If you’re due date is looming, you’re probably already aware that quite soon, there will certain things that you won’t be able to do again for quite a while… So instead of watching box sets of Mad Men and eating chocolate buttons, why not write a list of the things you plan to do pre-baby? ...

Today my son turned 12.   And every year on my son’s birthdays,  I set aside some time, both with them and later when they are asleep without them, to allow my mind to roll back to the day he was born.   I remember the lead up to the day, the combination of overwhelming ...

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 ...

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 ...

If you’re having a hospital birth rather than a homebirth, one of the exciting bits of preparation is packing your bag. But have you remembered our top five items?   Don’t forget your feet Your body is too busy during labour to do things like keep your extremities warm, which is why you can often ...

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 ...

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 ...

  While it’s worth bearing in mind that births don’t always go to plan, it’s helpful to write down your preferences so that you, your partner, your midwife or doctor can see what you’d ideally like to happen when the big day arrives. “So what is a birth plan, exactly?” It’s a handy way of ...