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Why Anna is better than Elsa

Why Anna is better than Elsa

My daughter has two cheap Elsa and Anna necklaces that she has never worn. She treats them as toys, and we have spent many hours using them to play ‘Elsa and Anna’ together. Elsa and Anna don’t act out scenes from Frozen or go on […]

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. […]

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: This experience made me realise that some people haven’t heard of the pink tax, or don’t seem to believe that it exists. So, for all you […]

“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 […]