Tag Archives: Being Pregnant

How a Cerclage Saved my High Risk Pregnancy

A cervical cerclage, or stitch helping to close the cervix, can be one way to help a high risk pregnancy. Here’s one mama’s story about her own experience. The day I found out I was pregnant with my second baby, I wished for it to be a girl. I already have a son but I have always wanted a mini-me.Imagine our excitement when at our 20-week appointment we found out that we were having a girl. It was the sweetest feeling ever. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a […]

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10 Things I Wish I’d Done When I Was Pregnant

Looking back, I could should have done things differently. Now, with baby, I regret some decisions I made when I was pregnant. I don’t regret them enough to try and have another child, but still. If there’d ever be a second pregnancy, I know what I’d put on my pregnancy wish list. I wish I had… gotten a maternity shoot (or at least taken some tummy pictures) No matter how much you hate your belly in the third trimester, about a week after giving birth you can’t […]

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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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Baby on a Budget – the Barest Bare Essentials

5.6Kshares 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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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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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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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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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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