Category Archives: Miscellaneous

What I’ve Been Doing the Last Few Weeks

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on this blog, so I wanted to give my readers a bit of an update on what I’ve been up to these past couple of months. Mostly I’ve been away because of some good news: … Continue reading

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Critics of Cry-It-Out Fundamentally Misunderstand How Stress Affects the Brain

Because whether or not to sleep train can be such a fraught decision for new parents, I wanted to share my sleep training story, and to explain why, given everything we know about stress, the argument that sleep training causes long-term … Continue reading

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Morning Sickness & Miscarriage: How Much Does Nausea Lower Your Risk?

For most women, the first trimester is undeniably rough. After briefly reveling in being newly pregnant (two lines!), you start to feel sick as a dog, all day long. About 70-80% of pregnant women experience nausea during their first trimester, and about 50% also experience vomiting. Not that it … Continue reading

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A Threatened Miscarriage, a Subchorionic Hematoma, and How United Airlines (Nearly) Ate My Baby

Three years ago, sitting with my 15-month-old son and my husband during a long layover, on our way back home from Norway, I felt a sudden gush of warm blood. So much for my miracle pregnancy, I thought. I was only six … Continue reading

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No More Milestone Talk For Me

Stand at our neighborhood playground for a few minutes and you are almost sure to hear remarks like these: “My child started walking at 8 months.” “My two-year-old is speaking in full sentences.” “My son was potty trained at 18 … Continue reading

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Questioning Breastfeeding’s Benefits Does Not Make Me Anti-Breastfeeding

Earlier this week, I wrote about the alleged benefits of breastfeeding being vastly overstated. My goal in writing that post was not to nurse some long-standing grudge against breastfeeding advocates. Nor was it an attempt to justify my own parenting choices: I breastfed … Continue reading

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Some Tips for Finding the Right Nanny

Finding the right caregiver for your baby has to be one of the most stressful experiences as a new parent. To make the prospect a little less daunting, I’d like to share some tips I sent to a friend back when … Continue reading

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Nine Science-Backed Tips for Getting Pregnant Quickly

Trying to conceive? Here’s how to identify your peak fertile days, why you and your partner should avoid alcohol, and why it’s best to skip the lube. Continue reading

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Fall is Here! Time to Get a Flu Shot

It’s the official start of fall, my favorite season. The leaves are beginning  to turn into their brilliant fall mélange of gold and orange and crimson. The morning air has taken on a new welcome crispness, filled with the fresh scent of leaves underfoot. It’s the … Continue reading

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