Posts tagged "pregnancy"

Teen Viewers Of “16 & Pregnant” Have Screwed Up Perceptions Of What Teen Parenthood Is Really Like

'Heavy viewers' of the shows "16 And Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" — especially ones who are teens — believe that teen mothers have "an enviable quality of life, a high income and involved fathers," according to a new study by Indiana University. Researchers said heavy viewers believed things like it is not difficult to find…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 10, 2014

Woman Liveblogs Home Birth On Twitter And Facebook

Many, many people are guilty of revealing too much information on social media. I certainly am. But sometimes those tweets and status messages that we might write off as best kept private are actually doing a larger service to those reading along. Such in the case, I think, with new mom Ruth Iorio's decision to liveblog her home…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 9, 2014

Kathleen Hanna: My Abortion “Was One Of the Best Things That Happened To Me”

"Well, I worked at McDonald’s and I spent the money I earned at McDonald’s to get my abortion. I was only 15 and the person who got me pregnant did not want to give me any money. I was $40 short, so I had my drug dealer call him and threaten him, so he gave…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2014

Texas Hospital Is Forcing Brain Dead Pregnant Woman To Stay Alive, Against Her And Her Family’s Wishes

At 14 weeks pregnant, Marlise Munoz of Texas suffered what appeared to be a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in her lungs and collapsed on the kitchen floor. She lay there for an hour until her husband found her, during which time her fetus was possibly not exposed to oxygen. Marlise was a paramedic who wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2014

The Truth About Egg Donation

I donated eggs — to gay men, through an agency, in exchange for money — twice in my twenties. At one point, I was in the Washington Post about it. As a result of going public, I’ve gotten a good number of questions about it, and more requests than I can count from young women writing for…
By: The Gloss / January 5, 2014

An Open Letter To My Pregnant Friends I Refused To Be Happy For

Dear formerly pregnant friends, I know this is way, way overdue on my part -- but I really owe you an apology for how I reacted when you excitedly told me you were going to be a mom. The minute "I'm pregnant!" came out of your mouth, I saw the look of pure joy and…
By: The Stir / January 4, 2014

Bill Introduced For National Paid Family Leave Policy

It's about damn time. The United States is one of only a few countries in the world that does not provide any sort of paid maternity leave. In fact, it's the only industrialized nation not to do so. All that could change with the Family And Medical Leave Insurance Act, a bill introduced today by…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 12, 2013

15 Lies Every Pregnant Woman Tells

Pregnancy is such a magical and wonderful time in a woman's life -- but it's pretty safe to say that some aspects of it are definitely easier than others. Every mom-to-be has good days and bad days and everything in between -- including those instances where you do whatever you have to just to make…
By: The Stir / December 11, 2013

Kelly Clarkson Is Barfing Her Way Through Her First Trimester

"I vomit a good dozen times a day. It's, like, bad. I vomited before coming out here and I had a peppermint so you didn't [know].  I'm not even kidding, it's so bad. It's so bad. I know it's like so gross. And that's the thing, too — you're not attractive when you're pregnant. Everybody…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 7, 2013

Baby Machines Aren’t Making Quite So Many Babies

The pregnancy rate in America is the lowest its been in 12 years, according to a new report from the Centers For Disease Control, observing data from 2000 to 2009. Can someone say "economy"? Some good news, at least: teen pregnancy also reached a historic low in 2009. [CNN, Reuters]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2013

Mom Has Tiniest Baby Bump You’ve Ever Seen

Geez. Caroline Berg Eriksen has caused quite the stir this week after posting a photo of her rock-hard abs just three days post-baby to her Instagram account. You know who I'm talking about, right? The chick who looks insanely hot in her bra and underwear just a few days after pushing out a child? Read…
By: The Stir / December 5, 2013

Exclusive First Look: “Expecting” Explores What Happens When Your BFF Decides To Birth Your Baby

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage, as the nursery rhyme goes. Eh, except when it doesn't. The road to parenthood is a bumpy one for many, and as a 34-year-old woman with no man and babies on the brain, I'm instantly drawn to any film that depicts the non-traditional…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 25, 2013

Kelly Clarkson Couldn’t Wait For Pregnancy Because She Has An Excuse To Be Fat

Here's Kelly Clarkson in Parade on why she's excited to be pregnant: "Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can't wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!" What a depressing state of affairs that female celebs actually think this way (even if she's joking). […
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 21, 2013

True Story: Why I Tell Everyone About My Abortion

I first wrote about my abortion in the spring of 2012. At that point, it had been seven years since my procedure, and something that never crossed my mind. Although the majority of the responses were overwhelmingly positive and other women took to the comments section to share their own abortion stories, those who were…
By: Amanda Chatel / November 12, 2013

10 Super Powers That Come With Being Knocked Up

Pregnancy may come with a whole host of unpleasant side effects, but you gotta admit, it kind of makes us seem like super heroes at times too. (Hello? You know Wonder Woman is hiding underneath that baby bump disguise you're wearing.) For one thing, we're housing a human being for nine months, which is noteworthy…
By: The Stir / November 10, 2013

Vanessa Carlton Confesses On Facebook She Miscarried An Ectopic Pregnancy

Vanessa Carlton recently confessed via a Facebook Note to her fans that she recently had a miscarriage. Explaining why she is rescheduling several upcoming tour dates,  Carlton revealed she had an ectopic/fallopian pregnancy — meaning her embryo settled in one of her fallopian tubes instead of the uterus.  …
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2013

This Couple’s Hip Hop Birth Announcement Has Got Swagger

It's a special type of parent who is able to humiliate their child before he or she is even born. Jalene and Lincoln Taylor of North Salt Lake, Utah, are those parents — or shall I say, parents-t0-be.  The happy couple, who struggled with infertility and a miscarriage, announced their pregnancy with…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2013

Mirror, Mirror: I Am Sexier As A Mom

I figured that after I had a baby my body would be like a soldier after war, with the proud, annoying battle scars that have a good story but don’t dress up well. A few things went differently than expected: I had a real baby, which i…
By: Kate Fridkis / October 29, 2013

Teen Carrying Dead Fetus In Bag Arrested For Shoplifting At NYC Victoria’s Secret

Today in Horrible Things I Would Rather Not Know: a 17-year-old girl was arrested  for shoplifting at a Victoria's Secret in midtown Manhattan yesterday and was carrying a dead fetus inside her bag. Two 17-year-old girls were pulled over by security guards inside the Victoria's Secret in Herald Square because they were seen stealing lingerie.
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 18, 2013

Pregnant CrossFit Mom Lea-Ann Ellison Inspires Internet Ire For Lifting Weights At Eight Months

Pregnancy is one of life's beautiful passages. It's also when a pregnant woman can never do anything right, according to some people. The latest mom-to-be to get raked over the coals is Lea-Ann Ellison, 35, of California who was photographed lifting heavy weights as part of her Crossfit training ... while eight-and-a-half months pregnant. I…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 20, 2013
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