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 or baby birthday outfit, 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?”
It’s not easy to be pregnant in the summer, but there’s nothing like some amazing new maternity clothing to help perk you right up! We’ve been big fans of PinkBlush Maternity for quite some time, and their latest spring/summer line is everything we’ve come to expect from this company: trendy, fashionable clothing at affordable prices. If you don’t want to break the bank buying maternity clothing this season, look no further than PinkBlush Maternity.
Moms don’t have time to be sick. Whether you have a cold, the flu, or you’re suffering from allergies, being congested can be draining on its own without the added pressure of our family role; even more so when pregnant or breastfeeding limits treatment options.
Here are 6 simple (non-medicated) ways to find relief from congestion.
Can you imagine the publicity, the rush of adrenaline, the excitement and the terror of competing in the Olympics? That is exactly what Kikkan Randall felt as she became the first ever female to score a World Cup victory in cross-country skiing.
As exciting as that was, her focus is now on her next venture – motherhood. Since this is no small feat for her, she is one woman who relies on wild seafood to fuel her pregnancy health that will not only take her to the finish line, but her unborn child is in the race too… and it’s a great start!
Join in on this exciting venture: interviewing Kikkan on her triumphs and why she has chosen seafood to fuel her next goal: a healthy pregnancy and baby.
As women, we go through many different stages in our lives, so it only makes sense that there be clothing options that are not only comfortable and fitting to each stage, but beautiful and stylish as well. Every woman deserves to feel comfortable and gorgeous, whether she’s pregnant, breastfeeding, working outside of the home in a business environment or an avid traveler. No matter what stage you’re at in life, Melody Lane has you covered, with hand curated pieces that will work perfectly for you. And they just launched their spring line, which is sure not to disappoint!
What if there was another way to address your infertility instead of going through the status quo of treatment? Instead of relying on the “standard treatments” of hormone injections, pills, scheduled sex, not to mention the escalating roller coaster and crash effects you feel with your moods… would you like to know that there are other treatments?
Meet Dr. Janelle Luk from New York. She understands you and who you are. Why? Because she’ll take the time to sit with you, listen to you and work with YOU instead of working the treatment protocol on another body. You are her focus, not the infertility or the treatments. Join in on the interview about how she conducts her passionate business in servicing women by a woman.
So you’re pregnant… now what?! Pregnancy comes with so many emotions and questions, but in this age of technology we can find some peace of mind in knowing we have unlimited resources at our fingertips. Here are 5 apps great for first time moms, as well as seasoned pro’s, that are great for pregnancy and postpartum!
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.