• 4th Trimester (0-3 Months),  Mental Health Talk

    How to Cope with C-Section Guilt

    I’d like to consider myself a mostly healthy young woman. Sure, I’m not perfect, but I eat my veggies, my blood pressure is great, and I have stayed active for the majority of my life. In fact, my OB praised me throughout pregnancy for not gaining too much weight; reminding me that I was seemingly set up for an easy birth. Oh boy, was she wrong. Labor was terrifying and what we didn’t know is that I seem to have a overly narrow birth canal. (We found out much later.) I ended up having to have a c-section – which left me with this strange feeling. This raises the question:…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…