Manicures During Pregnancy?
Do you feel naked without a fresh coat of polish on your nails? We understand the feeling and we always encourage our mamas to pamper themselves! But just like you’ve had to reconsider the type of makeup products you put on your face or the lotion you rub onto your skin, getting manicures during pregnancy is no different.
Experts say YES it’s safe to visit a nail salon-but we advise you to approach with caution. Here’s a list of precautions to take before considering a new shade for the upcoming season:
Always make sure the area is well-ventilated.
There are a lot of fumes in the air at nail salons and the strong odors can cause nausea and uncomfortable headaches. Not to mention, the chemicals might not be safe for your little one. Experts are still looking into evidence of this, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your baby’s health!
Bring your own tools (nail clippers, cuticle clippers, the works.)
No one likes infections and if the manicurist’s tools are not sterilized you increase that risk significantly. The best advice we can give you is to bring your own utensils when getting manicures during pregnancy. It creates less worry and it’s a guarantee that what’s being used on your hands and feet are safe and clean.
Ditch the foot massage.
Unless you want to induce labor, we suggest skipping the foot massage. Many reflexology practitioners suggest that pregnant moms use their services because the stimulation of a pressure point between your heel and ankle bone has the ability to trigger contractions. Many mamas have sworn to this, so either ditch the massage all together or ask your manicurist to avoid that …
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Bump Box Bella B Giveaway
We are partnering with Bella B to give our mamas the chance to win a bundle of our favorite Bella B skincare products! Included in this bundle: Daily Moisturizing Lotion, Tummy Honey Butter, Diaper Rash Butter, Baby Shampoo, Moisturizing Body Cream, Nipple Nurture Butter, Lavender and Chamomile Massage Oil, Sitz Bath Powder.
We understand the stress of finding products that are safe for you and your bump, which is why we do the work for you. Not only are they completely natural, but these products are amazingly light and fresh. It’s a Bump Box guarantee-you’ll fall in love.
Everyone loves a bit of fun, but when it comes to alcohol it’s best to leave the bottle of wine in the grocery aisle when you’re pregnant. It might be tempting to have a glass during special occasions, but there are a lot of questions about how much one serving of alcohol can affect your baby. Is alcohol during pregnancy safe?
Alcohol During Pregnancy – Is it safe?
How does alcohol affect my baby?
As soon as you consume alcohol, it travels through the placenta and reaches the baby. Alcohol is known to process much slower in a baby as opposed to an adult. Since the alcohol remaining in the baby’s bloodstream is longer than the mother, it causes permanent damage to the unborn baby.
Not only does alcohol have the ability to cause stillbirth or a miscarriage, but it can also lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Effect of FASD include abnormal facial features, learning disabilities, as well as problems with the heart or kidneys. The full list can be viewed here.
But some websites say alcohol is okay in moderation?
Even though there is much debate over this, the amount of speculation is enough to warn mothers not to drink any alcohol. In this instance, the risk outweighs the reward.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, there is no known safe amount of alcohol. They also mention that around 40,000 babies each year are born with FASD in the U.S. It’s better to stay clear of it until you’ve had the baby. This includes wine, wine coolers, beer, and liquor.
The overall verdict?
NO – Whether you are trying to conceive, or you’re already pregnant, alcohol is dangerous for the baby…it’s a NO on our list! It’s always better to be …
In desperate need of a drink? We’ve been there mama and we totally get it! Your pregnancy hormones are running wild, and with your emotions scattering in every direction, it’s natural to crave the good stuff. Luckily, we have a tasty solution thats both healthy and safe to drink. It’s all the deliciousness without the alcohol and caffeine. Put that soda down mama and check out our Blueberry Fizz Pregnancy Mocktail! Your tastebuds will thank you.
To make your pregnancy mocktail…
You will need:
1/2 c. Blueberries (We love them frozen!)
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
12 oz. Ginger Ale
1 spoonful of honey
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and wha-la! Pour and enjoy!
The Perfect Pregnancy Skincare Products for MOM.
Finding safe pregnancy skincare products while you’re pregnant isn’t easy, especially when there are thousands to choose from! We compiled a sweet list of lotions, creams, and cleaners that will not only be safe for your bump, but perfect for pampering yourself! Enjoy, mamas!
Glow Organics 9 Organic Belly Butter
The bigger your belly grows, the more love it’s going to need. If you’re worried about stretch marks and itchy skin, this belly butter is the perfect solution. Not only are the ingredients 100% organic, but their Pure line is unscented for mamas with a sensitive sense of smell. It’s also vegan and cruelty free-we seriously can’t get enough of this stuff!
Acure Organics Energizing Body Lotion
Especially during the cold winter season, it’s easy for your skin to dry out. This lotion is packed with natural ingredients, including organic argan oil, cocoa butter, and olive oil that will leave your skin feeling moisturized and fabulous! You’ll also receive a fantastic boost of Vitamin C and some much needed energy.
Anna Naturals Natural Calendula Nipple Cream
Cracked nipples are never fun, especially for nursing mamas. This cream is infused with calendula oil to help you heal naturally without using lanolin. This product is so natural and safe that you don’t have to wash it off before breastfeeding. Talk about awesome!
Bella B Foaming Face Wash
Buh-bye oily skin and blemishes! It’s tough finding a cleanser that is not only safe for your skin, but also for your pregnancy. Shea, cucumber, honey, and a handful of healthy antioxidants-it’s deliciously wonderful and mamas are raving! The pharmaceutical-grade tea tree oil infused in this cleanser, as well as other important organic ingredients, will help …
Cracking open a new can of diet soda is a sweet sound for many fizzy drink addicts. It gives us the energy kick we need for the day, and the sugary taste is a welcoming treat. All the awesomeness, zero the calories. What more could you ask for? Is diet soda during pregnancy really that bad? Yes.
Diet Soda During Pregnancy
Each time you decide to drink diet soda, you are casting healthier options to the side. It’s very important to stay hydrated during your pregnancy. If you choose a diet coke over a glass of water, your body loses another chance at replenishment.
Not to mention, diet soda is known to play an unhealthy roll on the body. The artificial sugars are stronger than regular sugar, so it has a tendency to dull the taste buds. In result, that bowl of fruit doesn’t taste as great unless you dump sugar and a drizzle of chocolate on top. It can also lead to weight gain, an increased risk for type 2 diabetes and adds zero nutrients to the body.
We haven’t even mentioned how it affects the baby yet!
According to a study, there was a 38% increase in premature delivery for those who consumed one or more diet soda drinks a day. This number increased to 78% for those who drank four or more a day. If your baby is born prematurely, it’s at a greater risk for physical or mental disabilities.
The artificial sweeteners are to be blamed. Besides aspartame, sucralose, rebaudioside A, stevia, acesulfame potassium, or Sunett (phew!), the sugar Saccharin has been known to travel through the placenta and make a home in fetal tissue. Even though the FDA has deemed …
Congratulations, mama! You’ve reached the last month of pregnancy.
You are in the home stretch of your pregnancy and it’s time to finalize preparations for the arrival of your beautiful baby! Your life is about to change drastically (for the best, of course) so we have a list to help you prepare for all the crazy in your last month of pregnancy!
Sleep. Then Sleep Some More
As soon as your little ones arrives, sleep will feel nonexistent. In your last month of pregnancy, squeeze in as much shuteye as you can. Curl under the covers longer in the mornings, go to bed earlier than usual, take a nap whenever the couch calls your name. You’ll be happy you did.
Treat Yo’ Self
Mama’s need a bit of pampering too and now is the best time to do that! Get your hair done, wax those eyebrows, enjoy a relaxing day at the spa. Even better-get those toes manicured. Once your little miracle is born you’ll be able to see those feet again! You’re going to not only look good heading into that labor room, but you’ll be feeling good.
Get Your Hospital Bag Ready
Do you have toiletries in your bag? Nursing bra? Snacks? The clock is ticking and you’ll want that bag set and ready for when you bust out the door to the hospital. There are a lot of lists circulating the internet, but we have a great list here for you to check out!
Freeze! It’s Meal Prep Time
The last thing you’ll want to do is prepare a meal and cook it when you return home. It’s going to be hectic for awhile-so stock up your pantry with any goodies you’ll need …
Have you heard the fabulous news? The Fourth Trimester Box has arrived!
Wait, Fourth Trimester is a thing?
You bet it is, mama! It’s for that time period when your little one is adjusting to life outside of the womb while you adjust to life as a new mom. Motherhood is a whirlwind of emotions and it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget to take care of one of the most important people in your life-YOU! Your hormones are changing and sleep is close to nonexistent, so we crafted a survival kit just for you. This will give you the chance to be the best mama you can be. So pamper yourself and get ready to take on the world of motherhood. You got this!
So, what’s in this Fourth Trimester Box anyways? Glad you asked!
Acure Dry Shampoo
Shower is a luxury those first couple months of motherhood. Luckily, Acure has you covered with their vegan dry-shampoo. Just rub a bit of the product into your roots and wah-la! Works like magic! You’ll look like a brand new woman.
Glow Organics 9 Energize Bath Bomb
Forget the coffee and get energized with Glow Organics 9’s bath bomb! You’ll feel recharged in minutes. This bath bomb is infused with organic essential oils, giving you the natural energy you need during your fourth trimester.
Acure Cleansing Towelettes
Unexpected guests at your door-step and you haven’t showered yet? No worries, Acure comes in clutch again! Get cleaned up real quick with their cleansing towelettes. Not only will they leave you feeling fresh, but it also helps take the spit-up out of your hair. Yeah, we’ve all been there.
Belli Stretchmark Cream
As a new mom, Belli’s Stretchmark Cream definitely …
Say hello to Isaac! He is our very first Bump Box baby! (You may recognize him from his modeling shoot for the SqueakNSnap giveaway we recently ran!) If this cutie’s face doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will! We love to see the little ones that have grown up using products from Bump Boxes! We were lucky enough to get a quick interview from this adorable little guy to hear about his loves and aspirations! 🙂
Name: Isaac James Elias
Age: 7 months
Favorite song: Patty-cake
Favorite animal: My 2 doggies, Gauge and Saydi
Favorite past time: Jumping in my bouncer
Favorite food: Pears and mommas milk
Favorite Toy: Right now, anything that makes noise!
Favorite Book: That’s Not My Puppy
Favorite color: My mom says that blue or green bring out my eyes 🙂
What do you want to be when you grow up? Anything I want!!
Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Graduating college, getting an awesome job, and finding a woman my mom approves of! 😉
Who is your role model? Daddy
What’s your favorite product from your Bump Boxes? Squeak n Snap, so fun!
Each month, we want to show the happy faces that have grown up with Bump Boxes! High five to our awesome moms for keeping their little one healthy and happy!
Squeak ‘n’ Snap Giveaway
Do you have the worlds cutest baby? The SqueakNSnap is the amazing answer to grabbing a child’s or a pet’s attention and getting that fabulous picture-every time! Enter now for your chance to win your very own SqueakNSnap!
Simply plug the SqueakNSnap into your phone, squeeze to activate and get great pictures every time of your kids and pets! Wha-la! And we can say from experience… it really works! It’s the perfect solution to snap the photos you will be showing off!
WavHello Baby Speaker & Soother Giveaway
We’re working with WavHello again to bring you another one of their awesome products: The SoundBub Baby Speaker & Soother system!
It’s not just a soother. Play their favorite music, a lullaby from Dad while he’s away, or a reading of their best-loved story from Grandma at bedtime. SoundBub can connect your child to loved ones near and far. This incredible product sells for $59.99 on WavHello’s website but one lucky mom will receive their’s FREE if they enter our giveaway! Good luck to all you mamas out there looking for some much needed peace and quiet!
Enter now for the chance to win! Giveaway closes at 11:59:59 PM CT on September 18! Good luck Mamas!
Want yours now? Find it here!
This August $10 Bump Box is unbeatable! We’ve included the Bump Boosters Pregnancy Cookie, Belli Elasticity Belly Oil & Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter and a FULL SIZE Nature’s Baby Organics Aromatherapy Calming Spray PLUS, each subscriber this month will receive a $25 gift card for Sweet & Spark Curated Vintage Jewelry! Score! A healthy and safe pregnancy made easy!
Bump Boosters Pregnancy Cookie | $3.00
This cookie is our number one craving! The Bump Boosters pregnancy cookie is not only healthy, it is delicious! With added vitamins and minerals specifically for you and your little bump, you’ll never feel guilty about this snack!
Belli Elasticity Belly Oil | Full Size: $34.00
That growing little bump can really take a toll on your skin and Belli’s elasticity belly oil is here to the rescue! Everything Belli offers is safety screened to ensure avoidance of ingredients linked to birth defects and other harmful conditions.
Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash | Full Size: $22.00
You’ll want to avoid many common chemicals found in everyday facial washes while you’re pregnant (retinoids, benzoyl peroxide & salicylic acid just to name a few). Belli’s anti-blemish facial wash contains lactic acid, which naturally occurs in the body and is extremely safe during pregnancy and beyond.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter | Full Size: $12.99
One of our favorites! Organic, non-gmo & toxin free… you can’t go wrong with Earth Mama Angel Baby’s natural nipple butter. Trust us. Your nips will thank you!
Nature’s Baby Organics Aromatherapy Calming Spray | $5.95
The stress and excitement of delivery day can cause some serious insomnia, not to mention a newborn sometimes needs a little help figuring out this whole sleep thing. This aromatherapy calming spray is a necessity for the third …