Back to Work Essentials for New Moms

 Mom’s Back to Work Essentials with zulily’s Maternity Expert, Robin Otto  Moms have a lot to think about when returning to work after having a baby. From catching up on missed months to getting home early enough to spend some quality time with the little ones, it can seem overwhelming. As zulily’s maternity expert, I seek out solutions including appropriate attire, helpful pumping products and more, to make the transition back to the office as easy …

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New (& Not at All Embarrassing) Way to Meet Mom Friends

As cute as all that baby babbling is, sometimes you need a little adult conversation. Better yet, you need an exciting new group of friends to bond with. Good thing Mom Meet Mom has come around. Think of it as an online matchmaking service for moms, because it hooks you up with like-minded mom friends right where you live. If you get anxious approaching other moms cold-turkey on the playground in search of friendship (or just can’t find pals where you live) it’s a dream come …

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What you eat while pregnant can determine your baby’s tastes

Palate Prep SchoolNew research says yes—your pregnancy diet does affect baby’s future tastes.Here’s how to make sure he’ll like the healthy stuff“Mommy, more please.”Those magic words play like music to a mother’s ears, especially if the dish is something that qualifies as “healthy.” And although this scenario might seem far off while you’re still stuck in what could be The World’s Largest Pants, it appears that a budding eater’s “food road map” …

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Identifying the baby blues

A Darker Shade of Blue Images of new mothers are often joyful, suggesting that having a baby is a blissful experience that is bound to leave you glowing. Contrary to these popular images, most women experience a range of emotions following the birth of their babies. Adjusting to the newness of motherhood brings up myriad new thoughts and feelings, and shortly after your baby’s arrival, it’s normal to feel a little “blue.”As many as 60 to 80 percent of mothers experience the baby …

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Sleep tips for every trimester

9 Months Of Sound SleepEveryone tells you to get your rest now before the baby comes. Well, sleeping like a baby while growing a baby is no easy feat! But a good night’s sleep is possible.Here are the biggest sleep obstacles you’ll encounter over the next 40 weeks and some tricky ways to get around them.1st trimesterFATIGUEFeeling exhausted—even narcoleptic!—is sometimes the first sign of pregnancy; it’s caused by the extra progesterone in your system that helps maintain …

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Your pregnancy diet affects whether baby is a good eater

“Mommy, more please.” Those magic words play like music to a mother’s ears, especially if the dish is something that qualifies as “healthy.” And although this scenario might seem far off while you’re still stuck in what could be The World’s Largest Pants, it appears that a budding eater’s “food road map” actually begins to develop while she’s still floating in that bag of waters.That’s right—a growing body of evidence suggests your personal cuisine …

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Coping with a cold while pregnant

‘Tis the sneezin’For germs! Learn the safe way to soothe yourself and protect your baby on board.Pregnancy may guarantee you a seat on the bus, but it doesn’t grant you a free pass from germs. In fact, your developing baby puts your immune system into relaxation mode, making you more susceptible to everyday illnesses. This dip in resistance may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s crucial—if your body didn’t surrender to foreign bodies, it might actually reject your …

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Vegetarian and pregnant: eating right for 2

How to eat right and stay healthy for two.When I first found out I was pregnant, my excitement was quickly followed by one thought: “No wonder!” A baby growing inside me certainly explained why I was hungry all the time. As a lifelong lacto-vegetarian—I eat milk products but not eggs—I knew about the produce and dairy sources of the nutrients that I needed. But was I still eating right now that I was pregnant?I realized that I needed to learn more about my diet in order …

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Telling your child about the arrival of a second baby

The siblings scene You are going to have another baby – but when and how you break the news to your older child?It seems that both experts and moms have different opinions about the best time to review your pregnancy to older children. Gina Bangert, of Martinez, California, chose to tell her two-year-old daughter about their new baby as Bangert entered her second trimester, once her chances of having a spontaneous miscarriage decreased. But Nancy O'Reilly, Psy.D., A clinical psychologist …

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Tips on Dealing with a Miscarriage

All mixed up? If you experience a miscarriage prior to your pregnancy, the truth is you may feel both blessed and cursed; tough yet vulnerable. As I tell my close friends, I'm partly happy with a chance of dread.If your pregnancy finds you trying to balance fear with hope and joy with grief, you're not alone. And you're not going nuts, experts say. "After a loss, it's completely natural to have mixed emotions," says Cathi Lemmert of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support. "It's hard to be …

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