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Follow Your Gut- Tips for Discussing Your Baby’s Digestive Concerns with the Pediatrician

Follow Your Gut- Tips for Discussing Your Baby’s Digestive Concerns with the Pediatrician

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Written by Natalie McBride
Parents should be encouraged to follow their gut when an issue continues to be of concern. Sometimes this means requesting to see a specialist when general strategies do not alleviate the issue. 
You're Not Expecting This at the Hospital

You're Not Expecting This at the Hospital

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Written by Natalie McBride
As two mommas, we know what it’s like to give birth in a hospital. We were ready, having taken a 12-week birth prep course, the nursery arranged and the birth bag packed. Something that really shocked us both, happened after our first post-birth shower.
Why we love Pharmacopia and pack it in every Belly & Bag

Why we love Pharmacopia and pack it in every Belly & Bag

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Written by Natalie McBride
Toiletries are perhaps the most basic of essentials that anyone would know to pack in their birth bag. While it seems obvious that these toiletries would be packed in every bag, this particular brand checked all the boxes we knew mommas cared about most.
Why we love Burt's Bees and pack it in every Belly & Bag

Why we love Burt's Bees and pack it in every Belly & Bag

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Written by Natalie McBride

With a safe-for-sensitive skin on-the-go facial towelette like Burt’s Bees packed in your birth bag, you can still care for yourself. Nothing can replace a good face wash with warm water, but this is the next best option! 

Why we love Badger Balm and pack it in Belly & Bag

Why we love Badger Balm and pack it in Belly & Bag

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Written by Natalie McBride
As mommas ourselves, we know how important it is to have a great balm to soothe sore lactating nipples. Breastfeeding can be challenging and at times cause discomfort, especially in the early days. Balm needs to apply easily, absorb into the skin effectively, provide relief and meet our non-toxic standards. 
Why we love Bamboobies and pack it in every Belly & Bag - copy

Why we love Bamboobies and pack it in every Belly & Bag - copy

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Written by Natalie McBride
When we were thinking about the ultimate non-toxic, prep-packed hospital birth bag, our checklist included nursing pads. While some bodies need them before birth and others don’t need them until after they've checked out of the hospital, we knew including them would ensure new mommas were better prepared for their changing bodies. 
Why we love Schmidt's and pack it in every Belly & Bag

Why we love Schmidt's and pack it in every Belly & Bag

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Written by Natalie McBride
Did you know Schmidt’s was founded by a fellow momma-to-be named Jaime who was frustrated by the lack of natural options to care for her body? So she made her own and introduced natural and effective body care to the marketplace with her business partner Michael. That’s a #boldmomma! 
Interviewing Megan: Postpartum Preparation

Interviewing Megan: Postpartum Preparation

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino

Megan's nearly due with baby #2! We wanted to share her perspective on preparing for her second postpartum experience through an interview! We've got a lot to learn from her confident preparedness as she goes boldly into new motherhood!

3 Ways Becoming a Mother Made Me a Better Dancer

3 Ways Becoming a Mother Made Me a Better Dancer

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Written by Natalie McBride
This may seem silly that I’m writing about how becoming a mother made me a better dancer, given my background, but it bears sharing. That’s because I still find myself dancing around the house, and I know how much “better” I am than before, and I can only credit it to motherhood. 
10 Steps to Postpartum Prep: Part 2

10 Steps to Postpartum Prep: Part 2

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Written by Natalie McBride
We’re giving five more ways you can better prepare for your post-birth experience. The average expectant mother spends 20 times more preparing for her birth than her postpartum experience. While birth certainly necessitates preparation, the postpartum experience is much longer than birth and in many ways more complex, too.
10 Steps to Postpartum Prep: Part 1

10 Steps to Postpartum Prep: Part 1

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Written by Natalie McBride
Over the course of pregnancy, the average expectant mother spends around 20 hours preparing for her birth. Those same mothers-to-be spend anywhere from no time at all up to 2 hours preparing for her postpartum experience. Let's consider these ten steps to ensure you're prepared for a better postpartum experience.
Epidurals can Fail - These 3 Pain Management Back up Plans Can't

Epidurals can Fail - These 3 Pain Management Back up Plans Can't

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Written by Natalie McBride
There are many ways to approach birth, and if you’re planning on an epidural for a more comfortable birth experience, you may want to consider a pain management back-up plan. Why? Did you know that the epidural could fail you? While unlikely, it’s empowering to go into birth knowing you’ve got options that you can rely on for your comfort.  
4 Reasons its worth taking more than a birth class

4 Reasons It’s Worth Taking More than a Childbirth Class

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Written by Natalie McBride
Birth involves all of our senses and our mentality, our spirituality, our physicality to labor and birth. A better birth can be achieved from a series of preparations. While a lack of preparation doesn’t ensure a terrible experience, a concerted effort at preparing for birth does create a more empowered mindset for birth. That, in turn, can make for a better birth experience
The Case for a Birth Plan: 4 Ways it can Transform Birth Experiences

The Case for a Birth Plan: 4 Ways it can Transform Birth Experiences

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino
You might wonder “how on earth do you ‘plan’ for something like birth?” Creating a birth plan drastically changed my first birth experience. And it’s just as important to me the second time around. Here’s four reasons why.
What I wish I'd known about becoming a Mother

What I wish I'd known about becoming a Mother

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Written by Natalie McBride
Since giving birth twice and surviving a maternal mental health disorder, I am inspired to share the perspective I have that might help future mommas better prepare themselves. 
The 1% Pregnancy Complication + Birth Story

The 1% Pregnancy Complication + Birth Story

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Written by Natalie McBride
Two years ago I went in for my last pre-natal visit on my second pregnancy. I was one day “past due” so a sonogram was done on my massive belly and then we saw the doctor. She let me know that I had “too much” amniotic fluid and that an immediate induction was necessary.
Review: SneakPeek Early Gender Reveal Test

Review: SneakPeek Early Gender Reveal Test

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino
Thanks to facebook algorithms, I had stumbled on Sneak Peek’s Early Gender DNA Test. I could find out my baby’s sex as early as 8 weeks pregnant! And being completely administered at home, it was a great option amidst a pandemic.
11 Books for Your Journey to and through Motherhood

11 Books for Your Journey to and through Motherhood

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Written by Natalie McBride

If you are a book junkie like us, we know you’ll appreciate these remarkable reads. As mommas, we don’t have much time to read, so when we do, we make sure it’s worth it. Whether you’re looking for guidance, re-assurance, or a relatable laugh, these books are some of the best we’ve found.

Tending to your 5 Senses in Birth

Tending to your 5 Senses in Birth

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Written by Natalie McBride
Are you rolling your eyes? Well, fine, but you should try this anyway because there’s nothing better than thinking about what you want for this major experience you’re about to encounter. It will benefit you more than you might realize.
4 Uncomplicated Ways to Occupy Young Kids out of School in Quarantine

4 Uncomplicated Ways to Occupy Young Kids out of School in Quarantine

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Written by Natalie McBride
While we can’t guarantee there will be an absence of meltdowns or tantrums, we are sharing 4 uncomplicated ways to keep your young kids entertained while soothing your sanity. Best news is you’ve already got what you need! 
3 Simple Ways to Set Up a Kid-friendly Home Office

3 Simple Ways to Set Up a Kid-friendly Home Office

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Written by Natalie McBride

So you’re working from home now thanks to Covid-19. Maybe you’ve been home for a while or maybe you’re just getting started. Either way - we’ve got three simple ways to make setting up your home office easier than you thought. If you’ve been working from home, maybe these suggestions will improve your current setup, so don’t disregard our advice just yet. If you just got the news you’re working from home, you might be adding this to your list of worries. It’s possible to establish a home office that’s efficient, comfortable AND even kid-friendly.

5 Ways to Manage your Anxiety while Pregnant during Covid-19

5 Ways to Manage your Anxiety while Pregnant during Covid-19

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Written by Natalie McBride

Welp, bet you never thought you’d be pregnant during a pandemic. Even without a pandemic, we know it can be an anxiety-ridden time growing a baby. The anxiety might be stronger now that Covid-19 is rampant, so we know you might be seeking some useful ways to calm your delicate nerves. We’ve got some ways you can better manage your increased anxiety while you’re pregnant.

2020: The #Yearofthemother

2020: The #Yearofthemother

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Written by Natalie McBride

Have you heard it’s the Year of the Mother? That’s right – this is 2020 and it’s time mommas get the care they deserve in America.

2020 Mom

If you aren’t familiar with 2020 Mom, you should get to know them! Their mission is “closing gaps in maternal mental health care through education, advocacy, and collaboration.” Their founder and Executive Director, Joy Burkard, is leading the way with heart and guts. She’s making change happen for the good of moms, but ultimately for the good of the world. If you follow us, you know that we believe that when moms are healthy, families are happy and that is the foundation for a better world. Without happy, healthy families, we lose community and when we lose community, what do we have left?,

The “rael” truth about organic lady products

The “rael” truth about organic lady products

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino

Let’s talk about our lady bits! Yep..you heard that right.

You’ve probably noticed the “feminine hygiene” row at Target getting lined with more and more packages that tout organic cotton. 

We see it everywhere now – but what does it really mean when it comes to Aunt Flo?

I Was Gone: A Mother Opens Up About Postpartum Depression and Maternal Mental Health

I Was Gone: A Mother Opens Up About Postpartum Depression and Maternal Mental Health

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Written by Natalie McBride

My husband and I were both so emotionally exhausted that we decided on one last attempt to get pregnant and if it didn’t work out, then it just wasn’t meant to be. I had been on a vitamin and medication regimen prescribed by my doctors to help me “not miscarry”. And as it turned out, after 2 years, it finally worked.

The Working Mom Juggle Act: 4 Concerns of a New Mom Returning to Work

The Working Mom Juggle Act: 4 Concerns of a New Mom Returning to Work

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino
Juggling family and career has been an ongoing education: on myself, my husband, my child, our society…but there’s no graduating with a shining degree. It truly is an imperfect journey and one that looks different for all. And yet, we share so many basic experiences, emotions, challenges, fears and joys.
Five surprising maternal health facts

Five surprising maternal health facts

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Written by Natalie McBride

We’ve been off the page, lately, working hard on some exciting new business features and opportunities. It’s all we can do to contain ourselves about what is upcoming for Baby Boldly! We’re making new connections, forming our network, and developing new ideas that will truly allow us to empower growing families.

Learning to live dairy free (because of my newborn)

Learning to live dairy free (because of my newborn)

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Written by Natalie McBride
It took us eight weeks from birth to learn our daughter had a dairy allergy. Eight weeks of way more than sleepless nights. She wasn’t just fussy, she was inconsolable. It wasn’t just spit up, it was vomiting.
Loss After Life: A Story of Secondary Infertility

Loss After Life: A Story of Secondary Infertility

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino

My husband and I were both so emotionally exhausted that we decided on one last attempt to get pregnant and if it didn’t work out, then it just wasn’t meant to be. I had been on a vitamin and medication regimen prescribed by my doctors to help me “not miscarry”. And as it turned out, after 2 years, it finally worked.

What to Expect from a Lactation Consultant

What to Expect from a Lactation Consultant

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino
After your baby arrives, consultation and continued support can be incredibly beneficial; remember babies are learning to eat. They are born with helpful reflexes, just as a mother has irreplaceable intuition, but it’s still a learning curve. I recommend this to be done within the first week of hospital discharge, and, if at all possible, before there is an emerging or ongoing issue. In my opinion, this would be the ideal situation.
My Birth Story: Natalie

My Birth Story: Natalie

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Written by Natalie McBride

This is my birth story. Telling this story is a part of my healing.

I played by all the rules with my first pregnancy, including quitting my anti-anxiety prescription. Aside from the hours I spent researching every piece of baby gear I thought I needed, I intermittently wondered how I was going to give birth. It was a thought that seemed to linger in the back of my mind.

My Birth Story: Megan

My Birth Story: Megan

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino

I’m going to be honest, it hurt like hell – enough to make me vomit – and I’m sure I scared everyone on the floor with my moans/yells. But I never considered getting an epidural. It’s almost like I forgot it was an even option.

Belly & Bag: From Concept to Community

Belly & Bag: From Concept to Community

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino
Here at Baby Boldly, we have been working behind the scenes for more than a year on our first product and it’s truly a game-changer for expecting mommas. In today’s post, Natalie shares how we’ve taken this idea from concept to community, culminating in a special event for Bold Mommas.
Supported Dads are Supportive Dads

Supported Dads are Supportive Dads

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Written by Natalie McBride

There is a milestone that men in America experience with bias, and it’s becoming a dad. Ever heard of the “fatherhood bonus”? It’s a real thing and certainly contributes to gender inequality and other inequities of workplace culture. 

5 Unexpected Items to Pack in Your Birth Bag

5 Unexpected Items to Pack in Your Birth Bag

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Written by Natalie McBride
There are countless lists offering the ultimate guide to packing your hospital birth bag. We’ve even got one to share with you! There are many similarities across these lists, but we’re including five less common items that will make your labor and initial postpartum at the hospital more comfortable and ultimately more complete.
9 Ways Pregnancy and Birth is Different Around the World

9 Ways Pregnancy and Birth is Different Around the World

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino
It is hard to imagine that what we consider “normal” in the USA can be so vastly different across the globe. While pregnancy and birth is the same biologically, how our cultures handle the experience varies quite a lot.

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