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When should I announce my pregnancy to friends & family?

The first trimester is a big part of development for your little one. With this comes risk. 80% of miscarriages happen in the first trimester. But after week 12, the chance of miscarriage is only 5%.

Knowing these statistics, it makes sense why most parents wait until after the first semester to announce their pregnancy.

If you’ve had a miscarriage in the past, you might want to wait past 12 weeks to announce your pregnancy.

Everyone’s pregnancy journeys are so individual. But as a rule of thumb, waiting until at least the 12 week mark is a good idea when announcing your pregnancy to others!

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Classes to Look Into when Expecting

Classes are great to look into for many reasons. But one being you get to meet other expecting moms & share each other’s concerns (and excitements) face to face with each other!

Classes are also a great bonding experience for you & your partner! Learning skills together helps bring you closer together.

Find local classes in the area, or try some online classes!

Here are a couple classes we highly recommend trying while pregnant:

Labor & Birthing Class

  • These classes are great for first time moms. Learn your options to make a birth plan for you. Go into childbirth prepared & ease your mind of any concerns or information overload you might be feeling!

Postpartum Prep

  • So many of us are consumed by the preparation of our newest additions; We completely neglect something that is so, so important: Postpartum. Find a postpartum prep class near you & start planning for those months after birth. Prepare YOU for the 4th trimester with one of these classes

Lactation Education

  • Whether you’re planning on breastfeeding or not, your body is still going to produce milk during your pregnancy. Learn all the ins and outs of lactation in one of these classes!
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What medications can I take?

It’s always best to check with your doctor with your specific circumstances to see what is safe for you to take while pregnant. But to give you an idea, here are some general safe medications you can take while pregnant.

What medications can I take?

Tylenol

Claritin

Benadryl

Some medicines for depression

Tums

What medications can’t I take?

Pepto-Bismol

Phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine (during 1st trimester)

Guaifenesin (during 1st trimester)

Advil, Motrin, Aleve

We hope this list gives you a general idea of what is safe & what isn’t, but please contact your doctor for specific medications you may be taking to learn whether those are safe during your pregnancy or not!

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5 Books to Look Into When You’re Expecting!

#1 What to Expect When You’re Expecting

You are probably familiar with the title of Amazon’s #1 selling pregnancy book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. If you’re looking for an easy, informative week-by-week read, this is the book for you! This book is full of information for first time mothers. If you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with pregnancy books & reading, just get this one.

#2 Expecting Better

If you’re looking for a data based read. The Author, Emily Oster, states many fact-driven points to help you make the right decision for YOU! This book helps you make educational choices on every major decision during pregnancy.

#3 Cribsheet

This book is another fact-driven, easy read from Oster. If you have anxiety from all the (mis) information out there, you’ll enjoy this book. It’s full of myth-busting & helps put your anxious thoughts to ease.

#4 Bumpin’

This book is a great read for first time modern moms. It states the facts without being controversial, & the author has great insights from her personal birth story. It’s a balanced mix between personal stories & educational content. This book feels more like having a conversation with a good friend rather than being talked down upon from a doctor.

#5 50 Things to Do Before You Deliver

If you’re looking for an interactive, quick read, this is it. Jill Krause gives great advice while being realistic. It’s not all strict rules, but rather an overall encouragement book for you. A reminder that what you’re doing is amazing, & you are doing a great job! This book is down-to-earth, & less clinical feeling than our other recommendations, but still has great information!

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What vitamins should I be taking?

So you just found out you’re pregnant? Prenatal vitamins get you all the nutrients for a healthy pregnancy! & it’s best to start them ASAP!

Ideally, you should be taking prenatal vitamins before you even get pregnant! We suggest if you’re trying to get pregnant, it is a good idea to start on prenatal vitamins. But if you haven’t been taking prenatal vitamins & you’re pregnant now, start as soon as possible!

Why they are important:

  • Folic Acid– helps with the prevention of defects with the neutral tube.
  • Iron– helps support development of fetus & placenta

Here is what you should look for in a prenatal vitamin:

  • Folic Acid
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Zinc
  • Iodine

Talk to your healthcare provider, they may suggest for you to take more dosage of some of these vitamins for your specific circumstances!

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How to Choose a Doctor for your Pregnancy

Just found out you’re pregnant? A good place to start is to find a doctor you click with. Here are a few of our top tips on finding a doctor in your area that will be the best fit for you! You can focus on growing that little one!

Get advice from friends & family

 Let’s be real, nothing is worse than not feeling like you’re being understood by your doctor. Best way to get in with an OBGYN that you click with? Ask your friends & family! Ask them what they liked about their OBGYN to see if they’d be a good fit for you. Get their information so you don’t forget to give them a call!

Choose a OBGYN that takes your insurance

It’s better to find out your coverage options right off the bat so there are no surprises down the road. Check out your insurance provider’s website to see exactly what’s covered. It’s best to get this figured out right away!

Check on locations

It may seem like an obvious statement, but the location is huge! Are they somewhere convenient for you? Are you willing to make the longer drive for someone who specializes in a specific category? These are all things to keep in mind when choosing your doctor.

Make a list of “must haves”

What are you looking for in your healthcare provider? Do you prefer a man or a woman? Do you have any specific preferences? Make a list of all of these! Put a star by the deal breakers so you know exactly what to look for! Start telling friends & family what you’re looking for too, so they can keep an ear out for you!

Know you can always switch doctors

You’re not locked in. Above all else, don’t stress about it too much! If you’re not clicking, there are always other doctors out there, happy to accept new clients! If you try out your doctor & it’s not a good fit, start calling some of those other recommendations you’ve kept from friends.

We hope you find the perfect fit for your specific needs!

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Hospital Bag Essentials Checklist

At Sweet Pea imagery, we understand having a baby can be a stressful time. We’d love to help you best prepare for your labor! When your little one decides to enter this world, you’ll feel prepped and ready as ever with this free downloadable hospital bag checklist!

Feel free to download & print our list! We even added an extra section for you to add whatever else you’d like to bring.

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Handling Your Newborn

Whether this is the first newborn in your family for a while, or you haven’t spent a lot of time around newborns, you may be feeling a little intimidated by their fragility. You can never go wrong with a refresher on how to properly handle your newborn! You may want to share this post with a friend or family member to refresh them as well before your little bundle of joy arrives!

Always have clean hands before handling your baby!

Ideally, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds. Hand sanitizer also works if you aren’t able to use a sink to wash your hands. Due to newborns not having a strong enough immune system, they are at higher risk for illnesses and infection. Make sure everyone who handles your baby has clean hands before doing so.

Make sure to support your baby’s neck and head!

Always cradle your baby’s head when laying your baby down or carrying your baby upright.

NEVER shake your newborn!

It is never okay under any circumstance to shake a newborn. This can cause bleeding of the brain and life threatening issues.

Make sure you securely fasten your newborn into their strollers & car seats!

You’ll want to limit any activity that will be too bouncy or rough for your newborn.

Don’t play rough with your newborn!

Your baby is not ready to be bounced on your knee or jiggled. Enjoy some newborn baby snuggles instead!

We hope this quick guide to handling a newborn relieves some stress! Remember that newborns are fragile and we should be extra careful with them at this point in their development. Please let us know if you have any other questions, we’d love to help!

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Baby formula shortage: Where can I find formula?

We’ve all experienced shortages over the past couple of years, but this most recent one has been particularly worrying for many parents: baby formula. With over 43% of formulas being sold out across the country, we understand the concern! We put together this resource for families looking for their baby’s formula.

What stores can I find baby formula at?

Albertson’s – Carries a variety of formula in person
Amazon – Carries a variety of brands online
Bed, Bath & Beyond – Carries Similac and Enfamil in store
BuybuyBaby – Carries several formula brands online
Costco – Carries Enfagrow and other brands online & in store
Food Lion – Carries several formula brands online
H-E-B – Carries Gerber baby formula online
Kroger – Carries a variety of formula in person & online
Rite Aid – Carries a variety of formula in person & online
Safeway – Carries a variety of formula in person & online
Target – Carries a variety of formula in person & online
Thrive Market – Carries organic baby formulas
Walmart – Carries a variety of formula in person & online
Walgreens – Carries a variety of formula in person & online
Whole Foods – Carries organic brands & 1 day shipping with Amazon prime

TIP: Have friends and family keep an eye out at the store for your baby formula. You may not be a regular shopper at Safeway, but your best friend may be! It never hurts to have help from friends and family to keep you stocked up on your baby’s formula.

What should I do if I run out of my baby’s formula?

Before anything, we recommend contacting your pediatrician! They are going to be your best resource for recommendations of similar brands. Some may even have samples they are willing to share!

After checking all of the stores above, you may want to check out some more local stores in your area. Call ahead to save time in your search and cover more stores!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not try making your own baby formula! This can be highly dangerous for your growing baby.

How to switch my baby’s formula?

Even though you may have formula in your area, they still might be out of your baby’s specific brand of formula. Your best option at this point might be switching your baby’s formula to a brand they are carrying & have in stock!

When switching formulas, you’ll want to first contact your pediatrician! They have the knowledge of what brands are similar and what will be the best switch for your baby.

We are happy to help all moms in need during this time! We have a limited supply of Enfamil formula to get you by!

Do you have any additional questions about the formula shortage? Or do you have any tips/advice for other moms in finding formulas? Please let us know!

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When is it normal to start feeling the baby?

When you feel the baby move will be different for every mom. Some moms feel their baby move as early as 15-16 weeks, but others not until around 22 weeks. I didn’t feel mine until about 19 weeks pregnant but my sister felt hers at 16!

There are many factors that can affect when you will feel your little one. If it is your first pregnancy it may take longer. Also, the placement of your placenta can affect feeling them as well!

Remember that all bodies, babies, and pregnancies are different and you cannot compare one to the other. If you have concerns you can always ask your doctor or healthcare provider!

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