Somewhere around the top of my list of ‘scariest things that have ever happened to me’ is the time I failed my quad screen during my pregnancy. More
Topic: prenatal health
It was supposed to be one of the most wonderful days of our lives. On April 29, 2008, at just over twenty weeks pregnant, it was time for my anatomy scan. I was very excited to find out the gender and to see my little bean again. My pregnancy had been going wonderfully so far; no morning sickness or other issues. When the sonogram tech brought in the doctor to “take a look at something,” I knew there was a serious problem.
Pregnant ladies among us already know that their fetus has quite the personality. He or she “waves” during the fetus ultrasound. You wave back! Suddenly you’re craving foods you previously couldn’t stand, need to pee round the clock, and can’t even sleep at night. You would think that little baby has mind and schedule all of their own. And, most likely, he or she does! Among other things. More
There’s a new test that might be a better indicator of miscarriage, but is there ever a good way to diagnose something so horrible? More
There’s good news out of Washington DC for pregnant women today. Well, it’s kind of good news. Senators Bob Casey and Jeanne Shaheen introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act into the Senate today. The bill protects pregnant women by making sure that employers offer reasonable accommodations for their condition, such as a stool to sit on, a water bottle to keep with you, and not having to lift heavy objects. It’s designed to make sure that pregnant women can safely work as long as they’d like to in their pregnancy. Yay, right? Not really. This is good news only if we accept the fact that women need federal legislation to be granted a stool to sit on while pregnant and working. More
What would you do if you saw a pregnant woman doing something you found irresponsible or possibly dangerous to the life of her baby? Most people would judge her. Some would confront her. But how far is too far when it comes to telling a woman that she should be thinking about her unborn child? Pulling a gun, that’s too far. More
Bad news for those of you who sometimes indulge in a little pot smoking, scientists believe that marijuana can alter genes and biological signals necessary for a healthy pregnancy. More
Every mother has her own personal style and philosophy. At this website and others like it, we spend a lot of time discussing choices, making suggestions and debating philosophies. Some parents loved to get involved in those conversations. And some choose simply to trust their gut and listen to their own instinct.
I think both choices are valid and both can produce amazing families and children. But there’s a point when the “Live and let live” motherhood agreement gets pushed too far. There’s a place where it stops being about personal choice and starts becoming a safety issue. And one blogger brilliantly demonstrated the point where that “personal choice” goes too far and endangers the lives of children. More
A piece of legislature in the House wants to force women to get consent from their partners for an abortion. What if a lack of consent led to the pregnancy in the first place? More
It’s not easy to be a pregnant woman in America. Not just because our maternity leave sucks, but it’s also the time in a woman’s life when the entire world around you feels completely justified in judging every move you make and letting you know if it’s not appropriate. More