Your wonderful world of two has suddenly been usurped by a third.   And lets face it, this little interloper is by far the favourite, cuter, funnier, more loveable than either of you ever have been.  But the new love of your lives is uber demanding of your time, energy and mental focus.   So it ...

Lately I have found myself talking quite a bit with women in various stages of new mamadom about travelling with kids.  And each of these women expressed concern about having to give up their love of travel once they had kids.  They felt that it was an insurmountable mountain to climb with children.   I ...

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…..’  ...

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. ...

It Can Be Totally Overwhelming.   There are things you may be feeling, that no one is really talking about.  I wanted to delve into some of that just because it is really nice to know that you are not alone.  That it is normal.  That it will pass.   I try really hard to ...

Spoiler alert: when you have had your baby, you will still look like you are about six months pregnant, which isn’t ideal when the woman in the cornershop says to you, on one of your first outings with your newborn, “And another one on the way, so soon?”…   Yes, that actually happened to one ...

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 ...

Pregnancy is the biggest challenge your skin will ever face. Think about it… you’re going to grow 30+ inches in 40 weeks and then shrink back down, then in a few years time – hit repeat! Ageing, sun damage, gravity – those all happen over a period of years. Pregnancy happens in a period of ...