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! ..."
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
In my experience of carrying three babies to term, the first trimester has always been the hardest by far. The exhaustion, the nausea, the nipple soreness, the constant trips to the bathroom – I could do without all of it (except my little bean, of course). As a nurse, I know that these symptoms are part of the process of developing a tiny human (and are often reassuring), but that doesn’t make them any more fun. Read on for tips to help get you through the first trimester.
A baby shower can be one of the most memorable pregnancy milestones. New-parent nerves (whether it’s the first, second, or fifth child) are usually in high gear—and for many, a party can be just the thing to help encourage, prepare, and celebrate the growing family. Not only is it a time to relax and celebrate, but also it’s a reminder for the parent or parents-to-be that their lives are full of family and friends ready to help support them through this journey. Since baby showers often have games, we’ve put together a mix of traditional and nontraditional activities to help get your gears turning.
Since new and expectant moms deserve a little extra love, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite items. Whether you’re shopping for your partner, friend, or daughter, make her Valentine’s Day extra special. We’ve also included some KB Moms’ favorite Valentine’s Day traditions and gift ideas.
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.
In this guest post, Kindred Bravely's Instagram Manager, Sophia, gives a step-by-step guide for creating your own avocado costume: "This costume is incredibly easy and (dare I say) fool-proof! If you make a mistake, you can just fix it with some more paint!"
Did you know your breast milk not only changes from month to month but also throughout the day? Learn more fascinating facts about breast milk and its many benefits, including all about breast milk's flavor, nutrients, immune factors, and more!
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.
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.
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.
Whether you go for sweet, surprising, classic, or hilarious, a pregnancy announcement can be one of the most wonderful rites of passage for an expectant mom and her family. We asked moms on Instagram to share their announcement photos, and the responses were gorgeous.
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?
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.
As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll likely find yourself dealing with nausea, pangs of hunger, and odd hankerings. Your changing body can make meal planning a challenge for even the most organized mom-to-be. One simple solution is to have quick and easy snacks on hand.
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.
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.