Having a Baby
What Do You Really Need for Your Baby?
Prepping for your baby's arrival can be stressful, and setting up your registry and to-buy checklist can be the most stressful part. Do you really need a walker and a bouncer? Is a breastfeeding pillow a "must"? Here is a breakdown of what you really need for your new baby.
Why Am I Obsessed With Taking Pregnancy Tests?
Do you feel restless and anxious until you take a pregnancy test? Normal. But what if that means you pee on a stick every single day? You might be dealing with “POAS Addiction.” Here’s how to handle your obsession so you can enjoy life outside of waiting for a BFP.
Old Wives' Tales About Predicting the Sex of a Baby
Is it going to be a boy or a girl? Here are a few old wives' tales on how to tell what your child will be without the aid of conventional technology.
Here's What to Avoid in the Two-Week Wait
Is the two-week wait driving you crazy? Obsessing over what should you avoid and can you really know if you're pregnant before you miss a period? Take a break from looking up pregnancy symptoms and study up on what to stay away from until you can finally take a test.
Effects of Brazil Nuts and Selenium When Trying to Get Pregnant
While selenium is related to beneficial reproductive effects, it also has a dark side that a potential mother-to-be should be aware of. This article uses scientific articles to show the benefits and side effects of Brazil nuts when trying to conceive.
5 Miscarriage Myths Expecting Mothers Should Stop Believing
Five myths and rumors about miscarriage that aren't true and some facts about what can increase the risk.
What Expectant Mothers Actually Need to Pack for the Hospital
If you're like me, you did a lot of research on what to pack for the hospital and asked other moms that you knew. I ended up overpacking and would like to name the essentials so other moms do not fall into the same situation.
Behind-the-Scenes Advice You Need to Know From a Labor Nurse
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.
How to Afford Maternity Leave in America
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.
The Top 7 Things I Have Learned From Being a Mother so Far
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!
The 10 Worst Things About Pregnancy
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.
Early Labor: The Secret to Speeding up Progress
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.
Understanding 34 of the Strangest Pregnancy Symptoms
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.
Pain Relief Options During Labor
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.
Why Am I Having Pregnancy Symptoms but a Negative Test?
Are you feeling every pregnancy symptom ever, yet you keep getting a negative test? Wondering "Why do I feel pregnant when I'm not?" Here's some reasons why this might be happening.
How to Manage Pain During a Drug-Free Labor and Delivery
This article teaches tips and tricks to get through the pains of natural drug free labor and delivery.
12 Steps to Take After You Become Pregnant
Have you recently found out that you are pregnant and don't know what to do next? Do you need advice on what to do during the first trimester of pregnancy? Follow the steps outlined here to increase your chances of a healthy and safe pregnancy.
21 Essential Postpartum Products for Moms
Which postpartum products will you REALLY need? It depends a little on if you had a vaginal birth or c-section, plus if you're breastfeeding. We asked experienced moms what they couldn't live without in the first days and weeks post birth and this is the list they came up with.
Emotional Stress During Pregnancy (And 17 Ways to Relieve It)
Are you worried about emotional stress and crying during pregnancy and how it could affect you and your baby? Learn all about pregnancy stress, the risks, and precautions. Plus, 17 ways to help you overcome it and have a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby.
Six Things First-Time Moms Should Do for Themselves Before They Go Into Labor
Doing these six simple things right before having your first baby can make the first few months of motherhood a little bit easier.
Giving Birth Can Be Beautiful
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.
The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth focuses on giving birth your way, in the relaxing environment of your choosing, and with your partner at hand. This childbirth method encourages women in natural childbirth without medications or interventions.
What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Prodromal Labor
This article describes what every pregnant woman should know about prodromal labor. Prodromal labor is not a term most women are familiar; they're instead being told their woes are due to Braxton-Hicks, but I am here to give you more information so you are more knowledgeable when it happens to you.
How to Survive Your First Day as a New Mom
You're a new mom! Even though you have spent nine months preparing, the first day in the hospital with your new baby can be somewhat overwhelming. The tips in this article will help you start off your journey of parenting on the right foot.
5 Things You Should Do Before Having Your Own Family
Building your own family is a huge step in one's life. Here's what I wish I would have done more before I got married and had kids.
Understanding Those Who Have Lost a Baby, and How to Reach out to Them (Including What to Say and What Not to Say)
If you have experienced the tragic loss of a baby, whether through stillbirth or loss in the NICU, you should not feel alone. If you just want to help or sympathize with someone who has lost their baby, this article may give you some insight.
Hospital Bag Must-Haves
When you're getting ready for your baby to arrive it's likely that your mind will become pretty cloudy. It can be easy to forget things you'll need when packing your hospital bag. I'm going to share the essential items you're not going to want to forget.
Pregnancy: What's Good and What to Avoid
Being pregnant is a time to take care of yourself. Everyone will tell you things to avoid and things to do. You will hear old wives tales, advice from your doctor, and what other mothers have experienced. One of the most important things is just to use common sense.
Packing Your Labor and Delivery Bag
Getting ready for baby's arrival is a joyous time. It's so easy to get lost in the decorating and organizing, but it's also important to pack your labor and delivery bag with all the essentials that you, your new baby, and your partner will need during your stay at the hospital.