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In light of my recent pregnancy announcement, P&G has been kind enough to offer up a baby & new Mom essentials prize pack for me to giveaway to one of my lucky readers!

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Speaking from my experience of being a Mom and also now an expectant Mom, I think it is crucial to not only celebrate the little miracle that you are bringing or have already brought into the world, but it isalso  important to remember to put yourself first.

Finding the “me” in motherhood is something that is often brushed off or put on the back burner. There is nothing wrong with that. As new Mom’s we tend to get overwhelmed in the joys of enjoying being with our new bundle, but also establishing a routine.

When my son was an infant, my husband made sure I set time aside for myself. A couple of times a week he would walk through the door, pass me off a glass of wine and insist that I go enjoy some quiet time in the tub while he attend to the kids and clean-up the dinner mess. It may have been the littlest gesture, but it surely went a long way. It helped me realize that I didn’t have to travel away from the home to put the “me” in motherhood. It also showed me that accepting help was okay. Accepting help was something I had struggled with accepting with my firstborn.

P&G recognizes the importance of celebrating baby, but also putting Mom first. They have put together an awesome Baby & New Mom Essentials Bundle.  The approximate retail value of this prize is $190.*
*Pricing is at the sole discretion of the retailer.

What’s up for grabs?

Baby Essentials Bundle:

  • Pampers Swaddlers Newborn
  • 2 x Pampers Swaddlers Size 1
  • Pampers Wipes x 2
  • HBC Olympic Onesie 0-3 months
  • Caring for Kids: The Complete Canadian Health Guide for Children
  • Ivory Snow
Expectant and/or New Mom Essentials Bundle: 

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Disclosure: By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada. Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec, and will not be sent out of the country.

The giveaway ends on October 1, 2013 at 12AM EST.

91 Comments on Celebrate Baby & Put the “ME” in Motherhood with #PGMom {Giveaway}

  1. Amy Heffernan
    September 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm (4 years ago)

    I would tell a new mom to be to relax as much as she can before the baby comes.

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  2. Carolle Hall
    September 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Take the help that other offer her ..:)

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  3. Nic
    September 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm (4 years ago)

    enjoy every moment – things change so fast

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  4. Monique L. S.
    September 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm (4 years ago)

    I would tell a new mom not to be so hard on herself. There will be good days and bad days, and that’s okay.

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  5. Kat Snyder
    September 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Turn the monitor off for just 10 minutes when you are at your wits end. Your baby can handle crying for 10 minutes while you recompose yourself with no lasting damage.

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  6. martina j
    September 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Take the help. You are superwoman but even she needs a sidekick

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  7. angela m
    September 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Sleep when baby sleeps and except any help

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  8. Amanda b
    September 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm (4 years ago)

    I have no advice yet my first is 2 days late as of today. Advise is welcome though!

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    • Nicole
      September 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Congratulations! I hope your little bundle acknowledges the eviction notice soon! 😀

      Reply
  9. danielle t
    September 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm (4 years ago)

    everyone is going to give you their advice even if you don’t ask. don’t be offended. some of it may help and the rest can just be forgotten

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    • Nicole
      September 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Love this. Mainly because it is sooooooo true!

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  10. Debbie W
    September 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Sleep whenever you can, and don’t rush their progress. Enjoy the experience.

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  11. Carey Hurst
    September 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Enjoy all the snuggles you can get.. who cares about all the day to day mundane things , babies need all the attention they can get from their mommas (or prime caregiver).. Also don`t let others tell you what your or your little ones needs . It is an experience between you both and you both alone ..

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    • Nicole
      September 3, 2013 at 9:53 pm (4 years ago)

      Great advice!

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  12. Brenda Penton
    September 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm (4 years ago)

    I would tell a new mom to take each day as it goes. Don’t be in a rush to have your baby grow up, because it happens so fast. Don’t compare your child to others because they all different and do things at their own pace. It isn’t a competition.

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  13. Lori B
    September 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Don’t stress over the small stuff, motherhood is a learning experience, enjoy it

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  14. Jonnie
    September 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I would tell her to take just five or ten minutes each day to write in a journal. It’s a great way to record memories but also helps clear your mind so you can sleep better.

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  15. Julie G.
    September 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Don’t be a martyr – if someone offers help, accept it gladly.

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  16. charityk
    September 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm (4 years ago)

    dont listen to most of the advice you get,,trust yourself

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  17. Marla
    September 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Take lots of pivtures

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  18. Jennifer P.
    September 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm (4 years ago)

    I would tell her to be in the moment. Each stage only lasts so long, so take it for what it is and try to enjoy it rather than wishing it away. A couple of nights I was stressed out about getting no sleep, sitting up in the nursery in the middle of the night wishing for the time that my baby would sleep through the night. And then it occurred to me that one day I would not be able to nurse and hold my baby as much, and I suddenly became appreciative of the quiet one on one time. Not only did it take the stress out of the experience, I actually started to enjoy the middle of the night feedings. And sure enough, after only a short time they were done. So I am soooo glad that I took the opportunity to enjoy them while they lasted, rather than letting them stress me out. Ah, the things I have learned the second time around. 🙂

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  19. Charmaine T
    September 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Don’t be to hard on yourself! As long as you love your baby , doing the bare essentials is enough. Let the dishes & laundry slip if you’re too tired.

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  20. Tanis
    September 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Actually, I will be a new mom in November, so I’ll be reading the comments for advice!! 🙂

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  21. Courtney
    September 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Don’t follow advice, just trust your instincts instead

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  22. Rene
    September 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm (4 years ago)

    No-one else has it together either, they just look like they do. Don’t compare yourself to other moms, we are all doing the best we can to stay afloat!

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  23. Judy C (Cowan)
    September 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm (4 years ago)

    I would tell her to relax and take offers of help so she can have some “me”breaks

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  24. Jeannie
    September 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm (4 years ago)

    My advice would be to get a good baby carrier. You can get so much done and your baby will love being worn by you.

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    • Nicole
      September 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm (4 years ago)

      Great tip! Babywearing was a huge saving grace for me when my son was an infant.

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  25. Kristi Renout
    September 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Relax, you’re not going to be perfect, so don’t beat yourself up too much when you’re not.

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  26. Shona Leonard
    September 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Do not worry about housework etc., just enjoy baby, they stay small for such a short time!

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    • Nicole
      September 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm (4 years ago)

      YES! The housework has always been something I have had trouble with putting on the back burner, but oh-so-important! The housework can definitely wait. The baby snuggles cannot.

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  27. Beth Rosell
    September 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm (4 years ago)

    You can never have enough diapers and wet wipes on hand!

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  28. Sunshine G
    September 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Stock up the freezer in advance. Pretend it’s your own personal bunker…which it is, really 🙂

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  29. michelle
    September 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm (4 years ago)

    no ones going to judge you for having a messy house, babies are messy and so is life. it happens and its ok

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  30. Anne Taylor
    September 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm (4 years ago)

    I would tell her to relax and breathe, that everyone has made mistakes, but that’s how we learn.

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  31. natasha severson
    September 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm (4 years ago)

    sleep when the baby sleeps!! you may feel good and want to get stuff done.. but you will be totally exhausted if you dont!! take care of yourself too!

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  32. ivy pluchinsky
    September 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm (4 years ago)

    if somebody offers you help you take it!

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  33. Karla Sceviour
    September 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Take help from others,,rely on your own instincts,dont sweat the small stuff.

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  34. Darlene Schuller
    September 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm (4 years ago)

    I would tell her, take it day by day. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and most importantly don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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  35. 409cope
    September 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm (4 years ago)

    I would say sleep when baby sleeps and don’t be too hard on yourself.

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  36. Tammy Dalley
    September 4, 2013 at 1:20 am (4 years ago)

    Sleep whenever you can, and always make time for yourself as well!!!

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  37. Julie Bolduc
    September 4, 2013 at 2:06 am (4 years ago)

    Sleep everyyime the baby sleeps

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  38. Gillian Morgan
    September 4, 2013 at 2:27 am (4 years ago)

    Dont be afraid to ask for help.

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  39. Ashley J
    September 4, 2013 at 2:34 am (4 years ago)

    Yes! Never be afraid to ask for help!

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  40. Olivia @ This West Coast Mommy
    September 4, 2013 at 2:37 am (4 years ago)

    I would advise her to stick to what she knows is right. Take any help you can get, and remember that you can’t spoil a newborn/baby.

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  41. Gemma
    September 4, 2013 at 2:57 am (4 years ago)

    Sleep whenever you can!

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  42. Doris Calvert
    September 4, 2013 at 3:14 am (4 years ago)

    Relax and enjoy the ride! Always take a day every few weeks for you.

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  43. stacey perrault
    September 4, 2013 at 3:40 am (4 years ago)

    This is a wonderful prize. Thank you so much for the chance at winning.

    Reply
  44. Kelly D
    September 4, 2013 at 11:38 am (4 years ago)

    I would say the first couple of months are the hardest and to accept help from friends and family.

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  45. Victoria Ess
    September 4, 2013 at 11:53 am (4 years ago)

    Don’t force yourself to be “perfect”.

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  46. Darlene Ysaguirre
    September 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm (4 years ago)

    No parent is perfect you will make small mistakes all the time dont beat yourself up too much.

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  47. Robyn L
    September 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm (4 years ago)

    deal with issues as they come up- if you need to sit and comfort baby just do that and never mind
    about the dishes, cleaning or what’s for supper. do that later and take care of it later

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  48. lisa bolduc
    September 5, 2013 at 12:49 am (4 years ago)

    I don’t know yet, I am due with my first in feb

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  49. wobbles13
    September 5, 2013 at 1:01 am (4 years ago)

    house work is overrated. sleep and rest as much as you can. and don’t feel guilty with a dirty house.

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  50. J
    September 5, 2013 at 3:30 am (4 years ago)

    Everybody is a as much of a bad mom as they are a good mom.

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  51. Amy C
    September 5, 2013 at 4:54 am (4 years ago)

    Don’t worry about the little things. They grow up so fast, enjoy every minute.

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  52. Heidi C.
    September 7, 2013 at 1:38 am (4 years ago)

    If help is offered, take it! Don’t feel you need to do it all on your own!

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  53. Erika B
    September 7, 2013 at 1:41 am (4 years ago)

    don’t worry about not cleaning

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  54. SueSueper Sue
    September 7, 2013 at 2:01 am (4 years ago)

    My advice would be get as much sleep as you can, sleep when baby sleeps. You need all the patience you can have.

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  55. Florence C
    September 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Relax and enjoy the baby. Sleep when they sleep. They grow so fast. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you become overwhelmed.

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  56. Alaine
    September 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Sleep when your baby sleeps 🙂

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  57. Nicole B
    September 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Don’t worry about housework. It will get done eventually. Sleep instead! It will save your sanity!

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  58. rachel
    September 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm (4 years ago)

    This phase doesn’t last forever…thank God! You can handle it.

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  59. Koryn H
    September 9, 2013 at 12:02 am (4 years ago)

    It gets easier!

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  60. tennille
    September 9, 2013 at 2:50 am (4 years ago)

    You will survive–sleep lots, drink lots of water and be open to accepting help.

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  61. Angela Mitchell
    September 9, 2013 at 4:23 am (4 years ago)

    I would say to not be afraid to ask for help when you need it. And to trust your instincts.

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  62. Karine
    September 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Take time for yourself before you can’t have time for yourself!

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  63. elaine d
    September 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm (4 years ago)

    SLEEP when the baby does!

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  64. Dianne G.
    September 11, 2013 at 5:33 am (4 years ago)

    I would tell a new mom to never feel like she is alone. There is always someone willing to help if you just ask. Almost everyone loves a new baby and would love to help you out and give you a break. Enjoy your baby because they grow up way too fast!

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  65. krystyl
    September 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Take it 1 day at a time

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  66. Andrea B.
    September 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Get rest whenever you can!

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  67. misty
    September 17, 2013 at 9:20 am (4 years ago)

    In the first week so many family and friends want to come over to see the new bundle, but my family took the first 4 days for Us to ad just and enjoy our daughters.it was alike over
    whelming.they understood and respected our wishes.i slept when baby slept.i tried to eat when breast feeding
    Had alone time in the tub

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  68. jan
    September 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Nobody knew it all with the first child. Nor the second, third…..

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  69. Elizabeth L
    September 17, 2013 at 9:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Trust your instincts and take other peoples unwanted advice with a grain of salt!

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  70. Andrea Amy
    September 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Enjoy them as much as you can, they grow up WAY too quick. And sleep when they sleep (if that is possible).

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  71. Chris Erb
    September 19, 2013 at 12:03 am (4 years ago)

    Perfect for my daughterinlaw due January 14, 2014

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  72. Jenny
    September 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm (4 years ago)

    cherish each and every moment

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  73. Ashley Turicik
    September 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm (4 years ago)

    I would tell her don’t get too stressed out. To find a way to relax at least for ten minutes a day

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  74. Belinda McNabb
    September 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm (4 years ago)

    My best advice is to take help when it is offered. Being a new parent can be overwhelming and the help can help you keep your sanity

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  75. Catharine
    September 24, 2013 at 12:25 am (4 years ago)

    Accept any help that is offered. It is all about the baby

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  76. Lisa Smith
    September 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Take all of the help and little advise, you will be ok

    Reply
  77. Dreena
    September 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Take a lot of photos of your baby – each month! They change so quickly.
    Cheers.

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  78. Lisa Neutel
    September 28, 2013 at 12:49 am (4 years ago)

    I would tell a new mom to get as much sleep as possible..mom sleeps when baby does! And enjoy your baby while they still like to be hugged and cuddled

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  79. Janet F
    September 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Eat well and get your rest.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  80. Amy Dell
    September 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm (4 years ago)

    The best thing I did to prepare for my daughters birth was to stock the freezer with 4 weeks of healthy suppers in take out containers to serve me and hubby.

    Reply
  81. ChristineB
    September 29, 2013 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Take care of yourself, because you will be putting your children first for the rest of your life.

    Reply
  82. Brandee
    September 30, 2013 at 2:29 am (4 years ago)

    I would say just to trust herself. Enjoy every moment. Stop listening to everyone!!! Eat. Drink water. And just do what feels right for you and your baby!!!

    Reply
  83. Christy Martin
    September 30, 2013 at 5:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Silly, but I think I would most like to tell them to start buying diapers the minute you find out you are pregnant. It is a financial blow, and if there is a month, you do not have to purchase them, it feels near winning the lottery!

    Reply
  84. Aimee R
    September 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Sleep while your baby sleeps, or you won’t get any sleep.

    Reply

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