Topic: Pregnancy & Health

The Mommyish Definitive Guide To Infertility: Injectable Medications and Intrauterine Insemination

The Mommyish Definitive Guide To Infertility: Injectable Medications and Intrauterine Insemination

You’ve been trying for what feels like forever to get pregnant. You’ve met with doctors and specialist, probably argued with your insurance company at least once, and are on a first name basis with the gals in the blood lab. Your doctor says the next course of action would be to try injectable medications and if that doesn’t work, an intrauterine insemination, or IUI. You figure you’ve come this far, why stop now. Here’s what you need to know about taking the next steps down the fertility treatment rabbit hole. More »

Open Thread: Tell Us About Your Maternity Leave

Open Thread: Tell Us About Your Maternity Leave

Inspired by this depressing post on The Toast today about one HR specialist’s pain-in-the-ass unpaid maternity leave at a university, we’re curious: What was your maternity leave like? Were you given paid time off by your employer? Unpaid? Were you employed? How much time did you take off? Were you faced with a barrage of paperwork or did everything fall into place easily? And how were you treated by the people put in place to help you figure it all out? More »

Pregnant Marathoners Don’t Care If You Think They Shouldn’t Be Running

Pregnant Marathoners Donât Care If You Think They Shouldn't Be Running

The New York Times has an incredible story up this morning, profiling elite marathoners running through – and after – their pregnancies. Depending on your own beliefs about exercise and pregnancy you’re probably going to fall into two camps: The ‘holy shit this is amazing and inspirational and I should have totally run that 5K when I was knocked up!’ camp or the ‘WTF are they thinking and boy, that kinda looks weird and also painful?!?!’ camp. Take your pick. More »

Science Mom: The ‘Science’ Of Mommy-Shaming

Science Mom: The 'Science' Of Mommy-Shaming

Digging for ways to point the finger at moms is the hot new trend since approximately the dawn of time. In medieval times, society blamed birth defects on the mother’s sexual history. In the 1950s and 1960s, children who grew up to be non-neurotypical were believed to have been “made that way” by insufficiently attentive mothers. And now, every molecule that passes through a mother’s body, from the time she’s born until she gives birth, is the finger-pointed as the probable culprit for autism, asthma, and ADHD. Why can’t moms win? More »

You Should Look Your Worst After Having A Baby, Not Freshly Spray-Tanned

You Should Look Your Worst After Having A Baby, Not Freshly Spray-Tanned

When I went to the hospital to deliver my twins, I thought about this life-changing experience I was about to have. I stressed about whether or not we had everything we needed back at the house for them. I hoped that the birth would go smoothly. I did not worry about the state of my pubic hair.I did not bring make-up to the hospital. I think I brought a hairbrush, but I’m not sure because I was too busy having newborns to have that stand out in my memory. More »

If You’re Really Pro-Life, Focus On The US’s Terrible Infant Mortality Instead Of Abortion

If You're Really Pro-Life, Focus On The US's Terrible Infant Mortality Instead Of Abortion

A lot of people like to believe that the United States is the greatest country in the world, but when it comes to infant mortality, that claim just doesn’t hold up. For anyone who really wants to think of themselves as pro-life, single-minded attacks on reproductive health rights should give way to earnest attempts to do something to help take care of babies who have already been born. More »