3rd Trimester

How to Pack the Perfect Hospital Bag and Prepare your Home in the Final Weeks Before Birth

As the countdown to your due date goes from months, to weeks, to days you are likely becoming filled to the brim with anticipation and desire to be completely ready for the big day.  A key component to feeling ready for your baby’s birth is having a bag ready for the hospital...

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9 Baby Items You Need That Aren't So Glamorous

Whether or not you have a baby shower, friends and family all look forward to buying things for your little bundle of joy. While you will receive a lot of awesome gifts, there are a lot of things you need for a baby that aren’t so much fun to give as a gift. Here is a list of those essentials.

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Discussion Questions to Prepare your Relationship for Baby

As your pregnancy progresses there is no doubt you are in the mode to prepare and plan. You have probably taken steps to prepare a nursery, plan a baby shower, or are at the point where you’re preparing for birth. But have you taken time to prepare your relationship? Bringing a baby home is a life changing event for even the strongest relationships. Today, let’s get that conversation started. Here you will find over 50 discussion questions to help prepare your relationship for baby.

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Your Guide to Maternity, Hospital and Newborn Photography

Photography surrounding the addition of your newest member of your family might not be your top priority.  However, it needs to be a top priority. Learn from me. You want to prioritize photography because you will want those precious photos and because if you don’t spend time on it, you end up paying a lot to not get what you want. Whether you want maternity, hospital and/or newborn photos, here is everything I learned and wish I did when my first was born and what I am doing the second time around.

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My 5 Top Tips to Having a Summer Baby

Having a baby in any season presents some awesome benefits but also some challenges. Winter babies are born during the flu season. You also have to be vigilant to keep them warm. On the flip side, summer babies need to stay cool which can sometimes be a challenge on those hot summer days.

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How to Host a Sip and See and Plan for Visitors after Birth

As your due date and baby’s birth approach, you are probably starting to think a lot about visitors.  Maybe your well-intentioned family members are already scheduling their trips or asking for alerts.  Perhaps your friends and co-workers are already dropping hints about wanting to meet baby right away. I’m really glad you’re here.  Let’s talk all about how to handle and plan for visitors after your baby’s birth.

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A Guide to Making the Most of Your Hospital Stay After Birth

How to make the most of your hospital stay after birth. Includes 10 tips you'll want to read before heading to labor and delivery. Includes answers to common questions about how long you stay in the hospital after birth, when can you bring baby home, and how long do you bleed after giving birth.

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3rd Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms: How to Stay Comfortable in the Third Trimester

3rd trimester pregnancy symptoms can be some of the toughest to handle. As your body continues to grow and change things start to get pretty uncomfortable. This post has tips and tricks to help manage 10 of the most common third trimester pregnancy symptoms to help you stay comfortable. Pregnancy insomnia, swollen ankles, fatigue, constipation, braxton hicks contractions, and more!

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Your Guide to More Productive Nesting during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of growth and transformation (literally and figuratively). A time for excitement and anticipation. And, if you’re like most mamas, a time for preparation. And that urge to prepare, organize and clean? You’re nesting, mama!

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How to Stock Your Freezer Before Baby Arrives

Waiting for your baby’s arrival is a special and exciting time in life. You are filled with anticipation, eagerness, and a desire to have everything ready before their arrival. From creating your registry, to assembling the crib and cradle, to washing and folding all of those adorable little clothes, you are off to a great start, but I’m here to make sure that you don’t forget about prepping in the kitchen. One of the best things that I did in my last month of pregnancy was channeling all of those inner ‘nesting’ desires towards preparing delicious and healthy meals for my freezer. In the first weeks to months after baby is home, the last thing you will want to be doing (or your partner!) is cooking meals, grocery shopping, and doing endless dishes. Keep reading to learn about why this is important, what you can stock up on in the pantry, how to fill your freezer, reaching out to your support network about meals and recipe inspiration.

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The Only Third Trimester Checklist You Need

This third trimester checklist includes everything you need to get ready before the big day, in all realms of life. We’ll focus on what is going to really make life easier once baby arrives and how to maximize your free time while in the third trimester.

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Dad's Guide to a New Baby: From a Real Dad

Trina’s husband Cole here for a “guest” post on how dads can best support their partner when baby arrives. So much of the blogosphere, and Pinterest, is targeted towards expectant mothers, and understandably so. But a dad’s role when baby arrives is crucial and, in my opinion, so many of the books out there for expecting dads are sub-par (they take an amount of info similar to this blog post and then stretch it out so they can sell a book).

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vented baby bottle with natural flow Baby Prep: A Husband’s Guide to Nesting

Preparing for baby’s arrival is an exciting and busy time. Your body has an intrinsic need to get everything ready. It might even feel neurotic at times. Like when you start color-coding and rolling the onesies as you place them into the nursery dresser. One of the joys of pregnancy, and one that can be […]

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The Best Nesting Activity to Get Your Body Back After Baby

Once I was about 1-2 months away from my due date, one of my main obsessions was all about how I was going to get my body back. By this point, I had gained a lot of weight (more than I was “suppose” to) and wasn’t sure how exactly I was going to lose it. I wanted to breastfeed which means that I couldn’t diet, as dieting could lead to a poor milk supply and poor nutrition intake, leading to both you and baby feeling like crap. I could have tried to exercise, but I was trying to be realistic, the likelihood of me getting to the gym in those first few months wasn’t high. I wanted to be spending my time bonding with baby, not on a treadmill.

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17 Things You’re Forgetting to Do Before Birth: A Checklist for the Final Weeks

As the time until your due date goes from months to weeks, to maybe even days, your mind might start to race a little. What else can I do to be more prepared for baby? How can I make these final weeks of the third trimester count? What might I have forgotten to do when it comes to preparing for birth and life with a newborn? That’s where we come in! Here I’ve compiled a list of 17 things you truly may not have thought of.

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