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The internet's favorite mom is sharing a very important health reminder. Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen wants fans to schedule their routine health appointments, even if the pandemic makes the thought of visiting a doctor's office a little more anxiety-inducing than normal.

Teigen posted a shot of herself stripped down to nothing but a paper gown and flashing a peace sign from what we can assume is her gynecologist's exam table. "Don't forget to keep up with your paps and have your boobs touched even though the world is ending!!" she wrote.

Skipping out on visits is unfortunately all too common right now, whether it's due to fear of being exposed to the virus, loss of insurance due to being laid off, or simply not having the money due to the economic impact of the pandemic. Whatever the reasons, doctors are worried all those missed visits could have scary consequences later on.


Current guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) call for women to get a pap smear—a test that checks for cervical cancer—every three years if they're between the ages of 21 and 29, and every five years for women between 30 and 65 (that latter group is also encouraged to get an HPV test every five years). Early detection of cervical cancer can improve the odds of beating it, so if you skipped your exam at some point during the last few months, there's no time like the present to check in with your doctor about rescheduling.

As for "have your boobs touched," as Teigen hilariously puts it, ACOG recommends breast exams every one to three years for women ages 25 to 39, with annual exams for those over 40. Mammography screenings for breast cancer should be offered for women over 40.

And while moms like Teigen need to focus on their own health, they also need to keep their kids' check-ups in mind, too. Studies have found that vaccine rates for children have fallen since the pandemic began, and doctors are urging parents to check in with their pediatricians. While no one wants to catch COVID-19, falling victim to an easily preventable or treatable illness due to miss appointments would be just as much (if not more) of a calamity.

Moms and dads everywhere, please consider following Chrissy Teigen's lead and start getting those appointments booked.

My village lives far away—but my Target baby registry helped them support me from afar

Virtual support was the next best thing to in-person hugs

They say you shouldn't make too many major life transitions at once. But when I was becoming a mama for the first time nearly five years ago, my husband and I also moved to a new town where we didn't know a soul, bought our first house and changed jobs.

To put it mildly, we didn't heed that advice. Luckily, our family and friends still made it feel like such a magical time for us by supporting our every move (literal and otherwise) from afar. They showered us with love through a virtual baby shower (expectant parents nowadays can relate!) featuring the unwrapping of gifts they were able to ship straight to me from my Target registry.

Here's one piece of advice I did take: I registered at Target so I could take advantage of the retailer's benefits for registrants, which include a welcome kit valued over $100, a universal registry function and more. Fast-forward a few years and Target has made the registration perks even better for expectant parents: As of August 2020, they've added a Year of Exclusive Deals, which gives users who also sign up for Target Circle a full year of savings after baby is born on all those new mama essentials, from formula to diapers and beyond.

Honestly, even without the significant perks of a free welcome kit with more than $100 in coupons, additional 15% off coupons to complete the registry and a full year of free returns, registering at Target wasn't a hard sell for me: Even though the experience of shopping for baby items was new, shopping with Target felt like returning home to me… and the comfort of that was such a gift.

And of course, Target's registry plays a vital role right now, as expectant parents everywhere are being forced to cancel in-person baby showers and navigate early parenthood without the help of a hands-on village. A registry like this represents a safe way for communities to come through for new parents. If you're anything like me (or any of the other mamas here at Motherly), you certainly have emotional ties and fond memories associated with Target.

What to register for at Target was also an easy talking point as I began to connect with moms in my new community. I will always remember going on a registry-building spree with my next door neighbor, who had young children of her own. As we walked the aisles of Target back in 2015, she suggested items to add… and we laid the foundation for what has since become one of my most cherished friendships.

Even as I made connections in my new hometown, I was nervous that expecting my first baby wouldn't feel as special as if I were near family and friends. But my loved ones exceeded all expectations by adding the most thoughtful notes to gifts. They hosted a beautiful virtual baby shower and even encouraged me to keep the registry going after my baby made his debut and new needs arose.

In the years since, "community" has taken on a wonderfully complex new meaning for me… and, in these times of social distancing, for the rest of the world. I've come to cherish my newfound friends in our local community alongside those long-time friends who are scattered around the county and my virtual mama friends.

Now, as my friends' families grow, I'm so grateful that I can show them the same love and support I felt during my first pregnancy. I sing the praises of Target's baby registry—especially in light of the pandemic, since I know mamas can do everything from a distance thanks to Target's website and the added benefit of getting trusted reviews and helpful registry checklists.

And now that I'm on the gift-buying side of the equation, I've found new joy in picking thoughtful gifts for my friends. (Because goodness knows Target has something for everyone!)

For my friend who is a fellow runner, I teamed up with a few others to give the jogging stroller she had on her registry.

For my friend who is a bookworm, I helped her start her baby's library with a few books that are also well-loved in our home.

For other friends, I've bundled together complete "sets" with everything they need for bathing or feeding their children.

I know from my own experience that, yes, the registry purchases are so appreciated, but the thoughtfulness and the support they represent means even more. Because although my village may have been distant, the support they showed me was the next best thing to in-person hugs.

Start your own Target Baby Registry here to experience a Year of Benefits including a Year of Exclusive Deals through Target Circle to enjoy for a full year following your baby's arrival, a year of free returns, two 15% off completion coupons and a free welcome kit ($100 value).

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

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