When my husband was offered a new job early in my second pregnancy, I had only one question: How much paternity leave did the company offer? I had a grand scheme for after our baby arrived, and I needed his … Continue reading →
Even if you’ve never had diabetes or hypertension before, you might be at risk while pregnant.
As an expectant mom, you know your body is going through a lot of changes, and you’re working hard to take care of it. You take vitamins, eat right, get plenty of sleep, and have familiarized yourself with your family’s … Continue reading →
At the 1996 Olympic games, Shannon Miller wowed the world when she became the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history. Now the gold medalist, cancer survivor, entrepreneur and mom is on a mission to inspire women to live their best life.
At the 1996 Olympic games, Shannon Miller wowed the world when she became the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history. Now the gold medalist, cancer survivor, entrepreneur and mom is on a mission to inspire women to live their best … Continue reading →
Obstetricians, midwives, doulas … these men and women devote their careers to helping mothers welcome healthy babies into the world. And between professional training and ample hands-on experience, it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about labor … Continue reading →
Why real, local, fresh food is the secret to pregnancy nutrition.
Eating healthy is twice as important when you’re feeding two, but it’s easier said than done. Vegetables get boring fast when you need to snack constantly—especially when what you’re really craving is half a dozen chocolate donuts. But nutritional deficiencies … Continue reading →
Reinvent your icebox with healthy and tasty treats to maximize your pregnancy nutrition.
Finding a medical professional or nutritionist who won’t extol the virtues of healthy eating during pregnancy is about as rare as finding a snowflake in the Sahara. And the choices you make for what to stock in your refrigerator can … Continue reading →
Your entire body is changing during the days between conception and delivery, and it certainly won’t go unnoticed. You’ll undoubtedly see your midsection expanding, but you’ll also experience a wide variety of other symptoms that let you know you’re successfully creating … Continue reading →
The cells cord blood is rich in are called hematopoietic stem cells, or HSCs. These cells are responsible for forming all the other types of blood cells in your body. As a result, they can be used to treat over … Continue reading →
Learning the ABCs of C-section recovery now will help you prepare for the healing process ahead.
Nine months of waiting requires patience enough for most moms-to-be, but mamas who have caesarean births need to save up just a little more emotional fortitude for the impending recovery period. Whether your C-section is scheduled in advance or ends … Continue reading →
Eating right makes for a healthy pregnancy—and a healthier, happier you.
The old wives’ tale of eating for two doesn’t apply to today’s expectant moms. “Moms need to eat good food throughout their pregnancy to nourish their bodies, as they are growing a human,” says Mary Seger, PhD, nurse practicioner at … Continue reading →
Beat the heat with homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt and the best smoothies on the block.
When the mercury rises, an ice-cold refreshment is just the thing an expectant mama needs. From decadent ice creams and silky frozen yogurts to icy granitas and creamy smoothies, keeping your cool can be delicious. All you need is an … Continue reading →
On paper • Insurance card and hospital or birthing center admission paperwork • Photo ID • Several copies of your birth plan (both a detailed and a condensed version, just in case the staff is skimming it in a hurry) Go … Continue reading →
Grab good-for-you grub when between-meal hunger strikes.
You’ve heard it before: Eating small amounts of healthy foods throughout the day rather than indulging in three whopping meals is the way to go. It keeps your belly full, which provides your wee one with a steady flow of nutrients—and … Continue reading →
Nothing puts a rosy glow on your pregnancy like considering how rough it would have been in days gone by.
The [arguably] good old days If you found yourself expecting a baby in the 19th century, you might view your condition with limited enthusiasm. Of course, you would hope for a healthy child and a happy future, but precedent would … Continue reading →
An overview of symptoms that can really get under your skin.
Pregnancy is a beautiful experience, but as your body changes inside and out to accommodate baby, your skin may bear the ugly brunt of it. There are all kinds of epidermal issues affecting the expectant crowd, but with these tips, … Continue reading →
Top chefs share brimming-with-benefits meals that are ready in 20 minutes or less.
If pregnancy exhaustion has taken its toll on your dinner routine (read: You’re eating takeout more often than not because you can’t muster the energy to make a meal) you’ll be relieved to hear a proper supper need not require … Continue reading →
The ultimate multitasker The placenta is a pancake-shaped organ that grows alongside your developing baby from the moment of conception. Connected by the umbilical cord, this complex piece of biological equipment is filled with small blood vessels that act as … Continue reading →
My husband always said that when it came time for babies, he’d want to save the big son vs. daughter surprise for delivery day. A planner by nature and a romantic at heart, I could’ve swayed either way. But by … Continue reading →
Conditioning your mind and body for labor now will prepare you for the big day later.
You use the drive-thru pharmacy to pick up your prenatal vitamins. You rely on an app to organize your weekly grocery list. You stream movies from the comfort of your sofa. Making things easy and convenient is your M.O., and … Continue reading →
Uncovering the science behind your urge to clean and purge.
“All new mothers have a nesting instinct, even human mothers who haven’t any idea how to build a nest. While human mothers are waiting for their babies to be born, their nesting instinct causes them to do the silliest things, … Continue reading →
A trimester-by-trimester guide to understanding prenatal testing.
For many moms-to-be, pregnancy is one of the most memorable and exciting times in their lives, but for others it can be a period of great confusion and fear. A significant part of that worry can stem from the fact … Continue reading →
To garner the spectrum of nutrients both you and your baby-to-be need, make an effort to taste the rainbow.
Looking to boost your prenatal diet but haven’t a clue where to start? You’re not alone. When my doctor asked at my first prenatal appointment how my diet was going, I didn’t want to reveal the truth—doughnut for breakfast, burger … Continue reading →
When Kavita Daswani, mom of two in Los Angeles, went into labor with her first child, she thought she was prepared for natural birth. She wanted a home birth, attended by a midwife, a doula and her acupuncturist. She had … Continue reading →
One mother's journey back into pregnancy at a later age.
Am I too old to have another baby? Do I have the patience to do it all over again? How will a baby change the dynamic of my blended family? Will I regret not having another child in a few … Continue reading →
Find your mom-to-be mojo with a good old fashioned roll in the hay.
Bringing a bump into the boudoir can bring a slew of unexpected concerns to the minds of even the most seasoned vixens. If you’re feeling jittery about jumping in the sack, it’s time to calm your worries, find your hot … Continue reading →
If you find yourself consuming an extra side of anxiety with that tasty pickle-and-peanut-butter sandwich (did we say balanced diet?), take note: Pregnancy is a prime time to begin meditating. Habitual meditation can ward off any worry you may have … Continue reading →
Tune in for tips on how to rock it as a parent … even when you don’t have a ring on it.
Just as pop stars take their own unique paths to stardom, moms-to-be often travel varied roads on their journey toward solo parenthood. For some, loudly ticking biological clocks lead to sperm donor catalogs and fertility clinics. For others, spur-of-the-moment one-night … Continue reading →
I’ve decided on my birth plan,” I told my best friend. I was seven months pregnant, and I’d just finished reading a collection of positive birth stories. While reading, I’d made up my mind. “I’m going to have an orgasmic … Continue reading →
Make the most of your prenatal appointments by knowing what lies ahead.
For roughly nine months, you will plan your life around prenatal visits. Fifteen-plus trips to the OB’s office might sound kind of overwhelming, but you can exhale: You will not have your feet in stirrups every time. Here’s what to … Continue reading →
Get the lowdown on crafting this important document for labor day.
Prebaby to-do lists can be mighty long. There are doctor visits to remember, prenatal vitamins to take, names to consider, gear to purchase, maternity leave to negotiate—oh, and one more tiny thing: There’s a birth plan to write. When I … Continue reading →
Prenatal vitamins—who needs ’em? You do, and here’s why.
One of the very first pieces of advice you’re sure to hear once you get that positive pregnancy test (or well before, if you’ve been planning to conceive) is to start popping those prenatals. And there’s a good reason for … Continue reading →
If the winter blues have you begging for sunshine but your bank account or doctor is telling you that a beach getaway is out of the question, we have just the wallet-friendly, travel-free, rejuvenating solution for you.
Book your trip Take time off. Turn on your auto-reply and turn off your ringer! Just like you would for a normal vacation, request a few days off work. If you’re saving up your precious vacay days to tack on … Continue reading →
Build confidence in your decisions during pregnancy and beyond by utilizing one simple tool: your mind.
For first-time moms, pregnancy is a brand-new frontier. All symptoms and sensations are an education into a novel experience, an induction into a club whose members have existed as long as human beings themselves. As a new recruit into the … Continue reading →
While you try to wrap your brain around the news, we’ve rounded up what you need to do.
Your entire world is about to switch directions: You’re going to be a mom. Here’s what you need to do to get ready for the next nine months and beyond. Out with the old There are a few habits that … Continue reading →
Every expectant mom tries to do what’s best for the growing baby inside her, but with all the different guidelines and opinions floating around the webosphere, knowing what’s right can be confusing. The best rule of thumb: Talk to your … Continue reading →
Allow us to shed light on a few occurrences that might catch you by surprise on your big day.
A lot of unpleasant things can happen on the day baby decides to make her entrance, and many of them are events people don’t discuss in civilized conversation. But in an effort to give you the full uncensored scoop, we’re … Continue reading →
What you need to know about enrolling in the right prenatal courses for you.
Whether you’re a novice mom or seasoned pro, there’s a good chance you’ll be scared out of your wits at some point during pregnancy. What has to come out of where? Luckily, women have been birthing babes since the beginning … Continue reading →
We talk to experts to find out if you really can influence the sex of your noodle.
When my husband and I were trying to get pregnant, he really wanted a boy. Girls frightened him. A girl meant short skirts and makeup and eager teenage boys picking her up for dates while he looked on in horror. … Continue reading →
Dialogue with your healthcare provider forges a valuable relationship. But after vital signs and basic measurements, you may have little time to talk. Under pressure, you’re likely to freeze and forget about many of the things you’ve been meaning to … Continue reading →
The mother-baby relationship begins to develop long before birth. Boost the bond with these uplifting prenatal practices.
According to Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, of The Center for Postpartum Health in Sherman Oaks, California, “What the child in utero feels and perceives even before birth begins to shape later expectations and attitudes about himself.” No pressure, right?! While … Continue reading →
We all need a fall guy. Thank goodness pregnancy carries a built-in excuse.
Every craving, “mommy brain” moment, unsteady wobble, mountaintop high and abysmal low can be traced back to a gang of microscopic culprits—your hormones. With the exception of producing a few hormones unique to pregnancy, your body shifts into mama-mode by … Continue reading →
How to keep party fare from seriously derailing your diet.
The holiday season is traditionally a time of indulgence, meaning balanced diets typically fly right out the window when faced with a dizzying array of fatty meats, gooey dips, greasy chips and tempting sweets. When it comes to festive spreads, … Continue reading →
Mental hiccups commonly known as “pregnancy brain” have become an accepted side effect of human gestation, much like swollen feet or heartburn are expected to be par for the course. Ask any current or formerly pregnant woman if she’s had … Continue reading →
Cater your birth preferences to prepare for the unexpected.
I loved every second of being pregnant. For my entire blissful gestation, I lived and breathed all things baby. I read every book ever published on the topic (or at least every volume I could get my hands on) and … Continue reading →
From flying to falling to rekindling old flames, here’s how to navigate the strange scenarios of your sleep.
Before I even knew I was pregnant, I began having vivid, full color dreams. When my pregnancy was confirmed, I realized that intense dreams were one of my very first symptoms. I immediately became interested in finding out why our … Continue reading →
Need a little less stress and a little more stretch during your pregnancy? Learn why prenatal yoga is the exercise of choice for many expectant moms.
Most moms-to-be are aware that continuing a moderate exercise routine during pregnancy can be beneficial to both mom and baby, so it should be no surprise that prenatal yoga in particular is steadily increasing in popularity among the baby bump … Continue reading →
You’re still one hot mama! Keep the love alive before and after baby.
When couples decide they want to have a baby, the months of “trying” can result in a record number of hours logged between the sheets. But when the high of learning you’re pregnant transitions into physical symptoms (like bloating, nausea … 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 →
Don’t let a breech baby turn your birth plan upside down.
The ups and downs of pregnancy can at times correspond quite literally to the position of your baby. During development, a fetus will naturally rotate multiple times while there is an abundance of room in the uterus. As the baby … Continue reading →