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Tips to help manage postpartum anxiety and depression – Pregnancy to Parenting

Mood disturbances during pregnancy and after the birth of a baby are very common. The COVID-19 pandemic has also posed many challenges for families, and there has been an increased need for mental health supports. There are many wellness strategies that can go a long way in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression and helping you feel better. Strategies such as: NOTourishment – eating well can improve your energy and mood UUnderstand – learn more about postpartum and what’s happening to you Ris and relaxation – take time to sleep and rest Ssupport – getting support from others can help… Read More »Tips to help manage postpartum anxiety and depression – Pregnancy to Parenting

Giving birth in a new land – Pregnancy to Parenting

Being pregnant and giving birth in a new country can be exciting, stressful and scary all at the same time. Antenatal care, birthing practices, and traditions around the birth of your baby may differ from country to country. Many people find it difficult to adjust to their new country. For example, language barriers, employment, financial worries and lack of social support. I am new to Canada, what do I need to know to have a baby here? Choose a health care provider: Choosing a health care provider is an important part of your pregnancy journey. Try to choose a health… Read More »Giving birth in a new land – Pregnancy to Parenting

Do they mix? – Pregnancy to Parenting

September is FASD Awareness month (all disorders caused by fetal alcoholism) with September 9e designated International FASD Awareness Day. This day began as a reminder that pregnancy and alcohol don’t mix. Why pregnancy and alcohol don’t mix: Alcohol can pass from the mother’s blood to the baby’s blood and affect the growth of cells in the baby’s brain and spinal cord. This can cause physical, emotional, behavioral and learning problems in the child that can last a lifetime. They may need extra support to reach their full potential. FASD is the diagnostic term used to describe these impacts on the… Read More »Do they mix? – Pregnancy to Parenting

How to increase and improve fertility? Getting pregnant naturally

Photo credit: stockimage on FreeDigitalPhotos.net Become pregnant? In virtually every corner of the world people believe that a special positioning during sex will improve the chances of getting pregnant or even affect the sex of the child. I still remember a joke I heard once in Bosnia about a man who desperately wanted a son after having four daughters and his wife telling him they will have a daughter again because he insists on having sex from behind. Most women think that lifting their legs after sex or even standing on their head for a minute or two (yes, some… Read More »How to increase and improve fertility? Getting pregnant naturally

What is the value of a human egg? How much money should donors get?

Image credit: phaitoon on FreeDigitalPhotos.net Thousands of babies are born each year thanks to egg donation. In 2013, more 9,500 babies are born thanks to donated eggs. Fifteen years ago (something like the middle age of reproductive medicine), egg donation was more of a method than a business. At that time, the ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine), the leading organization for physicians and researchers in reproductive medicine) suggested $ 5,000 per donation cycle as a generally accepted limit, and that payments greater than 10 $ 000 was “beyond what is appropriate”. Although not all IVF clinics follow ASRM guidelines,… Read More »What is the value of a human egg? How much money should donors get?

What are normal AMH and FSH levels?

My best friend is thirty-nine and is still late for a baby. We’ve been discussing all kinds of fertility topics for years – from egg freezing to low ovarian reserve, ovulation tracking and more. “What if it’s bad?” ” she says. “Then I’ll start to panic and feel bad that I haven’t frozen any eggs before.” “ So my best friend would rather not know. Don’t be like her because when she finally starts trying to get pregnant, in case she has any fertility issues, I will make sure she gets the best fertility advice possible in this world. But… Read More »What are normal AMH and FSH levels?

Is PGS worth it? Probably not!

Photo courtesy: jesadaphorn on FreeDigitalPhotos.net There are people in this world like fertility specialists on CHR (Center for Human Reproduction in New York) who are real magicians at making women pregnant and who really understand the issues related to low ovarian reserve or poor egg quality in women over forty. So when they say that PGS (pre-genetic screening, also called PGD or pre-genetic diagnosis) is ineffective and basically a waste of time and money for most of the women who test their embryos this way, I take this very seriously. Here’s why many great fertility specialists are serious about question… Read More »Is PGS worth it? Probably not!

Why Turkish women believe that onions help while TTC: Biologist talks to a fertility doctor

(and why Turkish women believe onions help when trying to conceive) At a recent fertility conference in Berlin, I spoke to many fertility experts, but it wasn’t until the Turkish booth that I felt at home. Or, more precisely, I felt like I was sitting in my own kitchen – a peaceful and comfortable world, untouched by the hectic environment. Would I like a coffee? No? Then take a chocolate. Sit. Let’s talk. Let’s understand things. This is how I started seeing Dr Teksen Camlibel from Jinemed, Istanbul’s first IVF center. Dr Camlibel, why do German patients go to Turkish… Read More »Why Turkish women believe that onions help while TTC: Biologist talks to a fertility doctor

Which CoQ10 enzyme is best for fertility in 2021: Ubiquinol or Ubiquinone?

A few weeks ago I received one of the best comments on my blog so far (thanks Iva S.). Here’s what Iva asked me: Dear Darja, first of all, I really liked your book on improving egg quality in women over 35, it is informative and motivating, thank you for writing it! As you may know, there is another book on the same subject available on Amazon called “It Starts With The Egg.” The author says in the chapter on CoQ10: “Women enrolled in clinical studies on CoQ10 and egg quality received a daily dose of 600 mg of traditional… Read More »Which CoQ10 enzyme is best for fertility in 2021: Ubiquinol or Ubiquinone?

Aspirin and heparin to help with implantation: YES or NO?

Image credit: atibodyphoto on FreeDigitalPhotos.net As soon as a woman has one or two unsuccessful rounds of IVF behind her, she becomes ready for anything, really anything to make the next round of IVF work. Many of the women I talk to have a long history of fertility treatments, so the question that often comes up is whether to take a low dose aspirin (called baby-aspirin) from the embryo transfer – through to a positive pregnancy test and sometimes up to the first trimester, would be helpful. Many doctors also recommend taking low-dose aspirin. What do I think of this?… Read More »Aspirin and heparin to help with implantation: YES or NO?

Surrogacy Talks: One real-life experience

Image courtesy of Satory Kobayashi on Flickr.com There is probably no other more controversial topic related to building a family than surrogacy. Although I have spent years investigating and understanding all kinds of topics related to infertility, I have to admit that I am not entirely sure what I think about surrogacy. Is surrogacy a type of body rental business? Or is it the finest art of altruism that human beings are capable of? In my opinion, it’s like everything else: it is the dosage that makes the poison. Recently, on the sidelines of the Berlin conference, I was very… Read More »Surrogacy Talks: One real-life experience

Which pain-killers can stop ovulation and lower fertility?

Image Courtesy: Sailor at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Of course, I occasionally took pain medication while trying to conceive. I mean, who doesn’t? Although I usually try to avoid medication as much as possible, I do have a headache (or toothache!) That cannot be relieved without taking ibuprofen. But was it always ibuprofen that I took ? My husband often uses diclofenac; have I ever taken some of his pills? I do not remember anymore. A scientific article I read a few weeks ago made me struggle to remember this detail. Here’s why : A clinical study presented at the 2015 European League… Read More »Which pain-killers can stop ovulation and lower fertility?

Five supplements to improve your egg health fast-track

Image credit: alex_ugalek on FreeDigitalPhotos.net The maturation and growth of the eggs depends on the age and general health of the woman, as well as the flow of nutrients to the ovaries. This means that your diet, your exercise, even the way you handle stress will have an impact on the egg maturation process. Along with good nutrition (you can read why eating a Mediterranean diet helps here) and a healthy fertility-friendly lifestyle, there are supplements that can give your eggs an extra boost and that is especially true if you are in your thirties. or in the early 1940s.… Read More »Five supplements to improve your egg health fast-track

5 Simple Exercises to Improve Posture

As moms, we are literally pulled all over the place and our posture falls victim to the demands of motherhood. Bad posture causes back pain and pain… and who has time for that ?! Good posture helps minimize stress on tendons, joints, and ligaments. Plus, better posture can have a significant impact on your quality of life: less back pain, strengthens abdominal muscles, improves your self-confidence and mood, and improves the way others see you. How would you prefer to watch? These easy-to-perform, equipment-free exercises can help you achieve instant postural adjustment. Movements can be performed while seated, but standing… Read More »5 Simple Exercises to Improve Posture

New Mom’s Postpartum Care & Fitness

Si vous êtes une nouvelle maman, vous vous posez beaucoup de questions sur votre corps post-partum, qu’il s’agisse d’identifier les maux et douleurs courants ou de savoir comment et quand votre corps redeviendra « normal ». Et si vous étiez active pendant la grossesse, vous avez hâte de savoir quand vous pourrez reprendre vos activités physiques en toute sécurité ET comment reprendre vos activités préférées. Saches que tu n’es pas seul! La plupart des médecins n’ont pas le temps de couvrir tous ces sujets lors de votre examen post-partum. Le Club des mamans actives est là pour vous guider. Les… Read More »New Mom’s Postpartum Care & Fitness

Learn How This Mom of 4 is Shrinking Her Body

It is not uncommon for new moms to be overweight that persists after pregnancy. You might think that a few extra pounds over your pre-pregnancy weight – “no big deal”, right? I often hear this from my clients. But when you have more than one child, those pounds add up. This is the situation Lisa found herself in after having four children. With each pregnancy, she kept 5 to 10 extra pounds. After her fourth child, she really noticed that her weight gain impacted many areas of her life. “It was just to the point where I felt depressed and… Read More »Learn How This Mom of 4 is Shrinking Her Body

Learn How This Mom of 4 is Shrinking Her Body

It is not uncommon for new moms to be overweight that persists after pregnancy. You might think that a few extra pounds over your pre-pregnancy weight – “no big deal”, right? I often hear this from my clients. But when you have more than one child, those pounds add up. This is the situation Lisa found herself in after having four children. With each pregnancy, she kept 5 to 10 extra pounds. After her fourth child, she really noticed that her weight gain impacted many areas of her life. “It was just to the point where I felt depressed and… Read More »Learn How This Mom of 4 is Shrinking Her Body

This Mom Hated Exercise Her Entire Life… Until Now. Here’s What Happened.

Throughout her life, Katie hated exercising. Growing up, she struggled with emotional eating and saw her weight fluctuate dramatically. When trying to be physically active, Katie would often run out of breath quickly and was later diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma in her late twenties. Now the mother of a 3.5-year-old daughter, Katie took a turning point a month ago and made a decision that is already starting to change her life. She explains, “I had been receiving emails from AMC for a while, but I finally decided to sign up for AMC 30 Day Challenge because I gained weight during… Read More »This Mom Hated Exercise Her Entire Life… Until Now. Here’s What Happened.

The Secret to Protein | Active Moms Club

Les protéines sont un élément clé d’une alimentation saine, mais de nombreuses personnes négligent ou sous-estiment leur importance. Une grande partie de la confusion tourne autour du fait d’obtenir « assez » de protéines et de choisir les « meilleures » sources. Mais il n’y a pas d’approche unique pour la consommation de protéines. C’est parce que: Obtenir « assez » de protéines est relatif. L’apport idéal en protéines d’une personne dépend de son corps, de ses objectifs et de ses préférences. Les « meilleures » sources de protéines, y compris les protéines végétales, peuvent varier d’une personne à l’autre. Certaines sources peuvent être… Read More »The Secret to Protein | Active Moms Club

My 5 Favorite Ab Exercises That Are NOT Crunches

TWO TOWERS 1. Crawling bear: forward / backward / side to side, 10 in each direction – keep a neutral spine, keep your knees close to the floor as much as possible. This “simple” movement requires a lot of mobility of the hips and shoulders. Jump if your wrists hurt. 2. Side planks with 10 leg lifts: modified or full side plank – stick with the modified side plank if you have abdominal wall separation. 3. Hover & Squeeze with 10 stomach breaths: use a towel, pillow, yoga block or child’s ball between the KNEES – breathe in the stomach… Read More »My 5 Favorite Ab Exercises That Are NOT Crunches

How Just a 20-Minute HIIT Workout Can Transform Your Body and Mind

Many moms find it difficult to engage in regular workouts. The main reason – they are busy and don’t have time. Or at least they think they don’t have time. As a mother of twins, I understand. We are busy! Most of us assume that a quality, sweaty workout should be a 45 to 60 minute commitment. But adding an extra hour to an already busy daily schedule is intimidating and may even seem impossible for moms who already feel pulled in a dozen different directions. We get stuck in the all or nothing mentality – and let’s face it,… Read More »How Just a 20-Minute HIIT Workout Can Transform Your Body and Mind

5 Reasons Why Women (Especially Moms) Should Lift Weights

Research shows that women can benefit significantly from weight lifting. Yet despite study after study, many women opt for cardio over strength training. Lifting weights gives you the edge over belly fat, muscle soreness, stress, heart disease, cancer – and it’s a great way to feel empowered too! So what are you waiting for? Top 5 reasons why it’s time to hit the weights (at least once a week): 1. You will lose belly fat While it’s true that you can’t spot the reduction – your body was born with preconceived places it wants to store fat (hello baby carrier… Read More »5 Reasons Why Women (Especially Moms) Should Lift Weights

Diastasis Recti: What You Need To Know

A separation of the abdominal wall is also known as diastasis recti, and regardless of a history of exercise, any mom can experience this pregnancy side effect. The good news: it is a condition that can be rectified with basic knowledge, awareness, and simple exercises. The Active Moms Club blog is meant to educate you on the facts so you can become your best advocate. What it is? Clear and simple, it is basic functional weakness. The inability of the core muscles to function effectively and support the body for daily physical demands without pain or dysfunction. A separation of… Read More »Diastasis Recti: What You Need To Know

TOP 4 FITNESS & POSTPARTUM RESOURCES FOR NEW MOMS

For over a decade, new moms have relied on Active Moms’ Club as a trusted resource for their postnatal recovery and beyond. Through our popular classes and blog, Coach Cassandra has helped hundreds of moms get stronger and return to exercise safely after birth, all while cruising and performing their ups and downs. As a result, moms boost their self-confidence, become aware of their bodies, and receive endless motivation and education. Dive into the first article with an informative Q&A with our favorite women’s health specialist … We understand it’s a team effort to support moms! Postpartum Care and Fitness… Read More »TOP 4 FITNESS & POSTPARTUM RESOURCES FOR NEW MOMS

[PODCAST] Post-Pregnancy Running Part 2

[NEW] Post-pregnancy stroke part 2 ✨ Episode 166 of the @tobirthandbeyondpodcast is live and answers more of your postpartum running questions! ????Are you trying to run for the first time? Do you consider yourself to be a longtime runner who returns after pregnancy???[6] Qs and their Aces in this brand new episode 👇🏻👇🏻⁣??1️⃣ Should we wait longer after a cesarean section than a vaginal birth to resume running? ????2️⃣ I have stage 2 prolapse and my physiotherapist told me not to run. I like it to support my anxiety. Is there a way to get back to it safely? ????3️⃣… Read More »[PODCAST] Post-Pregnancy Running Part 2

[PODCAST] 10 Guidelines for Post-Pregnancy Running

[NEW] 10 guidelines for running after pregnancy✨ How do you know if your body is really ready for a structured or intentional postpartum stroke? Your health care provider has allowed you to exercise 6 weeks after pregnancy and you just have to… go ?! *breath* In today’s brand new episode of the Birthing and Beyond podcast, we bring you a 10-step checklist to help you assess when your body is physically more able to handle the demands of running: Examples on this list: – The general guideline should be over 12 weeks or 3 months postpartum or post-operative (to allow… Read More »[PODCAST] 10 Guidelines for Post-Pregnancy Running

[PODCAST] BONUS Episode: Will You Test This Run for Me?

[NEW] Are you going to test this race for me? ✨ I have a present for you, folks! ⁣??Because you are part of my community (thank you!) You get the first running workout from Ready, Get Set – my brand new postnatal race plan – free. ????It’s live on @tobirthandbeyondpodcast now! You will be among the first to test this 13-minute running workout and I would love to hear from you after you.??One of the bonuses of Program Ready, Get Set is a private podcast where you have access to audio episodes of me accompanying you every time the program… Read More »[PODCAST] BONUS Episode: Will You Test This Run for Me?

[PODCAST] Race and Representation in Perinatal Fitness with Inemesit Graham

[NEW] Race and representation in perinatal form with Inemesit Graham We’ve all done it. Compared our body to someone else’s. And then, afterwards, I felt like a garbage can about it. You meet another mom at the park, or you browse Instagram and come across an ad for the latest and greatest #fitmom workout routine featuring all white women, in smaller, leaner bodies. You ask yourself… Why does my body look like this and theirs look like this ?! What is wrong with me? Why can’t my stomach / arms / legs have this shape? Sigh. This week on the… Read More »[PODCAST] Race and Representation in Perinatal Fitness with Inemesit Graham

[PODCAST] You Don’t Have to Give Birth to Be Postpartum with Rebecca Cariati

This episode is especially important if you work in the field of physical training or as a health practitioner – if you want to effectively provide gender-inclusive care. [NEW] You don’t have to give birth to be postpartum, with Rebecca Cariati “If we don’t recognize that parents of all genders are part of the postpartum community, how can we expect postpartum care? We cannot and will not do this until we expand membership to this exclusive group. – Rebecca Cariati. Rebecca (she / she) wrote to me several months ago to tell me, and I jumped at the chance to… Read More »[PODCAST] You Don’t Have to Give Birth to Be Postpartum with Rebecca Cariati

[PODCAST] Help Your Clients Reduce Fears About Their Pelvic Floor Symptoms

[NEW] Help your clients reduce fears about their pelvic floor symptoms Fear, nervousness, and anxiety about pelvic floor symptoms are so real and common. As a fitness or health professional you MUST have strategies to help your clients deal with these feelings. Because they will inevitably arise during exercise or in their activities of daily living. Your client may be faced with: Fears of pee, poo or gas leaks during or AFTER exercise / daily events Worrying that symptoms of prolapse will intensify Anxiety about the pain and overwhelming thoughts about the impact it will have on their abilities Obviously,… Read More »[PODCAST] Help Your Clients Reduce Fears About Their Pelvic Floor Symptoms

[PODCAST] Meet the Expert Guests of PFSA

[NEW] Meet the expert guests of the Postnatal Fitness Specialist Academy! Ten years ago, I was sitting in my Vancouver apartment watching cable TV tennis games and completing my masters degree. (And also, avoid my academic work because the beach was 4 blocks away. GO.) My subject of study? Framing. More specifically, the supervision of pregnant and post-partum people in matters of exercise, abdominal and pelvic health. I researched everything I could about pregnancy, diastasis recti, pelvic floor, and the postpartum recovery process. I wanted to know more and more. And for the past 10 years, I have coached pregnant… Read More »[PODCAST] Meet the Expert Guests of PFSA

The First 6 Weeks – Jessie Mundell

My top 5️⃣ to favor in the first 6 weeks of post-cesarean convalescence for YOU or for your clients / patients: ✅ Sleep and rest: as much as possible and in the most comfortable position possible. Gentle movement: move gently and slowly so as to relieve yourself. Food and drink: increased calorie intake and hydration. Bowes and Bladders: Do what you can to help them empty completely, when you want them to empty. ✅ Mental health: who are your collaborators – in person or online – with whom you feel safe, bring you joy or are a sounding board. Be… Read More »The First 6 Weeks – Jessie Mundell

3 Core and Pelvic Floor Exercises for Pregnancy and Postpartum

I love all of these options for pregnancy AND postpartum. Enter it, yes? ?? 1️⃣ Reach the seated seats.??Tuck in the buttocks, around the back. It gets spicier the more you sit down. Corn! The goal is control through the belly and breathing beyond the depth. ????Do 6 to 10 repetitions. ????2️⃣ Wide Stance Band Buttock Bridge.⁣??Wide feet and turned to the sides. Be prepared for burns on the outside of the hips and buttocks. ????Do 10 to 15 repetitions. ????3️⃣ Half kneeling windmill.⁣??Use a weight (or a basin model – your choice LOL) in the faucet hand. Slide the… Read More »3 Core and Pelvic Floor Exercises for Pregnancy and Postpartum

[PODCAST] Untangling Your Body Composition From Exercising

Tell me, my friend … How much of your daily energy is spent thinking about your body? Specifically, consider reducing or keeping your body smaller. Transform your body into something different. If you’re like me, checking my body composition was an almost full-time job. The truth is that for almost 20 years (…sigh) I have used food and exercise as a tool to avoid being in a bigger body. And it is deeply sad. It wasn’t until I became absolutely, my soul exhausted from these concerns AND began to question the BS beliefs about bodies that had been given to… Read More »[PODCAST] Untangling Your Body Composition From Exercising

Best Foods for Morning Sickness

You’ve heard that pregnant women should increase their calories, but swallowing anything feels like cruel torture right now. How to overcome the incessant nausea and nourish your body and your baby? Start by taking a deep breath. Feeling guilty about your nutritional deficiencies will only add stress to the situation and make morning sickness worse from an emotionally draining standpoint. Take small steps — when you can eat, eat healthy foods. Consume small meals and snacks throughout the day. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. Even if you’re feeling even worse, achieving these goals should help you manage… Read More »Best Foods for Morning Sickness

Labor room lingo – Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

Fontanelle, episiotomy, meconium – oy vey! With all this lingo going through your head, you might just feel like you’re back in grade school watching a vocabulary quiz. And that’s not a distraction you need when trying to get a little human out of your body. Educate yourself on the most common technical terminology, so that you will be an ace at any word your occupational nurse throws at you. With our handy glossary, you’ll be fluent in no time! Anatomy Amniotic sacSometimes called a “water bag” or “membranes,” this bag of clear amniotic fluid is where your little bean… Read More »Labor room lingo – Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

It’s the final countdown – Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

Abordez ces tâches avant l’arrivée de bébé Les dernières semaines de grossesse ne doivent pas être une course folle. Rayez ces 10 articles de votre liste à l’avance pour être prêt pour l’atterrissage de votre tout-petit. Houston, nous avons un problème : au troisième trimestre, votre bosse est grosse et en charge, vous laissant paresseux, avec peu d’envie de vous éloigner du canapé. Mais avant de vous lancer dans le nouveau monde étrange de la parentalité avec un nouveau bébé, il est impératif de vous préparer, ainsi que votre centre de contrôle de mission, pour réussir. Commencez à vous attaquer… Read More »It’s the final countdown – Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

Developmental Changes in the Second Trimester

First of all, congratulations! The second trimester of pregnancy is a welcome mileage indicator for several reasons: you will likely see a decrease in unwanted pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and extreme fatigue, and your risk of miscarriage drops significantly to between 1 and 5%. , a real sigh of relief. While you may experience less of the unpleasant symptoms that accompany a positive pregnancy test, there are still exciting things happening in baby’s watery world and ways to best support their fetal development. Changes for mom The second trimester consists of weeks 13 to 28. Often referred to… Read More »Developmental Changes in the Second Trimester

Mocktail Recipes for Pregnancy – Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

We love these drink recipes because they are close to what you would get in a real cocktail and offer easily recognizable and pleasant tasting notes. (Because sometimes mom wants more than a mixture of juices poorly disguised as sangria.) The spiciness of the jalapeño adds a much needed kick that lets you sip and savor. For extra warmth, soak jalapeño slices in faux tequila for 15 to 30 minutes before using. Ingredients: 2 oz. Ritual tequila 1 ounce fresh lime juice ½ ounce agave nectar ½ jalapeño pepper, sliced Basil leaf Tajin seasoning (for the rim) Fill a shaker… Read More »Mocktail Recipes for Pregnancy – Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

Water Birth 101 With a Birth Educator

Are you planning to bring your baby into the world by giving birth in water? Unlike Hollywood depictions of labor and delivery where mothers uncontrollably wail in excruciating pain, water immersion and hydrotherapy practices can provide women with a more relaxing experience overall and the possibility of a pleasant childbirth experience. But because childbirth is not a unique thing, we called on the expertise of Sara Lyon, doula and birth educator, two-time author and founder of Glow Birth & Body, for a better understanding of benefits of childbirth in water and how a mother-to-be can tell if it’s the right… Read More »Water Birth 101 With a Birth Educator

Birth Center vs. Hospital Birth: What to Consider in Maternity Care

Birthing centers are rising in popularity with today’s expectant moms, due in part to economic feasibility, model of care and desired birth outcomes. A CNN Health report claims the number of babies born annually in birth centers has jumped up 56 percent since 2007, though approximately 98 percent of births still occur in a hospital. When I decided to look into a local birth center during my last pregnancy, I didn’t know the first place to start. I began by heading to the website and poked around a bit, and I quickly realized that from the very beginning, this process… Read More »Birth Center vs. Hospital Birth: What to Consider in Maternity Care

Side Effects of Stress During Pregnancy

For many pregnant women, the 40-week journey to have a bun is a roller coaster of emotional, physical, and situational changes that can impact mom’s mental health, and it’s only natural that this event will take place. life challenges even the coolest. cucumbers. Knowing the facts and knowing what signs to look for can help you manage your personal worries while finding positive solutions to keep you and your growing baby safe. Read on for our expert’s advice on maternal stress and staying healthy during pregnancy. Stress is very subjective, which makes it difficult to define and measure, but chances… Read More »Side Effects of Stress During Pregnancy

Doula vs Midwife: What’s the Difference?

Hiring the right people for your birth team is crucial in finding the ideal balance between medical advice and emotional support for your pregnancy and postpartum period. Whether you plan to give birth in a birthing center, hospital, or opt for a home birth, your healthcare providers may include a doula or a midwife (or both). Although both play an important role in the birthing process, their positions are quite different. Here’s what you need to know. Midwives are unique in their holistic approach to antenatal care, which means they care for pregnant women in all aspects of physical, emotional… Read More »Doula vs Midwife: What’s the Difference?

Ask the Experts: Pregnancy After Miscarriage

When a pregnancy ends unexpectedly, it can be a confusing and emotional process for parents. While there is no timeline for dealing with grief – and everyone handles loss differently – understanding your options and what you can control can help you move forward while your grief is over. heart is recovering. Amy Wetter, MD, OB-GYN at Northside Women’s Specialists in Atlanta, GA sheds light on the meaning of miscarriage and provides insight for partners keen to conceive again. What causes a miscarriage? Between 10 and 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. There are many factors that can lead… Read More »Ask the Experts: Pregnancy After Miscarriage

Best Bedside Bassinet For Babies In 2021

What is a bedside cradle? Newborns up to 5 months tend to have a comfortable sleep after birth and we need to make sure babies should not feel any discomfort during the night because the attachment between mother and baby is very close. , to improve the bond, we have a bedside cradle which is very safe and secure for newborns. the bedside cradle has a zipper design which allows mom to access the baby inside the cradle that’s why we call it a bedside cradle Top 5 best bedside cradles Our team did the research and took into account… Read More »Best Bedside Bassinet For Babies In 2021

7 Superior Quality Bassinet Sheets in 2021

Importance of cradle sheets You are all set for the arrival of your baby, you have planned everything from scratch and you are satisfied with the set of preparation you have done for the baby’s arrival correctly, we all know how important it is to ‘have the best bedside bassinet for our baby? Huge right! we should give equal importance to replacement the sheets or the cradle cushion from time to time. In a week we should change the bed sheets two or three times according to your needs and care. Why? babies stay for extended hours in the same… Read More »7 Superior Quality Bassinet Sheets in 2021

5 Reasons should buy ergo baby carrier 360 products

Ergo baby carriers are designed to cradle your baby in a natural position. The product is designed to balance the load between the hips and shoulders. It’s super comfortable for traveling outdoors. Ergo baby carriers are easy to transport from one place to another. It is also a product based on ergonomics There are many variations of baby carrier products available in ergo baby, from newborns to infants of all ages. Each product has a unique design and functionality. carrier Best baby bassinet in 2021 Omni 360 baby carrier It is suitable for everyone. It has been recommended for a… Read More »5 Reasons should buy ergo baby carrier 360 products

Best Baby Bassinet Under $100

The arrival of a newborn has forced you to prepare a birth list. many more things should be ready to keep in your home before the baby comes to your home. Every day is important for new moms and family members. the new addition will make you dream a lot in the future. we probably understand! Cribs are essential for newborns. although it only requires 5-6 months of using the product. It plays an important role for newborns. every day your baby will sleep in the product so we have recommended some of the best baby cribs and here we… Read More »Best Baby Bassinet Under $100

6 Best Twin bassinet for baby

Are you pregnant with twins? Well! Congratulations, but are you planning to welcome your twins? Your plans could end if you don’t get a twin crib for your twin babies when they are born. A twin baby cradle is one of the best gifts you can give them for their birth, or even it can be one of the best gift ideas for your friend who is pregnant with twins. Buying babies can be difficult, especially for twins, but we’re here to make it easy for you. Buying a crib is one of the main steps because it is the… Read More »6 Best Twin bassinet for baby

5 Best Mini Crib for baby

Babies take up a lot of space because they are so small at birth! A crib quickly fills up with a crib, dresser, and changing table, especially if you live in an apartment or small house. Then there is the mini cradle. These smaller cribs can be a great alternative for your family in lieu of (or perhaps in addition to) a full-size crib, depending on your space and the features you are looking for. What is a mini cradle? Mini cradles are smaller versions of standard size cribs, as the name suggests. They make it easier to move from… Read More »5 Best Mini Crib for baby

5 Best Lightweight Baby Stroller Under $100

The moment has finally arrived. Where to start ? What are the economical models for an ideal, handy and compact stroller? Parents who have recently given birth must have struggled with a very large stroller navigating it among people looking for a car seat in a restaurant. There is always a need for the best lightweight stroller or inexpensive strollers for their little ones that would be sturdy and allow for easy portability, unimportant juggling in the city or on air, train and car travel. Fortunately, you will happily discover a lot of options here. WHAT IS THE BEST LIGHTWEIGHT… Read More »5 Best Lightweight Baby Stroller Under $100

Bassinet Vs Crib 5 awesome differences

Choosing between a cradle and a cradle can be a difficult choice. It can be overwhelming with all the information and possibilities. A few important distinctions between the two and careful consideration can help determine which one is appropriate. 5 major differences between the cradle and the cradle Cost Cradles are often less expensive than cradles. This is because they are used for a shorter period. A decent pool can cost anywhere from $ 60 to $ 135. Cradle under $ 100 Period of use Cribs only last 4-6 months, depending on your child’s size and movements. Alternatively, cribs are… Read More »Bassinet Vs Crib 5 awesome differences

What is the best time for babies to eat chocolate?

can you find ways for babies to eat chocolate? Almost all children love chocolate and they can’t get enough of it. Your baby will always be drawn to a chocolate bar, so you need to know when your little one can eat it. Suppose your baby is less than 24 months old. In this case, you should wait until their digestive system is fully developed before serving chocolate to the baby because chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which is an ingredient in coffee. Is chocolate suitable for babies? Yes. Chocolate can help your baby in several ways. Here are just… Read More »What is the best time for babies to eat chocolate?

5 cheap Home Remedies for Baby Constipated

Parents are also concerned that their children will not be pruned enough. there are a few signs and causes after the baby is constipated. we go through it one by one before that. The formula for feeding a baby is usually to have a bowel movement at least once a day, but it can take 1 to 2 days for a bowel movement. In the case of breastfed babies, it depends on the age. In the first month of life, having a bowel movement less than once a day means your newborn baby is not eating enough. However, it may… Read More »5 cheap Home Remedies for Baby Constipated

Newborn sleep routine: Questions & Answers

This blog was written for us by Natalie Graham, Baby Sleep Expert. You can find out how Natalie can help you by going to her website, Instagram, or Facebook. First of all, a big thumbs up for your pregnancy, or if you are reading this as a new mom, then welcome to the crazy, emotional yet fulfilling fantasy world of motherhood. I wanted to write this article to help set expectations regarding sleeping with a newborn baby, why it’s like this, and the importance of trusting your baby’s instincts during this time, as you all adjust to the change. Let… Read More »Newborn sleep routine: Questions & Answers

Pregnancy Diet Myths | Secret Saviours

Pregnancy diet myths are endless. There are so many contradictory stories going round that it can be hard to tell what’s really true, meaning your pregnancy can become more confusing than it needs to be! The lists of foods that expectant mothers should make sure they eat, or avoid, are riddled with myths. We know from experience that dealing with all these food myths during pregnancy can get in the way of enjoying a healthy diet for you and your baby. We’ve debunked a few of these pregnancy diet myths in a previous blog post, but there are so many… Read More »Pregnancy Diet Myths | Secret Saviours

Pregnancy and Beauty Myths | Secret Saviours

Nous avons découvert que tant de mythes sur la grossesse et la beauté, ainsi que sur la grossesse et la santé, sont trompeurs, que nous pensions en ouvrir quelques-uns. Quand cela vient à santé pendant la grossesse, la précision est vitale, alors trions ces déclarations de santé et de beauté pendant la grossesse en mythe ou en fait. Mythe 1 : Pas de bains chauds Les bains chauds grossesse le mythe prétend que les femmes enceintes ne peuvent pas profiter d’un bon bain de vapeur. Mais c’est tout à fait bien pour vous allonger et profiter d’un bain relaxant, assurez-vous… Read More »Pregnancy and Beauty Myths | Secret Saviours

Making the Best of a Pregnant Christmas

This Christmas is going to be quite different for all of us, but we know it will be especially difficult when you’re pregnant and hoping to reunite with friends and family to celebrate your growing bump. Well, we’re not going to downplay your disappointment, but we’re going to show you that every cloud has a silver lining and we’re here to help you find it, so you can still have a great Christmas pregnant this year. If you want ideas on fun and safe pregnancy things you can do at home during the holiday season, then read on! Let’s look… Read More »Making the Best of a Pregnant Christmas

How To Keep Yourself Fit During Pregnancy

Even with the social distancing and lockdown measures in place, December was probably the time to let your guard down and treat yourself to some extra chocolates, tarts and the like. Christmas candy (yes, we skipped the bubble part – that will have to wait until Christmas 2021). And to make up for the lack of social events and family reunions, we bet, like us, that you lost a few home walks / workouts for a veg session on the couch and a good movie! Last week was all about getting ready for the end of the holiday season and… Read More »How To Keep Yourself Fit During Pregnancy

Best maternity activewear for Pregnant Mums in 2021

Keeping in shape is important during pregnancy – for you and your baby, (especially during this pandemic, when it can help you relax and unwind) but once you start thinking about that maternity training plan, a new question arises. “Where the hell can you find maternity sportswear that gives extra support in all the right places and fits your growing tummy? ” Do not worry your training wardrobe turns you off because staying active can help with work, the overall health of you and your baby, and get you back in shape after birth. The body works hard during pregnancy,… Read More »Best maternity activewear for Pregnant Mums in 2021

Your Hospital Bag Checklist Made Easy

Research has shown that only 5% of births actually take place on their due date. So, even if you still have time, it may be a good idea to start preparing your hospital bag checklist – at least two weeks early is a standard suggestion, but with all the planning involved, we suggest that you start preparing your checklist well in advance of that. Plus, with COVID-19 disrupting even the best pregnancy plans, extra preparation is the safest way to proceed right now. As you know, most of the hospitals in UK only allows one support person in the room… Read More »Your Hospital Bag Checklist Made Easy

Is drinking coffee safe during pregnancy?

There are always a lot of rumors about what things you can or cannot consume while pregnant, and the one that particularly breaks hearts is that pregnant women should avoid coffee. Can I drink coffee during pregnancy? Coffee contains essential nutrients and is extremely rich in antioxidants. Therefore, when you are not pregnant, it can have some health benefits. Look at the nutrients found in an 8-ounce cup of coffee: Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 11% of DV Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 6% of DV Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 2% of DV Vitamin B3 (niacin): 2% of DV Folate: 1% of DV Manganese:… Read More »Is drinking coffee safe during pregnancy?

Pregnancy diet: Best and Worst Foods in Pregnancy

You may be feeling overwhelmed by all the pregnancy diet myths and rules that you hear about on the internet – just what can you eat during pregnancy?!  Since it’s National Nutrition Month right now, we’ve decided to cut through the chaos with some simple information. National Nutrition Month National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign inviting everyone to learn more about their food choices and to develop healthier eating and exercise habits. The food you eat, and the exercise you untertake, are both really important during pregnancy – the healthier you are, the healthier your baby is too. On the National Nutrition month website… Read More »Pregnancy diet: Best and Worst Foods in Pregnancy

Can I have a massage while pregnant?

It’s National Complementary Therapy Week right now, which raises the question – are complementary therapies safe during pregnancy?  What Treatments can I do? The short answer is yes and, whilst massage is one of the safest, there are a whole range of other complementary therapies that are safe for you too. Of course, you need to check with your doctor before you embark on any therapies like homeopathy, massage or acupuncture, but generally they are non-invasive therapies and therefore low risk in pregnancy.  The downside this year is that many practices are currently closed and, as you’ll be more aware of… Read More »Can I have a massage while pregnant?

How To Survive Stress Whilst Pregnant

Il est naturel de se sentir stressée pendant la grossesse – votre corps subit de nombreux changements et vous pouvez finir par être bombardé de nombreux conseils contradictoires ou vous inquiéter de chaque symptôme que vous ressentez. En fait, cette dernière année a été tout le contraire de l’absence de stress, ce qui a poussé de nombreuses femmes à se demander comment survivre au stress pendant la grossesse. N’oubliez pas que ce sont des moments inhabituels et si vous vous sentez tendue, anxieuse ou même légèrement stressée pendant votre grossesse en ce moment, il faut s’y attendre. Cependant, le stress… Read More »How To Survive Stress Whilst Pregnant

Is it safe to garden when pregnant?

Gardening during pregnancy can be a great way to stay active while getting the much needed fresh air and sun. Oh, and of course a colorful garden is a sure-fire way to cheer you up every day! But there is often concerns about gardening during pregnancy, from stories about toxoplasmosis, harmful insecticides and the dangers of exercise during pregnancy. Much of what you read about the dangers of gardening during pregnancy is wrong, but there are definitely a few things to watch out for so that you and your baby can stay safe. With a little more care and attention,… Read More »Is it safe to garden when pregnant?

A Guide to Low Back Pain in Pregnancy

Are you one of the 50% of women who suffers from low back pain (LBP) during pregnancy? Well, as this percentage shows, you are not alone! Many pregnant women experience significant discomfort throughout their pregnancy due to back pain or lower pelvic pain. What is low back pain during pregnancy? For most women back pain associated with pregnancy may feel like a dull ache, but to others it feels like a sharp burning pain. It is most often felt in the lower back, but don’t be surprised if you experience pain on only one side or even higher in the… Read More »A Guide to Low Back Pain in Pregnancy

Great British Spring Clean | Secret Saviours

Are common household cleaners safe for pregnant women? Pregnancy is a magical and beautiful time, but it can also be anxious. Some pregnant women worry that being exposed to everyday chemicals and household cleaning products during pregnancy can harm their unborn baby and have concerns about using cleaning products during pregnancy. It can be especially confusing when your nesting instincts kick in and all you want to do is clean up and get your house ready for your new package! Unfortunately, there are no official medical guidelines on which household cleaning products and chemicals it is safe for pregnant women… Read More »Great British Spring Clean | Secret Saviours

Can I Have a BBQ When Pregnant?

Soyons honnêtes… être enceinte en été est difficile. C’est chaud, en sueur, vos pieds gonflent et votre nouveau radiateur interne n’a pas reçu le mémo. Et la liste des ce que les femmes enceintes ne devraient pas manger, boire et faire pendant la grossesse est assez long sans y ajouter de barbecue, donc la dernière chose que vous voulez vous demander est « puis-je avoir un barbecue enceinte ? ». Quels sont les risques de faire un barbecue enceinte? Heureusement, la réponse courte est… oui ! Vous pouvez vous moquer de tous les aliments au barbecue que vous voulez quand… Read More »Can I Have a BBQ When Pregnant?

Best Summer 2021 Maternity Wedding Guest Dresses

There may be more fashion choice maternity wedding clothes than ever before – but that doesn’t mean finding the perfect outfit for a special occasion isn’t stressful. Particularly because depending on the progress, you probably won’t want to part with your loungewear, let alone find a maternity wedding guest dress. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be difficult (or uncomfortable). In fact, we’ve put together a list of our favorite maternity wedding guest dresses for summer 2021 to make it easier for you. Not only that, but we’ve also put together a how-to guide to help you dress… Read More »Best Summer 2021 Maternity Wedding Guest Dresses

Questions to ask your Midwife

What your midwife wants you to know Midwives have been helping women give birth since time immemorial. In the UK, their role is to provide support and advice during pregnancy, childbirth and the period after. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact them, they are there to help and reassure you. So how will a midwife support you? The main role of a midwife is to provide care and advice before, during and after childbirth, including: Information on how to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle Support your quest to quit bad habits such as… Read More »Questions to ask your Midwife

How to prepare for breastfeeding?

Se préparer à allaiter peut sembler accablant et pour de nombreuses futures et nouvelles mamans, cela peut sembler être le premier véritable test de la maternité. Étant donné que vous venez de passer neuf mois à faire grandir un petit être humain et à faire face à tous les effets secondaires liés à la grossesse et au travail, cela peut sembler assez accablant. Ajouté au fait qu’il y a tellement d’informations disponibles et de nombreux conseils contradictoires – de la mise au point parfaite de la prise du sein aux collations pour augmenter l’offre – il peut être difficile de… Read More »How to prepare for breastfeeding?

What are the best maternity jeans?

Updated September 15, 2021 This September is the 26the Year of Jeans Day for Jeans (where wearing your favorite jeans can help raise funds for kids with genetic disorders), so what better time than now to shop for a pair of stylish maternity jeans. It is estimated that one in 25 children is diagnosed with a genetic condition. – that’s 30,000 babies and children in the UK every year. So far, Jeans for Genes has raised over £ 45million for these kids, so this really is an easy way to do a lot of good (and get it right!) We… Read More »What are the best maternity jeans?

What Supplements Should I Take During Pregnancy?

Getting pregnant can be a minefield of dos and don’ts and sometimes it can seem like everyone you meet has an opinion about what you should or shouldn’t be doing with your body. One of the hardest things to keep track of is knowing which vitamins and minerals you should take during your pregnancy. Advice seems to be constantly changing and what your own mother was allowed to take during her pregnancy might be a big no-no for you now. So where does that leave you and what vitamins and supplements should and can take during your pregnancy … Should… Read More »What Supplements Should I Take During Pregnancy?

What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About the Delta Variant

With the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, again, now is the time for every pregnant woman to understand the importance of getting vaccinated, as these vaccines have been found to be safe for pregnant women and can help not only protect themselves but their babies as well as the new Delta variant may present an increased risk of hospitalization compared to previous strains of the virus. New Delta variant While COVID-19 has been a devastating problem worldwide since 2020, health officials and researchers have identified a new variant; Delta variant. It turns out that this new strain of… Read More »What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About the Delta Variant

Toddler Eczema: Everything You Should Know

Signs and symptoms of toddler eczema Your child may have eczema if they have the following symptoms: Rashes that may develop bumps that bleed when scratched Itching, which can be severe, especially at night Red to brownish-gray spots, especially on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, and face Thick, cracked and scaly skin Dry skin Symptoms can vary with age. Infants under 12 months of age develop eczema rashes on the forehead or scalp. Subsequently, the rashes tend to spread to the knees, trunk and elbows. On the other hand, older children and teens develop rashes on the… Read More »Toddler Eczema: Everything You Should Know

Acupuncture During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Acupuncture can be used during pregnancy to manage a range of discomforts. If you are pregnant, you may also wonder about the safety and effectiveness of this treatment. In this article, we discuss the safety and effectiveness of this age-old therapy for expectant mothers. As a complementary energy practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, or stylostixis, is used to balance qi Where chi energies in the body. Oriental physicians have used the practice for centuries with apparently positive results. National Institutes of Health Research In a systematic review of the literature, NIH researchers report that alternative practices are often used… Read More »Acupuncture During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Abdominal Breathing Exercises for Diastasis Recti Recovery

Up to 60% of women suffer from pre- or post-partum diastasis recti, partial or complete separation of the six-pack abdominal muscles or rectus abdominis. This condition can usually go unnoticed and painless, but for some people with diastasis recti, it can be uncomfortable, difficult to perform certain activities, and in some cases even painful. Rehabilitation methods for diastasis recti focus on aligning and strengthening the core muscles to rebuild muscle connections. Some of the number of exercises, therapies, and treatment options for this condition include abdominal breathing exercises, which can activate muscles, align body structure, and be a no-impact option… Read More »Abdominal Breathing Exercises for Diastasis Recti Recovery

Inducing Labor With Acupressure – Healthy Pregnancy

Women who are late for childbirth can use acupressure to induce labor. It is the art of subjecting specific parts of the body to pressure to naturally encourage childbirth. Practitioners can use their hands, palms, or even specific devices for therapy. The practice of acupressure began in ancient China but has spread throughout the world over time. Note that you should only perform these practices with the advice of a medical expert. For an occasion as sensitive as childbirth, you also need precise information. Acupressure points to induce labor The following are specific points at which you can apply acupressure… Read More »Inducing Labor With Acupressure – Healthy Pregnancy

Including Other Children in a Pregnancy Announcement

No matter how many children a couple may already have, the announcement of a new baby is a joyful time. Whether it’s the first baby or the fifth, announcing a new family member is an exciting time and for couples who already have one or more children, including them in the news can be a time of bonding. family to celebrate together. Not only will this add to the fun of sharing the news and help your other kids feel important by being involved, it can also present the opportunity for a creative pregnancy announcement to share with your friends… Read More »Including Other Children in a Pregnancy Announcement

Researchers Develop a New Way to Detect Placenta Accreta Spectrum Disorder During Pregnancy

Researchers at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai have developed new technology to detect placenta accreta spectrum disorder (PAS), a potentially fatal disease in pregnant women. The condition occurs in less than 0.5 percent of all pregnancies. UCLA professors Dr Yazhen Zhu and Hsian-Rong Tseng have been developing new NanoVelcro chip technology for 15 years. Researchers specialize in molecular and medical pharmacology. Specialists are currently using ultrasound combined with an assessment of pregnancy history to diagnose the spectrum of placental accumulation. The disease is asymptomatic and is not discovered until a mother has routine prenatal ultrasounds; thus, a new detection method will improve… Read More »Researchers Develop a New Way to Detect Placenta Accreta Spectrum Disorder During Pregnancy

Accurately Predicting Fetal Weight With Three-Dimensional Limb Volume Ultrasound

Predicting fetal weight can help determine if an unborn baby has any complications or potential abnormalities. This can be done using 3D technology. Accurately predicting the weight of a fetus at various stages of development can also keep the mother safe. The studies were performed using a combination of three-dimensional ultrasound of the limbs and the fetal abdominal circumference. Why is the weight of the fetus so important? Fetal weight is an important aspect in ensuring that the fetus and mother can stay safe as the pregnancy progresses. It can also keep the baby more secure after birth. In general,… Read More »Accurately Predicting Fetal Weight With Three-Dimensional Limb Volume Ultrasound

Is it Safe to Use a Massage Chair While Pregnant?

If there’s one thing most new moms have a problem with, it’s getting comfortable. Massage chairs have been used to help pregnant women get comfortable. Body aches are one of the problems of many pregnant women. As the baby grows, the mother’s body must adapt to gain the weight. Often, pregnant women have problems when sitting or even lying down. Getting a massage is often a good idea during such times. Massage chairs have been used to help with this, although some people have reservations about the chairs. There has been speculation that massage chairs can cause miscarriages. If you… Read More »Is it Safe to Use a Massage Chair While Pregnant?

Relieving Nausea and Morning Sickness With Acupressure Points

Acupressure is based on the traditional Chinese practice of acupuncture. It is an ancient healing art and is said to be helpful in relieving nausea. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, you use your fingers to apply pressure to specific points on your body called acupuncture points. Pressing on these points can help relieve nausea from a variety of causes, including morning sickness during pregnancy. Acupuncture points to relieve nausea during pregnancy To help relieve your nausea, you can practice acupressure yourself at home by applying pressure to various acupuncture points using your fingers. Some of these… Read More »Relieving Nausea and Morning Sickness With Acupressure Points

Signs of Labor: How to Tell When It’s Time for Your Baby’s Birth

As you approach 40 weeks of pregnancy, you will probably spend a lot of time wondering, “When will labor start?” It can be frustrating to wait, especially if you’re past your due date. Based on your medical history and past experience with loss, your provider may recommend induction. But if you are at low risk and your baby is healthy, you will likely be responsible for determining when your baby is due. You might be thinking, “How do I know when I’m in labor? There are a few definite ways to tell and a few other signs that labor is… Read More »Signs of Labor: How to Tell When It’s Time for Your Baby’s Birth

Emma’s Bump Day Blog, Week 33: Just Breathe

Only 7 weeks left and I don’t know how I feel. Nervous, excited, overwhelmed and so much more. There is so much to do in such a short time. So while I want the next few weeks to go really fast, I also want time to slow down so I can tick everything off my to-do list. As my husband must have reminded me today: Just Breathe. It’s okay if everything doesn’t get done because the stress on me and Jelly Bean isn’t worth it. At the end of the day, all that matters is that we are safe and… Read More »Emma’s Bump Day Blog, Week 33: Just Breathe

Brittany’s Bump Day Blog, Week 18: Working Fulltime in the Height of a Pandemic, While Being Pregnant After Loss

Kneeling down in planning lessons for the next school week, I felt a slight pressure in my guts. I wondered what it was until it continued a total of 3 times. Then I realized that at 17 weeks I could feel my baby girl moving. It was a moment I desperately needed and it forced me to breathe out. His presence reminded me that everything was fine. Personal collection of the author / Brittany Jones I had been emotionally and mentally exhausted as well as anxious. Because I am a teacher, my job is by no means the hardest. However,… Read More »Brittany’s Bump Day Blog, Week 18: Working Fulltime in the Height of a Pandemic, While Being Pregnant After Loss

Elizabeth’s Bump Day Blog, Week 18: It’s A…

After a little trip away from life with the best friend (I highly recommend an early fall trip, by the way) I came home to snuggle my rainbow baby, kiss my husband and unroll a surprise. On the way back from our trip to Indiana, we stopped in Columbus to explore (ie shopping!). We decided to have some fun (we work hard, as moms and business owners!) And each did something exciting. My best friend had a super cute piercing, and I had an ultrasound to find out the sex of the little bean! Now let me start with the… Read More »Elizabeth’s Bump Day Blog, Week 18: It’s A…

“It’s Still Really Early”: 5 Challenges of the First Trimester in Pregnancy After Loss

The first trimester of pregnancy is known for its many challenges such as nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. Dealing with the first trimester when you are expecting a baby after pregnancy, infant, or child loss can come with additional challenges. Some of the challenges that individuals and couples may face as early as the first trimester are described below. Unsplash / Lina Trchent 1. Fear of miscarriage Statistically speaking, pregnancy loss is more likely to occur in the first trimester than later in pregnancy. While these statistics may mean little in reassuring bereaved parents who were on the wrong side of… Read More »“It’s Still Really Early”: 5 Challenges of the First Trimester in Pregnancy After Loss

Emma’s Bump Day Blog, Week 34: Gaining Hope

Can’t believe we’ve reached this point – 34 weeks late and about 6 more to go! What if Jelly Bean decides to make an appearance early, let alone that! The reality that I don’t have much time left began to take hold. I’m preparing for work to make sure all of my responsibilities are covered while I’m on maternity leave, as well as sorting out all the details. Luckily at home I think we have everything we need to welcome Jelly Bean to the world. We still need to officially set up a few things, install the car seat and… Read More »Emma’s Bump Day Blog, Week 34: Gaining Hope

9 Ways to Honor Pregnancy, Infant, & Child Loss Awareness Month while Pregnant or Parenting After Loss

When I was pregnant with my second daughter, Zoe, during Pregnancy, Infant and Child Loss Awareness Month in October, I found it important for me to create space and myself. remember Nora while preparing to bring the world back to life. It was a challenge to walk that fine line of mourning and joy over the month and find ways to express these two feelings in honor of my two children. I have to admit that I was just starting the second trimester and the pregnancy with Zoe didn’t feel “real” yet. The grief was still so fresh that I… Read More »9 Ways to Honor Pregnancy, Infant, & Child Loss Awareness Month while Pregnant or Parenting After Loss

Brittany’s Bump Day Blog, Week 19: Reflections of an Angel Mom

October is Pregnancy, Infant and Child Loss Awareness Month and I took the opportunity to reflect on where I have been and where I am. I gave myself grace and allowed myself to feel even though the feelings are dark. I still grow through them. Shutterstock / Samuel Borges Photography One thing I have learned that I want other Angel Moms who are currently pregnant to know that the joy of victory does not pay for the pain of defeat. My joy for my healthy little girl who is currently blossoming in me is indescribable. In addition, the pain of… Read More »Brittany’s Bump Day Blog, Week 19: Reflections of an Angel Mom

5 Songs for When Grief Feels Stagnant

Have you ever felt stuck in your grief? I don’t mean stuck in the throes of grief, although I certainly felt that, too. I mean stuck in a place where your grief seems unnecessary. Why did my babies have to die? It’s been seven years, and some days I still can’t figure it out, even though I resigned myself to the fact that it wasn’t up to me. Life, the beautiful gift that it is, was not mine to keep that time. Shutterstock / fizkes For seven years, I tried to make my grief count. Do all I can for… Read More »5 Songs for When Grief Feels Stagnant

Elizabeth’s Bump Day Blog, Week 19: Happy 3rd Heavenly Birthday, Teddy

Yesterday, October 6, was the 3rd birthday of my oldest son, Teddy. And I can’t believe it’s been another long year without my sweet boy. Not only was it just her birthday, but it’s also Pregnancy, Infant and Child Loss Awareness Month. I’ll take it back to the beginning of our story. My husband and I got married in the spring of 2017 and we knew we were ready to start our family. I have PCOS – so we walked in knowing there might be challenges. After a few unsuccessful cycles of Clomid because I am not ovulating on my… Read More »Elizabeth’s Bump Day Blog, Week 19: Happy 3rd Heavenly Birthday, Teddy

17 Raising Boys Quotes Every Mom Should Read – Habitat for Mom

This article contains affiliate links. Raising boys is no walk in the park, they are the love of your life but can test your patience more than I would like to admit. Sometimes when we are so frustrated with them we have to remember that this too will pass. Having a few quotes to do will surely help you in these difficult days with your boy. My boy tests me every day, but with these quotes handy for me to read and think about, I’m changing my attitude for the better … here are the raise boys quotes to pin… Read More »17 Raising Boys Quotes Every Mom Should Read – Habitat for Mom

Your Body Changes During Pregnancy – Welcome to the Club – Looking After Skin and Body During Pregnancy

Exciting times await us! You just found out that you are going to have a baby and your world is suddenly changing! It was an explosion of mixed feelings – surprise, love, worry, insecurity, fear of the unknown, strength and determination to protect your child from the first second. Mostly positive waves! Great. What many new moms don’t know and don’t realize until it’s too late that their skin is a vital part of their body and during pregnancy it changes dramatically. When I was going through this pregnancy period for the first time in my life, I made a… Read More »Your Body Changes During Pregnancy – Welcome to the Club – Looking After Skin and Body During Pregnancy

Here’s How to Help Turn Your Breech Baby

I hate when one of my students from Loving Your Labor or The VBAC LAB sends me a message or posts in our private communities that their baby is in breech. That frustrates me, and here’s why a breech baby catches my goat. I understand, mom; I had this in 3 pregnancies. I had a breech baby at 38 weeks with 2 of them. Well guess what? I transformed all 3 by various methods and a lot of fear and anxiety. But they turned around. 🧨 FREE VBAC MINI COURSE: FROM FEAR TO WAITING 🧨 Link in BIO to register,… Read More »Here’s How to Help Turn Your Breech Baby

Birth Negativity and The Renaming Revolution

What is the renaming revolution. Recently, while I was scrolling Instagram, which incidentally does not happen anymore, I saw a new movement. I was LIKE HELL yes! I can get behind this movement fo sho! We do a small commission on some links (you no longer pay to use our links), however for some referrals we don’t earn anything, we just love them and want you to know them. Click here for our full disclosure. Thank you! When I go through a birth plan with one of my students or readers, I always stress the importance of “the mood” in… Read More »Birth Negativity and The Renaming Revolution

What You Really Have to Bring to the Hospital

Planning your work can seem like a complete guesswork. Add a pandemic, and, well, you’re prepared for the unexpected, is there at least that? You may or may not be able to have your support person / partner / spouse with you depending on where you live and, heck, what day of the week it is. In fact, many women have absolutely no idea what to expect during childbirth, even in January, so it is very difficult to determine what to do in advance! The truth is, there really is no way of knowing what to expect when giving birth.… Read More »What You Really Have to Bring to the Hospital

50 Ferociously Popular Baby Boy Names of 2020

Are you pregnant, mom? Realize how very difficult it is to choose a name that you and your partner agree on. Or maybe your family has strong opinions and you don’t want to hear it. Remember, this is your baby boy and you can choose your favorite name, whether it’s a popular baby boy name or a name that just makes your heart beat faster. . Choosing a name is a journey. We do a small commission on some links (you no longer pay to use our links), however for some referrals we don’t earn anything, we just love them… Read More »50 Ferociously Popular Baby Boy Names of 2020