How to Cope with Postnatal Depression

You’d think that coming home from the maternity ward with that sweet-smelling bundle in your arms would mean from now on everything is going to be sweetness and light. Unfortunately, for thousands of women, coming home after giving birth can be very stressful and emotional. Things are bound to be a little bit difficult as your body has gone through some amazing changes, you may have experienced traumatic labour and to top it all your life is never going to be the same again. Feeling low and exhausted are only natural, but it’s when these feelings continue for weeks and even months that you need to speak to your GP or health professional and get the right kind of treatment and support.

How You Might be Feeling

Talking to a professional about your feelings can be difficult. You’re a new parent, so you should be feeling on top of the world, right? Postnatal depression brings about a range of different feelings. You could be feeling pressure to be happy and excited, or that you have to be the world’s most perfect mum. You might be worried you’re a bad parent or that your baby will be taken away from you if you let people know how you’re really feeling. Asking for help is important, especially if you’ve slipped into using drugs or alcohol. You might need to consider drug rehab if this is the case.

How to Help Yourself Get Over Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression happens to as many as one in seven new mums. Sadly, it is a condition that is often ignored or missed. Medication can be used, but there are many more things you can do yourself to help you manage the condition. For a start, you need to look after yourself, be compassionate to yourself and think what you would do if your best friend was feeling the same.

Bruno van der Kraan

You wouldn’t leave them to deal with it all on their own. Instead, you would offer support and understanding. When you first come home with your new addition to the family, it can be difficult to get the right amount of rest, and when you do drift off to sleep, that little bundle seems to wake up and require your attention. Rather than trying to stick to your normal sleeping pattern, sleep when your baby sleeps and forget about the dishes that need washing or the pile of ironing waiting in the corner.

Part of taking care of yourself has to include eating regularly and healthily. It’s even more important if you’re breastfeeding as you need to keep your energy levels up. A healthy balanced diet includes lots of fruit and vegetables.

Exercise is something else that is going to boost your mood. We’re not suggesting a marathon or hiking up a mountain. Swimming or regular walking improves motivation and boosts your mood. If you want to give your social life a boost at the same time, see if there are any mother and baby exercise classes nearby.  

Relaxing is something that will help banish those baby blues. It’s also important for you to find something you enjoy doing that doesn’t involve your baby.

Life with a new baby can be very different from the life you enjoyed just a few weeks ago. It doesn’t have to be as traumatic as you think if you take the time to look after yourself and embrace the changes.


What You Need To Know About Getting Dental Implants

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry and dental implants, there are so many different options for what you can have done, depending on your requirements. Some people go years, maybe their whole life, without needing any major work done but the likelihood is that most of us in our lifetime will need some form of major dentistry work done at some point.

Something that people consider is dental implants. People often choose implants when they are fed up of breakable acrylic dentures or loose dentures. Sometimes they just want to replace missing teeth. They want the option of being able to eat what they want and smile without worrying about dentures – and why wouldn’t you want the perfect smile?

Dental implants can act like a tooth root, anchored into the jaw bone. Should you be considering them, dental implants Belfast is something to check out. Based in Northern Ireland, of course, they are highly skilled professionals and well adept to creating your perfect smile. However even if you aren’t based in Northern Ireland, they can find a treatment plan for you – they can find one for you that not only factors in your treatment but also factors in accommodation and travel costs so you can go over and have the work done, safe in the knowledge that you are in the hands of consummate professionals.

dental implants Belfast

But what is the general procedure for getting dental implants done?

First of all, you will be given a thorough assessment to assess your suitability for dental implants. A CT bone density scan is carried out which will measure the density, width and depth of your jawbone. You will then be given a further X-ray review to check everything is okay before signing the consent to treatment form. Worried about the pain of the treatment? Anaesthetic and sedation solutions are available so make sure to discuss this beforehand. You will wake up about an hour or so later with your implants already in – a bridge will be fitted to the implants a few hours later and then the treatment is complete – within a day or so, you should be able to go around your day to day activities.

Wondering when your stitches will be removed? This will be after approximately 10 to 14 days which is when you can start to eat soft solid foods. Eight weeks after the treatment, you should be able to eat normally. Then, three to four months later, impressions are taken to begin making your final bridge. As always, you’ll need to ensure you attend your biannual check ups to make sure they’re the best they can be.

Whilst getting dental implants is a big life decision and not one to be made lightly, it is important to remember the high success rates and happiness rating of those who have had the procedure done. So many people talk about being able to eat normally again, about being able to smile without feeling self conscious, about not seeing those missing teeth every time they look in the mirror.

The procedure is relatively pain free and within just a few months, you will finally have the perfect smile you have been dreaming of for so long – why wouldn’t you consider it? 

Click here to book a consultation in Belfast.


How to Keep Your Spirits Up Following an Injury

There are lots of things you can do following an injury to keep your mind active and focused. Think about all those things you’ve meant to do for ages and never got around to for one reason or another. Organizing your finances, de-cluttering your closet or writing to old friends are just a few suggestions. Depending on your injury, you may be forced to adopt a sedentary lifestyle for a while. For those who are normally very active, this can be very hard to deal with. As well as being less mobile, you’re also going to be less socially active and will find yourself sitting home alone for many hours. To help you stay focused and feel positive, here are some tips that will help.

Give yourself time to recover

The recovery process can be very long and painful, depending on your type of injury. It’s important to stay positive, and give yourself time to recover. If you find yourself needing assistance in getting around, don’t rush your recovery process as this won’t do you any favors. The use of manual wheelchairs can aid your recovery process and take the pressure off your injury whilst still enabling you to be independently mobile. Sourcing a manual wheelchair or lightweight wheelchair that is suitable and comfortable is worth doing, so that you aid the recovery process as much as possible. An injury specialist will be able to advise how long you should use this for.

 Brian Patrick Tagalog

Discover New Interests

Aside from the few suggestions mentioned above, you might want to spend your recovery period engaging in new pursuits. For example, you could choose to write a book, paint some pictures, take up knitting or learn how to sew. Take a look at all the online courses available and pick one. There’s nothing wrong with expanding your mind when you’re laid up on the couch. After all, keeping your mind active is just as important as healing your body.

Connect with Others in Similar Situations

Everyone recovers from an injury in different ways. To help yourself keep on track and stay positive about your own recovery, it may help to get in touch with someone who knows what you’re going through. You may be going to physical therapy sessions or attending a support group. When you are there, ask around and talk to others because they will be able to keep you motivated. It will also be someone who will hold you accountable for your recovery.

Stay Healthy

Keeping active and staying healthy are both vital for a swift recovery, which means enjoying a healthy, balanced diet and exercising whenever possible. You don’t need to be thinking about running a marathon. However, being outside in the fresh air is bound to be beneficial. Many people with leg injuries have looked for a knee scooter for sale and been amazed at the difference it made to their mobility.

Suffering an injury is never going to be seen as a good thing. However, there are aspects that can significantly change your life. People often use this time to reflect on their life and decide to take a completely different direction when recovered. Recovery can be physically and mentally draining, so you need to make every effort to keep active and productive. There are several ways you can do so; the tips given above are just the tip of the iceberg.  


Sepsis – Early Symptoms and What Happens Next

Sepsis is something I have had first hand experience of with it being a contributing factor to my father’s death. It is shocking to know just how little awareness there has been around the topic – until recently with the storyline on Coronation Street. Today I am sharing a collaborative post to let you know all about the early symptoms and what happens next so you know what to look out for.

My Dad went into hospital with a simple foot infection  – and he never came back out again. Sometimes that is a little hard to get my head around – he should have come back home. We didn’t know too much about sepsis although we were a little aware due to a family friend also having suffered. It is SO important to know the signs.

Sepsis is a condition that unfortunately isn’t talked about publicly enough. Sepsis causes 44,000 deaths in the UK alone per year; more than both cervical cancer and prostate cancer combined.

This post takes a look at 6 steps that you could take to ensure that you help spot sepsis, and, the 6 steps that should be taken by a clinician once sepsis has been diagnosed.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a life-threatening response to your body’s reaction to an infection. It develops when your body’s immune system goes into over drive, and the chemicals that are released into the bloodstream from the immune system cause inflammation throughout the body, rather than fighting the infection.

There are two things to focus on when it comes to saving the lives of patients of sepsis; rapid action and what to do next.  

Early Symptoms

There are standard flow charts available to help doctors identify sepsis early, although, this can sometimes be missed. Here are the early symptoms to watch out for:

Slurred speech

Extreme shivering

Passing no urine during the day

Severe breathlessness

“I feel like I might die” – how a patient may exclaim that they are feeling

Skin being mottled or discoloured

Next Steps

Sepsis doesn’t take long to develop and, unfortunately, the time frame to causing serious harm is short. After the patient has been suspected of having sepsis, it is extremely important to get them reviewed by an experienced clinician straight away.

There are six types of tests and treatment once sepsis has been confirmed, these are also known as the Sepsis Six. These should be initiated within an hour of being diagnosed, and involve:

  • Getting given antibiotics
  • Giving fluids intravenously
  • Getting oxygen
  • Taking blood cultures – identifies the type of bacteria that is causing the sepsis and the level of the infection
  • Taking a sample of blood – will asses the severity of the infection
  • Monitoring your urine output – assesses the severity of sepsis and the function of the kidney

Royal College of Nursing guidance states that observations should be recorded every half an hour to monitor improvement and/or lack of.

However, those that comply with the Sepsis Six within early recognition has been proven to reduce the risk of death by 46%, whereas earlier recognition and treatment could save a huge 14,000 people a year.

Please, if you see the signs, seek medical attention right away.


The Top 4 Most Vape Friendly Cities In The UK

In the U.K., vaping in an ever-growing trend. The nation is one of the most vape-friendly in the world. Roughly every four minutes, a smoker switches to vaping. According to a report from the Office of National Statistics, 56.7% of smokers in Great Britain quit smoking cigarettes in 2015. That’s the highest percentage of reported quitters since 1974.

Due to the ever-increasing popularity of vaping in the U.K., many cities have embraced the e-cigarette industry. While there are still establishments in every city that don’t take kindly to the activity, vape-friendly cities have plenty of establishments where it is allowed. Where can you go if you want to spend time in some of the U.K.’s most vape-friendly cities? Let’s take a closer look.

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is, by far, one of the most vape-friendly cities in the United Kingdom. With 17 e-cigarette outlets located within a 3 kilometre radius of the city, the vape accessories and supplies you need are always close at hand. There are also several local pubs that welcome vapers. If you are in Edinburgh Old Town, try The Washbar, or, if you are spending time near the University of Edinburgh, Malones Irish Bar is a popular destination. One important thing to note: Scotland has made it illegal to vape on trains and at stations and train depots.

Birmingham, England

With 10 vape stores within a 3 kilometre radius of the city, Birmingham also offers plenty of shopping outlets for vapers. There are a few vape-friendly pubs, including The Shakespeare, The Flapper, and The Plough. Just northeast of the city, you’ll find The Gamecock Inn. This local favourite serves up cold beer and features live music, from time to time, in a vape-friendly environment.

Birmingham is also home to the U.K.’s largest vaping event. Vaper Expo UK takes place at Birmingham’s NEC exhibition centre and, whether you are a newcomer to the world of vaping, an experienced pro, or you work in the industry, it is definitely worth checking out.

London, England

London also boasts a total of 10 e-cigarette outlets where shoppers can pick up bottles of e-liquid, vape setups, e-cigarettes and cartridges, and more. Vape Lab on Shoreditch High Street is one of the city’s most popular destinations, as it is the first e-cigarette coffee shop where vapers can enjoy delicious old-fashioned coffee along with beautifully engineered electronic cigarettes.

In addition to a full range of organic and fair-trade coffee, the shop offers a wide selection of flavoured vape liquid. From custard to coconut and Cuban tobacco to gin, there is a flavour for every palate. Located just outside of the city in Wilmington, Horse & Groom Pub is a London-area favourite that welcomes vapers. The refurbished establishment is an award-winning pub company and is a perfect place to pop in for a pint and a quick bite. It also offers full two- and three-course meals and an impressive wine list. No matter what you are in the mood for, Horse & Groom Pub is an excellent choice.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

It seems like everywhere you go in Belfast, someone is vaping. E-cigarettes are hugely popular in Northern Ireland and, with five shops located within 3 kilometres of the city centre, Belfast is the place to be if you enjoy this ever-growing hobby. Several pubs in the area allow vaping, including Victoria’s, The Morning Star, The Mermaid Inn, and several others. If you are looking for a bit more than just a pint, try McHugh’s. With a menu loaded with traditional Irish cuisine, it’s easy to find something to tantalize your taste buds. McHugh’s also hosts live entertainment and events.

Vaping in the UK

The U.K. is largely seen as the most vape-friendly nation in the world. That doesn’t mean, though, that there are no laws regulating the practice. Whether you are a local or you are planning to visit any of the cities listed above (or any other city in the U.K.), it is important to understand the applicable laws and regulations.

Under U.K. law, business owners have the right to choose whether patrons and employees are allowed to vape inside their establishments. Public Health England has established a framework to help business owners create policies that are fair and reasonable. The framework asserts that business owners must make a clear distinction between smoking and vaping and create policies that are based on evidence of potential harm to bystanders. They must consider and manage risks of uptake by children and support smokers in their efforts to stay smoke-free. They must also comply with smoke-free policies and laws.

What does all that mean? In short, business owners can choose to ban vaping in their establishments if they feel that the activity poses a risk to others. While many pubs allow vaping, establishments where children are commonly present are more likely to ban it. Airports and public trains and buses also ban vaping in many U.K cities. In Scotland, vaping is banned in hospitals, but it isn’t in England or Wales. Most sports stadiums treat vaping the same as smoking and do not allow it.


There are several vape-friendly cities in the U.K., but it’s still important to be considerate before whipping out your e-cigarette. Make sure the establishment you are visiting allows vaping before you take a puff and, if you are asked to put your e-cigarette away, do so without argument.

Keep in mind that because vaping is relatively new, laws and regulations are still being developed and are constantly evolving. Public health officials recognize that it is much safer than smoking cigarettes, but there are still concerns regarding the potential impact on bystanders, especially children. No matter what city you visit, be sure you familiarise yourself with current local laws and the policies of any establishments you visit.

In Collaboration