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…

Do I really need that? Registry tips from an expert mom

Shares 397 After 5 children, I would definitely love to say I’m an expert, but I think the terms “well-seasoned” and “semi-burned-out” are more accurate. But as a semi-expert, I am here to tell you that having the right baby gear can make or break you. My crew and me, a well-worn, expert-wannabe. So, to maximize the number of essential goodies you’ll receive for your baby, I will guide you…

Registering as a first-time mom: I have no idea what I’m doing

Shares 768 I’ve attended my fair share of baby showers over the years, and one of the things I was most looking forward to in pregnancy was getting to celebrate my own. I remember how much fun it was to register and receive gifts for my wedding and while the idea is the same, registering for a baby is so different. For one thing, I have zero idea what I’m…

Photos: Twin home birth shows the sheer rawness of pregnancy

Shares 667 Crystal, who was pregnant with twin girls, knew she wanted to have a home birth. “For me, nothing can compare to the comfort of my own home when I’m riding the tide of labor, and experiencing all of the emotions that come with meeting my babies for the first time,” she explained to BabyCenter in an email, adding, “Not to mention the freedom and choices that aren’t always…

Money being raised to turn Indy home into place for people to learn urban gardening

“INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An effort to create urban gardens on the northwest side of Indianapolis is moving ahead. The Kheprw Institute is raising $30,000 to renovate a home on Boulevard Place and turn it into an urban agriculture learning lab. The community will be invited to learn how to create their own urban garden and borrow tools to help them get started. The home will include a board of health-approved…