p.s. Our final tip? Get some serious rest with Bump Nest’s incredible pregnancy pillows. After all, you’re sleeping for two now! Congratulations, ladies!
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With Mother's Day coming up Sunday, we felt we'd be remiss if we didn't take a moment to congratulate the many mamas-to-be who meet us here daily. Today, we've enlisted the help of Bump Nest (our favorite pregnancy pillow ever) to encourage expectant mamas with a handful of tried-and-true pregnancy tips from our favorite bloggers, experts and everyday mothers. Click on through, and give that baby bump a nice pat from us...
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From Casey Wiegand: SOAK IT IN! I think it is so easy to want the pregnancy to hurry up. I know I was so anxious for our son to be here that looking back, I wish I had just soaked it in a bit more because it really does fly by! Enjoy those pregnancy milestones, enjoy that sweet babe moving around in your belly and the sweet time of preparation. Your precious little one will be here before you know it!
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From Jessica Quirk: Pregnancy requires comfort - both for the body and the mind. To ease my nervousness during my first trimester, I loved reading Ina May Gaskin's books Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and Spiritual Midwifery. For the body a few wardrobe updates are in order and Gap's Maternity jeans have been a lifesaver for me!
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From Kelle Hampton: To find some comfort, I love a good budget pick-me-up: A little drugstore magic called Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. It's super inexpensive (we're talking $4 range), pulls all the excess oil out of your skin and smells minty and refreshing. After my kids are in bed, I love to combine my mint mask with a hot bath and a magazine saved for the occasion.
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From Anna Liesemeyer: I started casually mentioning the new baby to my two little ones early on in the pregnancy so that they could get used to the idea and grow their own bond with him. We would talk about what we would name the baby, how they were going to be such good helpers, and how much fun they would have growing up together.
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From Executive Editor Erin Loechner: Start trusting your gut. Parenting makes you a billboard for your lifestyle choices and it's easy to feel judged or pigeon-holed when deciding what works best for your family. Use this time to practice communicating the tougher decisions (birth, circumcision, vaccination schedules, etc.) to the ones you love with a clear head and an open mind. Not everyone will agree with the roads you choose, but rest easy knowing you and your partner are the ones steering the wheel.
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From Jen Pinkston: Live it up! Get prenatal massages, try new restaurants with your partner, get lunch with your girlfriends, and go for that weekend getaway you've always talked about. Once your little one arrives you will be head-over-heels in love, but also at home a lot more, so make the most of the freedom you have now.
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From Summer Bellessa of Girls With Glasses: Pregnancy was really hard on my body, so I had to learn to listen to it and ask for help when I needed it. If you ignore pain and fatigue, you'll pay for it 10 fold in the end. Take care of yourself and let the ones you love be there for you.
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From Amy Clark of Bump Nest: When I was pregnant, I heard a lot about the importance of pampering myself. Most tips focused on pampering my body - soothing aches and pains, calming nausea, or staying active. But, I think it is equally important to pamper your mind and spirit. Read for pleasure. Though it is important to be prepared for what’s to come in your pregnancy or when the baby arrives, there is such a thing as over-preparing. Don’t spend all your time reading journals, websites, sleep books, etc - just check out for a little while and enjoy this special time.