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.)
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.
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!
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.
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.
I remember the moment I realized our dinnertime routine needed a serious overhaul. Tears streaming down my face, newborn twins in my arms, and a hangry toddler at my feet, I was facing the nightly dilemma of what to make for dinner. After a long day of keeping tiny humans alive, figuring out dinner felt impossible. I felt like I was failing. Cereal for dinner again? We could live on that for only so long.
When you’ve just brought home a brand-new baby, you’re immersed in feeding, diapering, and trying to get whatever sleep possible. Your body is also healing from delivery, and your emotions are likely all over the place. The newborn phase is both blissful and challenging, and it’s easy to put your relationship with your partner on the back burner. Read on for some ideas for staying in and going out that are sure to spice up your relationship!
Jennifer Blossom of Blossoming Mommy and Baby shares her favorite tips to get kids to eat more veggies: "Whether you’ve got a little who’s refusing to eat the green-headed forest tree (AKA broccoli) or you’re skipping the vegetables altogether because you just can’t handle one more food battle, I hope the following tips and tricks will help you get your kids to eat more veggies."
Having a newborn is one of the most special times for you and your partner. There’s nothing like bringing home that precious bundle and settling into your new life together. With all of the wonderful changes during this time, there are also challenges in developing a new routine, including finding meaningful ways to stay emotionally connected with your partner.
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.
Guest blogger Jennifer Blossom, the CEO/Founder of blossomingmommyandbaby.com, shares her tips for healthy meals: "Healthy, fast meals and motherhood should go hand in hand, so why do so many of us seem to struggle in this aspect of #momlife? It is my mission today to figure out why it’s so tough and provide you with an action-packed game plan for creating simple, affordable, tasty, and healthy meals for you and your sweet little family."
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.
Kindred Bravely Founder Deeanne Akerson shares her tips on becoming a mom entrepreneur: "I understand how challenging – and exciting – it can be to begin your journey as a mom entrepreneur. I was there, just a few years ago. Before I started Kindred Bravely, I was a high school math teacher. I had no idea how to become an entrepreneur, and the learning curve was steep. In fact, I’m still learning so much every day, an unexpected and invigorating benefit of my career shift. Since founding Kindred Bravely, I’ve discovered a few things that might help other moms on their journeys as entrepreneurs."
Every nursing or pumping mom knows the incredible hunger that comes with feeding a baby. Grazing on wholesome snacks throughout the day is a great way to satisfy your appetite. Eating a variety of nutritious whole foods will also help you stay healthy and energized. We pulled together some great snack suggestions and recipes, which we hope will make your nursing or pumping journey a bit easier.
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.
The newborn days will be tough, but preparation can go a long way. Since you will likely pump at some point during your feeding journey, we've put together a few pumping tips to know before your baby arrives. RN, Certified Lactation Counselor, and fellow mom Shantel Harlin shares some great ideas to make your transition into new motherhood a bit easier.
When you're a busy or expectant mom, it can be hard to work out. Amy Jordan, Creator and CEO of WundaBar Pilates, is not only a fitness expert but also a successful entrepreneur and thriving mom of two. Amy has firsthand knowledge of how nonstop mom life is. But she also knows the incredible physical and mental benefits of exercising. She graciously and candidly answered all of our pregnancy and postpartum fitness questions and provided easy and effective exercises to do at home.
Pumping at work can be challenging, but so many of us do it anyway. We do it because we want to give our babies the best nutrients possible. We do it because we would be nursing our babies during the day if we were with them. We do it for any number of reasons, but at its core, pumping is an act of love. Acutely aware of how much support pumping moms may need when they return to work, we knew exactly where to find encouragement and advice: Kindred Bravely’s Facebook page. We asked these women what they wish they had known about pumping at work and pulled together some of their amazing responses.
Newborns rely on loving parents to soothe their sensory overload and meet their basic needs. Through this consistent caregiving, the parent-child bond grows. The beauty of this phase is that every moment – when you gaze at your newborn, touch her skin, feed her, rock her to sleep, change her diaper – is a part of the bonding process. With mindful communication and these simple tasks, the parent-child bond can flourish.
Breast milk is one of the greatest gifts you can give your baby. That’s why you pump during your lunch break or in the middle of the night and why you really do cry over spilled (or spoiled) milk. Since you devote so much of yourself to pumping milk for your baby, you want to make sure you’re storing and using it correctly. We put together some answers to the breast milk storage questions we get most often. We hope this information will help you give your baby all the nutrients your amazing body has produced.
In this guest post, coach and blogger LaTisha Cotto emphasizes how important self-care is for new moms: "For me, motherhood has been a magical time... Every milestone is a miracle. Every smile is from heaven. Every giggle melts my heart. There’s also the tough stuff."
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.