Tag Archives: emotional health

Spilling the beans

I’ve had four babies now (the last just this June!), so you might think I’d have baby announcing down to a science. Not quite. I actually tend to get awkward about it and end up never making an official announcement, … Continue reading

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Celebration vibes

I have had a very emotional week. Being the mother to a 10-month-old while six months pregnant makes even the most celebratory events a toss up between happy tears and feeling overwhelmed. Mother’s Day came with a certain anticipation brought … Continue reading

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At a loss

After years at P&N, I’d heard the statistics many times: Approximately 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Your risk climbs with your age, but I was in my mid-20s and healthy—so I didn’t worry. When a test revealed two … Continue reading

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Taking care of business

Most women are safe to keep working throughout their pregnancies. In fact, continuing to clock in five days a week is a good thing. “It allows them to maintain financial stability and continue contributing toward their career goals,” says Rahil … Continue reading

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Where mind meets body

Pregnancy can be challenging, both mentally and physically. If this is your first ride, you might be experiencing stress, anxiety or depression you haven’t faced before, in addition to the tangible aches and pains of carrying a growing baby. Exercise, … Continue reading

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A long-distance affair

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

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Why we nest

Before I had my first baby, I thought nesting was one of those pregnancy phenomena that were exaggerated just to make for a good story. Surely women weren’t really possessed to scrub down the tops of their refrigerators and alphabetize all the … Continue reading

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Love notes

Whether that wee babe was a total surprise or an eagerly planned addition, one thing is for certain: A newborn changes just about everything. Any semblance of routine that you had prebaby will need to be tweaked to work around your … Continue reading

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Unplug from unhealthy anxiety

In the early weeks of my first pregnancy, I came across a book at the library about proper eating for pregnant women. I can’t remember the title, and I don’t know who published it—but it was the absolute worst thing … Continue reading

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In your wildest dreams

When Chicago mom-to-be Laura Merkin found herself dreaming about her breasts producing chocolate milk and later, giving birth to a dragon, she began to wonder if something was the matter—with her or her baby. It’s not unusual for other pregnant … Continue reading

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It’s the final countdown …

Houston, we have a problem: By the third trimester, your bump is large and in charge, leaving you feeling sluggish, with little desire to stray from the sofa. But before you blast off into the strange new world of parenthood, … Continue reading

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The 7 deadly sins of pregnancy

Pregnancy: A time of joy, excitement, exhilaration … and also anxiety, tears and frustration. Although the good far outweighs the bad, it’s all too easy to fall victim to some negative sentiments while baby-bearing. From envy (Why can’t my belly … Continue reading

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Worth the weight

When Ali Ginestra was expecting her second child, she found herself overcome with negative thoughts about her appearance. “I’ve always been overweight, but I’ve resolved my issues internally. I never get down on myself,” says Ginestra, a mom of three … Continue reading

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Week 23: Let the wild rumpus start

So, pregnancy hormones. They’re weird and sudden, abrupt and at times, rude. On any given day, I’m pretty sure I function quite normally in my pleasantly plump state. You might even say that I actually enjoy being pregnant. But since … Continue reading

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Not your grandmama’s pregnancy

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

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Babe’s anatomy

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

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5 reasons to meditate today

Many moms-to-be swear by the benefits of the age-old art of meditation. Meditation seriously reduces stress levels, which goes beyond good mental and emotional health—stress can cause your body to deteriorate physically, too. It brings about a sense of peace. … Continue reading

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