The pros and cons of having a second baby

When it comes to determining the size and spacing of your family, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Maybe you and your partner are dreaming of a house full of children. On the other hand, maybe you’re drawn to the idea of raising a single child. Puzzled about where you fall on the family planning spectrum? Consider these pros and cons to welcoming baby number two: Pros Greatest gift: A sibling may be the greatest gift to give your son or daughter. Growing up with a brother or sister …

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Are you raising kids with commitment issues?

Ever wonder why so many men are afraid of commitment or so many women are afraid of abandonment?  All too often it is because we are unknowingly using our kids to meet our own needs. I can’t tell you how many really emotionally intelligent parents I see significantly impacting their children's ability to navigate relationships. The reality is that we all do it, but the more aware we are of the potential, the more we can protect our children’s opportunities for having really healthy …

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Can women dye their hair during pregnancy?

When you find out that you're pregnant, you'll start hearing all kinds of things that you should and shouldn't do as a first time mother. You might be told not to touch cats (unnecessary), not to eat fish (just high-mercury types) or to take a prenatal vitamin (this is a good idea). Another thing people might caution you about is dyeing your hair. But do you really have to go without your color for nine months? It may seem like a scary prospect, but here are the facts. Is it safe? For the …

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Are there any health benefits of pregnancy?

The biggest benefit of pregnancy is clearly that you’re going to come out of it with a wonderful newborn in your arms. There are other temporary benefits that you may get while you’re pregnant, too, like more glowing skin, thicker hair, bigger boobs and a judgment-free zone whenever you happen to reach for second helpings. But are there any health benefits of pregnancy that could carry over into life after having a baby? The answer is yes. Healthier lifestyle There are all kinds of …

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Tyra Banks shares first photo of newborn baby

New mom Tyra Banks shared a photo of her newborn baby York for the first time on Instagram, captioning the sweet image with this: "This is the happiest Valentine's Day of my life. York, Daddy and I send you so much love."Banks became a mom in January after a public struggle with infertility. Using a surrogate, she called her little boy her "miracle baby" and thanked the "angel" that made his birth possible. Earlier last year, Banks used an interview on a daytime talk show to plead with …

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Nursing 101: Is your newborn getting enough milk?

The first weeks of motherhood can be stressful, overwhelming, and confusing. You may find yourself constantly questioning your parenting tactics and wishing there were some sort of newborn coach to guide you through. You may obsess over analyzing dirty diapers, trying to squeeze in more sleep, and ensuring your little one is happy and calm.If you’ve chosen to exclusively breastfeed, nursing opens up a whole different can of worms when it comes to worrying. Rest assured, here’s one thing …

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Alanis Morissette announces pregnancy with sweet video

Canadian sing-songwriter Alanis Morissette, 41, has some big news to share. She and husband Mario 'Souleye' Treadway, 35, are expecting their second child together.This seven-time Grammy award winner announced her happy news with a heartwarming video, which she released this weekend. Through simple animation, the video tells the love story of Alanis and Souleye, depicting the couple's wedding in 2010, birth of their first child (who's now 5) - and the happy family viewing an ultrasound of …

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4 jaw-dropping reasons your uterus is the coolest thing ever

“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 …

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Pregnancy Magazine Survey: Tell us what you want to hear!

We want to hear from you. Let us know what stories strike a chord, what subjects are a snooze, and what you can't wait to read more of. Take one minute to complete our 3-question, anonymous survey and help shape the magazine of your dreams. Take the Pregnancy Magazine survey

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Husband Tweets his wife’s accidental home birth

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 …

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