Accurately timing contractions is the key to understanding what your contractions mean – are they just Braxton Hicks? A false alarm? LABOR??!!! If you’re wondering how to time contractions, here are the basics: note the start of one contraction, note the end of that contraction, and then note the start of the next contraction. This […]Read more
At some point, you are going to experience contractions. In the end, contractions are what causes the baby to be born (woohoo!). But to many, decoding the activity of that little baby-making muscle called the uterus is confusing, especially when it comes to the decoding the difference between the first two types of contractions below. […]Read more
Many women shy away from amniocentesis and chorionic villi sampling for fear of miscarriage—but this risk of amniocentesis causing miscarriage has been widely overblown and the evidence is outdated.Read more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. The mind and body are intimately connected, especially when it comes to pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum recovery. Bloomlife Mind-Body is a stress management tool that focuses on […]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
Both of my daughters arrived “late” according to the dates in my charts. Both girls seemed to mock the very concept of a “Due Date”. The little one, especially – she showed up a mere 30 minutes before my scheduled induction, 11 days after the day she was clinically expected to arrive. I am not […]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 But for some reason, there is still old and out-of-date advice floating around.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
Finding happiness and appreciating the process of pregnancy can feel like one more to-do on an ever growing list. But it’s not hard to do if you know where to look. Here are 65 simple ways to find your happy place.Read more
Non-invasive prenatal testing can revolutionize how we screen for genetic disorders. So why do we restrict the recommendation for it? A look at NIPT vs. first trimester screening.Read more
Roughly 2 out of 3 laboring women in the U.S. will get an epidural. As a highly effective form of pain relief during labor, it’s no wonder that the epidural is enormously popular. But along with the epidural, comes the controversy. And at the heart of the controversy, the idea that epidurals raise the chances […]Read more
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