Dirty Mother Pukka with Anna Whitehouse
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This is a biggie. The brilliant singer who has dominated the charts since her rise to fame on X Factor opens up about the painful reality of sustaining a career in music while raising a baby. This beautifully open chat digs into the primal, visceral, maternal state we find ourselves in post-baby and how that, well, works alongside work.
Following an article she wrote in Grazia, Anna opens up about the practicalities and the emotions of her recent divorce. How to get out, when to get out, how to tell the kids and how to know you aren’t going to lose your mind in the process. Plus help from family lawyer Georgina Hamblin on how to do it if you are financially controlled.
To sext or not to sext. That is the question. It can be an excruciating exchange sometimes but when you are in the throes or parenting and working, it can be a simple way to close the pleasure gap between the two of you. If that’s not for you, don’t worry Polly has a game up her sleeve to help you get, well, intimate.
TW: This episode contains detailed discussion around miscarriage and baby loss. Liam and Matt from the award-winning podcast Dad Still Standing on the instinctive male need to man up around grief. And how they’ve broken those barriers down. The pair open up on what they wished they’d known in that grieving period and how to support your partner fully. A beautiful conversation with two incredible humans who have navigated the unnavigable.
This was a ride. From ENMs (ethical non-monogamy) to polyamory, this is a deep-dive into opening your relationship and how to do it safely and securely. If you think this isn’t for you, think again. Sex and pleasure is a huge animalistic part of our lives and if it’s working as a duo but you’ve fantasied about a ménage, then this is well worth a listen.
From white lies to great whopping ones, is there ever a place for dishonesty in the name of emotional protection? Anna and Polly deep-dive into the lies they’ve told, the ramifications that have landed and question the line of dishonesty and holding back certain truths to diffuse hurt. One thing the duo can’t hear anymore is anyone saying, ‘I’m just speaking my truth’. That’s, well, the truth.
As someone who says yes to everything like an excitable labrador, Anna was keen to find out from life coach Michelle how to say no and stick to it. Polly and Anna start untangling their people-pleasing ways in an episode that’s all about clear, healthy boundaries in all parts of your life.
From first kiss to lacklustre peck by the dishwasher, puckering up is the gateway to romantic connection. But why does it always have to lead to sex? And when was the last time you snogged your partner? Anna and Polly dig deep on locking lips and the impact it can have on your relationship.
Paralympian gold medal swimmer Ellie sits down with Anna and Polly to talk about finding her place in the world. And what she’d like to see from parents in terms of making space for difference. This emotive and heartfelt chat celebrates a world where no one person is the same - and an innate celebration of that.
Loneliness. Anna and Polly talk loneliness in a relationship, loneliness in motherhood and how to combat that with active listening over solutions-focused chatting. In this episode the duo turn up un-showered and PJ-ed ready to sit in the hole with each and every one of you.
It’s time for the mothership to open up about the pain of watching our generation of women burning out trying to do it all. We don’t want it all but we are, indeed, doing it all. She speaks to Anna and Polly about the grandparent gap - the silver saviours papering over the childcare cracks. Highs, lows, peaks and troughs from two generations of mothers trying to simply get through the day.
In this open chat Anna and Polly ask Chloe about the postnatal period. How she navigated work and raising a baby with her husband and why we need to be done with ‘mum’ bods and ‘dad’ bods and start looking at pelvic floor health and proper postnatal care. This one’s a ride. A maternal, hormonal ride.
After accidentally forming a women’s healing circle at Anna’s birthday five years ago with healer and therapist Shelley Murphy, the DMP duo have gone on a spiritual journey to understand more about the world of tarot, crystals and spiritual healing. Even if you aren’t a believer, there’s something in the cards that have been turned in this episode…
Hey DMP fans, we have a new podcast we think you'd like from Myleene Klass, called They Don't Teach This In School... Be honest - how many times have you felt so under-equipped for what life has thrown your way? In school we learned about Pythagoras, but then we went out into the adult world and we were expected to know how to budget for a household, set up a bank account or know what to do when the boiler broke. Myleene says "There was so much I wish we were taught. So that’s how my book and this podcast was born. I’ll be speaking to some brilliant guests to share their tips on how they and their families survive life’s challenges" Listen to the first 3 episodes now and subscribe for new episodes every Tuesday.
TW: This episode contains sensitive content about miscarriage. After her first episode on DMP that opened up the conversation around microchimerism (where a baby’s cells transfer to a mother during pregnancy ♥️), Myleene is back to talk about changing laws around miscarriage and how she won’t stop until the medical profession takes a humane approach to what it is to lose a little life you’ve imagined. To lose a little part of yourself.
Late to the vibrator game, Anna taps up Polly’s wealth of sex toy knowledge to try and close that pleasure gap. From the exact clitoral stimulator that works to a sensually-erotic routine that never fails to win for Pol, this is the first step to bridging that hole of inequality.
It’s been a big week in the DMP towers. After landing the plane as kindly as humanly possible, Anna and her husband Matt announced their divorce. But aside from the pitiful glances and ‘that’s devastating’ responses, there’s another way to navigate two people who simply choose a different path forward. This episode is a celebration of a happy ending. However it looks. And how to land that plane if you are, in fact, realising you aren’t meant to be together forever.