News from 2015

Highlights from 2015

18 Dec 15 - 2015 has been another wonderful year... although I've no idea where the time has gone. Here's a celebration of the 2015 highlights!

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Hearty Little Bites

18 Dec 15 - My youngest son has been turning into quite a creative little cook this year. He created this delicious treat the other evening whilst I was out teaching. I came home to find them beautifully packed and ready to eat.

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Keeping healthy over the Christmas period – a matter of mindset

14 Dec 15 - Rochelle shows you how to steer away from the 1st of January diet trap and sail healthily through Christmas and beyond....

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morning sickness: a collection of rememdies

10 Dec 15 - The other day I decided to ask mums and mums-to-be on facebook to share the remedies that helped them manage morning sickness. Here they are. Please tell me yours and I'll add to this collection.

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Morning sickness: a collection of remedies

10 Dec 15 - The other day I decided to ask mums and mums-to-be on facebook to share the remedies that helped them manage morning sickness. Here they are. Please tell me yours and I'll add to this collection.

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Feeding fussy children at Christmas time

7 Dec 15 - Leading child feeding researchers - Drs Gemma Witcomb and Emma Haycraft share their top tips for surviving Christmas with a fussy eater. Have a watch of their (very cute) video, as for advice on the forum and try out their FREE app.

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Do you know the golden rules of getting back  into running safely postnatally?

4 Dec 15 - I get asked all the time about how to get back into running safely after having a baby. Follow these golden rules and you'll be setting yourself up for an injury-free future.

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Avoiding Induction - Top Tips + FREE Relaxation download

30 Nov 15 - Empowerment Expert, Patti Good, is on the forum this week offering advice and tips on how to avoid induction, and other related topics. Make the most of her expertise....

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Pregnancy yoga & pregnancy Pilates: what’s the difference?

19 Nov 15 - Do YOU know what the difference between pregnancy Pilates and pregnancy yoga is? Is one a better option than the other...?

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‘Change is the only constant in life’ - never more true than in motherhood!

19 Nov 15 - This week forum expert, Emma Kingscott, of Osmosis Dynamics, is helping us with time management, returning to work, part-time and work-life balance....

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How to give yourself 20 minutes of time out as a mum or mum-to-be

12 Nov 15 - Very few of us find it easy to take time out as mums or mums-to-be. Yet it's incredibly important to do so... for the sake of our families and ourselves.

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Pulse medley, spinach and potato curry

12 Nov 15 - A lovely balanced meal that is truly moreish and very good value to prepare. It also happens to be a good way of getting fussy eaters to consume vegetables and pulses.

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Refresh your search in 30 minutes: the art of action

6 Nov 15 - How to get the perfect balance of working hours - a step by step guide by Clara Wilcox of The Balance Collective

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Could you be entitled to a maternity clothing allowance from your employer?

29 Oct 15 - Find out your maternity employment rights in this great piece by employment lawyer Rebecca Reid

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When can I start exercising after having a baby?

29 Oct 15 - I get askd this question over and over again and whilst you might think it a straightforward numerical answer, it is actually a good bit more complex than that. Read on and find out why...

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Life as a doula - and how a doula can help you!

24 Oct 15 - Being a midwife and doula is a true vocation. Find out more about how a doula can take you by the hand and support you through pregnancy, labour, birth and into motherhood.

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Breastfeeding Made Easy.... using the Miskin Method

15 Oct 15 - Geraldine Miskin is a leading breastfeeding expert and is now launching her book "Breastfeeding made Easy" where she takes you step by step through the tried and tested Miskin Method.

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One simple health-enhancing thing you can do today

15 Oct 15 - Try this simple, health enhancing exercise over the coming 7 days - it will be an eye opener and the prelude to positive and gentle change.

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Annabel is Mum-to-Be of the Month - congratulations!

13 Oct 15 - Annabel wears the coolest T shirts (by my standards) ever in class! She just had to be my October Mum-to-be of the month!

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Looking after your baby's hair the natural way

12 Oct 15 - The vast majority of hair care products are laden with unpleasant additives. Natural haircare specialist, Gavin Taylor, takes a look at the natural way of looking after children's hair

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So what does the inside of this fitpro’s fridge look like?

8 Oct 15 - I'm nosy and there's nothing I enjoy more than peering into other people's shopping trolleys and fridges... this week you get to find out what's in my fridge!

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Maria is mum of the Month - congratulations!

2 Oct 15 - Maria has just done something A-MAZ-ING. No really, I mean it! I caught up with her recently and she told me her story.

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Clocks Going Back – How to Save Your Child’s Sleep Routine

2 Oct 15 - Do you dread the thought of what effect the clocks goign back will have on yoru baby's sleep pattern? If so, this piece by sleep expert, Judy Clark, is for you...

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Prams, pushchairs, buggies and a fit body!

1 Oct 15 - Get your pram choice right and your can walk your way to a fit body. Get it wrong and it will take its toll on the body....

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Hypnobirthing and Self-Love: Pass Me the Sick Bucket

28 Sep 15 - Leading hypnobirthing expert is usually of the feet-on-earth variety but here she goes just a little "woo woo" looking at the power of self-love.

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Dolcino - a godsend for families!

28 Sep 15 - With three boys to keep entertained I'm always on the lookout for a great place to go out for a treat. I've found it in Dolcino....

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How to exercise for energy

24 Sep 15 - I've been using exercise as a way of boosting my energy levels ever since my three boys arrived on the scene. I know it works but find out here exactly how to exercise for maximum energy levels.

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The Mind-Body connection when it comes to the postnatal abdominals

18 Sep 15 - For many of us in the postnatal period the abdominals won’t do as they are told! Here are three tricks to get the abdominals working again postnatally.

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How to live (and eat) for an energised life!

18 Sep 15 - How many of you rely on caffeine and sugar to get you through to the end of the day? How many of you feel that you have no other choice than to do this...?

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Top relaxation tips for a calmer, easier birth

11 Sep 15 - Patti Good is a leading expert in emotional wellbeing for motherhood. Here she gives you her top 3 techniques to help you relax during pregnancy and childbirth.

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Mummy Friendly HIIT training (how NOT to completely ruin your joints and PF)

10 Sep 15 - How HIIT training can be made safe and super-efficient for the postnatal body. Try this workout!

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10 ways to boost your metabolism AFTER pregnancy

31 Aug 15 - You've just had a baby and might well be wondering how to get your body into optimal baby fat-burning mode. Here are ten surefire ways to boost the postnatal metabolism.

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Diet shakes, meal replacements and the latest konjac noodles craze

13 Aug 15 - Are konjac noodles the ultimate weight loss "food" and what is the real deal with diet food replacements?

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Why won’t she eat it?!

11 Aug 15 - Have you gone from the "my child eats everything" scenario to the "why won't she eat this any more" situation? If so, this is for you...

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Pregnancy and your rights at work: what to do and when

7 Aug 15 - Arm yourself with knowledge by reading this step by step guide to your pregnancy rights at work.

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How to break the sugar cravings

30 Jul 15 - 10 steps to breaking the sugar cravings cycle and what foods your body will find sugar in.

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How to baby proof your relationship

24 Jul 15 - Relationships coach, Louise Cox, gives you her top ten tips for baby-proofing your relationship. Louise is also on the forum this week offering advice and taking your questions.

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Paint the picture of your ideal job: the art of the flexible working request

17 Jul 15 - Clara Wilcox, of the Balance Collective, takes you step by step through the art of flexible working request.

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Breastfeeding versus formula feeding: The postnatal weight loss debate

16 Jul 15 - Breastfeeding is a hot topic. Losing the baby weight is a hot topic. Put the two together and this is what you get!

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Yes! You can stop breastfeeding at night

10 Jul 15 - Form expert, Judy, takes a look at how to stop the nightly breastfeeding cycle. She's also on the forum offering you bespoke advice this week

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Ready, teddy, go… summer exercise with the kids in tow!

9 Jul 15 - When the kids break up from school, exercise can be quite a challenge. Here are some ideas on how to juggle kids and fitness this summer

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Hypnobirthing Life Skills

3 Jul 15 - Hypnobirthing expert, Suzy Ashworth, takes you though how hypnobirthing can help you keep cool, calm and collected in pregnancy, labour and motherhood. Read on....

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Hypnobirthing Life Skills

3 Jul 15 - Hypnobirthing expert, Suzy Ashworth, takes you though how hypnobirthing can help you keep cool, calm and collected in pregnancy, labour and motherhood. Read on....

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Five things you can do today for the mummy tummy

2 Jul 15 - Last week I spoke to you about the condition called diastasis recti - a separation of the abdominals which causes the mummy tummy look. This week I'm giving you 5 things you can easily do to successfully target the mummy tummy.

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Introducing forum mindfulness expert, Alex Blossom...

26 Jun 15 - This week, Alex Blossom is taking us into the world of mindfulness for pregnancy and parenting. You'll find her on the forum ready to answer your questions all of this week.

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Zara Phillips and the “is-she-pregnant-or-is-it-a-mummy-tummy?” debate

25 Jun 15 - People thought Zara Phillips was expecting a baby. She isn't. She has diastasis recti, the so-called mummy tummy. Find out everything you need to know about diagnosing it and then getting rid of it!

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Chandni is mum-to-be of the month - congratulations!

22 Jun 15 - Chandni is my mum-to-be of the month but truly deserves to be mum-to-be of the century after everything that she has been through and survived. Take a moment to read this blog and celebrate Chandni's strength.

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Pregnant or new mum? Think about what goes ON your body not just IN it!

22 Jun 15 - Hairstylist, salon owner and campaigner for an all-natural approach to hair care, Gavin Taylor, takes a look at the chemicals in hair products and the possible side effects in pregnancy and beyond.

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Rebecca is mum of the month - congratulations!

17 Jun 15 - Life has thrown a great deal at Rebecca - pre and postnatal depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and more - but she has grabbed life by the scruff of the neck and fought back. She's an inspiration!

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What I pack in my hospital doula bag

15 Jun 15 - Forum expert, midwife and doula, Sarah Bournon, gives you a peak into her hospital bag - some surprising accessories there ladies!

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Zingy Lemon Cheese Cake

11 Jun 15 - After recently following someone's healthy recipe for blueberry muffins, and finding myself with a stock of cakes each weighing half a tonne, I decided to create a lighty, fluffy and airy recipe... but still healthy!

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Making breastfeeding simpler

10 Jun 15 - Geraldine Miskin - leading breastfeeding expert - gives you an insight into making your breatsfeeding experience a simple one.

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Mumday Monday - from mother of three boys... to four!

8 Jun 15 - This week I have "acquired" a fourth boy. totally outnumbered, frazzled.... yet somehow life is pretty good.

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The “magic” key to avoiding back pain in pregnancy and postnatal back ache

4 Jun 15 - In this piece I look at the many aspects of our daily lives that affect our backs, and what the two key elements to combatting back pain are.

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Let’s talk poop!

25 May 15 - Nutritional coach, Rochelle Hubbard, asks you this week to take a look into your baby's nappies! Silly jokes aside, looking at what comes out at the "other end" will give you great insight into your child's health. Read on...

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How to lose baby weight

21 May 15 - i am forever hearing mums discussing their approaches to losing the baby weight and I'll be honest, sometimes my heart sinks. So here are my thoughts, tips and advice, including a top breakfast recipe!

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Chantelle is mum-to-be of the month - congratulations!

19 May 15 - Mum-to-Be Chantelle lives a "floaty dress" life out in the Seychelles, all whilst doing a spot of online pregnancy Pilates... on the beach? Here's her story...

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Aromatherapy for pregnancy, labour and birth

17 May 15 - Clinical aromatherapist, Cath Pilling, takes you step by step through the dos and don'ts of aromatherapy for pregnancy, labour and birth

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Bedtime Routine – Baby Bedtime Mistakes To Avoid

8 May 15 - Sleep expert, Judy Clark, looks at the importance of bedtime routine, the most common mistakes we make and how to avoid them.

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Fareena is Mum of the Month but should be mum of the decade... read why!

8 May 15 - Fareena has been through the most incredible roller coaster journey into motherhood imaginable. Her courage and sheer determination are honestly humbling. Fareena, congratulations on being the most amazing woman and mother.

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Top tips for child feeding

1 May 15 - Drs Emma Haycraft and Gemma Witcomb are leading researchers into feeding fussy eaters. Read their top tips on making mealtimes happy.

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What Bounces Now?! By Emma Kingscott

27 Apr 15 - Life coach and mother five, Emma Kingscott, is on the forum this week looking at resilience and wellbeing in pregnancy and parenthood - learning to enjoy the changes.

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Understanding Shared Parental Leave and how it might benefit you, and the other options for your maternity leave

19 Apr 15 - Taking a look at how shared parental leave could work for you and your family

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Camilla is mum-to-be of the month - congratulations!

17 Apr 15 - Camilla has been doing BuggyBabies since her little boy was 9 weeks old. Baby #2 is now on the way and she's still steaming up hills overtaking everyone!

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Julia is mum of the month - congratulations!

17 Apr 15 - Every week Julia turns up at class dying for it to finish so that she can have a cuppa ;) but she's always there doing her exercises with a brilliant smile!

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Alison is Mum of the Month - congratulations!

1 Apr 15 - Ok, well I'm a little bit late this time round as Alison is actually my March mum-of-the-month and today is the 1st of April. No, this isn't an April Fool's trick, Alison really is mum-of-the-month and very well deserved too!

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The Tower of Fitness: post natal exercise done the right way

31 Mar 15 - To get your post natal fitness back the right way - that's safe and really works - you need to be building an impregnable tower of fitness from the foundations upwards. Here's how...

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Exercising with baby in tow: you can just do it!

31 Mar 15 - It's a bit of a juggling act but exercising with a baby in tow is not only possible but also rewarding. Here are some ideas to get you going!

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Introducing forum expert, midwife and doula, Sarah Bournon

23 Mar 15 - I am thrilled to announce that midwife and doula, Sarah Bournon, has joined the forum team and is answering all your questions this week. Find out more about Sarah right here!

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From swimming to aquajogging: the dos and don’ts of water-based pregnancy exercises and post natal fitness

19 Mar 15 - All you need to know about aquanatal, swimming, aquajogging in pregnancy and early motherhood. Keep things safe and work hard!

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"Idyllic" Mother's Day

16 Mar 15 - As mothers we tend to set high expectations when we organise special days. Sometimes things don't turn out quite as expected but that's part of being a mum!

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Want the secret to improve your child’s sleep? By Judy Clark

9 Mar 15 - Judy Clark - foudner of BabyWinkz Consultancy - is one fo the UK's leading baby sleep consultants. Got a little one who who thinks night is day? Ask Judy for advice on the forum this week and have a read of her blog here.

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Pregnant or new mum: Jumping, jogging and leaping to fitness

3 Mar 15 - in this blog I take a look at HIIT (high intensity interval training) and pros and cons of it during and after pregnancy.

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Family-friendly working: your rights

27 Feb 15 - Employment lawyer, Louise Haward, is on the forum this week offering advice on your employment rights as a mum or mum-to-be...or dad, of course! Ask away!

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Mindfulness For Pregnancy and Parenting

23 Feb 15 - Alex Blossom is taking us into the world of mindfulness for pregnancy and parenting at this Saturday's Mum-to-Be get togther. You are welcome to come and join us. Just give me a shout!

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Becky is mum of the month - congratulations!

11 Feb 15 - Becky does my postnatal classes - Bounceback and BuggyBabies - and arrives in class full of energy and general enthusiasm - great fun to have in class :)

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Introducing forum expert Gavin Taylor

11 Feb 15 - Gavin has his own top salon along with a range of organic shampoo and conditioner. He joins us here on the forum offering advice on looking after yoru hair in pregnancy and early motherhood.

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Namita is Mum-to-Be of the Month! Congratulations!

10 Feb 15 - Namita is expecting twins and she comes to class every week full of smiles - what a pleasure to have in class!

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When I regress into "adult childhood"

9 Feb 15 - A weekend away at my parents' and I feel as though I've been on holiday for a week...

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Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas… oops that’s not right!

6 Feb 15 - .... if your New Year's resolutions have fallen by the wayside!

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.... I opened the door smiling and relaxed!

26 Jan 15 - After a day of culinary disasters and rushing round behind the scenes, I somehow managed to appear presentable at the dinner party!

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The Power of Pregnancy Massage and why you should do it!

22 Jan 15 - Clinical aromatherapist, Cath Pilling, explains the multitude of benefits when it comes to pregnancy massage.

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Did you hear the one about my son's birthday cake?

19 Jan 15 - It was Mr Small's birthday last week so I dutifully made a huge choclate cake sandwiched together with Nutella, cream and something rather unexpected...

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Chicken "osso bucco" with gremolata

19 Jan 15 - Not strictly "osso bucco" as Italians would know it but oh so very scrumptious!

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Toddler mealtime: Cook, serve….throw in the bin!

16 Jan 15 - Fed up with having to throw your lovingly prepared food in the bin? Here are some strategies for you by experts Dr Gemma Mitchell and Dr Emma Haycraft

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Have you got The Knack?

12 Jan 15 - Want to accident-proof your pelvic floor? Then you need to get the knack it!

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