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Why I lie about this being my second pregnancy

Why I lie about this being my second pregnancy

“Is this your first pregnancy?” I get asked this question a lot by healthcare staff, colleagues and random strangers who noticed my abnormally swollen belly. “No, it’s my second,” I say. This isn’t accurate, but it’s less awkward than the truth. It’s my fourth pregnancy. […]

If the Kavanaugh hearing was a typical job interview

If the Kavanaugh hearing was a typical job interview

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing recently. This hearing has such profound implications – not only for the future of the American judicial system, but also for for how we treat sexual assault victims – that it’s easy to forget […]

10 unexpected benefits of pregnancy

10 unexpected benefits of pregnancy

I’m not going to pretend that I love being pregnant. Nothing induces anxiety in me like the almost total lack of control over the tiny human who is growing in my womb. That being said, there are a few benefits – things that I didn’t […]

The pink tax: why women pay more and what we can do about it

The pink tax: why women pay more and what we can do about it

I recently got drawn into a bit of an online debate about the ‘pink tax’ after retweeting this post: Can you explain the price difference @BootsUK? Is pink plastic more expensive than blue or are you just keen to teach babies about gender inequality? pic.twitter.com/Gxn5KhURPl— […]

“I am currently on maternity leave and also jobless”

“I am currently on maternity leave and also jobless”

Welcome to #FlexiMamas, a series about barriers that working mums face. This edition features Stacy, a married mother to a two-year-old daughter and six-month-old son. “Before having my children, I worked as an accounts assistant. I always knew I would be a working mom and […]

Why I’ve been hiding my pregnancy

Why I’ve been hiding my pregnancy

I didn’t announce my pregnancy at work until I was nearly halfway through, looking like this. I’m not going to pretend that people didn’t already know. I’m not a huge woman, so when a growth the size of a beach ball suddenly appeared under my […]

I’m jealous of my daughter’s imagination

I’m jealous of my daughter’s imagination

Occasionally my daughter mentions a place called ‘Ingerland’. At first I thought she was just mispronouncing ‘England’, but it soon became clear that this is a place that she’s made up in her head. I was desperate to get into her three-year-old brain and find […]

Is my child too polite?

Is my child too polite?

“I’m very polite,” my three-year-old daughter proclaimed. “Yes, you are,” I agreed. “My friends at nursery aren’t as polite as me. They don’t know how to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. I need to teach them.” I thought about pointing out that it might not […]