Oh, to live in a world where we could control every variable to our liking! From choosing our future child's gender to cherry-picking his or her genetic makeup, the idea of deciding so much of our lives seems a bit more science fiction than reality. That is, except where the actual delivery is concerned.For decades, women and their doctors have been deciding when to birth their babies. Whether to fit within a busy schedule, stave off extra weight gain or escape the last treacherous weeks
Babies can devastate your sex life and if you aren't careful, destroy your relationship.Here are 5 Keys to thriving in this tough time.The birth of my child was mind-blowing, but my sex life took a big hit.Sex is our way to play, to be close, to feel wanted and loved. Having those moments of connection makes the inherently difficult moments of parenting a lot more manageable.But having a baby almost always means a drastically reduced sex life. If this isn't directly managed, it
If you're like us, you've seen a lot of TV moms. With a baby on the way (or one in your nursery), you might be wondering what TV mom your style most resembles. Take our fun quiz to learn and share with friends.To get our latest quizzes sent to your mailbox, make sure to subscribe to our newsletters by clicking below.
At each prenatal appointment, you'll notice the nurse taking and recording your blood pressure. Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will monitor your pressure, making sure the top and bottom numbers don't rise above 140 and 90 respectively.What's all the fuss?Whether you had high blood pressure prior to conceiving, or it's cropped up now that you're pregnant, your health care provider will want to keep it in check. Allowing your blood pressure to go
Worried about how you'll manage the pain of childbirth? Your doctor or midwife may prescribe more sunshine. Recent research from the American Society of Anesthesiologists suggests vitamin D may help ease labor pains.For years, the medical world has tied vitamin D deficiency to higher rates of depression, anxiety and pain. But now, this new study correlates low vitamin D levels with more pain medication during labor. The more depleted your vitamin D stores are, the more medication
I was really scared and super excited when my wife was pregnant with my daughter.Fortunately, my defensive response to anxiety is to educate and plan. The planning we did made the first year of parenting a remarkable joy.Unfortunately, that first year is hell for far too many new parents. So many divorces happen because of the trauma of those challenging months.In this week's video, I share 6 steps we took that made a huge difference.
Remember that old adage, "When you look good, you feel good?" Well, it's both an apt statement and a tall order in the first months of pregnancy. In those beginning weeks, while you and your partner guard your little secret, you're most likely keeping your news under wraps. You don't have to tell us how you feel, either, what with morning sickness, fatigue and an onslaught of blemishes. All that being said, we hear you - any help you can get looking and feeling your
No woman in her right mind would enter into an episiotomy willingly. But that's precisely the problem - in the throes of labor, no woman is in her right mind. Blame it on adrenaline, the intense vulnerability of childbirth or the hunger for an end to labor. No matter the reason behind a woman's consent of it, data show doctors performing this controversial snip on more than eleven percent of moms-to-be. What is it?An episiotomy is a procedure that involves cutting into the area
Short of breath? It's time to get that asthma in check. For a woman who has a history of this disease, the key to a healthy pregnancy is managing her symptoms under a doctor's care. Asthma is common, treatable and poses no additional risks to your developing baby - just as long as you're fastidious about treatment.Why treatment mattersYou may be well accustomed to shortness of breath and wheezing, but now that you're pregnant it's not the time to soldier through. Even
The thing that makes morning sickness halfway tolerable during pregnancy is its relatively short timeline. For the 80 percent of expectant moms who suffer through it, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Nausea and vomiting ease up typically once the first trimester is through - leaving moms-to-be feeling healthy and energized. But for some women, their experience with morning sickness pushes past the first trimester and into the second and third. If you're in the latter camp,