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Life in Recovery from Post Viral Fatigue

Can you remember the last time you had the flu? Perhaps you had pain in your glands, a sore throat, a blocked nose, aching bones, exhaustion, a headache or nausea. Maybe you had to go to bed or perhaps you had to battle through because you needed to care for your children. Whatever your circumstances […]

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When are you losing the baby weight?

I realised this week it was time to rethink my personal style when a very nice lady offered me her seat on the Tube. I guess I wasn’t rocking the floaty top, boxy jacket and scarf quite how I intended. I declined not only the seat but the opportunity to inform her I wasn’t pregnant, […]

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The Saatchi Bill: Will you help change medical history‏?

How would you feel if you were told that your child or loved one was seriously ill? What if doctors told you that their medical condition was incurable? …And rare? …And that there were few effective treatments or cures available – perhaps none at all? How would you feel? It is undoubtedly a nightmare scenario […]

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The Inoculation Proclamation

We recently had a health scare with Elizabeth, our youngest daughter. I’d received a phone call from her nursery to be told she was presenting some very worrying symptoms. The staff thought it could be very serious indeed but a fraught dash to our GP for an emergency appointment proved it was, thankfully, a false […]

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Review: Dentinox eye wipes for babies

As a new parent, one of the first things we need to learn is how to keep baby clean. The eyes can be a particularly challenging area especially as tear ducts develop, while a baby is weaning or when baby is poorly. Dentinox Eye Wipes, a new product, are a sterile way to help gently […]

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Post-natal depression – the monster that eats mums

Jen blogs at Instinctive Mum and is a mum to three wonderful children, she has suffered either prenatal or post natal depression with each of them. 18 months ago after the birth of her third child, it hit her the hardest. Having suffered before she was realistic about the implications of having a third child. However she wasn’t prepared […]

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A sick child can contaminate half her class at playtime

Does this scene sound familiar? Your child wakes up saying her throat feels funny. You feel her forehead, and she’s slightly warm. She can’t be home sick today, so you give her some Calpol, hoping it brings down her fever. She picks at her breakfast, but says she feels better, so you drop her at the […]

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Bribes for breastfeeding: A dad’s opinion

I appreciate I’m a bit late to wade in on the bribes for breastfeeding debate. I hope you’ll excuse my tardiness but I’ve been looking after a child that had a stomach bug. With my apologies out the way, I’m trying to get my head around the idea that women in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire […]

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Should mums be paid to breastfeed? BritMums on Sky News

BritMums co-founder Jennifer Howze got up early this morning to go into the Sky News studios to comment on the controversial new research that is compensating mums to breastfeed by giving them Matalan, John Lewis and Mothercare vouchers. What do you think? Would the money be better spent educating new mums? Or does a bribe really work, […]

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Smile: Oral-B reveals what you need to know about healthy gums

A beautiful smile begins with healthy gums, which is the subject of our #OralBLoveYourGums Linky Challenge this month — an opportunity to celebrate a healthy mouth and win 1 of 10 £100 shopping vouchers. As part of that, we’re featuring this valuable advice about gum health, featuring important advice that affects parents, women undergoing IVF, […]

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Do you support the Saatchi Medical Innovation Bill?

“When you really believe in something, that’s when it’s really time to go for it.” – Dick Fosbury speaking in September 2013. In the 1960s, one man – Dick Fosbury – developed a new way for athletes to clear the high jump. He saw how things were done, thought there was a better way to […]

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Depression, PND and mental health – what to do next

Depression and mental health still carry a stigma and for those not suffering it is very difficult to understand but here Lisa from Hollybobbs shares her experience and hopes it helps others to take action. I have suffered with depression on and off since I was eighteen. I remember the first doctor I saw didn’t […]

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Judy Murray leads Britain into sport

How important is sport in your family? Judy Murray is the driving force behind Set4Sport a scheme aimed at getting Britain’s kids moving and Alice Langley went along to find out more about it I come for a sporty family. I come from a competitive family. My father has worked in professional football for all […]

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Really? OK! Magazine’s apology misses the mark

I love Katy Hill. In addition to being an awesome presenter with a BAFTA, she’s a BritMums regular and a huge oversharer. Just read her blog. She also led the Twitter campaign this week to boycott OK Magazine in retaliation to their pathetic cover story about the Duchess of Cambridge and their suggested “post-baby weight […]

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Daddy’s on a health kick

I’ve been doing this parent thing for a little over four years now and in that time it has definitely had an impact on my physical fitness. Going back a few years, I was an avid runner. I once finished the British 10K in 49 minutes and at school the killer 400 metre sprint was […]

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The day I discovered breast cancer in my family

Did you know that breast cancer can run in families? There’s been a lot being said about this in the media right now. Last week, Angelina Jolie spoke out bravely about choosing to have a double mastectomy. She’d discovered that she had a genetic fault (which can be passed down from one generation to the […]

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Febrile Convulsions – Would you know what to do?

Would you know what to do if you woke to find your baby having a seizure in the night?  Stephanie did not and so when she found her eight month old daughter convulsing in her cot she was terrified. Here Stephanie passes on her knowledge in the hope that no one may ever needs it […]

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NCT vs NHS: Is it worth paying for antenatal classes? 


With a hefty price tag, many mothers can’t afford to sign up to antenatal classes run by the National Childbirth Trust. But when Emily Payne was told by her midwife that the alternative offered by the National Health Service was not always up to scratch, she couldn’t decide what to do. In the end, she […]

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