My list of favorites and must haves!

Wouldn't it be nice if there was one place you could go to find ALL the must haves, must reads, must buys, must knows, and any other MUSTS for pregnancy and postpartum? 

Well...HERE IT IS! 

My personal list of all my favorite books, documentaries, products, and things that brought me comfort during and after my pregnancy.

Must reads

A Fear Free Birth

Finally! The Perfect Guide on How to Have a Safe, Relaxed, and Fear FREE Birth...Naturally. (Plus that vulnerable phase right after you have a baby we call the 4th trimester) While Learning To LOVE The Changes Your Body Goes Through During Pregnancy. 
(Plus the tools you need to confront, address, and release all your fears surrounding your pregnancy and birth.

Baby Bump Trainer

I personally purchased this program from Natalie Hodson and I am so happy I did! 

Other books that I highly recommend for pregnancy birth preparation:

  • Orgasmic Birth by Elizabeth Davis and Debra Pascali-Bonaro
  • ​Husband Coached Childbirth by Robert A. Bradley M.D.
  • ​Dream Birth by Catherine Shainberg, PhD

Books that I highly recommend for preparing to bring a newborn home:

  •  The Wonder Weeks by Xaviera Plooij
  • ​Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood by Jim Fay and Charles Fay M.D. 
  • ​The No-Cry Sleep Solution For Newborns by Elizabeth Pantley
my favorite app's
Must Watch!

In Utero
It's Where We All Begin

Available on Amazon Prime, and Gaia.

The Business 
Of Being Born

Available on Amazon Prime, Gaia, and YouTube. 

This was by far my favorite documentary I watched while I was pregnant. It really highlighted the importance of my environment, diet, and stress levels and how each of those things would  directly impact my little boys development and long term health. It made me really think about how I approached certain things and helped me make better decisions.
This was a shocking movie to watch...  Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to explore the maternity care system 
in America and boy do they uncover some dirt... I had no idea how much money drives what options we are given as pregnant women and what we are told from our care providers before watching this. 

The Face 
of Birth

Available on Amazon Prime, and Gaia.

What To Expect 
When You're Expecting

Available on Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube, iTunes, and Sling TV

This is a great documentary to watch if you are open to an all natural birth since it follows a few woman's personal stories and outline the importance of a woman's choice in the method of delivery.
This one is obviously NOT a documentary haha but a friend of mine recommended it when I was pregnant with Ando and I have to say... It's hilarious. 
I highly recommend as a late second or third trimester date night movie since by then you will be able to really empathize with the characters and enjoy the humor.
must haves FoR pregnancy

I am NOT currently an affiliate for any of these products I am simply recommending 
them because I am so grateful to have had them myself!

► Prenatal Vitamins! These are so important! I found that finding the right one's during pregnancy can be oddly difficult though... I started out my pregnancy taking a highly recommended vitamin that came with a pretty high price tag but for me, by week 6  I could not stomach them any more. So then I looked into gummy vitamins but i really didn't want to eat all that extra sugar so ultimately I landed on the Nature Made Prenatal with DHA and took those through out my entire pregnancy and after since it was the only one that didn't make me feel like I was going to projectile vomit. 

► Coming Soon! Don't forget to check back!

must haves for labor and delivery
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One of the biggest annoyances I had with my health care provers after having Ando was how my postpartum care was handled.

For uncomplicated pregnancies, the standard is that you should expect to see your provider every four weeks up through your 28th week or pregnancy. Then from 28 weeks to 36 weeks you will see them every other week and if you haven't delivered in that time you will then likely be asked to come in weekly until you deliver. 
This means you can expect to see your doctor between 10 and 15 time not including additional ultrasounds and/or tests during the 9 months you carry you new little love.

Postpartum, you get one...

That's right, you read that correctly... the standard of care is that women get ONE postpartum visit six weeks after birth and then it's back to normal life. 

Except it's not...  

80% of women who have a baby experience Baby Blues (also known as Postpartum Blues) in the first month postpartum which can feel like a sudden onset of sadness, overwhelm, or anxiety that typically comes and goes over a few weeks time. 

Up to 15% of these women though will develop a more severe and longer-lasting depression, called postpartum depression. Women with postpartum depression may experience emotional highs and lows, frequent crying, fatigue, guilt, and difficulty caring for their new baby. 

Others will develop something called Postpartum Anxiety. Women with Postpartum Anxiety may not feel waves of overwhelming sadness but can still experience emotional highs and lows, frequent crying, fatigue, and guilt. they may also experience sever nervousness, an inability to sleep, and/or intrusive thoughts. 

For me, it came on really sudden and all at once. 

I had just had my little boy four days prior and we were settling into our new normal when it happened. 

my sweet little boy was asleep in his swing and Brad was holding me on the couch when all of a sudden I got really hot... so much so I started sweating and then immediately I got really cold. 

Then this overwhelming wave of sadness came over me that I couldn't explain. 

I just needed to cry. 

It felt like all the joy had just spilled out of me and I couldn't help but sob.  

Brad watched our little boy so I could take a bath and the truth is, I sat in the hot water listening to Chris Ledoux's "look at you girl" on repeat and cried for 45 minutes. 

Nothing was "wrong."
I just needed to cry. 

But at that moment I felt like I needed a reason I was feeling this way, but there wasn't one.
As a new mom, more than once I felt blindsided by the entire postpartum period. 

I knew life after having my son would be different, but it's really hard for a first-time mom to prepare for the demand's a new baby brings. 

If you're anything like me you thought It’s an amazing, joyous time in our life 🙌, how could I possibly be THAT overwhelmed by all the changes that come with it… but the reality is no conversation I had prepared me for the sleep-deprivation, the feeding struggles, the baby blues or the postpartum depression... not even conversations with my healthcare provider. 

Why is that?

Why is NO ONE TALKING ABOUT the fact that we:

💛Face unrealistic motherhood expectations that women will fit perfectly into this new role of mom…and not struggle.

💛We may see asking for help as a sign of weakness and therefore not say a word.

💛We may feel shame or guilt for complaining when our baby is happy and healthy.

💛We may incorrectly assume other moms are fine because they only talk about or post about the good times.

💛We may feel lost because our healthcare providers didn’t talk much about life after baby…and they were the experts.

💛Or we may have all these mixed emotions because we didn’t know the right questions to ask to better prepare for the day-to-day changes we would be faced with.

Not to mention for most of us new moms when we do finally get to talk to our health care providers and explain what we are experiencing the only solutions they offer are to work through it with a therapist or to go on antidepressants. 

Which means you either relinquish all control of your feelings and mood over to medication or you have to continue to suffer through the excruciating moments of anxiety and sever sadness with the help of talk therapy. 

And, worst of all, most new moms struggling with postpartum anxiety and depression believe that this is just part of having a baby and we don’t really have a choice but to muscle through it. 

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And I will see you at fight club… 

I mean… 

In our mom support group… obviously *wink* 

I am NOT currently an affiliate for any of these products I am simply recommending 
them because I am so grateful to have had them myself!

► Owlet Sock and Camera Monitor - This is the most expensive thing on my list but I highly recommend making it a priority to invest in. Being able to go to sleep knowing if your little one was to stop breathing you'll be waking up immediately is extremely reassuring and allows you to get much better sleep... Which If you are anything like me you are going to need it. 

Electric Breast Pump - (even if you plan to only breastfeed)

Manual Breast Pump - my friend Brittany recommended I grab this because when you pump or you breastfeed the other side will leak like crazy so if you use this you can save that milk. I was able to get enough for a whole other feeding most times.

Gripe Water - This stuff is a godsend. It's a natural herbal supplement for when they have a stomach ache -

Postpartum Belly Wrap / Girdle - I noticed I could feel my organs shifting and it was really uncomfortable. One of these helped the cramping and discomfort A LOT. Just be careful not to wear it too tight because that can cause cramping... trust me. 

Diaper Genie - So diapers smell... this makes it so you don't have to take them outside every SINGLE time. 
Formula, cereal, and snacks
As you may know, I am currently based in the US and unfortunately, there is a LOT of issues with the food supply available to us as new moms. 

You would think that popular brands like Gerber and BeachNut would be safe to feed your babies but the reality is... they're not. 

In 2018, a Consumer Report study revealed the dangerously high levels of heavy metals found in shelf-stabilized baby food. 
A 2019 report from Healthy Babies Bright Futures then confirmed that shelf-stabilized and particularly rice cereal brands have a long way to go in ensuring safety for our babies.

In 2019, Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) tested 168 baby foods. 95% tested contained 1 or more heavy metals, and 1 in 4 contained all four toxins; cadmium, inorganic arsenic, mercury and lead. Bottom line: the levels of heavy metal in store-bought baby food continue to be beyond the minimum of what a child should safely consume.

On February 4, 2021, a new report was released by the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Committee on Oversight and Reform U.S. House of Representatives on heavy metal in baby foods. This Report relied on data from four companies and found that “commercial baby foods are tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.”

Currently, the FDA does not set any limits on levels of heavy metals in baby food, aside from arsenic in rice cereal. This means any US based formula and baby food companies can quit literally poison our babies with no repercussions. 

So what do we do? 

Well, if you're like me (and you probably are since you're reading this) you research! 

I meet with my CNM (Certified Nurse-Midwife) on this topic shortly after having Ando since my milk came in fast but it was quickly apparent that he needed more than I was producing. She recommended we supplement with formula and specifically recommended the brand HIPP. HIPP is a German brand originating in 1899 that is now considered one of the best and safest brands for formula and baby food around the world. 

There is not currently a US version for this brand but there is a UK one and I found two different places you can get it shipped to you in the US! 


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