Let’s trust women’s bodies to give birth

I trust women’s bodies to give birth.

Katy Bradshaw - I trust women's bodies

I see lots of women in the last few weeks of their pregnancy to prepare for birth.
 
I also see lots of women who have passed their estimated due date and want to encourage the baby along.
 

With both my children I went past my estimated due date by some time, and I remember the pressures well.

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Are acupuncture mats any good?

Are acupuncture mats any good?
Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture - acupuncture mat

You’ve probably seen these acupuncture mats online or perhaps you’ve even bought one and it’s currently lying under your bed gathering dust!

I’ve been asked by many of my patients if they’re worth buying, so I thought I’d share my experiences here so you can decide if it’s something that might be right for you….

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Fibromyalgia

Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture - Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a pain condition that mostly affects women. It involves muscle pain and tenderness in multiple joints or areas of the body. The pain can be hard to treat with conventional medicine and is often chronic. It’s also often accompanied by fatigue, poor sleep, poor memory, and changes in mood.

Like all chronic pain conditions, it typically limits people’s ability to do the activities they love. Things like exercising, gardening, chasing after grandkids, and more.

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In the Flo

I’m currently reading ‘In the Flo’ by Alisa Vitti who writes beautifully about the amazing-ness of women’s bodies and how to live in tune with our cycles to find strength and power and most importantly avoid burnout.  I’m just going to go ahead and quote right out of the book here because I’ve certainly never heard our reproductive systems described in this way before:

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how to say no and why it matters that you do

Do you say ‘yes’ to things that you really don’t want to? Are you run ragged but if someone asks a favour you can’t help but volunteer? Are you wishing that other people wouldn’t ask so you didn’t have to shoulder the responsibility of saying no? And are you agree to things only to feel resentful later on? Do you wish you knew how to say no?

Many of us have a hard time saying no.

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Is stress making me ill?

The short answer is yes – stress can make you ill.

It’s widely accepted that stress is a cause of disease and more than half of GP appointments have are now stress-related.

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