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Raise your hand if you know the importance of taking a prenatal when you’re pregnant 🙋‍♀️ I think it’s common knowledge these days… but deciding on the best prenatal vitamin can feel confusing, and just another thing on your long pregnancy to-do list. I’ve noticed two popular brands that have been popping up all over […]

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Perelel Prenatal Vitamins vs. Ritual Prenatal Vitamins
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During both of my pregnancies, severe nausea struck right on schedule during early pregnancy at the 6-week mark. For Caden, the nausea eased up around 14 weeks, while with Willow, it finally subsided around 16 weeks. Oh the joys of the first trimester, right!? Even though they call it “morning sickness,” pregnancy nausea can hit […]

Foods that fight nausea during pregnancy
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During pregnancy, your body goes through numerous changes, and your feet are no exception. Especially in that third trimester when it feels like everything is bloating up. I distinctly recall looking down at my feet in the final weeks of pregnancy in shock by their size. From there on out, my husband was responsible for […]

Even though you’ve probably spent your entire pregnancy planning for your baby, focus on YOU during the third trimester. You’ll thank me later! Up until now, your pregnancy journey has largely revolved around preparations for your baby. Chances are, you’ve been gradually gathering all the essential baby gear, ranging from basics like diapers, wipes, and […]

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When you find out you’re pregnant, it’s like being handed a plate full of new responsibilities. Suddenly, you’re not just eating for one anymore. You’re eating for two — and that second one depends on you for all its nutritional needs. Rest assured, there’s no need to double your intake in response to this. Instead, […]

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To be honest, come the third trimester, I pretty much lived in maternity workout clothes. Finding the best maternity workout clothing that comfortably fits (without being too tight!) is important to ensure you stay confident, active and productive throughout your pregnancy. Finding time for daily movement is crucial for your mental and physical health, especially […]

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The Journey of Pregnancy Embarking on the incredible journey of pregnancy is an exciting and transformative phase in life. It’s an exciting time filled with body changes, anticipation, joy, and a wide range of emotions. As you enter your third trimester and your due date approaches, it’s normal for first-time parents (and even seasoned ones) […]

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What Is a Birth Plan? A birth plan is like a blueprint for your labor and delivery journey. It’s a practical guide that outlines your preferences, from how you want to manage pain to the atmosphere you want in the delivery room. Creating a birth plan not only helps your medical team understand your wishes […]

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Pregnancy is a beautiful journey, filled with anticipation as you prepare for the arrival of your baby. Pregnancy seriously rocks your body though (here’s how mine changed), and also comes with some less-than-glowing side effects, one of them being stretch marks. These tiger stripes may appear as your body changes to accommodate the growing life within […]

How to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy

Giving birth is a transformative and deeply personal experience but it can also be overwhelming and daunting. Regardless of whether you’re a first-time mom or a seasoned parent, embracing labor might not always feel intuitive. That’s where birth affirmations come in. Birth affirmations are a powerful tool that can help women transform their birth experience […]

Free birth affirmations
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Packing for the big day at the hospital can be as exciting as it is daunting. Among the essentials on your hospital bag checklist, snacks definitely claim a prime spot. (Need more packing inspiration? Here’s a list for you, and a list for dad). So we’ve compiled a list of some top-notch suggestions that will […]

Best snacks for hospital bag
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Finding out you’re going to have a baby is one of life’s thrilling moments, and your first thought is likely, “How do I tell him I’m pregnant?” quickly followed by panic on how your body is about to change dramatically. Sharing such big news can be an overwhelming task, especially when you want it to […]

How do I tell him I'm pregnant

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Oh that journey home from the hospital with your new baby is so emotional: exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Choosing the best going home outfit as a new mom is a necessary step in packing your hospital bag. You’ve just accomplished something extraordinary, and your go home outfit should make you feel […]

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Mom wearing her going home outfit, holding her newborn
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Pregnancy is a beautiful journey, filled with anticipation and joyful surprises. But let’s face it, it also comes with its fair share of “can’t dos” and “don’t dos” and dozens of opinions from everyone. Personally, during my pregnancy I was all about indulging in some of the common “avoids” on occasion, but I wanted to […]

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The second trimester is that sweet spot in pregnancy where you finally have energy again, and yes, that means you may find yourself interested in getting back to your weekly workout routine. But with that bump growing, you’re likely wondering can I workout my core while pregnant, and what are the best core exercises you […]

Peri of the PH method

You’re about to become a dad. Welcome to the parents club! As a new dad-to-be, there’s quite a bit to get your head around, and one of the very first things is going to be packing your hospital bag. Yes, that’s right – moms aren’t the only ones who need a bag full of essentials […]

Dad holding newborn at hospital
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Now that you are pregnant, sleep is elusive. That’s where the best c-shaped pregnancy pillow comes in handy. This miracle worker cradles your body, offering extra support where you need it most – your baby bump and lower back. With its unique design, it wraps around your body like a comforting hug, reducing discomfort and […]

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If you’re wondering about the best maternity clothes to keep up with your professional look, you’re not alone. Transitioning from your regular work wardrobe to pregnancy clothing can feel a little daunting. But good news! Stylish maternity clothes do exist! Maternity fashion has evolved significantly (even since I was pregnant with Caden), and there are […]

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You’re about to welcome a new addition to your family, and you want to give them a name that stands out, a name that has history, rareness, nostalgia, and charm. Look no further than vintage baby names! Whether you’re on the hunt for a name that is unique or a name that reflects the elegance […]

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Classic Vintage Baby Names for Boys and Girls
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You’ve reached that magical yet challenging period of pregnancy where your bump has started to make its presence felt, and suddenly, your favorite sleeping positions are off-limits. Trust me; I’ve been there! Choosing the best U-shaped pregnancy pillow could just be the lifesaver you never thought you needed. These cushions are not just designed to […]

Best U-Shaped Pregnancy Pillow
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You’re expecting a baby girl and considering giving her a name that stands the test of time. As someone with a vintage name myself with a bit of Southern vibes, Barbara Gail, I definitely support your decision. Vintage girls’ names, those that were popular a century or so ago, are making quite a comeback. From […]

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You’re expecting a baby boy and want to call him something that’s a bit out of the ordinary, something with a connection to the past – a vintage boy name. It’s time to take a nostalgic journey back in time to explore some charming and lesser-known names for boys. From the strong and stoic, embodying […]

vintage boy names
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They say to take the opportunity before baby comes to really rest up. But moms… how much of a joke is that? Between the watermelon attached to your belly, the long to-do lists to prepare for baby, and insomnia it’s hard to feel rested. To aid in the effort of getting a full night’s sleep, […]

woman in white tank top sleeping
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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I don’t let pregnancy, newborn babies, or toddlers prevent me from traveling. My family loves to travel together, but I’ll admit that a long flight is not my favorite part of any trip. This is especially true when I’m pregnant!  There are so many […]

pregnancy airport outfits

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Is your current wardrobe quickly becoming a tight squeeze? Been there! Have you ever considered the option of renting maternity clothes? With the concept of clothing rental services, you can stay comfortable, chic, and stylish throughout your pregnancy (and all of the accompanying body changes) without breaking the bank. I’ve pulled together a list of […]

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Best Maternity Clothes Rental Options
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Taking care of a newborn is not easy. No matter how much you prepare for coming home with your baby, the postpartum experience always brings surprises. I know I had big unexpected postpartum experiences that made me on an emotional and physical rollercoaster, even though I was so happy to meet both Caden and Willow […]

What is a Night Nurse
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So, you’re expecting a little pumpkin of your own this year and looking for some fun pregnant Halloween costumes to celebrate? Well, you’re in the right place! We’ve got you covered with a selection of the best Halloween costumes for pregnant women, designed to show off that beautiful baby bump. From hilarious outfits that playfully […]

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You’ve found yourself in the delicate position of comforting a dear friend who’s just suffered a pregnancy loss. I have too. It’s a tough and sensitive situation, one that leaves many of us scrambling for the right words. As someone who has both experienced a miscarriage and who has many friends who have also, I […]

What to Say to Someone Who Miscarried
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You’re about to embark on one of the most incredible journeys of your life – childbirth. As your due date draws closer, you might be wondering whether you should purchase your own birthing gown to wear during labor and delivery. I did, and I’m glad I had it to make me feel more comfortable. But […]

Woman wearing a beige dress holding her pregnant belly
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As you begin to navigate building your healthcare team during pregnancy, you’ll likely have the question of what is the difference between a doula and a midwife. I’ve been there! The debate of doula vs. midwife can seem incredibly confusing. Do they do the same thing? What are the pros and cons of each? At […]

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