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MOTHERHOOD

  • HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD

    MOTHERHOOD AFTER BREAST CANCER

    At the age of just 31 Annabel Chown was told she had breast cancer. In this honest and inspiring list, she explains how this diagnosis went on to affect all aspects of her life, including relationships, fertility issues, her decision around a double mastectomy and what this would mean if she had a baby…

  • HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD

    HOW MY SON’S TYPE ONE DIABETES DIAGNOSIS CHANGED OUR LIVES

    The moment when Emma Oliver's worst nightmare, of her son being diagnosed with Type One Diabetes, became a reality will stay with her forever. What she describes sounds terrifying. Having being diagnosed with Type One Diabetes herself at the age of 21, she knew what came next, and here she explains the absolute devastation, anger, worry and guilt she has been through since then…

  • MOTHERHOOD, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    MY FIRSTBORN HAS LEFT HOME. WHAT NOW?

    Recently I've heard parents talk about the grief they're feeling as their children leave home for the first time. And it's often completely unexpected. This empty nest syndrome, that Caroline Hanson so eloquently explores in her list, is something she always knew was coming, and is exactly as it should be, yet the pain and emptiness she has felt has left her bereft…

  • EMOTIONAL, HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD

    BECOMING A MUM WHILE LOSING MINE TO ALZHEIMER’S

    There are so many questions you want to ask when having a baby and often, your mum is the first person you turn to. But, Her mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and although she is still here, her mind isn't. This cruel disease has taken away their future together, just when she needed her mum the most…

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD

    HOW I REACHED BURNOUT

    The emotional, physical and mental exhaustion slowly crept up on Flic Taylor, as she struggled through the days, spinning all the plates. Until it was too late, and she quit her job and stayed in bed for three weeks.  It's something I'm so aware of - struggling to juggle all the balls in life is too real sometimes. They get dropped, and I feel like I'm running on empty. But how do we know when it's time to stop? Or when to ask for help?…

  • EMOTIONAL, HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S

    THE REALITY OF A NICU PARENT

    My heart was in my mouth while reading this list from Sam @the_nicu_mummy. The fear and the anxiety around your child being ill is just horrendous. For Sam, her nightmare began during pregnancy and then straight after giving birth, her baby boy was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is somewhere you never hope to find yourself.…

  • EMOTIONAL, MENTAL HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S

    POSTNATAL DEPRESSION

    After my first baby, I was exhausted, lonely, terrified and felt like I was walking through glue, but assumed this was normal; this was how all new mums felt, wasn't it? It was only later, when I looked back, I realised I'd been suffering from postnatal depression. Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week starts tomorrow and with that in mind Iwona Pinkowicz wanted to share her incredibly honest story about how she had to reach breaking point before she was diagnosed with PND...…