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Postpartum Recovery First 3 Months

The day has finally arrived and you are holding your newborn baby for the first time!  Everything is a whirlwind from learning to feed your baby to the discharge instructions as you leave the hospital.  You get home, get settled in, and the next thing you know, it is the endless cycle of feed, change diaper, sleep, repeat.  You know that taking care of yourself is important too but it is SO hard when you are so tired and busy!  Believe it or not, every parent goes through some variation of this.  The important thing to remember is that while you may be feeling physically fine after a couple weeks, it actually takes months for our bodies to fully recover from giving birth!  However, the first 3 months are the time during which you will notice the most significant advances in your postpartum recovery as well as when you can…

50 Fabulous A Names For Baby

Congratulations! You’re expecting a baby! Now, the question is, what are you going to name this new addition to the family? Babies are super cute, cuddly (sometimes loud or smelly, lol) and make our hearts fill with joy, but you’ve got to have something just perfect to name this sweet bundle of love, right? So what are parents to do when they need to get help choosing a name that’s just right? Well, there are a lot of helpful resources out there from baby name books to taking a quick flip through magazines with celebrity names, author’s names, names of music artists in the list of Grammy Awards winners, or you can turn to thoughtful bloggers who love to spend their time collecting character-building names for you to thumb through and choose from. Aren’t we just the sweetest? Wink, wink. Ok, I know it isn’t necessarily going to be “hip”…

9 Helpful Tips That Bring Relief to Breastfeeding Moms

You don’t have to be a mom to know that breastfeeding can be challenging at times. Breastfeeding can save you money and time, but can also be difficult to do in public or when you are away from home.The hardest part of nursing a baby for me was figuring out how to make it work in the first few weeks. I’ve been there and done that and I want to help. Here are my 8 favorite breastfeeding tips for the new mom. Nursing Bra Having a good nursing bra can make all the difference when trying to nurse in public or in the middle of the night. Wearing a supportive and comfortable nursing bra keeps your breast tissue and ligaments supported under the extra weight of the milk they carry. Different types of nursing bras are sold in stores and online which can benefit the different situations you can…

7 Strategies to Help Your Kids Become More Responsible

Good parents have similar feelings and goals for children. We look at our children with care, concern, and hope. We want them to be the best versions of themselves they can be. Most of all, we want them to be self-sufficient long after we’re gone. One of the keys to helping our kids survive and thrive in this wacky, crazy world of ours is by teaching them responsibility. And it’s often a challenging concept to teach. This article will give you seven simple strategies that are highly effective at guiding your kids toward becoming responsible. Communication is Key If you want to teach kids to be more responsible, you’ll first need to communicate on a level your child can understand. First, realize that young children don’t grasp sarcasm. They don’t begin to understand it until their teen years, which is probably one reason many teens come off as so sarcastic…

How to Navigate the 3rd Trimester of Pregnancy Like a Pro

Considering the task of carrying and delivering a baby, the third trimester of pregnancy can be an emotional rollercoaster. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the abundance of information, this checklist can serve as your personal guide through what to expect during the last 3 months of pregnancy. It covers everything from what you should expect during your doctor visits to what to pack in your hospital bag. You are winding down and getting close to that milestone finish line of pregnancy! The amazing feeling of getting to hold your precious little one in your arms is almost here! It will come before you know it! But before you get to cross that well-deserved finish line, there are still a few things that are probably a good idea to keep in mind that could pop up along the way during your last three months of pregnancy.  You’re Ready For…

What to Expect in the Second Trimester of Pregnancy

Can you believe you’ve made it to the second trimester already? Congrats! This is such a great part of pregnancy as you are starting to feel a little better finally,and you’ve got the wonderful opportunity to feel your baby kicking harder and doing little flips and turns inside (especially after a sweet drink or juicy piece of fruit)! Now’s the time to start accomplishing a few important doctor visits during this 2nd trimester.  During the second 3 months of pregnancy, you will be going through a lot of changes. You will start to get used to the changes in your body, and you will also start to feel emotional, or even tired at times.To help you get through the second trimester, here is a checklist of the things you might be experiencing and what you should do about them. Second Trimester Checklist You made it to the second trimester where…

The First Trimester of Pregnancy Checklist: What to Expect During the 1st 3 Months

Pregnancy is one of those things that’s hard to understand until you’ve been through it. You may worry about what’s going on with your body, how your life is going to change, and how you’re going to be able to take care of a new baby. This article is a helpful guide to what to expect in the first three months of pregnancy. It has tips for what to do, what to wear, what to eat, and what to expect. Everything you need to know about pregnancy during the first trimester: Buy an at home pregnancy test and see if you are indeed pregnant, or have your primary care physician order a blood test to check for pregnancy Celebrate this amazing moment in your life by sharing your joy with your spouse or partner and telling them the news Schedule an appointment to see an OB-GYN for your very…

Creating Your Personalized Birthing Plan

That little positive sign has appeared and you are expecting – congratulations!  Most women get excited about all of the cute baby clothes, the adorable tiny diapers, decorating a room just for their little bundle of joy, and all of the other things that come with pregnancy.  One thing that is not always mentioned is a birthing plan.  The birthing plan is essentially what YOU want to happen when you are in labor, as you deliver the baby, and during your hospital stay post delivery.  Obviously, there are always unexpected surprises and no two labor and deliveries are the same, but by creating a birthing plan, your doctor will now know what you are hoping for and what you are willing to compromise on versus what you are firm about before any of the unexpected surprises come up. Here are a few things to consider when creating your personalized birthing…

Tips and Must-Have Products to Pump at Work

Many mothers face the same worries as they near the end of their maternity leave. Frequently asked questions include: Where will I pump at work? How long of a break will I get? What do I need to buy?  I don’t want you to have to stress and worry. This post will help alleviate your worries and answer your questions as you prepare to head back to work.  What You Need to Know About Pumping at Work Know your rights  As you make preparations and plans to pump at work, notify your employer of your plans. There is a good chance they have experience with this and can help.  Even if your employer is up to speed on your rights and their responsibilities, it’s important for you to know, too. The Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law legally requires employers to provide time (and space) for employees covered under the…

How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy

If you’re planning to get pregnant, congratulations!  Having a healthy pregnancy is all about making an effort upfront to take care of you and your growing baby. A lot of the joy and challenges of pregnancy come from what you put into your body. Choosing the right foods, drinking enough fluids, and taking doctor-recommended prenatal vitamins can all put you on the proper path to a healthier pregnancy. Here are some guidelines to follow to help you be as healthy and happy as possible for the nine months of your pregnancy. Finding a Good Doctor While it may seem obvious, the very first step to having a healthy pregnancy is visiting the doctor!  It is important to schedule your first appointment as soon as possible after you find out you are pregnant.  This is going to be when you find out the basics such as how far along you are,…