Surviving Pregnancy and Childbirth

By J. Ivy Boyter | All about pregnancy and childbirth, with a heavy emphasis on natural birth

Why Choose Homebirth? {Guest Post} | SAHM, plus...

<b>Guest Post By Stanna Carey, RN</b><p>There are many choices a mother must make when it comes to the birth of her child. One of the most important is …

Freebies for Mom

Having a baby can be overwhelming! Baby items can be extremely expensive, but I have good news! There are tons of places that offer free baby …

Labor and Delivery

With my first baby, I had a scheduled C-Section so I never experienced labor and delivery. My second child, I was able to have a successful VBAC. I …

Third Trimester Self Care Essentials - Sass & Shamrocks

Lifestyle, Pregnancy & Parenting<p>9 Comments<p>Here I am at 36 weeks pregnant. Yes <i>six</i> weeks have passed since my last update, it feels like I just blinked …

Cheesy Concerns: Can You Eat Feta Cheese While Pregnant?

Can You Eat Feta Cheese While Pregnant?<p>There are some healthy meals that you can eat when pregnant, but since there are lots of options and …

Baby is Late? How to Cope with the Disappointment | SAHM, plus...

Here you are, past your due date. Or maybe you’re approaching your due date without a single sign of labor. Your doctor is beginning to discuss …

Maternity Workout Clothes from Mumberry • Mamabops

Pregnancy, Style, Toddlers<p>82 Comments<p><i>I received a complimentary shirt in exchange for promotion on this post and on social media. This post contains</i> …

8 Smart Ways Mom-To-Be Should Prepare for Her New Baby | SAHM, plus...

As the time came nearer to my little man’s arrival, I kept thinking about all the things I needed to prepare. As I recall, there’s a lot to do to …

16 Strange, Sad Pregnancy Differences | SAHM, plus...

I had always thought I’d be a mom and when the time came to start a family, I couldn’t have been more excited. When I got pregnant the first time, I …

All-Natural Postpartum Care Kit: Must-Haves for Recovery

My babies were born almost 3 years apart, but I still spent a lot of time reflecting on my first birth experience so that I could be better prepared …

Pregnancy Announcement for a Second Baby • Mamabops

Little Guy Style, Photography, Pregnancy, Toddlers<p>93 Comments<p><i>This post contains affiliate links. See our Legal page for more information.</i><p><b>I’m so cute,</b> …

Your Doula Personal Trainer and Life Coach

<b>​“So, that’s like a midwife, right?”</b> is the most common response I receive when I tell people that I am a Doula. I would often stumble on my words …

The Mega Pregnancy Checklist – Week by Week

When I was pregnant with our son I created this MASSIVE to-do list. I had divvied up everything I wanted to get done between each of my 40 weeks. …

Babies

Why Pregnancy Is Not The Time To Make Excuses About Exercise

<i>The following is the second guest post on this blog by Vanessa, of Fit Foodie Mom Life! It’s always a pleasure to read her posts, and this one has</i> …

Pregnancy & Privacy - To Bare All Or Keep Mum? - Sass & Shamrocks

Lifestyle, Pregnancy & Parenting<p>Pregnancy & Privacy – To Bare All Or Keep Mum?<p>8 Comments<p>The pregnancy journey is thrilling, especially for first time …

Scared of Labor: Overcoming Your Fear | SAHM, plus...

It<p>saddens infuriates me the way media portrays childbirth. And, obstetricians don’t really aide in exuding confidence in women’s abilities to grow …

I Am Terrified To Give Birth In A Hospital

It may seem strange to hear a pregnant woman say she is terrified to give birth in a hospital. But I am. I am terrified I am a number to the doctors …

What You Should Know About the Risks of the Epidural | SAHM, plus...

Trying to decide whether or not to take the epidural during labor? Please Don’t Take It! This is what you should know about the risks of the epidural …

Support Your Pregnant Friend's Birth Plan | SAHM, plus...

When it comes to the support we give for a woman’s birth plan, we have it all wrong!<p>A woman’s birth plan is as individual as she is. Whether her plan …

8 Big Fears About Childbirth — and Why You Shouldn't Worry

At least according to doulas, and really, they would know.<p>From the moment you get pregnant, there are a bazillion things to suddenly get settled. You have to get a nursery ready. You need a gift registry. There will be a shower. You will have to hit doctor's appointments. You'll want to attend a …

Pregnancy

Giving Birth Naturally: What You Need to Know to Prepare | SAHM, plus...

I am passionate about natural, un-medicated birth. I’ve had two babies naturally, and yes, I do mean <i>without drugs.</i> The biggest struggle I encountered …

Finding Pride In Your Birth Story and Dealing With Criticism

<b>How does one cope with shameful comments directed at their choice of child-birthing methods?</b><p>Every mother has a birth story for each of her …

Natural Childbirth, My favorite resources

I am not so great when it comes to pain so how on earth was I able to survive natural childbirth???<p>At some point I want to share my birth story in …

Why You Need to Know Induction Isn't Right for Every Overdue Pregnancy | SAHM, plus...

In a few short months, my son turns 2. It’s a huge milestone, and I’m reminded of the story of his entry into this world. And, I want to share it …

Pregnancy