Category Archives: Pregnancy And You

This Is Not A Pregnancy Announcement (Unfortunately)

Courtesy of Kel Pitts This is the absolute hardest thing I have ever written. This is the story about losing a baby I so badly wanted. This is my miscarriage story. Almost immediately after having our son, we were being asked when we planned to have a second baby (side note, don’t ask people that). It wasn’t until he was two that we felt ready to start trying to grow our family with another sweet babe. Prior to making this decision, we had talked about it for […]

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These Moms Are Normalizing Breastfeeding For Plus-Sized Moms

Katie Cloyd/Instagram So, you’re fat, expecting a baby, and you want to breastfeed? Good news! The size of your body doesn’t have to stop you from trying. Breastfeeding as a fat mom might require some adjustments, but you can totally do it. Since I’m just a mom and not a lactation professional, I’m not going to give you a long, technical list of tips and tricks to make it work. I’m just here to share my experience, set your mind at ease, and cheer you on. Your […]

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Confessions Of A Pediatrician: I Bed-Shared With My Newborn

Scary Mommy and Prostock-Studio/Getty I remember lying in my bed after my second delivery in severe pain. With my first delivery, I had already endured a C-section.  Four years later, I wanted to experience a “natural” delivery.  I opted for a VBAC (vaginal delivery after C-section). The VBAC quickly turned into an emergency where the maternal fetal medicine physician gave me two options: Get this baby out now, or undergo an emergent C-section. My mind flashed back to the arduous recovery of the C-section. I really wanted […]

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Katy Perry Hopes Her Baby Is A Girl, And That Is Perfectly Fine

Ryan Pierse/Getty I’m sure you have heard the news: Katy Perry is pregnant She and fiance, Orlando Bloom, are expecting their first child together this summer. She’s obviously over the moon about this exciting time. Perry took to the stage at the Women’s Cricket World Cup in Melbourne, Australia telling her fans she hopes she’s having a girl. Cue the outrage from folks who can’t mind their own damn business. People felt the need to chime in with their unsolicited opinions, shaming her for having thoughts and […]

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When It Comes To Infertility And Insurance, The Odds Are Against LGBTQ Couples

Courtesy of Jessica Reyman To date, my wife and I have been on our fertility journey for a little over one month. In that month, I have been poked and prodded. My blood has been drawn, and dye has been injected into my uterus. I have been x-rayed, and received a booster of a surprisingly painful vaccine because my immunity to a certain disease had waned over time. I have spent hundreds on ovulation predictor kits to track my cycle for the past six months, and have […]

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I Have Been In That Dark Place, Fellow Moms– You Are Not Alone

Ponomariova_Maria/Getty I am many things. I wear many hats. For a long time, and mainly before the birth of my daughter, I was someone who defined themselves by books and the stories they bring, being a good wife to my loving husband,  being a landscape designer, and generally a good human being. Especially the last one; I wanted to bring good to the world and try, even if it was in my small way, to leave the world just slightly better. However, with the birth of my […]

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Stop Censoring Realistic Images Of Motherhood—We Need Them

Frida Mom/Youtube “What are those first few months like?” my friend asks. We’re sitting in my apartment chatting as my son runs around us. I look at him and can’t help but laugh. My friend, who is several years younger, is married and doesn’t yet have kids. But she and her husband know that having a baby is in their plans for the next few years. So I ask her, “How honest do you want me to be?” Being honest about motherhood, especially the early days, is […]

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Infertility Wreaked Havoc On My Sex Life

nd3000/Getty I write a lot about how infertility affects the woman who is physically going through the fertility treatments herself, because, duh. But I’ve never written about some of the way it can affect the relationship with her partner. Infertility can wreak havoc on a relationship. It definitely tests the “in good times and in bad” deal of marriage, to say the least. My husband and I definitely navigated through some rough terrain. Luckily, with communication and a ton of patience, we came out of it closer […]

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12 Beautiful Babymoon Destinations So You And Baby Can Get Some Sweet R&R

RuslanDashinsky/ Getty Pregnant and feeling a little overwhelmed? Wouldn’t you love to get away from it all alone or with your sweetheart and escape to a little piece of paradise, or at least, enjoy some much-needed R&R? If this all sounds like music to your ears (and why wouldn’t it?) it sounds like you’re in need of a babymoon, stat. In recent years taking a “babymoon” — which is essentially taking a mini-vacation before the birth of your child — has only grown in popularity. And why […]

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How To Do A Sex/Gender Reveal Party That Doesn’t Suck

milorad kravic/Getty Thanks to Pinterest and ridiculously over-hyped and dangerous gender reveal parties, baby showers can be expensive and polarizing. First of all, some showers are just ridiculous. Sorry friends, but I don’t want to play a game that makes me guess what melted chocolate bar is in the “poopy” diaper. Nor will I be able to relieve my anticipation of your baby’s gender just because you cut into a blue or pink cake. Feeding into stereotypical assumptions and biases about gender and gender roles isn’t a […]

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