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The 7 deadly sins of pregnancy
The 7 deadly sins of pregnancy

Pregnancy: A time of joy, excitement, exhilaration … and also anxiety, tears and frustration. Although the good far outweighs the bad, it’s all too easy to fall victim to some negative sentiments while baby-bearing. From envy (Why can’t my belly be so round?) to gluttony (The baby needs this third brownie, right?), there’s a range […]

Worth the weight
Worth the weight

When Ali Ginestra was expecting her second child, she found herself overcome with negative thoughts about her appearance. “I’ve always been overweight, but I’ve resolved my issues internally. I never get down on myself,” says Ginestra, a mom of three in Hillsdale, New Jersey. “But during that pregnancy, it was like a switch flipped in […]

Off your rocker
Off your rocker

Like any hopeful mom, I wanted to provide a natural and safe environment for my baby’s development. I had heard that some medications could cross the placenta and affect the baby, so I figured a complete detox would be a risk-free approach. Months before I conceived, I tossed all prescription medications, including the antidepressant I’d […]

Love on the rocks
Love on the rocks

When you have a wee one on the way, it’s easy (and fun!) to get caught up in all things baby. You’ve got tiny socks to launder, a mobile to hang in that half-finished nursery and a million other to-dos before you’re due. But don’t forget to focus a little time and attention on the […]

In need of a staycation
In need of a staycation

Book your trip Take time off. Turn on your auto-reply and turn off your ringer! Just like you would for a normal vacation, request a few days off work. If you’re saving up your precious vacay days to tack on to the end of your maternity leave, look for a long weekend, or simply set […]

Maternal desires
Maternal desires

“Are you hoping for a boy or a girl?” It’s a common question asked of moms-to-be, and we all know the standard response: “It doesn’t matter to me, as long as it’s healthy!” I said it myself a zillion times during my second pregnancy. But if I’m being honest, I had a preference. And I […]

Best in peace
Best in peace

How important is relaxation during pregnancy? Very! When you’re strained, you produce stress hormones. These hormones affect your physical and emotional well-being. And when you’re pregnant, hormones can cross the placenta and color baby’s experience as well. Studies suggest that an anxious mom-to-be is more likely to produce an anxious baby (often seen as “colicky” […]

Mom down
Mom down

When Joanna Goddard returned home two years ago after spending an idyllic Christmas vacation with her husband and then 8-month-old son, something felt off. She was suddenly anxious and exhausted but had trouble sleeping at night. “I’d always had baby fever,” she says, “but now that I had a sweet, curious, beautiful baby, I suddenly […]

Second showing
Second showing

A first pregnancy is a time filled with wonder and excitement. Your body is doing something it has never done before. Every experience, from the first fluttery kick to the first visual proof of life via sonogram, is incredible. Fast-forward to the second—or third, or fourth—pregnancy. You’re still thrilled to be growing life, still amazed […]

Leavin' is easy
Leavin' is easy

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of your life. But if you’re a working mama-to-be, there may be one cloud hanging over your head: talking to your boss about maternity leave. You know you’re going to have to bite the bullet sooner or later, but in these economic times, no one would blame […]

Love in an elevator
Love in an elevator

When I first became pregnant with my son, I had a very clear picture of how things were going to be. This experience had all the makings of success: planned pregnancy, happy marriage, financial stability. Not only was I going to glow and gain weight with grace, but everything about this pregnancy was going to […]

10 ways pregnancy changes your life
10 ways pregnancy changes your life

Becoming a first-time expectant mom—of twins, no less—has certainly been an eye-opener for me. The realities of pregnancy have regularly caught me by surprise as my amount of responsibility skyrockets and level of energy plummets. The life I had lived and loved for 37 years has begun to change drastically. If you’re finding yourself in […]

Not your grandmama's pregnancy
Not your grandmama's pregnancy

The [arguably] good old days If you found yourself expecting a baby in the 19th century, you might view your condition with limited enthusiasm. Of course, you would hope for a healthy child and a happy future, but precedent would give you cause for major concern. Chances are, you would know of women who had died […]

Babe's anatomy
Babe's anatomy

My husband always said that when it came time for babies, he’d want to save the big son vs. daughter surprise for delivery day. A planner by nature and a romantic at heart, I could’ve swayed either way. But by the time I got pregnant, we both agreed that we’d wait until delivery to see […]