Michelle Horton

Michelle Horton started EarlyMama.com to inspire, encourage, and support other 20-something moms.
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Do Toddlers Know When You’re Fighting? Your Little One Is More Affected Than You Think

A friend of mine recently retold a startling conversation she had with her 2-year-old son before bed. “We were saying our nightly ‘I love yous,’,” she recalls. “And he said, ‘I love Mommy, and Mommy loves me; and I love Daddy, and Daddy loves me; but…
By Michelle Horton

Can You Eat While You’re In Labor? Here’s The New Rule About Dining & Delivering

Maternity wards have seen many evolutions of restrictions and rules, depending on the era. And it’s only been in recent years — say the last decade or so — that practitioners started questioning some long-standing yet scientifically questionable stan…
By Michelle Horton

7 Common Pregnancy Signs That'll Make You Consider Peeing On A Stick

I will never forget laying on my couch, laptop in hand, googling “pregnancy signs” and wondering if my strange symptoms might mean I was actually with child. I didn’t have morning sickness or any of the traditional signs you're pregnant. I just thoug…
By Michelle Horton

Is It Safe to Have Tuna While Pregnant? Plus 5 Other Foods Moms-to-Be Worry About

As soon as you leave your OB’s office with a pregnancy confirmation, you’re bombarded with checklists, warnings, and restrictions — especially concerning what a pregnant woman can and can’t eat. I remember feeling a lot of fear around what I was putt…
By Michelle Horton

What Doctors Really Want You To Know About Losing Weight While Breastfeeding

You can’t get through a supermarket check-out line without seeing the newest celebrity mom’s fab post-baby bod, as if the ability to shrink your uterus and shed excess fat is more miraculous than the human you produced from your body. And although so…
By Michelle Horton

What Is A Birth Center? 5 Reasons To Consider One For Your Delivery

I like the idea of a home birth; I always have. And after reading books like Ina May Gaskin’s Guide To Childbirth and watching documentaries like The Business of Being Born, I was further motivated to seek midwives and a birth environment that encour…
By Michelle Horton

Is Low Sex Drive During Pregnancy Normal? Yes, & You Shouldn't Feel Bad About It

With so many things to worry about as a mom-to-be — baby registries, nursery planning, prenatal doctor’s visits, to name a few — getting it on with your SO might not rank high on your list of concerns. And not because you don’t feel sexy, because, le…
By Michelle Horton

Can You Have Unprotected Sex During The First Trimester?

If you’re already pregnant, then you obviously know a thing or two about having sex. And yet you might be surprised as to how many of your newly pregnant questions revolve around the topic of sex. Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy? (Yes, usuall…
By Michelle Horton

What Is Basal Body Temperature? How 3 Words Can Dictate Your Pregnancy

There are many reasons to track your body’s ovulation schedule. Maybe you’re trying to get pregnant, and so you want to know the best days to get busy. Or maybe the opposite is true — you want to know which days to avoid sex at all costs. Or maybe yo…
By Michelle Horton

Can You Have Sex While In Labor? 3 Women Share How They Got It On Before Delivery

I totally understand the allure of a pregnant woman’s curvaceous figure and her fertility-driven pheromones. I know first-hand how a mom-to-be’s libido can rev up well into week 40. And while having sex might naturally induce labor as the big day nea…
By Michelle Horton

Do Orgasms Get Stronger During Pregnancy? 13 Ways Sex Gets Better (And Worse) When You're Pregnant

I was totally unprepared for pregnancy, and so I stocked up on prenatal books, met with an OB, and signed up for weekly email updates that tracked my fetus’ size via fruit analogies. I assumed I knew what to expect. But despite all my research, there…
By Michelle Horton

A Breastfeeding Elimination Diet Is Rough & Here Are 5 Ways To Make It Easier

At some point in those early months of motherhood, your seemingly happy baby might morph into an inconsolable, fidgety, downright miserable person on a sleeping strike. What the heck happened? Is it teething? Colic? A permanent personality quirk that…
By Michelle Horton

Pumping Can Be The Answer To Breastfeeding Engorgement & Here Are 7 Ways To Get Maximum Relief

After reading nothing but parenting books and mommy blogs for nine months, I went into labor thinking I knew everything that would come my way after my child was born. But here’s what I was absolutely not prepared for — my new milk-filled breasts exp…
By Michelle Horton

Is It Safe To Have Sex While You’re On Bed Rest? Here’s What You Need To Know

Bed rest. These are two words a pregnant woman doesn’t want to hear. You’re typically placed on bed rest for a high-risk pregnancy, so this immediately makes you worry about your future child’s safety. Not to mention there are the obvious annoyances …
By Michelle Horton

3 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Young, Scared, Pregnant Self

If I could reach back in time six years — back to my former pregnant self— I’d first give her a hug. She’d need that. Then I’d sit with her on the couch, our unborn baby between us, and answer questions. “Am I ruining my life?” You’re building your l…
By Michelle Horton

How To Write A Birth Plan In 7 Easy Steps & Save Yourself Some Labor Stress

Somewhere throughout your week-by-week pregnancy checklist, you’ll come to the birth plan assignment. This caught me off guard during my pregnancy as I didn’t know how to write a birth plan, let alone what that even meant. Could I plan and control my…
By Michelle Horton

15 Fashion Essentials Every ‘90s Girl Owned (And May Still Have In Her Closet)

Ahhh the sweet, sweet '90s. It was a time of vanilla cupcake Lip Smackers, pink glittery roller gel, and plenty of talk-to-the-hand ‘tude. Weekends were spent watching TGIF and SNICK before packing up the Jansport and rocking some killer '90s fashion…
By Michelle Horton

7 Overnight Beauty Tricks For Waking Up Gorgeous

By now, you vaguely understand the importance of “beauty sleep,” but it goes far beyond the old wives’ tale idiom you heard growing up. Sleep is actually nature’s most effective makeover treatment — rebooting your beauty as much as your brain. And to…
By Michelle Horton

3 Ways To Tell If Your Vagina Is Normal & Healthy

I remember the first time I read that labiaplasty was a thing. I was in college, sexually active, and totally unaware that women were going under the knife for a prettier vagina. I started to wonder if vulvus could be ugly — worse, was my vulva ugly?…
By Michelle Horton

10 Ways Not To React To Someone’s Unplanned Pregnancy

The day I found out I was pregnant, one of my oldest friends came over and sat with me. She didn’t cluck disapprovingly, or give me a run-down of every fear and “what if” scenario playing in her head. We just shook our heads at each other from opposi…
By Michelle Horton