Seeing as each and every one of us is an individual with a unique genetic makeup, varying hormone levels and different lifestyles, the length of time it takes to get pregnant can vary greatly from one woman to the next. In fact, most doctors will not even see you for a consult on potential infertility until you've been intentionally trying to get pregnant for at least a year. But whether you've just started trying or you've been at it for months, there are a few simple things you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant right now. As you read our tips, keep in mind that overall health and wellness is the common thread, and is a huge factor for most women.Continue Reading >
As women, we dread the superficial expectations society places on us. You look at magazines, movies, TV shows, and they are all telling us we should dress a certain way, do our makeup like this, be thin, and never age. It's depressing if you analyze it because we don't think twice about it.
Dr. Kelly Flannagan, took a walk down the beauty aisle at a Target, and empathized with women. This inspired him to write an inspiring open letter to his 4-year-old daughter.Continue Reading >
You know how much I read up on baby sleep when I was pregnant? Absolutely nothing. A friend asked my husband if we had a sleep philosophy we planned to use, and I honestly thought she was nuts. Why would I be thinking about how my kid would sleep when he wasn't even born yet? Wouldn't he just sleep when he was tired? Yeah, I learned the hard way that that's not how it works.Continue Reading >
For many women who have decided to put their babymaking years behind them, tubal ligation seems like a great option. You won't have to remember birth control pills, schedule appointments for shots or IUDs or track your ovulation. You can simply have sex whenever you want without worrying about becoming pregnant. Of course, that all sounds wonderful, and it is for some, but it's a big decision to make. Here are some things you should consider before going under the knife.Continue Reading >
Did you ever have a glass (or sip) of wine while you were pregnant? What if I told you that could soon land you in jail? Well it very well could when a court in the U.K. rules on a landmark case that will be heard soon that aims to make it a crime to have even a little alcohol while pregnant. The court will hear testimony to prove that a 6-year-old girl was the victim of a crime because she is now brain damaged after her mom drank alcohol while she was pregnant, so the little girl suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and its devastating effects. As someone who is pregnant right now, I'm not sure how I feel about this.Continue Reading >
What parent doesn't want to spare their child from the pain of disappointment? Ahhh, they come into this world absolutely perfect, wonderful, and so full of promise. The last thing that any parent wants to see is their child crushed by not getting something they so wanted. And yet, they will go through it. They have to go through it. They need to go through it. They will be better, stronger, more resilient people for going through it. Sometimes it's hard to see the lessons that come from disappointment, but it is our job as parents to help our children deal with disappointment, help them through it, and show them how it actually benefits them in the long run.Continue Reading >
Ever buy a box of baking soda just so you could whip up a batch of your favorite cookies, only to have that box sit in your cabinet sans a single teaspoon, for months or even years? Sure it may have only cost you a couple of bucks, but it is taking up valuable space in your cabinet, and if you know what you're doing it could actually save you quite a few dollars on different things. I actually go through a box of bicarb every couple of months, I love to bake so it's used frequently for that, but I also use it for a lot of other things around the house since it's cheap and eco-friendly. Below you'll find a list of six of my favorite unexpected uses for baking soda, and why it's so great.Continue Reading >
It's nothing new, but this idea seems to be getting more and more popular among parents who are so exhausted that they claim they have no time for sex. According to a survey by British parenting website Netmums, 6 out of 10 couples admit having to schedule when they're going to be intimate, just like they would their child's soccer practice. Otherwise, they can go for weeks without having sex.
If that works for them, more power to them ... but I'm not so sure I could do it.Continue Reading >
If I had a dime for everything someone assumed I couldn't do while pregnant--well, you know. Seriously, pregnancy is not a death sentence. Your life does not suddenly end because you are growing another person in your uterus. Sure, there are some things you should avoid, like, you know, drugs, cigarettes, hard alcohol. But for the most part--with the exception of high-risk pregnancies--you can actually continue to live your life much as you always have. Here are five things you thought you couldn't do while pregnant, but totally can:Continue Reading >
My home doesn't have a basement or even a dedicated playroom, so my toddler's toys are usually scattered all over our apartment by the end of the day, which at first was quite overwhelming. Some time before his first birthday, we got tired of our living room looking like a toy store and we were forced to come up with a plan of action for getting it back under control. The first thing we did was purge--we stored away anything he was too old for and trashed anything that was broken or otherwise non-functioning. Then we designated storage areas for what remained.
For us, that means that one of the decorative baskets in our living room now belongs to our son, and between naps and overnight, everything goes in and it gets tucked away in its proper place. Anything that doesn't fit in that basket gets stored in his room at the end of the day and our living room is restored to its former glory.Continue Reading >