Welcome to The Rose Diaries


“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.”  ~ Marie F. Mongan

Birth. Arguably, the most natural, inspiring, amazing, emotional and life altering event we can experience as people. The Rose Diaries were created by a hypnobirthing mum simply to capture and share other beautiful births, whether you are expecting, have recently experienced a hypnobirth or simply want to read the birth stories of other mothers.

Within these pages we hope to enlighten and most importantly prove that birth does not have to be the frightening, painful and terrible experience the media likes to portray. Instead it can be a beautiful, empowering, fantastic experience that women were perfectly designed to undergo and even enjoy.

Let us prove it to you, browse the diary and be inspired


Is Pregnancy all about giving up your treats?

Pregnancy is both a wonderful time but rather than being allowed to enjoy the miracle of life blooming in your belly, it can feel like you’re constantly being bombarded with warnings about everyday activities you take for granted – things like what you can eat with your eggs, or your Friday night glass of wine. Do you really need to give it all up?


Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t tuck into cheese and crackers, but leave the soft smelly cheeses aside and stick to hard varieties like cheddar. The reason is because soft cheeses with white rind (including brie, camembert, chevre) and soft blue cheeses (such as gorgonzola and Roquefort) have a high moisture and low acidity content which can make them susceptible to harmful bacteria like listeriosis. The good news is that you don’t have to give up your smelly cheese completely, just make sure it’s properly cooked and piping hot.


Do you enjoy toast and dippy soldiers on a weekend, or maybe a good fry up with some lovely runny yolk for your fried bread? Salmonella also likes raw and partially cooked eggs which is why you need to stick to hard boiled while you are pregnant. If you can’t do without your homemade chocolate mousse you can buy pasteurised liquid egg whites from the chilled aisle of large supermarkets.

Pregnant woman silhouette drinking wine from glass in stop symbol  illustration


We’ve all had those days when the only thing getting you through the day is the promise of wine o’clock. The medical jury is out on exactly how much harm the odd glass of wine can cause your developing baby so the Chief Medical Officers for the UK recommend you avoid it completely. A baby’s liver simply isn’t strong enough to process the alcohol which passes to it through your blood; and in addition to increasing the chance of miscarriage in the first three months, drinking alcohol while pregnant can also contribute to low birth weight, physical abnormalities, and learning difficulties. It’s simply not worth the risk.

Food You Can Eat in Pregnancy

So what can you eat? Lots! Most seafood – including shellfish – is ok to eat as long as it is thoroughly cooked, though you should limit the amount of tuna you consume as it is high in mercury, and keep oily fish such as mackerel, herring, and trout, to two portions a week.

Cooked meat and game are fine, as are pasteurised milk, yoghurt, commercially produced ice cream, and homemade ice-cream made with pasteurised eggs. Coffee, tea, and cola drinks are also ok, but try to keep your daily caffeine intake under 200mg, which is around two cups of instant coffee. Finally, the NHS has given the go ahead to eat peanuts during pregnancy unless you are allergic to them.

The Rose Diaries are all about being positive so we have compiled a list of things that you DON’T need to give up ….

Young woman sleeping

  • Sleep – enjoy it while you can.
  • Socialising – without the need for a babysitter
  • Reading – the peace and quiet of reading a good book
  • A warm drink – it maybe a while before you get to drink one that hasn’t gone cold after baby arrives!



Win a Hotmilk Charm Nursing Nightie worth £45.95 with The Rose Diaries

We are firm believers that pregnancy should be celebrated and mums and mums to be should ALWAYS be comfortable and feeling good about themselves. This is why we are giving our readers the chance to win a Charm Nightie from Hotmilk worth £45.95.


We love that Hotmilk is designed by mothers, for mothers. Hotmilk offers premium product at accessible prices and their philosophy is to celebrate and empower women via a fresh, creative approach.  Their goal is to create an exquisitely sophisticated nursing lingerie brand and make new mums feel sexy and empowered ….. we really love that!

When you have had a baby, what you are wearing to bed is sometimes last on your list of priorities but if you are breastfeeding you need something comfortable and practical for those night feeds, without feeling frumpy and unattractive.

The Charm Nightie is therefore perfect! We are told that it is “soft and comfortable and will grow with you up to three cup sizes, perfect for when your milk comes in and the answer to holding your breast pads in place throughout the night due to the structured shelf support inside.  The cream cotton base with a soft feminine floral print and 5% stretch make this the ultimate nursing nightie”



  • The perfect gift in easy sizing
  • Side sling for discreet feeding and shape on A-D cups
  • A Frame on DD-G cups for added support and modesty
  • Multi sized to grow up to 3 cup sizes as you grow
  • Elasticated shelf support on the under bust to ensure support all night long
  • Stretchy fabric allows for your changing body shape
  • Easy one handed drop down cups for breastfeeding

So would you like to win one? We are delighted to offer one of our lucky readers the chance to win one of these fabulous nursing nighties from Hotmilk and all you need to do is enter by clicking the Rafflecopter link below. Good luck!

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Reasons to enjoy being pregnant in summer

A lot of mums and mums-to-be will tell you that a getting pregnant over winter is best; think birthday parties in the garden for the little one, cosy nights in by the fire without feeling that you’re missing out on the action of summer, and being able to celebrate beer-garden style when baby arrives. They’re all great arguments in favour of planning your pregnancy over the chillier months but what about you ladies who are carrying right now?

We want to give a virtual high five to all those mums-to-be who are surviving the summer with an extra 10lbs to carry and give you an injection of positivity for those last few weeks ahead.

Reasons to celebrate being pregnant in summer

Maxi-mum Comfort

Maternity clothes are expensive – there, we said it. Although some high street retailers offer a small selection of options, no one wants to break the bank pre-baby buying a whole new wardrobe to cater for the growing bump. Summer brings with it a swathe of affordable, loose designs that have the desired effect of making you look beach and baby-ready. Maxi dresses are a favourite with us; not only do are they the ultimate in chic, boho comfort, they’re also a good choice for accommodating your expanding waistline right through the summer since they tend to have plenty of wiggle room. As far as we know there’s no winter alternative – score one for summer!

Boredom Breaker Birthdays

January, February and March are effectively a dead-zone when it comes to interesting events. Sure, it’s Valentine’s day but kids tend not to show a whole of enthusiasm for that unless you happen to pique their interest with a chocolate heart or two.

If you’re pregnant in the summer you’re likely to be celebrating your child’s birthday in the first quarter of the year meaning you can break up the unending cold, dark school-runs and rainy weekends spent indoors with a birthday bash. Christmas, summer holidays and the new school year will always keep little ones entertained so it’s great to have a celebration on the horizon elsewhere in the year.


Long Days, Longer Nights

These are your last days of freedom so why wouldn’t you want them to be the longest in the year?! Yeah sure, if you’re pregnant in winter you can hole up inside and relax but snatching all the time you’ve got before your bundle of joy comes along is best done in the summer when the sun hardly sets before it pops up again, and the possibilities when the weather is right seem endless.

Let your imagination run wild and get yourself to along to foodie festivals, river boat trips and long lazy days by the beach before the quiet is interrupted forever.

What about you? Would you prefer a summer or winter pregnancy?

Advantages of having a water birth – Amy’s story

Hypnobirthing and water births often go hand in hand as there are many advantages to birthing in the water.

Advantages of having a Water Birth

Some of the advantages of water birthing are:

  • Relax during your last hours of pregnancy.
  • Gentle motion in warm water can assist in the rotation of and descent of the baby’s head.
  • Warm water is relaxing especially for the woman’s uterus and vagina. You are able to stretch and accomodate the baby more easily. Along with hypnobirthings lack of pushing there is less pain, reducing chance of episiotomy.
  • Evidence shows being in warm water can lower the mother’s blood pressure during labor, helping to keep the baby out of distress.
  • Water is very calming and peaceful, ideal for hypnobirthing.
  • The perineal skin becomes softer and suppler, again reducing the chance of an episiotomy.
Amy Green, who blogs over at The Smallest Of Things gave birth in the water in 2014 and shares her story with us ….
I always knew I wanted to have a water birth from when I found out I was pregnant. With it being my first I didn’t really know what to expect but I’ve always found water soothing and often used to jump in the shower if I was in any sort of pain. I suffered with terrible SPD from quite early on and again water helped soothe it. Towards the end of my pregnancy my SPD made it uncomfortable to sit, lay or stand in certain positions! I’m so glad I chose a water birth!
So on the 1st March 2014 at about 2am I got my first contraction but then not another until about 4am so I thought nothing of it. I was due to be induced on the 2nd so I had kind of come round to the idea of never having my water birth I so badly wanted. But contractions got regular throughout the day and about 1am on the 2nd I headed to the hospital. Labour progressed quite quickly and by about 5:30am the pool was being run as I was fully dilated.
Getting into that pool was the most calming thing I’ve ever experienced. I was so warm and cosy and I just felt so at ease! I actually got so relaxed that my contractions stopped and I needed help to get them started again.
Unfortunately I can’t tell you that it took the pain away completely but I was so comfortable if that’s possible !