Don’t hate me, but my labor was so much easier than I expected

Being a first-time mom, I wasn’t sure what to expect from labor. It seems people only want to share their horror stories with you, and television and movies make it look, well, terrible. My own labor and delivery story actually was NOTHING like what I had heard or been told. In fact, it was incredibly easy in comparison! Here’s my journey to meeting my baby: 8 p.m. Sunday night We were scheduled…

This Is the Trendiest American Baby Name of All Time

shutterstock (2) As far as baby names go, there are popular ones (old standbys that have remained favorable for decades) and trendy ones (fresh options that come and go and are often inspired by some sort of cultural phenomenon). In 2017, for example, the name Moana got a 64 percent increase, thanks to the popular Disney flick of the same name. While it’s easy to determine the most popular baby…

This is Us star’s post-baby weight loss is down to genetics

This Is Us actress Alexandra Breckenridge looked radiant as she walked the red carpet at last night’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards in Los Angeles. She also looked surprisingly well-rested, considering the fact that she has a newborn baby in the house. The 35-year-old insists that she is in fact just as tired as most new moms, saying that her fresh-faced look is thanks to “a large team of people.” “I’m…

13 signs your morning sickness is getting better

I was never one of those women for whom morning sickness magically dissipated after 12 weeks. Instead, I felt like I was going to puke all the time, until around 20 weeks. It wasn’t until I noticed a few of the following subtle signs that I could look forward to a light at the end of the morning sickness tunnel. Your pukey woes might be coming to an end if……

For most women, fresh embryos as good as frozen

If you’re undergoing IVF treatment and don’t suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), your chances of success are the same regardless of whether you’re implanted with fresh or previously frozen embryos, two new studies suggest. Other studies have indicated that previously frozen embryos work better than fresh embryos during IVF treatment for women who suffer from PCOS. The hormonal disorder affects about 1 in 10 women and can cause pregnancy…

My IVF journey part 10: Waiting for pregnancy test results 

After my IVF frozen embryo transfer, it would be nine looooong days before I learned my pregnancy test results. During that week, I went from the highest highs, fantasizing about being pregnant, to literally, lying on the shower floor, sobbing. That’s where my husband found me one evening. He sat there, patiently, and watched his wife come undone. Again. It wasn’t the first time I’d sought solace here, letting the warm…

Urban Farming Is the Future of Agriculture

“The planet is growing more food than ever, and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one of the front lines in the war against hunger is in cities. As urban populations grow, more people find themselves in food deserts, areas with “[l]imited access to supermarkets, supercenters, grocery stores, or other sources of healthy and affordable food,” according to…

Antacids in pregnancy tied to childhood asthma

Taking certain antacids during pregnancy could increase the risk of your baby developing asthma, a new study suggests. Heartburn and indigestion are common during pregnancy, and some women take over-the-counter antacids or are prescribed antacids by their doctor. The recent study, published in the journal Pediatrics, examined the impact of two types of antacids: proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec and Prevacid, and histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2RAs) such as…

Did Call the Midwife horror stories lead to an elective c-section?

Helen George has attended an untold number of fictional births between the legs of many an actress, which is part of the reason why she opted for an elective c-section to welcome her first child. The Call the Midwife star has taken her role seriously since being cast in its 2012 debut series. As noted on the 33-year-old’s Wikipedia page: “As part of the role she was trained in the…