Pregnancy

My Fertility App Is Rude

“The flowers are blooming!” said the pop-up alert on my phone. This was my period tracker app’s way of telling me that chances were “excellent for conception.” The app — the now-defunct Pink Pad — had a fuschia and red colorway that made every day fe…
By Janet Manley

Here's Where You Can Buy Those *Amazing* Postpartum Mesh Undies

If there's one piece of advice every seasoned mom gives a mom-to-be, it's this: take all the goodies you can from the hospital when you leave. Literally everyone I know told me this when I was pregnant, and I made sure to clear out every drawer of my…
By Samantha Darby

Eva Longoria Has Given Birth To A Baby Boy & It's So Exciting

After originally confirming her pregnancy back in December, actress Eva Longoria welcomed a baby boy into the world on Tuesday, and it sounds like she couldn't possibly be more thrilled to meet him. The Desperate Housewives star told HOLA! USA that s…
By Alana Romain

7 Of The Most Erotic Things You Can Do For A Pregnant Woman In Her Third Trimester

In my experience, the third trimester is a tease. You're so close to meeting your baby, yet those final three months feel as though they last a lifetime. And while you're waiting, your legs and feet are swollen beyond recognition, your back hurts, an…
By Candace Ganger

Midwives *Swear* By These Remedies For Those Dreaded Pregnancy Leg Cramps

I've now been pregnant three times and they've all been uncomplicated and relatively mild. While carrying a human being for nine months is never a walk in the park, I've had the good fortune to not have to worry about the health of my baby or deal wi…
By Shannon Evans

Of Course Pregnancy Calls For Foot Massages, But Here's Why You Need To Be Careful

There is a special sort of misery that accompanies the last days of pregnancy for many women. For me, I was tired, bloated, it felt like my belly was going to escape through my vagina, and I had contraction after useless contraction. I tried everythi…
By Cat Bowen

Sitting Out In The Sun While Pregnant Is Mega Relaxing, But You Have To Be Careful

I love the beach. It's possibly my favorite place on earth after the library and my own bed. Every summer I spend an inordinate amount of time lounging on the shores of the Atlantic, book in hand, soaking up the salt, sand, and sun — and this does no…
By Cat Bowen

My Fertility App Is Rude

“The flowers are blooming!” said the pop-up alert on my phone. This was my period tracker app’s way of telling me that chances were “excellent for conception.” The app — the now-defunct Pink Pad — had a fuschia and red colorway that made every day fe…
By Janet Manley

“I Just Wanted A Family”: The Women Who Get Pregnant On Their Own

“It wasn’t an easy choice. I’d characterize it as fairly anguished choice.” Sarah Kowalski, a writer and mother in Berkeley, California, is talking about her decision to have a baby alone as she approached age 40. Once Kowalski finally made the cho…
By Madison Young

Misconceptions: The Gap Between Expectations & Reality When You're TTC

By Romper & Radiolab

I'm TTC A Second Child, & The Force To Waste Pregnancy Tests Is Strong With Me

Part of a special exploration of fertility and reproduction from Romper & Radiolab. Romper's Trying project follows five women with very different stories through a year of trying to conceive. Where discussions about fertility often focus on the end …
By Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

The Hardest Thing About Miscarrying Is Having To Wait Before You Can Try Again

Part of a special exploration of fertility and reproduction from Romper & Radiolab. Romper's Trying project follows five women with very different stories through a year of trying to conceive. Where discussions about fertility often focus on the end …
By Alyssa Himmel

10 Maternity Swimsuits Under $40 That'll Make You & Your Bump Look Cute

Summer is a glorious time to be pregnant. You basically never have to wear pants (thank you, maternity maxi dresses!), and it's fun to take your bump to the beach. Depending on how far along you are, you might still be able to squeeze into your regul…
By Kate Miller

7 Pregnancy Shaving Tips, Because Personal Hygiene Is Getting Harder These Days

I'll admit it: By the eighth month of my last pregnancy I completely abandoned all attempt at shaving my legs above the shins. Luckily for me, it was November in the Midwest so only my husband knew the difference thanks to a closet full of maternity …
By Shannon Evans

6 Differences Between Braxton Hicks Contractions & Real Contractions You Need To Know

I was one of those unlucky moms who started getting Braxton Hicks contractions in the second trimester of my pregnancy that lasted for the duration. It was incredibly annoying. The tightening, firm mass my belly became was not only uncomfortable, it …
By Cat Bowen

Here's How A Sunburn During Pregnancy Can Impact Your Unborn Baby

I am the fairest of them all. Not because of Snow White, but I'm so fair and so pale that I'm nearly translucent. I was a gothic nightmare in high school, and I didn't even need to wear white makeup. Needless to say, I burn easily. When I was pregnan…
By Cat Bowen

Smoothie King Is Now Serving A Prenatal Smoothie, & You'll Want One ASAP

One of the ultimate conundrums of pregnancy is trying to balance your cravings with making sure that you're getting all of the nutrients that you need to support the tiny human life that's rapidly growing inside you. Given that there are already so m…
By Brianna Wiest

7 Things It Could Mean If You're Having Pregnancy Dreams When You're Not Expecting

Maybe it dramatically involves the process of giving birth itself, or maybe you're just acutely aware of the fact that a baby is on the way beneath your growing bump. Whatever the case, it isn't a real pregnancy, at least not in your waking life. So …
By Lindsay E. Mack

Personalized Diapers: So Extra Or So Cute? ...Definitely Both (& The Best Baby Gift)

Everything from your playlists to your wardrobe can now be endlessly personalized, so why not apply this idea to your kid's diaper stash, too? The Huggies Made By You personalized diaper collection is the brand's first-ever personalized diaper, and i…
By Lindsay E. Mack

Here's What Experts Know About Your Pup Being Able To Hear Your Baby In The Womb

It seemed like from the moment I got pregnant, my dogs were all about my belly. My Akita, Brownie, would rest her head on my tummy while her paws were across my knees as I laid on the living room floor. My Rottweiler was equally as obsessed, nosing m…
By Cat Bowen

No Seriously, Your Dogs Can Pretty Much Figure Out If Your Baby Is On The Way

Do you ever wonder if your dog has preternatural abilities that you just don't understand? I know I do. My dog always knows when I need a friend, or if I'm in a hurry and need her to do her business quickly on our walks. I have heard that dogs can te…
By Cat Bowen