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Tips by Trimester: A Becoming Mama Event

An experiential and informative full-day event exploring all three trimesters of pregnancy—plus postpartum!

Motherly Events: Becoming Mama

Motherly's Becoming Mama event is an experiential and informative full-day event exploring all three trimesters of pregnancy—plus postpartum! The event will include engaging panels with industry leaders, interactive workshops with experts, intimate, honest stories from influential moms, and a chance to meet your new mom village IRL!

Saturday March 30
10:00am-3:30pm
Betaworks Studios
29 Little W. 12th St., NYC

Event Lineup:

10:00am: Registration + Breakfast

Sponsored by Siggi's

11:00am: Mindful Meditation

featuring Deborah Hanekamp @mamamedicine

11:20am: Finding Your Strength in Childbirth

featuring Eva Amuri @thehappilyeva; Morgane Richardson @doulamorgane; Tinamarie Clark @tinamarieclark; Diana Spalding @mother.ly

11:50am: Calming the Chaos of Motherhood

sponsored by One Medical

featuring Lindsey Bliss @carriagehousebirth; Colleen Wachob @mindbodygreen; Paige Bellenbaum @themotherhoodcenter; Margaret Chapman, M.D. @onemedical; Christie DeGallerie @iischristy

12:15pm: Lunch

1:25pm: Discovering Your Baby Balance

sponsored by Jetblack

featuring Bethany Ciotola @bethanyciotola; Claire Khodara @clairekhodara; Pooja Radia @jetblack; Liz Tenety @mother.ly

1:55pm: Navigating the Fourth Trimester

sponsored by Vital Proteins

featuring Randi Zinn @randizinn; Lashanda Dandrich @uptownvillagenyc; Lindsey Vestal @functionalpelvis; Caryn Johnson @vitalproteins

2:20pm: Snack Break

sponsored by Majka

3:00pm: Relationship SOS

featuring Alexandra Sacks MD @alexandrasacksmd; Alexis Barad Cutler @notsafeformomgroup

PLUS:

Motherly's Gear Lab featuring the best gear for 2019

sponsored by Born Free

Experience Reiki and Mini Sound Baths in our Wellness Lounge

sponsored by Crane

Take a Seat for a FaceLove Face Massage

sponsored by Evenflo

Enjoy a Light Breakfast & Healthy Lunch.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Born Free, Jetblack, Evenflo, Vital Proteins, Crane, Siggi's, Majka, SZENT Water

Our Gift Bag Sponsors: TwelveLittle, Chewbeads, June & January, OXO, Urbansitter, Weleda, Mom Culture & GimMe, First Aid Beauty, Rael, Water Wipes, Bundle Organics & Trumpette.

And our VIP Gift Bag Sponsors: TwelveLittle, Freshly Picked, HATCH Collection, Summer Infant & Wash With Water.

*While many of Motherly's events are family focused, there will not be specific activities or playspaces for babies or kids. this event is more mom-focused. Babies under 1 are welcome at this event, but a baby carrier is suggested as there's no room for strollers. Please use your discretion.

Meet our speakers

Eva Amurri Martino is a Mom, Wife, former Actress, and now… Blogger! She launched HappilyEvaAfter.com in 2015 as a way to share her multifaceted interests that range from Style, Decor, Food and Crafting—to her role as a new mama! Catch her on social media @thehappilyeva or on her Youtube channel.


Lindsey Bliss is a seasoned birth doula, co-director of Carriage House Birthh and the mother of seven. Lindsey is considered to be a multiples expert after giving birth to and breastfeeding two consecutive sets of twins. As such, Lindsey lends her unique expert insight to the education wing of Carriage House Birth through curriculum building, class development and the dissemination of education through teaching, blog posts, periodical writing and authorship. Lindsey is a newly published author of the book The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth.


Morgane Richardson has been birth doula and perinatal health educator since 2012 and wears a variety of hats in this field including: Former Director of the NYC Doula Collective, Current Head of Practitioner Relations at CYCLES + SEX & Co-Founder of Woven Bodies, an inclusive digital practice supporting queer folks + allies from family planning through parenthood. Morgane holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN Mandated, University For Peace. She currently makes her home in Brooklyn, NY with her wife Alexandra and their 11 month old daughter.


Deborah Hanekamp, known as Mama Medicine, is "fashion's favorite healer" (Vogue Magazine). She facilitates Medicine Readings out of her Space in Soho, NYC, integrating over 17 years of experience and wisdom in the healing arts. Her work blends ancient knowledge from across a variety of traditions. At the end of every Medicine Reading Ceremony, Deborah prescribes a ritual bath. These beautiful baths (with flowers, crystals, and herbs), along with her unique aesthetic and approachable personality, have garnered Mama Medicine tens of thousands of global followers on Instagram. Her work has been featured in Vogue, New York Times, and Marie Claire. In a world of gurus and self-help, Mama Medicine helps us connect to the inner shaman within us all: the power of love. Follow Deborah @MamaMedicine


Alexandra Sacks, MD is the leading expert on "matrescence," the transition to motherhood that is as demanding and transformative as adolescence. She is known for popularizing the concept in her TED talk with over 1.5 million views, and in her article "The Birth of a Mother," the number one most read piece of 2017 for the New York Times "Well Family" section, where she is a regular contributor. She is the host and executive producer of Motherhood Sessions podcast to be released in April 2019 by Gimlet Media, and coauthor of What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood available for pre-sale now.


Colleen Wachob is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Stanford University with degrees in international relations and Spanish, and spent 10 years working at Fortune 500 companies including Gap, Walmart and Amazon. Colleen lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, mbg Founder and Co-CEO Jason Wachob.


LaShanda Dandrich is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC and co- founder of the worker owner Cooperative, Uptown Village Cooperative. After the birth of her daughter in 2009, her passion for breastfeeding and supporting mothers and families in the postpartum period blossomed. She became a trained postpartum doula while pursuing her IBCLC credential. She has supported families of all diverse, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds throughout NYC. She resides in Harlem with her 10 year old daughter.


Christy DeGallerie is a New York writer and performer, she can be seen on Refinery 29, Huffington Post, Pop Sugar, Bustle and other various publications. Her work intersects identity and the humor in parenting. She lives north of Manhattan with her responsible and well dressed roommate, whom happens to be her 5 year old daughter, Ava.


Tinamarie Clark is a mother, model and shift stirrer. She guides people through her Five S-Method ™ , which is designed to transform negative emotions and storylines into more positive and empowering ones, while helping them forge deeper connections to themselves and our humanity. She frequently shares "magic in the mundane" moments and "owning your awful" stories, revealing the lessons in her everyday experiences that create transformative shifts in her growth. She holds space and curates conversations for others to share their own Shift Stirring Stories and push to the edge of their own evolution. Learn more at shiftstirrer.com.


Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW is the Chief External Relations Officer at The Motherhood Center. The Motherhood Center provides treatment and support to new and expectant mothers experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) otherwise known as postpartum depression. Paige has 20 year experience creating and overseeing programs for vulnerable populations, as well as advocating and providing education for such populations.

Caryn Johnson is senior vice president of marketing at Vital Proteins, and the force behind Vital's brand strategy. Caryn leads digital programming, celebrity, influencer & brand relationships, brand activation, messaging and consumer education. Her deep-rooted knowledge of the natural beauty space comes from her previous work with well-known skincare brand, Indie Lee, where she honed her integrated marketing skills and helped grow the brand exponentially. At Vital, Caryn has cultivated an aspirational lifestyle where fitness, wellness and beauty are one in the same.


Alexis Barad-Cutler is the founder and facilitator of Not Safe For Mom Group (NSFMG), an online and in-real-life community where women can find connection in talking candidly -- and without shame -- about the grittier sides of the motherhood experience. Also known as "The Mom Group You Didn't Know You Needed," NSFMG publishes boundary-pushing content about motherhood, and hosts live events and meetups in NYC. Alexis lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband, and their two young boys.


Bethany Ciotola is an advertising graduate turned stay at home mom, married with two and became a content creator sharing our everyday beautiful chaos of NYC life with our 3 boys.


Pooja Radia is a soon-to-be mom of 2 boys and 1 dog who is currently running Member Experience at Jetblack, a text-based personal shopping service for busy NYC moms. After earning her MBA at Wharton and spending two years at The Boston Consulting Group (and getting worn down from weekly travels from NYC to Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and even Italy!), she got bitten by the startup bug and launched/ran Luxe's NYC business until the company was sold to Volvo in the summer of 2017. Pooja is committed to building amazing consumer experiences for her fellow busy (and pregnant!) moms and always striving to find hacks on how to make it all work without losing her sense of self.


Margaret "Peggy" Chapman, MD, MS, FA is a board-certified pediatrician with One Medical. Peggy focuses on establishing a trusting and respectful relationship with parents and children to forge a therapeutic alliance. She believes preventive care and parent education are key to raising happy, healthy children-and she feels privileged to be part of the process. She enjoys working with children of all ages, from newborns through adolescents, and is especially interested in child behavior, child development, parenting, and ADHD. She graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and did a chief residency in pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Hospital.


Claire Khodara is a singer, live music event producer, radio show host, and mother based in New York. Her international career spans 15 years, with residencies in London & Paris, including performing with David Foster on his most recent tour.


Lindsey Vestal owns The Functional Pelvis, a private practice specializing in pelvic floor therapy "house calls" for pre and postnatal women. She has dedicated her career to empowering women to find relief from conditions such as bowel and urinary incontinence, constipation, dyspareunia, pelvic pain, prolapse and pre and postnatal complications. She has trained with Herman & Wallace Institute, Marquette University, Diane Lee's Integrated Systems Model, Maitland as well as specialized biofeedback training for the pelvic floor. She is a certified Restore Your Core™ (RYC™) teacher. She graduated from NYU with a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy and lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children Avery, 7 and Liam, 5.


Liz Tenety is co-founder and Chief Digital Officer of Motherly. A former Washington Post editor, she's also a mom of 3 with one more on the way.

As much as I love fall, it always feels like the season when my family's routine gets kicked into overdrive. With our oldest in (homeschool) kindergarten, my youngest on the brink of entering her twos, work, housework and *all the things* filling my day, it's hard not to feel a little overwhelmed sometimes. Did I mention we're still in a pandemic? (Yeah, it's a lot.) And while I try to take a positive view as much as I can, now more than ever I definitely jump at the chance to take anything off my busy plate.

One thing first in line at the chopping block? Cooking. To be fair, I like cooking. I cooked most of our meals long before I had ever even heard of social distancing. But there's something about the pandemic that suddenly made cooking every single meal feel exponentially more draining.

Enter Daily Harvest. They deliver nourishing, delicious food right to your door. Daily Harvest's mix of smoothies, bowls, flatbreads, snacks and more provide a balanced, whole food options that are as satisfying as they are nutritious. But my favorite part? When we're ready to eat, I simply pull the food from the freezer and it's ready in minutes—without any chopping, measuring or searching for a recipe. Even better, they're incredibly tasty, meaning I'm not struggling to get my girls to dig in. Not cooking has never felt so good.

Here are my 8 favorite products that are helping to lighten my load right now:

Mulberry + Dragonfruit Oat Bowl

Mulberry + Dragonfruit Oat Bowl

One thing that actually helps break up the monotony of quarantine? Trying and introducing new ingredients to my family. I love this overnight oat bowl (add milk the night before and let it set in your fridge overnight—easy-peasy!) because not only does it not compromise on nutrition, but it also helps me bring new whole fruits, vegetables and superfoods to the table with ease.

Mint + Cacao Smoothie

Mint + Cacao Smoothie

I kid you not, these taste exactly like a mint chocolate chip milkshake. (Just ask my 4-year-old, who is constantly stealing sips from my glass.) What she doesn't know? She's actually getting organic banana, spinach and chlorella with every sip. #momwin

Kabocha + Sage Flatbread

Kabocha + Sage Flatbread

Our family's eating habits have been leaning more plant-forward this year, which often means a lot of veggie washing, peeling and chopping every time I cook. That's why these flatbreads are my new best friend come lunchtime. This Kabocha + Sage Flatbread is made with a gluten-free cauliflower crust topped with kabocha squash, fennel and sage for a taste of fall in every bite. (Missing the cheese? You can add it before baking for more of a pizza feel.)

Kale + Sweet Potato Flatbread

Kale + Sweet Potato Flatbread

There's something about the combination of sweet potato crust topped with red cabbage, organic greens and an herby-cilantro sauce that is so delicious… like surprisingly delicious. I polished off this bad boy in seconds! And unlike other "veggie" crusts I've tried, these are actually clean (AKA no fillers, preservations, partially-hydrogenated oil or artificial anything). Plus, it couldn't be easier to throw in the oven between conference calls and homeschool lessons.

Cacao + Avocado Smoothie

Cacao + Avocado Smoothie

Any time I get to serve a breakfast that tastes like chocolate, it's a good day. (That goes double when it's *my* breakfast.) This rich, chocolatey smoothie is packed with organic zucchini, avocado, pumpkin seeds and pea protein for a nourishing mix of healthy fats and muscle-building protein so I can carry that baby all day long. And did I mention the chocolate?

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl

Maybe it's just me, but after a long week of cooking, the last thing I want to do on Saturday morning is...wake up and cook. That's why these one-step breakfasts are saving my weekend. I simply add our favorite milk the night before and store the bowl in the fridge overnight. Come morning, I have a nutritious chia bowl that powers me through even the busiest day of errands. It's also Instagram-ready, which makes me feel like I'm out brunching (even if I can't remember the last time I was in a restaurant).

Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites

Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites

My kids have turned into snack monsters during quarantine, and I'm often struggling to find a wholesome option (that doesn't require a lot of extra cooking or else I resort to something ultra-refined and shelf-stable). These bites are the hero I never knew I needed. For one, they taste like cookie dough, but they're actually packed with chickpeas, pumpkin, dates and flax seed (among other whole ingredients). But unlike actual cookie dough, I don't have to go anywhere near my mixer to whip them up—all I have to do is pull the container out of the freezer, let them defrost a bit and we can all enjoy a treat.

Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

Sometimes I have a little more time to cook, but I still want a quick, stress-free solution. (Especially because it always feels like I just cleaned up from the last meal.) I love these Harvest Bowls because they warm up in under five minutes on the stove top (or microwave!) but pack tons of flavor. The Cauliflower Rice + Pesto bowl is one of my favorites, with basil, olive oil and nutritional yeast for a hearty dish reminiscent of a mouth-watering Italian meal. When I'm feeling extra fancy, I add leftover grilled chicken or a fried egg.

Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote Scoops

Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote Scoops

Who doesn't want to end the day with a little something sweet? This creamy and decadent frozen treat from Daily Harvest is swirled with sweet berries and tropical dragonfruit for an antioxidant burst you'll feel good about—but that your kiddos will just think is ice cream. Go ahead, take credit for being the best mom ever.

Want to try it yourself? You can get $25 off your first box of Daily Harvest with code MOTHERLY.

This article was sponsored by Daily Harvest. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

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When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

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Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

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Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

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This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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