Having a Baby
Top 5 Best Baby Heartbeat Apps for Expectant Mothers
Use technology to hear the heartbeat of your growing child!
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 using 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.
Why Is September 16 a Popular Date for Babies to Be Born?
Have you noticed that a lot of people were born on September 16? There is a reason why.
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 a short time, 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, encouraging, and relating to other new mothers!
The 10 Worst Things About Pregnancy
Here, I document in slight detail (so as not to scare or gross you out) all the things about pregnancy I hated. While I consider myself a positive person and I love my son dearly, pregnancy wasn't something I would say was "fun." 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
Can you take Tylenol for contractions during labor? Labor is known 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.
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.
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.
5 Things You Should Do Before Starting Your Own Family
Thinking about starting a family? Not sure how to prepare, or what to do before you begin? This can be a stressful time in your life. Building your own family is a huge step. Here's what I wish I would have done more before I got married and had kids.
Coping With the Loss of a Baby and What It's Like to Grieve Your Child
This article is about 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.
How Pregnancy Affects the Pelvic Floor and What to Do Postpartum
Pregancy causes many changes to your body, particularly your pelvic floor. Learn what to expect and how to correct postpartum issues with your pelvic floor.
Do Fertility Lubricants Like Pre-Seed Cause Miscarriage?
Does the use of Pre-Seed, or any other "fertility friendly" lubricant like Conceive Plus or Balance Activ Conceive, cause miscarriage? Does it interfere with sperm screening or affect DNA within the sperm? I contact the manufacturers of various fertility lubricants to find out the truth.
Using Pre-Seed to Get Pregnant
Find out what's killing the male reproductive swimmers and discover the best lubricant on the market for keeping those swimmers mobile, viable, and strong. Data provided is backed by scientific research from peer-reviewed, scientific articles, and journals.
15 Things You May Find Different About Being Pregnant in Japan
Whether you're a pregnant foreigner, planning to get pregnant in Japan, or are just interested in the differences between Japan and the West, this article details some surprising facts.
Symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidarum: What It Feels Like to Have HG
Trying to decipher the differences between hyperemesis gravidarum and typical morning sickness? Here are the signs and symptoms of true HG.
What Does the Inside of a Clearblue Digital Test Look Like?
Just cracked open your digital pregnancy test to find two blue lines? Wondering what other digital tests look like when opened? Here's pictures of how negative and positive digitals look on the inside.
What to Do When You Have the Stomach Flu While Pregnant
Dealing with vomiting, diarrhea and even a fever and worried that your stomach bug could hurt your baby? Fear not. Here's how I survived the stomach flu at six months pregnant.
40+ Affordable Baby Shower Presents for Mom and Baby
A list of practical and affordable gift ideas for babies and parents, from swaddle blankets to adventure rugs.
What to Do If You're a Teenager and Think That You're Pregnant
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.