Motherhood to me is an open-ended book. All of the chapters are unique but you find yourself repeating and relearning each chapter when you have another child. I began my first chapter in a busy food market in France. I remember feeling very nauseous cursing all the French cheeses, ham and the sweaty locals. 10 ...

Confession.  I gained a lot of weight in each of my pregnancies.  I remember looking wistfully at my still small wrists in my 8th month, and thinking this is the only part of me that has not swelled to thrice its size.  But it all felt kind of fine, because I figured it would all ...

Did you turn the air blue when you were giving birth or stay as cool as a cucumber? And if you’ve got a baby on the way – which of these types will you be?   The potty mouths Potty mouths come out of nowhere. In fact, the quiet ones are the most likely to ...

This is a tiny little tip… but a very, very good one.  If you are in the market to buy a new car to fit the new family in.  Buy an automatic.   When I was pregnant with my first, we had to get a sensible car, which meant the old Saab convertible had to ...

You might find your routine has got a bit less ‘streamlined’ now that there’s an extra little person to think about… But order can be restored – and it’s not just good for you, it’s good for your baby too. Check out our top five tips for getting organised…   A clean sweep Your house ...

It seems really obvious, but the most important thing to me about Motherhood is ensuring that my kids feel 100% loved all the time.  They are like tanks of fuel.  I can tell immediately when they are running on empty; they act up, whine and generally give me a hard time.  This is usually because ...

No More Scary Stories   Why is it that so many women feel compelled to tell pregnant women scary birth stories?  They actually seem to relish passing on the gory details with an expression of cruel delight as they watch the recipient wince and recoil in fear. Like an old soldier describing his battle wounds ...

If you’re thinking of hosting a baby shower – for yourself or a pregnant friend – remember, this is not a normal party. But if a Princess can do it, then so can you. Check out Mama Mio’s tips…   Who? Usually, it’s a best friend or sister that hosts the baby shower. It’s like ...

Pregnancy is a particularly nervous time for women, there are a lot of genuine concerns that go along with making miracles.  As such, it is a time when we are really vulnerable to scaremongering.  The RCOG paper is so generalist and alarmist, I fail to see how it can be helpful.  Women need very clear, ...

Feel like you’re public property now you’ve got a bump? Here are our top five things that make us want to shout, “Leave me alone”… and what to do about them.   “That’s a ten pounder, for sure” Gee, thanks, lady at the checkout in the supermarket. Because it’s my first and I already have ...