Tag Archives: Health / Wellness

What Pregnant And Postpartum Moms Need To Know About Coronavirus, According To The Experts

Xinhua News Agency/Getty If you’re an expectant or new mom, hearing all the scary news about coronavirus can be really nerve-wracking, to say the least. After all, pregnant women are usually more vulnerable to illnesses than non-pregnant women—and any health scares they experience can put their growing babies at risk. Breastfeeding moms may worry if the virus can pass into their milk and whether it’s okay to continue nursing. Whether you’re breastfeeding or not, if you have a brand new baby at home, you may be worried […]

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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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‘By The Way, You Might Have Postpartum Depression’

Sally Anscombe/Getty “Oh, by the way, you might have postpartum depression,” the pediatrician casually announced from the doorway of the examining room. He had just finished the two-month well baby checkup for my healthy, wobbly newborn daughter and had said our appointment was through, so I was getting ready to leave. “It’s from that form you filled out. Yeah, you might want to see someone about that,” he said, somehow farther away, less in the door frame and more in the hallway of the office. “Okay then, […]

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When You Have To Take A Gamble With Your Unborn Baby’s Life

Courtesy of Halle Quezada I switched providers in my 33rd week of pregnancy because I wanted the most natural, unmedicated child birth possible. Ironically, at my first appointment with my new doctor, I was admitted to the hospital and quickly overflowing with, as my third high-risk pregnancy doctor described, “near toxic IV doses” of two heart medications. So much for unmedicated; my baby boy had fetal atrial flutter. The pediatric cardio-electrophysiologist was called in from a nearby hospital, and we watched together on the ultrasound screen as […]

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8 Things That Do — And Don’t — Improve His Sperm Quality, According To Experts

PeopleImages/ Getty Whether you’re actively trying to get pregnant or are just looking ahead to the future, you may want to start thinking about the quality of what you’re putting into your body. In this case, we’re not talking about eating organic foods or switching to clean beauty products — we’re talking about some good old-fashioned sperm. If your plans to eventually get pregnant involve having one (or more) of your eggs fertilized by a male partner (possibly the least-sexy way to talk about sex ever), you […]

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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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