Planning for a birth can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Think of your birth plan as more of a wish list than anything else: a layout of how you’d like things to go, with plenty of room … Continue reading →
Don't put your blender into storage just because summer days are behind us! Keep ingredients seasonal, and enjoy nutritious, pregnancy-friendly concoctions year-round.
When the right ingredients are whizzed together, a smoothie can flood the body with a cornucopia of must-have nutrients, many of which are vital for the healthiest nine months possible. And when that baby bump is disrupting your appetite for … Continue reading →
Three things pregnant women need to know about the Affordable Care Act.
No matter your insurance, tucked away within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a clause that is revolutionizing breastfeeding for new and expectant mothers. Now more than ever you have support and services at your disposal, and it can change … Continue reading →
Newly pregnant? Follow this plan to get through your first trimester.
If you are new to the pregnancy game, your mind is likely being pulled in a million directions at once. You’re blissfully imagining a beautiful babe in your arms while at the same time panicking about everything from weight gain … Continue reading →
A balanced diet can make for a smoother ride when it comes to pregnancy's emotional roller coaster.
When you’re pregnant, your body undergoes immense changes—and so does your mood. You may be over the moon about impending mamahood one day and a bump-bearing basket case the next. Keeping your emotions under control at all times is next … Continue reading →
Scheduling baby's birth day may appeal to nervous or busy moms-to-be, but is an elective C-section or induction really the best choice?
When Roslyn Jin was pregnant with her second child, she thought long and hard about the best way to give birth. The mother of two in Ontario, Canada, had a less-than-ideal first birthing experience, which began spontaneously but ended in … Continue reading →
Puffiness and bloating are unfortunate but common symptoms of pregnancy. Learn how to cope, so you can ride the mom-to-be wave all the way to D-day.
It starts with your feet. All of a sudden, they don’t fit into the shoes you wore comfortably last week. But then your hands and face start to feel puffy, too. Off comes the wedding ring that’s growing tighter by … Continue reading →
Which labor preparation class is right for you? Take our quiz to find out.
Ideally, all pregnancy roads lead to the same destination: an uncomplicated birth and a healthy baby. But there are many paths through labor and delivery, each offering its own tools for overcoming the pain, anxiety and other hurdles you might … Continue reading →
A look at what happens to baby’s umbilical cord postbirth.
You’ve been dreaming about this moment for the past nine months or longer—your little one is finally here! But after the hard work of delivery is done and before you bask in newborn bliss, there’s one more piece of the … Continue reading →
Whether you plan to follow a gluten-free, paleo or even vegan diet throughout your pregnancy, proper nutrition is paramount when you’re eating for two.
With the exception of occasionally indulging in cravings for foods like ice cream and pizza, most moms-to-be try to eat nutritiously throughout pregnancy. But a healthy diet means different things to different people. For Angela Liddon, mom-to-be in Ontario, Canada, … Continue reading →
You may have been through it before, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some surprises. Here’s what to expect during your next go-round with pregnancy.
When I became pregnant with my second child, I felt confident I’d be an old pro at baby-baking. I knew what I was in for when it came to morning sickness (ahem, all day sickness). I was familiar with the … Continue reading →
Your guide to prenatal supplements, from vitamin A to zinc.
If you are expecting, your healthcare provider has likely already stressed how important it is to take prenatal vitamins throughout your pregnancy. But reading labels at your local pharmacy is kind of like trying to understand a foreign language: You’ve … Continue reading →
Those last few weeks of gestation are critical to your baby’s health and development. Don’t rush perfection!
You’ve been pregnant for what seems like forever. Heartburn haunts your days and nights, your feet are starting to resemble overstuffed sausages, your once roomy maternity duds are bursting at the seams, and sleep has long since abandoned you. What’s … Continue reading →
Embrace the pain management technique that works for you.
Labor hurts. However, there is a way to avoid at least some of the pain associated with childbirth: the trusty epidural. It’s a pain relief method that is widely used here in the U.S.—in fact, it’s estimated that more than … Continue reading →
Not wanting to forget a single painful second, more and more women are hiring professional labor and birth photographers. But is it for you?
Kelly Pappas, mom of two in San Diego, has only a few memories from her first birth three years ago. She knows she labored alongside her loving husband in the hospital and that it was a peaceful experience overall. But … Continue reading →
Five trending superfoods to tickle your palate and nourish your baby-to-be.
There’s no question that what a woman eats during pregnancy can play a huge role in fostering the health of both mom and her tiny tadpole. And if you’re already making smart dietary choices by eating foods like salmon and … Continue reading →
Find out why pregnancy is making you feel crazy, and hatch a plan to beat the bonkers.
Like any hopeful mom, I wanted to provide a natural and safe environment for my baby’s development. I had heard that some medications could cross the placenta and affect the baby, so I figured a complete detox would be a … Continue reading →
Get the scoop on how midwives and doulas can support you through pregnancy, delivery and beyond.
Over nine wild months of body changes and emotional highs and lows, expectant mamas don’t often feel in control of their pregnancies. But when it comes time to deliver, more and more women are taking back the reins and not … Continue reading →
Pregnancy changes a gal in many ways, but one of the biggest adjustments typically happens in the kitchen. Suddenly, you’re very aware of what you’re eating, where that food came from and whether it’s a good choice for your growing … Continue reading →
A look at what acupuncture, massage and herbal remedies can do for your prenatal health.
“I just want to keep things natural” has become a familiar refrain amongst mamas-to-be. The idea is well and good, but suffering through nine months of nausea, backache and swelling sans medicine can quickly become miserable. Luckily, holistic treatments are … Continue reading →
Whether you choose salmon or supplements, getting enough DHA in your diet during pregnancy is essential for baby’s development.
Now that you’re eating for two, you’ve got to up the nutrient intake—and taking a prenatal vitamin is a good place to start. But in addition to one-a-days, healthcare providers often stress the importance of getting enough DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) … Continue reading →
Before you plunge the needle, here’s what you need to know about the risks and effectiveness of prenatal testing.
In the past year alone, the market has exploded with new noninvasive screening options and technologies that can detect chromosomal abnormalities even before baby is born. Still, many women don’t look into all of the tests that are available—and the … Continue reading →
Facing an unplanned C-section can be emotionally difficult, but new moms can take comfort in remembering there’s still plenty to celebrate.
For the nine or so months between positive pregnancy test and due date, expectant moms have a lot of time to think and prepare. By the time delivery rolls around, many moms have their birth plan scripted down to the … Continue reading →
Many expectant women long for their babies to be a certain sex— and that’s OK.
“Are you hoping for a boy or a girl?” It’s a common question asked of moms-to-be, and we all know the standard response: “It doesn’t matter to me, as long as it’s healthy!” I said it myself a zillion times … Continue reading →
Junk food is tempting, but maintaining a healthy prenatal diet is essential for baby’s brain development.
Looking to raise a little genius? Put down that cookie, and pick up some walnuts. It turns out, what you eat throughout pregnancy influences baby’s brain development, an amazing process that begins at just five weeks gestation and continues into … Continue reading →
Actively involve your partner in your birth plan from day one, and you’ll have a winning lineup come game time.
Although Brian Weisner took prenatal classes with his wife, Sarah, before she went into labor last spring, he still felt nervous walking into the hospital to meet their son, Ethan. He tried to stay calm, but as a first-time parent, … Continue reading →
It’s uncomfortable, but normal, for women to experience discharge during pregnancy. Here’s what to expect south of the border.
When it comes to pregnancy, moms and their bodies take on a lot of changes. Some are thrilling, like sporting a baby bump. Some are less so, like the seemingly shrinking bladder. Then there are those you’d rather not discuss—with … Continue reading →
The changes your body makes in preparation for labor, delivery and impending motherhood are nothing short of astounding.
To the uninitiated—heck, even to those who have done it before—the actual labor and delivery part of pregnancy seems downright impossible. (I have to fit what through where?) But as unmanageable as it seems, your body is designed to do … Continue reading →
Expectant parents looking for “biological insurance” should consider storing their newborn’s cord blood. Here’s why ...
Back in the fall of 2006, Tami and Matt Byrd of Rochester Hills, Michigan, were busy growing their family and frantically adjusting to their schedule as parents of two rambunctious boys. It was an eventful but exciting time for the … Continue reading →
Find bump-safe stress busters, so you can keep calm and carry (baby) on.
How important is relaxation during pregnancy? Very! When you’re strained, you produce stress hormones. These hormones affect your physical and emotional well-being. And when you’re pregnant, hormones can cross the placenta and color baby’s experience as well. Studies suggest that … Continue reading →
Regulate your digestive tract with exotic foods, a little more fat and a few yoga poses
After I gave birth to my daughter, my mother-in-law brought me a six-pack of prune juice. Although I was hoping for a different kind of six-pack to celebrate the birth of my first child, I have to admit that my … Continue reading →
Perinatal depression affects one in eight women. Learn to recognize the warning signs before it’s too late.
When Joanna Goddard returned home two years ago after spending an idyllic Christmas vacation with her husband and then 8-month-old son, something felt off. She was suddenly anxious and exhausted but had trouble sleeping at night. “I’d always had baby … Continue reading →
Taking the official hospital maternity tour can give you peace of mind when it comes time to deliver.
You may have visited your local hospital in the past—to see a relative, attend a scheduled appointment, or take a prenatal class—so you might already be familiar with the facility. But imagine how chaotic it would feel if you were … Continue reading →
A look at pregnancy when baby makes more than three.
A first pregnancy is a time filled with wonder and excitement. Your body is doing something it has never done before. Every experience, from the first fluttery kick to the first visual proof of life via sonogram, is incredible. Fast-forward … Continue reading →
Experts weigh in on whether food during labor is safe.
Historically, women have eaten during their labors to maintain strength through contractions and often difficult deliveries. A widely women-attended and supported event, childbirth often included a laboring mother, her midwife, and female members of the community who gathered together during … Continue reading →
Mommy brain: an air of absentmindedness and distraction that often plagues the minds of new moms. It begins in pregnancy, when the first hints of forgetfulness become apparent. Never mind the fact that you’re carrying and nurturing another life, barely … Continue reading →
Prior C-section mamas, listen up: We’ve rounded up answers to the most commonly asked questions about VBACs. (What’s a VBAC you ask? As it turns out, that’s the first thing we answer—keep reading!) What is a VBAC? VBAC stands for … Continue reading →
When you’ve got a new baby at home, the last thing you’ll want to think about is the office. Get the facts about maternity leave and get going!
Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of your life. But if you’re a working mama-to-be, there may be one cloud hanging over your head: talking to your boss about maternity leave. You know you’re going to have to … Continue reading →
The latest on what you should and shouldn’t eat while expecting.
From caffeine to canned tuna, the list of foods moms-to-be should avoid is overwhelming. Self-proclaimed cheese lover Elizabeth Hurley, mother of a 1-year-old in Boston, was frustrated by the conflicting information she found: “I read no soft cheeses at all, … Continue reading →
Perfecting your prenatal posture may be the last thing you’re worried about, but proper alignment can lessen low back and neck pain, as well as fatigue.
According to Esther Dolowich, MPT, a physical therapist with Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California, who specializes in women’s issues, the biggest mistake expectant moms make is letting their bellies lead them to an excessively swayed … Continue reading →
When I first became pregnant with my son, I had a very clear picture of how things were going to be. This experience had all the makings of success: planned pregnancy, happy marriage, financial stability. Not only was I going … Continue reading →
Discombobulated by labor lingo? Consult this handy glossary to better understand all the happenings on baby’s birthday.
Labor and delivery: It’s a wild ride, a life-changing adventure, the ultimate event before you finally meet your baby. It’s also an experience chock-full of words and phrases you may not know or understand. But take heart! We’ve gathered the … Continue reading →
Accept your growing, changing body and feel better about yourself.
When Ali Ginestra was expecting her second child, she found herself overcome with negative thoughts about her appearance. “I’ve always been overweight, but I’ve resolved my issues internally. I never get down on myself,” says Ginestra, a mom of three … Continue reading →
How to maintain a healthy diet while suffering from morning sickness.
There are many things about pregnancy that are indescribably wonderful. However, a few aspects are simply no fun at all. One of the biggest annoyances is morning sickness. Actually, let’s just call it what it is: all day queasiness with … Continue reading →
With the help of HypnoBirthing, you can work toward a blissful birth experience.
Contrary to what you may initially envision, HypnoBirthing doesn’t require a swinging pocketwatch. The birth method does use hypnosis to help women have a pain-free labor experience, but by definition, hypnosis is actually a state of focused concentration where the … Continue reading →
What’s keeping you up and ways to catch some shut-eye at last.
You’re likely anticipating a lack of sleep after baby’s debut, but you may be surprised to find your departure from dreamland happening even before your bundle arrives. There are several known and defined medical sleep disorders that plague pregnant women … Continue reading →
Pregnancy isn’t without its fair share of discomforts any time of year, but toting a baby bump during the summer months can be especially problematic. Your higher-than-normal body temperature makes the steamy weather seem even hotter, and let’s be honest, … Continue reading →
Why hiring a labor and delivery advocate is worth your while.
Labor and delivery is a lot like free-fall parachuting: You take classes to prepare, you file a detailed plan for the (blessed) event, and then you take the leap. Still, jumping into the hurtling wind with only your significant other … Continue reading →
For better or for worse, expecting a baby can turn your world upside down in ways you never expected.
Becoming a first-time expectant mom—of twins, no less—has certainly been an eye-opener for me. The realities of pregnancy have regularly caught me by surprise as my amount of responsibility skyrockets and level of energy plummets. The life I had lived … Continue reading →