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Is your mind elsewhere?

Our minds now carry large loads and are over-stimulated, but help is at hand.

When joy takes time

Few things feel worse than being told to feel joy about something that fills you with an altogether different set of emotions.

Grateful for everything good

Elouise Hemming's cancer stayed away just long enough for a short crop of hair to grow back.

Fat shaming mums

The transition to motherhood is one of the biggest changes a woman can go though. The last thing anyone needs is a lecture about they way they look.

The question I wish I'd asked

My wife isn't depressed, she has depression, and it's taken us six years and two kids to know the difference. 


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Hope and despair

Last year I was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The 'best case scenario' was I would see my eldest daughter graduate primary school.

Tired mum

Losing yourself to motherhood

'All I am now is a mum and a worker (in my job) and the 'me' that was once there is long gone.'

Sad woman, depressed, grieving

Mum's depression shaped my life

My mother suffered from chronic, lifelong depression, and it affected me and my four siblings every day.

Natalie Reynolds with her daughter Isobel Strong and partner Pete Strong

Did age slow diagnosis?

Young mum, who had been suffering bleeding for five years, believes doctors 'glanced over bowel cancer' due to her youth.


Baby boogie shakes mum's world

Bernetta Billing wants to bring Kangatraining, a dance-based postnatal workout where mothers wear their baby, to New Zealand.

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Managing personal space

How can we balance our need for personal space with the needs of our children?

Sleeping woman

'I was so tired I crashed the car'

It was early morning when I jumped into the car with my 12-week-old daughter and 2-year-old son. I was exhausted but had promised the great-grandparents a visit.


No need for a pregnant pause

If you're a mum-to-be bent on keeping up your workout routine, the trick is to consult your doctor, know your limit and have a plan for each trimester.

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Feeling drained

Having a baby is a wonderful thing but it sure can put your whole system out of whack.


Control fat while you sleep

If you crank up the heater too much overnight, you might not be doing your metabolism any favours.

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Road to recovery

It may seem strange, but Rebecca says she is a recovering solo mum.

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How to get fit at your desk

Check out these great apps to help you easily exercise - and get results - while at work.


Mum defends her bikini body

A mum-of-five has hit back at the people who called her body when in a bikini "disgusting".


On the diet-depression link

We know that exercise can improve depression, but could a healthier diet also help tame the black dog?

baby child mother

I'm a mum with cancer

When I got most of my hair cut off recently no one asked why.

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