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Mom Tales Episode One: Pregnancy
-Hi there. I'm Audra Lowe and this is Mom Tales. It's a fun, candid mommy meet-up with my favorite women. And we're talking about those first few years of motherhood along with some great tips for moms to be. Now, our friends and parents created a really cool app. It's available exclusively on the Windows store. It's called Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide. We're gonna talk about that today and a whole lot more of course. So, come and meet the ladies. Alright. Here a mom of a newborn [unk] your first year of mommyhood. We all know all too well what it's like to not get enough sleep. That's what we're laughing about right now actually. With me today are my favorite ladies who can definitely dish about pretty much everything mom related. First off, Jill Cordes is here. She's a lifestyle expert and parents.com blogger. Jordan Reid is the host of a web series, Jordan in the House; and she's also the founder and blogger for ramshackleglam.com. Author of Little Kids Big City and proud Brooklyn mom, Alex McCord. And finally, comedian, actress, and mom, Kelly Deadmon. So, ladies, it is so good to have you here again and-- and we already started chatting. So, let's just dive right on in there. We're talking about sleep or lack thereof. -Uh-huh. -[unk] right here. -Right now. Can we just order cappuccino? -That's the one thing that I don't think people warn you about as much before you have a child. -Right. -Now, my daughter is 2 years old and I-- What people say is do you get 8 hours of sleep? I never ever-- -No! -ever get 8 hours of sleep. -How can get-- -5! -8 hours of sleep? -Thank you very much. How much sleep do you ladies get a night would you say? -Okay. The first baby, I seriously lost my mind. I understood [unk]. -Yeah. -I understood sleep torture. -I screamed in the middle of the night. -Okay. -You get it. -From the deprivation. -Right. It was so crazy. Right? -So, the second time around, I am going to admit this. I hired a night nurse to be there for 3 weeks and she was there for 7 months. -Oh. -And my husband naturally said it's worth going into death for. My wife is not insane. -You know what? No judgment here, whatsoever, because a lot of women will judge if you have-- -I know. -had a lot of help at home. -Yeah. -Everyone is different. It's very, very tough. -I want a-- -Think clean. -You know what I did? I reframed the Saturday morning issue and that-- that's daddy's special time with the baby. -There you go. -Daddy's special time and I'm just gonna leave. -Did anybody ever ask friends to come? Did you ask friends or family members to come and-- -No. They-- -I just don't sleep anymore. -Yeah. -How do you-- -What is it like? -You're sort of like-- -Like okay, whatever. -We need to know who these women are that say that you need to sleep when the baby sleeps. -Well, there are occasions that I throw lid out the window and I do nap when they nap and, you know, yeah but then everything just gets pushed back and then I'm more-- -Right. -stressed out at night and then I have to drink more wine and-- -I think I would rather feel the accomplishment from getting a few things done than feel good that I got sleep. -No. I know that we're ladies that are all about sharing advice and information that we wish we knew-- -Yeah. -about our pregnancies and about having babies with other women that necessarily didn't have that information. Now earlier, I had a chance to share an app with you. We all passed this tablet around. We had a chance. There it is. It's up now. Parents created it for Windows 8. It's available exclusively on the Windows store and it's called the Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide. I know that you ladies have had the chance to look at it before, but for-- for moms out there or moms to be out there who don't necessarily have this information, it's a cool way to be on the lookout for when your baby might start sleeping through the night, which we love, right? -Yeah. -Yes! -Or a chance for the best way to get both mom and baby to sleep. It's all here on a great new app for mom. This is the app that gives you everything that you need to know from pregnancy to toddlerhood. It's right at the touch of your fingers. So, do you-- do you like it? -It's great. -Do you think it's useful? -We can go on and on about this whole thing. Honestly, we have so much to talk about. Thank you ladies, though, for being here and for refreshing yourself with the app too. Moms to be, you heard it here first. To find out everything that you need to know about pregnancy to toddlerhood, trust us, be sure to check out the Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide app. It's available exclusively on the Windows store for Windows 8 and make sure to watch more Mom Tales videos right here with us. We'll see you next time.
-Hi there. I'm Audra Lowe and this is Mom Tales. It's a fun, candid mommy meet-up with my favorite women. And we're talking about those first few years of motherhood along with some great tips for moms to be. Now, our friends and parents created a really cool app. It's available exclusively on the Windows store. It's called Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide. We're gonna talk about that today and a whole lot more of course. So, come and meet the ladies. Alright. It is time again for Mom Tales. And today, we're talking about body image and those celebrities who make it so difficult for the rest of us regular folks to-- to lose the baby weight after you've had a child. It's really difficult to kind of grasp why people think you can lose the weight just like that. It took what? 9 months to gain the weight. -Yeah. -Right? It's not gonna fall off that easily. Today, we've got 4 lovely ladies here that can teach you on just that and a whole lot more. Talking about that belly bump grow and what we need to tell ourselves to feel good about post-baby bods. Say hello to my mom panel. We've got Jill Cordes here. We've got Jordan Reid. We've got Alex McCord and Kelly Deadmon. Now ladies, it's so good to have you back again. We had fun-- -Thanks. -with these topics. -It's fun. -Not always wanting to talk about it, but you think back to your first trimester and I don't know about you, but I don't think that I really could fully grasp just how much my body and mind would change forever and I'm grateful to whoever created the jeans with the elastic bands. I still-- to this day, I still love it. -It's the best. -They are-- -It's been amazing to realize that the change-- some changes are permanent. -Absolutely. They-- -Yeah. -Yeah. -Right. -Even if you lose the weight-- -I think our body comes back in a different way. -They shift. -Yeah. -What was your go-to piece that you used while you were pregnant especially in the beginning when your body started to change? -You know, the one thing that-- that still sort of looked normal to me were my legs. So, I made the most of that and I will wear mini skirts, even a black leather mini skirt-- -Uh-huh. -with an elastic panel in the front and it just made me feel good. -Yeah. I think that's important. -You have to feel good. I mean listen, I wanted to put on my sweatpants and my leggings. I gained 70 pounds. -70 pounds? -Yeah, 70. -It's a little-- -That was in the first 2 trimesters. -With 1 child. -I gained 60. -I was like-- -Wow! -But-- But it was okay. I had fun. -Did you know what to expect or did you have an inkling of what to expect in terms of your body changes especially in that first trimester or was it a complete shock? -I mean I-- I had no idea what to expect. I had no friends who'd been pregnant before-- -Yeah. -so I was sort of the test case for all of my friends. -Uh-huh. -They sort of looked at me like, "Well, that's funny." -Right. -That's funny. -It's interesting. -What is that? -Yeah. -Body-- -The body changes is really one of the most I would say popular topics among moms and I-- I definitely-- as I said before, I wish that I had known a lot more about what to expect during pregnancy, but I think we all do especially after the baby comes because that's a whole another story right there. So, let's go to our app because I know that we've had a chance over the past few days to take a look at the app and I'm gonna hand this-- this tablet over to you just you can refresh yourself once again. This is the best app ever. Moms get a chance to keep track of the changes throughout the trimesters, even after the birth, which we love-- -Uh-huh. -with the Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide app. It's available exclusively on the Windows store for Windows 8. Do you like it? It's very easy to use. -Right about now. -Absolutely. -And you can-- you can continue using it. So, my son is a year old and I could still be getting information-- -At his milestone. -Right? -Milestones. -Absolutely. It's something that I-- I love because it's everything that's all in one place. You don't have to search all over. We were talking about the baby books-- -Yeah. -Books with post-its in it. -Right. -Who wants to go back to that? -Exactly. -Uh-huh. -And the with baby #2 because you're dealing with baby #1,-- -Right. -you can refresh yourself. -Yeah. You do need to refresh of course. You forget with baby #2 everything. How do you forget? -Uh-huh. -It's like your brain was wiped. -Yeah. You're supposed to forget. Otherwise, you wouldn't have another one. -I do wanna ask you though ladies how you felt about your body after birth? Like were you-- were you so preoccupied that it was something that was right on our mind. Was it-- When someone mentioned it to you, how did you feel? -You have to focus on the positive. And if you feel like you're not losing the baby weight, then do your hair and do your makeup. -Yeah. -You know, focus on what you can control. -I like that. -You have great hair, right? -Yeah. -My hair looked spectacular. -And legs, don't forget to wax. -Uh-huh. -Yeah. Those hormones are really working on the hair. -I think it is important as Alex said, you have to focus on what you feel is your strongest point. -Yeah. -Don't focus on what you think is-- is the negative. -You know, what's weird for me is my belly button an outty and it's still an outty. -Yeah? -Yeah. -I'm an outty now. -It didn't go back? -I have a bummer. I have to-- -Uh-huh. -I can't wear bikini. I can, but like there's the outty there. -[unk] redundant skin. -Like elephant skin. -Redundant. -Redundant. -Like-- Is it elephant skin? -Redundant skin like that. -Yeah. But that-- -You don't wanna know. -Me too. -Wait. Wait. That's a perfect shape-- -[unk] -So, the shape, we've gotta talk about the shape because that is-- Do you-- Do you love it or do you loathe it because-- -Love. -Love. -Okay. But hands down. That's all-- -Why won't people not-- why will they not like it? -I know, right? -Because-- Because they feel constrained kind of? Maybe that. -I don't know, but I think once they try it-- -Yeah, exactly. -You know, I think it's just right. -It's not as bad as a corset. Come on. -Right. Times have changed. -Times have changed and there's a lot of information out there. -Thank you ladies so much. We can go on and on and talk about this all day, which we might afterwards. Thank you so much ladies for being here. I really appreciate it. And remember the Windows 8 app Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide is available exclusively on the Windows store. And to watch more Mom Tales videos, stay with us right here. You know where to find us. We'll see you next time.
Hi there, I'm Audra Lowe and we are continuing with one of my favorite webisodes, Mom Tales. It's a fun, candid, mommy meet up with some of my favorite women that are here right now and we've been talking about the first few years of motherhood and giving tips for moms-to-be. So, we have a lot to talk about today including a really cool app. It was created over by parents by our friends there and it's called Parents, Pregnancy, and Baby Guide and it's available exclusively on the Window stores. So, sit back and relax as we talk about that and a whole lot more. But first, I have to introduce you to the ladies. Well, welcome back to Mom Tales. Today, we're talking about major moments in our little ones' lives and joining me on our panel today. I'm so excited to introduce to you Jill Cordes. She is a lifestyle expert in parents.com blogger. We've got Carolina Buia. She is a freelance writer and mom of 2 sets of twins. You go girl. -Yes. -Give me 5 on that one, right there. Also author of Little Kids, Big City and proud Brooklyn mom, Alex McCord is here, and finally actress and comedienne Ms. Kelly Deadmon, also back with us again today. Good to have you ladies here. Okay, so we're so talking about-- Let's just put it bluntly, mom's freaking out over things not happening fast enough or as fast as their friend's kids did. Let's talk about things like your baby calling you mommy for the first time. In my case, my daughter called daddy first and then she said mommy and I was a little-- I was a little hurt, but you know it happens. Were you-- Were you freaked out at all by the fact that your kid didn't say certain things within a year or a year and a half? -You know for me that's one place where I really leaned on reading my books because I sort of-- I wasn't thinking it was a race to reach that milestone, but when should I freak out because I had 2 boys and they were both slow at everything. It's like do I need to have them checked out yet or is it okay? -Exactly. -What about you Jill. -You know, I feel like you-- my motto became after some trouble at the playground like my son is not doing that, what's happening. Don't compare and despair -Yeah. -'cause I think everybody reaches their own milestones when they reach them, but it's hard not to because sometimes you have these moms that are like, "My son is walking when he was 6 months old." That's so funny. -Yeah. -and balancing the check book. -Right. That is really tough because if -Speaking Arabic. -kids walking, you know, at certain points in times in their lives, the kid walks when they feel like walking, but-- -And you tell yourself I'm not gonna be competitive. I'm not gonna let it get to me, but you can't help yourself. I speak Spanish at home. So, my kids were not delayed, but it didn't have as many as words in English 'cause they were speaking Spanglish. -Uh huh. -And when I hear other kids speaking like, "Oh, you're sons aren't saying that yet?" I'm like, "No, but they're saying it in Spanish." -What about you Jill? Was there one point that you were saying, "You know what, this isn't happening as fast as they say it's supposed to happen." -You know, I had a girl first and, you know, girls are kind of brilliant. They're actually everything happened as it should. -Yeah. -Now, I have a boy and that he's 8 month's old. -Yes. -Then, we're gonna see if like, you know, he doesn't talk until he's 5 or something. I'm just kidding. -That's-- That's one of the things that a lot of people don't tell moms-to-be is that if you have a boy, certain things may happen, a certain pace versus girls. We're going to the potty training phase right now. -Uh huh, right there with you. -A lot of patience. -Yeah. -How's your experience spent with them? -You know what I did them two at a time. -Okay. -Now, I do everything. -Of course. -Now-- Now, we're almost potty trained except for at night where they still have to wear a diaper, but my son suddenly loves when he's outside just weeping it out and going all over the place and it's actually embarrassing. -Good time. -Where did find out information about learning to potty train your kids? Did you call friends, relatives? Did you look online? Did you talk to, you know, someone that you trust? -All of the above. -Everything. -Yeah, I wish I had enough when I was going to-- -Yeah. -There should be enough for everything. -Yeah. -So that's what I wanna do. I wanna share some information. I know that you 3 ladies have had a chance to kind of check this app out before. -Uh huh. -Carolina this is gonna be your first time. Are you ready? -I'm ready and I wanna go to the potty training first-- -There you go. -Uh huh. -I'm gonna give this to you Jill if you don't mind just kind of helping the walker through and I'll explain to the viewers exactly what the-- the app is here itself. As we know, some moms don't necessarily know where to go to share this anxiety or share information about what's next, so to help moms out, parents created a cool app. It's available exclusively on the Windows store for Windows 8 and take a look at it right now and it's called Parents, Pregnancy, and Baby Guide and it's available for Microsoft devices. It's-- I think it's perfect for moms because it's the app that really gives you everything that you need to know from pregnancy to toddlerhood, and as you can see it's at the touch or feeling in these fingertips. -Now I love it. -What do you like it? -That's all in one play. -Would like it to track everything? -I love the visuals. -Uh huh. -It's so much easier than carrying a big book around. -Right. -Uh huh. -Exactly. -Absolutely. -It's much easier. You can track so many milestones just by looking it this all in one place and there's also some really helpful features on there too like Live Tiles. You can pin your favorite topics to your start screen and share easy searching. Moms and moms-to-be, you heard it here first to find out everything that you need to know about pregnancy to toddlerhood. Be sure to check out the Parents, Pregnancy and Baby Guide app. It's available exclusively for Windows 8 on the Windows store and to watch more Mom Tales videos, you can stay with us right here. I wish you could hang out with us 'cause we're gonna keep talking. -Alright, we'll see you next time. Buh bye.
-Hi there. I'm Audra Lowe and we are continuing with one of my favorite webisodes, Mom Tales. It's a fun, candid mommy meet-up with some of my favorite women that are here right now. And we've been talking about the first few years of motherhood and giving tips for moms to be. So, we have a lot to talk about today including a really cool app. It was created over at Parents by our friends there and it's called Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide, and it's available exclusively on the Windows store. So, sit back and relax as we talk about that and a whole lot more, but first, I have to introduce you to the ladies. Welcome back to Mom Tales. We're talking about something that I-- I love discussing when it comes to pregnancy. The food. The good, the bad, and the unusual during pregnancy and of course later on when your baby is ready for solids. We gotta talk about it on both sides, the mom and the baby. So today, we've got Jill Cordes here. She's a lifestyle expert and parents.com blogger. Carolina Buia is here. She's a freelance writer and a mom of 2 sets of twins. Author of Little Kids Big city and proud Brooklyn mom, Alex McCord, is also here with us. And actress, comedian, and mother Kelly Deadmon is back again. You gotta add some comedy to this one here. -Yeah. -'coz this is gonna be interesting. -Don't worry. -Okay. Let's talk about the cravings when you're pregnant. Is there anything that you wanted or anything that you definitely could not eat while you are pregnant? -Let's start over here with you, Jill. -The only thing I crave-- I had-- I was the most boring pregnant person ever. Baked potato with tons of sour cream and salt. -Really? -That's kind of the only craving I had. I also did some apple cider vinegar like in a teaspoon a couple times a week 'coz they said it was good for you. I didn't even know what it was supposed to be good for. I just heard that at a yoga place. I don't know. I just-- I-- That's kind of the only thing I did. -How about you Kelly? -Well, I-- I heard unsweetened condensed milk was good for you, so I used to literally-- -Oh my god. -eat entire things with sweetened condensed milk. -What? -It's a very Latin thing like that's-- -Okay. -a snack that you give kids. -Uh-huh. -That is hardly enough. Sausage, biscuits, which I don't normally eat. -Uh-huh. -And Ethiopian lentils and berebere sauce. They're spicy. They're yummy. They have tons of protein. -Wow. -And I was obsessed. I would make my husband go to the Ethiopian restaurant and grab me an entire pint. -Twins had you-- very specific-- -Right. -with the food there. I love it. How about you Alex with your boys? -I was obsessed with spinach both times in any form I could get it. -Oh that's lovely. -Spinach on pizza, creamed spinach. I joked to my husband that I wanted to make spinach ice cream. I didn't actually do that, but-- -Right. Spinach is a good thing though. It is right? -Yeah. And not because I thought it was good for me, I just really wanted it. -Oh. -Okay. And then how about you Kelly? -Oh yes. If it wasn't nailed down or moving, I ate it. Yeah. I ate it. -You gained a lot. -I didn't eat meat before I was pregnant and I-- I-- I-- anything that I could get into my face. You know how-- You know, when we're nauseous, we have to have saltines. -Uh-huh. -I was nauseous, but I had to have saltines with like gobs of peanut butter. -Oh wow. -So, that's what I had to eat. I just ate every-- -Yeah. -I mean I just listened to my body. -Uh-huh. -Whatever I wanted I ate. -Right. -Sometimes my body said I [unk] -It was yelling, screaming. -I couldn't-- I love, love, love chocolate. -Uh-huh. -I have always loved it and I could not eat chocolate at all. And if I did eat it, it-- no taste whatsoever. None. That was probably the best thing ever because as soon as that baby was born-- -You want chocolates. -What's a relief to me was that my craving for wine was diminished during pregnancy. -Oh yeah. -Because I was so sad when I had to give up the wine like I delayed taking the pregnancy test as long as possible. -Talk about drinking. -What about your husband though? Did-- 'coz a lot of people would say that the husbands end up having cravings and that they say that they gain weight when your pregnant. -Oh yeah. I mean I was pregnant with twins and my husband looked like he was pregnant with triplets. -Oh wow. -He was eating everything. Like I'm the pregnant one here. -Yeah, the men do say that. I don't know-- We don't know if it's an excuse or if it's been proven that they actually have it, right? -He's started working out with a trainer while I was pregnant. I think he even worked to gain any extra weight. -Oh yes. -That's funny. -Be careful. Okay. So now, the baby is here and you know that you gotta transition the baby to eating solids at some point in time. How do you get the child to eat healthy foods, things, you know, infuse certain things into their meals that you know that they just don't like, what was your trick? -I called broccoli trees. -Oh. -I do that. -Me too. -I think that's a common thing, but I gotta tell you, it totally works. -Yeah. -Eat some trees and then asparagus would be a stick or something and then, you know, play the games. -Uh-huh. -I mean sometimes you're just gonna have pasta with butter and cheese and that's okay 'coz they're not-- -Yeah, it's not gonna kill. -Exactly. -There's an app that moms can now download and it helps you figure it all out. There's ways to sneak in vegetables and new ideas for snacks. I'm gonna pass the tablet around so you can take a look at that particular app. Here you go, Alex. [unk]. It's available exclusively on the Windows store for Windows 8. It's called Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide. I love it for moms because it's the app that gives you everything that you need to know. You can get tips, follow your changes and the baby's changes, track the milestones, and everything is all in 1 place. You don't have to go searching all over the place for it too. And there's really good features on it that I see you're looking at right now. Live tiles. You can pin your favorite topics to your start screen and you can share and search all at the same time. So, what's going on? You have questions in your mind and there you go. You can go straight to the app to get all the answers. It's all right here. -Exactly. -Thank you so much ladies. Alright. Well, you heard it here. To find out everything that you need to know about pregnancy to toddlerhood, be sure to download the Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide app for Windows 8. It's available exclusively on where, Alex? The Window store. -There you go. -To watch more Mom Tales videos, you can stay with us right here. We'll see you next time.
-Hi there. I'm Audra Lowe and we are continuing with one of my favorite webisodes, Mom Tales. It's a fun, candid mommy meet-up with some of my favorite women that are here right now and we've been talking about the first few years of motherhood and giving tips for moms to be. So, we have a lot to talk about today including a really cool app. It was created over at parents by our friends there and it's called Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide and it's available exclusively on the Windows stores. So, sit back and relax as we talk about that and a whole lot more, but first, I have to introduce to you to the ladies. Welcome back to Mom Tales. Today's topic has to do with behavior. When I'm talking about our behavior, that's for another show. We're talking about our kids' behavior, and as we know, as parents, you handle those inevitable temper tantrums and they typically happen when you least expect them. So, joining me today on our panel, our Jill Cordes. -Uh huh. -We've got [unk] Alex McCord, and Kelly Deadmon. Thank you ladies so much for joining us once again on our last installment. I'm upset. We've gotta keep going. -I know. -Yeah. -Yeah. -Right. There's our temper tantrum right there. -Yeah. -Okay. -What's the worst thing that your-- your little one ever did to defy you? Because every parent has that one story, you're in the store,-- -Uh huh. -you're at the doctor's office,-- -Uh huh. -something happens. Do you have a particular story, Kelly? -Flinging himself down in the middle of the subway-- -Oh no. -Oh. -middle of a crowded subway,-- -What? -screaming his head off on the floor. I mean, there was nothing I could do. He would-- He did that bone thing. -Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. -Yeah. -and was like-- -Squid. -Yeah. -[unk] -No, everybody went like this and it moved away. -Not it. -What about your-- -It's not an airplane people. You can just get off at the next stop- -Exactly. -but at some point, you just have to be like, well, it-- it won't last forever. -Yeah. -And you just have to let it go and just, you like-- -Deep breath, right? How about you-- you have two sets of twins, right? -Well, you know what-- Yeah, with four kids, and we have a weekly tantrum one of them will deliver, but yesterday, I was talking to a realtor and my son, you know, he couldn't find Diego on television, got so upset and started stripping. It's like he's auditioning for the [unk]. So he's screaming, and literally every article of clothing down to the socks and the realtor is, like, "Do you wanna handle this?" I, like, no, I've gotta ignore him because he just needs his time and-- -Break. Break. -he needs to come down and it's very important to not overreact because-- -Exactly. -Yeah. -this-- this is being a par for the course. -Uh huh. -Between two and three, they have to sort and solve the nature of the tantrums. -What about play groups? How-- How are your kids, Jill? 'Cause I know that you just recently moved and you got two kids. -Right. Well, Fia is a hugger, not a hitter. -Oh. -She is so obsessed with hugging people that it's actually gotten to the point where you have to say like, "Honey, you have to ask kids before you always hug them-- -Yeah. -because not everybody wants their space completely invaded by you. -Yeah, it's right. -So, it's really fun that problems they have in some ways, but even the preschool was like, "She's really hugging again." -Uh huh. -I'm like, "Oh, my gosh, how is that possible that my daughter is so kind. I don't where she came from." -I like that. It's good, though. -No, it's sweet. -You know, I have heard because, you know, we have one for you moms that have more than one. I hear that having two, three, four kids, is much better. It's much easier in terms of the tantrums and that their behavior is different. Is that true or false? In your mind, what do you say? -I have an 8-month-old, so I don't know yet 'cause he's not tantruming-- -Yeah. -but I am with you in that, when Fia tantrums, I literally just walk over her. -Uh huh. -I just step over. I mean, there's a point that sometimes you acknowledge. Sometimes,-- -Yeah. -you get down to their level and say let's talk about the problem, but a lot of the times, when I know it's just something silly, I just step over and ignore. -Uh huh. -But as far as the older ones helping, so I've got two girls who are six and a boy and a girl who are about to turn three. My older girls are so helpful. I'm so proud of them. -Oh. -Oh. -It's like they're little preschool teachers. They will, you know, go grab clothing, food. They'll calm the babies down. It's amazing. -Oh, wow. -It does help to have the older siblings there. -Yeah, definitely. -Yeah. -Not wanna get pinched? -Well, you know, moms don't-- moms don't necessarily-- You don't always have the answers. We-- We act like we do, but we don't. So, now, there's a new way to get expert advice about what to do to teach them about good behavior and how to manage the tantrums and what kind of behavior that you can expect from them as they grow up because like you said, you know, you've read up on it beforehand and then you knew. So, there's an app and we've been talking about this throughout the entire series and I'm gonna hand this over here to you. We're gonna pass it down. We've had the chance to familiarize ourselves with it, but for viewers out there that haven't heard about it or don't know about it, it's the Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide for Windows 8. It's available exclusively on the Windows store. They put it all together nicely in an app so much information and it's really good for moms because it's the app. It gives you everything that you need to know from pregnancy to toddlerhood and it's right at the touch of your fingers. Easy searching. It's mom-friendly. No temper tantrums whatsoever on this app at all. -[unk] -Yes, do you love this app or what? -Yeah, yeah. We love the topic. -Yeah. -And what I really love about it is, before I would go to maybe four or five books on my bookshelves. -Yeah. -This, it's one stop shopping. Everything is in one location. -Exactly. -Do you find tons and tons? -Yeah. -Hold on something you get more information. -And it's all right here. -And it's so easy to navigate. -Yeah. -Just with your finger. -I think what happens is when you find out your pregnant, everyone just surrounds you with a ton of books and they wanna give you all these resources and you get excited and then you realize it's overwhelming. -Yeah. -Right. -You gotta go to one spot and it's really nice. -Yeah. -Right. -And you can just flick through and a headline will catch your eye-- -Uh huh. -and you go into that article. You didn't even know that you were looking for that at the moment, but there is. -Right. -Oh! I needed that. Yeah. I-- I cheat. I like to skip ahead to know what to expect another couple months or so. -Right, right, right. -So before we end, terrible twos, do you think it's a myth or is it a fact? -Oh, it's a fact. But, you know what, here's a myth, it doesn't stop at two. It goes to three and a half-- -[unk] -You know what I'm saying. -Yeah. -You said it perfectly. -Thank you so much ladies. Good to have you here. -[unk] -We had fun. -All right. If you wanna find out everything you need to know about pregnancy to toddlerhood, you should check out the Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide app for Windows 8. It's available exclusively on the Windows store. This has been a blast. -[unk] -I had so much fun. -Really enjoyed hanging out with you all. -That's it. -Thank you very much -[unk] -Don't tell them that.
-Being a new mom can be one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can also be the most stressful. It's pretty natural for new moms to be focused on their newborn, but it's also important for them to take care of themselves, too. So today, we're sharing the secrets of stopping mommy stress and learning some tips on how new moms can stay healthy. And this is all a part of our Pledge for Better Health series brought to you by GE Healthymagination. And today, we're joined by pediatrician and parenting expert, Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg. Good to have you here, Dr. Jennifer. -Hi. Thanks for having me. -You know, what's wrong with a little mommy stress? Is it okay to have some here and there? -A little mommy stress actually is a good thing. It keeps you focused, it keeps you alert to your tasks. But too much stress can be detrimental to your health. In fact, it can actually contribute to depression, anxiety, even obesity, and hypertension. So, you really want to reduce that overall stress. And so, I do hope moms and new moms to be just like you. -Right. -Take that pledge to decrease their stress and live a healthier life. -I'm definitely listening to all of your advice here today. So, there's a couple of common stresses that new moms face. Love to go through a couple scenarios-- -Sure. -just to see what you have to say on these. A lot of moms feel like "I can't do it all." And they're trying to do it all, too. -Exactly. That's a really common stress. And if you think about it, nobody can do it all-- -Right. -all the time. So, stop comparing yourself to your friends and those celebrities. If you look behind their doors, they really aren't doing everything all the time. -Right. -But what you do need to do is take some moments for yourself, some mommy moments, to relax and rejuvenate. Give your self that opportunity. Take a bath, a bubble bath. Take a nice cup of tea and relax. You'll feel refreshed and then be able to do your next tasks at hand. -Just some moments alone. Quiet time, right? -Some moments alone. Okay. Feel okay with it. -New moms trying to do so much right about now. They're saying "I'm sleep-deprived." What do you say to that? -Exactly. Lack of sleep is so common when you have a new baby. But sleep is so important because sleep deprivation can give you a headache, it can make you irritable, and actually can make you more accident-prone, which could be dangerous when you have a baby. So, you need to sleep when the baby sleeps. So, nap even during the day for a few minutes when they are napping. -Uh-huh. -Forget about those dishes, and forget about those 'thank you' notes for now. Your health is more important. -Can't catch up on that sleep that you lost. It's gone. -Exactly. -The baby weight. Always, always a huge issue, especially nowadays, too. Everyone wants to shed the baby weights so fast. How do you get that out of your mind? -Well, first, I remind them that it took them nine months to put on the weight. So, it's gonna take at least that long to take it off. -Right. -If a mom does breastfeed, that actually can be really helpful. Your brain produces a chemical, called oxytocin, that helps your uterus to shrink back faster to its regular size. But for all women, exercise is really important. And you can do that with the baby. Take long, brisk walks or strolls with the baby. Even in cold weather, it's okay, as long as they are bundled up appropriately. And either other classes like Mommy and Me yoga classes that you can do with the baby, or home work-out DVDs are good also. -Right. Getting a little involvement going on there, too. -Exactly. -Now, you mentioned breastfeeding. But a lot of new moms say "I need a break from it. At some point in time, I just need a break." So, what do you do? Obviously, the baby has to eat. -Exactly. You're breastfeeding round the clock, and it can be very tiresome. And so again, you need to think of your health, too. You can actually pump during the day, after a feed, and give a supplemental bottle in the evening. In fact, maybe let your spouse or significant other give it as well, and they can have a bonding experience while you get a little bit of rest. -Okay. Bothering experiences seems like they go out the window. When it comes to having a new baby, a lot of people are worried about maintaining their relationships at this particular time. -Yes. -Anything that you can do to kinda keep things spicy? -That's a real-- it's a real big concern because you have to remember, when you have a baby, it's an addition to your family. It's not instead of your other relationships. So, you have to continue to nurture those relationships that you have. Remember to really make that time and have a date night. Even go out for just a cup of coffee if you only have a few moments, or even make a special evening, put candles on the table and eat in the dining room instead of your kitchen. But those bonds are so important because it's shown that you have close connections that those people have less stress and they actually live healthier, longer lives. -Thanks so much, doctor. And even though I'm still a few away from my due date, I am making the pledge to minimize my stress, take care of myself. And to take your own health pledge, visit Parents.com/healthpledge. Now, while you're there, you can also see the pledges that other women around the country are also making. And that's all courtesy of GE Healthymagination. Also, remember National Women's Health Week is gonna be in May 9th to the 15th. So, if there was a perfect time to make a health pledge, now is it.
[MUSIC] My favorite parenting hack is my husband so he is the best hands on dad and super, super lucky. So anytime I'm stressed I'm freaked out I'm like get this kid out of here he's always there to help. He walks my daughter to school. He picks her up from the school he even gives her snacks. He does a lot of fun play time so I think anytime I'm freaking out he's there to sort of handle it so we do a lot of great tag teeming. And I dont know if it sounds like such a hack but you know I think he's awesome. And you know he let's me have time alone whether it's just to be alone or just to rest which I think makes the biggest difference. Difference because then when I come back, I'm more present, I'm way more patient. I'm a better mommy, and probably a better wifey, which makes just better family
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