Tag Archives: Pregnancy

Light Drinking During Pregnancy: 7 Things You Need to Know

Last week, the CDC ignited a firestorm of criticism by stating that women should “stop drinking alcohol if they are trying to get pregnant or could get pregnant”, and–because an estimated 50% of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned–any woman … Continue reading

Posted in Pregnancy | Tagged , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Back Sleeping During Pregnancy and the Sydney Stillbirth Study

Pregnancy can be cruel. When you’re at your most swollen, bloated, and exhausted, sleep proves frustratingly elusive. Every night, you toss and turn, trying to find a comfortable position, your back aching, and your belly pressing down on your bladder. Just as you finally … Continue reading

Posted in Miscarriage, Pregnancy, Sleep | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vitamin D in Breastmilk and My Daughter’s Diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes

A few weeks ago, I was all set to write about the vitamin D needs of pregnant and nursing women. Increased sunscreen use and less time spent outdoors means that few women can meet their vitamin D needs through sunlight exposure alone. As a result, many … Continue reading

Posted in Breastfeeding, Pregnancy | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

The Fetal “Gender Nub”: How To Learn Your Baby’s Gender at the First Trimester Screening

Kudos to people who can wait until the birth to find out if they are having a boy or girl. The feminist in me feels guilty about this, but I never wanted to wait that long. Pretty much the second I learned … Continue reading

Posted in Pregnancy | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Your Due Date Is Wrong–So When Is Labor Most Likely?

Can we please stop with this due date nonsense already? Yes, the due date is not a precise date, only an estimate. And yes,  most women will deliver within 2 weeks of their so called “due date”. But the due date has bigger problems. Actual … Continue reading

Posted in Pregnancy | Tagged , | 10 Comments

It’s (Probably) Safe to Sleep on Your Back While Pregnant

Can you safely sleep on your back while pregnant? Here’s what the latest research has to say. Continue reading

Posted in Miscarriage, Pregnancy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Weight Gain in the Second Trimester: A Sudden Bump Up Is Common — And No Reason to Panic

Weight gain during pregnancy is not steady. Most women gain the most weight in their second trimesters, and much of this weight is water. Continue reading

Posted in Pregnancy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments