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Ready to settle in for some real talk? I’m about to put it out there because as women and moms we tend to go through much more than our counterparts. Can I get an amen?!?! So, with all those things we go through the one thing I notice is that we don’t often talk about it realistically. Like FOR REALS!
When you hear a group of women sharing all that they went through during pregnancy it tends to sound sugar coated. I mean, dare we discuss what your body ACTUALLY goes through during those 9 months or, in fact, during and after birth? Yikes! Who wants to talk about that? I bet many women, so that they can better prepare and at least aren’t cussing out their friends or family for NOT telling them about the little (or not so little!) surprise that you may wind up leaving for the doctor during the delivery…and we aren’t talking about the baby!
But seriously, not knowing what your getting into sometimes can be really scary and confusing. You may feel like you’re the only person going through it. I assure all you mamas out there, you’re not the first and you’re not alone. So, I’m going to set it to you straight when it comes to pregnancy and afterwards:
Your body will NEVER be the same!
There I said it. The cat’s out of the bag. Nothing you probably haven’t heard but something that’s worth repeating. Your body just won’t act or function the way it use to. I know my body didn’t. Interestingly enough it isn’t just pregnancy related, at least for me and some of my friends it wasn’t. For example, in our mid-20’s a few friends and I headed to our local gym to do a little pilates. Who would have thought that all that good stretching would have caused a leak? Yeah, bet you never would have saw that coming and I’m telling you neither did I. And a friend of mine told me she had not only the same issue after pilates but also after sex! It happens for some of us earlier for various reasons so no need to stress.
Fortunately, Poise Liners, specifically designed for Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) is designed to provide enough absorbency to handle the occasional leak. Because they are the perfect balance between discreet protection and giving me the flexibility to be confident all day, I don’t mind walking down the store aisle and grabbing some. Ladies, it’s either that or good luck trying to explain it away. I’ll take my Poise, thank you.
If you are someone that has incontinence (bladder leakage), you know how annoying and difficult it can be. Whether it occurs when you are laughing, jumping on the trampoline, working out or just everyday life, knowing there is a real solution in Poise liners can help keep you less worried and more focused on the the things you love to do most.
To find out more about Poise Liners check them out here. And don’t forget to join us this Thursday for a fun-filled Twitter Party with lots of prizes!
WHAT: #PoiseLinerLove Twitter Party and giveaway
WHERE: On Twitter, hashtag #PoiseLinerLove
WHEN: Thursday, October 22nd
TIME: 8:00PM CST (1 hour)
- ONE winner will receive a Walmart “Ultimate organization” pack ($250)
- TWO winners will receive a $100 Walmart Gift card
- THREE winners will receive a gift basket full of Kimberly Clark® essentials ($100)
Must be 18+, US Addresses only, Giveaway ends @ 8:45PM Central on Oct. 22nd, 2015
*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions and views expressed are mine and mine alone. Gracias.
We trusted in the advice that our hospital and doctor gave us as new parents and knew that Pampers Swaddlers was the right choice for us. Apparently we aren’t alone as it is the #1 choice of hospitals in North America and the first diaper worn by millions of babies. As a new and at times very tired mom, it was also great to know that our precious baby would be protected for up to 12 hours with one of the softest diapers. After all my overprotective tendencies it was good to know that Pampers was overprotective, too!
From the first time Shaunsito fell asleep on me, to his first doctor’s visit, to the first time he ate baby food right until his first game of hide-and-seek, Pampers has seen us through it all and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!
Now you have a chance to share your baby’s “firsts” during our #PampersPrimeraVeces Twitter Party!
Join @PampersLatinoUS and Latina Mom Bloggers for a Twitter party to celebrate Valentine’s Day and baby’s firsts! Prizes include, Canon DSLR Camera, ERGOBaby Carrier, gift cards and more! To be eligible to win prizes, you must RSVP at LatinaMomBloggers.com.
We’d love to see you at the Twitter Party but just so that you have more chances at some great Pampers gifts we also have an amazing #PampersPrimeraVeces GIVEAWAY for one person to win a prize pack valued at over $100 that will include:
- My First Valentine’s Day Bib
- Pottery Barn Stroller Blanket
- Alex and Ani “Mom” bracelet
- Tiny Love Follow Me Fred Toy
- I Love You Through & Through Board Book
- Pack of Pampers Swaddlers
- Pack of Pampers Wipes
Be sure to enter through Rafflecopter below and let us know in the comments: What is your favorite first milestones shared with your baby?
Monday, November 17th is World Prematurity Day and the beginning of RSV season. Tomorrow is a day that raises awareness of premature births and it’s a great time to educate the public of RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus).
This day of awareness is also close to my heart because I am a proud Preemie Mommy, I gave birth to a baby girl 7 years ago and she was born at 30 weeks, just barely weighing 3lbs. I suffered from preeclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure) and I never had the full experience of carrying a baby to full term.
At 28 1/2 weeks pregnant I exhibited signs of an elevated blood pressure and I was quickly whisked away to the hospital for 24 hour observation. By the next day I was told I was not going home but instead I would be staying in the hospital for the remainder of my pregnancy – 10 weeks on bed rest. Of course I was in a panic worrying about my baby inside me, my 4 year old son and of course my husband. I could not believe this was happening again and so soon. I needed to do everything in my power to keep her inside me.
With preeclampsia an expectant mother’s symptoms could get worse quickly and for me it did. My daughter came into this world only one week after I was admitted. We never made it to full term. My heart ached with worry knowing what might be ahead for her and would she be strong enough to get through it all. She spent 41 days in the ICN (Intensive Care Neonatal unit) until she was ready to come home. In those 41 days I watched how wires and tubes monitored her every move and breath. Machines constantly beeped and nurses lovingly cared for my baby. My husband and I spent endless days and nights holding her, singing to her, feeding her and telling her that she would be home soon.
When the day finally arrived for her to go home I suddenly realized her journey was not over yet. We were informed that being a preemie brought on other challenges in the first 2 years of her life and we needed to be extremely cautious with her. Her immune system and lungs were not as strong as a full term baby and it could be compromised from all the germs she could be exposed to. For the first 2 years of her life from November to March my daughter received RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) shots. These shots were so neccessary to have and protect my preemie from the potential risk of RSV. RSV does not only affect preemies but also full term babies can be exposed. Educate yourself and learn everything there is to know about RSV.
What is RSV?
- RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is a common seasonal virus, contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, and typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies.
- RSV occurs in epidemics each year, typically from November through March, though it can vary by geography and year-to-year.
- RSV disease is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of life in the United States, with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 infant deaths each year.
- Despite being so common, many parents aren’t aware of RSV; in fact, one-third of mothers have never heard of the virus.
Why Are Preemies At Higher Risk for RSV?
While every baby is at risk of contracting RSV, babies born prematurely are at increased risk for developing severe RSV disease. In fact, preterm infants are twice as likely as full-term infants to be admitted to the hospital for RSV-related symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms of Severe RSV Disease?
- Contact your child’s pediatrician immediately if your child exhibits one or more of the following:
- Persistent coughing or wheezing
- Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
- Rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths
- Fever (especially if it is over 100.4°F [rectal] in infants under 3 months of age)
How Can I Help Protect My Baby From RSV?
- RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. Additionally, the virus can live on the skin and surfaces for hours. There is no treatment for RSV disease once it’s contracted, so prevention is critical. To help minimize the spread of RSV disease, all parents should:
- Wash their hands and ask others to do the same
- Keep toys, clothes, blanket and sheets clean
- Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season
- Never let anyone smoke around your baby
- Steer clear of people who are sick or who have recently been sick
Speak to your child’s pediatrician to determine if your baby is at high risk for RSV disease, and if so, what additional steps may be recommended. For more information about RSV and prevention, visit www.RSVprotection.com.
Wear Purple in Support of World Prematurity Day! and share with your family and friends how you can prevent a child from RSV.
♥ Mami Daphne
Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Dreft. All opinions are 100% mine.
When I had my son both my older sisters were already mothers and were usually ready to answer my worried, frantic questions as a newbie mom. We would talk all the time about the best ways to hold my little Shaunsito to get him to burp, what would work to get him to sleep and everything in between. The one thing that didn’t seem to come up was what I would clean his baby clothes with.
It was a given, it was going to be Dreft.
I’d like to admit that it was my wonderful mom instincts that led me to use it but it was really just watching my sisters being amazing moms and only using the best with their little ones. It was a family tradition I was more than happy to carry on!
As time passed, I washed every one of Shaunsito’s outfits in Dreft but switched over to another brand for his blankets. I didn’t think it would make a difference but found out quickly I had made a big mistake!
My poor baby already suffered from sensitive skin and issues with eczema but never had we seen it so severe. Seeing the itchy skin and flareups just about made me cry.
I know part of parenting is trial and error and I definitely learned something through my huge error that day. In order to get control over what was happening to our son’s skin I would need to be vigilant about what it could come into contact with. This meant more outfits made of 100% cotton, use of hydrocortisone cream and everything he put on or laid on had to be washed in Dreft. I would even spot-wash his favorite toy that he loved to cuddle with, Sammy the Seahorse, with it. It really saved his precious baby skin especially when at its worst during the colder, winter months.
And now with Daylight Savings Time right around the corner, the winter season is upon us again. With more days heading our way that will bring a drop in temperature it has many parents looking for ways to keep all these sweet babies warm, cozy and shielded from the harsh cold. I loved snuggling up with my son and when I also had the comfort of knowing that my child would be bundled in something that was hypoallergenic and gentle on his sensitive skin, I knew we could face whatever the winter would throw at us.
If you haven’t had the chance to try Dreft yet, now is the perfect time!
Head over to Dreft.com to receive your $2 off coupon and come back to let us know what you think.
You can also join Dreft, Latina Mom Bloggers, myself and some other fun bloggers for a #DreftHypo Twitter Party on October 30th from 9-10pm ET!
To be eligible to win prizes, please RSVP at LatinaMomBloggers.com.
If we still haven’t given you enough reason to try Dreft we also have a really amazing GIVEAWAY below where you could win a Dreft Prize Pack that includes:
- 2 bottles of Dreft (RV $38)
- 1 set of Dreft wipes (RV $10)
- 1 laundry stain remover (RV $5)
- 1 to-go stain remover (RV $4)
- 1 odor eliminator and fabric refresher (RV $5)
- $30 gift card for Little Me clothing (RV $30)
- Little Me footie pajamas (RV $16)
Good luck and hope to see you tomorrow night for our #DreftHypo Twitter Party!