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20 Terrific Baby Shower Gifts

When there are so many baby products to choose from, how do new parents determine what they really need? What should they put on their baby registry? And how can friends and family members know which gifts will truly be practical and appreciated? To narrow down the innumerable options and make the shopping process less overwhelming, we’ve curated a list of 20 baby shower gifts, sorted by category, that are sure to be loved by any parents-to-be.

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10 Tips for the Third Trimester of Pregnancy from a Mom of Three

You may be experiencing an array of emotions during your third trimester, which begins in week 28 of your pregnancy. While you probably aren’t feeling nauseous in the third trimester, you’re likely feeling pretty fatigued and uncomfortable from all of the changes your body has gone through over the last several months. The good news? You’ll get to meet your baby oh so soon, and you’ll be head over heels in love.

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How to Maintain Good Posture
While Pregnant

Your pregnant body is constantly changing and growing, and as your pregnancy advances, your posture will naturally shift as well. After all, you’re carrying extra weight, which can impact how you naturally sit, stand, and move. Our guest blogger, a chiropractor, has helped many patients suffering from back pain due to the posture changes that take place in pregnancy. Read on for reasons pregnancy affects your posture and tips for maintaining good posture.

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What Is a Doula?

When I had my first two children, I had never even heard the word “doula.” My second birth was precipitous (less than three hours). I had planned to have an epidural as I did for my first delivery, but the second time, I wasn’t able to have any pain relief. My labor was so quick that my OB barely made it to catch my baby! Since my husband and I weren’t prepared to cope through labor and delivery in this way, the experience was incredibly scary for us...

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Tips for Pregnant Military Spouses from a Military Mom of Three

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.)

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10 Tips for the Second Trimester of Pregnancy from a Mom of Three

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.

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Everything You Need to Know About
the Second Trimester of Pregnancy

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.

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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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Finding the Perfect Nursing Bra Fit:
Why You Need to Measure Before Ordering

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.

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12 of the Most Unique Gender Reveal Ideas

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.

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10 Tips for Surviving the First Trimester of Pregnancy from a Mom of Three

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.

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Six Maternity and Breastfeeding Essentials for a Cozy Winter

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and along with it, some colder weather. Although you’ve probably purchased everything needed to keep your baby warm and snug during the winter months, you’ll also want to make sure you’ve prepared yourself by stocking up on Kindred Bravely’s Cozy Essentials. These items guarantee comfort, and they make great gifts for any pregnant or nursing mama. Since every mom—especially a new one—deserves a little something to make her feel pampered and appreciated, this is the perfect opportunity to spread the love!

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ACOG's New Recommendations for Postpartum Care

When I read the new recommendations released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), I was excited by the proactive effort to reduce some of the challenges women experience postpartum, especially the early weeks, which “are a critical period for a woman and her infant, setting the stage for long-term health and well-being.” I was also encouraged by ACOG’s recognition of the challenges of the fourth trimester.

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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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What You Need to Know About Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Breast Cancer

Pregnancy and lactation may reduce your breast cancer risk, but it’s important to know that it’s still possible to develop breast cancer when pregnant or breastfeeding. In fact, one in 3,000 pregnant women in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. Pregnancy and lactation can potentially complicate screening and treatment, but there are still many options available.

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Gentle Yoga for Prenatal and Postpartum Women

As hard as it might be some days, exercise can be incredibly beneficial for pregnant and postpartum women. In addition to being a great workout, yoga can relieve stress and teach you helpful breathing techniques. We asked our very own Customer Service Manager, Hannah Danto-Dorafsha, who is also a yoga instructor, to share her expertise with you. We hope these yoga tips help you achieve your pregnancy and postpartum fitness goals.

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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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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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