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Helping first-time mums, mums-to-be and mums-who-want-to-be feel supported with real, honest and vulnerable information throughout their conception, pregnancy + motherhood journeys. From IVF and morning sickness to sleep habits and hypno-birthing, this is a resource for women (and their partners!)Find out more at www.nicolejoyinspire.com
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Margaux Parker is an Australian radio host, mum of four, and wife of former NRL legend, Corey Parker. Today we chat about life with 4 kids, her approach to her pregnancies and births, how surrendering to what your baby needs and letting go of what you think you should be doing is one of the most liberating things a new mum can do, navigating the double-edged sword that is social media and how to approach that with your preteens and teens, finding the time to connect with her 4 kids and why putting yourself first matters. We also chat about how, in prioritizing herself, Margaux lost 15kg in 3 months. Her approach is sensible and sustainable, and leaves excuses at the door. I hope you love this chat as much as I did!Follow Margaux on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/margaux_parker/
TRIGGER WARNING: MiscarriageThis week's episode is super special to me. I am chatting with Alanna Jane - a mother, writer, meditation and kundalini yoga teacher who just happens to be one of my very best friends and whom I adore so much. We are chalk and cheese and have had a strong friendship from the day we met over 10 years ago on dance floor. I feel like Alanna is my own personal guru and when I find myself in situations that are uncomfortable or when I just don't know what to do, I call Alanna - she has a way of bringing calm and wisdom to any situation and always knows just what to say. Today we talk about her decision to home birth and what was involved in making those decisions and then we get pretty deep specifically about grief and miscarriages, so I urge you not to listen to this, if this is something that is quite fresh for you or you're not in the right headspace to relive some of those emotions. If enough time has passed for you, which will be different for everyone, and you do feel like you are capable of listening to it, I have no doubt you will find comfort in her words.You can find out more about Alanna's Self Acceptance Day Retreat on Dec 8here: https://www.instagram.com/iam.alannajane/The book we both highly recommend is Anita Moorjani's Dying to be Me
In this week's episode, we're going a little left of field, but, having said that, I know that it's still going to be of tremendous value for you mamas and mamas to be out there. Today I chat with Amy Lea - an Astrologer, Human Design Guide and Energy & Soul Medicine Practitioner.Human Design gives you real permission to be who you are and trust your initiative - as a woman, as a mother as a friend, (everything really!) and particularly if you've always found yourself at odds with what the world is telling you you're 'supposed to be doing' and what you feel is right for you. Human Design combines many different schools of wisdom in one: the Hindu chakras, the Chinese iChing, conventional astrology and the Kabbala's Tree of Life and put very simply it shows you how your energy is designed to interact with the world around you. As Amy describes it's the perfect tool for self exploration.This is something I am currently diving deep into and I have had so many uh huh moments in the process. I know this isn't for everyone, but I really encourage you to listen to this episode with an open mind and if it resonates, take the next step towards finding out more.Start here: https://www.mybodygraph.com/Find out more about Amy here: https://www.amylea.com.au/Jenna Zoe, (aka the Queen of Human Design: https://www.jennazoe.com/
Our next guest Lauren White is your libido's secret weapon. A soft, yet strong advocate for your instincts, boundaries, joy, pleasure & self-love and a big part of her mission is bridging the gap that exists between mamas and their libidos. A qualified sexologist and author of Permission: Personal Liberation for Switched on Women, Lauren is based in Brisbane Australia and talks to us today about how life outside the bedroom is more often than not, a mirror for what goes on inside it; how your libido is so much more than a desire to have sex and how us mamas can be a mama AND sexual, at the same time (we don't have to choose between the two). Can I get an Amen?!You can find out more about Lauren's work here: https://www.laurenwhite.com.au/Follow Lauren on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/laurenwhiteau/To find out more about Alisa Vitti who was mentioned in the show, visit https://www.floliving.com/
Dr Libby Quinn is the founder and Principal Clinical Psychologist of The Women's Psychology Clinic in Northern NSW. Her passion lies in working with and nurturing women, often mothers, with the most up to date and evidence-based therapy that is specifically tailored to their needs. This episode is all about overcoming overwhelm and fatigue as a new mama and why in order for children to thrive and develop we need to prioritise the psychological and emotional wellbeing of the mother. Dr Libby also talks about why identifying your unique values is key in dodging the ever present comparison trap and some things we we can do to reconnect with our partners and why spending time apart is so important. So many great nuggets of wisdom in this interview, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!Book Recommendations:Mating in Captivity by Esther PerelPermission by Lauren WhiteWhat No One Tells You - A guide to your emotions from pregnancy to motherhood by Dr. Alexandra SacksPurchase Tickets to 'You Get to Choose' Event with Kylie CampsFollow Dr Libby on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewomenspsychologist/
Today's guest is Australian Paediatric physiotherapist Alana Gardini, author of My Strong Little Body - an early intervention therapy resource in eBook format, designed for any parent interested in nurturing their child's first movement and learning experiences. It is also a perfect guide for parents who want to support their baby with developmental delay, who may not be able to access a physiotherapist face-to-face.In today's episode we chat about that fascinating link between your baby's movement and their brain development together with tips and tricks on how to support your baby through these important milestones - including loving tummy time!For 20% OFF your copy of My Strong Little Body use the code BECOMINGMUM20 at the checkout.https://www.mystronglittlebody.com.au/https://www.instagram.com/my.strong.little.body/
Some call this week's guest 'The Baby Whisperer' and I couldn't agree more. Hand over heart, my transition into motherhood would not have been the same if it weren't for Michelle Jackson. She has been such a constant source of knowledge, wisdom, love and light (with a few f bombs thrown in for good measure!) Michelle is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Childbirth Educator & Infant Sleep Specialist with over 20 years experience, having worked extensively in both private and public practice in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.She pretty much knows everything there is to know about babies, so much so that this is Part 2 of the interview, with Part 1 released last week, which was about Michelle's first birth and how it couldn't have been further from what she had envisioned as a midwife. She talked about the difficulties of having a baby in the NICU and her struggle to breastfeed.This week we will give you the low down on what sleep training actually is, because there is a lot of negative misconceptions out there. As always and as Michelle said last week, it's about writing your own story - so you do whatever is right for you and your family. And if it ain't broke, don't fix it!You can follow Michelle on Facebook here:facebook.com/Parents2bAnd on Instagram here: instagram.com/parents2b
Some call this week's guest 'The Baby Whisperer' and I couldn't agree more. Hand over heart, my transition into motherhood would not have been the same if it weren't for Michelle Jackson. She has been such a constant source of knowledge, wisdom, love and light (with a few f bombs thrown in for good measure!) Michelle is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Childbirth Educator & Infant Sleep Specialist with over 20 years experience, having worked extensively in both private and public practice in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.She pretty much knows everything there is to know about babies, so much so that this is Part 1 of the interview, with part 2 coming next week, which will give you the low down on what sleep training is all about. This week is all about Michelle's first birth and now it couldn't have been further from what she had envisioned as a midwife. She talks about the difficulties of having a baby in the NICU and her struggle to breastfeed. She is also a mother of 3, which is part of the reason why Parents 2 B, her business, was founded, and covers all aspects of pregnancy including antenatal classes, breastfeeding & early parenting support and sleep & settling consultations both in home & online.You can follow Michelle on Facebook here:facebook.com/Parents2bAnd on Instagram here: instagram.com/parents2b
On today's episode I chat with Alison Hanrahan, the Principal Physiotherapist of Chevron Island Physio here on the Gold Coast. Alison isn't your normal run-of-the-mill physio that just deals with musculoskeletal issues in her patients. She has undergone extensive postgraduate training in the areas of pelvic floor rehabilitation for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, exercise during pregnancy and the post-natal period, and management of pregnancy-related pelvic pain and pelvic floor pain - all the things very relevant to pregnant mamas and new mamas out there listening to this podcast!If you have pelvic floor issues, then you're definitely going to want to listen to this and if you've yet to have your bub I think it's really important to be across what can potentially happen and things you can do to minimize your risk. This is not to scare anyone out of having a vaginal birth, it's to give you all the information so you can be the most informed you can be.30% off you initial consult If you are on the Gold Coast, simply mention that you are a listener of the Becoming Mum podcast for 30% off your initial consultation.Chevron Island Physio - 07 5504 7000
Today's guest is Georgia Nike, a qualified nutritionist and Pilates instructor from the Sunshine Coast in QLD. She is known as @The_Gut_Fix_Mummy on Instagram and this amazing lady reached out to me when I started sharing my breastfeeding struggles. Her message to me was exactly what I needed to hear at a time where I felt like I was failing my daughter. Today's episode talks about Georgia's breastfeeding experience (which includes breastmilk, donor milk and formula) and what to do if your baby does need extra supplementation due to missing out on vital probiotics (hint: it's super easy!) We also chat about some of the best ways to introduce healthy foods to your babies when it's time for them to start on solids.Georgia's book recommendations are below:Nourishing Beginnings by Renee KohleyBaby it's only natural by Talita SheedyBubba yum yum - The paleo way for babies and toddlers by Charlotte Gregg, Helen Padarin, and Pete EvansSPECIAL OFFERGeorgia is offering a short 30 minute Zoom consultation (just $60!) for any new mums wanting to dive a little deeper in their health and bub's health after birth. Let her know you are a listener of this podcast!
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