Happy Memorial Day! We have had PERFECT weather this weekend in Indy and have been able to spend so much time in the pool! I practically lived in the pool last summer during the last weeks of my pregnancy. There is nothing better than sitting in cool water and taking all the pressure off your joints. It really helps alleviate all your pregnancy aches and pains! The best part, it will help with swelling if you have any!
I am so excited to share #4 on my list of pregnancy must have items!
The most uncomfortable part about pregnancy is how your clothes fit as your bump grows. These shirts are fantastic because they stay in place and fit perfectly over your bump! Whether you are early on in your pregnancy or you are almost due, these shirts will provide great coverage and you will be so comfortable! These are hands down the most comfortable shirts I've ever owned. Even though my daughter is 10 months old, I still wear these shirts! They are perfect for postpartum as well as your body adjusts post-delivery!
We are nearing the end of my pregnancy countdown and I am so excited to share my top 3 items with you! We are heading back to the pool today for some more sunshine! We hope the weather is great where you are and you enjoy today!
xo-The Home Team Mama
Happy Saturday! What a beautiful day we had here in Indy! We enjoyed our day by the pool at my parent's house. My daughter is such a little water bug and absolutely LOVES being in the pool!
On the topic of swimming, the next item on my pregnancy countdown is this perfect maternity swimsuit!
This swimsuit was a life saver for me last summer during my last few months of pregnancy. First, I highly recommend a tankini style swimsuit when pregnant. It provides full coverage of your belly, but it is still easy to use the restroom, which we know is a common occurrence during pregnancy! The sides of this swimsuit can be adjusted to help fit your belly as you continue to grow which is another reason I loved it! Even after giving birth, I was able to swim for a few weeks before pools closed for the summer and I still wore this suit postpartum, so it doesn't have to just be for pregnancy!
We are looking forward to another day at the pool tomorrow. I hope you all are able to get out and enjoy some beautiful weather on this Memorial Day Weekend! The countdown will continue tomorrow with #4 on my list!
xo-The Home Team Mama
Happy Friday! We are FINALLY getting some nice weather leading into Memorial Day Weekend! There is a weird feeling around Indy this weekend as the Indy 500 always runs this weekend. As of now, it's scheduled to run in August. I've never been a huge fan of it, but it's a major hit here in Indy!
We got back from our trip to visit friends in Evansville a little bit ago. It was so nice to get away for a few days and spend time with friends, especially after being in quarantine and not seeing anyone for so long. Their kids LOVED playing with my daughter and she LOVED keeping them busy :). While we had a great trip, it still feels great to be home!
Today's item on the pregnancy countdown is one of my favorites! As soon as I found out I was pregnant, the first sign was the changes to my breasts almost immediately. They felt so swollen and they were so tender. With that, it made it so uncomfortable to wear a regular bra. Your body goes through so many changes during pregnancy and the last thing you want to do is buy new bras throughout your entire pregnancy. These bras will solve all your problems!
Good morning! I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but if I don't see the sun soon I am going to lose my mind! It has been raining pretty much nonstop since Sunday night here and I am OVER IT! We are heading down to Southern Indiana for a few days later today to see some friends. I'm excited to share item #7 on my countdown with you before we go!
Maternity dresses became my best friend during pregnancy. Being pregnant throughout the summer was dreadful. I was due in July and anytime I stepped outside I would swell up like a balloon. These dresses are fantastic to help with that. They are lightweight and breathable to provide comfort during all stages of pregnancy. There are TONS of different color options as well! Click the link for direct shopping and choose all your favorite colors!
I'll be taking the next few days off from my countdown for some family time, so I'll pick back up with #6 on my list on Friday! Have a wonderful week, mamas!
xo-The Home Team Mama
Happy Monday! We are having a dreary day here in Indy. I'm heading into work here in a bit to close up my classroom for the year. We've been doing eLearning since March 12. I'm already getting emotional thinking about stepping into my classroom and seeing everything left the way it was that day. We had no clue we wouldn't be coming back the next day, let alone for the rest of the year. Teaching 8th grade makes it even more difficult, knowing I just sent them to high school without being able to say bye. Through all of this, I'm extremely thankful for all the Zoom calls I was able to have with my kiddos over the last several weeks! I am thankful for this slower pace and all the time I've gotten with my daughter, but I am ready to get back to some type of normal!
Today's item on my pregnancy countdown is an absolute MUST HAVE. Even before I was pregnant, I was already worried about getting stretch marks whenever I got pregnant. As soon as I did get pregnant, that fear grew immensely. This stuff is amazing and smells great! I recommend using all these products together!
Body Boost Body Scrub
This stuff is AMAZING. It exfoliates your skin and helps get rid of dead skin cells. You only have to use this in the shower once or twice a week. I found myself using it more often just because it smells amazing! When using this product, just a little bit of body scrub will go a long way!
Body Boost Stretch Mark Butter
This stuff might be the best stuff I've ever used for hydrating your skin. Keeping your skin hydrated during pregnancy is the best thing you can possibly do. As your breasts and belly grow and your skin stretches, this stuff will help keep everything moisturized and prevent stretch marks.
Body Boost Stretch Mark Oil
This oil is hands down my favorite of all three of these products. You can use this daily and a little bit goes a long way! This oil provides an extra boost of hydration to your bump between using the body scrub. Both of these scents smell AMAZING and they are long lasting.
I recommend using all of these products from the beginning, but they are still effective even if you already have stretch marks. You will notice a huge difference after using these products!
Have a great Monday! Stay tuned as the countdown will continue tomorrow!
xo-The Home Team Mama
Happy Saturday! I don't know about you, but the weather here today is absolutely beautiful! I am looking forward to spending the afternoon outside with my family. My daughter absolutely LOVES being outside, we are so ready for it to be warm enough for her to play with all her water toys outside!
Today I'm highlighting another must have item to make it through pregnancy. I was always the girl that shopped at Victoria's Secret for my bras and panties. Let me just say, pregnancy changed everything for me in that regard. Here is the next item on my top 10 list!
*Click the link for direct shopping!*
Motherhood Maternity Underwear
These underwear are HANDS DOWN the most comfortable pair of underwear I've ever owned. They are so soft and and don't cut into your skin at all. These particular underwear will sit right below your bump. I was not a fan of the underwear that came up over my bump during pregnancy, but we'll talk about high-waisted underwear for postpartum care later :) The best part about these underwear is they are super comfortable and don't look like "maternity" underwear. I still wear them even though I've already given birth. You won't be disappointed with how comfortable these underwear are!
Stay tuned for my countdown to continue tomorrow! Have a wonderful Saturday!
xo-The Home Team Mama
Pregnancy can feel like FOREVER to some people. The first trimester feels like a lifetime. I was constantly worried about baby because I couldn't feel anything and I was exhausted all the time. I regained all my energy during the second trimester and felt like a new person. It was also so nice when I finally felt my baby girl kick at 18 weeks. It definitely gives you a sigh of relief to feel your little one moving around inside you. During the third trimester, the exhaustion sets back in. Getting out of bed was a daunting task for me. Everything hurt. Everything was swollen. I was miserable. I was due with our girl in July, so the heat was also my enemy. Just stepping outside would make me swell up like a balloon. Today I'm starting my countdown of my TOP 10 favorite items to survive pregnancy! *All items will have a link for direct purchase!*
Motherhood Maternity Leggings
First, let me just say I practically lived in everything from Motherhood Maternity during my pregnancy. All the clothes are SO comfy and they also don't move when you are walking or have any kind of movement. I love these leggings so much, my daughter is 10 months old and I still wear them all the time LOL. During your pregnancy, if you prefer to have pants that come up over your bump, these are perfect for you. My husband always asks me how many pairs of leggings I have and I honestly probably own over 10 pair of these maternity leggings, that's how comfortable they are! Grab your pair using the link above!
Stay tuned for #9 on my list tomorrow!
xo-The Home Team Mama
The first trimester is both mentally and physically exhausting. Your body is going through so many changes and it literally takes everything out of you. Who knew growing a tiny human could be so exhausting?! Making it through the work day was a daunting task. I would get home from work and crash on the couch. My husband would wake me up a few hours later to eat dinner and I would fall right back to sleep. He would then wake me up when it was time to go to bed and I would sleep all night. I was NOT prepared for how exhausted I was going to be. One suggestion I have is DEFINITELY try to get as much rest as possible. The first trimester is so critical with baby's growth and you need all the energy you have to grow that sweet baby!
Let's talk prenatal vitamins. They are crucial in keeping your health up and also providing baby with the nutrients needed to grow! It is always a good idea to start taking prenatal vitamins before you are actually pregnant, and you will want to make sure your vitamin has folic acid and iron (most do). Prenatal vitamins can be found over the counter at drug and grocery stores. Your OBGYN can also prescribe a prenatal vitamin for you.
I was super nauseous during the first trimester. When taking your prenatal vitamin, make sure you take it with food on your stomach. To help with this, I actually switched and took my prenatal vitamin in the evenings when I knew I had food in my stomach. It's crazy what can happen to your body throughout pregnancy even before you can feel anything. Keeping food on your stomach and drinking plenty of water will be a game changer for you!
Your First Prenatal Appointment
Your first appointment will happen around 8 weeks. At this point, the baby's heartbeat can be detected. Now, most offices will start you with an education course and will provide you with TONS of information regarding your pregnancy, what to expect at prenatal appointments, when to expect ultrasounds, an estimate of cost for labor and delivery, and a rotation of doctors you will see for each appointment. My office rotated physicians through each of my appointments so I had at least met all the doctors in the practice before delivery.
You will have your first ultrasound at your first appointment (YAY!) Be prepared that most offices will do your first ultrasound vaginally. When my husband saw it, his eyes almost popped out of his head LOL. It is not painful, just something to be aware of! I was actually happy about this because you definitely get a better picture of your sweet babe. During this ultrasound, the tech will check for baby's heartbeat and do some measurements to measure if baby is going on time, and will also check your ovaries. Honestly, that was the most painful part for me! You'll get a few pictures of your little one and then it will be time to see your doctor!
During this appointment, your doctor will talk about the ultrasound with you and ask if you have any questions. You will also have a pap smear. This will be the last time you have a pap smear during your pregnancy.
A Typical Prenatal Appointment
At every appointment, you will provide a urine sample upon arrival. So make sure you don't stop at the bathroom in the hallway before checking in :) I did that once and barely had anything to put in the cup after I checked in for my appointment, lesson learned! Once in the room, the nurse will check your blood pressure and ask if you have any questions for the doctor. Prenatal appointments are rather quick. Doctor will check your fundal height, which is a measurement from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus. This is measured in centimeters and should match up with how far along you are in pregnancy. For example, a fundal height of 8cm would mean you are around 8 weeks pregnant. Anything within 1-2 weeks is considered normal. The doctor will check baby's heartbeat and you'll get to hear it at every appointment! They will then ask if you have any questions, and that's it!
Certain appointments have a little bit more to them, but those don't happen until later on in pregnancy and I'll discuss those later.
You will have prenatal appointments every month through the first and second trimester. Once you hit the third trimester, you will be seen every two weeks, and finally you will go in every week at 36 weeks. My office had me fill out an availability form at my first appointment and they scheduled all my appointments for my entire pregnancy which is SUPER NICE. Be sure to ask your office if you have this option.
The biggest thing is to make sure you get PLENTY of rest during the first trimester. I know how exciting this time is, so after you've had that first ultrasound, it's typically safe to go ahead and share the great news with extended family and friends. Enjoy your first trimester!
xo-The Home Team Mama
One of the things Nathan and I agreed on when we met was that we both wanted kids and we didn't want to wait to have them. As our wedding was approaching, we decided we would start trying for kids in the fall after we were married. At my annual exam in May, I made an appointment to go ahead and have my IUD taken out in October. If you are considering an IUD, I HIGHLY recommend Mirena. Insertion is painful, but if you are a person who forgets to take birth control pills, an IUD is an easy fix for that. I had ZERO issues during the 5 years I had one. My periods never stopped completely, but I did find some relief with lighter periods and less cramping.
About two months before I had it removed, I started using the GLOW App on my phone to track my periods and ovulation. This app is AMAZING. It tracked literally EVERYTHING for me to help narrow down my most fertile days. I remember telling my husband that I thought I was going to have a period right before I went in to have my IUD removed. My period ended the day before I was scheduled to go in. Removal is not near as painful as insertion, just a small pinch and then it was over. I told my doctor that we were going to start trying for a baby soon and she jokingly said she would see me in a few months. Because I had used GLOW and I tracked literally EVERYTHING possible, I was confident in the fertility window it gave me. I recommend being diligent with tracking all moods, behaviors, periods, spotting, EVERYTHING for the most accurate fertility window.
The waiting game after peak fertility is grueling. I was sooo anxious waiting to be able to take a pregnancy test. The hours felt like days and the days felt like weeks. I was anxiously counting down until I could finally take a test. As the days went on, I began to accept that it probably didn't happen on our first attempt. I have several friends that struggle with infertility and I was realistic about the fact that I wouldn't get pregnant right away.
NOVEMBER 3, 2018
On my way home from work, I felt like I needed to go get a pregnancy test. Of course, I bought the multi-pack so I would have some on hand at home. I recommend using First Response Pregnancy Tests and I also bought some Clear Blue Digital Tests so there was no doubt if it was positive or not. I knew I needed to wait until the next morning to take it, so the waiting game through that night was horrible. I woke up early for work and went into the bathroom and took a test. I tried to keep myself as busy as possible with doing unnecessary tasks to get ready for work while I waited for the results. I finally worked up the courage to go back into the bathroom and check.
Boom. Positive. Just like that.
I was absolutely beside myself. How on earth could I get pregnant on the first try after five years of an IUD?! Let me tell you something. If you are ready to start your journey of having a baby, listen to your body. Use apps like GLOW to help with tracking. Use it for a couple months before you are even ready to start trying to help narrow down your peak fertility. Trying for a baby can be extremely stressful and even though it worked for us on the first try, it was still stressful. There are so many resources out there to help make the process as easy as possible.
I called my doctor's office and they sent me to have blood work done to confirm pregnancy before bringing me into the office. This is standard protocol, so when you get that positive test, be prepared to go to a lab for some testing before going into the office. Your doctor's office will call you with the results the next day. I was out of school the day after having blood work done for some professional development. I remember standing up and running out of the room of about 50 teachers when my phone started ringing. The blood work confirmed that I WAS pregnant and my HCG was around 500. HCG doubles every day in early pregnancy as your little one grows. The nurse wanted me to go back the next week for more blood work just to make sure everything multiplied the way it should. Sure enough, the next week, my HCG was over 4,000 and they were ready to bring me into the office.
Getting that first positive test can be so overwhelming. I took a total of 5 tests just to be sure that I was actually pregnant. My husband still laughs at me about that to this day, but there is nothing wrong with being sure! :) Use all the resources available, make sure you talk to your partner and you have a plan, and most importantly, HAVE FUN trying to make a baby!
xo-The Home Team Mama
I am so excited to start on this Home Team Mama journey with you all! On this blog, my hope is to share all the helpful tips and tricks to help with navigating pregnancy, labor and delivery, newborn care, postpartum anxiety/depression, and transitioning into the role of working mama.
I met my husband in April of 2016 at an old bar on the west side of Indianapolis. This bar hosts up and coming country singers for concerts. Artists like Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, and Chase Rice all got their start at 8 Seconds Saloon. We were both at a Jon Langston concert and just happened to end up next to each other in the crowd. After talking, we realized we had probably been at 50 or more of the same concerts and shows over the last few years. It didn't take us long at all to hit it off.
I was in my first year of teaching middle school special education at the time, and Nathan was in his 4th year of teaching middle school social studies. As we talked, we realized how much we had in common between working and also coaching. I had just finished my first year as the 7th grade girls basketball coach while Nathan coached high school football and middle school basketball and baseball. After just a few months of dating, we decided to move in together and the rest is history.
I never knew I would find someone SO compatible with all of my likes and interests, and also someone who pushed me to continue taking on different roles as coach or club sponsor in the school setting as he was doing the same in his school. Our schedules have been BEYOND crazy over the last four years, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
Nathan and I were married in June of 2018 in front of all our family and friends on quite possibly the hottest day of the year. Nathan's suit jacket was SOAKED by the end of our short 10 minute ceremony. I still find myself apologizing to our friends for making them sit outside so I could have my outdoor ceremony. Since then, we've continued to teach and coach in our respective positions at our schools and also add other coaching duties to our plates. Through it all, we've managed to keep our marriage and love for each other at the center of it all.
In November 2018, I found out I was pregnant with our first little one. Even during my pregnancy, Nathan encouraged me to continue teaching and coaching as much as I wanted to. And so the idea behind Home Team Mama started to come to life. Through coaching basketball and golf, I have always had the team player mindset and have tried to instill that in all the players I have coached over the years. That is no different in our house. My husband and I always say we are a team, and together we make the best team. My husband and I have both coached countless players in numerous sports over the years, but there is nothing that is more important than our HOME TEAM.
I am excited to start on this journey and hope that you all can take even just a little bit of advice from me as I share my story. I look forward to beginning this journey with you all!
xo-The Home Team Mama
Hi everyone! I am a working mama in Indianpolis, Indiana. I am a middle school special education teacher and basketball coach as well as wife to a social studies teacher/assistant athletic director and mama to our sweet baby girl, Mila! On this blog, I'll share helpful tips and tricks to navigate through pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, newborn care, and balancing work and home life. Enjoy!