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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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Outstanding performance by Kerry Karate Students in Irish Open

A competitive contingent from Kerry Shotokan Karate School (KSKS) travelled to Waterford on Friday last to compete in the WUKF Irish Open Championship. Ranking fifth in the overall medal tally […]

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A competitive contingent from Kerry Shotokan Karate School (KSKS) travelled to Waterford on Friday last to compete in the WUKF Irish Open Championship.

Ranking fifth in the overall medal tally in the competition, the Kerry competitors from throughout the county made a strong impression at the event returning home with seven Gold Medals, 12 Silver Medals and four Bronze.
Sensei Charles Neri owner of the KSKS said: “I am was very proud of all my students, hard work beats talent if the talent doesn’t work hard.”
Sensei Agatha Neri co-owner of KSKS also thanked the tireless support of all the parents who encourage their children and go above and beyond all for the love of Karate.

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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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