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Second Trimester Checklist: What To Do in the Second Trimester of Pregnancy

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the second trimester! Hopefully you are settling into this new life of being pregnant and the exhaustion and nausea has decreased. Maybe you’re even starting to feel that second trimester boost of energy. We’ve put together a helpful checklist for you to use as you navigate the next several weeks…

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Help, My Baby is Teething!

Out of nowhere, your five month-old baby is fussy, irritated, chewing on everything (maybe like your nipple or her bottle nipple), drooling a lot, has a slightly elevated body temperature and not sleeping well. Sound familiar? She’s probably teething!  (Side note here: lots of babies start drooling around three months old, this doesn’t necessarily mean…

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Breast Milk Storage Guidelines and Formula Storage Guidelines

Did you know the American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its guidelines for storage of breast milk? You can count on your team of postpartum doulas and lactation counselors here at Buddha Belly to always keep you up to date with the latest breast milk and formula storage guidelines. We love that the guidance starts…

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Virtual Childbirth and Baby Care Classes

What if you cannot fit an in-person birth or baby care class into your busy schedule?  We’ve got you covered with our virtual birth and baby care classes! Here at Buddha Belly we offer a number of different options for all of the classes that we teach. Making our classes accessible to you is a…

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First Trimester Checklist: What To Do in the First Trimester of Pregnancy

The first trimester is exciting! Congratulations, you’re pregnant! And now your mind is probably swirling as you think of all the things you need to do. For this reason, we’ve prepared a first trimester checklist to help you get through your first twelve weeks of pregnancy. 1. Remove stress from your life.  Yes, this is…

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Which Tampa Bay Hospitals Permit Doulas?

As we know, COVID is currently surging throughout the greater Tampa Bay area. As such, visitor policies at local hospitals are frequently changing. So, which local hospitals are permitting doulas to support labor and delivery patients right now? First, we should note that professional doulas are not the same as “visitors.” Doulas are essential members…

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Infant Feeding Schedule ~ How Often My Baby Needs to Eat & How Much

If you are the parent of a newborn, you’ve likely heard this question from the pediatrician or others: how many times a day is your baby feeding? I remember when I had my first baby, I answered, “A million?” It certainly felt like my newborn didn’t do anything other than eat, sleep and fill her…

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What Baby Gear Do I Really Need?

As a first time parent it can be very hard to determine what baby gear you really need. When I was expecting my first baby, I had to have ALL. THE. THINGS.  Clothes in all sizes.  Different baby carriers.  Different brands and sizes of both cloth and disposable diapers.  One of those travel systems with…

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Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

You waited 9 long months, with friends and loved ones around you. As your belly grew, and clothes needed to be replaced, your joy and anticipation climbed each day. You allowed yourself an extra treat once in a while (the cravings hit often) and the nursery purchases were so much fun. How could this get…

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How Not To Make Mom Friends

This story goes out to any new parents struggling to make connections and feel like themselves again. Lonely and isolated at home with an eight week old baby, I desperately longed for companionship with people in the same season of life. Instead of continuing to perfect my cyberstalker skills on Facebook, I convinced myself I…

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Our Top Five Strollers for 2021

Picking out the perfect stroller can feel a little daunting with so many options available. You may be unsure of what features you’ll like or need until your baby arrives. Whether you are pregnant and creating your baby registry, working on establishing a nap schedule with your newborn, or juggling an infant and a toddler…

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Postpartum Sleep Deprivation

Four days and one unexpected c-section later we were discharged and on our way home at last. I could no longer lean on the quiet protection of the hospital. Nurses would not be checking on me periodically. Meals would not be brought to me on a schedule. Ready or not I was now a Mom…