Tag Archives: Health / Wellness

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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An Ultrasound Tech Shamed Me For Taking Prescription Meds While Pregnant

Courtesy of Victoria Edelman On a particularly cold January day in 2018, I was laying on a particularly cold examining table, waiting for a technician to come examine my unborn child. I was at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Center, in their high risk ward. I was really only there because my fundal height was measuring one centimeter off. There was a 99% chance everything was fine, and my doctor had assured me of that at least 27 times before I’d left his office crying the day before. […]

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I’m Digging Myself Out Of Postpartum Depression–Slowly, But Surely

AlexLinch/Getty Yesterday I googled: “Normal amount of times a day to cry with a six-month-old.” I then had to retype my Google entry to clarify who I was asking for: “Normal amount of times a day for a mother to cry with a six month old.” There are some days that I feel like I’m an incredible mother. Like, I look at my children and think, “Goddamn, you’re doing something right, because these kids are unbelievable.” Then there are most days when I feel like I’m completely […]

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Everything You’ll Want To Know About Maternity Leave

As if bringing a baby into this world isn’t stressful enough, there’s a ton to figure out regarding maternity leave and paid time off. Not to worry, because we’re here to explain ALL OF THE THINGS. We’ll demystify the (FMLA) Federal Medical Leave Act, including what it covers and what it doesn’t. We’ll tell you what a Health Savings Account is, and how Flexible Savings Accounts work. We’ll explain everything so that you can get back to trying to figure out how to put together the crib. […]

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Can We Stop It With The Mommy Bladder Jokes?

Scary Mommy, wittyotter_/Twitter, Pongsak Tawansaeng/EyeEm/Getty You’ve probably seen the memes and tweets about the infamous “mommy bladder” so many of us acquire after we’ve had a kid or two. You’ve probably laughed along with them, feeling a sense of relief knowing that you’re not the only one who leaks a little when you sneeze, jump, run, or cough–that you’re not the only one who’s had to change undies after a particularly good laugh-fest. Sorry I’m late.I sneezed and had to go back home to change my pants. […]

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Indiana Is In A State Of Crisis When It Comes To Maternal Mortality

Scary Mommy and Mayte Torres/Getty Indiana, for all of its faults, does have some benefits, including a relatively affordable cost of living. But when it comes to the price of health care in the state, an individual’s average payout for treatment is higher than many places in the nation, with ER visits more than double the cost of what they are in surrounding states. Considering these steep prices, Indiana’s healthcare system should be phenomenal, right? As it turns out, Indiana is one of three states with the […]

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I Was Hospitalized For My PPD

Courtesy of Katarina Garcia I was hospitalized in the “looney bin,” or at least that’s what I call it when I talk to my friends. I stayed three long days in the behavioral hospital for my postpartum depression. I always end up turning my experience into a laughing matter, when in fact what happened to me isn’t very funny. It’s just my way of coping with what I went through. It’s not something a lot of people feel comfortable discussing, but I try to be as open […]

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What The Color Of Your Breastmilk Can Mean

Small Town Births/Instagram and exclusive_pumping/Instagram If you were asked to picture the color of breastmilk, you’d probably imagine a white or yellowish bottle of it. Or maybe you’d imagine its milky white goodness dribbling out of the corner of your baby’s mouth—or, let’s be honest, shooting straight across the room when your baby unlatches. Either way, it’s probably a whitish color that you’re thinking of, right? Well, the fact is that breastmilk usually is white or yellowish white (liquid gold!), but sometimes breastmilk changes color. After all, […]

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I Love My ‘Mom Pouch’ and Stretch Marks More Than I Ever Thought I Would

Courtesy of Lindsay Wolf It’s almost bedtime, and the kids are going bonkers. My nine-month-old has just learned how to walk, so he’s traipsing around the room like he owns the joint (and he kinda does). My 3-year-old is donning a cape and nothing else, as she runs around in circles making airplane sounds and pretending to fly. Meanwhile, I’m trying to stay inconspicuous as I lay down in a quiet corner, so I can keep zoning out on my phone in peace. Courtesy of Lindsay Wolf […]

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