Steph Montgomery

Mom, stepmom, writer, runner, and activist. Steph loves science, politics, home improvement projects, and pie and hates cake, traditional gender roles, and the patriarchy.

Here's How Painful Those First Few Labor Contractions Can Be

At the end of pregnancy it's easy to analyze every ache, pain, and odd feeling, looking for a sing that labor is right around the corner. When your body is constantly changing, and Braxton-Hicks contractions can throw you for a loop, it's difficult…
By Steph Montgomery

10 Mom Survivors Of Sexual Assault Share How The Kavanaugh Allegations Have Impacted Them

As a sexual assault survivor, the #MeToo movement has been both a blessing and a curse. For the first time I can share my story and hear the the words "I believe you" in return. But with every story, every allegation, every powerful man being held…
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Here's What It *Really* Means If Your Belly Is Low During Pregnancy

I don't know about you, but when I was pregnant almost everyone seemed hellbent on visually analyzing my baby bump, then letting me know what it said about me and my pregnancy. Some individuals believe the position of your belly (low or high) can…
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My Epidural Was The First Time I Felt Empowered As A Pregnant Woman

For me, pregnancy wasn’t magical. Sure, I loved seeing my babies during ultrasounds and feeling them kick. But for the most part pregnancy was just 40 weeks, more or less, of uncomfortable things happening to me that I couldn't control. I was told…
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14 Moms Reveal The Way They Handle Mom-Shaming

One of my least favorite parts of being a mom is being shamed for my parenting choices. Sadly, I have a ton of personal experience in this specific parenting area. I've been a mom for over nine years and, so far, I've been shamed for everything from…
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8 Signs Your Kid Might Have A Hearing Impairment, According To Experts

For most babies and young children, the sound of their parents' voices is a major source of calm and comfort. Kids with hearing loss experience the world differently, though, which can impact their development. Fortunately for parents, there signs…
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Here's How Likely Your Baby Is To Sleep Through The Night, Based On Their Zodiac Sign

If you're a parent, chances are you're acutely aware that having a baby means you're going to be losing sleep for the foreseeable future. And if you're a soon-to-be parent, you're probably wondering if there's any way to predict just how crappy a…
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27 Moms Share The Grossest Things They’ve Pulled Out Of Their Kid’s Mouth

For most of us, parenting is a constantly moving merry-go-round of never-ending and often intense moments. Some of those moments are great, like snuggles and good night kisses, and some of those moments are difficult, like listening to your baby cry…
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9 Ways You're Accidentally Ruining The Bond Between Your Kids

As a child my siblings were my first friends. Sure, we fought like proverbial cats and dogs, but we always had each other's backs. Then, at some point between our tween years and college, my bond with my siblings faded away. Honestly, I blame my…
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Here's How Kids Get Ear Infections, According To Science

There are very few things worse than watching your child suffer through an ear infection. Unfortunately, ear infections are pretty common, and can be difficult to diagnose and treat. It's enough to make you wonder how kids get ear infections, and if…
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11 Adorable Photos Of Kids Getting A Pet For The Very First Time

As anyone who has both pets and kids can tell you, there’s nothing more adorable than your kid getting a pet for the first time. Well, maybe, your furbaby getting a human for the first time? I guess it's a toss up. Either way, when your baby and…
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Here's How To Make A Hurricane Evacuation Plan For Your Beloved Pets

As hurricane season once again rears it's ugly head, and people along the East Coast are preparing to evacuate before Hurricane Florence makes landfall, it's important to remember to include our pets in our emergency preparedness plans. Including…
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Here's How Far You Should Go Past Your Due Date, According To Science

When I was pregnant for the first time, I watched my baby's due date come and go without so much as a subtle sign childbirth was in my immediate future. So, like any first-time mom-to-be, I freaked out. Not only was I so over being pregnant, but I…
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13 Things People Say To Pregnant Moms That Are Actually Problematic

In my experience, there's something about seeing a pregnant person or hearing that someone is expecting that makes even the most sensible people lose their filters and say exactly what's on their minds. As a result, there are so many things people…
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4 Signs Your Vaginal Discharge Is Healthy, According To An Expert

If you're anything like me, you don't think about your vaginal discharge unless there’s a problem. And despite the plethora of products marketed to make our vaginas smell "fresher," steam away toxins, or feel “drier," most of the time a vagina is…
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How To Explain Hurricane Evacuations To Kids, According To Experts

September is National Preparedness Month, and as we head into hurricane season it's natural to worry about how severe weather might impact your family. Already, the United States is preparing for Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm scheduled to…
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Let's Face It: These 12 New Mom Experiences Are Incredibly Boring

When I became a mom I assumed maternity leave was going to be a magical time filled with bonding, snuggling, and playing with my baby. And it was, but it was also mind-numbingly boring. And while I was privileged to even have leave and appreciated…
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5 Ways Our Sons Are Being Cut Off From Their Emotions Before They Turn 5

I was at an indoor playground with my toddler when it happened. Another kid picked up a ball, my 1-year-old snatched it away, and the other boy began to cry. The child's dad swooped in and said, "What's wrong with you? It's just a ball. Boys don't…
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An Open Letter To The Mom Who Recorded My Kid's Target Tantrum

Dear fellow mom at Target, You don't know me, but rest assured I will never forget you. I was shopping with my 5-year-old son when he threw an epic tantrum in the toy aisle at Target. It was one of the worst he'd ever thrown, but his unabashed rage…
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6 Of The Best Labor Positions, According To Experts

In my experience, the closer you are to the end of your pregnancy the more you think about childbirth and how you'll make it through relatively unscathed. Thankfully, there are birthing class, online resources, and knowledgable health care providers…
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