Posts tagged: Pregnancy

  • Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy: What Every Woman Should Know

    Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy: What Every Woman Should Know
    For plenty of women, growing a bump is anything but blissful—between symptoms like nausea and back pain, crazy hormone activity, and the stress and unknowns of delivery, pregnancy can feel like more of a nailbiter than a nine-month joyride. But for up to 15 percent of women, pregnancy is packaged with full-blown anxiety and depression, says Carly Snyder, MD, a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist based in NYC. What’s worse: only a third of those women seek help. Why do the majority of those suffering skip treatment, and what kind of...

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  • "I'm a 'Double Donor' Twin Mama"

    "I'm a 'Double Donor' Twin Mama"
    “I didn’t want to do this as a single mom, but I realized I didn’t have the time to find someone, mutually fall in love, make the decision to have a kid, and try it out.” Myriam Steinberg attempted a DIY insemination, seven rounds of IUI, three IVF transfers, and two egg donor cycles—all on her own—before becoming pregnant with twins using donor eggs and sperm. Now, finally home from the NICU with her three-month-old babies Abegail and Isaac (pictured above), just over three pounds each at birth, she’s opening...

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  • 7 Things To Know Before Getting the Epidural

    7 Things To Know Before Getting the Epidural
    The epidural’s more popular than ever for pain relief during delivery (71 percent of all expecting mamas get one!) but what should you know before opting in—or out—of that go-to numbing med? Read on. It’s Ok (And Even Advised) to Get It Early To administer an epidural, doctors insert a tiny tube into your lower back, and you’ve got to sit super still for it. (Yep—hard to do when contractions are coming in fast.) So while you may have planned to tough out contractions for as long as possible before...

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  • 7 Days of Bump Style With Sam Berngard

    7 Days of Bump Style With Sam Berngard
    Photo credit: Ali Stone for Nurturelife 29-weeks pregnant with lucky #3 (a boy!), Monica + Andy's Director of Events and Brand Experiences Sam Berngard is the perfect mama to kick off our new series on bump style. (She's had a minute to practice!) Sam's maternity formula: a mix of distressed jeans, fun prints, cozy jumpers, and a silk headband to tie it all together—plus a hot pink mani. Check out her week of style inspo (whether you're bumping or not!) ahead. 'Nothing I have on in this pic is maternity,...

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  • The Delivery Room Dish: Danielle Moss and Margot

    The Delivery Room Dish: Danielle Moss and Margot
    Welcome to The Delivery Room Dish—a place for new moms to spill on the highs, lows, and nitty gritty of giving birth. What you'll learn: there's no one 'right' way to have a baby, the delivery room is full of choices (even when labor doesn't go as planned), and every mom's got a birth story worth sharing. Up next: The Everygirl and The Everymom co-founder Danielle Moss, who gave birth to her daughter Margot in July.I realized labor was starting when: I was actually induced on my due date, so...

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  • What Contractions Really Feel Like, According to Six New Moms

    What Contractions Really Feel Like, According to Six New Moms
    Until you’ve gone through it once, the bodily sensations of labor and delivery remain a mystery—all we’ve got to go off are the purple-faced women pushing out babies in movies, your mom’s ‘eh it wasn’t that bad’ brush off decades after the fact, and mom friends who, kindly, may spare you the hardcore details to ease your jitters. The pain of contractions (aka: the tightening of your uterine muscles, which helps dilate the cervix and shimmy baby down the birth canal) depends on a number of things—the positioning of your...

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  • Monica + Andy's 2020 Hospital Bag Checklist Is Here!

    Monica + Andy's 2020 Hospital Bag Checklist Is Here!
    The coziest button-up pajamas, nursing mama must-haves, superhero baby care essentials—our 2020 list has everything you need for a smooth hospital stay! Take a peek at the video below for our full checklist (modeled by a M+A twin mama), and don't forget to share with any expecting friends.     The coziest robe and loungewear you won’t mind taking a few pictures in.Our pick: Monica + Andy Organic Lounge Robe; Monica + Andy Organic Lounge Set Super soft essentials to dress and cuddle your baby with.Our pick: Monica + Andy...

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  • Can You Actually Predict Your Fertility?

    Can You Actually Predict Your Fertility?
    For those accustomed to tracking their steps and sleep with the swipe of a finger, it would make sense that pulling up data about our ovaries should be just as easy. A number of startups and drug developers think so—as more women put off having a baby (or another baby) until their late 30’s and 40’s, at-home fertility tests (a relatively cheap and easy way to ease that biological clock panic—or trigger it) are popping up. But do they work? Is it possible to tell how fertile you are before...

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  • The Quick Guide to Writing Your Birth Plan

    The Quick Guide to Writing Your Birth Plan
    There’s really only one thing you can bet on when it comes to delivering a baby—unpredictability! Babies tend to arrive on their own schedule, in their own way. But there are lots of choices to be made in the delivery room, and before the action starts, it’s helpful to write down your preferences and hopes in a “birth plan.” (Because hey—even if that all natural water birth doesn’t go as planned, you’ve still got control over the music.) To get started, create a bulleted list answering these questions: Who should...

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  • 6 Brands Every Future Mama Should Know

    6 Brands Every Future Mama Should Know
    Compiling a baby registry—and figuring out how to dress your bump—can feel like learning a different language. As you sift through a sea of recommendations from friends and family, don't miss these six Monica + Andy mom-approved brands designed to make the mama life a little easier. From a stylish swing made to soothe the fussiest of babies to clothing brands that will live in your closet for longer than a trimester, you won't want to miss out. For Moms... 1. Hatch These effortlessly-chic maternity clothes made by a mom-of-two...

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