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Top 10 Must-Have Items for Your Hospital Bag

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 Preparing a well-packed hospital bag is essential for a smooth and comfortable childbirth experience, and is a very important step in welcoming a new addition to the family. Having all the necessary items at hand ensures that you are prepared for various situations and allows you to focus on the joyous moment of welcoming your little one. In this guide, we present the top 10 must-have items to include in your hospital bag, covering essential documents, personal care items, baby supplies, and more.

  • Essential Documents and Paperwork: Don’t forget to pack your identification documents, insurance cards, and any hospital paperwork or pre-registration forms. It’s important to have these readily accessible for check-in and administrative purposes.
  • Comfortable Clothing and Nightwear for Labor and Recovery: Pack loose, comfortable clothing that accommodates your changing body during labor and postpartum recovery. Choose breathable fabrics and opt for items that are easy to put on and take off, such as loose-fitting nightgowns, pajama sets, or nursing-friendly tops. Nobody wants to think that a simple document can delay the process of bringing your baby home, but it does happen so better be prepared.
  • Hygiene and Toiletry Items for Personal Care: Include essential toiletries for your personal care needs, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, facial cleanser, and moisturizer. Don’t forget items like lip balm, hair ties, and a brush or comb. Consider packing travel-sized versions to save space.
  • Our 3rd trimester pregnancy gift boxes offer an assortment of items that can help with taking a few items off your list. Every 3rd trimester pregnancy gift box includes non slip comfy socks, bath teas and our Diva and Luxe boxes even include a canvas bag to get everything in ahead of time. Some of the companies we work with provide some essentials for our moms: www.babyboosteethers.com   www.bathaccessories.com and www.mattercompany.com
  • Entertainment and Relaxation Items for Downtime: Labor and recovery can involve periods of waiting and downtime. Bring items that help you relax and pass the time, such as books, magazines, puzzles, or a tablet loaded with your favorite movies or TV shows. Consider including soothing music or a playlist to create a calming atmosphere.
  • Nursing Bras and Breastfeeding Supplies: If you plan to breastfeed, pack a few comfortable nursing bras that provide proper support. Include nursing pads to manage leakage, lanolin cream for nipple care, and a breastfeeding pillow or cushion for added comfort during feeding sessions.
  • Baby Essentials, Such as Diapers and Blankets: Don’t forget to pack essential items for your newborn. Include a supply of newborn-sized diapers, wipes, and a couple of receiving blankets. It’s also a good idea to have an outfit or two for your baby’s first moments and the journey home.
  • Snacks and Drinks for Energy and Sustenance: Labor can be a physically demanding process, so pack nutritious snacks and drinks to keep your energy levels up. Consider items like granola bars, dried fruit, nuts, and electrolyte drinks. Remember to check with your healthcare provider regarding any dietary restrictions during labor. Postpartum gift boxes include some essentials that can help make recovery easier. From our healing bath salts to nursing cream, we pack these boxes with healing and comfort in mind.
  • Essential Technology and Communication Devices: Bring your phone and charger to keep in touch with loved ones and capture precious moments. Consider packing a camera or a video recorder to document your baby’s first hours. Don’t forget to bring a portable phone charger in case electrical outlets are not easily accessible.
  • Postpartum Recovery Items for Comfort: Include items that aid in postpartum recovery, such as maternity pads, comfortable underwear, perineal spray or ointment, and a nursing pillow for proper positioning during breastfeeding. If you prefer, you can also pack a comfortable robe and slippers for easy mobility around the hospital. These essentials can be found in our postpartum gift boxes and much more.
  • Additional Personal Items to Consider: Depending on your preferences, you may want to include additional items such as a going-home outfit for yourself, a comfortable pillow, a favorite blanket, or items that provide you with comfort and familiarity during your stay at the hospital.

 Remember that you are the one needing healing, peace and comfort. Being in a good state of  mind, gives you the chance to give your attention to your baby and your recovery.

Preparing a well-packed hospital bag ensures that you have everything you need for a comfortable and smooth childbirth experience. By including essential documents, personal care items, baby supplies, and items for comfort and relaxation, you can focus on the joy of welcoming your little one into the world. Remember to tailor your hospital bag to your specific needs and preferences to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

The Stork Bag offers most of these items in our 3rd and postpartum gift boxes. We make sure to include items for mom but also for baby.

We wish you a smooth and easy experience.

With love, 

The Stork Bag Team

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Am I pregnant? Early Signs of Pregnancy

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*As always, we recommend that you speak with your healthcare provider for any medical issues related to pregnancy. This article is meant as an information source only, and should not be considered medical advice*

Much like every woman, every pregnancy is different. The early signs of pregnancy can vary greatly from woman to woman. While some may feel the body making changes as quickly as within the first month of pregnancy, others may not notice any symptoms at all!

Typical symptoms of an early pregnancy can include a missed period, swollen and tender breasts, an increased need to urinate, morning sickness and fatigue.

So, with this this information in mind, here are some important points to consider:

How soon can I know if I am pregnant?

Pregnancy is a unique experience for each woman; some women suspect their pregnancy within the first few days, while others don’t notice anything has changed until they miss a period. There are also some women who don’t know that they are pregnant until months after conception.

Fortunately there is a safe, easy and affordable solution: the easiest way to know if you’re pregnant (or not) is to take a home pregnancy test. Pregnancy tests meansure a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG). This is the hormone that starts building in your body from the moment of conception, and it will rapidly multiply at the beginning of your pregnancy. While hCG makes its first appearance early in the pregnancy process, it takes time for your body to build up enough hCG to able to register positively on a pregnancy test. In most cases, it takes about 3-4 weeks from the first day of your last period before there are sufficient levels of hCG in your body for a positive pregnancy test.

When is the earliest that I can take a pregnancy test?

Again, it does take some time for hCG hormones to build up in the body, so it is best to wait till you miss your period before taking a home pregnancy test. Before this point, test results could come up negative, even if you are pregnant.

How reliable are home pregnancy tests?

Generally speaking, home pregnancy tests are very reliable. The test is quite simple, and involves urinating on a small test strip, then waiting for a result to appear in the window. The window usually shows a test image (for example, a single straight line). This symbol will appear first and means that the test is working. You should always check the packaging and instructions of your test to make sure that it is working. After a few minutes, your test will show either a positive or negative result. Some digital tests display a word or phrase (such as pregnant or not pregnant) rather than an image or symbol.

While home tests are quite reliable, they are certianly not 100%. If you have doubts about using a home pregnancy test, you can contact your healthcare provider about having a blood test done. This test will look for hCG in your blood, but you will still have to wait for hCG to build up to high enough levels before taking this type of pregnancy test.

As always, we do recommend that you contact your health care provider to determine which test is right for you.

What are the most common early signs of pregnancy?

You might experience several or none of these signs of early pregnancy. But remember ladies – we are all different, and not everyone will have all of these symptoms, and some women may not have any. This is OK! Pregnancy symptoms can vary dramatically between women. Remember: your pregnancy is unique so do not obsess over comparing it to someone else’s.

Here are some of the most common signs of early pregnancy:

  • Missed period: The most well known and clear sign of early pregnancy is a missed period. Once conception has occurred, your body produces hormones that stop ovulation, meaning that your period has stopped and you won’t start again until after the baby is born. But keep in mind that missing your period isn’t always a sign of early pregnancy: you can also miss your period from stress, dieting, a hormone imbalance, and other factors.
  • Frequent bathroom trips: Before even missing a period, you may notice that you have to pee more often. This actually happens because you have more blood than before, because during pregnancy your body’s blood supply increases.
  • Feeling tired: Many women report feeling incredibly tired in early pregnancy, which is due largely in part to high levels of the hormone progesterone. Like other early pregnancy symptoms, feeling fatigued or tired tends to get better in the second trimester, but does come back in the third trimester for many women.
  • Morning (and noon, and yes, even night) sickness: Despite the name, sickness can happen at any time, day or night. Nausea can begin as early as two weeks into a pregnancy or it can start a few months after conception. Not everyone will experience nausea, and for those that do there are various levels; for example, about half of pregnant women have vomiting. Though nausea during pregnancy is normal, it can be a problem if you become dehydrated. Not being able to keep down food and fluids because of extreme nausea could be due to a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. Always contact your healthcare provider if you are suffering extreme nausea and dehydration.
  • Sore, swollen breasts: Your breasts can become swollen and tender to the touch during pregnancy. The soreness could be similar to how your breasts feel before a period, but only more so. Your nipples could also begin to darken and enlarge. The good news is that this soreness is temporary, and begins to fade as your body gets used to the increased hormone levels. It is also normal if your breasts seem alrger or your bra is tighter than normal.

What are some uncommon signs of early pregnancy?

There are also some additional signs of early pregnancy that are a bit more uncommon. As with the most common symptoms, these early signs of pregnancy may not happen. Remember: everyone is different, and will experience unique pregnancy symptoms.

Some uncommon signs of early pregnancy include:

  • Light bleeding: This one can be scary, and it may seem like a bad sign, but light bleeding (sometimes called spotting) can be a sign that your embryo has implanted in the lining of your uterus. This happens oever several days after conception, looks like small drops of blood or a brownish discharge from the vagina. It can start around the time of your regular period and can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Spotting can cause some women to think that they have miscarried or that they have just had a light period and aren’t pregnant. When in doubt, be sure to consult your healthcare provider!
  • Food cravings, aversions, and hunger: Food can be complicated part of early pregnancy; some women begin to crave certain foods or feel a constant hunger. Some foods may seem delightful in early pregnancy, while others might be downright nasty. Food aversions can happen throughout the entire pregnancy, and can even make you dislike things you have always enjoyed.
  • Metallic taste: Some women experience a metallic taste in their mouth during the early part of their pregnancy. Some describe it like “having a pile of coins in your mouth” (yuck!). This can happen while eating certain foods or at random throughout the day.
  • Headaches, dizziness: Headaches, lightheadedness and dizziness can all be common during early pregnancy. This is mostly due to both the hormonal changes and increasing amount of blood in your body.
  • Cramps: You might also experience cramps that feel like your period is about to start. If these cramps are mainly on one side of your body or severe, contact your healthcare provider immediately. These could be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy or other complication.
  • Mood swings and emotional changes: As your hormones change, you could experience mood swings. Don’t worry – this is completely normal, even throughout pregnancy. But if you ever feel anxious, depressed or have thoughts of harming yourself, please reach out to your healthcare provider.

Can I have symptoms of pregnancy and not be pregnant?

Many symptoms of early pregnancy overlap with other medical conditions, as well as your typical menstrual cycle. For example, premenstrual symptoms can be very similar to pregnancy symptoms, making it difficult to tell the difference. As we mentioned earlier, you can also miss a period without being pregnant. Breastfeeding can also cause your period to stop for a while.

The best way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. If you have missed a period and think there’s a chance you could be pregnant, take a test and contact your healthcare provider.

I think I’m pregnant. When should I contact my doctor?

If you’ve missed your period, taken a pregnancy test and have a positive result, then your next step should be to contact your healthcare provider to book an appointment. While scheduling, your provider may ask if you’ve started taking a prenatal vitamin with at least 400mcg of folic acid. These vitamins are very important in early pregnancy because they help in the development of your baby’s brain and spine.

If you are planning a pregnancy, but aren’t pregnant yet, a preconception appointment with your healthcare provider is a good place to start. This is especially true if you take medication for a chronic illness or have other medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension or lupus.

We may not all like going to the doctor, but it is important to start your pregnancy out right, so don’t be afraid to book an appointment if you are or suspect that you might be pregnant.

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Help! I’m bleeding during pregnancy. Is it dangerous?

Dear Darla,

I am four months pregnant with my first baby and today, I had a couple of spots of blood in my underwear. This is scaring me pretty bad. Am I miscarrying? Is bleeding during pregnancy bad?  Should I go to the doctor?

Isabella in Mariposa, CA

Dear Isabella

Many women experience bleeding during pregnancy, so you are not alone. Bleeding during pregnancy can be worrisome, but it is not always a sure indication that there is a problem. However, it is important to monitor yourself in case bleeding persists and becomes heavier. Bleeding can potentially be a sign of a serious issue, so make sure to always disclose any concerns with your health care provider to make sure you and your baby are doing well.

If you see any more bleeding like this, (often called “spotting”) go to your doctor. Spotting during pregnancy is normal as the cervix gets used to being pregnant.

It is important to note there is a difference between spotting and heavier bleeding. Spotting is when you have light bleeding that is typically pink, red, or dark brown. Bleeding is heavier than spotting. You can tell you are bleeding rather than spotting if you require a pad or a tampon to feel secure to go about your day. If you are spotting you may just need a pantyliner to accommodate the bleeding.

         Specifically bleeding in early pregnancy is common. Around 20% of women experience bleeding in the first trimester of pregnancy. Bleeding in later pregnancy is considered more serious. Many women experience bleeding in the first few days of becoming pregnant and this is called implantation bleeding. This type of bleeding happens when a fertilized egg is implanted in the uterine wall and can often be mistaken as a period if women are not aware they are pregnant. Bleeding in early pregnancy can also be a result of an early miscarriage which happen in about every 10 out of 100 pregnancies. Other than bleeding, cramping may also be a symptom of an early miscarriage.

         Bleeding in late pregnancy can be caused by Placenta Previa. Placenta Previa can occur when the uterus is covering the birth canal. If this is the case, it requires immediate medical attention, so call your doctor right away if experiencing bleeding in late pregnancy. Another reason for bleeding during late pregnancy can be because of a Uterine Rupture. You should be aware of a  uterine rupture if you have previously experienced a c-section. A uterine rupture occurs when a c-section scar reopens during pregnancy and requires emergency medical attention as well.

         There could be a multitude of reasons you are experiencing bleeding or spotting during pregnancy, so the smartest thing to do is call your doctor immediately.

I have listed further resources below for your convenience.  Take care Isabella, and I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

https://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/bleeding-during-pregnancy#1

https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/bleeding-during-pregnancy

https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/spotting-in-pregnancy

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Top 5 Ways to Avoid Illness & Stress this Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving, particularly after a year like the last one, is an important time to give thanks and enjoy family and friends. However, being pregnant during Thanksgiving can bring all sorts of stress and and even potentially illness to pregnant mums. So how do we enjoy Thanksgiving, see family, and avoid the pitfalls associated with large gatherings? Check out our list below to learn the top 5 ways to avoid illness and stress this Thanksgiving Holiday.

This coming weekend, many of us will be gathering with family and friends to enjoy the bounties of the season and give thanks. After a year filled with separation and isolation, we have much to be thankful for. Enjoying this time with family and friends is very important to maintaining our mental health. Humans (for the most part) are social creatures and crave regular social interaction. Yet, when we gather, there can be all sorts of risk that pregnant women have to contend with. Whether it is food concerns, illness or just holiday stress, everything seems more extreme when you are pregnant. So do we deal with the holidays, yet, protect ourselves.

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We need to be thankful for all we have this year and all we are. Being able to gather with our friends and family is so important to our mental health.

We have identified the top 5 risks of pregnancy during Thanksgiving and how to avoid them to manage the risk.

  1. Undercooked Food. One of the biggest risks for a pregnant women, and in fact anyone, is undercooked food. This is especially risky during pregnancy because illnesses like salmonella can be especially dangerous to an expecting mother and her unborn child. Look for foods that look discolored, appear still raw, or a different consistency. Stuffing, traditionally cooked inside of the bird, can pose a threat for pregnant women as it has a higher chance of passing on food borne illness. So skip the stuffing, unless you can confirm it was cooked on a stove top.
  2. Food Borne Illness-one of the biggest things to look for is to watch for food borne illnesses. Certain foods are more likely than others to carry illness. Foods like Shellfish, certain cheeses and cold cuts are more likely to carry dangerous bacteria like Listeria, which can make pregnant women very ill. Soft cheeses are another food group that you have to have some caution with. Other items like lox, salmon and cold cuts can also carry significant amounts of bacteria. Some experts recommend heating them right before eating as one way to decrease the risk of exposure to certain bacteria. On a cold cut tray however, it is difficult to discern how long something has been sitting and or how it was prepared.
  3. Beverages– we all enjoy our beverages. We know during pregnancy we need to eliminate alcohols, but did you know that beverages such as apple ciders, eggnog and other drinks should be pasteurized before you drink them? When in doubt, bring something you know you can drink and share. Pregnancy doesn’t last forever, and there are many choices available on the market now, from non-alcoholic wines and sparkling ciders to yummy hot chocolates and other warm toasty drinks. On a side note, the other thing to watch in many of these drinks is the caffeine level. You want to minimize the amount of caffeine you are consuming to no more than the equivalent of 1-2 small coffees per day.
  4. Close & Cuddly– There is nothing like the holidays for seeing family and loved ones. However, it is in these close quarters that we can get sick. Whether it is COVID, the flu or a common cold, viruses spread faster in close quarters. So how do you avoid getting sick? Besides the typical washing hands and avoiding to touch your face, avoiding kissing, and not getting too close to others , are ways to avoid airborne illnesses. If you are really nervous about getting sick and want to see your family, just wear a mask.
  5. Managing Stress Levels– The holidays represent both a time of joy, but also can be a time of exceptional stress for most people. You have extra financial pressures, more to do and we place unrealistic expectations of perfection on ourselves. We have this idea that things have to be picture perfect. Let go of what you think should be and accept that when you are pregnant, you need to do less, in order to enjoy things more. Be present. Accept help, and offer to bring a side rather than the main course. There is no reason you have to do everything alone, nor are you responsible for everyone’s happiness. If you are hosting, pre-make some of the food, freeze and then thaw before the big day. Ask others to pitch in and help and give yourself permission to understand that not everything will be perfect and that is ok.

The holidays can be enjoyed and be a source of joy for us. As pregnant women, we just have to take a few more precautions and be organized. So go forth, see your family this holiday and be thankful for all we have and that we can all be together again this year.

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Spoil An Amazing Mom-To-Be: The Best Way To Make Any Pregnant Woman Feel Loved!

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 Pregnancy is tough, like really tough. As if growing human life isn’t hard enough, it also makes you feel nauseous, tired and really huge, just to name a few things. And let’s be honest, the baby showers are fun but they are mostly about the baby and all the things the baby needs. So today, we want to talk about how to spoil the new mom-to-be! If you know a pregnant woman in your life, now is the time to pamper her. Here are our favourite ways to accomplish this task!

Pamper her with a Spa Day: What’s better than having someone else paint your toenails when you can’t reach them anymore?  A trip to the spa would be a wonderful way to make her feel like a queen!  Manicures, pedicures, and massages- oh my! If you can’t join her, grab a gift card to her favorite place and send her there or some much-needed pampering. If you are still what to do, check out our Goddess spa line, by the Barefoot Venus–sure to excite any mom to be.

Hire a little “help”: The only thing worse than cleaning your house at any given time, is cleaning the house when you are pregnant. Feeling exhausted and not being as agile as you once were, makes cleaning a bigger chore than ever before.  Help a pregnant mama out by hiring her some help to clean! There are many verified, local cleaning companies in your area, or indepdent cleaners.  Or better yet, send her to the spa while the work is being done!

Meal Train has arrived early: We have all heard about the meal help that new parents truly need once the baby has come, but what about meals before? Help out a new mom, particularly if she already has other kids, by offering to come over and cook her dinner! Or better yet, just bring over dinner. Let her put her feet up and enjoy some down time!  Be sure to make extra so there are leftovers for another time she is too tired to cook.

Pre-Baby Getaway: Hitting the road with a few friends might be just the thing a pregnant woman needs to get some major rest and relaxation! Plan a fun trip before baby comes for a couple of days: head to the beach, hit the mountains or just rent a cabin to for the girls for a few days! Serve some mocktails and create wonderful memories for her, before baby arrives!

Order her The Stork Bag: We definitely saved the best for last.  In our eyes, there is no better way to spoil any pregnant mama than by getting her one (or more) of our gift boxes from The Stork Bag!  These bags will take the guess work out of gifting because each bag is tailored to fit her exact needs based on her trimester of pregnancy. From teas to belly butters- we have everything she could possibly need, and more!  And don’t forget to continue the spoiling with the Post Bump Bag for after the baby’s arrival!

What are your favorite ways to spoil a pregnant mama-to-be? Let us know in the comments below! Reach out to us at hello@thestorkbag.com with your comments.

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Last Month Of Pregnancy Checklist

This article originally appeared on Pregnant Chicken.

We know that pregnancy isn’t easy, as you near the end of your journey, you might need some additional tips and info.

There is a great list here ,and let us know in the comments what your last month of pregnancy checklist includes!  And don’t forget to order yourself a Post Partum Box from The Stork Bag!

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Today Show Parent: How To Sleep When Pregnant

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Pregnancy insomnia is REAL, especially during your 3rd trimester! Thankfully, Today Show Parents has a series called, New Baby Basics and they’ve shared some secrets to sleeping better while you’re expecting.

Click here to read more: http://www.today.com/parents/new-baby-basics-how-sleep-when-pregnant-t101516

Article credit: Emma Davis (Today)

New Baby Basics: How to sleep when pregnant

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Mommy Picks: Top 5 Pregnancy Reads

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So you’re pregnant and want a good book to get lost in, right? Well, we’ve got some top picks for you to explore. Whether you like to document your pregnancy with a journal, learn about healthy snacks with a cookbook, or disconnect and have a laugh with a great comedy book, we’ve compiled a list of our Top 5 Pregnancy Reads. 

img-12First, let’s talk about journaling!  9 Months of Happiness: Pregnancy Journal (Maintaining a Blissful Pregnancy) is PERFECT for documenting the roller coaster of physical, mental and spiritual waves. Another great thing about this journal is, it also includes ‘blissful tips’ throughout, some ‘Did You Knows’ and writing exercises!  9 Months of Happiness: Pregnancy Journal (Maintaining a Blissful Pregnancy) can be purchased from most online book stores including Amazon.com.

img-13Great latter pregnancy/postpartum read! The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother is a wonderful read. It helps the reader explore the new journey of motherhood through great recipes, sound advice and wonderful guidance. The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother can be purchased from most online book stores including Amazon.com.

img-14Oh Jenny, you crack us up! It’s been over 10 years since Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirthis a great LOL book! This New York Times Best Seller is sure to get the reader laughing as Jenny McCarthy candidly shares the many joys of pregnancy. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth can be purchased from most book stores both online and physical stores as well as Amazon.

img-15Hip & Fabulous + Pregnancy, Yes please! Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy is definitely a must read pregnancy book!  In this book, maternity lifestyle guru Latham Thomas, shares great tips ,techniques and guidance to help the reader embrace pregnancy and prepare for a new abundant life as a mother. Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy can be purchased from most book stores both online and physical locations as well as Amazon.com.

img-16Week by week updates! Your Pregnancy Week by Week is a fan fav around these parts. This great book helps the reader journey throughout pregnancy with week by week updates on what’s happening in the pregnant body and how baby is developing. For first-time moms and repeat moms alike, this book is definitely a must have pregnancy staple. Your Pregnancy Week by Week can be purchased from most books stores both online and physical locations as well as Amazon.com.

We hope this short list helps you out with picking up some great pregnancy reads throughout your journey. 

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The Magic Cream: 21 Reasons to Use Shea Butter

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Shea Butter is a fat that is pulled from the nuts of the shea tree also known as the Vitellaria tree. This cream has been used for centuries as a beauty product because it has a high concentration of minerals, vitamins and fattty acids, which make us feel, oh so good!

It is one of the best creams you can use because it natural and works for nearly all skin types. It can be used on faces, bodies and our poor feet.

It is quite honestly, as close to a miracle cream as it comes. The amount of time required for optimumal results, depend on each condition, but geneally you will feel immediately softer skin. Itchiness will also be resolved immediately. Wrinkles, for example, will require 4 to 6 weeks of daily use. We have pulled together a list of 21 conditions that you can use shea butter for.

1. Dry skin
2. Skin rashes
3. Skin peeling, after tanning
4. Blemishes and wrinkles
5. Itching skin
6. Sunburn
7. Shaving cream for a smooth silky shave.
8. Small skin wounds
9. Skin cracks
10. Tough or rough skin (on feet.)
11. Cold weather,
12. Frost bites
13. Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
14. Insect bites
15. Healthy skin
16. Muscle fatigue, aches and tension
17. For before and after strenuous exercise
18. Skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak
19. Eczema
20. Dermatitis
21. Skin damage from heat (hot grease while cooking, radiation treatment for certain medical problems, etc.)

We include belly butters in our second trimester boxes to help keep you feeling and looking good!

WHO SHOULD USE SHEA BUTTER:

Everyone! Every household should have a jar of Shea Butter, either among the beauty supplies for soft smooth better looking skin, or in the medicine cabinet for minor skin injuries around the house. SHEA BUTTER IS THE SKIN’S BEST FRIEND!

The information provided here or elsewhere on this site is not intended to constitute professional medical advice for treatment. We encourage you to consult your personal physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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What Every First Time Pregnant Mom Should Know

What Every First Time Pregnant Mom Should Know

*This article from our archives was written by The Stork Bag Founder, Ericka Perry*

I am so excited to be doing another post for The Stork Bag and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my experience and make some mommas out there happy. Hope you guys are doing good out there, this one is for all the first time mamas. Being pregnant is a beautiful thing, so enjoy it while it lasts! However, here is what I feel you should know from the time you see that double line on the test kit and you call out to your hubby “Honey! We’re having a baby!” Oops! Don’t get it wrong girl: you and your partner are having a baby alright, but it’s you who’s going to carry the baby to term.

1. I can’t stress this enough: you are pregnant and not your partner – just you hun (you will understand once the nausea starts to kick in and most especially when labor cramps sets in.)

2. This is sad, but you can kiss your wine and cigarettes good bye for at least 9 months.

3. Get ready to know the types of pillows and their uses. Trust me when I say that one size does not fit all. You will need different types of pillows for every stage of your pregnancy, including special ones that you will need after delivery.

4. You get to develop a superhuman sense of smell. Suddenly, it will seem like every smell is twice as strong – especially the sharp or repulsive ones!

5. Do yourself a favour get a new bra now (preferably a sports bra; thank me later). You might have to go up to two sizes bigger during your pregnancy, and no I am not joking.

6.Get a good massage oil (personally I love argon) and have your partner help you out, or if you can budget for it, I highly recommend a visit to a good masseuse or the spa.

7. Squeeze half a lemon into cool water and be sure to take it everywhere with you. This refreshing drink will come in handy throughout your pregnancy.

8. During my pregnancy, I couldn’t get enough natural lemon scent – I loved having them around the house. Find a scent that works for your and indulge in it.

9. Don’t ask any moms too many questions or specifics about their birthing experience – trust me when I say that you don’t want to know all of the details.

10. There are lots of helpful apps to help you manager your pregnancy, so be sure to try a few and find one that works for you

The good news is that for 9 months you don’t have to worry about period cramps – but you will have more serious stuff to worry about. Sorry!

It’s an experience that can be explained but is best experienced. It’s a life changing journey, and one that comes with inexplicable joy at the end.


Congratulations to all first time moms out there – your joy is right around the corner!