Is it safe to drink lemon water during pregnancy?

Lemon is the most versatile and wonderful fruit which we had. The juice of the lemon is about 5 to 6% of citric acid, which gives it a sour taste. It has several health benefits and used in different cooking and baking recipes.Lemon water is a great refreshing drink, which helps us to stay calm and cool.  It is one of the most popular magic potions in the fitness community. The basic idea behind that when we wake up in the morning and drink lemon water it helps in alkalized our body and promotes healthy digestion. Thus, it improves overall health too....more

Why Mom Anxiety Starts During Pregnancy

Finding out you are pregnant is a pretty unreal experience. When I first got the “positive” reading, it took a while for it to sink in. The moment my baby’s future Nana handed me a gift bag with a congratulatory card and the softest plush lamb and blanket combo, it hit me. All of the blood in my body rushed to my face, and I was sure that I was about to pass out. Realizing that there is a human growing inside of you triggers a variety of emotions; I felt excited, nervous, important, and mostly terrified. Sure, I was making a human, but one day that human has to come out....more

Miscarrying at 8 weeks: By Jen Oliak

I found out today, I will be miscarrying soon.  I am going to be 43 years old in a few weeks.  The first prenatal check up is usually scheduled at week 8.  It is a long wait between getting the positive pregnancy test and getting confirmation via ultrasound that you do, in fact, have a little life growing inside....more

What's so funny about a man getting pregnant?

I recently read The Fourth Procedure by Stanley Pottinger, in which, during a surgical procedure, a man is given a uterus containing a fertilized egg.  He is enraged when he finds out, afraid that if it becomes public knowledge he’ll be a laughingstock.  Turns out he’s right.  But I don’t get it.  What’s so funny about a man getting pregnant?...more

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light - Coping with Postpartum Depression

I have been dealing with some form of depression and anxiety for most of my life. I am 37 years old and I honestly can barely remember a time when this was not part of me. Part of my every day. Part of who I am. Over the years I have tried a lot of methods of self help and professional help to get through the vast fields of dead flowers in my mind to try and find the sunshine and soft new blooms that I know are there. Some things work, some don't, but I had found a way to mostly manage my every day despite some slips backwards here and there....more

9 Months or Bust

I am ungracefully stumbling into my 7th month of pregnancy. This is my experience - although I am sure many others can relate.1st MonthBy far the best month of being pregnant. The biggest and really - the only reason is because most women don’t know they’re pregnant.  It’s lovely! No puking, no irrational crying (well, aside from the feminine norm), no constant feeling of being hung-over, unless you indulged in several margaritas and tequila shots the night before! What’s not to love about month one? We are blissfully ignorant!...more

Should You Leave Your Dream to the Experts?

For me, it was Maria’s processional as she walked down the aisle of the Austrian Cathedral to marry Captain von Trapp; nuns and children looking on lovingly, the Fairy Tale coming true. Maybe, for you, it was Ariel as she professed her love for her animated prince in his puffy shirt. Or maybe it was the 1900 guests Kate Middleton walked through to wed England’s real-life Prince Charming.  ...more
I love that phrase... "it was the birth of the third one that healed me."  Lovely, and ...more

This Baby Live Tweeted His Own Birth

Labor is an interesting experience. There is a lot of discomfort/pain, anticipation, anxiety, and complete elation. My second child's birth was a pretty drama-free experience, as it was short (9 hours), mostly pain-free (thank you, epidural), and fairly routine (three pushes... and pop!). All that being said, nine hours with little to no feeling in your lower half and nothing but anticipation for what's to come can make time move pretty slow. ...more

14 Strategies That Made the Transition From 1 to 2 Children Easier

We welcomed Eloise Claire into the world on Monday, April 4th at 2:29pm. It was the best labor and delivery experience I could have asked for, which I will post more about later. We were even able to go home the next day, thank God because I cannot stand being in hospitals. ...more