Postpartum


Owlet Smart Sock 2: The Smart Sock Just Got Smarter

Monday, April 10, 2017 By Nina Spears
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I think by now most parents know about Owlet. And if you don’t, I’m sure you’ve briefly heard chitter chatter about it. Owlet is the world’s smartest sock for babies. It uses pulse oximetry technology to track your baby’s heart rate and oxygen level. Below is a video that explains it more . . . This smart sock has been a hot item on the market ever since they first launched in 2015, and now that I am pregnant and getting ready for baby, it’s definitely on my wish list, as well. However, recently, I was told some cool and exciting news. This hot, must-have product has now been…

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Body Back After Baby: Postpartum Weight Loss Tips for Mom

Friday, March 24, 2017 By Kate Horney
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New moms are often sleep-deprived, overwhelmed, and already have so much else on their plate…  When it comes to getting your body back after baby, it’s often hard to know where to start. We get it! You’ve got a lot to think about: when to feed the baby, what to do if her or she cries . . . and how to get rid of those extra pounds packed on during pregnancy. There is a TON of conflicting information out there about how to get your body back after baby. If you’re not an expert, it’s really difficult to know where…

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15 Ways to Engage with Your Baby

Monday, March 13, 2017 By Nina Spears
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Life with a newborn is an adjustment. It’s exhausting, repetitive and at times overwhelming, but it is also absolutely wonderful. Your days pretty much consist of changing diapers, feeding baby, soothing baby, bathing baby and putting baby to sleep. But once babies get a little older they start staying awake a little longer. Parents then begin to wonder what they should do with their babies. It’s not like they can move around, play or babble or laugh with you. What are some things that you can do with your new baby? Here are 15 different great ways to engage with your baby. 1. Babywearing There…

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Spring Forward: 3 Simple Baby Sleep Tips

Thursday, March 9, 2017 By Violet Giannone

With daylight saving time just around the corner, it means we lose an hour of sleep, but for your baby it may be more complex than just that. Your baby’s internal sleep clock helps put your baby to sleep at a certain hour, and helps wake her up at pretty much the same time each morning. So it may be a little difficult to put your baby to sleep at the usual bedtime, and have her wake an hour later in the morning. If you have an early riser you may be getting excited about your baby waking an hour later,…

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How to Survive a Stay in the NICU

Thursday, March 2, 2017 By Quinn Kelly
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Tips For Surviving a Stay in the NICU No one gets pregnant and imagines they will start their child’s life out in the NICU, but it happens to even the best of people. And whether the stay is due to a known condition or due to something that surprises the doctors at birth, it’s never easy on parents because it’s a rollercoaster full of emotion and stress until their child gets to go home. So today, I wanted to let a few parents who have made it to the other side—Jason, Ryane, Julie, Megan and Hannah—give future or current parents…

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How To Do Infant Massage

Friday, February 24, 2017 By Nina Spears
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The power of touch is profound. It can strengthen connections, heal, communicate, influence, and soothe when done lovingly. Our skin is our largest organ and it is the pathway for touch–one of our most powerful and important functions. For long-term wellbeing, touch is as important as food and security. It is such a powerful means of communication and is the first sense that we develop and the first language we learn. Done appropriately, massage has a profound capacity to nurture our relationships and our overall well-being. This is why massage–whether performed on adults or babies–has incredible results. Infant Massage As I was completing my birth doula and postpartum doula certifications,…

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5 Things Every Mother Should Know Before Baby

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 By Nina Spears
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There are a lot of things that women say they wish they would have known before they had their baby. You obviously know that having a baby is going to change your life forever, but what do experienced moms wish they’d known before little ones came along? Here are the top five things moms have told us they wish they had known before baby: 1. Enjoy your sleep now, like seriously. I think we all know that you are not going to be sleeping very much when you have a baby. But I do think that there are some soon-to-be…

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Cord Tissue Banking Vs Cord Blood Banking

Monday, February 13, 2017 By Nina Spears

This post has been sponsored by Americord. Read our policies page for more information. Until recently medical staff have been discarding the placenta and umbilical cord as medical waste after babies were born. Now research has shown us that there are multiple therapeutic uses for cord blood–the blood that remains in a baby’s placenta and umbilical cord after the delivery of the baby and the umbilical cord has been cut–and now even cord tissue. But why would someone want to save their baby’s cord blood or cord tissue? What can cord blood or tissue be used for? Cord blood contains a rich source of blood-forming cells known as hematopoietic…

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Easing Back Pain During Pregnancy with Chiropractic Care

Thursday, February 2, 2017 By Alayna Pagnani-Gendron
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The moment you find out you are pregnant is a special time filled with joy, nerves, and excitement. You are also probably still feeling great, physically. Eventually, hormonal changes take over and that little baby bump grows, throwing off your center of gravity.  Then, all of a sudden, you take a step and feel a sharp twinge in your lower back. Ouch! Many women experience back pain throughout pregnancy; however, many moms-to-be don’t realize there is safe and effective help out there for back pain during pregnancy—it’s chiropractic care! Pregnancy is an extraordinary time in your life, and this is…

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What is Colostrum?

Friday, January 27, 2017 By Nina Spears
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Around your third month of pregnancy, and continuing through the early days of breastfeeding, your breasts will produce colostrum, a special type of breastmilk for your newborn baby. But what exactly is colostrum? Colostrum is the first type of milk that your breasts make. It is a thick and sticky liquid that has a yellowish to orange color. During the last few months of pregnancy, you may even begin to leak a small amount of this thick yellowish substance. But do not worry if you are seeing this sooner or aren’t seeing any at all. Some women start to leak earlier and some women…

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