Pregnancy & Childbirth

Whether you're glowing, nesting, energized or resting, these 9 months are a period of tremendous growth — literally.

This is a safe space to ask questions and share insights on everything from prenatal care and morning sickness to labor and delivery.

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Sunday

Best cream for stretch marks, cellulite, skin discoloration?

Post pregnancy

  • Kee
    Monday

    Aloe Vera and coconut oil mixed together apply everyday day and night

  • Elle
    Monday

    Also, drink appx a gallon of water/day to make sure your skin stays hydrated.

Anonymous posted in Fitness Friday

Walk through pain?

This might be a stupid question but my due date is tomorrow with my second child. I’ve been dealing with pelvic pain this entire pregnancy but it’s obvi gotten worse as I’ve gotten bigger. My question is, I’ve been trying to walk and after doing so I am in soo much pain. Dr told me to keep walking but I didn’t really explain the severity when I was there last. Opinions? Push through or cool it?... More

  • Kieli
    Monday

    I wouldn’t push myself if I were you. If you want some advice from the dr on how to push things along I would call the dr office and ask how else to do so

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Thursday

How soon did you go into labor after..

You started losing your mucus plug? Mine has been coming out the past few days and I’ve had lower back pain and cramping. Just curious about other labor experiences! 38wks+5days. TIA.

  • Kieli
    Friday

    With my first pregnancy I lost it weeks before my daughter was born. I thought for sure she would come anytime after that but no, and even a day after her due date

  • Valerie
    Saturday

    I lost mine 30 min before going into labor. Mucus plug. Massive dramatic water breaking like in the movies, and then contractions hit me like a truck. Absolutely no doubt that it was labor! My friend drifted back and forth from the hospital with false alarms for 3 days. Funny how we’re all unique in our birth journeys!

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Thursday

Postpartum period help!

I’m 8 months postpartum and got my period back at 5 months and they have been regular ever since. This month I am now 7 days late and have taken pregnancy tests and all negative. Has anyone experienced just a missed period. I am still exclusively breastfeeding my daughter

  • Lily
    Thursday

    Mine came back about a month after I had my baby. I never missed a period, until I got pregnant at about 7 months postpartum. I never missed a period before being pregnant as well. If you are for sure 7 days late, you are probably not pregnant. You might just be really stressed or something like that. Also, I have been pregnant 2 times all while breastfeeding, so you can get pregnant while brea... More

Preterm labor

Hey mommies i need some advice... I had a wee fall a couple days ago, slipped on wet concrete snd landed on my side. When i came in to the hospital They said I was in preterm labor because at some point in the last five days i had lost my mucus plug and dialated to 3 cm. Im 34 weeks and 4 days today. They did an ultrasound and said the baby had settled or "dropped" into my pelvis. Con... More

  • Lily
    Thursday

    My baby was 2 weeks early because I had to have her because of health reasons. She was 6lb 5oz. She was just fine, and is a huge toddler now! Don't worry, just rest a lot and get ready for your baby:)

Julieann posted in In-Laws Feb 12

Am I being crazy?

So I don’t know if this should be a big thing or not or it might just be my hormones. But I am almost 5 months pregnant and have yet to announce my pregnancy to my whole family & friends. That being said, the only people that do know are just immediate family members on my side and my boyfriend’s side. I haven’t broadcast my pregnancy to my uncles or aunts yet, let alone any friends or any... More

  • Meaghan
    Feb 13

    I would be upset. I told a handful of close family and friends about mine but I waited to announce until i knew gender. It was important for me in case something went wrong early on, plus I didnt want the 1001 questions from extended family. If someone else had jumped the gun and started telling people i would have been very upset and felt that they broke my trust. Its YOURS to tell. Possibly o... More

  • Taylor
    Saturday

    you have every right momma congrats on the pregnancy!

Anonymous posted in Newborns Feb 11

Best friend chose the same baby name - what would you do?

I’m 7 months pregnant and my best friend just had her baby girl. i had been trying to get a hint from her about the name or even letter she was thinking about but she went to the hospital with three potential names and didn’t decide until her baby was born. We just found out she chose the same name as us and we’re heartbroken. The name we chose is in honor of both my grandmother and great gran... More

  • T
    Feb 12

    What’s the name (curious). I’m done with kids. If you want a different name, you have to be as original as possible and make the name from scratch. Otherwise, meh, it really doesn’t matter. There will always be someone with the same name. I wouldn’t change the name.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 12

    Keep the name..tell her how you feel. If you lose a best friend over it then she wasn't a true friend. At least you have the name you love.

Anonymous posted in Holidays Feb 09

Pregnant with Baby 2

How did you all announce to your hubby you were pregnant with baby 2? I have sort of dropped hints but want to come up with some fun way to tell him other than just “I’m pregnant” any ideas with Valentine’s Day coming up?! Thank you in advance!

  • Alexis
    Feb 10

    I found out I was pg when ds#1 was 5 months old. We weren't expecting to be pg so soon. While my husband was out I took one of my sons plain white onesies and a few fabric markers I had laying around and wrote "Guess what? I'm going to be a big brother!" On the front. I put the onesie on the baby and just waited. It took about 20 minutes or so after my hubby got home for him t... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 10

    Well, ladies! I told him today - since today is my birthday- I wrote on a piece of paper “I’m being promoted to big brother October 2019” and put the test on there too, and had my son give it to daddy! He cried!! Soooo excited!!! They’ll be 20 months apart!!!

Nearing my due date; what goes on after baby is delivered?

Im 4 weeks away from my due date and just a little curious on what will go on after little one is delivered. will there be a million tests done on baby? I know they will do the heel test, hearing test and carseat test before releasing us but are there more im missing? Will i have to worry about blood/ urine testing while in labor? No one seems to post about what goes on after baby is delivered ... More

  • Kieli
    Feb 09

    So my daughter had her first bowl movement before she entered the world. So after she was born they had to cut the umbilical cord right away and clear her mouth and nose. Since they took her away already they weighed her, got her height and cleaned the rest of her up as well. Then they gave her to me, and told me to start breastfeeding if that’s what I wanted. So I did. And she was born at 9:44... More

  • Raji
    Feb 09

    For my daughter’s birth it was just husband and I... had no family near by. She came out crying and was cleaned up a bit and was put on my chest. We did delayed cord clamping; husband cut it. Then she was cleaned up( we opted for no bath for her as the white stuff on her skin is good for it) and she was measured and given her eye drop and couple of other exams. Then I tried to breastfeed her bu... More

2cm dilated at 37 weeks

Expecting second baby and first one came a little early, and I know being dilated does NOT mean that the baby will come quicker at all but I’ve been having so much pressure and cramping I just have a gut feeling this baby will be here before her due date. Any other mommas give birth before the due date with similar circumstances? Just curious to hear other birth stories 🙂 TIA

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Feb 08

    My first baby I went into labor three days before his due date. My second I dilated faster but then sat at 2cm from 37-39 weeks. Then the morning before his due date, I was climbing into bed and my water broke. So he came a day early. My third, I had to be induced 9 day early because I was almost 6 cm at a dr visit. Anything can happen. I advise you (as impossible as I know it is) not to think ... More

Anonymous posted in Pregnancy & Childbirth Feb 03

Does this look positive?

Ok so I don’t want to be that person who like omg I’m pregnant and then well not be. I’ve taken 2 test first one I read at the 10 minute limit and had a very faint like almost can’t see it like. So I went ahead and took another it showed a very faint line right away or maybe I’m just seeing things. I don’t want to show DH the rest because if it is positive I want to do something fun to tell him... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Feb 03

    I can kinda see it. But I would wait. I get wondfo ones from online, cheap so I can take a bunch. When I used those about the same time as you are now, I got a similar line and didn’t notice it until I looked back a few tests/days later. I would more wait to make sure the line gets darker and it isn’t a chemical pregnancy. I’m always paranoid because I lost my first baby about 6 weeks in. But,... More

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Feb 02

Labor soon????

Please tell me that nights sweats towards the end of pregnancy is a sign of going into labor soon?! Ugh I’m so over being pregnant. I’ve been pregnant for a year and a half with only a 10 week break in between both pregnancies.

Hi ladies does anyone know or experienced kidney pain after vaginal birth?

What’s the cause? Did it go away fast? Thank you.

  • Jess
    Feb 01

    Definitely if I don’t drink a ton of water, I immediately feel kidney pain. I am also breastfeeding.

  • Elle
    Feb 03

    Dehydration. How much water are you drinking/day?

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Jan 29

Tampons uncomfortable now after giving birth

I had my first child 4 1/2 years ago and I noticed every period afterwards I could only use tampons the first and 2nd days of my period. I just had my 2nd child 7 months ago and now trying to use tampons during my period and I end up pulling it out minutes later. They are so uncomfortable that it hurts! I never used to have problems before I had my children. Has anyone else had that problem?

  • Alexis
    Feb 02

    Yeah I found them uncomfortable after having kids too. I just went back to pads. No big deal.

  • Liz
    Feb 10

    I had this issue too. I was thinking it was because I’m breastfeeding so I’m super dry down there. I was thinking of switching to the diva cup or something more natural

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Jan 29

Should I write a birth plan?

Hi all- FTM here. I’ll be giving birth in a hospital and I’m very pro epidural. I plan on basically just listening to whatever the medical staff tells me as things progress. I’m wondering if it’s worth writing a birth plan? Curious what others in a similar situation did. If you did write a plan, what went in it? Thanks!

  • Aipery Usenbaev
    Jan 31

    Hi, congratulations! It is a good idea to have a plan. But no one i know ever used it. Maybe some prioritization would help. Familiarize yourself and your loved ones that will be there of how you would like everything to work out ideally. Also educate of possibilities and if something happens what would you like or entirely refuse to do.

  • Alexandra
    Feb 11

    Hi, I think it could be quite worthwhile to read a few examples and take a stab at writing your own birth plan if only because it will really help you think through all that will happen on this journey! No matter how prepared you think you are and your willingness to put your trust in your medical team and just go with the flow, things about this special amazing experience are going to surprise... More

Anonymous posted in Pregnancy & Childbirth Jan 27

Second baby on its way

I just found out that I’m pregnant with my second baby, my son is 16 months old and I’m so nervous and I feel like I don’t know what I’m going to do with another baby since we have a pretty good routine for our son, I’m also feeling like I’m not gonna have time for him anymore and I’m afraid he is gonna feel bad 😞 Any advices

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 29

    It’ll be hard but also totally awesome. My first two are 17 months apart, my next two 20 months apart, and my baby four will be 22 months after my third. I truly love it. I love seeing their interactions and friendships. They play and entertain each other often so I feel like I can get some stuff done (not when there is a baby but once baby can participate and understand what they’re saying). ... More

  • Kayla
    4h ago

    My first two are 12 months apart and my middle and soon to be youngest will be 21 months apart. #threeunderthree anyone?? It’s easier than you think. It might be rough for the first 3-4 months when you’re still getting used to it and finding a good rountine to fit everyone’s needs but once you get settled in I think you will be happy they are so close in age. I wouldn’t have mine any other way ... More

How long did it take for your period to return after delivering?

I gave birth to my son November 4th. I’ve had very light spotting for two days a few weeks ago but nothing since. I could only nurse my son for a month because of milk allergy.

  • Baian
    Jan 28

    I am still currently breastfeeding my 1 year old and my period returned 6 weeks after giving birth. (Lucky me) it really depends on your body, everyone is unique. Breastfeeding unfortunately did not delay my period :( lol

  • Lily
    Jan 28

    Breastfeed mine full time for 6months, and still going at 16 months. I got my period back about 6 weeks after she was born. And have been pregnant two times in the last 16 months. Everyone is different is what I have learned!

Jenny posted in For Moms Jan 26

Experience with Village Obstetrics or MFM Associates in nyc?

I’m 27 weeks pregnant and considering switching from my current obgyn. I’m high risk, and thus would need to switch to a high risk doctor. Does anyone have experience with either Village Obstetrics or MFM associates? Both were recommended to me but I don’t know much about either practice. This would also force me to switch from NY Presbyterian / Weill Cornell to Mt Sinai, so any experience with... More

  • Cynthia
    Jan 26

    Hi, I went to Mt Sinai West High Risk clinic in the city on 1000 10th Avenue. The doctors were extremely informative and knowledgeable. Other than that - nothing else that positive. The wait for the appointments are ridiculous. They only have high risk on Fridays. And when I delivered my daughter, I hated the fact I had to share a room with someone during my stay. I advise not to switch to Mt. ... More

  • Jenny
    Jan 27

    Thanks, Cynthia! It would be Mt Sinai East though, not West. I think their reputation is different/better (but don’t know much yet!)

Anonymous posted in Pregnancy & Childbirth Jan 25

NUCHAL test

Has anyone had the nuchal test done? I am expecting twins and am wondering what to expect and if I may find out the genders.

  • Andrea
    Jan 25

    The NT or Nuchal Translucency is a 2 part test that checks for abnormalities in the development of the babies brain stem. There is an ultrasound and a blood test. Once all portions of the test are complete, they will be able to provide an assessment for the risk level of some chromosomal issues. To my knowledge, the NT test does not give any info on gender. There is a blood gene test that can d... More

Tabitha posted in Clothes Jan 23

Maternity Pictures

When did everybody do there maternity pictures? What are some of the outfits you planned for in this winter weather? Where should I go shop for an outfit?

  • Monda
    Jan 23

    I did mine at 38 weeks!! My pictures was indoor I didn’t do anything fancy and I just wore a nice white dress I had. My husband and I Matched and it was really simple. To us it was more of just getting pictures for the memories rather then anything else

  • Victoria
    Jan 23

    I did mine at 35 weeks. I wanted to wait till the end so it showed the full belly experience but not too close to the end just in case you don’t make it ! I had my girl at 37 weeks so I’m glad I did it then.

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