• Postpartum

    Do I have postpartum depression?

    Are you suffering from postpartum depression? If you are searching and looking this up you know something just doesn’t feel right. Postpartum depression doesn’t care who you are. It affects 1 in 7 women. It is common and you are not ALONE. Believe me, I stand with you. You can read my struggle here. Before we dive into this, I’d like to point out there are many types of postpartum mood disorders. Below I will explain Baby blues versus Postpartum depression. Hopefully it can shed some light into what you are feeling. Remember what you are feeling is real. You are not alone and no you are not going crazy,…

  • Postpartum

    My Struggle with Postpartum Depression

    Postpartum depression doesn’t care who you are. **This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog, if you deiced to buy something you will not be charged extra** **Please read  the disclaimer** You just had a new baby, everything should be perfect, right? You look down at your beautiful baby and think, “Why do I feel like this? I shouldn’t feel like this?” You are not alone and I stand beside you. I tried to push through it, it worked for a while until it eventually swallowed me whole. “Women who have a history of anxiety and depression are 20 times more likely to get postpartum depression.” I…

  • Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding FAQs

    Breastfeeding isn’t easy, not everyone can hook baby right on with no difficulties. Everyone’s breastfeeding journey is different. Some people have supply issues and some babies just won’t latch. Seeing a lactation specialist can help with these issues. Sometimes breastfeeding isn’t for everyone, don’t beat yourself up. If your baby got ANY breast milk that is great, but it isn’t going to make or break your baby. Anyway – let’s get down to some basics, and I mean the basics. Below you can find common questions asked by moms. Like I mentioned before, everyone’s breastfeeding experience is different. **This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog, if…

  • Breastfeeding

    The Secret to a Good Latch

      Wondering how to latch your baby? Not sure if you are latching your baby correctly? Well look no further, this post will give you the information you need to begin. Breastfeeding does not come as naturally as many would assume. Below we will go over how to latch baby properly and with time you will become comfortable at it! Just remember  everyone’s breastfeeding experience is different, no two experiences are the same. I am here to support you as you begin your breastfeeding journey. **This post contains affiliate links to help me run my blog, they do not cost you more if you where to purchase something through my…

  • Breastfeeding

    4 Common Breastfeeding Positions

    Breastfeeding positions used by every mom! Breastfeeding can be difficult or awkward at first. You’ll need to experiment with different positions until you are comfortable.  Below we will go over the four most common breastfeeding positions used by every mom. Quick tip 1! Rotate positions, get comfortable with all of them. Think about it, if every time you are using the cross cradle hold on side of your nipple is being used over and over again (same with the ducts!). If you rotate with a different positions each time you are less likely to have engorgement (more rotate, different ducts being drained) and nipple irritation Quick tip 2! If you…

  • Preparing for Baby

    How long does labor last?

    This is a common question I get when my patients walk onto the unit. My usually response, not getting into details, is “It really depends on your body. Everyone is different. No labor is the same. Labor generally lasts from 12-30+ hours.” The 30+ hours usually scares people, but hey, where would I be if I lied to you? I say 30+ because hey, sometimes it happens. I will sum up each labor stage and explain what goes on in each stage. Read the disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. It does not cost you anything extra! First Stage The first stage is the…

  • Preparing for Baby

    Dilation Visual!

    Ever wonder how much you need to dilate before delivery? A nifty  dilation guide showing how much you need to dilate through common objects. You can get the gist of how much your cervix needs to dilate before delivery. It is hard work, but totally worth it at the end! Believe me. Of course this is just a comparison and not exact dilation. Read the disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. It does not cost you anything extra! Questions? Comments? Feel free to comment below or email mamaelyfant@gmail.com

  • Pregnancy

    How Big is my baby?

    How big is baby? Ever wondering how big your baby is? A week by week food comparison can help you estimate how big baby is! Read the disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. It does not cost you anything extra!

  • Pregnancy

    When Should I feel My Baby Move?

    Read the disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. It does not cost you anything extra! A fleeting flutter dances about your belly. You stop, placing your hand gently on your lower abdomen. Did you just feel your baby for the first time? Feeling your baby move for the first time is amazing. There are not enough words in the world to describe the beautiful feeling of a baby moving – that is until there is NO room left and their feet are jamming into your ribs. You’ll still enjoy it, but damn does it hurt. Please read the disclaimer.  When Will I Feel My…

  • Preparing for Baby

    What You Really Need in Your Hospital Bag

    This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. Thank you!  Scroll below for a free hospital bag  checklist! Read the disclaimer. Overwhelmed as to what to put in your hospital bag? I know you are thinking, “I have seen this already!” Bear with me, promise it is worth a read. So what exactly makes mine different? I am a nurse, former labor and delivery, and now a mother to one cute baby! I will go over what is essential in a hospital bag. Mama’s quick tip! Now, if you are going in for an induction you may be there for a while. If it is a first…