Expecting Moms

I've Had 3 Miscarriages & I Still Think Pregnancy Sucks

As I'm sitting on my couch, fruitlessly trying to position my pregnant body in a way that won't make me uncomfortable, I feel a kick from my future child. Then another. Then another. I've waited two years and suffered through three miscarriages for…
By Danielle Campoamor

Here's How Far You Should Go Past Your Due Date, According To Science

When I was pregnant for the first time, I watched my baby's due date come and go without so much as a subtle sign childbirth was in my immediate future. So, like any first-time mom-to-be, I freaked out. Not only was I so over being pregnant, but I…
By Steph Montgomery

13 Things People Say To Pregnant Moms That Are Actually Problematic

In my experience, there's something about seeing a pregnant person or hearing that someone is expecting that makes even the most sensible people lose their filters and say exactly what's on their minds. As a result, there are so many things people…
By Steph Montgomery

Actually, I Loved Being Pregnant & That's Not Just Some BS

Every pregnancy is different, to be sure, and not just every pregnancy for every woman but every pregnancy a single woman experiences. My first was hell, for example, and I couldn't wait for those 40 weeks, more or less, to be over. But something…
By Candace Ganger

These Stories Of Pregnant Women Trying To Get Seats Will Have You Shouting "YAS GIRL"

There are many unwritten rules to riding public transportation, including but certainly not limited to: don't lean on the pole, let people off before getting on, and don't stand in front of the door during stops. But of all the unspoken rules, one…
By Sophie Hirsh

6 Of The Best Labor Positions, According To Experts

In my experience, the closer you are to the end of your pregnancy the more you think about childbirth and how you'll make it through relatively unscathed. Thankfully, there are birthing class, online resources, and knowledgable health care providers…
By Steph Montgomery

Honestly, I Wish I Would've Been Induced

The last few weeks of my pregnancy felt like they lasted forever. I was uncomfortable, exhausted, stressed out, and ready for my pregnancy to end and motherhood to begin. I also wanted to go into labor on my own. Most of my friends championed…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Describe The "Special" Kind Of Pain That Is Lightning Crotch

For most of us soon-to-be moms pregnancy isn't some blissfully enjoyable experience. Well, at least not 100 percent of the time. For me, being pregnant was like an adventure, and on this adventure I discovered something disgusting or painful about…
By Steph Montgomery

11 Questions I Should've Asked My OB-GYN Before My Vaginal Birth

Before I had my first baby I was nothing short of nervous. In order to prepare to the best of my ability I took classes, wrote a detailed birth plan, and armed myself with as much knowledge as a soon-to-be mom could handle. As a result, I truly…
By Steph Montgomery

9 Things No One Will Tell You About Hypertension, But I Will

A few weeks shy of my baby’s due date, I had my first high blood pressure reading. My midwife thought it must be a mistake. She joked about “white coat syndrome” making me nervous and had a nurse check my pressure again. Then, in what felt like an…
By Steph Montgomery

14 Things No One Will Tell You About Gestational Diabetes, But I Will

I knew, going into pregnancy, that there was a decent chance I would have gestational diabetes. After all, my mom had it for all her pregnancies. I was in the clear my first pregnancy but, of course, fate caught up with me during my second. Just as…
By Jamie Kenney

The One Thing I Ignored That Could've Made Pregnancy So Much Easier

The other day I spent time with a pregnant friend of mine. When I asked her how she was feeling, she stared at her feet and mumbled, "Fine." She didn't look fine, though, so I told her that I hated pregnancy, especially in the summer. She signed…
By Steph Montgomery

The Perseid Meteor Shower Is Coming & Here’s How It Can Affect Your Pregnancy

Those of us who like wishing on shooting stars are about to be in luck. The annual Perseid meteor shower is coming, and expected to peak on August 12 and 13, according to Space.com. The 2018 shower will be particularly amazing, giving star-gazers a…
By Steph Montgomery

13 Very Real Fears Every Mom Has Before Her Second Baby Is Born

I got pregnant with my daughter on my son's second birthday. Whereas my first child was a not terribly surprising but also sort of surprising happy surprise, our second child was very much planned. My husband and I had always known we'd wanted more…
By Jamie Kenney

9 Moms Share How They Managed Their Pregnancy Anxiety

Living with anxiety isn't easy, but that doesn't mean many of us can't find ways to cope. From medication to therapy, using cannabis to taking daily walks, living a productive, happy, thriving life with anxiety is possible. Pregnancy can make it…
By Priscilla Blossom

Here's What Pregnant Women Need To Know About Rising Heat Wave Deaths

Summer in Texas and summer in New York are two different, but equally horrible, experiences. Living in New York during the summer means smelling rancid garbage while dealing with high humidity. In Texas, summer means being suffocated by the haze of…
By Annamarya Scaccia

6 Factors That Increase The Risk Of A Heart Attack During Pregnancy, According To Experts

Pregnancy puts a lot of added stress on the body. Not only are you dealing with the usual aches and pains associated with growing another human being inside your body, but certain factors during pregnancy can increase your risk of experiencing other…
By Candace Ganger

14 Moms Reveal The Moment They Realized They Were Pregnant

To my surprise, I knew I was pregnant before I held a positive pregnancy test in my hot little hands. My partner and I had been trying for only a few weeks, but I knew something was different. I went to the bathroom thinking my period had started,…
By Steph Montgomery

13 Best 2018 Amazon Prime Day Buys For Pregnant Women

Once upon a time, the biggest shopping thrill a parent (or parent-to-be) could experience was getting the Sears catalog or the Toys 'R' Us "Big Book" right before Christmas. It was a shopaholic's dream: page after page of baby supplies, toys,…
By Shana Aborn

7 Reasons Why Being Pregnant In July Is The Best

July is notorious for being one of the hottest months of the year, and this summer seems to be no exception. The heat, having older kids home from school all day, every single day, and did I mention the heat? Well, it's all enough to make even the…
By Candace Ganger