Guest blogger Sophia Carr shares what she packed in her hospital bag -- the second time around. Your hospital bag really is all about you and what you will need to make your labor, delivery, and recovery a little more enjoyable. Sophia's favorite items will help get your packing started!
Whether from the stress of labor, a genetic predisposition, or even a perceived failure to “live up to” what you believe your motherhood journey should look like, postpartum depression can make you feel hopeless and broken. The good news? While what you’re experiencing can make you feel isolated, you’re not alone.
If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know that by the end of the third trimester you’re not only exhausted but also just ready to finally see this baby you’ve carried around inside you for so long. You want to look at his eyes, see what color his hair is, count his fingers and toes; I wanted to know every detail about him.
We talk a lot about what to expect from pregnancy, labor, and delivery, but we don’t always talk about the emotional expectations of new motherhood. It can be exhausting and exhilarating, heartwarming and heartbreaking, but the most stress happens when our expectations aren’t met.
Breastfeeding is all-consuming for a while, but it’s a short blip on the radar in the overall scheme of things. Even so, we remain forever changed by the experience. Sure, there is the obvious close bonding that we miss when it’s all over, but there are other things too – stranger things. The KB Moms weighed in on a few of the bizarre things we’ve missed weeks, months, or even years after closing the milk factory and moving onto the busy toddler-chasing years.
Since a C-section is major surgery, you might have itching, numbness, open wounds, constipation, mobility restrictions, sexual discomfort, and delayed milk flow. Take it easy on yourself as you heal. The KB Moms who have had C-sections offer their tips for recovery.
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.
A good nursing bra is more than just “a bra without underwire.” The best postpartum bras are made from soft, stretchy, non-abrasive materials, with easy one-handed access for breastfeeding. Deeanne Akerson, creator of Kindred Bravely nursing and maternity wear, offers three essential tips for the best nursing bra fitting.
While breastfeeding is one of the most natural things a mom can do for her child, that doesn’t mean it’s easy or even intuitive. Whether you’re figuring out how to hold your infant, what her cries mean, or why he doesn’t seem to latch, nursing can feel completely overwhelming, especially when you’re running on just a few hours of sleep.
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.
One of the best ways to prepare for labor is by attending a birthing class. Whether a day-long class or regular weekly sessions, these classes can help demystify childbirth. Most classes cover signs and stages of labor, how partners can help, and when to call your doctor.
Kindred Bravely Outreach Coordinator, Lauren, sat down with Shasta Nelson, a leading expert in creating healthy friendships, to ask her advice on how to surround ourselves with strong support systems, even when it seems impossible in the midst of sleep deprivation, toddler tantrums, and hectic schedules.
Breastfeeding may be one of the greatest things you ever do for your child, but the best thing you can do for yourself is to remember that it’s not an innate talent you were born with. It takes time, practice, knowledge, and support to master the art of providing your baby’s nutrition.
With all the expenses of a new baby, new moms tend to put themselves last, especially when it comes to pampering themselves. That’s why these luxurious clothing gifts are the perfect choice to pamper that new mom in your life this Christmas.
Since November is a month of giving thanks, I wanted to share the gift of our BraveMoms' blessings with you. Their words filled my heart with happiness, gratitude, and a reminder to keep celebrating the good in my life. I hope that you too can enjoy the wonderful expressions of others’ grateful hearts.
In this guest blog, Kindred Bravely's Pinterest Manager, Shantel, details her story of losing her first pregnancy, "What happens if you lose a baby before you even get to tell anyone you're pregnant? Who do you turn to? How do you keep your composure when no one knows you are hurting deep inside? I never thought I’d have to find the answers to those questions."
In this guest post, Sarah, Kindred Bravely's Facebook Manager, writes about finding her way through the grief of her miscarriage. "It wasn’t until we were in the dark exam room with the ultrasound flickering on the screen above me that I felt my heart sink a little. The little bean on the screen had a flickering heartbeat, but the size and shape looked much different than what I’d seen with my previous pregnancies."