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! “
When my husband and I had trouble conceiving before having our first child, I remember the fertility specialist we saw practically forcing us into meeting with a marriage counselor who worked with infertile couples. He was so strangely adamant about us receiving counseling that I thought he had to be getting some kind of kickback for making the referral.
We met with the therapist and I quickly realized why our fertility doctor had made the recommendation. There was no kickback. There was, however, some really raw emotion that was suddenly bubbling to the surface for both of us. What we discovered by working with the therapist was that underneath all the blood tests and ultrasounds and hormone injections, there were things going on in our relationship that were really hard and difficult and deep.
It’s estimated that more than 5 million women of childbearing age in the US are affected by polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, a hormonal disorder linked to excess testosterone production, insulin resistance, irregular ovulation and cysts (fluid-filled sacs) within the ovaries, and fertility problems–mainly because it’s difficult to predict ovulation. Approximately half of all women with PCOS are obese or overweight.
Is PCOS getting in the way of you getting pregnant? Here are seven tips to help your efforts.
Mama mia, how I love Gwen Stefani and what she is rocking for maternity wear! The third time around, Gwen has her style down pat. It’s all glam, all the time. And best of all? You can get her same look, even without the rock star budget. Here’s a guide for putting together your own Gwen-inspired maternity wardrobe.
For baby naming inspiration, look no further than the inspirational athletes competing in this the 2014 Winter Games! Not only are they really talented at cold weather sports, but quite a few members of Team USA have some very cool first names.
Dancing with the Stars pro Anna Trebunskaya decided on a home birth to welcome her first child, daughter Amalya Millan, born just last week. Other famous moms who skipped the hospital in favor of the comforts of home? Here’s a home birth celebrity top 10!
Ever heard of IRS Publication 926? No? Well, if you’re a mom lucky enough to have a loyal babysitter for Saturday night date night or you employ a nanny—even on a part-time basis—this often overlooked bit of tax code may be turning you into a tax cheat.
As if dealing with depression wasn’t difficult enough, when you’re depressed and pregnant, you may need to make some tough decisions about antidepressant use. Should you take an antidepressant during pregnancy, given what’s known about certain drugs for depression carrying side effects?
A new review study from Canada has found one more reason why taking time to answer this question is so important. According to researchers, using SSRI antidepressants in late pregnancy (after 20 weeks) could more than double a newborn’s odds for a rare lung complication, known as persistent pulmonary hypertension.