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PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY’S

  • BODY IMAGE, EMOTIONAL, MENTAL HEALTH, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S

    BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER

    This one, by Jen Spurr really resonated with me. Having had a a very up and down relationship with my own body for most of my life, I'm now in a good place but as Jen explains, it's taken an awful lot of work to get there. Jen can't remember a time when she didn't have BDD, and she was only able to start healing when she became a mum. She just knew she didn't want to pass these feelings onto her daughters, she wanted to break the cycle. …

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    THE DAY I GAVE BIRTH IN MY BATHROOM

    After the birth of my first baby, I felt completely traumatised and couldn't get the horror out of my head. So when Emily Neumann emailed about suffering birth trauma, I could absolutely identify with those feelings of utter terror, anxiety and aloneness. Emily's waters broke early and everything happened so quickly, she ended up giving birth on her toilet at home. What she went through was incredibly traumatic, and the flashbacks she's had have been unbearable…

  • 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...…

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

    FERTILITY JOURNEY OF A GERIATRIC MUM

    I vividly remember being told that after 35 you are considered geriatric in terms of fertility and pregnancy! The shock! I could have sworn I was young just a moment ago!? Fortunately, the terminology has moved on but doesn't mean find yourself in that bracket isn't without its challenges as Liberty Mills explains...…