Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Elizabeth Helen Spencer is a mom of two and a freelance writer from the Philly metro area. She loves to read on the porch and dreams of someday having a regular yoga practice again. To see more of her work on parenting, personal finance, and literature, visit her website or connect with her on Twitter.
Recent Articles

Here's How Long You Can Expect A Breast Pump To Take

We all want the best for our children and what that looks like can vary widely between families. Some mothers decide not to breastfeed, while others switch to formula when they go back to work. Women who decide to use a breast pump may not always fin…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's How To Figure Out The Best Pumping Schedule For You & Your Baby

Deciding when to do things, whether a household chore or exercise session, is as much about finding the best time of day as it is about making room in your schedule. So you save the dishes for the end of the day, when your brain is too tired to do me…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's Why You Might Want To Hold Off On Squeezing Your Baby's Feet Into Shoes

There's no shortage of wardrobe options for the modern baby. In my opinion, one-piece pajamas are the best option from birth to at least 6 months, but you don't really learn that without firsthand experience. That's why retailers are able to sell eve…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's What OB-GYNs Really Mean When They Talk About Short Labor Vs. Long Labor

How long were you in labor? This is a popular question, and a story most moms are eager to share. But many women aren't sure how to measure the length of labor, which is actually a four-stage process, not all of which is defined by the intense contra…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's Science's Explanation As To Why Your Baby May Not Look Like you

After a birth, one of the most popular games everyone plays is "Whose (fill in the blank with eyes, nose, and so on) does baby have?" While it's still anyone's guess as to what the adult version of your infant will look like, that doesn't stop people…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

If Your Baby Loves Chewing On Wipes, Here's What You Can Try For Safer Alternatives

You don't need a book to tell you that babies explore the world around them through their mouth. From toys to everyday objects, as infants grow more alert around four months, they become interested in their surroundings. Grabbing things and bringing …
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's How To Get Your Baby To Take A Teether & Soothe Those Poor Gums

Teething is a universal experience that every parent and child goes through. But what that experience looks like can vary widely from the age of the first tooth eruption to the symptoms your baby exhibits. Naturally, parents don't like to see their i…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's How Having A C-Section Affects Your Body Later In Life

It sounds scary, but a C-section, a surgical birth consisting of incisions in the mother's abdominal area and uterus in order to deliver the baby, is pretty common these days. Some C-sections are pre-planned because of an issue with the mother's heal…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's How To Get Your Baby To Take A Pacifier (& Give Yourself A Break)

When I created a registry for my first baby, I added pacifiers and paci clips, not even thinking about whether or not my baby would want a pacifier; I just assumed she would, like all the babies I saw in stores and restaurants happily sucking away. B…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Feeling Touched Out Is Seriously The Worst — Here's When You Can Expect It To Go Away

If you have kids, chances are you feel "touched out" at least some of the time. Breastfeeding moms may feel it even more frequently because nursing a baby or toddler is so physically demanding. While it's not a scientific term, "touched out" generall…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's What You Need To Know About The Amount Of Vitamin D In Your Kid's Multivitamin

Making sure your kid gets the right amount of vitamins is a daily parenting task. Food may have vitamins, but if your child is like most, they probably aren't eating the most nutrient-rich foods in the world. That's why finding the right multi-vitami…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's What You Need To Know About Cranking Up That Electric Blanket During Pregnancy

Who wants to crawl into a cold bed on a winter's night? Not I, which is why my electric blanket has been one of my all-time favorite Christmas presents. I used to "preheat" my sheets so that everything would be cozy by the time I lay down. But once I…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

If Your Lightning Crotch Makes You Think Labor's Coming, Here's What You Need To Know

Someone once told me that pain near the end of pregnancy is nature's way of preparing you for an actual baby. Waking up every half hour to pee? Well, that's a great way to practice the sleep deprivation you're going to experience in the newborn month…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's What You Need To Know About Walmart's Holiday Hours

In our convenience-obsessed culture, we're used to getting what we want. Between online shopping and extended store hours, it's easy to accommodate impulse purchases and last-minute ideas. Of course, you're already done all of your holiday prep and s…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Target's Holiday Hours

Not long, ago it would have been unthinkable for any store to open on Christmas Day. It used to be that our options for last-minute shopping or entertainment on Dec. 25 were limited to movie theaters, Chinese restaurants, and the occasional gas stati…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Christmas Is One Of The Most Popular Days To Conceive, So Prepare Accordingly

"Oh the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful, so..." let's make a baby. Apparently that sentiment is shared by many couples in December since Christmas is one of the most popular days to conceive. That's why you probably notice …
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

The Best Holiday Light Displays In Philadelphia, The City Of Brotherly Glow

Nothing is as warming and welcoming as a light in the darkness. Make that hundreds or thousands of lights and you know it's December. From cheery strings of lights that frame windows and wrap around bushes, to more professional displays, you can bask…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

5 Old Wives' Tales About Conceiving On Christmas — It's A Fertile Time Of Year

Because Christmas is just a few days after the winter solstice, it's connected to a long tradition of people finding meaning in the shortest day of the year. From the medieval celebration of the sun's rebirth to the Christian celebration of the birth…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

6 Things You Can Do Now To Make Labor Less Painful, According To Experts

We can all agree that labor and delivery involve pain. However, there are different ways to think about and cope with pain and discomfort. During my first pregnancy, I made the mistake of sharing my plans for a natural birth with a hair salon full of…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

5 Signs That You're Likely To Have A High-Risk Pregnancy, According To Experts

High-risk pregnancies account for less than 10 percent of the total, but chances are you know someone who has experienced a high-risk pregnancy. You may even be in this situation yourself. While the label "high-risk" sounds scary, it doesn't mean som…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer