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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…

9 Essentials You Forgot In Your Diaper Bag

Oh, the diaper bag. I’ve had a few now that I am a mom of three boys. I put together a list of nine items I have NEEDED at some point but never remembered to pack. This isn’t your usual diaper bag essentials list of diapers, wipes, binkies, and bibs. These are items you will want, that nobody mentions! I get bored of carrying a diaper bag, so I often switch back and forth between purses, backpacks, and diaper bags. It depends on my mood and where we are going. A backpack is often my go-to because I need to be hands-free with my little ones. this post contains affiliate links Packing the diaper bag is always the harder part. When you are a first-time mom, everything goes. Clothes, extra socks, and shoes, wipes and more wipes, extra bottles, toys, hats, burp clothes, 20 diapers…you know just the whole nursery.…

12 Designer Diaper Bags for Under $100

As a mom of three, I’ve been through a few diaper bags. I have even completely boycotted diaper bags for a while because I just wanted to carry a purse. I decided not to pack all the stuff and try to be minimal. Well, all the “stuff” just wound up on the floor of the car and on the way back. I was digging around the car, rather than a diaper bag, which is just too much. We mamas need diaper bags, and we need all the goodies to keep our little ones happy. I still haven’t bit the bullet and purchased one over $100. Because of all the spills, messes, beach trips, and parks, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. So, I’ve shopped lots of bags, and I thought some other mamas out there might appreciate a list of diaper bags that look designer without the designer…

Best Yoga Positions for Pregnancy

As you already know, maintaining an active lifestyle brings a lot of benefits when you are pregnant. In this article, we will talk about yoga positions that can help you go through pregnancy as smoothly as possible. Being pregnant is exciting and enjoyable, but, at the same time, comes with a lot of challenges. You go through the entire list of physical and emotional changes, and it can hardly be said that pregnancy is s all rainbows and sunshine. The best way to soothe symptoms of pregnancy is to continue working out regularly.  If you weren’t active before getting pregnant, now is the time to become. There are plenty of exercises that you can do, from jogging to weightlifting if everything is okay and your doctor clears you. We, however, recommend that you try yoga because it is a total body workout with numerous benefits. We will discuss today some…

The Safest Prenatal Protein Powders for A Healthy Pregnancy

These protein powders are some of the best for pregnant mamas and growing babies. Protein powder during pregnancy is an awesome way to consume more nutrients for both mama and baby, but choosing a safe prenatal protein powder can be a bit tricky. I also talk about protein powders that are safe for breastfeeding, and the guidelines and products for pregnancy are very similar. I am going to walk you through what makes a safe protein powder, the benefits of prenatal protein powder for pregnancy health and which ones fit the bill on all these terms! I’ve been fortunate to try many of these protein powders, so I can describe to you the taste as well. What Are The Benefits of Prenatal Protein Powders For Pregnant Mamas? Protein is an essential nutrient that pregnant mamas and growing babies need Prenatal protein powders often have added essential nutrients Protein helps pregnant…

How To Stop Gaining Too Much Weight During Pregnancy

Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can happen faster than we realize. If you’ve gained too much weight during pregnancy, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean the whole pregnancy can’t be healthy, or that you can’t turn things around quickly. Believe it or not, you can lose weight while pregnant with the correct diet and fitness program, and completely turn your pregnancy weight gain around. Let’s go over how you can stop gaining too much weight during pregnancy, as well as turn things around going forward. As a mama of three boys, I KNOW what it feels like to gain weight during pregnancy, feel totally sluggish, have no energy and LOVE eating nachos. My first trimester is always the most out of control. I can’t function, I have no energy, I fall asleep in the afternoons, and all I can eat is carbs and cheese. I start gaining weight FAST. Like…

Awesome Benefits of Protein Powder For Pregnancy

There are some awesome benefits of drinking protein powder during pregnancy, that many mamas may not be aware of. If your protein powder source is clean, and full of nutrients, a well-rounded protein smoothie can offer a boost of nutrients and energy for both mama and baby. Protein powders are safe during pregnancy if you choose the right powder: Determining the right protein powder while pregnant is your first, and more important step. If there are chemicals, artificial sweeteners or allergens in your protein powder, then you can do more harm than good. When choosing a protein powder, you want to consider if you are sensitive to dairy. If you are, then you will want to choose a plant-based protein powder. If dairy doesn’t cause you any issues (that you know of), then you can go with a whey protein powder. Make sure that your whey source is from grass-fed…

Two Week Clean-Eating Challenge For A Belly-Only Pregnancy

Eating clean during pregnancy is so important, and it will do wonders for managing your weight gain and cravings. Eating a healthier diet while pregnant also has major benefits on your new baby because they will be given lots of nutrients to grow and thrive. I find that a clean-eating challenge is a great way to jump start better eating habits. There’s something about a time-frame, so I know I get to eat foods I love again, yet I can practice more self control, and develop better habits. I have a very popular eating clean challenge for breastfeeding mamas, and in light of my new Belly-Only Pregnancy Fitness program, I wanted to create a clean eating challenge for my pregnant mamas too. I’ve been requested more than I can count to create a program like this, and now that I am almost done with my certification to become a Pre/Post…

How I Survived Morning (All-Day) Sickness With Toddlers: 6 Awesome Tricks

Morning sickness, or all-day sickness is my least favorite experience being pregnant. I had to develop some awesome tricks to survive the icky, terrible headachy hang over that would start hitting me soon after breakfast, and slam into me by evening. I remember laying on the couch, sick and pregnant with my second, not even able to celebrate my first son’s first birthday. The intense fatigue that literally pulls you into a coma is impossible to fight at times, yet with two toddlers (3.5 and 2), I couldn’t just fall asleep whenever I felt like it. With my first, I’d fall asleep in the car on my lunch break. Adding toddlers to the mix is a completely different world, and here are the tricks that helped me survive the 20 weeks it took me to feel better again. Protein at Breakfast: I became obsessed with Starbucks Egg White and Feta…