Pregnancy

I Am Not Beyonce. Unless it’s French for, ‘bouncy.’

One of the most fascinating things about pregnancy is how far your skin can stretch over the course of a year. You may not realize it, but it stretches so far that I’d be willing to bet you could reupholster an entire loveseat with it. Fortunately your skin does go back. Eventually. It might take a decade and until then you are left with stomach flaps that will need to be tucked into the waistband of your jeans. We moms put a tremendous amount of pressure on ourselves to lose our pregnancy weight faster than we can deliver our babies, which isn’t really fair since no one stepped in between our fourth cannoli and a hot fudge sundae chaser. Unless you wanted to experience a punch in the throat followed by an emotional roller coaster of tears and guilt trips, it’s probabl...

Your best advice for new Denver moms

Most moms will attest that our journey to becoming a mom is rarely smooth. In fact, it’s darn hard but what a tremendous gift it is to be a new mom. We asked you what are your top tips for helping a new mom navigate this exciting and challenging phase of your new life. Also, for extra advice, don’t miss Help! I’m a New Mom: A First-Time Mother’s Guide to Mastering Newborn Care and Postpartum Recovery. Tips for New Denver Moms Take care of yourself: Remember to prioritize self-care. Rest when you can, eat nutritious meals, and stay hydrated. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from family and friends when you need it. Trust your instincts: As a new mom, you will receive a lot of advice from well-meaning individuals. While it’s essential to gather information, trust your i...

Grieving a Stillbirth Child: Colorado Bereavement Doula Shares Isolating World of Loss

October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day and a Colorado bereavement doula has co-released a film to help begin this conversation.  be still takes a thoughtful look at stillbirth and how grief manifests itself in the lonely and isolating world of loss. The  12-minute film has been met with critical acclaim, winning awards at many film festivals including at the Horsetooth International Film Festival and Wyoming International Film Festival. The film was recently released to the public in honor of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month.  About Be Still be still gives viewers insight into something that is often left undiscussed – child and pregnancy loss. Caroline learns in her third trimester that her baby has died in utero. What follows is a look at...

How to become a surrogate with ConceiveAbilities

The pandemic gave a Denver area mom the opportunity to go on a life-changing journey. There can be a lot of questions and even misconceptions surrounding surrogacy and Mile High Mamas has teamed up with ConceiveAbilities to give you a glimpse at what it takes to become a Denver surrogate. After all, this surrogate agency has helped thousands of families for nearly 25 years! In Part 1 of 3, we talked about how much money a surrogate makes and Denver surrogate, Kristi, shared why someone would become a surrogate. In today’s article, Kristi shares how she was matched to an intended family through ConceiveAbilities, if she felt her needs were taken care of and how her delivery went. How much control did you have during the matching process of who your intended family would be? I was involved i...

How to Become A Surrogate in Colorado: A Denver Mom shares why she became a surrogate

Have you ever wondered how to become a surrogate in Denver?  ConceiveAbilities is a Denver egg donor and surrogate agency that has helped thousands of families for nearly 25 years. Despite all the challenges of 2020, they are happy to report that their doors have been open continuously and over 100 babies have been born to “their” families in this most unusual year. How do they do it? In large part, because they have deep relationships with IVF clinics, fertility experts, and scores of surrogates and families who built their families with surrogates.  Mile High Mamas recently sat down with Kristi, a Denver mom who chose to become a surrogate with ConceiveAbilities, to ask her how she made the decision.  Note: This is Part 1 of 3 of Kristi’s journey as ...

The COVID Vaccine, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: An expert shares what you need to know

If you are one of the many women who are currently pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding during the COVID pandemic, it can be challenging to know the best ways to care for yourself and your baby. Luckily new information is coming out every day to help guide new parents in making healthy decisions for their growing families. What are the experts currently saying about the COVID vaccine for pregnant or breastfeeding women? For pregnant women, the CDC is currently stating that the COVID vaccine is recommended. Although research is limited, the CDC states that the vaccine is unlikely to pose a risk to pregnant women or their infants. Reports have shown that moms who receive the COVID vaccine while pregnant will pass on antibodies to their infants. For breastfeeding women, the C...

Are you pregnant? Participate in this PAID pregnancy study!

Are you pregnant?  Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder are studying the pre-partum and post-partum employment experiences of women. Participants will receive $70 for completing 7 confidential, brief online surveys ($10 per survey) about their experiences at work over the course of their pregnancy, maternity leave, and return to work.  Participants must be fewer than 12 weeks pregnant and employed in the United States. If you choose to participate, you will be invited to complete 7 online surveys over a period of approximately 18 months. The exact duration of your participation will depend on the length of your maternity leave, with the 7th and final survey completed 12 weeks after your anticipated return to work date. Each survey will take...

Reflections on My First Miscarriage

I am sitting in bed this evening, like most. My husband is in the office working on school work for his masters while our 15-month-old has been sound asleep for a couple of hours now. But this evening is in stark contrast to one week ago when we were in the ER for bleeding that was getting worse by the hour. Bleeding at what we thought to be 8 weeks pregnant.  Even though they knew, as we did, that it was likely too early to see anything, we did two ultrasounds and waited what felt like an eternity to be told they couldn’t tell.  They couldn’t tell and to come back for blood work in a couple of days.  This was my first miscarriage and I did not know what to expect, I didn’t know the symptoms or the process. I know every miscarriage is different, none will be the ...

‘I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos’ — Chrissy Teigen speaks out

Pregnancy loss takes a huge emotional and financial toll — which many people still don’t talk about. Chrissy Teigen is breaking that silence.  Chrissy Teigen and John Legend received an outpouring of support on social media earlier this month after revealing that they lost their third child following pregnancy complications. They also caught a ton of flak for sharing a series of intimate, black-and-white photographs documenting their family tragedy. But in a raw, personal essay posted to Medium on Tuesday, Teigen said that she doesn’t regret posting the pictures. “I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos. How little I care that it’s something you wouldn’t have done,” she wrote. “I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren’t for anyon...

This Maternal Health Campaign Empowers Pregnant Women and New Moms

The United States is facing a maternal health crisis: Approximately 700 women die during pregnancy, at delivery, or soon after delivery each year. More than 60 percent of those pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching Hear Her, a national campaign to address maternal mortality issues. Supported through a partnership with the CDC Foundation and funded by Merck for Mothers, the program will provide education for health care providers, new and expecting mothers, and the friends and family that make up their support systems. id you know some problems due to pregnancy can happen up to a year after delivery? Be aware of urgent maternal warning signs and symptoms during pregnancy and ...

Denver Children’s Consignment Sales Spring 2020

It’s finally here! Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail. Be sure to check out the following fabulous sales. Always double-check the website for times and details. February 6-9 Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton Thursday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (50% off); 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (75% off) Where: Adams County Fairgrounds, Brighton broomfield.jbfsale.com  March 7 Mothers of Multiples Society Sale Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $2 admission. Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds mothersofmultiples.com March 12-16 Just Be...

Turning pain into purpose: One local Denver woman’s journey to motherhood through infertility

It seems we all know someone who has struggled with infertility, and maybe that someone is you.  I’m one of those 1 in 8 who struggled to get pregnant. I wanted to take a minute and share a bit of our story and hope that it may help contribute to the dialogue that once was considered taboo.   My husband and I were on the “older” side when we got married.  I was in my later 30’s and my husband was early-mid 40’s.  We were eager to start a family. About a year into our marriage we decided to pursue testing to help us figure out what may be hindering our ability to get pregnant.  We approached it as a team and learned we had some male factor issues in addition to polyps in my uterus that were recommended be surgically removed. We were told IVF was really the bes...

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