Topic: Pregnancy & Health

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 »

Pregnant Woman Fired For Being Unable To Work Overtime, Which Is Cruel AND Illegal

Pregnant Woman Fired For Being Unable To Work Overtime, Which Is Cruel AND Illegal

The New York Times reports that a pregnant woman, Angelica Valencia, was fired from her job working machinery at a New York potato-packing factory after her doctor advised her to only work 8 hours days. She’d previously had a miscarriage and her pregnancy was deemed high-risk. But her employer, Fierman Produce, insisted that she work overtime, despite a note from her doctor instructing otherwise. So how did her bosses respond? Did they nod sympathetically, offer her extra breaks and a place to rest, and tell her to take it easy? More »

The Mommyish Definitive Guide To Infertility: The Basics, As Explained By Your Best Friend

The Mommyish Definitive Guide To Infertility: The Basics, As Explained By Your Best Friend

Maybe you’re having difficulty trying to conceive. Maybe you’re looking for more information to support a friend or family member who is dealing with infertility or maybe you’re just curious. Either way, I’ve been there, so here’s a simple guide to help you understand the basics of infertility, along with some of the dirty details I wish I had known beforehand. More »

The Pain Of Losing An Infant Never Leaves You

The Pain Of Losing An Infant Never Leaves You

My husband Brian and I entered the room amidst feelings of both shock and devastation. It was our first time here. The mood was very solemn: a bunch of young men and women speaking in hushed tones. We quickly found a table with our new friend; someone whom we had met only hours earlier. One by one, grief stricken individuals rose to light a candle. They also spoke a name. Soon it would be our turn. “Liam Jude Sullivan,” my husband said full of obvious despair. It was still very raw. We were at our very first bereavement meeting. It also happened to be Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance month. If you have never heard of that month, you are not alone. Neither had we, until we had to do the unthinkable. Until we had to bury our firstborn son. More »

Supreme Court Smacks Down Bullsh*t Texas Abortion Clinic Rules

Supreme Court Smacks Down Bullsh*t Texas Abortion Clinic Rules

Thirteen Texas reproductive health clinics will be allowed to reopen their doors this morning, thanks to a new Supreme Court ruling. At least for the time being, hundreds of thousands of Texas women will have access to the reproductive health care that their state government is trying to deny them, because two-thirds of the members of the highest court in the land are in touch with reality enough to realize that not most women cannot, in fact, afford to hire a limousine to chauffeur them to the next state when they need an abortion. More »

It’s Ridiculous That Women Married To Women Have To Fight For ‘Paternity’ Leave

It's Ridiculous That Women Married To Women Have To Fight For 'Paternity' Leave

Meg Curtis, who works at a university in liberal bastion Massachusetts – you know, the state that’s had legal same sex marriage for a decade now – writes about her struggle to get a clear set of guidelines for her medical leave when her wife gives birth to their first child. I would call her employer’s Human Resources department’s handling of the situation impressive, because I think it must be really hard to be this clueless about lesbians having a baby together. More »