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Finding ME Time During Quarantine

Finding Me Time

This is new territory for all of us.  We have never been through a global pandemic before so it is not like we can turn to Grandma and ask “How did you cope?”.  We are all learning as we go.  We are figuring it out, and creating our new (temporary) normal in our homes.  First of all, I want to say that I am grateful that my family is safe and under one roof.  We are thankful for all the essential workers that are still providing for us in the economy. 

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You Are Not Alone - Postpartum Depression

Baby and Mother

Pregnancy can be rough, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  You will soon be holding that beautiful baby in your arms.  The flood of joy and emotions when they lay the baby in your arms is overwhelming.  It is here, it is your new reality.  I knew I was prepared for the knowledge portion of caring for a baby.  After all, I had read the books, and I had cared for babies more times than I could remember.  What I was not prepared for was my roller coaster of emotions, it was as if my body and mind had betrayed me when I needed them the most. 

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Staying Sane During Quarantine – Part I: Fun Physical Activities

OCID-19 Kids Activities

The last few weeks have flipped the world upside down. Jobs have stopped. Events have been postponed. People are working from home. Parents are trying to figure out how the heck to teach their children common core math...

Parents are human and can only think up new, creative activities for so long before their brain explodes. Therefore, some moms put their creative energy out there for other moms to use. Below are a few creative activities to try at home to keep your little ones physical and moving so the parents don’t lose their minds.

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Staying Active, Stylish and Supported: Postpartum Exercise for New Moms

Cadenshae

Cadenshae is an activewear brand truly changing the world for postpartum and pregnant women who like to stay physically fit. The business is “on a mission to ensure new moms have the correct information when getting back into exercise post-birth.” It is a brand making it easier for nursing mothers to work-out and women healing from the delivery process to safely and comfortably transition back to exercise.

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Part II: The Summertime Manual for Mama – Sunscreen Secrets

Putting SPF on Kids

Every baby is different. This is a truth that is said over and over again to the point where it starts ringing in a new mother’s ears. Though it is cliché, the truth is a good one to remember – especially when it comes to summertime skin.

Even if you are someone with naturally sun-kissed skin, you never know how your little one’s skin will turn out. If you’re someone with freckled, sensitive skin, your baby may not have the same struggles as you. Either way, it is always good to be as prepared as possible for sun safety.

But, of course, it isn’t all that easy.

Some sunscreens work well for certain babies while some can cause rashes or negative reactions. While some little ones do well with the application of sunscreen, others may fuss and scream and wiggle until their mama gives up.

Therefore, it is good to have many options available when it comes to maintaining your sunscreen sanity.  

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From Giving Supports to Getting Them: Being On the Other Side

Mom Support Group

Before becoming pregnant, I worked as a Medicaid Service Coordinator for almost three years for an agency that supported families who had a child with either severe medical diagnosis or disability. Even before then, I worked in the mental health, special education, and human services field for several years. I had learned the ins and outs of providing supports to families who needed them most. These supports ranged from helping families find ways to put dinner on the table to helping create a modified bathroom to suit a wheelchair-bound individual. Many, or most, of my clients had Medicaid and with this insurance, they were able to access supports and services to benefit their family’s specific needs – whatever they were.

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Bonding with Baby: It Doesn't Always Happen Right Away

Baby Bonding

Bonding with Baby: It Doesn't Always Happen Right Away. This truth is a tough one for many women to admit. However, it is a truth that needs to be discussed openly. Too many women believe they need to feel that immediate wave of emotions the second they lay eyes on their baby. They believe they should know absolutely everything about their baby within that first week. They think they should feel this overwhelming, overflowing amount of love every second of every single day.

The truth is, many moms don’t feel any of those things for many, many months – and it is completely normal.

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A DIY Face Mask That Will Exfoliate and Caffeinate

Face Mask Made of Coffee

I’ll admit - I was blessed with pretty good skin growing up. However, when I got pregnant with my girls, it didn’t take long before I noticed little bumps breaking out along my hairline. From there, they’d appear randomly on my chin or cheeks or nose. Being a self-titled “Picker,” I couldn’t stop attacking them whenever I found them.

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What is GERD?

Woman With GERD

Most pregnant women have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), especially heartburn, at some point. These symptoms may start at any time during a pregnancy, and often get worse throughout the pregnancy. Heartburn is common when you are pregnant. That's because hormones cause the digestive system to slow down. The muscles that push food down the esophagus also move more slowly when you are pregnant. And as the uterus grows, it pushes on the stomach. This can sometimes force stomach acid up into the esophagus.

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