Women reveal the aspects of motherhood they dislike the most

It’s harder than it looks! Women reveal the WORST things about motherhood – from the changes to their body after pregnancy to not being able to go out drinking

  • Women from around the world share the ‘worst’ aspects of being a mother
  • A woman from California said she lives in fear that she’s not parenting right
  • Another confessed to feeling insecure about the changes to their body  

Women from across the world have spoken candidly about the aspects of motherhood they don’t like. 

Writing anonymously on the confessions app Whisper, many admitted to struggling with not being able to do things they used to enjoy before having children.

One told how she misses going out drinking like she used to when she was 21, while others bemoaned the changes to their body after pregnancy. 

Several opened up about feeling concerned that their negative emotions could have a bad impact on their child, while one mother from California confessed she lives in constant fear of ‘getting it wrong’.

Another admitted she fears ‘flipping out’ at her child because she never gets a minute’s peace. Here FEMAIL brings you a selection of the most eye-opening admissions.

Women from around the world confessed what they deem to be the worst aspects of motherhood in an anonymous thread on Whisper, including one mother who tries to hide her emotions from her son 

A woman from Florida spoke candidly about her body insecurities after pregnancy, revealing that hers changed dramatically




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A mother who lives in Arizona confessed to missing her younger years when she was able to go clubbing without feeling guilty

Another woman who lives in California said the thing she hates most about being a mother is her constant fear of getting it wrong

A woman who lives in California revealed it’s a difficult to know your child’s struggling and not being able to help them

One mother from California confessed motherhood can be a much more lonely experience than most people realise

Another woman who lives in Arizona vented her frustration at having her hair pulled multiple times a day by her eight-month-old baby 

A woman who lives in California said children always want what you’re having to eat – and she hates having to share her food 

A mother from Denmark confessed she hates the pressure of always having to seem happy – otherwise people assume you are ‘depressed’ 

A mother from Utah said the worst part of motherhood is being left alone to eat a cold meal once everyone else has left the table

A woman from Pennsylvania vented the downside of having to clean up the muck created by her messy children

Writing anonymously, an introverted mother said she sometimes feels like she’s on the edge because she doesn’t get enough time to herself

A mother who lives in Washington confessed she’s torn between losing weight or keeping it because her body has changed since having a child and she may be left with scars and excess skin if she sheds her excess pounds

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Agents of SHIELD bosses reveal final season is full of 'big drama and good conflict'

AGENTS of SHIELD bosses have revealed the final season is full of 'big drama and good conflict'.

The Marvel TV series will soon come to an end but not before the team deals with some time-travel and Agent Phil Coulson adjusts to being a Life Model Decoy.

*Spoilers ahead for the seventh and final season of Agents of SHIELD* 

Opening up about the final season, show runner and executive producer Jeffrey Bell told Deadline: "I want to say that because this was our last season and because there was an underlying nostalgia, we really went for it with stories.

“I mean, we took chances. There’s a lot of fun things that we would’ve never attempted earlier in the show and I’m really curious to see how fans respond to some of those bolder choices.”

Co-showrunner and executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen added: "There are some bold choices, that's for sure."

One of those was to travel back in time to 1931, where the team face the horrifying realisation that, to save SHIELD they also need to save Hydra.


Writer Joss Whedon said: "It’s a great way for us to be able to revisit S.H.I.E.L.D. history, the history of the show we made, and a history of our characters.

"This launching point is back at the very origin of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is also the origin of Hydra.

"In fact, it is a reaction to Hydra, so we felt like that was a good way to re-explore some of the stuff we’ve been talking about for six years now."

Jeffrey added: "It creates good conflict for our characters. It’s big drama, and that’s how we landed on that.

"With respect to S.H.I.E.L.D. saving Hydra, we live in a morally complex world and S.H.I.E.L.D. frequently has to do things that are a question of are you doing more harm or more good.

"Also, the idea of having to save Hydra would just annoy the hell out of our characters, which we like, and create big riffs between them.

"We are always looking for conflict between characters and each season we tend to either start with the characters apart and bring them together or the opposite."

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Ancient streets in Rome revealed thanks to massive sinkhole

A gaping sinkhole opened up in Rome and unveiled ancient paving stones dating back to the time of Caesar, reports said.

The massive hole unexpectedly gave in last weekend close to the steps of the Roman Temple and has created a new archeological wonder in the Eternal City, The Sun reported.

The stones appear to have been used to create streets around the Pantheon in 27 BC, about 20 years after Julius Caesar was assassinated, the outlet reported. They were later paved over during a series of construction projects in the first century AD.

The stones have been miraculously well preserved, largely because they were surrounded by pozzolan, a type of dirt that has high amounts of silicon dioxide, which absorbs excess moisture and prevents rot, the outlet said.

The street stones were made from travertine — a building material common in ancient Rome that was also used to make the Colosseum, the outlet said.

Back then, the material was easily sourced from quarries outside of the city, the outlet said.

Sinkholes are common in Rome, mostly in the eastern part of the city, because materials were “quarried in ancient times,” Geologist Stefania Nisio told the outlet Adnkronos.

In 2019, there were 100 sinkholes and 175 in 2018.

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Hugs! Salons! Stars Reveal the 1st Thing They Want to Do After Quarantine

Dreaming big! Wells Adams, Derek Hough and more stars already have the perfect post-quarantine plans picked out — and they’ve spilled all their secrets to Us Weekly exclusively.

The former Bachelorette contestant, 35, admitted “it’s been nice” to spend extra time with his fiancée, Sarah Hyland. Though the pair have been handling “quarantine really well together,” Adams is looking forward to having a little more outside interaction once social distancing guidelines slow down.

“I want to go to a bar. I want to get drunk and take an Uber home,” the Bachelor in Paradise bartender told Us earlier this month. “I want to hug somebody that’s not my dog or my fiancée. And I want to go back to work.”

Hough, 34, has a similar idea of how he’ll spend his first few moments outside of the house with girlfriend Hayley Erbert.

“It’s going to be interesting,” the World of Dance judge said in March. “We’re able to get out and walk around, and be outside. … I’m looking forward to just being out and about, and driving around and seeing people, and being around people.”

While some celebs are eager to get back in touch with their friends and return to normal life, others are a little more anxious about getting in the open air. British actor Rafe Spall, however, is fully prepared to “single-handedly bring the hospitality industry back to life.”

“I want to be sat in a restaurant with my best friends. I want to be three martinis down, trying to figure out what to order. That for me, is heaven,” the Shaun of the Dead star, 37, explained. “I’m going to go out there … eat, drink and be merry, and be with people. I just miss people. I love people. I love life and I can’t wait to get back to it.”

Masked Singer alum Hunter Hayes, for his part, only has one thing on his mind: music. “The first thing I want to do is tour!” the country crooner, 28, told Us exclusively. “I had to push my dates back, but it let me go back into the studio and really dive deep with every song, I can’t wait to get back and see my fans.”

After a long stretch of time at home with her family, Brandy has a self-care spa day at the top of her list of things to do after quarantine.

“I want to go to a nail salon!” the Grammy winner, 41, gushed. “My daughter had her little gel powder setup upstairs in her room, but there’s just no replacing a real nail shop. I want to feel the feels, smell the smells, all of that.”

Watch the video above to learn more about the first things celebrities want to do when quarantine is over.

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Halsey goes topless for revealing mirror selfie showing off her gardening skills – The Sun

HALSEY stripped off for a revealing mirror selfies as she boasted about her gardening skills.

The 25-year-old singer smouldered in the topless photos, posing in just a floral bandana.

In the snaps, Halsey has some of her multiple tattoos on display as she admires her reflection in a bathroom mirror.

Stood in front of trendy green tiles, the star has one arm across her chest to preserve her modesty, with the other holding her phone to snap the picture.

The beauty is wearing striking eye make-up and a coral lipstick, with her eyebrows well groomed for the stunning pictures.

Most of her hair is concealed under the pink bandana, with a few loose strands flawlessly framing Halsey's face.

The star opened up about her love of gardening in the post's caption, telling fans: "I’ve posted way too many pictures of my face lately.

"Today was potting day for some of my seedlings.

"A few babies didn’t make it, but most of them did very, very well."

But fans were more interested in the pictures, with one gushing: "Your beauty is out of this woooorld".

Another swooned: "We need your face every day, m'am".

A third commented: "You're literally so gorgeous, what the f**k".

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Ancient piece of string reveals Neanderthals from 40,000 years ago were as ‘smart’ as modern humans – The Sun

THE world’s oldest piece of string has nailed the myth that Neanderthals were numbnuts.

The 40,000-year-old fragment of twine found on a piece of flint shows they had an understanding of complex technologies, numeracy and how to use plants.

It was fashioned from fibres from inside a pine tree and the technique could have been used to construct anything from clothing to bags, nets, mats, snares and even boats.

Researchers, who spent two years analysing the string, concluded: “It is difficult to see how we can regard Neanderthals as anything other than the cognitive equals of modern humans.”

They were long regarded as little more than brutish cavemen.

But the string, found at a Neanderthal site in Abri du Maras, France, confirms the modern scientific view that they were as sophisticated as  Homo sapiens.

'CLEVER BEHAVIOUR'

The microscopic analysis showed the string was made from three bundles of fibres twisted together into one cord.

It could not have been created ­naturally according to Dr Marie-Hélène Moncel, from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

She said: “Neanderthals had a huge knowledge about the vegetation around the site and the clever behaviour to use everything. Furthermore, the production of cordage implies a cognitive understanding of numeracy.”

Her fellow researcher, US-based  Professor Bruce Hardy, said: “This is the oldest direct evidence of string.

“That doesn’t mean that it is the first time it was ever made. I suspect the technology goes much further back.

“Strings and rope can be used in many ways, tying tools on to a haft, snares, bags, nets and so on.”


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Police reveal new DNA breakthrough in murder of mum-of-three nurse battered to death at home 25 years ago – The Sun

POLICE have revealed a new DNA breakthrough which could solve the murder of nurse Janet Brown who was battered to death 25 years ago.

Detectives are using familial DNA to search for a relative with the same genetic code as Janet’s killer.



The 51-year-old mum-of-three was gagged, handcuffed and battered to death with a blunt heavy weapon while alone at the family’s remote home in Radnage, near High Wycombe, Bucks on April 10 1995.

Police say their “working hypothesis” is that Oxford University research nurse Janet died in a burglary which went wrong.

But they are baffled over why the break-in happened when Janet was still up with the lights on in the house and two cars parked in the driveway.

Nothing was stolen and there was no evidence of any sexual assault.

In an appeal for information marking the 25th anniversary of Janet’s murder tomorrow, her youngest daughter Roxanne, 42, said: “Sometimes it feels just like yesterday.

“I just wish I knew what happened.”

NEW HOPE

Police were given renewed hope of solving the mystery when the killer’s DNA sample from the crime scene was obtained five years ago.

But the profile did not match any on National DNA Database or European law enforcement systems.

Around 700 men with links to the area at the time have been screened by police and eliminated as suspects.

Janet’s oldest daughter Zara, 47, said: “It seems unbelievable that they have got away with it.”

“None of it makes sense.”

If they are no longer alive we can find out who they are from any male living relatives.

Speaking of the killer, Thames Valley Police major review team principle investigator Pete Beirne said: “If they are no longer alive we can find out who they are from any male living relatives.”

Mr Beirne said the Y chromosome in the DNA profile taken from the murder scene would match the killer’s father, son or brother.

FAMILIAL DNA

Familial DNA can be used an intelligence indicator to a suspect but cannot be used as evidence in court.

However, police are prepared to apply to a court to exhume the body of any serious suspect who emerges.

They believe the killer struck between 8.15pm and 10.15pm on the night Janet was murdered – seemingly breaking in by using a glass cutting wheel to make a man-sized hole in the patio doors.

Janet was naked, getting ready for bed and had neatly folded her clothes when she was confronted by her killer in the master bedroom.

A set of metal handcuffs was used to restrain her and masking tape was bound round her nose and mouth.

She was then bludgeoned to death at the bottom of a flight of stairs leading down to the living room.

A pathologist said Janet died from head injuries, though would have suffocated from her gag if she had survived the blows.

A £20,000 reward has been offered jointly by police and Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the killer or killers.

Anyone with information about Janet’s murder is urged to call 101 and ask for the Thames Valley Police major crime review team, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.









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Surfers reveal what riding world's most powerful electric wave is like

Professional surfers reveal what riding the world’s most powerful electric wave is like – and the exact meal plan they follow to stay in top physical condition for the sport

  • Electric Wave is a short surf film produced by NY-based content brand Convicts
  • It shows three female professional surfers riding an electric wave in harmony
  • The film was shot on location at Kelly Slater’s incredible Surf Ranch in California
  • Stephanie Gilmore and Leah Dawson shared how they felt riding the wave
  • They also detailed their training regime with FEMAIL, and daily meal plan 

Three professional female surfers have featured in a short film shot on the world’s most powerful artificial wave, as they reveal some of the key aspects of their training schedule that propelled them to the top of the sport.

Leah Dawson, Stephanie Gilmore and Coco Ho are the stars of Electric Wave, shot on location at all-time world champion wave rider Kelly Slater’s ‘Surf Ranch’ in California.

The film, which was produced by Convicts, shows the ladies surfing in perfect harmony down a 160 km wave artificially created by Slater and his team, and was concocted during a gruelling 7pm to 7am filming schedule.

Leah Dawson, Stephanie Gilmore and Coco Ho are the stars of Electric Wave , shot on location at all-time world champion wave rider Kelly Slater’s ‘Surf Ranch’ in California

Australia’s own seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore, 32, said she has never tried to coordinated choreographed lines with other surfers on the same wave before but it came together perfectly. 

‘I love being a part of productions of this scale. Everyone working fine-tuned into their individual task to create the greater piece. It’s exhilarating. Especially when it’s 2am,’ she told FEMAIL.

Gilmore, who hails from Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast, is a remarkable athlete and has qualified for the Tokyo Olympic team – even though the Olympics has been rescheduled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

To maintain her fitness and fiercely competitive nature, the blonde bombshell works closely with her trainer Nam Baldwin a few times a week during the off-season. 

‘We mix plyometrics, strength and stability, cardio, breath hold training in the pool and regular yoga to help stay limber,’ she said.

‘When I’m on tour I maintain my fitness but focus more on the surfing side of things, getting in the water a couple of times a day at least.’

Gilmore works with Dr Laurens Maas at the Maas Clinic in the UK to keep her bodily health in check, with plenty of acute testing readjusting how she eats and what ingredients are in the meals. 

‘For breakfast I like a smoothie before I surf. I make my own filled with berries, banana, spinach, bee pollen, almond butter… things like this,’ she said.

‘For breakfast I like a smoothie before I surf. I make my own filled with berries, banana, spinach, bee pollen, almond butter… things like this,’ she said

‘I change it up daily. I like eggs after my morning surf. Hard yolks only. I snack frequently for sustained energy. Dried fruit and nuts, fresh veggie sticks with hummus or avocado on crackers,’ she said

‘I change it up daily. I like eggs after my morning surf. Hard yolks only. I snack frequently for sustained energy. Dried fruit and nuts, fresh veggie sticks with hummus or avocado on crackers. 

‘Lunch and dinner is usually a lean meat and salad or steamed vegetables with rice or sweet potato. And a few dark chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.’

Constant travelling means Gilmore has to adapt her routine carefully when she visits each new country, but in those instances she tries to eat local foods that are in season. 

‘I’m not a fussy eater so I try hard to stick to this motto,’ she said.

Constant travelling means Gilmore has to adapt her routine carefully when she visits each new country, but in those instances she tries to eat local foods that are in season

For Hawaii-born Leah Dawson, 33, who rides alongside Gilmore in the film, the predictability of an artificial wave is both the best and worst part about it.  

‘In ocean surfing, the sea is always changing and hardly ever “the same”. While knowing exactly what the artificial wave is going to do lends itself to planned performance or manoeuvres, the unpredictability of the ocean is where the magic holds you in that saltwater bath,’ she said.

‘While we can learn to emulate nature, which the Wave Ranch did to perfection with their wave, therein lies the answers to our way forward. Learn from the environment to create the ways of the future.’ 

Dawson’s training regime is similar to Stephanie Gilmore’s in that the pair are in the water ‘many hours of the day’, but she also loves to run with her dog along the sand and do sprints on the steep Hawaiian shoreline. 

For Hawaii-born Leah Dawson, 33, who rides alongside Gilmore in the film, the predictability of an artificial wave is both the best and worst part about it

Dawson’s training regime is similar to Stephanie Gilmore’s (pictured) in that the pair are in the water ‘many hours of the day’

‘A typical breakfast is a warm bowl of oats with flax and other powerful seeds. Chai tea with coconut milk for some long burning fuel. Veggies all day. Cucumber, sweet potato, broccoli on the daily and I’m a happy camper,’ she said.

Her best advice for those wanting to get into the sport is the ‘watch and learn’.  

‘Really pay attention to what people are doing. The more ocean time you spend, the more you’ll learn to see; see how the surfer positions to catch the wave, where they are putting their feet, the way they generate speed,’ she said. 

‘For beginners, ride a board with some foam, used foamies are great. Bigger boards will help you catch more waves as well. And unless you’re in a wave pool, there’s often crowds. Don’t give up, there’s a thick culture and etiquette in surfing that is pretty fun to tap into.’

Both Dawson and Gilmore believe the surfing industry has a long way to go until women are recognised on the same pedestal as man, but they’re confident the times are changing

Both Dawson and Gilmore believe the surfing industry has a long way to go until women are recognised on the same pedestal as man, but they’re confident the times are changing.

‘I don’t think any female sports are getting as much recognition as the men in the same field despite the incredible skill,’ Gilmore said.

‘But we’ve come a long way and we’ll keep putting on great performances until one day we’re truly equal. 

‘I feel proud when I see so many young girls involved in sport now. As we gain more coverage and support, It’s only a matter of time until we have more female fans to match the numbers of male fans and then both as fans of female sports.’ 

You can watch Electric Waves on YouTube here

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