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10 Tips and Tricks to help deal with Morning Sickness

Ahh morning sickness, or for some that deep and abiding stomach flu that lasts for three to four months straight. In my case, all-day sickness.  Nothing I tried was a magical solution. I mostly just had to suffer through it.  Check with your doctor before taking any medication to be sure it is safe.

To all of my pregnant sisters out there who are lying in bed near a bowl or toilet, here are some tips and tricks that I've discovered over the years that may give you 5 minutes of relief until the next bout hits.

1. DOCTOR PERSCRIBED MEDS: Some women swear by these, but I didn't find anything to be a "cure." Zofran maybe made me throw up less, but I still felt like I was about to puke my guts out 24/7, which was sometimes worse. Phenergan made me so deliriously sleepy that I couldn't function, and Reglen gave me crazy side effects. At 10 weeks I started having contractions and intestinal cramping because my body completely rejected it.

2. VITAMIN B6 and ½ UNISOM TABLET. Again, this combo didn't prove to do much for me, but I know it works miracles for others. For many it just takes the edge off. But beware, it might make you sleepy.

3. LEMON DROPS: For about four weeks straight, I popped lemon drops almost constantly to help with the nausea. And then of course I got incredibly sick of that taste being in my mouth. I don't know if I'll ever be able to suck on a lemon drop again, but I swear it helped.

4. FOUNTAIN SODA/LIMEADE: I'm not a natural soda drinker. But a fizzy fountain Sprite always helped a little.

5. STRING CHEESE: In those moments where I had to grab to eat something immediately, I usually went for string cheese. I could only live on pretzels and crackers for so long. I still grab string cheese in the evenings when the nausea hits and at this point it's usually (not always) enough to tide me over till bedtime.

6. AVOID THINGS THAT WON'T FEEL GOOD COMING BACK UP. I get into a different eating mentality when I'm pregnant. With everything I consume, I consider how bad the repercussions will be when the contents come back up. Salad and spicy food are the worst in my opinion. Just sayin' - think before you eat.

7. Avoid talking to anyone who was nauseous for one day and/or threw up once or twice during their pregnancies, and thinks they "know what you're going through." It just makes you want to punch them in the face.

8. AIRPLANE BARF BAGS: I've tried out a variety of barf receptacles, and airplane bags are the best. They fold up enough to put several in your purse, they are thick and hole-free, and they usually have a sealing flap to keep the contents contained until you can find a trash can.

9. FIND DISTRACTIONS: Even though I wanted to curl up and not leave the house, doing nothing for three months straight would have made me go crazy. I never felt up to it, but I still went to book club and playgroups and church and other outings. The time passed so slowly that any distraction I could find to fill the time was worth the effort. As long as I had my airplane barf bags close at hand.

10- PERSPECTIVE:  Without warning, pregnancy took over my life. And it should (well, if you're lucky, not the sickness part) for anyone who is growing a human being. Even though it seems like it will never end, I have two growing children that prove that it does indeed end. As hard as it is to endure, do the best you can to remember that it won't last forever. You'll have your body back again. You'll reestablish your normal routines and hobbies. You'll set new goals when you feel better. For now, give yourself a break and do what you need to do to survive, one day at a time. This too shall pass. I promise.

-Lindsay is a a kindergarten teacher turned yoga instructor turned web designer and mother to 3 boys with another on the way.  You can read more from her here and find some of her amazing blog designs here.

Sometimes us moms need a little help boosting our supply.  Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the leaves, stems, seeds, bark, roots, and flowers of plants and have a wide range of physical and emotional uses including supporting a breastfeeding mother. DōTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils work great!  Our friend Melissa is a dōTERRA consultant and has shared some of these incredible tips with us about Oils That Assist Lactation:

BENEFITS:

-Fennel and Clary Sage help promote initial milk production

-Basil and Geranium promote milk production

-Peppermint promotes a possible decrease in milk production

TO USE:

These CPTG oils can be used topically or taken internally.

TOPICALLY:  place 2 TBSP of a carrier oil, like dōTERRA's Fractionated Coconut Oil, in a glass bowl or container and add 10 - 15 drops of your chosen oil(s). Apply a small amount of the mixture on your breasts, avoiding the nipples.

INTERNALLY: place 1 - 2 drops in a capsule, in a small amount of water or under your tongue. Start off using them once a day and increase or decrease as needed.

Note: If you become pregnant, or have any concerns about using essential oils while breastfeeding, please consult your physician.

Melissa is a stay at home mom of two amazing little boys - a 17 month old nursling and a 3 year old toddler. dōTERRA essential oils have been a blessing for her and her family, and she truly enjoys sharing what she has learned with others, so that they too can experience the amazing benefits of these essential oils. More information can be found by visiting her website  or email her at melissamoore121@gmail.com

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are intended to support general well being and are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure any condition or disease.

When I'm out and about and I walk by a mom breastfeeding her baby, I'm overwhelmed with emotions. I'm a little envious while at the same time glad that part of my life is behind me. I feel an instant connection to her. "I'VE BEEN THERE!" I want to shout. (creepy) I want to go up to her and give her a big hug(awkward). So I usually just walk by and give her a smile and maybe a thumbs up on brave days.

 

That was before. Now, I casually take a little card out of my purse. I walk over and with as little interruption as possible hand her the card. It felt strange at first, but now that I've seen the smiles and laughs these cards have generated, I get excited to give them out.

To celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we are giving away our NIP cards for free, while supplies last. So when you see a mom breastfeeding, give her a smile and hand her a card. I bet it will make her day!

Get your free pack of cards.

We are continuallyinspired by the women around us. The strength, the determination, and the incredible love these mothers have for their children is amazing. Recently we were able to meet one such mother, Michele Reyes.

The mother of 6 beautiful kids with the youngest just a month old and the oldest 9.

" I've enjoyed motherhood this last nine years with one arm. When I was 17 years old I lost my arm in a car accident. It's definitely been a challenge through motherhood but it hasn't made motherhood impossible by any means."

"My kids do great I almost felt like they came wired ready for me. They hold on to me and help me. I have enjoyed motherhood. It hasn't not had trials or difficulties just like any other mom, but I absolutely love being a mom."

After our meeting Michele at our photo shoot, I find myself thinking about her at different times in my day. Especially when I start feeling frustrated or losing patience. Her example helps me do a little better everyday..
 
When I'm unloading my car after going to Costco, I think "How does Michele do this?"
When I'm changing my squirmy baby, I think "How does Michele do this?"
When I'm doing my hair, and it's not cooperating, I think "How does Michele do this?"

Is there a mama that inspires you?



5 Superfoods for Breastfeeding Moms

1- OATS: a perfect whole grain, high-fiber, all-natural food. A bowl of oatmeal will keep you full for a long time after breakfast (which is important for mamas who are always on the move) -- and may help increase your milk supply. Oats are also high in iron. Low iron can cause issues with your milk supply so keep up your iron intake!

2- SPINACH:  chock-full of vitamins and minerals including: calcium, vitamin C, iron and heart-healthy antioxidants. It is also loaded with vitamin A, which your baby gets from your breast milk to ensure healthy development.

3- BERRIES: Berries are loaded with vitamin C, folate, and fiber. They are some of the most powerful disease-fighting foods available because of their high levels of antioxidants.

4-AVOCADOS: An abundant source of folic acid and vitamins E & C, it is rumored to increase lactation, as well!

5- CARROTS: enriched with carbohydrates and potassium, carrots help boost energy in breastfeeding mamas. They are rich in antioxidants an a vital source of beta-Carotene which is required by you during lactation period. 

While we know it isn't best to drink your calories, we know that many of us mamas don't always have time to make nutrition pack meals.  So here are a few Smoothie Recipes that use these SUPER FOODS to help:

Overnight Booby Smoothies  

Green Lactation Smoothie 

Cashew Banana Lactation Smoothie 

Orange Apple Green Fruit Smoothie

Green Lactation Smoothie

 

Amazon BabyRegistry is launching a new promotion today for a sweepstakes! When users sign-up and add 10 products to their registry, they can enter to win a $500 Amazon.com gift card! Click here for details.

Creating an Amazon registry has some great perks:

-There is a 10% one time discount on registry items (15% if you are an Amazon Mom member). This means that 30 days before your babies due date Amazon will send you a special link to redeem your additional discount on select  items left on your registry.

-It features universal product adding! That means that you can add items to your wish list from ANY OTHER website!

-FREE 90 day returns on baby store purchases

How to Participate in the Amazon Baby Registry Sweepstakes

No purchase necessary, ends 7/25/15.  Limit 1 entry per person and email address.

1- Go to the Amazon.com Baby Registry.
2- Create a Baby Registry.
3- Add 10 items or more to your new Registry.
4- Within 7 business days you'll receive an email from Amazon.com notifying you that you've been entered. Please note that if you have opted out of receiving registry related emails, you will not receive this confirmation. You can view and change your email preferences at anytime by logging in to your registry.
5- One winner will be selected each week from July 27, 2014 through July 25, 2015 to win a $500 Amazon.com Gift Card.
6- For additional details, see our frequently asked questions and Official Rules.


Need a little inspiration?

Here are our Top Ten Baby Registry Items to help you get started:

Undercover Mama

1- Black and White Nursing Tank Bundle from Undercover Mama

This is a wardrobe staple for every Nursing Mama.  Expand your nursing wardrobe with this purchase and make any shirt a nursing shirt! 

Britax Stroller

2- The Britax B- Agile and B-Safe Travel System

We love this travel system because it rides smooth, is light, and compresses easily.  It makes transporting a baby a little easier, and who doesn't want that?

Bamboobies Multi Pack

3- Bamboobies Nursing Pads Multi-pack

These super soft pads soothe chaffed nipples, they are ultra-absorbant and stop leaks, and they are washable so you save money!  Give them a try, you'll thank us later!

4- Lillebaby Complete Carrier

We love this carrier for so many reasons: great ergonomic eesign, fun colors that my husband could live with, and a forward facing feature that my baby loves! When he needs a nap, I still carry him facing me.

 

5- Simple Wishes B-3 All-in-One Nursing and Hands Free Pumping Bra

A great nursing bra that is also a pumping bra! It is supportive, easy to use, and turns any pump into a hands- free pump.

JuJuBe

6- Ju-Ju-Be Hobo be Messenger Diaper Bag- First Lady 

Every new mama needs an awesome diaper bag and we love Ju-Ju-Be and their newest collection of black and white prints makes you feel less like you are carrying a diaper bag and more like you are carrying a purse.  

7- Nosefrida Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

This doctor developed and doctor recommended nasal aspirator is amazing at keeping babies naturally snot free. Ingeniously simple Swedish design features a tube that is placed against the nostril (not inside). Parents use their own suction to draw mucus out of their child's nose.  Sounds a little gross, but it is amazing!

8- Skwish Toy 

One of our favorite classic toys, it skwishes and returns to its original shape.  Perfect for little hands.  

9- The Black and White Book

Who doesn't love a good book? This board book is based on the simplicity of objects outlined in black & white that can be easily recognized by babies in their daily surroundings. This is one of those rare books that will interest even a newborn.

10- Weego Amigo Baby Blankets

One of our favorite blankets ever!  The double layer cotton knit makes it super soft and we love the gender neutral designs.

Sneeze Pee

Ahh, the sneeze pee. One of the less than pleasant side effects of pregnancy. Also known as the jumping jack pee, the trampoline pee, the laughing pee, the coughing pee, and doing almost anything suddenly pee. This tiny bit of leakage occurs while you are pregnant because your growing baby is expanding your uterus and putting pressure on your bladder. Unfortunately for many of us, the sneeze pee occurs long after that baby has made it's appearance.

We may not have the complete solution to avoiding the sneeze pee, but there is something you can do to help eliminate this lovely "incontinence" and keep your unmetionables dry. The answer is a strong pelvic floor. Kegel Exercises can help tighten and firm your pelvic floor muscles and control that leak.

Need a little refresher on Kegels?

Here's one from the Mayo Clinic:  

It takes diligence to identify your pelvic floor muscles and learn how to contract and relax them. Here are some pointers:

1- Find the right muscles. To identify your pelvic floor muscles, stop urination in midstream. If you succeed, you've got the right muscles.

2- Perfect your technique. Once you've identified your pelvic floor muscles, empty your bladder and lie on your back. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction for five seconds, and then relax for five seconds. Try it four or five times in a row. Work up to keeping the muscles contracted for 10 seconds at a time, relaxing for 10 seconds between contractions.

3- Maintain your focus. For best results, focus on tightening only your pelvic floor muscles. Be careful not to flex the muscles in your abdomen, thighs or buttocks. Avoid holding your breath. Instead, breathe freely during the exercises.

4-Repeat 3 times a day. Aim for at least three sets of 10 repetitions a day.

Benefits of Postnatal Exercise

Being a mom to a new baby can be quite demanding. Between diaper changes, housework, feedings, and more, finding time to exercise seems almost impossible. However, it can be so beneficial to new moms.

4 BENEFITS OF POSTNATAL EXERCISE

1- Quicker recovery back to your pre-pregnancy body and encourages your uterus to shrink back to normal.

2- Strengthens your immune system and increases energy

3- Helps to reduce post-natal depression and “baby blues”

4- Stress release 

Try not to be a superwoman, or rush to regain your pre-pregnancy figure.  Begin by starting out slow and listening to your body,

Since many moms can barely find time away from baby to get much accomplished, why not exercise with baby?  Here are a few resources we have found:





or how about a little Babywearing Yoga?

To celebrate summer, we have teamed up with some fabulous swimwear companies for some fun giveaways for both Mama and Baby.  Konfidence swimwear is designed for "healthy, happy, konfident, kids." The Konfidence™ Babywarma™ Swimsuit is specially designed to keep baby warm and secure while in the water. The super-soft neoprene suit provides a snug fit for a comfortable and secure feel, making time spent swimming fun, relaxed, and happy.   It offers 100% UV protection and bonus, it has an easy-open diaper flap which allows for changing baby without having to take off the entire swimsuit.  What mama doesn't love that?

 You can find more about Konfidence here.

Enter to win a Konfidence Babywarma, Konfidence Aquanappy and Konfidence™ Roll & Go™ Babychanger Changing Pad:

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5 Amazing Facts About Breastfeeding

You already know that breastfeeding is an incredible experience and the perfect way to nourish your baby.

But did you know. . .

1- You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby. The baby will nurse until they are full, not until your breast is empty, like a bottle.

2- Breastfeeding triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which relaxes you and baby both, giving you a breastfeeding high.

3- Babies are not born with an established circadian rhythm.  They can’t tell day from night and they do not make their own melatonin.   Your nighttime breastmilk has melatonin in it!  (Source) Scientists believe that melatonin-rich breastmilk that you produce at night helps babies develop their own circadian cycles and helps them learn to sleep longer stretches at night.

4- Colostrum, your first milk, protects against all the germs your baby is suddenly exposed to. Colostrum also works as a laxative to get baby's intestines working to help clean out all the meconium.

5- The composition of your breastmilk will change as your baby gets older to meet their changing nutritional needs.  Your milk even changes from day to day.  During times of hot weather or sickness, your breastmilk contains a higher water content to provide extra hydration.

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