Annamarya Scaccia

Annamarya Scaccia is an award-winning freelance journalist who reports on public health and social justice issues. Like any native New Yorker, Annamarya drinks too much coffee and has strong opinions about the Yankees. She now lives in Austin, Texas with her young son.

There's A Fascinating Reason Why Babies Kick In The Womb, According To New Research

When I was pregnant, I loved feeling my son kick. Sure, his movements hurt at times, but those kicks were a way for me to connect with my son. Still, even in those intimate moments, I couldn't help but think, Why is my son beating up my stomach? …
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This Politician Was Told To "Stay Home & Raise Your Kids" & She's Not Having It

On her campaign's Facebook page, Kelly Kraus Mencke describes herself as a "wife, mother, working woman." So it's no surprise that the Democratic candidate for Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 55, wanted to make the Buckeye State…
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Sean Hayes' New Children's Book About The Sugar Plum Fairy Couldn't Sound Sweeter

Have you ever been curious about how the Tooth Fairy became the Tooth Fairy? Or how Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather became the Fairy Godmothers? Origin stories for some of our favorite fairy tales are few and far between, but there's one character…
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Debunking 6 Misconceptions About The Migrant Caravan

Over recent months, thousands of families from Central America have fled horrendous conditions in their home countries to seek asylum in the United States. Forming a walking caravan, they've traversed thousands of miles while dealing with scorching…
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Indigenous Moms Were Coerced Into Getting Their Tubes Tied, New Lawsuit Alleges

For many women, childbirth is a beautiful, albeit physically painful, experience. But for a group of Canadian mothers, labor was anything but, and instead, reportedly turned into a horrific nightmare. Specifically, a new lawsuit has alleges…
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The Waldrop Family's Thanksgiving Table Will Be Double The Size This Year

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means families across the country will gather around their dinner tables to give thanks and dig into their favorite holiday dishes. But for one reality TV brood, this year's feast will look a lot…
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Chrissy Teigen Won't Let Some Traveling Stop Her From Potty Training Luna

I've been a mother for a little over three years, and I have to say potty training is the worst thing about parenthood. I mean, the worst. You try so hard to teach your little one how to use that tiny toilet in front of them, but they're rather pee…
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This Bill Would Prohibit Abortions Before Most Women Even Know They're Pregnant

For most women, learning that you're pregnant doesn't happen until after the six-week mark. That happens for a variety reasons, including having to wait for your period to make an appearance that month. Yet, in an effort to restrict abortion access…
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12 Powerful Photos Of Firefighters Battling The Devastating California Wildfires

Wildfires have spread throughout California over the last few weeks, with thousands of emergency responders joining together to beat back the flames. The fast-moving blaze is considered one of the deadliest wildfires in the state's history, wiping…
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A Code Word Saved This 11-Year-Old Girl From Being Kidnapped

As a parent, one of my greatest fears is that my son would be kidnapped and harmed, and that he would never walked through my door again. It's a macabre thing to think about, but as a journalist, it's a possibility I am often confronted with — day…
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High School Condemns Viral Photo Of Students Purportedly Holding Up Nazi Salutes

On Monday morning, a photo emerged on social media showing a large group of teenagers, reportedly from Baraboo High School in Wisconsin, who appeared to give a Sieg Heil salute as part of their prom photo shoot, according to multiple news reports.…
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'Toy Story 4's First Teaser Trailer Is Finally Here — But OMG, Who Is Forky?!

Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, and the rest of the Toy Story gang are back, and their next adventure is going to be all-out chaos. At least, that's what it seems like in a sneak peek of its next installment. After months of anticipation, Toy Story…
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Soy Formula Could Lead To THIS Upsetting Side Effect Late In Life

When I was officially diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome years ago, I looked for ways to treat the condition naturally, in addition to taking birth control. And one suggestion stood out: Stop eating soy-based foods. It turns out, soy disrupts…
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What You Need To Know About Bobby Dassey After 'Making A Murderer: Part 2'

Spoilers ahead for Making A Murderer: Part 2. For many true crime enthusiasts, Netflix's 2015 series, Making A Murderer, was a juicy unraveling of the case against Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, two men found guilty in the 2005 murder of Teresa…
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How You Can Help Fight Voter Suppression Before The Next Election Rolls Around

The 2018 midterm elections saw a record voter turnout. An estimated 113 million people head to the polls to cast their ballots, according to CBS News. Of that, more than 35 million voters turned out during early voting. But even with these record…
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These Dangerous Anti-Abortion Laws Passed In 2 States Should Concern Everyone

It was a nail-bitter of an election night, with hundreds of landmark victories and heartbreaking losses across the country. But even the major wins in key states can't subdue the fact that dangerous anti-abortion laws passed in two states on Tuesday…
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How To Help Migrant Caravan Families & Children As They Face Exhaustion & Danger

This week, thousands of Central Americans fleeing horrendous conditions back home have reached southern Mexico, according to HuffPost. The women, men, and children who make up the walking caravan are making the long, grueling trek in hopes of…
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People Are Shaming Kristen Bell After She Said Her Kids Hadn't Showered For 5 Days

Sometimes, my toddler will go a day without be bathed. Usually, it's at the end of a long day of playing at what we call "the big playground," where there is one huge sandlot and an area with a dirt floor and a bunch of logs that kids could turn…
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Twitter Is Dumbfounded That Melania Trump's One Day In Cairo Cost Taxpayers $95,000

President Donald Trump has long admonished so-called "wasteful spending" in Washington, D.C. "Draining the swap" and cutting budgets had been cornerstones of his presidential campaign, and promises he continues to make while in office. Yet... first…
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This Mom's Text To Her Daughter Captures What Many "American Jews Are Feeling Right Now"

On Saturday, Oct. 27, a gunman opened fired at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing 11 people and wounding six others, according to CNN. The fatal mass shooting has not only shaken the people of Pittsburgh and Americans…
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