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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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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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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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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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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My Successful Induced VBAC – Emily’s Birth Story

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Successful VBAC Induced Birth Story

Last week we welcomed our fourth child into the Fagan home via a successful induced VBAC. I hadn't planned on being induced, via the doctor breaking my waters, but neither did I think my daughter would have very low amniotic fluid at her 40 week doctor's appointment. Her birth story is different than my others (read my son's VBAC birth story and my twin daughters' scheduled C-section birth story), but I am grateful that everything went great and my baby and I are healthy and home. We were able to go home on my 27th birthday. The Condensed Successful Induced VBAC Birth Story Monday, July 27, 2015 9:00 am - 40 week 1 day doctor's ...

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4 Simple Ways to Better Balance Your Life While Pregnant

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How to better manage life while pregnant with three other kids, working, and taking care of a home.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and healthy mama® , but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #gethealthymama  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV A pregnancy lasts for nine months and, unfortunately, life doesn't just stop during that time but soundly marches on as you march slower and slower. Managing a pregnancy while continuing to manage life is not always easy. Many pregnant women battle morning sickness while trying to work or go to school. Some of us have multiple other children to tend to as well. We can't just put parenting, laundry, cooking, cleaning, or shopping on ...

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How to Prep Your Vehicle for a New Baby Like A Pro

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How to prepare for a new baby - make sure you prep your car!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PERK for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Oh my word. Can you believe I have less than a month now until baby number four arrives?! With another babe on the way, I'm trying my best to finish up some last minute checklists and prep for the new baby, or what many would call nesting. And one area that I really need to prep is my car. Sure, creating a nursery is fun and exciting, but prepping your car for a new baby is about safety and convenience when away from the home. 4 Things You Need to do to Prep Your Car for a New Baby 1. Get needed car maintenance. One of the most ...

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What Pregnancy is Really Like and What You Should Expect

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I love her explanation of what being pregnant actually feels like! And knowing what to expect when your expecting and dealing with a pregnancy is so helpful!!

When I first became pregnant, I was married, in love, but also young and unsure. I wondered what I should expect when expecting.  What the heck was this pregnancy going to do to my life? How was I going to handle it? Would I get sick? Would I get gestational diabetes? Would I carry to full-term? Would I be super uncomfortable the whole time? How would my body change? Would I get stretch marks and varicose veins? Would I still be able to attend school full-time while pregnant? Every time I have seen that positive sign on the pregnancy test, there has been fear mixed with joy, especially after I had a miscarriage. Because, one of ...

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