Topic: Pregnancy & Health

Why I Stopped Saying ‘Someday’ When It Came To Having Kids

Why I Stopped Saying 'Someday' When It Came To Having Kids

I didn’t plan to be an old mom. I got married at twenty-three and wasn’t even sure I wanted kids. That ambivalence toward motherhood stretched through the first several years of my marriage. I didn’t think parenting was for me—I’d never babysat as a teenager or changed a diaper in my life. My husband Jay is in the Navy and his back-to-back deployments meant having a child wasn’t just on the back burner—it was on a burner in someone else’s kitchen. “Someday when we have kids” was a phrase we used often, but it never seemed real. A resolution for a distant new year, maybe. More »

Science Mom: Essential Oils Won’t Make You Healthy, But At Least You’ll Smell Good

Science Mom: Essential Oils Won't Make You Healthy, But At Least You'll Smell Good

If essential oils make you feel a little happier, a little calmer, or a little more able to deal with the way your Diaper Genie smells, then more power to you! However. If you are one of the people who believe that essential oils are basically the new antibiotics – or worse still, one of the people who goes around shilling do’Terra to people suffering from lice, leprosy, or lymphoma? Sit down. We need to have a talk. More »

Having Your Partner In The Room Is A Good Way To Make Childbirth Even More Miserable

Having Your Partner In The Room Is A Good Way To Make Childbirth Even More Miserable

If you have ever squeezed a six-to-ten-pound person out through your baby-chute, there may have been at least a few moments during the process where you wished your partner wasn’t right next to you. Like in the waiting room down the hall, for example. Or in the hospital gift shop to buy you the biggest box of chocolates and bouquet of flowers in the there. Or maybe on the moon. Without a spacesuit. More »

Doula Advice: What Your Friends And Family Need To Know About Your Birth

Doula Advice: What Your Friends And Family Need To Know About Your Birth

Search around, and you’ll find approximately 6,268 guides instructing pregnant people on how to select a doctor, a midwife, a doula, a birth photographer, a lactation consultant, and even a nursery decorator. But what about a guide helping a pregnant person to select the friends and family members who will join them on the day an entire human being comes out of their body? Nope. Not many of those guides. But there should be. More »