PREGNANCY & BIRTH: Induced labour? Don’t blame yourself

I’ve spoken about Cyrus’s birth before, but I feel it’s important as a mum over 40 to explain how I felt after having an induced labour. I felt as if I’d been set up to fail because of my age. Being older and ‘high-risk’, I’d asked…

BIRTH & BABY: Sharing a cuppa with a new mum

Sharing a cuppa with a new mum is a great thing to do after you’ve had a baby. After Cyrus was born, I felt totally overwhelmed by all of the choices I had to make for my new baby. I had no idea what to buy,…

PREGNANCY & BIRTH: Research shows babies born to older mums are healthier

Bridget Jones’s Diary author Helen Fielding summed up the relentless pressure of having a baby in her book: “You career girls. Can’t put it off forever. Tick-tock.” And Helen Fielding is the voice of experience, she knows exactly what she’s talking about after becoming a first-time mum at the…

PREGNANCY & BIRTH: How I lost confidence after my six-week check

Being in my fourth decade, I had a huge wobbly stomach, more than a few extra pregnancy pounds and me-time was suddenly in very short supply, but I’d embraced my new shape and felt blessed as a new mum. Everything made me smile. I’d read that…

BIRTH & BABY: Planning the nursery

There’s an old saying that in life, all good things come in threes. In other words, the big life events such as having a baby, moving home and job changes usually tend to happen at the same time. Well, that’s exactly what happened to our little…

PREGNANCY & BIRTH: Why dates and walnuts are great for breastfeeding

As an older breastfeeding mum, I was on the receiving end of a lot of dietary advice and support from the in-laws in Persia. I knew I needed to consume about 500 extra calories to maintain my health and milk production, but I wasn’t really sure…

PREGNANCY & BIRTH: Mummy bloggers worth following

Given that it’s sometimes difficult to know where to look for support in this great blogosphere, I have compiled a list of some of the midlife mummy bloggers out there. My list is made up of bloggers who have given me inspiration and hope during my…