5 Reasons Why Every New Mother Needs Maternity Photos

For some pregnancy is a magical time, for others not so much…but no matter which way you feel about your 9 months with child, documenting this momentous journey is something every woman should do. Whether 26 or 36 at the time of your pregnancy, this is a memorable time that will quickly pass you by. One day you will look back, trying to remember these moments and how the miracle of each hiccup and kick would literally take your breath away.  Growing a new life inside ourselves is an amazing thing and those of us lucky enough to experience this need to be thankful. Although the journey is not always easy and the nights oftentimes restless, there is truly something special about each and every pregnancy.

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5 Pregnancy Safe Stretches

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now, bring on the back and hip pain. Want to do something about it? Try stretching.  For the most part, stretching does not require any equipment or gym membership, so it is an easy way to maintain a fitness regimen during pregnancy. Aside from its accessibility, prenatal stretching offers many benefits. Stretching helps you prepare for labor, eases hip pain, and helps you relax. Pregnancy is a time when your body constantly changes. Because your body is different everyday, so is stretching. During pregnancy, most stretches are still safe as long as they are done correctly and modified. Here are five safe stretches that are safe throughout pregnancy.

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The Power of Prenatal Vitamins

You get a lot of information thrown at you when you start thinking about having a baby. Does every little decision really carry as much weight as the world would lead you to believe? Just spend an hour online and the mommy forums will have you all worked up! Here’s a little secret from one mom to another: not everything is super important. Not every choice you make carries a lot of weight or power. Some decisions do though, and choosing to take a prenatal vitamin is one such decision. When trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding, prenatal vitamins are a must because they are actually powerful and can make a difference in the life of your future child. 

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Tracking and Improving Male Fertility at Home

Sperm count matters when it comes to trying to conceive. Duh! Right? But when you begin trying to conceive, you will quickly realize that you and your partner have no idea if you can actually conceive or not. Infertility is not uncommon but in most cases it is not diagnosed until you are already in the process of trying to get pregnant. After a few months of tracking ovulation and “getting it on” on the right days for your fertility, he may start to wonder if his end of the bargain is where things are falling short. You don’t have to run off to a fertility doctor and spend a ton of cash right away. Just as a woman can track her ovulation, a man can track his sperm counts, and he can do this from home. Tracking sperm counts will equip a couple trying to conceive with helpful information that will allow him to make lifestyle changes to increase his sperm count if necessary and increase your overall odds of making a baby.

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Preparing for Baby: Registry and baby shower tips to get you started

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of Gymboree. All opinions are 100% ours.

Pregnancy is an exciting time. Not only are you looking forward to the arrival of your baby, but shopping for all of the incredibly cute baby gear only adds to this excitement as you picture your new little one wearing the trendiest fashions or swaying side to side in the most up-to-date baby swing. If you’re an old pro already, you have probably noticed that baby gear and fashion has changed drastically in just a few short years. If you’re a new mom, you lucked out in entering into THE age of advanced technology and the push to make raising children not only easier, but a lot of fun! It seems that the market for baby products has become one of the hottest in recent years, and as moms, we aren’t complaining! Give me all. the. stuff.

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Demystifying Prenatal Vitamins

When you are trying to conceive and when you are pregnant, you have a lot of important decisions to make. You will also have a lot of opinions thrown your way whether you want them or not, so you’ll have to sort out what is helpful and what isn’t. One of the first things to think about even before you are pregnant is which prenatal vitamins to take, but with so many options on the market, how do you choose what is right for you? Decisions you make when trying to conceive and when you are pregnant are actually your first parenting decisions, and with a baby in your future, you want to start off right. You can totally nail the decision about prenatal vitamins if you focus on quality, research, and what is important to you.

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“Fun In The Summertime Sun” Facebook LIVE VIDEO + Giveaway

If you’ve been loving our Facebook LIVE bashes and giveaways, well, we’re back for more! This time, we’ve embraced our summer lovin’ and showcased some of the coolest, most unique, and practical items for making summer safe, stylish, and fun. Partnering up with our favorite brands, editor Dani and her sister Liz are LIVE today on Daily Mom’s Facebook page, giving you the nitty gritty on their summer faves, including products for everyone in the family, which you can now enter to WIN! See all the details below…

If you didn’t tune into our Facebook Live video event, then go ahead and watch the replay now to learn more and see the products in real life – and scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to enter to win something from each of these amazing companies!


And if you shared our LIVE video, RSVP’ed to the event page, and shared the LIVE video on Facebook, you can also gain extra entries – and you’ll want them after reading about all the items that are up for grabs!

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9 Signs of Pregnancy

Do you think that you might be pregnant? If you haven’t been tracking your menstrual cycle then you may not be sure when your next period may arrive. If you are contemplating your cycle and think you may be overdue for your period, you may very well be pregnant. Women generally experience the symptoms of pregnancy between six to eight weeks after conception. A home pregnancy test will give you the final answer you need. If you can’t get to the pharmacy right now, here are nine common signs of pregnancy that you can check for.

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11 Tips to Prepare Dad for a New Baby

You’re expecting. Congratulations! Even though you are the only person in your relationship that is physically pregnant, your partner is expecting too. Having a baby for the first time brings a lot of unknowns for both of you. Don’t forget about Daddy when you are preparing for life with baby. Dads should be parents with moms, 50-50. While Mama may get all the attention with her growing baby belly, here are 11 tips to prepare Dad for a new baby.

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Gifts for New and Expecting Moms: Mother’s Day 2017

A mom’s first Mother’s Day is an exciting one. Becoming a mother is a magical, exhausting, and ever-changing time in a woman’s life, and the new mama (or mama to be!) deserves to be celebrated. Whether the mom in your life is expecting her first bundle or the baby has already arrived, Daily Mom has you covered with all the best gifts for new and expecting moms this Mother’s Day. From maternity wear to nursing gear, diaper bags to beauty must-haves, we have everything the new mom in your life could want this Mother’s Day.

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Predicting Preterm Birth

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One common worry that haunts mothers throughout pregnancy is what will happen if the baby is born too soon. Premature birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is frighteningly common. Premature birth is on the rise in the United States and globally is the leading cause of death for newborns. Besides the nightmare scenario of losing your baby to prematurity, premature babies face other risks such as health problems and delays like trouble breathing, jaundice, cerebral palsy, and/or intellectual delays. If you are currently expecting, predicting your risk for premature birth is now possible and we’re excited to share this news with you today.

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When You Aren’t Ready: Freeze Your Eggs

When You Arent Ready Freeze Eggs

It’s time; your biological clock is ticking, you are single and you want a baby, now! However, there’s one thing missing… the father.

Meet Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, a woman who was ready to have children, but she had yet to meet the father. Unfortunately, as life continues, so does the age of her viable eggs. In such a fast-paced atmosphere called life, the options available to you through technology are so diverse, you simply have to choose which one. So what did she do? She froze her eggs, of course! 

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The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins: TTC through Breastfeeding Baby

 

Whether beginning to plan for baby #1 or deciding to add to your growing family, the importance of prenatal vitamins for mama and growing baby is essential to a healthy pregnancy and beyond. From the moment you make the decision to embark upon the journey that is parenthood, you need to start thinking and planning for both you and your baby’s health. Ensuring that your body has the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to conceive another human being and then to successfully sustain you both for the next 9 months is essential to a happy, healthy pregnancy and birth.

Once you are sure you are ready to start trying to conceive, the first thing you need to do is start taking a prenatal vitamin. A common misconception is that prenatal vitamins are only necessary once you become pregnant. However, the truth is that prenatal vitamins should begin as a part of your TTC routine and continue throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal or postnatal vitamins should then continue to be consumed to ensure the continued health of the mother and a breastfeeding baby until breastfeeding ends. At Mother’s Select, they have carefully crafted a vitamin regime to easily transition you through every phase of this journey from TTC through breastfeeding and infant care.

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Postpartum Hemorrhage: The Postpartum Experience I Wasn’t Prepared For

Being pregnant for me was like being a kid in a candy store. Literally. I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, because I was totally fine with packing on the pounds if it meant making sure my oven was warm, toasty, and nourishing to my little bun.

With this being my first child, I napped at my leisure and meticulously decorated my nursery with the notion that it would be seen and not touched. I planned to breastfeed and make my own baby food and fully expected my child to be a member of Mensa while never being sick a day in her life. Today, we’re six months in and only a handful of these things actually came to fruition. 

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Daily Mom Book Club: A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for 8 Societies

From the moment you announce your pregnancy no matter where in the world you are living, as a new mother you will be offered tons of unsolicited and oftentimes unwanted advice. Every person seems to have an opinion on what to eat, how to birth your child, and of course, how to raise them once born. In many societies, in addition to the advice of others, you will also have a myriad of books to choose from, books on attachment parenting, books on raising independent children, books that tell you to breastfeed or to bottle feed. You will literally be inundated with information all of which you must filter through your own belief system and decide what is best for your child and your family.

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