Breastfeeding is all sorts of fabulous – challenging, rewarding, great for you and your baby. Oh and convenient, free… the list goes on. But the one thing it shouldn’t be is painful.   If your nipples are sore when you start breastfeeding, it might be that they’re just getting used to the hungry sucking of ...

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 ...

My motherhood makes me feel like one lucky lady. I was diagnosed with endometriosis at the grand old age of 23 and 6 months later told babies were not a certainty. Crazy menopausal drugs followed, which brought tropical hot flush moments aplenty. At this point doctors warned me to not wait for a career, a ...

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 ...

My wedding day mantra was: Enjoy the moment. I repeated it throughout the day and primed my friends to whisper it in my ear at opportune moments.   What I didn’t want to do was spend the time walking up the aisle thinking about saying my vows, or on the way to reception wondering whether ...

“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 ...

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 ...

As I sit here absolutely comatose with jet lag – I am filled with vivid memories of the months after giving birth and the feeling of such immense exhaustion that another step felt almost impossible.   Prior to having children, my habit was 8-9 hours a night.  I have always been a prolific sleeper, a ...