Wednesday 26 October 2016

‘I’m taking on the kale chip mums brigade’- Maia Dunphy’s launches online forum for mums to huge success

Published 10/05/2016 | 11:17

Maia Dunphy
Maia Dunphy

Maia Dunphy’s online forum, in which she shares her refreshing tales of motherhood and takes a pop the “kale chip brigade” has amassed hundreds of thousands of views since it was launched earlier this month.

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The presenter, who is a mum to baby Tom with husband Johnny Vegas, has experienced much interest in her new blogs which she says is aimed at “women who just happen to be parents”.

“Some women are just expected to naturally cope, naturally deal with parenthood and the burdens that come with it,” Maia told The Irish Daily Mail.

“I can tell you from my experience that it’s not like that.”

Maia Dunphy with husband Johnny Vegas and their son Tom.
Maia Dunphy with husband Johnny Vegas and their son Tom.

The London-based revealed the blog The M Word was born out of a desire to read about the experience of real women adjusting to motherhood because she found the articles available to her weren’t helpful or encouraging.

“When I spoke to other women, the same theme kept coming up again and again. My identity, our identity, is being blurred from theis top-view narrative on how we should behave as women, as parents, and the publishing, blogging, and advertising around this topic reinforces this.

“I decided to write about real experiences that happened to me. And when I did, people said, ‘That’s me’."

Some of Maia’s blog posts experiences have amassed more than 250,000 page views.

Meanwhile Maia has recently opened up about how lost she felt during her pregnancy.

It's not just parenting that has no rules - there's no set way to feel when you're pregnant either. I wasn't depressed, it was just that I thought I should be feeling more warmth towards this growing bump. I just felt a bit kind of indifferent and I thought it was a really bad sign," she explains.

"So what got me through that was thinking 'right, I'm going to get back to work' and I started focusing on work, and that might sound incredibly self-indulgent or selfish, but it's what got me through feeling that way. When he was born, all that went out the window."

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