Exposure to environmental pollution in first 2 years of life is linked to greater autism risk

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found that kids who were "highly exposed" to styrene and chromium (two specific air pollutants) while in utero or before age 2 were twice as likely to have autism.This is on the heels of another study from earlier this year that found that pregnant women exposed to pesticides were more likely to have kids with autism....more

Hyperemesis Gravidarum Is NO joke. I had what Princess Kate had and has again!!

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a complication of pregnancy characterized by intractable nausea, vomiting, and dehydration and is estimated to affect 0.5–2.0% of pregnant women. Lucky me!...more

I Lost My Baby, Too

 Our first baby would have turned 14 this month.And every year around this time,a tiny shudder will run through me when I step into a bathroom.It will always be a room where I first said hello and good bye to motherhood. I can still see the colour of the walls.I can still see the lines on a stick....more

Hyperemesis Gravidarum: It's NOT morning sickness


Who On Earth Would Want Kids, Anyway?

Lately I've seen a few articles floating around weighing the benefits of NOT having children. Three years ago, if I had read any of those lists, I'd probably have checked off every single point:Keep your free time? Check.Keep your body? Check.Keep your money? Check.Keep your career? Check....more

A very special letter to my daughter...

I started writing letters to my little bean the day before I officially found out I was pregnant. I sort of felt...different...and had an inkling I may be pregnant. The next morning, I'd know for sure... ...more

My Miscarriage: What I Know and What I Don’t

Women never forget a miscarried child. Even now 18 years later I wonder how life might have been different if my little girl “Vayle” had survived beyond the 16 weeks we traveled together.My husband and I have 5 boys between us. What would it have been like to have another female in the house to share hurt feelings with or to fight with over missing socks?...more

Is a Paleo Diet Safe for Pregnancy?

It’s Saturday afternoon, and you’ve just enjoyed a wonderful lunch with a friend.  You decide to take a stroll through a bookstore to look for books pertaining to diet now that you're pregnant. You find yourself in the Nutrition and Diet section facing a stupefying number of books on every topic imaginable relating to nutrition – and every single one of them claims to have the answer to what we should be eating. The only problem is, they are ALL insisting on a different diet! You are immediately seized with the overwhelming urge to turn and run as fast as you can out of that store. How on earth are you supposed to figure out what is right for you? ...more
Excellent summary of Paleo eating even for people who aren't pregnant.more

Infertility and Other People's Pregnancies (and Children)

 I’ve been in hiding for the last couple of weeks. Overwhelmed with all there has been, and still is, for me to do. Frustrated with myself about all of the things that I haven’t been able to get done....more