Ultimate Pregnancy Survival Guide

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Being pregnant is such an exciting time, it can also be a stressful one, especially if it’s your first time.

You have so many questions and there are so many things to do to prepare for your new baby. I’m excited to privde you with the ultimate pregnancy survival guide for the mom to be!

There are tips for each trimester of pregnancy to help answer questions and give you useful information and resources for all the decisions you’ll need to make.

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A quick word about me

My name is Shari. I have a new baby girl and another wonderful daughter who is 2 years old and currently runs my life! I’m pretty type A so I do a lot of research, I’m hoping all my hours of research can help save you some time!

I’m also active in a lot of mom groups so I get information from other moms as well. I am pro vaccines and pro safe sleep practices so you will see me support those in my posts. I write a lot about breastfeeding as well. You won’t find advice on formula feeding here, not because I’m against it, but simply because I did very little of it so I don’t have the knowledge to share.

If there’s a topic you’re interested in that I’ve missed feel free to email me at shari@diaryofasocalmama.com and I’ll try my best to write an article on it soon or direct you to a great resource!

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2nd Trimester

3rd Trimester

Pregnancy tips for the first trimester

First Trimester Symptoms and how to survive them

25 Clever Pregnancy Announcements

What to Expect at your first prenatal appointment

Tons of Baby Name ideas!

Options for Prenatal testing & screening

Week by week Pregnancy to do list (with printable checklist)

How to claim your Amazon baby welcome box

Pregnancy group acronyms and abbreviations

Must have pregnancy items for the mom-to-be

The 5 Best Pregnancy Books to read

Hypothyroidism during pregnancy

Where to get absolutely free baby items!

2nd trimester pregnancy survival guide

7 Common second trimester symptoms

Essential items for your baby registry

Cute maternity shirts you have to see

Why you shouldn’t use a DockATot

Essential baby items with printable checklist

Choosing a baby monitor: Infant Optics DXR-8 review

Tips for dealing with Pregnancy Insomnia

What does a doula do & do I need one?

How to prepare for labor & delivery

Which childbirth class is right for you?

Should you buy formula if you plan to breastfeed?

Choosing a pediatrician for your newborn

Pain options in childbirth

 

The home stretch: pregnancy tips for the third trimester

7 Common Third Trimester symptoms

Do I need a Rhogam shot during pregnancy?

How to prepare to breastfeed successfully

Membrane Sweeps: The good, the bad, & the ugly

Creating a Postpartum Care Kit (all the essential items)

Questions to ask during a hospital tour

How to create a birth plan

Birth affirmations for every type of birth

A Postpartum care kit your vagina will thank you for

The Best Postpartum Pads for every stage of after birth bleeding

Benefits of delayed cord clamping

Who should be in the delivery room with you?

What to pack in your hospital bag with printable checklist