You’re excited about your pregnancy and pumped to share it with the people in your life. Now, how to go about breaking the big news?
I’ve had four babies now (the last just this June!), so you might think I’d have baby announcing down to a science. Not quite. I actually tend to get awkward about it and end up never making an official announcement, … Continue reading →
The odds of a healthy pregnancy and baby are in your favor, but if miscarriage rears its ugly head, here’s what you need to know and how to cope.
After years at P&N, I’d heard the statistics many times: Approximately 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Your risk climbs with your age, but I was in my mid-20s and healthy—so I didn’t worry. When a test revealed two … 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →