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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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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How to Track Your Ovulation

No matter where you are in your family planning, monitoring your ovulation is an experience that can help you manage your health throughout the year.

As ovulation is the window during the month when a woman is most fertile, being aware of that time frame can help you to conceive or not conceive, dependent on what your goals and intentions are. When using a hormonal birth control like the pill, ovulation is prevented entirely.

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Beyond 6 Months: Benefits of Nursing Until One Year

It is no surprise to most that breastfeeding is beneficial to both baby and mother. But many are not aware of exactly how breastfeeding can improve the health and cognitive abilities of mothers and babies, especially when nursing is extended to at least one year of age. Dr. Rachel Borton, the director of Bradley University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, has conducted extensive studies in the benefits of increasing the length of time women are advised to breastfeed. She is currently working to educate other doctors, mothers, and the community as to why extended breastfeeding is so important and to remove the social stigma against nursing, especially in public. 

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Nom Maternity Fall & Winter 2016

Fall and winter is a great time of the year to be pregnant. The temperatures have cooled off, and it’s time to bring out all your favorite fall and winter clothes. With a bump growing you’ll find the need to find some new maternity clothing to add to your wardrobe. This is one of the best perks of pregnancy, and most certainly one of our favorite things to do. So why not invest in clothes that are fashionable, comfortable, and trendy that work for both pregnancy and beyond.

Nom Maternity is one of our favorite go to brands for dressing our bump both during and after. The Fall 2016 collection caters to modern moms who are fashionable and desire comfortable, high quality maternity and nursing wear. This line includes styles that flatter your body throughout its many changes of pregnancy. You can rest assured that you will look both chic and feel comfortable in any of their styles. 

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Daily Mom Spotlight: Smart and Natural Baby Solutions by Natursutten & Fridababy

Remember your first pregnancy? If you were like us, you were so excited to create a baby registry in preparation for the multitude of showers being thrown for you, but that excitement quickly turned into anxiety as you stepped into the baby store. Who knew that there could be so many baby products, and why are they all so necessary? Or are they?

The truth is that much of what we had to have the first go round wasn’t really necessary (useful, but not necessary). In fact, as we prepared for baby #2, we realized that much beyond milk, diapers, and a car seat, babies don’t need much. That said, it doesn’t mean that we all don’t still enjoy buying baby products. However, having a little experience goes a long way towards choosing smarter, more natural, higher quality products. When you know better, you do better. Period.

With that in mind, today we’re thrilled to introduce you to Natursutten and Fridababy. 

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Gifts for the New Mom Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

Becoming a mother is the most magical time in a woman’s life. We may be sleep deprived, hungry, and in need of a long, hot shower, but the second we get a whiff of that little one’s head, everything else fades away. If you have a new mom in your life, this holiday season is a great time to give her the goods that will help her enjoy those sweet moments while getting through the day to day trudge of having a newborn. We scoured the registries and have put together our list of must-have gifts for the new mom! 

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Daily Mom’s New Mom & Baby LIVE Holiday Extravaganza

Shopping for a pregnant mama or a new mom can be a challenge – there’s a dizzying array of products to choose from, and it’s hard to know what’s sure to delight her. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up all the very best – some new products and some tried-and-true favorites – for the New Mom & Baby Holiday Extravaganza. And the best part? YOU can win the items featured here. Be sure to read about these incredible products, watch our Facebook LIVE video to see the products in action, and scroll to the bottom of this post to enter for your chance to win.

Be sure to hop on over to our Facebook page and check out our LIVE Video. Leave us a comment on the video for another chance to win. 

By sharing our event page, RSVP’ing to the event page, and sharing the LIVE video on Facebook, you can also gain extra entries – and you’ll want them after reading about all the gear that’s up for grabs, below!

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8 Things Every Mom Needs for her 2nd Baby

Whether you are pregnant with your first or pregnant with your tenth, babies are a blessing. However, we’ve found that after your first child, people rarely gift anything to subsequent children. While most would assume that you’ve got everything you need, we find that there are still a few things that moms would really love for their second kid. Here’s our list of 8 things every mom needs when she has another baby. 

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Daily Mom’s New Mom & Baby LIVE Holiday Extravaganza

Calling all pregnant and new moms! We’ve been working hard to round up all of our favorite items to make your life easier – from the days of pregnancy, through postpartum – and piled them all into our huge New Mom & Baby Holiday Extravaganza! You don’t want to miss this incredible event, where we’ll show you the latest and greatest in all things new mom and baby, including products for breastfeeding, travel, infant sleep, skincare, and more.  

We’ve teamed up with only the best of companies in the new mom and baby realm, to provide you with some pretty amazing giveaways. During our LIVE Facebook event, we’ll give you demos of our favorite products, show you how everything works, so you can really get a sense for what these products can do. Please check out the scoop below and get the skinny on how you can win over $1,500 in giveaways, and be sure to join us for the live Facebook event on Thursday, November 17th, at noon EST!

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Top 10 Foods that Help Promote Fertility

Harvard Medical School released a study regarding diet and fertility explaining that, while there are uncontrollable factors that affect fertility, such as age or genetics, there are also controllable factors, such as specific foods you should be eating and also avoiding, in order to improve fertility. 

With some simple diet changes and a little inside knowledge on fertility, women and men can tip the fertility scale in their favor.

Here are the best super foods for both males and females to help boost fertility.

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Active Moms Recovering After Baby: Cinch It

Congratulations! Whether this is your first baby or 5th, as an active mom, you surely deserve and need your down time with your new baby. However, it’s no secret that you probably are longing and desiring to get back to your active lifestyle. One of the drawbacks new or veteran moms deal with is the restoration of your core – the belly. Your belly did an amazing job of holding your child within your womb, now it’s time to give it back some love. With a loving hug by Cinch Signature Tummy Wrap, it’s the perfect solution to help support and tone your belly after a natural or c-section birth!

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Postpartum Wrapping: Your Questions Answered

Postpartum wrapping… it’s been the topic of many pre-baby conversations — from friend to friend advice to endless Google searches and the hottest celebs posting snap shots of their designer waist wraps. When it comes to wrapping your post baby belly, it seems to be the consensus that we’ll try anything to get our bodies back into our pre-baby jeans, yet many are still left googling the question, “Are postpartum wraps really all they’re hacked up to be?” With so many Daily Mom babies being born the last few months, we decided to try one out for ourselves – we researched and we wrapped, and now we’re answering all of your ‘to wrap or not to wrap’ questions!

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