popular topics in pregnancy

  • mom with freckles with baby
    Will My Baby Have Freckles?
    What is a freckle and how do you get them? Ephelides, also known as freckles, are clusters of skin cells that have browned due to high exposure to sun and results in overproduction of melatonin. They are appear most commonly on humans with light...
    HeHe Stewart
  • family having a gender reveal party
    Are Gender Reveal Parties Problematic?
    2018 was the year of elaborate Pinterest-inspired gender reveal parties. Let’s hope 2019 is the year that ends this unnecessary trend. These parties are over the top, costly, and force newborns to subscribe to gender norms. Baby showers and spr...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • 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...
  • is there a link between processed foods and autism
    Is There a Link Between Processed Foods and Autism?
    Autism may be linked to the consumption of processed foods during pregnancy, according to a new study. Dr. Selah Naser of the University of Central Florida has investigated the relationship between an acid added to packaged foods and fetal brain ...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • pregnant woman relaxing
    Can I Use CBD Oil While Pregnant?
    CBD oil is touted online as a one-stop remedy for relieving inflammation, stress, anxiety, nausea, and more. Many of those ailments could be symptoms of pregnancy, but you may want to do a bit of research before giving it a try.  More: Do You R...
    Jacqueline Weiss
  • pregnant woman on social media
    Why I Decided to Keep My Pregnancy Off Social Media and Don't Regret It
    It seems like every social media platform is filled with pictures of babies, pregnant bellies, and family photoshoots, but it doesn’t mean you have to participate. To say having a baby is a big life event is an understatement. It’s life-chan...
    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...
  • parents measuring baby
    How Tall Will My Baby Be? A Genetic Explanation
    When a soon-to-be-parent learns they’re expecting a child, their brains go into overdrive—including wondering what—or who!—their child will look like. Brown hair? Blonde hair? Red hair? No hair? Which may trickle into pondering about heig...
    Rachel Sokol
  • ultrasound of an ama pregnancy
    The Manipulations You May Face During an AMA Pregnancy
    Many women have shared stories of birth trauma with me and almost always there’s manipulation of some sort sprinkled throughout. Sometimes, it’s outright and sometimes it’s truly disguised as “caring advice” or a “gentle nudge.”   ...
    HeHe Stewart
  • geriatric pregnancy
    I'm Having a "Geriatric Pregnancy." Am I Really At Risk?
    There are many things that could use a facelift within the birth world, but one of the most disturbing things to me is the language that is used to speak to and of pregnant people. It’s absolutely incredible the level of disrespect and twisted ...
    HeHe Stewart
  • 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...
  • pregnant woman wearing maternity wardrobe staples
    Maternity Clothing Staples That Will Last All Three Trimesters
    Shopping is fun but tedious. And shopping while you’re pregnant is that, plus it’s exhausting. Trying to find clothing that will carry you through your entire pregnancy (plus postpartum if you’re lucky) can be a challenge, but so worth it....
    Sa'iyda Shabazz
  • woman holding sonogram to determine sex of baby
    Why Do Some Women Only Give Birth to Boys or Girls? A Genetic Explanation
    I am one of three sisters; my mom has three sisters, and my dad has three sisters. My husband and I have two girls. Most of my first cousins are female—in fact, it’s a long-running joke that women dominate both sides of my family and that if...
    Rachel Sokol
  • heartbroken by 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
  • 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
  • robes to pack in your hospital bag
    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
  • traits babies can inherit from father
    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