Sarah, our Facebook Community Manager, invites you to look past the social media version of motherhood.
One of the best and worst things about the internet is the availability of information. As easy as it is to find answers to our most burning questions, it’s just as easy to become overwhelmed by the wealth of answers out there. Never is this more apparent than as a pregnant or new mom preparing for your baby. While there are plenty of products that can be beneficial, here are my essentials to ensure successful breastfeeding.
Some of our favorite reviews are about our customer service team, the incredible women who work behind the scenes to make sure everything is “just right” for every mom. They address technical issues, assist with bra fit, and respond to customer feedback. Like our Kindred BraveMoms, they're generous and encouraging, and we're thrilled to have them as representatives.
There’s some evidence to suggest that active women are better prepared for labor & delivery, and may even recover more quickly. Exercise may also prevent the aches and pains of pregnancy and help you sleep better. Recommendations will vary from woman to woman, and pregnancy to pregnancy, but there a few tips every woman can follow.
One of my favorite memories from my first pregnancy was going on a cruise when I was 22 weeks pregnant. While everyone around me was complaining about their expanding waistlines, I relished in the fact that I was under doctors’ orders to gain a few pounds.
The best way to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy is to follow the advice of your healthcare professionals. From doctors and nurses to pharmacists and dietitians, you need to feel comfortable not only following the recommendations of your healthcare team, but also sharing your questions, concerns, and real behaviors. While a majority of adults don’t tell their doctors the complete truth, there’s no more important time to be honest with your healthcare team than when you’re pregnant.
Every Friday, Sophia, our Instagram Manager, asks a mom-related question. Since so many of our team members are moms of little ones, we loved reading the responses and swapping stories from our own #newmom days. Check out our favorite replies, and let us know in the comments how you would fill in the blank.
Whether readily apparent or happening behind the scenes, it’s stunning how well-equipped we are to nourish life and bring it into the world. As your baby bump expands and you look forward to your new addition, feel confident in how physically and mentally ready you are.
I’m a list maker by nature. So when it came time to pack my hospital bag I scoured my pregnancy books, dug through the internet, asked for suggestions from every mom I knew, and wrote the longest list known to womankind. As I stared at my packing list, I began to realize most of it wasn’t necessary, instead it was fuel by misconceptions about what the hospital experience would be. While every mom has a different delivery experience, I want to share with you the items that made my list to help you decide what’s best for you.
Whether from the stress of labor, a genetic predisposition, or even a perceived failure to “live up to” what you believe your motherhood journey should look like, postpartum depression can make you feel hopeless, broken, or like life will never improve. The good news? While what you’re experiencing can make you feel isolated, you’re not alone.
A maelstrom of heightened emotions and changing hormones coupled with “new mom” exhaustion and sense of isolation can make sanity seem like an elusive prospect. Though you might encounter unexpected challenges and changes with your growing family, you’ll also find yourself changing in amazing ways.
Through pregnancy and labor & delivery, the road to new motherhood can be exhausting. After months of growing and delivering a baby, I think every new mom—especially those brave Belly Birth Moms who’ve gone through major surgery—should indulge in a little self-care.
Lists of self-care tips for new moms may seem obvious, but when dealing with a new baby, moms often forget to take care of themselves too. After having my son, it seemed so easy to address his needs first and put mine on hold. However, I soon felt depleted because the demands of mothering don't stop.
We talk a lot about what to expect from pregnancy, labor, and delivery, but we often don’t talk about the emotional expectations of new motherhood. It can be exhausting and exhilarating, heartwarming and heartbreaking, but the biggest stress factor can often be when our expectations aren’t met.
Bringing a child into the world is a unique experience for every woman, whether vaginal or Cesarean. If you dig deep enough, you’ll find that you need no more assurance of your personal strength and success as a mother than to look at your baby.
A good nursing bra is more than just “a bra without underwire.” The best postpartum bras are made from soft, stretchy, non-abrasive materials, with easy one-handed access for breastfeeding. Deeanne Akerson, creator of Kindred Bravely nursing and maternity wear, offers three essential tips for the best nursing bra fitting.
As busy moms, you know how important it is to have a supportive team, from partners and family, to new and old friends, community is super important. That's one of the reasons I'm so excited to introduce you to my incredible social media team. These wonderful women help keep the working parts moving on all our channels so I can stay connected with you, my awesome second family.
Even the strongest pregnancy cravings cannot prepare a mother for the wicked “HANGER” to come once breastfeeding commences. A breastfeeding mom needs to be snacking constantly. Your hormones are busy recalibrating as your body adjusts to the increasing workload of making milk.
Purchasing your first nursing bras is an exciting milestone, as you begin thinking about feeding your new baby with the healthiest, most natural food. While it may be tempting to make do with what you already have, a well designed nursing bra will make everything flow so much better.
“Cluster feeding” describes a sudden change in a young babies’ eating habits, shifting from a predictable meal every 2-3 hours, to rigorous nursing every single hour. This abrupt change can last for 1-3 days at a time, with spurts occurring more frequently at night or all throughout the day. Just when you think you’ve got this whole “baby” thing figured out, they throw you a curveball! I remember parking myself on the couch from 5 pm until 10 pm countless evenings when my son wanted to cluster-feed. The mornings after, he always looked so much bigger. Even though I knew he was just going through a growth spurt, being on-call all evening was challenging. Here is some helpful information I...
Science tells us children who have strong emotional attachments with their parents grow up to regulate their emotions better, fight diseases with stronger immune systems, and enjoy greater academic success. With the groundwork of attachment laid between the ages of 0-2, the loving and soothing way we respond to our babies’ earliest cries carries lasting significance. As a breastfeeding mother, you already enjoy an abundance of precious bonding time, but that’s not the only way to remain closely connected. Baby carriers are an excellent tool to carve out more “snuggle time,” without demanding that the entire world stop. Looking back, I don’t think my first baby even sat alone in a stroller until he was seven months old! Strapping him...
No matter what you get the mom-to-be, the gift of your support and encouragement are the most appreciated. If you’re local, be sure to drop food or a bag of groceries off in the coming weeks! Ask if you can help with an errand, or take an older child on a special outing so mom can have a much needed nap with the baby.
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with the ones we hold dearest – our little one/ones, significant others, our dear friends and family. My family had our own Thanksgiving celebration this weekend, (before several families were traveling out of town for the week), and I got to spend time with some of the people I’m most thankful for. I’m also grateful for each of you, because without your encouragement and support I would not have made it this far. Somehow, Thanksgiving has also come to represent the beginning of hectic and frazzled shopping! As my girlfriends know I have always disliked shopping. It’s just not my thing. I even beg my husband to go shopping for me! It should come...
Sure, the “perfect gifts” are always the ones you can’t put a price tag on – the home-cooked pan of lasagna you brought over for dinner, the time you held down the fort so she could catch a nap, the surprise bag of coffee you brought on a day where she’d run out of it, the day you spent simply running all her errands, or that piece of well-timed advice that was just the right solution to her crisis. Even though you know this, it still FEELS GOOD to put a little something into a bag or a box, wrap it up nice, and present it to the mother of your children that you love dearly. She works hard at...