Learning, Planning, and Saving: Month Five of Pregnancy

Are you feeling a little better as you enter the fifth month of your pregnancy? It’s time to do some planning and thinking ahead. The excitement of this month builds as your care provider schedules the fetal anomaly ultrasound.  While this appointment checks for proper development of your baby’s body, you may also choose to learn the gender of your child as this visit. This

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Finding the Sweet Spot: Month Six of Pregnancy

You may be growing larger by the day, but it’s still vitally important to exercise and keep moving. Not only does this help prepare you for labor and motherhood, but it provides a time to de-stress and enjoy some nature.* If you exercised a lot before pregnancy, you may feel a need to cut back a little, and that’s OK. My midwife recommended 30 minutes

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Self Confidence in Breastfeeding for Mama and Babe

Every newborn, when placed on the mother's chest, soon after birth, has the ability to find its mother's breast and latch at mom’s nipple all on their own. This is called the 'Breast Crawl' and it’s far more common when moms and newborns are kept together, undisturbed, after birth.When left alone and in a laying down position mom and baby have perfect skin to skin

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DIY Mommy and Toddler Road Trip Survival Kit

Summer goes by way too fast, and kids grow up too soon! Don’t wait another minute. You can survive a spur-of-the-moment road trip with your toddler and have fun doing it. Here’s my car essentials kit / road trip survival kit. Why not put one together for yourself? One of these days, you’ll wake up and be free to say “let’s go!” Fun in the

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Breastfeeding Tips from an Expert

image via Jennie Quicksall Photography Congratulations. You are expecting a new baby and among the many decisions you will make is how will you feed your baby. If you are considering breastfeeding you may be a bit apprehensive about stories friends and family members may have told you about nipple pain, low milk supply and difficulty with feedings. Questions abound as to whether it is

Breastfeeding Tips from an Expert 2017-11-10T03:32:07+00:00

Top 3 Nursing & Pumping Tips for Working Moms

August is National Breastfeeding Month, Because this year’s theme for the first week of August is Breastfeeding at Work: Let’s Make it Work, we wanted to share with you the very best advice, hands down, that you may not hear anywhere else. Because the United States is one of very few countries that does not offer paid maternity or paternity leave (Swaziland, Liberia, and Papua

Top 3 Nursing & Pumping Tips for Working Moms 2017-11-10T03:42:25+00:00

DIY Nature’s Pregnancy Pain Relief Kit

Who doesn’t have the occasional sore back or achy feet with pregnancy? Here’s a great little kit you can make yourself to help soothe yourself when your maternity massage therapist is on vacation. It’s a great money-saving quick fix, too. It’s especially fun to use when your significant other can help! What You Need -Essential Oils: I like to use a blend called Valor from

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Second Month of Pregnancy: Survival Mode

Image by Ingrid Franz Moriarty By the second month, most moms-to-be know they’re expecting. This stage may seem a bit surreal in your mind, while your body faces reality head-on. Many experience fatigue, breast tenderness, digestive upsets and “morning sickness,” which can honestly be “all day sickness.” Nausea and throwing up lie on a spectrum of never to all the time for some

Second Month of Pregnancy: Survival Mode 2017-11-10T04:07:10+00:00

Nesting Into the Heart of Pregnancy with Scrapbooking

A friend of mine created this beautiful one-of-a-kind quilted binder cover many years ago, and it was so pretty I didn’t know what to do with it! She knew I loved warm, bright colors and designed it just for my personality. It sat in my closet waiting for a special occasion. The time finally came when I became pregnant with my little miracle baby. My

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Uncertainty, Surprise, and Anticipation: Pregnancy Month 1

  Image by Classic Kids Photography Did you know that the first two weeks of pregnancy, by U.S. standards, are not really “pregnancy” at all, but the week leading up to ovulation and fertilization? Yes, by the time most moms-to-be learn they are expecting (around the days of the first missed period), they are considered one month into the game. Some women, especially

Uncertainty, Surprise, and Anticipation: Pregnancy Month 1 2017-11-10T04:07:10+00:00