From the labor starting line to the race to the hospital, here’s everything you need to know about when to go.
With your due date just days away, it can be tempting to make a mad dash for the delivery room the moment you feel contractions kick in, but—as ready as you are to meet your babe—knowing when to head to … Continue reading →
Just because you find yourself delivering in an operating room doesn’t mean you can’t have the family-centered birth you want.
Dressed in a thin paper gown, you nervously look up at your partner, who squeezes your hand as your doula leads you through calming breaths. Your playlist switches over to a Katy Perry song and you think, Yes—bring it. I … Continue reading →
Cure what ails you in those first weeks of pregnancy with these hopeful fixes.
Early pregnancy isn’t all plus signs and happy secrets. Although the first trimester is filled with excitement and anticipation, it’s also infused with its share of aches and pains. But common mom-to-be woes can be survived with a few proactive measures. … Continue reading →
From discreetly dealing with morning sickness to making the most of maternity leave, our comprehensive guide to working while expecting aims to set you up for success—both on the job and in a healthy pregnancy.
Most women are safe to keep working throughout their pregnancies. In fact, continuing to clock in five days a week is a good thing. “It allows them to maintain financial stability and continue contributing toward their career goals,” says Rahil … Continue reading →
Prenatal exercise will elevate your health and boost your mood.
Pregnancy can be challenging, both mentally and physically. If this is your first ride, you might be experiencing stress, anxiety or depression you haven’t faced before, in addition to the tangible aches and pains of carrying a growing baby. Exercise, … Continue reading →
Weight gain during pregnancy is inevitable—and vital—but you still have to consume responsibly while baby is on board.
The old myth of “eating for two” was busted long ago, but it can still be challenging to know exactly how much—and what—you’re supposed to eat while expecting. Gaining weight is a hard concept for some women to embrace, but … Continue reading →
Find out what feeds those weird pregnancy cravings, and learn what to do when snack attacks happen.
There’s something ridiculously sweet about your partner racing around at midnight to find the exact Vienna sausages and frozen cola you’ve been craving. And there’s something ridiculously convenient about being able to blame your unhealthy hankerings on your bump. But … Continue reading →
When my husband and I were a young couple striking out on our own, the distance from our hometowns seemed temporary—an adventure, an experiment, a story about our wayfaring youth we would tell someday when we had made it back … Continue reading →
Uncovering the science behind your urge to clean and purge.
Before I had my first baby, I thought nesting was one of those pregnancy phenomena that were exaggerated just to make for a good story. Surely women weren’t really possessed to scrub down the tops of their refrigerators and alphabetize all the … Continue reading →
Follow these simple steps to pregnancy-proof your skin care routine.
There’s so much advice out there for expectant women that it’s difficult to know what to adopt and what to ignore. Are you doomed to forgo your routine hair color touch-ups for the next nine months? Do you really need … Continue reading →
Something bugging you? We’ve rounded up solutions to the most frequent prenatal annoyances.
Although growing a baby is an awesome feat, the side effects are plentiful—and, unfortunately for the mamas carrying those wee ones, they’re mostly pretty unpleasant. (Heavier-than-normal vaginal discharge, we’re looking at you.) Read on for a bevy of ways to … Continue reading →
Want to have a great labor and delivery experience? Get to know your nurse—and fast!
When I arrived at the hospital to deliver my first baby, I had no idea what I was walking into. I had not attended any birth-related classes, and I’d never watched an episode of TLC’s “A Baby Story” because I … Continue reading →
A few easy tweaks can help your kitchen work harder for you and support your healthy pregnancy goals.
Yes, you need to consume more calories when there is a bun in the oven. (About 300 daily in the second and third trimesters, in fact.) But eating can quickly spiral out of control if what you’re shoveling into your … Continue reading →
From kicks to contractions and everything in between, veteran moms explain what growing a baby is like.
Google “What does being pregnant feel like?” and you’ll get upward of 12 million results. No surprise there. After all, pregnancy is an intensely physical experience, one that is utterly unlike any other. It’s a time of excitement and wonder—and … Continue reading →
It’s high time you took a closer look at what you’re munching on, mamas, and with these easy recipes, you’ll know exactly what your go-to snacks are made of.
Grazing between meals will not only keep hanger and nausea at bay, but it’s a brilliant way to sneak in more nutrients, too. Before you hit the kitchen and start building these tasty eats, let’s break down why they’re so … Continue reading →
Visiting the hospital before the big day can give you peace of mind when it comes time to deliver.
(Above: A labor and delivery room at Northside Hospital Forsyth in Cumming, Georgia.) You might have visited your local hospital in the past—to see a relative, attend a scheduled appointment or take a prenatal class—so you may already be familiar … Continue reading →
Your home isn’t the only thing that will need babyproofing. Adding a newbie to the family is as stressful as it is thrilling—so it makes sense that transitioning from a duo to a trio will come with some growing pains. Here’s how to ready your relationship for pregnancy and parenthood.
Whether that wee babe was a total surprise or an eagerly planned addition, one thing is for certain: A newborn changes just about everything. Any semblance of routine that you had prebaby will need to be tweaked to work around your … Continue reading →
Tomatoes and basil, peanut butter and jelly, cheese and crackers … they’re the Batmans and Robins of the culinary world—they just “go” together. It turns out there are plenty of food pairs that aren’t just tasty, but when they hook … Continue reading →
In researching this article, I interviewed a number of moms who experienced complications during their pregnancies. Each had her unique perspective, but one point came up in every single discussion. Every mom I spoke to gave this advice: Ask questions! … Continue reading →
Hospitals around the globe are becoming officially “Baby-Friendly” by putting breastfeeding first. Does your facility meet the criteria?
When I was expecting my first child in 2007, I attended a crash course in breastfeeding at the local hospital where I planned to deliver. I heard all about how important it was to breastfeed, how the practice would benefit … Continue reading →
Everything you need to navigate your nine months with a baby on board.
SEARCH AND RESCUEOn cloud 9 The cruel irony of pregnancy is that even before your bundle of sleep deprivation arrives, catching those precious Zs gets tricky. Eliminate one major issue—finding a comfortable position—by making friends with a pregnancy pillow. Your … Continue reading →
Whether you’re vegan by choice or gluten-free by necessity, here’s how to tweak your diet to ensure you and baby aren’t missing out on any key nutrients.
Navigating the seemingly endless do’s and don’ts of pregnancy can sometimes feel like a full-time job, right? No matter what you’re doing or where you’re going, there’s a constant nagging inside that nudges, Is that safe for my baby? Food … Continue reading →
Your body spends 280 days getting ready for its most awesome undertaking yet: ushering baby from womb to world.
A quick look down at your burgeoning belly makes it all too obvious that your body is undergoing some pretty remarkable transformations in preparation for baby’s debut. Although the bump is the most obvious change, what’s going on inside—and out … Continue reading →
A healthy diet is a must when you’re trying to get pregnant. “Boosting our fertility is really about boosting our heath overall, so that our bodies—specifically, the uterus, follicles and eggs—are primed and ready for growing a healthy baby,” says … Continue reading →
It can be harder to get pregnant the second time around, but there are steps you can take to beat the odds.
Now that your firstborn is getting older and you feel like you have gotten the hang of motherhood (finally!), you might be ready to expand your family once again. But, after months of negative pregnancy tests, you begin to wonder: … Continue reading →
When birth doesn’t follow your carefully plotted course, shifting gears can allow you to still enjoy the ride.
Adrienne Camhi, a mom of one in Evanston, Illinois, planned to deliver her daughter Neva naturally. She hoped to labor at home as long as possible, move around frequently to ease her pains, and go epidural-free for the duration. “I … Continue reading →
Stock your freezer and pantry with easy eats to get you through the postpartum chaos.
The first couple weeks with a newborn are a lot like a hibernation phase for brand-new parents—except that you’ll be getting next to no sleep. Prep for your days away from the world by squirreling away easy meals and plenty … Continue reading →
Congratulations! The results are in, and you have a bun in the oven. But don’t think that’s the only test you have to pass—there are still plenty more to come.
If you’re expecting, prepare to be the center of some major medical attention. There willbe lots of tests (more than you took in high school!), and you’ll clock serious face-time with your health care provider. But it doesn’t mean that … Continue reading →
A pregnant gal's guide to what's going on down there.
Your female anatomy is, of course, a physical part of you, but you’re probably not as familiar with it as, say, your eyes or your feet. Maybe that’s because it can literally be a pain in the neck to see … Continue reading →
We asked five experts to share their best advice for moms-to-be as they prepare to give birth—listen up!
FROM AN OB Najia Lawrence, MD, FACOG, is a board-certified OB/GYN with North Georgia OB/GYN Specialists in Woodstock, Georgia, and is affiliated with Northside Hospital-Cherokee. She has delivered nearly 2,000 babies over the course of her 12-year career. 1. Trust … Continue reading →
Today’s best practices are a bit different from those of yesteryear. Stay abreast of the latest advice for the healthiest pregnancy possible.
My mom is amazing. She delivered five healthy babies, one of them naturally (me!), and breastfed every one of us. She believes that motherhood is a lifelong calling (she’s right), and she continues to be a loving, capable mom and … Continue reading →
The four key components of a healthy breakfast—and why you don’t want to miss out on a single one.
We’ve all had those days—when you’re running late and grab a yogurt cup or a solitary banana to scarf down at the office only to hear that telltale rumble from your midsection an hour later. You had your a.m. meal, … Continue reading →
If you’re looking to boost the health of you and your babe, here are 26 tasty ways to make it happen. A is for avocado Everyone’s favorite guacamole star is chock-full of three big pregnancy players: potassium, which is important … Continue reading →
That is the question this to-the-point guide is here to help you answer. We’ll give you the facts and demystify the process, so you can decide what’s right for you and baby.
There is no single way to birth a child. Because no two labors and deliveries are the same (from how long they last to how they feel), what works for one woman might not for another. But many people—mothers and … Continue reading →
How does “advanced maternal age” play out in the real world of pregnancy and parenting?
I peeked at my chart—scrawled across the top was the ominous phrase “advanced maternal age.” The OB handed me a referral to a high-risk clinic. “Is there something wrong?” I asked. Without looking up he said, “We refer all our … Continue reading →
Sack lunches that pack a nutritional punch for moms- to-be (and babies, too).
Planning, prepping and packing a good-for-you lunch that you’ll actually look forward to eating is a tall order for anyone to tackle. But it’s especially difficult for working moms-to-be, who are fighting fatigue and carefully considering every ingredient to ensure that they’re … Continue reading →
Postdelivery considerations to flesh out before the big day.
While expecting, you spend a lot of time thinking about how you want your labor and delivery to go. Do you want an epidural? A water birth? A mirror to watch your progress? These considerations often take precedence over thoughts … Continue reading →
It might seem counter-intuitive, but regular exercise can actually combat fatigue and help you feel better rested when your morning alarm starts buzzing.
Have you wondered why, oh why an exhausted baby-grower like yourself can’t catch a wink of sleep past 4 a.m.? Or maybe your whacked-out internal thermostat has hit a thousand degrees, making you feel like a hot mess with no … Continue reading →
Prenatal body changes range from quirky to nasty to downright worrisome. Learn what’s coming up around the bend, and identify a few red flags you should look out for.
From the moment you conceive, your body begins to transform from the everyday vehicle you’ve always known into an amazing, efficient (and sometimes kinda gross) baby-making machine. Some changes are obvious—a burgeoning belly, for example—while others will take you by … Continue reading →
You know you need a prenatal vitamin, but which one should you choose? And what if it makes you nauseous (or constipated)? Here’s how to make the most of your daily dose.
If you’re pregnant, you should be taking a prenatal vitamin. In fact, even if you’re just thinking about becoming pregnant you should be taking one. But what is it about these specialized pills that makes them so pertinent? The F … Continue reading →
Five simple diet changes that can make a big difference while baby-growing.
There is a whole lot of advice on what pregnant women should eat and not eat—most of which sounds pretty straightforward on paper. But when it comes to real life, all the suggestions can be tough to remember—let alone stick … Continue reading →
There are benefits for both mom and baby when labor happens all on its own.
Editor’s note: Although “natural” can mean different things to different people, for the sake of this article, we’re using it to define a birth that doesn’t involve medical intervention of any kind. It’s a fact that medical interventions are sometimes … Continue reading →
Obstetricians aren’t the only ones who can help bring your babe from womb to world.
By and large, moms-to-be rely on the expertise of an OB for prenatal care, but in recent years, a growing number of expectant women are asking midwives to take the lead. As a doula, I intrinsically respect a woman’s choice … Continue reading →
Don’t let pregnancy cravings derail your healthy diet. Outsmart hankerings with nutritious stand-ins.
It’s not uncommon to feel peckish throughout the day, especially when you’ve got a bun in the oven. Whether it’s post-lunch hunger pangs or late-night sugary urges, every mom-to-be gets hit with sudden food cravings from time to time (or, … Continue reading →
Does cyberchondria have you up all night, Googling symptoms and scanning horror stories? It’s time to make a change—for baby’s sake and yours.
In the early weeks of my first pregnancy, I came across a book at the library about proper eating for pregnant women. I can’t remember the title, and I don’t know who published it—but it was the absolute worst thing … Continue reading →
Whether you’re itching for a snack after work or trying to cobble together lunch on a lazy Saturday, there are a few foods you can have on hand to ensure you neither go hungry nor fill up on not-so-healthy temptations. … Continue reading →
It's common for moms-to-be to worry about childbirth, but take heart—labor isn't an all-out fright fest. Learn what your worst fears really look like, and why they're not so bad.
Your D-day is coming, and no matter how much you’re looking forward to meeting your baby, you can’t help but come a little unhinged thinking about labor. But don’t let stress get the best of you! Here’s the lowdown on … Continue reading →
Pregnant women often find themselves drifting off to a strange new world come bedtime. Find out why these bizarre fantasies happen and decipher what they could possibly mean.
When Chicago mom-to-be Laura Merkin found herself dreaming about her breasts producing chocolate milk and later, giving birth to a dragon, she began to wonder if something was the matter—with her or her baby. It’s not unusual for other pregnant … Continue reading →
The last few weeks of pregnancy don't have to be a mad dash. Cross these 10 to-dos off your list in advance, so you're ready for your little one's landing.
Houston, we have a problem: By the third trimester, your bump is large and in charge, leaving you feeling sluggish, with little desire to stray from the sofa. But before you blast off into the strange new world of parenthood, … Continue reading →
When hunger strikes, diverse cuisines are key to satisfying cravings and meeting nutritional needs.
Don’t let your prenatal diet bore you—or your taste buds. Sushi and deli meat might be off the menu, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat the same tuna salad every day for lunch. Introducing new dishes can thwart … Continue reading →