Pregnancy

This Is What It Means If Your Pregnancy Test Changes Overnight

The time between when a woman suspects she might be pregnant and when it is confirmed for sure is the longest of her life. Regardless of whether you are hoping for a positive or a negative result, the odds are good that you are sweating bullets when …
By Shannon Evans

9 Things No One Will Tell You About Your Third Pregnancy, But I Will

When I got pregnant the last time, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. You would think, after two pregnancies, your third and final one would be a walk in the park, right? I mean, things are generally easier when you know what to expect.…
By Steph Montgomery

This Is What It Means If Your Pregnancy Test Changes Overnight

The time between when a woman suspects she might be pregnant and when it is confirmed for sure is the longest of her life. Regardless of whether you are hoping for a positive or a negative result, the odds are good that you are sweating bullets when …
By Shannon Evans

11 Photos You *Must* Take During The Last Days Of Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I took a photo each week to document my growing belly. I stopped around 36 weeks, though. I hated how I looked in those pictures, and didn't think I'd want to relive those moments. I was wrong. My second pregnancy was a dum…
By Steph Montgomery

OB-GYNs Are Rejecting Patients In The Middle Of Their Pregnancies For Awful Reasons

As any woman knows, the relationship you have with your OB-GYN is the most vulnerable, intimate and trusting relationship you’ll have in your adult life next to your significant other. They are there to reassure you when you are scared, and to help a…
By Jenn Sinrich

Here's The Deal With Indulging In All Those Poke Bowl Cravings While Pregnant

There was a time when everyone who was anyone was eating sushi. A sushi dinner spoke of culture, class, and just the right amount of daring. It was cutting edge and sophisticated, unless of course you were picking it up in the deli section of your ne…
By Shannon Evans

Babies Born In The Year Of The Dog Have These Things Going For Them

Even if you don't know much about Chinese astrology, you probably know the Chinese zodiac year of your birth. (And if you were born under the sign of a particularly cool-sounding animal, like a dragon or tiger, you might even bring it up in conversat…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

9 Things To Do With Your Partner In Your Third Trimester

Believe it or not, the third trimester is my favorite part of the seemingly never-ending nine months of gestation. Because despite the aches and pains and all of the waiting, the last three months of my pregnancies were a time for preparation, nestin…
By Steph Montgomery

Why Facebook Needs To Help Moms Share Miscarriages

For many of us, sharing on social media is among the very first impulses we have after something big happens in our lives. That social norm is reinforced by Facebook’s “Life Events” feature, created in 2011 as a means of getting users to share their …
By Allee Manning

The Sweetest Thing Twins Do Inside The Womb Proves Their Bond Starts Early

As a kid, I was obsessed with twins. I basically spent my entire childhood disgruntled that my sister and I were two years — not two minutes — apart, and I dreamed of the day when I would become a mom of twins. That wasn't in the cards for me, but I'…
By Shannon Evans

Am I Reliving My Mother’s Trauma Through My Pregnancy?

It was really late at night, and I woke up in my Little Mermaid sleeping bag on the floor of my cousin Tommy's bedroom screaming and crying for my mom. But my mom was at the hospital delivering my baby brother. I was 5, and I remember it all very cle…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

This Is What The Year Of The Dog Has In Store For Your Pregnancy

When you're pregnant, it can feel like you're constantly scrutinizing every little detail of your life — the ingredients in your moisturizer, the caffeine content of your chocolate, the 'done-ness' of your egg. If I had a dollar for every time I aske…
By Kate Miller

Here's How Your Baby Feels In The Womb During Those Last Few Weeks

The third trimester is nothing anyone could possibly consider comfortable. Your whole body feels swollen and achy. You have to pee all the time, your body stops feeling like your own, and eating? Forget about it. There isn't room enough in your stoma…
By Cat Bowen

10 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 30s

If you're like me, you evaluate the pros and cons of any major life decision. When my husband and I were considering starting a family, I thought about my career, education, and financial stability. I wanted to know how a pregnancy and childbirth wou…
By Steph Montgomery

How Miserable Your Pregnancy Will Be, Based On Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

There are so many things about pregnancy that are completely unpredictable, sometimes you just can't help looking for clues and assurances anywhere and everywhere. For centuries, women have turned to sometimes less-than-scientific sources for any hin…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Soda Might Hurt Your Fertility, Study Says, & Here's What You Can Do

Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I stopped drinking soda years ago, but I still love gulping down those fancy Starbucks coffee beverages. I don't have a big sweet tooth, but I am a sucker for sugar-sweetened beverages every now-and-then. Turns out, th…
By Annamarya Scaccia

MTV Is Launching A New ‘Teen Mom’ Series, & The Trailer Is Seriously Emotional

It's been nine years since MTV premiered the first season of Teen Mom, the popular spin-off of its teen pregnancy docu-series, 16 & Pregnant. The success of the show has meant that fans can still watch the original lineup of moms as they continue to …
By Alana Romain

How To Get A Free Breast Pump Through Your Insurance

While Republicans are aiming to roll back much of the Affordable Care Act with their proposed 2019 budget that calls for massive cuts to healthcare assistance, breastfeeding support remains thus far unscathed. The ACA required health plans — for the …
By AnnaMarie Houlis

Maternal Mortality Stats In 1970 Versus Today Show Moms Are Getting Even Less Support

We’ve structured health care so that motherhood is far more deadly in the U.S. than in any other advanced countries, and the U.S. is a rare country in which maternal deaths have actually become more common in recent years, according to The New York T…
By AnnaMarie Houlis

People Are Shaming Chrissy Teigen For This Nude Pregnancy Photo, & OMG, Can We Just Not?

There are few public figures I relate to more than Chrissy Teigen. We are both mid-pregnancy, enduring chubby cheeks and rapidly expanding waistlines. She tweets the words right out of my mouth. That being said, not everyone is as big a fan as I am. …
By Azure Hall

17 Moms Share The "No-No" Food They Still Ate During Pregnancy

Like most moms-to-be, I left my first prenatal appointment with a list of foods to avoid during pregnancy. Most of the "suggestions" seemed reasonable. I mean, I'm relatively sure no one should drink raw milk or eat raw shellfish, pregnant or not. Ot…
By Steph Montgomery