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Baby Proofing Made Easy with Dreambaby

If you thought that baby proofing your home would be difficult, you haven’t been introduced to Dreambaby – an internationally renowned and awarded child safety brand. We recently met Carolyn, founder of Dreambaby, and learned about her passionate commitment to educating parents about the child safety issues all parents face. Carolyn and Dreambaby are innovators in child safety and they’ve created everything from corner cushions to furniture anchors and everything in between. So which products does Carolyn…

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How a Doula Helps Both You and Your Partner

Table of Contents 5 Ways a Doula Helps You and Your Partner A Partner is More Involved Doula Can Help Your Partner to Cope The Doula Allows a Partner to be More Fully Experience During Birth A Doula Models Supportive Techniques The Big Picture In the middle of a long contraction, I leaned down towards the mom and helped her visualize moving up and over the contraction.  My tone was low, my voice soft and…

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Diastasis Recti – How To Tell if Your Abs are Separated After Pregnancy

Table of Contents 5 Steps to Tell If Your Abs are Separated After Pregnancy Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 How to Fix Diastasis Recti and Get a Flat Stomach   If you’ve had your baby and are having trouble losing your pregnancy weight or still look pregnant, it could be because you have diastasis recti. Pronounced dī-ăs′tə-sĭs rec-tie, this is where the connective tissue between your abdominal wall, called the…

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Diet Tips to Help with Fertility

Table of Contents Choose Plant Protein Over Animal Protein Choose Dark and Leafy Veggies Whole Grains Over Processed or Refined Grains Choose Healthier Fats and Oils Increase your Daily Fiber Intake Warm Foods vs. Cold Foods Grab your Daily Citrus Hydration is Key Bromelain Avoid the Bad Habits There are so many things that can affect your fertility. If you’re part of the growing population that is struggling with infertility problems, I have some diet…

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IVF 101: The Basics

Table of Contents IVF 101 – The Basics Preparing for an IVF The IVF Procedure Egg Retrieval Egg Transfer Increasing your Odds of IVF Success The Costs of IVF The Physical Stuff The Two Week Wait After Fertilization Getting The Results A Positive Result A Negative Result Your Emotions During IVF Your emotions will be the hardest part of all of when going through an infertility treatment like IVF, and if you have been struggling with…

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Best Belly Band What to Expect® MOM MUST-HAVE Award Winner

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New moms sing the praises of the Bellefit Corset & Girdle because it’s built to help support postpartum healing and ease pain. Watch the moment when Bellefit is named Best Belly Band of 2017! When it comes to Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ is an authority of resources for moms. So when the community of WTE Moms came out in great numbers to vote for the Bellefit Corset/Girdle as the…

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Belly Bandage vs Body Shaper – Which is Best After Pregnancy?

For new moms, life after baby can be a rude awakening, introducing unfamiliar stressors to an otherwise routine lifestyle. Around-the-clock feedings, lack of sleep, diaper changes and a crying baby are just a few of the adjustments parents face the moment baby is born. With such a major life change, the last thing mom needs (or wants) to worry about is her post-pregnancy body, diastasis recti or, even worse, a painful C-section incision. Any mom…

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Mothers Be Prepared, Use an Abdominal Binder After C-Section

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Ask any mother if she remembers the pain of childbirth and most will put on a smile and sweetly share that the moment she laid eyes on her precious little one, there was no need for painkillers. A few weeks later, when the warm surge of adrenaline wears off, ask again and her story will change – especially if she is one of the country’s 1.2 million women who has undergone a Cesarean delivery. Abdominal…

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Benefits of Wearing an Abdominal Binder

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An abdominal binder is a special compression garment that you wear around your midsection. You may be wondering why you would need to wear an abdominal binder after having a baby. The Reasons for Wearing an Abdominal Binder Typically related to surgery or childbirth – or sometimes, both! Maybe it seems like putting extra pressure on your belly might even hurt. On the contrary, compression is a common technique used to speed healing, often after…

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C-Section Recovery, a Guide to Post C Section Care

Each woman’s pregnancy, birth, c-section recovery, and motherhood experience is as unique as she is. A c-section is a surgical birth; an obstetrician makes an incision in a woman’s lower abdomen and removes the baby through this opening. A C-Section is a very different process from a vaginal birth experience. Because a c-section is major abdominal surgery, the recovery is quite different from a woman experiences after a vaginal birth. Women who have unplanned or emergency…

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5 Exercises to Gradually Re-Strengthen Your Core after Giving Birth

During pregnancy a woman’s mid-section — which consists of the abdomen, back and hips — goes through significant changes resulting in a temporary weakening of this core area. Diastasis Recti The diminished strength of a woman’s core becomes noticeable when she attempts to initiate intra-abdominal pressure which is necessary to keep her torso upright during daily activities. Women are generally encouraged to begin re-strengthening their core after completing the recommended 6 weeks of the postpartum…

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What Are Kegels?

A strong pelvis is beneficial to pregnant women. It prevents incontinence and makes birthing a baby smoother and less painful. Kegels are exercises that help strengthen the pelvic wall resulting in a successful delivery of your baby. The Benefits of Doing Kegels There are many benefits that come with doing Kegels. For example, the exercise is free and doesn’t require special equipment. It can also be done in the comfort of your own home and…

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Thoughts That Pregnant Moms Have After the Baby Shower

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Finding a place in your home for the abundance of baby shower gifts you received from family and friends can be a bit overwhelming! After all, no one wants your baby to do without. If this is your first child, people may go crazy getting you everything you requested on your baby registries. Don’t let this stress you out because a lot of new mothers are going through the exact same thing now. Here are…

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How to Keep Your Identity After Having a Baby

Sometimes called the “New Mom Crisis,” it’s easy to feel you’ve lost a part of who you are after giving birth. No matter what you see on the big screen and TV, transitioning from non-parent to mom is not always easy. It’s normal to feel some anxiety at this big change in your life. It seems like all of your being, your emotions, and your hormones are being used to nurture your new child. However,…

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Natural Ways to Induce Labor

If you want labor to come naturally, there are some things you can do to induce it yourself without the assistance of a medical professional. The advantages of not needing to be induced by a doctor are that your baby arrives when he or she is ready. Versus when he or she is expected. It gives you more time to prepare because you know that once you’re ready to give birth.  You can do the…

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Best Foods for Pregnant Women

What you eat while pregnant not only affects you. It also plays a role in your unborn child’s development. If you haven’t made changes to your diet yet, it’s time that you do so. It benefits you and your baby’s health. Some of the best foods for pregnant women are mentioned below. Lean protein Full of amino acids which help build the many cells in you and your baby’s bodies, protein is essential for growth…

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Tips to Increase Milk Supply

As a baby grows, his or her appetite increases. That means that you’ll need an increase in milk supply to satisfy the child’s needs. If you’re not sure how to get your milk supply flowing abundantly, you’re not alone. Many people are in a similar position which is why we’re including five easy tips to help you get started. Tip #1: Nurse your child regularly Your body keeps up with the demand for milk. That’s…

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Skin Rash (PUPPP) During Pregnancy

A common symptom with pregnancy is skin rash or PUPPP. Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy affects one out of 150 pregnancies. It produces an itchy, bumpy rash that is benign but very uncomfortable. Pregnant women notice it appear on the abdomen where stretch marks are prominent but it does appear on the thighs, buttocks, and legs, too.   Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy What You Need to Know About PUPPP Knowing…

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Tips to Have a Good Flight with Newborn

If you’ve never traveled with a newborn before, there are some things you’ll want to do to make the process smoother. Too often, babies are portrayed as persistent criers on flights. If you don’t want your child to be one of the children society refers to, you’ll take some time to ensure that he or she is as comfortable as possible. The following tips help make easy work out of traveling with an infant. Damage…

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10 Things They Don’t Tell You About Having a C-Section

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A Cesarean-Section or C-Section is something that many pregnant women know little about. They have an idea how the procedure works but aren’t aware of all the things that go on throughout the process. In order to better prepare you for delivery, we’ve decided to cover some of the most common things that happen before, during, and after you’ve delivered your newborn child. Here are ten things they don’t tell you about having a c-section:…

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What is Cord Blood Banking?

Cord blood banking is something that you may have heard of but don’t know much about. You may have even seen materials about the subject at your doctor’s office during your last visit. Knowing what cord blood banking is, who it benefits, and how it is done helps ease your concerns and shape your decision to bank your cord blood after giving birth. The following information helps educate and empower you as a mother and…

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Preterm Labor

Preterm labor or premature labor is a term that refers to labor that is experienced before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Over 89% of pregnancies make it to full-term while the remaining 11% are premature. When labor occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy but before a due date, it’s considered preterm. There are many risks for both mother and child if a baby is born too early in a pregnancy. What Causes Women to Go…

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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

There are some foods which are not good to eat while pregnant. They cause heartburn and indigestion. They also increase symptoms of morning sickness. If you want to avoid feeling sick to your stomach or have your sleep disrupted by the foods you’ve eaten, you’ll need to carefully consider what to eat and when. Refer To This Guide Often During Your Pregnancy To See Which Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy. Pregnant woman are not allowed…

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Dressing For A Summer Pregnancy

Dressing for a summer pregnancy can seem a bit daunting. Especially because most women don’t want to spend a ton of money on clothing that they wont wear after pregnancy. Am I right?! This was the first pregnancy that I have been in the end stages well into the peak of summer! We live in LA so its definitely not as hot as my home town, Las Vegas. However, with that being said, the temperatures…

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5 Tips for a Holistic Approach to Pregnancy

Table of Contents Be kind to yourself and consider the 80-20 principle Listen to your body and adapt as needed It’s not usually a time for new fitness activities Consider the relationships between each area of your health Think ahead for when baby arrives Pregnancy can be a really special and exciting time, and it can also bring with it a number of challenges for many women. Symptoms ranging from morning sickness to back aches…

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Controlling Your Bladder During Pregnancy

One of the things that you may have noticed that has changed since you’ve become pregnant is how urgent your need to pee is. You may not even make it to the bathroom in time and be forced to use incontinence pads whenever you leave the house. If your bladder is giving you fits because you’re pregnant, there are some things you can do to minimize the embarrassment of making a beeline for the bathroom…

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Morning Sickness and Nausea During Pregnancy

Anyone who knows a pregnant person is privy to stories of horrific morning sickness. In fact, very few women report not feeling sick to their stomach at least once during their pregnancy. If you’re wondering what to expect now that you’re carrying a child, don’t worry. Morning sickness and nausea are subjects that need to be addressed. In fact, no blog geared toward pregnant women should be without this valuable information. Consider This Your Guide…

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The Flu Shot During Pregnancy

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages every pregnant woman to protect herself against flu season by getting the flu shot. Influenza comes with severe complications which increases the risk of hospitalization and could even result in death. Getting the flu shot during the last trimester of pregnancy protects your unborn child, too, making it an option for you to consider. How the Flu Shot Benefits You Rather than hide away in your…

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8 Ways to Pamper Yourself When You’re Pregnant

Self-care is the ultimate act of self-love. When you take time out of your busy schedule to take good care of yourself, you’re sending a message to your brain and to the people around you that you matter. This is an especially important habit to get into as you’re pregnant because you’ll soon have a little one to care for. Finding a spare moment for yourself to breathe and engage in pleasurable activities becomes even…

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Parenthood, The Unpaid Job.

Parenthood is a full-time job, but it’s one for which we aren’t really compensated or evaluated in a substantial way. What would motherhood and fatherhood be like if we treated it more like a job? Compensation and Evaluation Can you imagine a job that required you to pay thousands and thousands of dollars over several decades without any compensation in return (except a measly tax cut)? Only parenthood fits that bill. There are so many…

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How to Handle your Newborns First Cold

Your child’s first cold will be one of many. How you handle treating cold symptoms with your infant indicates how well you’ll do treating future illnesses. The key to a quick recovery is being prepared. That means that you have the things on hand that you need for your baby. Preparing in advance prevents you from having to make a last-minute run to the pharmacy because you have a sick infant. Stock Up on Must-Have…

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Top Ideas for Nursery Rooms

Your baby’s nursery is more than just a room. It’s a space that they learn to become safe in. Their development during their first months of life depends on their environment. Therefore, the nursery is a place for growth, nursing, curiosity, entertainment, safety, and fun, too! When deciding how to decorate your baby’s room, there are many things to consider. From choosing a theme to determining what type of crib they will sleep in, there…

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How Much Weight Should You Gain During Pregnancy?

Some women seem to gain very little weight while pregnant when others put on visible pregnancy pounds. If you’re not sure how much weight gain to expect now that you’re carrying a child, you’re not alone. It’s a subject worth discussing because many women just aren’t aware of what is deemed a safe amount of weight. Too much excess weight increases risk factors for hypertension, gestational diabetes, and complications during labor and delivery. In fact,…

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Cute Maternity Clothes

Cute maternity clothes aren’t hard to come by. You just need to know what to look for in terms of quality, price, and comfortability. Once you know how to shop with these things in mind, you’ll have no problem outfitting yourself adorably while you’re pregnant. This guide will help you find the cutest maternity clothes money can buy. Opt for clothing with a lot of stretch. The clothing that you wear doesn’t necessarily need to…

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Sleeping Problems During Pregnancy

Many pregnant women have issues sleeping. They can’t get comfortable, their mind wanders or their bodies hurt. If you’re experiencing sleeping problems during pregnancy, there are some things you can do to promote better sleeping habits. You’ll want to get as much quality rest as you can because having a newborn interferes further with your sleep schedule. The Need for Rest is Even More Important During Pregnancy Rest is restorative. It’s a necessary part of…

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Is Sex Safe During Pregnancy?

During your pregnancy, you’re going to have a lot of questions that need to be answered. One, in particular, may be pressing. You might be wondering if it’s ok to have sex with your partner while carrying a child. If you don’t already possess this knowledge, it’s important to know the answer to this question before you have intercourse while pregnant. It is safe to have sex while pregnant. It does require you to be…

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Gender Reveal Ideas

You don’t have to look far to find the internet full of gender reveal ideas. They’re pinned to Pinterest, shared on Instagram, and documented through Facebook Live videos. The pregnancy parties range from simple to elaborate with some ideas reaching viral status thanks to the millions of views they get on YouTube. A Guide to Different Ways to do a Gender Reveal of Your Baby Use this guide to help you plan your own gender…

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Zika Virus and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

There are many things women who are pregnant need to be wary of.  The Zika Virus, caused by a mosquito bite and spread to fetuses, is one very important infection to acknowledge and avoid. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are factors that increase your chances of being infected by the virus including your geographic location, the places you’ve traveled to, and the travel history of your sex partner. Ask…

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Co-Sleeping Vs Crib-Sleeping

As a parent, you’ll make the all-too-important decision to co-sleep with your child or have them sleep in a crib alone. There are advantages and disadvantages that come with both options. Some parents swear by co-sleeping while others prefer that their babies crib-sleep. Whatever your choice may be, know that it’s up to you to make the final decision. A Parent’s Take on Co-Sleeping and Crib-Sleeping The differences in opinion about co-sleeping and crib-sleeping are…

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Planning Your Return to Work After Pregnancy

Now that your maternity leave is coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about how to make the transition from home to work smoother. A little preparation goes a long way in boosting your confidence of how well things will go while you’re away. Whoever will be caring for your baby will do so with greater ease because of how organized you are. Consider this your guide to planning your return to work…

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How to Relieve Tailbone Pain During Pregnancy

Tailbone pain is something that pregnant women experience at any trimester. The coccyx shifts because of an increase of hormones to the pelvic area. That means that you may experience pain while sitting or standing. Rather than grit your teeth and ignore your symptoms, it’s best to treat them right away. This guide shows you how to relieve tailbone pain during pregnancy. Tailbone pain while pregnant can radiate to the lower back and legs. Pay…

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International Model Rose Bertram Sees Rapid Results Post Baby with Bellefit Corset

When International model Rose Bertram delivered a healthy baby girl on February 24, she was – and still is – at the prime of her modeling career. Although life in front of the camera began 10 years ago, Bertram’s rising stardom was most recently seen on several magazine covers, including Glamour, Esquire and Vogue. As a model, her job is to look amazing, so Rose Bertram wore a Post Baby Corset to Recover After Pregnancy. As…

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5 Best Ways to Lose Weight After a C-Section (#3 is the Most Effective)

Now it’s true that an abdominal surgery is not a minor thing. Your body goes through a lot after childbirth. And cesarean deliveries tend to be more demanding than the normal ones. It’s because the former involves an incision as part of the procedure. But when it’s time to get moving to shed that belly fat, there’s nothing that can come in your way. So here are the 5 best ways to lose weight after…

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Risks and Benefits of Eating Your Placenta

Among the most controversial subjects new mothers face is whether or not to eat their placenta. According to some, doing so helps fight against post-partum depression and boost breast milk production, but the CDC warns against it. Placenta is considered organ meat and can be cooked or eaten raw. For the women who choose to eat it, experts recommend having someone with experience cook it to prevent harmful bacteria from being consumed by the mother.…

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9 Adorable Surprise Pregnancy Reveals

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If you’re pregnant and looking for a cute way to reveal your pregnancy to those around you, you’ll find the inspiration on the internet. Couples around the globe try to outdo one another’s pregnancy reveals by filming them and making them more buzz-worthy. If you want to be struck by the ‘feels,’ continue reading so you have plenty of options for your own formal announcement. Here are nine adorable surprise pregnancy reveals in no particular…

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Anxiety During Pregnancy: What’s Normal and What’s Not?

Being anxious often comes with being pregnant. After all, you want to deliver a healthy baby despite environmental concerns. Knowing the difference between normal pregnancy fears and abnormal pregnancy fears helps you determine when to seek professional help. Being a Model of Perfect Health Being healthy doesn’t just refer to your physical state. It also refers to your mental health and emotional well-being. When you feel your best and have positive ways to deal with…

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9 Moments when Pregnancy Reality Sets In

The reality of being pregnant takes a while to sink in. When it does, whoa momma! You’re taken aback by a big case of the feels. If you have yet to come to the realization that your life is about to change in the biggest way, you’ll get there soon. Here are nine got real moments of pregnancy: You formally announce your news to everyone you know. You pull the bun in the oven prank…

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5 Ways to Get Better Sleep During Pregnancy

Sleep is an essential facet of our health, and that’s especially true during pregnancy. Kick your self care routine into high gear with these pregnancy sleep improvement strategies. Make Your Bed Comfortable for Side Sleeping Most experts agree that pregnant women should sleep on their sides. This can be a major adjustment for back and stomach sleepers, but you can make it easier by making yourself a cozy pregnancy sleep nest of supportive body pillows…

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Planning Your Baby Shower

Planning your baby shower can be fun if you approach it right. Use these tips to guide your decision making as you consider what kind of baby shower you want to have. Set The Right Date Conventional wisdom states that you should give yourself at least two months to plan your shower, and that the date of the shower should fall somewhere in your third trimester. Ideally, it will be toward the beginning of that…

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First Pregnancy vs. Second Pregnancy

Your first pregnancy was quite an experience, and now you’ve got another bun in the oven. Now that you’re a seasoned pro and you’ve seen it all before, you might notice that a few things have changed since last time. Morning Sickness differences in morning sickness during first pregnancy vs second pregnancy 1st Pregnancy You were surprised to find that you didn’t just feel pukey in the morning—it was all day, everyday. Every cure under…

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The Best and Worst Parts of Being Pregnant

Pregnancy has its ups and downs, and they can make giving birth feel bittersweet in a way. Once your little one has arrived, you may end up missing some of the best parts of pregnancy, but chances are that you won’t regret being done with the worst parts.  The Best Part Of Being Pregnant Extra Kindness and Care Every ordinarily grumpy folks can get a bit overprotective of the pregnant ladies in their lives, and…

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Abdominal Separation Recovery After Pregnancy

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“I’ve shared before that I had some ab separation after Maya. It’s not the most pleasant experience ever, and it can be a bit frustrating. I’m happy there are companies like @bellefit to support women in postpartum, both figuratively and literally. Get this, the company is headquartered in my hometown of sunny Weston, Florida! I could walk to the main office from my childhood home. So obviously they are really really really cool people! I’ve…

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Post-Pregnancy Compression Garment

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2 Weeks Postpartum and discovered this amazing @bellefit compression garment to help with recovery. Wish I had known about it since Day 1! Thankful for their super fast shipping. I haven’t been cleared to get back to my normal fitness routine yet and I am ok with that. Even though I feel great and totally like I could bust out some burpees, I definitely want to allow my body to heal and fully recover. That…

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Twin Pregnancy Recovery

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Now that I’m officially a “twin mom”, I decided to start something I like to call Twin Mom Tuesdays were I share my favorite twin mom items![/vc_column_text] A lot of new moms/soon-to-be-twin-moms have been asking me to review different products, so I’m excited to start! Today I started wearing something I SO wish I had bought with my first pregnancy, but didn’t— the Bellefit Dual Closure Girdle! This thing is amazing for twin moms because…

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5 Questions to Ask Your OBGYN on Your First Visit

Your very first prenatal visit can be a whirlwind experience. But, if you know what questions to ask first, it’ll be a lot easier. These five question suggestions can help guide you to a successful and well-informed relationship with your OBGYN. 1. Can I continue taking my current medications? If not, what alternatives are available? In most cases, you’ll likely be able to continue taking your current medications. However,  there are some medications that can harm…

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When to Start Feeding Solids to Your Baby

You may be wondering when you should start feeding solids to your baby. It’s a legitimate question that requires a response. Knowing when to start feeding solid food to your child allows you to make the transition from breastfeeding or bottle feeding to eating with their hands or a spoon. The Transition from Liquid Foods to Solid Food When is the right time to introduce solid foods to your baby? So, when should you start…

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First Baby vs. Second Baby

There’s often a feeling that second-time parents are old pros at this whole baby thing, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Sure, there are things you know now that you didn’t know then, and confidence is justified. But there are still many new things you will learn along the way as you gear up to welcome your second baby. Worries and Doubts Many parents find that the biggest change between their first and second…

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Baby Shower Games You’ll Actually Love

Want a to throw a baby shower that’s fun and relaxed without being too goofy and hectic? These baby shower games and activities are sure to set the right tone for a warm and memorable event. Who’s That Baby? Giggle at vintage baby fashions and see how far you’ve all come by displaying baby photos of all your guests. Arrange the photos on a garland or cork board with numbers and have everyone guess who…

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Last Month of Pregnancy Checklist

Are you prepared for the home stretch as you come towards the end of your pregnancy? This checklist will help you make sure you have all your ducks in a row before your little one arrives. Last Month of Pregnancy Checklist 1. Do something nice for yourself. New moms tend to share a few things in common, one of which is a complete focus on their baby’s needs to the expense of their own. Take…

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#MyBellefitStory

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The buzz created after Fox TV’s Brittany Graham and Brooke Hackett spoke on-air about their experience with Bellefit® postpartum compression girdles got us thinking, Who’s Next? Bellefit Maternity on FOX 13 News from Bellefit on Vimeo.   We love that Brittany and Brooke gave us rave reviews. And we especially appreciate their willingness (and eagerness) to share their experiences on live TV and their blog. Checkout the beautiful photos of their growing family and while…

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Fetal Kick Counts. Why Are They Important?

Feeling your baby moving around inside your womb is gratifying for a variety of reasons. For high-risk pregnancies, this feeling can be a major relief. Should you be counting fetal kicks? Learn more about this important prenatal monitoring strategy. Fetal Movement Counting Basics Why count your fetus’ kicks? Though kick counting, also known as fetal movement counting, has a long history and is commonly recommended in the third trimester, especially for high-risk pregnancies. Feeling your baby…

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10 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

As a new mother who wants to breastfeed her child, there are some things you’ll need to know to get started. It takes getting used to but once you and your baby have gotten the hang of it, you should have no problem breastfeeding wherever you go. Breastfed babies have an easier time fighting off bacteria and viruses which leads to better health overall. It’s the type of decision that could significantly improve the well-being…

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Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Very few women who have ever been pregnant haven’t seen a stretch mark or two. Gaining pregnancy weight suddenly stretches the skin and causes scarring. Although they’re not entirely avoidable, stretch marks don’t have to be prominent as there are ways to lighten them and mask their appearance on the skin. Real Moms Show Their Stretch Marks When to Expect Stretch Marks to Appear Stretch marks appear during weeks thirteen to twenty-one. You’ll start to…

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Fox 13 Beauty Buzz – What’s it Like to Wear a Girdle?

For today’s Beauty Buzz, we tried out the Bellefit Dual-Closure Girdle. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba have been known to tout wearing girdles to slim down, so we decided to try one.” Brittany Graham – FOX13 The Place Brittany Graham and Brooke Hacket from FOX13’s The Place tried the Bellefit Dual-Closure Girdle after continually hearing the buzz about celebrities using Girdles to reclaim their slim figures after giving birth.  Although at the time neither…

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5 Tips for Handling Pregnancy and Work

Managing pregnancy and work is easier than it used to be Thank goodness! We’re not still stuck in the day when a woman was dispatched to her home or bed at the first sign of being “in a family way.” Pregnant coworkers are no longer an oddity, nor should they be — barring dangerous or highly physical working conditions. Today, most working moms-to-be plan to stay on the job as long as possible, even throughout…

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5 Things I Wish I’d Known About Before My First Baby

The immediate elation of having a precious new baby lying on your chest all squirmy and beautiful may quickly give way to exhaustion. For first-time deliveries, the average time in labor is about 14 hours.  On average, three of those hours are devoted to pushing for a typical vaginal delivery. That’s a lot of hard work with very little sleep over a 24-hour period. 1.Postpartum Exhaustion As you near you due date, clear your schedule.…

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10 Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

10 Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy 1. Plan for Pregnancy Just as you make life plans for things like career and finances, consider your reproductive plans in young adulthood. Thinking about when you want to have a family, spacing pregnancies and how many children you might want should be on your radar well before you have a baby. This way, you can maintain reproductive health and make informed decisions. Regular physicals and dental appointments, good…

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Waist Trainers for the Post Baby Belly: Are They Safe?

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Safety of Waist Trainers Yes, waist trainers are safe if used properly. Below are some tips about waist trainers: A waist trainer should feel tight, but it shouldn’t cause pain. If wearing a waist trainer makes you feel dizzy, then it’s probably too tight and should be adjusted. The quality of many waist trainers available is very low. Women often look for more affordable options and forego the safer, less affordable waist trainers. Price matters,…

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Body Wraps After Pregnancy: A Great Combination

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Body wrapping is the practice of winding warm fabric or rubber bandages around body parts to “detox,” tone, hydrate or slim the bod. It is a staple at spas the world over. These pampering treatments often include wraps soaked in herbs, seaweed and mud from exotic locations. They also contain oils, creams, or minerals depending on the type of treatment and desired result. Body Wraps At Home Body wraps purchased for home use seek to…

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Why Use a Doula

The word “doula” comes from the Greek word referring to a woman’s servant. Modern doulas aren’t exactly servants. However they are dedicated to serving a mother’s needs before, during and after childbirth. Mothers who work with a doula during and after their pregnancies often feel more relaxed, empowered and satisfied with their experience. This is particularly true during the delivery. Learn more about what a doula can do for you, so you can decide whether…

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18 Weeks Postpartum Mom Amazed With Her Results

It’s my 18 weeks postpartum and Im honestly still loving my @bellefit. The girdle is amazing!! I am surprise how quickly it is helping my tummy get back to normal. Mommies out there I highly recommend the Girdle Corset! For purchase use code Twins20 and get $20 Off. Good Night Loves! Me: Who is that princess in the mirror? Her: immediate SMILE She’s so adorable isn’t she? For those asking if I wear my @bellefit…

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Split Abdominal Muscles After Two Pregnancies

My first two pregnancies left me with split abdominal muscles and a gap in confidence. Once you bring your newborn home, life moves quickly and there becomes little to no time for you, mama. Diet, exercise, and personal time will probably go out the window as round the clock feedings, stained clothing, and broken sleep become reality. The occasional weekly shower becomes a luxury. But, with a little preparation and proper postnatal support, the recovery…

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How to Smoothly Manage a Full-Time Job During Pregnancy

For many women, excelling in the professional realm means gracefully balancing motherhood with proper planning at work. Get started with your plans as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed. This will help you set the stage for a smooth future through each stage of the experience. Read more to learn some helpful tips on how to manage a full-time job during pregnancy. Breaking The News Even if you’ve already decided to tell your friends and…

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Bellefit Maternity partners with Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center to aid in rehabilitation efforts

Here at Bellefit Maternity we’re no strangers to the challenges many women face. Our line of postpartum girdles is just one way we’ve been working to make a positive impact in the lives of new moms. Launched in 2008, Bellefit girdles have helped thousands of women around the world find comfort after having a baby. They’ve also helped women discover happiness and enjoy more confidence in their bodies. We’ve decided to expand our outreach even…

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Pregnancy Skincare: What’s Going On and What to Do About It

The pregnancy glow is a reality for a lot of mothers, but most women experience some sort of pregnancy skincare conundrum before giving birth. Let’s take a look at what’s going on and how you can take care of your skin by taking care of your basic health. The Realities of Pregnancy and Skincare Pregnancy is a time of major hormonal change. These hormones can produce that pregnancy “glow” that makes some mothers look so…

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The Major Milestones of Pregnancy

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Everyone’s pregnancy is different, but there are some experiences that all mothers tend to share in common during those all-important nine months (and after). Here are a few of the most common/eventful, and also the most major milestones  of pregnancy! First Trimester Getting positive confirmation that you’re pregnant from a home test or a doctor. Sharing your exciting news with your partner. If you choose, sharing the news with your friends and family. Having your…

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Feeling Foggy? You Might Have Pregnancy Brain

Gestating a fetus is no small feat. From the physical changes and hormonal swings, , to the sense of excitement and even anxiety you may feel during pregnancy. Your entire body is really going through it while you’re waiting for your little one to arrive. However, is your brain really functioning at a lower capacity? Let’s explore the legend of pregnancy brain.   Momnesia: Real or Fake? The foggy head some mothers feel during pregnancy…

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What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

What to pack in your hospital bag

From the moment you go into labor you want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible for giving birth!  Moreover, a great way to make sure you’re ready for the first day is know what to pack in your hospital bag. Follow this checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything for yourself, your partner and your precious new arrival. Packing Checklist For You Comfortable shoes to wear around the hospital. Flip flops, slip-on…

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Belly Wrap Vs Postpartum Girdle – A Definitive Comparison

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Generic Belly Wraps that fit uncomfortable due to the rolling on the top and bottom of the wrap.  “I love my muffin top and the way my belly wrap is made of the stiffest, itchiest material,” said NO ONE, EVER!! Who could be comfortable in a belly wrap that rolls and won’t stay put? Unfortunately, many women are suffering in traditional postpartum wraps that just aren’t providing the support and comfort they are intended to…

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Best Girdles After C-Section, Military Wife Shares Progress 7 Weeks Postpartum

Kim delivered her baby via C-Section and wore both the Bellefit Dual-Closure Girdle & Bellefit Corset for her postpartum recovery. Being a military wife, Kim needs every bit of energy she can get to care for herself and meet her baby’s needs on a daily basis while her husband is on duty. She loved how the tightness of the Girdle helped her move around and care for her baby more comfortably. Bellefit Girdles helped me…

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Best Postpartum Girdle Certified Doula Childbirth Educator Video Review

Hi I am Debra Geymayr, directress of Prenatal Plus Yoga, here in Coral Gables Fl. Basically dealing with pregnancy, birth and beyond. Dealing with the wonderful time of pregnancy where women stay fit physically, emotionally and spiritual and just helping them feel comfortable and enjoy their 9 months of pregnancy. The Best Postpartum Girdle I see hundreds of moms during a week and the ones that need the Bellefit and purchase the Bellefit have greatly greatly benefited…

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Abdominal Support with a Postpartum Compression Garment

Postpartum Compression Garment Before and After Results

Busy mom Deanna F. began researching for a postpartum compression garment while pregnant with her third child. She was in search of something that would offer the support she needed to keep up with her 4 ½- and 2-year-old children. Deanna wearing her postpartum girdle days after childbirth. Her lengthy research resulted in her ordering: A bundle that included both the pull up and dual closure girdles from Bellefit Maternity. She was pleasantly surprised when she was…

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Abdominal Binder After Pregnancy with Triplets

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You have had a confirmed positive pregnancy test from your doctor and it’s time for your first sonogram. You were lucky enough to conceive without fertility treatment, and you’re excited to meet your first child through imaging. It’s obvious this pregnancy is progressing very quickly, but with no basis of comparison, you tell yourself everyone’s body is different. But this — this was something you never expected. There on the screen, you meet not one,…

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5 Signs To Tell When You’re in Labor

You’ve seen it in the movies: the unsuspecting actress feels a sudden gush of water, she takes a dramatic taxi ride to the nearest hospital and as easy as 1, 2, 3 she gets to hold her newborn baby in her arms and lives happily ever after. But in reality a labor experience is a little less predictable than Hollywood makes it seem. Although there isn’t ONE specific way to know that it’s really time,…

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Comforting Gift Ideas for Pregnant Women

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be complicated when your list includes getting a gift for that special someone who is pregnant. It’s always best to consider that although she is already expecting her own amazing gift, (her baby, of course); giving her a heart-warming and sincere gift is a great way to show her you care. To guide you along the way, we’ve gathered a list of the most comforting pregnancy gift ideas. Spa Packages Every…

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Making a Flexible Birth Plan

The birth of your baby is a moment that you anticipate for nine long months. Consider creating a birth plan as a guideline of what your wishes are for the big day. And try to keep in mind that birth plans are there to be an outline of what you are striving for, so make it flexible to ensure that you will have a beautiful and memorable experience. Here are important things to consider when…

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Being Ready Before Baby Arrives

Throughout your pregnancy you’ll often think about what life will be like once your baby is born. Here are 9 things you can do to be ready before your baby arrives. Birth Plan Having a birth plan is a must if you want your birthing crew to know what your wishes are for a good birth experience. We all know that it’s not always realistic to want to follow a birth plan to the tee,…

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With My Girdle I Was Able to Sit Right up in Bed and Had No Trouble Moving around

I’m a first time mom and I knew that being pregnant takes a big toll on your body and I wanted to make sure I gave my body the best opportunity to recover as quickly as possible. So I started researching for postpartum girdles and I discovered the Bellefit online and compared it with multiple other products and everything that I found online supported that the Bellefit was the best product for my recovery. “I’ve…

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Fit Mom Reviews Bellefit Corset With Amazing Results

Fitness mom blogger, Sia Cooper from Diary of a Fit Mommy, wore a Bellefit Corset after the birth of her first baby in March 2014. Here’s what she had to say about her experience with Bellefit. You can see her full postpartum corset review at fitmommydiaries.blogspot.com “Hi ladies! Today I am reviewing Bellefit Maternity. The Bellefit Corset Bellefit specializes in postpartum girdles, compression tanks, pregnancy belly supports, nursing pajamas, and even shapewear! They are also a…

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Pregnant? There’s an App for That!

In this day and age, women can manage the many ins and outs of pregnancy with the touch of a button. No longer do you have to scramble through note pads and papers to try to remember Doctor’s appointments, keep track of pregnancy progress or even manage your contractions. With the introduction of iPhones and apps, staying organized (and well informed) during pregnancy is easier than ever before. Here are some of our favorite apps…

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10 Cool Tips for Surviving a Summer Pregnancy

Being pregnant in the summer is no joke, especially during your second and third trimesters. When added to your current discomfort, the heat can prove to be nearly unbearable. Don’t lose hope; there are many things you can do to make sure your summer  little more comfortable. Here are 10 cool tips for surviving a summer pregnancy. 1. Wear light clothing Wearing light and breathable clothing will prevent you from over-heating and sweating too much.…

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Planning Your Labor and Delivery

As you approach the last weeks of your pregnancy and all the preparations for your baby’s arrival are nearly in order, there is one thing that will be on your mind the most: delivering your baby! Lets look at the most important things to consider for having a positive idea of what to expect and as you are planning your labor and delivery. Educate yourself The first step to having a positive labor and delivery…

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Your Baby’s Gender: to Know or Not to Know

There was a time when the thought of finding out the gender of a baby before they were born was unfathomable. Yet with today’s technology, you can get a clear snapshot of your baby’s face in just a few minutes. So needless to say, we’ve come a long way. Still, many parents struggle with the decision of whether to find out or not, so lets take a look at the why’s and why-not’s of finding…

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You Know You’re a New Mom When…

It’s physically impossible for you to stop staring at your baby as a New Mom   Taking a 5-minute shower feels like the most blissful thing on Earth You’re happy that no one will try to rub your belly anymore You get rid of your alarm clock because you now have a new “human alarm” Sleeping on your stomach after having been pregnant is the most exciting thing EVER You check on your sleeping baby…

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I wore the postpartum girdle day and night for the first six weeks

I am here to talk to you about the Bellefit postpartum girdle. This is my third child and I did not wear a compression girdle with my 2 previous children. I wish I had known about these, the difference is unbelievable. I’ve been wearing the girdle since 4 days postpartum and the main things I’ve noticed are less back pain; when you carry a baby around for almost 10 months you back muscles get weak…

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With my first pregnancy I had Diastasis recti pretty badly

Hi my name is Faith and I had a baby two weeks ago today. With my first pregnancy I had Diastasis recti pretty badly. I had done abdominal exercises for breathing, I had done the head tilts and nothing seemed to be able to close the gap. I went into my second pregnancy 22 months later knowing that I had diastasis recti and did not want it to get any worse. So I was looking…

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With My Bellefit Girdle I Noticed Some Results Pretty Quickly

Rachel’s Bellefit Girdle Results After Child Birth Hi my name is Rachel and I ordered a Bellefit while I was still pregnant with him. He’s now three months old and I’ve been wearing it since about two days after delivery. I noticed some results pretty quickly, especially with self esteem, because it’s kind of awful to just have the empty stomach there, still hanging out over your pants. I think it also helps in recovery…

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What Two Pregnancies Really Close Together Will Do to Your Body

Jessica’s photos – Pregnant, Postpartum and after Bellefit and therapy. What two pregnancies close together will do to your body: Mom of two, Jessica K. recovered from consecutive pregnancies and treated her Diastasis Recti with the help of a Bellefit Girdle. “I had two pregnancies really close together and had issues with excess skin, back pain, and Diastasis recti. I began physical therapy to help rebuild my body and the first thing the therapist recommended…

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What to Expect When Your Baby Is Born

Welcome to new mommy hood! Until you have a baby, you’ll probably never experience a love as profound as the one you feel for your newborn and exhaustion as deep as the one you’ll feel within. After all, your delivery and recovery involve intense labor on your body and emotions that will leave you longing for a nap (or two). Don’t worry, things may be a little hectic (and possibly foreign) at first, but you…

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What is a Post Pregnancy Girdle?

Do you know what a post pregnancy or postpartum girdle is? A post pregnancy girdle is a garment that a woman wears tightly around her torso following childbirth  They should fit quite snugly around the midsection to maximize the benefits. The tightness of the garment improves posture while aiding in a faster recovery after the baby is born. Wearing Girdles After Pregnancy Postpartum girdles are sometimes associated with the controversial binders or corsets that women…

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What Dads Really Want for Father’s Day

We’re pretty sure that the days of getting dads a tie or a drill for Father’s Day are sort of in the past. Although dads appreciate those hugely stereotypical (yet heartfelt) gifts, wouldn’t it be nice to do something different this year? Let us help you do just that with this simple list of what dads really want for father’s day. Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads of the world! Quality Time Dads love…

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“Wearing the Bellefit Corset Helped Me Get Back to My Regular Routine”

Bellefit Mom Kristine delivered her baby boy via C-Section and wearing the Bellefit Corset gave her the extra support she needed to get back into her regular routine sooner. “So just to paint a clear picture for any women who have doubts about this product…. My belly measured 43 inches around at 36 weeks, right after I had my son I measured 39 inches so as you can imagine I was a little distraught, and…

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Valentine’s Date Night Menu

As Valentine’s Day approaches, make sure all your preparations for a lovely date night are ready. Start by setting the mood with some DIY decorations, send the kids off to grandma’s house and spend the night-in with a well thought out Valentine’s date night menu for you and your sweetie that you can cook together. Here are some of our favorite recipes from inspiredtaste.net to get you started: 1. Lovely Appetizers Fresh Tomato Bruschetta Ingredients:…

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