as if fall isn’t busy enough for most of us, there’s one more thing to add to your adulting to-do list: open enrollment. that’s the time – usually just once a year, and usually in the fall – when you may have an option to buy new health insurance, or to shop around and switch plans. the rest of the year, you may not be able to buy insurance at all, unless you have special circumstances like changing or losing your job, or getting married. if you don’t have health insurance, you have a 6-week window to get insured. because… Read More

it’s fall and during this time of year many families start to feel more stress. you might have children who need lunches packed and to be driven to school or extra-curricular activities, or you may be feeling the pressure of looming deadlines at work. it seems that once fall hits, then we quickly move into the holiday season – and we all know the stress that can bring! we have found that the best way to lower stress levels is as simple as a walk outside. after all, when we go outside we don’t have the distractions of traffic, phones,… Read More

are you considering expanding your family? are you starting to think about adding a little one to your family, or maybe trying for number two or three? did you know there are some easy pre-pregnancy wellness steps you can take to improve your health and better equip your body to conceive? that’s why baby+co. created our new, pre-pregnancy wellness program, well+prepared. baby+co.’s pre-pregnancy wellness program specifically is designed to improve the health of women for future pregnancies, as this pre-conception program provides individuals with a wellness plan customized just for them. every woman’s pregnancy journey is not the same. that’s… Read More

mindfulness can be the calming antidote to the many distractions of modern life, and may even have benefits for fertility and pregnancy. there’s not only an app for that, but literally hundreds of mindfulness apps. the good news is many of them are well rated by users, so there are lots of solid choices. but being confronted with so many choices might make you feel the opposite of serene. it will help to go into it knowing what kinds of features you want. so read about these eight different types of mindfulness apps, download one to try out, and set… Read More

You may have heard of mindfulness but what is it, really? Let’s take some time to learn about what it is (and what it isn’t) and how it can help you to navigate the stresses and challenges, and deepen the joys in your daily life.  What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being present to whatever is before us in this moment. This may sound simple but it is not easy! It takes practice and lots of it! Our minds are constantly moving from thought to thought, evaluating, analyzing, judging, thinking about the past or the future. We… Read More

Most women think that pregnancy care begins when you find out you are pregnant. The latest research, however, tells us that the best time to start your care is before you become pregnant or start trying for a baby. A check-up before pregnancy is called a pre-conception visit, and it is the healthiest way, for mom and her future baby, to begin the pregnancy. A pre-conception visit is part of making sure that you and your partner are prepared, both physically and emotionally, for the addition of your next little one. It’s a first step to understand and address any… Read More

If you’ve started looking into trying to conceive or downloaded a fertility app, you’ve probably seen the term “basal body temperature” and its abbreviation, BBT. It refers to your body’s lowest temperature when at rest. When you ovulate, your BBT rises slightly – about half of a degree Fahrenheit. Your most fertile window of time is the two days before that temperature rise. So tracking BBT to predict ovulation as a method for pinpointing your most fertile time has long been used in natural family planning. You can get started tracking by choosing an oral digital thermometer that is precise… Read More

Humanity did a great job of reproducing before the invention of the fertility tracking app —but apps have drastically simplified the process of pinpointing your fertile days. Search for “fertility tracker” in the App Store, and you’ll come up with too many choices to count. And at the time of this writing, around 30 of those choices were highly rated by users (4.5-5 stars). These applications generally allow you to track your menstrual period as well as your basal body temperature, discharge, and other factors related to your cycle, and they spotlight your fertile days. Often they… Read More

You might be feeling the tug to have another baby, or maybe your plan was to be pregnant by now. But you still haven’t lost the weight from your last baby. Is there a benefit to losing those last few (or not so few) pounds before trying? The kinds of foods you’re eating and the quality of your overall diet is more important than your weight for a healthy pregnancy. If your diet is high in sugar, if you’re not eating many fruits or vegetables, or your eating habits are just out of whack, you could be at risk for… Read More

Not sure what your employer’s parental leave benefits are and don’t see anything about it in your benefits paperwork? You may have benefits available to you that cover parental leave under a different name altogether, but if you don’t know about them you could miss out. Pregnancy, birth, parenting are not disabilities, but they are sometimes covered by short-term disability insurance, which replaces a part or all of your income for childbirth or the care of your baby. Your company may offer this automatically, or you may have to sign up and pay for it. Heather Price, Baby+Company mom… Read More

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