Festive Holiday Mocktails To Enjoy During Pregnancy

Festive Holiday Mocktails To Enjoy During Pregnancy

The twinkling lights are up, a slight chill in the air, and winter festivities are right around the corner. Next year, you’ll get to share your favorite holiday traditions with your baby. You deserve delicious, pregnancy-safe holiday foods and festive drinks. No matter your favorite flavors, we’ve got alcohol-free drink recipes that will put you in the holiday spirit. So, drink and be merry with these cozy holiday mocktails!
In the U.S., around 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome (trisomy 21) each year.

Preparing To Welcome A Baby Who Has Down Syndrome

Each year in the U.S., around 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome (trisomy 21). So if you’ve recently learned your baby has a diagnosis of Down syndrome, that means you’re joining a pretty big community of caring, supportive families who have a pretty good idea of exactly what you’re going through. The diagnosis can be overwhelming, especially at first, as you start picturing the unique challenges you’ll face on the road ahead. But, as any parent of a child with Down syndrome will tell you — you’re also in for more rewarding experiences than you could ever imagine.
When shopping for the new or expecting parents in your life, it’s all about balancing utility with indulgence.

Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Expecting Parents

When shopping for the new or expecting parents in your life, it’s about balancing utility with indulgence. Sure, they could probably use another box (or five!) of diapers, but that’s not exactly the most exciting thing to unwrap during the holidays. Instead, show your love and support with a thoughtful gift that’s easy to enjoy as they adjust to new parenthood. Keep reading for our list of fun-and-useful presents for expecting dads and moms.
The holidays are the perfect time for a pregnancy announcement.

Get Creative with Your Pregnancy Announcement This Holiday Season

The holidays are the perfect time for a pregnancy announcement. It’s probably not often that you get your entire family in the same room at the same time, so this is the perfect moment to get everyone’s reactions to the big news! Now, with the announcement, you can go as big or as subtle as you want, and we’re here to help. Here are 7 ultra-fun, ultra-festive ideas for holiday-themed pregnancy announcements.

If you’re thinking of gifting your little one a special name to mark their winter arrival, keep reading for our favorite holiday-inspired baby names.

Holiday-Inspired Baby Names for December Babies

December is one of the most magical times of the year—it may be frosty outside, but your home is warm, cozy, and full of love. Who wouldn’t want their baby’s first days to be celebrated with holiday cheer? If you’re thinking of gifting your little one a special name to mark their winter arrival, keep reading for our favorite holiday-inspired baby names.
Putting together a hospital bag checklist is one of the most important tasks on your third-trimester to-do list, and it can go a long way in helping you feel more prepared for your delivery.

Delivery Day Hospital Bag Checklist

Throughout pregnancy, many special moments make the whole experience seem more real  your first ultrasound, finding out your baby’s sex, and (yes!) packing your hospital bag. It’s one of the most important tasks on your third-trimester to-do list, and it can go a long way in helping you feel more prepared for your delivery. Of course, you can start packing your bag as early as you want. Try to have it ready at least a couple of weeks before your due date, just in case your little one decides to make an early appearance.

A newborn and a toddler inherited physical traits from their mother's genetics

What Traits Come From Mom or Dad?

Have you ever wondered what traits a baby gets from its mom? Or dad? Expecting parents often daydream about what their baby will be like when it’s born –  what kind of personality will they have? Who will they look like? Will they have their dad’s height or their mom’s eye color? Genetically, these questions can be hard to answer!
A vial of blood collected to perform the Juno Hazel non-invasive prenatal test

Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS): Benefits and Limitations

Non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS), also referred to as non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), has become an increasingly popular prenatal genetic screening tool in recent years as it offers a relatively simple, noninvasive method of checking for certain conditions during pregnancy with a high degree of accuracy. However, as with all screening tests, there are limitations to noninvasive prenatal screening that are important to consider.
A vial of blood to perform noninvasive prenatal genetic test for pregnant women

How Does Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS or NIPT) Works?

Non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS), also known as non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), is a prenatal genetic screen that can be done as early as 9 weeks gestation in a pregnant person of any age. NIPS first became commercially available in the US in 2011 with the launch of Sequenom’s MaterniT21 test and has since become an increasingly common tool for prenatal genetic screening. 
Two African American women discussing genetic testing during pregnancy, and the XXX syndrome

What is Triple X (XXX) Syndrome?

Triple X syndrome, also called trisomy X or XXX syndrome, is a rare genetic condition that only affects people assigned female at birth. Most people are born with two sex chromosomes, either XX or XY. If you have two X chromosomes, you’re assigned female at birth; one X and one Y means you’re assigned male at birth. In triple X syndrome, there’s an extra X chromosome for three (XXX), and no Y chromosome is present. 
Genetic Screening: Accuracy and Results

Genetic Screening: Accuracy and Results

It’s normal to have questions about the accuracy of a screening result, given that screening tests are not able to give a definitive diagnosis and instead indicate an increased risk or probability. If you receive a high-risk screening result, how likely is it that your pregnancy truly has the condition you were positive for? 
What Is Prenatal Genetic Screening?

What Is Prenatal Genetic Screening?

During pregnancy, you’ll encounter many decisions about your prenatal care, including options for prenatal genetic testing and screening. When you’re considering these options, it’s important to understand what genetic screening means, what tests may be available to you, and what genetic screening can and cannot tell you about the health of your baby.