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Pregnancy

I’m entitled to a year of maternity leave, but I’m not taking it all: here’s why

I’m entitled to a year of maternity leave, but I’m not taking it all: here’s why

“Are you taking the full year?” I can’t count the number of times my work colleagues have asked me that this week. What they meant is, “Are you taking a full year of maternity leave?” My answer: no, probably not. And this blows people minds. […]

Everything you need to know about Scotland’s Baby Box

Everything you need to know about Scotland’s Baby Box

Since August 2017, the Scottish Government has been sending expectant parents like me a Baby Box, which is full of loads of useful stuff to get you through those first few months. What do you actually get in the Baby Box? Scratch mittens Newborn short-sleeved […]

Ruth Davidson gave birth to a baby boy, and it’s a bigger deal than you think

Ruth Davidson gave birth to a baby boy, and it’s a bigger deal than you think

I was really happy to hear the news that Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson recently gave birth to a baby boy. Not because news about new babies is generally happy news (although it is), and not because I’m a big Ruth Davidson fan (she is […]

Meghan Markle’s bump is none of our business

Meghan Markle’s bump is none of our business

“How will she navigate ‘bump watch’?” This question was posed in the Guardian in relation to Meghan Markle’s newly-announced pregnancy. Because we’re all watching, right? We’re collectively gawking at Meghan’s abdomen, searching for that first a hint of a bump, wondering if she’s going to […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why women deserve better maternity pay

Why women deserve better maternity pay

There wasn’t a moment during my daughter’s first few months when I thought, “I should really be at work.” Because I WAS working. Taking care of a newborn, especially as a first-time parent, is the most challenging work there is. I treated it like my job […]