Category Archives: Pregnancy And You

I Handled A Pregnancy, A Job Change, And My Spouse’s Cancer All In One Grueling Year

My daughter turned five today. That in itself feels like a huge milestone. We’re finally past the newborn stage, filled with the nights that felt like they would never end. The colicky crying that had me in tears as well, and the zombie-like state where the days bleed into each other. We’re past the huge “firsts” that happen in year one: sitting up, solid food, crawling, walking, and first words. The toddler stage flew by, from the first “No!” to learning how to care for two children […]

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If It Weren’t For My Pregnancy, I Wouldn’t Have Discovered My Breast Cancer

Courtesy of Jenny Leon As I entered the delivery room, my eyes were immediately drawn to the scarlet letter: the red handwriting on the whiteboard outside of my room upon which was scrawled “B.C.” for breast cancer. This caused a lot of discomfort among the nursing staff, who would start lecturing me about breastfeeding before awkwardly catching their error and turning a shade of scarlet themselves, their expressions transformed into apologetic looks of pity. I hated pity. I was determined to keep breast cancer out of the […]

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When Choosing A Newborn Photographer, There’s More To Consider Than Artistic Ability

Nicole De Khors/Burst Newborn photography has become somewhat of a parenthood staple in America. I mean, is there anything quite as wholesome as a photo of your fresh squeeze all curled up, swaddled like baby Jesus in a muslin cloth, while showing off their best gummy grins to the camera? It. Is. Bliss. And what makes it even more adorable and memorable is when you’re able to get those shots during that perfect window of time at five to 14 days following birth — that week-and-a-half “sweet […]

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Fellow White Women: We Must Support the Fight for Reproductive Justice—Especially in the Time of COVID-19

Scary Mommy and Courtney Hale/Getty I was lucky. I had the biggest baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. My son was born a full-term and healthy baby boy. He was sent to the NICU to monitor a breathing issue, jaundice, and a heart murmur—all issues that turned out to be temporary and minor. He was released from the hospital five days later. Those five days were a blur. I was exhausted from a multi-day labor and left weak from a postpartum hemorrhage. Yet I walked to […]

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How To Adjust Your Birth Plan During COVID-19

Prostock-Studio/Getty For many pregnant women, their “birth plan” is everything. Oftentimes we enter the labor and delivery experience with high hopes, specific expectations, and dreams of how it’s going to go. Epidural… without drugs… home birth… hospital birth… pushing in a bed, in a squat, or in a pool… each of us has thoughts and preferences, rules even, of how we want to bring our babies into the world. Some of us want only our significant others there; others bring an entourage and a  professional photographer. In […]

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COVID-19 Can Make PPD Worse For Some Moms

Scary Mommy and Tatyana Antusenok/Getty I’ve been in my home with my new baby for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The last time I left the house for anything other than groceries was for my daughter’s two-month wellness check. I had all three kids in tow, and when we got home, my husband called to let me know that he was becoming concerned about COVID-19. He thought it would be best if we started our own voluntary isolation, and I agreed. Within days, the whole […]

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How To Save Money On Maternity Clothes Since That Bump Won’t Last Forever

Negative Space/Pexels There’s so much planning and buying once you find out you’re pregnant and going to be a mommy. From diaper and linen stockpiles to nursery decor and itty-bitty baby clothes, your money quickly vanishes right before your eyes. One thing that doesn’t vanish? Your belly. As a matter of fact, it’s getting bigger. And bigger. With so many baby needs, it can be hard to reconcile spending money on dressing the bump, when you know the bump will be gone in a few short months. […]

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What I Learned From My Postpartum Meltdown

Courtesy of Nina Turcsanyi This photo was taken on a Tuesday morning, ten minutes after my husband left me at home with our new baby to go back to work (taken after I dried my tears and wiped my snot-covered face). I didn’t prepare myself for that seemingly insignificant moment— always focusing on my impending return to work. But now here I was in a quiet house just me, my baby, and the revelation that I had zero idea what I was doing. The few days he was […]

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Pregnancy Due Date Calculator: When Is Your Baby’s Expected Due Date?

Kwangmoozaa/ Getty Congrats, mama! If you’re here, it means you’ve got a bun in the oven — or some early pregnancy symptoms have you pretty darn sure you do. We don’t have to tell you how exciting this is (you may already be looking up baby names!). But that doesn’t mean we don’t have any sage words for you. In addition to the congratulatory sentiment we started with, we can help you home in on your baby’s anticipated due date. Use Scary Mommy’s pregnancy due date calculator, […]

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Ovulation Calculator: Find Out The Most Fertile Days In Your Menstrual Cycle

SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Trying to get pregnant? You’ve come to the right place. Well, we can at least help point you in the right direction — the baby-making itself is obviously an extracurricular activity for the bedroom (or car, or kitchen counter or, you know, wherever). But we digress. Here’s the 4-1-1 on conceiving. The most fertile days of your menstrual cycle occur around the time you’re ovulating. According to the American Pregnancy Association, this is known as your “Estimated Fertility Window.” Before we dive into the […]

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