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The other day I was going through some files on my computer and happened upon some videos of my baby.  (He’s eight now, so I guess baby is not quite the right word, but I digress.)  Anyway, I opened up a video where he is about one month old, laying on his back and cooing, while kicking his legs.  So sweet!

I called him over to watch with me.  It was such a sweet moment, as he thoroughly enjoyed watching himself as a tiny baby.  I realized it’s been a while since we pulled out our videos and photos; and I started thinking about how I REALLY need to organize all the little “memories” that I’ve been keeping.  Why didn’t I do a better job of that when he was little and reaching all of his baby milestones?  Oh yes, now I remember. I had an infant!

So, it got me thinking about ways to make recording the milestones of pregnancy and babyhood easier.  Here are some of the fun ideas that other moms have tried.

Make a Month-by-Month Chalkboard. –   This is a monthly task that with some planning up front, should only take a few minutes every month.  Think about some things that you’ll want to remember, like baby’s weight, height, number of teeth, new words, favorite activities, favorite foods, etc.  Write in a spot for each item on the chalkboard, leaving space to fill in the answers.  Don’t forget to leave a spot for baby’s name and the date.  Once baby is born, fill in the answers to each item at the one month mark, two months, etc.  Then just snap a cute photo of baby sitting by the chalkboard.  After you have a photo for each month leading up to his first birthday, you can put them all together in a cute little book.  It might be fun to do on each birthday for the first few years, too.  And, you could also do this during pregnancy.  Record the week or month, along with cravings, symptoms, etc.  Take a photo of your growing bump in your favorite dress and a pair it with a different pair of Preggers Maternity Tights or Leggings to mark the months as they go by.

 

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Use a Unique Hashtag to Tag all Pregnancy Photos and Baby Pics Online. – Use a cute nickname your little munchkin, or something else that distinguishes her.  Be careful with your selection.  Make sure it only spells or means one thing!

Set Up Baby’s Own Email Account. – You can start this one early in pregnancy, after the baby’s born, or whenever it strikes you.  Send emails daily, weekly or monthly about how you’re feeling during pregnancy, how much baby weighs at three months old and what he’s getting into at 10 months.  Attach photos of baby growing up. (Might be a good place for your chalkboard photos.)  This “diary” of your child’s life as his mother could continue for as long as you like – first day of school, tenth birthday party, new driver’s license, leaving for college, etc.

Memory Box. – Decorate a box for your baby.  Place it by your changing station and use it to store your favorite keepsakes of baby as she grows out of them.  Examples of things to keep: baby’s going home outfit or baptismal gown, baby’s favorite toy during a certain stage, a well-worn book that you will probably know by heart by the time it makes its way into the box.  The Memory Box is part of the nursery, so it’s always in arms reach and you won’t forget to deposit a few items when you think about it.

Use a Tracking Website or Mobile App. – Website’s such as Countdown My Pregnancy will allow you to create an account and personalize the details of your pregnancy.  You can record all the important milestones of your pregnancy, post bump and sonogram photos, and ask questions to other mommas like you.



Your body undergoes all kinds of hormone changes during pregnancy, especially during your first trimester, which can wreak havoc on your skin. Consider these quick tips to nourish and protect your skin all-pregnancy-long!





1) Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse.
It’s important to cleanse anyway, but especially during pregnancy. Use a mild or soap-free cleanser 1 to 2x a day to keep skin clean and exfoliated without drying it out. Also, know which types of cleansers that are safe to use and which ones aren’t.


2) Use sun protection.
Discoloration is a common concern for many moms-to-be. Luckily, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of no less than 15 SPF every day can help prevent dark patches.


3) Wear makeup sparingly.
If you’re especially prone to breakouts, pregnancy hormones can cause even more. Stick with the basics like a simple concealer for under your eyes and a waterproof mascara.


4) Drink lots of water.
Drinking plenty of water helps to flush your body of toxins that cause your skin to break out or look dull. The more water you drink, the more vibrant your skin will appear.


5) Consider wearing maternity compression.
Studies have shown that wearing true gradient compression can reduce swelling and energize achy, swollen legs commonly found in pregnant women. If you’re considering maternity compression legwear, these footless maternity tights or these maternity leggings get the job done quite nicely!


In the mean time, check out our skin care picks below!


Pregnancy Skin Care Essentials


What skin care tips do you have to share?


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This is it!  Our very last giveaway of the year!  We’ve partnered with Loopy Gear to give baby & momma a nice little stocking stuffer.

Three lucky winners will get a prize package including one Loopy Gear rattle holder & one $20 Preggers gift card!

Enter today – giveaway ends 12/19/13 at 11:59pm CST.

Which Loopy Gear design would you get?

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We are continuing the holiday spirit this week with two great stocking stuffer giveaways for baby!  Today, we’ve partnered with Toofeze, a functional, durable, and all-natural alternative to traditional teething rings and toys.

Enter our giveaway which includes three prize packs from Toofeze & Preggers!

What other ways are you going all-natural for baby? Birth? Cloth diapers?

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Baby K’Tan joins Preggers in our last segment of Holiday Sweets for Preggers Mommas!

The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier is an innovative soft cotton baby carrier that is an ideal blend of a sling, wrap and carrier, providing the positions and benefits of all three. There is no other carrier available like it. It is a ready-to-wear wrap that enables parents & caregivers to comfortably carry infants and toddlers (from birth to 3 years) in multiple positions.

Enter to win one of two prize packs including one Baby K’tan Baby Carrier certificate ($49.95), a 3-in-1 K’tan Cloth ($12.95) & a $65 Preggers gift card.

Hurry & enter today – this giveaway ends 12/14/13 at 11:59 CST!

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timeline_1It’s time for part two of our week our three part Holiday Sweets for Preggers Momma’s giveaway promotion!  Today we feature Back Buddy – great support for nursing mommas. Back Buddy & Preggers partnered to give one lucky winner a Back Buddy $110 gift certificate & a $100 gift card to rupreggers.com for additional support!

Hurry & enter today – this giveaway ends 12/12/13 at 11:59pm CST!

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How are you preparing for successful breastfeeding?

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Every momma deserves some holiday sweets this time of year!  Preggers is partnering with Birthing Gown company for the first part in our three-part giveaway series we’ve dubbed Holiday Sweets for Preggers Mommas.  Our first giveaway is for one fabulous Birthing Gown & a $50 gift card to rupreggers.com to pick up some tights for this winter weather!  A Birthing Gown is a great addition to your hospital bag – check out some other tips on packing your hospital bag.

Hurry & enter today – this giveaway ends 12/10/13 at 11:59 CST!

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What’s in your hospital bag?

Winter PregnancyJoin us for a Preggers Slowvember*: a month of slowing down using the acronym S-L-O-W as a guide.

S – is for ‘savor’. This is an invitation to appreciate the
time we have and the things that lie before us. Rather than
rushing through something or getting aggravated, we are
invited to savor the richness life presents.

L – is for ‘listen to your inner clock’. With everything
happening fast and being immediately accessible through
smartphones, ‘listen to your inner clock’ invites us to do
things at our own (leisurely) pace. No need to rush and
hurry and create a frenzy in your soul and the world around
you.

O – is for ‘others before technology’. Skype, Twitter,
Facebook, email, etc. don’t count for quality interactions.
When you are at the dinner table, be present. When you are
talking with your family, be present. When you are by
yourself, reading a book or enjoying a sunny afternoon, be
present. Real people, including yourself, must come before
technology.

W – is for ‘will this matter a year from now’. As David
Hochman wrote, this one was “…the ultimate test of every
activity and experience.” The invitation is to ask ourselves:
will this matter in a year? How many things do we do
under the tyranny of the urgent that, in the end, don’t matter
now and definitely won’t matter a year from now. By
asking ourselves this important question, we are invited to
discern and attend to the important in the midst of the
urgent.

I think we can all agree that sometimes life gets hectic – especially when you are expecting.  What will you do to slow down this precious time?

*I read about this concept in Spirit Magazine – if I could find a link or the author I would share it but I searched and searched and came up empty!

cookies-sugarSugar gives us energy, right? Well, not good energy – plus it usually putters out eventually.  Find some real energy boosters that will last below:

  • Oatmeal – Do your best to get something in you before you head out the door in the morning!  Breakfast is like fueling up your vehicle for the day – it is a must.  Oatmeal is great for its long-lasting combo-fuel of fiber and complex carbs.  The vitamin B in oatmeal also helps with energy.  Back to my point about sugar – watch out for flavored oatmeal as it can have a bit too much sugar.  Use natural sweeteners on regular oatmeal instead like brown sugar, honey or fruit.
  • Almonds – Just a small handful of almonds pack a great energy boost.  Not ideal for a meal but great for your “I’m starving” moments throughout the day.  They contain the good kind of fats to keep you going plus calcium, protein, zinc & iron.
  • Lean meats – Choose lean red meats if possible for the greatest source of protein, zinc, vitamins and iron.
  • Yogurt – What a fantastic source of healthy, energy producing protein, calcium and magnesium!  Another warning about the flavored options here – look for the non-flavored options on the lower shelves and add your own honey or fresh fruit as a sweetener.
  • Bananas – besides helping with leg cramping, bananas are also a great source of energy.  Their potassium, fiber, and vitamins prove more filling than most fruits.

Some other energy-packed foods include lentil beans, dark chocolate, peanut butter, brown rice, multi-grain bread, pumpkin seeds, oranges, apples, spinach, black beans, eggs, broccoli and sweet potatoes.  Besides food, exercising, a good night’s sleep and compression stockings (check out Preggers) are great ways to boost energy during pregnancy.

What else has kept your energy up throughout pregnancy?

*This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.

Pregnant woman at workExpecting mommas working away from home may have to endure a long commute to the office which means potential comfort & health issues can arise.  Read our tips below to help cope with your commute whether by train, bus, car or your own two feet!  Be sure to let us know of any tips you have in the comments as well.

  • Choose clothing wisely – there’s nothing worse than swollen feet + heels for work. If you must wear heels, bring along a pair of flats for your ride or walk into work. Sitting or standing for long periods of time can cause a decrease in circulation. Keep your blood moving with simple stretches or movements OR better yet, get a pair of Preggers gradient compression legwear 🙂
  • Eat – make sure you get a quick breakfast in before you leave or on your way to work. An empty stomach makes for a long ride – especially if it makes you nauseated. Throw in some snacks for the ride and nibble as you commute.
  • Drink – bring along a beverage of choice to keep hydrated. Water is best!
  • Speak up for a seat – don’t be shy and ask for a seat. Most people would gladly give theirs up for a pregnant woman – it’s only decent. All they can do is say, “No,” and it’s likely that the person next to them are more willing.

*This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.