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Mother & Baby September 2017

Mother & Baby gives you practical, expert answers to all your parenting questions. In each issue, you’ll find everything you need to know as a mum – from essential pregnancy and newborn advice, to information on feeding, weaning and sleeping. And don’t miss the must-have shopping and product guides, produced with the help of our burgeoning army of real-mum testers. MOTHER & BABY gives you the confidence to be the best parent you can possibly be, by helping you make the right choices for you and your baby. With over 50 years of experience, mums & dads know they can trust our advice.

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Can you remember what you were doing when the penny really dropped that you were – truly, actually, absolutely and beyond doubt – going to have a baby? I was in a pub on New Year’s Eve, doing my best to hide the fact there wasn’t any vodka in my orange juice as I tried not to give the game away that I was pregnant. My friends were all rabbiting on about their resolutions, when the realisation hit me that, for me, the new year was going to bring not a new diet or a new job, but a new baby. It was a crazy feeling! You can share in other M&B mums’ OMG moments on page 36, and do let us know yours too at facebook.com/motherandbaby. From that moment onwards,…

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how are you feeling?

Your six-week check should be as much about you as your baby, but according to a survey from the NCT, many of us aren’t getting the opportunity to tell our GP how we’re getting on emotionally. So the NCT has launched a new campaign called Hidden Half to ensure that new mums get the time they need to discuss their emotional health at their six-week check. To get the most out of your appointment, request a double time-slot if you have any concerns you’d like to discuss, jot down a list of things you want to chat about beforehand and talk about how you’re feeling first, so you don’t feel rushed.…

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giovanna fletcher

‘When we realise we are all winging it, we give ourselves a break’ Before becoming a mum I was constantly chasing perfection. I wanted to have one of the perfect bodies I saw in magazines, with the streamline figure, flawless skin, glossy hair and white teeth to boot. I wanted everything the media told me I wanted to have. As a result I always felt fat, wobbly, ungroomed and yellow-toothed. Their idea of perfect was outside of my reach and that made me feel rubbish. I failed miserably because I was chasing someone else’s ideal rather than celebrating what I already had (great legs, a fab personality and a nice smile – FYI). My quest to be the best seeped into motherhood initially. Not in an external sense (‘hello’ cracked leaky nipples,…

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If you’re trying to increase the amount of protein your toddler eats, but he isn’t keen on fish, try fresh crab. It has a sweeter flavour than most fish, especially oily ones, and is packed with omega 3 fatty acids which can boost his hand-eye co-ordination, social skills and attention span. A great way to introduce it is to make these mini crab cakes which come in toddler-sized portions and are great for dipping too. INGREDIENTS (MAKES SIX) • 250g white crab meat • 1 tbsp coriander, chopped • 2 spring onions, finely sliced • 2 eggs • 8 tbsp breadcrumbs • Pinch of plain flour • 25ml olive oil DIRECTIONS 1. Mix the crab with the coriander and onion. Stir in one egg then 4 tbsp breadcrumbs. 2. Mould into six patties. Chill on a plate in the fridge for 20…

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take it from me…

‘Exercise makes me feel normal, so when I discovered I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to stay active for as long as I could. I kept up with my usual routine until I was about 15-16 weeks, then started to pare it back a bit. Once I started showing, I felt uncomfortable on my bike, and as I needed the toilet about 20 times a day, there just didn’t seem any point in going out on it! So I just popped on the stationary bike in the garage instead and started going swimming too – I’d do a few lengths of backstroke in the slow lane. But if I ever felt too tired, I’d just go for a walk around the block, as I think it’s really important to…

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recharge right now!

‘Tapping your thumb and fingers together is a quick, easy way to help you de-stress,’ says Jody. ‘Your fingertips are linked to the fight-or-flight response in your brain, and by tapping them, you’re sending a calming signal that says everything is OK.’ ‘Start by creating an “O” shape with your thumb and index finger, then tap them together. As you tap, say “Peace”. Then tap your thumb against your middle finger and say “Begins”. Tap your thumb to your ring finger, and say “With”, then tap it on your little finger and say “Me”. Repeat for 10 minutes.’ • Jody hosts her first MothersTonic workshop on 17 September, jody shield.co.uk…