The second most likely diagnosed disease during pregnancy behind breast cancer is thyroid cancer. We don't hear about thyroid disease very often, but an estimated 20 million people have been diagnosed with some form of thyroid disorder. Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe… Continue reading Checking Your Thyroid During Pregnancy + Maternity Style
Back in 2004 I remember penning an essay for Literary Mama called Unsung Motherhood. I was frustrated because there were painfully few blogs and sites for and about moms of color. I wrote: What I am getting at is there is a noticeable dearth of positive information, resources, books, periodicals, and websites about black mothers… Continue reading Moms of Color Spread Their Wings
As you're probably aware, the infant mortality rate in the black community is 2.3 times that of white babies according to the Office of Minority Health. Researchers, doctors, and even our government cannot determine why black babies are dying at such alarming rates, but there is power in knowing as much as possible about infant… Continue reading Test Your IQ on Premature Birth Rates in the U.S.
Yesterday I talked about Bonnie St. John, who's featured in the November issue of "O" magazine. It was so great to see her again. I interviewed her in 2004 and went into my archives to share the article with you. Hope you enjoy! I first learned about Bonnie St. John one overcast and humid Saturday… Continue reading One Mom Enacts the “Blending Principle”
Aah, the joys of pregnancy! I really miss those days. Being an expectant mom over eight years ago was the best time of my life. I think it's because I was fascinated by how much my body was changing and how awe-struck I felt with actually carrying another human being inside my body. For those… Continue reading Fall Fashions from Motherhood Maternity & A Pea in a Pod
Some very generous mom bloggers have come together to help the Sudanese family of recently-delivered quintuplets. Although much has been promised to help them after their birth, they haven't received much at all. They go through 40 diapers a day. A day! And they really need some assistance. You can access the Amazon registry here!… Continue reading Help the Quints — A Little Goes A Long Way!
If you aren't a subscriber to Essence magazine, the February issue is one to pick up on the newsstand. You'll like their beauty picks, Fab in a Flash, and Cheap & Chic sections. The Essence editors did a fabulous job picking products that will make us look beautiful, but won't make us break the bank!… Continue reading Essence’s February Issue + Mahogany Butterfly
I've never been a fan of Beanie Babies. In fact, I've never purchased one for our daughters. I tend to back slowly away from trends and fads, especially when it comes to my children. I'm so glad our first lady disapproves that Ty, Inc is profiting off dolls they have named after first daughters Malia… Continue reading Shameful: Trying to Profit Off Malia and Sasha
Essence.com has a wonderful feature article on their Web site today. If you haven't heard the news yet, Jill Scott is pregnant and expecting a son in April. What's so amazing about her pregnancy is that she was told that would never be able to conceive, but as we all know, everything is on God's… Continue reading Mother-to-Be Jill Scott on Pregnancy and Motherhood
When I was pregnant -- both times -- I didn't have the forethought to celebrate my growing bellies and commemorate the memories with a belly cast. There is only one thing I regret about my pregnancies and this is it: Not doing a belly cast. If you are pregnant right now, seriously consider doing one… Continue reading Celebrate Your Growing Belly