Book Review: YEAH BABY! by Jillian Michaels

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Book Review: YEAH BABY! by Jillian Michaels

I was honored to have the opportunity to interview Jillian Michaels about her new book, Yeah BABY! I didn’t have enough time to read her book before our interview (since I only had two days), but I did have some time to read her book before I published my interview article. I was pleasantly surprised with the useful information that she provided. There were so many points that I wanted our readers to know that I thought would be helpful during their pregnancy, so I decided I would do a book review for all of you.

You know how there are CliffsNotes that you can read to get the essentials of literary work? Well I’m now offering Nina’s Notes to give you the important points with every book I review.

Nina’s Notes: Yeah Baby!

*Warning: This is a longer post since we are giving you notes on this entire book. It’s super helpful information though so be sure to read through. 😉

At the beginning of the book, Jillian has an Introduction section. Here is where she explains why she wrote this book, and the purpose of her book, Yeah BABY!

That’s the purpose of this book: to empower you with all the knowledge, facts, and cutting-edge research so that you can best protect yourself and your baby, personalize this process for an ideal outcome, and craft your own pregnancy and birth decisions for you and your baby.

Pregnancy is a sacred responsibility. So much of what you do, eat, think, feel, and surround yourself with–even what you smell!– during this time can have a dramatic effect on you and your baby. Your behaviors now will impact everything from your delivery and how quickly your body “bounces back into shape” to your child’s temperament and behavior, sleep patterns, how your child performs in school, your child’s food preferences, life span–and as I previously mentioned, even long-term earning potential. Seriously! Crazy, right?

I will tell you what’s what, but I won’t tell you what to do. I want you to know your choices and understand what’s happening to ensure you’re in the driver’s seat. … I respect your decisions, even when they go against my recommendations in this book.

I want you to question me, and anyone else, if what they tell you doesn’t feel right to you.

Jillian made me feel comfortable right at the get-go. She introduced her amazing team in this section so that you know she is not offering information that she doesn’t have personal or professional experience with. Her heart is in the right place, and I was looking forward to reading what she had to say.

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Part 1: Basics

Chapter 1: Start Me Up: What to Do Before You Get Preggers

  • If any of you are struggling with infertility (Jillian has PCOS), whether you have been diagnosed with it or you just know, let me say this: It’s not your fault, and shame on anybody who dares to shame you for it. You are just as much a woman as every other woman you know. The journey into motherhood is different for everyone, and there is no way of telling where your journey with the process will take you. It will be okay. It will work out exactly how it’s meant to. I am living proof of that.

Chapter 2: Rules of Thumb: Nutrition for Prepregnancy, Pregnancy, and Beyond

  • Nutrition during pregnancy is one of the most direct means that we have to influence the development, growth, intelligence, fitness, and even the life span of our babies.
  • You are not eating for two.
  • It takes only around 80,000 calories — in total — to grow a baby.
    • First trimester: 300 extra calories per day, if you are very active.
    • Second trimester: about 350 extra calories per day.
    • Second half of third trimester (last 6 weeks): about 500 extra calories a day.
  • A study found that, compared with children of women who gained the recommended amount of weight, those who gained an “excessive” amount of weight had children who were more than four times more likely to be overweight at age 3. And many studies have shown that birth weight is directly related to later BMI, into adolescence and adulthood.
  • Here is what you should obviously lessen consumption of or avoid:
    • Easy on the alcohol
    • Easy on the caffeine
    • No deli meat: If you are considering eating deli meats, reheat the meat until it is steaming, to kill any possible bacteria.
    • No unpasteurized milk or unpasteurized soft cheese: steer clear of soft cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, feta, gorgonzola, and Mexican-style cheeses such as queso blanco and queso fresco, unless they clearly state that they are made from pasteurized milk.
    • No raw eggs
    • No raw meat or fish
    • No pâté
  • If there was one guideline regarding food quality that I would like in neon, it would be this: Go organic. Going organic is actually more important than anything else you can do for your baby’s health. Organic food is relatively free of dangerous toxic chemicals that have been linked to a host of health-related issues affecting you and your unborn little one.

I also really liked her Nutrient Chart at the end of the chapter that lists out all the nutrients that you need, the benefits they have on mom and baby, the daily requirement that you need, and good food sources that you can receive those nutrients.

Chapter 3: Rules of Thumb: Exercise for Prepregnancy, Pregnancy, and Beyond

  • Exercise during pregnancy will not hurt your baby. In fact, there is strong evidence that it will make your kiddo fitter and smarter!
  • Exercise Benefits for Mom:
    • Women who exercise during pregnancy gain less weight and put on less body fat, greatly reducing their risk of (or treating their) gestational diabetes.
    • Regular, moderate exercise can significantly reduce typical pregnancy discomforts like constipation, indigestion, headaches, backaches, bloating, varicose veins, insomnia, fatigue, and mild to moderate nausea.
    • Exercise also eases tension, stress, and anxiety and lowers the risk of a premature birth caused by pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy).
    • Women who exercise have significantly shorter push stages (this is the second stage of labor), and their actual delivery and recovery from delivery are easier.
    • Regular exercisers are 75% less likely to need a forceps delivery, 55% less likely to have an episiotomy, and up to four times less likely to have a Caesarean section.
    • Their chances of struggling with postpartum depression are also decreased, and exercise generally improves your mood throughout the entire process (and always).
    • Working out during pregnancy helps women get their “bodies back” 40% faster than those who don’t.
    • If you weren’t exercising before pregnancy, you might even end up with a better body than you had before you got pregnant.
  • Exercise Benefits for Baby:
    • Exercise during pregnancy has been shown to help your body grow a healthier placenta, due to improved blood circulation. A healthier placenta equals a healthier baby.
    • Fit pregnancies also keep the baby at a healthy weight, which is critical to their long-term health.
    • Babies of mothers who exercise throughout pregnancy have about half the risk of fetal stress during labor, with better heart-rate patterns and higher APGAR scores (as assessment of a newborn immediately after birth to determine the baby’s health) than the babies of moms who stopped exercising after the first trimester.
    • Moms who continued to exercise until their third trimester had labors that were an average of 2 hours shorter—now that’s some serious incentive!
    • Babies with fit mamas have lower resting heart rates and greater heart-rate variability, a marker of cardiac and nervous system health.
    • Contractions during labor aren’t as stressful for your little one, because they are already accustomed to mom working hard physically during the pregnancy.
    • And exercising moms have fewer incidents of tangled umbilical cords and meconium in the amniotic fluid.
    • Children of athletic moms may have greater athletic potential.
    • Babies born to moms who exercised during pregnancy have more mature brain development after birth, perhaps giving them a head start in the smarts department.

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Jillian covers everything that you want to know when it comes to exercise during pregnancy. She shares what you should wear, how you should warm up and cool down, how long and how often you should exercise, what you should avoid, and how hard you should be exercising by using the Borg’s Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) Scale.

Chapter 4: Rules of Thumb: Environment

We like to think our babies come out as clean slates, at least in terms of detrimental exposure to the world. Not so. According to a study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group, researchers at two separate laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood of babies born in the United States.

It’s upsetting to know that these chemicals and pollutants are introduced to our unborn babies so Jillian talks about actions that you can take to lower that number.

  • Indoor Air Quality
    • Indoor air has two to five times more contaminants and in some cases even as much as 100 times more contaminants than the air right outside your front door, even if you live in a big city.
    • She lists all the crap that’s in the air, how it can affect your child and what you can do to improve your air quality. Such as open your windows, get houseplants, ban smoking, don’t store harsh chemicals in your house, getting a true HEPA filter and more.
  • Home Decor
    • She wants you to reconsider the carpet, remove the lead, air out your paint, and choose your furniture carefully. She even lists some great resources for natural, green furnishings.
  • Clean Up the Kitchen
    • Upgrading your cookware, losing the bleach, getting ride of your plastic containers.
  • Natural in the Yard
  • Skipping the Fire
  • Cleaning Products
    • We know that many of the ingredients in standard household cleaners can cause everything from acute exposure emergencies (many involving children under 6 years old who swallow or spill these cleaners) to long-term hazards like asthma, lung damage, and heart damage to more minor issues like allergies and headaches.
    • Jillian lists the brands that she approves and ways you can make your own DIY cleaning products.
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Getting the Best Water
  • Electronics
  • Personal Hygiene

Part 2: Healthy Pregnancy

Chapter 5: Your First Trimester

Obviously, Jillian has never been pregnant so she shares her experience being a partner and has her partner, Heidi, share her experience as well.

During the first trimester, she starts off covering the common symptoms that you may experience; headaches, morning sickness, gas, fatigue, pregnancy acne, and constipation as well as things that you can do to remedy them. She lists questions to ask your doctor during your first trimester, and breaks down all the things that are happening to your body and your baby during that trimester week-by-week. She goes into detail so it’s cool to learn about each little change.

My favorite part of the chapter is in the back where she covers first trimester nutrition and fitness. In the nutrition section, Jillian lists out all of the nutrition Do’s and Don’ts, and even lists out a meal plan with recipes that you should be eating every day. Including snacks! I particularly love this because it has the ingredients that she listed before (that are super important to consume during that trimester) in each recipe. It couldn’t be any easier for you. Amazing!

The same thing goes for the first trimester fitness section. Jillian goes into detail why you should be working out during the first trimester and how you should be working out. She has a workout plan for you in the book and even has pictures of each exercise so there is no confusion. Now you know how to work out properly and what will be best for you and baby. I love it!

Chapter 6: Your Second Trimester

Your second trimester is where you may begin (she explains) to experience other symptoms, such as heartburn, pregnancy brain, mood swings, hemorrhoids (or bum bumps as she refers to them), and restless leg syndrome. At least that’s what her partner, Heidi, experienced. She also states that this is usually the trimester where you feel your best and will get a burst of energy and will get your hunger back. Thank goodness, no more nausea (hopefully)! Jillian shares some remedies that can help some of the negative symptoms that you are experiencing, which I found super helpful.

Just like in the first trimester, Jillian provides a list of questions to ask your doctor this trimeter, and she even talks about hiring a doula! She and her partner, Heidi, hired a doula so she offers her recommendations on how to find the best doula for you, what questions to ask, and things you should consider when hiring one.

Jillian then begins to break down the development of each week in the second trimester and explains what’s happening to you and baby. She said that, “the second trimester is just about getting plenty of rest, eating well, and keeping active.” She also goes over some old wives tales and lets you know if they are true or false. For example, spicy food can trigger early labor (false), morning sickness will ease up in the second trimester (not always true), and that cocoa butter will prevent stretch marks (false). But she does mention that “a healthy diet can also help maintain collagen and possibly prevent or lessen the severity of stretch marks, but unfortunately, the tendency for them also has a genetic component.”

What’s really nice is that she goes over all of the tests that you will be offered during each trimester. She explains when you can expect them as well as why they are given. This can be very reassuring and make any expectant mama feel a lot more relaxed and prepared.

The second trimester nutrition and fitness plans are also in the back of this chapter with full recipes, explanations as to why you need them (to help get rid of heartburn and lower back pain), and pictures to help you complete your workouts. 🙂

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Chapter 7: Your Third Trimester

Things in the third trimester become a bit more uncomfortable and the symptoms that you were feeling in your second trimester can get exacerbated. The constant urge to pee, heartburn, back pain, etc. are all very common during this time of your pregnancy.

Just as in the previous two chapters, Jillian has a list of questions to ask your doctor or midwife, and she breaks down your pregnancy week-by-week.

She also briefly covers birth plans in this chapter:

  • Birth Plan
    • A written-down plan for how you would like things to go during your labor and delivery.
    • The purpose is to think about and plan for things you can’t just decide on at the last minute when you are already in labor.
    • Keep it brief.
    • Flexibility is important.

And like the previous chapters, it ends with a super helpful third trimester nutrition meal plan and fitness routine.

Part 3: Family

Chapter 8: Labor and Delivery

I was most curious about reading this chapter since I have been to hundreds of births. I was wondering if she would give her recommendations after just attending and witnessing one birth. This doesn’t make her an expert. She of course did give her opinion in the book, but I was pleased that she also listed other options available to families rather than just listing her preferences.

In the beginning of this chapter, Jillian tells us that Heidi desperately wanted a natural birth (no-pain medication/ vaginal birth). Heidi had done tons of research, hired a doula, and prepared for a natural birth all the way through her pregnancy. Jillian likes to mention that no matter what your decision is on how you are going to have your baby, “You are never going to win in the eyes of others. The way to win is to do what is best for you.” I really loved that. I believe that more women need to know that when preparing for their birth.

She continues on about Heidi’s birth story and what happened to her. Essentially, Heidi went past her due date (a little over a week), needed to be induced, had her water broken after several hours of no dilation, then after 13 hours received an epidural, and then after 27 hours had a C-section since her cervix never dilated past 4 cm. Her baby boy was 9 pounds and they said that her tiny frame (she is 5’2″ and normally 100 lbs not pregnant) wouldn’t allow her baby to drop and apply pressure on her cervix to allow her to dilate. This is why Jillian states that you must be flexible on your birth plan because things will probably not go the way that you plan.

Later in the chapter, Jillian then asks you things to consider so that you can have the birth that you want. Things that she said to consider:

Jillian also then covers briefly what happens after the birth. Even her pediatrician Dr. Gordon said that the antibiotic eye treatment “is unnecessary”. However, they do cover how Vitamin K is beneficial and important. My favorite thing that Dr. Gordon said was, “Minimize visitors who are not there to bring food, rub your neck, or clean your kitchen or bathroom?” He’s my hero!!

Chapter 9: Your Fourth Trimester

In this chapter, I love how Jillian is super real. She states, “the fourth trimester can be the hardest one of all.” Ain’t that the truth. And I find it to be the one that most expecting parents prepare for the least. Jillian talks about baby blues and postpartum depression, how to remember your partner in parenthood (I loved that part — partners are often times pushed aside), and she tells you to remember that you are human. There were several “favorites” of mine in this chapter and one of them is this:

Pregnancy and postpartum are real hot-button issues for some people, who might be terrified to speak their truths and share their stories with candor, for fear that if they admit they’ve experienced anything other than total and complete mind-blowing bliss they are bad moms or not “normal.” Are you a “bad mother” if you worry about your waistline or your weight gain? If you don’t always want to hold the baby? If you don’t enjoy breastfeeding like you hoped you would? If you worry you might be all wrong for this “mother” job? If you are struck with the fear, in the wee small hours of the night, that this whole “having a baby” thing was a horrible mistake? If you sometimes feel like you would trade your loving and supportive partner for a solid 8 hours of sleep? Nope. Again, all normal. Women through the ages have felt all these feelings and more, and they are a sign of only one thing: That you are human

Amen to that! I truly feel that more women need to hear or read this right after they have a baby so they do not feel guilty for their thoughts and do not feel alone.

Jillian also covers how every parent is going to make mistakes and that you will receive unsolicited parenting advice from pretty much anyone and everyone. She says, “take it all with a grain of salt and refrain from assaulting them if you can. Remind yourself: they aren’t worth the jail time.” haha! She also covers pumping, breastfeeding (mastitis, latch issues, sore or cracked nipples, thrush, low milk supply), bottle-feeding, and the three S’s: Sleep, Support and Sustenance during this trimester and how to receive more of it.

I love how she writes, “The point is not to be perfect—never to be perfect. The point is to learn how to forgive yourself, learn from your mistakes, stay open to change, and be okay with your feelings (whatever they may be). That is what a good parent does.”

At the end of the chapter, she writes about nutrition and fitness after baby. I was particularly impressed with how she went over what your diet should be (when you should eat and what you should be eating) if you are breastfeeding or if you are bottle-feeding your baby. The same goes for the fitness routine. She had different recommendations on when to work out and how to work out if you had a vaginal (no complications) birth, a c-stection, if you had an episiotomy or tearing, or if you have diastasis recti. Everything was very thorough, but easy to pick up and understand. I was very impressed.

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I know that this was a long post (I told you it would be), but now you know all about the book! You know what the best parts are, what you can expect, and if it’s something that you would want to read and recommend. I hope you enjoyed my Nina’s Notes.

Did you read Yeah BABY!? What were your thoughts?

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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1️⃣ Look for signs of readiness:⁠
- Diaper dry for at least 1-2 hours.⁠
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- Underwear (at least 10 pairs)⁠
- Foldable toilet seat (for when you are out of the house)⁠
- Piddle pad (for car journeys)⁠
- Waterproof shoes such as crocs, sliders, etc. (they can be rinsed and dried)⁠
- Not necessary but helpful: flushable wipes⁠
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3️⃣ Getting yourself and your child prepared:⁠
- Talk to your child about using the potty, maybe take them into the bathroom when you go and talk them through the process (e.g. wiping, flushing, and washing hands, etc.)⁠
- Practice pulling pants or shorts up and down.⁠
- Look on YouTube with your child at some potty training stories (e.g. 'I Want My Potty' and 'Pirate Pete's Potty')⁠
- Involve your child in choosing and buying everything you need - choosing character-themed underwear is usually very exciting!⁠
- Sit your child on the potty at every diaper change, first thing in the morning and just before bed to get them used to sitting on the toilet.⁠
- Teach your child the correct vocabulary or signs needed to communicate when they need to go potty.⁠
- Make sure you have plenty of spare clothes.⁠
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4️⃣ Let's get toilet trained:⁠
- Get your child to choose a pair of underwear and put them on.⁠
- Talk to them about using the toilet and communicating when they need to pee or poo. You can sit them on the toilet at this point if you wish.⁠
- Take your child to the toilet every 15/20 minutes. Say "let's go to the potty" rather than asking "do you want to go to the toilet" - if you ask, they are likely to say no! Also, look for signs like moving from side-to-side or hiding. These are normal signs that they might need to go potty.⁠
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The Not-So-Easy Baby: Why Some Parents Have It Har The Not-So-Easy Baby: Why Some Parents Have It Harder Than Others⁠ 😢⁠
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Why are the parents of some infants relaxed and at ease while other parents are exhausted, guilty, and frustrated with raising their new infant? 😞 Is it because of their parenting skills or is it due to something else? Why do some parents have not-so-easy babies? {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!⁠}⁠
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Article by: Dr. Robert J. Hudson, M.D.
We haven't been in a restaurant in a long time but We haven't been in a restaurant in a long time but I know that whenever we all get through this time and can gather together with our friends again, a lot of love and laughter will be happening. 😬🤣🤣🤣⁠
📷: @maryfairyboberry
Helpful Parenting Tips for Enneagram Type 3 Moms: Helpful Parenting Tips for Enneagram Type 3 Moms: The Achievers ⭐⁠
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Last month, we learned all about Enneagram Type 2 — Helper Moms. 💕 Today we are going to explore the world of Enneagram Type 3 moms. These Achiever Moms are the performers of the group and work hard at seeking approval in their lives. Here are some ways Achiever Moms can use their unique personalities to become the best versions of themselves as parents. Threes are known to be driven, ambitious, and image-conscious. They live for success. They fear of being worthless or failing. Here are some helpful parenting tips for enneagram type 3s. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!⁠}⁠
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Article by: Lauren Flake @loveofdixie⁠
📷: @ashton.creates
“You are my reason.⁠ ⁠ You are the reason I “You are my reason.⁠
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You are the reason I get up each morning.⁠
Even though my eyelids are as heavy as a five-ton truck.⁠
Even though all I want is to sleep in, a coffee and breakfast in bed.⁠
You are more important.⁠
You need me.⁠
For you, I would do anything.⁠
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You are the reason I am finally comfortable in my own skin.⁠
Even though I am a size bigger than I used to be.⁠
Even though my boobs cannot be described as 'perky'⁠
You relied on my body.⁠
You gave it purpose.⁠
For you, I will always love it.⁠
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You are the reason I now know the importance of patience.⁠
Even though I sometimes miss the fast-paced life.⁠
Even though I still get frustrated when I feel inefficient.⁠
You need me to go at your pace.⁠
You are the priority right now.⁠
For you, I slow down.⁠
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You are the reason I worry more than ever.⁠
Even though I know it won't change anything.⁠
Even though it's not your fault.⁠
You are precious.⁠
You are vulnerable.⁠
For you, I will worry forever.⁠
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You are the reason I am now filled with gratitude.⁠
Even though I get sad when things do not go my way.⁠
Even though I sometimes lose sight of what I have.⁠
You are my constant reminder that I am blessed.⁠
You are the light at the end of every tunnel.⁠
For you, everything is worth it.⁠
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You are the reason that my heart is full.⁠
Even though I am grateful for our life before you.⁠
You have shown me a love like no other.⁠
You are remarkable.⁠
For you, my heart explodes.⁠
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You are my reason." ❤️ Words by @hangingwiththeheaphys 💕⁠
We love birth stories and hearing all the details We love birth stories and hearing all the details about how each baby was born. What’s your baby’s birth story? 👶❤️
📷: @she_plusfive
Your Child's Stomach Pain and Headaches Could Be A Your Child's Stomach Pain and Headaches Could Be Anxiety⁠ 💔
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Have you noticed that your child is complaining of stomach pain and headaches? Or perhaps they seem tired and irritable despite getting the correct amount of sleep? Perhaps these things are simply coincidental, but maybe they’re not. Did you know that even children suffer from anxiety disorder? In fact, the most common mental health condition in children is anxiety disorder. If you are sensing that there may be something else going on, keep reading. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading this mom's personal journey with child anxiety disorder.⁠}⁠
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Article by: Katie Gibbons⁠
📷: @lisa.boettcher
Fun Pregnancy Announcement Ideas 😍🤰⁠ .⁠ Fun Pregnancy Announcement Ideas 😍🤰⁠
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Few of life’s events can have you bursting at the seams as much as “we’re making a human!” will. Sharing this news with those you love, like, or just tolerate, has become easier and more instantaneous than ever with the advent of social media. These days, most moms-to-be want to share their pregnancy announcement with as many people as possible . . . and the cuter idea the better!⁠
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Here are some fun and unique pregnancy announcement ideas for you to share your incredible news. Whether you like to use humor, romance, or a sweet surprise, these ideas are some of the most picture-worthy around!⁠ ⁠{Click 🔗 in bio to see the pregnancy announcement ideas!⁠}⁠
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Article by: Rachel MacPherson⁠
📷: @karissakayabbott
Pretty sure my mouth and nose are covered too. 😑😂⁠
📷: @thedecentmother
I am a big advocate for breastfeeding. There are s I am a big advocate for breastfeeding. There are so many AMAZING benefits for the mother and child. But you know what I am an even bigger advocate for? A mother's well-being -- her physical, emotional, and mental health!!⁠
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Sometimes we make plans and God laughs. Some of us plan to breastfeed our babies for 3 months, 6 months, a year, 2 years. Some of us meet our goals and some of us don't. (🙋‍♀️ My goal was to reach a year and made it 7 months.) Breastfeeding can be a lot more challenging than many of us expect. There can be complications along the way, the baby could have allergies, and sometimes breastfeeding or pumping can take an immense toll on a mother's mental health.⁠
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It is my firm belief that we must care for and support the new mother just as much as we care for and support the new child. 💕 While I feel there is so much value in breast milk, in my opinion, if it compromises the health of the mother, it is not worth it. As long as the baby is being fed, cared for, and loved, that is all that matters. And for the mother to grow and thrive in her new role as a parent to continue caring for her child, she needs to do what she feels is best for herself and her family. Sometimes that is not breastfeeding or pumping.⁠
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No matter your feeding experience or preference, you are a good mother. Whether your choice was made by you or made for you, you must do what is right for you and your baby. Your health (mentally, physically, emotionally) matters. ❤️
Being a Stay-At-Home Mom Was Harder For Me Than Be Being a Stay-At-Home Mom Was Harder For Me Than Being a Working Mom⁠ 😬⁠
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Being a full-time, stay-at-home mom of small children is a lot like being the CEO of a corporation. But without anyone working under you and without receiving payment for your efforts. Kinda crazy when you think of it like that, huh?⁠
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I smile as I write this, but that feeling was sometimes true for me. Of course, there are different ways to frame our choices as mothers. Such as looking at stay-at-home-motherhood through the lens of sheer fulfillment that comes from spending quality time with your kids and teaching them the ways of life. For me, what I eventually realized after my second child was born was that I needed to create a lifestyle that filled in the gaps where I felt something was missing. Specifically, I needed someone to help me manage my kids and my household. And I needed to be earning some money myself.⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading this mom's story!⁠}⁠
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Article by: @kristen_vhmiddleton⁠
📷: @thegoddessher⁠
CC: @herholisticpath
Pretty much what summer is going to be like. 🤦‍♀️😑⁠
📷: @realamericandadass
Chick Picks: Best Baby Swings and Baby Bouncers⁠ Chick Picks: Best Baby Swings and Baby Bouncers⁠ 👶⁠
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In the womb, babies love when you move and walk around because it rocks them to sleep. 🤰💤 When they are born into a cold and bright world, all of that change is a shock to the system! 😱 This is why babies love being cuddled and rocked by you. Your warmth, your scent, and that motion calms them and makes them feel right at home. However, it's unrealistic to think that any parent can constantly rock and bounce their baby. Your arms, shoulders, and upper back will ache! 😫 This is why baby swings and baby bouncers are a thing and why many parents swear by them. 👍 But what are the best baby swings and baby bouncers on the market? 🤔 We are sharing our favorites -- also known as our Chick Picks! -- so that you can look at the best ones and determine which is the right one for your baby. 😍 {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!⁠}⁠
📷: @_aalina
Wishing that your day looked a little like this. 💙⁠ Someday soon we will all be united. 🙏
Dad giving a bottle to his baby, and a bottle to his baby, and a bottle to his baby. 🍼😂 We love dads!!⁠
📷: @nicolemacklephoto
Cheers to the good fathers. Today is your day. We Cheers to the good fathers. Today is your day. We don't thank you enough for everything you do every day for your family. You are appreciated more than you know by your partners and children. We hope today you feel that love and gratitude.⁠
Happy Father's Day! 💙
Happy Father's Day 💙 Sending love to anyone who Happy Father's Day 💙 Sending love to anyone who needs it today. ⁠💕⁠
📷: @gmf.designs
From the moment I knew of you, I loved you.⁠ Fro From the moment I knew of you, I loved you.⁠
From the moment I met you, I would die for you.⁠
Being your father is the greatest joy yet heaviest duty.⁠
From your first breath to my last, may you always know my unending devotion and love for you. ❤️⁠
📷: @monetnicolebirths
"I have a hero. I call him Dad."⁠ Dads. They are "I have a hero. I call him Dad."⁠
Dads. They are our superheroes. ❤️ How are you going to celebrate the Dads in your life that you love and appreciate this weekend?⁠
📸: @masseya