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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,…

Best Breastfeeding Necessities

Basking in the glistening sunlight as it peeks in through the window, I sit in my glider rocker gently rocking my sweet little one to sleep after a quiet time of nursing and bonding together. Sipping on my water, I smile as I gaze down at the adorable little face falling asleep in my arms as he lays on the nursing pillow that I received as a gift at my baby shower. What an incredible feeling, I think to myself, this endless bliss of love for such a tiny person I just barely met, yet the desire to love, care and protect this sweet child is filling my entire being with immense determination and joy. This was not my first time having a baby, and may not be my last. I do, however, feel it is somewhat different each and every time we have a child and I choose to…

Superfoods for Breastfeeding Super Moms

There’s an enormous amount of information available these days on the world wide web to help moms learn about how to feed their baby, how to bathe their baby, even how to burp their baby, but what you may struggle to find are articles on how to take care of and properly feed and nourish the mommy – especially moms who breastfeed. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a handy cheat sheet where some of the best superfoods available are all listed in one place for you to review and choose from whenever you wanted to enhance your milk supply and build up production, or ensure your milk is full of the utmost important nutrients your child needs? Well, have no fear, help is here!  Looking for courses to help you? Take a look at this Ultimate Guide to Increasing Milk and Eating For Breastfeeding Mini Course! Superfoods for Breastfeeding …

Gift Ideas for a New Mom’s First Mother’s Day

You might wonder what the best Mother’s Day gifts are for the new mom in your life. You know her best. She may not really need another coffee mug, even if it says something cute. But I bet she’d love it if you put some thought into what might make a new mom’s life more liveable right now. The best gift ideas for new moms on Mother’s Day are things that address the struggles of exhaustion, fear, loneliness, doubt, and anxiety. Also, anything that makes her feel pretty. Some good ideas are flower subscriptions, spa gift sets, Mani/Pedi gift certificates, a pendant with the baby’s birthstone, a fun t-shirt that advertises new-mom status, paid membership in a new mom’s group, or a class that will teach her everything she needs to know about infants, sleep cycles, and breastfeeding.  Pampering or Wearable Gift Ideas: Here are some gifts that will go…

6 Signs You’re Over Being Pregnant and Ready for Baby

The final stretch of being pregnant seems to last the longest. When I wrote this post originally, I was 36 weeks pregnant. After reviewing it, all the 6 signs still ring true for most pregnant mamas. These are the things that start to happen, to help you know you are totally over being pregnant. I think this is an important milestone in getting close to labor. Often times once the mama is over being pregnant (and close to the due date), the baby soon follows. Maybe pregnancy has been difficult for you, so you were mentally and emotionally done sooner, but usually, these funny little signs mean it is really close to the end. If you aren’t close to the end but have maybe gained too much weight, I highly recommend the Belly-Only Pregnancy program. It is a simple, fitness and nutrition program with recipe books to guide you on…

Tasty Lactation Shakes You Can’t Resist

Let’s picture a perfect world where you can snap your fingers and have someone bring you a tasty lactation shake to help you build your milk supply and nourish your body whenever you need one. As incredibly nice as that would be, the reality is we all need to be our own advocates for creating a fabulous diet of healthy eats, drinks, and tasty treats. If you are handy with a blender and can handle choosing a few fruits, liquid of choice, and some other helpful ingredients to taste, you are well on your way to making your tummy super happy while improving your daily milk production supply.  Find the 8 BEST lactation protein shakes for pumping up your milk supply while losing the baby weight here! The Magic is in the Right Ingredients  Here are some highly nutritious ingredients to use in creating your own delicious and healthy lactation…

How to Increase Breast Milk Supply

It is extremely evident to most new moms that the art of breastfeeding is not for the lazy individuals in this world – breastfeeding is hard work, but oh so rewarding! It takes dedication, commitment to meet the growing milk supply needs of your child, faithfulness in caring for yourself in order to maintain good health to keep the milk healthy and flowing strong, flexibility like you wouldn’t believe, and an ability to love without end for the sake of that tiny bundle of innocence suckling at your breast. Are you one of these incredibly strong, resilient moms who tarry on despite circumstances beyond their control? If you are, we’ve got you covered! Read on to discover a selection of ways you can improve and control the ability to increase the flow of your milk supply. This is both for your peace of mind and to the benefit of protecting…

Ultra Cool Gear For Moms and Babies with Budgets in Mind

I love a pretty baby/child item. We have so much gear to carry, haul and manage that it makes things easier if everything just looks pretty and stylish. I feel like the prettier something is, the less I see the mess! I have a great list of my favorite baby gear and mama gear pieces that are totally modern, sleek, and functional! Most are very affordable, and will absolutely make your life easier with functionality. Here’s my compilation of my favorite mommy gear must-haves to make you feel like an uptown designer mom, even when you have spit-up on everything, blowouts, and jelly stains. Ruvalino Diaper Backpack Skip Hop Diaper Clutch Upsimples Travel Bag Baby Bjorn Carrier Infantino Convertible Carrier Lillebaby 360 Ergonomic Baby Carrier Original Black Munchkin Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet 3 in 1 Diaper Bag Backpack Organizer Cozy Cover Alpine Baby Carseat Canopy, Nursing Cover and…

Nesting Projects To Do Before Your Baby Comes

There comes a time in every pregnant woman’s life when she feels like she needs to clean every corner of the house, wash all baby clothes, re-pack the hospital bag, and do other similar chores.  For those who don’t know: when a pregnant woman feels this unstoppable drive to organize, clean, and prepare everything for the baby’s arrival, is called the nesting instinct. It usually starts somewhere around week 38 of the pregnancy or closer to your due date. Nesting is a completely normal instinct that happens during pregnancy and it can be just as powerful as it is for other mammals.  It’s important to know that going through a nesting phase is normal just as it’s normal not to have this phase. We’re all different and so are our pregnancies.  However, if you’re going through a nesting phase, here are some projects that you can do before the baby…

Easy-To-Miss Steps To Make Your Home Safe For Baby With First Alert

Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. Help protect your home and family with voice and location alarms from First Alert! As a mom of three, I’ve had to prep for three babies. There are some safety tips you want to follow or have in place before the baby arrives. These are simple, yet often forgotten little tasks for the home, which in the event of unfortunate can be life-savers! I am going to assume you’ve thought of some of the major steps to baby-safe the home. These would be things like the crib, safety items like first aid kits, and other basic things. This list is easy to forget because they aren’t always a hazard right away. You may think you have all detectors in place, or TVs are installed properly because there haven’t been any issues. Here are some things to make sure you take a look…