14 Major Decisions to Make During Pregnancy

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14 Major Decisions to Make During Pregnancy

The decisions that women have to make during pregnancy aren’t just about the colors and decor of their baby’s nursery or which stroller they should get. Now that you and your partner have made the ultimate decision to become parents, there are much bigger decisions that you two need to make before your little one arrives. Too many women wait until the last minute to make these choices and because of that, some of their options are no longer available. This is why it’s time to sit down and consider those important questions. Get prepared before your baby’s big day and take a look at our list below of the 14 major decisions to make during your pregnancy.

1. Who Should Be My Care Provider?

As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, it’s time to start thinking about the type of practitioner you want to work with throughout your pregnancy and for the birth of your baby. I want to let you know, this doesn’t have to be your current provider. Even though he/she may be super nice and you have known him/her for years, that person and the other doctors in the group may practice a little differently than the way you are wanting your labor and your baby’s birth to go. Take me for example! When I first moved to Houston, I googled “great ob gyns” that accepted my insurance and picked an OB/GYN group that had good reviews and seemed nice. My doctor was super lovely and her staff is very nice. Once I became a doula and saw how she and her fellow partners worked during labor and delivery, I knew I had to find a new provider. The way they worked compared to other doctors I saw was not what I wanted. This is why it’s important to ask around and really think about what type of experience you want and which person will be able to give that to you, whether it’s an OB/GYN or a certified midwife. (Get more information on what to ask your OB or midwife to make the best choice for you.) Once you have chosen the practitioner you would like to work with, that decision will dictate where you will have your baby — in a hospital, a birthing center or at home, which leads me to your next decision . . .

2. Where Should I Give Birth?

When you are making this decision, I want you to imagine where you would like your baby to be born: in a hospital, birthing center, or at home. I highly recommend getting recommendations from friends and listen to their labor and birth experiences. (NOTE: I also recommend talking to doulas — they know the scoop on all the hospitals and doctors in your area and can tell you the truth about the type of experience you can expect.) If they are negative stories, it’s probably a good idea to explore different options. Once you have a few ideas of where you would like to give birth from the recommendations you’ve heard, go visit the places you’re considering, and check with your insurance plan to confirm your coverage. This needs to be done early on in your pregnancy.

3. Should I Find Out My Baby’s Gender?

Nowadays most expecting parents choose to find out their baby’s gender during their pregnancy so that they can be better prepared. (You can determine the gender through a blood test as early as 12 weeks or at your 20-week ultrasound). Others like to go the old-fashioned route of being surprised in the delivery room. I will say, the families that I have worked with that have waited to find out the gender have the most magical experience. Talk to your partner about this and decide what feels right to you. Finding out the sex of your baby allows you to:

  • narrow down the name instead of choosing one name for each gender
  • decorate the baby’s room (nursery) with the colors that you would like rather than going gender neutral
  • buy baby clothes ahead of time
  • have a gender-reveal party!
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Keeping it a surprise can be a great motivator during labor and delivery though. Women are so determined to meet their little one since they have been waiting so long to find out if they have a daughter or a son. And when they finally get that moment to meet their child and welcome him/her into the world, it is pure joy and so amazing. Personally, I don’t know if I would be able to wait since I am such a planner, but I love it when people do keep it a surprise. 🙂

4. What’s My Maternity Leave Plan?

Telling your boss about your pregnancy and sorting out your maternity leave plan is a must. Most women usually tell their employer about the big news at 12 weeks (or before their pregnant belly begins to show). This news is always appreciated since it allows several months for planning for your absence. I understand that revealing your pregnancy to your employer can be nerve-wracking, but there is nothing to worry. Once you have announced it, this is when you can discuss your maternity leave options at your company and decide what works best for you and your family.

5. What Are My Plans After Maternity Leave?

For some women it’s super easy to make this choice and for others, it can be extremely difficult. Most moms have an idea of their plan before giving birth, but your plans may change depending on your physical or mental health after giving birth, your baby’s health, and other factors you can’t predict. Family finances are a major consideration, so calculate whether you can afford to stay at home. Also, learn about the pros and cons of staying at home versus returning to work, and if you do plan to return to work, begin researching childcare options during your pregnancy. In many areas, places fill up fast and have waitlists many months in advance, so try to begin your research early.

6. What Should I Name My Baby?

This is one of the most fun decisions to make during pregnancy! Some women have a long list of potential baby names in hand even before they are pregnant, while others don’t have a clue where to begin with this monumental decision when it comes time to naming their baby. If you can’t make a decision before you go into labor, make a short list of about three potential names (per sex or per baby, in the case of multiples) when you head to the delivery room. It can help you and your partner feel excited rather than overwhelmed by your selection and it allows you to meet your baby first and see if the name truly is fitting for your baby.

7. What Childbirth Education Class Will I Take?

Some doulas, birthing centers and hospitals offer childbirth education classes that can teach you and your partner about what to expect from labor and birth. There are so many different types of childbirth classes so it’s good to do your research and ask around for recommendations to see which class is best for you and your needs. Some of the options are: Lamaze, ICEA, Hypnobabies, Hypnobirthing, Bradley Method, Birth Boot Camp, and so much more. Some classes are just one day, some are a few days, and some are a few weeks long. You need to take your childbirth class during your third trimester so it’s important to register for the class by your second trimester. These classes will cover everything from breathing and relaxation techniques to help you cope with labor pains to medical procedures and what to expect during labor and birth.

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8. Who Should Be Present at the Birth?

Hospitals do have policies on how many visitors you can have in the labor and delivery room with you so you need to ask how many people can be in the room with you on your big day. Some of the hospitals will allow you to have as many people as you would like, while others may only allow three visitors in the room total (including you). So if you would like to have your spouse, your mother, your doula, a birth photographer, or a friend, everyone will have to rotate at some point. A lot of women that I work with usually have their spouse with them, their doula with them, and their families waiting in the waiting room coming in every now and then to check in. If you don’t want anyone other than your partner at the hospital during labor and delivery, stand your ground! This is your decision and you need to feel as calm and supported as possible so only surround yourself with positivity and people that support you and your wants.

9. Should I Use Pain Relieving Medications?

The question of whether to have pain medication during your labor and birth or to have a natural birth is something to think about and research before making an immediate decision. You may think you want one thing, but then change your mind in the end. It’s always important to learn about the pros and cons, the benefits and risks of each procedure and medication because there is more than one option for pain medication during childbirth. Keep in mind that this decision isn’t set in stone. Even if you have a written birth plan you may change your mind at the last minute, which is okay. But it’s important to educate yourself and have an idea of what you want your experience to be.

10. Should I Breastfeed or Bottle Feed My Baby?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breastfeeding is recommended as the healthiest way to feed your newborn, however, it does come with a few barriers and challenges. Bottle feeding is a fine alternative and in some cases is the only way some women can feed their babies. The choice of whether to breastfeed or bottle feed is completely up to you. If you haven’t already experienced this, it’s one of the touchiest and most controversial subjects for new mothers, so be kind to yourself about whatever decision you make. You need to tune out other people’s judgments (even though it can be difficult), and be open to changing plans if you need to. At the end of the day, we are all doing the best we can with our own circumstances.

11. Should We Bank Our Baby’s Cord Blood?

Some parents choose to save and store their baby’s umbilical cord blood because it is rich in stem cells that could be used later on to treat many different types of illnesses and disorders. Private cord blood banking (where the blood is available only to the donor’s family) can be costly, while public cord blood banking is usually covered by insurance and makes the blood available to anyone in need, but honestly a lot of it is discarded. Some studies have shown that private cord blood banking may only be cost-effective for families with an increased risk of certain medical conditions treated with stem cells and, even then, is not a guaranteed treatment. Do your research on cord blood banking and weigh the options with your partner. It never hurts to be extra prepared because those stem cells could be used for that child or your next child.

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12. Should My Baby Boy Be Circumcised?

Along with breastfeeding and bottle-feeding, this is another extremely controversial topic. Choosing whether to circumcise your baby boy is a big decision that you must decide on. At hospitals they normally perform this procedure 24-hours after birth but you could also go to a mohel and have it done at your home or at a clinic. Circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis, has multiple pros and cons. According to AAP, they don’t go as far as recommending the procedure for all newborn boys, however one of their latest policy statement’s acknowledges that the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks of the procedure. This is a personal decision for you and your partner to make. Do your research and decide what you think is best for your son.

13. Who Will Be My Child’s Pediatrician?

There are a few women that forget about this question and don’t choose a pediatrician before their baby is born. If you don’t choose your baby’s pediatrician before you give birth, the hospital will more than likely assign you one. You may not like the pediatrician that is assigned to your baby so it’s a good idea to start researching by the end of your second trimester. Ask your primary care physician and friends for recommendations, then interview your top picks to find the right fit. Pediatricians allow for you to come in for a prenatal consultation so you can interview them, see if you both will be on the same page about everything, like your baby’s vaccine schedule, that way you can determine if they are the right doctor for you and your baby. Here are some questions to ask the pediatrician if you are looking for a list!

14. Who Can Visit and Help After the Baby Arrives?

It’s important to have a plan for when you bring your baby home. Some questions that you need to consider are: who would you like to come see your baby right after he/she is born? When would you like them to come visit either at the hospital or at your home and for how long? Discuss some reasonable visitation plans with your partner so that you both feel comfortable during your first hours, days and weeks as parents. As your due date approaches, share your wishes with your friends and family, even if it’s hard to lay some ground rules. But keep an open mind about visitors, and line up as much help as you can for your first days and weeks at home. It’s a good time in your third trimester to consider if you would like a postpartum doula to come and help you as well. Their assistance can really help during your transition into becoming parents. You might be surprised by how much help you need and how much a friendly face can cheer you up as you adjust to motherhood.

What are some other major decisions that you had to make before your baby was born?

About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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"Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀ "Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀️ I once sat in a class where teenage girls said they needed to learn how to cook, do laundry, and clean if they wanted to one day be good moms.

I stopped and told them that cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning are part of being an ADULT. Those are not the things that make up motherhood.

But I get where they got that conclusion.

You always hear women say they aren't good moms when they don't make homemade lunches, prepare cupcakes for the bake sale, show up to the doctor with kids who have brushed hair, or get the laundry put away in a decent time. 'I'm such a bad mom. I sent store-bought Valentines to school with my kid.' 'Mom fail. I didn't get the laundry done.' 'I'm a failure as a mom. I don't make homemade bread/cookies/whatever.' NO.

Your 'success' as a mother is not defined by domestic duties. Domestic duties are part of being an adult.

While your children do need to be changed and fed, that's not the summation of MOTHERHOOD. Anyone can change and feed children, including dads. You can hire someone to clean your house and feed your kids, and you'll still be a mom.

And if you weren't a mom, you'd still have to clean your house, cook food, and do laundry.

You're not a bad mom because you didn't do laundry in time. Let's stop combining domestic duties with motherhood, because they just aren't the same. Yes, moms do domestic things. And they raise children. These are two separate things.

Your housekeeping is not your motherhood, and you're giving away power when you combine the two and judge one against the other.

You are a good mom because you love your child, and you try to help them learn the things they need to learn. You worry about your kids, you spend time with them, you plan for their future, and so much more.

You might be terrible at domestic duties (I don't know) or you might be the best housekeeper in the world. But neither end of the spectrum--or anything in between--determines if you're a good mom or not.

Housekeeping is NOT motherhood."
Words & 📷: @pauseandconnect
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And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and i And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and it feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Providing for my family, raising a healthy and well-rounded child, taking care of the house, the pets, nurturing my relationship with my partner. The weight is heavy, but at the same time, I am so grateful for what I have and to be a mom. ❤️⁠
📷: @babysleep_answers⁠
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FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We are NOT okay. 🤪🙈
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How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 of quarantine. 😑⚔️💀😂⁠
📷: @thedecentmother⁠
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God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) out there! 🙏⁠ Our hearts are with you all during this time. 💕
📷: @thegingypants⁠
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DISCLAIMER: This is a USED expired PPE from @thegingypants basement. (She is an RN.) Please consider donating any UNUSED MASKS to your area hospitals who are in dire need. 💕
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My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠ 📷 My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠
📷: @macaroniandmomjeans⁠
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"30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-secti "30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section... not what we planned but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool's errand. All that mattered was that he got here safely. Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are. Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that's eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene. All we hear are monitors beeping and the coos of our infant son. Maybe the sound of the 100th episode of The Office @ryanhurd and I have binged while in here. The admiration we have for the doctors, nurses + healthcare professionals that took care of Hayes & me during our stay cannot be measured in this post. They risked their health every day to make sure ours was okay. I can't think of anything more selfless than that. Ultimately, I can't thank every single mother enough for going through what you've gone through because I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I'm a measly 4 days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I. That's been a peaceful thing to cling to during these uncertain times. Thinking of you all. 🖤" - @marenmorris and her birth to her son Hayes Andrew Hurd 💕⁠
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Congratulations, @marenmorris! You are already an incredible mother. Don't dwell on the things that happened that didn't go as planned and that were out of your control. You are safe, you are well, and you have a son. You are a warrior. We are over the moon for you and your family.  Motherhood is an amazing thing. A hard thing. But oh so worth it. We can't wait to watch your motherhood journey. Love & health to you and your family. ❤️⁠
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It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another day in the life of quarantine/ motherhood...)⁠
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🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Givin 🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Giving Birth⁠ 🤰
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Pregnancy and birth are physically taxing events, but they can also be empowering experiences. 💪 Exercising during pregnancy can help the birth process go more smoothly as well as offer other incredible benefits: lowered stress, better posture, less back pain, and less complicated postpartum recovery. 🙌 Best of all, you’ll feel more powerful and in control of how your body is changing and growing. 💗 While most exercise is great even for pregnant women, there are some exercises you really should do before giving birth. Here is what you should do and WHY you should do it. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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🗓️ Great Ways to Structure Days Spent at Home 🗓️ Great Ways to Structure Days Spent at Home⁠ 🏡⁠
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If you have kids of any age at home right now, you know by now that structure and routine can help any day go more smoothly. 🙌 Building good habits and activities into your daily routine can provide opportunities for educational learning, play, stress-reduction, nourishment and rest. ❤️ Certainly, not every day has to be structured. And it’s healthy to allow for spontaneity and free time when you’re home together with family. But if you’re looking for a roadmap to build a new daily routine with your children during this season of social distancing, read on for a few fresh ideas! These are some easy tips you can start to build a great structure to your days spent at home. ⁠{Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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And this is truer now than ever before. 📷 from And this is truer now than ever before.
📷 from the hilarious @honestlymommy⁠
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👦 Potty Training the Montessori Way⁠ 🚽⁠ 👦 Potty Training the Montessori Way⁠ 🚽⁠
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Potty training can be one of the most challenging endeavors of your baby’s first few years. 😫 But this is a great time to get started if your little one is ready. Rest assured, there are several methods and strategies out there to set you and your baby up for success! 🙌 We decided to borrow some lessons from the Montessori philosophy and apply these lessons to potty training. While potty training the Montessori way may not be for everyone, many parents have used this method and loved it!⁠ Here's what we've learned and how it could help your family. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @curlylittledreams⁠
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The struggle is real. 😳⁠😬⁠ .⁠ #coronav The struggle is real. 😳⁠😬⁠
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🎒 8 Tips from a Homeschooling Mom⁠ 👩‍🏫⁠
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If you’re like many parents and caregivers right now whose children are suddenly home all day instead of at school, and you are now facing the prospect of a crash course in homeschooling, you may have said once (or a hundred times) I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING!?!? 😰 You are not alone, I promise!⁠
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I have been homeschooling for years, and yet this pandemic has my family’s entire world turned upside down. We’ve been missing our library dates, ballet classes, afternoons at the playground, chess club, but most of all: our friends. My usually-somewhat-agreeable child has been downright combative and emotionally on-edge these past few days, poor thing. 😢 This quarantine is so hard on everyone, but especially our most vulnerable . . . which includes our children. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading about the hows and whys of homeschooling as well as this mama's great tips to help you and your child start learning at home!}⁠
Article by: Bree Von Lopez⁠
📷: @watsonhomestead⁠
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🎵 And IIII . . . . I must confess my hands are 🎵 And IIII . . . . I must confess my hands are clean⁠
When I'm not with you I save our lives⁠
Give me a siiiiign . . . hit my baby now online 🎶⁠
📷: unknown⁠
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🤰 10 Ways to Prepare Your Family and Home for B 🤰 10 Ways to Prepare Your Family and Home for Baby Number Two⁠ 👧👶
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Congratulations mama! You're pregnant with baby number two. 💗 How exciting! 🥳 I know, you probably have a ton of thoughts and questions racing through your mind like, "Am I REALLY ready for another baby?!" Or how about, "How do I prepare my family and home for baby number two?!"⁠ 😳
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They're all reasonable questions. However, I want you to remember something. Remember that you probably felt unsure about some things during your first pregnancy and guess what, YOU GOT THROUGH THEM! 💪 Here you are again and yes mama, YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOO!⁠ ❤️
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To help you ease some of those worries, we’re sharing 10 ways to prepare for baby number two!⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📸: @by.sofiehammer
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🤱 13 Ways to Help New Moms During Social Distan 🤱 13 Ways to Help New Moms During Social Distancing 🎁⁠
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During this season of social distancing, there are still many ways to help new moms, even if you can’t visit them in person. Having a newborn is challenging—from managing new emotions brought on by hormones 🥴 to sleep deprivation 🥱 to adjusting to a new life together as a family. 🏡 But support from loved ones and friends will help new moms (and their families) get through those first few months postpartum successfully. ❤️ We’re sharing a few tried-and-true ways to support the new mom in your life, without risking exposure to germs by visiting her in person. 🙌 {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @annalyncook⁠
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#thisispostpartum #postpartum #postpartumlife #postpartumcare #postpartumcareplan #dailyparenting #honestlymothering #motherhoodunplugged #motherhood #mothering #momlife #newmom #4thtrimester #fourthtrimester #postnatal #babychick #mommychick #motherhoodthroughinstagram #mumlife #mommylife #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #socialdistancing
Get my hair done, a mani/pedi, or meet with friend Get my hair done, a mani/pedi, or meet with friends at a restaurant and have a large margarita WITHOUT our kids. 🍹😂 What are you gonna do when you get out?⁠
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The Queen of Quarantine 🤣🤣🤣⁠🧻 📷: The Queen of Quarantine 🤣🤣🤣⁠🧻
📷: @krystal.mariexo⁠
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🤰 What Is Happening With Your Postpartum Body?⁠ 👶⁠
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During pregnancy, your body is undergoing rapid changes to nourish the life growing inside of you. 💗 These changes can be exciting and welcomed in anticipation of meeting the newest member of your family. 🤗 However, after baby comes, we often forget, or just weren’t prepared, for the continued changes and discomforts of what is happening with your postpartum body. 😳 For years, these less than glamorous aspects of the “fourth trimester” were suppressed and not talked about openly. We can all be thankful that we live in an age where even the uncomfortable subjects can be talked about openly to help us all realize we aren’t alone.⁠ And that's exactly what we're doing today. Our resident OBGYN is talking about what exactly is happening to our postpartum bodies. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @tanishasnell_⁠
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#thisispostpartum #postpartum #postpartumlife #postpartumcare #postpartumcareplan #selflove #dailyparenting #honestlymothering #motherhoodunplugged #youarenotalone #motherhood #mothering #momlife #newmom #4thtrimester #fourthtrimester #postnatal #babychick #mommychick #motherhoodthroughinstagram #mumlife #mommylife #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣
👩‍🏫 A Teacher (and Mom's) Tips for Learnin 👩‍🏫 A Teacher (and Mom's) Tips for Learning at Home⁠ ❤️⁠
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As a teacher and mom, I can completely understand the panic I see from other moms who have been suddenly thrust into a teaching-from-home position due to the spread of COVID-19 and subsequent school closures. Moms around the country are scrambling to find a way to continue their child's education by implementing learning from home. But most aren't sure where to start!⁠
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Like many of you reading this, I have seen social media posts from (what I like to call) the moms-of-Pinterest to the moms-barely-keeping-it-together. 🙋‍♀️ I have seen families plan structured activities throughout each day and families play outside all day (in their own space, of course). Both are okay! There is really no right or wrong way to do this. But because of my background as a teacher and mom, I want to offer some encouragement and tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
Article by: Shannon Alba⁠
📷: @chantellelournes⁠
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Velcro kids are the beeeeesssstttt . . . 🙈🙈🙈⁠ We're already stuck in this house together. It's called social distancing, kid. Give mama a little space. 😑😂⁠
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If they complain that everyone else is going out, If they complain that everyone else is going out, you tell them, “You’re not everyone.” How the tables have turned. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️⁠😂
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🧼 How to Clean Your Kids Toys in the Days of CO 🧼 How to Clean Your Kids Toys in the Days of COVID-19⁠ 🧸
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It’s hard to be a parent at times like these. It means lots and lots of cleaning, and being vigilant about killing germs on a daily basis. 🦠😷 During this season when many of us have our kids at home, too, it’s important to learn the best known strategies for how to clean your kids toys effectively. We have a mama, teacher, childcare provider, and school administrator on baby-chick.com today and she has seen and tried all different kinds of ways to keep toys and the objects children use most often clean and free of germs. It’s a struggle, but it’s worth it!⁠ 👍
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Even though COVID-19 is a novel virus, experts say that we can still use products that the Environmental Protection Agency lists as effective on killing similar viruses, like the rhinovirus or common cold. And when we halt the spread of germs in our own home, we are doing our part to keep our communities healthy, too.⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @inmomsitrust⁠
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#coronavirus #covid19 #quarantine #quarantinelife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #cleaning #cleaningtoys #safety #kidstoys #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick