Motherhood

Why Having Kids Could Boost Your Arthritis Risk

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you weren't already put off by your friend's horrific tales of childbirth or the noisy baby next door, there's a new reason why having children cou...

Five Guilt Trips to Expect on Becoming a Mother

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

You might already feel guilty just for getting pregnant if you're not married and you've been brought up by that type of family. Or for ditching your work without an adequate handover when you bugger off for maternity leave (because who cares when your pelvis is falling apart and you can't pull your pants up properly).

Women and Whaling: Scientifically Women Should be Mothers First, and Career Should Come Third (After Their Husband)

Olga Levancuka | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

They don't blatantly say women should stay at home. Well they do, or to be precise they did, but since it was all too obvious, the public reaction forced them to become craftier at their messages. And, rather scientifically, as in whaling, the politicians turned toward actions and away from words.

Dear Lactivist: I Am Not a Milk-Delivery System

Jessica Shortall | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

I am talking about a minority of breastfeeding advocates here. Most of you lovely people do not do what I am about to talk about. And "lactivists" are super important. And all of you - including the ones I'm talking about here - are amazing people who are working hard for women and babies.

About Time: The Day I Left My Daughter

Michelle Beckett | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Beckett

About fifteen minutes ago (so it feels like, but according to records it was September 1992) I landed at Lancaster University as a fresher. I can still see it as a film, smell the cleaning fluid corridors, taste the tears, terrified in my bare room, burying into my cuddly panda for comfort. Time to be an adult.

Treat Fathers Like Idiots...

Soozi Baggs | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

There has been a lot of speculation about how men won't take up the opportunity of shared parental leave because the money is not enough for them or because childcare is not seen as a man's job. These are valid concerns but I think it goes even deeper than that.

Baby-Name-Gate: Why Keeping Mum Is Best!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

Welcome to the political minefield of naming your unborn child and then sharing your decision with the rest of the world before the baby arrives. So you think sharing your well thought out and carefully chosen baby name with your nearest and dearest is a good idea? Really?!

Teaching Feminism to Toddler Boys - Changing the World Starts Here

Kiran Chug | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

My conversation with Milin, I've realised, must start here. It's time now to start laying the groundwork that will see him growing up to speak out for equality. ,I want him to do more than his fair share in quashing gender inequalities. I want him to grow up championing the rights of men and women, girls and boys, no matter who they are and where they are from.

That's What Makes You Beautiful

Rae Mullins | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

A short one this week and more of a heads-up to look out for my new favourite, ad. From the clearly very lovely, people at Dove.

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 ...