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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Top 6 pregnancy beauty tips for Valentine’s Day

Not all women are in love with their bodies during pregnancy, which means they'll do anything they can to feel better about their growing baby bump and the rest of the physical changes that can occur. If you're not feeling your sexiest but you want to really wow your partner on Valentine's Day, don't worry. There are plenty of beauty tips you can use to add a little oomph to your appearance. Try a few - or all! - of these top six. Moisturize Skin changes aren't uncommon during pregnancy. You …

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You know you’re in labor if…

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 - …

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