Katelynne Shepard

Katelynne has been trying to get the hang of this raising kids thing since 2007 but spends most of her time wondering who stole her copy of Parenting 101. When she’s not playing referee for her two children or writing all the words, she fantasizes about a full night’s sleep, uninterrupted showers, and triple venti caramel macchiatos with coconut milk.

Katelynne has been trying to get the hang of this raising kids thing since 2007 but spends most of her time wondering who stole her copy of Parenting 101. When she’s not playing referee for her two children or writing all the words, she fantasizes about a full night’s sleep, uninterrupted showers, and triple venti caramel macchiatos with coconut milk.

If you've wanted to use fertility charting to conceive, avoid a pregnancy, or just keep better track of your cycles but think you can't because you've been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, you may want to think again. While it can be more challenging to track and interpret PCOS charts, it's by no means impossible and can actually be ...

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Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that affects nearly 5 million women. Because it affects so many parts of the body, it can be a particularly difficult diagnosis to live with and even harder to diagnose. Many of the main PCOS symptoms can also seem like the natural progression of aging, but here are some common issues that may point to more ...

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An incompetent cervix is one of the more common complications of pregnancy, and it simply means that the cervix starts dilating too early in the pregnancy, increasing the risk of preterm labor and a baby being delivered before the lungs and other organs have fully developed. A cerclage — a stitch that keeps the cervix closed — is the most ...

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Whether you've been dealing with polycystic ovary syndrome for years or just got your diagnosis, it's normal to want to try some non-medicinal options to keep your symptoms in check. While it may not be possible to totally control PCOS via natural methods, focusing on these three areas can help. ...

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A new study has come out cautioning women against eating anti-inflammatory foods in the last trimester of pregnancy, but is it for real or just another "rule"? Here's what you need to know. ...

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Hiring a birth consultant sounds like something you'd hear of in a comedy movie, but it's becoming more and more common and for good reason. These people are passionate about pregnancy and birth and love talking about everything from the best baby swings to how to do a double-hammock back carry. If you're interested in hiring a birth consultant to ...

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Before you have children, parents make a point to tell you you just don't understand what having a kid is like. Then when you have your first kid, all the parents of more than one tell you you don't understand what it's like because you only have one. And while it is true that having two, four, or twelve kids is different than being the parent of ...

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It's 3 a.m. and the baby is alternating between happy giggles and ear-splitting shrieks. You've patted, burped, fed, changed diapers, changed pjs, sang, rocked and prayed to every deity ever believed in, but this kid just isn't buying into this sleep thing. Both of my children are older now and (mostly) sleep through the night, but my first child ...

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An OB/GYN is one of the most important care providers you can and should have on your health care team, but it's not always easy to find one you like. Many women end up going to their mothers' doctor or the one at the closest practice geographically just because it's easy — even if they don't particularly like the physician. But it doesn't have ...

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Raising children has never been easy, but as a parent today, it sure seems like things were less complicated and more relaxed when we were kids. Dr. Google, mom-shaming blogs, and constantly changing recommendations on when your child should read, be left home alone, or have a smartphone can be so overwhelming. You may be tempted to try the ...

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