I document in slight detail (as not to scare or gross you) all the things about pregnancy I hated. While I consider myself a positive person who loves my son dearly, pregnancy wasn't something I would say was "fun", "neat", or any other antonym for "I Hated It." I hope you can laugh along with me.
When you're trying to conceive, there are a lot of symptoms that you might not know about. I've tried to cover the majority of pregnancy symptoms here. Good luck!
"When did I conceive? When did I ovulate?" Find out when you got pregnant by learning about ovulation, conception, and implantation during a woman's monthly cycle.
Cramping during pregnancy can occur for a number of reasons. Knowing what these reasons are should help you to determine when to call your doctor and help empower you to make good decisions.
Can morning sickness be cured? Nope! But it can be managed. Here's advice from real moms who've survived morning sickness on all levels, sharing their wisdom to help get you to the other side of the not so joyous reality of pregnancy nausea.
Hospitals have NICUs that range in level of expertise; it's important to understand what these mean when deciding where to give birth.
Is your pelvic pain during pregnancy more than just normal discomfort? You may have an undiagnosed condition which could lead to a permanent disability.
I have pregnancy symptoms, but I'm not pregnant. Why did my test come out negative? Could it be a phantom pregnancy or some other illness that mimics pregnancy?
My ectopic pregnancy was devastating and scary. However, with the help of my obstetrician, I eventually became pregnant again. I am sharing my story to help other women keep the faith after an ectopic. I've also included a section with FAQs.
Nosebleeds (or epistaxis) during pregnancy, is experienced by approximately 20% of women. While it is typically not a cause for concern, there are a few warning signs you should watch for.
You may find yourself trying some unconventional methods to help labor along out of a state of desperation. Eating rye bread? Not too scary. Chased by a rottweiler? Maybe you should pass on that one.
Morning sickness typically occurs early in pregnancy and can become a serious health risk of the mother and baby aren't getting necessary nutrients. Natural methods are preferred for morning sickness.
If you're trying to conceive, no doubt you're excited about the possibility of being pregnant, and every sensation you have could be implantation or a symptom of early pregnancy.
Giving birth truly can be beautiful. If you do the research, seek out the positive stories, find a childbirth method, and know the facts ahead of time, you too can have the pleasant memories from your children's births like I do. Here, I offer you some information to help you along your journey.
Do you have a late period, but a negative pregnancy test result? What causes a false negative test? Here are the most common reasons for a negative test but no period explained...
Thinking about giving birth at home? Homebirth has many benefits for mother and baby. Learn why I chose to give birth at home and why it was such a fabulous experience.
Are you feeling every pregnancy symptom known to BabyCenter/Google, yet you keep getting a negative test? Here's some reasons why this might be happening.
Do you think you might be pregnant, but you want to be sure and it's too early to take a home urine test? Blood pregnancy tests can be taken just 6-8 days after ovulation.
Can you get pregnant while breastfeeding? Is breastfeeding a reliable form of birth control? What are the signs of pregnancy while breastfeeding? Find out what to look for in this article.
During the two week wait, it is difficult not to obsess over pregnancy symptoms—but which ones are real and which ones should we ignore?
Chemical pregnancies (the term given to a very early miscarriage) are much more common than anyone realizes, yet much confusion surrounds the subject. Read on for clear answers to common questions.
This Hub gives moms and dads some ideas about what to avoid during Labor and Delivery, as well as alternative suggestions to consider.
Is it coming out both ends and you're worried that your stomach bug could hurt your baby? Fear not. Here's how I survived the stomach flu at six months pregnant.
Advice on how to not let on you are pregnant while avoiding drinking alcohol, including possible excuses.
More intense round ligament pain is common in second pregnancies. Find out what else can be different between pregnancies one and two.
To have or not to have children is one of the most important decisions that a couple can make. This article enumerates both the positive and negative reasons why you should have or not have kids.
Why and when does your water break when you are pregnant? Will you be embarrassed by a big spill at the grocery store? What do PROM and PPROM mean?
Rainbow babies—those born just after the death of an infant—are special. Here's a complete definition and advice for grieving parents and those who love them.
1st trimester bleeding is always scary, but not necessarily indicative of a miscarriage. There are several common causes of bleeding, most of which are harmless.
Am I pregnant? How early can I take a pregnancy test? When can I take a pregnancy test? Find out about pregnancy tests and the best time to take one if you are trying to have a baby.
These are certain early pregnancy symptoms that could indicate you are carrying more than one baby. I'll describe them as well as share what I personally experienced during my twin pregnancy.
Information on a Blighted ovum. Gestational sac with no baby. How it happens, why it happens and what to do about a miscarriage.
Does an epidural stop all of the pain? Does it hurt to get an epidural? Read on to find out my experience of what it really feels like to get an epidural—labor to recovery.
Bleeding isn't an uncommon occurrence during early pregnancy, but many women panic when they see those few drops of blood. Know when to worry about the status of your pregnancy and when not to stress.
Sometimes accidents happen. You have sex without protection and worry you might be pregnant. Here's a guide on how pregnancy happens with unprotected sex and what to do next.
A positive pregnancy test can feel like an exciting new beginning, especially if you have struggled with infertility and gone to great lengths to make it happen. If you have had a previous miscarriage/baby loss however, that extra pink line on a test strip can open a Pandora’s Box of anxieties.
Wondering if you should try inducing labor with castor oil? Find out the facts —rather than the rumors—on whether it works, how it works, and what to watch out for.
Whether you're a pregnant foreigner or planning to get pregnant in Japan, or if you are just interested in the differences between the Japan and the West, this article details some surprising facts.
These are the symptoms you'll likely experience in the 38th week of pregnancy, and they are early signs that labor is fast approaching. Signs include not being able to sleep, hot flashes/night sweats, exhaustion, and a constant urge to poop.Learn what to do during labor and when to go to the doctor.
Wondering if you could be pregnant? Even before a missed period, you can feel early signs of pregnancy, such as cramping, nausea, and spotting.
Bleeding or spotting in a pregnancy can be unnerving, but it's a common thing and, in most cases, not an indication of a miscarriage. What might be happening and where does the bleeding come from?
Am I ready to have a baby? Do you have what it takes to become a parent? Take a look at some of these questions and honest responses before you consider pregnancy and having children.
Pregnancy tests that show a faint line create confusion. Is it a positive pregnancy result or not? This faint line on a home urine pregnancy test kit may be an evaporation line, which is a result of urine evaporating and drying out.
Have you been trying to get pregnant but haven't been successful so far? If you are wondering what you are doing wrong, it's probably nothing, but check out this article for more information.
Early labor is the time it takes for the cervix to reach 3-4 centimeters. Signs of early labor include: irregular contractions, 5 or more minutes apart, lasting 30-90 seconds, lower back pain, and pelvic pressure. This article discusses the most effective approach to speed up your early labor.
What does a heated cigar, a bag of freezer-burned vegetables, and diving in a pool of water have in common? Turning a breech baby naturally, without medical intervention. This is a humor piece, not medical advice.
Pregnancy is a time of joy for most women, but it can also be filled with concern and anxiety over aches and pains. Learn which pains are perfectly normal and which are more concerning.
Finding out that your baby has no heartbeat is devastating and terrifying because you don't know what to expect. I hope I can prepare you for the journey ahead by sharing my story.
Most women will experience child birth in her lifetime. Labor is know to be quite painful, but fortunately there are numerous pain relief options available today. An extensive list of both alternative/non-medication options and pharmaceutical options for pain management during labor is to follow.
If you are pregnant for the first time, you may be interested to know what is considered to be a normal pregnancy, and see lots of photos of fetal development at the different stages right through to childbirth.
Being a first-time mom is scary! There's so much you don't know and have to prepare for. This is my experience on what I learned about what is important and not so important.
Pregnancy fatigue is often one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Learn how to fight fatigue during pregnancy and keep your pregnant body feeling refreshed.
The most accurate pregnancy test is a quantitative blood test, ordered by your doctor. Home urine tests are increasingly sensitive to low levels of hCG, and some may detect pregnancy as early as six days before a missed menstrual cycle.
If you think you may be pregnant, but you are not sure if it is too early to test, then check out this information. It should help you decide if it is too early to take a pregnancy test or not.
Pregnancy is accompanied by many new feelings, pains, and changes, which include a lot of strange things happening down below. It can be scary to have bleeding or strange discharge during pregnancy, but most of the time this is completely normal.
The key to understanding some of the strangest pregnancy symptoms is knowing that just about everything stems from the heightened levels of pregnancy hormones. Most everything goes away after delivery, but you'll be surprised at which of these 34 symptoms sticks around.
Get ready for baby—39 weeks of pregnancy is the last week until your official due date. Your baby is full-term and gaining weight, while you become more uncomfortable! Learn more about what you can expect during this week of pregnancy.
Can't wait to tell others that you're pregnant? Learn when to announce your pregnancy and how to tell your family and friends in creative ways.
The sixth week of pregnancy is an exciting one: The baby's umbilical cord starts to develop and the heart starts to beat! Many women have their first doctor's appointment at this stage of pregnancy.
Having a baby in the US is downright expensive, and in most middle-class families, both parents have to work to make ends meet. If you are looking to take longer than the (shockingly short) 6 weeks of maternity leave offered by most jobs, below are a few ways to finance your own leave.
Dilation, effacement, engagement, Braxton-Hicks contractions: Are these signs you're about to give birth?
Spotting in pregnancy occurs in up to 1/3 of all pregnant women. What is normal,and what implies a problem with the pregnancy? Does spotting mean a miscarriage will occur? Questions and answers about bleeding in early pregnancy.
Do you know what foods to avoid when you are pregnant? What about medications, exercises, or drinks? Learn what you should avoid during pregnancy to keep you and your baby healthy.
Whether you're planning a natural, unmedicated birth or simply curious about the prospect of a natural birth, here's my firsthand account (in painful detail) of what it's like to give birth without an epidural.
Some couples have a specific preference for the sex of their baby. If you are trying to conceive a boy, here are some ways to improve your odds.
Although you cannot have a period during pregnancy, it is possible to bleed while you're pregnant. Regardless of the cause of bleeding during pregnancy, you should consider a visit to your doctor!
How to chart your basal body temperature and determine when ovulation occurred. Plus some definitions associated with basal body temperature (BBT) charting, and where to chart online.
When will I go into labor? How can I make it start or progress faster? Learn about going into labor and how someone can help you with the progression of labor.
Whether you've been trying for a while or are totally taken by surprise, finding out you're pregnant is can be both blissful and anxiety inducing. Here's a list of what to do when you get your BFP!
What does it mean when the line doesn't get darker on a pregnancy test? Is it a faint positive line? Find out how to read pregnancy tests, even when there are faint lines, to tell whether or not you're pregnant.
Slow rising hCG levels may indicate an ectopic pregnancy. Normal pregnancies should demonstrate a hormone doubling time of 48-72 hours.
Are you trying to get pregnant after the Depo Provera shot? Find out more about the Depo Provera injections, the side effects of the Depo shot, and pregnancy after the Depo shot.
Of all the things that pregnant women worry about, needing surgery is one that most don't face. But, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the risks of anesthesia and surgery on pregnant women. Get the facts here from a board-certified doctor. Of course, there are risks, but it probably isn't as dangerous as you imagine.
Reviews of the top 8 best pregnancy products on the market. 8 must-have items for moms-to-be that will keep you healthy, happy, comfortable, and beautiful during your pregnancy.
How soon can you tell if you are pregnant? This guide to the 13 earliest signs and symptoms of pregnancy will help you know for sure, plus get info on the best early detection pregnancy tests, how to test properly and what to do in different scenarios...
Your labor, postpartum, nursery, and lactation nurses will be the most important people in your circle for the first few days of your newborn's life. There are a million things we want you to know, but I will give you the first dozen and a half to get you on your way to a great birth experience.
Cesarean childbirth is definitely more painful than normal delivery. But for some, it is inevitable. So in this article, the author would like to share what the post-cesarean delivery experience is like and hopefully give helpful suggestions as to how to deal with the pain.
Information on how twins are conceived and the different types of twins from fraternal and identical to the more unusual types like heteropaternal, superfecundation, and polar body twins.
Deciding to have a child late in life can be difficult. I will discuss the chances of getting pregnant at 44. I did succeed myself, but this was after lots of investigation and research.
Are you suffering from constipation during pregnancy and looking for relief? Learn the causes, remedies, and treatments of pregnancy constipation.
A list of pregnancy tests that are the most sensitive, whether to use a blue dye or pink dye test, whether or not digital tests are less sensitive, and all about early pregnancy testing.
Pregnancy is such a wonderful thing! Of course, you probably feel like you were hit by a truck and that’s reasonable with all that is going on inside your body right now, but it’s all normal.
Did you have unprotected sex and now you're worried that you might be pregnant? Here are some resources and information to help you wade through the worry.
There are 3 main types of maternity support belt but which should you choose? Which will provide the most support and be most comfortable? Here we take a look at three types of pregnancy support belt and guide you in which one to choose...
It is important to maintain a healthy diet during pregnancy. Learn how to eat well and what kinds of foods to eat when you are pregnant.
We all know that a healthy diet is crucial for your body to function correctly and heal the way it’s supposed to. So why would it be any different for women trying to get pregnant?
Are you going to be a new dad soon and need some advice? Here are some helpful pregnancy and birth tips for expectant fathers!
Learn about what the first trimester of pregnancy is like along with what you can expect the first few months of pregnancy.
Am I pregnant? Learn about pregnancy symptoms and early pregnancy signs that you may be experiencing if you may be pregnant.
Many women ask if it's possible that they're pregnant even though they got a negative result on a home pregnancy test. This article will outline several reasons why you may get a false negative.
Trying to decipher the differences between hyperemesis gravidarum and typical morning sickness? Here are the signs and symptoms of true HG.
Not sure what gifts to buy for a baby shower? Intimidated by the registry list and lists of the best gifts? Read this article to find a list of practical and useful things that I like to give to new moms.
Prenatal vitamins can be taken before, during, and after pregnancy. Learn when to start taking prenatal vitamins, what prenatal vitamins do, and what their benefits are for your body.
Feeling super sick before your period, but not sure if you're pregnant? From tiredness to needing to pee all of the time, early pregnancy symptoms can feel a lot like PMS. Here's some uncommon vs. common early signs you could be pregnant and what they mean.
Implantation bleeding or spotting occurs in early pregnancy. What is it and how long does it last? Several women's health specialists discuss which symptoms are normal and which ones are not.
After a difficult first month of parenting, I thought the hardest part was over. But the trouble certainly didn't end there, and there are still many battles left to come.
I have only been a mother for 3 months now, but I have learned a lot of things along the way. In this article, I list 7 things I have learned in hopes of helping and relating to other mothers!
Just cracked open your digital pregnancy test to find two blue lines? Wondering what other digital tests look like when opened? Here's how negative and positive digitals look on the inside.
Learn how to write a birth plan with these sample birth plan templates. Discover what birthing options are available, and create a plan that meets your personal needs.