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As women, we seem to face the lion's share of roadblocks when it comes to embodying our health. From fertility questions to hormonal challenges, many women struggle to get the information they need—and getting answers can mean jumping through too many hoops, be it hefty insurance premiums, long waits to see specialists, or doctor requirements that can force them to wait months to get results (that are often impossible to understand without a medical degree anyway).

Julia Cheek, CEO of EverlyWell, the company revolutionizing the lab-testing industry, knows the feeling. As she struggled to get answers for mysterious symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, and overall weakness (it turned out to be a vitamin deficiency), she quickly found herself lost with a stack of results she could barely understand, thousands of dollars in lab bills, and too many doctors to name.

Sound familiar?

She knew there had to be a better way to help people both understand their bodies and address health issues conveniently, inexpensively, privately and in a way that left them feeling empowered to enact real change in their health. So she founded EverlyWell, an at-home testing service that provides certified, physician-reviewed lab results—in a format you can actually understand.

EverlyWell offers over 30 (and counting) tests to help give you insight on everything from food sensitivity and vitamin deficiency to STDs and heart health, all from home and within a budget.

My EverlyWell test gave me insights into parts of my health that I had always just wondered about before—and that I figured would be too expensive or complicated to every really figure out. Having that extra knowledge empowered me to make better decisions for my health, and ultimately my family. When you're armed with answers, you can feel more confident taking charge of the direction of your own wellness.

1. How it works

It's difficult to fit your own appointments into your family's busy calendar. EverlyWell changes that for parents—allowing the lab to almost literally come to you.

Once you order your kit online, EverlyWell ships your at-home test. No visits to intimidating labs required. (In most cases, you can probably take the whole test during nap time, mama.) Inside is everything you need to collect a sample (either blood spot, urine, or saliva), including swabs, lancets, cute bandaids, and dummy-proof step-by-step instructions. Prior to taking the test, you register it with your online account using a unique code that comes in the box so you can track your results quickly and conveniently. (Because you have enough on your plate already.)

Nervous about collecting your own sample?

A loved one can help, or EverlyWell's friendly customer support team has trained professionals who can walk you through the process (and even check over your test before you send it in to make sure you've done it properly). And while I was a little apprehensive about pricking my own finger, I was pleasantly surprised that it was a fairly simple (and almost painless) procedure.

2. Get your results

Certified specialty labs across the United States provide results you can trust—with detailed and actionable reports.

Once your sample is collected, all you have to do is pop it in the provided shipping bag with return label and ship the test back where it will be tested by a leading, CLIA-certified laboratory. Test results are first reviewed by a board-certified physician and typically ready within five days. You'll receive an email to let you know your sample has arrived to the lab and again when results are ready. From there, it's easy to access EverlyWell's private online results portal through your phone or computer.

And unlike traditional lab tests that are often jumbles of indecipherable numbers, EverlyWell's results are both informative and interactive—meaning you won't be left wondering, What do I do now? Their algorithm reflects what your lab tests indicate, advice on how to proceed, and allow you to explore your results with additional reading for questions you may have. Suddenly, all those mysterious symptoms are demystified—and you can consider yourself the new expert on your health, mama.

3. Take action

For most users, the EverlyWell test is one of the first steps down their path to better health. While it may not provide all the answers, it can serve as a bridge between symptoms and a plan of action you create with your doctor. Plus, you're learning about how this beautiful thing called your body works.

And that's something we can all feel good about.

4. Get started today

Through EverlyWell's secure platform, your results are always accessible to you to review or share with your doctors. Here's to your health, mama!

Exclusively for Motherly readers—use code MOTHERLY for 15% off your order.


EverlyWell tests are available to residents, 18 years and older, of 46 states, excluding New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Rhode Island. Choose your EverlyWell test today.

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

Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)

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Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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


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