The Environmental Working Group’s website has a search function that more people need to utilize. Did you know that they rate products on ingredients and safety? That’s right! They break it down for us in simple form, making it easy to see what products are best for our babies (and ourselves!). Continue reading
|Pregnancy and labor pain go hand in hand! Here's how to tackle labor pain during pregnancy successfully!|
Pregnancy, labor and birth have a funny way of throwing you for a loop just when you think you've figured it all out. This is especially true when it comes to labor! Everything you read talks about the wave of contractions, the progression, the transition, and the birth. And yes, that is a pretty typical labor. Continue reading
Holy BOOBS, Batman! The girls may have been one of the first signs that you were pregnant, as swollen, tender breasts tend to appear early in pregnancy. Did you know though that they may also leak while you are still growing your baby? Continue reading
"So here I am, 37 years old, raising twin teens, running a business, taking care of a home, AND BREASTFEEDING A TODDLER! Wait, what? How did this happen? My goal was a year! Shouldn't he have weaned by now?!? Am I doing something wrong?!? The truth is I really haven't done much at all. I had a natural birth and he latched on immediately. We laid next to each other and he nursed. He refused a bottle so he nursed 100% of the time. I blinked and here we are three years later still doing the same thing just not as often. But now it's weird. Not for us but for everyone else. It's not sexual. It's not gross. It's actually a pretty amazing tool. I never realized the stigma attached to nursing a toddler until now. It's bad. And sad. So much that I decided to ask my amazing blogger to help me write about it. Because us moms that are still nursing our toddlers deserve a little encouragement and support. It's ok Mama! You can nurse your baby/toddler/child until he's ready to wean. You are not alone, we feel it too. Ignore the strange looks and comments and keep on nursing! Because even though there are days it feels like it will never end, one day it will. And you will miss it. " -Purusha, an extended-breastfeeder.
Some magical thing happens to people when they hear you are breastfeeding your toddler. Hell, it could be your baby’s first birthday, and the comments may start. The truth is that our society is OBSESSED with boobs, so obsessed that people <STRANGERS> feel the need to shame mothers for providing the highest quality of nourishment to their little ones. Continue reading
Formula companies are screaming at moms to choose formula. They boast that their “formula” is the best for your baby. Some say that you should supplement breastmilk with their brand to ensure baby receives all needed nutrients. This is a hard and scary place for a new mom to be. You want to do the right thing, but what is the right thing? The answer is not what the big companies want you to know: BREAST FEED. Yes, it’s simple. Nurse your baby. Nothing else is needed.
There are now home pregnancy tests that can confirm pregnancy a week before you miss your period. That means that just 7 days after ovulation occurs and conception begins, you may see a VERY FAINT pink line. But for those of us that overanalyze everything, we need to know even earlier.
1 in 4 pregnancies naturally ends in miscarriage. There are also pregnancies called “Chemical Pregnancies,” which means that an egg and sperm may have met and tried to create a healthy fertilization, but something didn’t follow through. A chemical pregnancy is the term given when a faint positive test result shows prior to a missed period, but then the cycle begins within a few days of when it was due. The tests never grow darker and the hormones balance out quickly because they never rose above a very low amount. Continue reading