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Tipful Thursday’s ~ Pregnancy Tip 5

Today’s tip is provided by Pepermint!

Although I do not take them seriously, I have found it fun to read all the myth’s published about pregnancy. Some of the best are the ones that predict gender. For example, craving salt means you are having a boy and sweats indicate a girl.

Out of all of them, there is one that I am most anxious to see play out. Apparently, the more heartburn you have, the more hair will be on your little one when they are born. At the rate this little is going, they will need a hair cut in the first hour!!!

I am not one to take medicine often, especially while pregnant. While I know many types are just fine to use, I don’t see the point if I can push past the pain or discomfort and it go away on its own. With that being said, one can only try sleeping through heartburn for so long. On average, I probably need 5-10 tums a day. Mostly it is at night or during the day when I am hungry, yeah figure that one out! Hands down, one of the best pieces of advice I have receive, from my Mommy of course, is that pepermint helps with heartburn. Since then, a bag has been planted in my purse and is restocked

So ladies, if it’s burning, pop a pepermint to alleviate the burn and give yourself a little fresh breathe!


Tipful Thursday’s ~ Pregnancy Must Have #4


I dove into this pregnancy like I did our wedding with tons of books, websites, blogs, magazines and asking around.  What I realized is that you are usually familiar with a lot of must have and must do items to get ready for a wedding, but preparing for a baby is completely different.  So, I thought it would be a good time to share what the three most helpful books have been since the start of my pregnancy. There are a ton more that I will share after Peanut is born so I can really comment on what was more helpful. The top three books I reccommend when you or someone you know is pregnant are…

Number One
Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy
Vicki Iovine

The Author has found a humourous way to provide the basic information every Mother-To-Be needs. After reading so many books that are often quite scary, this was such a joy to pick up. I would often read this book on the bus and get funny looks when I would burst out laughing. The Author and fellow Girlfriends mentioned in the book are blunt, honest and open about everything from begining to end with pregnancy.

Number Two
The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
Rallie McAllister and Jennifer Reich

This has been a fantastic book to read thought my last 7 months. It is broken up by chapter which coinsides with each week of your pregnancy. Each chapter/week is broken down into Your Baby’s Size, Your Baby’s Latest Developments, Your Latest Developlents, Justification For a Celebration and then stories from Mothers who are also medical professionals. It was been nice to just focus on one week at a time, soaking in the most important information without being overwhelemd. 

Number Three
Pregnancy & Birth: The Essential Checklists
Karen Sullivan

As someone who LOVES lists, this book has been a great resource and starting point for many of my personal lists. It breaks down things to do, think about and follow from getting your BFP to well after birth. My favorite lists so far have been; what to ask at your hospital visit, birth plan, hospital bags, birth partners checklist and nesting instinct. You will be seeing some of these lists in the near future as we get closer to Peanut’s due date! 


The more I think about the tips I think are most important to share, the more I realize how many I actually have. Everyday, sometimes multiple times a day, I come across something and say to myself, “I need to remember to post this”! I got to the point where I started a list that I am constantly adding to and pull from it every week. Since I am officially in my 3rd trimester, I realized I am running out of time for pre-baby must haves so I maybe doubling up over the next few weeks to get them all in :o)


Tipful Thursday’s ~ Pregnancy Must Have #3

Today’s tip is sponsored by Old Navy!! 

I always admired stylish pregnant women when I would see them out and about. I never gave much thought to where they purchased their clothing or even how easy/hard it was to find things. I was about 10ish weeks in when my pants were too uncomfortable to wear and I needed to start looking for maternity clothing (specifically pants). It’s on the early side but my pants were pretty tight/uncomfortable before I got pregnant.

I quickly learned that finding maternity clothing was much harder than I thought. Stores like Kohls, JC Penny, Macy’s etc… claim to have a maternity section, but what I found was a rack or two containing a few items. While Black Friday shopping, Rob and I went into Gap kids and the back part of their store was dedicated to maternity

I will do a more in depth post later about my experience with maternity clothing. For the purposes of this tip, I want to introduce you to, what I have found to be the single most important article of clothing in my collection (well several since I bought 3 gray and 4 white).

The Old Navy maternity fibbed tank top! I wear one of these under almost every top pre-maternity and maternity alike. I also parade around the house in these and often sleep in them too. They are long and scrunched on the sides to grow with your belly AND they make my bump look oh so cute! It seems to just hug me in the right places. I will be open and say that at the time of my BFP, I was about 186 lbs. As of today, I am about 198. So, as a not so little preggo, finding something that hugs me in the right places and makes me feel good is better than gold, chocolate or french fries!

Most Old Navy stores do not have a maternity section but their online selection is THE BEST I have found with affordable prices and free shipping over a certain amount. I suggest you stop on by,  you won’t be disappointed!


Tipful Thursday’s ~ Pregnancy Must Have #2

Today’s tip is sponsored by Starbucks!

There are so many things that you will read and hear that conflict with one another. From what foods you should & shouldn’t eat, to the amout of exercise you should be doing and the list never seems to end. One of the few things that I have heard and read that has been consistent is the importance of drinking water. I have always been good at drinking water but now that Diet Coke is out of the question, my intake has doubled at least. I know it’s hard for some but I have found it even easier to stay on my water intake with one of these lovely cups always in hand or in my purse. It is small enough to carry around, fits in my car cup holder, and is quite stylish! I try to drink about 20 refills a day and can tell a difference how I feel when I do. Sometimes I add lemons or limes for a little flavor :o)


Tipful Thursday’s ~ Pregnancy Must Have #1

This tip is sponsored by Jennifer Lopez in the movie, The Back-up Plan. 

Early on in my pregnancy (like week 6) I started having trouble getting comfortable in bed. On my left side, I would want to wrap my arms and legs around Rob and on my right side I would press up against him to support my back. He was a good sport for awhile but one day I got home from work and he had bought me a pink Snoogle. I opened it up put it on the bed and was in heaven 30 seconds later. The inventor of this amazing contraption knew exactly how to shape the pillow to support my head, neck, back, belly and legs all at the same time. While sleeping isn’t always perfect and I still wake up 1-3 times to pee, it is 100% better then without this.

While not everyone enjoys the Snoogle specifically, I strongly recommend researching other types of body pillows or experimenting with what you have at home. Your body will thank you for it!


Rob and I are going back to school!

Well, we’re taking a few classes :o) We both thought it would be important to take a few classes in preparation for Peanuts arrival. INOVA offers a ton of different classes and support groups which is nice since we will be having the baby at INOVA Fairfax. It didn’t take long for us to decide on our top three classes and I registered for them yesterday. We actually got one of the last spots for the 4 week class, phew!

Childbirth Preparation
A four-week course that provides you and a support person with information on pregnancy, labor and birth, the early post-partum period , medication and anesthesia , and the basics of Cesarean birth. Relaxation techniques are demonstrated and practiced in class with the guidance of your instructor.

Baby Care
Baby Care is a must-have class for expectant parents or parents adopting a newborn. A skilled instructor introduces baby care basics and walks parents through hands-on practice. Topics include: what to expect from your new infant, holding and swaddling, feeding, bathing and diapering, sleeping and safety.

This class will prepare you for a successful and rewarding breastfeeding experience. You will learn how prepare for breastfeeding, how to hold your baby, how often and how long to feed, how to avoid common problems and much more.

I know it is impossible to prepare for everything but I want to be able to get as much information ahead of time as possible. We would probably take more but won’t have enough time! :o)

A good friend of mine also got me Baby Bargains 9th Edition. I am only on page 25 and have several pages of notes for when Rob and I start shopping for the nursery. I highly reccomend this book to any expecting parents, FT or 2+.

They offer so many tips and have ZERO advertisements. Companies do not pay them so when they have something positive to say about a product, it is because the product speaks for itself.

The have a website where you can get a lot of up to date information including current recalls.

They listed the top 19 best baby stores in America and Great Beginnings (located in the DC/MD are) was on there. I think Rob and I will need to go check that place out before we decide on anything for the nursery.