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Motherhood is an amazing and precious journey but it can also be lonely, exhausting, frustrating and sometimes overwhelming especially for first time moms. We want to create a space for moms to come together as part of the Wowmom community, to share their experiences and journeys from bump, birth and beyond. You are not alone, mama!
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Wowmom Un-covered: The brains behind Wowmom, Alexandra Dickson Leach

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Wowmom Un-covered: The brains behind Wowmom, Alexandra Dickson Leach

20 April 2020

Our "Wowmom Un-covered" series celebrates mompreneurs who inspire us and show us that, we can do it!

20 April 2020

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Wowmom Un-covered: The brains behind Wowmom, Alexandra Dickson Leach

Wowmom Un-covered: The brains behind Wowmom, Alexandra Dickson Leach

Our "Wowmom Un-covered" series celebrates mompreneurs who inspire us and show us that, we can do it!

20 April 2020

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9 Tips for Parents During Corona Virus

9 Tips for Parents During Corona Virus

1. Remember what is in your control and what is not.  Focus on what you can control, washing your hands, practicing kindness, eating well, taking your vitamins. Try to limit your news consumption right now. 2. Don’t compare. Remember not to compare and despair right now, everyone will react to this scenario in different ways.  Be gentle with yourself and with others. 3. Get outside in nature. Being in nature is great for mental and physical health.  It’s much easier to avoid crowds when you are able to get outside and get fresh air.  Maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet away from anyone else you see on the trail, but be sure to acknowledge them and say hello.  We are all in this together and you can still connect with your neighbors.  Grab your baby carrier and get out with baby…the fresh air will help you both! 4.  Use a baby carrier for jobs around the house. Babywearing can help with jobs around the house, especially if you have an older child.  Vacuuming, organizing, putting dishes away, laundry, helping an older child with homework or crafting, meal prep (but away from an open flame) are just some examples of activities that can be more easily accomplished with babywearing! A note on safety: be aware of your surrounding and be sure to bend at the knees, not at your waist (it’s better for your back anyway!) when babywearing. 5. Challenge yourself to stay in the present. Even just a "micro-moment of mindfulness" can keep you focused on what is right in front of you.  When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet, gently bring yourself back to the present moment.  Notice the sights, sounds, smells and other sensory experiences around you.  Look at your feet and remember where you are.  Feet not fear.  Taking a deep breath and letting it out slowly ten times tells your body that you are safe.  There are also so many great apps out there for mindfulness and meditation, even just a few minutes in the morning can make a world of difference.  We like Expectful and Insight Timer. 6. Stay connected and reach out if you need support. Embrace asking for help.  Asking for help is one of the biggest lessons being a parent, but it’s especially true in this time.  Find ways to stay connected online through Facebook, Google, or Zoom chats.  Many classes and meetings that were scheduled IRL are now moving online.  If you have Zoom or Google Hangout, it’s also easy to start a quick group chat with some other parents. 7.  Lower your expectations. This is a great suggestion for parenting in general, read all the tips here, but remember you don’t have to wear your super-hero cape right now.  Do the best you can and let go of unrealistic expectations.  You don’t have to check everything off your list and tackle that project you’ve been meaning to get to.  Take care of yourself first (put your oxygen mask on), and then take care of your littles. 8.  Hydrate and eat well. Especially if you are breastfeeding, be sure to have a full water bottle with you. 9.  Try to have a daily rhythm, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t stick to it. Remember, this is not business as usual.  The more we can stick to a schedule, the easier it will be, but this is just week one and we are all adjusting to our new normal right now.  This too shall pass. You got this, mama. Note: This article was written by Christina Soletti and first appeared on Ergobaby.com. It was adapted for iamwowmom.com.  

16 April 2020

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The Immune-Boosting Benefits of Vegetable-Led Weaning

The Immune-Boosting Benefits of Vegetable-Led Weaning

Long nights of disrupted sleep, worrying about your little one’s temperature and what you should do to help… We know what it’s like having an ill baby on your hands. While it may be an inevitable occurrence - especially when you have older kids in the mix picking up colds at school! There are a few things you can do to try and prevent this happening.

16 April 2020

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5 tips to getting more rest with a newborn

5 tips to getting more rest with a newborn

Rest is such an important component to wellness as a mom with a newborn! I'm joking, right? How am I going to get rest with a brand-new baby who needs to eat every few hours, not to mention changing diapers? Parents of newborns definitely get less uninterrupted sleep, but there are ways to maximize the rest you can get.  Here are my top tips for getting rest with a newborn: Make plans to "make no plans" For the first several weeks postpartum, eliminate as many extra activities as possible and focus on breastfeeding, resting and recovering. Listen to your body and consult with your healthcare provider to know when your body is ready for more. Practice the side-lying breastfeeding position Once it becomes second nature, lying down while nursing is a lifesaver. Set parameters for visitors. Limit visits to ten minutes and keep those visits to a minimum.  As much as you love your family and friends, every interaction requires energy and energy is a commodity with a newborn baby!  Consider extra help for the first few weeks Get help with housekeeping, laundry service, meals (may cost some money but a small investment to decrease stress, maintain milk supply, and avoid formula costs). You can even start saving small amounts every week during pregnancy to pay for any extra services to make recovery easier.  Make yourself as comfy as possible If you’re wearing a bra to sleep, look for one with soft fabrics and no hooks and eyes in the back. Bravado Designs’ Original Nursing Bra incorporate modal fabric in the design and have smooth backs that are comfortable to lay on. To prevent any accidents, use breast pads like their Washable Nursing Pads to absorb any milk that leaks. XOXO, Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC (lactationlink.com) Note: This article was originally published on Bravado Designs. 

16 April 2020

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Easy Stretches for Busy Moms

Easy Stretches for Busy Moms

Taking care of our little ones takes a huge toll on our bodies. When we carry, breastfeed (or bottle feed), lean over to gently put them down or many of the other things that we do throughout the day, one thing we often neglect is our posture. What then follows is chronic and persistent neck, shoulder and back pain. There is also the chance of having other serious issues. For example, if we aren’t careful with how we carry our babies, it’s common to develop De Quervain’s tendonitis which is a painful condition that affects the tendons in your wrist.

16 April 2020

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WowMom Un-Covered: Designer Ee-Lyn Tang

WowMom Un-Covered: Designer Ee-Lyn Tang

The spread of the Corona virus has significantly impacted the way we are living our lives. Here are some tips for helping new parents get through this time at home during the Corona virus.  Whether your baby is 9 days old, 9 months old or you have older kids in the house, here are some helpful tips for self-care during this time.

15 April 2020

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