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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.

Tips on preparing to adopt a little one

After a long wait, you’re about to welcome your new son or daughter into your family. This will likely be an exciting time for you and other family members, one that you’ve dreamed of for some time. In this piece I give you some tips on this process, and how to look after your own mental wellbeing too.

When Words Cut

Out of the window flew my visions and preparations for a water birth. But I had a deep respect for the reality of the situation, and I agreed that a planned C-section would be the best bet. So, with my heart beating out of my chest, and with the help of an incredible team of medics, I gave birth to my first child.

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Please note: some of this content was written in 2019. Please follow current coronavirus government guidance at all times.

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