Cat Bowen

Cat Bowen is a writer, actor, and mom who spent the majority of her twenties studying. After going through everything from politics to biology to nursing school, she finally found her one true love in the English Department. She can be found with her nose between the pages of a book, in the kitchen baking, running along the bay in Brooklyn, or coloring with her kids while trying to understand why she should be interested in youtube videos of people playing with modeling clay. She hates hot weather and talking about herself in the third person.
Recent Articles

Here's How The Lunar New Year Will Affect Your Baby's Mood & Temperament

Lunar New Year is a celebration unlike any other across the world. It's one of only a handful of recognized holidays in China, and all the stops are pulled out. In the Chinese tradition, it ushers in a new animal in the zodiac calendar, so this year,…
By Cat Bowen

Here's How Extended Breastfeeding Affects Your Child's Teeth & Oral Health

I don't think anyone likes going to the dentist. It's not high up on the list of fun ways to spend an afternoon. Therefore, the best way to avoid added trips to the dentist is prevention. That's tricky when it comes to a wiggling baby who has no inte…
By Cat Bowen

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

The Victoria's Secret 2018 Valentine's Day Sale Is Seriously Worth A Trip To The Mall

I actually love Valentine's Day. I know it has a bad reputation, but think of it this way: even if you don't celebrate it with anyone other than yourself, who doesn't love the discounted chocolates on Feb. 15? How can you say no to almost free roses …
By Cat Bowen

Here's What It Means For Your Baby If They're Born On Valentine's Day

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day approaches. For most who celebrate, it's a highly commodified, compulsory romantic holiday whose origins are somewhat suspect. But it turns out, the holiday has a surprisingly rich, dark history, and with history c…
By Cat Bowen

Get Your Cleaning Supplies — Here's How Long The Flu Lives On Surfaces

The flu lingers in your body for what feels like forever. It took me almost two weeks to recover from my bout with the influenza B strain. My daughter felt better in about half that time, for which I am extremely grateful. However, this has made us v…
By Cat Bowen

You Absolutely Have To Avoid These 5 Things While You're On Bed Rest, & It's Hard AF

I've spent a fair amount of time on bed rest. When I was pregnant with my second child, my anemia was out of control and my daughter didn't care — she wanted out. To attempt to keep her inside for as long as possible, so that I could receive more blo…
By Cat Bowen

Just Because Your Kid Seems Over The Flu Doesn't Mean They're Out Of Danger

Just over a week and a half ago, I came down with the flu. It was pretty awful, and from what I understand, I only had a very mild case. I was achy, exhausted, feverish, and my head felt like a freshly cracked walnut. It's just today that I'm really …
By Cat Bowen

Here Are Your Legal Rights When It Comes To Pumping Breaks In The Workplace

I've been known to engage in angry discussions on the internet. One of the biggest arguments I get into has to do with the privilege of breastfeeding. While I was fortunate to be able to exclusively breastfeed my children, I recognize that this was a…
By Cat Bowen

Korean Athletes Aren't Exactly Eating Bacon & Eggs For Breakfast

With the PyeongChang Olympics officially in full swing, people all over the earth are curious about this year's host country. I know in my circle of friends, our knowledge of South Korea consists mostly of K-pop bands, crap our President tweets, and …
By Cat Bowen

Breastfeeding Positions For A Healthy Back Exist & Can Save You Some Real Pain

Breastfeeding can be a real pain — literally. I breastfed my children each for more than a year, with my oldest child breastfeeding continuously for almost two years. I experienced more than a few aches and pains for my trouble. Breastfeeding was the…
By Cat Bowen

Here's What You Need To Know About Your Favorite Frozen Treat During Pregnancy

Easily one of the best parts of pregnancy is the fact that no one looks askance at you while you fully enjoy your meal and an ice cream or two. For instance, I became such a regular at Shake Shack while pregnant that they would start preparing my cus…
By Cat Bowen

There's Actually A Certain Way To Get Out Of Bed After A C-Section & It Will Save You

I am an old pro at abdominal surgery. I know all the aches, pains, and shooting fire sensations that accompany even the smallest of tasks after being cut open. While the 4-inch (or so) incision that accompanies a C-section might not seem like that bi…
By Cat Bowen

Your Cervix Is Very Subtle When Dilating & Here's What That Means For Your Labor

Your cervix is one heck of a system of muscles. It's the superhero of pregnancy. However, when it's done, it's all over. At the end of your pregnancy, these muscles will open up in a process referred to as dilation and it signals the beginning stages…
By Cat Bowen

Here's How Your Breastfeeding Boobs Might Feel During Sex, According To Science

Breastfeeding is a wild ride. I felt a bit like the embodiment of Mother Nature every time I fed my child. It was a strangely heady sensation that I suspect lived somewhere in my hindbrain as encouragement to continue when I wanted to give it up — li…
By Cat Bowen

If Your Nipples Hurt Between Feedings, Here's What You Should Know

My nipples went through the ringer when I was breastfeeding my children. At times they were sore, numb, scabbed, leaking, or felt like they'd been dragged across a cheese grater. The periods between feedings were a respite from the discomfort that of…
By Cat Bowen

7 Easy & Simple Things Your Kids Can Do To Avoid Catching The Flu At School

Children are wonderful. They're tons of fun, and they are always brimming with information for you after a day at school. They're also disgusting little walking petri dishes who pick their noses, forget to cover their coughs, neglect their hand washi…
By Cat Bowen

Here's How Enjoying A Glass (Or Two) Of Wine Can Impact Your Milk Supply

I love wine. It's easily one of my top three drinks of choice, right behind tea and coffee. Going without the elixir of the gods for the full 40 weeks of pregnancy was absolute torture for me, and it's no wonder that I couldn't wait for the first sip…
By Cat Bowen

Here's What It Means If You Have Flu-Like Symptoms After Getting The Flu Shot

Recently, there's been as much conversation happening about the possible side effects of the flu vaccine as there has been discussion surrounding the flu itself. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the flu shot, and what it means for yo…
By Cat Bowen

Here's The Deal With Enjoying Sex While You're On Bed Rest

Towards the end of my pregnancy with my second child, I was placed on bed rest. Not only was I dilating too quickly, but I was also dangerously anemic, and my OB-GYN wanted me to get more infusions before going into labor. Bed rest was long and borin…
By Cat Bowen