If you’re planning a hospital birth, pack your bag three weeks before your due date. These 10 essential items will help you have a better birth experience:
Your baby spent 40 weeks in a quiet, warm, dark womb, and suddenly emerges in a loud, bright, open world. (The guy with the camera! The lights! The booming voices!
The US is far from generous with its parental leave—the Family and Medical Leave Act requires companies with more than 50 employees to offer a meager 12 weeks off unpaid. But there is one benefit to America's stingy statute: Mom and Dad are entitled to the same time off. This means a total of 6 months with Baby if you play your cards right. We’d love to know how (and if) your partner plans to take his leave. Your responses will help inform an upcoming article.
Bread puddings are super easy; you can’t really screw this recipe up. Assemble it ahead of time and throw it in the oven as you start eating so it’s ready when you’re finished with your main course. The reheated leftovers will taste great later on too.
Rosie Pope is synonymous with all things maternity fashion. Even if you’re not sporting heels throughout your pregnancy, there’s still a lot to learn from the style guru, entrepreneur, and mom of four (her youngest was born this March!). Pope also recently gave birth to another endeavor, Rosie Pope Baby, a line of chic baby clothes and accessories.
Spending several months fretting about how I was going to raise a child in Los Angeles on my own, I made the rash decision to move to Charlottesville, Virginia. I had never even visited, but had a few friends who lived there, and it sounded like the perfect place for my small family of two. Plus, I was done with Hollywood.
If you indulged a few too many pregnancy cravings during your first and second trimesters, it’s not too late to turn things around in the homestretch. In fact, the third trimester is the perfect time to get on track—the foods you eat now can impact your baby’s health long after she's born, according to a new study published in Cell.
There are few things more exciting than growing another human being inside of you. But with excitement, comes stress. (The nursery isn’t ready! My OB-GYN is booked for the next three months!) Here, 5 meditation techniques to help you find peace throughout this exhilarating process (including labor), whether you’re a meditation newbie or om expert.
Women often experience insomnia during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester. Reasons include emotional stress, physical discomfort and anxiety about not being able to sleep. I recommend caution with sleep aids, prescription or otherwise, because most haven’t been shown to be safe during pregnancy; however, there are many effective nonpharmacologic ways to improve sleep quality and duration.