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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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It Took Years To ‘Get Over’ My Traumatic Childbirth Experiences

Courtesy of Taylor Garvin Now, to be clear, no one was asking me to “get over” my C-sections, but it was definitely something I had to work through. Leading up to the birth of my daughter, I didn’t really prepare in any way at all, except reading one book, where I intentionally skipped the part on C-sections. I honestly thought it was something reserved for extremely special circumstances/complications. And if it was the case, for myself, I probably would have been aware of it, prior to. I wanted to […]

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Diastasis Recti Is More Than Just A ‘Mommy Pooch’

Estersinhache fotografía/Getty A few weeks ago, actress Kate Hudson shared a video on her Instagram stories about wanting to “reconnect” her ab muscles. Fresh out of a workout, the mom of three exclaims, “Did my workout. My abs. Arghhhh. Arghhh. Can’t get ‘em. Arghhh. It’s not working!” Then she adds: “still trying to reconnect, I guess.” All jokes aside, Hudson – who just had her third baby in October 2018 – is bringing up an actual medical condition that impacts the majority of women who’ve been pregnant: […]

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