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 referred to as a zygote...

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When The Season Of Motherhood Is Unexpectedly Stormy

In a weird way, I get sad every winter. I think it’s because fall is just so beautiful with all of the colors, leaves, and smells. But then, slowly, all of that beauty fades. The leaves fall. The colors dull. It becomes cold and dreary. It almost makes me scared of...

The Panic Attack Symptoms You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

I’ve lived with panic attacks for five years now. I’ve had so many panic attacks that I’ve stopped counting. Memories of my worst attacks stick in my mind like bad nightmares: the time I was house-sitting for my friend, the countless attacks in my college dorm room. I...

A Brutally Honest Breakdown Of Every Target Trip I’ve Ever Taken

Target trips always happen the same way. No matter what the season, no matter what I’m buying, no matter how many children I have with me and if I’ve taken friends, relatives, or neighbors along. We park near the cart return, so I can stick kids in a confined space as...

I Always Hated Sports Until My Child Started Playing

Three years ago, when my then-6-year-old son told me he wanted to play soccer, I felt overwhelmed. I had assumed this day was coming. All of his friends were involved in sports and so were their fathers. I was usually the odd man out. Unlike a lot of men, I’ve just...

From One Rage Cleaner To Another: You Feel Better, Don’t You?

The “rage clean” — also known as having a normal day where everything is going swimmingly, and then you decide to vacuum, and as you are vacuuming, you have to kneel down to pick up a rock your child brought inside and placed on the floor, where it has...

From One Rage Cleaner To Another: You Feel Better, Don’t You?

The “rage clean” — also known as having a normal day where everything is going swimmingly, and then you decide to vacuum, and as you are vacuuming, you have to kneel down to pick up a rock your child brought inside and placed on the floor, where it has...

Letting Go Of Our Mistakes Even When They Affect Our Children

The text came, and my phone vibrated on the car seat next to me. I was already overscheduled and harried that afternoon, having worked a 10-hour day while trying to juggle carpool organizing, activity scheduling, and child-rearing. As I gripped the steering wheel and...

Santa Fat Shames 9-Year-Old And Leaves Him In Tears

Santa to kid: ‘Lay off the hamburgers and french fries’ The guy that eats millions of cookies a year and prides himself on being zaftig is giving weight loss advice …. to a child. If that doesn’t get you on the naughty list (or fired) we don’t know...

Hospital Lets Dog Visit Her Dying Human One Last Time

In order to give closure to a dying man’s beloved dog, a hospital allowed her one last visit Michelle Jessen’s brother loved his dog, and his dog loved him. When the 33-year-old faced a sudden end to his too-short life, Michelle asked the hospital if the...

Take That, Martha Stewart!

Forgot about the school bake sale? It’s quick and easy to make your store-bought cookies look homemade. Don’t worry, we won’t...

Go Ahead And Judge Away, But Keep It To Yourself

This may come as a shock, but I’m judging you. Me, the one who always seems so friendly and chatty at birthday parties? The one who’s known as “the nice one” in more than one circle? The one who goes out of her way to make some sort of self-deprecating joke to make...

Do Yourself A Favor, Let Your Kids Play In The Rain

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring, and yadda yadda yadda. Your kids have been trapped inside for days and are beginning to climb the walls — literally, you found one parkouring on the top of a doorframe. They’re jumping on the beds and building forts...

The Vital Importance Of Hitting The ‘Pause’ Button

“Treasure this time,” older parents often say when they see young mothers wrangling little ones. “It goes by so fast.” It’s the advice moms with babies and toddlers love to hate. When you’re deep in the trenches of intense motherhood, the last thing you want to hear...

10 Truths About Rainbow Pregnancies

If you are new to the baby loss community, like I once was, it’s very possible you have never heard of a “rainbow baby.” A rainbow baby is one who is born after a pregnancy or infant loss. A rainbow is a symbol of God’s covenant that comes after the...

I’ll Be Over Here Making Everything Magical And Shit

Ah, the holidays. This is the time of year when my to-do lists have become so swollen and big that they actually start giving birth to other baby to-do lists. There are the concerts, the outfits, the cookies, the presents, the million trips to the post office, the...