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Life's busy with a newborn, okay? (Image Credit: Unsplash)

15 Reasons Moms of Newborns Aren't Answering Your Calls (Or Texts)

In theory, the concept of a new mom not being able to answer your phone calls and/or texts right away should be self-explanatory... but for some Read...
Allison Cooper    |   11.4.16   |   SHARE
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Pregnancy demands a lot from the body.

Pregnancy Helped Me Appreciate My Body

I was lucky enough to avoid a great deal of body negativity growing up. Some of it had to do with my family and friends being positive role models, Read...
Gemma Hartley    |   11.2.16   |   SHARE
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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 Read...
Sarah Bregel    |   09.23.16   |   SHARE
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We receive mixed cultural messages about antidepressants and pregnancy. (Image: Thinkstock)

Should You Take Anti-Depressants During Pregnancy?

When my husband and I began trying to conceive, I was anxious about how my antidepressant medication would affect a pregnancy, especially after Read...
Patricia Grisafi    |   09.9.16   |   SHARE
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The epidural had turned the birth from an excruciating experience into a beautiful one. Image: Thinkstock.

The Birth Of My Son Was A Beautiful Experience, Thanks To An Epidural.

It felt like I was being knifed in the stomach. My husband suggested a shower. I grabbed him, looked him in the eye and said, “I know you’re trying Read...
Helen Vnuk of Mamamia    |   08.19.16   |   SHARE
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Listen more than you talk. This is going to be hard for you, because you are my child and my mouth runs like a duck’s ass. Image: author.

21 Life Lessons I Want To Share With My Daughter On Her 21st Birthday

Her birth turned my life upside down in the very best way a tiny human can; and through her, I’ve learned some of the most profound life lessons. By Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   08.11.16   |   SHARE
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The last thing we need is one more thing to feel inadequate about, one more thing to feel like we’re doing “wrong” when it comes to having a baby. Image: Thinkstock.

The Best Laid (Birth) Plans Are None of Your Business

While people asking about our plan likely have good intentions, the conversation opens you up to so much judgment about how you’re planning to give Read...
Britni de la Cretaz    |   07.29.16   |   SHARE
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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 Read...
Sarah Bregel    |   07.29.16   |   SHARE
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