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non-invasive prenatal testing

Things You Should Know About Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

On my first prenatal visit with my nurse midwife, they gave me a folder of useful information. One sheet laid out the purpose of each of my prenatal visits and their frequency, while a second sheet listed all of the prenatal testing options that we had. Since I would be over 35 when I gave birth, I had a few more testing options than younger mothers.  Our prenatal provider didn’t discuss any of our test options at length, so I had to research most of them them on my own. Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (or NIPT) is a newer test for a few select genetic anomalies which requires a blood sample. Here are a few things you should know about Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing before you consider having the test done.

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Tips To Help Prevent Dehydration and Manage Morning Sickness

This post was sponsored by Premama as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I had almost forgotten how rough my pregnancy with my son Gabe was. I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG)  when I was almost 7 weeks pregnant. I had been vomiting all day, every day, for several days straight. I was working in the Clinical Laboratory at the University of Kentucky and after nearly vomiting all over my equipment, I nearly passed out from dehydration. I was rolled up to the obstetrics floor of the hospital and I spent the next several hours being pumped with IV fluids. I ended up on prescription medication to help control the nausea and vomiting, and I still was hospitalized several times for dehydration. Typical prenatal vitamins were out of the question; every variety that I tried seemed to make my nausea worse.

Tips to help prevent dehydration and manage morning sickness

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The Smart Mom Allergy Toolkit

Does Your Child Have Allergies? Check Out The Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit

I am participating in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central and hosted by Clartin®. I have received compensation to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.

My son has terrible seasonal allergies related to certain plants, which is rough on someone who loves playing outside and lives on a working farm. We have used Claritin for several years now to help make his allergy symptoms more manageable. Does your child suffer from allergies? If your child does or you suspect they have allergies, you should check out The Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit created by the makers of Children’s Claritin®. It has lots of information for parents and caregivers about allergies.

The Smart Mom Allergy Toolkit

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probiotics

Looking For A Probiotic? Check Out Nature Made® Probiotics At Walmart SuperCenters

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

I’ve had digestive issues as along as I can remember, and my stressful lifestyle doesn’t help. My husband is constantly flying or traveling, and my son is involved in several after school activities; our busy lifestyles and hectic schedules certainly don’t help. I’ve tried many probiotic products to help with things such as bloating, constipation, and irregularity. Nature Made® Probiotics are available at Walmart SuperCenters and they don’t need refrigeration. Today I’m sharing my experience with Nature Made® Probiotics Advanced Dual Action.

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Wooden bathroom art tutorial

Farmhouse Style Wooden Bathroom Sign Tutorial

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One of the last rooms to be decorated in our newly built home is our bathrooms. We purchased nice vanities and fixtures, but I’ve struggled with accessorizing the room. I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in a room that we only use a few minutes a day, but I wanted it to reflect the style throughout the rest of our home. I found an inexpensive solution for an otherwise boring bathroom by creating this farmhouse style wooden bathroom sign. It cost less than $15 to create and adds a bit of whimsy. There’s nothing overly complicated about this Wooden Bathroom Sign and there are no power tools required if you have a home improvement store cut the wood for you.

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Fall Reading List For The Entire Family: Friday Fresh Picks

The one thing that I hate about the Fall and Winter months is the decreasing amount of daylight. The sun doesn’t rise until later and it sets earlier. Here in Kentucky darkness approaches about 6:30, and the temperature outside quickly falls. We have to spend more time indoors, and I don’t want our house to be be glued to electronics. I’ve created a fall reading list for the entire family for our bi-weekly series Friday Fresh Picks. I’ve tried to include a little something for everyone and I’ve even included a great new inspirational coloring book.

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Free nursery rhyme printable artwork

Free Printable Nursery Rhyme Watercolor Artwork

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Whether you’re a first-time mom or the mom of several, preparing for a new baby takes time and money. There are lots of decisions to be made and supplies to stock up on. I thought I could help make preparing for a new baby a little easier by creating these free printable nursery rhyme watercolor artwork prints.

Free nursery rhyme printable artwork

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