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sharing midwives secrets

Sharing midwives' secrets

When Sally Hepworth was pregnant with her second baby, her husband would often come home to the sounds of a woman screaming her way through the final stages of labour.

fit mum

Encouragement or fat shaming?

"I have a kid, a six pack and no excuse." It was this caption that thrust British fitness competitor Amy Pell into the limelight.

weight loss, exercise

Post-pregnancy weight challenge

Amelia Hicks, 35, dropped about 40kg of post-pregnancy weight in under a year.

Couplefight

Unfair expectations

My husband is really tough on our younger son - more so than on our older son. It's the biggest problem in our marriage. How can I get him to see that he is damaging all of us?

contraception

The future of contraception

Remote-controlled chips. "No semen" pills. Internal ring that can kill off HIV. Birth control is set to go all James Bond.

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Relationships Dad kissing baby bump

Pregnancy and relationship rifts

A life-changing event like pregnancy can have a big impact on your relationship ... for better or worse.

Sex during pregnancy

I'm an expectant father, and my sex life has completely disappeared. My wife seems to have lost all interest. Are we EVER going to have sex again?

Health busy mum

Putting myself in timeout

I'm sitting on the floor in our living room, hiding under my son's car-printed duvet. It's dark under here. And quiet.

sleep deprivation

Coping with sleep deprivation

There's no failsafe way to get 8 hours sleep (sorry) and no substitute. But here are five things other busy mums do to feel more rested.

TV & movies

Gyllenhaal stars in thriller

The Honourable Woman is a meditative thriller that investigates a woman's inner life and a global hot spot.

DVF: My life in fashion

Diane von Furstenberg doesn't love reality TV but has made a series about her fashion design company.

Work

Rural mum turns entrepreneur

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

Back-to-work blues?

Back at work and not happy about it? Take a closer look...

Celebrities Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel pregnant

Emily Deschanel is expecting her second child.

Sonia Kruger

49-year-old TV host welcomes baby

Australian TV host Sonia Kruger has given birth to a baby girl, her first child with partner Craig McPherson.

Style

7 awkward beauty problems

Instead of suffering bacne or fungus in silence, here are some solutions to embarrassing issues.

Nifty makeup storage hacks

Are your bathroom cabinets overflowing with beauty products that you've amassed?

Mum's books Mothers Grimm

Mothers Grimm

Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? Author Danielle Wood transforms the dark woods into a childcare centre in her dark stories about motherhood.

Abby Wilder

Dream comes true for author

If working part time and raising two children wasn't enough, Abby Wilder has self-published her debut novel.

Home strap

Clean your house in 30 minutes

There's a trick to keeping your house spotless and it doesn't involve spending the day with your mop and bucket.

Washing laundry

Laundry mistakes most people make

Some of us have dirty laundry to air. Well, in the washing machine at least.

Hobbies

Why hobbies are important

'I was at a friend's place for supper and I realised I didn't have anything to talk about except the children, schools and the price of property."

elaborate hairstyles for twins

Twins' elaborate hairstyles

One mum is going above and beyond with her twins' hair by creating elaborate hairstyles.

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