When it comes to prenatal genetic testing, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis (amnio) are rarely the first types of tests discussed. Most doctors tend to recommend prenatal screenings for women under 35. But screenings have their shortcoming— they miss at least half of certain types of genetic problems and only provide a likelihood of […]Read more
There is one simple difference between Braxton Hicks and labor contractions: the end result. Have a baby? Those were labor contractions. No baby? Braxton Hicks. Ok, that’s not very helpful if you are trying to tell the two apart without a crystal ball on hand. But you can use a few tricks to tell Braxton […]Read more
What are contractions? Contractions are a normal part of pregnancy and occur when the uterine muscle tightens and flexes, just like flexing any other muscle. In the end, uterine muscle contractions are what will help you in labor, pushing your baby down the birth canal and out into the world (woohoo!). But to many, decoding […]Read more
Accurately timing contractions is the key to understanding what your contractions mean - are they just Braxton Hicks? A false alarm? LABOR?! Don't panic, we'll go over all the things you need to know to time and track contractions and figure out what it all means.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fear of miscarriage—but this risk of amniocentesis causing miscarriage has been widely overblown and the evidence is outdated.Read more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
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 alone. The […]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
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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