Baby Yoga and Me

Written by Lucy Curran

Having carried a sizable bump around for a very long, very hot summer, I really wasn’t inrepparttar mood for a work out.

As Gwyneth Paltrow and all of my other coat-hanger thin celebrity peers snaked their way, all skin and bone aboutrepparttar 146699 tabloids, I scowled and knew that, even ifrepparttar 146700 mood did ever take me as I sat covered in powered milk, I would just never haverepparttar 146701 time to get back in shape now that I always had my baby in toe. After all, its not as if I could balance Harry onrepparttar 146702 rowing machine as I made forrepparttar 146703 nearest treadmill – I didn’t think they’d like that down atrepparttar 146704 health club.

I did tryrepparttar 146705 gym. Once. Inspired by Gwynnies size eight flat chestedness I did deposit Harry at my mums’, and went for one swim amongstrepparttar 146706 well toned – but my self-esteem could just not cut it. Having been a large pregnant woman and having had a difficult birth, my body was not as it should be, and I didn’t stay for long. I’m sure no one cared about my having varicose veins now, but I did, and I suddenly felt very much like a mum, and nothing else. Loosing faith inrepparttar 146707 idea that I’d ever have a waist again, I pooled my NCT friends to see if they had any tips on how to regain a good shape, withoutrepparttar 146708 embarrassment.

There was no way I was doing yoga. It turned out after speaking torepparttar 146709 girls that they already had a fitness plan, and were meeting to go to some yoga classrepparttar 146710 following week. I’d only ever seen yoga on television, and I wouldn’t have even considered trying it pre-Harry – I was never that skinny and stealth. The women all looked like they hadn’t eaten for at least five years, and there was no way I was ever learning how to be a ‘delicate lotus’ with all ofrepparttar 146711 cellulite I’d accumulated now. I lied and told them I couldn’t get a babysitter…

Turns out you can take your little ones to baby yoga. I was worried it would be new agey, but our first session soon dispelled allrepparttar 146712 worries I had about that. Friendly and chatty,repparttar 146713 class was only for parents, and I met a whole gaggle of new local mums. We chatted about our babies, their first rolls, nappies and missing socks, and Harry played merrily withrepparttar 146714 other tots that were there – something which really made me smile as he’s an only child and I was worried that when it came to mixing with other babies he’d wouldn’t cope. Turns out he’s a bit of a socialite – that’s my boy!

A qualified baby yoga teacher, our leader, Sue, started us off with some very simple stretches, which were fine for any physical type. Her training with Birthlight means she knows exactly what our bodies have been through, and so nothing was too much. I was petrified that Harry would cry when it came to including him inrepparttar 146715 work out (the baby isn’t put under any stress either byrepparttar 146716 way – there’s just lots of great, gentle skin to skin contact and muscle stimulation, no sun salutations just yet!) but he just smiled. It must feel good, after all, to haverepparttar 146717 shouty tired woman who’s been harassing you for all this time give you some proper, physical warmth and lavish attention.

Moving Your Pets

Written by Oleg Glukhov

Are you going for a trip? Do not forget about your pets!

You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. © No matter whether you are bringing with you a tiny white mouse or a huge toothy crocodile, that?s one of your first and important obligations to make their journey as comfortable as yours. Here are some useful hints to get both you and your loved ones to your new abode, safe and sound.

Before You Leave?..

Just try to keep your pet?s regular routine right up tillrepparttar moment you need to go. For example, if you usually go for a mornng walk or serve a bowl of their delicious favourite food, do not break this daily tradition. Do not forget to take a pack of their regular food. A common mistake made by pet owners is to bring "special snacks" and treats as comfort food, but this can leave to quite negative effect, resulting in diet disruption and leading to your pet?s nausea or diarrhea. One more importatant thing in your preparations for your future journey is your pet?s medical records. Check if their up-to-date and bring copies with you. To make your pet feel smooth, purchase a sturdy and comfortable transport carrier.

Travelling by car

This form of transportation least likely upsets your pets. Cats should always be kept in a carrier during auto travel. With dogs, you haverepparttar 146698 option of using a restraining harness, available in most pet supply stores. Make sure to stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and relieve itself (a good rule of thumb is to pull over every two hours). Cats can benefit fromrepparttar 146699 use of a harness and a litter box on long trips. As always, never leave your pet unattended in a parked car (or inrepparttar 146700 cargo hold of a moving van).

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