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 →
Did you know you can begin the bonding process with your little bundle of joy as early as the second trimester? Here are a few ways to kick-start your connection with the baby in your belly. While you’re decorating the … 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 →
Projectile vomiting. Bed-wetting. Uncontrollable gas. Welcome to pregnancy!
To put it simply, pregnancy is packed with opportunities for embarrassment. Here’s how to deal when the blush-inducing moments strike. Scenario 1: You’re in a staff meeting when the urge to purge strikes … and you only make it as far … Continue reading →
If your diet takes you off the beaten path, make sure you and baby stay healthy during the detour.
Remembering which foods are forbidden and which ones to force down is enough to make any expectant mama’s head spin. But what if your food restrictions go beyond the usual pregnancy blacklist? For moms-to-be with special dietary needs and preferences, … Continue reading →
Congratulations, you’ve delivered a beautiful baby! Now it’s time to face the fallout.
The baby’s here, and your pregnancy complaints are over—but the post-delivery aftershocks are only just beginning… [Note:] These are typical effects of a vaginal birth. If you experienced complications during or following delivery, you may face additional challenges. Cramping my … Continue reading →
4 simple moves that will help tone your body both before and after baby
Erica Ziel, certified personal trainer, pilates instructor, nutritionist, founder of Core Athletica Inc., creator of Knocked Up Fitness, and mom of three (whew!), shares can-do exercises to help you stay fit during pregnancy and beyond. __________________________________________________ Exercising and keeping your … Continue reading →
Serve up some sleep by filling your plate with Z-friendly foods.
There’s no getting around the fact that pregnancy is exhausting, and unfortunately, there’s no rest for the weary. Just when increased demands on your body have you craving hours of uninterrupted slumber, biology plays a cruel trick by making sleep … Continue reading →
Becoming a mom is a life-changing event, but adding an additional child to the family can be even more stressful. Why? Because you’re not only changing your own life—you’re also changing the life of the little person you already have … Continue reading →
When your labor journey takes a surprising turn, learn to navigate a brand-new path.
You’ve loaded a playlist onto your iPod, cemented your stance on pain medication, and practiced your squat in the mirror. But when you’re in the throes of labor, your “givens” may require a little give-and-take. From insisting on silence in … Continue reading →
You’re so excited about your growing belly that it’s easy to forget about your shrinking wallet.
Think first, buy later When you first learn you’re pregnant, it’s easy to get carried away. Everything is so cute and tiny and new that you find yourself wanting to buy everything in sight. Erica Sandberg, a money and credit … Continue reading →
Some moms know as soon as they see that positive pregnancy test that they will be delivering with the aid of a pain-numbing epidural, thank you very much. But others might not be so sure they want to go … Continue reading →
Getting a grip may help protect the long-term health of you and your unborn child.
For many mamas-to-be, pregnancy is a roller coaster of emotional, physical and situational changes, and it’s natural for this time of life to challenge even the coolest of cucumbers. But dealing with your personal worries and applying positive solutions can … Continue reading →
The test came back positive—congratulations! You’re going to have a baby. While your nine-month to-do list is growing by the minute, it’s likely you can think of little else besides seeing your bambino for the first time. Thankfully, waiting 40 … Continue reading →
Feeding baby the same foods his parents and siblings are eating invites your little one to feel involved in the dinnertime ritual. (It also grants you control over the quality of his dinner and even saves time and money.) These … Continue reading →
In the last weeks of gestation, baby’s development is nearly complete, but your healthy-eating duties are far from over. With diminished stomach space, predelivery jitters, and a mile-long to-do list, expectant moms may be tempted to slack off on healthy … Continue reading →
Take a trip solo or with your sweetie, score some much-needed R&R, and celebrate your growing family with a babymoon.
I never used to fully relax on vacations. To me, the more adventure-packed the trip, the better. I was the girl first off the boat to swim with whale sharks in the Gulf and could be found at the front … Continue reading →
During pregnancy, eating seafood is one big Do I? or Don’t I? debate. We’re here to take the guesswork out of going fishin’.
While some types of seafood provide wonderful nutrients for expectant moms and their tiny tadpoles, others range from slightly harmful to downright dangerous. It’s vital to know the difference, so take some notes and keep your little guppy healthy before … Continue reading →
The good, the bad and the useless: What do you really need in your labor day carry on?
Imagine for a moment that one twitch of your nose is all it would take to land you with a gentle thud on the other side of baby’s delivery so you could do a little information gathering—you know, see … Continue reading →