At some point in her pregnancy, almost every woman has had a cringe-worthy moment. Maybe a stranger makes an offensive comment in passing. The partner might be an innocent perpetrator of one of these statements. But whether you’re friends with someone who is pregnant, married to a pregnant woman, or just your average person on the street, here are ten of the worst things you can say to a pregnant woman: When are you due? March? Never guess when a woman is due. We are not at the fair. You are not the creepy guy who guesses people’s weights or… Read More

For the first few weeks of your newborn’s life, he or she has a lot of adjustments to make. Drinking milk, peeing, pooping, breathing air…there’s so much going on that it’s no wonder your newborn is exhausted. But while some things (like breathing) are quickly grasped, others (like relieving newborn gas pains) take a little more time and effort. Judging by an infant’s face, baby gas pains are quite possibly the most painful things in the world. While it’s hard to hear your little one howl, don’t panic! It’s likely that the screaming and tears are just your newborn’s way… Read More

Have you ever wished your baby could hurry up and talk, so you knew what they wanted? Baby sign language can help facilitate communication before spoken language is acquired. While it has aspects similar to American Sign Language, baby sign language is taught with speech – it is not meant to take the place of speech, and does not interfere with language acquisition. Basic baby sign language often contains signs for people/family, eating and drinking signs, and state of being signs (dirty diaper, too hot or cold, upset, etc). Once they get the hang of it, you’re free to add… Read More

Baby, it’s cold outside! No…seriously, it’s cold outside. If we’re shivering, what about our little ones? Babies can’t regulate their body temperature like we can, and so they tend to lose heat more rapidly. What’s the best way to go about keeping baby warm during the winter months? Read on to find out. In the Car There are all sorts of buntings and covers that attach to the car seat, but if you’re in a car accident, these can actually bunch up and cause injury to your baby, so it’s best to avoid them. And no matter how cute… Read More

If you’re thinking about having a baby, or are a pregnant working mom, there’s an excellent chance you’ve thought about what you will do after the baby is here, work-wise – with good reason. The United States is the only developed country in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave. In 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act was passed, but it only guaranteed 12 weeks of unpaid leave for full-time workers, and only for those who work for companies with at least 50 employees. For many women, this leave is cut short, simply because they can’t afford to… Read More

Although it may be the last thing on your exhausted new-mom mind, at the 6-week postpartum checkup, you’ll probably get the all-clear to resume sexual activity again. Four to six weeks is the general rule, but you should definitely wait until all your bleeding has stopped. Your body needs time to heal after birth, and intercourse before the bleeding has subsided can put you at risk for infection. Until you get the ok to resume intimacy after childbirth, why not seek out other ways to be intimate with your partner? Massage, cuddling – go back to basics! Physical readiness… Read More

You’re probably thinking, seriously? There’s a Folic Acid Awareness Week? Yes, yes there is – January 8-14, the first full week of January, marks Folic Acid Awareness Week. Although January is Birth Defects Awareness Month, folic acid is especially important, as it can prevent up to 70% of neural tube defects (NTDs), according to the National Birth Defects Prevention Network. Neural tube defects are defects of the brain and spine, like spina bifida and anencephaly. Although most women take a prenatal vitamin once they find out they’re pregnant, neural tube defects generally occur before a woman even knows… Read More

The first time I heard about someone eating her placenta (Mayim Bialik, who played the title character on Blossom and now stars on The Big Bang Theory), I was totally grossed out. “What? Why?!” I screeched at my friend after she shared this bit of celebrity gossip. She shrugged, and I forgot all about it. But over the next couple of years, I began to hear more and more about this burgeoning health trend. Celebrities and noncelebs alike were touting the benefits of placentophagy, or ingesting one’s placenta after birth. Among the supposed benefits were increased energy and milk production,… Read More

January provides that natural nudge to reflect on our health, contemplate our bucket lists, and anticipate big life changes ahead. If this New Year you’re resolving to start or grow your family (or even just considering it), a few other resolutions can help you enter pregnancy as healthy and prepared as possible. Get a check-up. See a midwife, nurse-practitioner, or doctor for a preconception visit. This is a special kind of well woman visit, covered under most insurance plans, that focuses on getting you ready for pregnancy from a health perspective. A preconception visit… Read More

After months of trying, I finally saw those two pink lines on my pregnancy test. That rush of excitement, adrenaline, joy, and more than a little trepidation is unlike anything I’ve experienced. I immediately wanted to share it with someone – my husband, of course, and my mother and father and sisters, and my neighbor who is also pregnant, and Facebook, and pretty much everyone I bumped into. But most advice I’ve read says to wait until you’re past the first trimester (the “danger zone” for miscarriages) before you start sharing the news. What’s a joyful pregnant woman to… Read More

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