Sunday, April 29, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Swimsuit season is quickly approaching and for all the expecting moms out there, it’s going to be a hot one! Just because you’re preggo doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your summer or avoid slipping into a swimsuit this season. When shopping around for some new maternity swimwear, keep these general tips in mind to have you feeling comfortable and perfectly stylish all season long.
When it comes to style, certain swimsuit silhouettes are definitely more comfortable than others. During pregnancy, many women prefer looser styles that don’t hug the torso. Look for blouson-style one-pieces or one-piece swimdresses. If you prefer two-piece swimsuit styles, try a-line and trapeze tankini tops paired with an adjustable foldover bottom. But if you don’t mind showing off that baby bump of yours, there are plenty of figure-hugging styles out there to choose from! Look for form-fitting one-pieces, tankinis and bikinis that fit your style and personality.
Similarly, when it comes to swimsuit cover-ups, a number of women prefer loose-fitting styles in lightweight fabrics. Tunics and a-line sundresses in cotton, crochet and rayon are easy, breezy and simple to slip on and off. Sarongs and pareos also work well for those who want to cover the upper inner thigh area. Look for cover-ups that complement your swimsuit in color and print.
Although there are a number of stores and brands that specialize in maternity swimsuit and cover-up styles, you can still shop at your favorite places if you follow these tips. I’ll leave you all with one last piece of advice: Always try your swimsuit and cover-ups on to make sure they’re exactly what you’re looking for. And if you’re buying online, make sure the site has a good return policy in case you need to return or exchange! Happy summer and congrats in advance to all the soon-to-be moms!
links to some of our favorite suits:
-Sun Seeker One-Piece by L*SPACE: http://www.instyleswimwear.
-Spring Daisy Tankini by Gottex Profile: http://www.instyleswimwear.
-Matt Siren Tankini by Seafolly: http://www.instyleswimwear.
-Regatta Blue Tankini by Michael Kors: http://www.instyleswimwear.
-Goddess Tankini by Seafolly: http://www.instyleswimwear.
-Ruching Swimdress by Karla Colletto: http://www.instyleswimwear.
Tricolore Tankini by Gottex Profile: http://www.instyleswimwear.
Friday, April 20, 2012
When I tell people that I am trying to get my body ready to have a baby they look at me like I am crazy. I have gotten all of these responses.
"People get pregnant all the time without being healthy so why would you have to worry?"
"Stop stressing over planning, just have fun and go do it."
"There is never a right time to get pregnant, stop thinking about it and just do it."
"You know too much as a midwife, just trust your body and you will be fine."
Basically I am not listening to anyone except myself and I have changed a lot of things to try and get ready to become pregnant.
Second, I started taking prenatal vitamins every single day for the past 3+ months. The ones I am taking are Concept DHA. I chose Concept DHA because look at those cute moms on their website babywearing!!! That is totally me. Hehe. Just kidding. Seriously though I love that they are small capsules, easy to swallow and they have the DHA in them so I don't have to take more than 1 pill. They have 1mg of folic acid, you don't burp up a fishy smell, and I haven't gotten constipated with them. They just work for me. I really think most prenatal vitamins are created equal, the one you tolerate the best it what is best for you.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Here at LaborLooks we are passionate about supporting breastfeeding moms. That is why we decided to include some of our favorite breastfeeding products in our 2000+ facebook fan giveaway celebration.
This giveaway is sponsored by Bamboobies (Super-soft, leak-proof, washable nursing pads) and milkmakers (delicious cookies that boost milk supply). I was lucky enough to meet the moms behind these companies and check out their products at the ABC Expo last fall. My daughter had just stopped breastfeeding. So, while I haven't used either of these products (yet), I have felt the Bamboobies (AMAZINGLY SOFT) and I have tasted the milkmakers cookies (YUMMY).
Enter to win a multipack of Bamboobies and a 10 day supply of milkmakers lactation cookies below. Entries will be accepted through 9pm pacific time April 20, 2012. You must complete all three entries below to be eligible.
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
A pap smear isn't scary. Okay fine, it shouldn't be scary. It shouldn't be scary but it may be scary if you have a history of sexual abuse, rape, vaginal trauma, a bad or painful pap smear in the past, or you just don't know what is going on or what to expect.
image via wikipedia
A speculum is an instrument that allows us to see inside the vagina so that we can visualize the cervix. A light is either attached to the speculum itself, or positioned in place so that there is a clear view of the cervix.
Sounds simple right? Well, after time it does become simple for a practitioner to visualize the cervix in order to do a pap smear, however, not all anatomy is created equal. The cervix is sometimes towards the top of the vagina (anterior), the back of the vagina (posterior), or it can be towards the right or left sides. None of these positions are bad or abnormal, but if a provider mentions to you where you cervix is, remember it! This way you can tell future providers where to look if they seem to be taking a long time to visualize your cervix.
Example, "I am so sorry it is taking so long for the pap smear Ashley, your cervix is just posterior, and sometimes that makes it hard to see. But don't worry, I found it just fine and the pap smear will be over in just a few seconds."