• 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
  • pregnant woman eating
    Healthy Pregnancy Diet
    The 10 Most Common Pregnancy Cravings and Why We Have Them
    Sweet, salty, sour, spicy — cravings during pregnancy can run the gamut. While certain cravings may indicate a nutritional need, many can be attributed to the amped-up hormones coursing through your body. So what types of food (and non-food ite...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • 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
  • 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
  • human embryo at 5 weeks and 6 days
    Week 6 of Pregnancy
    You are 5 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayDevelopment in the upper body usually precedes that in the lower body-this image shows the bulge containing the heart and liver, and the very earliest sign of development of the upper limb buds, but as yet there is no sign of the l...
  • 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 docto...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • 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
  • Woman in office learning about maternity leave
    Maternity Leave
    Maternity Leave Laws: What Are Your Rights?
    It wasn't so long ago that there were no laws to protect pregnant women on the job. If an employer didn't want a pregnant woman at work, he or she could fire her. If a woman wanted to come back to work after delivering her child, there was no gua...
  • parents and pregnancy surrogate holding pregnant belly
    Pregnancy
    How Does Surrogacy Work?
    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 has...
    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
  • 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 b...
    Rachel Sokol
  • human embryo at 5 weeks and 5 days
    Week 6 of Pregnancy
    You are 5 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis is a view of the right side of an embryo with the fronds of the chorionic villi in the background. The curled shape of the embryo is clearly demonstrated. The umbilical cord attachment to the early placenta can just be seen. ...
  • 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 t...
    Jacqueline Weiss
  • 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