Babies Welcome at the Barre

After I had my second baby, it took a while to get myself to do anything outside of the essentials, like take my older daughter to daycare and run to the grocery store. After all, it was winter, I was nursing, my new baby was fussy, and I was just trying to make it through the day as a new mom of two. But once my doctor cleared me for activity, I knew I wanted to try and get back in shape more quickly than I had with baby #1, so I tried a Barre class at Renew Mama. (more…)

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Amanda’s Favorite Postpartum Essentials

The weeks are approaching fast, I can’t believe I only have 5 weeks left being pregnant with my 3rd baby. In honor of prepping for baby number 3, I’ve gathered some of my favorite postpartum essentials. I’m a girl of comfort and ease so comfy nursing bras, pajamas, and fuzzy socks are definitely on the list. Enjoy mamas! (more…)

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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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8 Things to Help You Prepare For Baby #2

When I saw our second child at the 12 week ultrasound a rush of emotions came over me! It made the pregnancy so much more real and it made me realize all the things I needed to do before baby #2 was born. The first trimester flew by chasing a toddler, so I knew the rest of my pregnancy would go even faster! Here is the list of things I came up with to prepare for Baby #2: (more…)

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Need Help Planning A Baby Shower??

Are you a first time mama or know someone that is? It’s time to starting thinking about the baby shower! If you’re the mama, all you are in charge of is keeping yourself and the baby healthy! Let whoever is planning the baby shower take care of the worrying and pass this along to them for helpful baby shower details, ideas, and games!

Baby showers once meant awkward small talk, silly games and tiny sandwiches, but times are changing. Today people are now throwing couples showers, sprinkles for second time moms, and diaper parties for dad’s, along with the traditional women’s shower. Talk with the mama-to-be to see what type of baby shower she’d prefer. (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
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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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