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  • 9 Crib Sheets We Love

    Make your little one’s crib complete with one of these fitted sheets.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Shopping for baby’s bedding can be a little tricky. You want them to be comfy, breathable and made with organic fabrics to protect your little one’s sensitive skin. What’s more, if you live in a small space (like many city dwellers do), your nursery decor becomes integral part of your decor. For us, that means sticking to neutrals a lot, though there are options with beautiful prints that can add a little magic to your little one’s crib and be the perfect accent piece for mom and dad too. For example, we have fitted sheets with cacti to bring a little bit of our Phoenix roots into our home. To help you find the perfect addition to baby’s universe, I did the research for you and compiled a list of my absolute faves. And since you’ll probably need backups in case of blowouts and “accidents,” you may as well pick a couple sheets to mix baby’s decor a bit.

    Here are 9 of our favorite fitted crib sheets.

    Land of Nod, iconic grey: $59. 

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Apr. 17th, 2017

    Kindergarten Homework Question Stumps Parents (Huff Post): “How is a 5-year-old supposed to know that?”

    Too Clean For Our Children's Good? (NY Times): Early life exposure to microbes can shape not only the immune system, but also the endocrine system, and even the child's neurodevelopment.

    Dad’s Comics Nail The Hilarity Of Raising Kids Today (Huff Post): "Life with kids can be hard, but it comes with many rewards.”

    Confronting the Sorrow And Silence of Stillbirth (NY Times): A global health issue that is often hidden despite claiming millions of lives each year.

    Kelly Clarkson Gets Mommy-Shamed For Giving 2-Year-Old Nutella (Refinery29): If you thought something as amazing as a sweet, creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread would be noncontroversial...

    Serena Williams & Her Fiancé  Alexis Ohanian Are Expecting (Refinery29): Congrats!!

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  • Sex During Pregnancy: What’s Safe and What’s Fun

    Pregnancy is full of ups, downs, and constant physical changes. The same is true for your sex life while you’re expecting. Every woman’s sex drive is affected differently by pregnancy. The first and third trimester normally bring a decrease in libido as fatigue, morning sickness, and other discomforts of pregnancy are at their worst. Lots of women report an increase in sex drive during the second trimester as first trimester symptoms pass. Regardless of trimester, it is generally safe to continue having sex throughout a normal pregnancy. Here are some things you should know about how to have safe and fun sex while you’re expecting.

    Communication is key. During pregnancy, sex often feels different than it usually does. On any given day during any trimester, these changes might make sex more pleasurable or more uncomfortable. Positions you try regularly might start to hurt or feel awkward. You might be more sensitive in particular areas, like your breasts, which can either be a turn off or a turn on, depending on how you feel at the time. Don’t be afraid to be vocal about what feels good and what doesn’t, even if that changes day to day. While it can be awkward to have conversations about sex, it’s also important to do so. You should be open with your partner about your sex drive, how intercourse feels, and any concerns or thoughts you have now that you’re pregnant.

    Some positions are better than others. You’ll want to experiment with your usual positions, and maybe try some new ones, to see what feels best for you and your partner. As your bump grows, your sex life will likely adapt along with your changing body. Often, positioning yourself on top is most comfortable, especially as you get bigger. Side-by-side positions are a good bet, too, since your uterus won’t be bearing down on you during sex. Lying on your back should feel fine early in pregnancy, but painful as the weight of your uterus increases. By the third trimester, you might want to avoid any position that leaves you on your back.

    Oral sex is still on the table, with modifications. Obviously, there’s no barrier to you performing oral sex on a partner, if that’s what you choose. But you can be on the receiving end of oral sex while pregnant, too. There are considerations for oral sex, though. It’s critical that your partner not blow into or around your vagina. That could cause an air embolism, which could be life-threatening for the baby. Also, if your partner has ever experienced oral herpes, you should avoid oral intercourse during the third trimester.

    There are many ways to be intimate. While you’re pregnant, your sex life is likely to undergo some changes, and that’s okay. No matter how you normally get intimate with your partner, you may need to get creative during pregnancy and try something you never have before to stay connected. There are loads of ways to be close with your partner, and you might discover something new that lasts long after the baby arrives. If intercourse isn’t going to happen for one reason or another, try a different way to get intimate. Some options are cuddling, spooning, massaging one another, watching adult movies together, or mutually masturbating.

    You’re allowed to feel sexy. Pregnancy can be a hard time for some women, when our bodies don’t quite feel like our own anymore. It’s also a period when we’re acutely aware that we are, or soon will be, mothers. And moms aren’t supposed to be sexy, right? Remember that you’re still you, and you don’t need to feel badly about having a sex drive. Likewise, a lower libido is no reason to stress, either. Whatever you feel about sex while you’re expecting is valid, so don’t let shame hold you back.

    Don’t shy away from the topic with your doctor. Like with so many other activities, it’s best to keep your doctor in the loop about what you’re doing while pregnant. You probably won’t need to go into detail, but you should check in with your practitioner to be sure that having sex won’t be harmful to you or your baby. There are some circumstances in which intercourse is not advised, and your doctor knows you and your condition better than anyone.

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  • What to Eat When You Have Gestational Diabetes

    5 nutritional tips to keep your blood sugars under control.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Did you just drink that not-so-tasty orange beverage only to find out that you have gestational diabetes? First, know that you are not alone: gestational diabetes, which occurs later during pregnancy when the body is not able to process insulin as efficiently due to hormonal changes, affect between 2 and 10 percent of expecting moms. And though many women with the condition end up delivering healthy babies, you want to manage symptoms and keep your blood sugar levels within range to avoid complications during, and possibly after, birth. For example, pregnant women who have gestational diabetes are more likely to have a C-section, preterm birth, and type 2 diabetes later in life. So how do you keep your blood sugar levels under control? The best treatment (or even prevention) for gestational diabetes is healthy food choices and eating habits.

    So here are five nutrition tips to manage gestational diabetes and ensure that you and baby are still getting all the nutrients you need.

    1. Incorporate protein at every meal. Eating foods that digest slowly and take longer to reach the bloodstream, like protein, cause insulin to release gradually. This helps the body maintain healthy glucose levels. Both animal and plant-based protein have positive impact on blood sugar levels. For example, consider a hard-boiled egg at breakfast, legume based salad or soup for lunch, and lean ground meat, like meatballs, turkey burgers or chicken patties for dinner.

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Apr. 10th, 2017

    Now Your Baby Can Listen To Lullaby Versions Of ‘Hamilton’ Songs (Huff Post): Hamilbabies rejoice!

    Beyonce's Newest Maternity Photo Shoot Is Simply Stunning (Who What Wear): Chic maternity style from Queen Bey!

    Exactly What To Say In Three Awkward Post-Maternity Leave Conversations (Fast Company): Whether you want to ask for flextime or a raise, here is how to approach the subject with your boss.

    Snoozing Father Adorably Comforts Imaginary Baby In His Sleep (Huff Post): Parenting never truly stops.

    Is This A Paid Leave Plan That Can Actually Pass? (Refinery29): The wage gap and paid family leave are issues that impact women on both sides of the aisle.

    New Gaming App Aims To Make Kids Comfortable Around Hospitals (Huff Post): “The hospital can be filled with unfamiliar and sometimes scary and upsetting situations.”

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  • Natural Cures for Morning Sickness

    For many women, the first sign of their pregnancy isn’t a positive test or an expanding midsection. It’s morning sickness, and it affects more than 50% of pregnant women. Nausea, sometimes accompanied with vomiting, can put a real damper on the happy news that you’re pregnant, and on most other parts of your life. Fortunately, there are ways to manage that sick sensation, so you can get to the fun parts of pregnancy, like eating ice cream and picking out new maternity clothes. Here are ten all-natural remedies we’ve found to help ease morning sickness.

    Ginger settles the stomach and promotes digestion, making it a favorite all-natural remedy for morning sickness. Ginger ale is a well-known cure for queasiness, but you’ll want to find sodas that are made from real ginger, not the standard supermarket sodas. You can also try chewing on ginger candies, crystallized ginger, or grating fresh ginger into hot water for ginger tea.

    Keep your digestive system healthy with probiotics. When your digestive system is functioning well, your morning sickness and nausea can be less severe. Eat fermented foods like kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, and Greek yogurt for probiotic health and to keep your system balanced. It’s also recommended that you not lie down immediately after eating, since that can slow down digestion and exacerbate an upset stomach.

    Sip peppermint tea for a simple nausea remedy. Peppermint is soothing to your stomach, and is usually pregnancy-safe. Of course, you’ll want to check with your doctor before you begin drinking new herbal teas. If cold liquids are more comforting, you can brew a batch of tea and leave it in the refrigerator overnight for a cool, calming start to the morning. You can also try sucking on peppermint candies for a similar effect.

    Lemons pack a double-punch against morning sickness. Drinking cool water with lemon is recommended to combat nausea and vomiting. But even if you can’t keep liquids down, the aroma of lemon could help make you feel better. Whether you add lemon to water, tea, or simply squeeze out the fresh juice into a cup to sniff, the lemony scent is said to help alleviate feelings of nausea.

    Make your own Morning Sickness Elixir. Made with ingredients you might have in your kitchen already, this anti-nausea drink has been known to soothe upset stomachs. Mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar into 1 quart water and stir in the juice of two lemons. Add 1 tablespoon honey. Combine the ingredients well, and sip the drink throughout the day to combat nausea.

    Tick up your B-vitamin consumption. Research has shown that an increase in B-vitamins, especially B6, can help ease nausea, though it’s still unclear why it’s such a relief. Before you start taking new supplements while pregnant, talk with your doctor. You can also try sprinkling brewer’s yeast, which is high in B-vitamins, on your food, or add more bananas, green beans, potatoes, carrots, and lean fish to your diet.

    Motion sickness bands can put your nausea out to sea. Are you prone to motion sickness? Sorry, but you may be more likely to experience intense morning sickness while pregnant. But motion sickness bands, particularly the ones that wrap around your wrist, can help calm your stomach. Many pregnant women swear by them!

    Acupuncture may bring morning sickness relief. Before you schedule any appointments, you’ll want to check with your doctor. But many women say that acupuncture, with a specialist who is fluent in the pregnant body, diminishes the symptoms of morning sickness, especially in the first trimester.

    Try eating small, frequent meals throughout the day. Eating small amounts of food regularly can curb your nausea by ensuring that your stomach is never empty. This can be tricky if you’re feeling too sick to eat, but if you can snack on high-protein foods and complex carbohydrates, you might be feeling better soon. Avoid foods that are overly rich, spicy, greasy, and high in fat; these are difficult to digest and can exacerbate your symptoms.

    Stay well-hydrated. Like with small meals, it might be hard to keep liquids down while you’re experiencing morning sickness. But drinking fluids will keep your system balanced. Try cold drinks and carbonated beverages to soothe your stomach. And if you have been vomiting, have a sports drink that contains potassium, glucose, and salt, to replace what you’ve lost and to ease nausea.

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