When it comes to our babies, size doesn’t matter

I hesitate to use the phrase ‘inspired by’ but I was sufficiently incensed by this post from lovely Katie at Heels and Hooves about the disgracefully insensitive and downright rude comments directed at her about the size of her baby daughter Lottie, that I felt like I should back her up. As the mother of… Continue reading When it comes to our babies, size doesn’t matter

#WorkingMumsClub · Parenting

Meet the #WorkingMumsClub: Jen of Tidy Tot

For the second in my ‘Meet the #WorkingMumsClub’ series, I was delighted to have a little chat with mumpreneur Jen, who juggles three children along with running her own business. Jen came up with the idea for Tidy Tot, a clever bit of kit which makes baby and toddler mealtimes a lot less messy, and… Continue reading Meet the #WorkingMumsClub: Jen of Tidy Tot

Health · Maternity Matters

Maternity Matters #MyBirthMyBody campaign

I’ve written a post for the Maternity Matters website I co-edit, to support our #MyBirthMyBody campaign, raising awareness of issues surrounding postnatal body image along with those of bodily autonomy during pregnancy and childbirth. I’d urge you to check out the amazing video featuring some brave c-section mums showing off their scars, and to read my post about perceptions of body image and how mums can accept their new ‘normal’.

We’d love to hear your experiences of the issues raised in the post – Tweet us @MaternityMattrs and use the hashtag #MyBirthMyBody to join the conversation.


#WorkingMumsClub · Parenting

Meet the #WorkingMumsClub: Hannah of Budding Smiles

In my recent post about returning to work after maternity leave, I threw open the doors to the #WorkingMumsClub and invited the world of gainfully employed mothers to come in and have a sit down with a well-earned brew and a KitKat (we’re easily pleased). If you’d like to join too, keep an eye on… Continue reading Meet the #WorkingMumsClub: Hannah of Budding Smiles

Health · Maternity Matters

The Tommy’s Awards 2016 and why Maternity Matters

Last week I had the absolute honour and privilege of attending the Tommy’s Awards, where I was shortlisted for the Mum’s Voice award. Tommy’s is a charity very close to my heart, having been the first cause I chose to support following my experience of pre-eclampsia in my first pregnancy. To be nominated, over 5… Continue reading The Tommy’s Awards 2016 and why Maternity Matters

Health · Reviews

review: postnatal pilates with dr joanna helcke

Unbelievably, Jake is already approaching his half birthday, which also means I’m coming to the end of the six month postnatal Pilates programme from Dr Joanna Helcke. I had the opportunity to start the accompanying pregnancy side of the programme while I was expecting, but suffering from ongoing pelvic pain which made just getting around… Continue reading review: postnatal pilates with dr joanna helcke

Health · Maternity Matters

the tommy’s awards 2016: mum’s voice award

I received an incredible surprise this morning in the form of an email from Tommy’s, the baby charity, letting me know that I have been longlisted for the Mum’s Voice Award, sponsored by Seraphine, in the upcoming Tommy’s Awards 2016! Last night I was thrilled to congratulate my wonderful friends Susanne of Ghostwritermummy and Leigh… Continue reading the tommy’s awards 2016: mum’s voice award

Health · Maternity Matters

we need to talk about baby loss

There are many sensitive subjects that are considered ‘taboo’; personal circumstances that we just aren’t supposed to talk about in polite society in case other people are offended. Heaven forbid we should make someone feel uncomfortable with our unpalatable problems. In some cases you can appreciate this being the way of things, but a lot… Continue reading we need to talk about baby loss

Lucky Dip · Running

#Miles4MAMA – the challenge is on!

I mentioned in my recent post about my difficult postnatal recovery that I was planning an exciting fitness challenge to raise awareness and hopefully funds for MAMA Academy, the charity I volunteer for as General Manager and trustee. MAMA Academy aims to help more babies arrive safely by supporting mums through pregnancy and providing up… Continue reading #Miles4MAMA – the challenge is on!