Oakland Museum of California Embraces Urban Farming in its New Exhibition

The Oakland Museum of California unveiled its new exhibit “Take Root: Oakland Grows Food” over the weekend. It highlights the different food communities and how food is grown by residents within in the city. “The Oakland Museum of California is really interested in social justice issues and how they effect the citizens living here,” says Sarah Seiter, the curator. “There’s a lot of issues with food access in Oakland.” Listen…

11 awesome things about being pregnant at Christmas

Shares 595 Conventional wisdom says being pregnant at Christmas sucks. No cocktails. Being sober. Did I mention it’s a major bummer to be the only guest not drinking at the holiday party? But when I came across this post about the benefits of a yuletide pregnancy, it got me thinking. There are some things that are actually awesome about sporting a bump this time of year. Consider… You have an excuse…

15 sleep and diapering recommendations for your nursery registry

Shares 386 The excitement of making my first baby registry was palpable. Making our way through the aisles of Babies”R”Us with the registry scanner in our hands, ready to scan anything and everything. Waddling through baby toiletries, nursery accessories, and bibs, rubbing my belly and just waiting for the day she’d arrive. We would be prepared. Sorta. But all of the choices actually made it quite hard to choose. More options…

Sleep problems may affect fertility, too

If you’re struggling to conceive and also have trouble sleeping, the two problems might be connected, according to a new study. Women experiencing insomnia are almost 4 times more likely to have difficulty getting pregnant than women who don’t suffer from sleep problems, the study published in the journal Sleep found. Scientists already know sleep apnea is tied to fertility problems. But the new research shows women with other types…

How to deal with 4 not-so-pleasant side effects of pregnancy

I never felt more beautiful then when I was pregnant. Thanks to prenatal vitamins, my hair was lush and full. My skin was clear and dewy. The curves of my belly and breasts made me feel more feminine than ever. Of course, the compliments from my loved ones about how I was “glowing” didn’t hurt, either! As lovely as I may have looked on the outside, no one (except a…

Photos: 6 pregnancy sleep realities you’ll so relate to

Shares 388 Fact: Pregnancy sleep sucks. Not just during your third trimester, when you can’t even roll over without a major production, but for all 9 months. The entire time I’ve been expecting a baby in the past, I never expected to sleep. Because here are the realities of trying to get a good night’s rest when you’re growing a person… You sleep under a sheet, while your husband sleeps with two…

For the love of late summer babies, keep his package wrapped this Christmas

Shares 387 Friendly PSA here: Please think twice before succumbing to the lure of holiday romance. As a mom who went into labor on the last day of summer (just about 40 weeks after the Christmas/New Years wham-bam combo), I fully understand the lure of twinkling lights and time off — but I urge you out there who are trying to conceive (or just being lax about the birth control)…

Too many sugary drinks tied to asthma risk

Cutting back on sugary drinks during pregnancy could help reduce your child’s risk of asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers from Harvard Medical School studied more than 1,000 pregnant women, asking them how much soda, fruit juice and other sugary beverages they drank. Later, they followed up with the women’s children at ages 3 and 7. They inquired about the children’s drink consumption, and whether they’d been diagnosed with asthma.…

My IVF journey part 5: The cold reality of morning monitoring

Over the next 7 weeks, we invite you to come along on an IVF journey, step by intense step. From making the decision to go forward with in-vitro fertilization, to the meds involved and what they’re really like, and to finding out whether this emotional and sometimes painful roller coaster ride yielded the results so dreamed of and prayed for. BabyCenter blogger Melissa Willets will be documenting every detail in a series of…

When is too early to choose a baby name?

Shares 342 In college, my best friend and I named our theoretical children. As if to confirm fears our kids are growing up faster than we did, my little girls already talk about what they will name their kids one day. When is too early pick a baby name? While trying to conceive, when you find out you’re pregnant? Before 12 weeks? Each time I’ve been pregnant, we seem to decide earlier and earlier what…