6 of the Best Parenting and Pregnancy Apps That Are Free

Apps Social MediaDo you ever feel like it’s so hard to keep up with everything while being a parent or pregnant? I know I certainly do. While I try to minimize the amount of time I’m in front a screen, there are definitely some benefits to using technology to help make life a little easier. Below are a few of the apps that I like to use to do just that.

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My Birth Story

My Birth Story 1My daughter, Margaux (pronounced Margo), was born one chilly morning in December 2019.  Below are the details leading up to her birth.  Just a warning, the following is a very detailed account of that special day.  If you want to get straight to the main part of the story, scroll down to “When Things Get Interesting.”

 Leading up to Labor

The day before my daughter was born, I went to a holiday party for group exercise instructors at Gold’s Gym.  Since I’m one of the lead group exercise instructors, it was my job to help with setting up for our afternoon of fun.  I felt pretty normal for the most part that day but I decided that I would go ahead and find a sub for my last two classes that week before I planned to go on maternity leave.

Fast forward to later that night, everything still felt pretty normal as I watched the Miss Universe pageant (congrats Miss South Africa!).  Since I had been having trouble sleeping, I stayed up and watched Real Housewives of Atlanta.  I finally went to bed and I couldn’t sleep because I thought I was having Braxton-Hicks contractions but I had several.  I tried repositioning myself and going to the bathroom but I was still getting them so I decided to take a shower.  That’s when I thought that something might be up. Continue reading “My Birth Story”

Territory Foods Review

Territory Foods ReviewConvenience is a big reason why many of us choose to go to a drive-thru instead of cook a well-balanced and healthy meal at home.  We all need to eat but when you’re on the go constantly or you’re trying to take care of a newborn like I am and pumping milk which feels like is never ending, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking.   Thankfully, there are services to help solve that problem like Territory Foods. Continue reading “Territory Foods Review”

What Does It Feel Like to Give Birth

What Does It Feel Like to Give BirthOne of the two biggest questions I had while I was pregnant was what do contractions feel like and the other was what does it feel like to give birth?  My only birth experience was what I saw on TV which was for a woman to have her water break unexpectedly and she’s rushed to the hospital while panting heavily.  She is screaming and sometimes her partner is too, possibly because she is squeezing their hand too tight.  Everybody’s childbirth experience varies and it can also vary from child to child.  This is simply my experience when I gave birth to my daughter Margaux. Continue reading “What Does It Feel Like to Give Birth”

What Do Contractions Feel Like?

What Do Contractions Feel LikeOne of the biggest questions I had while I was pregnant was what do contractions feel like and what does it feel like to give birth?  I quite enjoyed watching videos of men who would go through a contraction simulator and their reactions were absolutely hilarious.  But was it really that bad?  While the experience of contractions is different for every person and every pregnancy, this is simply my experience. Continue reading “What Do Contractions Feel Like?”