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Why single parents need self-care

The concept of looking after ourselves in order to show our children how to value their own health is important. Carving out space for me is an ongoing challenge - those minutes don’t just appear, and there are fewer than I would like - but it is essential, and it places mental health high up on the family agenda.

Why is it so difficult to ask for help?

I remember that feeling so well. Waking up every morning and trying to bury my feelings for the whole day. Ignoring my instinct as it told me repeatedly that something was wrong. Carrying on, because, well, I had to carry on. But speaking up was the best thing I ever did.

How new mums can get more work-life balance

There are so many challenges in returning to work after maternity leave: juggling work, home and nursery drop-offs; sleep deprivation; less time to ourselves; and settling back into our role at work. A lot of women also face challenges around confidence.

Eating well in the fourth trimester

During your pregnancy, if you spent more time thinking about how your baby would arrive compared to how you were going to look after yourself in the postnatal phase, you would not be alone. The fourth trimester is a phase like no other.

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