Motherhood

Motherhood - The Importance of Grabbing the Good Days by the Balls!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

For once the feed schedule you have tirelessly tried and beaten yourself up over when it failed, has started to stick giving your day some kind of shape. For once you feel like you have some control back. That your day is not just one long feeding session and that you have finally took a step towards some form of routine.

My Mother Breastfed Me for Three Years, and I Think It's Awesome, Here's Why

Henry Boles | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Henry Boles

My mum breastfed me until I was three. Think about what you were doing three years ago, and grasp how much time has elapsed since then. For that entire period, I sucked glorious milk out of my Mum's boobs. She has no shame in telling people this, and neither do I.

The Emails Can Wait, My Two-Year-Old Needs to Play

Kiran Chug | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

I don't want my son to have to ask me again and again and again all day to play with him. He shouldn't have to ask. I don't want my son to have a kind of resigned sadness in his voice that gives away that he fully expects me to say "later." I don't want my son to give up on me playing with him.

Can You Baby-Proof Your Career?

Marina Gask | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Gask

Caroline is passionate about empowering women to make themselves vital to their employers and their industry, so they don't end up getting sidelined on returning to work. "I help women look at how they can build their career and prove their worth long before they get pregnant so that any employer would give their right arm to keep them, even on a flexible basis.

The Great Mumpreneur Divide

Jo Gifford | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

They will be dealing with school letters, bake sales, dress up days, poorly small people sent home, packed lunches, homework and after school clubs as well as taxes, accounts, sales, marketing, outsourcers, coworkers - oh, and the actual work that you charge for.

To Every Mother Who Has Reached Out: Thank You

Kiran Chug | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

When it was 6pm and they'd both refused their dinner and watched TV instead, there you were. When it 10am and we'd missed playgroup because of tantrums and I couldn't get the timing right to leave the house, there you were.

Solopreneur Motherhood and the Game Changing Work Revolution

Jo Gifford | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Let's go right back to being pregnant with my twin girls, vomiting into a newspaper on a train as I headed down to a client meeting 4 hours away. Or, let's take a peep at me editing copy for a magazine using my smart phone from the maternity ward whilst nursing two babies.

Daddyhood - It's a Shit Fight for New Dads Too!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

No "Well dones you donated good genes", no "How are you feeling?" and no offers of advice on how to fathom out the bewildering world of fatherhood. Instead, they are left to figure it out for themselves, hope for the best and then get themselves back to work.

Post-Natal and Bipolar - Wearing Nappies in G-Strings

Kerry Hudson | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Contrary to statistics that put me in the seventy percent chance of post-natal psychosis, I held my head firmly above water. It wasn't easy, at times the water stank, many times, in fact most of the time, but I wouldn't allow myself - now a mother - to go under.

Will and Kate: This Is What Two Under Two Looks Like

Kiran Chug | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

There were a couple of weeks of jealousy. Tantrums, playing up, behaviour we had not seen before. And all we could do was love him and love her and make sure they both knew that we would go to the ends of the earth for them.

Untold Tales of Motherhood and Oppression

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabriella Apicella

While several European countries make the Top 10 of places worldwide to be a mother, according to a report from Save the Children last year improvements to the ways in which mothers are treated in the UK do not appear to be a government priority.

Six Things Nobody Tells You About Giving Birth

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Many women count giving birth to their children as their biggest achievement in life, but as every mum knows, labour is far from a walk in park. Wh...

I'm having a Love Affair and it was my Husband who suggested it!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I am aware that the majority (probably all) of you will be feeling desperately sorry for my poor husband. Wondering what kind of manipulation and brain washing a wife must have to do in order for him to suggest such a thing. However, please let me put an end to any sympathy you may have by revealing that he is at it aswell and usually more often and for longer periods of time.

No Ordinary Days

Kiran Chug | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

When the days of motherhood blur and the hours are hazy, when the fog seems too thick to walk through - know that these are not ordinary days. Know that there is no moment like another, that there is no groundhog afternoon, that there is no day like every other.

Breastfeeding Support Is Ignoring Working Motherhood

Jessica Shortall | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Ellie's piece resonated with me on a lot of levels, and I am so proud of her for advocating for something that ALL women and babies, of all socio-economic levels, everywhere, need and deserve. But it also got me thinking that something continues to be missing from this conversation. (I can say this, knowing that Ellie will have my back!)

Tea, Sympathy And Breastfeeding Advice Abound In This New Cafe

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The first few months of parenthood is firefighting between the arrival of a newborn, lack of sleep (oh, the lack of sleep!) and trying to cope with a ...

This Celebrates Stretch Marks In The Most Beautiful Way

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We live in a society force fed images of the 'perfect woman' on a daily basis, but thankfully there's a new Instagram account showing that beauty come...

Feeling like a Shit Mum? Welcome to the World of Mummy Guilt!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

We spend nine months trying to live like organic angels verging on born again virgins, doing everything we can to grow a healthy little human. Buying into every miracle cream, vitamin and birthing class and book going. What keeps us committed through all the dry parties, the charcoaled steaks and inedible non runny eggs?

A Guide to Eating Out With Toddlers and Babies

Kiran Chug | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

Choose a restaurant or cafe based on the food preferences of little people. For the child that only eats rice: Japanese is good. For the child that only eats bread on Tuesdays: Italian may work. If you have one of each of these children, take a packed lunch for the other.

What Type of Mum Are You? Look No Further as It's Written in the Stars (Apparently!)

Olivia Siegl | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

As if there is not enough pigeon holing of us mums already, as we endure fellow mums, relatives, friends and the old woman down the street trying to shoe horn us into a motherhood "type". We now have the latest stereotyping on the mum block that is "Momstrology". Yes you read right ladies. "Momstrology".

I Had a Dream

Rebecca Romero | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Sport
Rebecca Romero

Since retiring from international sport, I didn't think an emotional drive that had enabled my accomplishments, would ever absorb me again. But the day my baby boy was born and I became a mother, something even more powerful enveloped me. It's impossible to describe this overwhelming feeling, but every mother will know it.

Baby Sleep Deprivation Makes You Want to Stick Your Head up Your Arse!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I am so tired I want to crawl up my own ass and have a nap. Yes, not the first place that springs to everyone's mind as a retreat of choice. However, I need somewhere, dark, un-crowded and most importantly somewhere no one (namely my small humans) would even think I would be. A place they would be too shit scared to even look.

Is It Okay For A Man To Take A Sneaky Paternity Test?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Is is ever ok for a man to take a paternity test behind a woman's back? This was the question posed by Reddit user throwaway_123226 after she disco...

When Breastfeeding Isn't the Most Natural Thing in the World

Kiran Chug | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

We need to be more open about the challenges breastfeeding mothers face. We need to talk more about the reality of establishing feeding, we need to resource better support for mothers of newborns, and we need to celebrate what breastfeeding mothers achieve in those early days.

World Breastfeeding Week: Celebrating the Very Ordinary

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

This week is World Breastfeeding Week and while I've been rifling through my brain cells about how to celebrate this on Huff Post, I've concluded that the message I'd like the world to hear about breastfeeding this week is that it's normal; pretty bog-standard really.