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8 Things That Will Happen to Your Belly During Pregnancy

The down and dirty about what's going on in your belly.

8 Things That Will Happen to Your Belly During Pregnancy

Don’t judge a bump by it’s cover! What looks cute and miraculous from the outside, can feel more like a war zone to the mama carrying it. There is so much more going on inside our pregnant tummies than meets the eye!

As if growing a tiny human wasn’t enough, our bellies are a rollercoaster of nausea, gassiness and constipation -- among other things! Pregnancy is a long nine months, and our bellies certainly don’t make it easy on us. Here’s the lowdown on what you can expect from your ever expanding midsection.

1. Morning Sickness. Maybe you’re trying to get pregnant or maybe you’re not, but you know it’s time to take that test when you wake up and run straight to the bathroom. More than 50% of women suffer from morning sickness. Morning sickness doesn’t hurt you or your baby, but if you’re throwing up a lot all day, you may have hyperemesis gravidarum, which requires medication. Medication for hyperemesis gravidarum helps you temper the nausea so you can stay hydrated and full of the nutrients you need to grow a happy, healthy baby!

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For some mamas, the itchiness comes first. Itchy bellies, itchy boobs, itchy booties. Anywhere you skin is stretching, it’s itching. To ease the itch, try taking cool showers instead of piping hot ones, and make sure to slather on the lotion! And while you’re at it, try some lotion or oil high in vitamin E to help keep stretch marks at bay. In most cases, itchiness is completely normal, but if your itching is severe or accompanied by a rash, make sure to let your physician know so you can be evaluated.

Pardon me! We don’t need to tell you what the most embarrassing tummy trouble is. Just blame that gassiness on the bump. The pregnancy hormone progesterone amps up during the first trimester, relaxing muscles and slowing down digestion, making you extra gassy… on both ends!

Plush, reclining chairs might have no place in the aesthetic of your home, but you’re going to wish you had one when the heartburn strikes! Every pregnant mama has a night (or three dozen), when the pain is so bad you have to sleep sitting up. Again, pregnancy hormones relaxing your muscles are to blame, allowing acid to splash back up through your esophagus. It doesn’t help that your growing belly is pushing everything up, too. Silver lining: heartburn is a great excuse for downing a pint of ice cream before bed!

Here’s one nobody warns you about: the double flusher. Diarrhea is one super unpleasant side effect of your curvy new body. While diarrhea is super common during pregnancy, if you’re hitting the toilet three or more times a day you should talk to your healthcare provider. It can cause you to become dehydrated, too, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.

Sometimes pregnancy just hurts. Abdominal pain and pelvic floor pain are ubiquitous, especially as your baby gets bigger. That stabbing round ligament pain is often felt in the bottom of your belly, your groin, and on one or both sides. Yay! You’ll also start feeling pelvic floor pain toward the end of pregnancy as your body starts producing relaxin, a hormone that, yep, relaxes your ligaments. If you’re feeling this pelvic floor pain, be extra careful -- it could also make your legs a little extra wobbly, putting you at risk for falls.

How about the belly issues you can see?! Stretch marks. Oh, the stretch marks. As our ever-expanding bellies stretch, sometimes the deepest layer of our skin can’t keep up. Rapid growth leads to stretch marks. And while we know stretch marks are a genetic thing (sorry, mama), you can use lotions rich in vitamin E to try and fend them off. If that doesn’t work, there are also laser procedures.

While our bellies may have us in knots during pregnancy, there is one belly phenomenon that makes it all worth it: feeling our baby kick! There’s nothing like the first time you feel your little one flutter inside you to make all the gassiness, heartburn and toilet flushing worth it.

Photo from Very Well.

These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

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

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When Chrissy Teigen announced her third pregnancy earlier this year we were so happy for her and now our hearts are with her as she is going through a pain that is unimaginable for many, but one that so many other mothers know.

Halfway through a high-risk pregnancy complicated by placenta issues, Teigen announced late Wednesday that she has suffered a pregnancy loss.

Our deepest condolences go out to Chrissy and her husband, John Legend (who has been by her side in the hospital for several days now).

In a social media post, Teigen explained she named this baby Jack.

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"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough," she wrote.

She continued: "We never decide on our babies' names until the last possible moment after they're born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever."

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