Topic: Pregnancy & Health

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 »

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 »