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 →
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 →
For an increasing number of women, the miracle of motherhood comes with not just one new baby, but with two—or even three or more. If you’re among the moms-to-be-of-multiples crowd, you know how stunning it can be to learn there’s … Continue reading →
Banking your child’s cord blood could be the smartest thing you’ll ever do.
A slew of thoughts ran through my mind when I found out I was expecting my first little bundle. Is it a boy or a girl? What color should I paint the nursery? Will he or she look like me? … Continue reading →
Ensure you’re getting the proper nutrition with this handy seven-day food guide.
As a dietician, blogger and mom, I tend to approach eating during pregnancy in a way that celebrates food both for its flavor and the nourishment it provides mom and baby. Amidst the first trimester energy drain and the onset … Continue reading →
What you should know and do about varicose veins during and after pregnancy.
Over the course of your nine-month journey, you’ll encounter countless changes and surprises both emotionally and physically. Many of these surprises are good, but some can be unwelcome. Among the latter are the oh-so-glamorous varicose veins, which can develop on … Continue reading →
Every year, countless expectant women receive word that their maternal serum screen has come back irregular. But oftentimes false positives result in false alarm.
Of all the things I lost sleep over when it came to pregnancy number three, I never thought a phone call would be one of them. No, I’m embarrassed to admit I worried about whether, if the baby was a … Continue reading →
If pregnancy has you feeling a little more tortoise than hare, shake off the sluggishness with these natural energy enhancers.
Pregnancy is one big energy suck. Showers are rare. Ice cream fests are frequent. And the favored position is most certainly horizontal. But if you can summon enough gusto to read the next couple pages, you just might find the … Continue reading →
What you need to know about bringing an early bird into the world.
The road to delivery is paved with a slew of questions and concerns. For the parents of babies born prematurely (before 37 weeks of gestation), the lack of knowledge about what’s happening can be a source of anxiety and extreme … Continue reading →
With a little bit of guidance, you’ll know just how to handle the most common prebaby faux pas.
As children, we are taught to chew with our mouths closed, keep our elbows off the table, and follow all requests with a heartfelt “please.” But rarely are we taught proper protocol for handling the social blunders that inevitably surround … Continue reading →
Fill your freezer with healthy, homemade dishes prebaby so you can fill your tummy with delicious, easy-to-heat eats postbirth.
Banana bread When a newborn makes a quick trip to the bakery next to impossible, turn to this homemade treat to start your day off right. 5 ripe bananas, mashed 3/4 cup oil 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 6 tablespoons … Continue reading →
Make sure you’re in good hands over the next nine months since it’s those hands that will ultimately guide your precious baby into the world.
Shortly after discovering I was pregnant with my first baby, my husband and I decided we wanted to move away from the fast-paced grind of New York City to raise our child closer to family in the South. Since we … Continue reading →
There are a myriad of different situations you may find yourself in when you discover you have successfully conceived a child. You may have decided to begin trying only a few weeks prior. You may have been charting your basal … Continue reading →
Your step-by-step guide to getting mentally fit for the big day.
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a gymaphobe, labor and delivery will probably be one ofyourgreatest physical feats. While exercise duringyourpregnancy can keep you in fighting shape, you’ll need more than muscle when you’re weathering contractions at one minute apart. … Continue reading →
Does being with child have to mean going without your daily caffeine fix? Read this before overhauling your morning routine.
For many mamas-to-be, expecting a new baby means squeezing doctor appointments into an already packed schedule of meetings, carpool and housework. In the pre-baby bump days, you relied on your morning cup of joe to get you through the day … Continue reading →
It took you years to earn a college degree and even longer to receive a promotion. Just last week, your boss commended you on your dazzling work ethic and gleaming sales record. But now, one month late and a positive … Continue reading →
When your back is complaining and it can’t be silenced, it’s time to get the lowdown on lower back pain.
If you’ve experienced back pain during pregnancy, you’re in the majority among expectant women. Major body changes—particularly weight gain and a notable influx of hormones—unfortunately make these aches par for the course. While it may be wishful thinking to hope … Continue reading →
There are plenty of preparatory tasks to check off your to-do list during your 40 weeks of pregnancy: create your baby registry, put the finishing touches on the nursery, and pack your bag for the big day, for example. But … Continue reading →
What to expect when the journey to mommyhood veers into surgical territory.
If the birth story of your little one’s arrival includes a pit stop at the operating room, you’re not alone. These days, a reported 30 percent of moms have cesarean deliveries. And while it’s important to understand that having a … Continue reading →
Your baby's transition from the womb to the world.
A lot happens in the moment a baby is born. Not only for you, but also for the new tiny human being you’ve delivered. There are people who claim they can remember their own birth, right down to the first … Continue reading →
Navigating the tricky business of outlawed edibles.
That wedge of artisanal brie from the cheese counter beckons you and your baby-growing body once again. But your conscience stops you short. Isn’t this bad for baby? Should I really eat this? So goes the conflicting internal dialogue of … Continue reading →
Insider tips from the professionals who have been around the birthing block.
We asked an OB/GYN, a labor and delivery nurse, two doulas and a midwife to reflect on their years attending births and offer up some of their best advice on the labor process. Listen up! The panel of professionals: Dawn … Continue reading →
Beat the heat with a cool, refreshing and good-for-you treat.
The extra warmth produced by the pint-sized convector in your tummy can turn you into a sweaty Betty—especially during the summer—so you’ll need to make a concerted effort to replenish those fluids you’re perspiring. To help you rehydrate, we’ve compiled … Continue reading →
If you don’t snooze, you lose! Follow our trimester-by-trimester guide to getting the sleep you need.
Sleep is a luxury that’s easy to take for granted—until you become pregnant, that is! Suddenly clocking an extra hour of shut-eye can mean the difference between feeling happy and well rested or cranky and irritable. But good sleep is … Continue reading →
Pregnancy can be an emotional and physical roller coaster ride, and when complications arise, it can feel scary and overwhelming.
If you find yourself dealing with a complicated or high risk pregnancy, know you are not alone. We spoke with some experts and moms who have been there, and here’s what they have to say. Be proactive in your … Continue reading →
Prepare for your hospital stay with delivery day essentials.
Can a well-stocked bag of supplies make your labor and delivery experience pain-free? It’s unlikely. However, having everything you might want or need at your fingertips will help you feel more in control and make your stay—and yes, maybe even … Continue reading →
One woman speaks out from the hidden world of pregnancy plagued by eating disorders.
Maggie Baumann now willingly admits to the harrowing inner conflict she endured as an anorexic mom-to-be. But back when she was carrying her second child, she was a much different woman, a woman wracked with shame about her private hell … Continue reading →
The third trimester of your pregnancy may seem like nothing but sweat and swelling, but your pain is definitely baby’s gain.
The cravings have long since made the shift from entertaining to annoying, the aches are unwelcome, and your cute baby bump has given way to a bulging belly. You are so over this pregnancy thing already! We hear you, mama, … Continue reading →
When the instinct kicks in, put your mom-to-be vigor to good use and check a few of these organizational to-dos off your list.
1. Crochet a blankie for your bebe. Or take up knitting, cross-stitch or another hands-on hobby that allows you to create something for your newbie-to-be. Few things are as meaningful as a blanket or hat fashioned especially for baby out … Continue reading →
It’s hard to imagine that what begins as a small group of cells will become a breathing, feeling baby just 40 weeks later.
Suddenly pregnancy doesn’t seem so very long at all! As the months go by, your baby will grow, develop and continue on his way to becoming your new best friend. A baby’s formation is nothing short of a miracle. Boy … Continue reading →
How some women are bringing the joys of baby-making into the delivery room.
When most people think about childbirth, words that come to mind may include miraculous, intense and even painful. A word that rarely makes the list, however, is orgasmic. But some women claim that the labor experience can be just that. … Continue reading →
Think your belly is the only thing changing? Guess again.
Pregnancy is a head-to-toe experience in which everything from your vision to your ankles feels its effects. External changes HAIR One of our favorite pregnancy perks is the gorgeous, thick hair that graces the heads of many moms-to-be. (Enjoy the … Continue reading →
Glowing skin, doubled cup size and shiny hair are all often touted as side effects of pregnancy. But there are other symptoms usually kept quiet (you know, the things that are a little less fun to include in conversation), such … Continue reading →