"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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