Giving birth: the myths - and the reality

Birth myths: We asked Mumsnetters if they'd had any preconceptions about birth and labour which turned out to be <ahem> somewhat misguided: turns out, they'd had quite a few. If you're new to this whole baby lark, take a look - and don't forget, there'll be loads of advice at BumpFest. No fluff, no guff - just the facts you need from those in the know. 


Announcing... BumpFest!


Pregnant with your first child - or second, or third...? Then join us at BumpFest - our one-day event will be packed with talks, workshops and activities to prepare you for becoming a parent.

'Tabloid soft porn : it's a child protection issue'


Guest post: Stephanie Davies-Arai asks why supermarkets are refusing to budge on the issue of protecting children from tabloid papers' semi-pornographic images, and sensationalist headlines. 

The Mumsnet Summer Loom Band Challenge

Loom bands

Wondering how on earth you're going to keep the DC occupied for all <gulp> six weeks of the school holidays? Introducing...the Mumsnet Summer Loom Band Challenge - with £200 of Hobbycraft vouchers up for grabs!

Webchat: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Karen Jay Fowler's brilliant novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves has been longlisted for the Booker Prize. Post your questions to the author and join us for a webchat on Tuesday 29 July.

Mumsnet reviews: travel cots

Travel cot

In need of a travel cot for holiday season? Look at which ones have been voted Mumsnet Best in our Reviews section before getting out your credit card - and share your own recommendations with other Mumsnetters too.

Summer holidays: how to make it out alive

Children running

Looking for ways to keep busy now school's out? We've a whole range of ideas to keep everyone amused, whatever their age. And, more importantly, whatever the weather.

Summer weddings: all you need to know

wedding hair

Official: the matrimonial season is well underway. We've video how-tos for lovely girls' hair-dos, style advice for the occasion, and - if the wedding in question is your own - 14 ways to be Bridezilla.

11 beauty hacks you'll thank us for

Baby Bottom Butter

You've heard the rumour that haemorrhoid cream reduces wrinkles - but Sudocrem as a primer?! Read our beauty hacks roundup - each one tried and tested by (some very brave) MNers.

Hair and beauty services where you are

Hair being cut

Mumsnet Local: Fancy a spot of pampering with wedding and holiday season in full swing? Our Local editors have rounded up the best hair and beauty services in their areas.

100 free books up for grabs

Aren't We Sisters?

Looking for a new book to get stuck into? This week we're giving away 50 copies of Aren't We Sisters? as well as 50 copies of Judas Scar, the gripping new novel by Amanda Jennings.

Guest Campaign: Migrants' Rights


This week, we're supporting the charity Migrants' Rights as they fight for every person's right to live with their family, regardless of how much money they make.

BlogFest '14: grab your Early Bird ticket


BlogFest: Our glittering celebration of sharp writing and big ideas will take place on Saturday 8 November. Book now, and you can grab an Early Bird ticket for £75.

Pregnancy symptoms

morning sickness

Wondering whether to test? Take a look at the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy - from sore breasts to weeping over TV adverts - and if you're still not sure, mull it over on our Pregnancy Talk board.

Baby names: your one-stop shop


Baby name finder: Still racking your brains for the perfect moniker? Consult our baby name finder for information, inspiration, and a before-it's-too-late objective view.

Trying to conceive?


Thinking about having children? Chart your fertile dates with our ovulation calendar, try the tips on our advice pages, and talk to others in the same boat on our conception boards.

Family competitions: enter now

Celtic Manor

July's prizes include a family ticket to Camp Bestival, £100 to spend at The White Company, two nights in a luxury lodge in Wales  and loads more.