As a new mom-to-be you should be fully aware that you are in for a whole world of poop when your baby is born. Babies poop a lot in those first few weeks (in fact, it would seem that every fart is accompanied by some poo). So enjoy the quiet time you have relaxing with your Lullabelly music belt now, soon you’ll be doing a lot of diaper changes.
Also, be prepared for what baby poop looks like. Don’t expect a nicely formed bowel movement. Oh no. Baby’s first poop will be dark, greenish-black and gooey (it looks kind of like tar). This is called meconium, and it’s made up of all the delicacies your baby has been swallowing for the last nine months like amniotic fluid, bile, mucous and dead skin cells. Sounds tasty, doesn’t it?
After the first few dirty diapers, baby’s poop will switch to a mustard-yellow with some tiny seeds in it if you are breastfeeding. If baby is drinking formula, the stool may be yellow, brown or green and may have a stronger smell to it.
All of these colors are perfectly normal, but if the poop is hard and pebble-like, has blood in it or is white, call your doc.
And that’s the scoop on newborn poop.
It’s not just your waistline that expands during pregnancy. Your boobs get big too and can go up a couple of cup sizes while you are pregnant.
Wondering when it might be time to get a new bra? The Lullabelly team has broken down which bras we think are best for each month in your pregnancy.
Months 1 – 3
Your Normal Bra
Although your boobs will probably be sore and tender in those first few months, you’ll likely be able to get away with your regular bra. But don’t try to push it, if your cup runneth over – go up a size.
A Cheap Big Bra
No need to invest yet in a maternity bra, but go up a back size and cup for extra comfort. Buy cheap here, this bra will only last a few months so don’t overspend. Consider going without an underwire too if your breasts are sore.
Okay, go for it. It’s time to purchase the maternity bra, which will provide support. Two maternity bras on rotation should do the job.
If you are planning to breastfeed, a good nursing bra (or two) will come in very handy. Think comfort and easy access (the cups unhook and fold down so you can feed baby quickly). Don’t purchase an underwire bra which can put pressure on your breasts and cause discomfort.
Post Post Baby
Once your breasts have come back down to Earth, it’s time to invest again in a new bra because chances are, your boobs are a different shape and size than they were pre-baby. Make it sexy so the other person in your life (your significant other) can enjoy it too!
When the clock strikes twelve (Noon that is, we know you preggos can’t stay awake much past 9 p.m. these days) are you stumped on what to grab for lunch? No worries, the Lullabelly blog has got you covered.
Here are some items to add to your lunch box:
Chili/Soup: Turkey chili is a great option for the pregnant diner. You’ll need more protein these days, so lean turkey and fiber-packed beans offer a delicious and healthy option. Plus, soups and chili can be simmered over the weekend and packed up for weekday lunches.
A Piece of Fruit: Stash at least one piece of fruit in your lunch bag each day. Pears, apples and oranges all work well and help with any digestive issues you may be encountering. They’ll even satisfy that sweetness you’ve been craving.
Cheese and Crackers: Cheese is filled with calcium and protein. Choose whole wheat crackers for a healthier option. Together they make the perfect snack.
Tea: Are you a coffee kind of girl? Well, you may want to skip the caffeine for nine months (or at least limit your intake), but if you’re still craving a hot beverage – decaf tea is a good substitute.
Side Salad: A guilt-free option! Pile the veggies as high as you want, but go easy on the dressing, which can be filled with fat and calories.
Leftovers: Whatever you make for dinner just cook a little extra and save for tomorrow’s lunch.
Remember, brown bagging it is always healthier because you control what goes into your food and the portions. If you are used to going out to lunch, try to cut back to once or twice a week. Happy – and nutritious – eating everyone!
When I was pregnant with my first baby I went on a quest to find the perfect diaper bag. It needed to be the ultimate combination of functional and chic.
Although this purse was holding a bit more than just my wallet and some lip-gloss, I didn’t want it to be boring and drab. I wanted a diaper bag that was fab.
Consider the following when choosing your ultimate diaper bag:
Size – How big do you need it to be? Will you be carrying around your loot too? The bigger the better – you can never have too much cargo space.
Straps – Do you prefer a stylish shoulder bag, or do you want something a little less high maintenance like a messenger bag or backpack? I’ve even see women rock a stylish fanny-pack.
Pockets – A bag with lots of outer pockets means you won’t have to go digging around for pacifiers, bottles, keys or your cell phone.
Note, it doesn’t have to be branded a diaper bag to be a diaper bag. A large tote, or roomy purse can do the job just as well.
About the Contributor: Amy G. is the mom to two beautiful baby girls (two and a newborn). She is a regular contributor to The Belly Blog, a blog for pregnant women and is sponsored by Lullabelly, a prenatal musical belt.