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Preventative Measures: Getting the Flu Shot During Pregnancy

Chantal Standafer

Nothing like family snuggles. 

Nothing like family snuggles. 

As we get into August, thoughts of flu start to pop up. Not because it's going around yet, but the signs offering the flu shot are appearing at pharmacies. It's a gentle reminder that the flu season (generally October-March, but even into May) is just around the corner. 

The flu is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. It is contagious, believed to be passed by droplets created when infected people cough, sneeze or talk (so basically normal daily life being in contact with other humans). People can be contagious before they show signs of the illness, and can remain contagious for a number of days after coming down with it. This illness is characterized by a number of not so lovely symptoms including fever, fatigue, and body aches, among others. To put it mildly, it's not pretty. 

Getting the flu while pregnant can be especially challenging and dangerous. According to the CDC, because of the natural changes in women's bodies during pregnancy, they are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu, including hospitalization, preterm labor and delivery. 

Good news is that woman can receive the flu shot! While there are two available deliveries of the vaccine, the Mayo Clinic makes a clear recommendation that pregnant women only receive the shot and should steer clear of the nasal spray (the latter is made from a live virus, which is to be avoided during pregnancy). The effect of the vaccination is two-fold. Just like when getting the Tdap during pregnancy, the mother is protected, plus she transfers immunity to the baby. This is extremely important because infants cannot receive a flu vaccination until they are 6 months old. 

Be sure to talk with your OB/GYN or midwife about any questions you have. They are there to help and want you to have the healthiest pregnancy possible! Plus, there's a good chance you can get your flu shot at one of your upcoming appointments. But don't worry, if that's not an option most pharmacies can administer the shot too (and usually without much of a wait)! 

Kicking the pregnancy back pain

Chantal Standafer

Bumpie pregnant with baby #2, Spring 2015

Bumpie pregnant with baby #2, Spring 2015

Being pregnant brings on so many new things. There's excitement, some nervousness perhaps....and most likely at some point some physical discomfort. I mean, you're growing a person. And your body is shifting things around in order to accommodate that little peanut. ACOG has a whole FAQ sheet on back pain during pregnancy! Clearly it's a thing. 

When the pain shows up and the severity of it can differ. I know for myself I experienced discomfort much earlier in my second pregnancy than in my first. There were various factors involved. One of the major ones was that because of having limited activity during part of my second pregnancy, my body just didn't feel as strong and able to keep up with my shifting center of gravity and the growing baby. But there are ways to ease that discomfort. And you don't even have to leave your house to do it!

While nothing new or earth shattering, stretching can be one of the key components in relieving pain. Remember growing up when you did sports (or even just PE class), you'd have to stretch? Well, the same reason stretching was important then is still relevant now. If muscles in your body are tight, they can be pulling on other parts, making you uncomfortable. Good news is that there are so many wonderful, simple stretches you can do to help with the pain. The Mayo Clinic suggests doing the Cat-Cow yoga pose to stretch the lower back. Sarah Isaac of FitMom Charlotte put together this short video (using yours truly as the model) of three simple stretches that can make a huge difference.  As long as your doctor gives you the ok to be up and about, there's always something you can do to help with the pregnancy discomfort! 

What are your favorite ways to alleviate pregnancy back pain?  

How to survive when baby arrives

Chantal Standafer

Baby Boyd resting peacefully at the hospital. 

Baby Boyd resting peacefully at the hospital. 

When we had our first child 3.5 years ago I didn't have a bunch of seasoned moms around me. Most of my friends were not yet having children. I had ideas of how things would happen, and had read some blog posts. I felt prepared in terms of what to purchase. But I really wasn't sure what I was getting into. 

On one hand I thought I'd be able to do it all, while on the other I was totally freaked out and wasn't sure how I'd get anything done. But mostly I was under the impression that I could, and therefore should, take care of everything. I had planned to have our freezer stocked with meals. But we moved a couple of weeks before my due date and it was crazy hot. So I didn't feel like turning the stove or oven on to cook. And Gaby was born a week early. Needless to say, we weren't completely unpacked and we didn't have meals on hand. 

And then my mom came to the rescue! She moved her flight up a week, and helped us finish unpacking, fed us and helped with the baby. She even stocked our freezer with meals for us to have after she returned home. Like I said, mom for the win. 

But once my mom left, I still had to figure out how to get meals on the table. And get the laundry done, and shower, and sleep, etc. Basically I had to figure out how to do it all on my own. And I didn't know how to ask for help. It took a while, but eventually I made simpler meals, and cooked extra so we didn't have to cook every night. 


Just when I thought I had found a safe space for the baby to rest, the toddler figured out how to climb into the crib. 

Just when I thought I had found a safe space for the baby to rest, the toddler figured out how to climb into the crib. 

Fast forward two years and I felt way more prepared when we had our son. I knew I would have extra demands because it wouldn't be just me and the baby. With a toddler on hand I wouldn't be able to nap as easily during the day, I'd need to get out so she could run around, plus our business had launched. I knew that I would need help! 

One of the best ways that the help came was in the form of a meals from friends. One close friend offered to set up an online meal schedule where people could sign up to bring dinner. For a couple of months we received a meal or two a week from some wonderful friends. It definitely took pressure off my plate--not needing to plan meals and figure out when to make them made a huge difference! 

So my key to surviving after baby's arrival: have a friend set up a meal schedule (we used Meal Train). No matter if it's baby number one or two, three, etc., having this checked off your list for at least a couple times a week will make a huge difference! 

What is your top suggestion for helping new parents? 


New Beginnings: Second Pregnancy

Chantal Standafer

I remember being asked, while still pregnant with Gaby (my first child), “How many children are you going to have?” And being asked about number two after barely having given birth! Seriously, I do not understand why people think that’s an appropriate question, especially as I was still a zombie from being up all hours of the night (and day) with said baby. But as time went on and we got into a rhythm and things felt more manageable, we did start thinking about baby number two. While I had an idea of what to expect based off of my first pregnancy, I also knew that no two pregnancies would be exactly alike.

The second pregnancy, while not overly difficult, did have its ups and downs. Initially I had been worried that I would have terrible morning sickness like I had while pregnant with Gaby. I was also worried about how I would be able to care for Gaby, who was just over a year old, if I was feeling very sick (or tired). Each pregnancy is different, and luckily in my case that meant I was not as nauseous or tired as I had been during the first pregnancy. I took it as a sign that we were having a boy (opposite sex of the first baby)...and I happened to be right!

But just as we found out we would be having a baby boy, I began to bleed--which was very scary! It’s one of those things you are told to immediately call the doctor if it happens. I was terrified. Thankfully, during an ultrasound the next day we saw baby boy and heard a strong heartbeat. It turned out that I had a subchorionic hematoma. To be safe, my doctor put me on bed rest for the weekend, then down to partial bedrest after the next ultrasound. I went from being very active, working out and playing with my toddler, to not being able to lift my groceries. This was a hard adjustment for us, but it did allow Gaby even more space to grow up--she perfected climbing up and down stairs and in and out of the car. And I had to learn to ask for and accept help.

After 13 weeks of restricted activity, the specialist I saw stated that everything had cleared up and I could go back to life as normal. By that point I was nearly in my third trimester. I eased back into my workout regimen, and we continued to prepare for baby boy’s arrival. Among other things, we moved Gaby into a toddler bed in order to free the crib, and I adjusted the dresser and closet storage to allow for two sets of diapers and clothing.   

In the end, I never felt like the pregnancy was dragging on. It actually seemed to go by really quickly this time. I’m pretty sure much of this was due to chasing a toddler around everyday, as well as launching our company!  Being so busy also kept me from worrying too much about the pregnancy and the change to come.  

How were your pregnancies different?  


New Beginnings: First Pregnancy

Chantal Standafer

My first pregnancy not only was the beginning of my daughter’s life, it was also the beginning of my journey into parenthood. As in many journeys,  I didn’t know exactly how it was going to be. There was a general structure, in this case approximately 40 weeks of growing a person inside of me. And that brought about a lot of change, which ranged from downright miserable (morning sickness) to absolutely amazing (baby kicks!). Here are some of the major ones I experienced during my first pregnancy:

In the first trimester, there was so much excitement when we found out that I was pregnant. But that was nearly overshadowed by hearing baby’s heartbeat for the first time during the 8 week ultrasound. Along with those highs were some not so lovely symptoms though. I was absolutely exhausted. Luckily my schedule was flexible and I could take a solid nap in the afternoon. I was also extremely nauseous. The nausea started around the 5 week mark and the only thing that helped relieve the symptom was lying down. Thinking about cooking made me feel ill, and I had aversions to anything remotely fresh and healthy. My go-to food was pasta with tomato sauce, which I tried to pass off as a solid vegetable choice. But that quickly changed (at the time it felt like forever).

In the second trimester, I started to feel better and have more energy. Salads were back as a staple in my diet and I was hitting the gym more. I actually felt pretty great. My body started to noticeably change and I had to get some maternity clothing. Going shopping for pants was a somewhat traumatizing experience, but we’ll save that story for another day. The upside was that baby was getting bigger, and I was able to feel the kicks and movements. Which was absolutely awesome. This was hands down one of my favorite experiences during my pregnancy.

In the third trimester, I still felt much better than the first trimester but not quite as awesome as in the second. The low of this one was the glucose tests. They were gross. And yes, that’s right, I had to take both the 1 and 3 hour tests. I also had to get used to my growing and changing body.  It was awkward to sleep and get up in the morning. But neither of those things were the end of the world. Plus there were also really fun times, including baby showers and eventually meeting our little one! I was really just so excited to meet baby, and spent a lot of time wondering if it would be a boy or girl (we chose not to find out during the anatomy scan), what being a mom would be like, planning how to best organize the nursery, etc.

The 39 weeks I spent pregnant felt like both an eternity and a blink of an eye. In hindsight, the length, changes and highs and lows of the pregnancy were a taste of parenthood to come. It was a visual reminder that life is not static. And it came in very handy once baby was born….because she was constantly changing!

What was the biggest change for your during your pregnancy? What did you most enjoy about this journey? 

The Ups and Downs of a Second Pregnancy

Laura Hahn

D meeting my friend's newborn and getting in some big brother practice!

D meeting my friend's newborn and getting in some big brother practice!

I always knew I wanted to have 3 kids, but after my first, I didn't even want to think about another child until my son was at least one year old. I wasn't taking any chances so I got on birth control ASAP, plus I really wanted time to have my body back to myself since I nursed for a year. When we decided we were ready to try for #2, we fortunately ended up getting pregnant right away. Getting that positive pregnancy test was definitely exhilarating, but it also opened up a lot of emotions that I wasn't expecting (beyond the expected hormonal onset of pregnancy). Here are just a few:

  • Sadness. I love my son so much, and there's something so special about your first child since he or she is what made you a mom. We have a special bond and relationship since I can give my undivided love and attention to him. When it started to sink in that he would have a sibling soon and it would no longer be just the two of us, I actually cried thinking about it when I was rocking with him before bed, just like I did every night when he was an infant. I know that having a sibling will enrich his life and their relationship will be special in a way that I will never be able to provide, but I can't help but mourn for the end of our exclusive time together.

  • Dread. This mostly refers to the newborn phase. I love babies, but I found that I am really enjoying age 2 right now with my son (I am terrified for age 3 though). I don't have to carry him everywhere, he can follow instructions and therefore help me out with little things, but mainly he sleeps through the night and I'm not nursing him. I'm already exhausted at the end of each day, so I'm not exactly stoked to sleep less, go through physical pain and a long healing process, and nurse around the clock--while still having to care for another child. Which brings me to...

  • Fear. I know a lot of moms with multiple children who say it was hardest for them to adjust from zero to one child, but I think because I have so many nieces and nephews, I knew ahead of time certain ways my life would change and I was prepared for that. But, since I'll be the one caring for the kids most of the day, with a second I'm now going to be outnumbered and that scares me! At this point I feel like I can keep it together most days with my son (read: we’re alive and can make it out of the house), but throwing a baby into the mix is definitely going to take some time to adjust. The good thing is that infants are stationary for awhile so at least I won't be chasing after two kids right away (moms of twins or more--I am not worthy). Another parent told me that at least you have two hands to handle two. Three is a different story I guess!

  • Excitement. Of course, it’s not all bad! I shared earlier that we are expecting a girl this time, and I am definitely excited to have a different experience with her. Though pointing out trucks has become second nature to me now, having a little mini me, someone to hopefully send to my women-only alma mater, and a daughter to do fun girls' stuff with is just the beginning; I’m super excited to experience a different kind of bond with my daughter than with my son. But even if I were having another boy, it's exciting to see how your second child's personality will differ from your first and what that relationship will be like.

  • Joyful anticipation. Honestly, it’s hard for me to fathom loving another child as much as my son, but there was a glimmer of hope when I had my first ultrasound for the new baby and my maternal love kicked into gear. I’ve also heard from numerous other parents that you don’t divide your love for your kids; it multiplies and grows. While it took me about a month or so to become head over heels in love with my son--I wasn’t one of those women who immediately fell in love with their baby--it’s amazing to think that my heart will be capable of encompassing that much love. Darian has also been demonstrating incredible big brother traits already, like kissing my belly and saying, “love you, baby sister!” that while I’m going to be giving up a lot of control over my body, time, and let’s face it, cleanliness, I can’t wait for baby girl to get here and be part of our family.

What were some of your experiences like anticipating your second pregnancy? Were there any similarities with your subsequent pregnancies?

Predicting your baby's sex

Laura Hahn

When I was pregnant with my first in 2013, I wanted a girl so badly. I have two sisters, and growing up with girls meant that I didn’t really know what I would do if I had a boy, even though I had two nephews (and three nieces). I fantasized about all the cute outfits and bows I would dress her in, and there were so many girl’s names I was debating between. Even though we had a boy’s name picked out, in the back of my mind I didn’t think that I would really need to use it.

Naturally, when I had an ultrasound at 17 weeks, it was clear as day that I was going to have a boy; my OB got a perfect crotch shot of my son’s goods. It was hard for me to mask my disappointment, and as soon as I walked out of my appointment I called my husband, told him we’re having a boy and said that we needed to go back to the name drawing board because the one we picked out suddenly wasn’t good enough. After I calmed down, I realized that I did still like it, but we kept it as his middle name--which is where the second name of our company, Asher, meaning happy or blessed, comes from.

Looking back, I should have known that I was going to have a boy--and for the record, I am over the moon in love with him! I had such typical, old wives’ tale symptoms that I could have at least gotten a clue from those. I had amazing shiny and thick hair, glowing skin, only gained weight mostly on my belly, was super hungry all the time and craved a lot of ice cream. I even had a dream I was having a boy and the Chinese gender predictor agreed, but I rationalized that I got pregnant a month after my birthday so it could be off.

Now I am pregnant with my second, and we found out at 20 weeks that I am having a girl! Though we loosely used the Shettles method, I wasn’t sure if it was going to work and heard from many other women with more than one child that their pregnancies were either completely different or relatively similar with the same sex. However, once I started to notice certain symptoms, I became more and more convinced that I was carrying a girl. They say girls “steal their mother’s beauty,” and that’s definitely what I was experiencing. My hair was flat and dry, I got hormonal acne (found this symptom to be very common for girl moms!), I was gaining weight in areas I hadn't before, and I wasn’t that hungry even in my early second trimester (I didn’t get much morning sickness during either pregnancies). The Chinese gender predictor also said I was having a girl, and there were only 2 months out of the year that that would be true for my age. No idea how the chart is over 90% accurate!

While symptoms and charts aren’t necessarily an accurate predictor for your baby’s sex, I do believe ones based on science may have some merit (so not what direction your bed faces or the way a key moves around your belly. Where did those even come from?). The Ramzi Theory has a 97% accuracy rate, which is staggering. Some women just have a maternal intuition, and there was even a study that said 71% of educated women correctly guessed what sex baby they’re having based on a dream or intuition. The dream theory was accurate for both of my pregnancies! Of course, if you get a cell-free fetal DNA blood test, you can now know your baby’s gender for sure by 10 weeks.

Did you guess your baby’s sex correctly? What signs or symptoms gave it away or threw you off?

Baby Registry: Items Parents Are Split On

Laura Hahn

After writing our lists of must haves and what you can skip for your baby registry, here’s our final list of products that parents are split on--so it’s up to you whether or not to go for it!


  • Changing pad. Many parents use this, but some claim you can just change your baby on the floor. Our backs thanked us for having this atop baby’s dresser!

  • Glider. If you can get one, even used from a friend or through Craigslist, we highly recommend it. I spent so much time in this while feeding baby at the beginning, and we still use it in the toddler years for reading books and rocking in it before bed. It’ll also come in handy again if you have another baby!

  • Bassinet or Rock ‘N Play. Many parents swear by the rock ‘n play and have attributed getting sleep the first few months to this, but others put baby in the crib the first night home and don’t look back. A potential issue that may arise is transitioning the baby from rock ‘n play to crib, since they go from sleeping at an angle to flat on their back.

  • Diaper pail. Some swear by one, and some just use a small metal trash can with a lid and empty it every 3 days (or every day!). Once baby starts eating solids, you will definitely need something unless you don’t mind smelling sewage, so perhaps base this decision on how much of a pain it is to empty the trash.

  • Swaddle blankets. You’ll probably need some sort of blanket regardless, but many parents love the Miracle Blanket or The Magic Sleepsuit to keep baby’s Moro reflex from waking herself up.

  • Mobile. We’re fans of cute and colorful mobiles that can hang from the ceiling, though admittedly they’re more nursery decor than anything else. We found that around 1-2 mo+ babies are staring at things more and mobiles seem beneficial. This could be a decision you put off until later.



  • Umbrella stroller. We initially thought having more than one stroller was unnecessary, but this can really make your life easier, especially when traveling on a plane or if you have limited car trunk space. Sometimes you just need something small and light to get around, especially if you live in the city. Depending on your lifestyle and where you live, you could potentially get by with just an umbrella stroller.

  • Travel crib/pack n play. Depends on how much you travel (or if you co-sleep), or if you have extra bedrooms when guests stay over. It can also come in handy for containing a mobile little one while cooking or doing other activities.

  • Baby monitor. If you have a small apartment or the baby sleeps in your room, you may not need one. Decide based on your home and preference, including if the monitor is audio only or video as well.

  • Activity mat. This is a great way for your infant to work on tummy time and reaching for objects, but a blanket and dangling toys could work too.

  • Bouncer seat. Sometimes you need to put baby down and this is a great, safe option.

  • Jumper/activity center. If baby spends a lot of time at home, this could be useful. It also helps around 5-8 months to strengthen baby’s legs and prepare for crawling. These are also helpful when you need to put baby somewhere and she’s grown out of the bouncer.

  • Swing. These take up a lot of space, but some parents swear that it was the only thing that soothed their baby. Other babies seem not to care for it, so unfortunately it may be trial and error for you.

  • White noise machine. If you follow the 5 S’s, this will be a necessity. It also helps if you live in a noisy city.



  • Hooded towels. Super cute, but a regular towel works just as well.

  • Baby bathtub. Some simply use the kitchen sink, but this is helpful if bath time is part of baby’s nightly ritual (and you haven’t cleared all the dishes yet!), or if you don’t have a full bath. You could also use an infant bath sponge cushion in a regular bathtub.



  • Bottle warmer. Thawing frozen milk in warm water works great, but this could be helpful for heating up formula or a refrigerated bottle. Some bottle warmers only work for smaller bottles, so be aware.

  • Bottle sterilizer. You may want to look into this if you don't have a dishwasher, but you can easily sterilize bottles in a pot of boiling water or the top rack of your dishwasher. 

  • Bottle drying rack. If you use a lot of bottles, this will be worth it, if only to keep all the parts in one place so they don’t get lost while allowing them to dry fully. But placing them on a towel to dry also works fine.

  • Baby food maker. If you already have a normal food processor or blender, those will work perfectly.



  • Pacifier. You may have to try a few different types to see which fit best for your baby, but if your baby will take one, they can help a lot. Plus, you can get rid of a pacifier, but not a thumb! However, some babies won’t ever take one, so you may not even need these.

  • Toys. Check back for posts about the best toys at different stages!


Hope these lists were helpful! It can be overwhelming putting together your baby registry, especially since you wouldn’t think a tiny human would need so much stuff. However, aside from the essentials including our diaper bag, you can always put off the other stuff and see if you really need or want them (or have the space!) later. Congratulations on your new bundle!


Baby Registry: The Things You Need

Chantal Standafer

A shot from Laura's baby book themed shower. Photo by  James Song

A shot from Laura's baby book themed shower. Photo by James Song

Last week we gave you a quick list of things you really don’t need to get for baby; now it’s time for the essentials. So besides a great diaper bag, here’s the list:


  • Crib

  • Mattress

  • Sheets

  • Humidifier (for when baby gets sick)

Note: Most cribs can convert into a toddler bed. Think about if this is something you want to be able to do.  Some conversion kits come with the crib while others are sold separately. We ended up getting a toddler bed instead of the conversion kit for the crib because we were going to use the crib for the new baby. Some people buy a second crib and have both children in cribs. It depends on the spacing between your children and your preference.



  • Carseat (infant and/or convertible)

  • Stroller. Some can convert to double strollers with a second seat, so if you think your children will be somewhat close in age you may want to consider one with this capability.

  • Baby carrier

  • Diaper bag

Note: There are so many different options available for all of these items. Really evaluate your lifestyle and your needs. If you’ll be in and out of the car a lot, the infant car seat that combines with a stroller base (travel system) probably makes sense for you. Eventually you will need a convertible car seat, so might as well go ahead and register for one. Also, not every car seat fits easily in each car, so be sure to evaluate the seats with this in mind.



  • Bottles + bottle brushes

  • Nursing/feeding pillow

  • Breast pump

  • Nursing bras + pads

  • Burp cloths

  • High chair

  • Eating bibs

  • Baby/small spoons

Note: You may be eligible to get a breast pump for free through your insurance, so be sure to look into that!



  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • Diaper rash ointment

  • Washcloths

  • Baby shampoo + soap

  • Thermometer

  • Nail scissors/clippers

  • Snot sucker

  • Gates

  • Outlet plugs

Note: While baby may be in newborn size diapers for a bit (though if you have a bigger baby you may not need these at all!), get some size 1 to have on hand--baby will grow out of the newborn size before you know it! And if there’s a great deal on diapers, consider stocking up. These things do not go bad and you will use them. Amazon subscribe & save is also a great option.

Be sure to check back to get the low down on the items parents are split on. Until then, good luck with the registry! 

Why I got the Tdap While I Was Pregnant

Chantal Standafer

Getting the Tdap vaccine is a pregnancy decision that will have a lasting impact. Long after the showers are done and the baby is finally here, your antibodies will still be providing immunity to baby. Because of that I did not hesitate in getting it. I actually jumped the gun by asking my doctor about getting the shot early in my pregnancy. Once I hit the third trimester mark, she gave me the green light to get the vaccine and I made my way to a pharmacy immediately.

The Tdap vaccine helps build immunity against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. While all of these diseases are serious, it is the last one that is of greatest concern to new parents. Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system. The symptoms can be especially serious for young babies and is absolutely heart breaking to see, since it is completely preventable.

So what are the main reasons why I got vaccinated?

  • Increase in pertussis cases. In the US, the greatest incidence of pertussis in 60 years occurred in 2012.

  • Passive Immunity. By getting the vaccination while pregnant, antibodies created by my body crossed the placenta into the baby’s system, providing him with short-term immunity to the disease until he’s old enough to get the DTaP himself. Small traces of the antibodies are also passed through breastmilk.

  • Infant vaccination schedule. Baby cannot begin to receive his own vaccination until the age of two months. Most whooping cough deaths are among babies younger than 3 months old, so it’s especially important to get this vaccine on time.

  • Vaccine safety. Recent studies show that it is safe to get while pregnant and there are no increased risks of pregnancy complications as a result of getting the vaccination.

  • The immunity to pertussis wanes over time. Even though I received a booster when our daughter was born two years ago, evidence shows that the concentration of pertussis antibodies decreases fairly quickly and those left in my system would not be enough to protect my son. In order to provide an adequate level of antibodies to my son, I needed to get it again during my pregnancy.

We take great steps to protect our children from potential physical dangers. We see this in how we purchase car seats and baby proofing gear for our homes. But some potential dangers are invisible, like the whooping cough bacteria. Since there was something I could do about that potential danger, I took advantage of the opportunity to protect my son by getting the Tdap vaccination while I was pregnant with him.

If you’re pregnant and have any questions regarding the Tdap vaccine, make sure you speak with your doctor or midwife. Here’s hoping for healthy pregnancies and babies!