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How to Handle Unplanned Pregnancies

How to Handle Unplanned Pregnancies

First of all, congrats! No matter what the circumstances are, a baby is still a miracle and a blessing. You probably feel a mixed range of emotions right now and that’s completely normal. These steps will hopefully relieve some stress and help you make the right decision.

Acknowledgement

First things first, you can’t go back in time and undo a pregnancy. So, instead of looking back, look forward. After you come to terms with your pregnancy, it’s time to weigh your options and consult others. While it’s a good idea to consult a close friend or family member, you absolutely shouldn’t feel like you need to make the news public. Your private matters can stay private, regardless of what you see friends oversharing on social media.

Confide in a Friend

An unplanned pregnancy isn’t something that you want to handle on your own. As with most things, sharing your situation with another is better than keeping it all in your head. You’ll obviously want to share the news with your spouse or significant other. However, an uninvolved party such as a close friend or family member can provide you with additional support and resources.

If you don’t feel comfortable confiding in a friend, a support group, therapist, or doctor can provide the same benefits. It’s always helpful to talk it out and get an outside perspective.

 How to Handle Unplanned Pregnancies

And, Remember That You’re Not Alone

About half of the pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. It happens to the best of us, regardless of taking the right precautions. Recognizing this may give you some comfort.

Gather Information

If this is your first pregnancy, since it was unplanned, you probably don’t have a whole lot of information about the matter. Before making any decisions, do some research about pregnancy, newborns, and parenting. There are so many great resources out there.

Start on Google, but consider also consulting a first-hand source i.e. your mom. You might be surprised by how much insight she can offer. If you know a couple who went through an unplanned pregnancy, they will probably be a wealth of knowledge.  

Take time to learn about all your options. Adoption can be the right choice for many women. There’s no reason to make an uninformed decision out of fear. Experiencing that fear of uncertainty doesn’t make you a bad person. It’s a normal reaction that most women go through, even those who wanted to get pregnant.

Trust Your Instinct, Then Seek Support

Your gut instinct is there for a reason – it’s trying to tell you something! Others can provide guidance, but it’s ultimately you who has to make the final decision. If your spouse isn’t supportive of whatever that decision is, then find someone who is and keep them nearby during your pregnancy.

Our pregnancy resources are a great place to start your research. Remember that you’ll never be alone on this journey.

Pregnancy Eating Habits to Embrace & Avoid + Whole Foods Giveaway

Pregnancy Eating Habits to Embrace & Avoid + Whole Foods Giveaway

If this is your first time pregnant, you’re probably just starting to figure out your new eating habits and learning what your body does and doesn’t agree with. Most women’s diets change a lot during pregnancy. And, that’s nothing unexpected. Your hormones are changing, your belly is growing, and there’s a little one developing inside of you who has some nutritional needs as well.

Since everything that you eat, your growing baby eats too, you want to embrace a mostly healthy diet that’s packed with nutrients. Every woman’s needs are different, so the most important thing to do is listen to your own body.

Here are some common pregnancy eating habits to embrace and avoid. And, read till the end of this post to enter a fun contest!

Include These Superfoods in Your Diet

You want to make sure that your baby gets all of the vitamins and antioxidants he or she needs to properly develop.  

Here are some of the most highly recommended foods to eat during pregnancy:

  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Salmon
  • Oranges or other fruits that are high in Vitamin C
  • Lean beef and leafy greens for iron
  • Greek yogurt or milk for calcium

Check out our post on the Best Foods for New Moms and Newborns for more detailed information about the above list.

Avoid Dangerous Foods

Doctors usually tell you to avoid eating certain foods while you’re pregnant and there’s good reason for that. Here are some big ones to avoid.

Limit Seafood

Wild salmon is the best choice of seafood to eat while you’re pregnant. It’s high in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. However, you should limit your seafood intake in general. The bottom line is that anything that comes from the ocean contains some amount of mercury. The FDA advises pregnant women to avoid the following types of seafood altogether since they contain the highest mercury levels: shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. Consider taking a high-quality fish oil supplement instead.

Avoid Unpasteurized Milk, Cheese, or Anything Else

While there are some benefits to drinking unpasteurized milk, you’ll definitely want to avoid it while pregnant. In rare cases, unpasteurized dairy products or juices can lead to bacterial infections.

Stay Away From Raw or Undercooked Meats

You probably already know the risk in consuming undercooked meats, so we won’t go into detail about that here. The potential risks are even greater to an unborn baby with a weak immune system.

Limit Caffeine

The American Pregnancy Association recommends sticking to less than 200mg of caffeine per day, which converts to 12 ounces. Caffeine increases both your blood pressure and heart rate, which is not ideal during pregnancy. A lot of docs will recommend that you switch from coffee to tea since it has less caffeine. If you absolutely can’t live without your coffee, limit consumption to just one cup per day.

Pregnancy Eating Habits to Embrace & Avoid + Whole Foods Giveaway

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Hydration is even more important during pregnancy, so drink up. You can try supplementing water with sparkling water, low-sugar juice, or caffeine-free tea if that will encourage you to drink more. But, make sure you drink plenty of plain old water too.

Indulge Cravings

Cravings happen during pregnancy due to increased hormones. All women have different cravings and that’s totally normal. Some women even have healthy cravings i.e. salad. If that’s the case for you, you’ll absolutely want to indulge that one. Your body might be trying to tell you that you’re deficient in some key nutrients.

But let’s be honest, most cravings are not healthy at all. As long as your diet is otherwise healthful, it’s ok to indulge your cravings. If you’re craving a donut, just go get one already (or better yet, send your significant other). If you avoid that craving, you’ll probably end up eating lots of other things in an attempt to satisfy it. It’s better to just eat what you really want and be done with it.

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When and How to Tell People You’re Expecting

When and How to Tell People You’re Expecting

Congrats on your new family member to come! You’re probably eager and/or nervous to tell everyone the exciting news. Read on for when and how to make the big announcement, and when you’re ready, check out these great birth announcement options.

Timing

When you choose to share the news is really a personal decision that only you can make. And, there’s really no right or wrong answer when it comes to timing. That being said, many women choose to keep their news private until the first trimester has passed. After 12 weeks, the risk of a miscarriage drops substantially. You might consider just telling family and close friends before then.

The Announcement

You by no means have to make a ‘big announcement’ on social media or otherwise. If you’re a more private person, then just tell close friends and family, and others if or when it comes up.

However, it is a good idea to tell coworkers so they aren’t left wondering why you’re running off to the bathroom every half hour. At worst, your boss could mistake your absences for poor performance. Don’t leave them to their own assumptions.

If you do want to share your news in a more public way, here are some fun and creative ideas:

Announce on social media and ask people for advice

Instead of just announcing your pregnancy, ask people to share their top tips. Start a ‘note’ on Facebook, so you have everything in a searchable format v.s. just asking for comments on a post. This is a great way to get friends and family more involved with your journey if you want them to be. New moms love to give advice to their expecting friends about pregnancy and parenting. It’s also a way to crowdsource useful information and resources with minimal effort. Have older relatives that aren’t on social media? Send them a letter with a pre-addressed return envelope and ask them to reply back with their favorite piece of advice for new moms.

Have photos taken

Schedule a pregnancy photo shoot with your spouse. You’re probably overdue for some cute photos together anyway. Then, share them on social media or go old-school and have prints made. You’ll be thankful later in life that you preserved the moment, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Giving relatives a framed photo is a great way to share your news in a more personal manner.

Do it with humor

The lightest way to share your big news is with humor. There are so many fun photo options out there. If you have other children or pets, you could include them in the photos. See 24 Ways to Announce Your Pregnancy on Facebook, Instagram, and More.

When and How to Tell People You’re Expecting

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Host a party or go out to dinner

Invite your loved ones over for an intimate gathering or throw a major celebration, if that’s your style. Or, just invite a few friends out for a meal. You know what to say when they ask why you’re not drinking! Put a photo from your pregnancy shoot or sonogram on display and it will do the talking for you.

Bake something

Let the cookies or cake break the ice for you. Bake something yourself or head to a grocery store or bakery and let them do the work. Bring a tray of cookies to the office as a way of sharing the news with coworkers. They’ll be excited for you and for the treats.

When and How to Tell People You’re Expecting

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What are your thoughts on timing and methods of sharing the news? We would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below to connect.

Popular Baby Name Roundups from Pinterest to Get You Started

Popular Baby Name Roundups from Pinterest to Get You Started

Choosing a baby name can be overwhelming, but really, the process should be fun. Pinterest is a great place to start for everything baby-related, and baby names are no exception. We’ve sorted through all the lists and included our favorite ones here for your convenience. This post will help you narrow down which ‘type’ of baby name you want – popular, old-fashioned, unique and so on.

Here are some categories of names to consider:

  1. Popular Names

Avery, Jackson, Sophia, Emma, Milo

These baby names are just a few of the most popular choices from the last two years, and there’s a reason for that. Do you want a baby name that’s trending? Start by looking through the top baby names for boys and girls in 2017.

  1. Disney Baby Names

Abigail, Charlotte, Gideon, Milo

Whether you’re a big Disney fan or not, one of these dreamy and mystical Disney girl names might suit your baby. There are tons of choices beyond the typical Cinderella or Ariel. We’re particularly fond of Giselle and Alice. There are also some great Disney-inspired names for boys from Mickey to Oliver.

Popular Baby Name Roundups from Pinterest to Get You Started

  1. Baby Names with Fantastic Nicknames

William “Liam,” Collette “Coco,” Isabella “Izzy”

A lot of the time, nicknames are unavoidable. Even if you want your child to be called by their given name, relatives and even your kid might have different ideas. So, you might as well choose a name that also has a great nickname. Check out 12 Baby Names with Fantastic Nicknames.

  1. Old-Fashioned Baby Names

Adeline, Lincoln, Victor, Raymond

Take a nod from the past and consider an old-fashioned baby name. Everything that’s old comes back into style at some point so your kiddo will be ahead of the curve. Take a look at The Ultimate List of Old Fashioned Baby Names.

Popular Baby Name Roundups from Pinterest to Get You Started

  1. French Baby Names

Coralie, Luc, Marielle, Louna

They have a nice ring to them, don’t they? These names are some of the most popular choices in France. If you’re striking out with American names, you could turn to French. It is one of the five romance languages, after all. See 17 French Baby Names that are Prime for an American Takeover.

  1. Unique Names

Greer, Declan, Talia, Iris

Your baby is unique and you want everyone to know it. Help your little girl or boy stand out in the world with a beautifully uncommon name. Browse 100 Unique Baby Names.

  1. Baby Girl Names with Special Meanings

Sophia – wise, Madison – gift of God, Gwyneth – happiness

Every name has a meaning behind it, but these ones have extra special and memorable ones. Give your daughter a name that she’ll be proud of. Look through Baby Girl Names with Great Meanings.

  1. Short and Sweet Boy Names

Blake, Clark, Ian, Zac

There’s something very appealing about boys names that are short and simple. Give your little man a name that is classic and easy to pronounce. Here are 100 Sweet and Short Names for Boys with Meanings.

There are tons of names to choose from and these are just a starting point. After you gather some initial ideas, continue your search on Babble, a resource provided by Disney. You can sort baby names by letter, origin, or theme.

And when you’re ready, have a look at our beautiful birth announcements, which can be customized for your baby’s chosen name!

Did one of the names on this list spark your interest? We would love to hear your top considerations. Leave a comment below.

26 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect and Prepare For

26 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect and Prepare For

At 26 weeks, you’re approaching the third trimester of your pregnancy. Your baby is getting bigger and your body is undergoing more changes. Read on for what to expect at 26 weeks.

Your Baby at 26 Weeks

At this stage, your baby is continually putting on fat and weighs nearly two pounds. Your baby’s nerves in their ears are more developed, so they can probably hear your voice. Your baby now measures about 14 inches in length, comparable to the length of a scallion (Baby Center). Your baby’s eyes will also open around this time.

Your Body

Stretch Marks

It’s about this time when stretch marks begin to appear. This is a natural part of pregnancy and sometimes not really avoidable since they’re genetic. However, there are lots of popular creams on the market to help prevent and lessen the effects.

Belly Button

There’s no need to be alarmed if your belly button has suddenly turned into an “outie.” Your enlarging uterus pushes your navel forward during pregnancy, but your belly button should go back to its previous form a few months post birth.

Symptoms

Every pregnant woman experiences different symptoms at different times. Here are some common ones that occur at 26 weeks.

Gas

This is a perfectly natural symptom during pregnancy and there’s no need to be ashamed. Pressure on your stomach is what leads to gas.

Migraines

Some women are more prone to headaches than others. Try natural remedies for relieving headaches or stronger migraines. Have your spouse give you a massage or do a few yoga poses.

Forgetfulness

Don’t worry, you’re not losing your mind! Forgetfulness and short term memory loss are expected symptoms during your second trimester. It’s only temporary. Utilize a notebook to write things down.

26 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect and Prepare For

Achy Stomach

Naturally, you can expect your stomach to ache as it grows. More noticeable aches and cramps usually happen around the 26-week mark.

Blurred Vision

Blurry vision during pregnancy comes from dry eyes, as hormones decrease tear production. Eye drops are an easy fix for this symptom. (What to Expect)

This is by no means a complete list. If you’re unsure whether or not one of your symptoms is expected, always consult your physician. More than likely, what you’re experiencing is completely natural. Avoid the stress of trying to diagnose yourself on WebMD and just ask a professional.

Planning for Birth

Classes

Since birth will be here before you know it, you might consider taking a few classes. Most hospitals offer classes for new parents that are taught by a labor-and-delivery nurse. You can also opt for private classes, which will be a little pricier. Classes cover everything from pain management and troubleshooting to hospital visiting hours and procedures. It’s best to bring your spouse along so that you both have more confidence when the baby comes.

You can also take prenatal workout classes. These may help alleviate any aches and pains that you’re feeling.  

Baby Name

If you haven’t already, now is a great time to start thinking about baby names. This should be a fun and stress-free activity for you and your spouse. 

Get Your Home Ready

26 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect and Prepare For

You still have plenty of time, but it’s a good idea to start shopping for baby essentials such as a crib. Refer to our guide on Preparing Your Home for the Baby.