Topic: Pregnancy & Health

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 »

The Bigger The Baby The Better They Do In School, So Go Have A Milkshake

The Bigger The Baby The Better They Do In School, So Go Have A Milkshake

Hey, pregnant ladies. I know you’ve been trying to watch how much weight you’re gaining. You’ve been trying to take in all those extra calories through salads and quinoa, you’re trying to get some exercise in, and you’re treating your pregnant body like an enormous, uncomfortable temple. That’s very noble. But you can put down the carrot sticks and pick up the carrot cake because your kid will be smarter for it. Hallelujah! More »

Stop Pitying C-Section Moms Because They Are Probably Happier Than You Think

Stop Pitying C-Section Moms Because They Are Probably Happier Than You Think

We have discussed before how some of us are secretly happy we had a c-section. I cannot say I am one of those people as I did try for a VBAC the second time around but that was for the purpose of a (hopefully) faster recovery and not because I was so traumatized by my c-section. When a group of moms are together, the trading of birth stories is inevitable and after so many of these gatherings over my time as a parent, I can tell you that we need to stop pitying c-section moms. More »

Womb Transplant Mom Gives Birth Thanks To Her Incredible 61-Year-Old BFF Donor

Womb Transplant Mom Gives Birth Thanks To Her Incredible 61-Year-Old BFF Donor

How far would you be willing to go to help a friend who’d lost her uterus to cancer and who desperately wanted children of her own? I’m pretty much planning on being done with my own personal baby-maker, but getting rid of the thing entirely? I can’t even bring myself to throw out my college-era t-shirts with holes in the armpits, and getting rid of those wouldn’t even require major surgery. More »

Woman Who Gained No Weight In Pregnancy Thinks Women Who Do Are Disgusting Fatties

Woman Who Gained No Weight In Pregnancy Thinks Women Who Do Are Disgusting Fatties

I love it when women are happy about the way they look. There are way too many of us who are overly critical of ourselves, so hearing a woman who has pride in her appearance is nice. For a minute. Then she opens her mouth and you realize she is an awful, fat-shaming jerk. And you no longer care about her self-esteem. At least that’s the reaction I had when I read a few words from a post one woman wrote for the Daily Mail today. More »

Stop Telling Women Having Sex When They Don’t Feel Like It Is The Recipe For A Healthy Marriage

Stop Telling Women Having Sex When They Don't Feel Like It Is The Recipe For A Healthy Marriage

Am I the only woman sick of hearing the advice, “Make your marriage stronger by having sex even when you don’t feel like it?” How about, “NO.” Enthusiastic consent doesn’t only apply when we are teaching our kids about rape culture. Enthusiastic consent should be a given every, single time you have sex. And if you don’t feel like having it — men or women alike — you shouldn’t be guilted into it on the premise that it makes you a better partner. More »