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New careers for mums with NCT

The NCT and the University of Worcester are offering university-accredited training for mums who'd like to become an NCT practioner. If you’re thinking about returning to study...

Maternity leave

Expecting a baby? Then it’s important to know your maternity rights. They can be a little complicated so here are some basics to get you started. How long?52 weeks are available...

The Third Month Of Pregnancy

After the nausea and the vomiting, you’re now faced with ongoing change. Fortunately, the unpleasant little troubles of the first three months disappear gradually. Number 1 priority...

Announcing your pregnancy

You’ve received the good news, you’ve told your friends and family, and now you have to inform your employer to make sure that your rights are protected. It’s entirely up to when...

Choosing a pushchair

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a pushchair, with so many on the market. Pram or pushchair? Four or three wheeler? How long will it last your child? There are...

Getting baby to sleep

It’s not easy to make sure your new baby settles and sleeps well, and it’s normal to ask yourself certain questions. Will your baby be able to sleep alone? Will he or she be warm...

Pelvic floor exercises

Pelvic floor exercises restore the strength and elasticity of the pelvic floor. But what exactly is the pelvic floor, and why are the exercises necessary? What is the pelvic floor...

Multiple pregnancies

Finding out you're expecting more than one baby is a big surprise! After the initial shock come the questions: how will your pregnancy be different, and what will happen at the birth...

Paternity leave

Who's entitled to paternity leave and when can it be taken? Here's our guide to the ins and outs of paternity leave. Who can take paternity leave? A man can take paternity leave if he...

How To Calculate Your Ovulation Date

Knowing your ovulation date increases your chances of falling pregnant. Here’s our guide to calculating it. The menstrual cycleA woman’s menstrual cycle has three phases, with...

Baby's third month

Your baby is three months old, he’s continually developing, and he likes listening to you and watching you. He starts to tell the difference between when it’s time to sleep and...

Fitness for the family: fun exercises for kids and parents

When it comes to following through with your New Year fitness resolutions, there's no time like the present. You may have resolved to stay in shape but what about the rest of...

The art of letting go: Tips for mums with separation anxiety

Every mother feels anxious about leaving their child for the first time. Be it dropping your kid off at nursery or school, or leaving them with a babysitter for the first time...

15 Not-so-cute Facts About Giving Birth

Anxiety can spike in the months before women, particularly first-timers, give birth. Labour is one of the most stressful processes the human body goes through. Luckily, Mother...

From Sperm Motility to Sperm Count: What Every Couple Needs to Know about His Load

Women change their entire lifestyles to get their bodies ready for growing babies. But since it takes two to tango, it's as important for our men to take a serious look at their...

Why Do Kids Cut Themselves? Understanding Self-Harm In Children

Self-harm, or purposefully cutting, pulling hair, burning, and bruising one's body, can begin as early as 7 years old. It's difficult to fathom that your child could be deliberating...

8 Real Life Struggles Every Woman Has During Pregnancy

There's no doubt that those nine months of pregnancy are completely worth it when you're suddenly face-to-face with your baby, but that doesn't mean that being pregnant is all...

These Parents Had *The* Most Creative Pregnancy Annoucement Ideas We've Ever Seen

When word spread that Beyonce might be pregnant, naturally, everyone freaked out. However, it didn't take long until the Instagram photo in question, which revealed the singer...

Garden Roots: Floral and Fauna Names For Spring Babies

Spring is in bloom and showering us with an embarrassment of baby name riches. Whether it be blossoms or birch trees that inspire you, here are 25 names for boy and girl sprouts...

11 Things You Did Before You Had Kids

Children are a parent's pride and joy, but sometimes it's impossible not to think about what life was like before they were born. Remember all the things you used to do before...

Photographer Captures Powerful Images of His Girlfriend’s Labour

Giving birth is usually a private moment shared between only you and your partner but photographer Gustavo Gomes decided to break the boundary of what's acceptable during labour...

This Picture Of A Breastfeeding Bride Is The Best Thing You'll See All Day

On your wedding day, the photographer is there to capture those little moments that may seem insignificant to you, but really encapsulate the feeling of the day. No easy feat...

7 Reasons Why You'll Definitely Be a Cool Mum

And as someone who's always been especially tight with her mother, I've also gone through my entire life experiencing exactly what it means to be a "cool mum." So if you've ever...

Time To Get Playful! 10 Christmas Craft Ideas For Kids

Looking for simple play ideas for the holidays? Nurture your kids' creative spirits with fun loving crafts for Christmas. Whether it's a glittery ornament to pimp out your tree...

The Perfect Baby Bath: 10 Tips On How To Bathe A Baby

Want to make sure you're making the most of your baby's bath time? We know how important it is for you and your little one, and not just for the bonding experience but for her...

People Are Having A Hard Time Accepting That This Fitness Model Is Six Months Pregnant

It's not the first time this fitness model has come under fire for how she carries during pregnancy. Now six months pregnant with her second child and still very much displaying...

25 Fashion Hacks For A Faff-Free School Run

Emerging from your morning routine like a total glamazon is what every mum dreams of but somewhere in between buttering morning bagels, lunchbox prep and dressing screaming kids...

A Letter To The Father Who Walked Out On Me

We both know you're not expecting a card or a gift this Father's Day because let's face it you don’t deserve it. Dear Dad, or more accurately, to ‘the man who made my existence...

Brewed With Love: Lager-guzzling Men Parody Pregnancy Photoshoots, Cradling Their Beer Bellies

The semi-naked pregnancy photoshoot has almost become a rite of passage for expectant women in recent years but now it seems the fathers-to-be want in on the action. Men can now...

Mum Shows The Not-So-Blissful Reality Of Breastfeeding

Instagram is a bottomless pit of blissful breastfeeding photos. Breastfeeding while at yoga, breastfeeding with skin a-glowing like some kind of other-worldly goddess, breastfeeding...

After the birth

When your baby is born, tests and examinations will be carried out on you and your baby to make sure all is well. Make the most of the first precious few days of motherhood to...

The fourth month of pregnancy

You're into the fourth month of your pregnancy. At this time, a lot of mums-to-be find that they’re getting bigger and rounder and it’s not unusual to hear them crying out: “Baby's...

Ultrasound scans

Read up on how an ultrasound scan is performed and when you should have one. An ultrasound scan uses high frequency sound waves to create a screen image of your womb and surrounding...

Essential clothing for baby

Clothing is generally the first thing that mums-to-be buy when they’re pregnant. Who can resist those cute miniature-sized items of clothing! Here’s a summary of the essential...

Reflux in babies

Reflux is when the contents of the stomach come back up towards the mouth after feeding. Read about the complications of reflux and treatments for babies. RefluxReflux in babies...

Analysing children's drawings

When children draw, they carefully choose their materials, crayons, colours, patterns, plus the size and position of what they want to draw. Children's drawings are unique and...

Family secrets

History and literature are full of them and celebrities spread them in the press. What do family secrets hide? Is it a good idea to reveal the whole truth? Good and bad secrets So...

Supermum Kim Clijsters nets Grand Slam victory

After taking a two-and-a-half year baby break, Belgian tennis ace Kim Clijsters has capped an incredible comeback to competitive tennis by winning her second US Open title. The...

15 Stylish But Practical Afro Hairstyles For Your Little Girl

One of the best things about having afro hair is that you can switch it up whenever you want. Since you are always changing your do, it's only right your little girl follows suit...

Would You Trust An App To Look After Your Baby?

The Sproutling baby monitor is an interesting new device that guarantees to make parenting a lot easier. It doesn't just alert you to your baby's cries - it actually predicts...

The Embarrassing Pregnancy Problems No One Talks About

Being pregnant ain't a walk in a park. In fact, it kind of sucks. Yes, there are some ladies who love their pregnancy. And then there are some who will NEVER let their kids forget...

Breastfeeding equipment

Have you chosen to breastfeed? If you have then it's good to know that specialised equipment exists to make the process of breastfeeding easier. ClothesComfort is essential for...

Your pregnancy kit for mother and baby

To ease yourself into motherhood, prepare everything you'll need for yourself and your baby a month before you're due to give birth. Plan in advance for the birthEquip yourself...

Breech birth

At birth, almost 95% of babies are positioned headfirst, which makes delivery easier. But for 2 to 3% of births, the baby is positioned feet first: this is known as a breech birth...

Tiredness, dizziness and pains in pregnancy

Excessive tiredness is common during the 1st trimester of pregnancy because of the hormonal changes, and the nausea and sickness which reduce your food intake. Tiredness in pregna...

Baby development week 14 | New baby blog

Baby development week 14 - 100 days old. Baby Passport Naly’s passport arrived this week, I was very excited, this means we can go abroad for holidays! We recently booked a big...

Sciatica in pregnancy

Sciatica in pregnancy manifests itself through pain that spreads towards the bum and leg area Check with your GP to make sure that your pregnancy is the only cause of your sciatica...

Anger management for children

When you think about anger management for children, you probably visualise toddler tantrums, time outs and the naughty step. Unfortunately, anger issues aren’t restricted to the...

Sickness in pregnancy | Vomiting in pregnancy

Sickness and vomiting in pregnancy are two of the most frequent afflictions encountered during pregnancy. They occur in almost one in two pregnancies, and begin soon after you...

Daily Mail shocker: fat women have sex too…

I saw this story in the Daily Mail today (I was looking for work reasons, not for pleasure), and just had to comment…. When I saw it, it was one of the lead stories on...

Everything You Need To Know About Your Waters Breaking

The idea of your waters breaking during pregnancy can be a bit of a weird concept to get your head around. Everything you need to know about your waters breaking Most people imagine...

First signs of teething: How to spot and soothe

It can be pretty distressing for you and your baby when they are teething. It's painful for them and as a parent you can feel like there's nothing you can do to help them out...

Marks & Spencer Are Praised For Selling Special Needs Vests For Children

As a parent of children with special needs, everyday tasks can already be pretty strenuous. There are plenty of things that these parents know could make their lives much simpler...

Five-year-old Boy Drew A Picture Of His Mum On Her Period And He Deserves A Medal

In a world where we're discouraged from talking about the monthly - and totally natural and vital - phenomenon that is the female period, it's refreshing to know that the young...

9 WTF Birth Traditions From Around The World

Welcoming a lil' cutie into the world is an amazing experience that binds all women together, regardless of race or nationality. Yet, the customs surrounding a baby's birth differ...

15 Epic Fears That EVERY Mum Suffers From

Oh, motherhood - it's a beautiful, rewarding, and totally anxiety-inducing state of being! The worries and fears that invade your mind once you become a parent are overwhelming...

15 Things Kids Do That Make Parents Go Crazy

There's no point in beating around the bush: kids are amazing at being annoying. Don't think for one second that your kids are angels because they're not. Yeah, they certainly...

10 Halloween Craft Ideas You Can Do With Your Kids!

These are crafts you can do the day OF Halloween to bring in some last minute holiday cheer! Ghost Lollipop Bouquet A simple and fun DIY craft that won't break the bank. Find...

These Easter Egg Hunt Clues Will Keep Your Children On Their Toes

Spring has sprung and Easter is just around the corner. On April 16 children will be searching their gardens and knocking each other over just to find the eggs their parents have...

Smiley And SO CUTE! Check Out These Amazing Pictures Of Happy Babies

We're getting pretty broody over here... British photographer Sandi Ford knows what parents are talking about when they say they want their babies to look as cute as humanly possible...