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How to handle the wait: What to do when you’re waiting for pregnancy news

What’s a girl to do while you’re waiting for the biggest news of your life?

How to handle the wait: What to do when you’re waiting for pregnancy news

So you tried to conceive. And now that the ovulation window has passed, your only job now is to wait. It. Out.


What’s a girl to do while you’re waiting for the biggest news of your life?

1. Go the symptoms-obsessed Googler route.

This is the one where you Google “signs of pregnancy” every day, including questions like “Is feeling bloated an early sign of pregnancy?” (possibly) and “Is craving Oreo ice cream cake a sign of early pregnancy?” (No.) For every question, Dr. Google has a different, conflicting answer. Plus, many signs of early pregnancy (moodiness, tender breasts) are also signs of an impending period.

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2. Become a Netflix binge-watcher.

Drown your anxieties in the latest episode of Master of None.

We’re all about distracting ourselves from the mind-blowing possibility that we *might* have made a baby this month. Keep your thoughts focused on someone else’s drama while yours unfolds.

3. Go on a health-food kick.

Convince yourself that those kale salads and green smoothies are for the baby and trick yourself into two weeks of incredibly healthy eating.

Bonus: If you’re pregnant, you just gained two weeks of nutrition. If you’re not, consider yourself that much closer to being a super-healthy pregnant mama.

4. Get active.

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Motivate yourself to try a new physical activity with the thought that you might be helping to improve your own (and your future baby’s) health.

SoulCycle, Zumba class, even a walk around the block—do it with a baby-making pep in your step.

5. Get away.

If you can swing it, plan a weekend getaway somewhere (nearby is good!) and enjoy an adventure together. Believe it or not, your life might soon be full of morning sickness, making it harder to enjoy special time together for a bit.

Bonus points if you can add in physical activity, like a hike or a swim. Both will get harder when you’ve got a big ol’ belly or baby in tow.

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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

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

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