Healthy Pregnancy

Things You Should Do Before Your Baby Is Born

Diagnosis

The beginning of pregnancy may be detected in a number of different ways, either by a pregnant woman without medical testing, or by using medical tests with or without the assistance of a medical professional. Most pregnant women experience a number of symptoms, which...

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Initiation

Pregnancy occurs as the result of the female gamete or oocyte merging with the male gamete, spermatozoon, in a process referred to, in medicine, as “fertilization”, or more commonly known as “conception”. After the point of fertilization, it is...

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I Wasn’t Afraid To Die Until I Had Kids

Most of us don’t like to think about death much. I know a lot of people avoid the subject out of fear or discomfort. Naturally, I have no desire to hasten the event — I enjoy my life and would like to live it as long and as fully as I can. But on a fundamental level,...

Missing My Kids Is Not Reason Enough To Keep Me Home

To say I miss my kids when I go away is an understatement. In fact, I have lost sleep over leaving them, had severe anxiety, and almost been physically sick over it. I have been told to cut the cord, to relax, that it is not normal to feel this way just because I am...

9 Good Reasons Why I’m Not Getting In The Picture With My Kids

I don’t take very many photos of myself with my kids. Don’t get me wrong — I’m in family photos, just not very many. For me, I’m in enough for my kids to know I was there, and see that once I had fewer wrinkles and hair without strands of gray. Enough photos to show...

The Important Life Lessons Grandparents Teach Us

Both my grandfathers had fought in the wars, one in Korea and the other in WWII. That’s not unusual. Most women my age have grandfathers who fought in one or the other, and the moms younger than us had granddads in Vietnam. They probably didn’t talk much about it....

Trump Or No Trump, I’m Not Leaving

I’ve been waiting to voice my concerns about this, hoping against hope that the need to say it would be moot. But, as the election nears with Trump as the Republican presidential nominee, it’s time to say it. If Trump wins, I won’t leave. It’s easy to say, as we throw...

33 Thoughts A Mom Has When She’s In Her Car

Once, in a life far, far away, there was a time when grabbing my teeny tiny purse, prancing out of the house and hopping into my mid-sized vehicle was second nature. My car was a means to get me to and fro, from manicures to cocktails and certainly not an experience...

I Fixed My Own Diastasis Recti

For the last seven years, I have been trying to lose the baby fat from my first pregnancy. I have gone up and down in weight hitting desirable scale numbers but then bouncing right back up to those less than flattering numbers and all the while — no matter what I did...

Are You A Good Mom, Or Are You A Great Mom?

I’ve decided after much deliberation that I fall into the “great mom” category. It wasn’t easy. It took many years of practice and four babies later, but lo and behold, I’m there. I’ve made it, and to be honest, I’m pretty...

Mom Who Inspired Many By Breastfeeding Through ALS Treatments Dies

Amanda Bernier inspired millions by breastfeeding while fighting ALS Amanda Bernier, who inspired millions by breastfeeding during her battle with ALS, died this week according to her Facebook page, Amanda’s Angels. She was 32-years old and had been battling the...

Our Baby Has Dwarfism, But It Won’t Be What Defines Him

I’ve wanted to write this post for a few months. Then I stop and wait, searching for the right words. But my wife and I are in a good place now, and I want to share our story to inspire a new perspective and maybe help others find hope if they find themselves in a...

The Art Of Throwing Out Your Kids’ Junk Without Getting Caught

Kids paint, crayon, pen, colored pencil, and marker pictures — pictures of dinosaurs, princesses, Star Wars, bears, houses, and flowers (lots of flowers). They make craft projects ranging from the usable (handprint magnets) to the ridiculous (clothespin sheep). Most...