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Tales of Pregnancy – Zap Attack

Ok, here goes. I am 24 weeks pregnant, lovingly wiping down my kitchen counters and backsplash from a crazy water fest brought on by my 14-year old step daughter doing dishes with the sprayer nozzle on the...

What do FDA Pregnancy Ratings Mean?

So you guys know about the Food and Drug Administration, right? It’s the American agency that’s responsible for protecting and promoting public health and one of their main jobs is to oversee the production...

Zika Virus & Pregnancy: When Aren’t Mosquitoes Assholes?

A few of you have emailed me about what’s going on with pregnant women in relation to the Zika virus. Here’s the sitch: We’ve known about this mosquito-borne illness since the 1950s. It causes symptoms like...

The CDC’s New Guideline for Alcohol in Pregnancy

On February 1, the CDC updated their guidelines on alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Previously, the CDC stated that women should abstain from drinking while pregnant because too much alcohol can cause fetal alcohol spectrum...

Before You Forgo The Flu Vaccine This Year, Read This

  “Study linking early miscarriage to flu vaccine puzzles doctors” Have you seen this one yet? Headlines about how the flu vaccine may be linked with miscarriage are circulating around the Internet right now, but before you...

Making Decisions about Medication Use in Pregnancy

I’ve always joked that I’m either a very healthy sick person or a very sick healthy person. I feel totally fine most of the time, but I have 3 serious health conditions that I...

Is Bakuchiol a Pregnancy-Safe Alternative to Retinol?

I can appreciate the despair so many pregnant women feel when they have to say goodbye to retinol. In case you aren’t familiar, retinol is a form of vitamin A that is touted by many as...

Baby Product Safety Standards: Who Regulates What?

If you’ve ever wondered who’s in charge of making sure the products you’re using on your baby are safe, you’re not alone. The information around baby product safety is ever-evolving, and sometimes a product...

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