Body positivity blogger Ana Carolina Rojas has nothing to hide, not even the hate she receives from trolls. Rojas was minding her own business, enjoying a beautiful, warm day of sunbathing and sharing it with her followers when a troll attacked.
For many new mums breastfeeding can be fraught with hurdles and insecurities. It’s little wonder, therefore, that new research has revealed that though almost three-quarters (73%) of women in England start breastfeeding after giving birth, less that half (44%) are still doing so two months later. The survey of 500 mothers commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) found that fears about breastfeeding included that it could be painful (74%), prevent them taking medication (71%) and be embarrassing in front of strangers (63%).
Aside from condoms and hormonal contraception, we were curious to find out what methods real life regular ladies were using to avoid unwanted pregnancy. “I feel like a lot of sex is geared towards getting the girl wet enough to facilitate penetrative sex. Everyone should be going for regular sexual health checkups if they’re not in an LTR.
Introducing baby Romeo and Juliet! Is this the cutest coincidence ever? In the cutest coincidence ever two babies called Romeo and Juliet were born in adjoining hospital rooms just hours apart. Morgan and Edwin Hernandez’s baby boy, Romeo, was born at Blufton Hospital in South Carolina on Saturday 18 March.
While not everyone can or wants to nurse their newborn, for many mums breastfeeding their baby can be one of the most memorable moments of motherhood. From subtle, delicate inkings, to colourful scenes that span across entire bodyparts, the hashtag #breastfeedingtattoo on Instagram is awash with breastfeeding ink from women keen to symbolise the time they spent nursing their babies.
First little hat, first booties, hospital nametag…But Rochelle Humes has chosen something a little bit more unusual to celebrate the arrival of her second daughter by opting to have her newborn’s umbilical cord turned into art work and framed. The 27-year-old singer and TV presenter who welcomed her second daughter, Valentina Raine with husband Marvin Humes last week, took to Instagram to share an image of her baby girl’s dehydrated umbilical cord arranged into the word ‘love’ alongside a pot of placenta capsules. According to some experts placenta pills are said to aid recovery after birth, and provide post-birth nutrients to new mums.
The Government has been promising to do more to help working parents in this area for some time now and yesterday the Chancellor outlined their plans for this trickiest of parenting areas. In his budget speech Philip Hammond announced that two million households would be eligible for tax free childcare by the end of the year. Working parents of three and four year olds would be entitled to the extension of free childcare hours from the current 15 to 30 hours, later this year.
Lifestyle blogger Ruth Lee followed all the necessary steps to ensure childbirth was as gentle on her body as possible. The 25-year-old also did something many mums-to-be do these days: followed pregnant models on Instagram, as they, too, shared their journeys and advice. “When they photographed themselves pool-side five minutes postpartum, I thought, ‘Wow! I hope that happens to me!’” Lee admitted in an Instagram post last week.
When any new mum heads out the door with her newborn, her changing bag will likely be laden with baby essentials. Because while it is common practice to toilet train a child of toddler-age and above, some parents are choosing to go nappy-free a heck of a lot earlier. The yoga instructor and freelance journalist refuses to put her two-week-old daughter, Chloe, in nappies and instead has been potty training the little one since birth.
If you need proof that not everything is always what it seems on social media, then look no further than Chrissy Teigen. In a refreshingly honest personal essay for Glamour magazine for their March cover interview, the model and presenter opens up about how life wasn’t quite how she pictured it would be after she and her husband, John Legend, welcomed Luna into the world 11 months ago. “A year ago, in April, John and I started our family together.
Cheryl only recently confirmed her pregnancy with One Direction’s Liam Payne. Posing in a celebrity-filled shot for L’Oreal, the singer stood side-on to fully show off her growing baby bump. Now, she has sent her three million Instagram followers into a frenzy after posting a series of photos promoting her new eyelashes with Eylure.
News of Beyoncé’s twin pregnancy has barely started to simmer down, but there’s another debate about the singer that’s getting the Internet in a tizz. When the ‘Lemonade’ star shared some pictures taken over the Oscars weekend, fans couldn’t help but point out her noticeably more plump looking lips, causing some to wonder if Beyoncé had been experimenting with lip fillers. “Where did Beyoncé get her smile line fillers, I need that doctors number,” one fan tweeted.
You’re also in full time work – so besides cutting out booze, taking folic acid and all that jazz, a big question is this: when is it time to tell your employer? It’s true that there are better times than others to bring it up but, at the same time, there are also a lot of myths flying around about pregnancy and employment. First of all, let’s get one thing straight – legally, you need to inform your employer by the 26th week of your pregnancy.
Remember those teenage pregnancy myths we used to trade in the 6th form common room? You can’t get pregnant while standing up, you can’t get pregnant if you have sex on your period, you can’t get pregnant if you pee straight afterwards?
Is it time to lift the lid on the silent trimester of pregnancy? You’re pregnant! But while catching sight of those double blue lines for the first time should, in theory, kickstart one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, for some mums-to-be, those first 12 weeks of pregnancy can in fact be fraught with fear, fatigue and feeling sick as a dog. Throw a significant threat of miscarriage into the mix and far from being a celebration, the first three months of pregnancy can in fact be a period of mass trepidation.
“A surgery isn’t birth, my dear,” the photographer wrote. A screenshot of the text exchange between the client and the photographer was posted to the Sanctimommy Facebook page. You are having a surgery to remove your baby from your abdomen,” the photographer wrote in the text message.
Speaking on BUILD, a live interview series, the author who is married to musician Tom Fletcher spoke about being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and how she fell quickly after taking fertility drugs metformin and clomid.
The 36-year-old who is mum to Harry, seven, Belle, five and Chester, two, revealed in a rare interview about her family life that far from setting out to climb the career ladder, parenthood was always her biggest goal. The ‘This Morning’ presenter, who recently celebrated her 36th birthday in a cottage with family, also opened up about the work/life juggle and how she finds a balance between her busy career and home life.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge has opened up about the two traumatic births she endured in 2011 and 2012 and revealed that she turned to counselling to help her cope with what happened. Amanda who also has an older daughter 11-year-old Alexa with her husband Chris Hughes, explained that she needed therapy after feeling unable to cope. According to the Birth Trauma Association (BTA) as many as 200,000 women may feel traumatised by childbirth and in the UK alone it is estimated that 10,000 women a year go on to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or symptoms of the disorder, as a consequence of their birth experience.
Just days after announcing her pregnancy via an enviable beach Instagram, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has revealed her growing baby bump to the world. Stepping out for the launch of her collaboration with Paige in LA on Wednesday, the 29-year-old model chose a loose-fitting one-shouldered dress as her first maternity look. The dress, which comes from the model’s Rosie HW x PAIGE collection, features a tied waist and was paired with black ankle boots. You can recreate her entire look by buying the same style for around £200.
Amanda Diesen and Todd Krieg just released what might be the best pregnancy announcement we’ve ever seen. The hilarious announcement photo features Diesen holding a sonogram photo and Krieg, a paraplegic, sticking his tongue out and giving a thumbs up with the words “It still works!” above him.
Aside from the fact that they’re going to get through a fair few of them, new parents often don’t give a second thought to the size of a newborn nappy. The new Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diapers have been specially designed to protect the fragile skin of premature babies, while also helping to encourage healthy growth and development. The World Health Organisation reports that around 15 million babies are born prematurely every year.
Well, ok you don’t necessarily lose all your mates the minute you give birth, but you may find you’re no longer on the same page as your besties. What you need is some mummy mates to help support, guide and gossip your way through the motherhood minefield. Well, step forward new app Peanut, a sort of Tinder for new parents which aims to help hook up mums with similar interests and experiences.
Experts have long been waxing lyrical about the amazing qualities of breast milk when it comes to feeding a baby. Not only does it offer them the perfect blend of nutrition, but breast milk also contains antibodies that can boost your child’s immune system. While, studies have also revealed this to be true, seeing the incredible powers of breast milk with your own eyes, is pretty darned amazing.