How to Make a Birth Plan and Stick to It

Have you ever heard someone make fun of birth plans or that their plan went “out the window”? Birth plans are not a wish list of your ideal birth but guidelines on your preferences. They are a way to communicate your wishes IF certain things happen not a list of everything about your perfect birth. When you look at it as a means to researching yoru options and a bridge to communicate with your provider instead of a wish list of your perfect birth, they become way more useful tools for your labor. #birthplan #labor #childbirth

What Gestational Diabetes Means for You and Your Baby

Were you diagnosed with gestational diabetes? While is does potentially increase your chances of some complications, well controlled gestational diabetes usually doesn’t cause too many problems. It also doesn’t mean you have to have a c-section! Learn how to lower your risks and stay healthy. #childbirth #pregnancy #gestationaldiabetes

How to Recover From a Traumatic Birth While Taking Care of a Newborn

Around 30% of new moms report their birth experience as traumatic. It could be physically traumatic from an emergency situation or unwanted C-Section or emotional traumatic. Recovering from childbirth and taking care of a newborn is HARD even when everything goes perfectly so how are you supposed to do that after a traumatic birth? It’s possible! Head over to the blog to read all about it. #traumarecovery #traumaticbirth #newborn

Solutions to 4 Common Pregnancy Problems

Pregnancy is a wild ride that isn’t always smooth sailing. Common pregnancy problems can have solutions you’ve never heard of! Don’t grit your teeth through pregnancy. Here are solutions to 4 common pregnancy problems so you don’t have to keep dealing with those annoying symptoms. #pregnancyproblems #pregnancyhack #childbirth

7 Things to Do Between Contractions During Labor

Much of the labor preparation resources I've come across are all about how to get through contractions: comfort measures, breathing techniques, positions, etc. What about what you should be doing in between contractions? Labor is a lot of work and it can be exhausting! Here are 7 things to do between contractions to keep you focused, relaxed, and ready to meet your baby! #laboranddelivery

What You Should Do If Your Labor Stalls: 11 Helpful Options

Labor is a lot of work and sometimes you don't progress the 'expected' 1 cm per hour and that's ok (that metric is outdated anyways). Sometimes you sit at 3 cm for hours on end and still go from 6 cm to baby in your arms in an hour! There are plenty of reasons for labor to stall. EVERY labor is different, but if you find labor has stalled for any reason, try doing some of these 11 tips. #childbirth #labor #doula

10 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Tearing During Birth

Of all the pregnant ladies I have talked to, tearing is one of the most common fears.  Some providers just shrug it off and say everyone tears...Not True! As a mom who recovered from one birth with tearing and one me, you want to follow as many of these tips as possible.  Recovery was SO much easier postpartum without dealing with tearing and stitches. #tearingduringbirth #tearingprevention #childbirth

8 Ways to Get More Sleep With a Newborn

Sleep deprivation is a torture method. If you have a newborn I’m sure you understand what I’m talking about. That’s probably why you’re reading this now. Now I can’t promise to make your little angel magically start sleeping through the night through the computer screen, but I do have some practical no cry methods you can do right now that will help you get more sleep. #newbaby #moresleep #nocrysleep

Review of Ergobaby OMNI 360 Cool Air Mesh (CAM) Carrier

I didn't know what I was missing out on with the whole baby carrier craze when I had my first baby. I had a couple carriers and liked the idea but I had no idea what I was doing.  Someone gave me a second hand wrap carrier that seemed like I needed to study origami for a few years before I could successfully carry a teady bear let alone a live child.  Enter Ergobaby OMNI 360 and my life is changed!! Click to read my review and get a discount code! #ergobaby #lovecarrieson #babycarrying

5 Secrets to Pain Free Childbirth

Pain free birth?...without meds!? Is that even possible??? YES! Our culture has deemed birth to the most painful thing that can possibly happen to you. Movies show women in labor screaming and yelling. Can birth be extremely painful? Yes, absolutely.  Does it have to be? No.  Even if you do everything "perfect" and follow all of these suggestions, you may still have a painful birth.  There are so many variables like baby's positioning, medications, previous trauma, etc that can impact things.  I can however say with confidence that if you do these 5 things, you WILL have a more comfortable birthing experience. #childbirth #unmedicated #naturalbirth

Britax B-Ready Stroller: How to Find the DISCONTINUED Lower Carseat Adapter

So you did your research while pregnant with your first baby and chose a stroller that could grow with you and turn into a double whenever baby number two comes along...Britax B-Ready. Awesome choice! Now that you're preparing for little bundle of joy #2's grand arrival you're going through everything you need before baby gets here and think "Hey, maybe I should get that adapter for the second seat." Like any busy mom that doesn't want to unnecessarily battle a toddler into the carseat to go stroller hunting at the store you go online to order it and it's...NOWHERE!? These are my tips on how to find it. #newbaby #stroller #momlife