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Pregnancy Nutrition: Foods to Avoid during pregnancy: Dairy, Fruits, and Veggies

Pregnancy Nutrition: Foods to Avoid during pregnancy: Dairy, Fruits, and Veggies

Avoid unpasteurized foods. Many low-fat dairy products - such as skim milk, mozzarella cheese and cottage cheese - can be a healthy part of your diet. But anything containing unpasteurized milk is a no-no. These products may lead to food-borne illnesses.
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Pregnancy Nutrition: Foods to Avoid during pregnancy: Poultry and Meats

Pregnancy Nutrition: Foods to Avoid during pregnancy: Poultry and Meats

During pregnancy, changes in your metabolism and circulation may increase the risk of bacterial food poisoning. Your reaction may be more severe than if you weren't pregnant. Rarely, your baby may get sick too. 
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Pregnancy Nutrition: Foods to Avoid during pregnancy: Seafood

Pregnancy Nutrition: Foods to Avoid during pregnancy: Seafood

More foods affect your health or your baby's than you might realize. Find out what foods to avoid during pregnancy. 
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Boobie Boosters!

Boobie Boosters!

For many women, breast feeding does not come easy. With so many options out there for supplementing, including amazing formulas, new moms should not be afraid that their little one isn’t going to be nourished. However, when I was struggling, there were quite a few things that I felt really helped to boost my supply and help me keep up with my growing little guy. I will link all the products below and describe my experience with each.

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Who’s in the Room

Who’s in the Room

When the moment finally comes, emotions are high. Labor and delivery is one of the most intense and monumental moments of any persons life, and the preparation you put into that day can truly make or break your experience. I will share with you that I have major regrets regarding the birth of my first born. I did not advocate for myself the way that I should have. I did not have the conversations with my partner ahead of time that I should have. I did not think through my own fears and concerns and attempt to alleviate them ahead of time as I should have.
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All you need is a Cookie Sheet!

All you need is a Cookie Sheet!

I am sure you have read blog articles all about the post-baby cooking boycott that most moms participate in. When I was about to be a mom, my full intention was to rely on the stack of take out menus that I had been collecting throughout my pregnancy. However, 2 weeks after my son was born, my husband went back to work and the meal train stopped. The idea of having to load said newborn into the car just to drive 5 minutes from my home to pick up food (that would be cold by the time I got him unloaded and settled) just was not very appealing. I will add this- I love to cook. Cooking is (in general) a de-stresser for me. I use it as a creative outlet- a puzzle to solve- when my husband gets home and I can hand off my toddler and focus. However, during this time of new-borndom, cooking was not that for me. I learned quickly that cooking was simply easier than takeout or orchestrating other people to feed you, if you knew what to cook to make the most of your time and effort. I want to share the magical tool that I discovered during this time: the Cookie Sheet. With some simple ingredients and a Cookie Sheet, you can feed your family super healthy meals in a matter of minutes.  
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You know your pregnant when......

You know your pregnant when......

I had a small baby shower recently and all of the girls - 7 moms, and 2 preggo ladies plus myself - decided to play a game. It was called "You know your pregnant when" followed by something funny but true that takes place during your pregnancy. We had a ball laughing so I wanted to share some of the quotes here. 
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Must Have Items Before Your Baby Arrives

Must Have Items Before Your Baby Arrives

Shortly after I found out I was pregnant, once the excitement, and burst of emotions calmed down, I started to think how to prepare. Other then setting up and cleaning up the nursery there are quite a few items you need to welcome your baby home. After all, you want to be prepared for the occasion vs running around getting everything last minute. So here’s the list I’ve complied. 
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