Health

5 Red Flags That Your Lightning Crotch Is More Serious Than You Think

There are innumerable discomforts involved in making and baking a baby. It starts with swallowing vitamins that are roughly the size of your thumb and ends with a baby being spewed forth from your loins. One of the more uncomfortable symptoms of preg…
By Cat Bowen

7 Ways Not Vaccinating Your Child Affects Them Later In Life

The issue of vaccinating babies is a bit of a hot button topic, with most people valuing and adhering to the recommended schedule of vaccines, but others expressing concern about the number, frequency, and safety of these routine shots. All of these …
By Shari Maurer

There's Actually A Reason Why Your Baby Loves To Sleep With Their Tush In The Air

Sleeping babies are mysterious, magical, adorable creatures. When your baby finally falls asleep, you could stare at them for hours, but let's be real — you have stuff to do. However, you may notice some pretty funny habits your baby develops as they…
By Cat Bowen

The Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Is Getting Even Bigger, & Here’s What You Need To Know

Following the Food and Drug Administration's warning on April 12 about an E. coli outbreak involving chopped romaine lettuce (yep, this includes pre-packaged salad mixes), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Wednesday …
By Gillian Walters

If Your Morning Sickness Is Trigged By Brushing Your Teeth, Here's What You Can Try

When I was pregnant, I developed a severe form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum. There were few things I could eat and drink, and my gag reflex seemed to have a hair-trigger. Just rinsing out my mouth could throw me into a violent …
By Cat Bowen

7 Things That Should *Not* Happen When You're Breastfeeding

For me, breastfeeding was hard, painful, and nothing like how I envisioned. And because nursing is something you have to experience to understand, I didn't know which parts were normal, which symptoms were not a big deal, and when I needed to get pro…
By Steph Montgomery

5 Fascinating Facts About Children's Bones That Will Totally Make You Jealous

Have you ever watched a toddler take a dive at the playground and wonder how on earth they didn't just break all the bones in both their arms? Well, as it turns out, toddlers are built to withstand the bonking and pounding they put their bones throug…
By Emily Westbrooks

Turns Out, Kids Are Actually Happier With Fewer Toys, Study Says

Having tons of toys is somewhat of an inevitable by-product of parenting — many homes teem with the latest fads and many parents worry that their children's play areas look too much like toy stores because of it. But, contrary to popular belief, more…
By AnnaMarie Houlis

Fascinating Things Happen To Your Brain When You're Breastfeeding & It's Amazing

It's 3 a.m. All you want to do is get an ounce more sleep. Alas, your baby is crying, your breasts are painfully full, and you have an absolute need to feed your baby. It drives you to pull your baby close, and let them nurse until they're milk drunk…
By Cat Bowen

Jenny Mollen Is Urging Moms To Get Checked Out For This Post-Pregnancy Health Condition

Fans of Jenny Mollen know that the actress and author's Instagram is typically filled with hilarious, all-too-real posts about the realities of motherhood. However, this week, Mollen used her platform to create awareness for something much more serio…
By Sophie Hirsh

Here's How Too Much Emotional Stress Can Impact Your Pregnancy & Baby

I don't think I've ever felt as much stress in my life as I have during TTC and pregnancy. There was just so much to consider between doctor's appointments, expectations, fears for my child, and the overwhelming sickness that accompanied my pregnancy…
By Cat Bowen

Here's What You Need To Know About Allergy Medicine During Pregnancy

For some people around the country, it seems like winter is never going to end. But once your eyes begin itching and you a launch a sneeze here and there, you know that spring and it’s accompanying allergies are well on their way. If you are pregnant…
By Mishal Ali Zafar

Here's Why Pregnant Women Should Put Intermittent Fasting On Hold, According To An Expert

With intermittent fasting sweeping the health realm, it's definitely a lifestyle I've tried and enjoy. With alternating periods of eating and fasting, this method simply requires you to take a chunk out of your day to fast –for example, restricting y…
By Tessa Shull

Your Baby's Intelligence Likely Won't Be Hurt By Anesthesia, New Study Finds

In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to parents and the medical community about the use of anesthetics and sedatives in children under 3 years old. The FDA asserted in its notice that prolonged or repeated exposure to anest…
By Annamarya Scaccia

The House “Farm Bill” Threatens SNAP Benefits, & It Could Hurt Kids

On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee began its markup on a new "Farm Bill," sweeping legislation that will ultimately determine federal funding for food and agricultural programs. The version of the bill under consideration, drafted by House…
By Annamarya Scaccia

5 Things A Pregnant Woman Should Never Do To Treat Nausea

With both of my pregnancies, the most dreadful part was honestly dealing with the nausea. Especially once the realization set in that morning sickness was not limited to just the first couple of hours of the day, I was open to just about anything to …
By Tessa Shull

Here's How Safe A Prenatal Massage *Actually* Is, According To Experts

If you’re anything like me, you spend your entire first trimester of pregnancy worrying. And because pregnancy loss is heartbreakingly common, you constantly wonder if there's any way to prevent it from happening. To make matters even worse, it's har…
By Steph Montgomery

Dads' Health Prior To Conception Can Affect Their Baby's Health, According To Science

There's no question that there's a lot to be concerned about for people who are trying to conceive. Even though pregnant women and women who are trying to conceive often receive the majority of unwarranted health tips from friends and family, it turn…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Junk Food Advertising Zeros In On Kids The Most, New Study Finds

If being able to rhyme off fast food slogans from the 80s was an Olympic event, you could probably just go ahead and give me my gold medal now. Because I grew up in front of the television, which also means I grew up craving fast food constantly. And…
By Jen McGuire

Here's How Many Bras You Actually Need To Own & Why

True story: I hoard my underwear. I can't help it. For some reason, I feel like I'm never going to have the right bra or the proper pair of knickers. If I don't have a pair of each for every possible occasion, I freak out a little. Ball gown? I've go…
By Cat Bowen

You Might Feel Pressured To Circumcise At The Hospital, & Here's Why

In their policy statement on circumcision, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises hospitals to provide unbiased information about the procedure, and then let parents make the final decision. In real life, though, what does this look like? A…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams