Topic: Pregnancy & Health

10 Ways A Scheduled C-Section Is Different From An Emergency C-Section

10 Ways A Scheduled C-Section Is Different From An Emergency C-Section

Having been through both an emergency c-section and a planned one — I can honestly say a planned c-section is not nearly as terrifying. If you have been through a bad experience with an emergency c-section and are pregnant and terrified with the prospect of going through a surgical birth, I’m here to ease your mind a little. It’s not the same experience. It’s really not as bad. More »

Being On Bed Rest Is Nothing Like A Day At The Spa

Being On Bed Rest Is Nothing Like A Day At The Spa

At first I was really excited to have a doctor sanctioned reason to lay around all day. I was tired, my hips were killing me and I was starting to waddle. I had seen pregnant woman in online pregnancy forums complaining about how awful bed rest was, and in my ignorance I didn’t understand why they were whining. This was my chance to act like a Greek goddess, and I was going to enjoy every second of it More »

Motherhood After 50 Is Possible If You Have All Of The Money

Motherhood After 50 Is Possible If You Have All Of The Money

In today’s New York Post, a 51-year-old single publicist in New York City has an essay discussing her choice to get pregnant at a later age. She is currently pregnant with her second child. She also has a 2-year-old daughter, who was born when Kahn was 49. She is super psyched for herself, and I suppose I would be too if a big part of the rationale and defense for her pregnancy weren’t the vast resources she has to pay for it. More »

10 Things You Should Not Do When Your Friend Is Infertile

10 Things You Should Not Do When Your Friend Is Infertile

When someone is dealing with infertility, they need to the support of their family and friends. They need a shoulder to cry on, a bag to punch, and a caring someone to feed them all the chocolate. But sometimes the people they go to for support get their responses all wrong. They don’t need the world to tiptoe around your feelings, but maybe being aware of the feelings and giving those feelings a few feet of space would be nice. More »

7 Ways To Support Parents Faced With A Difficult Prenatal Diagnosis

7 Ways To Support Parents Faced With A Difficult Prenatal Diagnosis

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.
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Scary Mommy: 10 Things You Can’t Do In Public While Pregnant (But Totally Want To)

Scary Mommy: 10 Things You Can't Do In Public While Pregnant (But Totally Want To)

When you’re pregnant, there are myriad things you wish you could just up and do no matter where you are and whom you’re with — things you probably do in the privacy of your own home without reserve. The thing is, you can’t in public. I mean, you could, but you’d either no longer have any friends or get arrested, and nobody wants that. Here are just a few of them. More »