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 Your Clitoris Could Be Impacted By Childbirth & Pregnancy

Let's talk about how our bodies change after having a child. There's a lot happening — everywhere. Things feel different, your skin breaks out, changes color, gets dry, or even turns oily. We don't have to mention stretch marks (your pregnancy tiger …
By Cat Bowen

There's Actually A Reason Why Your Baby Loves To Sleep With Their Tush In The Air

Sleeping babies are mysterious, magical, adorable creatures. When your baby finally falls asleep, you could stare at them for hours, but let's be real — you have stuff to do. However, you may notice some pretty funny habits your baby develops as they…
By Cat Bowen

If Your Morning Sickness Is Trigged By Brushing Your Teeth, Here's What You Can Try

When I was pregnant, I developed a severe form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum. There were few things I could eat and drink, and my gag reflex seemed to have a hair-trigger. Just rinsing out my mouth could throw me into a violent …
By Cat Bowen

Fascinating Things Happen To Your Brain When You're Breastfeeding & It's Amazing

It's 3 a.m. All you want to do is get an ounce more sleep. Alas, your baby is crying, your breasts are painfully full, and you have an absolute need to feed your baby. It drives you to pull your baby close, and let them nurse until they're milk drunk…
By Cat Bowen

Here's How Too Much Emotional Stress Can Impact Your Pregnancy & Baby

I don't think I've ever felt as much stress in my life as I have during TTC and pregnancy. There was just so much to consider between doctor's appointments, expectations, fears for my child, and the overwhelming sickness that accompanied my pregnancy…
By Cat Bowen

Here's How To Handle That Whole Potty Training Business During Nap Time

Potty training is a lot of trial and error, and if you're potty training a boy? It's also a lot of hit and miss. (My son is 10, and he's nearly got it down.) One of the bigger challenges you'll likely face during the potty training process is what to…
By Cat Bowen

13 Earth Day Activities For Toddlers That You'll *Both* Enjoy

I'm big on Earth Day. I'm a big advocate for being as environmentally responsible as possible and on Earth Day, I feel like everyone around me is in agreement. In this current political culture of climate change denial and national park prices increa…
By Cat Bowen

Here's How Many Bras You Actually Need To Own & Why

True story: I hoard my underwear. I can't help it. For some reason, I feel like I'm never going to have the right bra or the proper pair of knickers. If I don't have a pair of each for every possible occasion, I freak out a little. Ball gown? I've go…
By Cat Bowen

Here's What You Really Need To Know About The Dr. Sears Breastfeeding Diet

For most of us, considering what we eat while we're breastfeeding is no more than "Will I spill this on my baby's head?" or "Can this be eaten while barely awake with one arm in the dark?" For other moms, their needs and considerations are significan…
By Cat Bowen

Before You Add Vaginal Seeding To Your Birth Plan, There Are Some Risks To Weigh

Right now, you can't spit without hitting several articles about how to have the most natural birth experience. People are eating placentas, they're giving birth in bathtubs, and hiring doulas to make their birth as close to their vision as possible.…
By Cat Bowen

7 Things You Really Can't Do While Recovering From A C-Section

Sometimes you know for weeks or even months ahead of time that you're going to have a C-section. C-sections are pretty routine nowadays, so you might be pretty prepared for the birth and for your postoperative routine. However, there are always chall…
By Cat Bowen

Here's How Your Brain Might React To An Epidural, According To An Expert

When I first became pregnant, I was gripped with fear and anxiety over childbirth. At the time, the fervor around "natural childbirth" was at an all-time high, and everywhere you looked, women were being told that the only good childbirth was an unme…
By Cat Bowen

Here's When Your Doctor Will Try To Hear Your Baby's Heartbeat For The First Time

Hearing your baby's heartbeat for the first time is one of the true joys of pregnancy. I know that for me, it really solidified in me the knowledge that I was in fact growing a human. Hearing the heartbeat allowed my conscious brain to catch up to wh…
By Cat Bowen

If Your Toddler Has A Stomach Bug, Here's How To Handle It

I remember the first time I woke up to my son projectile vomiting all over his room like some awful scene in a horror movie. There was my adorable 18-month-old, spewing forth what looked like everything he'd ever eaten in his life. It came out of him…
By Cat Bowen

5 Red Flags That Your Lightning Crotch Is More Serious Than You Think

There are innumerable discomforts involved in making and baking a baby. It starts with swallowing vitamins that are roughly the size of your thumb and ends with a baby being spewed forth from your loins. One of the more uncomfortable symptoms of preg…
By Cat Bowen

If Your Child Has Autism, Here's How Potty Training Apps Can Help

As a mom of a son with autism, I can tell you there's a lot to learn at every step of the way. Depending on where your child falls on the spectrum, the amount of intervention required to do the simplest of tasks can seem insurmountable. Potty trainin…
By Cat Bowen

OMG, Guys: Great News From Buy Buy Baby About Your Babies "R" Us Registry

You've picked out every washcloth, every bottle, even the quilt set that will never be used. You registered for a stroller after hours of research, you threw caution to the wind and registered for breast pads — you've done all this work only to find …
By Cat Bowen

Here's How Genetics Help Create A Twin Pregnancy

Before I got pregnant, I worried constantly if I was going to get pregnant with twins because twins run in my family. I worried even more after I started taking fertility drugs. Having one baby was daunting enough, but the idea of being pregnant with…
By Cat Bowen

If You Want To Try The Bare Bottom Potty Training Method, Here's How To Start

Let me tell you about potty training my son. I thought it would be so easy. He'd basically potty trained himself to go number two in the potty, each time happily saying "no mess!" You can see why I thought he'd be on board with peeing in the potty as…
By Cat Bowen

Emotional Dystocia Can Interfere With Your Labor & Moms-To-Be Need To Know About It

Having a baby is stressful. There's so much going on during your labor and delivery, you often don't know which end is up or where to go. You can prepare for childbirth through classes and meditations and even watch graphic videos, but nothing can pr…
By Cat Bowen