Ways to Cope with Pregnancy Discomforts

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Ways to Cope with Pregnancy Discomforts

When you’re pregnant, each day and to-do list can feel extremely long . . . especially if you’re experiencing any new pregnancy discomforts. While pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, it can also be overwhelming and uncomfortable. Your body is doing so much work to grow that sweet baby of yours. With your body rapidly changing to nurture yourself and your child, pregnancy can cause many women to experience various types of discomforts. I know them all to well because I experienced many of them when I was pregnant too! Many of my expecting clients have asked me about ways to cope with pregnancy discomforts so I thought I would share my tips with all of you! Here’s to hoping that these tips give you the relief that you’re looking for and that they make this special time more enjoyable for you.

Backache

Backaches are so common during pregnancy because of the increased weight you’re carrying. Neck and shoulder aches are also normal and can be due to tension and/or the increased weight of your growing breasts. Many women experience lower back pain that can extend or shoot down one side of your back, butt, and into one leg. This is known as sciatica, caused when the baby’s head compresses the sciatic nerve. Here are some tips that will help to relieve the discomfort of backaches or avoid them altogether:

  • Drive comfortably – Move your car seat forward to keep your knees bent and higher than your hips. Use a small pillow to support your lower back area.
  • Lift correctly – It’s important to remember to bend at the knees, not at the waist, and lift with your arms and legs, which will take the stress off your back.

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  • Limit your standing – Try not to stand in one place or one position for too long. If your job requires long periods of standing, keep one foot on a raised surface, such as a step or a box, to prevent your lower back from curving inward. If you are experiencing some back pain when standing at a table, lean forward with your knees slightly bent, and support your weight with your hands or elbows.
  • Use ice or a cold pack – Place a bag with ice, wrapped in a towel, against the small of your back when you’re sitting down.
  • Elevate your feet – When seated, prop up your feet with a footstool, stack of files/books, pillows, trash can, or anything else available.
  • Stretch daily – This is a must-do during pregnancy. When you’re at work, try setting the clock on your phone or computer to beep at you every thirty minutes to remind you to get up and stretch.
  • Avoid wearing high heels – I love heels just as much as the next girly girl, but if you’re experiencing chronic back pain, trade in those heels for some lower ones. It will really help your back. It’s time to wear sturdy shoes with a heel no higher than one inch. Save those higher heels for special meetings, date nights, and place thin, foam rubber inserts in the toes to reduce pressure.
  • Wear a maternity belt – A wide, soft, supportive elastic band that wraps around your lower back and under your belly can take over part of the job of tired, stretched abdominal and back muscles as it cradles the weight of your growing belly.
  • Improve your posture – Try to keep your shoulders and hips in line as you walk, and keep your back straight by tucking a pillow behind you when you’re seated.

Edema (Swelling)

More than 70% of pregnant women experience some excess fluid accumulation in their feet, legs, face, and hands. This condition is related to hormone buildup in your system, which results in the kidneys collecting more water and salt than normal. If your job keeps you walking a lot and on your feet, you are also more likely to experience edema.

If you experience sudden, extreme swelling, you should immediately alert your doctor. This could be a warning sign of preeclampsia or toxemia. It is a lot more common to experience edema in your legs and feet during your third trimester, but if you have swelling in your face and/or hands or experience these symptoms earlier in your pregnancy, contact your care provider. Mild swelling, which is considered normal and beneficial, can be relieved by these methods:

  • Raise your legs – Prop up your legs on anything available: a footstool, a stack of papers, books, or a box. Also, elevate your feet and hands above your heart to reduce swelling by gravity. If possible, lie down during the day on your left (heart) side, not on your back. This position prevents your uterus from compressing major arteries and lets your system reabsorb the fluid. Also try walking around the block during your lunch hour.
  • Soak your feet – Tired, burning feet should be soaked at the end of a workday. If you can treat yourself to a pedicure every now and then, even better! Also, throughout the day, rotate your ankles to help with circulation and reduce swelling.
  • Keep water with you Consuming extra water will help to draw fluid from puffy tissues back into your bloodstream to be excreted by your kidneys later. Have a glass or a bottled water nearby throughout the day.
  • Wear loose clothing – Although you always want to look well dressed at work and in everyday life, choose looser clothes for maternity wear.
  • Watch your diet – I know that you want to indulge in some sweets and treats, but stay away from fatty foods. You want to eat plenty of protein and cut down on salt, which causes fluid retention.
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Fatigue

As I’ve said before, it takes a lot of work to grow a baby. You are more than likely feeling extreme fatigue. This is normal. By the second trimester, your body will probably have adjusted, and you may feel a burst of energy. By the third trimester, however, you may feel exhausted again and need more rest. There’s no cure for this. Your body is going through a lot so it is just reflecting the strains being put on it. These are things you can do to help fight your daytime fatigue:

  • Go to bed early – Never mind the undone chores you see all around you at home. This is the time to catch up on rest since you and your baby are growing daily. You need the rest!
  • Try to reduce worrying – Making an effort not to worry about work and home concerns can relieve the tension that builds up during the day. Go for a walk, get some exercise, and get some fresh air.
  • Delegate responsibilities – At work, if you’re in a position to delegate responsibilities when the pressure becomes too great, do so. Most coworkers will understand and will want to help, so don’t feel guilty about doing it. At home, ask your partner, family, and friends for help. They, too, want you and baby to do well and be stress free.
  • Learn your daily rhythms of alertness and fatigue – Do your strenuous or creative work during alert times; rest during tired periods. If you can, take a quick nap during your lunch hour. If possible, ask your employer to reduce your hours temporarily if you just can’t keep up near the end of your term. It never hurts to ask.
  • Combat anemia – Many women have anemia and it can result in tiredness, weakness, and fainting. You will need to add more iron-rich foods to your diet, such as lentils and green leafy vegetables. Doctor-recommended iron tablets can help as well.

Headaches

Headaches are extremely common during pregnancy. They may be caused by hormonal changes, which you have little control over. But you may alleviate the problem by doing these:

  • Rest – Sit in a dark, quiet room with your eyes closed. Try meditation, yoga, or other relaxation techniques until it passes.
  • Hydrate – Headaches are commonly caused by dehydration. This is yet another reason why having water throughout the day is important.
  • Breathe fresh air – Avoid stuffy, over-crowded, smoke-filled rooms. Step outside, if possible, for a breath of fresh air.
  • Eat regularly – Little or no food over a long period of time can cause your blood sugar level to drop. Eat small meals/snacks throughout the day. Excessive caffeine can also cause headaches as well. Limit your intake if your headaches continue to persist.
  • Try to reduce stress – Whenever possible, avoid unnecessary stressful situations and find ways to control the stress you cannot avoid. I know that this is easier said than done, but talk to the people around you to help limit your stress.
  • Take calcium – Calcium tends to quiet your nerves and ease a headache. If the headaches are regular, take up to four 450-milligram calcium tablets a day. (Consult your care provider first.) If you suddenly develop a severe headache, call your doctor. It could indicate the onset of toxemia.
  • Cut down on your salt intake – Especially during pregnancy, too much salt can cause headaches and high blood pressure.
  • Use cold compresses – Place a cold, moist cloth on your forehead or on the back of your neck. Add a few drops of essential oil of lavender on your washcloth to help with relaxation.
  • Use liniments – Rub peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples, or drink peppermint tea.
  • Take non-aspirin pain relievers – If other methods are not working, Tylenol might help. With any antibiotics, get your doctor’s approval first.
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Heartburn & Indigestion

Thankfully, the heart has nothing to do with this problem. Heartburn involves regurgitation of stomach acid back into the throat or esophagus. It’s a mild form of indigestion that, once again, is caused by your hormonal changes. A lot of expecting women experience this pregnancy discomfort and it is definitely no fun. You may experience a burning sensation in your upper abdomen or lower chest, a bitter taste in your mouth, and some burping. If you are, here are ways to relieve this problem:

  • Eliminate certain foods – Stop drinking citrus fruit juices or beverages made from them. Eliminate rich, greasy, and spicy foods from your diet. (I know, no fun.) Instead, have snacks, such as yogurt and honey, papaya, apples, or toast. Also stay away from caffeine-filled drinks.
  • Eat small amounts regularly rather than a few big meals – Avoid eating too much, too quickly.
  • Drink water – A glass of water will wash away the acid. Then drink a little milk, buttermilk, or cream to coat your stomach. Or try some peppermint tea.
  • Chew gum – Chew a stick of gum after meals or sip a carbonated drink.
  • Try a tablespoon of honey in a glass of warm milk.
  • Use antacids – Ask your physician about using Maalox or some type of antacid to relieve the discomfort. These are products you can keep in your purse, desk drawer and use whenever necessary. Note: Liquid antacids are more effective than tablets.
  • Change your position – Try sitting or standing. Avoid lying down; it may only worsen the condition. Sleep propped up with extra pillows – an elevated head may help.
  • Remain upright after eating.
  • Try some herbal and homeopathic remedies.

Hemorrhoids

Constipation and straining to move your bowels may cause hemorrhoids (varicose veins of the rectum caused by pressure). Super sexy, I know. While hemorrhoids are a common pregnancy discomfort for many women, they do shrink after delivery. If they cause you pain, try the following aids:

  • If you sit for long hours, use a pillow or a rubber doughnut-shaped cushion to relieve the discomfort. Apply ice packs or pads soaked in witch hazel with a few drops of lavender. Drugstores sell Tucks, which works well too.
  • If you stand for long hours at work, take sitting breaks whenever your supervisor gives you the okay.

Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps in the back, groin, and legs (common in the calves) caused by slow blood circulation and pressure on certain nerves are common occurrences. If you cramp up, give these ideas a try:

  • Change your position by sitting in another position for a few minutes.
  • If you’re standing when the cramp occurs, keep your weight evenly distributed and flex your knees. Avoid pointing your toes. Instead, bring your toes upward, pushing out your heel.
  • Place a hot-water bag or heating pad directly on the cramped muscle.
  • Drink lots of fluids. Place two tablespoons of honey in a glass of warm water to help your muscles relax.
  • Wear support hose to help relieve leg cramps. A well-fitting maternity girdle and low-heeled shoes will relieve the strain on your muscles as well.

Nausea, Vomiting, & Morning Sickness

Many women suffer from this pregnancy discomfort. Occasional nausea is common because of the pressure on organs and the high levels of estrogen in the body, especially in early pregnancy. If you are prone to vomiting, keep towels, a trashcan, and mouthwash or breath mints nearby, and figure out the quickest way to the bathroom. If you are driving, have a big bottle of ice water handy and drive with the window down or with cool air on your face. Also, keep plastic grocery bags ready just incase you can’t make it out of the car.

For more tips on morning sickness, read my post about things that you can do to fend off nausea.

Nosebleeds

The tiny blood vessels of the nose become more congested during pregnancy and break open easily. That’s why nosebleeds are so common. Dry air tends to worsen the problem. You might try these techniques:

  • Apply pressure – Lean your head forward and apply pressure to the bridge of your nose with your fingers for at least four minutes. Keep tissues handy to protect your clothing.
  • Try Vaseline – Apply Vaseline with a cotton-tip swab to each nostril to stop the bleeding.
  • Use a spray – If your nose feels uncomfortably full after a nosebleed, mix ½ teaspoon of salt with ½ cup of warm water, and spray each nostril with the mixture. You could also use a Saline spray.
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Overheating

Did you know that your basal metabolic rate (the rate at which you expend energy) increases by 20% during pregnancy? It does! This then causes your glands to work overtime and the blood flow to your skin to increase. This is why you’re more likely to feel uncomfortable in both warm weather and cold weather. It takes a little extra effort to keep yourself cool, so try to do the following:

  • Bathe daily – A daily bath is a must during pregnancy and also helps you keep relaxed.
  • Use a good antiperspirant – This is an obvious one.
  • Dress in layers – As the office gets warmer, you can remove a layer at a time until you’re down to a light blouse.
  • Keep tissues nearby – Sometimes sweaty palms make it difficult to work. A box of tissues, a handkerchief, or even a towel are handy things to keep conveniently nearby.
  • Wear foot pads – If your feet become less tolerant to heat, use foot pads to keep perspiration under control.
  • Keep a fan with you Have one in your office, at your workstation, or even a portable one in your purse.
  • Schedule your time – Try not to be outside between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Try not to accept work assignments that could take too much of a physical toll – An all-day business conference is draining enough under any circumstances, but for mothers-to-be, such an event can be downright exhausting.

Frequent Urination

You may be noticing as your pregnancy progresses that your bladder is filling up more quickly and you’re having to go to the bathroom more frequently. This is a very common pregnancy discomfort. Your uterus is placing more and more pressure on your bladder as your baby grows so that is part of the problem. But, not only that, you’re drinking more water to relieve constipation, dehydration, and possibly to treat a urinary-tract infection. To be on the safe side, do the following:

  • Empty your bladder frequently throughout the day – You may have to explain to your boss that you will be needing more frequent bathroom breaks.
  • Wear a sanitary pad – Sometimes, nature calls before you can run out the door. Be prepared in case you can’t make it to the restroom in time. Carry an extra one in your purse as well just in case.
  • Tell your doctor – Frequent urination may also be the result of an infection. If the problem increases, be sure to talk to your care provider.

Varicose Veins

When veins become weakened and enlarged because they’ve had to work harder to circulate the blood, those are called varicose veins. Heredity also plays a part in their development. Pregnant women will often develop them in their legs, and less often, in their genital area. The good thing is you can expect them to fade a good amount after birth. While you are pregnant, however, there are efforts you can make to reduce the threat, such as:

  • Move around often – Walking and exercising provide the best protection against varicose veins. Elevate your legs when you’re sitting to hurry the return of blood from your legs.
  • Wear support hose – Especially if you stand for long periods, wear elastic support stockings or maternity pantyhose, which you should put on while lying on your back. Also, avoid tight clothing.
  • Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time.

Vision Changes

Increased water retention and elevated hormone levels may cause vision disturbances. If you experience vision changes along with swelling in the face and hands, it usually means something more serious like toxemia. If you are not experiencing swelling in the face and hands with blurry vision, this difficulty should only be temporary. Take these precautions while waiting for it to pass:

  • Cleanse contact lenses often – Cloudy contact lenses interfere with your work and life. Keep a lens-cleaning kit with you and use it whenever necessary. If contacts don’t fit as well as usual, wear glasses instead.
  • Use eye drops – Ask your doctor to recommend a good brand of eye drops and use them several times during the day.
  • Avoid eye strain – You may not be able to cut down on reading if your work responsibilities require it, but be sure to rest your eyes in the evening if they’ve been bothering you. This means avoid watching TV.

Alright, ladies! There you have it! These are all of the ways to cope with pregnancy discomforts. I hope these tips help. 🙂

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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And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t st And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t storm. 😒⁠
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"Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive "Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive to advice, I will never claim to know it all. But, sometimes a mama just needs to vent. It can be very exhausting as a mom when you open up about a challenge you're facing and then receive an overwhelming list of different things to do or try to 'fix it'. Especially when you've already tried it all or heard it all. Sometimes all a mama needs is an ear to listen and to know they aren't alone. Google can offer a list of possible solutions, Google definitely can't offer the nod of understanding that a friend can. ❤️"⁠
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And even now more than ever, we all are just trying to survive and do our best. Let's support one another as we all navigate these uncharted territories . . . together apart.⁠ ❤️
📷: @taylormade_mama
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👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learni 👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learning Space 🔡⁠
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A homeschooling mom is sharing her great tips on how to create a good learning environment for your child in your home. 🏡 She recommends that before you create a learning space, get to know HOW (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.) your child learns and what he or she is passionate about. You don't need to re-create school at home. Your child's learning space needs to be unique to how they best learn. This is a whole new kind of education. And the journey is truly an adventure. ❤️⁠
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Her tips are gold! 💰 {Click 🔗 in bio to read them!}⁠
Article by: Jennifer Hill Robenalt⁠
📷: @courtney.tracy⁠
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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."
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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 🎶⁠
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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