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Pregnancy: Health and beauty advice and tips for pregnant women

Wondering what skincare to use when you're pregnant, how to keep fit during pregnancy or what to expect from childbirth? Read on for our expert features on everything from pregnancy and nutrition to post-natal depression and breastfeeding, as well as real life stories from mums on how they deal with motherhood

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The Postnatal Diaries 3: Why I had my placenta made into pills

August 12th 2018 / Susannah Taylor

Capsules made from freeze-dried placenta are said to help beat postnatal depression and lift fatigue. Susannah Taylor was sceptical until friends raved about them. So with baby number 3 she signed up - and this is what happened >>>

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The Postnatal Diaries 2: The realist's guide to breastfeeding after baby No.3

July 22nd 2018 / Susannah Taylor

In the second of her postnatal posts, Susannah Taylor talks cracked nipples, the pressure to breastfeed and how the Louise Parker ‘body back’ plan is beginning to work its magic >>>

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The postnatal diaries: getting my body back on track after baby No.3

July 3rd 2018 / Susannah Taylor

With her baby now 4 months old, Susannah Taylor decides it's time to tackle her post-baby 'jelly belly'. In her new fortnightly column, she gives her honest account of birth, her postnatal body and getting her health and fitness back with the Louise Parker Method >>>

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The breastfeeding myth that Serena Williams wants to bust

July 2nd 2018 / Anna Hunter

The seven time Wimbledon champion has been open about the highs and lows of resuming her sporting career after becoming a mother, and there’s one particular subject that she wants other women to be informed about… >>>

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Why taking a break from your pill isn’t the “detox” you were promised

May 22nd 2018 / Anna Hunter

“Clean” contraception and taking a “cleanse” from hormonal contraception is increasingly touted as the natural option and better for your health. We predict a ‘clean eating’ style backlash, and here’s why >>>

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Fajah Lourens: “Cellulite is the thing that women ask me about most"

May 10th 2018 / Anna Hunter

Fitness phenomenon Fajah Lourens talks honestly about what can realistically be done about cellulite. From painful treatments to lifestyle changes, she’s tried them so you don’t have to… >>>

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A realistic ‘trying for a baby’ timeline if you’re 35+

May 4th 2018 / Anna Hunter

If you’re planning a ‘honeymoon’ baby or want to improve your chances of getting pregnant in the near future, here’s your ‘need to know’ on starting a family later, from tweaking your diet to when to stop taking contraception >>>

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I used a contraceptive app - and got pregnant

May 2nd 2018 / Anna Butterworth

Anna Butterworth wanted a contraceptive that didn’t have a negative impact on her mental or physical health, or the environment. She switched to a contraceptive app, and ended up having an experience she didn't bargain for as a result. Here’s her story >>>

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The absolute essentials for a newborn (Royal) baby

April 23rd 2018 / Emma Bartley

Royal or not, don’t even think about going to the hospital to give birth until you’ve assembled this must-have kit for mums and newborns says Emma Bartley >>>

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Everything you need to know about your abs after birth

April 11th 2018 / Anna Hunter

From diastasis recti to resisting the pressure of “bouncing back” to your pre-baby body, here’s how pregnancy may affect your abs, how to strengthen yours safely and a pep talk from women who’ve seen their stomach change and are cool with that >>>

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What your vaginal discharge is trying to tell you

April 4th 2018 / Anna Hunter

It’s the topic that sexual health experts are asked about the most, from women of all ages. From smell to post-sex secretions and douching, here’s your ‘no holds barred’ guide to what’s “normal”, and what’s not >>>

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10 sleep rules for new mums - from someone who's been there

March 16th 2018 / Emma Bartley

Sleep deprivation is as debilitating as being drunk. Whether it's insomnia or a baby keeping you awake at night, sleep expert Dr Guy Meadows has given Emma Bartley some tips on coping >>>

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Why aren’t more women buying and carrying condoms?

February 20th 2018 / Anna Hunter

1 in 5 of us feel embarrassed to buy them, but a ‘by women’ brand of condoms is looking to change all of that. Here’s how HANX is set to change your sex life, and tired old stereotypes at the same time… >>>

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Stress, sex and sperm: what a fertility expert wants you to know

February 14th 2018 / Anna Hunter

Emma Cannon has been helping women to conceive for over 20 years. Here are the main issues she comes across, some of which may surprise you… >>>

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The Wonder Down Under: the vagina book that the world needs

February 13th 2018 / Anna Hunter

From shattering ‘the hymen myth’ to learning the truth about the clitoris (it’s FAR larger than you probably realise) and underlining how great discharge can really be, here’s why girls, women and humans everywhere should add this to their reading list… >>>

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The modern woman’s guide to contraception

February 12th 2018 / Anita Sturnham

Out of all the contraception options out there, which one’s right for you? Dr Anita Sturnham explains the factors that you should bear in mind when making your choice >>>

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The 25 most irritating things about pregnancy

January 26th 2018 / Emma Bartley

From the oversharing of strangers to the permanent need to empty your bladder, Emma Bartley reveals the most irksome things she had to put up with when pregnant >>>

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"Money gives me the freedom not to have certain worries, but you still go through bad things, that's being human"

January 23rd 2018 / Susannah Taylor

Beauty entrepreneur, heiress and reality TV star Tamara Ecclestone on being judged, breastfeeding her 4-year-old and why being wealthy doesn’t solve all life’s issues. >>>

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What mums really want for Christmas

December 25th 2017 / Emma Bartley

Forget the traditional books and bath products and give the mums in your life something that we can actually use. Like a time machine so we can go back to our old lives for a lie-in >>>

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New study shows paying mums could boost breastfeeding levels

December 12th 2017 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

But is it as simple as that and is a rewards-based system really best? >>>

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Would you use an app to prevent unwanted pregnancy?

December 11th 2017 / Anna Hunter

The number of UK women using the Natural Cycles app as a form of contraception has risen from 5000 last year to 125,000 this year. Is contrapp-ception set to take over from more traditional birth control methods? >>>

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"I was losing weight and feared I was harming my unborn baby"

December 7th 2017 / Susannah Taylor

Morning sickness could be linked to a healthy pregnancy, which may be welcome news for expectant mothers everywhere, especially those like the Duchess of Cambridge who experience the extreme form, Hyperemisis Gravidarum. Pregnant Susannah Taylor talks to four women who suffered badly, about how they coped >>>

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Prominent vaginal mesh campaigner Chrissy Brajcic, dies from sepsis

December 5th 2017 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

The mother of two had suffered from numerous infections since being fitted with the scandal-hit mesh after childbirth. Her battle is one that many UK women will relate to according to recent stats and hopefully new NICE guidelines will lead to better regulation >>>

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Depression and workplace discrimination: why mums need more support

November 29th 2017 / Anna Hunter

A survey has revealed that over a third of mums experience mental health problems, with many facing external criticism and unfair treatment at work to a far greater degree than fathers. Here’s why we need to prioritise mothers' mental health and stamp out maternity discrimination… >>>

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Egg freezing: by women who’ve been there, or decided not to

November 23rd 2017 / Anna Hunter

Rita Ora revealed that she froze her eggs in her early 20s, but how does it feel to embark on the egg freezing process, and what are the physical, financial and emotional costs? Two women told us their experiences >>>

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