Pregnancy announcements are always fun, and with all of the various social media outlets at your disposal, the possibilities are limitless. Since it’s fall, we’re sharing five fun fall pregnancy announcements for your enjoyment. Maybe you’ll see a little inspiration for your own autumnal announcement.
Adding a Pumpkin to Our Patch
This is a fun idea that can be styled in various ways. You can go to an actual pumpkin patch for a photo shoot, or display carved pumpkins on your porch. If you have other kids, this is a great way to involve them in the process, by letting them design their own pumpkins.
Expecting a Little Pumpkin
Carving a pumpkin, and then placing a tiny one inside is another pumpkin-themed way to announce you’re expecting. This creative twins version makes the idea even cuter.
No Tricks, Just a Treat…
Try using this little saying for an online and/or mailed announcement: “No tricks, just a treat! Our family is growing by two little feet.” You can create your own version, or buy and customize the announcement pictured.
Using apples is another unique way to announce your pregnancy. You can take a picture of you and your partner holding apples displaying your baby’s due date. Or you can stage a photo shoot featuring your family in an apple orchard. This apple lineup is also a great idea.
Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
If you happen to love yourself some pumpkin spice goodness from Starbucks, this might be for you. Add a little ditty about your favorite fall beverage, and you’re good to go.
What are some of your favorite fall pregnancy announcement ideas?
Halloween is pretty much the best. Not only do you have access to all the candy you could ever want, but you can also dress up as (pretty much) anything you want. If you’re pregnant, it adds even more fun to the mix. Below are some great maternity costumes for expecting mummies. (See what I did there?)
1. Bun in the oven
You can actually buy a bun in the oven costume here or here, though there is plenty of DIY potential to be had.
2. Skeleton/X-ray mom and baby
Maybe it’s morbid to say that this is super cute, maybe it’s totally appropriate? At any rate, you can find a tee shirt or full-length iron-on skeleton costume that highlights your baby-to-be.
Because it’s punny, and totally on-the-nose. And also, you’re totally prego.
4. Juno (and Bleeker)
This is a fun costume that works well if you like to coordinate costumes with your partner. You can actually buy the set here, or use existing clothing in your wardrobe to make it even easier to pull together.
5. Escaping baby
Yes, you can actually buy a version of this costume here, but it would also be a fun DIY project. If you like to skew to the creepy side of Halloween, try adding a little fake blood to up the shock factor.
6. Wrecking ball
If you don’t understand the reference, this is probably not the costume for you. But if you do, it still plays. Especially if it’s executed well. Also, there’s an actual tutorial on how to create this costume. You’re welcome.
7. Disco Ball
If you want a DIY costume with a whole lot of potential (and that could be super comfortable), this costume idea is for you. It has the potential to exude velvety, disco-y goodness. Bedazzling your belly could also be really enjoyable.
8. E.T. and Elliot
You’re going to definitely get bonus points for creativity if you rock this costume at your work party or other Halloween gatherings. It’s an award-winner for sure.
Have you seen or worn an amazing maternity costume? Let us know your faves in the comments below!
Who’s spending this Labor Day anxiously awaiting their own labor? I myself was in labor on Labor Day weekend 2 years ago in 2015. Oh, the irony. So in honor of Labor Day, here are some super useful and practical tips for anyone else who may find themselves laboring this Labor Day!
Deep-breathing exercises WORK – medicated or not
Even if you plan all along to get that epidural ASAP, the early stages of labor before you go to the hospital will likely still be painful. Personally, I had been experiencing a lot of Braxton Hicks and contractions from uterine irritability during my third trimester, so when I started having painful contractions in the middle of the night on the day my son was born, I stayed home for a few hours waiting to make sure they were real. In that time the contractions got more intense and super painful, and even though I was planning on an epidural at the hospital I needed to find a way to relieve the pain from those contractions in the meantime. In my mind I tried to think of tips I’d heard before, and of course “breathe” is the first one to come to mind, but it worked! In the midst of the tightest, most painful contractions, forcing out a big exhale helped ease the pain!
So don’t discount the value of learning these pain-management techniques if you’re planning on pain medication. The meds don’t always come the second the pain starts, and you never know if your baby will decide to come before you get the chance at medication.
Befriend the nurses
Get to know the nurses personally. Ask about their kids, hobbies, and their experience as a nurse. It will make your time in the hospital more personal and enjoyable for you and them. Consider bringing a stash of candy bars to give to each nurse who cares for you. It’s a nice gesture for someone who’s working long shifts caring for other people, and it never hurts to be on the good side of the person responsible for your comfort and pain management.
Don’t fear the chance of poop
This shouldn’t be a thing anymore, but it is. If there is something in the pipes ahead of your baby, it will come out first. This is just logic. And in the history of mankind, your poop is nothing special or unique from all of the other probably-billions of other women who have pooped during labor. Everybody poops. You probably won’t even notice if it happens and those nurses are so fast at cleaning up all the goodies that come out with birth that you won’t even think about it.
Voice your opinions, but let them be educated ones
Birth classes and birth plans are fantastic. Knowledge is power. I believe that the more birth stories a woman reads or hears, the more she’ll realize how unique every labor is and the less unknown there will be to fear. However, no amount of online research can replace the years of studying, practice, and wisdom of a seasoned doctor. If you take anything away from doing your own research, it should be that hardly any births go according to the mother’s plan. So while you should voice your opinions and you are entitled to a birth you want, keep in mind that the doctor knows what is best for you and the baby and you must go in with an open mind and flexible attitude to ensure the best interests of you and the baby are the priority.
Ask for extra recovery items
When it’s time for you to leave the hospital, you will be given a “goodie bag,” if you will, of items to help with your recovery. These could include giant pads, tucks pads, a squirt bottle, and a numbing spray to help with the discomfort. Ask for more of these. In fact, (warning, TMI coming), I had a few stitches and was concerned about those, so the nurse left and brought me a sitz bath to add to my collection. I asked for extras of a lot of the items because this wasn’t my first rodeo and I knew I’d probably run out of these things, and wouldn’t feel up to going to the store for a while. My nurse didn’t hesitate to load me up with extras, and I was SO GLAD a few weeks later.
If you’re getting close to the big day, you may be trying to rely on those powerful maternal instincts to give you some clues that labor is coming. During pregnancy, especially your first pregnancy, it can be hard to distinguish a true sign of labor, and something else your body is doing as a result of pregnancy. Here are 5 signs that you’re going into labor.
1. REAL contractions
Braxton Hicks contractions will likely get stronger as you get closer to labor and your body is preparing for labor, but they aren’t kidding when they say you’ll KNOW the difference when real contractions hit. I was induced for medical reasons early with my first child and never experienced real contractions, but with my second it was undeniable, and my instincts knew those were real. The difference was the intensity and duration. The real contractions started in the middle of the night and, at first, didn’t feel too much different from the Braxton Hicks I’d been having, but they slowly and gradually got worse – more painful and more intense. The pressure was huge, and nothing relieved them. This was two days before my due date, and I just knew they were real (despite having thought this before and going into labor and delivery, only to be sent home). When you notice a difference in those contractions as you get close to your due date, trust your instincts.
2. Bloody discharge
Warning: all sorts of delightful terms are used to describe this phenomenon.
If you notice a bloody discharge close to your due date, this is likely from the thinning of your cervix, in a process called losing your “mucous plug.” (Could nobody think of a better term than that?) Your mucous plug is basically the substance that has kept your cervix blocked during pregnancy. Now that it’s stretched and thinned enough in preparation for delivery, you may notice it coming out as pink, red, or brown tinted discharge or even a bit more bleeding. Some call this the (brace yourselves again) “bloody show.” While this is a common occurrence, do NOT hesitate to call your doctor if you have any concerns about bleeding or unusual discharge.
3. Baby dropping
Another sign that labor is near is your baby dropping in preparation for his/her descent into the world. You may notice your belly getting rounder and, literally, dropping lower in your abdomen. This may be a nice relief from the pressure in your upper abdomen, but may likely mean more pressure on your pelvis and bladder, and possibly the emergence of the waddle walk. But this is a good thing! This means baby is moving lower toward your cervix, hopefully, head down, and ready for departure soon.
4. Water breaking
Hollywood has convinced many pregnant women that the first thing they’ll experience before labor is a HUGE gush of water pouring down their legs, usually in public and noticeable to everyone in the vicinity. In reality, not all women even notice their water breaking, as it’s often described as more of a trickle like you’re wetting your pants, and many women don’t experience it until AFTER they’ve begun real contractions. However, this is an event that is different for every woman and pregnancy, because your body is different than everybody else’s. Again, trust your instincts.
5. Back pain
A symptom of baby dropping may be increased back pain. As baby’s head pushes into mom’s spine as he/she descends, this can mean some intense pressure on your back that may be worse with contractions. Some women even experience “back labor” where the contractions are MOSTLY felt in the back. If you’re not sure if your baby has dropped but have been experiencing increasing back pain or pressure, those may be a signs that labor is near.
How did you know your body was going into labor? Was it what you expected? Tell us your story below!