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What to expect when she’s expecting

Hormones. We’ve all got them, but pregnant women have a veritable cornucopia; FSH, LH, hCG, oestrogen, progesterone, relaxin, placental growth factor, HPL, oxytocin and prolactin to name but a few. This is a potent cocktail of chemicals; but much stronger – and a lot less fun – than your average Long Island Ice Tea. Here’s…

I have some awful news…

It was a bright June evening but I remember the air was completely still, not even the familiar cloying scent of jasmine from next door’s herb garden was able to penetrate the atmosphere. I was slumped on the sofa in the living room, sipping at a beer and beginning to decompress after another long, underwhelming day at work. My wife Emily was putting our 9-month-old daughter Martha to bed after I’d given her the usual lukewarm, shallow bath. This part of the evening was our much-cherished downtime, where we could unwind, have a drink and talk away the working day before I got busy rustling up something in the kitchen for supper. ...