Giving birth: the myths - and the reality

Childbirth: it's all breathing and Rescue Remedy, right? Turns out - not so much. We asked Mumsnetters what were their biggest misconceptions about giving birth before they embarked on it themselves - if you're new to this giving birth lark, have a look. And don't forget, there'll be loads of advice from those in the know at our inaugural BumpFest 

Bumpfest - bring your friends!


Latest: We've a brilliant Bumpfest ticket offer for groups of three or more - £43.55 per person, including lunch, refreshments, AND a goody-bag worth more than cost of the the ticket! 

Mumsnet hack: microwave meringues!

Yes really - no-whisk microwave meringues. Takes three to four minutes – and all you need is one egg white and 300g of icing sugar. Cook, serve, take a bow. 

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 for the author and join us for a Tuesday 29 July.

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!

'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. 

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.

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.

300 free books up for grabs

The Secret Place

We’re really excited to be giving away 300 copies of The Secret Place this week. Beautifully written and drenched in suspense, we have not been able to stop talking about this book here at MNHQ. 

Guest Campaign: TCAA


This week, we're supporting The Children's Air Ambulance – the UK's only dedicated paediatric helicopter emergency transfer service – who work to safely transport critically ill children to the care they desperately need.

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.