'What to Expect When You're Expecting' Left Out Some Stuff

Like most new moms, I bought the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book. It introduced me to an entirely new vocabulary with words I'd only heard clicking through shows on TLC — episiotomy, amniocentesis, Pitocin. Image: velmegunar...more

6 Things to Say (or Not Say) to Your Infertile Friends

Generally speaking, I am a driven, overachieving, type-A person, probably like most of the women on BlogHer. And like most women, I get things done! Not so with conception. I recently navigated the toughest, most heart-wrenching experience of my life: infertility. My journey brought me to my knees and nearly broke me. I recently gave a Tedx talk on the experience, a journey filled with twists and turns, extreme hope and shattering heartbreak. It's not for the faint of heart. And I know I'm not alone. ...more
Great advice! I totally agree with your 6 tips.more

Please Don't Call Me a Lactation Nazi

Have you heard the term Lactation Nazi?  It is sometimes used to describe a lactation consultant or breastfeeding supporter who is very, very PRO breastfeeding.  Someone who thinks everyone and anyone can and should breastfeed.  A Lactation Nazi is often very anti-formula, anti-bottle and anti-pacifier. She is a breastfeeding idealist, not a breastfeeding realist. And beyond all of that, equating breastfeeding help (even bad breastfeeding help) with genocide is offensive! ...more
I wish you had been my lactation specialist!! Love this article, thank you for sharing!more

'What to Expect When You're Expecting' Left Out Some Stuff

Like most new moms, I bought the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book. It introduced me to an entirely new vocabulary with words I'd only heard clicking through shows on TLC — episiotomy, amniocentesis, Pitocin. Image: velmegunar...more

My Mixed Blessing Pregnancy – a Guest Post by Sarah Novak

I was one of those women who got pregnant on the first try....more

Positive

Blood Result Test = Positive!Dear Baby K,It's official! I am pregnant with you. We held hands as the nurse was handing Dr. Collins the results of the blood test. When he said "your blood test came back positive, you two are pregnant," we jumped up from our seats and hugged....more

Hey, Dads. Let's talk.

I fondly recall my husband holding our son, smiling at him and saying over and over again: "Da-da. Da-da. Da-da. Da-da." Our son smiled at him and laughed. And then, when he was six months old, our son said his first word: "Mama."...more

Help...I'm a Pregnant Virgin!

Most people don't google pregnancy related things until they're holding three pee sticks in disbelief, all with little unmistakable plus signs.  Or maybe that's just me.  It's been 13 weeks since that fateful day, and I'd still like three more sticks to prove it.  Despite the evidence screaming through my unbuttoned jeans, unprovoked tearful out bursts, and the audible heartbeats, I'm still in a bit of denial.  ...more

Nipple Vasospams: It’s a tit bit nipply out there!

s the weather gets colder, nipple pain increases. Why? Because when your nipples get hard, the muscles contract, which decreases the amount of blood flow to the tips of your nips!  Less oxygen means more pain, kind of like a charley horse or a runner’s cramp.This is called vasospasm, also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon....more

Pregnancy After Stillbirth: The Nursery is Freaking Me Out

I haven’t written about this pregnancy in a while, it feels like. And I want you guys to know…it’s not intentional.Things got really real with this pregnancy a few weeks ago when we changed out Ricky’s room from the nursery furniture to his big boy bed. Putting that big bed in his room has been awesome for him. But seeing all of the nursery furniture in what used to be our guest bedroom is really shocking, I guess, for lack of a better way to put it....more

Give thanks at Thanksgiving

At Thanksgiving, give thanks!Here are a couple of straight-forward thoughts from me about how to have the thanks-giving be most meaningful and impactful.First…...more

#NaBloPoMo 2014: Day 25: Human Rights in Birth (Pennsylvania)

I am going to get political today....more

2-3 Weeks

"Pregnant. 2-3"My clearblue pregnancy test result. My boyfriend, Tyler,  was over-the-top thrilled when he saw this. As for me, it was more of a "cautious excitment" because of what I had already experienced in 2013. This coming Wednesday, I am getting my blood drawn to get a much more accurate answer, even though we are already in the mindset that we are going to be parents together to this little poppyseed. ...more