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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →