PMAD… Be Informed!

PMAD (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders)… the most common complication of pregnancy and it’s more that just postpartum depression. 1 out of every 5 women can be affected by some form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder during or after pregnancy. I had no idea what PMAD was and how many women it affected until a nurse from Pine Rest came to speak at one of our MOPs meetings. (more…)

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4 Tips on Surviving Early Motherhood

Everyone always tells you what motherhood will be like, but you don’t truly know until you become one! It is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life. When you’re pregnant you wait in anticipation for approximately 40 weeks for your baby and to prepare you go to classes, decorate the nursery, read books, etc. However, I don’t think any of those things will ever really prepare you for motherhood, until you actually experience it. (more…)

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Benefits of Going to Barre

Wondering what Barre is and why is everyone talking about it?? Barre is a class that utilizes the stable wooden barre to support you while you lift, tone, and engage muscles you may forgot you had by relying on your own bodyweight for resistance. (more…)

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Helpful Apps for Pregnancy & Babies
Mother with cell phone and newborn daughter

Helpful Apps for Pregnancy & Babies

Whether you’re trying to get pregnant, already pregnant, or just had a baby there are plenty of FREE helpful apps for you to download!  Depending on your stage in life there are a bunch of apps out there, wondering which ones are worth your time?  I’ve narrowed the list for you, please see below for a few recommendations on apps to make your life easier! (more…)

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Mother’s Day – Gift Ideas For Mom

Mother’s Day is right around the corner on May 8th and it’s time to start thinking about gifts for Mom! This is one day a year dedicated to Moms, live it up and let your family take care of you and show you how special you are to them. You may be the mom who likes surprises, has to give your husband a gentle reminder of ideas, or just buys it yourself! It doesn’t matter who you are or how you get it done, we just want to make sure you’re not disappointed. At the end of the day, Moms will love anything her family gets her… but here are some ideas on gifts she deserves:

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Five Sweet Reasons to Seek Childbirth Education (Outside a Medical Institution)
Childbirth teacher at Renew Mama Studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Five Sweet Reasons to Seek Childbirth Education (Outside a Medical Institution)

1. Knowledge.

The more you know, the more options you have. The more options you have, the more empowered you feel. The more empowered you feel, the better your partner can support your wants and needs. The more support you have, the less fear you will experience. What you don’t know can hurt you (more…)

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Must have Baby Registry items for 2016

Must have Baby Registry items that may not be on your list! For a first time mom, I found registering for a baby very overwhelming! I walked into Buy Buy Baby, took one lap around and left. There were tons of things to choose from… I had NO idea there were so many things a baby needed. I knew they needed the obvious things like diapers, wipes, crib, car seat, and stroller.

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