"Periods are meant to hurt. Right?"

Your period has started, and you feel like someone has applied a clamp somewhere deep in your womb. And the clamp is tightening. It hurts. What you really want to do is crawl under a blanket on the sofa and watch trashy TV.

If this is you for a few days every month, you’re not alone. But your period does not need to hurt.

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“Do I have to give up coffee?”

This question usually comes at me with a side order of mumma attitude. What is sacrosanct to most knackered mums? Caffeine, chocolate and wine. Not necessarily in that order. We’ll talk about the other two another day – but for now let’s talk about coffee.

Right. Caffeine. Evil genius or much maligned superhero? Well, there’s been tons of research on caffeine.

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Overwhelm

I hear this word quite a bit. I hear it in my own head and from the mouths of friends and clients.

How many of us feel overwhelmed at home but manage to go out into the world, to work, or to the school gates and smile when someone, walking past, brightly asks how you are.

“Fine, thanks!” Even though the truth is nowhere near fine. But we’ve managed to get dressed and get out the door – so how bad can it be?

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