The Mummahood Mummas are a group of mothers who have all contributed to the content and direction of this website.
Below is a little information about them, their experiences and their little ones.
BEX AND AVA
What was the greatest challenge you faced in pregnancy?: I actually had a really easy pregnancy with Ava but I think that the only issue I had was some carpal tunnel that made me wake up occasionally at night with pins and needles in my hands.
What was the greatest challenge you faced with your newborn?: We had quite a few challenges with Ava! Initially she wouldn’t feed because she had swallowed so much amniotic fluid during the birthing that she wasn’t hungry, consequently I resorted to using a breast pump to get my colostrum and then pipetting it into her mouth. After a couple of days she found her appetite and never looked back! Ava was a very very hungry baby and constantly wanted to feed – most memorable were her 4am-8am cluster feeding sessions. Ava also suffered from really bad colic and would wail and scream after each feed – which was particularly painful!
What’s the best advice you could give a new mum?: If you’ve decided to breast-feed do use lanolin cream – it really really helps those incredibly sore nipples. And breast-feeding does get so much easier and becomes a joy (after about 6 weeks!) so if you can, do persevere – it really is worth it.
Oooh and download something fun to listen to or watch for the night-time feeds. Listening to Michael McIntyre’s autobiography really helped me not dread those feeds quite as much and had me smiling and laughing when otherwise I might have been sobbing with exhaustion and frustration!
ROSIE AND FLORENCE
Up until maternity leave kicked in (around week 37/8 I think) commuting into work (I work on the South Bank) became quite a chore, and I ended up avoiding rush hour by getting into the office stupidly early so that I could leave before teatime rush hour kicked in. In hindsight I should definitely have utilised the Clipper boat service!
FIONA AND HANNAH
What was the greatest challenge you faced in pregnancy?: I had a very easy pregnancy with no upsetting symptoms at all and so was very lucky. The only issue I had was right at the end of pregnancy when I was diagnosed on the day of labour itself with pre-eclampsia. This probably should have been diagnosed about a month earlier as my blood pressure had been going up but the hospital only diagnosed belatedly during labour. I was treated with medication and was re-admitted to hospital four days after my daughter was born as my blood pressure was getting worse not better! I ended up being quite heavily medicated for the first few weeks of motherhood and it was a bit of a scary experience but all worked out ok in the end!
What was the greatest challenge you faced with your newborn?: I found the sleepless nights the hardest thing. I could happily endure labour again but am not sure about the lack of sleep! I never knew how much I needed my sleep until I became a mummy!
What’s the best advice you could give a new mumma?: The best thing I was ever told is that YOU are the expert on your own baby. You know your baby best, and if you feel something is not right or you are concerned, then seek advice and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Everyone has lots of differing advice and people impart their “wisdom” even when you don’t want it – but YOU are the one who knows your baby best so trust your instincts! Also – breast feeding is not for everyone – I strongly believe that “fed is best” whether it be breast milk or formula, so don’t give yourself a hard time whichever route you follow.
ELLIE AND ISLA
What was the greatest challenge you faced in pregnancy?: I have PCOS so the greatest challenge was in fact getting pregnant in the first place. Without having regular periods it was impossible to know when or even whether I was actually ovulating. Fortunately I didn’t have any real complications during my pregnancy…my hips hurt like hell at bedtime in the final few weeks and my husband would probably say that the greatest challenge was sleeping with someone whose snoring got worse as the pregnancy progressed!
What was the greatest challenge you faced with your newborn?: About two weeks in, with the post-natal adrenaline having worn off and the zombie-like state having well and truly arrived, Isla had somehow managed to tear off part of my left nipple with her tiny mouth and sharp gums. It was incredibly sore but I persevered with feeds using a nipple shield whilst it healed, mainly because I had so much ruddy milk I was terrified of getting mastitis. When she did feed so much milk came out at once that the poor thing had to gulp to keep up, so colic then became a bit of a battle. Fortunately this phase was short lived, although at the time it felt like an eternity.
What’s the best advice you could give a new mumma?: Forge your own path. Everyone will have advice for you but the right/only way is what works for you, your baby and your family. Accept all help when offered it and eat cake, daily!