Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… and something to show off your beautiful bump, too! For pregnant brides-to-be, here are seven maternity wedding dresses worthy of wearing on your big day.
Jacqueline Tourville is a freelance writer and coauthor of the book, Big, Beautiful and Pregnant. A regular BabyZone.com contributor since 2009, Jacqueline’s writing has also appeared in Fit Pregnancy, the Huffington Post, Spoonful.com, and Parenting New Hampshire, where she writes a monthly travel column. Upon her thousandth reading of Fancy Nancy, she decided to try her own hand at writing children’s books, and her first picture book, Albie’s First Word, about the childhood of Albert Einstein, will be published in 2014. Jacqueline lives in Maine with husband and two young daughters. Connect with her on Twitter (@missmashable) or stop by jacquelinetourville.com to say “hi! “
I admit it. I really, really, really wanted to have a water birth. The urge struck when I found out I was pregnant with baby No. 2. I watched a video of a home water birth, and the notion of birthing my baby while peacefully submerged in a warm tub of water seemed so serene, tranquil, and right compared to my experience with hospital birth.
Did I end up having one? Not even close. Due to some complications that arose towards the end of my pregnancy, I delivered via emergency Cesarean section. Everything turned out fine, and my baby was born healthy, but I was left struggling for months afterward with trying to reconcile the birth I got with the birth I had so very much wanted. In plain terms, a part of me felt like a water birth failure.
With some perspective, I can now see that ignoring certain warning signs and sticking with my plan to birth at home, in water, would have no doubt led to negative consequences. Water birth is not for everyone. It wasn’t for me. And now a new report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics calls into question whether any woman (or baby) benefits from birthing in water.
Infertility can be an incredibly stress-inducing experience for any couple, as I can tell you from my own firsthand experience. But here’s something: Once other physical issues have been ruled out, could it be the stress itself that’s thwarting your conception efforts? A new study from researchers at Ohio State University sheds more light on the role preconception stress plays in fertility issues.
Has Baby outgrown another size? Give gently used baby clothes and gear a second life by donating to one of these charities that help out moms and children in need.
Who knew sweet little babies could produce such stinky diapers? If your diaper pail smells funky no matter you do, consider these seven mom-approved tips for keeping odors in check.
Parents, you may want to get ready for more of those dreaded notes from daycare alerting you to yet another lice breakout. The reason? Two very frightening words: super lice. As creepy, crawly new research published in the Journal of the Entomological Society of America shows, several strains of head lice appear to have developed genetic mutations that make them resistant to the over-the-counter chemicals used to kill them.
Feeling itchy yet?
No sleep, spit up stains on your clothes and the last time you wore your skinny jeans was sometime long, long ago. Got #newmomproblems? Check out these funny and oh-so true tweets from some very candid Twitter moms. You’ll be nodding your head (the one with hair that hasn’t been washed in more than a week) in agreement!
As the USA Network’s hit show Suits nears its season three cliffhanger, fans of the law firm drama can’t get enough of Donna Paulsen, the boss’s executive assistant who may just be one of Manhattan’s most formidable legal minds. Donna is played by actress and mother-of-two, Sarah Rafferty. Rafferty may not share Donna’s legal know-how, but she sure does know a thing or two about the ups and downs of being a busy working mom. BabyZone recently caught up with Sarah to find out how she keeps life with her two daughters in balance.
Celebrating your little one’s arrival with a spring baby shower? Here are 12 ways to incorporate the colors and feel of this sweet, gentle season of new beginnings.