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Perfect Gifts Sets for Nursing and Expectant Moms

With so many beautiful maternity and nursing clothes available at Kindred Bravely, the hardest part of buying a gift for the new or expectant mom in your life may not be knowing what to give but deciding between great options. Why not let us help you decide? We’ve created gift sets that feature some of our favorite clothes and accessories to keep the mamas in your life cozy and cute. Plus, you get these gorgeous gifts at a great savings!

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Top Five Freezer Meals to Make Before Baby

Kindred Bravely Facebook Manager Alix writes, "With my November due date feeling both far away and way too close, I’ve put my organization skills to their best possible use. I want to be as prepared as possible for when my baby boy arrives (cue laughter from all the veteran moms out there), so I decided to make some ready-to-go meals for when life is too chaotic to cook or for when I just don’t feel up to it after taking care of a newborn all day." She shares five yummy freezer meals that will make your newborn days just a bit easier.

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Everything You Need to Know About the First Trimester of Pregnancy

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!

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What (Not) to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

One of the final steps in preparing for your new arrival is packing your hospital bag. There are quite a few things that you may think you’ll use during your hospital stay but will probably stay in your bag the entire time. Whether a certain item is supplied by the hospital or simply isn’t necessary during your labor or recovery, some things will take up valuable space in your bag that could be used for bringing all your hospital goodies back home. We compiled a list of what you really need – and don’t need – for the first few days with your baby.

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3 Self-Care Tips for When You Are Expecting

To some degree, a healthy pregnancy is about filtering out the stress-inducing information that comes your way and seeking out what makes you feel confident, comfortable, and empowered. No matter what your pregnancy experience is, you can’t go wrong with taking some time for yourself before your little one arrives.

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3 Exercise Tips for When You Are Expecting

Some evidence suggests that active women are better prepared for labor & delivery, and may even recover more quickly. Exercise may also ease the aches, pains, and mood swings of pregnancy -- and help you sleep better. It also often gives you more energy! Exercise recommendations will vary from woman to woman, and from pregnancy to pregnancy, but there are a few tips every woman can benefit from.

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Top 3 Reasons Moms Stop Breastfeeding

Most moms know about the benefits of breastfeeding, but what about the reasons moms stop nursing? Around 80% of moms in the US begin breastfeeding their newborns, but only about a third of them are still nursing by the time their babies turn one. Why do they stop?  

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KindredMamas: Building a Village

As a new mom, I quickly learned there were two absolute must-haves for me: comfortable clothes and a caring community. I was fortunate to find several encouraging mom groups that were local to me: Stroller Strides, MOPs, and most importantly, a breastfeeding support group, but I knew several women who didn’t have those resources close to them.

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Loneliness and Isolation in Motherhood: A Conversation with Shasta Nelson

  Kindred Bravely Outreach Coordinator, Lauren, 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.

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How to Choose the Right Nursing Bra

Whether you prefer full coverage, light support, or a style with versatility, the three most important aspects of choosing the right bra are fit, function, and feel. Some moms may find they’re comfortable using the same style bra day and night, but other women may need one style of bra sleeping or lounging and another for being more active.

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31 Terms Every Breastfeeding Mom Should Know

While every mom’s breastfeeding journey is unique, many words and phrases make a sudden appearance in everyone’s new vocabulary. Some of these are easy to understand, others may be a little confusing. Here, we’ve compiled some of our favorite, most confusing, and most important words every nursing mom should know.

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Know Your Breastfeeding Rights

Stories about moms being shamed for nursing in public go viral all the time, but most moms won't ever experience that type of rudeness. Science and common sense agree that breast milk is the best way to nourish infants, and most people do understand that babies can be unpredictable when it comes to mealtimes. However, since moms often list embarrassment and fear of disapproval as a reason they stop nursing, we want to make sure you’re armed with the right kind of knowledge.

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3 Reasons Every Breastfeeding Mom Needs the Right Nursing Bra

The most important thing you need for breastfeeding success? The right kind of support. Thoughtful encouragement, professional advice, and quality resources help keep you focused on the reasons you’ve decided to nurse, but just as important is the right kind of support for your body.

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Nothing Lasts Forever

In the moments I’m frustrated or overwhelmed, I remind myself to look at life from my children’s perspective. Since they’re seeing everything for the first time, life is either the best or the worst. They can only react to what’s right in front of them. 

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3 Healthcare Pros You Should Know for a Healthy Pregnancy

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.

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What I Brought to the Hospital (and What I left Home)

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.

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