Tag Archives: Health / Wellness

5 Things I Learned While My Baby Was In The NICU

Courtesy of Dr. Pooja Sharma Heartbreaking doesn’t even begin to describe that sinking feeling you get when you see your baby behind a door, in a glass box, in nothing but a diaper, with tubes shoved up her nose, a name tag on her wrist (so she doesn’t get mixed up with other babies — my biggest fear at the time) just lying there. Maybe she’s thinking “Where’s my mother?” “What are these scary beeping sounds?” “Why am I not in my warm cosy home anymore?” My […]

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Climate Change Can (And Does) Negatively Impact Pregnant Moms And Babies

Scary Mommy and LWA/Dann Tardif/Getty Climate change affects all aspects of our lives, whether we realize it or not. It permeates every facet of the Earth, which means it’s directly affecting us in our daily lives. A new review of studies on the subject shows that air pollution and high heat exposure have a staggering effect on births. Both can lead to premature birth, low birth weight and even stillbirth. After a team of researchers studied 32 million births in the US, it was also clear that […]

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A Virus Caused My Son Brain Damage In Utero

Jaclyn Greenberg Almost eight years ago, I caught a virus. I was pregnant with my second child, I didn’t know I was sick, and when our son was born, we learned the virus had caused brain damage. As you can imagine, shock and guilt barely begin to describe the feelings my husband and I faced when we learned of our son’s impending disabilities (he is unable to walk or talk), and the cause (a virus called Cytomegalovirus, or CMV). We are hygienically clean, take vitamins, eat well […]

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To Doctors, My Fertility Was More Important Than My Pain

Scary Mommy and Westend61/Getty “Are you sure you’re done?” my doctor said to me. “You’re still young.” I had been fidgeting with my hands, rubbing the space between my fingers one by one, when I felt my hands ball up into tight fists and release. Here I was in front of a gynecological specialist I’d traveled more than two hours to see, and he had spent the first five minutes of our conversation asking me about my dating and sex life. Informing him that I’m currently going […]

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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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