Category Archives: Pregnancy Concerns

Teaching Your Kids About Racism: 5 Things You Can Do Today

When it comes to talking about complex and emotional things like racism with your kids, it’s natural to feel a little anxious about doing it right.  Some parents worry introducing topics like racism too early can be harmful, but it turns out kids notice race as early as preschool, making early introduction to this heavy but important topic critical. Studies have shown parents’ silence on racism actually reinforces it. According to a study just last year, 60% of parents rarely or never discuss race/ethnicity or social class […]

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The Grief and the Grace of a Pandemic Pregnancy

When the Coronavirus alarm bells first started sounding, it felt like the universe was playing a cruel joke on me. I had relied on the thought of spring to carry me through hyperemesis gravidarum, the soul-battering, pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting that landed me in the emergency room and left me hanging on by a thread all winter. I had hoped spring would be when some of my anxiety about having another miscarriage would fall away as the pregnancy progressed.Instead, that anxiety was eclipsed by pandemic panic, and […]

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Hey, Be Kind to Yourself (and Your Body) Right Now

Any time the topic of weight comes up, our spidey sense can begin to tingle. Where is this conversation going? Is someone about to be shamed for weighing too much? Too little? Ordering a burger and fries when they “should” have gotten a salad? When we’re so prepped to hear negativity and judgment attached to the weight conversation, it’s no wonder that our inner dialogue on the topic can become downright nasty. If weight is something that you’ve struggled with at the best of times, the fact […]

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Best Maternity Swimwear

1.1Kshares If you’re wondering what to do about the whole bathing suit situation, let me start by saying you don’t have to buy a bathing suit that is specifically maternity. If you aren’t that far along or you aren’t carrying that large, there’s no reason why you can’t wear a regular suit. However, don’t make the same mistake I made and assume that because a bathing suit stretches it will fit your pregnant body. You might have to be cut out of it with the jaws of life […]

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Baby on a Budget – the Barest Bare Essentials

5.5Kshares I love websites that list the essentials baby items you’ll need and list a wipe warmer. I’ve got nothing against wipe warmers but I’d hardly call them a necessity when you have a baby and they are certainly not a necessity if you are having a baby on a budget. So I decided to make my own list and try to figure out what is the least you could get by with and not lose your mind. I mean, sure, we could all forgo the toys […]

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Willow Wearable Breast Pump Now Available Through Insurance

If you’re planning on pumping, and specifically want to explore handsfree options, there’s some exciting news on the wearable breast pump front. The Willow, a handsfree, all-in-one wearable breast pump is now available as an insurance upgrade option via Aeroflow. What Makes Willow Different? The Willow is a wearable breast pump, meaning you stick the two cups in your bra (no special bra is needed, although it won’t work with underwire or padded bras), and let it do its thing. There are no wires, and no tubes, […]

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16 Ways to Support Your Partner Before, During, and After Birth

Supporting your partner through something as wild as pregnancy and birth can seem overwhelming. That’s why we polled our Facebook audience to nail down the most helpful things partners did before, during, and after, and as always, you didn’t disappoint. Here’s a sampling of the clever, kind, and downright impressive things partners did to take care of their other halves. How to support your partner through pregnancy, birth and beyond Exercise your empathy muscles. “My husband went through a labor simulation with me using a TENS unit […]

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Baby Product Safety Standards: Who Regulates What?

If you’ve ever wondered who’s in charge of making sure the products you’re using on your baby are safe, you’re not alone. The information around baby product safety is ever-evolving, and sometimes a product parents swear is a lifesaver one day is considered a ticking diaper bomb the next. If you’re in the dark about what acronyms like “ASTM”, “CPSC”, “JPMA” and “AAP” stand for and what in the sweet hell they’ve got to do with baby safety, we’ve done some digging so you don’t have to. […]

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The Best Llama Baby Stuff

Llamazing stuff for baby! It looks like llamas might be dethroning unicorns as 2020’s “it” animal, so here’s a round up of the best llama baby stuff out there. Halo Muslin Sleepsack Halo’s llama patterned sleep sack provides an extra layer of warm and cozy comfort to your baby while they snooze. This 100% cotton sack can be opened from the bottom for easy diaper changes and gives your baby space to move their little tootsies without kicking off their blanket.  Get your Halo Sleepsack here. Skip Hop […]

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Best Kid Shows (That Parents Like Too)

It’s often hard to find a show that your kids love AND won’t make you want to pull your hair out. So I asked parents what are the best kid shows that are best suited to toddlers and preschoolers and they came back some amazing suggestions. I’ve also tried to find the best place to watch them – this will definitely vary by area but hopefully, it will give you an idea of where to start. Here are the best kid shows according to parents: Puffin Rock […]

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