Babies, backpacking and blogs: Adventures on maternity leave and beyond
Image copyright Travel Mad Mum Image caption London mum Karen Edwards travelled the world with her baby during maternity leave
From backpacking around the world to writing a bestseller, more and more women are choosing to spend their maternity leave in a variety of unusual ways. BBC News speaks to the new mums who swapped sleepless nights for long-haul flights.
For every mother who travels in the months following the birth of their child, there are many more who will rub their sleep-deprived eyes in disbelief that anyone could even contemplate navigating a new country alongside nappy changes.
But there is a growing number of women enjoying the so-called “baby gap year” and who see no reason to stay at home when children arrive on the scene.
The travel blogger
Image copyright Karen Edwards Image caption Karen Edwards said her ambition has always been to visit as many countries as she can