#TBT: Birth Control Hit Shelves 55 Years Ago

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In 1960, two little words rocked the worlds of American women: "The Pill." Although the FDA had previously given the green light for hormone pills, this approval was limited to ones that treated menstrual issues, like irregular cycles or PMS. In May of 1960, that all changed when the FDA approved Enovid as the first-ever hormone pill... Read more

Yikes! Not All Insurance Plans Cover Childbirth

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Birth control? Covered. Prenatal care? Covered? Labor and delivery? Not necessarily. While the Affordable Care Act deemed maternity and newborn care "essential health benefits" requiring independent and small group coverage in 2014, that coverage doesn't extend to dependents still on their parents' health insurance. By law, adults can stay on their parents' plans... Read more

Get Inspired: A Beachy Maternity Shoot

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Gearing up for a summer pregnancy? Take a cue from Kelly Huljev Photography and take your maternity portraits seaside. We love the windswept look, the brightness and how natural the whole shoot feels.     Read more

National Running Day Goal: Enjoy Running While Pregnant

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Happy National Running Day! Whether you're hitting the road with a jogging stroller or attempting to grind out a few miles with a baby bump, we encourage you to get up and get moving (pending your doctor's approval, of course). Easier said than done, right? Especially if you're well into pregnancy, when even... Read more

A Pretty Pastel Maternity Shoot

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We're back at the beach for this batch of inspiring maternity photos, and there's no better place for pastels. Erin Wallis Photography captured these beautiful family moments, proving that everyone can be a part of  your portraits (especially if you hate being the star of the show). Where did you take your maternity... Read more

Summer Food Safety Tips for Pregnant Women

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Between BBQs, road trips and beach days, it’s summer time and the livin’s easy, right? Well, not so fast. Having a carefree summer is a bit trickier when you’re pregnant, thanks to elevated hormones and a weakened immune system. Plus, you’re at greater risk for developing certain foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria such as Listeria... Read more

Here's What a C-Section Really Looks Like

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Felicia's maternity photo session was a great package deal. It turned into a birthing shoot as well. The mom-to-be was about halfway through her maternity shoot with Jessica Bender Photography when her water broke. "She looked at me with concern on her face and asked, 'What does it feel like when your Read more

Combatting Summer Pregnancy Swelling

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A summer pregnancy can be uncomfortable, to say the least. The only thing worse than trying to maneuver a third trimester bump around in the heat and humidity is trying to do so with swollen, achy feet and legs. Unfortunately, the higher temperatures increase the probability of swelling, which can be both unsightly and painful.... Read more

Could Preemie Babies Be Less Lucky in Love?

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Paging Cupid to the delivery room: Carrying to term may set baby up for a more favorable love life in adulthood. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, twenty-somethings born preterm (before 37 weeks) are less likely to move in with a romantic partner or have sexual intercourse than their peers born even one... Read more

VBACs Are Safer Than You Thought

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For most moms, one c-section means more c-sections to follow. While a vaginal birth after a c-section (VBAC) does still come with a risk of complications, a new study found that those complications are rarer than you'd think. The study, published in the CDC's National Vital Statistics Report, found that just 20 percent of women who... Read more