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12 Sexy Maternity Dresses, ‘Cause Mama’s Still Got It

Hey, hot stuff. Is your maternity wardrobe feeling a little drab? Spice things up with one of these downright foxy looks. Yes, sexy pregnancy dresses really do exist—and we’ve found the trendiest options on the market. Put one on whenever you want an instant mood boost. They’re great for a night on the town with your friends, a romantic date with your significant other or even an impromptu at-home fashion show (really, try it—it’s super-fun). Photo: Courtesy PinkBlush Maternity PinkBlush Maternity Cold Shoulder Crushed Velvet Plus Maternity […]

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As A NICU Parent, Sometimes You ‘Forget To Breathe’

ER Productions Limited/Getty As a new parent, you are filled with hopes, dreams, and excitement.  You don’t know what to expect, but, ultimately, you figure it will all work out.  Then, sometimes, the rug is pulled out from underneath you and all of your hopes, dreams, and excitement come crashing down. This is what happened to me at 25 weeks pregnant when I went into labor. Two weeks later, I had my twins via C-section. When a child is born significantly premature, as a parent you are […]

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Pregnant Travelers Would Have A Harder Time Getting US Tourist Visas Under A Trump Administration Plan – BuzzFeed News

The Trump administration has drafted plans to make it more difficult for pregnant individuals from foreign countries to obtain tourist visas, according to draft government documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. The Trump administration has, since its early days, taken efforts to restrict immigration in all forms, including whole-scale changes to the asylum system and bans on those traveling from certain countries. The latest effort, if instituted, would appear to be an attempt to target another focus of those advocating to restrict immigration: “birth tourism.” A draft rule […]

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More Moms Are Breastfeeding Babies—and for Longer, CDC Reports

While breastfeeding may be natural, sometimes it can be incredibly challenging. While fed is best—regardless of whether you breastfeed or formula-feed, now, a new report from the CDC is saying that more moms are breastfeeding their babies and for longer. According to the CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card for 2018, the numbers have steadily been on the rise—but just barely. In 2015, 83.2 percent of babies born started with breastfeeding. That number dropped to 57.6 percent for babies breastfeeding at 6 months and 35.9 percent for babies breastfeeding […]

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The Night They Were Born

Courtesy of Kristine Putz Birthdays work different for most preemie mommas. See, for most of us, the night our kid/kids were born was traumatic. For most of us, either our health was in danger and/or the lives of our children were in danger. We held our breath as we waited to hear whether or not our children were alive. So, as I approach the second birthday of my twins, I am filled with many emotions. Yes, I am grateful. Yes, I am thankful. But you know what? […]

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Pregnant women are at high risk of catching the flu – WXOW.com

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Medical research shows that pregnant women are more likely to develop severe illness if infected from the flu versus non-pregnant women. Health experts explain that when a woman is pregnant, her body’s immune system is focused mainly on the development of the baby, which leaves her body more susceptible to germs and viruses. Jacquie Cutts, the Public Health Nursing manager for the La Crosse County Health Department, said flu season peaks around February and January. “Because the peak of flu season is […]

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These Are the Best and Worst States for Vaccination Rates, Report Says

Baby’s health is a top priority for parents—and part of keeping baby healthy includes getting them their shots. For many parents, the topic of vaccinations can be a scary one. After all, thanks to the Internet there is so much misinformation out there, it can be hard to know what to trust. With more parents foregoing vaccines, It’s not surprising that the last several years have seen an uptick in diseases like the measles. (According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the […]

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I Fired My OB-GYN When She Weight-Shamed Me

Scary Mommy and Alistair Berg/Getty My first pregnancy came as a bit of a surprise. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for 18 months, but we’d just been given the depressing news that my husband’s sperm count was very low and our only hope would be IVF. So when I got a positive pregnancy test later that same month (yes, really!), we were woefully unprepared for what came next. I had been too superstitious about the pregnancy to pick a healthcare provider for […]

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I’m an OB and I Suffered From Postpartum Depression

To the women suffering from postpartum depression: I hear you. I feel you. I am you. As an OB-GYN, I knew the signs of PPD. But even with all of my knowledge, even knowing that suffering from PPD was not my fault, I still felt ashamed, like I wasn’t a good mom for feeling the way I did. I remember feeling like I was in a dark hole, and things that usually made me happy didn’t anymore. I usually love doing yoga and running, but I just…couldn’t. […]

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This Photo Is Every Postpartum Mom

Katie Cloyd/Instagram I took this photo in the hospital days after I had my baby. I was bone-weary. I had been crying. I look completely bewildered because I was. I just didn’t understand how I could be that tired and still in motion. It was 3 a.m. I was washing breast pump parts in a basin in the hospital bathroom. Everything hurt. My maternity leggings were stained with breast milk and formula and blood. I needed a shower. I needed sleep. I needed to know the hard […]

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