Midway through my second labor, one of the delivery nurses announced that I needed a Tdap vaccine, right then. Um, what? I’m IN labor. Noting my hesitancy, she added: “What’s a jab compared to contractions?” After my WTF moment passed, I got pissed. How could my OB have forgotten to give me this vaccination. And […]Read more
My obstetrician used to tell me that if I had been born two hundred years ago, with my ability to maintain a milk supply, I would have been a wet nurse. But I am not the rule. If anything, I am probably the exception. Many women have trouble maintaining milk supply at some point. And […]Read more
When it comes to postpartum weight loss, ceding to our body’s message that it desperately needs more rest is not lazy. It is wise. Consider this a pass to take that nap, mama!Read more
When I was on bed rest, I wanted to see how much I could control my contractions by controlling my mental state each day. Could I directly tie my contraction frequency to the stress and anxiety I experienced? I started to study the patterns and quickly realized that I did have more control than I thought.Read more
Stress management in pregnancy is just as important as eating well and exercising and can help you toward your specific pregnancy, labor, and birth goals.Read more
Vitamin D—The magical vitamin that our body makes when we bask in the sunshine. In an ideal world, every pregnant woman would soak up vitamin D by relaxing her nine months away somewhere tropical and warm. But if you can’t pass your pregnancy at the beach and, like most of us, only manage to squeeze […]Read more
Still thinking about Zika in 2018? Thanks to that research, we now have good answers for many of the earlier questions on the things to know about Zika and pregnancy.Read more
Prioritizing Sleep as a New Parent Your newborn wakes up for the day at 5 a.m. And it’s brutal. You’ve only managed a couple of hours of uninterrupted sleep (maybe!), and your first thought is how many hours until nap time? You’re not alone. For loads of us, sleep is the central challenge of early […]Read more
At Bloomlife, we’re working on a feature that will allow you to check in with your body to find balance and work towards reducing your daily stress. We call it Bloomlife Energy State. Energy State as a metric represents a physiological measurement of stress – called Heart Rate Variability (HRV). HRV is based on your […]Read more
Pelvic floor disorder is commonly associated with childbirth. Many women will experience it in a minor way, at least (hello, sneeze pees!). Here are some expert tips for steps you can take during your pregnancy to protect your pelvic floor health.Read more
Alysia Montano, Olympian, 7x US Champion, mom, "that pregnant runner", tells us all about training for labor and birth.Read more
Every day we hear more and more about the benefits of exercise in pregnancy for mom and baby. Most doctors recommends an average of 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. But for some reason, there is still old and out-of-date advice floating around. Let's get to the bottom of this and clear up those myths once and for all.Read more
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