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One of the more overlooked problems when it comes to pregnancy is getting a good night of sleep. Of all the things to do before your baby arrives, it’s important to prepare yourself for a couple of difficult nights because it’s hard to get accustomed to the added weight and stress on your body. Thankfully, there are many well-established tips to help you get a better night of sleep when you’re pregnant.
more “How To Get a Better Night of Sleep During Pregnancy”
Back in January 2019 I joined #TeamMum. At the time, I had no idea what that meant, what I was getting myself into, or what exactly was expected of me. But, there was something about the invite to that late January charity kick starter; the suggestion of supporting Mums in rural Kenya that told me instinctively to attend the launch shindig and the rest is history.
more “#TeamMum 2020 ; Women supporting women supporting women @childdotorg”
Congrats and welcome to the exciting first phase to motherhood — pregnancy. Now’s the time to celebrate the wonderful journey you have started. However, pregnancy isn’t easy, and you must stay healthy, so your baby is healthy.
more “Guest post: Foods to avoid during pregnancy”
Back in the throes of new motherhood, I remember one cupboard being full of tubs of sudocrem that had been gifted to me by well wishers and friends who had walked the path of motherhood before me.
more “Handbag heroes #MyLittleSudocrem (Ad) plus #giveaway”
Motherhood. Here in the U.K. it’s finally become okay to open up and talk about how tough it can be. The sleepless nights, the never ending nappies, the loss of identity. Let alone the unexpected health issues which can crop up along the way – breastfeeding troubles, tongue tie, post natal depression, constipation, lactose intolerance…I could go on but let’s face it, we all know the score.
more “#SellOneThing – My fundraising campaign for #TeamMum @Childdotorg”
I guess I’ve always been a collector of things. Not in a hoarder next door kind of way, but just in an appreciation for lovely trinkets, complete sets, or just random things in different phases of my life. I can never come home from the beach without a pocket full of shells. more “Collecting Lamaze, collecting memories + Freddie Firefly #Giveaway with @LamazeOnline”
I was asked by Future Foundations to write a letter to my pregnant self as part of their campaign to raise awareness and funds to build a maternal waiting home in Tigray, Ethiopia. This maternity wing acts as a safe place for high risk expectant mothers to stay nearby to the hospital, speak to other expectant mothers and medical advisors, and most importantly be within easy access to 24 hour emergency care. more “A letter to my pregnant self #FutureFoundations”
Over the last few weeks we have had to face something we’ve been putting off for a while now. You could say we have put it at the back of our minds, or more accurately, shoved it in the top of our house. more “Mass Exodus : When it’s time to clear the baby gear”
I have to start this post by confessing I’m not entirely sure if it’s the right thing to do. But, it equally felt so wrong to publish the first post after this weekend with a review of the latest in kids umbrellas, or the top annoying habits of our household. I need to stop and pay tribute to a very special little girl, and her Mummy Louise who I have come to think of as a friend and a pivotal member of our #coolmumclub community. more “Broken hearts and goodbyes #HLHS #CHDAwareness”
Before we had the kids, I’d say my nappy changing skills were, along with my parenting skills, pretty basic. I guess I kind of had a head start, as I have four younger siblings who were all born after my teenage years, so although I probably didn’t jump at every opportunity, there must have been the odd nappy change in there in all my babysitting stints. But, nothing prepared me for the onslaught that the nappy changing days would bring to our finances, our technique and our squeamishness. I mean, you really know you’re a mum when you’re openly describing the colour and texture of your newborn’s bowel movement openly and with gusto. more “Changing nappies, Changing times: A Bepanthen giveaway – Win £50 John Lewis voucher & 6 months supply of Bepanthen”