Author: Kendra Smith

Kendra Smith is Pregnancy magazine’s editor in chief. Her son was born in December 2011 and she can hardly believe where the time went. In addition to her expertise on this exciting phase in a women’s life, she’s a big believer in all things green, from cars (she drives a hybrid) to composting (yes, even her son’s diapers). As a licensed skin care professional, she also blogs about natural beauty at theskindetective.com.

I didn’t want to write a birth plan. I tend to be a bit of an anxious person and, inside, I knew I was pretty tied to what birth I hoped to have (as natural as possible!). Writing it all down would have made my desires too firm, and my...

I admit, this thermometer’s unique way of taking temps, with a swipe of the forehead, takes some getting used to. But with a baby who is now about to be potty trained, the typical method of checking for a fever had become even more awkward than learning the swipe technique....

Breastfeeding works best when you’re comfortable, so set up a special space for feeding time. Some items you may want to include: A comfortable chair – Feeding time for a newborn takes most of the day, whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, so a soft chair that supports your back and...

Bennies of the Breast Sure, you’ve heard that breast is best, but here are some interesting facts about how and why nursing is so nifty. Breastfeeding can make your baby smarter, according to 2002 research that tracked children from babyhood into their teens. Breastfed babies experience less stress and are...

When I realized I might be pregnant, I took five pregnancy tests in the week after the first positive result. I needed confirmation it was real. The strips piled up in our bathroom trash, blue line after blue line. Just 2 weeks earlier, I had taken a test before our...

Whether you’re a Sierra Club card carrying vegetarian or don’t think twice about throwing plastic bottles in the trash, there’s nothing like being pregnant to make you want to live a more environmentally conscious life. The nursery is one place where your eco-friendly intentions and action can converge. With a...

Planning a trip is no easy feat, especially when you throw kids in the mix. What starts as a relaxing family getaway can quickly become a stress-filled nightmare if you don’t plan accordingly. We asked family travel expert Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, managing editor at the family travel website MiniTime, for...

As with a lot of things involving pregnancy and babies, there are a lot of crazy ideas about breastfeeding. Here are a myths few along with the real story. MYTH #1: Taking a breastfeeding break helps you produce more milk. THE TRUTH: The more you breastfeed, the more milk your...

A quick list of what’s healthy—and what’s not. DO’s DO continue to take your prenatal vitamin after baby’s born. DO include lots of protein in your diet. Lean meat, fish and chicken, cheese, eggs, and legumes help your body make breast milk. DO make sure you get plenty of vitamin...