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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Hey Teachers, Thanks For Loving Our Kids

Not long ago, I sat in a parent-teacher conference trying (and failing) to hold back tears. I was frustrated with myself for being so emotional, but I couldn’t help it. My son’s academic performance was suffering big-time, his learning difficulties overshadowing his...

No, I Don’t Want My Birth Filmed. Get That Camera Out Of Here.

My family sat with me in the delivery room during my first labor. I thought I wanted them there. I thought it would be fun and memorable. I thought wrong. The Pitocin kicked in, and my first big contraction hurt like a motherfucker. My mother could see (and probably...

It Sucks Raising My Kids Far Away From My Parents

Over a decade ago, I moved from California to the Pacific Northwest for college. When I first set foot on campus, I had no idea that I would end up meeting someone, getting married, and starting a family here, but that’s what happened. It was unexpected — the way life...

Dear Moms Making Videos In Your Minivans, Just Stop

By now, you’ve probably watched at least one minivan video, recorded by moms with edgy opinions and paisley scarfs. So I guess this is a thing now, and maybe I should just accept it because it’s clearly not going anywhere.  How did this all start? I imagine some...

What Are We Teaching Our Children When We Say, ‘America First’?

I love my country. I feel lucky and blessed to have been born here in the United States of America. I appreciate the benefits afforded me by my American citizenship, and I am grateful for the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. But I don’t think I’m special...

15 Children’s Books To Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month offers the chance to explore and reflect on the experiences, struggles, and achievements of African-Americans, and what better way to share that history with your children than through the lens of a great book. Whether it’s tales of the...

‘Bestie Row’ Is The Ultimate Squad Goals Living Arrangement

These Texas best friends found the perfect way to live together until they’re old and gray Who wouldn’t want to just live with their besties? BFFs spend all their time together already anyway. Who hasn’t sat down with a bestie, had a few glasses of...

Women Swear This Magic Salad Made Them Go Into Labor

Caioti’s Pizza Cafe draws in dozens of women each day hoping to kickstart their labor by eating “The Salad” When you’re past your due date, you’re willing to try almost anything to get that baby to come out. Women consume everything from...

Where Are All The F*cking Hair Ties?! I Think I Can Help!

I have long, thick hair. My daughter has long, wavy hair. We both like to wear our hair up, and even though I buy a pack a week, we are always searching the house for a damn hair tie. They are like gold. “Can I use your hair tie?” Hell no. Find your own,...

In Defense Of The Unflattering Photo

Technically, I am a millennial. I was born in 1980, so by definition, you can group me into that generation. I don’t feel millennial. A very honest man I know, upon hearing this fact, said, “Well, then you are the world’s oldest millennial.”...

23 Reasons You Should Donate Blood Right Now

Five years ago, my family was handed devastating news: My father was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer. Because his cancer was so advanced, there was little hope that radiation and a chemotherapy regimen would keep him alive beyond a year. As we processed the...