3 childbirth myths: Busted!

Let's call a spade a spade: When it comes to childbirth, Hollywood almost always gets it wrong. If your knowledge of labor and delivery is largely informed by what you've seen on the big screen, then you're in for a surprise or two. Here are some of the biggest myths about giving birth that movies perpetuate: Myth No. 1: Labor begins with your water breaking We all know the scene: A woman and her partner are out shopping. One minute she's absolutely fine, and the next she's looking wide-eyed …

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Are late-term babies born smarter?

Adding to the great induction debate A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests the length of your pregnancy may have an impact on baby’s brain. The research, led by Dr. David Figlio at Northwestern University, studied more than 1.5 million children in Florida.The three-year study involved single birth children born between 37 and 41 weeks gestation between 1998 and 2013. Eighty percent of the participants attended public school.The details Researchers looked to …

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12 baby names inspired by summertime

Let the sunshine, fresh blooms, and long lazy days of summer inspire you on your quest to find the perfect name for your son or daughter. Taking a cue from our warmest season, we’ve compiled 12 names that pay homage to summertime. Girls Helene: Subtle, sweet, and classic, this French name translates to “light of the sun.”Meadow: Bring to mind a lush green field and beautiful flowers each time you call out to your little one.June: More than just a month on the calendar, June is …

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Have a happier baby, lose the baby weight and save $1000 (seriously!)

I know this sounds like a bad sales pitch, but I have nothing to sell and this really is true. Over 95 percent of parents are doing something that has long standing negative implications for their entire family. When you are a new parent, it’s hard to have to think through every decision, particularly when it seems to work for everyone else. This week’s video shares this unfortunately common misstep. I will show you how to not just follow the herd and instead support your family to …

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7 truths you’ll uncover during your baby’s first year

You start preparing for motherhood the moment you find out you're pregnant. From delivery to your little one's first birthday, you may be asking yourself "how am I going to survive all of this?"We won't lie - being a mother is one difficult job, but a job that you'll adapt to and figure out as it happens. It's impossible to plan for everything at once, and learning how to go with the flow will be your new plan of action. Here's what you'll discover along the way: You're …

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Ricki Lake says, ‘Choose your own birth’

Forget trends, statistics, and peer pressure. Go ahead and have your best birth Many people think of me as an advocate for natural birth and midwifery care—and I am. However, while I have made choices in my own life that support that position, I am first and foremost an advocate for every woman to find a way to experience her best birth. If the ideal birth plan for you includes acupuncture and a warm bath leading to an at-home delivery, you should have the freedom to explore that …

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Baby names: Do you let friends, family sway you?

For some reason, my husband thinks it’s his “turn” to name the next baby.First of all, I’m not pregnant—so, Mom, if you’re reading this, remain calm. Second of all, I can assure you, I never agreed to this arrangement and was unaware that we were alternating the naming of our children like some kind of household chore.Let me explain.Naming our first-born was easy. My husband’s a Junior who’d always dreamt of having a Third to gloat over. The “Thurston Howell” …

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Feeling down? 5 ways to feel your best during pregnancy

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 best, you'll take. Here's …

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New Quiz: Can you separate pregnancy fact from fiction?

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1 step to resolve relationship conflict

Relationships fail because couples lacks the skills to talk about the hard things in life. Fortunately, this one simple practice is something any couple can do and makes a huge difference. Being able to talk to our partners about the really difficult subjects and resolve hard conflicts is the difference between relationships that thrive and those that fail.If we can’t really talk, it often leads to fighting or distancing. Our attractions shrivel and we can’t remember why we once felt …

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