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Congratulations! That baby fever that you’ve had has come to rest upon you and you FINALLY get the chance to experience the joy of being a mom for the first time or again! As you know, life can turn on a dime, meaning that you need to be prepared as possible for your little bundle of joy. Said preparation in the first twelve weeks isn’t only physical! There are mental, emotional, and financial preparations that need to be made as well. According to The Bump, here is a list of things that expectant moms need to bear in mind: How to spread the good news Finding a good ob-gyn Checking your health benefits Scheduling your first checkup and all relevant prenatal testing Doing a financial forecast Telling the masses about your new addition This starts with telling your partner, which can be an ordeal all by itself. Knowing how much…

I talk a lot about protein powder for breastfeeding mothers, and recommend protein shakes for weight loss, but are protein powders safe during pregnancy? The short answer is yes. The more extensive answer is yes, protein powder is safe during pregnancy if you choose the right protein powder. Pregnant women need to ensure they are getting enough protein, and protein supplements like shakes are a great way to do that. However, not all protein powders are created equal, and many of them are hiding chemicals, fillers and artificial sweeteners that completely outweigh the benefits of the added protein. On the other hand, there are some amazing protein powders that offer additional nutrients, clean ingredients and lots of protein that I consider safe and effective for pregnancy. I’m going to walk through what makes a safe protein powder, and why a protein powder is very beneficial for pregnancy nutrition. What Makes A…

I’ve been able to prevent stretchmarks during three pregnancies so far. Preventing stretch marks during pregnancy takes some special attention and care for yourself, so your skin can slowly stretch as the baby grows. I am going to give a full rundown on caring for your belly, so you can hopefully prevent as many stretch marks as possible during your pregnancy. And guess what?! I am now pregnant with my fourth baby, so I am doing all of these things AGAIN! So far, no stretch marks at 24 weeks. Let’s see how we do the rest of the way through! Why do we get stretch marks during pregnancy? Stretchmarks happen during pregnancy because our skin is forced to stretch too far too fast. Because this happens in a way that is difficult for the skin to adjust to, scars form. Basically, the skin stretches so much that it can’t repair…

Working out during pregnancy is extremely important, and many mamas run out of energy to keep up with their fitness once pregnancy hits. As a Pre/Post Natal Fitness specialist, and mama of 3 boys, I KNOW the importance of staying fit during pregnancy, and here are a list of reasons you can read. I am also pregnant – again! I am pregnant with my fourth baby now, and I can not express to you how important exercise is during pregnancy. I fail at exercise in the first trimester, and now that I am past that, I am starting to get back into my routine. If you want more details on a fit pregnancy, eating healthy and follow me through my fourth journey, head over to the sister blog, The Fit Bump. You will get so much there including free recipes, eating clean challenges, and workouts. Working out with a big…

Yay, you know you are pregnant, but what do you do now? And guess what?! I am pregnant again with baby #4! You can find all my health and fitness tips over at The Fit Bump if you are pregnant with me! As a mom of three (soon-to-be 4), I have a list of very important things you want to do as soon as you find out you are pregnant. The initial news of pregnancy is so exciting, but it can leave you in a whirl wind of confusing thoughts and slight paralysis on what to do next! I’m going to walk you through 8 simple, yet very important steps to take as soon as you find out your pregnant. These steps will help you stay healthy, stay sane, stay comfortable, and gear up for your brand new baby! If you are here looking for the best aids for nausea,…

Gaining too much weight during pregnancy is avoidable if a pregnant mama takes the right steps to stay healthy, eat the right amount and stay as active as possible. Weight gain during pregnancy is inevitable, and healthy as long as you don’t gain too much weight. With pregnancy brings appetite increase, cravings, aches and pains and difficulties staying active, which is a perfect recipe to gain too much weight during pregnancy. So how do mamas keep track and stop themselves from gaining too much weight? How much weight should a mama gain during pregnancy? As a Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist, and creator of The Belly-Only Pregnancy Program, I am going to give you my 5 top tips to avoid gaining too much weight during pregnancy. How Much Weight Should You Gain During Pregnancy? Your health care provider will guide you individually on how much weight you should gain during pregnancy,…

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