Baby & Parenting

Benefits and Guidelines for Safe Practices

In the realm of prenatal yoga, Singapore offers a few options for pregnant mothers to follow along if you are already a practitioner yourself or even take up as a beginner, this restorative and often calming practise that is touted to be laden with benefits for both the mother and the baby. 

theAsianParent talks to a prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, Sarah Manning, who gives us an in-depth look into the benefits of yoga when pregnant and after delivery, and the times when it is safe to engage in exercise. 

 

prenatal yoga Singapore
prenatal yoga Singapore

Prenatal yoga, Singapore classes in session at COMO. Source: COMO

Prenatal yoga, Singapore classes 

Benefits of prenatal yoga for the pregnant mother

According to Sarah, prenatal yoga poses many benefits for the pregnant mother. They are listed below in order of importance. 

  • Allocation of time and attention to self: Women have the

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TikTok clip showing a baby being thrown into a swimming pool sparks debate

A video clip of a baby learning how to swim has sparked a parenting debate on TikTok.

The short clip, shared by mum Krysta Meyer from Colorado Springs in the US, shows her infant son, Oliver, being thrown into a pool by a swimming instructor, who then jumps in after the baby but does not intervene as he sinks.

Baby Oliver quickly rights himself and floats to the surface of the pool on his back, and is met by encouragement from his instructor and mother, who was standing by to watch and record the lesson.

“Oliver amazes me every week! I can’t believe he is barely two months in and is catching on so fast. He is a little fish,” the accompanying caption reads.

Since sharing the clip it has been viewed more than 51 million times on TikTok and another 20 million times on Twitter.

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A baby sleep routine in first 12 weeks is ‘pointless’, says expert

Sleep – or lack thereof – is a very common topic when it comes to parenting.

Simply put, babies and toddlers don’t sleep like us. There’s science behind the way they sleep compared to adults and the term “body clock”, which many of us will be familiar with, is not something babies possess in the first 12 weeks.

“We all sleep in cycles, nobody sleeps all night,” parenting author and sleep expert, Sarah Ockwell-Smith, explains, “for adults, we go through cycles every 90-120 minutes.”

According to Ockwell-Smith, we go into a light sleep (which is when you’re most likely to jolt awake because you fell over in your dream), from there your sleep gets deeper and deeper until about half way through the cycle.

Babies don’t follow the same cycle, and understanding that is the first step to helping your baby sleep well.

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Kate and Rio Ferdinand’s baby announcement is a reminder that single parents can find the right fit again

Kate and Rio Ferdinand announce they are expecting a baby: Instagram/@rioferdy5
Kate and Rio Ferdinand announce they are expecting a baby: Instagram/@rioferdy5

I love a feel-good blub so I treated myself to watching Rio Ferdinand and his wife Kate Wright telling his three children that she’s pregnant. A gorgeous gamble. I mean you never know with kids. My son was almost six when his sister was born and seven years later, there are times when he’s still not entirely sure the whole thing was the best idea.

Ferdinand’s young children leapt up in joyful excitement. They jumped up and down and hugged and screamed in delight as their stepmum showed them her tiny bump.

Ferdinand’s first wife, Rebecca Ellison died of cancer in 2015, when the youngest of their children was just five. If you are as invested as I am in Ferdinand’s happiness, (if you watched his Bafta-winning documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, how could

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