Expecting Moms

6 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Doctor During A Transvaginal Ultrasound

As soon as I held that positive pregnancy test in my hot little hands, I scheduled an appointment with my doctor. I was excited, nervous, scared, and happy, all at once, and that first ultrasound was the culmination of those juxtaposing feelings. The…
By Candace Ganger

Can We Finally Start Taking Morning Sickness Seriously?

What if I told you that there was a health condition that can cause nausea, vomiting, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, depression, malnutrition, kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and even death? This condition is extremely common, so we …
By Steph Montgomery

9 Reasons Nesting Is The Best Part Of Pregnancy

Nesting — it's not just for mama birds. The urge to clean, organize, and otherwise prepare your home for the arrival of a baby is common among human mothers, too. It's not a medical condition, but that doesn't mean it's not a real biological instinct…
By Kimmie Fink

12 People Who Can Make Or Break Your Third Trimester

In my experience, the third trimester of pregnancy can be awesome and miserable... simultaneously. One one hand, you're exhausted, uncomfortable, and impatient. On the other, you get to feel your baby dance inside you, you know your pregnancy is almo…
By Steph Montgomery

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Hold Back When Celebrating Your Pregnancy

By today's standards, I was somewhat young when I got pregnant with my first child. I was newly married, about a year and a half in, when my husband and I decided we would try for a baby. I was pregnant within a month and, honestly, had minor panic a…
By Dina Leygerman

11 Things No One Tells You About Your Second Pregnancy, But I Will

Every pregnancy is unique, and for better or for worse, your second pregnancy will probably different from your first. That's not to say there won't be some similarities — pregnancy follows a similar trajectory each time. You'll definitely benefit fr…
By Kimmie Fink

11 TV Shows That Are “Dangerous” To Watch When You’re Pregnant

Full disclosure? I did not enjoy being pregnant. I was exhausted, uncomfortable, experienced complications, and was in a constant state of worry. To make matters worse, I am super-sensitive when I’m not pregnant. In other words, I had a tendency to c…
By Steph Montgomery

10 People Who Can Make Or Break Your First Trimester

Even the best pregnancies are never completely easy, physically or emotionally. Even if you're one of those lucky folks who glows and leaves a trail of freshly blooming wild flowers in her Earth Goddess wake, there are still challenges to be had. If …
By Jamie Kenney

6 Signs Your Dog Has Anxiety About Your Pregnancy

In case you didn't know, dogs are naturally intuitive. They can sense danger before it happens, sniff things out that a human nose can't detect, and instinctively know when you're down and out. And even the kindest, most even-tempered dog might show …
By Candace Ganger

Pregnancy Can Be So Intrusive & It's Time We Talk About It

I used to be kind of shy about my body... until I had babies. Now, I pretty much let everything all hang out — sometimes literally. When someone walks in on me in a changing room, or I accidentally flash the neighbors, I simply laugh. It's not really…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Thoughts Every Pregnant Woman Has When She Experiences Lightning Crotch For The First Time

In my line of work, I've come across any number of strange and terrifying pregnancy terms, including "bloody show," "stress-induced incontinence," and "nipple hyperpigmentation," just to name a few. Given how challenging my pregnancies are (from hype…
By Kimmie Fink

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

9 Things Every Coworker Should Say To The Pregnant Woman In The Office

In my experience, being pregnant at work is the worst. Sure, a few people will say "congratulations" or offer help, but the pros are few and far between. And while I get that having a pregnant coworker can be frustrating — and they might not be able …
By Steph Montgomery

7 People You'll Legit Hate In Your First Trimester

In my experience, the first trimester is the absolute worst. With both my pregnancies I was nauseated, moody, exhausted, and full to the brim with anxiety. And you know what made it all worse? People. The people you will legit hate in your first trim…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Everyday Activities That *Totally* Count As Exercise When You're Pregnant

Exercise is an essential part of a healthy pregnancy. Well, that's what my husband keeps telling me. He's not wrong, though, and a regular exercise routine can help alleviate pregnancy discomforts, stress, and help prepare your body for childbirth. C…
By Kimmie Fink

What To Eat Before A Gestational Diabetes Test, According To Experts

When you're growing another human, taking care of your body is arguably your number one priority. After all, if you're not healthy your future baby might not be healthy. (And forming-fetus aside, you deserve to be healthy regardless.) At the beginnin…
By Shari Maurer

10 People Who Will Change Your Life When You're On Bedrest

To be honest, I did not enjoy pregnancy. I was tired, swollen, and in considerable pain. So when I was ordered on bedrest for preeclampsia, I was actually looking forward to it. I imagined bedrest would be relaxing and just what I needed to keep my b…
By Steph Montgomery

9 People Who Will Change Your Life When You Have Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is one of those things you have to experience to really understand. Movies, television shows, and overplayed stereotypes make it seem like a bad hangover (which would be semi-accurate if hangovers lasted months). And since most peopl…
By Steph Montgomery

7 Things I Wish I Knew About Bed Rest *Before* I Actually Experienced It

As a pregnant woman, it's difficult not to instantly feel excited the first time you hear the words "bed rest." I mean, at a glance the idea of lying around all day seems luxurious, even relaxing, and surely the epitome of every pregnant woman's drea…
By Candace Ganger

Honestly, I've Never Felt More Lonely Than When I Was Pregnant

They say that motherhood can be isolating, and I believe that to be true. In fact, those feelings of loneliness can start well before you take your baby home, like the minute that pregnancy test turns positive and you realize your life's going to cha…
By Priscilla Blossom