Health

9 Ways To Deal With Constant Braxton Hicks, According To Experts

The last few weeks of my pregnancies felt like they lasted approximately 370 months. And my near-constant Braxton Hicks contractions? Yeah, those didn't help. For the uninitiated, "Braxton Hicks" is the official name for the “practice contractions”…
By Steph Montgomery

This Mom Was Done Explaining Why She Wasn’t Breastfeeding, So She Made This Genius Sign

Many new parents often face a variety of challenges, especially regarding feeding decisions. While some people are shamed for breastfeeding in public, for instance, others receive hate for bottle-feeding. And if you fall into this latter category,…
By Gillian Walters

This Obituary About A Mom Who Lost Her Life To Opioid Addiction Is So Important

Although it's rare to hear about an obituary going viral, this story about a young mom who lost her life to opioid addiction is receiving widespread attention for a few important reasons. Not only is the obituary incredibly moving, but it also…
By Gillian Walters

Lena Dunham Shared A Candid Photo After Surgery To Remove An Ovary

Within media, more and more celebrities have opened up about their struggles with reproductive health. For some, that looked like opening up about infertility issues, but for other celebs it looked like openly discussing their experiences with…
By Vanessa Taylor

Some Supplements Might Also Contain Pharmaceutical Drugs, New Study Finds

If you have social media, then you've definitely seen ads for the latest additions to the supplement industry. Supplements are one of the biggest health crazes in the United States. Many people, however, don't stop to consider what, exactly, is in…
By Vanessa Taylor

These Natural Ingredients In Beauty Products Are Off-Limits When You're Pregnant

Do you check labels on beauty products before you buy or use a product? Checking food labels is one thing, but for some of us, reading the list of ingredients on the products we use for our hair, skin and nails, isn't even a thought. But what about…
By Alison Kresta

This Picture Book Is Better Than Guided Meditation — Tomie DePaola Explains How He Did It

As a parent, when your hair isn't on fire, you are likely surrounded by the blare of, say, The Octonauts ("Creature report! Creature report!"). Life is wall-to-wall activities and noise; you're alway hurrying to or from something. Sometimes I feel…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

When Will My Son Stop His ADHD Medication, You Ask? When He Can Decide For Himself

After over five years of struggling, we finally had help for our son. We had known something was different about him since toddlerhood, but he would be 7 before receiving his diagnosis of ADHD. At the advice of his pediatrician, we started him on…
By Heather M. Jones

Is Nausea A Sign Of Labor? Here’s What Health Pros Know

When you're closing in on that due date, it's easy to get hyper-vigilant about potential labor signs. Hey, you're just eager for that baby to arrive at last. So is nausea a sign of labor, or does it only mean you your stomach is upset? For some…
By Lindsay E. Mack

CDC: The Polio-Like Illness Affecting Children Has Now Been Confirmed In 22 States

In recent years, reports have been cropping up about a rare — and frankly, straight-up confusing — illness called acute flaccid myelitis. The worry? Not only did it seem to be primarily affecting children, but it was also causing some seriously…
By Alana Romain

8 Ways To Deal With The Third Trimester Energy Drop

In my experience, pregnancy is kind of like riding a months-long roller coaster ride of physical and emotional symptoms. First, you have the complete exhaustion, morning sickness, and general weirdness of the first trimester. Then the magic of the…
By Steph Montgomery

7 Ways You're Setting Yourself Up For Hair Loss In The Future

When you shampoo or comb or brush your hair, you likely lose a couple of strands here and there. And you should. That sort of hair loss is entirely normal. But other kinds of hair thinning and hair loss aren't quite as routine. And though hair loss…
By Lauren Schumacker

7 Signs You Might Have Arthritis Later In Life

Growing older can be tough. Though you can develop conditions or injuries at any point in your life, it sometimes seems that there are more conditions about which you need to worry later on. There may be signs when you're younger that you might be…
By Lauren Schumacker

6 Things Your Vaginal Discharge Could Be Telling You

When you think about it, human bodies are amazing mechanisms, made up of tons of parts that work in sync to keep us alive and healthy. And if you happen to have a reproductive system that can, sometimes, be used to create life, it's astonishing to…
By Shana Aborn

An Unvaccinated Child Has Died From The Flu & Experts Are Urging Parents To Take Action

It might seem like this year has flown by, but it really is already flu season in the United States, and unfortunately, the illness has already taken a tragic toll on at least one family. As CNN reported on Tuesday, an unvaccinated child has died…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

5 Mental Health Benefits Of Breastfeeding For Just A Few Months

If you're pregnant or new mom, you've probably heard about the many ways breastfeeding can benefit your baby. You might be surprised to learn, however, that you can benefit from nursing, too. In fact, there are more than a few mental health benefits…
By Steph Montgomery

The Youngest Kids In Their Class Are More Likely To Be Diagnosed With ADHD, New Study Finds

Being the parent of a child with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) isn't easy. Having trouble sitting still and paying attention can cause a lot of stress for school-age children (especially if they're always getting in trouble for it),…
By Alana Romain

Does Heartburn Mean Labor Is *Finally* Starting? Here's What Experts Have To Say

Labor can be a pretty scary prospect, usually made only scarier because of it's utter unpredictability. That's why it's only natural to read into common pregnancy aches and pains and think that they are maybe, possibly a sign that it's "go time."…
By Kate Miller

Some Parents Put Off Vaccinations Because Kids Are Afraid Of The Doctor

Nobody likes getting shots but, as most adults know, they are infinitely more scary when you’re a child. And a new study shows that some parents are postponing vaccinations because their child is afraid of the doctor’s office. That can be a decision…
By Karen Veazey

Breastfeeding May Enhance Your Baby's Memory Later In Life, According To New Research

New moms receive a lot information about the immediate and short-term benefits of breastfeeding. It can aid in postpartum weight loss, help boost babies' immunity, and promote mother-child bonding. But there are also lasting benefits. For example,…
By Azure Hall

The Palace Responded To Concerns About Pregnant Meghan Markle Traveling To Countries With Zika

Another royal baby is on the way! Kensington Palace announced Monday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child together this spring, and it's *seriously* exciting news. But with the couple currently overseas on a royal…
By Alana Romain