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Eleanor Doward

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  1. Stacey and Anna's #mumtakeover selfie

    Celeb mum Stacey Solomon and 5 live's Anna Foster are getting ready for the #mumtakeover summit happening at the Blackpool Tower today.

    Get involved in the discussion on social with the hashtag #mumtakeover.

  2. Giovanna Fletcher on motherhood: 'There's nothing quite like a toothbrush struggle'

    Author and vlogger Giovanna Fletcher has spoken about the daily challenges of being a mum.

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    Video caption: Author Giovanna Fletcher talks about being a mother, as part of 5 live's #mumtakeover.

    "Being a mum means everything. I think it completely shifts what you do in life and how you go about it," said the mum of two.

    "My most testing times as a mum are daily occurrences," she added, "there's nothing quite like a toothbrush struggle."

  3. Popular 'Toby and Roo' blogger says mothers are 'constantly judged'

    Harriet Shearsmith, the writer behind the popular parenting blog Toby and Roo, has said that mothers are 'constantly judged'.

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    Harriet, who will be in Blackpool Tower for today's #mumtakeover, said on Instagram that mums all face 'the same utterly horrible judgement from each other'.

    'Mothers are held to a higher standard than anyone else... and it does make you amazing, but it doesn't make you superhuman,' she wrote.

  4. 'Third of mothers' experience mental health issues

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    As part of the #mumtakeover, a BBC Radio 5 live and YouGov online survey has found that over a third of mothers have experienced mental health issues related to parenthood.

    Over 1,800 British parents were surveyed.

    More than two-thirds of the affected mothers sought professional help - suffering from conditions such as acute stress, severe anxiety and postpartum depression.

    The study revealed that, in comparison, 17% of fathers had experienced similar issues.

    You can read more here.

  5. Dads backing the #mumtakeover

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    5 live's #mumtakeover focuses on mothers, but views from dads are welcome too.

    Fathers will be represented on air and in the audience of today's summit.

    Get involved in the conversation and have your say using the #mumtakeover hashtag.

  6. Game of Thrones' Lena Headey gives honest view of motherhood

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    Lena Headey, best known as Queen Cersei Lannister in Games of Thrones, has said motherhood is 'life-changing'.

    The actress has been open about her battle with postnatal depression while filming the first series of the hit show.

    The mum of two said she's always the last to take a shower - but that "every day is funny."

  7. Top 10 tips to building a baby's brain

    Tips from Blackpool Better Start to help baby's brain development

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    As part of the #mumtakeover, Merle Davies of Blackpool Better Start and director of the Centre for Early Child Development has 10 top tips to aid a baby's brain development.

    "At Blackpool Better Start we believe that building a brain is a lot like building a house - and to do that you have to have a strong foundation," Merle said.

    "Our strong foundation is about having strong and resilient communities and parents, which is essential for the healthy structure of a child’s brain," she added.

    Read more here.

  8. Rochelle Humes on her happiest moment as a mum

    TV Presenter Rochelle Humes spoke about her happiest moment as a mum.

    "My happiest moment, as a mother, has probably been when my second was born," said the 28-year-old.

    "My first [child] was so overjoyed, so happy and so excited... I just kind of loved that moment."

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    Video caption: TV presenter Rochelle Humes talks about being a mother as part of our #mumtakeover event.
  9. Setting up for the #mumtakeover

    5 live presenter Anna Foster is at the Blackpool Tower ahead of today's #mumtakeover summit.

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    The UK's biggest conversation about mums and mental health begins at 13:00 until 15:00.

    Get involved in the conversation with the #mumtakeover hashtag.

  10. What is the #mumtakeover?

    Celeb mums Stacey Solomon, Rochelle Humes, mum blogger and author Giovanna Fletcher, and DJ Neev Spencer join BBC 5 live presenter Anna Foster to host the UK’s biggest conversation about mums and mental health at an event at Blackpool Tower today from 13:00-15:00.

    Mums everywhere are invited to join in online using #mumtakeover and watch live.

    The invited presenters have all been very public about their own, sometimes difficult, experiences of having babies and becoming mums.

    They are all part of the 5 live Mum Takeover, which is also supported by Netmums, Maternal Mental Health Alliance and Blackpool Better Start.

    Image of the presenters Stacey, Neev, Rochelle, Anna and Giovanna

    Discussions today will range from post-natal depression and anxiety, to work/life balance and tackling loneliness.

    5 live’s Anna Foster is hosting the day, supported by the celebrity presenters who will quiz the experts and hear contributions from the audience and people getting in touch online.

    Mum Takeover supporters Netmums, Maternal Mental Health Alliance and Blackpool Better Start are represented on a panel of experts alongside mum-of-one, DJ and Broadcaster Neev Spencer, who’s worked with the Heads Together campaign.

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    TV presenter Rochelle Humes, former X Factor contestant and Loose Women presenter Stacey Solomon, plus popular blogger and author Giovanna Fletcher will be helping the audience share their own stories and put questions to the panel too.

    The entire event will be live streamed at and BBC 5 live's Facebook account, and BBC Radio 5 live will dip in and out of the day’s proceedings on air throughout the afternoon and the discussion will take place online too.

    Get involved in the discussion with the hashtag #mumtakeover.

  11. Welcome to #mumtakeover live!

    We're here until 19:00 bringing you live updates from the #mumtakeover summit in the Blackpool Tower as well exclusive content on all things motherhood and mental health.

    If you want to find out more, head to

    You can also get involved in the conversation on social with the hashtag #mumtakeover.

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