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    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
  • pregnant woman wearing maternity wardrobe staples
    Pregnancy
    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
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    Signs and Stages of Labor
    Signs of Labor
    As labor approaches, your body starts to prepare itself for the task ahead and you may notice various physical symptoms and signs that labor is about to start. Not every woman experiences labor in the same way, and certain signs can occur either ...
  • woman holding sonogram to determine sex of baby
    Pregnancy
    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
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    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
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    Failure to Progress
    Failure to Progress in Labor
    If your cervix is not dilating, or your baby is not descending, as quickly as expected during the first stage, your doctor will try to assess why this is and if something can be done. Usually, your doctor will assess the three P's: The passenger...
  • 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
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    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
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    Signs and Stages of Labor
    How Labor Progresses
    Since every woman's experience of labor is different, it's hard to say exactly what your experience will be like. However, the stages of labor are common for all women. The first stage, when labor becomes established, starts when contractions sta...
  • 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
  • female hands at belly with with BOY and GIRL cards
    Pregnancy
    I Wanted a Girl, But I'm Having a Boy. Here's How I Got Over It
    Growing up, Laura always figured she’d be a mother to both girls and boys. So much so, that it never even occurred to her that she could end up with either all sons or all daughters. Having grown up in small, tight-knit families, Laura and her...
    Julia Ries
  • 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