Motherhood Closet Trial

A while ago I posted about the top sites to rent maternity clothes from. The one I was most excited about finding (and using) was Motherhood Closet. I liked the fact that you rent 15 items of your selection from their collection of gently-used, name-brand maternity clothing, and that you can swap the clothing as many times as you want (just pay shipping), throughout your rental period of 3, 6 or 9 months.

Sounds great in theory, right? Well I wanted to see if it’s really was great as I was hoping, so I contacted Motherhood Closet to see if I could try their Clothesline Club Membership with the intention of reporting back! I got my shipment of clothes earlier this week and so far here are my thoughts! Continue reading

Pregnancy Pillows – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Being a stomach sleeper one of my struggles both last pregnancy and this one has been getting comfy at night. Last time it seemed easier, I used a thick regular pillow between my knees for a while and after getting a prenatal massage I decided I needed the real deal. Between last pregnancy and this one I thought pregnancy pillows would be a good thing to review so I contacted Boppy and they sent me their pregnancy pillow to review. I was also given the Leachco Snoogle from a friend. So I’ve been diligently testing (aka trying to get comfortable) and feel that I can now provide a comprehensive review if you’re looking to buy a pregnancy pillow.

Option 1: The thick head pillow

Used as a buffer between the legs while lying on the side, it can help ease strain on the back.

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Pros:

  • Easy to roll over with and switch which side you’re laying on
  • You already have several of these
  • Takes up minimal room in bed
  • Use whichever pillowcase you like with it
  • Put it back on the bed in the morning and it’s not taking up any extra space

Cons:

  • Only cushions a small area

Bottom Line: Great for the weeks when you’re not quite comfy on your stomach, but you don’t yet have too much belly to put strain on your back. I successfully used this for weeks 8-18 when my back started to hurt during the night and I needed something more.

Option 2: Body Pillow

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Announcement

I know I promised you an announcement about a week and a half ago, but life has been crazy and so I’m sorry for making you wait but I’m finally following through on that promise!

Yep, I’m sure you guessed it – we’re expecting baby #2! I’ll be 20 weeks on Friday and am due August 11, so currently enjoying the blissful second trimester and all the sleep, full appetite and rapid expansion that goes with it! And no, we’re not finding out what we’re having – something I never thought I could do.

Here’s how I told Mike:

So to explain the video, since I told Mike I was pregnant with Leah via text message, I wanted to do something a little more fun this time. Continue reading

4 Best Maternity Rental Options – Dressing The Bump In Style On A Budget Part 2

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Borrow For Your Bump Subscription Box, $99/month

Something I’ve been seeing a lot of recently are rental subscriptions and services for clothing, and what better time to rent clothing than when it will only fit you for a limited amount of time! I think it makes sense to rent maternity clothes because it allows you to wear nice clothes that fit well and look good, without investing a ton of money in them. PLUS you’re bound to have at least one wedding or fancy event to attend while pregnant and why buy when you will literally only wear it once?

Here are the best 4 options for maternity clothing rentals, as well as a $50 gift card giveaway and 10% discount code! And read to the end because I saved the best for last. Continue reading

The Latest On Zika

Wow it is hard to keep up with the latest on Zika when there is so much happening so fast. Here’s the latest.

Drug Breakthrough

Researchers at Florida State University have been testing existing drugs that are FDA approved and drugs that are in the process of a clinical trial to try to find a treatment for Zika. Their reasoning is that these drugs could be available much quicker to the public than a drug that is newly developed and requires extensive clinical trials. And they made some big discoveries. They discovered that “existing drug compounds can both stop Zika from replicating in the body and from damaging the crucial fetal brain cells that lead to birth defects in newborns”1. One of the drugs that appears to block replication of the virus, currently used to treat tapeworm, is especially promising because it is already FDA approved, and pregnancy risk B (Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.2).

Zika in Florida

There are conflicting reports of how many locally acquired cases there are to date in Florida. The CDC website, last updated on 8/24 is stating 24 cases, while the article from Florida State University cites 49 locally acquired cases. And other sources, including CNN are stating 43 cases to date on 8/30. There are also concerns that with the tropical storms threatening Florida could create conditions that make it harder to contain the virus.

Dressing The Bump In Style On A Budget, Part 1

When I started popping enough (had to double check to make sure I didn’t just type pooping enough) to warrant maternity clothes it was so fun to finally flaunt the bump. No longer feeling like I just looked overfed, I was on the search for comfy and cute clothes to wear for the next 5 months. But it’s kind of hard to justify spending a ton on cute clothes when you can only wear them for a short while. Nonetheless I do think that buying some staples is unavoidable and you deserve it.

What To Buy

I loved shopping Gap Maternity for my staples (not a sponsored post!), especially their Pure Body collection, which was super soft, form fitting (show off the bump!) and all of their stuff can be found at 40% off fairly often if you keep your eyes open for the sales. And I’m sure everyone is different but their clothes fit me much better than Motherhood Maternity or Old Navy’s. They’ve stopped carrying maternity in stores, but you can still buy it online. Some of my favorite items that work for any season were:

Pure Body Tank and Pure Body Crewneck Tee – I had these in the basic colors: white, grey, black and they were comfy and flattering. You can wear them with shorts, jeans, skirts, under sweaters etc. It also comes in a long sleeved version. Continue reading

Zika Update

Since I first posted about Zika, there have been some new developments; most notably, the United States may have it’s first locally acquired cases in Florida. So I wanted to post some of the latest news, again, as it pertains to women who are or want to become pregnant.

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8 Ways To Naturally Induce Labor

In honor of my sister-in-law who is days away from having her first baby (!!!!!), I thought I’d do a post on something we all Google, probably multiple times, in the final days of pregnancy: How to get this thing out. NOW.  And, I know that largely, if the baby ain’t ready they’re going to stay put. But you never know, and for me, doing these things made me feel better than just sitting around waiting. As always, consult a doctor before doing anything crazy, but I can say that I did all of the things on this list and who knows why, but I did go into labor 6 days before my due date.

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Oooph. 2 Days before I went into labor.

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Folic Acid During Pregnancy – Too Much of a Good Thing?

Recently I was sitting at a dinner with some friends discussing all the rules of pregnancy and how some are silly, some are crucial, and some important things are totally overlooked.  It was brought up that a recent study has suggested that too much folic acid during pregnancy may contribute to autism.  I was shocked; I had only ever heard  how important folic acid is in the prevention of birth defects like spina bifida.  In fact, it’s recommended that your intake be 400 mcg of folic acid per day even before you become pregnant (CDC).

This new study is all over the news and being cited by many news agencies.  But is it, like so many medical studies, being sensationalized?  Is this the next Vaccination controversy? Continue reading

Your Skin And Pregnancy: What to Expect

I asked a former classmate who is now physician specializing in dermatology, for the lowdown on all those funky skin changes that occur during pregnancy, not the least of which is acne.  And of course, while you’re pregnant it’s much harder to find a safe treatment.  He was able to give a recommendation that you can find over the counter, as well as some solutions to ask your dermatologist about.

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Dennis A Porto, MD | DennisAPorto.com

Pregnancy is beautiful. Your body remodels to make room for a new life. This new life grows with you and is born already in love with the mother it has never seen. During pregnancy, your body and your skin change. Some changes are expected and welcome, others less so. I hope that you can use this as a guide on your nine-month journey. Continue reading