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 the middle of a weekly staff meeting when the urge to purge strikes … and you only make it as far as the door. How to deal: Vomit is possibly one of the most unpleasant aspects of … Continue reading →
To know or not to know? For many moms, that is the question.
So, do you know what you’re having?” asks the checkout gal as she glances at my beach ball of a belly. “No,” I smile, “we’re not going to find out.” Even before the rehearsed words leave my mouth (this isn’t … Continue reading →
Because you never know when you’ll be racing to the hospital, it’s a good idea to have your bag packed and close at hand. Here's what you should have at the ready.
For mom: Before Hospital gown, if you choose to wear your own Lip balm Hair ties Massage oil Tennis balls in a clean sock for applying pressure Birthing ball Socks Music and downtime entertainment, if desired After Hospital or nursing … Continue reading →
It may feel as though your body has developed a mind of its own since becoming pregnant, but staying aware of baby weight gain guidelines can help you feel in control as your belly blossoms.
Few women enjoy watching the numbers on the scale slowly creep into uncharted territory, but when a bouncing bundle of joy is the source of your waistline woes, it really should be a cause for celebration! Before you kick off … Continue reading →
Experts answer your burning questions (and we’re not just talking heartburn).
Here’s what you need to know to have a healthy nine months. Many thanks to the following experts, who shared their knowledge and wisdom. Audra Timmins, MD, OB/GYN at Baylor Clinic in Houston; Susan Shi, MD, and Carla Ortique MD, … Continue reading →
Anxious about your upcoming role as a mother? You’re not alone. Here are the most common concerns—and reasons why you need not obsess over them for another second.
You know the feeling: It’s 3 a.m. and your partner is snoring beside you, but you’re wide awake, playing out 100 different scenarios of what motherhood is going to be like … Will my baby be healthy? What if I … Continue reading →
Count on lasting keepsakes to remind you of your incredible prenatal progression.
You’re about to grow in amazing ways, both physically and emotionally. And although every detail of your evolution may be extraordinarily vivid as you experience it, the changes you undergo and the feelings that overwhelm you will become less lucid … Continue reading →
Boosting baby’s brainpower starts with your bump. Since the nutrients needed for healthy brain development are passed directly from your diet, what you eat (and don’t eat) when pregnant can impact your little one’s memory, motor development, language skills and … Continue reading →
When it comes to keeping illness at bay, sometimes the best defense is a good offense.
Being under the weather while pregnant is no fun. On top of feeling miserable, there’s the added concern that taking anything to help you feel better could be harmful to your baby. Depending on your situation, a limited number of … Continue reading →
As the delivery director and star of the show, you get to call the shots on your supporting cast and video venue. Here are some things to consider before you roll film.
Casting call Obstetrician or perinatologist. These highly trained specialists are the most common picks for prenatal care. If your pregnancy is considered high risk in any way, you will probably need to see one of these niche docs. (A personal … Continue reading →
Take care of the tough stuff (like writing your will) now, so you can enjoy the fun stuff (like playing with baby) later.
Pick out crib bedding, enroll in childbirth classes, choose a name … preparing for baby’s arrival includes a lengthy to-do list of all sorts of exciting hustle and bustle. But laying the groundwork for successful parenthood isn’t all fun and … Continue reading →
Before the birth, plan. Here’s everything you need to consider to make the best agenda for your big day.
From the first positive pregnancy test, many moms-to-be fret over labor. Writing a birth plan can help relieve your anxiety, and—like Kegels! —it’s a valuable pre-delivery exercise. A birth plan is not actually a plan, per se, but a short … Continue reading →
Even for the most perfectly poised mama-to-be, all bets are off during labor and delivery. Real moms share their shame so you can shrug it off.
I just love watching women go into labor in old movies. Serene, smiling and with not a hair out of place, these women calmly prepare themselves for the trip to the hospital with the air of a woman heading out … Continue reading →
Blunder 1: Overeating The first mistake many mommies make is overshooting the whole “eating for two” thing. We know you’re feeling hungry, but you’re only feeding an extra pint-sized person, not a linebacker. Although you are meant to gain weight … Continue reading →
A recent study suggests "pregnancy brain" is a myth. But why is it, then, that I am so forgetful?
At seven months pregnant with my first baby, I have had my share of pregnancy brain moments. Let’s see—there was that really cold day in February when I tried to open my car door, pulling on the handle with all … Continue reading →
From the billions of genetic possibilities in the world, your baby will be blessed with a unique combination contributed by dear old mom and dad.
How many of us really, truly know where babies come from? Sure, there’s the sperm-meets-egg bit we explain to curious 10-year-olds, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Each little spermatozoon and ovum contains loads of genetic instructions, … Continue reading →
With your belly expanding, your joints relaxing, and your muscles doing who knows what, it’s no wonder you may be experiencing discomfort in your lower back.
Connect with your body and give it the support it needs with these easy changes. Stand up Many pregnant women develop drooping, pain-incurring posture as their bellies take the lead. Be aware of the way you stand and sit, and … Continue reading →
Battling a case of pregnancy jealousy? Rest assured you’re not alone.
The word “green” can imply a host of meanings. Perhaps you correlate green with the eco-lifestyle you’ve recently adopted. Maybe you associate the hue with the gender-neutral scheme you’ve selected for the nursery. Shoot, green could even describe the shade … Continue reading →
Enroll in childbirth classes to prepare for the challenges of labor and delivery.
Women have been giving birth since the beginning of humanity. Nothing could be more natural, so the process should be completely intuitive … right? Not exactly. Today’s birthing procedures can be more complicated than those of yore, and while modern … Continue reading →
It starts out small. You gain a pound here and a pound there, and before you know it the scale is tipping into the OMG digits. You know you’re not supposed to literally eat for two, but that doesn’t make … Continue reading →
Make eating an international affair with these three world-class recipes.
Bored of carbon copy chicken? Tired of tossing the same old salad? Looking for a new dip? Before you hang up your apron and begin dialing the nearest pizza delivery place, consider expanding your repertoire with delectable dishes from around … Continue reading →
From conception to birth and beyond, ancient traditions and cultural beliefs have always shaped the art of motherhood.
There are almost 7,000 recognized languages throughout the world—and each and every one of them has a word to describe dear ol’ mom. Across many of these languages, the quests toward motherhood are as different as the cultures that speak … Continue reading →
Packing for one but eating for two? You must be pregnant! These tips and treasures will help you fly the skies (or hit the road) with confidence.
When it comes to making travel plans, being knocked up doesn’t have to keep you down. Let your doctor know your itinerary and be patient with your preggo self (your trips might need to be a tad less action-packed than … Continue reading →
Read up on this popular pain killing method before labor day arrives.
Who: Epidurals aren’t just for laboring ladies—they may also be used to kill pain during C-sections and other medical procedures. You are likely eligible for an epidural unless you have certain rare blood, neurologic or back-related medical conditions. Talk to … Continue reading →
There’s more than one way to birth a baby. If you plan to turn down the drugs and needles on delivery day, consider these alternatives for easing labor pains.
There was a time when baby called the shots on exactly when and how he would enter this world. And while that’s still the case in many ways, at least today’s moms have more options when it comes to dealing … Continue reading →
Make-ahead meals that’ll boost your energy and save your sanity.
The first couple weeks after baby arrives can be a blur. Whether she’s hungry, cranky or sleepy, you’re on call to tend to baby’s every need—which can leave you hungry, cranky and sleepy too. “Eating the right foods can help … Continue reading →
During pregnancy, your circulation can really throw you for a loop!
Be prepared for repercussions big and small. It should come as no surprise that pregnancy affects your circulation. Your blood cells are practically running an obstacle course these days, weaving in and around displaced organs and a swollen, baby-filled uterus. … Continue reading →
Q: I just found out I’m pregnant with twins. I know things will be different once they’re born (twice the fun … and twice the work!), but I’m wondering what differences I should expect during my pregnancy. A: When a … Continue reading →
Being in the know about C-sections can make the birthing method a whole lot easier to handle—planned or not.
If a good ol’ fashioned vaginal delivery is in your birth plan, you may be asking yourself why it’s important to get schooled on C-sections. And you’re not alone: Most moms-to-be go into labor with the intention of delivering by … Continue reading →
How to tell the difference between real and false labor pains.
I’ll admit it. The first time I headed to the hospital to give birth (or so I thought), I was completely convinced that the pulling pains in my abdomen were a sure sign I was about to welcome my baby … Continue reading →
Making the best food choices for you and your baby is easier than you think.
Congratulations, you’re pregnant! So savor that slice of triple layer death-by-chocolate cake you’ve been saving. Flavonoids are good for the heart, right? Then there’s the calcium in nachos, protein in that burger, and—hello! —veggies in the form of curly fries. … Continue reading →
Straightforward solutions to tricky name-choosing situations.
Picking the title by which your little one will be forever called is exciting, fun and, on occasion, admittedly frustrating. It’s exciting to think that out of the thousands upon thousands of monikers listed in those baby books, you’ll likely … Continue reading →
Forget about the creeping stretch marks, hourly bathroom runs and looming (due) date with Dr. Pain. Sometimes you just need a good laugh!
Aside from Tylenol, there’s not much you can take during pregnancy. Fortunately, you can still fill the prescription for a good time. Simply follow a few of the prompts below and let yourself get lost in the moment. Repeat whenever … Continue reading →
Show your friends that “pregnant chick” does not equal “party pooper.”
Join in regular activities by making bump-friendly revisions. For example … Scenario: The gang wants to go hot tubbing but you can’t immerse your bump. Solution: Easy! Suit up and give yourself a nice foot spa while you sit on … Continue reading →
Commonly craved foods can take a toll on your energy level as well as your health. Swap out diet-busting snacks for these healthy (and delicious!) alternatives. If you’re craving potato chips, try popcorn. Instead of opening up an addictive bag … Continue reading →
The price can sometimes be a little off-putting, so use this list to help make your decisions. Some foods are worth the extra buck; others it won’t hurt to pass on. The dirty dozen These fruits and veggies carry high … Continue reading →
If your family is growing faster than your pocketbook, we’re here to help you save.
Now that you’re shopping for two (or three, or four …) you’re probably looking for ways to save a few extra dollars. Whether you’re trying to make ends meet or just pinching a few pennies for a rainy day, we’ve … Continue reading →
If you go, it could be trouble … but if you stay, it could be double! We consider the stay-at-home vs. career-mom dilemma in our present economy.
Deciding whether to be a stay-at-home mom or a working mom has always been a tough choice to make. More than just a professional decision, for many couples it’s a financial one as well. In the past, the equation has … Continue reading →
As if pregnancy isn’t enough of a challenge, getting lost in a gray fog of depression can really make life as a mommy-to-be difficult—and dangerous. Here’s the scoop on how to identify and overcome the pre-baby blues. While the anticipation … Continue reading →
Prenatal vitamins are chock-full of goodness for you and your growing baby—but no two pills are created equal. Here’s the scoop on what you need and why.
We need lots of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy—and as a mommy-to-be, you need even more since you’ll be sharing nutrients with your budding baby. While a healthy, well-rounded diet can fulfill many of the requirements for baby-growing, the … Continue reading →
The trials of pregnancy don’t end with bodily functions. You’ve got a whole range of emotions and awkward situations in front of you. Hold on, friends, it’s going to be a bumpy ride … Problem: You’re pregnant! But your friend … Continue reading →
If milk does a body good, an expecting gal should be in great shape,what with the rate at which she’s consuming the stuff to build up the bones of two human beings and calm the ring of fire slowly easing … Continue reading →
There comes a time after the birth of your first child when you begin to appreciate your mother in a whole new way.
It’s one of the most common fears among women, perhaps even more frightening than grey hair and saggy skin: becoming their mother. I was absolutely determined that this would not happen to me. My mother, while a wonderful person, has … Continue reading →
Pregnancy can leave you exhausted, uninspired and Swiss cheese-brained like you wouldn’t believe. We stop napping in the office long enough to help you pregnancy-proof your career. I love my job—but you’d never know it these days. Four months into … Continue reading →
You have spent years planning, dreaming and working to reach your current career status when … along comes baby!
And baby is not a footnote on the resume. She is a living miracle devoted to capturing your time, attention, effort and love. When you find yourself surprisingly tempted to abandon the rat race and give into your new bundle … Continue reading →
Sure you want your baby to have a smart start, but what about a brilliant finish? With so many options for college savings plans, it’s hard to find a place to begin.
When you’re staring down into those twinkling little eyes it’s hard to imagine your baby graduating from diapers—much less high school. However sad it may be to think of your baby careening into adulthood, it’s important to take a little … Continue reading →
Office politics can be sensitive business—here are the ins and outs of working while pregnant.
Breaking the big (and getting bigger!) news to the boss can be a frightening prospect. Believe me, I’ve been there! While there is no perfect time to announce your pregnancy, your body might just make the decision for you. Like … Continue reading →
Q: I have to return to work six weeks after my baby is born, and I’m a little worried about leaving her in daycare even though I love the center I’ve chosen. Is there any way I can make the … Continue reading →
Looking for the hot scoop on paternity leave? We encourage dads to put down their pens and Blackberrys in exchange for diapers and bottles—at least for a little while. More and more families are opting to take part in the … Continue reading →
As you lay her down to sleep, you’d better pray her crib doesn’t wobble or creak! Here’s the how-to on finding the perfect crib.
UPDATE:Since the publication of this post, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled all drop-side cribs. We no longer recommend this style for safety concerns. Whether you’re decorating an entire nursery or sliding a few essentials into the corner of … Continue reading →