• Five parenting tips from around the world, according to a paediatrician
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    Five parenting tips from around the world, according to a paediatrician

    Lisa Lewis, a paediatrician and author of "Feed the baby Hummus," first began researching cultural differences in child-rearing techniques 20 years ago. From there, Dr Lewis began to travel the world and investigate the numerous cultural differences in raising children - and how each of these methods can benefit babies.

  • A man ran 401 marathons in 401 days - this is what happened to his mind and body
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    A man ran 401 marathons in 401 days - this is what happened to his mind and body

    What may sound like a huge leap was actually a gradual transition for Ben Smith, a 36-year-old from Portishead, Bristol. A year after Smith’s health scare, a friend of his took him to a local running club in Bristol.

  • Meghan Markle’s intense fitness routine revealed by former trainer
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    Meghan Markle’s intense fitness routine revealed by former trainer

    As the daughter of a yoga instructor, Meghan Markle grew up with health and fitness at the forefront of her mind. While she’s an avid fan of therapeutic activities such as pilates and running, her former trainer has revealed that she also became very adept at weight-based workouts. Craig McNamee, founder of Catalyst Health in Toronto, became acquainted with Markle three years ago while she was filming Suits in Canada.

  • Mother who admits she has favourite child causes uproar on Twitter
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    Mother who admits she has favourite child causes uproar on Twitter

    The question has been heavily debated on social media after a mother of four appeared on This Morning explaining why she has no qualms favouring one of her children over her three others. Alisha Tierney-March, from Sheffield, explained why she doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with having a favourite child, much to the dismay of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. When Kennedie was born, Alisha was able to spend far more time with her then her older two children as they had started school.

  • Emotional photo series captures men before and after becoming fathers
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    Emotional photo series captures men before and after becoming fathers

    Celebrity photographer Tom Oldham has created a photo series of men immediately before and after their child has been born, capturing the nerves, happiness and relief that comes with becoming a father. Oldham spent 72 hours in the maternity ward of University Hospital Lewisham, where he came across multiple fathers anxiously waiting for their partners to give birth.

  • YouTuber makes incredible time-lapse video showing three month fitness transformation
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    YouTuber makes incredible time-lapse video showing three month fitness transformation

    A YouTuber has posted a time-lapse video showing his fitness transformation over 12 weeks. Hunter Hobbs took a picture every day for three months, during which time he dedicated himself to the gym and was strict with his diet.

  • Kate Hudson shares struggle of hiding pregnancy while still working
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    Kate Hudson shares struggle of hiding pregnancy while still working

    It’s very common for women to experience morning sickness during the early stages of pregnancy. Kate Hudson has revealed that it was no different for her, as she faced the prospect of having to hide her pregnancy and sickness symptoms while posing for a sportswear photoshoot. In an Instagram post that the actress and businesswoman shared over the weekend, she can be seen balancing on an exercise wheel in a sports bra and leggings.

  • Parents’ lifestyle before conception can have huge effect on children's health in later life, study finds
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    Parents’ lifestyle before conception can have huge effect on children's health in later life, study finds

    The months leading up to the birth of a child are typically very frantic, with expectant parents doing everything that they can to ensure that they’re in optimal health as they prepare to bring a baby into the world. New findings have revealed the importance of considering obesity, alcohol intake and nutrition during the preconception period, as these factors can have a serious impact on the overall wellbeing of a child later in life. The study explored the definition of the “preconception period”, as this usually refers to the three months leading up to conception.

  • Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health
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    Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health

    The rise of social media has meant that we as a global population are more connected than we have ever been in the history of time. While social media platforms can have their benefits, using them too frequently can make you feel increasingly unhappy and isolated in the long run. The constant barrage of perfectly filtered photos that appear on Instagram are bound to knock many people’s self-esteem, while obsessively checking your Twitter feed just before bed could be contributing towards poor quality of sleep.

  • Parenting website seeks ‘professional nappy changers’ after April fool’s day campaign reveals demand
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    Parenting website seeks ‘professional nappy changers’ after April fool’s day campaign reveals demand

    Now it might not even be necessary, as one parenting website is recruiting professionals to, quite literally, do the dirty work. Childcare.co.uk originally advertised their “Nanny 999” nappy-changing service as an April Fool’s Day joke, however, after the British-based site was inundated with messages from parents requesting the service in earnest, they decided to make the prank a reality. “We’ve seen a big rise in the demand for nappy changing help through our platform, and are now offering Nappy 999 responders for all your nappy-related emergencies,” a post on the site reads.

  • Forgetting people's names and feeling stiff are the top signs of getting old, study finds
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    Forgetting people's names and feeling stiff are the top signs of getting old, study finds

    A poll of 2,000 adults also found needing an afternoon nap, finding it tricky to sit cross-legged and choosing comfort over style are indicators you’re getting on a bit. Complaining more often, declaring you’re ‘gasping’ for a cup of tea and feeling flattered when you get asked for ID when visiting a bar also made the list.

  • Donations pour in to prolong life of new mother with inoperable cancer
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    Donations pour in to prolong life of new mother with inoperable cancer

    A mother who was diagnosed with an inoperable cancer just weeks after giving birth to her first child has found new hope of spending more time with her four-month-old daughter after donations to fund a £100,000 treatment have flooded in. Kate Geraghty, 34, led a healthy, active life as a kickboxer and teacher in Leicester, so she and her boyfriend, Paul Dhillon, 35, were completely taken aback when just two days before their daughter Ivy was born in December 2017, doctors spotted cancer symptoms. After learning about a £100,000 treatment available in Germany or America that could prolong the amount of time Kate can spend with baby Ivy, Kate’s sister Becca Storer set up a Just Giving page asking for help raising funds.

  • Baby's eczema ‘cured’ by £7 Lush body cream, mother claims
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    Baby's eczema ‘cured’ by £7 Lush body cream, mother claims

    A mother is claiming that her baby’s eczema has cleared up in just one week after using a best-selling body cream from high-street chain Lush. Sarah Rudd, 36, from Poole in Dorset, shared pictures of her five-month-old son Cash on Facebook showing just how red and inflamed the skin on his forehead had become. The mother-of-five explained that she had tried countless prescription medications including steroid cream hydrocortisone but nothing worked.

  • Cutting out dairy can make you lactose-intolerant
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    Cutting out dairy can make you lactose-intolerant

    It’s true that a large proportion of the world’s population are “lactose maldigesters,” which means they struggle to digest lactose. This is because their bodies don’t produce much lactase, which is the enzyme that breaks down lactose. “The bacteria in our colon need to be fed in order to survive,” Dennis Savaiano, PhD, Meredith Professor of Nutrition Policy at Purdue University, told Well + Good.

  • Nine things no one tells you about post-partum recovery, according to first-time mum
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    Nine things no one tells you about post-partum recovery, according to first-time mum

    You’ve prepped the nursery, bought tons of adorable baby clothes and soaked up all and any information about labour and delivery you can get your hands on. Posting on Twitter with a now viral thread, Milena Sanchez explains that she didn’t have the easiest of pregnancies but after watching reruns of One Born Every Minute, planning her birth as well as her baby’s leaving outfit, she really felt like she knew it all.

  • Single mother-of-five's inspiring graduation photo goes viral
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    Single mother-of-five's inspiring graduation photo goes viral

    A single mother’s inspiring graduation photo of her and her five children has gone viral online. Ieshia Champs, 33, was pictured wearing her cap and gown holding up an "I did it!" sign while her children held up signs saying "I did it too" and "I helped!". Champs credits the support of her family for making her further education possible after losing the father of two of her children to cancer in 2009.

  • Sex toy treasure hunt in Belgium celebrates sexuality and raises awareness
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    Sex toy treasure hunt in Belgium celebrates sexuality and raises awareness

    This was the annual sex toy hunt in Wépion, Belgium. In a little village just outside of Namur, the capital of Wallonia, I found myself knee-deep in a crowded muddy field, digging for dildos at the highlight of the “Chasse aux Sextoys” festival.

  • Mother reveals how imposter syndrome left her ‘in a constant state of fear’
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    Mother reveals how imposter syndrome left her ‘in a constant state of fear’

    A young Nevada-based mother has revealed the truth about imposter syndrome new mothers can feel in a candid Facebook post. Writing to the members of her Ultimate Mom Challenge Facebook group, Celeste Erlach explained how she “felt like a fraud” during the first six months of her son’s life and was living in a “constant state of fear”.

  • Toddler with dairy allergy left fighting for life after eating ‘vegan’ pizza
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    Toddler with dairy allergy left fighting for life after eating ‘vegan’ pizza

    A toddler with a dairy allergy was left fighting for his life after suffering a severe reaction to a “vegan” pizza that his family had been assured was dairy-free. On April 8, two-year-old Zayaan Hussain went to a branch of Pizza Hut in Blackpool, Lancashire with his parents and seven-year-old sister Amara. Zayaan’s father, 33-year-old Sajid Hussain, made a point of repeatedly informing the staff of his son’s dairy allergy.

  • Hand dryers spray human waste particles all over you, study finds
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    Hand dryers spray human waste particles all over you, study finds

    You may think that using a hand dryer in a public bathroom is a far more sustainable and hygienic method of drying your hands than using hand towels. On the contrary, a recent study has uncovered the disturbing truth that doing so could actually be spreading human waste bacteria far and wide. Researchers from the University of Connecticut recently conducted a study to determine the extent to which hand dryers spray harmful bacteria when used.

  • Royal baby: What it’s like to give birth in the Lindo Wing
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    Royal baby: What it’s like to give birth in the Lindo Wing

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will soon be returning to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London for the delivery of their third royal baby - and the crowd barriers have already been set up. Responsible for delivering some of the country’s most high-profile offspring - George and Amal Clooney’s twin daughters were born there last year - the esteemed maternity ward is one of the most exclusive around, but what’s it like to give birth there? Speaking to Hello Magazine, Katherine Filkins said she received the full royal treatment as a guest in the Lindo Wing.

  • National Siblings Day: What career you're most likely to have whether you're the oldest, middle or youngest child
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    National Siblings Day: What career you're most likely to have whether you're the oldest, middle or youngest child

    For many years, studies have shown that birth order affects personality, but new research confirms that whether you’re an older, middle or younger child bears an impact on career path too. Led by psychologist Emma Kenny, the researchers found significant evidence to support the theory that birth order has a tangible and marked effect on career paths. One of the most clear findings was that middle children are 30 per cent more likely to become company CEOs than their siblings.

  • National Siblings Day 2018: Youngest child tends to be parents' favourite, survey finds
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    National Siblings Day 2018: Youngest child tends to be parents' favourite, survey finds

    It’s long been debated whether parents can in fact show favouritism towards their children. Now, it would seem that their suspicions have been confirmed, as a survey has revealed that parents tend to favour their youngest child. Mumsnet conducted a survey of 1,185 of its users that are parents, while Gransnet carried out a survey of 1,111 of its users that had at least one grandchild.

  • Eight simple ways to boost your happiness instantly
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    Eight simple ways to boost your happiness instantly

    If you similarly find that your psychological state is often marred when comparing yourself to others, then adopting a few simply daily habits could prove greatly beneficial for your mental wellbeing. Purposely choosing to listen to music that’s more uptempo has a positive correlation with improving a person’s state of mind. In 2013, the University of Missouri carried out a study in which participants who were trying to feel happier reported that their mood had improved after listening to upbeat tunes.

  • How man went from dad-bod to six-pack for the sake of his children
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    How man went from dad-bod to six-pack for the sake of his children

    Aircraft engineer Mark Kaberry’s weight had ballooned to almost 19 stone when he split up with his partner. “The main reason for me wanting to get into shape is the fact that I am a weekend dad, meaning that I would want to enjoy time with my two sons by having treats and seeing them happy,” Kaberry, 34, explained to The Independent. Kaberry began his transformation by following fitness guides for two to three years, but they never really made a huge difference to his physique because he didn’t modify his diet enough alongside the training.