Books to Prepare and Give You Confidence for Labor

Birthing a baby, though obviously quite normal, seems to be complicated in today’s culture. From the moment you announce your pregnancy, people will have advice to give. There are choices to be made and—once you’ve made those choices—choices to be defended at seemingly every turn. Everyone (or so it seems) has a pregnancy or birth or postpartum horror story to tell—whether it’s theirs or just someone they know. With all this information and confusion, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and scared at the very thought of giving birth.

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Boppy Bloom: New Skincare for Expecting and Nursing Moms

If you’re a nursing or soon-to-be mom, the changes your body has made throughout your pregnancy are surely making your skin suffer. Stretch marks, dehydrated and dull skin are the usual suspects, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Since we’re always on the lookout for the best products for moms here at Daily Mom, today we’re bringing you a new skincare line from the creators of the original Boppy Pillow to protect you against stretch marks and give you the nursing relief you’ve been looking for!

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Gifts for New and Expectant Moms

If anyone needs an extra special holiday, it is an expectant or new mom. Pregnancy and newborn days can be tough and a thoughtful gift will mean more than you know to a woman who is giving of herself so completely. Trendy and comfortable maternity clothes are always a win for the expectant mom. Because a new mom lives so selflessly, we love the idea of treating her to an item she will love that she wouldn’t have otherwise treated herself to in this stage of life. Spoil her and show her how you appreciate how amazing she is everyday!

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Ultrasound Gender: To See or Not to See?

To find out the baby’s gender or not to find out? That is the question, and some expecting parents can’t decide. One thing most parents-to-be can expect from the moment they announce their pregnancy is that they will have people asking whether they’re going to find out if the baby will be a boy or a girl. You and your partner impatiently wait for the 20 week mark where you are able to tell in an ultrasound what you’re having. As that time approaches, parents may find themselves on two separate pages as to whether they find out or not. There are plenty of arguments made for finding out the sex of your child and similarly there are arguments discussing reasons why not to find out the sex. 

Today we discuss both! Here are 5 reasons to find out and 5 reasons not to find out if your little one is a boy or a girl. 

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TTC: 8 Tips for Surviving the Two Week Wait

For those trying to conceive, the two week wait between ovulation and that moment when a pregnancy test might be able to provide reliable feedback is complete torture for many. 

For those couples yearning to see those two pink lines flash across the test screen indicating pregnancy, they are plagued with an array of emotions ranging from impatience, anxiety and sadness until that time. Nothing will truly take away such emotions, but here are some coping strategies that may help a couple trying to conceive make it through those dreadful fourteen days.

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Introducing Melody Lane: Fashion Meets Life

If you’ve spent any time here at Daily Mom, then you know we love fashion and are passionate about introducing you to the most unique and stylish brands and apparel out there. Whether it’s for your children, your man, or for you, good quality clothing that stands apart from the crowd can be hard to find. We pride ourselves on being the middle man between diamonds in the rough brands and your closets.

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15 Things to Never Say or Ask a Pregnant Woman

Being pregnant can stir-up a wide range of emotions. Oftentimes during pregnancy, those who are expecting are exposed to ignorant comments and questions that make them question society. It’s as though some individual’s filters from their brain to their mouth are broken, and they ask invasive questions and say whatever brutally-honest comments come to mind. 

There are some things that should never be said to a pregnant woman and there are questions that should never be asked. Here are a list of 15 items to be weary of when talking to a pregnant woman.

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The First Step in Postnatal Care You Should Be Taking

If you’re like most moms, you probably took your prenatal vitamin religiously during your pregnancy (well, when it didn’t make you gag during the throes of first-trimester morning sickness!).

Then after delivery, you were discharged from the hospital with a brand-new baby, super-sore, with a barely recognizable body — and an appointment to see your OB in 6 weeks. So, was your body just magically supposed to return to “normal” by then?

Not exactly — while your uterus has generally contracted back to its pre-pregnancy size by the 6-week check-up, it can take several months to shed the baby weight, or feel up for exercise or intimacy. And if you’re breastfeeding, your body’s hard work continues as it works to support your baby!

So what if we told you there was something that would help your beaten-up, postpartum body? Something that would give you more energy? That would help with healing, mood and even milk supply?

Postpartum vitamins, friends. These powerful pills are just as important as your prenatals — and here’s why.

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6 Essentials When Expecting A Summer Baby

Summer is a time for outings to the park, beach, and getting together with friends for backyard barbeques. This means constantly being on the go and taking in the outdoors.

If you’re expecting a baby in the summer, it can require more necessities for you to pack and can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few items that can help make your new little one safe and comfortable while also allowing you to enjoy all the fun summer has to offer.

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4 Sources for Stylish and Affordable Maternity Wedding Guest Attire

Being pregnant during the summer months presents a number of challenges, but one that can be particularly frustrating is that it coincides with wedding season. Even though you won’t be “the” woman of the hour, you are likely to attract some attention so you’d probably like to find something that flatters your bump but doesn’t break the bank. Here are four sources to help you be a stylish mama-to-be at any summer nuptial!

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The Honey-Do List of Male Fertility

When preparing to conceive, it’s imperative to improve the overall reproductive health of both women and men.

If you are anything like 15% of couples in the U.S., conceiving may not come easily. Some couples are able to conceive with the help of fertility treatments, others are able to conceive after time without the use of fertility treatments, and some couples are unable to conceive at all. If and when a couple does finally conceive, it didn’t come without an emotional journey and physical exhaustion. 

Infertility is not sexist and can be caused by the male and not the woman in some cases. There seems to be a common misconception that when a couple can’t conceive, it’s the female’s fault. 

The journey to becoming a parent is not always full of anticipation and excitement. Rather for some couples, they experience anything but excitement for they may be experiencing infertility. By embracing a healthier lifestyle and making better choices such as ditching the tighty whities, quitting drinking and smoking, exercising and having routine visits to the doctor can help increase the overall productive health for a man. For some males, these precautions and changes in lifestyle don’t always ensure that they will conceive, so fortunately for them, there are other tools out there that can increase their odds.  

Today, we discuss a few ways to help increase chances of conceiving if you’re a male.

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Breastfeeding With Flat or Inverted Nipples

The thought of breastfeeding to pregnant moms always comes with a bit of anxiety and fear of the unknown. That’s why there are so many books, articles, websites, and classes related to breastfeeding- to help moms-to-be become as prepared and educated as they can for baby’s first feeding. Now, add the normal stress and nerves on to a mom who has flat or inverted nipples, and imagine the challenges and doubts she may be feeling about being able to successfully breastfeed her baby with less than normal nipples.

We’re here to squash the myths about not being able to breastfeed with flat or inverted nipples and give you some tips and tricks to help you breastfeed as successfully as possible, no matter what your nipples look like!

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What You Need To Know About Diastasis Recti

Would you believe that there is a condition that at least 30% of pregnant women and 66% of women with 2 or more kids have and yet most of them do not know about? Diastasis Recti is the separation of the abdominal muscles and the thinning of the connective tissue between them. This condition is not solely the result of pregnancy, but it’s quite common. This article will outline the basics of what every woman should know–before, during, and after pregnancy, about conditioning and rehabilitating their abdominal muscles for better function and (bonus!) to improve their appearance.

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40 Weeks: A Must-See Documentary

If you’re expecting, you probably have a million questions floating around in your mind from the changes going on in your body, to what you can and can’t eat, to some of the not-so-glamorous side effects. Sure, you can read the books and comb the internet for hours, but what if instead you could kick your feet up and watch an entertaining movie while learning tons of valuable information about the journey to motherhood? Today, we’re excited to introduce you to the just released, must-see documentary, 40 Weeks.

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Is Your Hospital Baby Friendly?

Is Your Hospital Baby Friendly 

Home birth, birth center, or hospital? Epidural or medication free? Just you and your partner or bring along some family and friends? Nursing or bottle feeding?

During pregnancy, it seems you have an endless amount of options to consider for how you would like to see those important moments (or days!) in labor and immediately following the birth to unfold. If you’ve waded through the decision process and found yourself opting for a hospital birth, know that many hospitals are moving toward establishing a baby-friendly status, which adds another layer of variables to be aware of. Read on to find out all about baby friendly hospitals and if they are the right place for you.

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