Maternity Leave? LOL. (My self-employment story)

Over the last couple of weeks, maternity leave has been on my mind and in the papers: with the drop of the MA1 form to complete onto my doorstep to headlines raging about influencer Molly Mae returning to her role 3 months after the birth of her daughter, and a...

The Shit No One Tells You About Potty Training

Potty training is fun for few; I still wince when I see people say they managed it in a week given that it took us well over 8 months with a child who wasn't really ready but we'd run out of time before he started the school system. And now I'm facing it again in a...

The Shit No One Tells You About Having An Emergency C-Section

As much as you may have set ideals in your mind about how you’d like to birth your child, life doesn’t quite always work to plan. The NHS estimates that about 17 in every 100 births result in an emergency c-section procedure taking place; that is, a caesarean that...

The Shit No One Tells You About Being Pregnant With A Rainbow Baby

Pregnancy can be a scary experience for those going through it, with constant physical and mental challenges all set against a backdrop of uncertainty. For those who have lost a child, however, pregnancy can be even more daunting. Rainbow baby is the informal term...

Bleeding in Pregnancy: My Experience

Bleeding is essentially the anti-symptom of pregnancy, so going through it when you're expecting can be nothing short of terrifying. I was 7 weeks pregnant when I started bleeding, and immediately sought medical help. This is my experience and all of the developments...

All The Ways In Which I’ve Failed

A recent survey of new parents found that a third believed they were failing as a parent. That's a pretty awful statistic, but as a parent I found I was (sadly) only surprised by the fact it wasn't higher. Part of the reason I started this website was because I found...

Having a Mirena IUD removed: My Experience

My son is now 4 years old, and after a now pretty well-documented unusual journey into pregnancy and birth, I sought out a post-partum contraceptive choice that would a) actually work, b) not riddle me with too many side effects while I was trying to wrangle a tiny...

At what point do you no longer qualify as a ‘Single Parent’?

Sat in the car and chatting about how difficult parenting could be with my boyfriend a few months ago, he mentioned how tough it must have been for me as a single parent to manage a toddler - and I immediately snapped back that I was still a single mother. But...

What Are Kegels and Why Should You Be Doing Them?

I often post on my Instagram stories attempting positivity and reminding my followers to stay hydrated, wear their SPF, treat themselves well and to do their Kegels. But last week a close friend messaged me to ask, “uh Lex, what are Kegels?” and I realised that...

The Shit No One Tells You About Terminating A Pregnancy… And Not Regretting It

This story is that of the author’s experience and may or may not reflect anyone else’s. For information, advice and tailored support services, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service are on-hand to discuss options with all pregnant people. The author of this piece has...
Maternity Leave? LOL. (My self-employment story)

Maternity Leave? LOL. (My self-employment story)

Over the last couple of weeks, maternity leave has been on my mind and in the papers: with the drop of the MA1 form to complete onto my doorstep to headlines raging about influencer Molly Mae returning to her role 3 months after the birth of her daughter, and a renewed call by a well-known podcaster and campaigner for maternity leave allowance to be extended. I'm at the point now where I need to...

The Shit No One Tells You About Potty Training

The Shit No One Tells You About Potty Training

Potty training is fun for few; I still wince when I see people say they managed it in a week given that it took us well over 8 months with a child who wasn't really ready but we'd run out of time before he started the school system. And now I'm facing it again in a couple of years time, I can't say I'm looking forward to it... but at least this time I'll be a better prepared. Here, Lacey talks...

The Shit No One Tells You About Having An Emergency C-Section

The Shit No One Tells You About Having An Emergency C-Section

As much as you may have set ideals in your mind about how you’d like to birth your child, life doesn’t quite always work to plan. The NHS estimates that about 17 in every 100 births result in an emergency c-section procedure taking place; that is, a caesarean that happens within 30mins of the need for it being identified and this case of action decided upon. Even if you’d elected to have a...

The Shit No One Tells You About Being Pregnant With A Rainbow Baby

The Shit No One Tells You About Being Pregnant With A Rainbow Baby

Pregnancy can be a scary experience for those going through it, with constant physical and mental challenges all set against a backdrop of uncertainty. For those who have lost a child, however, pregnancy can be even more daunting. Rainbow baby is the informal term used for a baby born subsequent to a miscarriage, stillbirth or death of an infant. Mum Jessie talks here through her current...

Bleeding in Pregnancy: My Experience

Bleeding in Pregnancy: My Experience

Bleeding is essentially the anti-symptom of pregnancy, so going through it when you're expecting can be nothing short of terrifying. I was 7 weeks pregnant when I started bleeding, and immediately sought medical help. This is my experience and all of the developments thus far through this pregnancy as a result. TW: Pregnancy, blood, medical themes. If you're pregnant or think you might be and...

All The Ways In Which I’ve Failed

All The Ways In Which I’ve Failed

A recent survey of new parents found that a third believed they were failing as a parent. That's a pretty awful statistic, but as a parent I found I was (sadly) only surprised by the fact it wasn't higher. Part of the reason I started this website was because I found I couldn't let the picture-perfect-parenting-rhetoric I saw online continue to make me, and others, feel like shit. I'm by no...

Having a Mirena IUD removed: My Experience

Having a Mirena IUD removed: My Experience

My son is now 4 years old, and after a now pretty well-documented unusual journey into pregnancy and birth, I sought out a post-partum contraceptive choice that would a) actually work, b) not riddle me with too many side effects while I was trying to wrangle a tiny person, and c) come recommended by healthcare professionals. After a chat with my midwife, my GP and my local sexual health clinic,...

At what point do you no longer qualify as a ‘Single Parent’?

At what point do you no longer qualify as a ‘Single Parent’?

Sat in the car and chatting about how difficult parenting could be with my boyfriend a few months ago, he mentioned how tough it must have been for me as a single parent to manage a toddler - and I immediately snapped back that I was still a single mother. But actually, on reflection, I'm not sure that's the case. How and when your status switches from single parent to co-parent to just...

What Are Kegels and Why Should You Be Doing Them?

What Are Kegels and Why Should You Be Doing Them?

I often post on my Instagram stories attempting positivity and reminding my followers to stay hydrated, wear their SPF, treat themselves well and to do their Kegels. But last week a close friend messaged me to ask, “uh Lex, what are Kegels?” and I realised that perhaps this term wasn’t as well known as I had assumed. Anyone who has given birth will likely have been reminded of their importance...

The Shit No One Tells You About Terminating A Pregnancy… And Not Regretting It

The Shit No One Tells You About Terminating A Pregnancy… And Not Regretting It

This story is that of the author’s experience and may or may not reflect anyone else’s. For information, advice and tailored support services, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service are on-hand to discuss options with all pregnant people. The author of this piece has chosen to stay anonymous but I should make clear here that Eat Weep Mum Repeat supports everyone's choice to make decisions about...