*I was provided a free box in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.
It's been a few years since I was pregnant with my 3rd, and I this time around I've discovered Oh Baby Boxes! I wish I had known about a box like this in previous pregnancies. It's essentially a subscription box filled with over $100 of healthy and fun products tailored to your due date, and they start at just $39.99 a month. (This month's value was over $150!!) You can sign up on a month by month basis or prepay up to 6 months at a time! And what an awesome baby gift idea for a mom to be! They also offer postpartum boxes for after birth.
I'm so excited to share with you guys what I got in my box this month! Plus you can find links to each specific product below.
Robe'n'hood "Mama" Robe $39
This adorable robe is so silky and comfortable, made of faux silk, and says "Mama". Perfect for a growing bump and lounging in comfort and style.
Comrad Companion Compression Socks $28
I always tend to get swelling especially towards the end of pregnancy, so I'm so excited about these compression socks. These are breathable knee high socks that use true graduated compression to increase circulation for all day support.
Sanctuary Sandalwod + Rose Quartz Essential Oil Reed Diffuser $25
This oil has a calming comforting scent that's also uplifting, just what you need in pregnancy. It's perfect for meditation or an aromatherapy session at home.
Mother Mother Calm Aromastick Balance Inhaler $23
We all have those stressful moments, especially when pregnant, when you just need some calm/balance. The Aromastick inhaler comes with all pregnancy safe essential oils that help promote clarity and fight pregnancy brain. It's refillable, alcohol free, and delicately scented for sensitive noses.
Mama Heart Pen - $15
This pen is gorgeous, and pregnancy brain is real! What a perfect way to jot down notes to help your memory. It writes beautifully and is lightweight.
Therabox "Namaste" Silky Eye Shade $14.95
Sometimes getting a good night sleep when pregnant can be difficult. This silky eye shade is so gentle to your eyes helping you to drift off a little easier. I'm so excited to use this, as my husband likes to be on his phone late at night, so this way I can block out all that light.
Broo Moods Connect Touch Screen Hand Cream $8
Dry skin is something I get normally, but even more so when pregnant. I am in love with this hand cream. It's hydrating, nourishing and healing, but not at all greasy and dries so quickly. It absorbs instantly and is made from Jasmine, Lime, Hops, Shea Butter and Butterfly Bush. I love the smell and how it's made with amino acids, vitamins and minerals to help nourish dry skin.
As you can see, these boxes are packed full of amazing goodies to enjoy during pregnancy. I cannot recommend these boxes enough whether for yourself or as a gift. Go check them out at Oh Baby Boxes and get your subscription started!
Use Promo Code PJBABY at the Belly Button and get 2 FREE Belly Button Bands or 1 Free Belly Button Body, a $40 value!
If you've never used them, these bands are GREAT and a must have for pregnancy, and after! Fit in your pre-pregnancy jeans by using the band.
It's as easy as 1-2-3!
Click on "Shop Now" and select the Nursing Pillow☺ of your choice in any of the 9 prints!
Once you have made your selection, you'll automatically be directed to the shopping bag. Enter the promo code "ENBABY" and they will deduct 100% off the cost of your selected Nursing Pillow☺ - all you pay are the shipping fees!
Remember: the promo code is "ENBABY" and you can use it more
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For a limited time you can upgrade to a super soft Minky Nursing Pillow☺ for only $5!
These pillows make great gifts. Selections WILL dwindle quickly, so get yours today!
I know this topic is something a lot of people are uncomfortable talking about, but the people experiencing it need to know they are not alone!! When it hit me, I had no idea what I was experiencing was post partum anxiety. I had heard of the depression, but that was not what I was feeling. There was no sadness.
#1 Postpartum is not just Depression
Many times, new mothers do not feel sad, so they assume what they are experiencing is not postpartum related. That was the case with me. It started a couple nights after we got home from the hospital. I was exhausted, laying in bed, trying to go to sleep. My heart was pounding, my blood pressure (which is normally pretty low) was extremely high. My heart felt like it was skipping beats. I was dizzy, shaking, light headed, short of breath. I felt extreme terror even though I knew in my head everything was fine. After a few days of this with hardly any sleep, I finally went to the doctor and discovered I was experiencing postpartum anxiety and was having multiple panic attacks a day. This was my 2nd baby, and I did not have any of this with the first, so it was totally new to me. Not to mention I'd never heard anyone talk about postpartum anxiety.
#2 It Won't Last Forever
When you are going through this, it feels like it's going to last forever and you will never get back to your "normal" self. I began taking Zoloft shortly after and it took about 4 months of adjusting to the medicine, upping my dose a few times, and finally I started to feel closer to what normal had previously felt like. My daughter is now 10 months, I am still on the medication, and I feel NORMAL! It does get better. It takes time, but there are so many options for relief, so don't give up.
#3 You Don't Have to Give Up Breastfeeding
For some reason, this really upset me when I realized I was going to have to get on medication. I did NOT want to stop breastfeeding my daughter. Well, it turns out I didn't have to. I did need Xanax a couple weeks to get through some pretty extreme panic attacks, so every time I took a Xanax I had to wait 24 hours before nursing again. That was exhausting. Trying to get my daughter to take a bottle, pumping and dumping, and an hour later doing it all again all while battling the panic attacks. But I made it through those rough weeks and am still nursing my 10 month old. So if it seems like too much trouble to bother with it, but you DO want to nurse your baby, don't give up because you can make it work!
#4 Talking About it Helps
When you start to feel like this, you feel like there's something wrong with you and the last thing you want to do is talk about it. But let me tell you, once I started talking about it out loud it really helped. Also just knowing that others know what you're going through lets you know you have people there for you and to look out for you. I felt, at times, like I was going crazy, but I had such a wonderful support system of friends and family around me and they got me through it. If you don't have anyone to talk to, I would highly advise going to see a psychiatrist or someone. Don't try to battle it out alone! Or if worse comes to worse, send ME a message. But please just talk to someone about how you're feeling.
#5 It is More Common Than You Think
The more I talked with my fellow "mommy" friends, the more I realized how common postpartum disorders are. So many of my friends experienced it to some degree. For most, it was actually the anxiety and not depression which shocked me. I never knew they were going through this awful anxiety. But they were such an encouragement to me and more proof that it wouldn't last forever. There was a light at the end of the tunnel. They got back to their normal selves, so I knew I would too.
#6 Taking Medication Does Not Mean You Are Weak
Some people have the impression that if you are on medication for a mental illness it means you are too weak to handle it yourself. If you have high blood pressure, wouldn't you get on medication for that? If you had an awful infection, wouldn't you take an antibiotic for that? This is no different. You are sick and may need medication to get better. I'm not saying everyone does, but in my case, the anxiety was so severe, I could not keep going on how I was. I needed medication. And I'm SO glad I started it because it helped me. I'm still on it and hoping to start weaning off when my daughter turns a year old. My doctor said a year is when a lot start weaning, and do it successfully. So starting doesn't mean you're going to need it forever either. For me, in order to be the best mom I could be for my children, I needed medication. It does not make me weak, but just the opposite.
#7 Taking Medication Does Not Mean You Don't Trust God
I am a Christian and have battled this question before. If I trust in God and his power to heal, then is medication necessary. Well, again, we have pretty much all take medication at some point when we've been sick. It doesn't mean we don't trust God. And I was sick. God provided relief for me by allowing the medication to work. This was such a dark time in my life but I never doubted his goodness and that he was with me. That is what got me through. I clung to his word during this time and knew that no matter what happened, he was with me and I was not alone.
#8 There Are Things You Can Do To Help Deal With It
While you are in the midst of this anxiety, you may feel like there's nothing you can do until the medication kicks in (which for me they said could take up to 8 weeks!) I didn't want to keep feeling like that for 8 more weeks. I saw a psychiatrist and she gave me some great coping tools to get through those awful panic attacks.
Try some of these things. They helped me and can help you too. If you're experiencing any type of postpartum, my heart goes out to you. It is extremely difficult on top of being a new mom- but you can get through it! Don't give up and don't lose hope!
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