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Review | Contrelle Activgard – A Product For New Mums

Stress Urinary Incontinence is involuntary urine leakage on exertion such as coughing, laughing, sneezing or even exercise. So what causes this? It’s the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles caused by childbirth, which means young women can develop this problem too. Constipation, menopause and hormonal changes can also have an impact on the effectiveness of your pelvic floor muscles.

 

3 million women in the UK are regularly incontinent, over half of those are suffering from stress urinary incontinence. I know not everyone is as comfortable as me. We really need to break the taboo and start normalising these issues.

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Parenting | Please Don’t Tell My Son’s To Man Up

***Warning, rant ahead***

A lot of people say being a mum to just boys is easy, and I can genuinely see why they would think that, but it’s no easier than it is having all girls or both boys and girls. Being a parent is hard no matter what you have and I just so happen to be blessed with all boys. Being a mum and trying to raise boys is a really hard job especially when you only know how to be a woman, so I try and raise my boys to be polite, kind, caring, respectful and to treat people with respect and because of this the munchkin is quite a sensitive soul.

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Breastfeeding & My Mental Health

I’ve always said  I’m one of those people that would like to think that I don’t really suffer with my mental health. I try and keep myself balanced and don’t get me wrong I have over the years had a few bouts but nothing massive. This is quite a long post so please grab a cuppa and make yourself comfy. So I thought I’d talk about Breastfeeding and the effects it can have on your mental health. Now, this is my story and these are my experiences and not everybody is the same. I’m not a professional so please keep any negative comments you may have to yourself.

 

Let me start at the beginning. When I fell pregnant with Mason way back in 2011 I had decided that I wanted to try and breastfeed, now I did some research, but was still so naive and was hoping for some help and support at the hospital. The time came for me to go into hospital and have my first baby and I’ll admit, that in itself was the most traumatic thing I’ve ever done, it’s still so hazy and I don’t remember a lot of the details but that was because I was so out of it from having to have an emergency C-Section, thankfully my mum knew what I wanted and since I was unable to feed Mason straight away he was given donor breast milk. The midwives asked how I planned to feed the baby when I had recovered and gained consciousness from the C-Section and told me to try feeding him. The first day was a struggle as he wasn’t latching on and we found out it was because he was so poorly so they took him down to the neonatal ward and he stayed there feeding from a tube for a week hooked up to heart monitors and everything.

 

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Going Back To Work After Maternity Leave

I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to write a blog post like this until at least after Christmas but unfortunatley I’ve had to cut my Maternity Leave shorter than I had originally planned. The whole way through my pregnancy I was determined to have a full year off with Arlo and be at home for the older boys but as life would have it, I’ve had to only have 8 months off instead.

 

I went back to work really early on after having Mason and missed out on so many things including a lot of his firsts, so I definitely learnt from that mistake and was determined to spend as much time with Arlo as possible. I never put my family first but this time around my family comes first before anything else. Whilst being on maternity leave I realised that we, as mothers don’t really get a great deal of money each month, once all the bills were paid I was left with hardly anything, which then had to go towards buying things for the boys when they needed it. The amount of times I’ve had to borrow money just to keep myself afloat until my next wage is unreal. In fact it’s down right shit and unless, you have a partner that is the bread winner of the family and earning mega money, how you’re supposed to support your family on such a poxy pay is beyond me.

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Sex After A Baby & Getting That Intimacy Back With Yes! Co // AD

~*This post contains gifted products*~

When you become parents, it doesn’t matter if you’re first time parents or not I think you can become so wrapped up in the new baby and the routines you may have with your other children, that sometimes you forget that you have a partner and often your relationship gets a little bit neglected and I know that you don’t really want to be intimate after having a baby because you’re either tired or your libido takes a serious nosedive and you’re just not feeling it. When I had my first baby I think it took a good 2-3 months before we got intimate with each other and had sex but this time around I can honestly say I have seriously neglected my relationship and just haven’t had any interest in sex at all and I don’t know if that’s because I’m breastfeeding but I feel so much different this time around.

 

I was contacted by *Yes! Co and asked if I’d like to try a couple of their products since I’m breastfeeding so of course I said Yes!! I mean anything to put the fun back into our relationship and get intimate again, it also gave us that excuse to spend a bit of time together which I think is the hardest part about becoming a parent and we’ve promised to keep spending time together whether it’s nights away or just date nights out just to have some time to bond again with one another. I have heard of the company before and in fact tried out their wonderful Yes Baby conception-friendly lubricant system which I believe will be available again soon, so if you’re trying for a baby then you need to have a look at this.

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Honest Family Life | It’s All Sunshine & Rainbows, Then There’s A Shitstorm!!

***This post contains swearing and the remains of an explosive poonami***

Monday 8th April, 18:30pm

I had been just a regular day for us, the older boys had been in school and now it was that time of the evening to start getting everyone bathed and in bed ready for school again the following morning. The dream baby was 3 weeks old, he would be turning 4 weeks on the Thursday!! Where has time gone?? He was starting to need a bit of interaction so I thought what a great time to get his new baby gym out and have a little play on it. He’d loved it the night before. So while I was running his bath I was playing the usual games with him, chatting to him and  just generally cooing over how beautiful he was and nothing would change my mind.