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Articles by Molly Dickens, PhD

Molly Dickens, PhD

About Molly

Molly has her PhD in Physiology and spent over a decade as an academic research scientist slightly obsessed with the colliding worlds of brain science, hormones, stress and the reproductive system. Nowadays she heads up Content and Community at Bloomlife and edits Preg U. Science is still her jam and she can't help but continue to dive into the research world to find interesting bits about pregnancy and parenting.

contractions get worse at night

Have you had a sneaking suspicion that your contractions get worse at night? Maybe it feels like your pregnant body just wants to find another way to wake you up in the middle of the night. Maybe you haven’t felt them but wake up on certain days feeling like your body worked overtime while you […]

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contraction timing

Accurately timing contractions is the key to understanding what your contractions mean – are they just Braxton Hicks? A false alarm? LABOR??!!! And the key to accurately timing contractions is to know how long each contraction lasts, how far apart they arrive, and how long you’ve been feeling them. Simple enough, right? If you answered […]

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At Bloomlife, we’re working on a feature that will allow you to check in with your body to find balance and work towards reducing your daily stress. We call it Bloomlife Energy State. Energy State as a metric represents a physiological measurement of stress – called Heart Rate Variability (HRV). HRV is based on your […]

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Due date prediction

Both of my daughters arrived “late” according to the dates in my charts. Both girls seemed to mock the very concept of a “Due Date”. The little one, especially – she showed up a mere 30 minutes before my scheduled induction, 11 days after the day she was clinically expected to arrive. I am not […]

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prenatal nutrition - DHA

DHA WEEK 31 weight: 3.31 lbs.  |   length: 16.18″     WHAT’S GOING ON IN THERE? Baby is preparing for rapid weight gain.   What do I need and why? Some good fatty fats! It started in week 24, but now baby’s fat storage is really hitting its stride – over the next two months, deposits […]

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are these contractions normal in third trimester of pregnancy

What have we learned after talking to hundreds of contraction-tracking moms? Well, "normal contractions" is a relative term. Every pregnancy is different! "Normal contractions" at each stage of pregnancy comes down to understanding what is “normal for you.” To get you one step closer to understanding your "normal", let's go over the basics...

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VITAMIN D WEEK 32 weight: 3.75 lbs.  |   length: 16.69″     WHAT’S GOING ON IN THERE? Baby’s bones have fully developed but they are still a bit soft. From week 32 onward, they’ll be getting stronger and stronger and preparing for life on the outside.   What do I need and why? VITAMIN D is […]

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braxton-hicks-all-day

Braxton Hicks contractions For those of us lucky enough to get acquainted with good ‘ol Braxton Hicks contractions nice and early in our pregnancy, we may notice that it feels like we get these pesky Braxton Hicks all day. Every. Damn. Day. Congratulations, you are totally normal! Whether you feel them or not, these non-labor […]

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