• Mental Health Talk

    Podcasts for Expecting Mamas

    The month of January for me has been all about being in a mindset of positivity. I’ve been working on incorporating affirmations into my daily routine and try to take time for myself on the days I need some extra TLC. Because of this, I’ve been trying to find other ways to involve even more support into my life. So I’ve been looking into trying to find some podcasts that relate to what I’m going through. I keep saying that pregnancy is so weird – it’s really not what you expect. My biggest mission – especially with Growing & Glowing – is to find other mamas all around the word…

  • 2nd Trimester

    5 Ways to Stay Active & Keep Your Blood Flowing Throughout Pregnancy

    The past few weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster for me. I’ve had to step back a considerable amount of hours from work because of my health. The truth is, I’m not very good at admitting when I need help and when I need to take a break – and now I’m starting to see the effects. I haven’t been able to make it through my work days anymore, so during my yearly review I finally had the chance to swallow my pride and admit that I’m not doing very well and I need to take priority in my health. The problem with not working as much is that I’m…

  • 2nd Trimester

    Why I Decided to do a Quad Screen

    My Second Trimester Check list is going down without a hitch – and we’re checking things off left and right! One of the things I recommended for all my fellow preggo mamas is that you talk to your doctor about all the tests you may have to do during the second trimester. When my OB approached me about the quad screen test, she was adamant that it was super important. But I still wanted to give it some thought. What Is A Quad Screen? The quad screen — also known as the quadruple marker test – is a prenatal test that measures levels of four substances in pregnant women’s blood:…

  • 2nd Trimester

    My Second Trimester Check List + 15 Things You Can Add to Yours

    The second trimester has been so back and forth for me. Most women say that the second trimester makes you feel more energized and less nauseous…but that just isn’t true for me. I am so not energized at all. I am blatantly exhausted!! Despite this, I’ve still been working on my Second Trimester Check List! What Is A Second Trimester Check List? Easy enough – it’s exactly the way it sounds. It’s a list of things I want or need to accomplish during my second trimester of pregnancy. Whether it be things by OB wants me to do or things I want to do for myself. In the same way,…

  • 2nd Trimester

    Halfway There – Pregnancy Update

    145 days. That’s how long I’ve been pregnant for. 20 weeks + 5 days today, which puts us only a few days over being halfway there. Crazy right? Time seems to be going by almost too quickly… Every mama I talk to always tells be how slow and dreadful their pregnancy is or was, but I can’t seem to relate to that at all. I mean sure, I’ve had some horrible – and I mean truly horrible – days, but I really can’t relate to the slow aspect of it at all. Each day seems to be quicker than the last. And while I’m super excited to meet my baby…

  • 2nd Trimester

    Why I’m Already Reading to My Baby

    Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved to read. I was taught to read and write at a very young age – and the passion has stuck with me since then. Reading has given me help to excel in so many aspects of my life, and I’m grateful that my mom took the time to make reading such a prime area in my life. Benefits of Reading to Your Unborn Baby While your baby grows in the womb, his or her brain development is still in progress and the neural connections form rapidly. Listen to mommy’s voice helps to strengthen said connections – and these can help him recall…

  • Mental Health Talk

    35 Pregnancy Affirmations For Positivity Seeking Mamas

    After talking about my experience with Season Affective Disorder in Mama, Take A Moment for Yourself , I began to think of ways for myself that I can help ease my depression and anxiety. I started to remember when I used to use positive affirmations every morning and how such a simple thing helped me in such a big way. In thinking about this, I decided I wanted to share some pregnancy affirmations for all the mamas that feel like something is wrong in their pregnancy mentality, bodies, and every day pregnant life. First Trimester Affirmations My body is happy, healthy, and pregnant. I will be a great mother. I…

  • 2nd Trimester

    Old Wive’s Tales & Gender Tests Predict Baby’s Sex

    Old Wive’s Tales have always interested me in some sort of way. Not that I particularly believe in them, but every myth has to start somewhere, right? Like how being in the rain without a coat supposedly makes you sick or that cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis: both are old wive’s tales that are no where near true. But today I want to focus on the part of old wive’s tales that try to predict the sex of the baby inside you! Reading some of them makes me wonder: could any of them be true? Or is it just a mere coincidence? I want to go through the most…

  • Mental Health Talk

    Mama, Take A Moment for Yourself

    The holidays kind of bug me a lot. Between the commercialization of it, the need to please others, the weather changing, and serotonin levels dropping, it’s easy for me to get stuck in a rut during the Winter time. The truth is, I suffer through this part of life called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Every year I try to raise awareness on this true mental illness and shine light to what it actually is and this year is no exception. Being pregnant has drastically changed my hormones and has really made a lot of things worse in the aspect of keeping my mental state worse. So here is a short reminder:…

  • Reviews

    Glow Organics 9 – Relax + Natural Bath Soak Review

    Bath time feels like the only time I truly get alone to relax right now. Being pregnant is so much more exhausting than I thought it was going to be. And the truth is, everyone on Instagram is basically a liar about pregnancy.. sorry!! When I got my Bump Box in the mail a couple of weeks ago (read the full review here) it came with something I was really excited to try: Glow Organics 9 – Relax + Naturals Bath Soak – and hopefully it would up my bath-time experience! A lot of people tell you not to take too many baths when you’re pregnant – but I want…