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Blog - My Baby's Heartbeat Bear

  • Don't Automatically Fear a Fever

    YUCK. It’s the time of winter crud being passed around like crayons at the school table.  Even the little ones are susceptible.  Viruses are everywhere right now, and the warm to cold temperatures outside are not helping.

    Seeing your little one feeling crappy is heartbreaking.  But instead of stressing over what a thermometer says, take the opportunity to practice skin to skin and snuggle with your baby, toddler, or child.  Because the truth is, that unless a temperature reaches 108* (yes one hundred EIGHT degrees) there is no harm in a fever.  I’d freak the F out if my kids ever came close to that temperature…  In all honesty, I am a worrier at anything over 102*, BUT I don’t run to the doctor or freak out.  I just start my natural minded interventions at this point.  I do however base my interventions on how my child is acting.  Before I share my steps to soothing (not snubbing out) a fever, I wanted to educate you on why you should not fear a fever. Continue reading

  • Breastfeeding 101: Beginning the Breastfeeding Journey

    I have been breastfeeding for 67 months, through 3 pregnancies with little break before each new baby was born.  We are expecting our 4th baby in a few months and will add on at least another 2 years or more to that total.  While I am not an expert, I have a few children’s worth of experience and I was raised by a lactation consultant mother, which means that boobs have been an open topic- my entire life.

    So let’s talk about the boobies. Breasts. Baby-Feeding Machines.  Because that is what they are meant for: feeding babies.

    Pregnant with my first baby, I was shocked to learn that breastfeeding takes work, and I am so glad that I had help.  The number one thing I will recommend to you is to seek out an awesome lactation consultant, preferably one that is board certified.  She will be worth her weight in gold and every single extra penny you may spend on her. Continue reading

  • Winter Driving and Car Seat Safety

    Car seat accidents are the leading cause of death of children ages 12 and younger.

    As many as 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly.

    After reading reviews, ordering the safest car seat for your car and child, ensuring your child will be rear facing for as long as possible, and then reading the manual cover to cover (twice) and having the installation checked by a car seat technician, you may feel pretty confident that you’ve got this car seat safety thing nailed.  And I must say, you are steps ahead of most parents. However, winter adds a whole new element to keeping your child safe in the car.

    No matter where you live, if there is ever a moment you decide it is cold enough to put your infant, toddler, or child into a coat or jacket, then please read on. Continue reading

  • Easy Prenatal Exercise Ideas For Any Hot Mama

    You have 40 weeks (give or take) to grow this perfect little being, and one way to do so is to keep working out.  Prenatal Exercise is critical to have a healthy, enjoyable pregnancy.  Not to mention, all of the benefits for both mom and baby! If you haven’t read our article on the myths and facts of prenatal exercise yet, go read that one first.

    Now it’s time to get moving and stay motivated.

    The options for exercising while pregnant are pretty darn limitless.  People will tell you not to do certain things, but unless you are high risk, you can do anything your body feels comfortable doing.  If you have already started a routine, keep going with it.  If you were doing little more than walking around an office and arm curling doughnuts, it’s time to change things up. Continue reading

  • The Emotions Behind an Ultrasound

    The Emotions Behind an Ultrasound

    The day has come to say hello, to see the one who’s still so small.

    A heartbeat will bring many tears, but still will come all the fears.

    Will she grow strong and tall? Will we lose him… and my heart will fall?

    Are there two or three? Will my birth choice be mine to make free?

    My arms ache to hold you. My heart aches to know you.

    Above all else though, I know you are mine.

    I will love you in every way, no matter what the doctor will say.

    Today is the day that I will see your face, tiny and real, you will move to a place

    A place in my heart I had never found…

    Until today’s ultrasound.

    -E.MacDonald

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  • Move That Bump: Myths and Facts to Prenatal Exercise

    One of the many hats I wear is one of “Pre- and Postnatal Exercise Specialist.”  That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, I truly am Superwoman – birthing babies, educating them, teaching others how to naturally birth babies, cook 3 meals a day, write a million articles a month, and maintain my hot body while doing it all. Haha. But seriously, my degree is in exercise physiology and I do have a specialization in pre- and postnatal exercise.  We love being physically in shape in our home; we eat healthy and exercise regularly.  Those who know me in real life have probably attended my “Mommy’s Bootcamp” classes in one of the many states we have lived in over the years.  I love working with pregnant and postpartum women.  There is something so rewarding when helping a woman feel strong and beautiful through a good workout!  My classes were true bootcamp style (with lots of chatting of course), but the catch was that we wore our babies.  Whether a mama was rocking her baby bump or baby was strapped on in a structured buckle carrier (LOVE me an ErgoBaby), we were sweating it out and feeling good. Continue reading

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