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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 necessary for … 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 →
A little adjustment here, a healthy tweak there, and you’ll be at peak performance for the big day.
This baby thing is really happening, and you’re in it for the 40-week long haul. Maybe you were perfectly prepared before the test pointed positive, or maybe you’re like the rest of us and could use a tuneup to get … Continue reading →
Worried all that pushing might lead to some added pain down below? The truth sometimes hurts, but the more you know, the better prepared you'll be to keep fears in check.
Does everyone tear? This is the first question my girlfriends ask when I offer them honest answers to their most secret labor and delivery worries. There are a lot of differences of opinion when it comes to how you want … Continue reading →
If you’re new to the baby-making show, there’s a lot to learn. Fortunately, you’ll find the answers to many of your questions (along with a few you didn’t even know to ask) right here.
This is really embarrassing to admit, but before I actually had my first baby, I didn’t fully understand what went on down there during delivery. I mean, I felt like I grasped the gist of it, but I didn’t know … Continue reading →
Is it wise to outline your ideal birth experience beforehand—even if baby’s debut might take an unexpected turn?
In 2012, I waddled around the halls of a sterile-but-friendly hospital on my highly anticipated birthplace tour. My husband and I proudly toted our birth plan and a list of questions, eager to gather information and piece together the puzzle of our … Continue reading →
A baby in your belly doesn’t have to mean a halt in your travel plans. Add these smart steps to your preflight checklist, and you’ll be on your way in no time.
Whether your job requires regular travel or your budget allows for recreational trips (hello, babymoon!), jet-setting while pregnant is often a part of the modern mom-to-be’s life. And happily, that’s A-OK. “There’s really no medical reason why you can’t travel … Continue reading →
Optimize your nutrition during each stage of pregnancy.
Once you find out you’re dining for two, you’re likely to become more mindful of your daily diet. How can you be sure you’re getting the nutrition your peanut needs? It’s simple, really: Load your plate with fruits and vegetables, … Continue reading →
When eating is your job, there’s no calling in sick because of baby.
My iron stomach, bottomless pit of an appetite and endless enthusiasm for anything edible made my enviable gig as a food writer easy. I would eat anything and everything and lots of it … until one day I couldn’t. That’s … Continue reading →
Wait, don’t head to the hospital just yet! Read up on early labor, so you’re prepared to push through the initial pains from the comfort of home.
As excited as you are to feel that first contraction finally hit, you’ll spend much—if not all—of the first phase of labor in your own home. Learn how to keep tabs on your progress and cope with those first pains … Continue reading →
Being honest about your experience and sharing it with others helps you feel more empowered and less alone.
Ever had a friend, family member or even complete stranger eagerly tell you the nitty-gritty details of her traumatizing birth story? The answer, for many moms, is a resounding yes. But the real question is: Have you ever had someone … Continue reading →
You don’t need to spend a bundle to eat meals that are good for you and your babe-to-be. Here’s how to save dollars without scrimping on nutrients.
Bringing a baby into the world tends to put the squeeze on your bank account. But just because you’re tightening the purse strings to buy a stroller or crib (or even start saving for college) doesn’t mean your diet has … Continue reading →
How often do you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? If you’re currently expecting, you have one right on the horizon. When your baby is born, the umbilical cord attaching him to you will also make its arrival in the world—and you’ll … Continue reading →
There will always be some surprises when your body is making a baby, but this week-by-week pregnancy planner can give you a heads up on what to expect.
We’ve laid it all out—every step of your 40-week trek, so you can know what’s going on inside your barely there (or hard-to-miss) bump. Wherever you are in your pregnancy, get excited for the many changes to come. Note: Don’t fret … Continue reading →
When you’re expecting your bundle of joy to arrive sometime between your company’s holiday party and your family’s annual gift exchange, there’s more to consider than what kind of mocktail you’ll be sipping.
Just like the end-of-year holiday marathon, childbirth is action-packed, labor-intensive and messy. As if planning parties, preparing epic feasts and trekking through crowded shopping centers weren’t enough, some moms-to-be are managing the additional stresses and demands of a third-trimester pregnancy … Continue reading →
Would you ever consider giving birth in your own abode? Learn why some women find the option intriguing.
You don’t have to be a granola-loving, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing mom-to-be to consider a home birth. (Although with the sole-comforting sandals back in style, many of us might be a step closer to supporting the stereotype.) The truth is, you just … 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 →
Making a baby has some seriously unsexy side effects—stuff so unpleasant, even your closest girlfriends have probably kept their lips zipped. Celebrity mags have tricked you into thinking pregnancy is definitively glamorous, but the paparazzi aren’t there when celebs are … Continue reading →
Fill your plate with these six prenatal superfoods to meet all of your (and your bun in the oven’s) nutritional needs.
There’s a lot of pressure when you’re eating for two to make sure you’re chomping only on what’s best for baby, and sometimes the advice you hear can be contradictory. Eat more fish, but beware of mercury. Fruits are loaded … Continue reading →
Once a C-section, always a C-section, right? Not necessarily. Just because your first baby was born in an OR doesn’t mean your next one has to be.
Three years ago, while expecting my first child, I read every pregnancy book I could get my hands on to prepare myself (as much as one can) for a smooth delivery. When I went into labor one day after my … Continue reading →
How can a mama-to-be keep up her nutrition when morning sickness has her howling? Follow these tips to get you (and your pup) through the worst of it.
You’ve heard you should up your calories while pregnant, but downing anything at all sounds like a cruel form of torture right about now. How can you overcome the nonstop nausea and nourish your body and your baby? Begin by … Continue reading →
Six rules to help you banish restless nights and get the Zs your body needs.
Your newest family member will keep you awake long before she makes her grand entrance. For many pregnant women, catching a good night’s sleep can seem utterly unfeasible. Hormones make you hot, getting comfortable is an Olympic feat and just … Continue reading →
When a baby’s on the way, mama’s emotions will play—and not always nicely.
Pregnancy: A time of joy, excitement, exhilaration … and also anxiety, tears and frustration. Although the good far outweighs the bad, it’s all too easy to fall victim to some negative sentiments while baby-bearing. From envy (Why can’t my belly … Continue reading →
Delivering your baby will be one of the most excruciating and wonderful occasions of your life. Your medical staff will become your dearest friends (at least for the day), and you’re bound to become closer to whomever you’ve invited to … Continue reading →
Working while expecting can be tricky business. Here’s how to set yourself up for success.
When I announced my second pregnancy at P&N (first to our esteemed editor in chief, Lacey, and then to the rest of the staff), I acquired a special status in the office. All at once, I was blogging at pnmag.com … Continue reading →
When it comes to first-trimester nutrition, folic acid is a mom-to-be’s best friend.
A healthy diet is always a good idea, but it’s particularly pertinent when you’re growing a baby. The various vitamins and minerals you consume work together to ensure the bundle inside you develops and thrives. While the list of essentials … Continue reading →
Everything your friends aren't telling you about birthing a baby.
If this is your first pregnancy rodeo, you’ve probably already discovered a few of the undisclosed aspects of growing a baby. After all, few people voluntarily strike up a conversation about the stray hairs cropping up on their chins or … Continue reading →
For the healthiest pregnancy possible, seek out a full spectrum of food.
We’re learning more and more that optimal nutrition is not a black-and-white issue. In fact, it’s in your best interest to dine on a rainbow of foods in order to reap all the beneficial nutrients and antioxidants Mother Nature has … Continue reading →