Monday, September 12, 2016

My favorite nursing friendly clothes!

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THIS DRESS!! The color, the print, the micro-pleats, the sleeves and the movement! I love it all! Oh and it's nursing friendly??
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Here are some similar ones I looked at buying

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Top | Leggings | Tennies | Carseat Cover
This is my favorite and go to nursing friendly and mom friendly outfit!
Button up tops are THE best for nursing and perfect for fall! And these tennis shoes are so classic. They go with everything and are so comfortable for running around! Here is my opinion of my stroller/carseat.

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This dress is probably my favorite for nursing because its so comfy and stretchy. It is sold out, but below are some pretty and similar dresses.

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Dress | Belt | Sandals (old- saving up my pennies for these) | Diaper bag | watch 
This dress is my new favorite its simple and comfy. It will be great for layering in the fall! It also comes in solid black and I want it!

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Diaper Bag Buying and $50 Giveaway!

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Skirt (on sale!) | Top (on sale!) | Shoes (old, want these ones) | Bracelets | Diaper Bag | Swaddle | Lila's Bow

Today I've teamed up with The Baby Cubby to share the ultimate diaper bag buying guide and to giveaway a $50 gift card to their store (online or in shop!).

I LOVE The Baby Cubby! They really are a unique option for baby item buying. The have a beautiful store location where you can test out items in person and an amazing web store with all the store options and more! The Baby Cubby is more than just a store though, they are an amazing resource for new moms. They offer many insights about their products and which will be the best fit for you. The range of baby products on the market can be overwhelming, but the Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who have been there, they know what it’s like and they are passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and reminding parents how amazing they are and how important their role is. The Baby Cubby also offers everyday price matching, even to amazon! They also offer free shipping online with orders over $49 (lets be real baby stuff is expensive and almost always over this anyway haha).

I bought a lot of products from The Baby Cubby before the arrival of Lila. One of my favorites is this Little Unicorn Diaper Bag. I love my petunia pickle bottom bag from them for everyday use, but I wanted a more sophisticated diaper bag to use when I'm dressing up. This bag is so classic! It has so much space, great quality, easily cleanable fabric and comes with stroller straps. I could not believe it was only $75! Like really that is an amazing price for such quality!

To find the perfect diaper bag for you, you can check out The Baby Cubby's Ultimate Diaper Bag Buying Guide. It is really so thorough and helpful to get exactly what you want/need.

Enter the giveaway for $50 to spend how you'd like at the Baby Cubby!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Postpartum Preeclampsia Awareness

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If you read Lila's birth story you know that after birth I was diagnosed with postpartum preeclampsia. I felt like I was pretty well educated about possible complications during and after pregnancy. I enjoy reading research (I blame graduate school) and being prepared. Yet, with all of my reading I had never heard of postpartum preeclampsia. Yes, it is very rare. It only affects approximately 600 women a year. But it is a very serious postpartum complication that causes seizures, stroke (possible brain damage) and even death. I am so blessed that I was advised to stay in the hospital for 48 hours after birth due to being strep B positive. If I had stayed only the 24 hours who know what would have happened to me. So, I feel a need to spread awareness and educate women about postpartum preeclampsia and the symptoms. 

Many women who are sent home from the hospital before the onset of their postpartum preeclampsia get home, feel unwell, but attribute it to just birthing a child. They are unaware of their condition and can do damage to their organs and if they go untreated for long enough can have a stroke and die. That probably would have been me, because I felt totally fine! I was happy, alert, chatty and walking around. Then they took my blood pressure and it was 180/100. I would have never known. 

The symptoms of postpartum preeclampsia are...
  • A blood pressure of 140/90 or higher
  • Excess protein in the urine
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Abdominal pain, especially under the ribs on the right side
  • Very little urine output
  • Sudden weigh gain (more than 2 pounds a week)
  • Sudden shortness of breath
For me, I only had high blood pressure. 

I just want other women out there to know what to look out for. If you are feeling weird postpartum go to a Walmart or Walgreens and check your blood pressure. I had to buy a little home blood pressure cuff since I have to take mine daily right now. 

If you have high blood pressure in the hospital be your own advocate! My family and I did research and knew that high blood pressure postpartum was serious and we needed tests and labs to make sure I didn't have other rare conditions. We also pushed for specialist opinions. Pushing for all of these things is the only reason I received the care I needed quicker (magnesium sulfate IV and urinalysis) and wasn't in the hospital for longer. 

I hope no one that reads this ever has postpartum preeclampsia, but if you do I hope that this helps you be more aware and educated about the condition. 

For more information about postpartum preeclampsia this article is great. 

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