Motherhood

Five Ways How I Lost My Mama Joy... and How I Got It All Back!

Victoria Leith | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

No matter how you come about being a parent (through your body, through fostering and adoption) and no matter how you gave birth (natural, with drugs, no drugs, 'wish I'd had drugs', C-section) I am pretty sure we will all agree: this is a 24/7 job.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay

Lisa Ryan | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ryan

How do you know you're really ready to be a parent? Is there a point in life where it clicks in your head and says "Yes, now you've ticked all the boxes so here you go, one child coming up!"? Or are we ever really ready for all the different things that come with being pregnant, giving birth and raising a child?

Forget Having a Bucket List, Mums Need a "F*cket List"

Olivia Siegl | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

There is a reason dry shampoo was invented, however, this reason always eluded me pre-baby with me saying ludicrous sentences like "Why would I need dry shampoo? I will just wash my hair if its dirty!" Oh the unadulterated bliss of having time to wash anything but someone else ass.

Embrace the Shame

Wendy Wason | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Wendy Wason

I do try to rationalise this shame. I wonder if it has been sent to me to help me understand what my mother went through and why she made her choices. She would have had to go through this 30 years ago and as a strict Catholic had other pressures on her too.

The Most Important Piece of Advice a New Mother Needs to Hear

Lotte Lane | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lotte Lane

Resentful that the hordes of visitors are infinitely more interested in the baby than you, even though YOU'RE THE ONE THAT DID THE AGONY? That's OK. You're still a good mother.

Breastfeeding - Don't Believe The Hype!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK
Kerry Gibb

I remember lying on a hospital bed as a monster of a midwife pushed his head against my boob as he fought back against her screaming at the top of his lungs.

Can't Chat: Have None

Georgia Mann-Smith | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Georgia Mann-Smith

Friends come over for dinner, I'm ecstatic to see someone who isn't a baby and doesn't want to discuss their episiotomy stitches, but then....I realise I have nothing to tell them. Yeah, the baby is good thanks. No, I'm not getting much sleep.

Am I a Heartless Biatch?!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I hate to admit it but as the second baby came along, delivering us with two Tiny Humans under Two, which, as grateful as we are for them, they have filled every corner of our lives, minds and pre occupations squashing me and thee to the other sides of our new universe, with no time to spare and no spare energy to spare for each other.

Anatomy of a Mum

Dhanya Nair | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dhanya Nair

I am a young mum (29 is still young, right?) but these signs that motherhood has given me makes me feel old. I wonder almost every day why women have to bear the burden of perpetuating life on earth?

Mother's Day....in the Middle Years

Liz Fraser | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

When our children are very young we think we are in a living Hell.We think that nothing could EVER be as bad as this living Hell, except possibly if our father-in Law came round for tea as well and pointed out how we should just relax more.

I Stand Quietly: A Letter to My Daughter and to Everybody

Jill Finch | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jill Finch

I have had to learn to do these things quietly because my daughter needs me to. She is seven; bright, super funny, articulate, thoughtful and loving. She also has autism spectrum disorder.

Why Hearing My Son Giggle Will Be the Greatest Gift to Me This Mother's Day

Sadia Nakimera | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sadia Nakimera

I kept asking myself, "God, why me?" The mixture of guilt for feeling like you were giving up on your son and constant fear as to when the demands of 24 hour care would become too much weighed heavily on me.

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Penelope Friday | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Penelope Friday

My friends had known about my struggle to have independence and had sympathised when I was turned down for Disability Living Allowance (wrongly turned down: I've since, thank goodness, been accepted). But they went further than just supporting me on the internet. They did something about it.

It's Difficult Being a M-U-M in a M-O-M Town

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

Should this absence of a letter irritate me? No, and perhaps "irritate" is too strong a word, but the pedant in me can't help myself. My twin boys, at the tender age of three, didn't really need to know the complexities of this global language.

Motherhood - The Biggest Sacrifice

A. Dassu | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

The moment I found out I was expecting my first child, my life changed forever. Nothing was going to be the same ever again. It couldn't be taken back and even if the pregnancy hadn't gone through, I still would have remained changed. This much I knew.

Five Things I Wish I'd Known About Motherhood

Victoria Young | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Young

The propaganda about motherhood starts in pregnancy, when people cross crowded rooms to stroke your bump, and tell you, misty-eyed, how much they miss those early days and what a wonderful mother you will be.

Fighting Genghis

Rosie Choueka | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK
Rosie Choueka

It started in my breast, back in June 2014. It was the familiar story - I found a lump, I had it checked out, it was malignant. I was assured that I had found it early and that it was completely treatable. And so my battle began.

Childbirth: The No Bullshit Advice All Mums Should Know

Olivia Siegl | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

We have all been there fit to bursting, rubbing our fast expanding tummy and hanging off every last detail from a mum painting the story of her birth ...

Why I Want to Stop Saying This Word

Victoria Leith | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Parents
Victoria Leith

I could hear my thoughts clearly... sorry about the mess... ah yes, sorry about the stains... sorry about the piles of books, sorry that the rubbish is still in the kitchen as is the recycling, sorry that the hallway has some stuff in it and suitcases that we still haven't unpacked from arriving home from living in China...

The Best Mum in the World - Really?

Judy Reith | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

You would think I had asked them to tell the person next to them how often they have sex. Speaking up about your parenting ability is just not something parents find easy. Had I asked them to talk about what they get wrong as a parent, they would never shut up.

Why Being a Mummy Really is the Best Job in the World

Jane Newman | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

Every day is different, brings with it new challenges, as well as happy memories and laughter. Each child is very different, with their own little personalities. It's funny to see bits of myself and my husband in each of them.

11 Things They Don't Tell You About Becoming a Parent for the First Time

Rose Carraig | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Carraig

There is a vast canon of literature on new-parenthood, child-rearing, baby nurturing, what to expect and what not to expect once you've had a baby. You could thatch houses with the amount written about this most wondrous time of any person's life.

From Joan Rivers To Louis C.K.: 22 Funny Quotes To Celebrate Mother's Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Comedy

Struggling for a witty message to put in your Mother's Day card this year? Why not try some of these words of wisdom. From Joan Rivers to Julie Wa...

Breastfeeding Mum Says EasyJet Told Her To Cover Up On Flight

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Despite thousands of women showing their support for public breastfeeding in the last year, some mothers are still being made to feel uncomfortable wh...

Why Is My Hair Falling Out Post Baby?

Anna Tyzack | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tyzack

My short, wispy fringe is not some kind of fashion statement. I try to keep it hidden but when my hair is newly washed thick tufts of it stand up on end. It looks ridiculous but at least it shows my hair is recovering from what is fetchingly known as postpartum hair loss.