A Letter to My Children Whom I Never Wanted

Dear Lillian and Levi,...more

Children of women exposed to pesticides during pregnancy are two-thirds more likely to have autism

Pesticides have been implicated in a variety of birth defects for a while now, but this new research using data from the California Pesticide Use Report found a strong link to kids born with autism or developmental delay.Researchers from the MIND Institute at the University of California-Davis tied autism risks to how close a pregnant woman lives to fields and farms where chemical pesticides are applied. In fact, it increased the risk by two-thirds!The most commonly used pesticides were organophosphates, and pyrethroids were second. Carbamates were also included....more
Sometimes studies reflect, finally, what many mothers know. It's a challenging place to be. When ...more

America's Love-Hate Relationship With Mothers

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on June 2, 2014. Newsflash to future moms: “We” are not pregnant. Unless your husband or partner is expecting to receive a complimentary uterus at your next ultrasound appointment, you, Oh Pregnant One, are the one with child. You’ll have the stretch marks and the splayed pelvis to prove it. Don’t let anyone take that away from you. Repeat after me: “I am pregnant. We are having a baby.”...more

My Pregnancy Is Not About You

Okay everyone. I've got my ranty pants on today. Normally I limit my posts to style and trends and try to keep my personal thoughts and opinions to myself online. I've left the posts about social issues and political strife to the experts while I stuck to teaching women how to incorporate current trends into their existing wardrobe. Not today. ...more
I totally agree with number 1 and number 3. To the person further down who said 'just tell ...more

{Dressing the Bump} Leopard and Coral

Maternity clothes. I have an issue with them sometimes. Correction, I have an issue with price. I have found that when I find something I LOVE it is also ridiculously expensive. Granted, certain pieces are staples, and that is fine, but I'm talking about a dress you'll wear once. My solution thus far is to just wear stuff I have in my closet until it doesn't fit. That brings us to today's outfit. I just started trying on clothes to see what fits and what (humorously) does NOT....more

Symptoms of autism REVERSED in mice by 100-year-old drug

NOW THIS is pretty interesting. Researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine have found a way to reverse the symptoms of autism in mice (which are actually very similar to humans in brain structure).Using a 100-year-old drug called "suramin," which used to be used to treat something called "African sleeping sickness," they blocked the signaling pathway of damaged cells. ...more

We ARE Pregnant: Why Mila Kunis Is Wrong

When Mila Kunis made her rant about men with pregnant mates saying “we are pregnant,” I heard a collective cheer from mothers and mothers-to-be from every end of the universe. And while I understand the difference between being pregnant and being WITH someone who is pregnant, I have to say that I don’t agree. Many men and wives of doting husbands would beg to differ as well. ...more
As a labor and delivery nurse I can't tell you how much I appreciate your point of view. I'm ...more

A Baby on Board: When and How to Share with Siblings

A lot of parents wonder when the best time to share a pregnancy with their young children is.  For me, it’s always been right away.  There are a few main reasons people use when they say it’s better to wait but I personally believe the concerns people have are actually reasons to share sooner.  Here are my thoughts on it:...more

How to Survive Moving if you are Pregnant

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing…moving to a new house while pregnant isn’t. In fact, this combination can be so overwhelming that I wouldn’t blame you if you had a mild tantrum and said “no way!” to your husband or partner. But alas, sometimes you have to pull up your big girl pants and do what’s best for your growing family....more

(VIDEO) People, Listen: Why You Should Never, EVER Touch the Pregnant Woman's Belly

"Your belly is so adorable! Can I touch it?" ...more
I loved it when people touched my belly - it was the first time I felt comfortable in my own skin.more