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Flying with kids can be difficult. But flying with a baby while trying to maintain a breastfeeding schedule can feel impossible. Between trying to find a quiet, private spot to keep your baby “on task”, to making sure you have access to a sanitary breast pump, the airport can seem like the worst place on earth for new moms.
Luckily, some U.S. airports have realized the need for “nursing rooms,” and are providing both mother and baby with a place to call home while traveling. So where are these mythical places? And what can you do to make sure your baby has a comfortable experience on the go?
Top Airports for Breastfeeding Moms
These U.S.-based airports are getting it right for moms-on-the-go. While some provide something as simple as a chair located in the women’s restroom, others go the extra mile by providing private rooms, rockers and even locations near a children’s play area. As information can change frequently, it’s always best to double check the airport facilities before heading out.
1) Albany International Airport – New York
Location: Woman’s restroom after security checkpoint
Though not as private as some would like, Albany International provides a clearly marked location inside the women’s restroom. Comfortable chairs are provided, as is a changing station.
2) Billings Logan International Airport – Montana
Location: Women’s restroom before security and at the end of Concourse B
According to some on the internet, Billings Logan International Airport gets it right by providing great support for breastfeeding moms. With two locations both before and after security clearance, this airport goes a bit further by also offering changing tables, sofas, glider rockers and privacy locks.
3) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
While Hartsfield-Jackson does not provide dedicated rooms or locations for nursing mothers, any of the airport’s “Family Restrooms” can be used for nursing; they also have electrical outlets available for breast pumps. Additionally, private conference rooms in the American Airlines Admirals Club are available free-of-charge for nursing purposes, located near T10.
4) Indianapolis Airport
Location: Room 10T.307A (Pre-security by the American Airlines ticket counters) and Room 04A.304 (Post-security by the Starbucks on Concourse A)
Breastfeeding moms traveling through Indianapolis Airport are in for a treat. These dedicated rooms are provided both before and after security, and feature comfortable chairs, electrical outlets, tables and restroom facilities.
5) Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport
Location: Terminal 1-Lindbergh on Concourse C
MSP International provides a private room to nursing moms and to those who wish to express their breast milk. You will need to visit the Traveler’s Assistance Desk first, located across from gate C12, in order to get access.
6) Seattle Sea-Tac (Seatac) Airport
Location: Next to the children’s play area in Terminal A
If you’re a mom with several children, play areas are like a gift from above. Seattle Airport gives traveling kids a chance to burn off excess energy in the play area and for mom to make use of the private breastfeeding facilities right next door.
7) San Francisco International Airport
Location: Every terminal
One of the best locations for breastfeeding is San Francisco Airport, where private breastfeeding facilities are offered in every terminal. Look for the door that says “Nursery” and pick up the white courtesy phone there to gain access. Inside are recliners, sinks, electrical outlets and restroom facilities that are nice enough to make you relish the idea of travel with your baby.
Tips For Breastfeeding On The Go
While nothing will match the comfort and privacy of your own home, there are a few tips and tricks to get your baby comfortable enough to breastfeed while traveling or flying. Try to minimize distractions for your baby by using a cover or nursing blanket to block out as much visual stimulation as possible. Additionally, a breastfeeding pillow can work wonders to get both you and your baby into an easy feeding position. And always make sure you’ve expressed enough milk to take with you for those inevitable airport delays you can experience, particularly during the busy holiday season.
Keeping up with a breastfeeding schedule is tough enough without adding a flight into the mix, but there are some options for traveling mothers. While setting up your travel itinerary, check with the airport you’re flying through to determine what type of facilities they can provide. In addition, always be sure to keep extra supplies for your baby on hand. Though it will be a bit of a change for your little one, try to think of it as a new adventure you’re both going on for the first time.
April Dean Hunter is a freelance writer and mom who traveled often with her son when he was just a baby. She suggests that other moms can prevent some of the travel stress by bringing along a breastfeeding pillow to provide a moment of relief and comfort for themselves and their babies.
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Being pregnant and looking glam is one thing – feeling glam when you are feeling all hot and bothered with swollen feet is another. So when you have a long day and night ahead of you at a wedding and you are pregnant – you will need to have the right outfit to make sure you don’t have a wardrobe malfunction or an overheated and irritable expectant mother malfunction. Here are some tips on how to pull off the formal maternity wear look – effortlessly.
Less is More
It is not unnatural to feel like you are suddenly vacuum packed into your clothes while standing in the line at the bank, when you felt absolutely fine when you got dressed that morning. But you can go home and change into something less uncomfortable and get through the rest of the day hot flushes and all.
But when you are headed out to a wedding, when there could possibly be a long drive out to the country, pre drinks, the ceremony and a long night for the reception ahead of you, there is no chance you can just nip home and change. And if you are in the middle of nowhere, staying in the only guest house for a 10 mile radius – a wardrobe malfunction is only going to add to the stress.
When choosing your outfit make sure it can accommodate long periods of sitting without making you feel like you can’t breathe. Stick to classic maternity dresses and stay away from the trends. Awkward lines, unbecoming designs and barely there dresses are not the way to go for a long day and night at a wedding – classic is classy; just look at Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge.
The Long and the Short of It
Standing for long periods of time could make your feet, ankles or legs swell when you are pregnant – particularly if you are standing in the hot summer sunshine. For this reason you may want to consider wearing a long formal dress to a wedding – pick your material carefully and it could keep you cool throughout the day.
The length of the dress will then be able to hide any unsightly swollen feet and you could also sneak in a pair of flats without anyone knowing, which will make it much more comfortable for the long day and night ahead. Chiffon with lots of feminine layers will look amazing and keep you cool for throughout the ceremony and keep the chill off your legs later on in the evening.
It’s all about the Cut
Empire lines in maternity dresses are very flattering – it’s a classic line and as long as your dress doesn’t fit too tightly under your breasts and doesn’t feel like it is squashing your rib cage you will be good to go. If you are planning on wearing something short and tight, be plenty confident that you can pull it off and will not be stressing about how you look all day. But don’t be shy to put those gorgeous breasts on show. For many women, pregnancy is a chance to embrace the cleavage they have never had before – flaunt it; pregnancy is beautiful, even though you don’t feel like it all the time and maternity dresses are more flattering than you imagine.
Feel the Glow
Thanks to all the extra pregnancy hormones, your skin, hair and nails are getting a double dose of stunning and you will literally be glowing. So when it comes to pregnancy skincare your natural beauty will be at its best. Keep your wedding makeup light which will be fine if you have been following a good skincare routine. Remember too, especially for outdoor weddings that sunscreen is really important – this is the time you need to watch out for pigmentation. Make sure you don’t miss out on areas like your neck and hands and spray perfume in areas that won’t meet the sun and just embrace looking your best.
Pack the Pashmina
Unless you are going to a winter wonderland wedding, you may need to pack a scarf or pashmina. They are wonderful because they can fit into a small clutch bag and in the event tou need shelter from the sun or a chill, you can pull out the trusty pashmina to make you feel more comfortable. At the end of the day, feeling comfortable is going to make you look a million bucks all on its own.
A lot of women think that it is not right for them to wear jeans or fitting clothing during pregnancy. This is because they haven’t stepped into trendy stores like Trendy Tummy Maternity which offer maternity jeans that combine style with comfort. In fact, some are so fashionable that you can wear them with a designer top and turn heads wherever you go.
However, before you head out to buy yourself a pair, read and remember the following three tips to get the best value and style.
Tip #1) Decide On the Waist Cut of the Jeans
Before you even start to look for maternity jeans, it is important that you consider the waist cut of the jeans that you are going to be wearing. If you don’t know about the various kinds of waist cuts, here is a brief overview that will help you decide.
- On the Bump: Depending on your comfort level, you can either opt for on the bump jeans that only have a front waist band or ones that feature a full waist band for maximum support of your bump. These on the bump jeans are mostly preferred by women in their first trimester as their tummies are still not large to cause any sort of discomfort.
- Over the Bump: Another type of jeans that you could consider in your first and second trimester is over the bump jeans. These go all the way above your baby bump and end just below the breasts. This type of jeans will have a very flexible elastic waistline so that you can pull the jeans over your baby bump. In addition, most of these jeans will have the option of being folded down in the first months of pregnancy to offer comfort and support.
- Under the Bump: One of the most popular choices for pregnant women these days is the under the bump jeans. These jeans will either be available in an adjustable strap and a draw string mechanism or an elastic band that can easily be worn. Women who are in their second or third trimester go for these because something on or over the large bump may cause discomfort.
Tip #2) Take the Type of Jeans into Consideration
Wearing maternity jeans doesn’t mean that you have to stick to only one style for all occasions. On the contrary, with designers like Laurel Canyon creating maternity jeans, you will be able to find something for every occasion, be it formal or casual. To assure you that your needs of style aren’t left out, here are three of the designs you can rock during your pregnancy.
- Wide Leg Jeans: If you feel that most of your pregnancy weight is concentrated on your legs, you may want to consider wearing wide leg jeans that are specifically made for this purpose. With this cut, you will feel not only comfortable, but active and stylish as well.
- Skinny Jeans: For women who have only gained weight around their belly and want to show off their slim legs, a pair of skinny jeans is the answer to their prayers. Maternity skinny jeans will be skinny all over except near the bump so that they can offer you the flexibility you need as your pregnancy progresses.
- Capri Jeans: Even though you have numerous options for jean that you could purchase, Capri maternity jeans are ones that will provide style as well as comfort. Capri jeans are just like original jeans, but have the legs shortened to the mid calf or just below the knee.
Tip #3) Don’t Forget to Focus on the Right Fit
Finally, when you are ready to buy the jeans of your choice, look for ones that are of your size. Most maternity articles of clothing offer a lot of space even in normal sizes as they keep the growing body of the women in mind. However, make sure that they fit just right and later use a belly band to accommodate any additional inches you end up getting.
If you have decided on the waist cut and type of jeans that you want, head over to our maternity jeans section and you’ll be able to find something that fits your body size and shape.
(Note: This post is dedicated to your Baby Daddy, so make sure to show it to him!)
When you and your partner have a baby on the way, it is not just them who must prepare for the bodily and hormonal changes that are about to take their course. After all, it is your responsibility to take care of her and lend a hand with the baby once it arrives.
Now even if you have read a lot of books on how to be a good father and what to do when your wife is pregnant, you won’t be the great father you think you are unless you ensure that your hands are nice and soft. You’re probably laughing at this, but this is a serious matter. Read on to find out why soft hands are a must for fathers.
Why You Should Have Soft Hands
There are five reasons every dad-to-be should have soft hands, and those are:
#1) Your Wife’s Bump Is Sensitive
In the nine months of pregnancy, you have to be one who has to properly care for your wife. This care and comfort will sometimes lead you to softly touching your partner’s baby bump. However, if you have dry, rough hands, the affect will not be so comforting and soothing. Because a mom-to-be’s tummy is rather sensitive, it would be best if you keep those hands soft and smooth so that your partner can really feel the love and comfort that you are trying to provide.
#2) Soft Hands Will Make Massages More Relaxing
Pregnant women often suffer from back and body pain. This is where you come in with your massage skills. However, imagine what she would feel like if you were massaging her with those dry hands! So to really provide the best relaxing massage ever, you should have hands that make her feel pampered and loved with every knead and touch.
#3) Softer hands are a Necessity to Deal with Hormonal Women
Studies show that women are high on progesterone during their pregnancy, which is why they may drag you to bed more often. More research done on the subject revealed that the increase in a woman’s libido during pregnancy may be nature’s way to ensure that the father bonded with his partner in crime and stuck around to look after her.
So, if your partner isn’t able to put aside those sexual feelings during her pregnancy, it may be time for you to take care of the situation in gentler ways. Remember, a woman’s body during pregnancy is highly sensitive, so if you have hard and rough hands, she’ll turn frustrated and even more hormonal. On the other hands, soft and smooth hands will keep her happy and content whether in bed or off it.
#4) The Baby is Going To Need To Be Handled Gently
Once the baby is born, your child will need to be handled gently and softly. If you have rough hands that don’t feel right, the baby might start crying because their skin is extremely sensitive and soft. On the other hand, your soft hands will make them feel comfortable and relaxed. Having soft hands will also provide your wife with some relief once the baby is born as you will be able to give the baby the same feeling their mother’s comforting hands provide.
#5) Soft Hands Will Make You Feel Good About Yourself
When you properly take care of your wife and baby, you will feel good about yourself even in times of stress. However, if your touch makes your baby mama’s skin crawl and your baby bawl, you will feel guilty about not providing them with the support that they needed. This may even cause problems in your relationship later on. So, be the confident, loving father you should be and get those hands moisturized right away.
How to Get Softer Hands
If your hands have started to roughen up and go dry because of seasonal changes, don’t waste much time on off-the-shelf creams and slow natural remedies. Simply try our highly effective ‘Unnecessary Roughness Hand and Body Crème’ skincare which is specially developed for daddies to be. So get ready to spoil your wife and child with your soft hands as well.
Women tend to be confused about whether they should wear a breastfeeding/nursing bra or a regular bra during their pregnancy. This is because about a majority believes that maternity bras should only be worn after you have delivered your little bundle of joy and are planning to breastfeed it. However, because your breast size will increase considerably during your pregnancy, it is better for you to go for nursing bras that offer a lot of space and comfort for your growing body.
If you’re still confused as to which bra you should go for, read on and put an end to your dilemma once and for all.
Nursing Bras vs. Regular Bras
Most medical consultants and professionals recommend using nursing bras rather than fashion or regular bras during pregnancy as they help the body grow naturally and without restriction. Therefore, even though it may seem like an easy solution to just add a cup and an inch or two to the girth to your regular bra, you will find that these bras are not able to provide the support necessary for a pregnant woman.
Because your breasts will get heavier and bigger throughout the pregnancy, not wearing the right kind of bra may cause them to become stretched. They may even become internally damaged as they don’t have ligaments or muscles in them. Maternity bras will provide the best support and you will be able to avoid stretched and saggy breasts.
Moreover, because most fashion and regular bras have metal under wires, they will place pressure on the milk ducts and may even block the milk flow or lead to plugged milk ducts. Because of this, you may experience nasty infections that require antibiotics, which will interrupt your breastfeeding routine once your bun is out of the oven.
These aside, maternity bras are also recommended because they are specifically designed to grow with your body. They are made of strong, stretchy fabrics, such as the power mesh, which stretch with your expanding rib cage. The wide cotton lined straps on these maternity bras provide extra support and comfort for your larger and tenderer breasts.
Finally, if you want to get the best of both worlds and not compromise on style while buying a nursing bra, you can go for the flexi-wire maternity bras which are flexible and capable to adjust better to your body than regular underwire bra.
Tips on Picking out a Good Nursing Bra
When picking out a nursing bra, one of the most important and desirable features that you will need to look out for is the overall functionality of the bra. The bra you buy should have enough room for an increase in cup size and easy to wear.
These aside, here are three tips that will help you when you are buying a nursing bra.
1. Choose a Nursing Bra with a Comfortable Fit
When choosing a nursing bra, bear in mind that it has to be supportive enough for your breasts. Therefore, go against buying a tight nursing bra and instead opt for one that is comfortable and feels right. If you are buying a flexi-wire nursing bra, consider one that is made of good quality material or else it may constrict the breast tissue and ultimately cause clogging.
2. Go For a Breathable Material
One of the most important features that you will have to consider when buying a nursing bra is its material. If you are looking for a good quality, breathable nursing bra, cotton is the material to go for. Avoid bras that keep moisture in as these will cause bacterial growth and ultimately lead to problems during pregnancy and breast feeding.
3. Make Sure to Get the Right Sized Nursing Bra
The right sized nursing bra should be your number one priority. Experts recommend that you determine your fit during the final weeks of your pregnancy. All you need to do is measure under your arms and around your bust. That way you’ll know exactly the size you need.
So, don’t wait longer for your own high quality, comfortable and durable nursing bras. Go through our large collection of maternity bras and you’ll surely spot something that is just for you.
During pregnancy, a women’s body undergoes a range of significant changes. However, ignoring your skin throughout this time may lead to dryness, stretch marks, scales and other such issues that you don’t want to deal with. Therefore, it is important that you use the right products to take care of your very sensitive pregnancy skin. In addition to the perfect pregnancy skincare products, you need to follow these tips to ward off skin issues and keep it health after your bun is out of the oven.
Cleanse and Moisturize With Carefully Chosen Products
Being pregnant doesn’t mean that you should forget about your daily skincare routine, in fact, because your skin is going through changes, it is important that you continue using gentle cleansers as they will help you clean your skin without causing any external or internal damage. Ideally, the products that you use should be glycerin-based as this will help keep your skin clean. Always make sure that the product is okay to use in pregnancy, but if you are not sure, ask your doctor or test a drop on your skin first.
Cleansing aside, you need to moisturize. If you don’t do so often, you will end up facing extreme dryness, wrinkles and stretch marks on your stomach. This is why it is crucial that you apply as much lotion as you can, preferably before you go to bed. Try using natural lotions that don’t have scents or colors in them as these are healthier for you.
Avoid the Sun and Heat As Much As You Can
Because your body will be going through hormonal fluctuations throughout the pregnancy, you will start to feel like your skin is a lot more sensitive than usual. As a result, your skin will be more prone to darkening and pigmentation. Therefore, even though you cannot control or avoid hormonal imbalance completely, it is important that you avoid the sun and heat as much as possible. This also means that you should avoid the stove and cooking on a grill as these will have an adverse affect on your skin overtime.
Use Sun Block When Necessary
If you are working women or cannot avoid the sun for other reasons, it is a good idea to use high quality sun blocks. Dermatologist all over the world suggest that you use a sun block that has at least SPF30+ as this will help you remain protected from the sun and its harmful rays. However, it takes almost 30 minutes for the skin to absorb the sunscreen and for it to take effect, so you should apply it at least half an hour before you head out.
Moreover, if you are going to the beach and plan on spending a long time on the sand and under the sun, be sure to reapply the cream after every 3-4 hours as the effect will wear off after that time. To protect your entire body, either use the sun block on your body as well or opt for clothing that covers you fully.
Choose Your Makeup with Care
Even though you don’t have to avoid makeup completely during pregnancy, you should carefully consider the products that you use on your face and body. If you are experiencing pigmentation, try out Alpha-Hydroxy Acids as they have proven to be quite effective for pregnant women. If you want to make sure that your skin isn’t affected by your ever changing hormones, try wearing mineral makeup as it’s very light and even healthy for your skin.
Consult a Dermatologist
If you notice itchy skin, a rash or any other such issues on your skin, be sure to consult a dermatologist as soon as you can. These skincare professionals will provide you with the right kind of medical skin advice so that you can avoid any problems that may arise. Moreover, if you are thinking of trying out new skin care products, be sure to ask your doctor first as they will best be able to guide you.
Following all of these skincare tips will help you in improving the look of your skin without causing any health problems that you may worry about later. So, even if you don’t see a lot of noticeable changes in your skin during your pregnancy, be sure to take good and proper care of it to feel beautiful and refreshed.
A perfectly stocked infant bag represents a rather small investment in time and money, but pays back dividends in ease and convenience when you are on the go with your infant. Of course, your needs may vary, but there are at least five essential elements that every infant bag should include:
Milk or formula is the most important item. If your infant drinks formula, taking enough with you is not difficult. Several feedings worth of powdered formula do not take up much room at all. The American Academy of Pediatrics is a good resource to reference to help you determine how much formula you need.
If your infant is breastfed, it may not be difficult at all to take milk along; as long as the child is traveling with mommy, there is usually an adequate milk supply available. Direct breast-feeding is not always practical though. If you are planning to take breast milk with you, you will need to take some extra precautions. The Mayo Clinic has published this article of tips for safe breast milk storage.
Baby wipes are also essential to include in a diaper bag. If you are a new mother, you may not realize just how useful baby wipes can be. Besides the obvious use of cleaning baby hands, faces and bottoms, they are handy for wiping up spills, keeping stains off clothes and removing mommy or grandma’s smudged makeup.
Whether you choose cloth or disposable, you need to have a supply of diapers. Infants seem to have a way of knowing that you have a limited supply of diapers on hand, so be sure to bring more than you think you need. If you are using cloth diapers, zip-top bags are the best way to store soiled diapers, but you do not need to buy special bags made for the task; freezer storage bags work just fine. Double bagging will ensure that you never have a problem with leaks.
4. Change of Clothes
Speaking of diapers and pesky “blowouts,” you will always want to make sure to have at least one change of clothes for baby with you at all times. You never know when you baby’s diaper won’t be able to contain what you are trying to contain in it. And when your baby has a blowout at an inconvenient time, you want to make sure you are prepared. So, make sure that you always have one (or two) pairs of clothes to change your baby into should the need arise.
5. Pacifiers and/or Toys
Depending on your child’s age, you should keep either pacifiers or toys with you at all times. If you do not want to play the “baby drops it, you pick it up” game, a simple lanyard can keep items off the ground. On-the-go toys should be easy to sanitize, and you should avoid toys that could cause drama if they get lost.
A perfectly stocked infant bag will help you have stress-free outings with your baby. Choosing the right items will make traveling simple and easy and make you look like a rock-star parent. There are many options of diapers, food and infant formula brands to choose from. Figure out what works for you and your child and get your bag stocked today.
This article was contributed by blogger Nicole. Nicole writes about parenting and baby care.
It may not be a common knowledge to be more concerned about your teeth during pregnancy, but perhaps it should be. Dental care during this time, as with every other health issue, should not be ignored.
Certain unhealthy oral conditions could have adverse effects on both the mother and baby.
Morning Sickness Effects Your Mouth
The oral cavity is more often exposed to gastric acid which erodes the enamel during pregnancy. This gastric acid comes from the common morning sickness associated with pregnancy.
Some women can have too much acid reflux which can lead to enamel erosion. Dietary changes to reduce acid reflux and a baking soda mouth rinse to neutralize acid can help with this.
Brush to Avoid Dental Caries
Dental caries are a disease in which carbohydrates are turned into acid from bacteria which demineralizes the enamel. Pregnant women are at a higher risk of caries from increased acidity, sugary cravings and limited oral health.
If untreated, dental caries can lead to abscess and infection. The likeliness of caries can be passed down to the child if the mother has caries during pregnancy. It’s a good idea to brush regularly and avoid the sweet stuff.
Gingivitis is Common During Pregnancy
The most common oral disease during pregnancy is Gingivitis. If the mother has gingivitis before, the pregnancy can exacerbate it. The disease during this time is aggravated by high levels of estrogen and progesterone. This combined with changes in the mouth and low immune response makes gingivitis worsen. Regular oral hygiene is great for this problem and if the disease is severe, a dental visit is in order.
Beware of Loose Teeth
The tissue surrounding the tooth is called the periodontium. Some women during the child bearing age are affected by periodontitis which is when there is a destructive inflammation of the periodontium.
This happens when too much bacteria gets into this tissue and produce toxins that cause breakdown. Eventually the teeth loosen. The high levels of bacteria have been found to be in the placenta and is known to cause pre term birth and low birth rate.
Oral Tumors: Uncommon but Possible
Oral tumors during pregnancy can occur in up 5 percent of pregnancies. These lesions are prominent due to high levels of progesterone and bacteria. The lesions are typically inflamed, smooth and lobe like and are located on the gums.
These oral tumors are most common after the first trimester. They grow rapidly and receded after delivery. The tumors are manageable unless they bleed or don’t go away after birth.
Practice Prevention During Pregnancy
Pregnant women should visit the dentist and get an assessment for oral hygiene. Teeth, gums and tongue should be inspected during visits and mothers should have very regular oral care like brushing and flossing. Avoid the sugary snacks and drinks.
Documentation of oral care and future oral plans with your dentist is a must. Be sure to talk to your dentist about oral care for pregnant women, because your dental health effects your baby!
Kelly Wilson visited the dentist faithfully when pregnant with each of her boys, and they continue to have healthy teeth and gums!
Cute Molly Maternity Maxi Dress – GIVEAWAY DRESS
This is a super pretty smocked and color blocked maternity maxi dress. You can wear before, during and after pregnancy. Quality fabric to last through all stages of pregnancy. You will love this pretty strapless dress.
- Pretty Color Block Maxi Dress
- Smocked Tube Design
- Wear During 9 Months Of Pregnancy & Beyond
-Stretchy & Comfy Fabric