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.)
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!
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.
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.
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.
Women have a range of emotions when they get a positive pregnancy test. One fairly common reaction? Dread of morning sickness. And for good reason! Your body is changing; you may be incredibly tired; you may not have even told many people you’re expecting—the last thing you need is to run to the bathroom on a moment’s notice.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!"
As nursing moms and breastfeeding advocates, we spend a lot of time talking about breasts. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to give you five quick facts about breast cancer, pregnancy, and breastfeeding that you might not know.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Shopping for maternity clothes is a rite of passage for many expecting moms: the cute tops to show off the baby bump, special pants that won’t fall down, and comfortable sleepwear to keep cool when the hot flashes kick in. But moms-to-be often forget to add new bras to their maternity wardrobe.
Like pregnancy and delivery, breastfeeding is a unique experience for every mom and child, and most moms (first-timers and veterans) have a lot of questions about breastfeeding. Here we’ve provided answers for some of the most frequently asked questions, as well as some incredible resources for more questions you might have.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently updated their recommendations to limit intervention during birth. Since these recommendations were released, natural birth advocates have been talking about the impact these changes will have on women’s experiences in birth. We’re thrilled with the expected changes and wanted to share our five favorite recommendations.
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.