“Do you know what it is?” The standard response when you’re pregnant is that you don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl, as long as it’s healthy. But the truth is, some of us have a sneaky preference…   If you’re pregnant with your first baby, there are long evenings of eating chocolate ...

If I am honest I think I have always wanted to be a mum. I was the youngest of four children and I was always keen for my mum to have another baby so I could help her look after it. But quite rightly she felt four was enough…   My twenties were quite full-on ...

By Alice Grist   Having a baby shower was not for me. I toyed with the idea, was encouraged by some, and even got as far as setting a date and venue. But the thing is, despite me being half American and having baby showers in my blood, I could not justify the fact that ...

I think a lot of women spoil their man by redirecting all of their maternal energy onto him before actually having babies. We have all this maternal instinct and in the absence of a baby we tend to baby our menfolk.  ‘Let me do that for you, get that for you, find that for you…..’  ...

Did you, like us lot here at Mama Mio, grow up with a definite list of names you were going to call your offspring – only to discover when you got pregnant that your other half wasn’t really ‘on board’ with any of your ideas?   Not surprising really, considering they ranged between your favourite ...

Moments of control to moments of utter chaos – pretty much sum up the past five years for me. As a mother of two girls, with a 17-month age gap between them, it’s been busy. And, if I’m brutally honest not always that much fun. I had a difficult (albeit natural) birth with my first ...

By Alice Grist   Before you have a baby everyone has a story to share or a warning to give. You take it all in, some of it you disregard; convinced it will be different for you. Other stuff no one tells you, and perhaps it’s best that way. A lot of the stuff about ...

You are my sunshine…   (My only sunshine – You make me happy when skies are grey.)   Whenever I speak with new mamas (almost all mamas actually) I hear the dichotomy of the strong, strong magnetic pull towards baby and the slightly guilty need to break away and rediscover herself as a single entity. ...

So, you’re pregnant – which means a lot of changes, including a different schedule for your day. Check out our tips for making the most of every 24 hours you spend with your bump…   Rise and shine If lying in bed is uncomfortable or your baby is an early bird and starts kicking at ...

Not having a mother of my own for over a decade, and losing multiple babies at varying stages of pregnancy as a result of a rather nasty immune problem, meant I never took my motherhood for granted for a single second. I developed cancer in my eighth month of pregnancy and so, the delicious promise ...