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. 





National Baby Making Day Top Tips

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Did you know that 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 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 the evening of the 2 January.

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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!


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!

Coming up 16th January …

This Week on Channel Mum

It’s Pregnancy Week in the Channel Mum Shedquarters! Pop to our homepage or social channels to join the chat …

MONDAY – Welcome to ‘Pregnancy Week’! Whether you’re already pregnant or trying to conceive, we have tons videos to help you on your journey, from real birth stories to unique gender reveals, plus what to pack in your hospital bag. Oh, and have you seen our antidote to Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year? Watch our video ?  of gorgeous babies giggling on our social channels – guaranteed to make you smile! ??

TUESDAY ? We have an exciting new Iceland video going live today! Keep an eye out. Join Welsh mum-of-three (soon to be four!) Kate Bridge on Facebook Live at 11.30am for a chat about all things pregnancy. She’ll also be launching a special baby bump competition on Facebook.

WEDNESDAY   ? We have a new MUM SOS video going LIVE at 2pm – it’s all about pregnancy signs and symptoms.

THURSDAY – Join SJ and baby Evelina on Facebook LIVE at 11.30am rounding up the week’s hottest parenting news and stories – come and have a little gossip! Plus mum of one Jules Furness will be doing a special takeover on our Instagram feed.

FRIDAY  It’s ‘Pregnancy Day’ on Instagram – tag your beautiful bump photos with the hashtag #CMBumpPhotos and we’ll be looking out for some to re-post, plus we’ll be highlighting a Vlog Of The Week – have any made you laugh or cry recently? Let us know.


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Join the conversation right here on Channel Mum, or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

MEET the Poke-Mums! Game used to induce labour

Everyone is playing Pokemon-Go but did you know the new AR app has a VERY unusual use? Pregnant woman across the globe are using the smash-hit game to help bring on labour!

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, the character-catching gaming craze sees players walk for up to six miles at a time to snare monsters and hatch their eggs – and has led to a surge in women reporting it helped kickstart their birth.

As every pregnant mummy knows, walking is thought to stimulate the release of pregnancy hormone oxytocin, which triggers contractions. It’s one of the main methods recommended by midwives to begin labour – but most of us don’t manage it as it’s just too uncomfortable in late pregnancy.

But our new Channel Mum survey has found 53 per cent of mums-to-be plan to use the app to get their labour underway, and one in 20 new mums who’ve given birth in the past few weeks already say they played it to Pokemon-Go into labour.


Two in three mums claim playing the virtual game helps with pain relief by keeping them occupied, while 53 per cent said it helped them walk further by having fun.

Midwives have already dubbed the new craze ‘Poke-Mums’ and are braced for an influx of women using the app, as 57 per cent of us young mums are already regular Pokemon-Go players.

One of the first to try it is our very own Channel Mum vlogger Amber Wilde. She said: “Never mind hatching a Pokemon character, I’m hatching two real babies of my own thanks to the app. I’m proud to be a Poke-Mum as it worked really well to make me go into labour. I’d only just hit on the idea and started walking and monster hunting for a few miles when my waters broke and the twins were on their way.”

Good luck Amber, we can’t wait to meet them!

Watch below to see how heavily pregnant Jess gets on catching Pokemon

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Everything you need to know about scans – and more!

If you hadn’t guessed already, trying to make life easier for mums is something we’re passionate about here at Channel Mum HQ. That’s why we’ve launched the Channel Mum Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy Scans to help demystify the world of ultrasound scans and to show you what to expect.

Our Ultimate Pregnancy Scan Guide shows you what happens during your ultrasound scan, the different kinds of scans you can have and follows our vlogger Emily having a private scan at 28 weeks at Window To The Womb. You can see her have a 2D, 3D and 4D scan and even see how the gender of her baby is identified. Is it a boy or a girl? Watch the video to find out!

Side note: Did you know you could find out the gender of your baby from as early as 16 weeks?

We’ve even included a fruit diary of how your baby grows rapidly from something smaller than a poppyseed to the size of a watermelon in nine months.

Scans are such a momentous part of any pregnancy and such a special time for you and your partner to finally get a glimpse at what’s going on in your tummy and listen to your baby’s heartbeat.

If you’re anything like us, during your pregnancy you’ll be searching high and low to try and see what your baby looks like at each week of pregnancy, so we feel pretty lucky to have been able to secure footage of 2D, 3D and 4D real scans from our lovely friends at Window To The Womb.

If you’re expecting a baby or curious about what each week of pregnancy can be like, make sure you check out our pregnancy week by week guides for more pregnancy videos from mums at the same stage as you are, all the way through your pregnancy.

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Competition time!

To celebrate our Ultimate Pregnancy Scan Guide going live we’ve got a fab competition with a chance for you to win a ‘Born To Be A Star’ scan package from Window To The Womb with a 4D Baby Scan package and a Heartbeat Teddy Bear (worth £119).

So if you fancy having a 4D scan where you can see moving 3D images of your baby and have their heartbeat recording put inside a teddy bear, then don’t miss your chance to enter.

How to Enter

You can take part in our free prize draw using your social media of choice.

Facebook – Simply follow us and add your scan photo in the comments below the competition post or tell us your due date there.


Twitter – Follow us and tweet us a scan photo or your due date using #WinAScan and tag @channelmum


Instagram – Follow us and upload your scan photo and tag @channelmum. Or leave a comment on our competition post.

Comp closes midnight 29th July 2016.

The prize will be redeemable at any Window To The Womb studio nationwide. No cash alternative. Usual Channel Mum terms and conditions apply. One winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

Happy Easter!

IT’S EASTER WEEKEND, the clocks are going forward and the sun is finally shining. But whether you’re Christian, follow another religion or don’t really believe at all, Spring is still a very special time. For Christians, Easter symbolises the resurrection of Christ – and new life as Mother Nature awakens after winter.Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 10.51.28 While modern-day Easter makes us think of fluffy chicks and chocolate eggs, even from pagan times the Egg was the ultimate symbol of fertility. Christians soon adopted it as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection from the tomb, being a casket from which new life emerges. Many ancient cultures also had a Spring Mother Goddess who banished ‘old man’ Winter, including the Anglo-Saxon Eostre and Nordic Ostra.
And even today babies born on Easter Day are though to be especially lucky in life, with celebs including Harry Potter star Emma Watson, actress Melissa Joan Hart and actor John Rudd also Easter Sunday babies. Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 10.50.45
But as well as giving birth to new life, Easter can also be a time for creating a new life. Chocolate is a well-known aphrodisiac and midwives report a surge of babies born nine months after the long Easter Weekend!
Here at Channel Mum we have our own brood of Easter chicks about to be hatched, with lots of our Vloggers pregnant and more to be announced soon. And while we’re following their unique journeys, we’d love to hear your birth story too. We’ve teamed up with our friends at the Positive Birth Movement to hear all about your birth, so fill in our survey for your chance to win £150 in supermarket vouchers – but just don’t spend it all on choccy eggs!

We wish you and your family the most wonderful Easter, with love from all the team at Channel Mum x