Baby showers, mother blessings.. What are they and where do they come from?

In the 19th century, Victorian women began hosting tea parties for expecting mothers and the baby shower as we know it today was born. After World War 2 with the baby boom, it became tradition to give gifts and host parties for the soon to be born baby. The label of a ‘shower’ corresponds with the showering of gifts upon the mother. Initially only women were invited to the celebration, however this has changed over time with the couple often inviting a variety of male and female friends.

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Delayed Cord Clamping

To all the lovely yoga mums, hello and welcome to jen’s blog.

Following on from our discussions last Wednesday evening with Meg about placenta’s I thought we could explore a simplistic look at how women have birthed their babies and placenta’s since time immemorial…

I like to think of a cave women giving birth. Once her baby is out, she and her birth attendants would pick the baby up and put him to the mums breast. The mumma would cuddle her baby and keep him warm. All the attending birth assistants would smile and enjoy the beautiful scene. Then at some point the umbilical cord would be cut, possibly using a sharp rock.

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First Blog Post

This is the first post of Jen’s new Pregnancy and Yoga Blog.

There will be lots to read and see written here over the coming weeks and months, so make sure you check back to stay up to date with all that is happening at Yoga For Two.

The blog will be updated every week and will feature detailed information on pregnancy, yoga, massage and much much more



Squatting for Pregnancy and Birth

Squatting has been used for childbirth since ancient times as it is the natural, instinctive way for women to birth their babies.

However, from Victorian times until the later part of the twentieth century, women in western countries were usually required to deliver their babies lying on their backs, a position which can make birth more difficult.

The story goes that Louis XV1 wanted to see the birth of his son and asked the obstetrician if he could place the queen (Marie Antoinette) on her back with her legs extended so as to facilitate this. The obstetrician realised that this position made things easier for him as well; he didn’t have to stoop down and look up at the women.

So this practise continued with most obstetricians then picking up on the practise. Victorian times it was also considered unnatural and immodest to deliver in any other way.

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Strawberry Coconut Slice



90g (3oz) butter
½ cup castor sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup self raising flour
2/3 cup plain flour
½ cup strawberry jam


2 eggs
1/3 cup castor sugar
2 cups coconut

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Chocolate Coconut Bars



125g (4oz) butter
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup coconut
½ cup plain flour
1/3 cup self-raising flour
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 egg


1 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon soft butter
1 tablespoon milk, approximately
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Honey Oat Bars


1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup sultanas
½ cup wholemeal self-raising flour
½ cup raw sugar
½ cup coconut
155g (5oz) butter
1 tablespoon honey

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Lemon Coconut Squares



½ cup sweetened condensed milk
125g (4oz) butter
250g (8oz) milk arrowroot biscuits
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 cup coconut

Lemon Icing:

1 ¾ cups icing sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
15g (1/2 oz) butter
2 tablespoons coconut

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Dream Bars



90g (3oz) butter
1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup plain flour


2 eggs
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon plain flour
½ teaspoon of baking powder
1 ½ cups coconut
1 cup bottled fruit mince

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Push to get mums-to-be in yoga class

Pregnancy Yoga classes have recently commenced in Ipswich at the Sacred Cow Yoga studio. The Queensland Times wrote a story about the class and it was published on Saturday the 13th of March 2010.

Push to get mums-to-be in yoga class. – Link to Article


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