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.

First baby, third trimester, hormones, and a four year old

I want to start this off by saying my hormones are raging so please watch how you word things or I will cry from your responses. This is my first baby. He's due July 30 (any day now he could be coming). I currently live with and care for my boyfriend's child whom I'd taken on as my own. He calls me Mom, my boyfriend and I share responsibilities together, and sometimes it feels like ... More

  • Hannah
    Monday

    Thank you! I’ll definitely exercise that advice! Very much appreciated!

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Monday

    Keep him busy and on a tight schedule so he doesnt have time to be naughty. Itll pass, Good luck momma!

Anonymous posted in Pregnancy & Childbirth Saturday

How often did you feel your baby move in utero? Does it mean a super active baby later?

  • Payge
    Sunday

    not sure if it means a super active baby later on but my daughter was always kicking and moving in my belly. loved sticking her butt out on one side so i looked lopsided lol, she’s always on the move now and loves her jumper and rolling and playing whenever she can. she’s 6mo now

Anonymous posted in Safety Friday

Where are my shorty mamas?

I am 4’11 and have had to lower my son’s crib as he can pull himself up now (14 months). However in order to lay him down I’ve literally got to crush my abdomen and literally lift my feet off the ground 😅😖 How do pregnant moms do it?? I’m trying to have baby #2 and worried that it’ll be very difficult to lay my toddler safely down while he’s sound asleep and be pregnant at the same time🤰🏻 help!

  • Jade
    Monday

    I’m the same height as you! I totally feel your pain. I have a small step stool that I use to put my daughter in her crib. If you have hardwood floors just make sure it has rubber grips on the bottom so it won’t slip around. Hope this helps!

  • Liza M.
    Monday

    Preach! Same height here, and my husband is 6'2" so it's hard to find middle ground (haha). Due in a few weeks for baby #2 and we transferred my first baby to a toddler bed at floor level at 16 or 17 months. It worked really well because she couldn't open the door and escape and I didn't have to rent a power lift to get her out of the crib every day. Plus now the crib is av... More

Anonymous posted in Child & Pregnancy Loss Friday

8 weeks but no baby growth after 6 and half week per doc

I am in my 8th weeks. When we showed to doc (informing there was one-time brown discharge not red, nausea but no vomiting), she said they can see the heartbeats on ultrasound but couldn't provide the heartbeat info. Per them, it seems like baby is not grown in the last one and a half week. I have been asked to come back after 2 more weeks and call immediately if I see red discharge. Should... More

  • Lily
    Friday

    What do you mean by can't provide the information? You could always go to another office and see what they say. Because two weeks is a long time to wait. I would say see someone else and see what they say

Anonymous posted in Newborns Thursday

I’m due with a baby boy in September and I need names that start with a Tr..

Most of the guys names on my fiancé’s side start with a Tr... most of them are unique.. I’m looking for either or ☺️

  • Samantha
    Saturday

    Travin (trey-vin) or Trace

  • Elle
    Sunday

    Travis Tracey Troy Tristan Tevor Trey

Due date

Absolutely so stressed out. I’m due Saturday and there is absolutely no changes at all. Getting admitted and induced Wednesday night next week if nothing happens. I really don’t want to sit here and exhaust myself trying to get her to come out but I also really don’t want to be induced. I’ve run out of options and I don’t know what to do.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Thursday

    It can definitely happen quickly, but I don’t want you to worry so much about being induced. There are horror stories. But there isn’t a style of birth that doesn’t have a horror story. I’ve had a c-section after normal labor began, my second water broke and eventually labor began on its own, and my third I was 5.5 cm Dilated and not in labor so I was induced since they were worried the baby wo... More

  • Anonymous
    Today

    I was late with my first also. I was scheduled to be induced two days before I would have been 42 weeks - and went into labor on my own the very morning of my induction! I was so excited to avoid being induced, but in the end I was in labor for 22 hours and never made it past 2cm. I had a plan to give birth naturally without any medication! But I ended up getting an epidural, pitocin, iv antibi... More

Anonymous posted in Safety Jun 12

Toddler jumping on baby belly

I keep meaning to ask my OBGYN about this, but always forget! It doesn’t happen very often, but there’s been a couple times my 3 year old has come down pretty hard on my 31+ weeks pregnant belly! He’s sat down hard on it once and also stepped on the side of it once when I was laying down. Both times it hurt, but I’d always pay close attention and would be able to feel the baby moving around lik... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jun 12

    So I agree with first poster on what to watch out for. And honestly, I wouldn’t be too hard on your three yr old. He’s not gonna think about it when he gets super excited, sad, mad etc. that’s a lot to expect. I am currently 30 weeks pregnant, and have a. 4.5, 3, and 1.5 ur old. I cosleep, with the exception of my First, each child has received accidental kicks or head first hugs when they were... More

  • Vonda
    Jun 13

    I’d probably explain that a baby is in your belly and he has to be gentle etc.

Pregnant baby #1

I’ve never been more excited 11 weeks locked in thus far!!!

  • Denine
    Jun 10

    I’m now 13 weeks with my first baby! Congratulations! ❤️

  • Jazmine
    Jun 11

    I’m 15 weeks with my 3rd praying for a daughter this time...congratulations 🤰🏽🤱🏽

Anonymous posted in Multiple Children Jun 09

Pregnant - Baby #2

Just learned I'm pregnant with Baby #2! Haven't seen my OB yet, but I'm curious... when did you start showing with your second? I hear it's a lot earlier than with your first. I'm only 5 weeks or so and am showing a major FOOD baby right now! 😂

  • Kieli
    Jun 10

    Yes I swear I started showing around then too! Lol but really started noticing around 13 weeks. With my first I didn’t start showing until 20

  • K
    Jun 10

    I had expanders on my jeans by 6 wks, but I found out I was pregnant with twins. Still, it’s a lot sooner than the first bc your body knows what’s going on. I hope you have maternity clothes that match the season!!🤞🏽 Congrats!

Anonymous posted in Pregnancy & Childbirth Jun 02

Late period

Im now 5 days late for my menstrual. A few days before i was due i had some weird cramps and pains in my tummy, and a pretty intense headache. I figured that i would be starting very soon. The day came and i didn't. I took a couple test and they looked somewhat positive. I waited a few days and took more. 3 days after my period was due and negative. Help?!

  • Myra
    Jun 03

    Make an appointment with your doctor requesting a blood test just to be sure :)

  • Christa
    Jun 07

    It might be a tad early still but it looks strongly positive to me! But make an appointment and let them do their blood test to confirm it!!

faint positive test then having a period

So I thought I was pregnant cause I had 4 like those test. Faint lines. All the way to day 5 missed period. My period came. Idk how to feel I was so excited. Now I’m heartbroken. Can someone tell me why would I get 4 faint positive test?

  • B
    Jun 02

    Could have been a chemical pregnancy. Sorry

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery May 24

Body image issues after having my baby

I feel so embarrassed for even posting this (that’s why it’s anonymous) but do any of you mamas feel like fat ugly blobs after having their baby? I look in the mirror and practically cry at how I look. I lost all of my baby weight (and more) but I’m not as toned out and smooth looking as I used to be. Are there any easy work outs y’all recommend for toning out the fat? Any remedies to make stre... More

  • Maddie
    Jun 05

    Something that helped me was rethinking what clothes look good on my new body NOW (not hanging on to those tight low rise jeans and crop tops as “motivation” to one day fit back into them). This is hard, because we spend decades learning our own style and what flatters our figure. But investing the time and energy into figuring this out for my new body has helped a lot. Sometimes the size 8 loo... More

  • A
    Thursday

    Wow I needed to come across this post actually started to comment and got upset and went to bed...I was always strong never skinny but comfortable in my skin and now it just sucks. It sucks getting ready for work, it sucks getting ready to go out on date night and to put a swim suit on is just miserable. I’m not over weight but I’m not ‘me’ and it’s horrible. I miss that person I miss being str... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health May 22

Dry skin during pregnancy

I have been struggling with dry patches on my face. I am 4 months pregnant with my second child and this didn't happen the last time. I drink plenty of water and also use emu oil mixed with rose hip oil. In the past these 2 helped but not this time. Did anyone else experience this? What did you do? I'm desperate for facial hydration!

  • TV
    May 22

    Try a hydrating toner right after you cleanse your face, then layer on a serum with hyaluronic acid, and seal it all in with your oil or moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid also helps plump up your fine lines, which has been great for me since I can’t use retinol while pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Liza M.
    May 23

    Could be a sensitivity to a food you've been eating more of, or just because of your body changing. Dry patches are a very common symptom of dairy sensitivity...

Holli posted in Safety May 20

Two year old accidentally sat on my pregnant belly

My toddler wanted to me to read to him and I was sitting at the couch but not completely sitting up so he came to sit on my lap and sat on belly instead. I’m six months pregnant. Should I be worried? I feel a bit crampy now, what should I watch out for?

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    May 21

    I wouldn’t worry too much. I’m growing baby four, and all my kids are less than 2 years apart, and we co-sleep. I’ve gotten a lot of accidental kicks in the belly, or head charges to the belly. I would drink water, and then not worry about it. If there is blood or severe cramping, then call the dr. The baby is floating in there still so they just move around.

  • Kieli
    May 22

    Like the other posts above, if your bleeding or notice no/less movement then call. But my almost 2 year old did the same thing all the time, and my newborn is healthy as can be.

Anonymous posted in Mental Health May 17

Postpartum.

Have any of you mamas experienced PPD? Or any form of it? I was recently diagnosed with postpartum anxiety and depression and my doctors are planning on doing more tests for postpartum OCD as well. I’m not sure what to do or how to feel. I know it doesn’t make me a bad mother but i can’t help but feel lost and ashamed. Every little thing gets to me, a small mess on the counter, shoes not in the... More

  • Diana
    May 24

    Hi! Yes I am on the same boat with you! Everything literally bothered me. I got on medication and instead of one on one therapy I did group therapy with other moms. It worked better for myself. Honestly for me I just go out. I plan little trips everyday so that I can honestly distract myself. If I stayed home I cried and just felt really angry and my baby bothered me but now that I am doing t... More

  • Sara
    May 28

    I’m with you in the PPD boat. I was diagnosed around six months, and am now at eight months and things are starting to look up a bit. It’s totally brutal, right? I’m sending you so much love. Try to be patient and hang tight with your treatment - as I’m sure you know, it takes a really frustratingly long time for medication to start working enough for you to feel a difference. What really helpe... More

Stacie posted in Behavior May 16

Active in utero=hyper baby?

Does an active baby in utero mean a hyper/active infant?

  • Nikki
    May 18

    Mine was super active in utero, pretty chill until she turned one and started walking, and now the most active toddler EVER!!! You never know!!!

  • Emily
    May 22

    For me...YES.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health May 15

Meds?

What meds can I take for a cold if I’m pregnant?? (Stuffy nose and sore throat). Day quil???

  • Kate
    May 15

    Throat Coat tea is great for sore throats.

  • Sara
    May 16

    Getting a cold when pregnant was the worst! I was always afraid to take medication so would do a Neti Pot and a hot shower to clear myself out.

Side sleeper after cesarian

Looking for recommendations on the best bed side bassinet that has drop down sides or is a co sleeper. Not wanting it in our bed but rather right beside our bed that would make it easy to access the baby for feedings without having to move or sit up anymore than necessary to lift the baby over the edge as you would from a traditional bassinet

  • B
    May 13

    I liked the arms reach cosleeper bassinet

  • K
    May 13

    I had the Arms Reach for my twin girls, it was great. But, going to be honest, the first few days are pretty rough no matter what. Best thing you could do is wear a belly belt. Make sure you ask the hospital, they may give you one that works well for the first week or so. I also had a belly bandit, it really helped me feel put back together.

Hello... anyone else get palpitations after delivery .... i have 5 months baby girl...

  • Rachel
    May 21

    Yes I do, I read it could be related to nursing , I don’t know if you are nursing but with me I think it may be related

  • Anonymous
    May 21

    With anything regarding the chest cavity/heart to include palpitations, I would take that seriously and consult a medical professional immediately.

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