self-care

6 tips to survive the first trimester of pregnancy

first trimester pregancy

If you’ve stumbled upon this post, congratulations! I suspect you have a good reason for being here. But now that you’ve gotten that positive pregnancy test, what happens?

For some people, the first trimester is smooth sailing. If this is your first baby, you’re possibly not showing yet, and it may seem like life is just going on like normal.

But for the rest of us, the first trimester can be a miserable experience. This post is primarily written for those people.

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How to survive sleep regressions

sleeping toddler

Perhaps you’ve heard of the dreaded sleep regression. Or maybe you’ve heard, “the 4 month sleep regression is a myth!” and you want to punch that person in the face because your experience says otherwise and you are TIRED.

Note: The Evidence-Based Mommy’s official stance is against punching people in the face. Even when you really want to.

Regardless, something like this has happened to you: You and your child had gotten into a predictable sleep routine. Maybe he was sleeping all night, maybe he wasn’t (and that’s okay! No, really.), but you at least knew what to expect.

Then all of the sudden, his sleep drastically changes for the worse.

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Why moms benefit from journaling (and how to get started)

Journaling and mindfulness

Do you as a person sometimes get ignored within that all-consuming title of “mom”?

Moms often forget to look inward, because we’re so busy taking care of the pressing task of the moment—diapers, dinner, piano practice. Our feelings and aspirations matter, so give them some attention!

I’m here to share some ways journaling can help.

This post describes different types of journaling to help you find a good fit for you. It also includes tips for starting a successful journaling habit so you can reap the benefits from this practice.

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Dealing with postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety

New mother with baby

Postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression are so often dismissed!

After my first baby was born, I had the typical emotional roller coaster for a few weeks. But by 4 or 5 months, it seemed I was becoming even more anxious. I didn’t think much of it, and I powered through.

After my second daughter was born, I was a wreck. I was terrified of being left at home alone with two children. I was angry every time my husband’s job kept him late. And I was constantly lashing out at my toddler because I was so stressed.

After about 3 or 4 months of my stress levels being through the roof, I realized something had to change. I sought help, and I learned that yes, I was suffering from postpartum anxiety.

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