Your big work dilemmas—solved when you’re TTC or newly pregnant

We’re here to help you navigate the social awkwardness that can come with trying to conceive, and early pregnancy.

Your big work dilemmas—solved when you’re TTC or newly pregnant

As a society, we are generally pretty good at minding our own beeswax. But something happens around conceiving and pregnancy; people seemingly come out of the woodwork to ask really personal questions about your lady parts (and the possible babies within them).

We’re here to help you navigate the social awkwardness that can sometimes come along with trying to conceive, and early pregnany.

Scenario: You’re trying to get pregnant, and your best friend’s wedding is during your two-week-wait (in other words, the alcohol issue)

Cutting out alcohol is one of the first things women who are trying to get pregnant (or are newly pregnant) do. And rightly so; alcohol can decrease your chance of getting pregnant, and cause health problems for your baby. But this can make social situations a little tricky; if you are part of the 87% of adults who drink alcohol, and suddenly you stop drinking, people might catch on and start asking questions. Just know this: seltzer in a rocks glass looks an awful lot like a cocktail, and searching for “mocktail” in Pinterest will make you forget about alcohol all together.

Scenario: You just found out you’re pregnant, and you have a business trip scheduled next week.

With a few exceptions, traveling while you are pregnant is fine. Here are a few tips to keep you and your new little passenger extra safe on your trip:

  • Make sure your destination is safe for pregnant women. Check for risks of infections (like Zika), personal safety, climate, and clean drinking water.
  • Buckle your seatbelt (ALWAYS, please).
  • If flying, stay hydrated, consider wearing support stockings, and get up and walk around to prevent blood clots.
  • Get the ok from your midwife or doctor before you get on a plane or travel long distances; some pre-existing medical conditions will prevent you from being able to travel.

Scenario: You work in an office and your morning sickness is forcing you to make frequent unpleasant trips to the bathroom.

They’re only going to buy the “I have a little stomach bug” line for so long. Check out our tips for keeping morning sickness at bay.

Scenario: Your boss isn’t quite your bff, and the thought of telling her you’re pregnant doesn’t exactly thrill you

Breaking the news to your boss can be an uncomfortable, yet super important step. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back: read our guide here. Most people choose to tell their work places around the end of the first trimester, but there may be times to consider talking to them sooner (if you’re feeling really sick or if your job involves something that might be hazardous to you and your pregnancy, for example).

Scenario: You can’t button your pants, but you’re just not ready to hit the maternity department yet

Leggings. They’re they motherhood dress code. Also see our first trimester fashion guide.

Remember, this is YOUR journey and YOUR pregnancy. And while you may feel pressured to share your news with the people around you, just wait until you feel ready; they’ll have plenty of time to dote on you and your growing belly soon enough.

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We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!

A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.


A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.


A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.


A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.


A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.


A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.


A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.


A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.


An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.


A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.


And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

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

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