Category: Know Your Normal

Being a Red Shoe Girl – Part One

Being a Red Shoe Girl – Part One

I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d seen photographs, read people’s stories, looked in awe at the transformations, but absolutely nothing in this world could have prepared me for the sense of calm you feel when you arrive. Walking through the door of the Red Shoe Studio […]

Pink Parcel July Edition | What’s in the Box?

Pink Parcel July Edition | What’s in the Box?

I first discovered Pink Parcel back in April last year and was so impressed with the concept, I signed myself & my sister up for the subscription.  At the time they were working on a campaign to encourage women to be more open about their […]

Your Nipples can have orgasms and 5 more things you might not know about your boobs

Your Nipples can have orgasms and 5 more things you might not know about your boobs

Your Nipples can have orgasms. Yep, you read that right. When your nipples are… stimulated… they release a chemical in your brain called oxytocin which causes your vagina to, um, contract which can lead to orgasm. You can read about the science behind this here.

Your Breast size changes all the time. Depending at the point you’re at in your cycle, your boobs can increase in size by up to a cup size!

There are four different types of nipples. Who knew?! Normal, flat, puffy and inverted. What are you waiting for? Run in to the bathroom, get topless and get to grips with yours now. Knowing what’s normal now can help you spot changes in the future.

Breasts can weigh up to 20lbs! Jeeze, now I understand when big boobed people say their boobs give them back ache. The average bra is designed to support breasts that weight anywhere from half a pound to TWENTY pounds!

Your boobs are prone to dry skin. Think about it, when you hit puberty they suddenly appeared out of nowhere, stretching the skin around them to accommodate. That skin is thinner than that on any other part of your body making it more likely to get dry.

Over 4 million new bras are made every day. FOUR MILLION! That’s eight million homes for boobies being built each day. Amazing.

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Know Your Normal | Why is my period late? 8 reasons Aunt Flo might be running late besides Pregnancy!

Know Your Normal | Why is my period late? 8 reasons Aunt Flo might be running late besides Pregnancy!

We’ve all been there. That Bridget Jones moment when you’re on a mini break with your new man and suddenly realise you’ve not had a visit from Aunt Flo for a while longer than normal and in a panic find yourself skiing (if you can […]

Know Your Normal | Challenge One – Ready to get to get down & dirty-ish.

Know Your Normal | Challenge One – Ready to get to get down & dirty-ish.

In just under a weeks time, I will be getting ready to take on my first ever proper sponsored ‘run’ for charity. You’d think I would have opted for a gentle walk / jog around a local park to ease myself into the world of […]

Know Your Normal | Elizabeth’s Boobs & Babies

Know Your Normal | Elizabeth’s Boobs & Babies

As you might already know, I run an online baby shop and I was first introduced to Elizabeth by my friend Jennie while she was pregnant with her rainbow baby. Elizabeth is the CEO of a charity called Kicks Count (formerly known as Count the Kicks) – a charity dedicated to raising the awareness of the importance in monitoring baby’s movements throughout pregnancy and Jennie thought our two ventures would make a good fit. Turns out they did and ever since, through my company and some volunteering I am so happy to have been able to support a charity, and a person who saves so many lives every single day.

In 2010, Elizabeth suffered the tragic loss of her son, Toby, who was stillborn due to an abnormality in her placenta which led to him becoming severely anemic. Wanting to do something to prevent other pregnant women from going through what she had, Elizabeth discovered Count the Kicks and the work they were doing to make sure Mums to be were knew the facts from the fiction when it comes to monitoring Baby’s movements.

Fast forward a few years and Elizabeth is now a Mum to three children, Angel Baby Toby, and her two rainbow children here on earth.

Elizabeth & the rest of the team at Kicks Count work tirelessly to make sure pregnant women know their baby’s normal pattern of movement and report any changes to their midwife or healthcare professional.elizabeth-leaflets-810x1011

And just when you thought her ‘story’ was complete, her tale had been told, life has gone and thrown a spanner in the works. Last week, Elizabeth was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer and is about to undergo a series of treatment and show cancer that she means business when it comes to kicking it’s butt. Since her diagnosis, Elizabeth has been in touch with coppafeel  who are dedicated to encouraging women to know their boobs and report any changes they notice. When I heard that she has set herself a fundraising target of £17914 to help make sure that both charities can continue the amazing work they do in encouraging women to #KnowYourNormal, I got in touch to see if there was anything I could do to help.

We’ve put our heads together to ensure the message is heard loud and clear: If you notice a change in your body, be it in your boobs, your baby’s movements, or anything else out of the ordinary, seek medical advice. 

You can follow Elizabeth’s story through the links below.

Finding the lump

Statistics… Someone has to be the 1%

Charlie’s Angels take on The Diagnosis

Starting a New Relationship

Top Trumps

The Dandelion and the Juggernaut

Mastectomy Musings with Michelle

Mastectomy and Reconstruction – The Science bit

Telling the Children

First Time Parent Syndrome

My Cancermoon

NHS Spa

Vanity Affair

Lee Stafford Gets Me Chemo Ready

The Toby Effect

Sweet Talk

Bye Bye Boobies

My Inner Glamour Model

CoppaFeel Now!

Leg or Breast?

Support after diagnosis

Sentinal Node Day

Doing the Double Part One

Doing the Double Part Two

Man on Ward

Home Discomforts

Hangover Free Weekend

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Human Emerging

L’Hopital

Tweezer Gate

Lopsided Lactoids

Fickle McFickleface

And the winner is… 

Thunder Stealing Baby

The Week we Lost a Friend

Ooops I did it again

Chemo Moon

Show me the Chemo! 

Chemo Daze

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Taste the Feeling

 

 

You can find out more about our #KnowYourNormal campaign here and if you would like to join the movement, you can get in touch with me at the links below – just make sure you use the hashtag!

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