August 2019

Gender neutral World Cup branding…

Former England rugby captain not satisfied with gender neutral World Cup branding Ex-England rugby captain Catherine Spencer has criticised the decision to drop the "Women's" title from the World Cup in a move towards gender-neutral branding. It was announced last week that World Rugby would become the first sports federation to make a change [...]

Mum’s Not the Word 2

At 10 weeks post-partum (posh way to describe after childbirth) I am very familiar with the things that they don’t tell you so I will share some more of my wisdom: Constipation and Haemorrhoids. Neither pleasant. Having really big ‘number 2’s’ (sorry there is no intelligent way of describing this) is also, weirdly, a common [...]

July 2019

Mum’s Not the Word

My last personal blog was written a whole three months ago so I thought it was about time I picked up the pen again, metaphorically speaking, and give you all an update on #BabyBear and #JeffTheFern. A lot has happened in three months. Firstly, I have lost over two stone. Amazing! And I lost the [...]

April 2019

Sandy and Danny

So, let’s start with the really shocking news. That apparently Hollywood are making a ‘prequel’ of Grease the musical. Noooooooo. Some things should just be left as they are. There is a reason that Dirty Dancing: Havanna Nights (also an attempt at a prequel of sorts but basically with the same story line) completely ‘bombed’. [...]


I am now 33 weeks. That is DD minus 7 weeks. 7 is not a very big number. I know this because when only 7 people are put on a rugby pitch there is an inordinate amount of space. I currently have a similar sense of fear as I would if asked to actually play [...]

March 2019

8 Years

8 years ago, I hung up my England rugby boots. This now means that I have been retired from international duty for longer than my playing career of 7 years. I am not quite sure how I feel about this. Mixed I think is the word. But one thing I do know is that even [...]

Side effects and flying pigs

Week 30 today. With the pace seemingly picking up and hurtling towards the big 40. 40 weeks pregnant that is plus 40 years of age. Is it vain to want Baby Bear to come early so that I am not 40 when I give birth? I don’t want my baby having a 40-year-old mother. I [...]

Modern art, more pushchairs and International Men’s Day

Tomorrow – Friday 8th March – is International Women’s Day. I own and run a company called Inspiring Women and I am going away to spend time with friends for a few days. I am taking two days off work at what really is the busiest time of year for us. Am I really silly [...]

February 2019

Wild Weekends

This weekend J and me went on a mini break; Bridget Jones would have been proud. We did not drive in to the countryside in a convertible, neither did I pack my Bridget Jones pants. I do own numerous pairs but none of them fit and trying to disguise my now 6 month, very obvious [...]


So, at 27 weeks I am due to experience what has been described by one website as ‘Snissing’. Put ‘eezing’ on the end of ‘Sn’ and a ‘P’ in front of ‘issing’ and you can work this out. Oh joy. On a positive I have had plenty of time to prepare myself for this and [...]

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