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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 the … 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 exactly … Continue reading →
Ten ways to work with your cravings—instead of against them—to give your baby the best start.
When it comes to eating healthily during pregnancy, a woman’s cravings can sometimes get the best of her. Even the most disciplined moms-to-be find themselves struggling to eat enough folic acid-rich foods, among other prenatal diet recommendations, when all they … Continue reading →
During pregnancy, your body banks on fluid more than ever. Here’s how to get the most bang for your cup.
We all know that drinking water is a good idea, but most of us don’t follow the “8×8 rule” religiously. When you find yourself expecting though, it’s time to start slurping —staying hydrated is a matter of utmost importance. Invest … Continue reading →
The real deal on why time passes slowly during pregnancy.
“How far along are you? Eight weeks?” a friend of mine asked. “Almost 10,” I said. She was surprised: “Wow, doesn’t time fly?” I muttered something appropriate in reply, but what I thought was more along the lines of “No, … Continue reading →
There isn’t a part of your frame that remains untouched by pregnancy.
When most people think of the pregnant body, they automatically envision that burgeoning belly. But your tummy isn’t the only thing transforming while baby’s on board. Your entire body is hard at work making sure your tot’s temporary home is … Continue reading →
Even if you have a memory of steel, it’s impossible to recall every single special moment of your pregnancy. Use these tips to help remember the experience forever.
Nine months can seem like an eternity when you have a bun in the oven. You might think you have plenty of time to record every one of baby’s tender moments in the womb but in actuality, the time will … Continue reading →
If you’re expecting, then you’ve probably seen cord blood banking information during prenatal care visits or even in your mailbox. The emphasis is on enlisting their services to store cord blood from your soon-to-arrive newborn. However, some moms-to-be might feel … Continue reading →
While your healthcare provider can arm you with knowledge about your health and that of your burgeoning bump, there are plenty of other things that may require outside support. From hotlines to online communities to nationwide organizations, there is a … Continue reading →
A few facts to keep you from going postal when you've gone postterm.
One of the most common questions a pregnant woman is asked after announcing she has a baby on the way is “When are you due?” And the askers are not often looking for a roundabout answer. They want a specific … Continue reading →
It’s a well-known fact that sex does a body good, so why is it so difficult to make time to get your groove on? We help you find time for the fun stuff.
Despite your new found supermom powers, when it comes to making time for sex, sometimes you just can’t swing it. Between babies and work (or working with babies), time for romance is seemingly not on your side. But finding time … Continue reading →
Manage your many prebaby to-dos before your mothership blasts off into orbit.
Before conception Even when baby’s nothing but a preconceived notion, you can begin to prepare for her future well-being … by taking care of yourself. Before you try to conceive, start taking a daily prenatal vitamin. The folic acid will … Continue reading →
You’re invited to the biggest bash of the year—pregnancy!
Imagine it’s your birthday. You walk into a dark room and get the shock of your life when you flip on the lights to find a room full of people standing there ready to celebrate. The scenario isn’t unlike pregnancy, … Continue reading →
Cord blood banking is a topic being discussed more and more often by physicians and expectant parents. The dizzying array of information on the Web can be difficult to sift through. That’s why Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, co-author of The … Continue reading →
Labor is a good lesson in rolling with the punches. Unless you have a scheduled induction, there’s no way to know when it’s going to happen or how long it’s going to last. A full-term baby might arrive anytime between … Continue reading →
Get your money matters squared away early so you can focus on new-baby fun after the stork stops by.
Financial planning isn’t exactly a barrel of laughs, but alas, it must be done. And you’ll sleep easier at night (when baby doesn’t have other plans) knowing certain tedious to-dos have been crossed off your list. Insure thing Health insurance … Continue reading →
Stop skimping and start nourishing with easy, on-the-go meals for the morning.
Now that you’re busier than ever getting ready for baby, you may have begun to classify breakfast as a luxurious affair reserved only for weekends. But if you’ve started considering the milk in your morning latte the first meal of … Continue reading →
The thought of lounging around in your pj’s all day while someone caters to your every beck and call might sound appealing initially, but for expectant moms who have been placed on mandatory bed rest, the downtime is anything but … Continue reading →