Motherhood

New baby? 14 tips to make life easier

Anna Tyzack | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tyzack

New motherhood can be stifling: you're always with your baby. Time to yourself is such a healer. Leave your baby with the person you trust most (partner, mother?) and go for a quick tea/ walk/ shopping trip on your own.

The Loss of What Could Be

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

The woman who performed the ultrasound calmly turned to me and said with an apologetic tone of voice that there was no fetus at all in my uterus. She then moved the instrument towards my fallopian tubes and that is when they found the ectopic pregnancy in my right side.

Why Must Moms Feel the Pressure to Have Abs of Steel?

Sheila Hageman | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Hageman

There are already so many pressures placed upon women to look a certain way and be a certain way as moms, that a photo and message like this can trigger negative thoughts and behaviors in non-model moms.

You're Going To Be Fine

Kiran Chug | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

There's small talk on the nursery run if you can't avoid it and you wonder if anyone can tell you haven't brushed your hair and still have your pyjama top under your coat and then you realise you forgot to fill in the permission form that's sitting on the kitchen table.

The Heart Stopping Moments of Parenting

Claire Kirby | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

What I wasn't prepared for was the fear. When I say fear, I mean heart simultaneously stopping, dropping down to your stomach, then, bouncing back up into your mouth fear. The kind of fear that leaves you momentarily frozen to the spot and unsure as to whether you might poo your pants or throw up in your mouth.

24 Things No Parent Wants to Hear

Sinéad Fox | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sinéad Fox

They all talk all the time (no idea where they got that from). I love the chats and the sweet singing, but there are some sounds that send me over the edge, that make my heart sink, my head hang or my shouting commence. These things more than others are triggers for me, especially when I'm tired.

Can Your Career Survive Motherhood?

Marina Gask | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Gask

Depressingly - yet perhaps inevitably - recent research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that half of women believe that having a baby poses such a risk to their career that they would consider remaining childless.

Nine Tips for Parents of Babies in a Neonatal Unit

Leigh Kendall | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

These tips include advice I was given, and things I learned the hard way while my son Hugo was being cared for. Having a baby in a neonatal unit is so stressful - I hope this helps other mummies and daddies.

'Sorry I'm Late!'

Kerry Gibb | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Gibb

I am the mum who smiles bashfully at other mums walking in the opposite direction after already dropping their kids at school. I am the mum who has perfected my nod of solidarity to other parents racing in consistently late alongside me as we battle to win the race not to be last.

So We Don't Have to Be 'Like Rabbits'. Phew.

Sally Fraser | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

We had been told about Natural Family Planning at marriage preparation but it was all a bit disgusting, (its not just dates and calendars you know, there is a big emphasis on mucous, its grim) and frankly I don't see the point.

Postnatal Depression: A Survivor's Story

Rachel Thomson-Glover | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thomson-Glover

By now I hadn't slept for two months apart from the odd hour or two with sleeping pills. There seemed to be so many news stories about the importance of sleep; I convinced myself that I was going to die from exhaustion (really).

Why The Differences Between Empathy and Sympathy Matter

Leigh Kendall | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Grief is entirely individual, and the grieving person has to respond to their grief in a way that is relevant to them. How they respond may change over time. The difficulty with the platitudes detailed above is that they infer a judgement about how the person is grieving, the time they are taking over their grief, or how they are feeling.

My Awful Secret

Lotte Lane | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lotte Lane

I feel like the most despicable person for admitting this, but part of me is dreading having this kid. I'm scared and I'm anxious. The excitement I felt first time round is notably absent. Sometimes I forget I'm pregnant at all, and it feels quite nice.

This Mum Uses Her Two Kids As Fitness Props

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

While some parents might use their children as an excuse not to workout, one mother sees her little ones as more of a help than a hinderance. Jorda...

A Child Free Weekend: the Ultimate Birthday Gift

Rebecca Kingston | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Kingston

You can have lunch whenever you want to have lunch. You know, just because you're hungry, and not because one of your children is about to have an Incredible-Hulk style meltdown and you think you might not make it to your next destination alive.

It's Every Mother's Fear That She Will Leave Behind Her Children

Jean Gross | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jean Gross

It's every mother's greatest fear that she will have to leave her children. My daughter Kate Gross lived with that fear for more than two years, before she died of colon cancer a few weeks ago. I wish she was here now so I could tell her that the boys are getting on just fine. Oscar and Isaac were three when Kate was first diagnosed. Twins, but very different little beings. Oscar dark-haired, violet-eyed, solid - and with an astonishing ability (in Kate's words) to 'focus on things, to know them utterly'. Isaac, blond and agile and restless. 'Each of them,' she says, 'carved out his own space in my heart, a space which fits him exactly.'

Women: It's Time to Stop Judging One Another

Rachel Thompson | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thompson

Women are not just unkind to themselves in this quest for perfection; they can also be extremely unkind to other women. This unkindness comes in many guises; in passive aggression; in bitching; in judgement; and in straight-up nastiness.

Living as an Empty-Armed Mother After Surviving HELLP Syndrome

Leigh Kendall | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Left untreated, both conditions are likely to result in the deaths of both mum and baby. The only cure is for the baby to be born. My partner and I were both utterly devastated - we knew the chances of our baby's survival at that stage were slim.

Lice Are a Feminist Issue

Louise Pennington | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Lice are a mother's shame: if only they were a better mother; a more observant mother; one with hours of free time to comb through their child's hair (assuming the child would sit still through this process happy as a lark).

Things You Should Know About a Playdate With Us

Jude Hurrell | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Hurrell

So apparently, sending out invites for Play Dates is a thing now. A card would save me the cringe-fest of saying the phrase out loud, I suppose, which totally makes my teeth itch. So twee! And it smacks of a type of hyper-scheduled, Alpha-parenting I'll never achieve.

Diagnosis: Infertility

Jane Newman | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

More needs to be done to educate people in fertility matters. By this I mean that when trying for a baby it is not as simple as making the decision, doing the deed, and nine months later your baby arrives.

My Husband Ignored My Cries

Lottie Daley | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lottie Daley

It's bedtime Sophie. You have to learn to self settle, otherwise you will be too dependant on him and that's not acceptable. You will never learn to be a cold and detached adult if he gives in and cuddles you. Sorry but its best for everyone.

Sharing the Responsibility - Shared Parental Leave

Hannah Cottam | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Cottam

Since the late 1970s when women started to return to work after having a family, the workplace has been forced to adapt to a larger and more senior female population. This has led to maternity leave, childcare vouchers, and a more flexible approach to working.

Call the Midwife? It's Time to Up Postnatal Care

Alice Rossiter | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Rossiter

Of course, we're told to call a number if we need support or advice. But many women won't. And especially not in the wee small hours of the night. Many will struggle in silence or sink into denial - snapping at a concerned partner or parent that "they're fine".

Posting Your Pregnancy Test On YouTube: #Overshare

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In an age where you can't go a day without seeing what your Facebook friends are having for dinner, the following might not come as a shock. But then ...