Pregnancy

When Pregnancy Is Your Cue To Leave

Having a baby was kind of a bucket-list thing for me, but as a performer, when I actually became pregnant I worried that it would somehow be the end of my career — my big closing routine. The concerns in the back of my mind only fueled the fire in…
By Jessica Delfino

My Husband Said No To A Doula, & I'm Still Pissed

It’s been three years since I gave birth. I didn’t believe everyone when they said that after I gave birth, I’d forget the intensity of the pain, or the annoyance of having two people housed in my small body, but I really kind of have. I know it was…
By Kelly Green

This Mom Died After Giving Birth At The Hospital, & It’s A Heartbreaking Reminder

It's typical to worry about a number of things when you're pregnant for the first time, but with all the technological and medical advances that exist today, dying in childbirth doesn't often seem like it should be one. In most cases, it's totally…
By Alana Romain

Meghan Markle Cradled Her Growing Bump During A Royal Appearance & It's Adorable

When Meghan Markle and husband, the United Kingdom's Prince Harry, announced earlier this week that they were expecting their first child together, fans of the couple were dying to get a glance at her pregnancy bump. And just four days after the…
By Casey Suglia

Your Middle School Self Would Love These 'Baby-Sitters Club' Baby Names

I've read every single Baby-Sitter's Club, Baby-Sitter's Little Sister, Baby-Sitter's Club Mystery, and Baby-Sitter's Club Super Special book that was ever written by Ann M. Martin. These books are what got me so into reading, and what I'd like to…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Meghan Markle Reveals She's Already Experiencing This Common Pregnancy Symptom

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex is reportedly four months pregnant with her first child, and from the sounds of it, she has been lucky enough to make it through her first trimester without a ton of grueling morning sickness, or overwhelming…
By Alana Romain

11 Thought-Provoking Baby Names For Thursday Babies That Are Thoroughly Awesome

Isn't it fun to think back to the day your baby was born? For our daughter, I was thrilled that our doctor let us select a Monday (repeat C-section here) because we had a whole weekend to get ready for her big arrival. Every day of the week has its…
By Lindsey Nesmith

How To Measure Fundal Height, Because The Growth Chart Is Still A Few Years Away

Tracking your baby's growth and development is one of the more rewarding aspects of pregnancy. But so much of what's going on in your womb is a mystery, even your baby's size. That's why learning how to measure fundal height is so cool, because it…
By Lindsay E. Mack

My Partner Helped Me Deliver Our Babies & It Changed Things Forever

I was not the kind of expectant parent who said we’re pregnant. No way. I was pregnant. Of course my husband was equal parts responsible for the actual creation of our family, but I felt entitled to claim pregnancy in all its biological glory as…
By Aimee Christian

Getting Permission To Push My Baby Out

They expected the baby in maybe 10 minutes, and definitely before midnight — this baby’s coming today, they said — but when it wasn't out two hours later, and the clock arms had weaseled past 12, they called in the patriarchy. You know, the…
By Sara Nolan

I Timed My Pregnancy So It Wouldn't Interfere With Work & It Was A Mistake

When I found out I was pregnant for the very first time I was committed to doing everything right. And as a working mom-to-be, doing everything "right" included making sure my pregnancy, delivery, and maternity leave wouldn't hurt my career. I was…
By Steph Montgomery

Watching Hcg, Hoping For A Yolk Sac, Hoping For A Heartbeat — The Milestones We Take For Granted

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 goal, they'll document what it's like emotionally, physically, and spiritually…
By Dese'Rae L. Stage

10 GIFs & Birthing Scenes That Are So Inaccurate They're Hilarious

I vividly remember the first time I watched a video of childbirth in my middle school health class. Sure, the up-close and personal shots of the birth were alarming, but I was taken aback by how different a real, unedited birth was compared to the…
By Caroline Hogeveen

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

15 Fall Maternity Coats & Jackets To Keep You And Your Baby Bump Cozy This Fall

Buying a coat that'll last you through a pregnant fall and winter can be challenging. How can you make sure it'll fit from the first frost of fall to the winter snowstorms if you aren't quite sure just how big your bump is going to get? It's silly…
By Caroline Hogeveen

Bump Through Fall With These 20 Fall Maternity Dresses

For as long as I can remember, my mom has been offering one major piece of pregnancy advice: get pregnant in the fall so you can avoid being pregnant in the summer. She had May and June babies, so clearly she followed her own advice. While avoiding…
By Caroline Hogeveen

What Your Dog Experiences While You’re In Labor Is Actually Fascinating

Going into labor is a huge moment for the mom-to-be and her closest friends and family. But the humans in the household aren't the only ones excited for the arrival of a baby. Learning what your dog is going through while you're in labor offers a…
By Lindsay E. Mack

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

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

How I Got Over My Natural Birth Jealousy

From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I started to daydream about my ideal birth plan. As a yoga teacher I was surrounded by women who had home births or at the very least had given birth “naturally.” I hired a doula, went to acupuncture every…
By Christine Hernandez

Jana Kramer Is Ready To Share Her Baby's Birth In A Very Modern Way

Just when you think celebrities couldn't possibly share more about their pregnancies and motherhood journeys, someone goes and offers their fans an even more up-close-and-personal perspective. Whether it's live-tweeting while having contractions, or…
By Michelle Stein