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Misconceptions around pre and post natal fitness

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By Selina Looney from ActivateMoms 

There are many misconceptions when it comes to pre and post-natal health and fitness with many women often told that what they are experiencing is “common”.

This is something that we hear time and time again. However, common does not mean normal.

Even though we may be equipped with the knowledge that it’s not normal, it doesn't make the symptoms or conditions we may be experiencing all okay.

Don’t get me wrong, there is power in knowing it’s not, “just me”, but this first step of understanding is where resolution should begin - not end.

Pelvic pain during pregnancy is common.

You may experience:

Back pain
Poor posture
Heaviness
Painful intercourse
Pelvic girdle pain
Muscle cramps and more in pregnancy.

All of these can be deemed common.

Postpartum you may experience:

Incontinence
Pelvic floor pain
C-section scar pain
Painful breastfeeding
Constipation
Baby blues
Birth trauma,
Diastasis recti
Fatigue
Hair loss

All of these can also be deemed common.

It is also common for women to avoid seeking help because, “it’s just a part of becoming a mother”, and if that’s the case then we shouldn't be “complaining”.

But it is not normal for a healthy woman to live with prolonged pain or dysfunction as a result of the journey from womanhood to motherhood.

It is not normal for women’s bodies to “bounce back” on their own.

I’ve been guilty of this myself, suffering in silence because I tried to convince myself that it was normal to experience pain and discomfort and not feel happy in my own body. People had told me "ah motherhood will do that to you".

Allowing this to be my reality not only had an effect on me but my relationship and my role as a mother.
If you’ve been waiting for a sign to seek help and guidance, this is it mama!

You and your body are going through something incredible and you deserve to be pain free however ‘small’ they are — and fully enjoy it.

So don’t be afraid to seek support from healthcare specialists who are there for you, from your midwives, Public Health Nurses, lactation consultants, Women’s Health Physiotherapists and pre and post-natal exercise professionals.

Activate Moms is a pre and post-natal strength and fitness class for moms and moms-to-be, at Activate on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in conjunction with Selina Looney of 'The Mama Movement' who is a certified pre and post-natal specialist.

More details can be found by emailing selina@activate.ie.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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