• 4th Trimester (0-3 Months)

    A C-Section Mom’s Birth Story

    I packed my hospital bag with the assumption that I’d be having a natural birth. Perineal healing sprays and pads, vitamin E oil, basically any kind of product that screamed “my vagina was just torn open!!” That was seemingly my first mistake. Because what I didn’t know is that I’d end the labor process with a c-section delivery. This is the story of Tuesday, May 26th, 2020: the day my baby girl came into the world. The Start of Active Labor: Phase One The truth about being a first time mom is reading hundreds and hundreds of articles and books, attending classes, and even speaking to other moms will never…

  • 3rd Trimester

    20 Essential Oils Safe to Use in the 3rd Trimester (And 25 That Aren’t!)

    Essential Oils have been around for a very long time – but it seems they’ve become increasingly more popular over the last decade. I started using them when I was around 14 years old during my curious new-teenager phase. During this time, I was also struggling with relaxing and sleeping, and I’d read the benefits of lavender oil aiding in that particular department. Since then, I’ve learned so much more about Essential Oils and how truly essential they are in my life. Especially now being pregnant. The third trimester is a truly daunting place to be. Everything hurts and swells, nesting becomes a very big part of your daily (and…

  • 3rd Trimester

    Choices, Gifts, + Truths: A Letter in the 3rd Trimester

    5 months and 10 days ago – at the end of my 1st trimester – I wrote my first letter to the baby in my belly. I didn’t know then how much she would impact my life. In fact, I didn’t even know she was a she at all. She didn’t have a sex or have a name. The only definite thing was that I loved her from the start. Since then, I have been through quite the journey. And that journey is almost over. I’ve found lately that I have more to say before she gets here. There are more things that I want her to know. This is…

  • Mental Health Talk

    15 Powerful Bible Verses for Labor + Delivery

    I can’t even lie – I’m so scared to actually give birth to this baby. I mean.. what mom isn’t? It’s totally normal to be afraid of the unknown. Nearly all women feel anxiety about labor! You don’t know what’s going to happen, how it’ll feel, or what kind of experience it will bring. Previously I wrote about finding inner peace by seeking comfort in the Word. And I wanted to bring somewhat of a “part two” version. This time, I want to bring 15 Powerful Bible Verses for Labor + Delivery to help ease the stress and anxieties of the hospital, the labor, and what’s to come! Read Also:…

  • Mental Health Talk

    10 Bible Verses for the Expectant Mama about Children

    As I draw closer to my due date, I find myself looking for an inner peace to calm my anxiety and ease the everyday worries I have about becoming a new mom. My heart has felt so vulnerable throughout this pregnancy and I find myself spending a lot of time praying about the unforeseeable future. It helps me now more than ever to try to find comfort in the Maker. So I wanted to share 10 Bible Verses for the Expectant Mama about children. For me, these verses embody the prayers and dreams I have for my baby girl and help relieve the stresses I have about welcoming a new…

  • Mental Health Talk

    Journaling Prompts for Mamas to Ease the Stress of Being Quarantined

    I haven’t had my head on right these past couple of weeks. With everything going on, I feel drowned out and drained of all energy. The truth is, I don’t know what lies ahead of me for the rest of this pregnancy and it makes me anxious. And I get anxious a lot. Back in December, I wrote a post called, “Mama, Take A Moment for Yourself” where I wrote that journaling is a good one to reconnect with everything going on inside you. Mind, body, soul. But since then, I’ll be honest that I’ve barely written a thing – and I want that to change because writing for me…

  • 3rd Trimester

    How to Handle Being Sick During the 3rd Trimester of Pregnancy

    The third trimester is a truly awful place to be. I’m serious. You could not have prepared me enough for the uncomfortable happenings that take place during the last three months of pregnancy. I don’t want to scare you. But I truly wish I had read a little bit more about the way my body would feel before it started feeling this way. This week has been a big step backwards over here in my little world. The horrible thing about pregnancy is how actually compromising it is on your immune system. Put it this way, your immune system will only truly support one person and 10 times out of…

  • Mental Health Talk

    Prenatal Depression: Let’s Put It Out On the Table

    When you’re a kid, there’s always this feeling of excitement as each day ticks by. You can’t wait to get older. Get taller. “Grow into your shoes.” Kids have this amazing sense of optimism. I once knew a guy that became friends with someone in primary school because he got shoved by him on the playground. Being a kid is a beautiful blind faith that everything is and will be okay. Being pregnant is kind of like life in a short manner. You start off with that blind optimism that everything is going to be really great. That giddiness of making your first OB/GYN appointment, the anticipation of “when will…

  • 3rd Trimester

    11 Things You Should Do in the 3rd Trimester to Get Ready for a Baby

    Welcome to your third trimester of pregnancy! This final stretch is bringing you everything from the joys of your baby shower to the jitters about giving birth. It’s a time of learning, being uncomfortable, reflecting over the last two trimesters, and checking off the final things on your list. I know you’re probably worried about all those minuscule tasks – but here are 11 Things You Should Do in the 3rd Trimester to Get Ready for a Baby. #1 Learn About 3rd Trimester Prenatal Visits + Tests Step one: you’re not having that little baby just yet! In fact, you still have about three months to go – if you’re…

  • 3rd Trimester

    How to Prep for the Last 10 Weeks of Pregnancy During A Pandemic

    The thing about viruses is that they happen at the most inconvenient times possible – and that’s exactly what seems to be happening within this COVID-19 pandemic. Point blank: I’m not scared about catching the virus. However, I’m very anxious of how the USA is responding to this pandemic – especially with the possible quarantine. The area I live in has already shut down basically everything except the grocery stores. Which makes me wonder… how should I prep for the last 10 weeks of pregnancy during a pandemic? Read also: Pregnant in A Pandemic from thecut.com I’ve been looking at a bunch of those “Third Trimester Check Lists” lately. Hitting…