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.

Only hearing baby at night and not preggo wife.

Hey all, I’m looking for some advice on how to hear both my wife and my kids during the night while I’m sleeping. While my wife was pregnant with our first child I heard her instantly when she needed help turning or anything else; but now with our first son born and in the room in his crib and she’s pregnant with our second child (third trimester) it seems I only hear him stirring in the night... More

  • anonymous mom
    Wednesday

    Does she hear you every time you whisper or move? Probably not. Does she hear your son every time he moves or cries? More likely. We are wired to hear our babies but our spouses? Not so much. I’m usually 100% all in on supporting pregnant moms but I think your wife needs to be more understanding...

  • Scott
    Yesterday

    I appreciate it thank you! Her expectations are hard to reason with sometimes.

Anonymous posted in Pregnancy & Childbirth Feb 09

early pregnancy ultra sound and bleeding

I went to the doctor 2 weeks ago and i was 7.4 weeks pregnant then. I was informed that i had two sacs in my uterus. The doctor was looking at them both and told me that he couldn’t see anything in one of them, but the other one he could have possibly seen something. I have to go get another ultrasound in two weeks to figure out if theres anything actually in the sac(s). I know that light bleed... More

  • Aishaa
    Feb 10

    At my 5th week ... i sarted bleeding... whenever i go to washrooom... Till 6 th week after that dr did my ultrasound they see a small yolksac and small fetalpoles but after one week there is no heartbeat in it.... so bleeding is okay! But make sure there is heartbeat... Dr suggested me missed abbortion... but we are waiting till 9 week... If there is no heartbeat in 9 weeks then will defin... More

  • Kieli
    Feb 10

    With my now 9 month old, one night I had waken up with a lotttt of blood, all the way down my pant legs to my knees. I went to the ER because I was 11 weeks along and figured I lost the baby ... but when I got the blood work back from the ER it still said pregnant, and the ultrasound confirmed it. I had read online that I was miscarrying, so I naturally assumed i was. Sometimes the body does so... More

Parenting with Pain/Injury/Chronic Illness

To preface, I don't have kids of my own yet. But I am at the stage of life (late 20's/early 30's) when I'm beginning to seriously consider starting a family. One thing that I have always been cautious about is a chronic injury that I have. As a teenager, I was a gymnast/diver and ruptured several discs in my lumbar spine that have left me with chronic pain. I have always been ne... More

  • Gen
    Jan 30

    I have degenerative joint disease and spinal stenosis in my neck and lumbar spine. I do PT once a week and strength training once a week. I have chronic pain, and two children. The first pregnancy wasn’t too bad, but there were definitely some issues after. I had dequirvain’s thumb for a while after, but PT helped that. But my back pain wasn’t any worse. The second pregnancy was harder, I had... More

  • Karen
    Jan 30

    I have an autoimmune disease with inflammation symptoms, as well as a hemangioma on my leg that makes walking or bending my legs hard sometimes. Having a kid is hard with chronic pain and low stamina, but it also pushes to me to be active when I might otherwise be sedentary. It’s a daily struggle, but in the long term for me, having a child is going to help me live a healthier, longer, fuller l... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jan 24

Postpartum depression

Are you susceptible to PPD if you’re already diagnosed with depression? I’m concerned about how I’m going to react after my first. Also would love to hear what has helped you through it! Thank you!

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Jan 20

Hair Loss

Any tips to treat or lessen postpartum hair loss ? I'm 3 months postpartum and everytime I wash my hair or brush I get a handful :/

  • Jennie
    Jan 21

    I've been taking collagen in my coffee every morning... it seems like it's helping. It's definitely helping my nails and dry cuticles though.

  • Destin
    Jan 21

    I had the same problem and I took keratin pills to help with regrowth. I don’t know that you will be able to stop it since it’s just part of whacked out hormones...but once your body evens out it will start to grow in normally again. For me, it was prob about 5 or 6 months. The pills did seem to help some though.

Body hurts

2 weeks postpartum muscles soreness and weakness still hitting me hard .. is this normal and when does it go away .?

  • Jennie
    Jan 21

    Yes girl you should not expect to be back to normal for 6-8 weeks... more if you had an epidural in my experience (I have 5 kiddos). Go slow.

  • Sara
    Jan 22

    Totally normal! It took 9 months to make the baby so a full recovery isn't going to happen in 2 weeks. With my second daughter I badly injured my tailbone giving birth and it took over a year for it to heal and be able to sit in a chair like a normal person. I'm not saying this to scare you but just to give you confidence that you will eventually heal it just takes time!

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jan 14

Any good organic belly creams out there ?

It’s not just for the stretch creases but for the belly itch that comes with pregnancy. I’m trying to find something that isn’t full of chemicals but don’t know what’s actually worth it brand wise.

  • Ivana
    Jan 15

    I loved burts bees mama bee belly cream!

  • Ariel
    Jan 20

    I just purchased Mustela

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jan 11

Pregnant With #2 - Severe Anemia

Anybody have experiences with severe anemia and everything turned out okay? I am 27 weeks pregnant with baby #2 and was told I'm severely anemic and may have to receive iron infusions. Freaking out a bit.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jan 02

How to keep being healthy in early pregnancy?

Estimating I am about 2-4 weeks pregnant. Any advice for how to keep being healthy?

Pregnancy ?

I’m four days late, severe cramping.. I’ve taken four tests and they all have been negative.. I’m 26 with a four year old and I told a baby when I was 25 weeks pregnant.. not sure if this is my body changing or what.. any ideas ?

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Dec 12

Has anyone been through what I am going through Rn?

Month of October, I had spotting but no period. Two weeks after that I took a pregnancy test & was positive. I went to my doc & they tested my urine & it came out negative then retest & came out positive. Beta test came indeterminate a week later retest & came out negative. I kept on w/ my life. November, I had unprotected sex a day before my period was supposed had come. Ne... More

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Dec 11

Just found out I’m pregnant after a twin c section 5 months ago! Help!

I just got a positive today... my birth control implant failed! So I had a crazy c section for my 5 month old identical twins July 9th, 2019... and now I’m pregnant again! I’m happy but so scared... I’ve read about women miscarrying or their uterus rupturing and them dying and losing the baby... what should I do? Will we be alright? Please share your thoughts and experiences if you have any si... More

  • B
    Dec 12

    This sounds like a great convo with your doctor. Not sure if the Twins aspect will complicate things, but I’d guess no

3days late!!

So last month I had 2 cyst but one ruptured I have an appointment this month to see if the other one dissolved on it’s on. Here’s the thing..I’m 3/4 days late for my period( I’m never late) I had light cramps last week and have been feeling like I’m going to catch a cold for the past week. Does anyone know if the ruptured cyst could cause my period to be late? I took a pregnancy test and it was... More

Worried that I am measuring 5 weeks and no fetal pole.

I had my lmp on 10/17/19. I tested positive by urine on 11/12/19 & 11/18/19 by blood test. I had a transvaginal ultrasound on 12/5/19 and Gestational sac and yolk is measuring 5 weeks with no fetal pole. I know I should be 7 weeks per lmp. Could there be a mistake?

Anonymous posted in Child Care Dec 03

Daycare pickup while pregnant again?

I feel a little silly asking this, but how did you handle daycare pickup during your third trimester & after birth of your [second, third, etc] child? I’m 32 weeks along and have an 18 month old who goes to daycare. Due to our work schedules I do drop off and pickup, but it’s harder every day to literally PICK UP the toddler to put them in/out of the car seat, let alone maneuvering their ... More

Anonymous posted in Multiple Children Dec 03

Transition Tips From 1 To 2 Kids

I'm 21 weeks pregnant with our second baby boy and our first-born is 2. I keep hearing the transition from 1 to 2 kids is a lot harder than going from 0 to 1 kid. Please share tips or experiences on how to make the transition easier and/or encouraging words. I'm a little nervous since I experienced PPD with my first.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Dec 07

    So I have 4 kids, my first two kids were 17 months apart and then I have 20 and 21 Months age gaps between the others. My personal experience was that 0 to 1 kid was the hardest. There are challenges with having them close together but I always felt like I more calmly could find solutions for the crying baby that the first time around and knew how to navigate the lack of sleep better. I recom... More

  • Bonni
    Jan 21

    Love all these ideas already posted. I would add that having a postpartum plan - just as you would a birth plan - is helpful. Ex. having in place who/what/how re: meal prep, baby laundry, toddler care, your emotional and physical care, errand-runs, etc... Lining up family, friends or a postpartum doula ahead of time can help you relax now. Good luck!

Breast Engorgement! Help!!!

Day 3 after birth. We were discharged last night from the hospital. My breasts are so engorged as I have chosen to not breastfeed I am reaching out for HELPFUL suggestions to relieve pain other than ice/heat compresses and pain medicine as I have already been doing those.

No sex drive for over a year? Is This Normal or Happening To Anyone Else?

My beautiful daughter turned a year old in September and yet I have yet to get really intimate with my partner and it's been a whole year.A few times we had been intimate I felt great but later on I was disgusted by the thought of what I had done.I am very much attracted to my partner but I am disgusted 85% of the time when he try's to make sexual advances or even at the thought of doin... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 01

    I went through something similar. It turned out, there were some underlying issues with our relationship that took me several months to figure out. But once we both acknowledged the issues, and tried to change, I felt more willing to be intimate. Maybe see if there is anything that could be bugging you underneath the sex?

  • meghan
    Dec 03

    Went through something similar and it ended up being the birth control I was on. Switched brands and had a much better reaction. Worth taking a look at if that’s your situation too.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Nov 23, 2019

Need to gain weight & need help with food ideas!

I have been losing weight drastically and my OB let me know I need to put on some weight, she suggested Ensure and I was all for it until I tried it. It’s too sweet and I just couldn’t do it. Are there any quick recipes or other ways you gained weight the healthy way while being pregnant? TIA! Side note: With this pregnancy I have had no desire to eat, if I do it’s literally because I force my... More

  • Penelope
    Dec 02

    Chocolate milk or hot coco and bananas

  • Vonda
    Dec 05

    I ate oatmeal every night before bed to help gain weight. There are tons of recipes. I just do pear, dates and brown sugar.

Anonymous posted in Multiple Children Nov 21, 2019

Pregnant with second...more anxious than excited.

I’m 10 weeks pregnant with my second child. I’m so, so grateful to be pregnant - although I feel much more nervous than excited right now. Maybe because I know what to expect and it’s gonna be crazy? 😂 Looking for any reassuring experiences that you may have had when you were pregnant with your second?

  • Anna
    Nov 27

    Honestly, two has been great. My first had a hard transition when the second was born, but it’s really been fine on the whole. They get used to each other. The biggest challenge has been my older one pushing my younger one around. I’m now expecting #3, and terrified about that! But I think everything just ends up eventually falling into a rhythm. You got this!!

  • Melissa
    Dec 06

    Every baby is different so stay positive and embrace motherhood! Your little one is going to love having a sibling. It can be very sad when your child gets to an age and wants a sibling and you can no longer have children ! Congratulations on your blessing!!!!

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