3rd Trimester

New Mom Must Haves for Life with a Newborn

I really wish I knew more veteran moms when I had my first born because I would have been so much more prepared. For most, including me, it seems you get to learn a lot through mistakes simply because you don’t know what life with a newborn is actually like.

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How to Make the Most out of your Birth Plan

Filling out a birth plan or making your birth plan is much more than just deciding yes or no to a list of questions. This article contains 10 tips on how to prepare before birth, how to prepare for birth and how to prepare for the aftermath.

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Everything You Need to Learn and Do Before Bringing Baby Home

Bringing baby home for the first time is so exciting, but are you prepared? This article covers everything you need to know to bring your baby home including introducing pets, preparing your home, and getting started with breastfeeding.

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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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