15 Must-Have Baby Items Essential for Life with a Newborn

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The baby registry lists provided to you when creating your baby registry in store are quite extensive - and overwhelming - for first time parents! Are all of these things really must-have baby items? If they aren't baby essentials, then what are they? When I was expecting for the first time, I was completely blown away with how expensive baby gear and newborn essentials were! There was no way I could afford every single item listed on my baby registry checklist, at least not in the quantities specified. This was especially true because A) I was having TWINS and B) We were poor college students. Thankfully, I have eight older ...

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Practical and Thoughtful Gifts for Expecting Moms She’ll Absolutely Love

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Gifts for pregnant women don't have to focus on the baby! What a great list of thoughtful gifts for expecting moms that are just for her! I would have loved these type of pregnancy gifts.

Sometimes when you're pregnant you want attention and gifts that are just for you, the expecting mom, not just for the new baby. You want to receive gifts for pregnant women that say "I'm thinking about how this little bundle of joy is going to change your life - and I want this gift to help." Or, maybe that's just me. Many of the pregnancy gifts I suggest are things that will make life for the momma-to-be easier, more manageable, but also more enriched. These go far beyond baby registry items! These are items first time moms, or second time moms (and beyond) to help them enjoy carrying a new life inside of her and outside of ...

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How to Choose a Baby Name Without Regret (or Going Insane)

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FREE Printable to help you choosing a baby name by yourself and with your husband. Will definitely help me know what to name my baby!

Choosing a baby name is difficult! I mean, all of us have heard names that we find hideous, hilarious, stupid, or boring. Some of us hate our own names, wish we had a more unique name, or whatever. Yet very few people actually change their name for reasons other than legal ones like adoption, marriage, or divorce. This means new moms and dads have to pick a solid, awesome baby name, instead of something they or their child will regret later. Knowing what to name my baby is always a thoroughly thought out endeavor between my husband and I. We look over the list of baby girl names and their meanings. We look over the list of ...

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10 Firsts that Help You Believe You Are Indeed Pregnant

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It can be hard to believe you're pregnant, but these pregnancy firsts really leave no doubt or denial!

Every single time I see that positive sign on a pregnancy test, I can't believe I'm pregnant. Mostly because I haven't started feeling pregnant yet. It's also slightly unbelievable that my husband and I are actually capable of creating life and that that new life is now starting to grow inside of me! Yes, I know how it works, but it's still amazing. While I experience several early pregnancy symptoms, it still takes me a while to really feel pregnant, to feel like I'm not just gassy, bloated, and slightly nauseated. Those can happen to anyone, at any time! No, for a long time, despite fully knowing I am pregnant, I still ...

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26 VBAC Success Stories That’ll Empower Your Trial of Labor

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Great list of VBAC success stories! And it's broken down by whether or not they were induced, had an epidural, were home births, were after 40 weeks, and so on! So helpful for pregnant women who want to have a vaginal birth after a C-section!

When you are debating C-Section vs VBAC, chances are you want to know what to expect before, during, and after your VBAC delivery. You want to  know that other people had a successful VBAC without major scary complications. You want to hear positive VBAC success stories to boost your confidence going into your trial of labor after a Cesarean (TOLAC). So, I am delivering these amazing delivery stories to you. And because many of us have various situations and desires for our VBAC delivery, I've included details and categories so that you can read these real success stories, from real women, from those you identify most with, and ...

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8 Ways to Up Your Odds of Having a Successful VBAC Delivery

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Great advice for all pregnant moms who want to have a successful VBAC birth!

Like many women, I never wanted to have a C-Section, but ended up with one anyway with my first pregnancy. I had breech twins so my babies were born through my abdomen instead of my vagina. When I became pregnant again, I knew I wanted to avoid another C-section; I wanted to have a successful VBAC or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. Due to this strong desire I went about educating myself about C-section vs VBAC, labor, childbirth, VBAC risks, VBAC success stories, hospital's VBAC policies, and other VBAC facts. When it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, education is fundamental. I am now one of the fortunate VBAC success ...

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Why the Last Month of Pregnancy Sucks

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Appreciate the honesty on why the last month of pregnancy sucks. A read any woman nine months pregnant can relate to.

The last month of pregnancy is so hard. And when you know that you will likely go past your due date, that last month of pregnancy sucks even more. The last month of pregnancy is hard for just about every woman I have ever talked to.  Even if they have a fairly good or easy pregnancy, the last month is still killer for so many reasons. With the extra weight, the extra stretched skin, baby pushing their head and stronger limbs into sensitive areas, the endless waiting, the difficult time sleeping, the weekly doctor appointments, the stress of the impending birth and then actually raising a child all means that LIFE is hard when ...

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The Price is Worth It – How to Cope with a Miscarriage

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If you are coping with a miscarriage, here are some great suggesions on how to cope and how to deal with your miscarriage grief

That feeling deep in your gut that makes things hard to comprehend, difficult to speak and yet seems to control every part of you is real.I didn't know how real this was until four years ago, sitting alone and afraid in a white sterile room.  A week or so earlier I was involved in a minor car accident and I couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong.  Unfortunately, there was. I still remember the look in my OB's eyes as he shared the news, the taste of my tears as they ran down my cheeks, the numb feeling that took possession of my entire body. We had only heard the heart beat once, at our previous appointment; ...

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5 Best Baby Registry Stores and Sites to Use if You Love Saving Money

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Whether a first time mom or a second time mom, I think it is always a wise decision to take the time to set up a baby registry. Baby registries help not only others know what you want and need, but help you outfit your baby in everything they need for less, because the best baby registry stores offer free baby registry gifts (like coupons, free products and samples) as well as discounts to buy any items remaining on your list shortly before and after your expected due date. This can mean great savings on even everyday baby essentials and large items still on your baby list. I have had four babies now, and didn't take the time to ...

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13 Things You are NOT Guaranteed in Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Know the facts! Not all women will experience these 13 pregnancy symptoms or birth experiences!

One of my biggest fears when thinking about having a baby was all the terrible pregnancy-related symptoms I would have to experience. I was blessed to be the youngest child of nine in our large family and so I got to hear stories of pregnancy and birth from my sister-in-laws from a very young age and one of whom was a nurse, so no details were spared. Sometimes the way they talked about pregnancy and birth, it would make you wonder why anyone would want to have babies!  But, then I saw how much they enjoyed being mothers. When my husband and I were making the decision to have a child, we were both still in college, and so I ...

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The Secret to Wearing Designer Maternity Clothes for Less

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Bella Gravida

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Bella Gravida. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Most pregnant women, myself included, find maternity clothing to be too expensive, low quality, or lacking in variety. For styles you won't be able to wear too much after delivery day, it's hard to justify splurging on top designer maternity clothes when you won't get to wear these pieces until they die. That's why I previously shared tips on where to get maternity clothes that rock but don't break the bank and definitely think it's a pretty great list. However, that list ...

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The Sweaty Realities of a Summer Pregnancy & 10 Reasons It Rocks Anyway

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Oh this is SUCH a funny (but real) list of the pros and cons of a summer pregnancy! I'll have to keep these in mind when we think about getting pregnant.

I was born the end of July 1988. Whenever I would ask my mother about my birth, she'd tell me, "It was the hottest summer on record, and I was pregnant with you." Combine that with the fact that my mother had Gestational diabetes and that I was born past my due date at a whopping 10lbs 13oz, and you can imagine that my mother was miserable. Oh, and we did not have central air or even window air conditioning units in our home (in fact we didn't for about 15 years after my birth!) So, when I found out I was pregnant, and my due date would be July 26, my mother had to laugh at me. Because, unlike her, I would be pregnant ...

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