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 >
If you are pregnant or have been pregnant, then you know that you experience many symptoms during those 40 weeks. One of the most annoying? Varicose veins. Many of us think that they occur as we get older, but some women experience the unsightly veins during pregnancy.
If you're worried about getting them, not to worry, there are some easy ways to prevent them from happening in the first place.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 >
I was raised listening to traditional old wives tales handed down from my abuelita and my tías. When I became pregnant with my first baby, the advice was given freely. Moms-to-be often hear lots of pregnancy advice but Latina moms-to-be also get a lot of well-meaning advice based on traditional beliefs and superstition, most of which has no basis in science. But if your abuelita cares enough to share her wisdom, especially if she's had nine kids like mine did, you better lovingly listen out of respect.
When I was pregnant I was stressed enough as it was just being pregnant and hoping for a healthy baby. So to relieve a little bit of that stress here are the 10 common old wives tales about pregnancy believed by our Latina mamis and abuelas that have absolutely no scientific evidence to back them up so no worries.
A new study has found that women who take multivitamins while trying to conceive are at a higher risk of having a miscarriage than those who don't. Published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the study included 35,000 moms-to-be in Denmark who took the supplements regularly in the six weeks prior to becoming pregnant. The results showed that they were 32 percent more likely to suffer a miscarriage.
After ruling out factors such as obesity, smoking and previous miscarriages, researchers of the largest study of its kind could not figure out the cause.Continue Reading >
Two healthy moms died giving birth to their babies within a month sparking investigations at South Shore Hospital in Massachusetts. The moms, 30-year-old Christie Fazio and 32-year-old Colleen Celia both died during a C-section procedure.
Although deaths related to childbirth are rare nowadays, the hospital says it did everything it could to save the women.Continue Reading >
America's sweetheart Drew Barrymore is pregnant with her second child and surely very excited. You know, so excited that you get a bad case of diarrhea of the mouth? No filter and no thought whatsoever? Well, Sunday night at the Golden Globes, sweet Drew must have been swept up in a maternal moment or maybe it was pregnancy brain when she said to Ryan Seacrest: "Pregnancy is such a miracle, anyone who complains about it is…just…crazy."Continue Reading >
It's no secret that pregnant women--especially first-time moms--stress about a lot of different things throughout their pregnancies. I mean, it's a life-changing event, one that can make even the most laid-back lady turn into a worry wort before the pee stick is even dry. But the reality is, there are a lot of things about pregnancy and childbirth that we spend a lifetime building up in our minds, that are actually no big deal. Read on to discover which pregnancy-related fears you should stop worrying about right now.Continue Reading >
This is a love story like no other. When Laura Brammeier found out she had brain tumors, she decided to freeze her embryos even though she was only engaged to Nate Yoho. The couple wasn't sure what would end up happening with the cancer, but they knew they wanted to have children. After surgery to remove the tumors, Laura and Nate got married and thought the worst was behind them. But then, the tumors came back ...Continue Reading >
A new mother is lucky to be alive today after she died while giving birth to her second child. The bizarre instance happened last May to Stephanie Arnold whose heart stopped for 37 seconds while on the operating room table during her son, Jacob's delivery. Doctors say that she technically died and that all electric signals were blank in the room.
The eerie part of this story is that prior to her scary encounter, Arnold sensed that she was going to die and could not shake the feeling. What's more shocking is WHY this happened to her in the first place.Continue Reading >