Note: this post contains affiliate links. I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. I told my husband I felt like an old sponge the other day. And then I talked to my good friend Dr. Ashurina Ream, licensed clinical psychologist (who specializes in perinatal mental health) Read more…
Read for my go-to recommendations to help you feed your baby with confidence, and avoid wasting time searching on Google, especially since it may lead you to bad advice.
The hardest time I’ve had so far as a parent (I’m sure there are more difficult times to come!) was when my oldest son was a baby. You guys, no matter how many books I read, I just felt like I had NO CLUE what I was doing as a mom. There is so much to know! Are these loud breathing noises normal? How do I unfold the stroller? How often should he nap? (more…)
One of my best friends is pregnant and our due dates are just one day apart. It has been so fun to be pregnant at the same time as her, even though she lives far, far away in London. We were talking on the phone a few weeks ago and she asked me if I knew anything about the benefits of eating dates during pregnancy.
And honestly, I didn’t know a thing about it! Have you ever heard of this? Since I was driving, I made her read me results from the studies she found online. I was skeptical at first. You hear so many things about what is good and bad in pregnancy that I’m at a point that I question everything.
The research on dates during pregnancy is actually really interesting and compelling! The only drawback is that there is not a TON of evidence. But the evidence that does exist is enough to make me eat dates every day these last few weeks before the baby comes. (more…)
My husband loves to tell people the story about the morning I went into labor with our son. My water broke around 8am, but my contractions were several minutes apart. So I didn’t feel any rush to get to the hospital. For some reason, I decided that I HAD to make a lasagna before we went to the hospital. I think I was anxious (I KNOW I was anxious)…and just trying not to think about what was ahead of me that day. So there I was, in my kitchen, making not one, but two, pans of lasagna in between contractions. Oh and I sent my husband to the gym! I said you might as well get in one last workout before our life turns upside down. When he got back home I was still making lasagnas. At that point he decided to pry the kitchen utensils out of my hand saying, “OK Kacie…I think it’s time to go to the hospital now…”
But I’ll tell you, I sure was glad to come home to a lasagna in the fridge a few days later and another one in the freezer. I made a bunch of freezer meals in the final weeks of my pregnancy. I plan to do the same this time! (more…)
Morning sickness is unavoidable during the first trimester, and it can make those first several weeks of pregnancy feel like a punishment. I have some tricks to get in healthy foods here and there, and it really makes a difference in how you feel!
When I found out I was pregnant with my second baby, I was in the middle of a post-holiday diet reset of sorts. I felt like I overdid it on the treats over Christmas break, like most of us. So in January/February I was really focusing on eating lots of veggies, home cooked meals, and had cut out sugar, alcohol, and refined foods. I was feeling A-MAZ-ING.
So when we got the positive pregnancy test (yay!), I knew it was just a matter of time before I would be too nauseous to stand the sight of a vegetable, let alone put one in my mouth, willingly. (more…)