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Angie’s Moms into Fitness Pregnancy Story

Meet Angie.

Mother of one baby boy and STEALS.com Director of Social Media. She stayed active through her whole pregnancy thanks to the Moms into Fitness Pregnancy DVD pack and was able to have a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Read her whole story below.

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When I first got pregnant I was so excited to be a mom, but like many women, I was nervous about how pregnancy was going to affect my body. You always hear people talking about losing baby weight and what a challenge that can be as a new mom. I felt selfish worrying about it, but I didn’t want to lose my pre-baby body. I knew I wanted to stay on top of it from the beginning and stay active throughout my pregnancy, so I turned to Lindsay Brin’s pregnancy DVDs.

I love how easy they are to incorporate into your day with quick workouts from the comfort of your living room. Let’s face it — pregnancy makes you tired! Some days it’s hard to make yourself do anything, but Lindsay’s workouts make it easy to motivate yourself. And toward the end when I thought I’d become less and less active, I actually found myself doing the yoga every. single. day. I had so much pressure in my hips, pelvis and back that getting up to move, stretch and mentally connect with my baby each morning became the highlight of my day. I felt healthy through my whole pregnancy and it even helped prepare me for labor and delivery.

angieandzachI gained a total of 25 pounds (which was healthy for my size) and lost it all within 8 weeks. Now I’m actually 10 pounds lighter than when I got pregnant! So yes, my body has changed after having a baby, but it’s all for the better — fears averted! If you are pregnant I highly recommend these DVDs whether you want to strictly follow the meal plan and workout schedule or just use them 1-2 a week. Feeling healthy and having enough energy to keep up with my baby is 100% worth it in my opinion!

Birth Stories | BabySteals 5th Birthday!

It’s BabySteals birthday week! Check back every day for giveaways, excitement, and special surprises!

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Since you know our “birth story” already, we thought it would be a treat to hear yours! We sent out a call asking for birth stories from our fans, and we loved the response. From hospitals to the passenger seat in a car, these little bundles were brought into the world to ecstatic (and sometimes shocked!) mothers.

Click to read, enjoy, and share your favorites!

Birth Stories on BabySteals

 

Dressed to Deliver Giveaway!

Labor Day is on the brain, so we’re having a fabulous giveaway to help you look your best during yours. ;) Dressed to Deliver offers a line of birthing gowns that help moms feel a little more fabulous with stylish designs and bright prints. Their gowns aim to make you feel pretty, comfortable, and confident, which hopefully translates into a better birthing experience. Their philosophy is look good, feel good — and when better than one of the most important days of your life?

We’ll be helping three lucky moms-to-be look and feel their best with a beautiful birthing gown in the color and size of their choice!

To enter, visit Dressed to Deliver and tell us which color gown is your favorite by filling out {this form}. And be sure to stay tuned for more Labor Day celebrations coming your way. ;)

Contest ends Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 11:59pm MDT. One entry per person. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Drink the Water at BabySteals

If you ever get the question, “where do babies come from?” we have the answer — BabySteals. With welcoming 11 new babies into the Steal Network family this year (and #12 coming next month!), everyone started to wonder if there’s something in the water. Well, sure enough there is! After two years of bringing a water bottle to work, I finally got thirsty one day and caved … I took a sip. And well, now Hotel Utero is open for business.

Want a little bun in your oven? You may want to consider drinking the water at BabySteals…

If you’re looking for your own bottle, come visit us! We’ll take you right to the source. But beware, this isn’t diet water…it’s sure to make you gain a few LBs. But it’s sure to get you glowing with mommy excitement. <3

Hiring a Baby Planner | Mom Tip Monday

Newly pregnant? First time mom? Getting ready for another? No matter which of these apply, it’s time to start planning for the baby. Today’s mom tip, comes from Shannon from Hello World Baby Planning, to give you advice on hiring a baby planner or prepping yourself for the baby.

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Planning for a baby can be a never ending series of question marks.  Did I choose the right gear?  Is this free of toxic chemicals? Will I really use this?  How long can I use this for?  What comes with this? Between the back aches, the kick counting, and the nesting, moms have a lot to focus on for their expected little one.  So, how do you get everything done and remain the peacefully centered mom to be?  Babysteps!

For starters, one of the fantastic benefits moms now have at their fingertips is educated help. Sure the gal pals are great, but they only know about what they’ve done or used with their baby. Their gear may not be the ideal gear for you. Hiring a baby planner can help you tackle that baby gear like it’s a breeze. A baby planner is a personal consultant to new, expectant and adopting families who offer support and knowledge in the journey of parenthood.

Baby planners provide research and extensive knowledge about gear and can recommend products that are safe and fit your family’s needs. They not only study and test baby gear constantly, but they should also attend the world’s largest baby product expo, The ABC Show, annually. This means that they also know the company and the people behind your products. They allow families to focus on what they truly require, avoiding unnecessary products (they may actually save you time and money).  Baby planners don’t sell products so they remain unbiased. To find one in your area visit www.internationalbabyplanners.com

Most planners will find a way to work with your budget, but if hiring one is outside of your availability there are some other things you can do to help narrow down your list of questions.  For starters, head over to some baby stores and push, pull, kick, fold and test the products that catch your eye. If you have problems with it in the store, don’t buy it.

If you can’t make it into the stores, the Internet is a God-send when it comes to comparison shopping meets swollen feet. Go to your baby boutique’s url and read up on their products. Check out the manufacturer’s websites for information and often great video demonstrations. Find great go-to resources for safe products like the Junior Product Manufacturer Association’s website at www.jpma.org.  They have an updated list of products that have received their seal of approval for meeting a set of criteria.  If non-toxic baby gear is on your radar, check out sites like www.greenguard.org, www.ewg.org and www.healthychild.org.  There is a plethora of information on these sites and they’re incredibly helpful when considering what to bring into your house for your baby.

Prepping for baby can be as much fun as picking out those adorable onsies if you strategize early. Avoiding procrastination can be the best decision you ever make.  Whether you hire a baby planner to handle all the details or you go the do it yourself route, remember to put safety and health the top priorities for both baby and you!  Good Luck!

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Thank you for the baby planning tips Shannon.

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Steal Network or its employees.

Empowering Your Labor | Mom Tip Monday

Every birth story is different. Expecting mothers choose their own paths to make their birthing experience what they hope it will be. Fellow BabySteals fan and doula, Beth MacKenzie, shares her tips on empowering yourself no matter what type of labor you choose.

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Tonight, I sat with eight couples and discussed childbirth preparation plans. The couples in my HypnoBirthing® class are all preparing for their upcoming birthsand we discussed all of the options that they have ahead of them — decisions to be made about where to birth, care providers, cord pulsation, skin to skin contact, breastfeeding and placenta encapsulation. The expectant parents all had so many questions and I guided them towards research so that they can decide what feels right for them and their babies.

As a mama of five, I have amazing and unexpected birth stories of my own — experiences that made me pursue becoming a doula, aware that so many couples don’t always approach birth as prepared as they may think they are, as my husband and I weren’t the first time.

After the birth of my third daughter, I quickly realized that I was unlikely to have the birth experience I wanted with the care provider I had previously used, and vowed with my next child it would be different. As soon as I found out I was pregnant with baby number four, I phoned around and booked an appointment with a midwife, and my husband and I started to plan and prepare for a homebirth.

My midwives were amazing — respectful and kind, never rushing me through appointments and we discussed potential procedures and tests in great detail, and they were supportive of the decisions I made. In the end though, at 39 weeks the midwives were unable to support a homebirth because of complications that came up in the last few weeks of my pregnancy and our homebirth plans moved to a hospital birth, still to be attended by my midwives.
After a rough start, my labour quickly became complicated, and my care transferred to an OB. Thankfully, the OB on call respected my desire for a vaginal birth and worked with me. In the end, my intervention free home birth ended up as an induced, vacuum-assisted hospital birth, almost the opposite of what I set out to have. Nine months of careful planning quickly pushed aside, all of which I didn’t give a second thought to as I reached down to receive my baby, bring her to my chest and breastfed her, amazed and in awe of her.

Surprisingly, I regard this as my best birth experience, because although very little went according to plan. I had carefully chosen my care providers, my midwives were patient, supportive and respectful, and I understood every intervention that took place, and why it happened and consented to it.

This is something I try to convey to the parents in my class. I explain that they will always remember how they felt birthing their babies. They will remember if they felt ignored, they will remember feeling pushed or lied to. They will be disappointed to find out that they have had additional options to available to them, but never knew that they had more choices.

My best advice as a doula, childbirth educator, and fellow mama is your birth experiences and memories belong to you, and your babies and you need to make the decisions that are best for you. You need to be comfortable with your care providers, and where you are birthing. You need to know you made informed decisions that are right for you and your circumstances. Be sure to ask questions until you understand what will/may happen and why. Speak up if you’re uncomfortable with any procedure. Seek out support and trust yourself to make important decisions. Be patient. Labour is not a race. Your body may need time, listen to your body and trust that it knows how to labour and birth. You will likely be rewarded with the birth you planned and prepared for, and if not and you need to make new plans and decisions you will take comfort knowing that you had a voice in the experience, and know that the birth wasn’t something that happened to you, but rather, as you carry the memory around throughout your life, you’ll carry it as an inspiring memory.

Beth MacKenzie, CD(DONA), HBCE @HypnoBirthBethM

 

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Thank you Beth! Stay tuned for another great mom tip next week!

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What parenting questions would you like answered from our BabySteals community of experts? Click here to ask a question.

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Steal Network or its employees.

Ingrid and Isabel Giveaway

Ingrid & Isabel‘s new Weightless tees are woven from 100% ultra-soft Supima® cotton to gracefully expand with your belly and recover after washing. The extra-long cut offers full coverage at every stage of pregnancy — even after the baby is born! Made of ultra-soft, breathable cotton, they are great to layer or add style and comfort to your maternity wardrobe.

One lucky winner will receive three Ingrid & Isabel tees of her choice from their new collection of Weightless Tees!

To enter, visit IngridandIsabel.com, then come back here and fill out the form below to answer the following questions.

~ Update: contest is closed ~

 Contest ends Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 11:59pm MDT. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

BabySteals in Top 50 Pregnancy Facebook Pages

We love our community, but it looks like we’re not the only ones that do. Babble has named BabySteals as #1 best for shopping in the top 50 Facebook pages for pregnancy.


The modern mom finds everything from the best deals in baby and maternity to advice on pregnancy and motherhood on Facebook. You’ll find all that and more in our amazing community of moms that interact each day on our Facebook wall.

We are honored to be counted among the best pregnancy websites and love seeing you connect with each other and make friends on our site. Yes, we offer amazing deals at up to 80% off on all things baby and maternity — most expecting moms even wish they could get all their baby shower

gifts in steals credit. But really, I think we were named one of the best Facebook fan pages for our inspiring community. Motherhood can be a daunting task, but any true BabySteals fan knows the quickest way to find the best parenting tips — just post on our Facebook page and fellow mamas offer their support and advice within a matter of minutes.

You’ll find a little of everything you love on the BabySteals Facebook page. Just like Babble put it, “shop, chat, feed, nap, shop, chat, feed, nap — it’s a beautiful cycle.”

 

 

It’s Our Birthday — Let’s Have a Surprise Steal!

Happy Birthday to us! With all this celebrating our bellies are full of cake and birthday treats! But luckily we have Lassig Belly Bands to cover up!

Whether you need some for your growing baby bump or just for everyday comfort and fashion, hurry while they last — Lassig Belly Band Surprise Steal!

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How to Get Better Sleep During Pregnancy

Pregnant mamas, do you have trouble sleeping at night because of those awful aches and pains? Most expecting mothers experience some discomfort when trying to sleep. Problem is they are sleeping without proper support with only one or two pillows. Watch this video with Rebecca Overson, LMT and Director of Salt Lake Prenatal Massage, as she demonstrates her tips for getting better sleep during pregnancy. With her secrets, you can rest assured you’ll be getting some quality Zzzs–and with the baby coming, you definitely need to store up some energy!

Have a good sleep!