• pregnant mama nesting in house
    Pregnancy
    5 Nesting Projects to Do Before Baby Arrives
    Planning for a baby can feel overwhelming. Between creating a registry, designing the nursery, ordering the newest baby gear, baby-proofing the house, and all the prenatal appointments, where do you find time to pause and think about what life wi...
    HeHe Stewart
  • Mom holding her bald baby
    Pregnancy
    What Color Hair Will My Baby Have? A Genetic Explanation
    Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your life easier with the latest and greatest parenting advice and products. We wanted to let you know that if you chose to purchase one of the items feat...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • feet of human fetus at 12 weeks and 1 day
    Week 13 of Pregnancy
    You are 12 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe toes are now separate and are all the same length. The ankle joints are now mature enough to be working, although it will still be many weeks before you are likely to be conscious of any kicks. ...
  • pregnant woman with manicure
    Pregnancy
    Is it Safe to Get Your Nails Done While Pregnant?
    Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your life easier with the latest and greatest parenting advice and products. We wanted to let you know that if you chose to purchase one of the items feat...
    HeHe Stewart
  • Pregnant woman playing with her son on the beach
    Pregnancy
    The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Beach Day While Pregnant
    Being pregnant makes everything harder, even relaxing days at the beach. But with a bit of preparation, a beach day can be just what the doctor ordered.  More: Top Toys for Traveling Toddlers Comfortable Seating First things first: invest in a...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • mom with freckles with baby
    Pregnancy
    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 melanin. They are appear most commonly on humans with lighter...
    HeHe Stewart
  • amniotic cavity of embedded blastocyst
    Week 5 of Pregnancy
    You are 4 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis is a microscope view of the amniotic cavity with the cells that will become the baby in a close-up. These cells will repeatedly divide and multiply, becoming more and more specialized at each stage of their development. ...
  • family having a gender reveal party
    Pregnancy
    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
  • is there a link between processed foods and autism
    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
    Pregnancy
    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
  • What to Expect in Your Third Trimester
    Third Trimester
    Third Trimester Basics: What to Expect in Your Last Three Months
    The third trimester is dedicated to intensive fetal growth. Your fetus will gain fully half its weight during this period. In the final months, there will be further essential lung and brain development. The food you eat during the final three m...
    Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo with Catherine Whitney
  • pregnant woman on social media
    Pregnancy
    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-chang...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • parents measuring baby
    Pregnancy
    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
    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
  • human embryo at 5 weeks and 4 days
    Week 6 of Pregnancy
    You are 5 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis image shows just how curled up the embryo is at this stage. The head end of the embryo is on the right. The embryo now has 22 pairs of somites (building blocks of the musculoskeletal system) running along the back. ...
  • geriatric pregnancy
    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
  • 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