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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10 Ways to Prepare for Two Under Two

You just don’t feel right. Something’s off and you can’t put your finger on it, so as any woman in her childbearing years might do, you pee on a stick. As you wait those couple minutes, you shift your 6 month old son to your other hip, stick the paci back in his wailing mouth, try singing the song that soothed him yesterday which of course only makes him cry harder today, and are all of a sudden perfectly convinced that the nausea is of course from the bad take-out that was last night’s dinner. You toss out the test, bounce the baby a bit more, decide to try your luck at a nap, when you glance down at the trash can on your way out the door, and brightly staring back up at you are two.pink.lines.

We won’t tell you to not freak out, or to calm down, or that you’re going to enjoy every moment of this surprise pregnancy, but we will help you get as prepared as you possibly can with these 10 helpful and sanity-saving ways of how to prepare for two under two.

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Boy or Girl? Old Wives Tales

Boy or Girl_ Old Wives Tales-

Whether you’ve decided to find out the sex of your baby prior to his or her big arrival day or if you prefer to be surprised the day of, we’re all left wondering at some point during our pregnancies, “Am I going to have a boy or a girl?” There are a few ways you can be certain of the sex of your baby before their birthday, but it’s always fun to make guesses based on silly myths and old wives tales. In this post, we’ll go over some of the most common ways to predict your baby’s sex as well as some lesser known methods.

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5 Signs You Might Be Pregnant

5 Signs you might be pregnant

Whether you’re no where near ready for a baby, you’re currently preparing to conceive or you’ve already had that bundle of joy, we all know of those tell-tale signs of pregnancy. First and foremost, there’s the missed period and positive pregnancy test.  Then comes the growing belly, and finally the baby. But even before your pregnancy test shows you that positive, your body is trying to let you in on the good news. Some of you may not know all the other signs and symptoms of pregnancy, the ones no one talks about. We’re here to shed some light on the subject. Read on for some insight into the body (and mind) of a newly pregnant woman. You might be pregnant if….

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9 Things To Do After You’re Due

If you’ve ever waited for your due date to come and then watched it go by with no sign of baby, you know how frustrating it can be. All the phone calls, e-mails, and text messages checking in with “any signs of baby?”, though well meaning, certainly don’t help. You may even start to think that you are never going to have this baby! Fear not. Here are some great ideas of things to do to help take your mind off your impending labor and delivery and help you to enjoy your last moments before meeting your little bundle.

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4 Ways to Bond with Baby Before Birth

As a mother or mother-to-be you may find yourself paying a lot of attention to your belly. And rightfully so! You’re growing a beautiful miracle. And like most of us, you’re counting down the days until you get to meet your precious baby. Luckily you can bond with your baby before he or she is born. Let’s explore a few ways to bond with your baby before birth.

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Benefits of a Natural Childbirth

Benefits of Natural childbirth

A natural childbirth — meaning an un-medicated birth — has a number of benefits that we want women to know about. Pain medication and epidurals have become so normal in our society that doctors assume patients want one, and women completely expect one. Epidurals, cesarean sections and induction seem to be the norm these days and having an intentional natural birth is actually very uncommon. We are going to give you the breakdown on the many different benefits of an un-medicated birth. Read on to find out how you (yes, you!) can do it too.

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Choosing the Godparents

 Choosing the Godparents

Everyone knows having a child requires lots of decisions to be made from prenatal care to parenting styles. You and your partner are probably thinking of things like what kind of diapers to buy, where the baby is going to sleep, how you’re going to afford another person in the family, etc. The list can go on and on and be rather daunting. Perhaps one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make in your child’s life is appointing the godparents – or “guide-parents,” mentors, or guardians.

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Conquering a Fear of Childbirth

conquering a fear of childbirth
A fear of childbirth can have many facets and many underlying reasons.  It can manifest itself in many ways and can be very difficult to control.  A fear of childbirth can be tangled up with an expectant mother’s many emotions, including feelings of excitement, eagerness for the child to be born, and facing unknown. We have complied various ideas to help you approach childbirth with more confidence in yourself and a more positive outlook as you approach your baby’s birth day.

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