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27 Truths About Postpartum That No One Told You

Scary Mommy and FatCamera/Getty Can we talk about that emotionally fraught, magical, terrifying period of time called postpartum? I think every person who has ever been pregnant with their first child has been a little nervous about actually getting the little cherub from the womb into the world. By the time a baby arrives, most people have some idea of what they’re about to encounter during the delivery. But that postpartum phase– when the baby is out,…

There’s a New Pregnancy Discrimination Bill in the House. This Time It Might Pass. – The New York Times

“The statistics are part of the picture, but they don’t give a full picture,” said Charlotte Burrows, chair of the EEOC. “What we find across the board is that most workers, if they’ve experienced discrimination, don’t report it. Women in that situation are focused on ‘let me get another job.’” Middle ground In 2012, Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, joined forces with advocacy groups, including A Better Balance, and House colleagues, including Ms. Speier, to…

‘Maternity Homes’ Still Exist––Then vs. Now

Jenna Norman/Unsplash Spending all day on the internet—mostly for work—means I stumble across a lot of personal stories. Not all of them are memorable, but Denny and Karen Vinar’s story was, and it took me down a rabbit hole. In 1961, Denny and Karen were teenage sweethearts; they were in love and living their best teenage lives until the two conceived a child. Karen’s parents sent Karen to a home for unwed mothers, known as a maternity…

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe during pregnancy? Experts weigh in – AAMC

Julia Eicher, DO, really wanted a baby. She and her husband had been trying to start a family and she’d lost a pregnancy, so when she became pregnant again in May 2020, she was overjoyed. Still, with the joy came worry. Eicher was about to start her first year of residency in family medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, where she would be treating COVID-19 patients. She knew that her pregnancy would put…

Your Breast Milk May Be Different Colors — Here’s What They Mean

Scary Mommy and Jamie Grill/Getty I had a scary moment after I ran my first half marathon. I was feeling really out of it when I was done — dizzy, lightheaded and weak. I hadn’t slept the night before because I was really nervous and it was a hot day. I figured that was all it was and I needed more water and a nap. Then, I went to take a much needed pee and noticed the…