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Right now, California is burning. The El Dorado Fire has burned over 12,000 acres near the San Bernardino National Forest, with an estimated 21,000 people forced to evacuate. And, ridiculously, it's all because of a gender reveal party. Some expectant...
"There's fluid in the uterus, but the lining is thick. But you may want to wait to transfer, with the fluid," the IVF doctor said to me. I was sitting on the table in the patient room, paper draped over...
When I first heard about hypnobirthing, it sounded like the type of birth experience where you hold crystals in your hands and chant while laughing the baby down the birth canal — under the light of a full moon,...
How can I ease morning sickness? What's an appropriate amount of weight to gain during pregnancy? How much should my newborn be eating and sleeping each day? These are just some of the neverending questions swirling around the heads of new and...
I find it fascinating how the rise of social media has changed how we as women lovingly brag about our children, and I ponder the consequences which come along with this new trend of plastering too many details of...
I had never carved a jack-o’-lantern, ever, until my oldest child was almost 5. Growing up, my mother had always led the charge to carve our pumpkin. It was the one thing about Halloween she enjoyed, and she’d soak and...
I heard something on a podcast recently that made me pause: apparently, the only way to truly let something go, to forgive someone or something, is to find gratitude for it. So perhaps finding gratitude for a miscarriage (or...
So, you all remember Hurricane Matthew, right? Jacksonville thankfully didn't get a direct hit, but we still got a lot of devastation anyway. And even as someone born and raised in Jacksonville, Matthew was a scary storm. We had...
Boy, oh, boy, nothing grabs peoples’ attention faster than a set of boobs, huh? Everyone’s got an opinion about what new mamas should be doing with their breasts and the milk that, in theory, is coming out of them. Much...
Many women wonder why during pregnancy, and even after pregnancy, they develop blue or purple bulgy veins, known as varicose veins, on their legs. Varicose veins are the result of faulty valves within your superficial vein system. Veins carry blood...
As I sit here, glass of wine in hand, babies asleep upstairs, I consider myself in a truly fortunate position to be writing about losing yet another pregnancy. I’m still two for five, you see, which is two more...
Parents Bethany Russel and Mikey Armanno had been anticipating the arrival of their third child on May 4. She was going to be their "Star Wars baby" but on Monday, April 29, their plan took an unexpected turn. After Bethany...

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