A lot of us go for brand-new when we have our first baby. But in an age of recycling – and credit crunches – does this really make sense… especially when all the nice things get pooed on anyway…?   When you get pregnant, it can feel like a whole new world of retail therapy ...

Pain relief in labour is a much-discussed subject. Too little and it’s hard to cope – too much and you can feel you didn’t know what was going on, and the progression of your delivery can suffer. Which camp are you in when it comes to easing the pain of childbirth?   GIVE ME THE ...

So, you’ve had the same boobs ever since they appeared in puberty, give or take a little weight gain or loss here and there – and suddenly, as soon as you conceive, they change so much it’s like they’ve turned into someone else’s. Check out our top tips for treasuring your chest during the nine-month ...

A line on a pregnancy test is always a good indicator… but as anyone who has tried to conceive will know, it’s not that simple. For a start, pregnancy tests are really expensive, and secondly, it’s easier to look for symptoms first before you head off to the loo wee on a stick. So what ...

You know in films, where the woman suddenly clutches her bump, her waters break everywhere and then about an hour later a baby appears? Well, it’s not (usually) like that at all. Here’s our quick guide for knowing that it’s ‘happening’ – and be warned, labour, especially first time around, can take a while…   ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...