Tag: New Mum

This is not what I was expecting

I was hurting. My mind, my body. The inside of my cells felt like they were shrivelling up. I was dirty. Skin cells clumping together, oily hair and dried blood. The idea of what my life would look like now, after giving birth, shattered. Little pieces of me falling to my hospital bed side. Hot, light and […]

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11 Reasons Why New Mums are Gangster

Since becoming a mum, I am much more confident in every day life. I don’t feel the pressure of having to please everyone and I am more focused on what I need to do for my family. I have a sense of freedom even though technically I am less free, I am finally able to follow my […]

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5 Tips for Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Your maternity leave may be the longest length of time you take away from the office. But before you know it, you’ll be tucking away your yoga pants and reacquainting yourself with your work wardrobe. If you’re planning a pregnancy or starting the adoption process, it’s never too early to plan time away from work […]

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Things I Wish I Could Tell My Pregnant Self

Dear Melissa, You are in for a big surprise. Everything you think right now about having a child is wrong. So take a moment and remember this quote.  And now for the list.  The poo is not that bad. Your average tube journey will now feel like a mission into the trenches of World War […]

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How a Sleep Trainer Saved My Life

I am alive. I want to kiss Hannah Love all over her face and throw rainbow sprinkles on her driveway and hire Ryan Gosling to stand at her doorway with a big bouquet of roses like, The day has finally come, I. have. slept. My baby was finally like…… …and I was like.. Honestly I never […]

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The Secret to Get Your Baby to Sleep

Oh how the tables have turned. I am (me!) giving advice on how to help your baby sleep better! WHAT. Who would’ve thought this day would ever come? So let me first say (oh it sounds like I’m about to make a toast) that my baby sleep skills are because of the wonderful Hannah who started her own sleep […]

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Tips for Staying Healthy during Pregnancy

When I imagined being pregnant I always thought my husband would bring me to a room filled with mountains of mint chocolate chip ice cream, with furniture made out of sweets and a big fat marshmallow shaped bear that I could return to eat every day until the baby was born.

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I thought I would be able to happily ingest whatever I please until the baby was born. And afterwards, the calories would just drop off of me. POOF. I am thin again!

The reality was, how do I say this……a bit different.

I found out that you only need 100-200 calories extra a day for the first six months of your pregnancy, after that you need an extra 300 a day. YES. You heard me right. Only 200 calories! My dreams of lounging around all day eating junk melted away. ; )

There’s more.…..I suddenly came to realise that there is actually another brain growing inside me! Surprise, surprise, I am now an adult with big responsibilities. If I wanted that brain to be as smart as mine (hopefully smarter!) I would have to give myself (and obviously the baby) the right nutrients.

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In a giant shock to the system, I ran to the nearest pharmacy (…or rather leisurely opened my laptop) and found the top things a pregnant woman needs in order to stay healthy and GROW THAT MINI BRAIN.

First on the list….

Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are gold to any newly pregnant woman. If you are not sure when to start prenatal vitamins, doctors recommend to before you are actually pregnant, but if you start once you find out, you’ll be fine. They have omega-3 fatty acids that keep your mind sharp, and as I said earlier, stimulate and grow the baby brain cells too. They are made of natural ingredients which are extracted directly from plants! Read more

Muminising – Making More Space to Enjoy Mum Life

My closet is a freakin’ mess. The living room is packed with random elephants and wires and cloth. The kitchen looks like an animal war zone. Don’t even start on the hallway, is there even a hallway there? I can’t see the floors. This may be a slight over-exaggeration, but not far from my reality. […]

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Places and Pick Up Lines to Attract the Perfect Mum Friend

On my mum journey I have found that having mum friends is key to mum success. Diyyaam, I just said “mum” three times in one sentence.  While we all know that mum friends are important, unfortunately there is quite an art to making the perfect mum friends. You can always find a mum friend, but finding a perfect mum friend […]

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5 Things You Do as a New Mum at a Music Festival

I have been so busy with moving house, starting a new job and generally being a working mother that I haven’t had a chance to write a post about my wondrous festival experience at Secret Garden Party Festival that happened back in July. I would highly recommend this festival to anyone. It has everything for […]

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