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Pregnancy Old Wives’ Tales — The Craziest I’ve Heard So Far

Since the dawn of time, women have been birthing babies. Along with that comes a ton of well-meaning—but often odd—advice. Urban legends of pregnancy, if you will. I’m sixteen weeks in with baby #2,  and I’ve already heard and read many pregnancy urban legends and superstitions. Some are so odd, they’re laughable. Today, I’ll share a few […]

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Birds and Bees — Having the Sex Talk with Your Kids

A few weeks ago at the park, I overheard a mom ask a friend what she thought of using the word “vagina” with her kids. My (somewhat judgmental, I admit) ears perked up as they discussed this. I was truly shocked. Here were these two educated-seeming women who were genuinely afraid of using the correct term […]

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When It’s More Than Just Baby Blues

It has been widely reported recently that the United States Preventive Services Task Force now recommends that all pregnant and postpartum mothers get screened for depression. I think this is a Very Good Thing. Early detection could make a big difference for a lot of mothers. My son’s pediatrician actually screened me for it. I didn’t […]

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Third Time’s the Charm? The Pregnancy

I know exactly when it happened. About a month into my oldest son starting five-day-a-week pre-K, I looked at my youngest son—then two years old—and thought, “I could handle another baby.” After much debate and discussion, my husband agreed. Actually—he said, “I think it’s a bad idea, but if it’s what you want, then ok.” And so […]

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When You Want Another Baby . . . And He Doesn’t

You’re supposed to compromise in marriage, but how do you find middle ground when you want another baby and your partner doesn’t? It’s a life-altering decision with major financial and logistical repercussions—and you can’t really meet halfway. That stick is either positive or negative. My husband and I discussed and debated having a third child for about […]

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