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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Breastfeeding In Public Is Not A Shameful Act

For our daughter’s third ever flight, we decided to try something new and brought her car seat along, hoping it would encourage her to sleep. As usual, she had other ideas. At the airport, she started bending her back and howling so loudly you would have thought we...

25 Thoughts New Moms Have At 3 A.M.

1. OMG. I’ve slept for two hours — is something wrong with the baby? 2. My boobs hurt. 3. Sleeping on my back makes me snore. Who cares — I deserve to snore if I want to. 4. How much pee on a onesie is enough pee to a require actually changing the onesie? 5. Why is my...

Kindergarten Starts Soon, And I’m Not Ready

The summer has been difficult. My husband leaves for work, and I stare at the clock as if it will somehow solve for me the problem of filling up the day with activities. I have all three kids at home. I am their source of entertainment, their fulfiller of their every...

Kindergarten Starts Soon, And I’m Not Ready

The summer has been difficult. My husband leaves for work, and I stare at the clock as if it will somehow solve for me the problem of filling up the day with activities. I have all three kids at home. I am their source of entertainment, their fulfiller of their every...

When You’ve Had It Up To Here

My mother walked out on us once — threw up her hands, turned her back, and hit the road. We didn’t blame her since we’d driven her to it; there were no more buttons left to push. She came back eventually, but there were several long tense hours when her return was not...

The Curse Of The Firstborn Child

Everyone knows about the curse of the second-born child, but what about the firstborn? The firstborn child gets showered with attention and gifts, smothered by neurotic experimentation as parents try to figure out what the fuck they’re doing while doting on every fart...

5 Ways To Find The Light When The World Feels Heavy

Lately, everything feels wrong. I keep hearing the same sentiment from people on all parts of the political and social spectrum: What is going on with the world? There are countless opinionated answers to that question — you can hear all of them in the comments...

Loving My High-Spirited Wild Child

My youngest son is a high-spirited child. Of course, that is the nice, gentle way to say it. Really, he is wild. Wild. In every sense of the word, exactly as it’s defined in the dictionary: wild: wīld / adjective 1. (of an animal or plant) living or growing in the...

How To Get An Extra Hour Of Sleep When You Have Kids

It’s predawn. I’m having a blissful dream where I am fully rested, showered, and having witty banter with an exotic stranger (who may or may not resemble my real-life partner). Just as said exotic stranger and I are about to (um, this is PG so use your...

A Letter Of Concern From Your Canadian Neighbors

Hello, America! It’s your upstairs neighbor, Canada. Listen, can we talk about something? There’s been a lot of noise coming from down there over the past month — well, really the past year. We know that there’s an election going on right now and...

How I Motivated Myself To Exercise When It Felt Impossible

Let me start this off by clarifying one important thing: I’m just a normal person who exercises. I’m no fitness fanatic. You won’t find me at a 5 a.m. boot camp class (because, sleeping) or Instagramming pictures of a daily kale and protein powder smoothie (because,...

The Suicide Rate For LGBT Teens Is Still Too Damn High

I leaned against the countertop, staring at the bottle of Tylenol next to me. The refrigerator hummed against the backdrop of silence in the kitchen and the rest of the house. I had just finished an hour of lying on the living room floor, crying quietly at first and...

Mom Tries To Fit Into Pre-Baby Size, Moment Of Clarity Ensues

Constance Hall’s encounter with a store employee reminds us no dress size is better than another Blogger Constance Hall posted recently about a shopping incident that most of us are probably familiar with. As is her style, she keeps it incredibly real. And...

Dads Get Postpartum Depression, Too

Report finds postpartum depression is almost as common in dads as it is in moms According to a a new report from the University of Massachusetts’ Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health that shines some light on postpartum depression, it turns out it’s not...