Topic: having a baby

How Your Baby Lives On In Your Body After Birth

How Your Baby Lives On In Your Body After Birth

Having a baby changes you in more ways than you might imagine. Aside from the stubbornly thicker waist, saggier boobs, and the crash course in multi-tasking (simultaneously mopping up vomit, breastfeeding a newborn, and pressing play on a Disney DVD to occupy your neglected toddler, for example), you will forever carry little pieces of your children around inside of you–literally. More »

10 Ridiculous Ways To Commemorate Your Pregnancy

10 Ridiculous Ways To Commemorate Your Pregnancy

Though I’m not exactly a super sunny, glowy creator-of-life, I definitely place a certain value on being pregnant, knowing that this time is short-lived- just a blip on the old radar. One day, there’s a good chance I’ll struggle to remember what it felt like to get kicked in the ribs all night or fart on command. That’s why I’m all for commemorating your pregnancy in any way that is appealing to you, no matter how absurd. More »

10 Reasons Why It’s Great Pregnancy Lasts 10 Months

10 Reasons Why It's Great Pregnancy Lasts 10 Months

Oh, you didn’t know pregnancy takes 10, not nine, months? Welcome to the first reason: there is a ton of stuff to learn. For example, a baby generally gestates for 40 weeks, give or take. That’s more than nine months, for any non-math people out there. But growing your knowledge, like growing your baby, is only half the fun. Read on for all the reasons why it’s great that pregnancy lasts 10 months. More »

The 8 Best Things You Will Do Immediately After Having a Baby

The 8 Best Things You Will Do Immediately After Having a Baby

Then, you finally give birth to your squirmy, slimy, adorable baby. That is a wonderful moment in and of itself, and as you start to recover from labor, you realize that the world is wonderful again. You can jump in the air with glee without hurting your back (after six weeks of healing)! You can roll over and sleep in any position you want! You can pound a glass of wine after you finish breast-feeding! Yes, life is good. More »

Reddit Dads Answer A Question About Moms After Motherhood And Get Ready To Swoon

Reddit Dads Answer A Question About Moms After Motherhood And Get Ready To Swoon

Parenthood totally robs your identity. Well, it did mine for many years, and now that my kids are a bit older I’m stating to finally remember who I was. But becoming a mom is scary, isn’t it? Not only are you in charge of a whole new human, but it can mess with your self-esteem and your identity and if we are being totally honest here, how your partner perceives you and how you view your partner. This is why I am so in love with this question posted to Reddit, and some of the replies that follow. More »

STFU Parents: Live-Posting Labor And Delivery Is Just An Exercise In Narcissism

STFU Parents: Live-Posting Labor And Delivery Is Just An Exercise In Narcissism

The title of a popular post that went up on Huffington Post this week reads ‘New Mom’s Uncensored Photos Reveal The Beautiful, Messy Reality Of Home Birth.’ Before reading through the numerous status updates detailing her labor and delivery, I already knew what this new mom, Ruth Iorio, had written. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that every woman who’s given birth has had a unique experience. No two births are exactly the same, like snowflakes or jelly-filled doughnuts (some doughnuts have WAY more jelly, you know what I’m talking about). More »

Anonymous Mom: I Had One Baby At Home. And I’m TERRIFIED To Do It Again

Anonymous Mom: I Had One Baby At Home. And I'm TERRIFIED To Do It Again

When I allow myself to think of it I cry, or shake, or lie awake at night. I can only describe it in colors. Red and Black. If I had to describe it I’d say it’s like biting the live end of an electrical wire and being thrashed to and fro like a rag doll, hanging on for dear life, except you aren’t hanging on at all but being dragged. I realize this sounds ridiculous, that millions of women do it, that I wasn’t actually dying or being tortured or at war. I’m just a rich American white girl but I am scared shitless nonetheless. More »