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The Maternity Leave Guilt

Halima Khatun | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Parents
Halima Khatun

Ok, so I'll be the first to admit this... I'm not quite where I wanted to be in my career. Yes, I've worked in PR for years for some of the big corpor...

15 Creative Pregnancy Announcement Ideas That Are Surprisingly Easy To Pull Off

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Parents

Nowadays, no pregnancy announcement is complete without the obligatory social media post. Forget friends and family, if your big reveal doesn’t pull...

14 Things All Pregnant Women Are Tired Of Hearing

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Parents

Finding out you’re pregnant should be a time for celebrating, but many expectant mums have to deal with an influx of comments that are at best, irri...

Do You Grieve For The Child You Never Want To Have?

J.J. Barnes | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

I can't put myself or my children through that again.  Promising my little girl I'd be picking her up from school then disappearing in an ambulance and not seeing her for days at a time whilst she had no idea why or when I was coming home was too much.  She was devastated.  Putting my body through that has left a lasting impact to this day that genuinely makes us fear for my life.

What Should I Expect From My Vagina Post-Birth?

Alexandra Johnson | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Alexandra Johnson

As far as I can tell, the best thing I can do is go into labour with an open mind, be adaptable, and push safe in the knowledge that if it does all go horribly wrong, my vagina won't have to resemble a car crash for life.

Negotiating Public Transport When Pregnant

Halima Khatun | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents
Halima Khatun

What with my growing bump and all, there's lots of new things I'm figuring out. One is that I can't run around town the way I used to. Another is that with a baby on board, power naps are fast becoming my favourite hobby.

Frequent Flyer Tips When Pregnant

Kerstin Vintila | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents
Kerstin Vintila

Being pregnant means you need to pack smart. Which also means planning the outfits you are going to wear in advance. Don't take unnecessary items you think that you may wear at some point and then never do. I usually take a couple of pairs of maternity pants, a few neutral tops (in black, white or nude, both long and short sleeve), a coat and a scarf. And then throw in a few accessories and I'm done.

Anything Is Possible When You Believe - Pregnant Serena Williams Just Proves This

Lucy Griffiths | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Griffiths

When we start imagining something and start believing something, we open up pathways and new possibilities in our brain and then anything is possible. No matter how sceptical you might feel, put aside your cynicism, and be prepared to believe.

My Pregnancy Diary: The Inner Circle Of The First Trimester

Nicola Donnelly | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola Donnelly

Do MI6 know about the deception pregnant women weave to keep their babies secret? If they did, they'd recruit them pretty quickly. Keeping that magnitude of a secret while under difficult physical and emotional pressures is no trivial matter! There is a tradition that most people only tell immediate family until the baby is in the second trimester

A Year Ago I Almost Died

J.J. Barnes | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

A year ago today I was eighteen weeks pregnant and I had contracted swine flu, though at the time nobody knew that.  My mother-in-law came round and found me lying on the sofa in agony, throwing up, and feeling faint.  She was frightened for me and phoned my dad.

I Understand Not Wanting Children

J.J. Barnes | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

I'll hasten to point out that I don't in any way regret my decision to be a mother.  This is not a "what a mistake" type thought.  Indeed, I truly wouldn't have it any other way and if I went back in time I'd still have sex with my idiot ex-husband at the same time on the same day to make sure that the exact same little human was produced from that union.  That doesn't take away my understanding however.

Why Maternal Mental Health Matters

Professor Lesley Regan | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents
Professor Lesley Regan

all women everywhere We must address the stigma associated with mental health. We heard from many women that they fear being seen as a 'bad mother' and having their child taken away from them. Women are frequently made to feel guilty that they're not the 'perfect mother.

When 'I Need A Wee' Becomes More Than Desperate

Lucy Griffiths | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Griffiths

The morning after I gave birth, I got out of bed, and a cascade of wee followed. I had lost all my bladder control. It was so humiliating, and really embarrassing to try and get the nursing staff to come and clean up.

Devices for listening to your baby's heartbeat at home: False reassurance

Helen Miller | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

I urge all pregnant to think before you making a purchase. Midwives and doctors are trained to use these devices. For a health professional, listening to a baby's heartbeat needs to be understood along with the physiology of pregnancy.

10 Things You Only Know When Your Baby Is Overdue

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents

It has been 40 whole weeks, you have paid your pregnancy dues, and now you just want your baby to be out. But apparently your baby didn’t get the m...

Patriarchy Two Point O

Tim Wilson | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Parents
Tim Wilson

We discussed me leaving work. I'd never thought about it, and being honest, the thought of it terrified me. I tried to get to grips with it - giving up a year of work - but I really, really struggled. I realised how much I've been programmed to expect a life of 'old-school masculinity', desk- and duty-bound.

We've Only Gone And Done A Bloody 'Jeremy Kyle'!

Vicky Barbour-Andrews | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Vicky Barbour-Andrews

I was expecting to be peeing on ovulation sticks, crying on the toilet each month as periods came and went and spending a fortune on early pregnancy detection tests as I am just too impatient to wait and see if everyone's least favourite aunt was going to arrive.

Mum Shares The Secret Ingredient In Baby Making (And It's Not What You Expect)

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Parents

Ever wondered how babies are made? Well now one new mum has shared the secret ingredient with the rest of us. Watermelon seeds. Devon Spittle, filmed...

Why 'Procreation' And 'Pleasure' Should Go Hand In Hand When It Comes To Falling Pregnant

Emily Street | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

Through no fault of their own, for many couples who have been trying to conceive for a long period of time - often for many months and even years - the actual physical act of sexual intercourse can become quite perfunctory or regimented.

Tangerine Benefits: This Small Orange Works Miracles!

Victoria Vito | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Vito

Whether you come from a home that sticks tangerines at the bottom of Christmas stockings or you keep a vessel of this orange fruit as an everyday pop of color in the kitchen, this juicy winter citrus is at its peak now.

9 Things Women Wish They Had Known Before Becoming A Mother

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents

The many ways in which becoming a mum changes your life cannot be overstated and knowing what to expect before your baby arrives definitely gives you ...

8 Ways Your Second Pregnancy Is Completely Different To Your First

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Parents

When you’re pregnant with your second child, things happen a little differently to the first time around. That’s not to say you love them any le...

12 Tweets That Sum Up The Ballache Of Morning Sickness

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents

Finding out you are pregnant is life-changing, not least because you’re probably going to get a lot more familiar with your toilet. Morning sicknes...

Desperate To Fall Pregnant? I Know It's Hard, But Try Not To Stress It

Emily Street | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

But as a practitioner of complementary therapies, like hypnotherapy for fertility, it's my overwhelming belief that keeping your stress in check is vital for women either looking to fall pregnant naturally or for those who are going through IVF.

Scientists Can Tell How Many Children You're Going To Have

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents

Ever wanted a more reliable way of finding out how many children you will end up having, rather than resorting to a crystal ball? Well now researchers...