One of the most terrifying things about moving countries is looking foolish and feeling awkward. But this is actually the best opportunity to look as foolish and feel as awkward as possible. Looking foolish is a common cause of anxiety in any new experience or situation. But as a foreigner in a new place, I […]
There’s a lot of new mum content about the fourth trimester. But one thing that’s not talked about enough is the recovery. I had a forceps delivery and an episiotomy. All in all, my labour was very straightforward. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds and it was a really positive experience. However, from day […]
Mum guilt is absolutely real. There’s so much pressure, whether from myself, the people around me, society in general, to do “the right thing.” Whatever that means. There’s lots of information on the internet about the benefits of breastfeeding. But my favourite source is the book called Cribsheet by Emily Oster. She looked into the […]
One of the hardest things about moving to a different country is looking for a job. I left my big law job in the Philippines in September 2019. In October, I moved to Scotland and got married in January 2020. And we all know what happened in March 2020. Being unemployed in a new country […]
Labour is terrifying, especially if it’s your first. You’ll hear lots of horror stories when people find out you’re pregnant. But it doesn’t have to be traumatic or as terrible as some people (and TV shows) make it out to be. Caveat: These are general thoughts, ideas, and tips. Trauma is real and this post […]
One thing I learned as a new mum is that there seems to be a secret Mum Club. When I posted on social media (quite quietly I thought) that I was pregnant and then had given birth, friends I hadn’t spoken to in probably more than 20 YEARS and friends I didn’t speak to very […]
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