s Meals was ‘born’

I set up Mama’s Meals after my first son Harry was born. Prior to his birth I followed a clean eating regime and exercised regularly, (I was at the gym the day before he was born!). However once Harry arrived, (three and a half weeks early!) this went completely out of the window and I struggled to find the time to eat anything at all! I survived on food that could be opened and eaten with one hand, mostly toast and biscuits; this did nothing for my post-natal recovery or my mood and I would have given my right arm for a home cooked meal with some vegetables!

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Both my son and I have allergies so I’m highly experienced in preparing and cooking meals where extra care is required around ingredients and avoiding cross contamination. I apply the same principles when cooking for vegetarians and vegans. I really understand how important it is that allergies, intolerances or lifestyle choices are taken seriously and will take the utmost care when preparing your meals.

Mama’s Meals offers a healthy alternative to takeaways and supermarket ready meals which are often laden with hidden fats, salt, sugar and preservatives. The portion sizes of takeaways and shop bought ready meals often don’t leave you feeling satisfied and this way of eating can be very costly.

Delicious and nutritious

I focus on providing meals which are nutritionally dense and aid post-birth recovery. My meals are also ideal if you’re breastfeeding as they ensure that you receive a balanced meal with a healthy amount of calories and as many vitamins and minerals as possible. For example instead of using 100% potato mash I add in carrot and swede to increase the vitamin content whilst ensuring a great taste! I also sneak extra vegetables into items such as the tomato sauce in my lasagne, an easy way to hit your 5 a day.

 

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Perfect for as long as you need

Even if you got the chance to cook and freeze some meals before you gave birth, (which I didn’t – I hadn’t even started maternity leave!) your freezer can only store so much. Mama’s Meals will provide you with home-cooked meals on a weekly basis for as long as you need and also offers a great range of meals so you don’t get bored.

Flexible meal choices

I offer a choice of lunches and dinners for you, you and your partner or for your entire family. You can choose to order meals for the entire week but if you fancy a takeaway at the weekend you can order less, (minimum of 5 meals per person, per week).

I deliver on a Saturday or Sunday so that you have meals for the coming week.

Good home cooked food

Mama’s Meals is not a diet program, it’s fresh, home-cooked food, frozen immediately to protect the nutritional content that aids post-birth recovery and breastfeeding and is the type of food I cook and eat at home.

For more information and to browse our amazing meal selection why not visit our website by clicking here

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