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.

My self confidence in my post-baby body is not as high as I’d like. It’s extremely hard to find time to workout. Any suggestions on getting my body back after second child?

  • Joli
    Sunday

    Focus on what you eat if you have no time for the gym. Pinterest was my best friend.

  • Brooke
    Yesterday

    I had this issue, too! I bought myself some dresses that were already too big, so I felt smaller, and then with that mindset I ate basically healthy food (PBJ for lunch is totally healthy) and have been slimming down slowly.

While on maternity leave in those first couple months, how much housework did you do regularly? Especially if you had another kiddo and no one to help? Trying to figure out how badly I should feel about myself.

  • Miranda
    Sunday

    Don’t feel bad. Enjoy your time with your new baby. I know it’s easier said than done. I was close to getting a cleaning person (even though we really couldn’t afford it) because there were times that I was made to feel it was my job to clean (because I stayed home). Then I decided I wasn’t going to make the first few months of my daughters life a miserable because I was trying to be super-mom.... More

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    Thanks everyone. I tried wearing her, but I just hate it. I feel so awkward and claustrophobic and I don’t think the baby likes it much either.

My daughter is due July 9th. I’m currently working as a before and after school teacher, however it’s becoming increasingly harder to keep up with the daily tasks. What is the best time to stop working before the baby comes? I wanted to go as long as I could, though I’m not sure if I will make it through June.

Postpartum Body

I'm 6 months postpartum and dealing with loose skin. I know hydration is key and have been using a basic body lotion, but are there any lotions or oils any of you really liked? I know it won't be what it was and I have bounced back really well, but I still want to try to help it. Also, pp hip pain? I have to constantly take advil to manage it.

  • Janine
    Saturday

    Sorry, just noticed you answered. I’d talk to your doctor about physical therapy. It’s not uncommon, but the sooner you address it the easier it is to deal with.

  • Tiffany
    Saturday

    Time for me... did you have a c? It took about a year and Now you can’t even town and I have a C-section and gained 70 pounds

Anybody else on bed rest? Want to somebody I can talk to that is going through the same experience

PP BC? My obgyn asked about BC after recovery. I’ve only been on BC once before for a short time many many years ago but stopped because I didn’t like the side effects. This time around I’m more concerned with not getting pregnant and am willing to take BC more seriously. Since it’s been so long, I just want to know your experiences with BC or which ones are available just to get myself familia... More

  • Elle
    Sunday

    Nowadays, oral contraceptives are soooo much lower dose than they used to be, meaning thr amt of hormones (and therefore thr side effects) are so much less. That said, any good GYN will tell you that it takes about 3 months for your body to fully acclimate to the new hormone levels and rhythm.

  • Brooke
    Yesterday

    I have one of the lightest doses of BC, and it is okay. It’s Lo Loestrin Fe, and I haven’t been really bloody or anything, which has always been a problem with me. I don’t know if it’s lowered my sex drive or if that’s just how I am now, but I am different in that area. Also, it might be making me keep some of this weight.

Has anyone had your baby at the 88th percentile on growth? So I now have to have my glucose screening early, and It makes me worry like I’ve just been eating terrible but I haven’t.

  • Sara
    Friday

    It doesn't have to be related. I have always passed my glucose tests with flying colors even though I make really big babies. Big babies run in my family so I expected it and know it has nothing to do with how I'm eating.

So my son is 18 months old and I’m still losing a ton of hair. About 3 months postpartum it started and that was expected. Now I’m getting worried. Will vitamins help?

  • Jennifer
    Friday

    Might be a thyroid issue or hormonal in balance. Time to see a doctor and get some blood work done

How did you survive your first trimester when you already had a little one at home? I’m about 6 weeks in and I am USELESS! I’m exhausted and nauseous 24/7 and I’m drinking as much water as possible but I’m lightheaded every time I stand up. It feels impossible taking care of my 19 month old when all I want to do is lay on the couch ☹️ I read that exercise would help increase energy but it only... More

  • Ashley
    Friday

    I will fully admit that my kid watched a lot of tv those first few weeks. Lemon Heads are my go-to for nausea (no idea why but sucking on something seems to help me and the lemon flavor was more soothing to me than ginger, etc.). I would also just basically make sure wherever we were was babyproofed and lie down while my toddler played. I know that sounds awful but you gotta do what you gotta d... More

  • Carissa
    Friday

    Thank you so much everyone for all the support and advice!! I’m definitely already counting down the days until I can drink mass amounts of coffee again 😂

I’m due in 3 weeks, I keep hearing about doing all kinds of exercises. Any suggestions?

Any advice on getting rid of postpartum headaches? I got headaches really badly during my first pregnancy, not so much with my second, but now that my son is 3 weeks old I have had a constant headache through my forehead every day. Am I just tired or stressed or dehydrated? I've tried Tylenol and essential oils and both help but the headache always comes back. Thoughts?

  • Erik the Gray
    Saturday

    My wife has migraines, and she has been to neurologists, therapists, and pain management clinics. The information we have is that basically there are a few strong nerves that run through your face that are also responsible for headaches. If you have a lot of facial muscle tension, or neck/back tightness, they can all work together to activate those sensitive cranial nerves and cause headaches. ... More

  • Brooke
    Yesterday

    I had that, turns out I had early onset Presbyopia. Got myself a pair of bifocals, headache instantly gone. Always start with your eye doctor for headaches.

When my husband went back to work at the 4 week pp mark, I was feeling great. Within a week though, my bleeding picked up. I definitely overdid it with a 2 yo and newborn. I'm now struggling with feeling upset that my husband can't help more. He has a fairly flexible job that allows him to work from home (which he has once in the last week), but he wants to go to the office. I don'... More

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday

    Take it from someone who has had two emergency c-sections: two huge external wounds does not help in such situations! If you stay in bed, then you’re needy and weak, and if you push yourself (as I did) then folks forget and just carry on... you put it rightly, these early months are the hardest. Things settle in. Sending you strength and patience.

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday

    Really appreciate all the affirmation that other people feel this way too. First weeks are just so hard. Even though I've done it before, I feel so overwhelmed. I think your mind/body just forget everything.

i’m 26 weeks pregnant and DYING from heartburn. It’s only in the morning and at night, but it’s making my chest hurt 24/7 now from it being so bad. What can i do for heartburn besides taking medicine? ( i’ve tried them all ) Any natural remedies?

  • Juli
    Apr 17

    I’ve had horrible heartburn/reflux since week 4 and I’m only on week 16! I’d definitely sucks to have your esophagus so irritated especially when none of the meds you can take help at all. What’s really helped me has been sleeping propped up a bit and waiting at least two hours before going to bed after eating. Keeping dry cereal or crackers next to the bed helps too since some morning just the... More

  • Saumya
    Tuesday

    The only things that work for me in case of severe heartburn is either drinking half a cup of cold milk or half a slice of charred bread. The bread has to be burnt black to work. It works like a charm.

When my son was born he was 9.8lbs. Everyone including myself were SHOCKED. So whenever someone would jokingly ask me what did I eat, I always tell them CARBSSS. Pizza, pasta, sweet potato/yams, & fries were the main things I wanted and craved for (yes I did eat a lot of vegetables too) On both sides of the family (mine and hubby) no one was a big baby. All pretty average. which makes me w... More

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday

    My firstborn (and only child) was 10.4! I was 7 but hubby was 9. Son was also 9 days overdue and I only gained 30lbs. It’s a mystery.

  • Jess
    Thursday

    My first son was 8.8 lbs and my second son was 6.11 lbs. Totally different! They won’t all be big babies!

TMI alert, bodily function question ahead... I bled steadily for 4 weeks postpartum then stopped. At my 6 week check up I started the pill. A couple days in I started to bleed steadily again and it’s been almost 2 weeks now with a semi regular flow. My regular period only lasts 3 days usually. My question is... do you think this is menstruating or residual bleeding that disappeared and showe... More

  • Krista
    Saturday

    This is exactly what happened to me, and I decided to go off of birth control. The bleeding picked back up and by the end of week two I'd had enough. As soon as I stopped talking the pill the bleeding stopped. I'm trying to decide what to do now!

  • Brooke
    Yesterday

    That sounds like me before giving birth! I had too high of a dosage of something and bled for three months. Tell your doctor before you stop taking any medication always, because sometimes the side effects of withdrawal can be exciting. Definitely ask if you can take a lighter dosage.

I’m 22 weeks pregnant and I keep encountering people that think I’m just gaining weight. I don’t know how to deal with people asking if I’m just fat or what’s happening? Am I supposed to look more pregnant? Is my stomach supposed to be hard?

  • Callie
    Sunday

    I was told that I was enormous and that I looked like I was having twins even though I had said multiple times the ultrasound said only one. I just had big babies. Forget those rude comments. This is the most beautiful time of your life. :)

  • Mj
    Yesterday

    People can be so rude - you are supposed to be just what you are - if you and baby are healthy, then you are rocking it!

I’m 7 months pregnant and after around 3-4 months I stopped taking the prenatal pill unintentionally first because it made sick and then eventually I forgot and it dawned on me today I haven’t taken any... am I terrible? Do you think it makes a huge difference ???

  • Liz
    Apr 16

    Women have been having babies long before prenatal vitamins, and humanity survived. That being said, if you want to take them to make sure baby’s getting whatever your diet might lack, I used this brand and never got sick once (food based pill). Megafood Baby and Me. Maybe give it a try? Good luck!

  • Raqui
    Apr 16

    Prenatal vitamins are mostly for the folic acid-pretty sure if you have a varied and healthy diet you are fine.

Has anyone tried the Ramzi method? I am 10 weeks and this is my ultrasound at 8 weeks, 5 days. Heart rate was 176. Any ideas? I’m thinking girl, based on where the yok sac is(which will turn into the placenta) left side! What do you think?

  • Sarah
    Apr 15

    I’ll look into it! Thank you!

  • Sara
    Apr 15

    I also did the blood test after 10 weeks. Highly recommend it!

So I guess I just need reassurance lol ! But I have been on maternity leave the past 4 months and I am going back to work next week 😢 I've been through this before, as I have a 19 month old as well. They will both go to the same day care. I just feel so guilty and like a bad mom, I can't help it! I wish I could stay home but I can't, I'm a nurse and I am the bread winner of the... More

  • Heather
    Apr 15

    Thank you :)

  • JJ
    Apr 15

    Same!! Also the breadwinner with a ridiculous work load, my husband and I work opposite shifts so one of us is always home with the kids, but we have no help and it’s a lot on us. I start back on Wednesday after 5 weeks and I am absolutely miserable about it. I would like to stay home but I also know how important it is I work. Mom guilt... worse than my grandmothers catholic guilt... can’t w... More

Im soon expecting my second child my daughter turned 1 in February and im just nervous about having 2 so close in age also this pregnancy has not been the best for me and I cant help but stress. Any thoughts or comments?

  • Tara
    Apr 15

    14m apart, currently 18m and 4m. I got a full time mother’s help. Not sure how I’d have coped otherwise, as husband mostly at work and no family close-by. I love my babies, and my daughter slowly growing into having ‘baby’ around. No time to myself, but my daily mantra for the tougher moments: this too shall pass. Congrats and good luck!

  • Natalie
    Apr 15

    My boys are 16 months apart, and to tell you it’s easy would be a lie! However, it is so rewarding! My youngest is now 2 and how much they have grown together is amazing! My sister and I are 6 years apart so I wanted my children close. Hang in there, it will be so very wonderful in the end! 😊😊

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