Posts tagged: Pregnancy

  • 6 Brands Every Future Mama Should Know

    6 Brands Every Future Mama Should Know
    Compiling a baby registry—and figuring out how to dress your bump—can feel like learning a different language. As you sift through a sea of recommendations from friends and family, don't miss these six Monica + Andy mom-approved brands designed to make the mama life a little easier. From a stylish swing made to soothe the fussiest of babies to clothing brands that will live in your closet for longer than a trimester, you won't want to miss out. For Moms... 1. Hatch These effortlessly-chic maternity clothes made by a mom-of-two...

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  • The Delivery Room Dish: 'We were shocked the baby came a month early'

    The Delivery Room Dish:  'We were shocked the baby came a month early'
    Welcome to The Delivery Room Dish—a place for new moms to spill on the highs, lows, and nitty gritty of giving birth. What you'll learn: there's no one 'right' way to have a baby, the delivery room is full of choices (even when labor doesn't go as planned), and every mom's got a birth story worth sharing. Up next: Monica + Andy's Director of Brand Strategy and Digital Content Jessie Mash, who gave birth to her daughter Maxine in November.The first sign of labor was: contractions I thought were Braxton...

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  • How to Relieve Third Trimester Insomnia

    How to Relieve Third Trimester Insomnia
    You've been warned about sleepless nights with a newborn, but pregnancy insomnia can leave some women just as exhausted. With a round belly and the anxiety of being this close to delivery, home-stretchers often suffer the most. (Insomnia may be nature’s way of prepping us for the sleep loss that comes after delivery, but we want you to clock the most zz's while you can.) Try these tips before you hit the sheets next for a better night’s rest. Skip liquids right before bed Getting up to go to the...

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  • 6 Items You Need in Your Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

    6 Items You Need in Your Maternity Capsule Wardrobe
    Tempted to shell out all your cash on cute maternity clothes? We get it. Once you sprout that baby bump, it becomes virtually impossible to resist clothing made to fit and flatter a pregnant body. But here's the thing: pregnancy is pretty short. (Not that it feels that way when you're in it!) And you only need a few essential pieces (plus some mix and match creativity) to sail through those ten months in comfort and style. Here’s where you’ll get the most bang for your buck: Maternity jeans Loose...

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  • What You Need to Know About Having a C-Section

    What You Need to Know About Having a C-Section
    Being told you’re having a caesarean section (whether it’s in advance of labor or smack dab in the middle of it) can feel a little unnerving, despite the fact that it’s pretty common. (32 percent of all deliveries are by C-section!) And while you can't always choose whether or not to have one, you can arm yourself with the facts well before your delivery date, says Jennifer Hollings, MD, an ob-gyn with the Richmond Community Hospital in Richmond, VA. (She’s had three C-sections of her own.) Here’s what to expect...

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  • 7 Nursing-Friendly Dresses We Love

    7 Nursing-Friendly Dresses We Love
    Consider this dilemma: It's your first family outing and your baby wants to nurse...and while ordinarily, you'd make it work right there and then (whether you're comfortable doing it out in the open or would prefer to cover up, you do you, Mama!), you realize you've hit a bit of a snag. You're wearing a dress and, save for pulling the whole thing up around your neck, there's really no great way to get the baby to the breast.Dressing during the postpartum period can be a challenge, particularly for breastfeeding...

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  • 5 Maternity Photoshoot Dress Options We Love

    5 Maternity Photoshoot Dress Options We Love
    When you think of maternity photos, you probably envision a woman holding her beautiful bump under a long, floral-printed dress with a flower crown on her head. And while we love the gorgeous, ethereal vibe those photos carry, we have news for you: there's more than one maternity aesthetic for you to consider.Whether your style is classic, edgy, or more traditionally feminine, the perfect dress is out there for you. (If you're typically a jeans-and-leather-jacket kind of girl, go ahead and skip the dress all together.) The key is to...

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  • Pregnant? Here's How to Answer 7 Common Questions

    Pregnant? Here's How to Answer 7 Common Questions
    It's a fact: people love to pepper pregnant women with questions. Lots of them. And while you can expect to be grilled at your doctor appointments, daily convos with friends, colleagues, and even strangers can start to feel like interviews, too. Some questions are fairly benign, while others can feel totally invasive. Looking for advice on how to handle them? We've got you. Read on for some of the most common questions and how to address—or, uh, deflect—them. How are you feeling? Expect this question from the day you announce...

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  • What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Doula

    What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Doula
    You've probably heard friends or fellow pregnant women talking about hiring a doula to help them through labor, delivery and early motherhood. But if you're new to all this, you may be asking yourself: What exactly does a doula do? Doulas offer physical, emotional and informational support to couples as they prepare to enter parenthood, says Lindsey Tjernlund of Minnesota-based Hummingbird Doula. Doulas — who are trained and certified through organizations like DONA — are most commonly known for helping out during labor and delivery, but a doula's services aren't...

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  • What's a Pregnant Lady Supposed to Wear to a Formal Event?

    What's a Pregnant Lady Supposed to Wear to a Formal Event?
    You've found the perfect pair of maternity jeans, rediscovered your love of breezy daytime dresses, and worn a hole in your comfiest leggings...but what's a preggo supposed to do when she has to turn up the fancy? If you're slated to attend a formal event, you're probably a little nervous about choosing the perfect outfit. Getting dressed up is always fun, but it's definitely not as easy when you're contending with a growing baby bump, swollen ankles, and the general discomfort that can accompany pregnancy. The good news? There are...

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