Family & Parenting
Mother & Baby

Mother & Baby June 2018

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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If you’re reading this Kate and Wills (and, yes, we did pop a copy of M&B in the post along with our card to the royal couple), congratulations! And huge congrats to you, too, if you’re turning these pages one-handed because you’ve got a gorgeous little newborn snuggling into your other arm. These first few weeks are amazing – crazy and chaotic and challenging, and all sorts of exhausting, too – but still amazing. And I like to remind myself that having kids is still pretty awesome as the months go by. I mean, other people might be growing broccoli or bitten fingernails this summer, but we mums are growing people! And for every nappy change and no-sleep night we get through, there will be a fleeting moment of amazingness that…

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Support mums It’s perhaps no surprise that research has revealed that 10 per cent of pregnant women and 13 per cent of new mums experience mental health issues. We all know that becoming a mum can leave you experiencing feelings you didn’t expect and don’t always understand. And a new campaign, Where’s your head at?, is petitioning for all work places to have a mental-health first aider, just as they do a physical first aider. Wouldn’t that make juggling pregnancy and work, as well as returning after maternity leave, that little bit easier? Add your voice to the campaign at wheresyourheadat.org Don’t stop! A recent study has found there are no ill effects relating to the intensity or frequency of running during pregnancy, and continuing to run into the third trimester is safe. 55%…

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giovanna fletcher

Before pregnancy, I always had a negative relationship with my body. I’d starve it, then overfeed it. Overexercise, then be a couch potato. I saw all of its flaws, and they irritated me on a daily basis. The curves where I wanted flatness, the flatness where I wanted curves – every part was up for scrutiny. Perhaps it was years of bullying that made me that way, or reading magazines with celebrities on beaches, where I was encouraged to look at the female form and criticise it, rather than marvelling in its beauty or uniqueness. I was chasing someone else’s idea of perfection, and not embracing what I had (which, on reflection, I can tell you was a gorgeous body). Before falling pregnant with Buzz, I had a miscarriage, and I…

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over to you...

Our favourite! Enjoy every moment When my son, Flynn, was born in 2016, I was new to the mummy-world and found great comfort in reading about how babies develop. I was always eager for Flynn to reach that next milestone, and before I knew it, my baby had grown up into a cheeky, loving toddler. Now I feel I missed out on enjoying some of those baby moments, so when my second son Louis was born in October 2017, I made a conscious effort to focus less on what he should be doing next and enjoy every second of the person he is right now. There will be a day when we won’t have those moments together in the early hours. And no matter how tired I feel, that really helps me…

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my mini-me

Baby Lucy is a bit unsure about this selfie malarkey! She is our miracle after 12 years of hoping, and we love her to bits. JENNY GRAHAM, FALKIRK, SCOTLAND I love spending time with my son Aston, nine months – he is so funny! I count my lucky stars every day when I look at him and my two daughters. Claire Parrott, via email Darcie Morris and Mummy love Eskimo kisses! PARIS BALE, SHEPPERTON Meet my beautiful girl, Freya. She loves mummy cuddles! LAURA O’ROURKE, VIA EMAIL SEND US YOUR SELFIES! We’d love to see your pics of you and your youngster. Send them to share@ motherand baby.co.uk…

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bump & birth

Thirsty work SINCE BECOMING A mum-to-be, you’ve probably cut down on coffee, tea and sugary drinks. But what are you drinking instead? New research* shows that diet fizzy drinks may not be good for your growing baby. So, as the weather hots up and you need to drink more to stay hydrated, make your reach-for drink a glass of H2O, with a squeeze of lemon to give flavour, ease nausea and help reduce swollen ankles. Coconut water is also a great choice, as it’s a natural isotonic and can alleviate heartburn, too. Current guidelines recommend drinking between 1.5l and 2l of water a day, which is around eight glasses. Increase this quota by an extra two to four glasses in hot weather, or if you’re exercising. 3 of the best… JERSEY WRAP DRESSES When…