Vitamin D—The magical vitamin that our body makes when we bask in the sunshine. In an ideal world, every pregnant woman would soak up vitamin D by relaxing her nine months away somewhere tropical and warm. But if you can’t pass your pregnancy at the beach and, like most of us, only manage to squeeze […]Read more
Still thinking about Zika in 2018? Thanks to that research, we now have good answers for many of the earlier questions on the things to know about Zika and pregnancy.Read more
The Benefits of Amnio and CVS Tara was a young mom-to-be with two healthy young children. Now, pregnant with her third child, she had the usual pregnancy worries: Was her baby growing well? Would she deliver early? Then, at 28 weeks along, an ultrasound revealed her baby’s head circumference was too small. The doctors recommended […]Read more
There is one simple difference between Braxton Hicks and labor contractions: the end result. Have a baby? Those were labor contractions. No baby? Braxton Hicks. Ok, that’s not very helpful if you are trying to tell the two apart without a crystal ball on hand. But you can use a few tricks to tell Braxton […]Read more
At some point, you are going to experience contractions. In the end, contractions are what causes the baby to be born (woohoo!). But to many, decoding the activity of that little baby-making muscle called the uterus is confusing, especially when it comes to the decoding the difference between the first two types of contractions below. […]Read more
Accurately timing contractions is the key to understanding what your contractions mean – are they just Braxton Hicks? A false alarm? LABOR??!!! And the key to accurately timing contractions is to know how long each contraction lasts, how far apart they arrive, and how long you’ve been feeling them. Simple enough, right? If you answered […]Read more
Many women shy away from amniocentesis and chorionic villi sampling for fear of miscarriage—but this risk of amniocentesis causing miscarriage has been widely overblown and the evidence is outdated.Read more
Prioritizing Sleep as a New Parent Your newborn wakes up for the day at 5 a.m. And it’s brutal. You’ve only managed a couple of hours of uninterrupted sleep (maybe!), and your first thought is how many hours until nap time? You’re not alone. For loads of us, sleep is the central challenge of early […]Read more
At Bloomlife, we’re working on a feature that will allow you to check in with your body to find balance and work towards reducing your daily stress. We call it Bloomlife Energy State. Energy State as a metric represents a physiological measurement of stress – called Heart Rate Variability (HRV). HRV is based on your […]Read more
Pelvic floor disorder is commonly associated with childbirth. Many women will experience it in a minor way, at least (hello, sneeze pees!). Here are some expert tips for steps you can take during your pregnancy to protect your pelvic floor health.Read more
Both of my daughters arrived “late” according to the dates in my charts. Both girls seemed to mock the very concept of a “Due Date”. The little one, especially – she showed up a mere 30 minutes before my scheduled induction, 11 days after the day she was clinically expected to arrive. I am not […]Read more
Alysia Montano, Olympian, 7x US Champion, mom, "that pregnant runner", tells us all about training for labor and birth.Read more
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