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10 Great Tips about Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth

Our Guest Blog this week is from Cheryl MacDonald BA Hons CYT E-RPYT

545422_10151950993820486_1297208425_nAs much as mum may have wanted to become pregnant, it can still create a number of conflicting emotions when those two little lines appear on the pregnancy test.  And throughout pregnancy some mums-to-be experience a roller coaster of new emotions as different hormones race around your body. Practicing yoga during pregnancy can help mum work through these emotions, stay flexible and healthy and become positive about birth and parenting. Here are some things you probably didn’t know about yoga for pregnancy and birth…

  1. Yoga is not a cult! People have lots of preconceived ideas about what yoga is and who ‘should’ practice it. Anyone can do yoga, it helps you become flexible and calm so don’t be put off by serene looking photos of people with their legs around their neck.
  2. It’s important to find a yoga teacher that’s right for you.  Find classes that make you feel comfortable wherever you are in your pregnancy or your yoga journey and cater for all levels. Most importantly, make sure your teachers are fully qualified in teaching yoga for pregnant women accredited by the IYN and IPTI. If your prospective teacher does not hold a reputable Yoga Teacher Training qualification and specialist training in pregnancy yoga, look elsewhere!
  3. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried yoga before (we find that 80% of the mummies who come to YogaBellies pregnancy yoga classes have done very little or no yoga at all before).  Pregnancy Yoga classes have a steady pace and the focus is on practising at the level you feel comfortable at.  Everyone will be at a different stage of pregnancy and feel differently so it’s important to focus on what feels best for you (and baby.)
  4. 557308_428873157151048_898269765_nThe most important thing is not to force yourself (or baby) to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with. It’s important to listen to your body’s signals.
  5. If you have practised yoga before or perhaps have been a dedicated runner or gymnast, prenatal yoga can help you come to terms with the fact that it’s no longer just about you.  Super fit mums can often find it hard to slow down during pregnancy, but this is just as important as keeping fit. Realizing that you can’t do everything the way you used to before you were pregnant is the first lesson in being a parent.
  6. A pregnancy yoga class isn’t just about keeping fit. Yes, we use especially adapted yoga postures which are safe and beneficial during pregnancy, but you will also learn breathing techniques to use to calm and soothe the mind. These can be used during pregnancy, birth and beyond.
  7. Pregnancy yoga instructors should also discuss useful postures to help get baby into the correct position for birth and to help turn a breech baby.
  8. At Yogabellies we specifically look at postures and positions you can assume during labour and birth to really assist baby’s easy entry into the world.
  9. 227823_200686093303090_935447_nEveryone looks forward to the end of Yoga classes! At the end of class you can have a lovely deep relaxation and self hypnosis session, which practised regularly helps mum remain calm and positive about pregnancy and birth. And yes, there are usually lots of sleeping mummies during this part.
  10. Pregnancy yoga classes are the perfect place to meet other likeminded mummies. It’s so important to meet other mums locally who are at the same stage in life as you and going through the same thing. Peer support will help you through the ups and downs of pregnancy and parenthood and reassure you that you and your baby are ‘normal’ and that someone else has probably had the same issue.

yogabellies_20120310_020 copyIf you need advice about yoga during pregnancy then get in touch with Cheryl at Yogabellies who specialise in Yoga for pregnancy and birth, and antenatal education.

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Childcare Costs now make it Unaffordable For Most Mums To Return To Work ~ What’s On 4 have a Brand New Solution…!

What’s On 4 brings you the opportunity to run your own work-from-home business with the Award Winning “junior” What’s On 4 websites and Baby Expo Events,, and

Franchise Profile (2)With recent news of childcare costs being prohibitive to mothers being able to go out to work, it will be welcome news to many mums that What’s On 4 have now launched their regional businesses for mums to work-from-home!  The opportunities are ideal for mums looking to get back into work and running a business from home.

Marilyn Bradshaw and Bev O’Sullivan are leading the way in creating flexible working opportunities for mums across the UK by expanding the very successful What’s On 4 brand of websites!

Our family of What’s On 4 websites has been bringing information about local activities, clubs, classes and events, catering for all age groups from newborns to over-60’s, for over seven years now, since their creation 7 years ago by What’s On 4 founder Sam Willoughby.

Now with over 75,000 visitors each month to our What’s On 4 sites, over 50,000 subscribers, and over 50,000 social media fans, these websites are immensely popular with adults, parents, grandparents and carers.  What’s more is that these businesses are about to be launched as regional businesses across the UK.

As working mums themselves, Marilyn and Bev understand the need for home-based business opportunities and this is a major driving force for them.  Marilyn has two boys under the age of six and in the past 2 years has already taken the UK by storm with What’s On 4 Me ( – the adult “arm” of the websites.  As Master Franchisee she has provided many mums with part-time, flexible working opportunities.

Baby Expo LogoMarilyn says “Being a mum and running a National business from home is the most perfect combination I could imagine.  Having already developed 12 local business owners across the UK for What’s On 4 Me I am completely driven to do the same for our What’s On 4 “Juniors” business. These opportunities give the flexible working arrangement that many families need these days.”

Joining forces with Bev O’Sullivan, mum of three children under 10, means that they can quickly expand the “Junior” websites, and, including the extremely successful and popular BabyExpo Events to create these desperately needed work-from-home opportunities.

Marilyn Accepting AwardBev says “Since coming on board with the What’s On 4 Team by running South Yorkshire What’s On 4 Me, my work life balance has changed dramatically for the better.  To now be able to run the children’s side of the business of What’s On 4 gives me the unique ability to also offer this lifestyle to others – and run a successful business.”

Marilyn and Bev have a wealth of business accolades between them including Awards for Best New Business Idea, North East Woman Entrepreneur Finalist and Best Brand Winner to name just a handful.

What’s On 4 “Juniors” will benefit from their combined entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen and drive the growth of the What’s On 4 family of websites across the UK – creating dozens of flexible work positions all across the UK.

Interest has already been registered for many of the local What’s On 4 business regions and discussions are underway with potential candidates.

However ~ DON’T MISS OUT!! If you feel that you would like more information about running What’s On 4 in your region, including the availability and cost, then contact Marilyn Bradshaw, 0121 288 1228, for more information!

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