Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life; whether she’s feeling the glow of impending motherhood or just struggling to keep her head above the toilet most mornings, the months leading up to birth show us how truly magical the female body is in all that it can do to bring life into this world. Moments like this should be captured – and captured well – in every small detail and beautiful angle.
I have one piece of advice for expectant parents about to embark on the journey of brand new parenthood. Just one thing, and I will share it unsolicited because I think it is that important, and I am confident that if you can follow this advice, your first year of parenthood will be a lot less stressful for you, your partner and your baby. It is something I realized early on and it continues to guide my parenting today. Are you ready? Here it is:
The things you do to keep your baby calm today are not habits that will last a lifetime!
A mother’s work is never done. From running to the grocery store, work, park play dates, cleaning, you name it, we do it all. Unfortunately, our health isn’t always at the forefront of our minds. And while most of us do a pretty good job of taking prenatal vitamins to help us stay healthy during pregnancy, we could still be missing out on vital vitamins and minerals that aren’t provided in prenatal vitamins; namely, calcium.
As soon as you hold your newborn bundle of joy, it’s time to get to work. Whether you are a new or veteran mom, breastfeeding effectively, confidently and comfortably makes it easier on you and your newborn who deserves all the snuggle-me-mom time they can get. Congratulations new mom, you’ve got quite the job ahead of you – bonding, caring and raising your new baby.
A mother’s comfort during the most critical time of a newborn’s life is paramount to lasting health, connection and even happiness for you, Mom. We’ve got a few tips for you to increase your comfort throughout your breastfeeding days, even when you aren’t at home.
You had your birth plan set. Hospital picked out? Check. Doctor or midwife who you trust and respect? Check. Overnight bag packed? Check. You might not have been ready, but you were prepared. Then your little bundle of love decided to check out early, and all of that planning was thrown out the window. Now you have a preemie in the NICU and you’re an emotional wreck.
You imagined strapping your little one into a car seat for the first time, leaving the hospital together as a family, and saying sayonara to the hospital for good. Instead, you are scouring the internet to find out anything you can about surviving with your baby in the NICU. Because the truth is, you are in survival mode right now. And that’s ok.
Right now, place your hands over your heart. Close your eyes, and feel your heart beat. Notice each inhale and exhale of your breath. Say out loud, “It’s ok”. Do this from time to time throughout your day, and if only for those few moments, you will find relief.
Here are some more tips to help you get through your stay at the NICU, from one mom of a preemie to another.
The early days of breastfeeding can be a challenge. Achieving a proper latch, learning how to nurse your babe in public and making sure you’re getting enough to eat can be almost as overwhelming as your list of Do’s and Don’ts when you get pregnant. This guide, in conjunction with our Breastfeeding Bash on Facebook Live, provides you with some of the best breastfeeding items out there. From nursing covers to skincare, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter for a chance to win something from our $1,500 worth of giveaways!
The early days of breastfeeding can be a challenge. Achieving a proper latch, learning how to nurse your babe in public and making sure you’re getting enough to eat can be almost as overwhelming as your list of Do’s and Don’ts when you get pregnant. Our Breastfeeding Bash on Facebook Live provides you with some of the best breastfeeding items out there. From nursing covers to skincare, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to enter for a chance to win something from our $1,500 worth of giveaways!
We have partnered with several brands to bring you some of the things you need for ultimate breastfeeding success, and we are bringing them to you LIVE on our Facebook page on Tuesday, August 30th at 11:30 AM EST. Check out the information below to learn more so you don’t miss out on some cool gear and amazing giveaways!
Sleep. It’s desired by mothers everywhere, yet fought by infants to the nth degree. We joke, almost hysterically, as we navigate our new world with very heavy eyelids, that one day our children will sleep til noon, avoiding teenage responsibilities and household chores. We hang tight to hope — hope that one day we might come to know what a full night’s sleep feels like. And thus, we read. We read every book offering tips and tricks to getting a baby to sleep through the night or go down easily for a nap, and we implement every trick with high expectations. While using infant swings, regulating room temperatures, designing a routine, and installing blackout curtains can certainly help, we found one tip that greatly intrigued us because of its soothing capabilities for both mom and baby: white noise.
Baby showers are a time for celebration, camaraderie and sharing in love for the mom-to-be and her soon to arrive bundle of joy. Age old tradition dictates that showers must include an assortment of games to keep the guests occupied while they wait for gifts to be opened.
As you start your planning, think about what guests will be in attendance and what they will enjoy the most. A couples shower may call for more hands-on games while a group with the new mom, grandma, and aunts may be better suited to games that take place on paper.
Put away the string! No woman wants to invite her friends over to guess how big her belly is, and diapers full of chocolate are just gross! Next time you’re challenged with finding games for an upcoming shower, give some of these a try, and impress the guests with how much fun they’ll have at the celebration.
We’ve all read those posts that give you solid information on things you should be doing in the weeks leading up to your baby’s due date. In fact, Countdown to Baby: Things to Do the Month Before Baby Arrives is one of our most searched and pinned posts. But, let’s be honest, that month leading up to your due date is brutal. Yes – in an ideal world, your baby will keep on cooking for as long as possible within a 40 week time frame; but the reality of the situation is that you’re tired, swollen, moody, sore all over and so over being pregnant!
If that even closely describes you, then this post is for you. We took some time to talk amongst ourselves and identify some of the most ridiculous (and useful) things we’ve done to occupy our time during the final countdown. So, with that in mind, read on if you need a good chuckle; but don’t be surprised if you walk away with a few good ideas for how to spend the last few weeks of your pregnancy.
It’s no secret that the United States’ maternity leave laws are some of the worst in the world. New mothers barely have time to get settled into their new lives as sleep-deprived and exhausted parents before they are shuffled back into the working world. Oftentimes their partners get very little to no time away from work to help the recovery process, leaving the vulnerable state of a new mom’s physical and emotional well-being at stake. It is a stressful time in which many parents feel goes by way too fast.
During those six to eight weeks that women are generally given by employers for maternity leave in the US, most parents are struggling to stay afloat. Sleep is rare and spit-up is aplenty. You are eating standing up while bouncing a baby, hoping that a shower is in your future. Your entire routine has been shaken up, and nothing is about you anymore. It’s about this tiny little person you are holding, who is possibly screaming in your ear that he/she wants to eat for the twelfth time that day. Any new parent on maternity leave will tell you it’s stressful, exhausting, overwhelming, and scary. No one thinks that maternity leave is a vacation from work. Well, no one except this woman.
Long gone are the days of baby registries that consisted of a stroller, a bassinet and some simple swaddles. Today, baby gear is innovative, modern and designed with a focus on quality, practicality, functionality, safety and style. And while it’s practical to receive a mountain of diapers at your baby shower, chances are they might not be the kind you plan on using for your baby. You might also find yourself swimming in piles of adorable newborn onesies, but what happens after your little one outgrows them in a month?
If you’re in your third trimester, the inevitable is near. Ready or not, the baby (or babies) who have been camping out in your tummy will finally make their grand entrance into the world. Therefore, it’s time to pack your hospital bag (assuming that you’re having a hospital birth). Having been there before, we’ve found that these items are absolutely essential for having a positive labor and delivery experience.
One of the things that will change tremendously during pregnancy is your breast size. Pregnancy hormones trigger glandular development and increased blood supply in the breast area, which leads to tender and fullness of breasts. This means that you need a type of bra that can go along with the changes in your breasts without compromising comfort.
By now, the Zika virus’ threat to pregnant women is no secret. It’s been blasted across our news media outlets, discussed in depth on social media, and largely covered by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention for months now — raising eyebrows and causing a bit of panic every time the CDC raises its alert level, most recently to the highest level of concern. We’ve been told of the devastating effects of the virus in Brazil and warned immensely about its transmission to the United States. With summer looming, warmer weather, humid conditions, and the annual reappearance of the mosquito, the fear of the unknown has pregnant women everywhere asking their doctors, “Should I be worried?”