Sarah Bregel is a mother, a writer, a feminist and a deep-breather based in Baltimore, MD. She spends her days typing, changing diapers, and avoiding the laundry. She has two kids, a two year old son and a six year old daughter. She has contributed to Vox, Today, The Washington Post, Babble, Scary Mommy, Parents and many more. Her essay "I never planned on being a parent" was featured in the 2015 anthology, It's Really 10 Months — Special Delivery. You can find her on Facebook

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After 10 Years & 2 Kids, I’m Clueless About How To Start Dating Again

I don’t remember what it feels like to have a first date, a first kiss, or even to be interested in someone. I don’t know how to start dating again.
Sarah Bregel    |   06.12.18 12am   |   SHARE
But now the jig was officially up. My daughter knew Santa isn't real.

Why Telling My Daughter "Santa Isn't Real" Was More Liberating Than Sad      

The jig was officially up. My daughter knew Santa isn't real. Had I ruined Christmas? Destroyed her sense of childlike wonder? Killed her holiday spirit?
Sarah Bregel    |   12.15.17 12am   |   SHARE
Mental health issues can be particularly difficult to speak of on their own, but postpartum mood disorders might be even harder to disclose.

Postpartum Depression: We're Still Just "Sucking It Up"

Margot had struggled long and hard, she admitted, and I instantly let her know that I could relate. I didn’t want her to feel vulnerable or alone, but more than that, it was true.
Sarah Bregel    |   04.26.17 9am   |   SHARE
So much of my pregnancy and delivery were marked by fear and anxiety, rather than acceptance and a growing confidence in my body’s abilities. (Image: Thinkstock)

Does Body Confidence Have An Effect On Pregnancy And Labor?

In the final weeks of pregnancy with my second child, I went to a group appointment alongside other mothers-to-be and their partners at my midwife's office. We sat around in a circle, hands... Read...
Sarah Bregel    |   09.23.16 12am   |   SHARE
We don’t often give pregnant people realistic expectations or dote on them postpartum, as we should. Image: Thinkstock.

The Postpartum Period Is For Self-Care (Not Just Taking Care Of The Baby)

CN: mention of postpartum depression/suicidality. Generally, in my experience, people often get so excited about a new baby, that they forget that postpartum women need doting on, too.
Sarah Bregel    |   07.29.16 12am   |   SHARE
We have to believe that better birth is possible. Image: ABC.

Why The Way We Portray Birth In Entertainment Matters

We are taught to fear birth from early on in our lives, and the way it’s portrayed for entertainment’s sake plays a huge, disturbing role in that.
Sarah Bregel    |   06.3.16 12am   |   SHARE
Cloth diapers!

4 Things (I Didn't Google) That Turned Me Into A Crunchy Mom

[CN: pregnancy, birth] I’ve always considered myself pretty open-minded, but honestly, before I had my first baby, I probably would’ve scoffed at a lot of the so-called “crunchier” parenting tactics... Read...
Sarah Bregel    |   05.25.16 12am   |   SHARE
When it came to circumcision, there was a lot to be uncovered (pun intended). Image: Thinkstock.

Just Because My Husband Has A Penis Doesn't Mean He Gets To Decide If Our Son Will Be Circumcised

No matter what parents decide, what should NOT be up for debate is the importance of the decision and who gets to weigh in on it.
Sarah Bregel    |   05.16.16 12am   |   SHARE