Motherhood

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.

Woman Shamed For Having Stretch Marks Responds In The Most Fantastic Way...

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Stretch marks are a sign of strength and motherhood, so it boggles the mind as to why any person would want to shame a woman for having them. Moth...

In Breastfeeding, 'Good' Beats 'Perfect' Every Time

Jessica Shortall | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

When I was pregnant with my second child, I thought about perfect and good. So this time around, I called three friends and made them promise: when my daughter was three months old, they were to call and ask me if she'd had any formula. I would not lie. If the answer was no, they had to come over and give it to her themselves.

Breastfeeding Confidential: It's Hard, It Hurts, and Everyone Should Know It

Jessica Shortall | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Whatever the reasons that we are being kept in the dark on the difficulties and practical how-to's of breastfeeding, it's time we take control of the dialogue. If you've ever breastfed, and have a pregnant friend, sit her down and tell her about the difficult parts of breastfeeding.

Isn't It About Time Us Mums Celebrated How We Rock at This Motherhood Game?!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

No one tells us that there is no minor fete when it comes to keeping a tiny human alive. No one tells us that there is nothing insignificant in dealing with the physical and mental fallout us mums deal with after having a baby.

The Swimsuit Edition

Andrea Mara | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Then last Summer, for the first time, I found myself looking around at other women and comparing. I felt conscious of every little lump and bump - three kids in five years can do that. Discussing this with two friends some months later, I expressed how uncomfortable I had felt wearing a bikini last Summe...

We Adore Gwen Stefani's Stunning Breastfeeding Picture

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Should mothers be able to breastfeed in public without criticism? It's a question that has divided many women - and men for that matter - but one ...

Goodbye Life, Hello Child: Why It Took Me Time to Love My Son

Caroline Keetch | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Keetch

This loss of everything I took for granted in my adult life was much more overwhelming to me than the love I felt for my baby. I know, I said it, shoot me world - and what a world we live in when it comes to 'views' on mothers. How we should feel, how we should look, how we should react... the expectations are real and they are fired at a new mother like arrows from a bow.

Why the World Needs Childfree Women

Claudia Spahr | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Spahr

The western woman has power, education and compassion. She creates, connects and integrates... Childfree ladies can transform their lives radically overnight and act on impulse... Motherhood shouldn't define being a woman and we shouldn't let the 'mother-tick-yes-or-no-box' divide us.

Pregnancy Advice to Ignore - The Eleven Bits of Bulls**t to Ignore When Pregnant!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

For any first time mum to be, currently being subjected to hours of unwanted advice and comments on how they should be handling their pregnancy, what they should or should not be doing and what type of mum they should be aiming to be, here is a list for you to pin up in your consciousness to remind you that when it comes to parenting no one is a God damn expert.

Memories of My Mother

Caroline Keetch | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Keetch

Thirteen years ago today my mum died. It all feels like a lifetime ago, and actually I can't really remember what life looked and felt like with her in it. I wish I had been given the chance to get to know her, to appreciate her and, of course, I would do anything to thank her for all the things I can now see she did for me and my sister, and all the little ways in which she showed us that she loved us.

This Is Motherhood

Kiran Chug | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

Sometimes it feels like the cracks are growing across the surface of our lives, creeping slowly into the foundations and threatening to force a crumbling. Sometimes it feels like I don't have a firm hold on all the pieces and if I stop concentrating, they'll fall apart. Sometimes I feel like I don't want to wear the smile anymore.

The Thin Blue Line: Fears and Other Feelings About Falling Pregnant

Rebecca Laura Cracknell | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Laura Cracknell

Becoming a mother is something every woman must imagine at some time. Like it or not our bodies are designed to give us that monthly reminder of what might be and, as a result, we each must face our own personal perspective on what we might bring to the role.

How to Be a Useful Woman

Adele Barlow | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

If you're an entrepreneur, you're a hunter: you're looking to grow your resources to bring back to the cave and there's something fundamentally masculine about that. Meanwhile, females are socially conditioned to focus on nesting - on making the cave look pretty and taking care of the children.

Dolphin, Tiger or Helicopter? Why It's Time to Stop Labelling Parents

Kiran Chug | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

There's a new type of mum in the playground, and she's the answer to our parenting problems. It's time, you see, for helicopter mums to hover away, for tiger mums to shove over, and for earth mothers to take a few deep breaths and follow this new example. It's the lead of the dolphin parent.

Can You Ever Be as Good at Your Job After Having Children?

Holly Wainwright | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Wainwright

One of the most challenging things about parenthood is learning to accept change. Accepting the fact once the baby cyclone dust settles, nothing looks like it did before. Not your body, not your relationship, not your friendships. Or your work.

On Tiger Mothering

Kim Davies | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

A glance at my calendar today gave rise to a startling revelation. This time next week my eldest daughter will have her first exam. The would-be tiger mother in me is pacing frantically in its cage, searching for a way out.

When a Pap Smear Comes Calling...

Kim Davies | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

Today I was subjected to a totally unexpected and, dare I say it, unsolicited pap smear. It must have stalked me for weeks, lurking behind parked cars and street signs, all the time surreptitiously keeping me under surveillance, waiting to pounce when my defences (and knickers) were down...

A Letter to My Friend With Post Natal Depression

Kim Davies | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

My dear friend, you're going through a really rough patch, I can see it in your eyes. As a newly-minted Mum, you're still rocked to the core by the brutality of a difficult birth. You still feel like you are watching it over and over again as a third person, suspended from the ceiling in the delivery suite, no longer an active participant in the choices that may affect you for years.