How to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

Preparing your body for pregnancy is one of the smartest things you can do if you want to have a baby. Sure, some people seem to fall pregnant super easily without having to do anything at all, but others do need to make some changes to ensure their body is a suitable place for a baby to be. Below, you’ll find some advice that will help you to prepare your body for pregnancy.

Bye Bye Birth Control

It goes without saying that you need to come off birth control. Doing this 30 days before you want to conceive is a good idea so that the hormones have a chance to leave your system.

Start Taking Your Vitamins

You want to ensure your body is healthy, so start taking your vitamins consistently. Experts recommend a multivitamin and folic acid for those who want to conceive, but you may also want to do some research into other possible options. Ask your doctor if you should go ahead and start taking prenatal vitamins.

Hone Your Diet

Now it’s time to hone your diet. Get plenty of greens and fruit so that you improve your micronutrient count. This will also help you to stay at a healthy weight, which is imperative when you want to conceive.

Move More

It’s a good idea to get some exercise 4 times a week, whether that’s swimming, walking, or resistance training. You can continue this once you’ve fallen pregnant, and many say it makes giving birth much easier.  

Schedule a Gynecologist Visit

You may also want to schedule a preconception visit with your obstetrician depending on various factors, from your age to any issues you are having with conception. Make sure you cover anything you’re concerned about, from screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to screening for pregnancy readiness. If you struggle to conceive naturally you can also take this time to discuss insemination success with them.

Start Tracking Your Cycle

The sooner you learn all about your menstrual cycle, the better. You’ll be able to clearly see when you’re most likely to fall pregnant, and you might even be more prepared to spot issues earlier on, such as spotting and irregular cycle lengths. You can do this manually or there are apps that can help you.

Find Ways To Relieve Stress

A stressful body is not somewhere a baby wants to grow. Make sure you find ways to relieve stress, such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. Make sure you take time for self care, too!

Get To A Healthy Weight

If you’re not already at a healthy weight, do your best to get to one. Make sure you’re eating to support your goals, whether you need to gain or lose it.

Treat Your Body With Love

Make sure you begin treating your body as if you’re pregnant now. This means no smoking, no drinking or drugs, and treating it carefully so that you can grow your baby in the healthiest way possible.

Pregnancy and Your Favorite Foods

Pregnancy and Your favorite foods

Pregnancy! I have to say, I’m one of the women who loved it. Of course, I was pretty sick, especially with the twins, but loved the process nonetheless. 

Pregnancy can take a toll on your body. I’m sure we can all agree that the stress is worth it when you see that beautiful little faces for the first time. But the struggle can definitely be real. 

As if the physical struggle weren’t enough, pregnancy hormones often impact everything from mental state to taste buds. Your favorite food may come under fire during those nine months, too. Of course, as with anything, the best way to prepare is to know what to expect. So, we’re going to look at what pregnancy could do to your favorite foods.

New Favorite Foods

We all have favorite foods. Perhaps you love chocolate. Or, maybe you have a soft spot for pasta. Whatever your favorites are before pregnancy, you better prepare for a change in menu. Cravings are about to create new favorites you would never have dreamed of. We’re talking cucumbers dipped in chocolate and endless supplies of pickles.

Cravings often seem to have no rhyme or reason, but your body needs what it needs. What’s more, these cravings can make themselves known as early as your first trimester. Now, there are some women that don’t get the crazy cravings, so only time will tell.

Food Allergies

Many of us consider food allergies as one of those things we either have or don’t. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Often, such allergies come about as a result of hormonal fluctuations. So, while it isn’t a set part of pregnancy, many women do develop allergies to certain foods. Sorry to say, chocolate seems to be on the list of frequent offenders here, as do many dairy products.

If your favorites start giving you rashes, it might be worth heading to sites like https://www.allergysiouxfalls.com and booking yourself an allergy test. If you receive a positive result, your favorites will have to take a back seat. The good news is, many such allergies do clear up. But, it’s certainly worth changing the menu for the time being.

Morning Sickness

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that pregnancy can leave you feeling pretty nauseous. Horror stories of morning sickness (or all day sickness) are enough to frighten us all. But, what you might not realize is that the food you love could soon start to turn your stomach. Certain things seem to trigger that sick feeling, and the food is a frequent offender, especially the stinky stuff. So, your love of cheese might suffer for the duration of your pregnancy. For me, it was kale. You can attempt tips like those on https://www.medicalnewstoday.com to try and see you through. But, if things get bad, it might be best to avoid those food choices altogether for a while.  

Pregnancy and Your favorite foods

The Joys of Pregnancy

Regardless of your changing palate, pregnancy is a crazy and wonderful experience. Whether you love it or loathe it, the end result is the same. A beautiful baby.

What were your favorite foods during pregnancy?

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Decorating a Gender Neutral Nursery

If you’re about to become a new Mom, congratulations! Have you got all your preparations up and running and raring to go? Of course, motherhood is a very tender, yet worrying, time, and there’s going to be plenty you’ll need to do, but is the nursery all finished and looking pretty? If not, no worries.

It’s actually becoming quite a trend these days: wait until the baby is born to actually give them a room of their own with a bit of personality about it. Following along in this vein, a lot of new parents don’t actually want to know the gender of their baby and wait for it to be a surprise when their newborn comes along. But how do you prepare for that? Well, any baby can have any color in their bedroom, so let’s focus now on decorating a nursery for a (for the time being!) genderless baby!

Decorating a Gender Neutral Nursery

Use Shades and Tones on the Wall

Not only is this interior design choice going to be friendly enough on baby’s eyes, but it’s also going to be entirely gender neutral. It’s a good choice for anyone who wants their baby to grow into their room, and to make sure that there’s always more space to redecorate in. 

Fill the Closet with Neutral Clothes

It’s a crucial part of your nursery design, and one you’re probably feeling a bit stuck with right now. But when it comes to dressing your baby up, there’s plenty of gender neutral baby clothes out there for you to invest in. Your baby is going to look stinking cute in them, no matter the gender! So make sure the closet in your baby’s nursery doesn’t follow too much of a color scheme, and always have some light shades and tones to fall back on.  

Add Some Animal Decor

All kids love animals as they grow, and because of that, you can easily add some pops of color with animal decor all over the baby’s room. Whether you want to go for a farmyard scene, or some wolves in the woods, or some lions out on the prairie, this is a good way forward.

And you can paint them yourself! If you feel you haven’t put much effort into the nursery yet, this is a surefire way to wipe any of that lingering guilt away. And remember, the more pops of color the better; no matter if a real tiger isn’t green and purple!

Decorating a Gender Neutral Nursery

Decorating a gender neutral nursery doesn’t have to be stressful. This is such an exciting time. Enjoy it! Want to know my must-haves when getting your hospital bag together? Check out this post and get your free printable checklist!

Best Products For New Moms

Since I’m a “veteran” mom now (I guess lol), I have the experience of knowing what products I actually needed. With my first pregnancy, I wanted everything which lead to having tons of stuff that I actually did NOT need.

Friday Favorites: Breastfeeding Edition

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It’s time for another Friday Favorites! Since I’m back to breastfeeding (I’ve really only had about a 4 week break in 3 years lol), I’m going to share my favorite things in regards to breastfeeding.

1) Medela Easy Expression Hands-Free Bustier, Black, Medium. I love this pumping bra and it is a must have for me. It allows you to be hands free while you pump. I know many people will cut holes in sports bras but I prefer this bra. It’s slips on easily because it has a zipper in the front so I don’t have to pull it over my head. Maybe I’m lazy, but I love it!

2) Food! That’s a no-brainer, right? Specifically things that help boost milk supply. I love to make lactation cookies. Do we really need an excuse to have a cookie? Use oats, flax seed and brewers yeast to help your supply.

3) Nursing pillow. I love my Boppy! How cute is this owl boppy?

4) Breastmilk storage bags. Lay Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags With Convenient Pour Spout and Patented Double Zipper Seal, Ideal for Storing and Freezing Breastmilk, 100 Count, BPA and BPS Free“>these flat to freeze and you can easily store them without taking up a lot of freezer space.

5) Nursing tanks. I’m a bigger chested girl so I’ve tried a few different nursing tanks. This tank provides amazing support and I’ve had it for 3 years and it hasn’t worn out yet.

6) These gel pads are amazing! You can use them hot or cold. Great for any discomfort in the early days of breastfeeding or for the pain from mastitis.

What are your must haves, mamas?

Review: Bellefit Postpartum Corset

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Pregnancy! What a crazy adventure it is! I’m one of those women who love being pregnant. It’s such a miracle to see how our bodies transform to accommodate these little growing lives: however, I’m not a fan of how I feel in those first few weeks postpartum so if I can find some relief from the discomfort, count me in!

On September 5, I had a repeat C-section (the first was 3 years ago to deliver twins). Having been through the process once before, I had an idea of what to expect postpartum. I couldn’t wait to get my belly into my Bellefit Corset.

Ideally, you should begin wearing it 3-5 days post delivery. In my case, I developed ileus after surgery so I had to postpone until I was healed. First chance I got to slip that corset on (at 12 days postpartum) I jumped at the chance and have barely taken it off since!

12 days postpartum

Once I began wearing my Bellefit Corset, I felt instant relief. My core felt supported. My incision and back both hurt less thanks to the compression. Nursing and bending over to change diapers became easier as well.

12 days PP vs 18 days PP

According to the Bellefit website: “Bellefit compression girdles and corsets work by drawing in stretched abdominal muscles providing a 360° support structure around the torso, thus, reducing strain on ligaments and joints in the lower back, pelvis, and buttocks.” I can attest to this from my experience. The support I feel from my corset is fantastic.

You are advised to wear your girdle or corset 12-24 hours a day. They also recommend waiting until you are 36 weeks pregnant to order to insure you get the correct size. Customer service is wonderful so if you ever have any questions regarding what size or which style to get, they will help you! You can wear one after vaginal delivery or C-section too.

I would recommend a Bellefit corset or girdle to every mama. We spend 9 months supporting and growing these precious lives. It’s so nice to find something that will support us after we deliver.

If you want to save $20 off your Bellefit purchase, use code: 3why20 

37 Week Bumpdate

Hello 37 weeks!

This week is week 37 of my pregnancy. Just like with the twins, this pregnancy is flying by. We are so excited to meet her soon. In less than 3 weeks, we will be bring home our newest addition!!

 

Here is my 37 week bumpdate:

Weight Gain: 27 lbs. (I’m getting close to what I gained with the girls)

Cravings: My cravings have pretty much subsided now. I guess since the baby is getting so big, I’m not as hungry as I was before. Plus, my acid reflux has kept me from wanting to eat too much.

Sleep: Still not getting any! Waking every hour on the hour is definitely for the birds.

Mood: Hello mood swings! If you read my Mommy Meltdown post then you know that I’ve been a bit on the moody side. I’ve also been super emotional. I had to fight back the tears at church this past Sunday because they put the decaf coffee away earlier than usual. Seriously?!

Movement: She is still a wild animal. She has also been having the hiccups every day which is such a crazy feeling.

Dilation: I went in today and I’m not even 1 cm dilated. I definitely haven’t progressed as much as we had hoped, so fingers crossed that next week, things start moving.

Birth plan: I am hoping for a VBAC this time. I received my VBAC consent form today. That just makes the entire process that much more real. If my body doesn’t cooperate then I am prepared for a Csection again. As long as our baby girl is brought into this world safe and healthy, the means of delivery aren’t that important to me anymore.

Any other preggo mamas out there? I’d love to hear how you are feeling! Comment or message me!

Mommy’s Hospital Bag Checklist

It’s that time! Time to for this Mama to start packing that hospital bag.

With the twins, I had a scheduled C-section at 37 weeks due to blood pressure issues. Of course, I could have gone into spontaneous labor before that time, so I had my bag packed just in case. This pregnancy has gone by even faster than the last, so I feel like I should get that bag ready. Plus, with the combination of mom brain and pregnancy brain, if I don’t do it this week, it may never get done.

I put together a Hospital bag checklist to share with you of what I will be packing for myself, husband, and baby. Feel free to print off and use for yourself.

I will tell you that as far as the baby stuff on my list, the hospital actually provided diapers and swaddles. We didn’t use clothes for the girls because they had jaundice and were wrapped up like glow-worms our entire stay. If you want your baby to have a pacifier, I would pack your own. Most hospitals don’t provide those.

When I’m packing for a vacation, I always over pack, but when it comes to the hospital stay, I believe in simplicity. As long as I look semi presentable for pictures, (yes, I pack make up with my toiletries. Hospital lighting isn’t the best) then I am good to go. And don’t forget the dry shampoo! A mom’s best friend for sure!

I definitely don’t recommend stressing out too much about the contents of your hospital bag. If you forget something, most likely the hospital has it or hopefully a loved one can run to the nearest Target and pick it up. The hospital stay is so crazy and such a whirlwind. You don’t need a lot.

Do you want a super cute printable of my hospital checklist? Click here!

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