As Emily Francis, a mom of two in Atlanta, prepped to travel with her baby girl, Hannah, to see relatives in Ohio for Christmas, she felt like she was starring in a feel-good holiday movie—right before everything goes terribly wrong. The trip involved crossing multiple state lines, enough baby gear to fill a small warehouse and a whole lot of people to be seen. “My mom is one of 10 kids, so we had so many houses to visit when we arrived,” Francis says.
Regina Hughes was thrilled to find out that her little turkey was due on Thanksgiving last year. “What a great thing to be thankful for,” the Glen Ellyn, Ill. mom says. But her wave of elation quickly pooled into worry. Will I be able to make it to the feast my mother-inlaw spends all week preparing?
Missing out on the Christmas roast isn’t the only reason people stress about the possibility of giving birth over the holidays. A common question: Do hospitals schedule nurses based on seniority? And if so, does that mean only new-hires work Christmas?
The answer? Nope. Everybody on staff takes their turn to work the holidays, so you can expect the same mix of new and seasoned nurses to be on your delivery unit if you go into labor.
Are you expecting in July and still searching for the perfect baby name? Why not look for a patriotic baby name in celebration of Independence Day?
Baby Names From Our Forefathers
Start with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. Also consider the likes of Paul Revere and Samuel Adams. For the girls, Betsy Ross and Martha Washington provide some baby name inspiration.
Red, White and Blue Names
Show tribute to our grand old flag with one of these names that means red, white or blue.
Happy Mothers Day! I believe with all my heart that every mother deserves to be spoiled rotten on this special day. Motherhood is a demanding job right from the start and it stays that way long after they graduate and move out. We need this holiday to make a bold statement that producing and raising the children of the world deserves to be honored, celebrated and made a great big fuss over.
Let’s get real: When you’re pregnant in the dead of winter, controlling your weight is no piece of cake, although you’d probably like to eat one—and then another.
Fact is, dreary weather can dampen your will to work out, and the lack of sunlight can toy with your brain chemistry, triggering the blues and even depression, as well as cravings for high-fat and sugary foods. When there’s a bite in the air and a baby in your belly, you’re probably not dying for a spinach salad.