popular topics in pregnancy

  • heartbroken by miscarriage
    Miscarriage
    Miscarriage Happens, Here's Why We Need to Talk About It
    Miscarriage. Just the word alone makes some people shutter. It makes the warmest friendships turn ice cold. It makes the coziest love turn into a desert. It leaves the most fulfilled people as brittle shells. In the book, Navigating The Land Of ...
    HeHe Stewart
  • robes to pack in your hospital bag
    Pregnancy
    The Best Labor and Delivery Robes
    A robe is a hospital must-have for postpartum moms. They not only keep you warm in the chilly hospital, but they’re so practical for nursing, using the bathroom, and for your prenatal care. Overall, wearing a cute robe instead of an ugly hospit...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Eye color genetic chart
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    What Color Will My Baby's Eyes Be? A Genetic Explanation
    */ Genes come in pairs, and each gene in a pair may differ slightly. One gene may be dominant, and override the other gene, which is recessive. A recessive gene only has an effect if both genes in a pair are recessive. An example is eye color. A...
  • traits babies can inherit from father
    Pregnancy
    8 Traits Babies Inherit From Their Father
    As a birth professional, I often get asked about traits and my opinion on if babies will come here with this or that! Most people ask about things like eye color and birth weight, but sometimes it’s things like hairline and webbed toes. More: ...
    HeHe Stewart
  • thoughts running through a mom brain
    Mom's Health and Fitness
    What Real ‘Mom Brain’ Looks Like
    After becoming a mom, it can feel as though not much changes anymore. For your kids, sure. But for you? It often seems as though you’re trapped in the routine of changing diapers, picking up toys and crumbs and random socks left in the middle o...
    Kristine Galli Hankins
  • baby after delayed cord clamping
    Pregnancy
    The Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping After Birth
    Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, and preparing for the actual labor and delivery can practically feel like a full-time job. There are so many choices to consider. Natural or medicated delivery? Midwife or doct...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • pregnant woman waking husband for hospital
    Signs and Stages of Labor
    Pregnancy: When to Go to the Hospital
    Pregnancy: When to Go to the Hospital Fake Contractions (Braxton Hicks) Most women will experience "fake" contractions sometime in their pregnancy – not all women, but most. Fake contractions, more commonly known as Braxton Hicks contractions, a...
  • mom-to-be taking pregnancy selfie
    Pregnancy
    How to Take a Pregnancy Selfie
    Looking to document your pregnancy outside of just your sonogram print-outs? This guide to snapping selfies throughout your pregnancy from the beginning to end is made for social media savvy moms-to-be. While you’ll be passing out photos to you...
    Jacqueline Weiss
  • parents and pregnancy surrogate holding pregnant belly
    Pregnancy
    What It's Really Like to Use a Pregnancy Surrogate
    In the last few years, it seems that women are talking more openly about surrogacy. Actress Gabrielle Union talked openly about her fertility struggles that lead to welcoming her daughter Kaavia James via gestational surrogate. Kim Kardashian ha...
    Sa'iyda Shabazz
  • pregnant woman holding belly
    Pregnancy
    Coping With Anxiety During Pregnancy
    Yay, you are pregnant! Folding onesies, picking out the paint color for the nursery, and rubbing away on your swollen belly, blissfully dreaming of kissing your soon to be baby. What a joyous time… or is it? While some women may see a decrease...
    Brittany McCabe
  • Illustration of fetus head pushing on effacing cervix
    Dilation and Effacement
    First Stage of Labor
    For your baby to be born the cervix (comprised of firm muscle that forms a strong base at the bottom of the uterus) needs to stretch and soften so that it can open, or dilate, and your baby can pass out of the uterus and into the vagina. Toward t...
  • young woman drinking fresh juice smoothie
    Pregnancy
    10 Health Changes to Make if You Plan to Get Pregnant in the New Year
    They say you’re never quite ready for everything motherhood throws your way--as much as you try. However, if you’re hoping this new year is THE year you’ll get pregnant (fingers and toes crossed!) there are some ways to prep your body for ...
    Rachel Sokol
  • pregnant woman sitting at home during christmas
    Pregnancy
    8 Reasons Why Being Pregnant During the Holidays Is The Worst
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, when you’re pregnant during the holidays you may feel anything but merry and bright. Aches, pains, and the inability to indulge in some of your favorite party snacks and drinks are only a few...
    Erin Ollila
  • man attracted to pregnant woman
    Pregnancy
    New Study Proves Men Are Naturally Attracted to Pregnant Women
    Pregnancy is a beautiful experience, but it can also leave many expectant mothers feeling vulnerable and self-conscious about their changing body, and for some men, pregnant women are a turn-on. More: Sexuality and Breastfeeding A new study put ...
    Jacqueline Weiss
  • baby sleeping in crib next to parents bed
    Setting Up the Nursery
    Where Should Newborns Sleep?
    Have you decided where your new bundle of joy will sleep when she comes home? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping your infant in the same room where you sleep (but not in the same bed) to greatly reduce the risk of Sudden ...
    Erin Dower
  • collage of holiday maternity dresses
    Pregnancy
    7 Maternity Dresses (+1 Jumpsuit) Perfect for Holiday Parties
    OK, fine, you can’t wear your fave pairs of pre-pregnancy jeans (or perhaps even your beloved heels--darn foot swelling!) this holiday season because you’ve...oh, you know...got a cute lil’ baby under that belly bump! Buck up, momma-to-be--...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Pregnancy
    Queen Elizabeth Hates The Word "Pregnant", Here's Why:
    Rarely do we learn of behind closed doors, insider intel on what the Queen of England really thinks but we’ve got an interesting little tidbit about the one word she absolutely hates. There are many words we can imagine the British Monarch wou...
    Laura Richards
  • pregnant woman at christmas time
    Pregnancy
    8 Reasons Why Being Pregnant During The Holidays is Awesome
    The holidays can be a time of stress for so many of us. I wondered if pregnancy provided women with a sense of comfort or was an added factor to the holiday hustle and bustle. I reached out to moms in various stages of their pregnancy and parent...
    HeHe Stewart