Madeleine Shaw’s mum lessons

Madeleine Shaw

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Nutritional therapist, blogger, and author of 'A Year of Beautiful Eating: Eat fresh. Eat seasonal. Glow with health, all year round', Madeleine Shaw shares what she's learned since becoming a mum of one to Shay.

From weaning recipes and how birth was better than she expected, to the power of maternal love, Madeleine tells us how "pregnancy can be a mixed bag."


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1) Pregnancy can be a mixed bag

I had quite a nauseous start to my pregnancy and was very sick from week six to week 18, vomiting most days and in some very public places – taxis, trains… even into my lunch one day!

But after that, things became a lot easier and I really enjoyed having a bump.

I loved that everyone smiled at me as I walked down the street, and gave me their seat.

I felt like I was a different species because I was carrying a human! I really enjoyed the excitement of it all.

Madeleine Shaw2 of 7

2) Birth was better than I expected

As I got close to giving birth, I started to get anxious, especially when my doctor told me I was going to have a ten-pound baby!

But I actually had a really good birth with no complications: I only had to push for 45 minutes, which was amazing.

Plus Shay only weighed seven and a half pounds, so a lot less than they predicted!

My midwife told me I had the thickest umbilical cord she’d ever seen, so maybe that added to the weight.

Madeleine Shaw3 of 7

3) It isn’t always easy

The first three months after having Shay were probably the hardest for me.

Shay had really badreflux and would cry every time he fed and it was really difficult because I didn’t know what to do.

I felt like I was causing it, and it was my fault and I wasn’t doing a good job. The classic mother’s guilt!

I felt like everyone else was in this dream bubble, and we never really got that lovely newborn time together.

Madeleine Shaw4 of 7

4) My son takes after me

I really enjoyed weaning Shay and I found it really easy but that’s probably because cooking is something I do every day.

It inspired me to set up the Instagram @madeleineshawsminikitchen where I share recipes I make and cook for Shay.

My main aim was that he enjoyed all food, whether that’s ice cream or broccoli. He goes to nursery and every time I pick him up they’re like, ‘He had seconds for lunch and seconds for dinner!’

Madeleine Shaw5 of 7

5) Meditation makes all the difference

I’ve always done meditation, so while Shay naps I try to use that time for myself.

Being a mum is hectic and stressful and meditation helps calm your mind and be more focused. A lot of people think ‘Oh I don’t have time’ but actually, meditation gives you time because it makes you not procrastinate as much and makes you more focused.

It makes you calmer so you can make decisions better.

Madeleine Shaw6 of 7

6) To use my toolkit

I’m naturally quite positive, I think it’s ingrained in me. My mum says I was born smiling.

But everyone goes through ups and downs in life. The way you sort it out is figuring out your toolkit, what makes you happy.

For me, that’s walking in nature, having a bath or cooking.

Write down a list of what you like doing, and when you’re having a bad day, try to implement them into your life so you’ve got moments of happiness.

Madeleine Shaw7 of 7

7) The power of maternal love

The experience of unconditional love has been the biggest change I’ve noticed in myself now I’m a mum.

Just understanding and experiencing this incredible love that takes over your body and your emotions as your baby becomes the centre of the universe and the thing you think about more than anything!

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