By Guest Blogger Lauren Rathbone, MBA, CD(DONA)
In the background, there is soft music playing. The lights are turned off, and the blinds are open to allow the sunlight to shine through. Within the room is a woman, slowly, but surely, working toward a finish line. Each breath, each hope, each whisper brings closer the little being she has been carrying for the past many months and possibly praying for many more. Quietly and calmly, a voice of reassurance and encouragement can be heard. The owner of this voice is helping the woman’s partner hold the laboring mother in a way helpful to the descent of the baby. A different placement of this outside person’s hands help ease a contraction. The voice, support, and techniques are only a glimpse into the world of a doula.
When I talk with an expectant mother, the question of what a doula does exactly is, in most cases, at the top of the list. The typical response is “a woman supporting a laboring mother through childbirth”, but there are so many other aspects to a doula’s role as part of your birth team. The scope of that support, the types of births a doula assists with, and the “extras” that encompass doula services may also be questions. Read More
By Guest Blogger Lauren Rathbone, MBA, CD(DONA)
By Rachel Hoeing
How did we survive in the world before apps?!? How wonderful it can be to have advice, tips and help right at your fingertips at all times! For pregnant mothers, there always seems to be a new question that needs answers. Lucky for you, the well-known website, www.TheBump.com has a new app. The Bump Pregnancy App Version 2.0, has just been released in the Apple App store.
If you are pregnant, this app will be your new best friend. For those of you who are already moms, be prepared to be jealous because you are going to wish this was around when you pregnant!
I reached out to Carley Roney, co-founder of TheBump.com, and asked some questions about the new app. Her answers are below. I hope this will be helpful to many of you! Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
You have just found out you are pregnant. You are ecstatic. You have been waiting for this day for a long time and it is finally here - you are going to be a mommy!
You are going to be THE BEST mommy ever. You've got it all planned out:
- You've purchased every pregnancy book and baby book you can get your hands on
- You are going to eat all organic foods, no sugars while you are pregnant
- You are going to play classical music for your baby while he/she is in the womb
- You will exercise daily and keep the weight gain to a minimum
- The nursery will be decorated to fit a prince or princess
- You will research all baby gear and accessories to find the best and the safest ones
- You will deliver the baby naturally
- You will breastfeed until your child begins preschool
- You will feed your baby homemade food
- Naptimes will work out perfectly at 10am and 2pm. Bedtime at 7pm will also work well. Read More
By Guest Blogger Erika B. Johnston-MacAnanny, MD, FACOG, Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Center for Reproductive Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Many couples struggle to conceive from the get-go, but not you. You got pregnant naturally—perhaps even quickly. And now that you have a beautiful child, you would like to add another little one to the family. Except this time, things don't seem to be going as smoothly. You've been trying for a while to get pregnant again, and it's just not happening.
If this is the situation you're facing, you probably have secondary infertility.You're not alone; many women experience secondary infertility. In fact, around 20 to 30 percent of the patients I see in my practice come to me with this problem. Read More
By Guest Blogger Lisa Tandan, author of the blog Alannah Annabelle: A micro-preemie adventure
I have always considered myself to be ordinary. I assume that if something, whether good or bad, happens to a small number of people, I won't be among them. I don’t expect to be in a plane crash, nor to win the lottery. As it happens, however, last year I managed to both crash and hit the jackpot.
Last May, following an uneventful 24 weeks of pregnancy, I found myself in the antepartum unit at Forsyth Medical Center. Then, 12 days into my hospital bed rest, my daughter was born, at 26 weeks and 3 days gestation, weighing only 1lb 12oz (790 grams) and 12 inches in length. Read More
By Guest Blogger Jordan Skinner
When I left for work on the morning of February 20, 2007, I had no idea that this would be a day that would weigh on my heart forever. My wife was 17 weeks pregnant, we were preparing to become new parents, and we were overjoyed! When I answered my wife's phone call that morning, all that excitement turned to fear in an instant. She told me that something didn't feel right. I quickly jumped in the car and met my wife and her dad at the hospital, hopeful that it was just a false alarm. As soon as I walked into the room, I could see the devastation on her face and I immediately felt a gut wrenching pain. We were told that there was nothing they could do, preterm labor had already begun, and it was too late. We were going to have to say good-bye. There was no explanation for her body going into preterm labor other than “maybe it’s stress.” Our baby boy, Carson Lee, was otherwise healthy! After 8 hours of labor, she delivered our healthy baby, who in the process had already passed.
We laid him to rest in an area known as “babyland” at a local cemetery. Our nurse, Kim, was so passionate about her job. She even sang at Carson's funeral. She invited us to walk with the hospital team in the March for Babies walk in Hickory, NC for the first time that year. We were honored when we found out that she had used a very touching photo of Carson on the team “buttons” that everyone in the organization wore during the walk. Read More
By Guest Blogger Stephanie Pierce, MD, with Wake Forest Baptist Health
Today, women have more contraceptive options than ever. But having such a wide range of choices can lead to confusion over which method is best. To help you better navigate the contraceptive landscape, I've provided below the pros and cons of different types of hormonal birth control.
(Note: There are also non-hormonal contraceptives available, but hormonal options are the most varied and commonly used.) Read More
By Guest Blogger Kristen Bagwell
I was having one of my better mornings...smooth a.m. routine, everyone on time and in a decent mood, and then it happened - a song came on the radio and I was sobbing my eyes out. Normally this happens once in a blue moon but the past 7+ months I have had to allow for hormones <insert eye roll here> and the reactions they cause. During my first pregnancy, I'd have thought "Oh eMm Gee! I am clinically depressed, something must be wrong with the baby" etc etc. Now I give myself a mini-eye roll, reach for the tissues, and let it pass.
There's something hard about adjusting your "normal" even if it's temporary, and even if it's to allow for a happy event. (If you're me, there's also some anxiety, worry that I am doing something wrong, and difficulty accepting that not-like-unpregnant-me is okay for a while.) With all of that said, I wanted to make a list of tips and advice that I wish someone had offered me. Actually, I suppose these are tips and tricks that I have collected over the past 4+ years, but it's nice to have them all in one place. Ready? (and then you can add yours as "comments" below!) Read More
By Jessie Peele, author of Cupcakes and Running Shoes
"Sometimes a great plan, is kinda hard to understand. Right now it don't make sense... I can't make it all make sense." ~Luke Bryan
It was a Friday. I had just put my daughter, Cameron Kate, down for a nap. My phone rang. The screen said, "Fertility Clinic." I knew they were calling with my bloodwork results, but honestly, I wasn't worried. I thought we'd already diagnosed the issue, and the bloodwork was a formality.
I listened and jotted the numbers down, listening to the nurse spout things off like "prolactin" and "thyroid" and "normal." Then, though, she paused. "But your AMH level is a little below normal." Read More
By Guest Blogger Emily Saunders, ME Certified Nutrition and Fat Loss Coach and co-founder of Momsanity
While the days are long gone that doctors frown upon exercising while pregnant, there is quite a bit of confusion surrounding effective and safe exercise during pregnancy. The trickiest part, is like non-pregnant women, the fitness levels of pregnant women vary widely and there is no hard and fast set of standards or recommendations for exercise during pregnancy. Because of this, it is always a good idea to run any new exercise program by your healthcare provider before getting started.
Fortunately the tide is changing and pregnant women are no longer encouraged to sit around and prop their feet up for months on end. More and more studies are coming out each year, regarding the benefits of exercise. The benefits of safe exercise during pregnancy when, far outweigh the risks and include: increased energy, easier and shorter labor and delivery, lower risk of excess weight gain, fewer back aches, significantly reduced risk of requiring a Ceserean, quicker recovery post-pregnancy, lower risk of gestational diabetes, lower risk of pre-eclampsia and many many more! Read More
By Guest Blogger Thea DeLoreto, author of the blog The Lint Trap
So, in case you didn't know, I am with child. And I am a wee bit bigger this time around than I was when I was carrying Lady Baby. For instance, at this point with her I was barely in maternity pants. This time around I have been in maternity since like week 8. Awesome. I didn't encounter a lot of belly comments until the very end of my pregnancy. This time around it has been a little different. I have been the recipient of some, shall we say, remarks. And that leads me to what we have here. A list of things you can and cannot say to a pregnant woman. (Not all of these happened to me. Some to my friends. I am sure they won't mind if I share their pain with y'all. It is educational after all.) Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Have you ever wondered what's the best age to start having kids? I recently entered a new decade in my life and I catch myself calculating how old (or young!) I will be when my children start high school, or graduate from college, possibly get married, or yikes - I become a grandmother!
I think there are a lot of pros and cons for having kids earlier - and - later in life. Of course we can't always plan what age we will be when we have kids, but I can definitely see God's logic behind younger childbearing years. But I also think there are lots of perks to starting a family later on. For the sake of discussion, I'll share my thoughts if you'll share yours in the comments below. And tell us which team you play on - the "earlier in life" or the "later in life" crew! Read More
By Guest Blogger Emily Saunders, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach and Group Fitness Trainer
As part of living a healthy lifestyle, we must not only be good role models for our children but also help them get a good start. The health and well-being of our children starts very early on and decisions that we make during pregnancy not only affect their growth and development but also alter their risk of developing chronic diseases as adults.
The old “eat for two” and “avoid strenuous exercise” advice encouraged pregnant women to sit around and see how much weight they could pack on during the 9 months leading up to birth. However, we now know that a healthy diet and exercise during pregnancy is essential. Study after study has shown that remaining fit and eating healthy during pregnancy results in better outcomes for both babies and their mothers for years to come! Some benefits include easier and shorter labor and birth, fewer c-sections, quicker recovery postpartum, and fewer pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. As adults, these babies also end up having higher IQ scores and are less likely to develop chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
I had a picture-perfect pregnancy with my first (my daughter). I never got sick or nauseous or moody, and I was rarely uncomfortable. So when it came time to talk to my doctor about my plans for the delivery, I figured that day would be just as effortless and uneventful. It was, but not for the reasons I had wanted.
Because my daughter had been measuring large (although not for serious concern), I was told I had to deliver her on her actual due date. After being induced the night prior, followed by 10 more hours of inducing and laboring the next day, my 8 lb. 15 ounce baby girl was born by C-section two hours shy of her due date “deadline.”
Since then, I was told that any subsequent births would have to be through scheduled c-sections only. At first I felt a little robbed knowing I will never get to experience the unexpected water breaking, mad rush to the hospital, and the quintessential “true” birth. Yet I have to admit, halfway through my second pregnancy, those thoughts quickly diminished. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Probably one of the most challenging aspects of becoming a new parent is finding the best car seat and stroller for your infant. It’s a daunting task. And for new parents this task got even more complicated with changes to the car seat rules. Click here to read Triangle Moms on Main’s take on the this topic, and how the 2014 regulations may affect you and your child.
But when it comes to finding a car seat and stroller, a simple shopping trip may leave you confused by all the several styles and brands from which to choose. So today, with the help of our friends at Babies R Us and our trusty Baby Bargains book, we’ll focus on a few highly rated infant car seats and strollers – all of which make sense for our lifestyles here in the Triad. If you are reading this post early, tune to Fox8 TV News at 9:30 am to watch me showcase a few of these models live, thanks to our friends at Babies R Us! Read More
By Guest Blogger Allison Chapple, MS/EdS, LPC, NCC
Pregnancy is a time of nervous, but exciting, anticipation of a brand new life. Many women experience morning sickness and fatigue in the first trimester, unexpected body changes in the second and physical discomfort in the third, but they know all of these symptoms will all come to end once the baby is born. But what most women aren’t prepared for is the “Fourth Trimester,” otherwise known as postpartum. Women especially might not be prepared for the negative feelings that often arise with the addition of a new family member.
The term postpartum depression (PPD) often brings to mind people like Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who killed her five children by drowning them in the bathtub while in a cloud of postpartum psychosis. While tragic events like these do occur, PPD does not typically present in such a severe way. More commonly, new mothers experience the “baby blues,” a term for the short-lived mood swings and weepiness that occur in the first few weeks after birth in one-half to three-quarters of new mothers. By contrast, PPD is a more long-lasting, severe mood state which affects general functioning. The symptoms of PPD, which can emerge anytime from the first few days following birth up until a year post-delivery, include: Read More
By TMoM member Dani Luft
I am pregnant with baby #3 due in May. By the time you all read this, I will have found out if the baby growing inside me is a boy or a girl. Of course, I just want a healthy, happy baby, but the wait to find out what has me taking 100 trips to the bathroom at night, causing me heartburn, and making me smile as I start to feel the kicks and jabs, has been nagging at me!
I am a planner. I want to pick out the furniture, clothes, and names. Do I need to buy a whole new wardrobe for the little guy or can I take out my girls’ old clothes in the attic and start washing them with the delicious smell of baby detergent? I feel like I bond better with the growing fetus when I know the gender. But not everyone likes to know ahead of time and I respect that choice too. As my cousin says, “There are very few surprises in life and this is one of them!” I can get behind that, but to me it is just as much a surprise when the ultrasound tech tells you around 20 weeks as it is when the doctor tells you in the delivery room. We are lucky to live now when we have the technology to make that choice.
Wives tales are just for fun and while I know that, I can’t stop reading about them. It’s like a gossip magazine. Some of the articles may not be true, but it’s still fun to read! Here are some of my favorites... Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
All this talk of "presents" reminded me of a topic I wrote about a few years ago - "Push Presents." I figured I would bring up the topic again because it always creates a great discussion. Please join in by commenting below and let us know your thoughts ...
A few weeks ago, a group of my girlfriends got into a discussion about "push presents." If you have never heard this term before, it refers to a gift given to a mom (usually by the dad) after giving birth to a child. These presents are traditionally jewelry or a trip. Read More
By Guest Blogger Christina Shiffler
When I was pregnant with my first child back in 2007, I read book upon book about pregnancy and childbirth. Like so many expectant moms, I became an armchair expert on prenatal nutrition, fetal development, the stages of labor, the risks of a hospital birth, even the history of birth practices in the United States. I spent most of my pregnancy thinking of the newborn period as a rosy afterglow, the time when I would get to pat myself on the back and enjoy the fruits of my labors: an angelic baby girl.
So imagine my surprise, after she was born, when I was suddenly totally overwhelmed by the million difficulties of new mommyhood. Nursing was difficult, sleeping was difficult, keeping my emotions in check was difficult. She cried and cried, she wasn’t gaining weight, she seemed to love everyone more than me! I spent even the best days worrying and feeling certain I was doing everything wrong. I kicked myself for getting so caught up in the pre-baby information while neglecting to even consider what life with a newborn would actually be like. I thought to myself, “I could do the pregnancy/birth thing again and again if only I didn’t have to have a newborn afterwards.” Read More
By Julie Wagoner of Uppercase Photography
That time of year is quickly approaching. The time for snuggles by the fire, hot chocolate…..and Uppercase Photography’s snow babies special. Each winter, Uppercase Photography is proud to offer a special just for those babies born in the coldest of months. Prebook a session for your baby due in December, January or February and enjoy your entire session fee applied toward your purchase. As always, all prebooked newborn sessions also enjoy a complimentary set of custom birth announcements as well. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on this limited time offer ... Read More
By Guest Blogger, Kerry Stevens, CD (DONA)
When I tell people that I am a certified doula, I often get blank stares. Having a doula by your side during your labor has become more popular, but many still have not heard of us, or know what we do.
In labor support terminology, "birth doula" refers to a supportive woman (not a friend or loved one) professionally trained to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth. A doula offers help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning. She also helps families gather information about the course of their labor and their options. Perhaps the most crucial role of the doula is providing continuous emotional reassurance and comfort. Doulas specialize in non-medical skills and do not perform clinical tasks. Most importantly, doulas do not make decisions for their clients; they do not project their own values and goals onto the laboring woman. A doula also helps protect the woman’s memory of her birth and often times will write a birth story. A doula's goal is to help the family have a safe and satisfying childbirth as the laboring couple defines it and will help facilitate a positive experience. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
Both of my children have June birthdays. Their birthdays are just a few days apart, and my husband and I both have birthdays in August, so our summers have always been a lot of fun. It got me thinking about what times of the year are the best times to give birth.
In a perfect world, we’d count back nine to ten months from the month we’d like to give birth, and try to conceive somewhere in that area. But in the real world with miscarriages, infertility, and just bad luck, unfortunately we know that cannot always happen so easily. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
For all of us who have given birth, our version of "labor day" - no matter when it occurred in the calendar year - is one we will cherish. But at Women's Hospital in Greensboro, each and every day is a "labor day" to celebrate and remember!
We announced last week that Women's Hospital will reward the one TMoM reader with a $100 Visa gift card for having the most unique "labor day" story . Since running that announcement, we've received close to a dozen remarkable "labor of love" submissions. Each story was amazing, and while it was tough to narrow down our favorite submissions, the TMoM team selected four stories featured below.
Please take a moment to read each entry, and vote on your favorite. The entry that receives the most reader votes will win the $100 Visa gift card from Women's Hospital. The winner will be announced on Labor Day. Good luck to the finalists!
By Guest Blogger Sarah Scott, founder of A Safe Space Playgroup
When I found out I am pregnant with our second child, the first thing I did was tell my husband, the second was to download every pregnancy app I could find. Okay, so maybe that was like number ten on my priority list, but it was definitely imperative that I had the support in place, in addition to finding the right high risk OB. A seasoned pro in pregnancy since my first pregnancy had been a high-risk situation, I wanted to make sure I was not lacking in information or support this time around.
I want to share with you some of the apps I downloaded and help you make an informed decision before you hang your head in shame after buying $30 on apps like I did. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
I only have nine years of parenting experience and two kids to show for it. But I can say that along the way I learned a few tips that are worth passing along. I had one very easy baby and one colicky-wanna-pull-your-hair-out-baby. Many of these tips worked for both.
If you are expecting or have a newborn in your home right now, congrats to you! I hope these tips will help save you some frustration in the months ahead. For the rest of our readers who have "Been there, done that" I would love for you to share your tips in the comment section below. The more help we can give to a new mom, the better! Read More
By Guest Blogger, Wendy Harper
As the mother of two boys from Africa, people often tell me they’ve always wanted to adopt. Honestly, that was never my intention. Even when I made my first phone call to an adoption agency, I did so as a see-God-I-am-willing-to-adopt-now-can-I-get-pregnant barter with the Big Guy. And yet, at some point along the way, I began to realize that getting pregnant, naming a child, or mothering a baby was not important. I simply wanted to be a mom. It was a process that started half-way around the world – not in my children’s home country of Ethiopia - but in Russia.
On Thanksgiving Day 2005, my husband and I boarded a plane and traveled half-way around the world to meet a baby who we would call John Paul. The child was in Novokusnetsk, Russia – a.k.a. Siberia. We fell in love, signed the papers, and promised to be back in a few weeks to bring him home forever. (At the time, Russia was a two trip program. From what I understand, Russian adoptions now require three trips.) Read More
By Guest Blogger, Alice Edwards
What’s in a name? Well quite a lot actually, as it’s what you use to make that all-important first impression. No wonder then that many parents find choosing the perfect name for their baby a daunting task. Celebrity baby names are having a huge influence on baby name trends. The name Hazel soared in popularity after Julia Roberts named her baby girl, as did Gracie (Faith Hill’s daughter), Romeo (Victoria and David Beckham) and even the unusual name Tabatha is enjoying a come-back after the name was used by Sarah Jessica Parker. Read More
By Guest Blogger JoAnne Clifford, author of the blog Life with the Triplets Plus One
All I remember is that it was hot. It was August in Florida and I was just struggling to stay cool while it was 95 degrees outside. I was also waist deep in laundry, diapers, and bottles - the by-products of eight months of caring for my recently born triplets. I was happy, but exhausted. With the triplets being eight months old, I finally felt like I could see a light at the end of the tunnel. I was exiting the baby haze brought on by newborns and was starting to finally feel confident and sure about my family's future and what it would hold. I was starting to feel normal again and then ...
Oops. Read More
By Guest Blogger, Katie Reynolds
After 18 fast years of parenting, we were given a do-over. As parents, I think we all wish for a do-over now and again – or maybe a rewind button, “wish I had the opportunity to handle that better.” Well at 43 years old – with four children from 11-18, we were blessed with Patrick. He is our second chance to parent with some real hind-sight. Patrick is now 2 years old. He has a brother in college, 2 brothers in high school and a sister in middle school. He has four role models, playmates, babysitters (woohoo!) and lifelong friends. “Geriatric” parenting does have its benefits.
Some ask – how do you do it? Starting over is daunting after you’ve tucked away the potty seat and the sippy cups; and our home was somewhat less than baby proofed. We now have outlet covers everywhere, and our living room is decorated in primary colors with a construction truck motif. “My little brother drew on my homework” is a totally legit excuse in our house. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
I figured if I put "sex" in the title I would grab your attention. In this post, however, I am referring to "sex" as "gender", as in the gender of your baby. (But if you really do want to read about sex, we've got some blogs here under our Couples & Marriage category!)
When I was pregnant with my children (almost nine and seven years ago), announcing the gender of the baby was not that big of a deal. Most people who decided to find out the sex during their ultrasound simply called or emailed friends to tell them the exciting news of pink or blue. Being the email junkie that I am, I am sure I sent an email to all my buddies with the subject line, "It's A ..." and then revealed the gender in the text of the email. Facebook was not around then, but I bet I would have chosen that route if it were! Read More
By Kristen Bagwell, founder of Triangle Moms on Main
Congratulations to Triangle Moms on Main founder, Kristen, who welcomed her son Whit into the world on October 3. (This post was written a few weeks earlier.) Best wishes to you and your family!!! ~ Love, the Triad Moms on Main team
Honestly, I've been trying to spare you all too many "prego" posts, but as my due date draws closer, I am more and more desperate to meet this little kicker. I am thrilled to have had a healthy pregnancy, but I'll be just as thrilled when it's over. Not to complain, but this kid is taking up some space, and the nausea, headaches, and lack of sleep are starting to take a toll both on me and those nearby. (Sorry, friends and family!)
Knowing how much time I spend online, it's no surprise that I've both Googled and asked around about the top ways to jump-start labor. None of these is a huge surprise, but maybe there's something you haven't heard of on this list. PS - please leave a comment and let me know what worked for you because I am ready to get this show on the road! Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
One of my girlfriends uttered these words to me a few years ago. She was the proud mom of three adorable boys. She loved her boys, she loved her family, but she couldn’t shake the thought of how badly she wanted a little girl.
For the next year, she and her husband read every book and article they could find on what to do to guarantee the gender of their baby. They tried some crazy ideas! They laughed at how silly some of the suggestions were, but they tried them all anyway.
In the midst of this process, she encountered a lot of ridicule from others. Many comments were thrown her way about why in the world she would try so hard just to have a girl. She heard numerous times that she should be happy with the three children she had and stop trying to control what was uncontrollable. Friends were concerned about her emotional state and how she would handle things if she were able to get pregnant, but instead have another boy. Read More
By Guest Blogger Elizabeth Sasso Smith
Although we have a plethora of incredible hospitals and OBs around town, sometimes the best advice can be from other moms. When my husband and I were ready to start trying to get pregnant, I went to my annual appointment with my OB-GYN hoping to get the low-down. Instead I was told to take a prenatal vitamin, go off my birth control and good luck. Huh?! That’s it?! No that’s not it! That is why we have each other. There is no one better to fill you in on what to do then a community of women who have all been there before. Whether you are working on your first pregnancy or number two, three or four the tips below are things every women should know. Read More
By Guest Blogger Devon Davis, LPC
Author John Medina is a brain scientist who is also amazingly adept at writing a book a person of average intelligence can understand! He has written a book for adults entitled Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School in which he discusses 12 ways our brains really work (heʼs a fan of nap time and exercise, to name a few)! He also wrote a book specifically targeted to parents of children ages 0 to 5, because what you do in your childʼs first five years of life “profoundly influences how he or she will behave as an adult.” Sounded pretty important to me, so I read and thoroughly enjoyed Medinaʼs Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five. Read More
By Guest Blogger Shannon Ford
My girlfriend is pregnant with her first child and just asked me about my opinion of swaddling. She is due in November and was told that swaddling is no longer taught in birthing classes offered at the hospital.
I was enrolled in the classes; however, my son decided to arrive early. I had Luke on Sunday, and I was scheduled to begin the classes the following Monday. Needless to say, my money was refunded, and I never had the class.
I had friends on both ends of the spectrum of swaddling opinions. My girlfriend with two children had sworn by this method in order for her babies to sleep. Another friend had her first child and swore the baby hated being swaddled, and in addition, she thought it was cruel. I really had no opinion. I think I lived in that new mom fantasy world of believing that my baby would sleep regardless of the method I used. HA! Read More
Immediately after our second was born, my husband and I knew our family was complete. We were blessed with two healthy children and we're perfectly content. So to ensure our family-of-four stayed a family-of-four we had decisions to make. I immediately suggested my husband get himself lined up for the next available “snip” appointment. That suggestion, however, didn’t go over too well. Unfortunately he did some research – and while the entire procedure is simple and safe (and highly reliable) – something about cauterizing smoke rising up between his thighs didn’t sit too well with him. I haven't given up on that suggestion, but for the time being I opted for the Mirena IUD, which lasts for five years. Read More
By Kristen Bagwell, Triangle Moms on Main
Well...I'm a little nervous as I type this post. Those of you who were with us in January may remember my "Some days are better than others" post in which I shared my feelings about miscarriage and fertility. It took me almost 6 months to write about that terrible incident and the frustrations that followed, but if I waited that long to give you this update, the jig would be up. I mainly want to thank all of you who reached out to me both publicly and privately and shared your stories. Now it's time that I share mine: I'm pregnant! Read More
By Guest Blogger, Anonymous
What an amazingly exciting but scary time… you’ve found out you’re pregnant and you want to celebrate but you may be keeping it a secret and you’re in that period of the first trimester that all you want is a healthy pregnancy and baby. I have recently moved into the second trimester of my second pregnancy. Given that both pregnancies have been complete opposites, I’m sure that every mom out there has experienced a different experience of the first trimester.
During my first pregnancy, I was extremely nauseous and could not keep my head up. I even wanted to lay my head on my desk at work during lunch. This most recent one I have not been sleepy but very low energy and the hormones were raging. I have never had such little motivation and such big mood swings in my life. I was trying to keep it all together but at times had my doubts. And then, just like pregnancy number one, we made it to 13 weeks and wow, I was myself again. Read More
By Guest Blogger Sarah Scott, author of The Great Scotts blog
My husband Mike and I have officially been parents to our son David for over five months now and although we don't believe ourselves to be "experts" in the field just yet (HA!), there are some products that we simply can't live without! Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Happy New Year! Most of us chime in a new year with new resolutions. But if you just had a baby, keeping those New Year resolutions aren’t quite as easy. Having a new baby changes everything, not to mention our bodies. And shedding those unwanted baby pounds is usually at the top of any new mom resolution list. But how do you do this when you’re tending to a newborn’s needs all day? Or when you get just a few hours a sleep each night? Trust me, even the most physically fit moms before birth are having the same challenges as you. The key is to have patience, take baby steps, get creative, and have fun.
Below is some advice I've been given, plus some fantastic local fitness programs perfect for any mom... Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
I was asked the other day by one of my pregnant friends, “If you could use only one baby book to get advice, what would it be?” Hands down, my answer was Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. Whether you are a first time mom or about to give birth to your fifth child, you must, must, must, read this book if you haven’t already!
By Rachel Hoeing
It absolutely cracks me up when I hear people say, “Oh, I just loved being pregnant! I felt so full of life and always had a glow about me!” I have no way of relating to those statements. For me, there was definitely not a glow … I was usually white as a ghost because I was nauseous or about to throw up. I also had that horrible pain down the side of my inner thigh, awful back pain, and I felt like I waddled for the last three months. I always felt like I would feel better once I puked, but I never did. That lead-tasting-acid-reflux-pukey-feeling would creep right back into my throat the moment I threw up. I never understood the term “morning sickness” because I puked all day long. I am sure many of you can sympathize with the fact that it took me a long time before I could eat a bagel again after seeing it come back up. Same goes for milkshakes and hot wings. Eeeew, it makes me shudder to think of it. But four years later, I am back on the “eating everything in sight train” and have no problems looking back and laughing. Read More
By Cherrie Welch, M.D., M.P.H. Neonatologist and Pediatrician at
Brenner Children’s Hospital
One of a mother's first decisions is "Should I breastfeed my new baby?" There are many opinions as to what choice a new mom should make. As a pediatrician and neonatologist, I am always encouraging new mothers to breastfeed their infants. In my opinion, it’s one of the most important first decisions a new mom makes and can significantly impact how a baby develops and grows. Read More
By Guest Blogger Jamie Southern
If you have children, then your life has been touched by the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes is all about babies – those born healthy and those that need help to survive and grow. It’s an organization that advocates for the needs of moms and babies. This organization is trying to make sure that all babies are born healthy by preventing birth defects and prematurity and eliminating infant mortality. The March of Dimes’ largest fundraiser each year is the March for Babies walk. The 2010 Winston-Salem walk will be held April 17th at Bolton Park. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
When your first friend finds out she’s pregnant, it creates a snowball effect. Before you know it, everyone is having babies, which also means everyone is having baby showers! Whether you are attending a shower for a first-time mom, a veteran mom, or a mom of an adopted child, you want your gift to be one that is not only appreciated, but remembered! Read More
By Guest Blogger Barbie Pilla
A few months ago, www.AllModern.com contacted us and asked if we could do a review of some of their products. Since most of their products are geared towards infants and toddlers (and our children are older than that), we asked loyal reader Barbie P (mother to a three-year-old and a seven-month-old) to seek out some fun items, try them out with her daughters, and write about her experiences. Here's what she had to say! - KM Read More
By Guest Blogger Jennifer Isaman, TCMOM's
I will never forget the day my husband, my daughter and I went for an ultrasound to find out if we were having a boy or a girl. The Sonographer asked me (in a very calm voice), “How many babies did the doctor say you were having?” Well, being that we had a picture on our refrigerator from a prior ultrasound with just one baby, my answer was “one." I was still oblivious to the fact that she asked that question for a reason. The next words out of her mouth were a blur ... "Well, honey, there are two in there." What? How can that be? We don’t have any multiples in our families and that notion had never crossed my mind! My daughter looked at the Sonographer and asked if we were on Candid Camera. It was a day we will never forget.
The next couple days were a blur and we had sooooo many questions about the journey on which we were getting ready to embark. I had never known anyone with twins so, it was difficult to get answers to the many questions I had. Luckily, I found out that there was a group in town that could help. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
Today’s post is not only for new moms. Today we need a collaborative effort from all you veteran moms, too! New moms need help when it comes time to register for baby gear. I have compiled a list of the top items recommended from some of our readers. These are just suggestions, and we know that every family has different priorities, so please add your thoughts by commenting below and letting us know what baby items you loved and which ones were a flop. New items are constantly coming out, so if you recently registered, please share any new items with us that you added to your list. Here are our MUST HAVES: Read More