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Guess what?! A middle-aged white man said something stupid on Fox News! Yesterday, John Stossel of Fox Business News complained about ObamaCare, claiming that the Act’s insistence that health insurance companies not discriminate against women based on gender is unfair to him and his wallet. Arguing that women should really be charged more for health insurance, Stossel explains to Steve Doocy, “When did you last go to the doctor? Elizabeth’s going to answer quite quickly. Women go to the doctor much more often than men. Read More
Elinor Carucci, "Feeding Emanuelle from a plastic bottle after I stopped breastfeeding" 2004. Photography, as a medium, is inextricably bound to the idea of motherhood. We see mothers (and fathers) everywhere snapping pictures of their infants. Art critic Roland Barthes rooted his discussion of the emotional power of photographs in an image he found of his mother after her death. Photography gives us a means of capturing something we know will soon be lost: the pregnant belly, the milk mustache. Read More
Heidi Holmberg by Ashlee Wells Jackson   We all know that pregnant women are beautiful. Many mothers-to-be sit for professional portrait photographs so that they can remember their glowing, fertile bodies as time goes by. These are images that they will one day show their children. My mother is not one of these mothers; we never took a traditional family photograph. Photographs of my mother that I’ve found over the years have all been post-pregnancy snapshots: her disheveled hair and sweaty face, my cocooned body in her arms, slightly off center on a rumpled living room couch. Read More
  Getting ready to pop out a wee-one but still unsure what to expect? Want something a little more tangible than a viewing of The Miracle of Life? Not me. I certainly don't fondly reminisce about the film's bird's eye view of the vaginal opening or the loud screams of my fellow high school classmates. I did not think the horrors of that movie could be topped. Then there came Laerdal's birthing simulator, MamaNatalie. Bring ole' Natalie into your home and you may be screaming even louder than we did in class. Read More
Here’s the deal—when ladies get fertilized, they start making some extra hormones. One hormone in particular, human chorionic gonadotropin, a.k.a. hCG, is an accurate predictor of whether or not there's a bun in the oven. hCG levels in a woman's urine increase drastically during the first few weeks of a pregnancy and decrease after about 11 weeks. If an at-home test can measure the rate of increase or decrease in a woman's hCG levels, then you have a recipe for knowing exactly how pregnant you really are. Read More
There may be some mothers in the audience who can refute this, but to me, childbirth has always been filed under the "terrifying and awful" category of life experiences. And I'm not saying the actual "having a baby" thing isn't a joyous occasion, sitcoms have episodes based around that concept all the time. I'm just assuming that shooting a human being out of your vag can't be fun.  That's why I'm mildly horrified that women in Zimbabwe were getting fined for doing what seems to be the natural response to giving birth: screaming. Read More
With so many health insurance policies that don't cover maternity costs, the expenses that come with bringing home that little bundle of joy are growing at a rapid rate. Why is the price so high? Let's dive into some of the dirty deets of affordable and unaffordable healthcare systems. The average cost of prenatal care is $6,257 and a pregnancy in the United States is $37,341. Just let those numbers sink in and marinate for a bit. The American healthcare system and hospitals often attempt to rack up the highest possible bill by running tests and that women may not even need. Read More
These days it's pretty simple. Pee on this little stick and in a few brief moments you'll know if you've been knocked up. But before the advent of EPTs (or early-pregnancy tests), what did we ladies do to make sure we weren't just having delayed periods or something? Some weird shit, I tell you. In Ancient Egypt, women would piss on planted wheat and barley seeds, and when neither sprouted that meant you weren't pregnant. BUT if the wheat seeds sprouted, that allegedly meant you were expecting a girl and if the barley started growing you were having a boy. Except not really. Read More
When I first read the headline for this, I honestly thought there was just a woman from Buffalo, NY who was just really, really proud of being pregnant. That she was selling off her positive pregnancy tests of a souvenir of her fertility. But no, this is a serious financial venture. It’s weirdly brilliant and certainly…original, I suppose. I mean, I hope she’s making a fortune off of it, so that baby can grow up with a happy, normal life.  Well, “normal.”  It still doesn’t take away from the creepiness factor, though. Read More
As if you didn’t know. But there's a new campaign in town, and she really wants to remind you. A recent study surveyed 1000 women and showed that 70% of us want to start having babies when we're in our early 30s. First Response, a global pregnancy test company, isn't down with that. The company claims that women aren’t aware of how fickle fertility can be, so it's taking action - launching a ‘Get Britain Fertile’ campaign. Read More