MS and Pregnancy

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is more common than most people realise. It has a long history and is well documented through the centuries. Specialists at Southampton hospital tell us more. Who gets MS,...

Epilepsy and Pregnancy

There are many issues for women with epilepsy, not least planning a family. In this article we outline topics you should discuss with your Doctor or nurse specialist, and show you where...

The Fear Factor

In the coffee shop this morning, a group of women on the table next to mine were deep in conversation, probably antenatal friends catching up over coffee, two of which were heavily pregnant....

Diary of a Mum: (10) Choosing a school

Back in the good ole days, ‘choosing’ a school meant checking out the one in your catchment had nothing more sinister than the odd off-the-rails glue sniffer and a dinner lady with a...

Diary of a Mum: (5) Three boys under 5, an incontinent dog, a husband...

You know your toddler is wearing you down when your mate turns to you in the middle of melee that is the six o clock witching hour, asks “did you put the bottle...

Diary of a Mum: (4) Morning after a curry

Nothing can stop the 24-7 whirlwind world of motherhood for Claire Bates. Not even a suspect curry and a disasterous lack of Andrex. So I’m sat on the loo, knickers around my ankles...

Diary of a Mum: (3) Claire Bates mourns the passing of proper parties

What happened to musical statues, mass tantrums, E-numbers and the Cokey on a loop? Where did the halcyon days of chocolate crispie cakes and picking snowball marshmallows out of pigtails go? Not-so-yummy muumy,...

Diary of a Mum: (2) Finding Mothercare Challenging

Wanted: 33-year-old woman, about 5ft 5ins-5ft 7ins tall, last seen in an Alfa estate car (with roof box), flashing at young boys. Do not approach her. She’s a new mother and liable ...

Diary of a Mum: (1) Wadding Waxing and Wailing

Claire Bates is basking in the beautiful glow of an idyllic pregnancy. Kinda. In the first of our series of the ‘Diary of a Real Mother’ she muses the ‘joys’ of waddling, waxing...

Expecting the Unexpected

When Tracey and Jonathan Shelton were looking forward to the birth of their second child, they never imagined that she would arrive fourteen weeks earlier than planned... Tracey and Jonathan’s first baby, Harvey, was...