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5 things nobody tells you about childbirth

Baby being delivered by a stuffed stork

During pregnancy you have to come to terms with the idea of giving birth. Numerous parenting classes, pregnancy books and websites explain the various stages of labour and people will happily tell you their birth stories. All these things help you prepare but when it comes to extracting babies there are many things to take you by surprise.

In this post I share five things that happened during my labour that I hadn’t expected, or even heard about beforehand.

Patak’s frozen curry review

Patak's chicken tikka masala box

One of the hardest things to get used to as a new mum is adjusting to your baby’s schedule. Everyday tasks such as bathing, cooking, cleaning and laundry become goals that you aim to achieve over the course of the day, fitting them in to nap times or completing them one handed as you bounce, soothe and feed your baby.

People may tell you not to worry and to lower your standards for a while, but a shower always makes you feel better – and you still have to eat.

From this new mum mindset I jumped at the chance to review one of the new Patak’s frozen curries. Any help with the day to day becomes more valuable than anything else in the world, and nothing beats someone else taking care of dinner.

The bump shoot

Hubby and I in Cringle Park Levenshulme with a large baby bump

A few weeks before Tall Boy made an appearance, hubby (who I shall henceforth refer to as Tall Dad!) and I took a walk round our local park with a photographer friend to capture the last of the evening sunshine and few snaps to remember my ginormous baby bump.

I couldn’t resist sharing a few of them with you whilst Tall Boy is nearing the end of what has been a plus three hour nap – more of these and I’d actually be able to get things done!

Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday: Pop up cinema at New Bailey, Manchester

Film roll, ticket and gummy bears

If you were a child bookworm the chances are you will have enjoyed the dark comedy, villainous adult enemies, and unexpected endings of Roald Dahl’s tales. Everyone has their favourite and mine has to be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It might have something to do with my sweet tooth; I mean just think how amazing it would be if that place was real – a river of chocolate!

It’s 100 years since his birth on 13 September 1916 and events are being organised around the country to mark this special ‘Roald Dahl Day’.

Keep reading to find out what’s going on at New Bailey, Manchester.

10 tips for coping with a heatwave when you’re pregnant

Stack of ice lollies

Swollen ankles, feeling heavy, getting overly hot and sweaty every time you try to do anything strenuous – sound familiar? If you are pregnant you are probably not rejoicing in the sunshine but trying anything to keep cool.

It’s been over 30 degrees in Manchester today and, at almost 38 weeks pregnant, I’ve been doing everything I can to stay as comfortable as possible.

It’s time to talk about miscarriage

It's time to talk about miscarriage

When I established Tall Mum In Manchester I wanted to be honest about my miscarriages. I’m not looking for sympathy. I simply want to tell our story and hope that it will encourage others to talk more openly about miscarriage. But, being open on the internet also means telling people much closer to us – and that seems so much harder.

I wrote the first draft of this post 13 weeks ago. It’s taken me all this time to build up the courage to share it but, with Pea’s due date imminent, it’s now or never.

35 weeks pregnant: Decorating and dates

35 weeks pregnant: Decorating and dates

As I write this post I am half way through week 35 of my pregnancy and Pea is apparently the size of a honeydew melon.

I anticipate that most of this coming week will be spent watching Wimbledon and as I type, Andy Murray has just started his fourth round match against Nick Kyrgios. I’m not sure what I’m going to do when the tennis is over as lying on my side is increasingly the most comfortable way of giving my ribs space and it’s hard to do much from that position.