Non-Hormonal Birth Control Options

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Non-Hormonal Birth Control Options

Birth control. It can be a controversial topic. But I think it’s necessary to discuss since there are so many different types available. And every woman/mother has to consider what they are going to choose for birth control . . . unless you want babies one right after the other.

Ever since I was 15 years old, I’ve been on birth control. My cycles were all over the place. My mother must have been getting tired of my crazy hormones because she decided that it would be best for me to start birth control to normalize my cycles. (This may go against your beliefs, but when your daughter’s cycles are every two weeks and miserable, you might reconsider too.) Since then, I’ve been on different types of birth control: several types of birth control pills, NuvaRing, different IUDs and a diaphragm.

Time for a Change

This past year, I decided that I want to cleanse my body. This meant I needed to choose a form of birth control that does not contain hormones. Those hormones are a lot for any body to handle, especially when you’ve been on them for over a decade, like me. I thought to myself, “my body has had these hormones in my system for almost 15 years. It’s about time to cleanse my system and get to know how my body works again. Especially if I want to have more children in the near future.”

Before I went into my doctor’s office for my well women’s visit and had her remove my IUD, I did some research on what types of birth control are non-hormonal and are more natural. After learning about all of the different options available, I thought I would share the different birth controls with you. I figured most w0men don’t even know about half of the options available. Here are the non-hormonal birth control options, the good and the bad about each.

1. Abstinence

Did you know that there are different types of abstinence? There’s:

  • Outercourse – Not having any vaginal intercourse. There can be other kinds of sexual activities but nothing that can lead to pregnancy.
  • Periodic Abstinence – Only have vaginal intercourse when a woman cannot get pregnant. This is also one of the Fertility Awareness-based Methods (FAMs) of birth control.
  • And Plain Old Abstinence – Not having any kind of sexual play with any partner.

Benefits

  • has no medical or hormonal side effects
  • is free
  • prevents STIs (sexually transmitted infections)

Disadvantages

  • It’s not the most effective birth control. Some people may find it difficult to abstain from sex for long periods of time.

2. Birth Control Sponge

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This disposable sponge containing spermicide is placed at the cervix and kills sperm before they can enter.

The sponge is more effective for women who have never given birth. If women who have never given birth always use the sponge as directed, it is 91% effective. If women who have never given birth don’t always use the sponge as directed, it is 88% effective.

Women who have previously given birth have a higher risk of pregnancy. If women who have given birth always use the sponge as directed, it is only 80% effective. And if women who have given birth don’t always use the sponge as directed, it is only 76% effective.

When used in combination with the male condom, the failure rate is only 2%. The cost is anywhere between $0–$15 for a package of three sponges.

Benefits

  • It’s a barrier method and spermicide in one.
  • It does not interrupt sex play — the sponge can be inserted hours ahead of time and can be worn for up to 30 hours after you put it in. During that time, you can have intercourse as many times as you like during the first 24 hours without removing or reinserting the sponge.
  • It does not need to be fitted by a health care provider.
  • You can buy it in a drugstore without a prescription.
  • Easy to carry in your pocket or your purse.
  • With some practice, inserting and using the sponge is easy.
  • It generally cannot be felt by you or your partner.
  • It has no effect on a woman’s natural hormones.
  • They enhance the effectiveness of other forms of contraception such as condoms.
  • Safe to use during breastfeeding.

Disadvantages

  • On its own, the contraceptive sponge is not a very effective contraceptive method. Always use it with another form of contraception. They do, however, provide good secondary protection when used with condoms.
  • Some women find it difficult to insert and remove the sponge, or forget to take it out all together.
  • If you cannot remove a sponge, or if one breaks into pieces and you cannot remove all of the pieces, see your health care provider immediately to have the sponge removed.
  • Some may also be allergic to the spermicide.
  • By itself, the sponge will not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • The sponge contains the spermicide nonoxynol-9. Nonoxynol-9 has certain risks. If it is used many times a day, or by people at risk for HIV, it may irritate tissue and increase the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Some women who use the sponge report recurrent yeast infections. If this is the case, talk to your doctor about finding a different method of contraception that works best for you.
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3. Breastfeeding as Birth Control

Sometimes called LAM (Lactational Amenorrhea Method), breastfeeding is a natural way to prevent pregnancy after giving birth. It is effective, safe, convenient, and free!

Less than 1 out of 100 women (only 1%) who practice continuous breastfeeding perfectly will become pregnant. Only 2% of women who use continuous breastfeeding will become pregnant in the first six months if they don’t always practice it correctly. Using breastfeeding as birth control can be effective for six months after delivery in certain circumstances. It is most effective if a woman does not substitute other foods for a breast milk meal, feeds her baby at least every four hours during the day and every six hours at night, and has not had a period since she delivered her baby.

Benefits

  • It does not affect a woman’s natural hormone balance.
  • It is immediately effective.
  • Breastfeeding is free.
  • It requires no prescription.
  • It needs nothing to be put in place before vaginal intercourse.
  • Breastfeeding reduces bleeding after delivery.
  • It requires no supplies or medical supervision.

Additionally, breastfeeding also has many health advantages for the baby. It:

  • decreases the likelihood of infection from germs in water, other milk, or formula.
  • increases body contact and enhances comfort for the child and bonding between mother and child.
  • passes on some of the mother’s antibodies to protect the baby from certain infections.
  • protects against the development of allergies and may protect against the development of asthma.
  • provides the best nutrition.

Disadvantages

  • You can only rely on breastfeeding to prevent pregnancy for six months.
  • Some women find it hard to exclusively breastfeed and not use any formula.
  • If formula is given to the baby, the woman has a chance of getting pregnant again.
  • Breastfeeding may reduce vaginal lubrication when a woman is aroused.
  • It may also make a woman feel like her breasts are less sexual.

4. Cervical Cap (FemCap)

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A cervical cap is a soft, silicone device inserted into the vagina in front of the cervix. It prevents sperm from entering. It is more effective for women who have never given birth.

For women who have never been pregnant or given birth vaginally, 14% who use the cervical cap will become pregnant each year. For women who have given birth vaginally, 29% who use the cervical cap will become pregnant each year. Therefore, to increase effectiveness, it should be used with a spermicide – failure rates increase when used alone.

A cervical cap lasts for up to two years and it costs about $0–$75.

Benefits

  • Easy to carry in your pocket or purse.
  • It generally cannot be felt by you or your partner.
  • A cervical cap is immediately effective and reversible.
  • It has no effect on a woman’s natural hormones.
  • There is no interruption during sex — it can be inserted up to six hours ahead of time.
  • Safe to use during breastfeeding.

Disadvantages

  • You can’t use it during menstruation.
  • A cervical cap may be difficult for some women to insert.
  • It may be pushed out of place by some penis sizes, heavy thrusting, and certain sexual positions.
  • It must be in place every time a woman has vaginal intercourse.
  • You may need to replace it with a slightly larger cap after pregnancy.
  • The device is not overly effective if used without a spermicide.
  • It doesn’t protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

5. Diaphragm

The diaphragm is a latex cap that covers the cervix and prevents sperm from getting inside. Always use the diaphragm in combination with a spermicide, placed inside the diaphragm, to offer protection from pregnancy.

Benefits

It offers women privacy and control, because they can insert it before sex. If used perfectly, the failure rate is 4-8%. In other words, if 100 women use it correctly for one year, four to eight of them will become pregnant.

  • Easily carried in your pocket or purse.
  • Safe to use during breastfeeding.
  • The diaphragm generally cannot be felt by you or your partner.
  • It has no effect on a woman’s natural hormones.
  • It is immediately effective and reversible.
  • There is no interruption of sex play — easily inserted hours ahead of time.
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Disadvantages

  • Some women find diaphragms difficult to insert at first, and others find that it doesn’t fit them right.
  • There is also a chance of developing a urinary tract infection while using it.
  • Does not protect against STIs.
  • May be pushed out of place by some penis sizes, heavy thrusting, and certain sexual positions.
  • Must be in place every time a woman has vaginal intercourse.
  • May need to be refitted especially after having a baby.

6. Female Condom

The female condom is a polyurethane sheath in the shape of a round, upside-down baggie inserted into the vagina before sex. This condom holds in the sperm, preventing it from entering the vagina.

Benefits

  • It’s the only contraceptive controlled by females that protects them from both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Allow women to share responsibility for preventing infection.
  • Easy to purchase in drugstores and some supermarkets
  • Your partner can insert it as part of sex play.
  • Can be used by people who are allergic to latex.
  • Safe to use with oil-based as well as water-based lubricants.
  • Do not have an effect on a woman’s natural hormones.
  • Do not require a prescription.
  • May enhance sex play — the external ring may stimulate the clitoris during vaginal intercourse.
  • Stay in place whether or not a man maintains his erection.
  • Used perfectly, the female condom has a failure rate of 5%.

Disadvantages

  • Some women may have trouble inserting it correctly.
  • Cause irritation of the vagina, vulva, penis, or anus.
  • Reduces feeling during intercourse.
  • They can be expensive – around $3-$4 each.

And let’s be real, it probably feels like you are putting a baggie or trash bag in your vagina . . .

7. Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs)

Fertility awareness-based methods (FAMs) are ways to track ovulation — the release of an egg — in order to prevent pregnancy. Some people call FAMs “natural family planning.”

There are several methods you can use to predict when you will ovulate.

  • Temperature Method — You will take your temperature in the morning every day before you get out of bed.
  • Cervical Mucus Method — You will check the changes in your cervical mucus every day for the first part of your cycle until you are sure you have ovulated.
  • Calendar Method — You will chart your cycles on a calendar.

It is most effective to combine all three of these methods. Together, they are called the symptothermal method.

  • Standard Days Method — You will track your cycle for several months to be sure that your cycle is always between 26 and 32 days long. Never longer or shorter. Then, you will not have unprotected vaginal intercourse on days 8–19.

Twenty-four out of every 100 couples who use fertility awareness-based methods each year will have a pregnancy if they don’t always use the method correctly or consistently. Always practicing these methods correctly will make them more effective.

Benefits

  • They cost very little.
  • They’re safe.
  • They can be stopped easily to plan a pregnancy.
  • Calendars, thermometers, and charts are easy to get.
  • Medication is not needed.

Disadvantages

Fertility awareness-based methods may not work for you if you:

  • have more than one sex partner.
  • have a sex partner who isn’t as committed to fertility awareness-based methods as you are.
  • don’t want to keep close track of your safe days.
  • are not able to abstain or use another method for at least 10 unsafe days during each cycle.
  • take medicine that may affect reading the signs of these methods.

Do not depend on tracking your fertility if you have:

  • irregular periods.
  • a partner who is not cooperative.
  • a sexually transmitted infection or frequent abnormal vaginal discharges.
  • cannot keep careful records.

It may be more difficult to track your fertility if you are breastfeeding, are a teenager, or are getting close to menopause. The hormone shifts may make the signs unpredictable.

Don’t switch to a fertility awareness-based method after using a hormonal one, such as the pill. The hormones will affect your cycle. Instead, use a method without hormones while you’re learning to track your fertility. I’ve met too many couples that have accidentally gotten pregnant from this method after getting off of hormonal birth control or right after giving birth to their child (and not practicing breastfeeding continuously).

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8. ParaGard: Copper Intra-Uterine Device (IUD)

ParaGard copper IUD

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The copper IUD is a small, T-shaped device with a copper wire. Inserted into the uterus, the copper wire changes the chemistry in the uterus and destroys sperm.

Benefits

  • The copper IUD provides up to 5 to 10 years of contraception (depending on the type), and has no negative impact on future fertility, once removed.
  • It fails in only 1 of 100 users per year.
  • The IUD should not alter the timing of your periods.
  • Women who use an IUD have a lower rate of ectopic pregnancy than women who do not use any birth control. However, if pregnancy should occur, it is important to see your health care provider immediately, because there is a significant chance the pregnancy is in the fallopian tube.

The copper IUD may be a good choice for you if:

  • You are at low risk for contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
  • Are looking for a long-term, reliable method of contraception.
  • You have had failure with other methods in the past (can not remember to take the pill).
  • You’re breastfeeding (it has no effect on breast milk).
  • You have completed your family but do not want a tubal ligation.
  • You have problems with hormonal methods of contraception.

Disadvantages

  • The copper IUD does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or HIV. (Use condoms to protect against STIs or HIV.)
  • Women who use the copper IUD find that their periods may get heavier, longer and more crampy.
  • Complications associated with the IUD are rare but may occur. Possible complications of inserting an IUD include irregular bleeding or spotting, perforating the uterus (making a small hole in the uterus), infection, or expulsion (the IUD falls out).

9. Spermicide

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A chemical called nonoxynol-9 comes in the form of cream (only for use with diaphragms), gel, foam, film, or suppository. By inserting spermicide in front of the cervix, in the vagina, it destroys sperm on contact. Spermicides should be used along with another method of contraception, such as a condom, because alone they are not highly effective.

Benefits

  • Along with protecting against pregnancy, spermicide also protects against bacterial infections and pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • It can also be used as an emergency method, if inserted immediately after you have an accident with your primary contraception.

Disadvantages

  • Spermicide can be messy.
  • You have to insert spermicide right before sex, because it’s usually only effective for one hour.
  • It may irritate the entrance of the vagina or the tip of the penis.
  • Using a spermicide alone can increase your risk of HIV transmission, so only use it with a steady partner.
  • The failure rate of spermicides used alone is between 6% (perfect use) and 21% (typical use).
  • The popular spermicide called nonoxynol-9 does not protect people from sexually transmitted infections as previously thought.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires contraceptive products that contain this spermicide, such as condoms, vaginal gels, inserts, and contraceptive film, to carry a label indicating nonoxynol-9 does not protect against STIs.
  • It may actually increase the risk of getting HIV from an infected person, because of the irritation it can cause to the lining of the vagina or rectum.
  • The SOGC recommends that spermicide only be used by women who are at low risk for STIs and HIV, for example, women in monogamous relationships where STIs have been ruled out. It’s best to use uncoated condoms instead of nonoxynol-9 coated condoms.

10. Sterilization for Women (Tubal Sterilization)

In tubal ligation, the two fallopian tubes, which transport the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus, get disconnected. The egg never meets the sperm, and pregnancy is impossible. Because reversal is costly, difficult, and not guaranteed, tubal ligation is considered permanent. However, a 1-2.5% chance of failure may occur up to 10 years later, because sometimes the tubes try to “heal” themselves.

Benefits

  • It’s the most effective method of contraception that is controlled by women.
  • It is ideal for families who don’t want to have any more children.

Disadvantages

  • Pain, bleeding and nausea may follow surgery.
  • Some women eventually regret their choice, and find that they can’t reverse the process.
  • Tubal ligation provides no protection against STIs.

As you can see, there’s a lot of options that are non-hormonal which are less aggressive to your body. You may want to consider one or more of these methods if you think that the pill, patch, ring, IUD or injection are not the right choice for you.

Are you using a non-hormonal birth control? What do you think about it?


References
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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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Your child’s mental health is fairly complicated. It's also critical to their overall health and wellness. We often think of mental health as it pertains to adults, but just like growth and physical development, research shows that mental health is something that should be considered starting at birth. ❤️⁠
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When children are very young, their brains are extremely sensitive to environmental stress. Toxic stress, defined as high levels of prolonged stress, can have life-long effects on children. Limiting stress for young children is critical for their early mental health. One of the most fundamental ways we can help eliminate toxic stress is by building a strong relationship foundation from the very beginning of their lives. Your relationship with your baby is an integral part of their sense of self-esteem, independence, and confidence; three key factors in mental health.⁠
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Building that relationship with your child can be broken down into four key concepts . . . {Click 🔗 in bio to find out what they are!}⁠
📷: @vlentine⁠
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Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE bow that shows she's a girl . . . yet still somehow get's called a boy. 🤷⁠
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💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤⁠
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If you’ve ever typed into Google, “Why won’t my baby sleep?” you’re not alone. In fact, you’re among thousands of other parents/caregivers who are likely as tired as you are. Chances are, if you have gone down the Google rabbit hole at 2:00 a.m. (or just asked your pediatrician for sleep advice), then you’ve most likely been introduced to the concept of a bedtime routine.⁠
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A bedtime routine can be an incredibly helpful tool in establishing healthy sleep habits and good sleep hygiene. Infants and young children thrive on routine; in fact, they are comforted by predictability (spoiler alert: most adults are this way, too!). Plus, a young mind is exposed to so much new information every day that it’s reassuring for a child to know that they can depend on certain events to have a predictable structure.⁠
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Bedtime routines are also a cue to their brains and bodies that sleep is coming. With a predictable bedtime routine, your little one will start to recognize the order of the routine and begin to anticipate what comes next. With enough repetition, this process happens automatically in a very Pavlovian way. A calm and successive routine will also make the onset of sleep come more easily. Can you imagine if you walked out of your workout and immediately someone told you that you had to lay down and fall asleep? This would be nearly impossible, and the same is true for our little ones. By allowing them some time to unwind, you are making the falling asleep process that much easier. Here are some tips on what to do for your little one's bedtime. ❤️⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @hannahxruth⁠
Article by: @ohbabyconsulting⁠
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THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴 📷: @brit THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴
📷: @britt.kav⁠
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It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑 (quote vi It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑
(quote via @smalltowntallgirl)⁠
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🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗 🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗⁠
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Parenting is hard. And ever so important. But sometimes it feels like we need to have a special degree in “Managing Toddler Mood Swings” to navigate some of the unexpected scenarios that come with raising secure and happy children.⁠
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Like how do we handle a child that likes to scream instead of talk?⁠
“Please, child, just lower your voice while we’re in Target.”⁠
Or what are we supposed to do when a child prefers to strip down every time we get them dressed or only eat foods that are the color blue?! (In case you’re wondering, there aren’t many blue foods.)⁠
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It can feel tricky and tiring to try and do it all right and then sometimes still feel like you’re at a loss. But the truth is, there’s never any way to make everything perfect. But there are things we can do that set our children up to feel secure and happy. And here are seven of my favorite tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @lauren.stewart_dc⁠
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Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠ Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠
Cesarean mamas--this one's for you. I hope you know that you are worthy. That you are such a warrior. That you are brave and powerful and strong as f✨ck. I hope you know that birthing your baby on an operating table makes you no less of a mother. No less of a goddess. Your birth story is holy and that beautiful scar on your belly is sacred as sh✨t. You are worthy of praise and celebration, honor and  admiration.⁠
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I hope that you know it was worth it. Knowing this does NOT mean you can't mourn your dream. It does NOT mean "you and your baby are safe--that's all that matters!" It does NOT mean you can't wish things had gone differently. But I hope that underneath it all, you can find beauty in what was. What is. Your baby. Your birth. Your strength. Your healing. Your story.⁠
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Your journey wasn't easy. Perhaps it unfolded much differently than you had hoped--perhaps it shook you to your core and left you feeling the immense weight of a "what if" and why".⁠
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Perhaps you're still wading through the heavy emotions of disappointment, anger, and grief. Perhaps you always will. But whatever feelings you hold in your heart and in your womb, I hope that you can look at your scar and say "Hell yes, it was worth it. And hell ya, I am worthy."⁠
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*This post was written for mamas who might be struggling with an unexpected or undesired cesarean birth. I recognize that there are mamas that choose to have planned/elective cesarean births who might not resonate with the message in this post. I honor them as well--as I honor all mothers, all women, and all beings.⁠
Words & 📷: @spiritysol⁠
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Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . whi Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . which is the color he originally asked for.⁠
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(quote via @HenpeckedHal via Twitter)⁠
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Hope they're ready for us!⁠ 👯‍♀️⁠
📷: @myquestionablelife⁠
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" . . . Tears contain stress hormones. Why would w " . . . Tears contain stress hormones. Why would we have tears if they didn't serve a purpose? Little hurts can feel big when you are little. There is no such things as no reason to cry. Comforting a crying child is not the same as shutting them down, no matter how sweetly we shut them down . . . up actually." - Pam Leo⁠
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"Every diaper change is a struggle⁠ Goldfish cru "Every diaper change is a struggle⁠
Goldfish crumbs are literally everywhere.⁠
Nothing stays in the correct place.⁠
Dramatic meltdowns are a part of our daily routine.⁠
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Being a mother to a new toddler is so challenging, and every day I'm not sure what to expect! But, even on the days where I think I'm going nuts, it's so worth getting to watch my daughter grow into her own person. I love seeing her personality expand with each day.⁠
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I won't lie though, I do get a tad bit freaked out sometimes! I mean I've never heard anyone nail the sound of a pterodactyl better than my daughter, when she's having a meltdown. 😂😳"⁠
Repost: @postpartum⁠
Words & 📷: @tori.mccain⁠
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Share your worst/funniest toddler meltdown stories below! I'm sure almost all of us mamas who have a toddler can relate. 🙋⁠
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That's my kind of mom friend. 😂 Tag that mama w That's my kind of mom friend. 😂 Tag that mama who is your happy safe person. ❤️⁠
📷: @lifeandtimesofmom⁠
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8 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues When You're Stuck 8 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues When You're Stuck Inside⁠
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⁠When the snow first starts falling, it’s a great feeling. Your house is cozy inside, school is cancelled—three cheers for a snow day! The kids are excited and you can’t help but feel some excitement, too. However, after a few days of being snowed in, we can all start to get a bit stir crazy, especially with our littles cooped up at home with us. We're sharing eight creative ways to beat those winter blues when you feel like you’re stuck indoors! {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @cecileadams⁠
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Where do I sign up for my parenting punchcard? 🙋‍♀️⁠
📷: @momtransparenting⁠
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Whatever you gotta do to get in some self care, ma Whatever you gotta do to get in some self care, mama. 💁‍♀️😂⁠
(quote via @fruitsofmotherhood)⁠
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But in 2020 🤔🤔🤔😂😂😂😂⁠ jk
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Having your baby look like their dad is like being Having your baby look like their dad is like being back in school when you did all the work in a group project and they got the higher grade. 😑⁠ Annoying AF.⁠
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Who do your kids look more like?⁠
📷: @misshoneybakes⁠
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When you announcement to the kids that you're expe When you announcement to the kids that you're expecting another little one and one of your children asks where babies come from. 😳 This is when you starting thinking about when and how you need to start talking about the "birds and the bees" with your kids.⁠
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Talking about sex with anyone can be weird. But having the sex talk with your kid . . . well, that's a whole new level of weird. Some parents try to avoid having "the talk" for as long as humanly possible. While other parents jump right in at the first hint of their child's curiosity. Some parents find the topic relatively easy to discuss, while others are humiliated just thinking about it. 🙈 No matter where you fall on this wide spectrum, one fact remains: someone has to teach your child about sex. And it should probably be you.⁠
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So where do you start? How do you talk about it? And when? Of course, there are no right or wrong answers to these questions. Each parent will broach this subject in they way they feel is best. But if you're like me and need a bit of guidance, here are some tips for teaching your kids about the birds and the bees. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @livvylandblog⁠
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Every boy mom wants to be like WTF . . . For real, Every boy mom wants to be like WTF . . . For real, are they rotating sprinklers or something?⁠
📷: @snarkybreeders⁠
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They are the ultimate weighted blanket. Their litt They are the ultimate weighted blanket. Their little body breathing in and out while lying on your chest is intoxicating. It fills you with so much love and peace. There is truly nothing better. 💕⁠
(quote via @torturedbytoddlers)⁠
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Mindful Eating Tips After Baby - Podcast Episode 2 Mindful Eating Tips After Baby - Podcast Episode 23⁠
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The holidays can be a hectic and stressful time for many (especially moms). And on top of that, this time of year can be loaded with diet talk. 🤦‍♀️ You're not alone if all this talk about weight loss/gain, New Year's diet plans & the justification/shaming of eating XYZ is getting to you! It is to me too. Another time in life when women feel like they should shred some weight . . . after they have a baby. 🤰 While I'm not about women feeling they should change their postpartum bodies--our bodies have done so much for us and our babies and we are beautiful exactly the way we are--I am supportive of women wanting to nurture and take care of their bodies and living more mindfully. ❤️⁠
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I had the chance to chat with @drsusanalbers on our podcast about mindful eating, what it is, and how (and why) new mothers might want to incorporate this practice into their lives. Let's combat the diet culture this time of year and focus more on living and eating mindfully. {Click 🔗 in bio to listen to the episode!}⁠
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So. Many. Pump. Parts. Raise your hand if you agre So. Many. Pump. Parts. Raise your hand if you agree. 🙋‍♀️⁠
📷: @susu.stash⁠
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Motherhood and The Enneagram: Parenting Tips by Ty Motherhood and The Enneagram: Parenting Tips by Type⁠
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Knowing your Enneagram type is a lot of fun and can really bring some insight into how you act and react to other types and situations. The Enneagram differs from other personality typing systems because it encourages growth and identifies healthy and unhealthy behaviors within each of the nine types. Learning about yourself in this way is also a really great way to grow (or perhaps change for the better) as a parent. And we all could use good growth and change, right?⁠
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If you know your Enneagram type, we're sharing the parenting advice you probably need to hear. ❤️ {Click on 🔗 to continue reading!}⁠
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