Jenny Gallagher

Jenny grew up in Central Massachusetts and after more than a decade living out of state and in Boston, she recently moved to Maynard. She lives with her husband and young daughter. She’s a staunch introvert with a love of trail running, swimming, good books, and podcasts. She is a research administrator at a Boston hospital, with a focus on women’s health research, particularly endometriosis, as well as grant management. She’s passionate about raising a confident and kind daughter and learning from and alongside other moms.

A Day Out in Maynard, MA

I know I'm not the only one itching to get out of the house. It's been a long global pandemic. While many still don't feel comfortable traveling just yet, I'm focusing on ways to...
Toddler Artwork | Central Mass Mom

Turning Toddler Artwork into Homemade Cards

Let's talk about toddler artwork. Some of it, like tiny handprint turkeys or cotton ball snowmen, is adorable and makes it onto the fridge. But a lot of their art is really about the...
Endometriosis Awareness Month | Central Mass Mom

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside of the uterus, usually somewhere in the pelvic cavity. This tissue can lead to chronic inflammation...
Baby Hates Carseat | Central Mass Mom

My Baby Hates the Car Seat

Of all the movie tropes about parenthood, here's the one that bothers me the most. A newborn cries in the middle of the night. The exhausted parents load the baby into the car and take...

Lessons I’ve Learned from Spending All Day With My Houseplants

I’ve always had a few houseplants scattered on windowsills or side tables, but they’ve never really thrived. I watered them when I remembered, threw away dead ones when I had to, and stood staring...
Support Friends Dealing with Infertility | Central Mass Mom

How to Support Friends Dealing with Infertility

This month, I planned to write a Q & A article about dealing with infertility. It’s a common condition but one that doesn’t get talked about easily. And like many of life’s difficult situations,...
Child Clinical Research | Central Mass Mom

Should My Child Participate in Clinical Research?

Recently there's been a lot of news coverage of clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines. Reading the headlines can give a scary impression of what clinical research is and what the potential outcomes are. In...

Parenting with Emotional Baggage

When I was a new mom, I joined a local mom's group. There is real sisterhood in sitting on the floor surrounded by other women who haven't showered and who accidentally wear their slippers...

Gifts for New Moms During COVID-19

When I became a new mom, a friend dropped off a gift basket full of snacks and little self-care goodies to encourage me to not neglect my own needs in those first few crazy...
Postpartum Running | Central Mass Mom

Practical Tips for Postpartum Running

  I'll admit it. I am one of those people who started running before their 6-week postpartum checkup. To be fair, it was only a few days before, and I listened to the midwife when...

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