Our Social Media Manager Sarah Ortmayer shares her experience of becoming a "Girl Mom" after having four boys: "Finding out the gender of my first baby was one of the most exciting moments of my life. Even though my husband and I had both been convinced we were having a girl, we couldn’t have been happier to find out we were having a boy! ..."
We interviewed Dr. Pari Ghodsi, a Board Certified OBGYN, about postpartum depression (PPD). Dr. Pari also discussed post-traumatic stress disorder and postpartum anxiety. Read on for great strategies for handling this challenging period.
Congratulations! You just found out that you’re pregnant. You’re excited, nervous, and eager to share your big news with your family and friends. Then you realize that you’re a thousand miles away from everyone you know and love. Your spouse is in and out of the field, off to trainings, and scheduled to deploy soon. What’s a military spouse to do? (Cue the freak-out.)
Pumping at work is no joke. From pumping between meetings (or classes or customers) to pumping on the commute to cleaning all the bottles and parts, pumping mamas are warriors. To make things a little easier on you, we’ve designed these super-cute, printable door hangers to let everyone know that mom is at work pumping.
In this fast-paced world of never-ending news, social media posts, and hyper-scheduled days, it’s so easy to feel like we’re not measuring up to all the moms out there who seem to be doing everything perfectly. Can I tell you a secret? You’re doing a wonderful job. Seriously.
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 leave you feeling hopeless and broken. While what you’re experiencing can make you feel isolated, you’re not alone.
We talk a lot about what to expect from pregnancy, labor, and delivery, but we don’t always talk about the emotional expectations of motherhood. It can be exhausting and exhilarating, heartwarming and heartbreaking. When Mother's Day rolls around and it's our turn to be celebrated, a complicated mix of emotions and expectations can sometimes lead to stress.
As moms, we know that comfort is queen. In fact, new moms often wear comfy loungewear for months (even years!) after their babies are born. Moms deserve all the coziness, so this Mother's Day, we’re giving you 25% off our favorite loungewear. Whether you’re shopping for your friend, daughter, or yourself, make Mother’s Day extra special with the gift of comfort.
This spring, we’re incredibly honored to partner with the Superhero Project, which raises money to help families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). For each pair of pajamas purchased during our Mother’s Day Sale, we’ll donate a pair to the Superhero Project.
Lauren, Kindred Bravely's Affiliate Marketing Manager, sat down with Shasta Nelson, a leading expert in creating healthy friendships, to ask her advice on how to surround ourselves with strong support systems, even when it seems impossible in the midst of sleep deprivation, toddler tantrums, and hectic schedules.
In this guide to organic products for expectant moms, we’ll look at the pros and cons of choosing organic food, beauty/personal care products, and clothing. We’ve combed through the vast sea of research for you and offered up our key takeaways to help you make the best decisions for your family.
Since nearly one-third of deliveries in the US occur via cesarean section, it’s important that moms who plan to breastfeed are prepared no matter how they end up delivering. While giving birth isn’t typically easy (hence the term “labor”), C-sections add a whole new dynamic to delivery and breastfeeding for which many moms aren’t prepared.
You’ve made it through your first trimester. Congratulations! I know I’m not alone in saying the second trimester is sort of a sweet spot in pregnancy. Of course, every woman’s pregnancy is different -- but for me, the second trimester is like a beautiful rainbow after a storm. First trimester symptoms ease up, and I feel invincible.
I don't need to give you a lesson on the birds and the bees, Mama. If you're looking at a nursing bra, you already know how everything works. What you might not know is how to deal with your concerns about sex after your baby arrives.
Heading out with your baby (for the first or even the 100th time) can be so exciting! If you’re like me, you meticulously plan outfits for max cuteness overload, because you know that everyone will be oohing and aahing at your precious babe. Then comes the packing of the diaper bag.
Since moms frequently reach out to our Customer Care team with questions about underwire, we thought we’d share some insights into our reasons for going wire-free.
Guest writer Emily Foster shares, "Before having a baby, you might have had a romantic idea of what motherhood would look like. If you’re like me, in this vision your hair is wrangled in the perfect messy ponytail, you fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans, and the cutest baby you’ve ever dreamed of coos and smiles at you with 'thank you, Mama' eyes. Sure, you’re tired, but you’re so blissfully happy that nothing else matters..."
Guest blogger Maggie McGarvey shares how she found (her own) beauty in motherhood: "Puberty hit early for me, and it was not my friend. I sprouted into a C-cup overnight, and no one seemed to know how to react to my changing body. Where I’d previously walked with a dancer’s posture, I suddenly felt like everyone was staring at me, and I began slouching through the world..."
Spring is here. And so are the many delicious fruits and vegetables that spring brings. This is the perfect time for your family to indulge in the season’s best. It will be a pleasant change from the winter menu, especially for your toddler, as there will be more colors, flavors, and textures on the plate. Plus, introducing this variety will help create healthy food habits in your little one. Read more of our collaboration with What to Expect!
When I found out I was pregnant, I was pretty sure I knew what motherhood would be like. I’m a teacher and have worked with children in some form or fashion for as long as I can remember. The oldest of three siblings, I started babysitting for other families at age 12. (What were they thinking letting a sixth-grader watch their toddlers?) I’d read the books on what to expect and truly felt that all my experience and knowledge had prepared me to raise a little one of my own.
Many moms make sure everyone else in their family is taken care of before tending to their own needs. Well checks, dental appointments, haircuts for your kids? You’re on it. Your own stuff? Not so much. We hope our strategies help you overcome the hurdles you may be facing when trying to take care of your own health.
You’ve made it through the first trimester of your pregnancy, which can be rife with discomfort, nausea, and a lot of physical changes. Now that you’re in the second trimester, there is a lot to look forward to! Indeed, the second trimester is often referred to as the “Honeymoon Phase” of pregnancy because for many (not all!) women those difficult symptoms tend to ease up, and pregnancy may even begin to feel enjoyable.
You stare at the positive pregnancy test, your heart racing. The sense that life is about to change completely washes over you. Everyone reacts differently to this monumental news, and whether you’re excited, apprehensive, or nervous, we’re here to guide you through the tidal wave of emotions and physical changes that are about to begin for you and your baby. We've done the research to bring you the best information available about what you can expect during the first trimester. We’re here for you, and we know you've got this!
It’s no secret that shopping online can be both wonderful and stressful. It can be awesome because you can shop from anywhere, anytime. (Midnight snacking? Insomnia? Cluster feeding? Our store is always open!) But it can be frustrating because you can’t try on your purchases beforehand, so you’re never quite sure if they’re going to fit. To help you find the right nursing bra fit, we’ve compiled answers to some of our BraveMoms’ most frequently asked questions.
Since pumping at work can be challenging and even a little intimidating at first, Shantel Harlin, a registered nurse, Certified Lactation Counselor, and fellow breastfeeding mom, put together some tips to help you feel like a pumping pro in no time.
Discovering your baby’s gender may be one of the most exciting moments of your pregnancy. Some parents keep it to themselves, while others plan a party or family get-together with special food, decorations, or activities. Whether you cut into a cake to see if it’s pink or blue, shoot pink or blue confetti out of a cannon, or skip the typical color scheme altogether, go with whatever feels authentic to you.
As we KB Moms thought about our own birth stories, we realized that there were a lot of things we wish we had known on that journey to meet our babies. We figured a lot of expectant moms would want to know everything they could, so we decided to ask our favorite source, other moms, about their experiences and what they wish they had known about labor and delivery.
Choosing a car seat for your child is a major decision, and we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll address all your car seat questions: What are the different types of car seats? How long are babies in infant car seats? How long do kids use booster seats? What are the best car seats? How do you properly install a car seat? Where can I get my car seat checked by a safety professional? We’ll clarify the entire process of researching, purchasing, and installing your car seat so you’ll feel more confident transporting your most precious cargo.