Standing in Morrison's at the till the other day, with a trolley full of shopping. The man behind me is literally breathing down my neck like f***ing Dracula. I kindly told him to step back so we could maintain an acceptable distance, and what do I get? An eye roll and a sigh. Yeah mate, I don't fancy you breathing…

new mum refusing the pressure to bounce back

Having kids is a minefield. You think you know what’s about to happen, you think you’re ready. But you have no idea what’s coming your way. The preparation in the build up to their arrival, the journey you can take just to get to that glorious moment.  So many changes; internal and external. As a society we often revel in…

The Kardashian women

Original title 'The Kardashian Brand' written for Midlands Network of Popular Culture Much like Marmite, Primark and the notion of vaccine passports, the topic of the Kardashians has the power to split a room into two storgic camps, frothing at the mouth to tell you, before you’ve even asked, why they are for or against. In one camp we have…

ITV’s flagship series Love Island is rarely without controversy; because hey, what makes better reality TV than a little drama? Every year we see the show hit headlines for all the wrong reasons yet still millions of people tune in night after night to see the latest developments in the blossoming romances (or not) of beautiful 20-somethings on a tropical…

Movie makeovers are a staple in the chick-flick, teen, romcom genre and some of the most fun moments you will see in cinema, especially if you were growing up in the noughties. Emulating these scenes at sleepovers with your friends was undoubtedly the best way to spend a weekend. Last week the trailer for ‘He’s All That’ was released; a…

I’ve been banging on about body confidence and positivity the past few weeks and  I have realised just what an impact it has on us all. I always find this is the time of year that it hits us the most, the sun comes out and we get excited and dig out our summer clobber, then the weather drops a…

Birth trauma experienced by a new mother

Birth Trauma awareness week runs from the 19th to the 24th July.  When I first heard the term “Birth Trauma” I didn’t think it applied to me. After surviving two devastatingly difficult pregnancies I said, in both cases I found the act of actually giving birth relatively ‘easy’, despite both times the induction process taking more than three days, I…

Motherhood. It’s both a challenge and an absolute blessing. Whether you’ve been trying for a long time, adding to a growing brood or still considering whether it’s the right time, the pressures of being a new mum can make or break your motherhood experience. Along with the emotional and exhaustive experience that is childbirth and your rapidly changing hormone levels,…

I’m writing because I am sick of being silent and feeling like I don’t have a voice. I have come to realise that nothing will ever change or move forward unless we speak about our experiences and share our stories loudly. And today, I want to give a voice to women’s health, and talk about the healthcare system in this…

IUD

This is an opinion piece based on Sarah's personal experience. Professional information on the IUD from the NHS can be found here.    “Yes, I am 100% sure.” I told a concerned-looking nurse for about the 7th time. I know why she was concerned; I was 23, had not yet had any children and was making an appointment for a…