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The Perks of Pregnancy Support Leggings and Shorts

When you’re pregnant, it can be difficult to find clothing that changes with your body and is comfortable to wear all day, but Motif Medical’s pregnancy support leggings are going to check all the boxes! They are available as leggings or as shorts and are buttery-soft, machine washable, and provide just the right amount of support for your bump and your back. If you aren’t convinced that you need at least one pair of these in your closet, here are the top 3 perks to wearing support leggings or shorts during pregnancy.

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Breastfeeding as Birth Control

Is breastfeeding a form of birth control? In short, the answer is “Yes,” but there are limitations to both the efficacy, reliability, and duration. Since lactation is heavily fueled by certain elevated hormones, this birth control method is the body’s natural way of spacing out potential pregnancies.

Let’s look at how this works, along with other types of birth control for nursing mothers, and how to protect your milk supply.

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Spring Cleaning Safely During Pregnancy

If you’re expecting a little one, you may have noticed that your desire to clean your home has increased—that’s normal! Most people call it ‘nesting’ when it happens in the third trimester. However, some people feel extra vigilant about cleanliness throughout pregnancy. And the fact is that pregnancy is the perfect time to take a closer look at the cleaning supplies you use at your house. A maternal instinct can kick in once you’re pregnant, and that instinct is to do whatever you must to protect your baby. Unfortunately, in many ways, today’s environment isn’t the safest place.

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What Causes Low Milk Supply?

Despite breastfeeding being a “natural” way to feed, it can also be a source of anxiety and uncertainty. There is a culture heavily reliant on concrete, numerical affirmation, both from the family and the medical community, that, with the slightest concern, occasionally equates to leading the mother to supplement or even stopping altogether. Understanding the breastfed baby and “supply,” arguably the most common word used regarding breastfeeding, how it’s established, and what is adequate, would relieve many of these anxieties and aid in mothers’ self-efficacy.

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5 Pregnancy Myths According to a Certified Professional Midwife

When pregnant, you start getting advice from friends, family, neighbors, and even complete strangers! All of it is well-intentioned, but sometimes pregnancy advice and old wives' tales are misleading or even flat-out wrong. Let's tackle 5 of the common pregnancy myths I've heard and see if we can separate fact from fiction.

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Valentine’s Day Self Care Tips to Make Pregnancy a Little Easier

February 14th is right around the corner! Do you have big plans for love day this year? Although Valentine’s Day is traditionally spent loving the people around us, it’s also a good reminder to love ourselves. So many women struggle with body image issues during pregnancy—everything is different and changing, and some people don’t even feel like themselves. So why not spend some of the days loving yourself? Take this time to thank your body for doing such a fantastic job growing your baby, and give yourself some appreciation for all your hard work!

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Pumping at Work: Know Your Rights

“Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. See Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).”

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FSA Spending Ideas: What Qualifies?

Saving money on pregnancy, breastfeeding, and pumping supplies seems priceless, so imagine having insurance spending accounts cover it in full!

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Ask a Midwife: Your Questions from Instagram Answered!

Finding a healthcare provider to care for you and your baby throughout pregnancy and birth is no small task. Sure, you could go to your sister’s obstetrician or the practice that all of your friends went to—but what if you have different opinions about how you want your birth experience to go? For example, maybe your friend’s doctor specializes in high-risk pregnancies, but you’re low-risk...or what if that midwifery practice that everyone loves only does home births? How can you ensure that you and your provider are on the same page about the aspects of birth that are important to you? The best way to do that is to interview the people you’re considering using for your prenatal care.

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How to Prepare for Breastfeeding

Before birthing your baby, a lot of preparation comes into play for new and experienced moms. Immediately we think of gathering supplies, getting a nursery set up, pediatrician and daycare interviews, birthing classes, and picking out a name. But what will a baby need to do the moment it is born? Eat.

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