With her mass of curly blonde hair, prefect eyeliner and a baby balanced effortlessly on her hip, Anna Whitehouse looks as though she’s got life nailed – but the mummy blogger insists that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The mother-of-two, who runs the parenting and lifestyle blog Mother Pukka, shares witty – and brutally honest – snippets of family life on her Instagram and has recently penned a parenting book with her husband, dubbed Papa Pukka.
Yet Anna admits she couldn’t be further from Wonder Woman, doesn’t have time to whip up ‘Instagrammable’ healthy dinners and doesn’t always feel great about herself.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Anna revealed her go-to riposte for people who criticise her for breastfeeding in public, and explained how words of advice from her grandfather encouraged her to accept her boy the way it is.
Anna Whitehouse (pictured) runs parenting and lifestyle blog Mother Pukka and lives with her husband Matt and their two children Eve and Mae
‘My grandad gave me these brilliant words of wisdom recently and changed everything for me,’ Anna said.
‘He said as long as you’ve got a twinkle in your eye no one really cares what is going around other than that.’
She added: ‘It was such a moment where I thought, you know what, I’m so preoccupied by the bulges, the lumps and bumps and whether I’ve covered [them] enough.
‘But none of that is actually important. This the body that I’ve been given and the body that has carried two children and I’m so lucky for that.’
As well as sharing frank advice and anecdotes with her readers, Anna is on a mission to champion issues affecting working mothers.
She is an outspoken advocate for flexible working hours for mums in the UK and also shares snaps on Instagram of her breastfeeding in a bid to eliminate the taboo that surrounds it.
Anna said: ‘If anyone challenges me on breast feeding in public it’s quite simple really, I just tell them that I’ve got to keep my baby alive and they can’t really argue with that.
‘I don’t particularly like eating my dinner under a tea towel so I don’t really expect my child to do that.
Anna has teamed up with The Food Doctor on a new campaign that encourages busy women to take bitesize moments in order to minimalise stress
Anna explains that she has finally accepted her body rather than focusing on diets and covering ‘lumps and bumps’
‘People have just got to do what makes them feel comfortable, don’t start wapping [sic.] your bap out for the sake of it if it doesn’t make you feel comfortable.
‘People see the confidence I have with feeding my child and they stop looking at my “massive pink milky orb” – as someone once called it – and they start looking in your eyes again, because it’s all about how you’re feeling about it.’
Anna’s husband, Matt, who is a writer and vlogger, has joined forces with her and they have written a parenting book together titled ‘Parenting the Sh*t Out Of Life’.
She said: ‘We felt like there is a lot of focus on mums, and not a huge amount on dads. As we both work in content we thought it would be powerful to team up and both speak about issues from both parent perspectives.
Anna and her husband Matt, who is also a writer, have teamed up to write a parenting book
Working mother: Anna (pictured with Eve, left, and Mae) is an advocate for flexible working hours for mums in the UK and earlier this year protested at Parliament
‘For example we both wrote a piece about miscarriage, and though mine was well received, his went viral. We are so used to hearing from the mum but sometimes you want to hear what the dad is thinking and feeling in those moments.’
And while the ‘mummy blogger’ community can sometimes find themselves on the receiving end of online trolls, Anna says she has learned to shrug off the criticism: ‘I’m so long in the tooth now, I may have got a bit upset by the negative comments if I was in my early twenties.
‘But I’m honest [about the fact] that I’m not completely robust, so it would be a little cold of me to say it doesn’t affect me – but it won’t stop me.
‘Because for every person who doesn’t agree with something I do or say, there’s five who I’ve made feel less alone at 3am. As long as there’s enough people I’m doing good for, then I’ll continue.’
She posts photos of her breast feeding in a bid to remove the stigma from doing it in public
Anna has recently teamed up with nutritionist The Food Doctor on a new campaign that encourages busy women to give themselves ‘bite-size’ breaks throughout the day in order to minimise stress.
‘I was constantly plagued by the guilt of what I’m eating, my diet – it was more that I was getting stressed that I didn’t have the time. But now I’ve really worked on giving myself bitesize moments of positivity – even if that’s just having a moment to eat.’
‘The whole concept of me time doesn’t have to be at a spa, I think people just need to really start factoring in tiny snippets in your day where you recalibrate and that really lightens the emotional load, parental load, washing machine load – even if you are ridiculously busy.’