Anna Whitehouse aka Mother Pukka is a journalist, presenter and mum to Mae, five and Eve, one.
Although she writes for glossy titles like Marie Claire, it isn't all glitz and glamour. Anna shows the realistic side to parenting like the trials and tribulations of maternity leave and when your child is ill. Her husband, @papa_pukka has also turned to Instagram to document their parenting journey.
Miscarriage: Our Story
Recently, Anna opened up about her multiple miscarriages in the Channel 5 documentary Miscarriage: Our Story. The show sees Natasha Kaplinsky, Lacey Turner, Jane Danson and other brave women share their experiences of miscarriage in aid of Baby Loss Awareness week in the UK.
Sadly, we know that losing a baby isn't rare, with 1 in 4 pregnancies ending in miscarriage. And this year more than ever, with all the social distancing guidelines in place, it's so important that we shine a light on these powerful and deeply emotional stories and offer support to families affected by miscarriage.
Writing on Instagram, Anna said: 'This was tough to film. But thanks to the incredible @channel5_tv team who created a documentary that is so painfully beautiful, yet somehow uplifting. Watch in full tonight on @channel5_tv at 10pm. For transparency, all filming and voiceover fees were donated to @tommys. If you want to read further, I’ve linked a piece by Matt @papa_pukka in my bio and @tommys has a wealth of information that helped us through loss. Sending love to anyone who has navigated - or is navigating - the heartbreak of losing a child #babylossawareness #miscarriage #1in4'
You can catch up with Miscarriage: Our Story here.
Anna told Mother&Baby the seven lessons she's learned since becoming a mum...
1) Starting a family wasn’t easy
My husband Matt and I assumed that, like getting married or getting a job, having a baby would be a simple process. But it was so hard to get pregnant and we experienced a number of miscarriages.
I think in turn you lose a little bit of your mind, a little bit of your relationship and of yourself too. It was all a lot harder than I thought, and I don’t think I relaxed until I heard that first cry.
2) It’s worth it
The post-natal period really knocked me sideways. People call it the baby blues
and I think that kind of brushes it under the carpet a little bit. It's experiencing that hormonal shift
where one minute you’re euphoric and hormone-addled and, the next minute, you hit a wall.
But although life is harder, I'm happier than I've ever been. The joy of watching Paw Patrol
is up there with what I used to think was important, like career promotion.
And a gummy smile and a spontaneous cuddle in Costco lifts me beyond anything!
Follow Anna on Instagram and motherpukka.co.uk
Photo credit: ©Emily Gray Photography
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