“There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we,” wrote legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin. Taking a cue from her, we bring you four reasons to sing the praises of your pregnant uterus. It’s adaptable Before pregnancy, your uterus was a pear-shaped organ that fit nice and neat beneath your pubic bone. As the months pass and your baby grows and develops, your incredible uterus does too. Toward the end of your pregnancy, your uterus balloons up to your ribcage, nudging organs out of its way and
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First-time parents Marco and Aniyia Rogers received the surprise of a lifetime when their baby girl arrived days early, before they could even make it to the hospital. When labor started, dad-to-be jumped into action, timing contractions on an iPhone app and checking in with his wife's obstetrician. Because first-time moms typically have long labors, the doctor on call advised the couple to stay put and continue laboring at home. When Aniyia's contractions picked up and she felt her body pushing, Marco rushed to get his wife out the door."My wife stops.
False labor vs. the real deal If you’re a first-time mother, childbirth can often feel like one big question mark. There’s no telling when you’ll go into labor, how you’ll manage the discomfort, or if you’ll require any interventions along the way. Even the simplest situations, such as determining whether your water has broken, can be anything but black and white.For many women, it can even be tough to know whether they’re truly in labor. To separate labor facts from fiction - and help you tell the difference between what’s known as practice
Grandparents are either adored or shunned. Some families love having their grandparents around and some families do everything they can to avoid them. Fortunately there are a few clear things you can do as a grandparent to be one that is deeply valued and thus invited back again and again. This week’s video shares three ways that make a real difference and support you to enjoy a life of being a cherished grandparent.As you may know, I talk a lot about how to create a balanced family. A home where the man is empowered to take care of the children so the
Much like we prepare for unlikely events such as fires or earthquakes, giving some thought to how you’ll deal with an emergency birth is smart thinking. We’ve known women who’ve accidentally delivered in the car en route to the hospital - and others who never made it out the front door. While first time moms typically have longer labors (read: plenty of time to make it to the hospital), there’s always a small chance labor will progress faster than you’d imagine. In those unlikely situations, your partner has a lot of work to do. Pass this one on to him
If you're a first time mother, chances are you're still unsure about the importance of vaccines during pregnancy.While it's always important to consult with your healthcare provider about questions you have throughout each trimester, recent reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that vaccinations - particularly for conditions like whooping cough - could be critical during pregnancy in order to preserve both your health and that of your baby.According to the CDC, more than 41,000 cases of whooping cough were reported
We could hardly contain our excitement when Pregnancy Magazine reader, Cameron Mooney, shared this beautiful video he made to document his wife's pregnancy. Over the course of 54 seconds, Mooney captures the entirety of his wife's pregnancy, from flat belly to babe-in-arms. Press "play" to watch this mom's belly grow right before your eyes. Congratulations to the Mooneys for their new and adorable addition!
You are going to have another baby – but when and how do you break the news to your older child?It seems that both experts and moms have different opinions about the best time to share your pregnancy news with older children. Gina Bangert, of Martinez, California, chose to tell her two-year-old daughter about their new baby as Bangert entered her second trimester, once her chances of having a spontaneous miscarriage decreased. But Nancy O’Reilly, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in Springfield, Missouri, says, "When you begin planning for a baby,
When those two pink lines confirmed I was pregnant with Baby Number Two, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Not only had the ovulation predictor helped ensure conception, but I was now a veteran pregger—and much more relaxed about the next nine months.I thought about all the things I wished I had known the first time—realities about pregnancy that would have saved me a lot of worry and hand-wringing. Like the fact that lower abdominal aches don’t mean you’re necessarily having an ectopic pregnancy—it’s just your ligaments stretching to accommodate
When I was pregnant with my first child, I wanted to go natural. No interventions for me! Women have birthed for eons without assistance—so I certainly didn’t need to pay attention in my labor class or hire a doula. My nutrition and exercise regimen? Digging organic cheese crackers out of my couch cushions. But as my labor dragged past the 22-hour, no-sleep, what’s-going-on mark, I actually begged my doctor for a C-section. We compromised on an epidural, and my daughter was born an hour later. In short, I was a typical first-time mom desiring a drug-free
Let's face it, pregnancy comes with its share of uncomfortable sensations. There's swelling, lightheadedness, teenage-style acne, and more. The amount of potential side effects to growing and developing a new life are enough to make your head spin. But if you ran off to the emergency room every time you had back pain or felt nauseated, you'd never be at home.By and large, the weird physical and emotional feelings you'll experience are par for the course during pregnancy. But there are a few universally alarming symptoms that warrant an immediate call to your
New parenthood is overwhelming. For one, there's that whole new life to take care of - and there's also a mass of baby-related information to take in. There are do's and don'ts and safety precautions enough to make your head spin. But no matter how much you absorb as you set out on your parenting journey, keep in mind that all parents take wrong turns here and there. And while most of those so-called mistakes are harmless, there are a few common areas you'll want to pay particular attention to. Here are 5 common mistakes new parents make while caring for their
Key ways to stay connected and enjoy pregnancy, birth, and beyond! Is the dad-to-be in your life feeling sidelined during your pregnancy? While there's not much you can do about who carries your growing and developing baby (we wish!), there are some important ways to help your partner feel like he's really needed. Whether he's ready to jump into this new venture enthusiastically, or if he prefers to take baby steps, we've compiled plenty of ways to get dad-to-be involved, connected, and fully embracing his new role. The nursery Make it a point to prepare your
Let’s face it: Childbirth is no walk in the park. But a study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a glimmer of hope to moms-to-be. It turns out that adding a sweet fruit to your late pregnancy diet could shorten labor and reduce your risk of being medically induced.So, what should you load up on at the grocery store? Dates.The study, spearheaded by Jordan University of Science and Technology, tracked 69 expectant moms over the last four weeks of pregnancy right through delivery. One group ate six dates each day while the other
Think you have it rough as an expectant mom? Imagine if your partner were pregnant, too! There'd be no one to make midnight ice cream runs, rub your back, or expertly navigate your hormonal mood swings. Here's the story of two women who decided to have a baby together - and were more successful than they ever could have planned. They even gave birth 4 days apart!Source: My Wife and I Are (Both) Pregnant -- The Cut Read more: Woman gives birth at 30,000 feet with help of the airline crew
Postpartum depression is horrific. It takes what is supposed to be one of life’s greatest joys and smothers it in misery.Being partnered to someone going through PPD is its own nightmare. We can easily find ourselves resenting our partner, feeling angry and even regretting having a child. Unfortunately, our natural responses to such a painful situation often make it worse. Fortunately, there are a number of concrete steps you can take that will greatly alleviate the depression and even support you to be a stronger, better equipped family in the long
If you find yourself noticing the girth more than the glow, take these steps to feel better. Get movingStudies show that women who exercise during pregnancy respond more positively to their changing bodies than those who don’t. An Australian study found that pregnant exercisers also had less anxiety and insomnia. The regular regimen, like walking or yoga, will help keep weight gain in balance, which will benefit you postpartum too. So clear your fitness routine with your ob/gyn, and then get physical.Grow your mind Use magazines, books, and websites
Do you want to put the brakes on that whole aging thing? Having more kids could be the answer.A new study, published out of Simon Fraser University in Canada and published in the journal PLOS One, suggests that the more children a woman bears, the slower her cells are to age. The nitty gritty Thirteen years in the making, this study closely tracked the reproductive activity of 75 women from 2000 to 2013. At the start, researchers collected saliva samples to measure the telomeres of all participants.Telomeres can be found at the end of each DNA strand,
Across the globe, handed down from generation to generation, myths surrounding expectant moms and their pregnancies have always persisted. Some of them wild and outlandish, others somewhat believable or totally nonsensical, these old wives tales purported to shed light on a developing baby’s future.Giving new meaning to the phrase “you are what you eat,” we’ve compiled five head-scratching food pregnancy myths that were thought to predict the gender and demeanor of a mom-to-be’s little bundle: Hold the spice In Japanese culture, if an expectant
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Q: There are risks to Amniocentesis. Do I really need one?
Most women will have normal, healthy children and will not require invasive prenatal tests. However, all women have a 3 percent chance that their child will have a birth defect; this is the risk that any woman faces with a pregnancy, regardless of
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