I’ve always heard that your second pregnancy and preparing your second baby is SO much different that your first one. And now, I’m living that. Granted, things are a bit different preparing for twins — as it’s double the gear and double the change — but, still, I’ve been so much more chill than I was last time. And now that I’m out of the first trimester and feeling better, the time is FLYING. It’s funny, too, because I’m just as excited as I was the first time and there’s still a lot to do — it’s just that you…

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Arlene Santiago is a Transformational Health Coach and mom of three. She helps moms who struggle with time (because there’s never enough, right?!) and low energy to discover a life of confidence and vitality. Arlene also helps those over age 50 who want to prevent injury, improve balance, and mobility. And today she’s sharing ways to simplify healthy living — not only for you, but for your whole family, too!     Let’s face it — life with a list of to-dos and work is stressful. It can seem impossible to have a healthy lifestyle, even if you really, truly…

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So many incredible and amazing things happen when you’re pregnant. via GIPHY Then there are the not-so great ones. via GIPHY And, then, there are the downright WTF-is-happening ones. via GIPHY We’ll go ahead and put not-being-able-to-pee-at-night in the WTF-is-happening category because it happened to me around week 10 (thankfully it only lasted a week), and, holy cow, it was something. via GIPHY It was really hard for me to find any resources online about it (because you know my husband and I were Googling “I’m pregnant and can’t pee 10 weeks” at 2 a.m.), so I wanted to share…

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“I get plenty of pampering.” –said no mom ever Which is exactly why we’re sharing seven new products we recently received for review that’ll help you to get your pamper on whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned mama. 1. Eden’s Garden Salt Soaks There’s nothing like a good bath to get your relax on, and we recently got to try these blends that include Epsom and sea salts with essential oils. Not only do they smell heavenly, but they feel heavenly. And if you’ve got sore muscles, bonus! The Epsom salts totally help with that. 2. Boob Design…

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The first trimester of pregnancy can be ROUGH. (Like, so rough we had to pull together our fave GIFs to honor that “special” time.) But, as I’m currently learning, the first trimester is even harder when you already have a little one (or two) to care for. I mean, I have an almost 4-year-old daughter who’s pretty manageable most days — and I have been wiped. So, pregnant moms of multiple kids, especially those who are toddlers and younger? I salute you, bad-ass mamas. Now that I’m officially in the second trimester and finally starting to feel a little better…

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Here’s something funny: For this pregnancy, I actually went back into our archives to see this post on my pregnancy workout modifications from the first time around. Because, 1) baby brain — meaning I seriously couldn’t remember what I modified last time and when; and 2) I’d like to say that there are a lot of resources out there on working out when carrying twins, but there’s really not much there for women who are already fit (beyond the usual advice to not overdo it, avoid contact sports or anything with a fall risk, drinks lots of water, and make sure…

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In case you missed the big announcement last week, I’m knocked up again. WITH TWINS. And now that some* of the shock has worn off, I am down to logistics: getting the nursery ready, brainstorming names, figuring out what we really need two of, and all that fun stuff. I’m also finally out of the first trimester, which is awesome because, you know how hard the first trimester usually is? Double that with twins — because there’s literally double the hormones, double the baby-building, double the everything! And while some twin moms breeze through it (every mom and pregnancy is…

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It’s just not something you ever expect. Not after a total six years of infertility. Not two years after a failed IUI — when you didn’t even actually get to do the IUI because your body didn’t even respond enough to attempt it. And definitely not after you’re staring down your 38th birthday like a big ol’ blinking fertility warning light on your life’s dashboard. It’s just not something you ever expect. One More Try I’d never actually thought it possible to have three kids. Honestly, I thought two kids might be pushing it. After all, we felt beyond blessed to…

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If you’ve been following us on Instagram (come check us out! @FitBottomedMama), you may seen a few posts or Insta stories about my daughter’s experience at Goldfish Swim School. (Spoiler: They let her try a few months of swim lessons on the house, and it’s been awesome!) Today, in addition to those behind-the-scenes glimpses, we’re sharing tips for your child’s first swim lesson, straight from Nicole Salmeto, general manager of Goldfish Swim School in Overland Park, Kan. 1. Get excited. Get your child fired up for their first swim lesson. Talk it up with them and express to them how much fun they…

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting is on your bookshelf. You’ve leafed through Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. You’ve even devoured The Happiest Baby on the Block. But what other books should you check out as a parent-to-be or new parent? Well, there are lots of awesome new pregnancy (and beyond!) books out there now that are fresh, fun, ground-breaking, helpful — and some are downright hilarious. Consider these required reading, whether you’re newly knocked up (congrats!), about to pop a baby out (go you!), or have an itty bitty at home already (it’s fun, right?!). Part helpful, part essential,…

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