After struggling with overwhelming emotions preparing for motherhood, heightened by a pandemic, I wanted a space to share my experience to help other Mamas feel prepared and confident in all that motherhood brings.  I hope my insane tendency to over-research, test and trial everything simplifies the many choices you're in the midst of making!

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Though you’ve probably spent your entire pregnancy planning for your baby, the planning you do in your third trimester should really be all about you. That first trimester may have crawled by at a snail’s pace with the second trimester serving as a nice respite from the foggy fatigue and crippling morning sickness, the third […]


third trimester checklist
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A guide to avoid over-packing your hospital bag On every Mama’s third trimester to-do list preparing for the birth of baby: packing your hospital bag!  I don’t know about you, but I always end up over-packing for any occasion….”oh I’ll just throw one more shirt in” turns into an extra 3 outfits and 2 pairs […]

Hospital Bag Checklist
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Being pregnant again is the real meaning of your body bouncing back… like woah Um hello bump, I see you. I swear this is the real meaning when people say your body bounces back. No it’s not after baby, it’s when there is a new baby growing in the picture. My body just knew what […]

first trimester recap

Virtually all our nation’s leaders talk about valuing children and families. America ought to be a place where the birth of a child is a glorious event, rather than the beginning of a family’s economic ruin. “25% of poverty spells begin with the birth of a child” – National Partnership for Women and Families. While […]

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Seriously, a baby registry checklist of everything you need. Here’s what I actually used from my baby registry, what I returned and what I wish I had included. Updated: July 10, 2021 with the latest and greatest products for baby! Perhaps the most overwhelming process in pregnancy is figuring out what you need to keep […]

baby registry checklist
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You don’t need a big room to design a dreamy nursery for your baby.  These 3 Mamas nailed the Closet Nursery, and have some great design advice to do the same. A big thank you to my San Francisco Mom Tribe/best friends, Emily Mulcahy, Lindsay Bishop (L. Bishop Photography) & Molly Vandehey for sharing their […]

Closet Nursery by Emily Mulcahy

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Sharing my miscarriage story because it shouldn’t be taboo to talk about [Deep breath in] I’ve probably written 6 different versions of this blog post over the last year – well before the idea of starting the New Modern Mom blog even crossed my mind.  My life changed in April 2019 when I heard that […]


My Miscarriage Story
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These newborn products were voted clear essentials by new moms  In my final weeks of pregnancy, I was pretty stressed about still having a ton of items left on my baby registry.  I didn’t really know what products I needed to have stocked immediately and what things could wait. Aside from the obvious infant car […]

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

From morning sickness, bloating and first flutters, to back pain and a growing belly, here’s what you can expect as your body changes during pregnancy I loved being pregnant. I seriously miss it.  Every week there was a new exciting milestone knowing a little baby was growing inside there: from hearing the baby’s heartbeat for […]

Hello pregnancy: how your body changes each trimester

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