Those two little lines can evoke a whole range of emotions, and you may find that you feel them all at once- or feel nothing at all- when pregnant again after a previous loss.
It's an unfortunate truth that sometimes pregnancy and birth don't go as expected. If you have a friend who is on bed rest due to a high-risk pregnancy, is facing a longer-than-expected recovery after birth, or has a baby in the NICU (and perhaps even all three of these apply), you might be wondering how to best offer support to them. We've got the best tried-and true ideas for offering practical help for families experiencing a rough pregnancy or postpartum recovery.
The decision to pee on the pregnancy test or not felt impossible.
On one hand, I couldn’t bear to see another negative result. On the other, I figured if we found out early, we could start the necessary interventions and maybe this pregnancy would make it. Or, I could find out early, miscarry again, and be devastated anyway. Dammit. Maybe it’s better to never know.
Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and boost energy- and who doesn't need help with these during pregnancy? Regular exercise need not be strenuous to be beneficial, and according the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the benefits include reduced back pain and lowered risks of developing gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. There are plenty of low-impact options available to expectant parents!
Pregnancy can be an exciting time full of dreaming and planning. Choosing how you plan to feed your baby is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions you face! You are surrounded by other mothers sharing their experiences. Your midwife or obstetrician may be talking about the importance of breastfeeding to your and your baby's health. But what to do if you still aren't sure if breastfeeding is for you?