From ultrasounds on your phone to drinking coffee during pregnancy, making a baby keeps getting better. Here are the biggest things to happen to pregnancy in 2015.
It feels like things just get better and better for pregnant women. From women successfully having healthy babies later in life to better parental leave finally being discussed in the United States, we have a few things to celebrate this year. It's hard to choose which stories made the biggest impact on our lives as mamas-to-be in 2015, but here are a few that got us all talking...
According to a study conducted in England, women who give birth in their 30s may raise smarter children. Why? Because they're smarter, self-sufficient and more confident in themselves as women before becoming mamas. Take that, grandma who thinks you should have popped them out five years ago, already.
Long gone are the days of two ultrasounds for your entire term and thus only a few shots at seeing your baby-to-be's sweet face. A new technology that started in Korea will allow you to connect to your OB-GYN's computer from your smartphone so you can easily spam all of your Facebook friends with that ridiculously cute ultrasound photo. Sorry not sorry.
If you struggle with depression and couldn't take prescriptions to help you, good news for your second pregnancy: studies show birth defect risk with antidepressants is low. The key is to talk to your doctor about the right drug that's safest for baby and for you, since a more recent study found some links between antidepressants and autism.
When this sweet pregnancy announcement photo of a lesbian couple went viral, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Since the United States legalized gay marriage nationwide this year, we say it's a nice step in the right direction to giving equal rights—and ahem, Instagram likes!—to families of all forms. Go, mamas, go!
From the moment model Chrissy Tiegen (pictured) announced she was expecting her first baby with musician hubby John Legend, haters started body shaming her. While some celebs keep quiet, that's never been Tiegen's attitude and we hope more follow her lead: she's busted their chops on Twitter, flipped them off on Instagram and refuses to let them troll her without standing up for herself. And no, she's not ashamed of the occasional unhealthy craving. We can't wait to see the brave, confident and sassy daughter that Tiegen and Legend raise.
You can split your fare with strangers getting to your OB-GYN appointment, but what if you split the actual appointment with other expecting women? In a study conducted in New York City, women who shared their check-ups with other moms-to-be were 33 percent less likely to have babies who were small for gestational age and they had a lower risk of preterm delivery.
If your birth plan doesn't include fluorescent lighting, extensive paperwork and nurses who check on you every ten minutes, there's good news for you: a study found that having a baby at home is just as safe as having one in an hospital. While you'll need to do your homework to ensure everyone comes out healthy, the best news is that you get to choose how to bring your child into the world however you like.
The next time your hubby laces up his running shoes early on a Saturday morning while you're trying your best to stomach your breakfast in your first trimester, we have the best rebuttal for you: a study found that running a marathon is easier than giving birth. In fact, having a baby is the most physically demanding activity experience you could ever do. Congrats, mama—we're working on your medal.
You may not remember all of your college days—or perhaps you choose to forget them—but there may be some indication that rolling up a joint might subdue your morning sickness. If smoking isn't your thing (we feel ya), there are always those ever-famous pot brownies washed down with some almond milk, if you can stomach it.
Ain't nobody goin' take away your morning brew, and now you have a study to prove it, mom. Your daily cup of coffee—as long as it's not a triple Venti—is just fine for you and baby. Your husband is already thanking the Keurig.
While it might seem like all of those kiddos knock years off of your life due to stress, a recent study found that being pregnant actually makes your life longer. Which means more time for them to take care of you in your old age, right?
You won't be able to take all the magical antibiotics that cleared every infection before you found out you were pregnant, but some drugs are okay during pregnancy, according to a study completed this year. That's great news for anyone hit with a pesky chest cold this winter.