Environmental Toxins are Seen as Posing Risks During Pregnancy

By Rachel Cernansky

Leading up to and during pregnancy, women are told to avoid alcohol and cigarettes, to make sure they get enough folate and omega-3 fatty acids, and to get adequate sleep and exercise. Most are told little or nothing about reducing their exposure to chemicals despite evidence suggesting that ingredients in plastics, vehicle exhaust and cosmeticsRead the article

A Survival Guide for the Fourth Trimester

by Christina Caron

Practical suggestions for women dealing with the surprising things that happen to their bodies in the first months after childbirth. After 24 hours of labor, I thought the hard part was over. Then my nurse showed up with a small diaper filled with ice. And it wasn’t for the baby. “This is one of ourRead the article

Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America’s Biggest Companies

by Natalie Kitroeff and Jessica Silver-Greenberg

American companies have spent years trying to become more welcoming to women. They have rolled out generous parental leave policies, designed cushy lactation rooms and plowed millions of dollars into programs aimed at retaining mothers. But these advances haven’t changed a simple fact: Whether women work at Walmart or on Wall Street, getting pregnant isRead the article

Reframing “Mommy Brain”

by Alexandra Sacks, MD

A new mother finally gets her fussy baby to sleep and steps into a relaxing hot shower — with her glasses on. At a family barbecue she can’t recall the name of a relative she rarely sees. It’s easy to laugh off such lapses as “mommy brain,” but there remains a cultural belief that pregnancyRead the article

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