Since nearly one-third of deliveries in the US occur via cesarean section, it’s important that moms who plan to breastfeed are prepared no matter how they end up delivering. While giving birth isn’t typically easy (hence the term “labor”), C-sections add a whole new dynamic to delivery and breastfeeding for which many moms aren’t prepared.
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.
I don't need to give you a lesson on the birds and the bees, Mama. If you're looking at a nursing bra, you already know how everything works. What you might not know is how to deal with your concerns about sex after your baby arrives.
Heading out with your baby (for the first or even the 100th time) can be so exciting! If you’re like me, you meticulously plan outfits for max cuteness overload, because you know that everyone will be oohing and aahing at your precious babe. Then comes the packing of the diaper bag.
Since moms frequently reach out to our Customer Care team with questions about underwire, we thought we’d share some insights into our reasons for going wire-free.
Guest writer Emily Foster shares, "Before having a baby, you might have had a romantic idea of what motherhood would look like. If you’re like me, in this vision your hair is wrangled in the perfect messy ponytail, you fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans, and the cutest baby you’ve ever dreamed of coos and smiles at you with 'thank you, Mama' eyes. Sure, you’re tired, but you’re so blissfully happy that nothing else matters..."
Guest blogger Maggie McGarvey shares how she found (her own) beauty in motherhood: "Puberty hit early for me, and it was not my friend. I sprouted into a C-cup overnight, and no one seemed to know how to react to my changing body. Where I’d previously walked with a dancer’s posture, I suddenly felt like everyone was staring at me, and I began slouching through the world..."
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!
When I found out I was pregnant, I was pretty sure I knew what motherhood would be like. I’m a teacher and have worked with children in some form or fashion for as long as I can remember. The oldest of three siblings, I started babysitting for other families at age 12. (What were they thinking letting a sixth-grader watch their toddlers?) I’d read the books on what to expect and truly felt that all my experience and knowledge had prepared me to raise a little one of my own.
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.
As we KB Moms thought about our own birth stories, we realized that there were a lot of things we wish we had known on that journey to meet our babies. We figured a lot of expectant moms would want to know everything they could, so we decided to ask our favorite source, other moms, about their experiences and what they wish they had known about labor and delivery.
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.
Although it may be tempting to make do with what you already have, a well-designed nursing bra works with your body, not against it, helping you to enjoy your baby even more – plus purchasing your first nursing bra is an exciting milestone! Nursing Bras: Your Ultimate Guide will tell you everything you need to know to find your perfect nursing bra fit!
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.
Sometimes a few words of affirmation are all it takes to make a day more manageable. We asked our friends and other Kindred Bravely moms what they’d like to hear on a particularly tough day. Read on for the text messages new moms would love to get from their partners.
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.
Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) can be the most fulfilling role you’ll ever have, but too often, moms don’t get credit for all they do. On any given day, you may be a nurse, comforter, chauffeur, CEO of your household, cook, housekeeper, counselor, teacher, etc. You’re always on duty, and your job never truly ends. In fact, research shows that the average SAHM mom puts in over 90 hours per week. Remember that the next time you feel like you didn’t accomplish much in a day.