What You Should Pack in Your “Go Bag”

Babies come when they want, and you want to be ready to go at a moment’s notice! Even though I went into labor on my due date, I was still surprised. I’m so glad I had my “go bag” packed ahead of time.

Although, looking back now, I wish I would have packed it differently. Today, I’m going to share with you what I packed versus what I actually used. Hopefully this helps some of you soon-to-be-mamas out there as you get your bags ready for the big day!

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A Quick Guide to Healthy Snacking While Breastfeeding (or Pumping)

Eating healthy is somewhat of a “hot topic” during pregnancy. But, what about AFTER pregnancy? Is it fair game? I decided to do some research and find out!

Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional; I am not a nutritionist. I’m just a breastfeeding/ pumping mama trying to eat right for my baby girl. If you have any questions about eating, diet, health, etc. please contact a health care professional. The information here is what I have found from searches online. I’ve just complied it into a nice, little, easy to follow blog post.

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Eating healthy is somewhat of a “hot topic” during pregnancy. Right from the start, you’re given a list of foods you can’t eat and a list of foods you definitely should eat.

But, what about AFTER pregnancy? Is it fair game? What if you’re breastfeeding (or, like me at the moment, pumping)? Sure, the doctors say you can have whatever you want. But, does that mean you should?

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The Best Thing I Did for My Body and Mind During My Pregnancy

Being pregnant can take its toll on you mentally as much as it can physically. There’s a lot going on! Hormones are flying everywhere; your body is changing completely. During my pregnancy, I wanted to make sure that I was keeping myself “in shape” both mentally and physically. Here’s how I did it.

Disclaimer: I am not a health care provider. If you have any questions regarding physical activity during your pregnancy, please consult a health care professional. This post is meant to show my personal experience.

Being pregnant can take its toll on you mentally as much as it can physically. There’s a lot going on! Hormones are flying everywhere; your body is changing completely. You’re crying one minute, laughing the next (one time, I even cried and laughed at the same time).

While I wasn’t the best at eating healthy all the time and I think I only went to the gym once (and I was only there for 15 minutes), I did still want to make sure that I was keeping myself “in shape” both mentally and physically during my pregnancy.

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To Reveal or Not to Reveal…

From the very start Hubby and I knew we didn’t want to know the sex of our baby. What we didn’t know was how much not knowing the gender would add to our pregnancy experience. We both agree that it was one of the best decisions we ever made.

From the very start Hubby and I knew we didn’t want to know the sex of our baby. It was something we had talked about long before we ever realistically started thinking about kids, actually.

“It’s one of life’s last great surprises,” we agreed.

What we didn’t know was how much not knowing the gender would add to our pregnancy experience. While we didn’t get to have a gender reveal party, and picking out clothes and a theme for the nursery was a little tricky, we both agree that not finding out if we were having a boy or a girl was one of the best decisions we ever made.

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Baby Blues- My Experience

Everyone talks about baby blues. It makes sense that a woman would be all kinds of emotional after having a baby. Between the hormones, the drastic lifestyle change, the lack of sleep, and the fact that now you have this little person in your life that you worry about and obsess over non-stop, it’s no wonder postpartum women don’t completely lose their minds!

My baby blues have come in waves. One minute I’m great, happy, and chipper. The next I’m balling my eyes out because my husband didn’t remember what time the baby peed (“I specifically asked you to make a note of it. How can you not care? Didn’t you listen to me?”). The biggest source of sadness for me surprised me, though.

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0-10 ASAP Please!

My body was 100% not cooperating! So, I did ALL the self-inducing tricks I could think of. And something worked!

I don’t know about other women, but when I hit about 37 weeks, I was ready to get the baby out! I wasn’t even uncomfortable the way some women get towards the end. In fact, all the way up to my due date I was walking to and from work (about a mile each way)! I was just anxious to meet my baby and ready to start the next chapter.

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They warned me it would be hard…

But I was still so naive!

I had this thought in my head that breastfeeding was something that, while not easy- since, as I said before, I had been warned- just needed to be prepared for.

I took a class. I read a book. I talked to friends and family about their experiences. I was ready!

Or so I thought…

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