Brenda J Lucas

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Keeping A Daily Journal Could Change Your Life.

You know exactly what you want in life.<p><i>"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it." -- </i>J.M. Barrie<p>You know exactly what you want in life. But you can't seem …

Grab the Tissues for These Heartwarming Things William and Harry Have Said About Princess Diana

The princes open up about their mum. Warning—it's a tearjerker.<p>It's been almost 20 years since Princess Diana died in a tragic car accident in Paris, …

This Woman's Definition Of A "Real Mom" Is A Must-Read

Being an amazing parent has nothing to do with DNA. To state the obvious, every single mom is a “real mom” regardless of whether she gave birth to …

How children develop a sense of humour

Try a pun or some sarcasm on a toddler and you’re likely to draw a blank stare. Babies can be even harder to impress – ignoring your best clown …

6 Easy Ways to Become a People Person

How do you gain people skills?<p><b>Simple. By genuinely loving people.</b><p>Empathy, care, sensitivity in speaking, acting will naturally follow?<p>Except that it …

These Rainbow Babies Aren't Just Sisters -- They're Twins

“I hope the photo gives others who have lost a child hope and strength."<p>Back in January, biracial twins Kalani and Jarani Dean achieved viral fame due to their different skin tones.<p>Now, the baby girls are warming hearts again thanks to a special photo shoot. Photographer Mary-Kathryn Nourse of …

5 Ways to Raise Resilient Kids

Instead of being victims, resilient people see themselves as being in control of their destinies and get better when bad things happen, versus crumpling.<p>Much has been written about the attributes of high-achieving adults, and what makes them different from everyone else. But if you're a parent, a …

Top 10 Myths About Overactive Bladder

Taking Antibiotics During Pregnancy: 6 Things All Mums Need To Know

Can you take them?<p>Pregnancy is a time with its fair share of aches and pains, headaches, nausea, and generally not feeling like your best self, so if …

Can Tearing During Childbirth Be Prevented?

Are anti-depressants safe during pregnancy?

Women who rely on medication often face a tough choice during pregnancy. They want to keep their babies safe and reduce the risk of harm, but many take daily prescriptions to relieve pain, balance hormones, or control their emotions. Stopping these medicines abruptly would leave these mothers …

Here's How to Make a Breakup Suck Less

Use this guide to get through your breakup, no matter which one of you ended things.<p>Wouldn’t it be easier if we could just send a “boy, bye” Beyoncé meme to break up with every boyfriend? Or if guys could find some clear (and kind!) way to communicate when they want to ditch? Unfortunately, in the …

Baby born with ‘second head’ has it removed in complicated operation

Doctors in India have saved newborn girl’s life after removing the head of her parasitic twin that was feeding off on her blood supply.<p>The bay girl, …

Physiology

Why This Adoptive Mom Buys 2 Extra Cards On Mother's Day

“It’s sort of cathartic for me."<p>As an adoptive mom, I don’t celebrate Mother’s Day much differently than a biological mom. But there is an added layer of reflection on that day when I think about my son’s birth mother. I wonder what she is doing and how she is feeling. And I always say a private …

This "Perfect" Photo Captures Exactly Why 1 Mom Is in Awe of Her Postpartum Body

To Daniela Guerrero, there's nothing more amazing than this exact moment in time. As she breastfeeds her baby, her older child is playing with her postpartum belly and entertaining himself with her stretch marks. Instead feeling stressed, self-conscious, or overwhelmed by the chaos, this grateful …

Postpartum

Women’s brains shrink during pregnancy, but that's probably a good thing

It’s a wonderful thing to see – the deep bond between a mother and her baby.<p>And it may be because the mom’s brain shrank during pregnancy.<p>Yup, it got smaller.<p>A just-released study published in the journal <i>Nature Neuroscience</i> shows that pregnant women lose gray matter in areas of the brain that deal …

The Brain

The internet is loving the way this guy handles his girlfriend's anxiety

"Find yourself someone who doesn't make you feel like loving you is a job."<p>Anxiety is very real part of life that affects people everywhere. Dealing with it can be tough — especially because it's easy to push loved ones away when you're feeling down. Well, Callie Amelia Theodore is letting everyone …

Yoga Makes Period Cramps Feel Better

A painful period can make you want to curl up in a ball, but head to the mat instead. Yoga may provide relief from common menstrual complaints like …

Ivanka Trump Was Reluctant to Give Maternity Leave to Her Employees

Ivanka Trump brands herself as a champion of women’s rights. But at one time, the First Daughter was reportedly reluctant to grant maternity leave to …

Pregnancy Doesn't Have To Be Magical (And You Shouldn't Feel Guilty When It Isn't)

Pregnancy is supposed be magical. You’re supposed to flit about in attire that’s somehow both hippie flowy and baby-belly-tight. You get dramatic, …

Try this to-do list hack to relieve your stress

How had we not thought of this already?!<p>To get us through busy days without totally losing our minds, many of us write out to-do lists or fill in time-blocked calendars that help us keep track of what needs to get done and when. But sometimes looking at all those items on our lists (and more …

Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Talk About Miscarriage

There’s absolutely no doubt about it: #adulting is hard AF. And navigating the relationship and career worlds is complicated enough without even thinking about babies. Making the decision to get pregnant is really only half the battle, because reproducing can be really hard work! This can seem …

Reproductive Medicine

How Financial Stress Can Affect Your Unborn Child

Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the happiest periods of a mother’s life.<p>Your body supporting the life of a growing baby.<p>Setting up a nursery and …

Taking Antibiotics for a UTI Might Increase Your Risk of Miscarriage

When you go to the doctor feeling under the weather, you hope that any medication you're prescribed will heal you without unintended consequences. However, a study published yesterday in the <i>Canadian Medical Association Journal</i> suggests pregnant women seeking treatment for UTIs may be at higher risk …

Are there downsides to ‘breast is best’?

Breastfeeding has many benefits, but some campaigners argue that health policies to encourage the practice could be placing potentially harmful pressures on mothers. Clare Wilson looks at what the evidence says.<p>As the birth of her first baby drew near, Suzanne Barston was determined to do …

The 6 main reasons people fake orgasms

Come ON pals, it's time to stop this madness.<p>Fake orgasms are essentially an epidemic, right? We know they're not <b>The Best Idea</b>, but apparently tons of us are still pretending to climax. Recent research shows British people are faking <b>100million</b> of them a week.<p>WTF? Does this mean that 100million …

‘Tripping Balls’ May Be The Next Great Treatment For Depression

As anyone who’s suffered from depression knows, finding a treatment that works — whether that be therapy, medication, or a combination of the two — is an arduous process that often feels just as bad as the symptoms of the disorder itself. In short: Depression sucks and the treatments we currently …

Magic Mushrooms

The 5 Most Common Excuses Holding You Back

“Excusitis is the failure disease.” -David J. Schwartz<p>I was recently coaching a Side Hustler who refused to set her website live because it wasn’t …

Los Angeles

Slow Down, Simplify, and Clear Your Mind and You’ll Get Better Results

<b>“The real you, the inner you, is pure, very pure. It understands. It has patience. It will wait forever while your ego trots all over everywhere</b> …