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Helping People To Understand Mental Health: From The Outside Looking In

Kerry Thomas | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK Parents
Kerry Thomas

When things get too much I struggle to rationalise things and my emotions get the better of me. I cry or walk off. I may say things I don't mean because I can't process things quickly enough. I don't get my opinions across as I'd like.

How To Give Birth - Start By Shutting Your Ears

Celine Bell | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

A friend of mine has just had her baby. She's knackered, milky, blissed out, and then knackered again. Our beloved NHS got her baby out safely - gosh, how easy it is to forget that no matter how tough a labour experience we have, we are so very lucky.

What I'd Tell My First-Time Mum Self

Amy Ransom | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

I look back now at photos of my younger mum self (not just that hilarious post-birth picture) and, beneath the love and contentment, I can still feel how green I was. How unsure I was. I remember that first night at home with her like it was yesterday. 'What on earth do we do with her? Can we put her down, do you think?'.

To The New Mum Quietly Suffering From Breastfeeding Grief - Maternal Mental Health Awareness

Holly Leppard | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Leppard

I know that you want the best for your precious baby. You've spent nine gruelling months providing a safe and comfortable home for the life you and your partner created together. The physical changes, aches and pains and the emotional rollercoaster ride is a challenge for even the most straightforward of pregnancies.

Postnatal Anxiety - What I Didn't Expect

Hayley Gardner | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley Gardner

I have to check. I have to know that the scenario I have created in my head isn't playing out behind that door. Behind that door is where my daughter sleeps, completely unaware that this is the eighth time I have been in to her room to film her making that weird sound she makes in her sleep.

There May Be Days

Michelle Gant | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle Gant

But every day you will feel the love. The pure, infinite, limitless love which beats in you like another organ. The love that is embedded in you, attached to your soul, which can never be removed, no matter what. The love that is now part of your identity, the relentless, all-encompassing love that you have for your child.

Why High Achievers Could Find Parenitng A Challenge

Jerilee Claydon | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Jerilee Claydon

Would you consider yourself a high achiever? It may come as a surprise but being a high achiever when it comes to having a baby may not be to your advantage.

Dad Recommends Frozen Condoms To Ease New Mums' Pain After Birth, So Does It Work?

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents

A dad has recommended an alternative use of a condom that will help to ease a new mum’s pain and swelling after she has given birth. Dad Martin Wanl...

Shaking The Fear Of Breastfeeding In Public

Vanessa Christie | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Vanessa Christie

Breastfeeding out and about gets a pretty bad image in the news. All we tend to hear about are stories of mums being asked to leave shops, restaurants, swimming pools, libraries, public transport and so on.

A Letter To My Friend - I'm Sorry

Becky Clark | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Becky Clark

Dear Friend, I'm sorry that our friendship has changed. I was naive to believe that becoming a parent wouldn't change me. For a while you were concer...

Funny S**t New Mums Do

Amy Ransom | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

The other day I found a diary that I barely remember writing. It's full of entries to my first-born documenting our first year together. It's going to be serialised. Oh, hang on a minute, no it's not... because it's the DULLEST READ EVER. Full of crazy s**t I did and how much I loved her.

Postnatal Depression - That Mother Of An Illness!

Amy Smith | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Smith

It doesn't come with spots, a high temperature, a rash or swelling, nothing that lets people know that you're ill. Oh look she's got the PND rash, she could probably do with some help or a listening ear. Nope! It hides away, so only you know.

With Motherhood, A New Me

Michelle Gant | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle Gant

'Starting to look like me again,' I said as aesthetically I took control with straighteners and eyeliner and mascara. But even the successful donning - albeit with effort - of a once favoured pair of jeans, rediscovered after nine months without wear, didn't bring me back. The person I saw in the mirror, staring intently as if searching for recognition, was a stranger.

Five Mum Types You'll Definitely Meet In The Playground

Georgia James | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents

From the way you handle explosive-poo situations to your attitude to sleep routines, nothing puts your character in the spotlight quite like being a n...

5 New Mum Hacks That Change Everything

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents

The first weeks and months with a baby can be a little overwhelming. You’re new to your baby, learning to read the signs when your baby is hungry/wi...

Wanna Be In My Gang?

Lorna Hayward | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents
Lorna Hayward

Physically I was able to try and pull on those times of rest, but my mind (as will be the story of my bloody life and no doubt this blog) kept overflowing with endless lists of what once again, I should and could be doing with my 'free time' (LOL)

What I Wasn't Told About Breastfeeding!

Gemma Jade | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Jade

Looking back, I wish I had known these things to help make me feel "normal" instead of having people tell me to stop and give up because I wasn't giving my baby what he needed when in fact he put on lots of weight very quickly and is a healthy and happy baby!

Pregnant Women And New Mums Who Feel Suicidal Need To Know They're Not Alone

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents

Mums have opened up about their mental health problems in a bid to save the lives of new mothers and pregnant women at risk of suicide. The charities ...

What's Wrong With The New Breastfeeding Emoji?

Jay McCarthy | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jay McCarthy

Don't get me wrong, I and millions of other women will be happy to have one breastfeeding emoji at least. Big thanks to Rachel Lee and Joshua Jones - the design may not be perfect but we owe them our gratitude for getting this far.

8 Things You Shouldn't Say To A Breastfeeding Mum

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents

Once you have a baby, your parenting choices seem to become public property that everyone feels completely entitled to have an opinion on. That’s j...

How You Can Support Maternal Mental Health Day

Gemma Devaney | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

Was there a time when you were pregnant, or after you gave birth, that you felt so horrendously sh*t and just wanted someone to talk too? But you were either too afraid to say what was on your mind or no one asked you how you were really feeling? If you're nodding yes, you really aren't the only one.

Marriage After Children: The Real Life Tale

Gemma Devaney | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

I blame Disney, Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey for my warped vision of perfect relationships after kids. Those books and movies filled me with an unrealistic view of relationships. Like how Mr Disney made me believe I needed to grow up to find my Prince Charming in order to live happily ever after.

First Time Busy Mums Guide to a Baby: Week Four

Olga Levancuka | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

Arrange for your partner, husband or a reliable friend to look after your child for just an hour approximately. Feed your child, change their nappy and head out of the door to the nearest coffee shop. Enjoy a hot drink of your choice in peace.

Why New Mums Will Always Break My Heart

Laura Clark | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Clark

It's been more than three years since I had my son but every time I hear a new mum talk about the incredible, instant bond she has with her newborn, or how she's never been happier or how she feels more fulfilled than ever before it's like a tiny stab to my chest.

Kim Kardashian Ate Her Placenta And This Is What She Thought

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Parents

Kim Kardashian has shared her experience of eating her own placenta after the birth of Saint West. The mum-of-two tweeted a photo of her "amazing ...