Why you shouldn’t make New Year’s resolutions – and what you should do instead
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by Keeping Mum
2M ago
New Year’s resolutions. Love them or loathe them, chances are you’ve at times set resolutions to transform your life, ditch all your bad habits, or lose weight in the year ahead, only to find that – despite your best intentions – you fail. You’re not alone. Research indicates that around 80 percent of people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions by February, showing that the problem here isn’t with you, it’s with New Year’s resolutions. More specifically, the issue is with creating loose resolutions without an action plan of how or why you’re going to achieve it. Photo by Karolina Grab ..read more
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How to boost your family’s immunity to fend off endless bugs and viruses
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by Keeping Mum
3M ago
Nothing has ever put my immune system to the test quite like motherhood. In the two years since my son first started nursery, we’ve been through endless colds, five bouts of tonsillitis, hand, foot and mouth, sickness bugs, COVID and flu as a family, and no doubt many parents of young children will have had similar experiences. So with the cold and flu season still in full swing, what better time to give your immune system a well-needed boost than with these different remedies – for both short and longer-term health. 8 ways to boost your family’s immunity Make immunity bombs for all the family ..read more
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Self-care after miscarriage – how to heal after pregnancy loss
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by Keeping Mum
7M ago
An estimated one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage, and despite how common an experience it is, it is something that many of us don’t feel comfortable talking about and may not even share with our closest friends and families. This means that many women try to pretend nothing has happened and continue their daily routine as normal even while miscarrying, but it is important to take time to rest wherever possible – no matter how early it happens. Photo by Felipe Cespedes on Pexels.com If you’re unfortunately going through a miscarriage or have recently experienced pregnancy loss, we’ve ro ..read more
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Healthy ready meals to help tired and time-strapped new parents
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by Keeping Mum
8M ago
If there’s one thing I wished I had when my son was born, it’s a freezer stocked full of healthy ready meals to help ease some of the pressure of thinking about what to eat and preparing food at a time when we were both absolutely exhausted. A premature arrival meant my nesting plans of batch cooking never came to fruition, but with the vast array of easy and healthy ready meals that are on the market now, you don’t have to spend hours whipping up lasagnes and curries when you’re heavily pregnant, as these will do the job for you. They’re also a great choice for busy families who sometimes nee ..read more
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How to handle the two-week wait positively when trying to conceive
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by Keeping Mum
10M ago
The wait between ovulation and your expected period date when you’re trying to conceive can feel incredibly long, and while it’s tempting to take a super-early pregnancy test or obsess over every twinge or tummy ache, there are much better ways to handle the two-week wait positively and use your time to leave you feeling good and mentally prepared for any outcome. What is the two-week wait? The two-week wait is the phase of the menstrual cycle after ovulation and when a period is due – known as the luteal phase. This is when implantation takes place if an egg has been successfully fertilised ..read more
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6 of the best foods for fertility you probably already have in your fridge
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by Keeping Mum
1y ago
While there’s no quick fix or magical ingredient to boost your chances of conceiving, eating a healthy diet can help to support your reproductive health, and is well worth considering when you’re trying for a baby. MORE: Best prenatal vitamins to support a healthy pregnancy Foods rich in nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, folate and zinc may help to optimise your fertility and be beneficial for prospective parents, and while you can help boost your intake with a specially-formulated fertility supplement, there’s nothing like getting the real deal through your diet. Here are six of the bes ..read more
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Why you shouldn’t even think about dieting during pregnancy or after birth – and what to do instead
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by Keeping Mum
1y ago
The Royal College of Midwives has sparked controversy after seeking opinions on its partnership with Slimming World, which claims to help women to “manage their weight during and after pregnancy”. Many feel the collaboration puts pressure on new mums to lose weight, along with putting potentially unhealthy restrictions on women’s diets during pregnancy – and we have to agree. RELATED: 5 easy acts of self-care every busy mum should include in her morning routine Putting labels like ‘syns’ on healthy fats like avocados while allowing dieters to eat unlimited amounts of refined carbohydrates such ..read more
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5 easy acts of self-care every busy mum should fit into her morning routine
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by Keeping Mum
1y ago
Mornings are often the most stressful and busiest times of day for many families. You may find yourself rushing to make breakfast for everyone, get children dressed and ready for school or nursery, while trying to get yourself ready for work or the rest of your day, so you may think any acts of self-care are too much of a stretch. RELATED: 5 best energy-boosting foods for tired mums But self-care doesn’t have to mean indulgent skincare routines or a long soak in the bath; these healthy habits are some of the simplest acts of self-care you can imagine, and even the busiest of mums can make time ..read more
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Budget-friendly pregnancy skincare buys loved by celebs
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by Keeping Mum
2y ago
Pregnancy is the ultimate reason to indulge yourself in relaxation and pampering time with body and skincare products to leave you looking and feeling your best. With so many changes occurring in your body you’ll need products to nourish your growing bump, soothe tired feet and ease any pregnancy skin complaints, but if you’re not sure where to get started, we’ve rounded up the pregnancy pampering products the likes of Ashley Graham and Gigi Hadid swear by- and better still, they’re all under £40. MORE: The best all-in-one makeup palettes every busy mum needs Pregnancy skincare products for mu ..read more
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Microchimerism: The amazing way motherhood changes you forever
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by Keeping Mum
2y ago
“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking round outside your body.” So the much-shared saying from Elizabeth Stone goes, and there is actually a lot more truth in it than we may have ever realised. MORE: The best prenatal vitamins to support a healthy pregnancy While many mums describe their children as having a piece of their hearts, scientific research has found that this is much more than just a metaphor. Cells pass between a mother and baby during pregnancy A phenomenon called microchimerism that occurs during pregnancy means t ..read more
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