the welllness edit podcast with holland and barrett

S05 E05 | 45m | Motherhood is empowering

27 Jan 2023 • 4 min read


Listen to Shakira as she chats to Gemma about why being a parent can be empowering – and how she overcame her mental-health battles.

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"Motherhood is empowering"

When Shakira Akabusi’s health put an end to her singing career, she quickly had to grieve her old path and find another.

Now a fitness influencer, podcaster, pre- and postnatal specialist, and mum of 4, she works to break the silence surrounding new motherhood and women’s health.

For her, moving her body is “non-negotiable”, especially when it comes to juggling a busy family life and keeping on top of her mental wellbeing.

With our host, Dr Gemma Newman, Shakira explains how she’s overcome parental expectations and postnatal OCD - showing families everywhere that they can be strong.

What we talk about in the episode...

The power of silence


Living with OCD


Shakira’s top sleep hacks


'What wellness means to me'


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Author: Gemma NewmanThe Plant Power Doctor

 A doctor for over 17 years, Gemma Newman has worked in many specialities as a doctor including elderly care, endocrinology, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry, general surgery, urology, vascular surgery, rehabilitation medicine and General Practice.

Dr Newman's specialist interests are in holistic health and plant-based nutrition as well as lifestyle medicine. In her practice she has come to understand that body, mind and soul are not separate, and that it is only in addressing the root causes of stress and disconnection that we can truly heal, from the inside out.

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