None of us likes to think about it, but women can and do experience life-threatening emergencies during childbirth. And here’s something maybe you didn’t know: Black women in the U.S. are three times as likely as white women to find themselves in such a devastating circumstance. A 2016 study1 revealed that black women in New York City were twelve times more likely to suffer a … [Read more...] about Life or death: Why black women’s hospital choice for childbirth matters
To maintain a healthy relationship during your pregnancy, it’s important for both of you to maintain your individuality and routines as well as your identity as a couple. Having a baby shouldn’t mean losing your personal style or sacrificing what makes you happy—and men sometimes need reassurance of this. They need to feel secure that although many things will change when the … [Read more...] about What your relationship teaches your baby about love
For years, the term geriatric pregnancy was used to describe pregnancy in women 35 or older. We now describe this a bit more gently as advanced maternal age—which is better. (And when we do hear someone refer to a geriatric pregnancy, we are quick to tell them that this term is a throwback that we literally want to throw back!) The effects of age on pregnancy What is ironic … [Read more...] about ‘Geriatric’ pregnancy… really?
Your unborn baby’s body grows from the nutrients it receives from you. So undoubtedly you will gain extra weight to support your baby. How much will you need to gain depends on your pre-pregnancy weight and your body mass index (BMI). Your body mass index Measuring BMI is a relatively new approach to understanding weight and its connection to your overall health. BMI is a … [Read more...] about Pregnancy weight gain: How much is too much or too little?
I’m already a beautiful mahogany brown. How much darker can I get? “What on earth is that dark line stretching from my belly button down to who-knows-where? And why have my nipples turned almost black? I love my melanin, but these changes are crazy!” Your endocrine system (glands that secrete hormones or other products directly into the blood), metabolic system (chemical … [Read more...] about This pregnancy keeps messin’ with my melanin