10 Essential Items to Pack in a Hospital Bag for Dad

Gone are the days when dads were laughed at for planning the new baby’s arrival. Now, a father’s participation in the process is highly encouraged, as all the help matters to a new mom. Planning a baby's birth may be a source of joy for fathers, as they will be there...

How to Make Padsicles for Postpartum Recovery

How to Make Padsicles for Postpartum Recovery

If you're an expecting, first-time mom, you've probably heard about the dreaded postpartum recovery. I hope there weren't too many stories that scared you because each women's experience (from labor to delivery to healing) is unique. Therefore there's still a good...

17 Push Present Ideas for New Moms

17 Push Present Ideas for New Moms

Listen up dads and loved ones of an expectant mom - the person delivering this new child deserves a push present! If your wife or partner just went through a pregnancy and delivery, purchasing a push gift is a great way to acknowledge their hard work and sacrifice....

When Will I Go Into Labor? 8 Signs That Labor is Close

When Will I Go Into Labor? 8 Signs That Labor is Close

If you're reading this now, you're probably well into your third trimester of pregnancy. The day that you have been anxiously anticipating may be just a few days or weeks away! The next and last step of this whole process is childbirth. Becoming aware of the signs...

35 Things Expectant Moms Should Know About Childbirth

35 Things Expectant Moms Should Know About Childbirth

Giving birth to your first child is one of the most amazing things that can happen to a woman. It's so surreal that we can grow a baby inside of us from a tiny little cell to a living, breathing human being. Our bodies can do outstanding things and delivering a baby...

What You Need to Pack in a Hospital Bag With Printable Checklist

What You Need to Pack in a Hospital Bag With Printable Checklist

If you're reading this now, it's probably crunch time! You're getting to that point in pregnancy where you're thinking, sh*t's getting real.   It definitely is! You're about to have that little baby in your arms so soon and I'm sure there are still a million...

What You Need to Pack in a Hospital Bag With Printable Checklist

How To Prepare for Childbirth in Your Third Trimester

If you're reading this now, you're probably well into your 3rd trimester of pregnancy. So congrats on making it this far! You're so close to meeting your precious little one and they will be here before you know it. At this point, labor is imminent. This is probably...

How to Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

How to Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

After my second pregnancy, I was determined to lose my postpartum baby weight fast. I chose to do a low carb/modified Keto diet while breastfeeding and it worked fabulously! I was sure that this was a safe way to lose weight while breastfeeding and made sure to ask my...

How To Work Out Your Core When You Exercise Postpartum

How To Work Out Your Core When You Exercise Postpartum

You just gave birth to your precious little baby not that long ago and you are feeling really good overall during your postpartum recovery. Now that the hard part is over, childbirth, you’re ready to get your pre-pregnancy body back. You were really active and...

The Ugly Side of Postpartum: Depression and Anxiety

The Ugly Side of Postpartum: Depression and Anxiety

When reading about pregnancy and getting ready for the amazing journey you’re about to take on, it’s natural not to focus on the negative aspects. However, there’s a difference between not thinking negatively about a wonderful experience and not getting enough...

C – section Recovery Care and Must-Haves

C – section Recovery Care and Must-Haves

Most women anticipate having a natural, vaginal delivery, however around 30% of childbirths are C-sections, both planned and unplanned. Although it was not the way I expected to deliver my babies, I went through it and can't imagine it any other way. I don’t know how...

What to Expect After Giving Birth

What to Expect After Giving Birth

Written by Guest Contributor: Diana Grezlovski from The Healthier Mom If you're expecting a little one in the next couple weeks or months, I'm sure you're anxious to know what to expect after childbirth. This can be the most anxiety-ridden time for an expecting mom...

Natural Ways to Induce Labor

Natural Ways to Induce Labor

Written by Guest Contributor: Sarah Moore Inducing labor naturally sounds wonderful, but what in the world does it mean? It sounds to me a whole lot like “wait around and be patient.” Not easy when you’re already bigger than your house and your neighbor’s house...

3 Steps Toward a Childbirth Without Fear

3 Steps Toward a Childbirth Without Fear

Written by Guest Contributor: Aly McClain I want you to stop right here… before you go any further I want you to notice what your very first thought is when I say the word BIRTH. Do you think of something scary? Something out of your control?  A peaceful...

Preparing for VBAC Delivery

Preparing for VBAC Delivery

Written by guest contributor, Maria Yakimchuk: If you are a C-Section mama pregnant with another baby, you’re probably tossing around the options of having an RCS (Repeat C-Section) or VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). They both come with their own risks and...

How to Exclusively Pump Breastmilk for your Baby

How to Exclusively Pump Breastmilk for your Baby

Written by guest contributor, Vicki @ The Mummy Bubble: Do you want to try exclusively pumping your baby’s feeds but aren’t sure how to make it work for you? Exclusive pumping, or EPing as it is often referred to, is where mom expresses all feeds for her baby and then...

How Does Childbirth Really Feel?

How Does Childbirth Really Feel?

Written by guest contributor, Jenny Badu: You have your hospital delivery bag packed and added all of the items that you need so you are prepared for the big day. You know you need extra clothes for yourself, blankets and sleepers for the baby, and you even threw in a...

Essentials For Your Postpartum Recovery Kit

Essentials For Your Postpartum Recovery Kit

For those of you who are already moms, you know that there's nothing glamorous about childbirth.   Of course, holding that tiny little baby that you've been growing inside you for the past 9 months, for the first time, is an unexplainably magical moment. However...

My Experience with Newborn Jaundice

My Experience with Newborn Jaundice

Childbirth the second time around went much smoother and quicker than the first. I felt more confident in myself and my abilities to take care of a newborn. We were anticipating a much easier time since we knew what we were doing. In the hospital, the baby was...

18 Things Not to Do After Giving Birth

18 Things Not to Do After Giving Birth

After 9 months of carrying your precious baby, you’re probably hoping for a break once they’re on the outside. Those first few days and weeks with your baby are nothing short of stressful and emotional. You're learning how to be a mom while your baby is learning how...

How to Quickly Cover Bald Spots During Postpartum Hair Loss

How to Quickly Cover Bald Spots During Postpartum Hair Loss

An unfortunate, but normal, part of postpartum recovery is the extreme hair loss. One minute you're feeling glorious with your thick, luxuriously long hair, and the next you're pulling out wads of strands by the handful from your scalp. The torment doesn't end with...

What I Wish I Knew About Being Induced with Pitocin

What I Wish I Knew About Being Induced with Pitocin

The end of pregnancy can be an emotional rollercoaster for any woman, especially being a first time mom. There is so much unknown regarding childbirth. Not knowing when or how you'll be going into labor can be very stressful. However, even each labor and delivery...

How I Managed the Pain During 4 Natural Childbirths

How I Managed the Pain During 4 Natural Childbirths

AAre you pregnant and want to have a natural childbirth, but are afraid of the pain? Today you will learn why I decided to deliver all 4 of my baby girls naturally without one drop of pain medicine. As you continue reading, I hope to encourage you and support you in...

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Childbirth Recovery

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Childbirth Recovery

It seems like shortly after having a baby, the traumatic memories of childbirth quickly fade. I soon forgot about all of the pain and torture that labor was, both before and after delivering the baby.   However, the recovery from childbirth may be one of the things...

Simple DIY Wooden Hospital Birth Announcement

Simple DIY Wooden Hospital Birth Announcement

I can't wait for newborn photographs with my new baby that I am expecting so soon. I also wanted to find a neat and unique way to announce his arrival at the hospital. I've seen a lot of people doing the felt letter boards, but I wanted something different. I made...