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14 questions to ask your care provider
14 questions to ask your care provider

Perhaps you interviewed a dozen midwives before finding the right one, or maybe your maternity care will continue with the same family doctor you’ve seen and loved for years. No matter your circumstances, the first prenatal appointment is a big one. Not only will your care provider be checking to make sure you and baby […]

The first trimester blues
The first trimester blues

Early pregnancy isn’t all plus signs and happy secrets. Although the first trimester is filled with excitement and anticipation, it’s also infused with its share of aches and pains. But common mom-to-be woes can be survived with a few proactive measures. Fatigue Persistent tiredness may well be the first indication of your baby on board. The […]

Baby-safe beauty
Baby-safe beauty

There’s so much advice out there for expectant women that it’s difficult to know what to adopt and what to ignore. Are you doomed to forgo your routine hair color touch-ups for the next nine months? Do you really need to put off visits to the nail salon until after you’ve stopped breastfeeding? Is your favorite […]

Pregnancy pest control
Pregnancy pest control

Although growing a baby is an awesome feat, the side effects are plentiful—and, unfortunately for the mamas carrying those wee ones, they’re mostly pretty unpleasant. (Heavier-than-normal vaginal discharge, we’re looking at you.) Read on for a bevy of ways to exterminate some of the most common offenders—or at the very least keep them under control. […]

All the feels
All the feels

Google “What does being pregnant feel like?” and you’ll get upward of 12 million results. No surprise there. After all, pregnancy is an intensely physical experience, one that is utterly unlike any other. It’s a time of excitement and wonder—and maybe even a little trepidation—as you discover the pinnacle of what your body is capable […]

It’s complicated
It’s complicated

In researching this article, I interviewed a number of moms who experienced complications during their pregnancies. Each had her unique perspective, but one point came up in every single discussion. Every mom I spoke to gave this advice: Ask questions! Pregnancy complications become more manageable—and less scary—when you know what to expect. Plus, you’re better […]

Try, try again
Try, try again

Now that your firstborn is getting older and you feel like you have gotten the hang of motherhood (finally!), you might be ready to expand your family once again. But, after months of negative pregnancy tests, you begin to wonder: How can it be this hard? We’ve done this before. It’s not like I’m infertile. […]

Prenatal test prep
Prenatal test prep

If you’re expecting, prepare to be the center of some major medical attention. There willbe lots of tests (more than you took in high school!), and you’ll clock serious face-time with your health care provider. But it doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong. In fact, an onslaught of tests and checkups is the norm for […]

Girly bits cheat sheet
Girly bits cheat sheet

Your female anatomy is, of course, a physical part of you, but you’re probably not as familiar with it as, say, your eyes or your feet. Maybe that’s because it can literally be a pain in the neck to see anything below the belt—especially when you’re pregnant. Or maybe it’s because you’d prefer to just […]

Not your mama's pregnancy
Not your mama's pregnancy

My mom is amazing. She delivered five healthy babies, one of them naturally (me!), and breastfed every one of us. She believes that motherhood is a lifelong calling (she’s right), and she continues to be a loving, capable mom and nana to her clan today. I would not hesitate to ask my mom for advice […]

40 and pregnant
40 and pregnant

I peeked at my chart—scrawled across the top was the ominous phrase “advanced maternal age.” The OB handed me a referral to a high-risk clinic. “Is there something wrong?” I asked. Without looking up he said, “We refer all our older patients. It’s policy.” I left feeling too ancient to carry a baby. I was […]

In active pursuit of shuteye
In active pursuit of shuteye

Have you wondered why, oh why an exhausted baby-grower like yourself can’t catch a wink of sleep past 4 a.m.? Or maybe your whacked-out internal thermostat has hit a thousand degrees, making you feel like a hot mess with no hope of dozing off? Getting a good snooze when you’re pregnant can be a real […]

What’s normal (and what’s not) when you’re expecting
What’s normal (and what’s not) when you’re expecting

From the moment you conceive, your body begins to transform from the everyday vehicle you’ve always known into an amazing, efficient (and sometimes kinda gross) baby-making machine. Some changes are obvious—a burgeoning belly, for example—while others will take you by surprise. (Who knew hair texture had anything to do with growing a baby?) We’ve rounded […]

Your pregnancy tune-up
Your pregnancy tune-up

This baby thing is really happening, and you’re in it for the 40-week long haul. Maybe you were perfectly prepared before the test pointed positive, or maybe you’re like the rest of us and could use a tuneup to get you on the right track. Heck, maybe some major repairs are in order. No matter […]

Bump on board
Bump on board

Whether your job requires regular travel or your budget allows for recreational trips (hello, babymoon!), jet-setting while pregnant is often a part of the modern mom-to-be’s life. And happily, that’s A-OK. “There’s really no medical reason why you can’t travel during pregnancy,” says Jennifer Bump, MD, OB/GYN and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at […]