Signs of an Ectopic Pregnancy

Signs of an Ectopic Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant it’s important that you know the signs of ectopic pregnancy.

It’s a rare complication but it’s still important you know the symptoms.

What Is Ectopic Pregnancy?

When a fertilized egg grows outside of a woman’s uterus it is called an extrauterine or ectopic pregnancy.

The word ‘ Ectopic ‘ itself means ‘out of place ‘ and the condition can be extremely painful.  It is fairly rare but often life-threatening making it the most dangerous cause of first trimester bleeding.

In the very beginning, an ectopic pregnancy can feel like any other normal pregnancy. You might experience fatigue, nausea, and morning sickness, breast tenderness, and missed periods.

 

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Others may not even be aware they are pregnant; this is because most of the time ectopic pregnancy happens very early on in the
first few weeks.

Only a doctor can diagnose ectopic pregnancy but there are some warning signs you should be aware of. Below is a quick list of things you should look out for just in case.

 Light vaginal bleeding or spotting should always be checked out by a doctor
 Pelvic pain or abdominal cramping could be an indicator that something is wrong and shouldn’t be
ignored
 Upset stomach or vomiting unrelated to morning sickness warrants a call to your doctor
 Dizziness, weakness, or fainting can be a sign that something serious is going on and should be
discussed with your doctor
 Persistent pain in the rectum, shoulder, or neck is common with ectopic pregnancy
 Lower belly pain that occurs primarily on one side should be checked out

 

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An ectopic pregnancy can cause your fallopian tube to burst or rupture and cause life-threatening bleeding so the earlier an ectopic pregnancy is found and treated the better.

If you experience severe pain or bleeding, head to the emergency room right away.

If you have any other symptoms contact your doctor as soon as possible.

A pregnancy cannot survive if it’s ectopic. Because a fertilized egg cannot grow outside the uterus, your doctor will need to take it out to avoid serious complications. This is done with medication or surgery.

I encourage every woman to listen to her inner voice and her body. You know more than anyone if something is off, or doesn’t feel right.

So be intuitive and listen to what you’re body is telling you.

Speak up and ask questions and never hesitate to get medical attention if you feel like something is going on.

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Unique Holiday Baby Announcement Ideas | Fun Winter Baby Announcements That Will Surprise Everyone

Unique Holiday Baby Announcement Ideas | Fun Winter Baby Announcements That Will Surprise Everyone

The holidays and Wintertime are the most wonderful time of the year and it’s a great time to let everyone know that you’re expecting.

It adds to the merriment of the holiday season and it’s an extraordinary gift to grandparents.

Below are some creative ways to spread your special news to friends and family.

Unique Holiday Baby Announcement Ideas | Fun Winter Baby Announcements That Will Surprise Everyone

christmas and winter pregnancy announcements

Make A Snowman Family 

 

A Snow day can provide the perfect medium for a Winter baby announcement.

This announcement was created by Gina from Popcorn And Pandas on a particularly snowy New York Day.

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Snow Day Photo 

 

Here’s another great way to take advantage of a snowy day to create the perfect announcement photo.

Cassandra Skelly grabbed a special balloon and waited for the right day to come along and it turned out breathtakingly beautiful.

 

Winter baby announcements

 

I absolutely love this photo and it’s my favorite by far of all these baby announcements. It’s so classy and elegant.

 

Bring In The Elf On The Shelf 

 

There’s nothing more Christmas-y than those little mischievous elves.

Creating a baby announcement around the elves is a delightful way to let the world know that you’re expecting your new baby.

Below Dan Mcgnity put this idea to work and it turned out really cute and funny.

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You can get your own elves to recreate this idea right here and here. 

 

Christmas Wreaths And Pregnant Bellies

 

Why not create a baby announcement that is both festive for the winter season and artsy too?

In the photo below, Hillary from Grace Oaks Designs creates a beautiful pregnancy photo with a cream and forest green color palette.

Winter baby announcements

 

It has a very holiday and winter feel to it. You can see more about Hillary here. 

She uses lots of natural and neutral colors in her work and I really love it.

 

Go To The Tree Farm

 

Here’s another cute baby announcement with a classic holiday theme.

You can’t go wrong with a Christmas tree at the tree farm!

It’s beautiful yet simple, and It easily gets their message across.

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This lovely announcement was created by Danielle from Holistically Stanbury, and you can read more about their adventures here.

I love her Instagram account. She has great style.

 

Create A Felt Letter Board

 

Creating a felt board with your announcement is an awesome way to get your message across.

These have become really popular for all kinds of things, especially on Instagram and they can be used for every event.

But they are especially good for things like baby announcements.

Here’s one that Emma from big.mama.loves created and we love it.

winter pregnancy announcementsI like the Christmas-y message this announcement is sending to the world. And she’s not wrong about those silent nights 😉

You can get your own felt board here. 

In the end…..

There are a lot of ways to announce your pregnancy to the world.

The six above are creative and cute but there are so many different ways to express your news, especially around the holidays.

We’d love to hear what you’re planning. Comment below and we may add your ideas and photo to this post!

Good luck and Happy Holidays!!

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Christmas Wreath Cupcakes | Easy Christmas Cupcakes

Christmas Wreath Cupcakes | Easy Christmas Cupcakes

Are you looking for something special and awesome to add to your holiday table this year?

Why not try some cute Christmas Wreath Cupcakes! They are so much fun to make and they’ll look fantastic.

In my opinion, they’re almost too pretty to eat, but they are too yummy NOT to eat.

If you’re looking for something to WOW your guests this year, I’m pretty sure these Christmas Wreath Cupcakes will do the trick.

Christmas Wreath Cupcakes | Easy Christmas Cupcakes

Christmas wreath cupcakes

What You’ll Need

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 C flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C whole milk

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 C unsalted butter, room temp
  • 4 + C powder sugar
  • 4 TBSP heavy whipping cream

Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 C powder sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • Green & red  gel food coloring

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Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, and salt. Whisk these together. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy in a large bowl.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time,  beating after each addition.
  5. Add in the vanilla.
  6. Alternate by adding the flour mixture with the milk; beating after each addition.
  7. Fill the lined cupcake tins 3/4 full.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  9. Allow cooling in cupcake pan for 10 minutes.
  10. Move to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting Directions:

  1. Cream the butter and powder sugar until it is light and creamy.
    If it doesn’t cream add several drops of the heavy whipping cream until it creams.
  2. Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak by taking a spoonful of frosting and turning the spoon upside down. If the frosting stays on the spoon it is ready if not then.
  3. Add more powder sugar 1/2 C at a time. Mix well.
  4. If ready scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a large tip.
  5. Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip.
  6. Start by frosting on the outside edge of the cupcake working to the center of the cupcake.

Icing Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring)
    If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.
  2. Spoon the icing into a bowl.
  3. Take out 1/4 of the icing and put it in a separate bowl.  Add several drops of red gel food coloring.  Stir well to mix the color.
  4. Add several drops of the green gel food coloring to the remaining icing. Stir well to mix the color.
  5. Spoon the green icing into a piping bag with a star tip.  Holding the piping bag with the star tip straight down begin to squeeze the open end of the bag to force the icing to the tip.
  6. Circle the frosting on top of the cupcake making it in the shape of a wreath.  Allow this to dry for about 1 minute.
  7. Spoon the red icing into a piping bag with a small round tip.
  8. Following the example from the picture of the cupcakes begin making small red dots on top of the green wreath.
  9. Then make a bow also in the red icing.
  10. Allow the icing to dry completely.

 

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I’m actually amazed at how easy the design is to do for these cupcakes.

Back when I started baking, this surely wasn’t my strong point and now I’m getting better at it.

I love how festive holly can be, especially when added to a cupcake.

Happy Holidays and Enjoy!

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25 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes Your Family Will Love

25 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes Your Family Will Love

There is nothing like sitting down with family and friends to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for.

With lots of laughter and good foods be sure to save room for one of the amazing desserts on my list below.

They’re easy to make and your family will love them!

Pick any or several from the 25 recipes below.

25 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes Your Family Will Love

25 thanksgiving dessert recipes

Click on the links to see the full recipes. 

 

Easy Pumpkin Cream Pie

Who doesn’t love Pumpkin pie? But a pumpkin CREAM pie puts a new twist on an old classic.

 

Turkey Cupcakes

Turkey cupcakes are festive and funny.

 

Pumpkin Dessert

Another oldy but goody.

 

Caramel Apple pie

Carmel Apple pie is my favorite. It’s hands down the best and your family will think so too!

 

Pecan Pie Bars

Everybody loves pecan pie. But why not make bars so they’re more convenient. The whole crowd will want to grab one later for second dessert.

 

Pumpkin Pie Ice cream

 

If you’re an ice cream lover and it’s your dessert of choice then why not make some for Thanksgiving and put a holiday spin on it?

 

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies

 

These are to die for. If you want to make cookies for the kids these should be your go-to recipe. They will all be very thankful.

 

Pumpkin Cake with brown butter

This speaks for itself.

 

Pecan dried cherry tart maple

Pecan and cherries are a lovely and tart flavor combination!

 

Pecan Pie Shortbread

If you’re a shortbread fan then you’ll love this recipe!

 

Spiced pumpkin bundt cake

Anything pumpkin spice for Thanksgiving is Perfect!

 

Pumpkin cheesecake

If you want a rich and full-bodied pumpkin dessert this should be your first choice.

 

Apple Cobbler

Apple Cobbler is a Thanksgiving staple that never gets old.

 

Maple apple pudding

If you want to try a unique holiday flavored pudding this year then this is the recipe you should choose.

 

Mini Pumpkin Pie bites

These are perfect for the little pumpkin lovers at your dinner party.

 

Pumpkin spice cake cups

This is another good choice for the little ones.

 

Pumpkin dip

Pumpkin dip is an excellent and festive appetizer for the big day.

 

Pie in a jar

This puts a new twist on pie that is interesting and fashionable.

 

Maple syrup cheesecake

Here’s another fantastic cheesecake recipe.

 

White chocolate cherry banana bread

For those who love a mix of chocolate and fruit.

 

Oatmeal raisin cookie cups

For the oatmeal lovers among the group.

 

Pumpkin cake cookies with maple icing

This is a good ‘ before dinner dessert ‘ to hold everyone off before the meal.

 

Homemade apple pie

What list would be complete without a good homemade apple pie recipe?

 

Pumpkin frosting Pie

AND you can never have too many pumpkin pies, can you?

 

Karo pecan pie

This pecan pie is made with Karo syrup and it’s divine.

 

Have a Very Happy Holiday!!

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Baby’s First Christmas Ideas | Christmas Baby Activities

Baby’s First Christmas Ideas | Christmas Baby Activities

The holidays are always amazing and having a new baby during Christmas really brings back the magic.

It makes everything that much brighter and more exciting and it’s something you’ll want to remember.

You’ll want to make it very special, and there are some really fun ways to do that.

You can start a new tradition and take some amazing photos that will create unforgettable memories for instance.

Below is a fun list of ways to make your baby’s first Christmas very special.

By the way, this post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. 

Baby’s First Christmas Ideas

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Baby’s First Christmas Stocking

 

Getting your baby’s first Christmas stocking is a great way to start Christmas off right. There are so many cute and special choices to pick from.

You can get one that is customized, you can make one or you can pick something unique off Etsy. 

Whatever you choose, it will be something you can keep forever and then pass down to your babes when they’re grown.

 

Baby’s First Christmas Photos

 

This is another Christmas Holiday must.

There are so many great options for baby’s first Christmas photos. You can take pictures beside the Christmas tree and with cute little Christmas hats on.

You may also want to get professional photos done too.

Or you can do it yourself with some awesome Christmas props.

Here’s a whole page full of well priced Christmas photo props for babies on Amazon.

I especially love these full-body baby stockings if your little one is still really small.

 

 

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What To Buy For Baby’s First Christmas

 

If you’re wondering what on earth to buy for your baby’s first Christmas then look no further.

You can buy some special custom toys that they can keep forever and some keepsakes that will be very special.

Here’s a name puzzle that can be custom made from Etsy. I love Etsy for gifts of all kinds but especially for kids. You should definitely check it out if you’re looking for baby and toddler gifts.

baby's first Christmas ideas

 

You should also check out Crate And Barrel. They have all kinds of very special baby keepsake gifts that you’ll fall in love with!

Like this special Duck Baby Cup. What a beautiful keepsake gift this would be for any babe.

 

 

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Any of the things on this Crate And Barrel page would make awesome gifts for your little one.

 

Baby’s First Christmas Card

 

Taking your baby’s first Christmas photos is so much fun. Putting them on Christmas cards and proudly sending them to everyone you know is even more fun and so festive.

You can keep a couple of the cards as a momento of your first Christmas holiday together.

 

Have A Photo Ornament Made

 

Speaking of photos, another fun keepsake to make for that first year is a photo ornament.

You could make one yourself or have one made for you.

I mentioned Etsy earlier and I’ll mention it again. It’s the absolute best place to have stuff like this made.

Check out this lovely page and I know you’ll find something beautiful that you’ll love for years to come.

 

AND Make Your Own Footprint Ornament

 

There’s another type of ornament you’ll want to hang on your tree this year.

Creating a footprint ornament with your new baby is super special.

You’ll get to immortalize their little feet forever so you can marvel for years to come at how small your babe once was because baby feet are so sweet.

You can do their cute little handprints as well.

Here’s a kit from Amazon that is cheap and easy to use.

Here’s another lovely ornament for baby’s first Christmas too.

 

Baby’s First Visit With Santa

 

Going to visit Santa for the first time is always a festive holiday adventure.

Whether it turns out good depends on how your baby feels about big bearded guys in red suits.

Some babies enjoy a visit with Santa while others will shy away or become frightened.

Either way, you won’t know until you go see him. It’s all part of the experience for baby’s first Christmas.

 

Baby’s Christmas Pajamas

 

Of course, you’ll want to dress your babe up in some fun holiday clothing.

A cute pair of striped or plaid pajamas will fit right into your little one’s Christmas wardrobe.

They help make great holiday-themed photos too.

Better yet, get matching pajamas for the whole family to make it really fun. Here’s my favorite set!

 

 

Baby’s First Christmas Story

 

Reading stories is a tradition for most families during the holidays.

And Picking the right one for baby’s first Christmas story is all part of the fun.

There are so many good stories to choose from but did you know you can get a personalized Christmas board book especially made for your baby?

Here’s a cute option and here’s another.

 

 

Family Ugly Christmas Sweaters

 

Ugly Christmas sweaters are so much fun! They can really put a funny spin on the holidays and many people really enjoy them.

It has become a whole pop culture thing.

One way to kick off the season with your baby is to buy the whole family matching ugly Christmas Sweaters.

You can wear them to a Christmas party if you go to any or you can take your holiday card photos wearing them.

Here’s a really cute option for the whole family.

If you just want to get one for your baby here’s one from Etsy that is super cool. It’s from-

CrochetbyAntoinette

ugly Christmas sweater for family

 

 

Attend A Tree Lighting Ceremony

 

Tree lighting ceremonies can be enjoyed by all ages including your tiny baby.

Her eyes will look on in amazement at the beautiful decorations, trees, and sparkling lights.

It’s so much fun to watch your little one have new, special experiences like this. That’s what really brings the magic back to the holidays.

So find a local event, bundle up and head out!

 

Decorate Your Baby’s Room

 

Decorating your babe’s nursery with some festive holiday decor is another way to make things special.

He’ll look on with delight in all the new and interesting things surrounding him.

Just make sure that he cannot reach any of the Christmas decorations if he is mobile in any way.

 

Baby’s First Christmas Movie

 

When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to watch the old classics each Christmas. You know, the old Rudolph? and Frosty the Snowman?

Now I share them with my 3 kids each year and they love them too.

These movies are good for all ages and they’re absolutely magical.

Even if your little one is super young these are the very best Christmas movies to start with.

You can buy the disk with 5 of these classics right here on Amazon for super cheap.

 

In the end…

Christmas will be special with your new baby no matter what but adding these Baby’s First Christmas Ideas and Christmas Baby Activities will make it all so much more memorable.

I wish you the best Holiday season you’ve ever had, and I hope it’s full of magic and joy!

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