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.
Recent Articles

9 Times You Should *Definitely* Follow Your Toddler's Lead

As a toddler mom, I believe it's my job to keep my kid out of trouble, meaning out of the bathroom, off the bookshelves, and away from gross crumbs that'll inevitably end up in his mouth. While this job can be frustrating at times, after successfully…
By Steph Montgomery

11 TV Shows That Are “Dangerous” To Watch When You’re Pregnant

Full disclosure? I did not enjoy being pregnant. I was exhausted, uncomfortable, experienced complications, and was in a constant state of worry. To make matters worse, I am super-sensitive when I’m not pregnant. In other words, I had a tendency to c…
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I Banned Babies From My Wedding & I’m Not Apologizing

It's officially wedding season, so you're bound to received at least one invitation to at least one blessed event. If you're a parent, you should probably look closely at that invitation to see if your kids are invited, too. But even if they are invi…
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Princess Charlotte's First Public Appearance *Could* Give Us A Clue As To When We'll See Prince Louis Next

The entire world watched on April 23, 2018 when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Prince William, presented their newest baby, Prince Louis, to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital. Since then, however, …
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9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
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Here's When You Can Bring A Baby To A Wedding, According To Experts

As summer approaches, and brings with it wedding season, new parents might be faced with a dilemma. Should they skip their friend or family member's special day, leave their baby with a sitter, or bring them along? And with the upcoming royal nuptial…
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Here's The Right Parenting Style For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

When I was pregnant, I was determined to be an attachment parent. It just sounded so lovely, with the breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and snuggling. Then I became a mom, tried it out, and failed miserably. I've since learned that you can't really choose …
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Here's Why You Won't See Prince Louis At The Royal Wedding

You've probably heard that Prince Harry of Wales, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, will wed American actress Meghan Markle in a ceremony on May 19, 2018 at Windsor Castle. The event is bound to be a spectacular, fairy-tale-like affair. So, you might w…
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13 Little Things My Partner Did That Proved He Appreciated Me While I Was Breastfeeding

In my experience, it’s pretty easy to feel under-appreciated as a new mom. It sucks, because you just went through arguably one of the hardest things imaginable, and now you're responsible for keeping a tiny human alive while you simultaneously feel …
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I Have Skin Cancer & Now I'm Terrified For My Kids

Every mom I know is thrilled that the weather is getting warmer and they're finally able to send their kids outside to play. Meanwhile, I am panicking. A few months ago I found out that I have skin cancer, and now I'm terrified that my kids will get …
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9 Hilarious Differences Between Having A Baby In The Summer Vs. The Winter

Between my three pregnancies I've had babies in the summer, fall, and winter, which means I have been pregnant, given birth, and had a newborn in virtually every season. Honestly, every season presents a challenge, but they had their positives, too. …
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Pregnancy Can Be So Intrusive & It's Time We Talk About It

I used to be kind of shy about my body... until I had babies. Now, I pretty much let everything all hang out — sometimes literally. When someone walks in on me in a changing room, or I accidentally flash the neighbors, I simply laugh. It's not really…
By Steph Montgomery

Can We *Finally* Start Taking Childbirth Injuries Seriously?

For the most part, everyone I know who has given birth has physical reminders of the experience. I'm not just talking about C-section scars or stretch marks, either. We were injured during childbirth, and suffer from things like chronic pain, scarrin…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Ways To Keep Babies Cool In The Summer, According To Experts

Summer is here, and that means it's time to put away your baby's coats and booties and pull out the rompers, shorts, and sunblock. And while it's nice not having to worry about keeping your baby warm, the summer brings a whole new set of worries for …
By Steph Montgomery

8 Signs Your Pet Is Trying To Tell You You'd Be A Great Parent

Right after I moved in with the person who would become my first husband, we rescued a tiny kitten. Our veterinarian estimated that she was only about 3 weeks old, so we had to feed her with tiny bottles of kitten formula and teach her how to use the…
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8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

9 Signs You're A TJ Maxx Mom

The first time I visited a TJ Maxx store, I was a little overwhelmed. I had no idea what to expect or what kinds of things I would find. I certainly didn’t expect to become a convert, but I walked in looking for a pair of yoga pants and walked out wi…
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9 Things Every Coworker Should Say To The Pregnant Woman In The Office

In my experience, being pregnant at work is the worst. Sure, a few people will say "congratulations" or offer help, but the pros are few and far between. And while I get that having a pregnant coworker can be frustrating — and they might not be able …
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My Mother-In-Law's Judgment Is In Danger Of Ruining My Marriage

My relationship with my mother-in-law isn't great, and never has been. I always feel like she's judging and shaming me because, well, she is. I've come to a place in my life, though, where I try not to let it bother me. We're both adults, and we don'…
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27 Moms Share The Way They Satisfied Their Sweet & Salty Craving During Pregnancy

To me, cravings are the weirdest pregnancy symptom by far. I desired — and actually ate — so many odd food, drink, and flavor combinations that I know I would never eat at any other moment in my life. For example, I craved sweet and salty things when…
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