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How Big is Baby Now? Fetal Development Week-by-Week

FIRST TRIMESTER

    Week 3 of Pregnancy

    Your baby-to-be is a teeny-tiny collection of cells smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.

    Week 4 of Pregnancy

    Your little one is now the size of that poppy seed on your whole-wheat bagel.

    Week 5 of Pregnancy

    This week baby resembles a tadpole the size of an orange seed.

    Week 6 of Pregnancy

    Your little sweet pea has grown to the size of a … sweet pea.

    Week 7 of Pregnancy

    Your blueberry-sized baby is hard at work generating brain cells.

    Week 8 of Pregnancy

    This week baby has reached the size of a large raspberry and is growing fast, gaining about a millimeter in length each day.

    Week 9 of Pregnancy

    Your little one is starting to develop muscle, but is only the size of a green olive

    Week 10 of Pregnancy

    Baby has reached the size of a prune and has been busy growing fingernails and hair follicles.

    Week 11 of Pregnancy

    Your little lime-sized love now has even tinier fingers and toes.

    Week 12 of Pregnancy

    Baby now weighs around a half-ounce and is the size of a large plum, about double the size of that raspberry.

    Week 13 of Pregnancy

    As you close out the first trimester of your pregnancy, your baby has grown to the size of a peach. You may not feel too peachy yourself, but the second trimester honeymoon is about to begin.

SECOND TRIMESTER

    Week 14 of Pregnancy

    Welcome to your second trimester! Your wee one is now the size of a large lemon—and he’s sprouting some hair on his little noggin.

    Week 15 of Pregnancy

    By now your baby can wiggle her fingers and toes (cute!) and has reached the size of an orange.

    Week 16 of Pregnancy

    Your apple-sized baby’s ears have developed to the point that she may be able to hear you speaking!

    Week 17 of Pregnancy

    As big as a good-sized onion, your little one now weighs around five ounces. Pucker up! Your baby is also practicing sucking and swallowing.

    Week 18 of Pregnancy

    Baby is now the size of a bell pepper. You may be able to feel him moving around now!

    Week 19 of Pregnancy

    Your little one weighs around eight ounces now and has reached the size of a large mango.

    Week 20 of Pregnancy

    At your pregnancy’s half-way point, baby is the size of a small cantaloupe.

    Week 21 of Pregnancy

    Baby is now the size of a large banana and is sleeping 12 to 14 hours a day (doesn’t that sound heavenly?).

    Week 22 of Pregnancy

    By now your little one has reached a full pound in weight and is the size of a spaghetti squash, about eight inches long.

    Week 23 of Pregnancy

    Now about the size of papaya, your baby is gaining weight quickly now, and your own belly button may start to pop out.

    Week 24 of Pregnancy

    Your baby has reached the approximate length of a (cute) cucumber.

    Week 25 of Pregnancy

    Your little one weighs roughly one and a half pounds now and has reached the size of an ear of corn.

    Week 26 of Pregnancy

    Baby is putting on the ounces, having gained about half a pound since last week. She’s now the size of an acorn squash. And she’s just able to open her eyes!

    Week 27 of Pregnancy

    Up until this week, your baby’s length has been measured from crown to rump. Now it’s time to change to a head-to-toe standard. Now, at nearly 14 inches, baby is around the size of an eggplant.

THIRD TRIMESTER

    Week 28 of Pregnancy

    Welcome to the third trimester! Your little one is now able to dream and has reached the length of a seedless cucumber.

    Week 29 of Pregnancy

    Baby is now the size of a head of cauliflower — but so much more adorable.

    Week 30 of Pregnancy

    Your little love now weighs around three pounds and is the size of a small, plump cabbage.

    Week 31 of Pregnancy

    You’re entering the home stretch now, as baby reaches the size of a butternut squash.

    Week 32 of Pregnancy

    Your coconut-sized baby is practicing sucking and breathing now.

    Week 33 of Pregnancy

    At four and a half pounds, your bundle has reached the size of a head of lettuce.

    Week 34 of Pregnancy

    Your little honey is now as big as a honeydew melon.

    Week 35 of Pregnancy

    Now the size of a very clever pineapple (but without those pointy leaves, thank goodness), your baby is now around 20 inches long and five and a half pounds. Her brain is developing rapidly now.

    Week 36 of Pregnancy

    Baby is now the size of a canary melon and weighs in at around six pounds.

    Week 37 of Pregnancy

    Your doctor may check for labor signs, while your baby prepares for birth by sucking, turning, and breathing in the womb.

    Week 38 of Pregnancy

    Your little one isn’t so little now, having reached the size of a petite personal watermelon. Don’t forget to stay hydrated yourself!

    Week 39 of Pregnancy

    Hang in there! Your baby is now the size of a winter melon — around 21 inches long — and will be soon making his debut!

    Week 40 of Pregnancy

    It’s the official end of your pregnancy — congratulations! Your baby, now the size of a bunch of Swiss chard, should be arriving very soon.

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Parenting Hacks: Raising a Toddler While Pregnant

Your first pregnancy was a breeze. All you had to worry about was taking care of yourself and your baby-to-be. But this time around things are completely different: you’ve got a toddler to care for, too. The thought can be daunting, I know (and I say this as someone who gave birth to three babies in a little over three years). Here are five things you need to know in order to make the most of this fun yet busy time in your life.

1. Make sleep a priority.

Sleep matters—a lot. You’ll find it easier to ride the rollercoaster of pregnancy emotions and to keep up with a busy toddler if you manage to stay on top of your pregnant body’s increased need for sleep. So take a quick power nap while a friend or relative takes your toddler for a walk around the block or, better yet, tuck yourself into bed at night the moment you’ve tucked in your toddler. Remember: sleep isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. And, these days, you’re sleeping for two….

2. Create a “quiet time” bin.

You want to hit the couch for some quiet time. Your toddler wants to do something fun. Fortunately, you can have it both ways, if you’re smart about it. Start out by making a list of all the ways you can entertain your toddler while you’re sprawled out on the couch: playing with finger puppets, putting together puzzles, and reading stories, for example. Then round up the various bits and pieces you’ll need to buy yourself an hour or two of low-key relaxation and fun. Finally, store everything in a special “quiet time” bin so that you’ll have it when you need it.

3. Have realistic expectations of your toddler.

Sure, it would be great if your toddler acknowledged your increased need for sleep by letting you sleep in—or if he decided to cut you some slack so that you could battle morning sickness in peace, but that’s not likely to happen anytime soon. Your toddler is still a toddler, after all. And expecting a toddler to behave like a mini-grownup is a recipe for frustration, for him and for you. Bottom line? Try to keep your expectations of this little person toddler-sized.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to nurture that child’s pregnant mama. And pregnancy is the best excuse for waiving the white flag. So pare down your to-do list to the essentials and look for opportunities to delegate as many tasks as possible to friends and relatives—at least until you catch your pregnancy second wind.

5. Remind yourself that this is a limited time offer.

You won’t always be pregnant – and you won’t always be the parent of a toddler. Soon you'll look back with fondness on these precious early years of parenthood.

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30 Spring Inspired Baby Names

Do you have a baby due in the spring? Here are 30 “spring baby names” for boys and girls, perfect for your springtime arrival! These baby names have meanings inspired by nature, flowers, and the cheerfulness of the spring season. Which one is your favorite?

Spring Baby Names for Girls

Ava is a Latin-American name meaning “bird”

Briony is an English name for the flowering vine

Dahlia is an English name for the flower of the same name

Flora is a Latin-American name meaning “flowering”

Hadley is an English name meaning “meadow”

Hana is a Japanese name meaning “flower”

Hazel is an English name for the tree of the same name

Ivy is an English name for the vibrant green vine of the same name

Laverne is a French name meaning “in the springtime”

Lily is an Engilsh name for the beautiful flower of the same name

Maia is a French name meaning the month of May

Mavis is an English name for a specific type of singing thrush

Melissa is a Greek name meaning “honeybee”

Rose is an English name for the gorgeous flower of the same name

Violet is a French name for the tiny purple flower of the same name

Spring Baby Names for Boys

Anthony is a Greek name meaning “highly praiseworthy,” from the Greek root for “flower”

Asher is a Hebrew name meaning “happiness”

Aspen is an English name for the tree of the same name

Aviv is a Hebrew name meaning “spring” or “renewal”

Dayton is an English name meaning “bright and sunny town”

Denver is an English name meaning “green valley”

Edwin is a German name meaning “happy friend”

Florentino is a Spanish name meaning “flowering”

Frye is an English name meaning “seed”

Hollis is an English name meaning “lives by the holly trees”

Jared is a Hebrew name meaning “rose”

Julian is a French name meaning “young at heart”

Ollie is a diminutive of the English name Olver meaning “olive tree”

Rowan is a Gaelic name for the berry-producing tree of the same name

Virgil is a Latin name meaning “flourishing”

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10 Power Foods To Fuel Busy Moms

By: Lauren Hartmann, Disney Baby

Let’s face it, being a mom and being busy are synonymous with one another. There are babies to feed, diapers to change, laundry to fold … the list sometimes seems never ending. When this happens, it is likely that feeding yourself tends to fall by the wayside or at least that’s what happened to me.

For the first three months of Fern’s life I pretty much subsisted on string cheese and granola bars. I was a bit overwhelmed and feeding myself always seemed to fall to the end of my to-do list. There are many reasons why this was a problem: 1) Inadequate nutrition while nursing can decrease milk supply in addition to not providing babies with all the nutrients that their growing bodies need, 2) Inadequate nutrition leaves you tired, cranky and unable to take on the challenges that new parenthood (or really any stage of parenthood) requires, 3) Inadequate nutrition is not going to help you lose that baby weight. Our bodies need a balanced diet and if we’re not eating enough food they go into starvation mode and desperately cling to fat.

So what’s a busy mom to eat?

10 Power Foods For Busy Moms

Trying to eat healthy foods as a mom bustling about taking care of a baby’s needs all day can be a challenge. Here are 10 foods that are easy for to prepare and eat quickly in between the plethora of tasks on that seemingly never-ending to-do list – foods that will keep you fueled for the day ahead!

Eggs

Eggs are my absolute go-to food. It takes literally two minutes to scramble some up for breakfast and I can throw in some extras for flavor and fuel like spinach, ground flax, cheese, tomatoes, etc… I can also hard boil a bunch at the beginning of the week after my baby goes to bed and I’ve got instant grab-and-go snacks available for the week.

Fruit

Fruit is not only delicious, but can also be very filling. I choose more dense fruits for when I’m hungry enough for a meal, but won’t be able to make a full meal happen any time soon (think: crying baby). Oranges and bananas are my good options for this scenario. Any fruit is a good option though and pre-slicing fruit earlier in the week is a good way to ensure that it actually gets eaten.

Vegetables

Pre-cut veggies are one "convenience food" that I don’t mind buying if I’m not buying a bunch of other pre-packaged, processed foods. Baby carrots, big bags of spinach and pre-cut broccoli are all great easy options. You’re much more likely to eat a salad when there isn’t any prep involved.

Hummus

This is a great option to get a bit more protein in your day and makes eating your vegetables a bit more palatable if you’re not a fan of veggies like myself.

Oatmeal

I am particularly fond of steel cut oats for their great texture and the nutritional punch that they pack and you can even find quick-cooking varieties that cook in 5-7 minutes. If you don’t think you can find 5-7 minutes to cook oatmeal in the morning you can always prepare a big pot of it ahead of time to portion out and heat up throughout the week.

Greek Yogurt

I love all yogurt, but the Greek variety has the most protein as well as a nice creamy texture that leaves me feeling full and satisfied. I like to throw in some berries or banana and a bit of flaxseed meal as well.

Flaxseed Meal

A quick and easy way to sneak in some extra Omega-3s into your day. Just sprinkle it on some of the foods you’re already eating.

Nuts

Nuts, particularly raw almonds, are a favorite snacking option for me. A small handful offers a dose of protein, good fatty acids and keeps me full for just a bit longer.

Black Beans

You can eat these from the can or make them yourself ahead of time and then add them to salads or wrap them up in a tortilla for a protein packed lunch when you want it.

Smoothies

All you have to do is dump your fruits, veggies and maybe a dash of flaxseed meal or protein powder into a blender with a bit of milk or ice and pulse to the desired consistency. It’s a great way to get in a bunch of fruit and veggie servings in one sitting.


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3 Things Pregnant Women Should Do, But Most Don't

By Michelle Horton, Disney Baby

Now that my sister is pregnant (see below), it’s given me a chance to reflect on what I discovered during pregnancy that no one told me. Things that my sister never would have thought of without a little well-meaning advice.

Here are three things that pregnant women should consider doing, but many don’t:

1. Take a prenatal breastfeeding class. You already know about Lamaze or The Bradley Method or any other kind of labor prep class, but I’d suggest taking a specific prenatal breastfeeding class — preferably taught by a certified lactation consultant. The amount of information you need to breastfeed — the physiological facts, baby positioning, feeding frequencies, complication troubleshooting — is much more involved than labor. And it’s also nice to have a lactation consultant on hand that you’re already comfortable with. Your body instinctually takes care of the labor (although a labor prep class can help ease anxiety of the unknown, and also help you to know your options and rights), but the breastfeeding? That doesn’t quite feel instinctual.

2. Prenatal yoga. I found yoga to be one of the most important preparations for my non-medicated labor, but I imagine it to be beneficial for any kind of labor: learning how to center yourself, to meditate, to get in tune with your body. And, let’s not forget, the breathing. See more about how prenatal yoga translates to labor.

3. Get properly fitted for a bra. Of course all women should probably get fitted for a bra by an actual expert — because apparently most of us wear the wrong bra size — but it’s especially important during pregnancy. Your heavier ever-growing breasts need proper support (pregnancy is a danger-zone for future sagging) and some relief from the incessant soreness. I swear: getting properly fitted will change your life. In fact, I’m taking my sister to get fitted for a new bra this weekend.

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20 Beach-Inspired Baby Names

Summer is coming (hooray!) and that means beach days, sandy feet, and baby sun hats.

If you’re expecting a little one sometime this summer, one of these beachy names is perfect for your new arrival.

Girl Names

Ariel – How could you have a beach list without this mermaid name? If only the gorgeous red hair came along with it!

Bay – I love this modern name for a girl – it’s short and catchy and unique.

Blue – With color names becoming more and more popular (think “Jade,” “Hazel,” and “Olive”) this name is perfectly summer.

Cali – What’s more beachy than California? This shortened version of the Golden State is a perfect girl name.

Darya – This Persian name means “the sea.”

Hali – Greek for “sea,” this name is gorgeous and one that transitions nicely from baby to adult.

Maya – A Hebrew name meaning “water,” this name has spiked in popularity, hitting the top 100 in the last couple of years.

Morgan – Meaning “sea” in Welsh, this name is traditionally male but has become more popular for girls in the U.S.

Sailor – I love girl names with a masculine twist, and this is one of my recent favorites. Plus, a perfect excuse to buy some tiny sailor suits.

Summer – With a baby named Summer, you’ll have sunshine all year round.

Boy Names

Cruz – This fun name brings up thoughts of California beach town Santa Cruz.

Dylan – This is a Welsh name that means “son of the sea.” Plus, it’s a really great name!

Finn – This name may conjure up images of Huckleberry Finn, but it also has a nice ocean slant.

Hurley – An Irish name meaning “tide,” it’s hard to get more beach cool than this name.

Irving – This Scottish name means “sea friend.” How sweet is that?

Kai – This Hawaiian name means “sea,” and is also a character in the movie “Frozen.”

Ray – The ideal name for your tiny ray of sunshine.

Ronan – This Irish name means “little seal” and is currently sitting in the 400s for popularity, so it’s a perfect balance of unique but not too unusual.

Seaton – Meaning “town by the sea,” this is a last name turned first, which is an increasingly popular trend. (And for good reason! Last names make good, strong first names).

Zale – This is a Greek name that means “sea strength.” I love that it’s unusual, but not hard to spell or pronounce.

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Baby Names: Interesting Statistics


Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases data about the most popular baby names. This info comes from Social Security card applications.



The Social Security Administration first started collecting baby names in 1997 — and retrospectively captured names as far back as 1880. Now, the agency tracks the names parents supply when applying for their child’s Social Security card.



This information is the source of popular baby name facts and statistics.


The Current Top Baby Names:

Curious to know the most recent findings? Here are the top 10 boys and girls names from this past year:


Rank

Male Name

Female Name

1

Noah

Emma

2

Liam

Olivia

3

Mason

Sophia

4

Jacob

Isabella

5

William

Ava

6

Ethan

Mia

7

Michael

Emily

8

Alexander

Abigail

9

James

Madison

10

Daniel

Charlotte



Fun Facts & Stats

  • The SSA’s findings reveal both the enduring popularity of some names as well as the effects of pop culture and current events. Here are a few examples:
  • Most Popular Boy Name Over Time: In the past 100 years, the male name Michael has held the top spot most often, 44 times.
  • Most Popular Girl Name Over Time: Mary has been the No. 1 girls name 41 times during the same period.
  • Biggest Jump in Popularity: Aranza (girl) and Bode (boy).
  • Aranza rose 3,625 spots on the girls side to 607, from 4,232 in 2013. The telenovela “Por Siempre Mi Amor” aired on Univision from 2013 to 2015. The show featured a young lead character named Aranza.
  • Bode jumped ahead 645 spots, from 1,428 in 2013 to 783 in 2014. This may be attributed to the Olympic alpine skier, Bode Miller, who won his sixth medal last year.

Fastest Overall Rising Baby Names:

  • Axl (boys): The second-fastest riser is possibly a nod to both rock legend Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses fame and Axl Jack Duhamel, son of Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson (singer, The Black Eyed Peas) and Josh Duhamel (actor).
  •  Montserrat (girls): Montserrat, the lead character in a popular Latin soap opera, was No. 2 this year. Interesting: Another Monserrat (note the spelling difference), is also new to the list.

 New Names in the Top 10

  • James is a former No. 1 from the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Charlotte is enjoying her first time in the top 10 girls names. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were right on trend with naming their baby girl Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte.
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Your Pregnancy at 20 Weeks: What’s Going on With You and Baby

You’re halfway there, mom-to-be! You’ve spent the past 20 weeks managing early pregnancy symptoms and starting to prepare you and your partner for the arrival of a new family member. Find out about what’s going on now with your body and your baby at this exciting point in your pregnancy.

What’s Going on With You

Chances are you’re feeling a bit of relief from pregnancy symptoms at 20 weeks. Your belly is popping and folks probably now notice that you’re pregnant. According to the Office on Women's Health (OWH; womenshealth.gov), the following are common symptoms and milestones at this stage of your pregnancy:

  • Your belly size has grown! The top of the uterus is now about level with your navel.

  • You’re gaining weight (about 8-10 pounds so far). Medical experts suggest that you’ll gain about a half pound to 1 pound every week for the remainder of your pregnancy.

  • Many new moms notice at 20 weeks (you’re halfway there!) that several early pregnancy symptoms — such as morning sickness and feeling tired — are now waning, and might even feel a boost of energy.

  • You’re nesting. If you’ve not yet started to get your home ready for baby, chances are this week you’re working on the nursery, picking out layette items, and enjoying preparing for your baby’s arrival.

  • Your dreams may be more vivid. As your hormones race, your baby grows, and your due date edges closer, many Mom-to-Be find that their dreams are more memorable — and more vivid—at this point in pregnancy. Keep a journal by your bedside and make a habit of writing down what you remember upon waking!

What’s Going on With Your Baby

Your little one also is going through major changes at 20 weeks of fetal development. Here’s a peek at what’s happening during this week of your pregnancy, according to the OWH:

  • Your developing baby is now about 6 inches long and weighs about 9 ounces. That’s roughly the size of a bell pepper.

  • Your baby is much more active at this stage, and chances are you may feel a bit of kicking going on inside your belly. These little flutters signal that your baby is testing limbs and moving around.

  • Time to read to your baby. Your baby can now hear! Babies grow accustomed to the sound of your and your partner’s voices. This is a great time to be reading, singing, and talking to your baby.

  • If you could see in your womb right now, you’d notice a fine, downy hair covering your baby’s entire body. This fuzzy coat, called lanugo, is coupled with a waxy covering called vernix. Both of these layers are protecting baby’s still-developing skin underneath.

  • Your little one is busy growing eyebrows, eyelashes, fingernails, and toenails.

  • Your baby is also swallowing (you may even feel these hiccups!).

  • Baby’s gender is now visible. During your fifth month of pregnancy, you can finally discover the gender of your baby! A qualified technician should be able to discern now if you’ll be having a boy or a girl.

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The Forbidden Foods of Pregnancy

By: Andrea Howe, Disney Baby

Pregnancy is such a strange time for a lot of us women. No matter if it’s our first or our fifth pregnancy, there’s always new ground to cover, uncharted territory to cross, new fears and new delights to be discovered. As I write this out, it sounds silly even to me, but the subject I always have the hardest time navigating through with each pregnancy is the ever dreaded and evolving list of foods to eat and stay away from. At each doctor’s appointment, when the nurse asks if I have any questions for the doctor, I inevitably always have a question about food. Here are some of the foods I eat with wild abandon, and the ones that I suspiciously stay away from.

Now this list in no way should be considered medical advice and a proven safe diet for a pregnant woman. Essentially, this is the list of foods that over the course of the years I have developed and feel comfortable with (for my own strange reasons) eating and avoiding. It’s interesting that as the years have passed, there are certain categories where I’ve relaxed, and certain categories where I have drawn the line in the sand and vowed to not touch.

Deli Meats and Hot Dogs

With my first pregnancy, I avoided these items as much as possible, but by the second and now the third, days have gone by where the only thing I have survived on were deli meats and hot dogs, no joke. During week 13-20, I had a ham, cheese and egg bagel every single morning. And at least 5 nights a week I had to have a hot dog, as if my life depended on it. I posted a picture of a hot dog on Instagram one night saying “Again with the nitrates.” I made sure to have a conversation with my doctor about my obscene consumption of deli meats and dogs and she assured me I’d be okay, and so would Baby. But the first time around I would have never eaten these items so much.

Soft Cheeses 

I could eat brie and crackers with salami and consider it dinner, so when I heard that you were supposed to stay away from soft cheeses when pregnant I felt like the rug had been ripped out from under me. By the time I found out that it was really only unpasteurized soft cheeses you should avoid, I felt like I had been jipped out of months of avoiding one of my favorite foods. I now eat feta, goat cheese, gorgonzola and brie as usual, but always confirm it’s pasteurized, especially at restaurants.

Caffeine 

I’ve always felt it was okay for me to drink one caffeinated beverage per day, on the okay from my doctor. I had one friend that was so paranoid of caffeine she didn’t even eat chocolate during her pregnancy. I was never this way, but I do admit that I have strange ideas about caffeine that I’m sure hold no factual evidence. For instance, I think dark roast coffee must have more caffeine than your standard hazelnut, so I always avoid dark roast. Or that certain teas have less caffeine than coffee beans, so I order a chai tea latte rather than a regular latte. I think it’s just my way of feeling okay with drinking some caffeine each day.

Fish

So this category is where I’m the most strict. Don’t ask me why, as I’m sure some will say that drinking caffeine almost daily is worse than eating fish, but there’s just something about avoiding fish that helps me feel like I’m doing the right thing for me and Baby. Even items that are on the safe list like salmon and tuna every once in a while are foods I avoid. I looked it up and found that oysters were safe to eat, so I ordered a few the other night and felt such guilt after eating them that it wasn’t even worth it. Someone questioned me on this the other night as I was avoiding a smoked swordfish appetizer like it was the plague, and they said “Do you really think there’s enough mercury in this tiny appetizer to harm the baby?” And I said, “Probably not, but I just feel better not chancing it.” It’s where I draw the line in the sand and don’t cross it.

I’m sure my food list doesn’t make the most sense, but for me it helps me feel a bit more in control during a time where you feel like so much is out of your control. So are you super strict with your diet and avoid certain foods when pregnant, or do you hold a relaxed view and eat almost anything?

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Tips for Moms on Bed Rest

By Amy Heinz, Disney Baby

When I was 30 weeks pregnant with baby #3, I went into pre-term labor and was told I’d need to be on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. It turns out the baby (and my body) didn’t seem to care that it was my oldest’s 5th birthday (with all kinds of fun stuff planned) the following week. Or that my (then) 2-year-old son was about to start Mommy and Me soccer. Or that my husband’s job tends to take place in about 30 of the 50 United States.

While it was a huge adjustment for all of us, we made it through and greeted our sweet baby girl at 38 weeks. Along the way, I got great advice and wrote about my experience in detail on my blog. (And John has written about his experience of being the husband to a wife on bed rest beautifully here on Disney Baby.) But here are some tips every mom on bed rest should have.

Your New View

Bed rest comes with all kinds of emotions and stress. Here are some tips to make this tough time a little bit easier. (Like maybe start with someone painting those pretty toes you’ll be starring at all day!)

Bedside Table Must Haves:

  • A big water cup 
  • Straws (have you ever tried to drink lying down?) 
  • Water bottles to refill your cup 
  • Tissues 
  • Lip balm 
  • Medications (bonus: an alarm to remind you to take them)

Keep a Cooler Within Reach Packed With:

  • Cheese 
  • Crackers 
  • Nuts 
  • Fruit 
  • Yogurt 
  • And all your favorite (healthy-ish) munchies

Stay Entertained With:

  • Thank you notes 
  • Movies 
  • Books 
  • Magazines 
  • Funny blog writing/reading 
  • And, Cari of Lola & Maddie suggests having a calendar to mark each day closer to baby’s due date

When You Say Yes to Help (and Cupcakes):

  • Be gracious 
  • Keep running lists of what you need from specific stores so you can pay people back on the spot

Be Good to Your Big Kids With:

  • Cuddles 
  • Balloon volleyball 
  • I Spy 
  • Beauty shop 
  • Card games 
  • Movie nights 
  • Surprise packages with new books to read together

Be Good to Daddy By:

  • Making a list of requests (rather than constant shout outs) 
  • Asking friends to keep him company/invite him (and the kids) out 
  • Acknowledging all he’s doing (even if it isn’t *exactly* how you would do it) 
  • Saying thank you … a lot

Be Good to Yourself By:

  • Reminding yourself what a great mom you’re already being to this baby 
  • Asking your doc if you can attend very important gatherings (like big bro’s bday party) in a reclining chair 
  • Remembering what a hair brush is (bonus points for make up brush) 
  • Bringing your social life to you (have a girls’ night in)

Be Good to Your Baby By:

  • Remembering it’s called bed rest for a reason … REST!

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Say Goodbye to Rewards Codes

You asked, we listened! Introducing two new ways to get your Huggies® Rewards Points when you buy: submitting a receipt and loyalty card linking — exclusively for Huggies® Rewards. 

Huggies Rewards Submit Receipts instead of Rewards Codes

Submit Your Receipts

There's a faster way to get your Huggies® Rewards Points! Earn points by uploading and submitting a photo of your receipt for all Huggies® Diapers and Wipes. You'll even get 2x the points for your first receipt submission! 

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Huggies Rewards Submit a receipt for points

Get More Points!

Now there are more ways to earn points! From reading articles, to taking surveys, to sharing on Facebook & Twitter. More ways to earn = more ways to love Huggies®!

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New Huggies® Rewards App

Get the most out of your Huggies® Rewards experience. The new Rewards app has all the same great features as the website, right at your fingertips. Available in the App Store® and get it on Google Play™.

 

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By clicking SIGN UP you are agreeing to the Huggies® Rewards Terms & Conditions.

Join today and receive 500 free points! You'll also start earning Reward Points for all of your purchases. Points earned can be used towards gift cards, free diapers and wipes, and so much more!

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