The Hidden Epidemic of Extreme Thoughts after Baby

Channel Mum founder, Siobhan Freegard OBE was on This Morning discussing the recent Channel Mum survey which found that nearly half of new mums suffer extreme or disturbing thoughts, as well as 64% stating that they would never seek help. Siobhan was joined on the sofa by vlogger Jem Armistead who shares how she overcame these anxieties and is speaking out to help end the stigma for other mums. If this is a subject that has affected you, know that you are not alone. There is a wealth of support and help on Channel Mum. Start by taking our Mums Mental Health Quiz to see how you are doing. Our short quiz is designed to see how you are really feeling and the results may surprise you. We also have experts in our support group including our health visitor Maggie, our psychologist in residence Emma Kenny and our trained parent helpers. We also have a full video course, podcasts and supporting materials to help.

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Hidden Epidemic of Maternal Mental Illness

Our recent survey has uncovered that alarmingly four in ten mums suffer frightening thoughts or hallucinations after giving birth – but keep quiet for fear of being judged or having their baby taken away. Official NHS figures show just 10 to 15 per cent of mums experience serious mental health issues, but experts believe there could be a ‘hidden epidemic’ of maternal mental illness, as 64 per cent of those who fall ill never try to get a formal diagnosis so are missed by official figures.The study of 1,670 mums found 65 per cent of those who experienced the awful thoughts weren’t told pregnancy and parenthood could affect their mental health. As a result, one in five feared they were ‘going mad’ when they fell ill, while 49 per cent were scared of being ‘judged negatively’.

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Our founder Siobhan Freegard said:

“If your body is broken after birth, everyone understands and supports you, but when your mind is broken, mums still feel they have to keep it hidden. These thoughts are disturbing and terrifying – but very often they are part of becoming a mum. We need to talk about it, normalise it and make mums realise they are not alone.”

More results from our new survey on Mums’ Mental Health

An alarmingly high number of you admitted you had experienced the unsettling thoughts. A fear that something dreadful will happen to your baby is the most common, with 62 per cent of those who suffered the hallucinations vividly feeling this. Forty-four per cent worried about their baby dying, 13 per cent imagined killing or harming their own child while one in 100 were convinced their mother-in-law was trying to take their baby.
The study also found others had visions of their baby being taken by strangers, eaten by a crocodile or snatched by the Grim Reaper.
Worryingly, 39 per cent felt their child and partner would be better off without them and 16 per cent even considered suicide.
Others worried they would be labelled a bad parent (43%) while 26 per cent were ‘ashamed’ of being mentally ill.
The stigma is so great that a disturbing 17 per cent of mums who fell ill admit they thought about self-harm to try to cope, with one in 20 going through with it but 19 per cent of mums who suffered mental illness after birth refused to access help in case their child was taken into care.

Siobhan Freegard said:

“I suffered from post natal depression and visualised extreme images after the birth of my first child then tried to cover it up, so I know exactly what women are going through when they hide it. There is so much pressure to cope and be the perfect parent that when you are crying inside while everyone around you is smiling, it makes you feel you are failing your baby and your whole family. Mums need to know they will get the right support and their baby won’t be taken away.”

Our psychologist Emma Kenny added:

“Good maternal mental health is something that every woman deserves, but due to the lack of knowledge and support this simply isn’t the case, leaving women to deal with some of the most terrifying and debilitating feelings at a time when they should be enjoying their positive new beginnings.”

Some of the Extreme Thoughts Mothers Have Experienced

“I believed my baby hated me and was trying to kill me”
“I planned to jump off the balcony with my baby”
“I thought my flat was haunted and would stay outside from dawn til dusk until my husband got home”
“I thought my baby would die if I didn’t wash up before my microwave pinged”
“I saw the Grim Reaper outside my bedroom door”
“I thought my twins weren’t mine”
“I thought that my mother in law was planning to take my baby”
“I thought that my baby would die because of germs. So I made everyone disinfect themselves before they could touch him. Someone touched my pram in a supermarket once and I couldn’t move due to fear of contamination. I stood in the cleaning isle vigorously disinfecting my pram.”
“I believed if I went to sleep, someone would break in and smother us all to death”
“I wanted to throw my daughter out of the window”
“I thought a crocodile was trying to eat my baby”
“I wanted to drive the car into a wall and kill my baby and myself”
“I cut all my hair off as I thought my baby was eating it and making himself ill”
“I thought everyone would be better off without me”
“I imagined an iron melting into my baby’s face”
“Just blackness, despair like being trapped in thick mud”

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Read more about the Channel Mum research in these publications

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MUM’S THE WORD New mums share the heartbreaking and terrifying thoughts they’ve had since becoming a parent

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Half of all Mothers Suffer from Hallucinations or Frightening Thoughts

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Almost HALF of new mothers suffer from frightening thoughts or hallucinations – and two thirds admit to hiding them for fear of being judged.

How To Get Pregnant With A Boy – Channel Mum

Wondering how to conceive a boy? Then you might be interested in finding out the ways that are said to stack the odds in your favour when it comes to the sex of your baby. While there’s no sure-fire way to sway the gender of your child, various theories have been around for generations, and it can’t hurt to try. There are lots of theories and claims made about gender swaying, and today SJ is bringing you her top tips for how to get pregnant with a boy:

She already had two sons when she tried out some techniques for conceiving a baby girl, and sure enough she fell pregnant with little Evelina. If you fancy seeing the techniques she used, and trying your hand at making a little girl, you can find those right here

How To Have A Girl?

1) The Timing Or Shettles Method – This involves timing sex so that there is a higher chance of boy sperm (carrying the Y chromosome) meeting your egg. Dr. Shettles suggests having sex as soon as you ovulate.
2) Abstain from sex after you have ovulated so there is no chance of the girl sperm meeting the egg.
3) Orgasm. It changes your cervix to make it more favourable to the boy sperm.
4) Have sex 4 days before you ovulate as much as you can, but not before or after.
5) Use deep penetration methods so that the boy sperm reaches the egg easier.
6) Eat foods that contain lots of potassium and sodium.

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How to Make Pancakes

Looking for some foolproof pancake recipes to wow your family with this Pancake Day? With the help of Iceland we have five brilliant recipes for you to try below.

We were live on Facebook with Pancake Day hacks and a competition to win £150 of Iceland vouchers! This Competition is now closed but you can still watch the top pancake day hacks from Neil Nugent Iceland’s head chef below. Find out who won here. Iceland have EVERYTHING you could need this pancake day.  Usual Channel Mum rules apply.

THE foolproof pancake recipe
2 eggs, break and lightly mix.
Add a pint of whole milk then enough flour (plain or SR) until it gets to a single cream consistency.
Don’t over mix it. It’s best to leave it to rest for about 20 minutes then it’s good to go!

Vegan apple pancakes
Vegan blueberry pancakes
Indulgent chocolate pancake
Smoked haddock rarebit pancake
Smoked streaky bacon, goats cheese and caramelised onion chutney pancakes

Vegan apple pancakes (serves 4)

Apple pancakes - side view

You will need
240g self-raising flour
15g sugar
1g salt
100g grated apple
340g almond milk
30g veg oil
½ tsp cinnamon

For the toasted oats and nuts
50g of toasted oats
50g of chopped toasted almonds
Maple syrup to taste

1. Put the flour, sugar, almond milk, salt, oil and cinnamon into a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter. Add the grated apple and stir through.

2. Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and lightly oil. Pour in the batter and cook your pancakes for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden.

3. Top the pancakes with the toasted oats and nuts and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Vegan blueberry pancakes (serves 4)

Side view of blueberry pancakes

You will need
240g self-raising flour
15g sugar
1g salt
100g blueberries
340g almond milk
30g veg oil

1. Put the flour, sugar, almond milk, salt, oil and cinnamon into a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter. Add the blueberries and stir through.

2. Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and lightly oil. Pour in the batter and cook your pancakes for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden.

3. Finish the pancakes with the blueberry compote.

For the blueberry compote
300g frozen blueberries
30g sugar

 Indulgent chocolate pancake (serves 2)

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You will need
135g plain flour
28g sugar
5g baking powder
1g salt
180g milk
1 egg
30g melted butter

1. Put all of the pancake ingredients into a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter.

2. Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and lightly oil. Pour in the batter and cook your pancake for around 2 minutes. Top with as much of the topping flavours as you like and finish under the grill

3. Add a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce

For the topping
Chocolate brownie pieces
Chocolate sauce
Marshmallows
Malteasers
Salted caramel ice cream
Chopped nuts (optional)

Smoked haddock rarebit pancake (serves 2)

Haddock and rarebit pancakes

You will need
135g plain flour
5g baking powder
1g salt
180g milk
1 egg
30g melted butter

1. Put all of the pancake ingredients into a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter.

2. Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and lightly oil. Pour in the batter and cook your pancake for around 2 minutes. Top with as much of the topping flavours as you like and finish under the grill

3. Add a fried egg and cracked black pepper

For the rarebit sauce
50g butter
50g plain flour
1pt milk
135g Iceland vintage cheese
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons of ale
1 egg yolk

1. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over a low heat and add the flour stirring until the mixture turns to a paste.

2. add the ale or beer and the Worcestershire sauce, then gradually add the milk stirring to minimise lumps.

3. Simmer for 7 to 8 minutes then take off the heat and add the grated cheese and stir until smooth and cool.

4. Finally add the egg yolk, season to taste and chill until ready to use.

To finish
50g wilted baby spinach
2 poached smoked haddock fillets
2 fried eggs (cracked black pepper)
Chilled Rarebit

Smoked streaky bacon, goats cheese and caramelised onion chutney pancakes (serves 2)

Bacon and cheese pancakes

You will need
100g plain flour
2 whole eggs
30g veg oil
300g milk

For the filling

Cooked Smoked streaky bacon
Soft goats cheese
Caramelised onion chutney

1. Put the flour, eggs, milk and oil into a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter.

2. Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and lightly oil. Pour in the batter and cook your pancakes for 1 minute on each side until golden.

3. Fill the pancakes with as much of the filling as you desire.

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The Digiday Awards 2018

Channel Mum team at Digiday awards
The Channel Mum team had a fabulous start to 2018. On 25th January we attended The Digiday Awards Europe awards evening and were delighted to win two amazing awards for our work with Iceland and we were shocked to also bag the big award of the evening “Content Marketer of the Year”. You can see details below of the awards and a collection of photos from the night.

Channel Mum team at Digiday awards

The Digiday Awards Europe

Best Branded Content Series: Channel Mum and Iceland – “Power of Frozen

The judges said: “Frozen food brand Iceland had a brand-imagery issue: It was perceived as low-quality food with little nutritional value. With the help of parenting platform Channel Mum, Iceland worked with a variety of family influencers to show that Iceland products are both healthy and cost-effective. It has produced over 100 pieces of branded content with Channel Mum, with more to come”.

 

Digiday Content Marketing Awards Europe

We were delighted to win another award for our work with Iceland:

Best Branded Content Series: Channel Mum & Iceland – #PowerofFrozen

Channel Mum Team at Digiday awards

 

Finally we took the major award of the evening:

Content Marketer of the Year: Channel Mum

The judges praised Channel Mum for our: “… innovative tactics and place as a leader within the digital industry…”. This award wasn’t one brands could enter, we were nominated and chosen by the judges alongside the likes of The Guardian, Vice, Unilad, The FT, Viacom, Buzzfeed and News UK.

Channel Mum team at Digiday awards


Also a special mention
for the team at Benefit Cosmetics who won brand of the year for their recent work with Channel Mum, the judges said: “In 2017, Benefit Cosmetics distinguished itself from other beauty brands by reaching out to an under-recognised segment: mothers. Collaborating with influencers on the Channel Mum platform, it created the series Wake Up to Makeup, which included makeup tips specifically for busy mothers. See the case study video for the partnership below.

 

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How To Get Pregnant With A Girl – Channel Mum

Although we don’t like to admit it, many of us do have a secret preference for a particular gender. And you know what? It’s completely natural and nothing to be ashamed about. Here’s SJ with her six top tips:

Maybe you’ve always pictured yourself with a daughter, or perhaps you already have one or more boys and would like to balance it out. There are lots of theories and claims made about gender swaying, and SJ is bringing you her top tips for how to get pregnant with a baby girl in the video above.

More about SJ: She had two sons when she tried out these techniques in the hopes of adding a little girl to her family, and sure enough she fell pregnant with baby Evelina. Was it down to these tricks or was it sheer luck? We’ll never know for sure, but there’s no harm in trying them out! Watch more videos from SJ.

How To Have A Girl?

1) The Timing Or Shettles Method – This involves timing sex so that there is a higher chance of girl sperm (carrying the X chromosome) meeting your egg. Dr. Shettles suggests stopping having sex 2 to 3 days before ovulation.
2) Avoid orgasm – This is because orgasm changes the atmosphere of your cervix and makes it a more hostile environment.
3) Have sex every day – This will increase the volume of girl sperm, but remember to stop having sex at that 2-3 day mark!
4) Do shallow penetration sex positions – Girl sperm are more likely to be able to travel further because of their long life-span.
5) Increase your intake of dairy, calcium and magnesium – girl sperm a meant to thrive more in an acidic environment, so fill up on food that is high in these qualities.
6) Restrict your calories – Try eating between 1,500 and 1,800 calories to increase your chances of having a girl.

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The Channel Mum Podcast

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To accompany our video course on Mums Mental Health, we also have this amazing podcast voiced by our Psychologist-In-Residence Emma Kenny (with a special episode by our founder Siobhan Freegard!)

These episodes will walk you step-by-step through relaxation exercises that you can do in bed, just before you’re going to sleep or even throughout the day if you get a spare five minutes. Whatever works best for you.

 

Episode 1 – PND & Me with Siobhan Freegard

In this first episode Siobhan introduces the Channel Mum You Are Not Alone Mums Mental Health Course and chats about her experience with post natal depression.

Listen to episode 1 here.

Episode 2 – Total Relaxation

This episode is part of the Channel Mum “mums mental health course”. Emma joins us to take you through an audible relaxation experience.

Listen to episode 2 here.

Episode 3 – The Complete Channel Mum Body Scan

This episode is part of the Channel Mum “mums mental health course”. Emma joins us to take you through an amazing complete body scan session.

Listen to episode 3 here.

Episode 4 – The Secret To Mindful Breathing

This episode is part of the Channel Mum “mums mental health course”. Emma joins us to take you through an audible lesson on mindful breathing .

Listen to episode 4 here.

 

And remember to let us know how you found working through this podcast in our Support Group.

Head back to the Mums Mental Health Video Course.

 

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Are Housewives Lazy? Things Get Heated | This Morning

What do housewives actually DO all day? This is the question which lead to a heated debate on This Morning when working mum Rebecca asks it of stay at home mum Kerry Whelpdale. Kerry explains that she works just as hard as a working mum does and that she feels there are good and bad things whatever parenting choice you make. Do working mums have to do all the housework and cooking as well as going out to work or do they have it easy because they get a break from the kids?

Take a look at this recent clip from This Morning to see Kerry’s response and watch how things get a bit heated!

What do you think? Do stay at home mums have it easy or are there good and bad things about whatever choice mums have to make? Chat to other mums on the topic in our Support Groups. 

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Maggie Fisher, Channel Mum Health Visitor In Residence

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Hello, my name is Maggie Fisher and I am a nurse and health visitor. I have been a health visitor for over 35 years and have a wide variety of specialist interests and experiences both within the NHS and working nationally with other organisations to support parents and train other professionals. I have advanced qualifications in parenting, healthy eating, relationships, coping with stress, infant and child mental health, perinatal mental health working with mums, dads and babies.

I have been a sleep specialist for over 25 years and have set up and ran a sleep support service in Hampshire and a national sleep support forum helping thousands of sleep deprived families. My own three children were poor sleepers and this started my personal and professional interest in understanding sleep and sleep issues. I was determined to share what I learnt and continue to learn to help others. I also run evidenced based training for other professionals so they too can improve sleep for all the family. I have written several books and write in professional journals and other publications.

I love working and connecting with mums, dads, babies and children. I am passionate about helping others and listening to mums so together we can make a difference and help overcome difficulties. Being a parent is the hardest job we do and everyone is different. We all need a place where we can be heard, understood and not judged. ChannelMum provides that caring space for mums to vent, cry, laugh, celebrate, share, be listened to and supported I am delighted to be working here with such a lovely team and community.

Click here if you already spoken to Maggie and she has directed you here to fill in her sleep assessment form.

Maggie Fisher’s Role

At Channel Mum I work in the Support Group on the boards and I am involved in developing content that will help
mums, dads and their families. You can ask me anything about:

  • Sleep
  • Feeding and eating
  • Crying
  • Relationships
  • PND, anxiety, depression and anything to do with mental health
  • Normal and abnormal child development
  • Pregnancy
  • Behaviour and tantrums
  • Toilet training
  • Illness and disease
  • What to do if you are worried about a child
  • Domestic abuse

Basically all the things you would ask your health visitor!

My Experience

Here are some of the organisations I have worked at:

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Ha-pee Pregnancy Day

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HAVE you had your two blue lines yet? This week is the most popular time of the year to find out you’re pregnant, with more women getting a positive result on Wednesday January 17th than any other day.

The date falls just over two weeks after National Babymaking Day on January 2, which is the most common day of the year for couples to fall pregnant.

Experts believe more than 10,000 women will take a pregnancy test each day this week, around five times higher than normal but our new research shows many mums-to-be are getting hooked on taking tests, with women taking an average of SIX different ones to ensure they really are expecting. The phenomenon is known as ‘pregnancy test addiction’, with 62 per cent of UK mums admitting to carrying on taking tests even after getting a positive result – and one in 12 testing right up to their 12-week scan.

But with mums spending an average of £30 each on extra tests, peeing on a stick can be an expensive business. While early tests can cost up to £8 for a single test, you can also pick up a two-pack tests in pound shops for just a quid.

So which works best? And how many times did you test to make sure you were really pregnant? Let us know here.

Of course you don’t have to spend anything on pregnancy tests, you can make your own. Take a look at how Jodie got on with these DIY tests.

Take a look at this recent video from Corrine and Matt where Corrine takes 25 tests. if you need support for pregnancy test addiction, join our forums for expert help.

Think you might be pregnant? Find out more about pregnancy symptoms. 

 

 

 

 

Ten of the Best Workout Channels 2018

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Want to find ways to get your body moving and get a bit healthier in 2018? The good news is having no childcare isn’t an obstacle to fitness; YouTube has a vast array of workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home. Whether your thing is HIIT or yoga, read on for ten of our favourite FREE fitness YouTubers you need to follow this year. In no particular order:

Tone It Up

A high energy all rounder channel with a full range of different exercises. You can even download their app to get more of what you love.

View the Tone It Up channel here

Yoga with Adrienne

Adrienne is all about making time for you and cultivating self love. She has released a new 30 day yoga routine for January 2018 called ‘True’ which we think sounds like a good way to start the year. You can even sign up to the accompanying email for daily affirmations to your inbox.

View the Yoga with Adrienne channel here.

The Body Coach

The franchise that is Joe Wicks also has a great fun YouTube channel, focussing on high energy HIIT workouts. Perfect if you want to burn fat and get fitter this year.

View the Bodycoach channel here.

Blogilates

You didn’t know exercise could be this fun, with full length POP Pilates, PIIT28 and fun Bootcamp Sculpting workouts to Top 40 Hits with certified fitness instructor Cassey Ho.

View the Blogilates channel here.

Lucy Wyndham-Read

Lucy’s channel is full of full workouts suitable for beginners to experts and contain everything from walking exercise to fat burning and full body workouts. A lot of her routines are suitable pre and postnatally so perfect for mums at home.

View Lucy Wyndham-Read’s channel here.

The Fitness Marshall

You saw him featured above with Cassey but he also has his own fun channel which is full of his unique high energy brand of hilarious. Have so much fun dancing along to songs you know that you won’t even feel the burn.

View The Fitness Marshall channel here.

Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine is a yoga teacher and nutritional health coach. She recently had a baby and her latest fitness video is perfect you are are a real exercise beginner or have just had a baby. We recently caught up with Madeleine here.

View Madeleine Shaw’s channel here.

Carly Rowena

Carly’s videos always have a mix of health food, gym or home based workout videos and every day content and she has just started a new Guide to the Gym series for 2018.

View Carley Rowena’s channel here.

Fitness Blender

A husband and wife team with new full workouts every week, many with no equipment required.

View the FitnessBlender channel here.

Whitney Simmons

Her channel combines health, fitness and some serious life inso. A lot of her videos are a combination of workouts with some lifestyle content which is a great mix.

View Whitney Simmons’ channel here.

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National Baby Making Day Top Tips

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Did you know that Tuesday 2nd January is officially National Baby-Making Day?  Millions of couples will be having sex in the hope of falling pregnant and producing a September baby. Our Channel Mum study shows that 10.36pm on Tuesday 2nd January is the most popular day of the year to conceive. Official figures show the UK’s most common day to be born is September 26 – 38 weeks after January 2, which is the length of the average pregnancy.

Fertility experts say the combination of a desire for a September baby to be eldest in the school year, wanting to spend time together before going back to work and having sex to cure post-New Year hangovers means 60 per cent of would-be parents will make love on Tuesday night.

Sex positions to fall pregnant
The official top sex positions to conceive!

Channel Mum founder Siobhan Freegard says: “Falling pregnant isn’t always easy so couples who have been trying a while will attempt almost anything to help. While there isn’t much medical science to back up these tips, our members swear they have all helped and we have hundreds of bouncing new babies to prove it. As long as you have fun trying, it’s always worth giving it a go – plus we’ve got all the info you need for getting pregnant right here on Channel Mum.”

Did you know there are top sex positions to use to fall pregnant? Find them all here.

Our study also found couples are going to increasingly extreme lengths to conceive – including wearing socks during sex, eating McDonald’s fries after making love and even wearing frozen underpants. Our team have done the research and found 71 per cent of couples will try wacky tricks to boost their chances of conceiving!

WHAT MUMS HAVE TRIED IN A BID TO FALL PREGNANT

1) Wear socks during sex and for the week after to keep your feet warm (10%)
2) Eat McDonalds chips immediately after sex (3%)
3) Eat dark chocolate every day (37%)
4) Avoid having an orgasm for a week after sex (6%)
5) Use reverse psychology and tell yourself you don’t want a baby, then have a wild night out and forget about ‘trying’ (39%)
6) Eat pineapples and drink pineapple juice (32%)
7) Wear green and use green bedsheets – believed to be a fertile colour (5%)
8) Pierce your nose on the left side. Eastern Ayurvedic medicine claims this can make the woman more fertile (0.5%)
9) Don’t just put your legs in the air but ‘bicycle’ them for at least three minutes (58%)
10) Sleep in total darkness. Switch off your phones, devices and wifi (15%)
11) Do ‘dry January’ and stop drinking for a month (7%)
12) And for the men – wear frozen underwear. (1%)

Fancy getting a bun for your oven? We’ve got loads of baby-making tips for you right here! 

And don’t forget to check out our top sex positions to get pregnant video!

Where Is Santa’s Baby Hiding?

Spot Santa Baby In The Puzzle

Can you spot the tot dressed as Santa – the Santa baby – in the Christmas morning chaos?

Somewhere in the picture Santa’s baby is hiding, but where? Look closely… can you see the tot?

Want to play another game? Can you spot Dolly in this picture?

Mums Big Christmas Night In

Mums Big Christmas Night In

*** UPDATE: The inaugural Mums Big Christmas Night In took place on Thursday 14th December. See details below about the event. All competition questions stay open until midnight Monday 18th December. GOOD LUCK! ***

Whilst everyone else is off out on their Christmas parties, we designed a Christmas party for us mums that comes to you. You Are Not Alone #YANA.  So come and join us for an hour of Christmas chat, fun and prizes on the main Channel Mum Facebook Page on Thursday December 14th 8-9pm. We’ll be providing an all you can eat buffet of delicious food, an open bar with yummy cocktails, fizz or a hot chocolate if you prefer (all virtual ?). We’ll be chatting all things Christmas during the hour and there will be prizes. Oh SO MANY prizes! So get your glad rags on (or stay in your pyjamas) and come and enjoy a dance with our celebrity DJ who will be taking requests! It’s going to be a lot of fun. To join in all you have to do is RSVP to the event on Facebook and then just follow the posts on the Channel Mum Facebook page during the hour of the party. Every post has a special prize to be won, to enter the competitions, just comment or add a gif or photo, every comment counts as an entry!

You are Invited
What: Channel Mum – Mums Big Christmas Night In
Where: Channel Mum Facebook Page
When: Thursday 14th December 8-9pm
RSVP: Click this link to let us know you are coming and to take part.

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Usual Channel Mum terms and conditions apply. All comps are open until midnight Monday 18th December.

What is Channel Mum?

We know it takes a village to raise a child, so whatever you’re facing, know that you are not alone. We’re here to help and hold your hand every step of the way. From trying to conceive to pregnancy, birth to babies, toddlers and tantrums, school, tweens and teens – we’ve got it covered. And we know it takes that same village to raise up a Mama or a Dad – so WHOEVER you are, WHEREVER you are and WHATEVER you need, there’s a place for you here with us at Channel Mum. Perhaps you’d like relationship support or are facing PND or anxiety at the moment? Maybe you’re seeking advice on fostering, adoption, gay parenting or surrogacy? Chat to other mums and  Read More here

‘I Disagree with The Way My Daughter Parents her Children’

Did your parents and grandparents do things very different from the way you parent? Perhaps they criticise you for your choices? In this This Morning phone in, Deidre Sanders offers advice to callers. Should it be granny’s rules in granny’s house or should a parent’s rules apply everywhere?

Watch more parenting and relationship videos here and chat to other mums. 

This video is taken from This Morning – every weekday on ITV from 10:30am.

My Husband Sleeps Alone So I Can Breastfeed Our Five-Year-Old

Mum Sophie Mei Lan believes breastfeeding her five-year-old strengthens the bond between herself and daughter Jasmine. Sophie, who also has a two-year-old daughter, sleeps with her girls every night so they can latch on to feed on demand and fall back to sleep. But Sophie’s controversial parenting practice leaves husband Chris sleeping alone in their marital bed every night. Sophie and Chris join Holly and Phillip on the sofa to explain all.

Watch more videos on feeding your baby and chat to other mums in the Channel Mum Support Groups.

Vlog Of The Week: What To Pack: Kids Carry On | Emily Norris

This week’s Vlog Of The Week is by the lovely Emily Norris. Her video on What To Pack: Kids Carry On is all about her impressive preparation for a 9 hour flight with two children and a baby. In this vlog she inspires us that anything is possible when you put your mind to it – including a long haul flight during the day with 3 little ones!

She has some incredible ideas for activities and distractions, snacks and storage. She really does make it look easy! Emily’s carry on ideas are so inspired we just had to shine a spot light on them and make it our Vlog Of The Week. Any parent will testify that travelling is not easy to do with little ones, so hats off to Emily who clearly knows a thing or two about how preparation is everything when you’re a mum! We’re sure these insider tricks to make flights more enjoyable – for the kids (and the other passengers too!) will come in very handy one day. Suddenly we’re tempted to book a holiday! (Thanks Emily!)

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For more videos from Emily Norris please check out her vlogger page here.

Why not watch more videos about holidays and travel with kids here.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Vlog of The Week too, simply send us a tweet @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek with your suggestions!

Find out more about our Vlog Of The Week series here.

And don’t forget to check out our previous Vlogs Of The Week here:

Vlog Of The Week: Feeling Isolated & Lonely Sometimes As A Stay At Home Mum

This week’s Vlog Of The Week is by Alex Gladwin, it’s called ‘Feeling Isolated And Lonely Sometimes As A Work At Home/Stay At Home Mum’.

The title kind of says it all, but we think that it’s an incredibly brave and honest vlog that so many mums can relate to. Motherhood is often described as lonely, but beyond that, feeling isolated isn’t discussed as much as it should be. Long days at home with little ones can be mentally challenging and emotionally difficult when you’re the only adult company you keep. Alex eloquently puts into words how loneliness can manifest in motherhood and in doing so manages to connect with so many other mums at the same time. Having only gone live a few days ago the comments under this video are full of other mother’s feeling the exact same thing.

Alex ends the vlog talking about some of the steps she is going to take to try and combat the loneliness in her life. We think she is amazing, for talking about what so many of us try to hide. Mums are very good at pretending everything is alright but actually, mums often feel alone.

Watch her vlog below:

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For more videos from Alex Gladwin please check out her vlogger page here.

Why not watch other mums talking about difficult issues like anxiety and post natal depression?

We’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Vlog of The Week too, simply send us a tweet @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek with your suggestions!

Find out more about our Vlog Of The Week series here.

And don’t forget to check out our previous Vlogs Of The Week here:

Coming up 6th February …

Search For A Vlog Star Week

It’s Vlogging Week on Channel Mum! Pop to our Vlog Star page or social channels to join the chat.

MONDAY – We have an exciting competition launching at 11am today! You could win a Canon G7X, a one year vlogging contract with Channel Mum and the chance to star in a video. Find the details (and the not so small print) over here. We’ve got a video going LIVE ?  featuring Rhiannon Ashlee at 11am all about the Vlog Stars competition and at 11.30am we have a special Facebook LIVE with Dolly Bow Bow – she’ll be telling us about all the exciting stuff happening this week on Channel Mum. Plus she’ll be showing us some of her vlogging must haves – don’t miss it!

TUESDAY – We want to see your LITTLE stars! Share your funny, cute and gorgeous kid videos on our Facebook page for a chance to WIN a £100 Toys R Us voucher. Plus we have a new video going LIVE at 2pm all about the best cameras to use for vlogging, it’s packed full of tips from Natasha Bailie, My Fussy EaterMrs Meldrum, Laura Byrne, Ysis Lorenna, Jules Furness, JK and Charlie, Charlotte Taylor and Dolly Bow Bow ?

WEDNESDAY – Fancy trying your hand at Vlogging? All you need is your mobile phone to get started. We have a whole How to Vlog section Channel Mum to help you get started.

THURSDAY Hey Mummy are back on Facebook LIVE at 11.30am chatting about the week’s best parenting news and stories. Plus we’ve got a special Valentine’s Day video with Iceland going LIVE at 12pm ?  and a Facebook LIVE competition with Jess Ashe at 2pm.

FRIDAY – You won’t want to miss our Instagram takeover! Mr and Mrs Meldrum will be sharing a day in the life of a vlogging couple. You can also join Tracey Quinn on Snapchat (traceyquinn89) to see what a day in the life of a vlogger looks like Snapchat style.

Love,

Team Channel Mum x

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Coming up 30th January …

Lisa, Charlotte, Lauren and Jules

It’s baby sleep week in the Channel Mum shedquarters! Pop to our baby sleep page or social channels to join the chat.

MONDAY – Join us at 11.30am for a special Facebook LIVE with Lauren AKA Chatty Mum all about the subject of baby sleep. Getting much sleep in your house? Come join the chat.

TUESDAY – It’s competition time! Show us your sleeping babies on Facebook and WIN a £100 Boots voucher. Our final Healthy Happy Eating Challenge video for Iceland ?  will be live – see how Jules and Lisa are keeping up with the challenge – keep an eye out for a Facebook Live competition with an amazing prize at 11.30am too).

WEDNESDAY – Struggling to get your baby to sleep through the night? You won’t want to miss this new video which goes LIVE at 2pm ?  featuring SJ and a host of other mums.

THURSDAY – Join Charlotte Taylor on Facebook LIVE at 11.30am chatting about the week’s best parenting news and stories – put your feet up for half an hour and join us for a gossip!

FRIDAY – It’s our Instagram baby sleep takeover! We want to see all your gorgeous sleeping babies, tag photos of your little ones using the hashtag #CMBabySleep and we’ll share our favourites, plus we’ve got baby sleep expert, Jo Ryder answering your sleep related questions on Facebook from 2-4pm.

Love,

Team Channel Mum x

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