Ask a group of moms if they’ve ever had sixth sense about their child and you’ll be flooded with eerie examples and jaw-dropping anecdotes. Like the newly pregnant mom who had a dream about a co-worker telling her she was having a boy—and nine months later she did. Or the third-trimester mom who just knew in her gut that her fetus was in breech position despite her obstetrician’s denials. After 24 hours of labor, she and the doctor discovered she had been right.But is mothers’ intuition real? Some scientific research suggests it is, including two
During her third trimester of pregnancy,Vivian Malauulu, of Long Beach, CA, craved sleep even more than chocolate. As a high school theater director, she frequently dozed during rehearsals in the comfortable darkness of the auditorium. When she awoke, she would yell, “Take it from the top!” so none of her students knew her secret.According to the 2007 Sleep in America Poll by the National Sleep Foundation, more than half of pregnant women take at least two naps each week. In the same study, 84 percent of pregnant women reported experiencing sleep
Pregnancy Magazine's obstetrician, Dr. Stephen Weiss, answers your pressing prenatal questions. Today, he's talking about pregnancy-safe skincare. If you missed our first installment with Dr. Weiss, you can check out his first trimester Q&A here. Safe skincare Q: I recently read that salicylic acid isn’t safe during pregnancy, but I’ve been using 0.5-percent products because my doctor said it was OK. My research uncovered conflicting information. Are products containing salicylic acid, in fact, safe? What about ones with benzoyl
Just two days after bringing my glowing baby girl home from the hospital, postpartum depression (PPD) hit me like a tornado. It sucked me into a dizzying blur of insomnia, unrelenting anxiety, and inexplicable crying. Must be the “baby blues,” I told myself… until months later, shaking in extreme exhaustion, I was rushed to the psychiatrist’s office. That wasn’t how I planned on kicking off motherhood, but the good news is this doesn’t have to happen to you! PPD vs. the blues The “baby blues” is a normal hormonal adjustment period that lasts no
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Here are 11 strange, laughable, and totally feasible signs you have a baby on the way:1. You enter a room and the first thing you do is frantically scan it for a trash bin - just in case a wave of nausea should strike.2. Similarly, any time you visit a new office building, shopping center, or home, you automatically pinpoint where the restrooms are. After all, you need to pee almost every minute and you won’t have time to wait around for directions.3. Between your burgeoning bump and the collection of pillows you’ve amassed to support you, your
Creating harmony in baby's room Newborns can benefit from balance in their lives, and with a nursery designed according to the Chinese art of feng shui, “the child will be at peace and naturally sleep well,” says Valerie Bogdan, a feng shui consultant in Long Branch, NJ.Feng shui is deeply rooted in nature and simplicity. Bogdan recommends organic bedding, natural-fiber carpet, full-spectrum light bulbs that provide natural light, and paint instead of wallpaper. “You want everything pure, simple, and real,” she says. Bogdan also recommends a
You knew things would change, but now that baby’s here meeting for coffee requires a degree in logistics. A simple girls’ night out can mean weeks of planning. If keeping up with your former social circle feels like driving a three-wheeled stroller across Siberia, you're not alone."I like to think of networking online as the new playground for moms," says Nichole Smith, a site moderator at MothersClick.com and owner of her own site, theguiltyparent.com. "Social networking can be a powerful experience for moms because motherhood can often feel
Here’s how to find healthy foods you can keep down, so you can power through your first trimester of pregnancy!Prior to getting pregnant, there was nothing I loved more than a juicy grilled chicken sandwich or some pulled pork piled high with fried onions. But somewhere in my second month, that all changed. Just the thought of meat made me nauseous; the smell of it cooking sent me running to the toilet. As the list of foods I was avoiding began to mount, I started worrying that my morning sickness diet of bagels and ginger ale
With the big day on the horizon, you must be giving thought to how you'll get through labor and delivery. Share with us, are you planning on an epidural, or are you hoping for a natural birth? Take our poll below!
Fortunately, my wife had a bout of chronic stomach pain a couple of weeks after we found out she was pregnant. One night she woke up in excruciating pain and I knew at once that we had to get to hospital. About eight sleepless hours and all manner of pain meds— from aspirin to horse tranquilizer—later, she dozed in a ward just off the emergency room, with me curled up on my coat on the floor nearby.I term this most horrid event as “fortunate” because every cloud has a silver lining. The next week a couple came around for dinner. Almost as soon as the
One night, when I was about 20 weeks pregnant, my husband came home to find me in tears, selling off our clothes on eBay and looking for a second job. “We can’t afford this baby!” I cried. According to the various sources I’d consulted, caring for a baby required thousands of dollars worth of special equipment— everything from a gadget that warms wipes to a device that shrink-wraps your baby’s soiled diapers. “Our baby’s going to end up sleeping in a dresser drawer!” I sobbed.My husband took one look at my lengthy list of must-haves, slashed
If there’s one thing about childbirth I know for sure, it’s this: Clear, rational thoughts do not exist for laboring women. With a broken water bag and contractions increasing in frequency and intensity, I knew one spring afternoon that my little one was on her way. So, I did the only thing that made sense in that moment: I turned on some mellow tunes, slipped on some rubber gloves, and committed to scrubbing my toilet. After all, once labor kicked into high gear, we’d need to call the doula and I didn’t want her to see the mess we’d been living in.
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Partly out of superstition, and partly because of Jewish tradition, Liz Gumbinner of Brooklyn, NY, asked her family not to give her baby gifts until the very end of her pregnancy. “When I was six weeks pregnant, and just two days after we’d announced it,” Gumbinner says, “My overexcited mother-in-law sent a onesie set.”There’s no getting around it: Becoming a parent changes your relationship with your own parents forever, in good ways and annoying ones. To cope with this dynamic in transition, set boundaries but try not to hurt feelings. “Any
Diary Of A C-Section A moment-by-moment account of one woman’s life-changing surgeryBent over an exercise ball in front of 20 of my peers, I tried to relax as my husband gently massaged my lower back. No, I wasn’t in labor. I was in class preparing to give birth. Every Thursday evening for four weeks, my husband, Greg, my bump, and I dutifully trekked to class. At the end of the program, I came out feeling ready.But there was one tiny problem. My baby was breech and if he didn’t turn soon, I would be forced to have a scheduled
Is a c-section a "natural" birth (at least as far as the constitution is concerned)? Here's a fascinating question for pregnant moms with a planned Caesarean section: Do the words "natural born" define presidential eligibility in the U.S. Constitution preclude a baby born of a c-section to eventually become president of the United States?While some lawyers may argue over what "natural" means, it's hard to imagine the framers' intent wasn't the opposite of "native." At the same time, we've recently seen a long debate of a sitting President's nationality
There’s nothing to throw our lives off-axis like a newborn baby. All the joy and wonder aside, adjusting to life with a new son or daughter can leave us feeling alone, overwhelmed, and downright lonely. You feel like you have zero freedom, you're up all night, and downtime - what's that? Nip this new mom isolation in the bud with these tips for staying connected and comforted long after delivery day. Get social at your birthing class Sure, you’re there to learn about the stages of labor, but attending a birthing class can also be a great opportunity to
Your birth partner plays an important role in the delivery of your baby. To help keep nerves calm and focus high—as well as let him know his presence means a lot—prepare a hospital bag full of goodies for him. Gift wrap it and present it two or three weeks before your deliver. Here’s what to include, from Queens, NY, baby coordinator Roselle Andrea:Contact list that includes numbers for your and your partner’s parents, best friends, and the person who’s watching your older children, if you have them. Lots of loose change for the parking lot ticket
How About a Do-over?I could barely sleep during the last weeks of my second pregnancy. But this time, I had something new to worry about as I lay awake—shaking up my two-year-old son’s little world with a needy sibling. But my first child was, ultimately, why I decided to attempt a vaginal birth after Cesarean, or VBAC. I knew the physical limitations of recovering from a second C-section would exclude me even more from his daily life.My endeavor was a success—and I’m not alone: According to the American College of Obstetricians and
Oh, how happy I am that my husband and I decided to use a co-sleeper the second time around. And what a gift that we’ve had the Halo Bassinest to enjoy these first few
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Q: Q: Relationship between preeclampsia and developmental delay?
A: Some studies indicate a link to autism as well as low birth weight and premature birth.Most women and men have a limited understanding of preeclampsia and its danger to both mother and baby. Preeclampsia is one form of a high blood pressure disorder of
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