Top 12 Second Trimester Checklist

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 By Nina Spears
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We’re in our second trimester and it’s finally the time to start telling our friends and family the good news. Yay! I can’t tell you how relieved I was to finally talk about our pregnancy news with our loved ones and our readers. It was the hardest secret to keep. If you decided to wait to share your news till your second trimester like we did, I’m sure you’re feeling the same way. I’m now 16 weeks along. It’s crazy to think that I have a baby the size of an avocado inside of me! Thankfully the nausea is gone (my…


Can You Do Delay Cord Clamping & Bank Cord Blood?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 By Nina Spears
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This post has been sponsored by Americord. Read our policies page for more information. If you are approaching your due date and are working on your birth plan, a question that might have caught your attention is: Would like to delay the clamping of your baby’s umbilical cord after birth? But wait . . . why would someone want to do that? Over the past several decades, majority of babies have had their umbilical cords clamped immediately after birth. (The reason for this was it was thought to help reduce the risk of maternal hemorrhage.) Why would we now do the opposite and delay the clamping of the cord? First of…


Premature Birth: Understanding Your Risk

Friday, April 14, 2017 By
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It is estimated that approximately 1 in 10 pregnancies in the United States will result in a premature birth–this is one of the highest rates in the developed world. Premature birth remains the leading cause of newborn death globally, and it can happen to anyone. Although its prevalence is remarkably high, premature birth remains a puzzle for medical professionals across the world who struggle to identify why so many babies are born too early. Premature birth is defined as delivering between 20 and 37 weeks. Since babies are technically not ready to leave the womb, they are subject to a variety of…


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…


How to Keep Your Pregnancy a Secret in the First Trimester

Friday, March 31, 2017 By Nina Spears
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Deciding whether or not to tell your family and friends the exciting news about your pregnancy during your first trimester is a personal choice. Some people are all for it and others feel more comfortable waiting until they are further along. I decided to wait till I was 12 weeks to share our pregnancy news, and I learned a few things about how to get away with not being found out. 😉 If you have decided to keep the big news a secret until you hit your second trimester, here are some tips on how to be successful! Getting Around Alcohol 1….


20 Old Wives’ Tales to Predict Baby’s Gender

Thursday, March 23, 2017 By Nina Spears
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There wasn’t always a way to find out the sex of the baby before they were born. Now people can take a blood test at 12 weeks or get an ultrasound at 20 weeks to determine if they’re having a boy or a girl. Pregnancy is one of the only times in life that you can truly experience a real surprise (if you choose), but if you’re curious about the gender and want to compare your symptoms to some fun Old Wives’ Tales we’ve got you covered! None of these tales are scientifically proven, but they are fun to try. I mean, there is…


5 Things to Splurge on During Your Pregnancy

Thursday, March 16, 2017 By Nina Spears
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Having a baby can be expensive, but of course totally worth it. Hopefully you will be getting some big ticket items from friends and family off of your baby registry. However, things can still add up. If you’re wondering what are the things that you should really splurge on, we have the top 5 items right here for you. 5. Owlet Peace of mind is worth every penny. Especially for parents. I know so many new mothers that are placing their hands or putting mirrors over their baby as they sleep to make sure that they are still breathing throughout the night….


How to Pick the Perfect Baby Name

Friday, March 10, 2017 By Quinn Kelly
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You want to know the second thought that normally goes through my head when I find out I’m pregnant? Thought 1: Oh my goodness I’m pregnant!? Thought 2? I get to name a baby! Score! Okay, that may not actually be my second thought, but it’s certainly one of the first I always have. Because I love names and the idea of getting to name a tiny little human. When I was little, I would write out named of my future kids in church because I loved the idea of getting to choose a name so much (true story). Of…


Learn How To Create Your Dream Baby Registry With Babylist

Monday, February 27, 2017 By Nina Spears
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This post has been sponsored and compensated by Babylist for an honest review. Read our policies page for more information. As a baby planner, I have helped put together TONS of baby registries. I’ve perused through every shopping lane at Babies R Us, Target, Pottery Barn, and more testing out the many different kinds of products to help parents choose the right ones for them. Building a registry can take a lot of effort and hard work. It’s exhausting and sometimes (or most of the time) intimidating. What do you need? What can you leave off? What stores do you choose? And what’s the best way to set up your registry?…


First Trimester Checklist

Thursday, February 16, 2017 By Nina Spears
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Congratulations on your pregnancy! This is such exciting news. I’m sure you are filled with joy, but are also asking yourself, “Now what?…” There’s so much to prepare for baby! I get it. This is why I’m going to take the guesswork out of your first trimester and share with you my top 12 checklist items to complete during your first trimester. First off you’ll want to adjust your daily habits to live the most healthful lifestyle that you can. My first five points are: 1. Cut down on stress at work and at home. 2. Get a full night’s sleep…