lotus birth
Other animals chew the cord off shortly after birth, but as a vegan, this option did not appeal to me.
Arguably, more people are going to see my abdomen than my ladybiz, but I'm more concerned about the latter's appearance.
getting pregnant
It's not that I actually think fetuses are the same as parasites. But I kind of do.
I don’t know why I didn’t slap her.
postpartum depression
My worst moment came on an early morning when my daughter wouldn’t stop crying and I put a pillow over her face.
Once I became visibly pregnant, I quickly learned that anticipating or blithely hoping someone notices you smacks of self-entitlement and a “notice me” nadir that is futile in the subways of New York City.

Nov 20, 2013 at 3:00pm | 473 comments

If you’ve never been pregnant or you’re not a woman, you might not be aware of the pressure that is placed upon women to breastfeed.
My #1 priority was a healthy baby, but escaping pain was a close second.
I never thought I would survive giving birth without an epidural, but crazier things have happened.
real women
I'd like to see the word "real" abolished from conversations about human beings.

May 1, 2014 at 3:00pm | 281 comments

I don't actually know many women who don't spend most of their pregnancy-testing time staring at the result window in a cold sweat.

Sep 12, 2012 at 12:00pm | 277 comments

I had packed on the pounds over the past few months, but as a newlywed who had just resumed eating like a sane person after a summer’s worth of dieting, that was to be expected, right?
ihtm contest
The next day I checked the mail to see that he had mailed me an envelope without even putting my name on it. Seriously. Because he didn’t know my name.
Portrait of the artist as a barren spinster. The…
teen pregnancy
First of all, this is a campaign designed to make people feel bad.
birth control
Or, the mystery of the suddenly gigantic boobs.
I've gained 55 pounds, mostly in my face and ankles. My nipples have begun leaking colostrum -- a moist, yellow pre-milk substance that stains my tank tops.
I’ve learned is that pregnancy is one of those things pop culture gets very, very wrong.

Jun 12, 2013 at 3:00pm | 242 comments

“Is the baby healthy? Everything OK?” a COMPLETE STRANGER said to me once.
But what about that dark-skinned black woman in their promotional video?! What about the picture of that black midwife hanging on their wall?!