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It would be amazing if getting pregnant were as simple as some make it seem. Have sex without birth-control and make a baby. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that. In order to get pregnant, you must have sex in the days leading up to, and including ovulation.

What is Ovulation?

In simplistic terms, ovulation is when the female body releases a mature egg from an ovary. But in order to truly understand ovulation, we must dig a little deeper and gain a better understanding of the entire cycle. Your cycle begins on the first day of your menstrual period. This is called the follicular phase, and it is when your body prepares to release the egg. The follicle is like a protective shell that encapsulates your egg until it is ready to be released. Interestingly enough, you are born with all the follicles you will ever have, and development is controlled by hormones. Full development of each follicle takes a year and is done in many stages. The follicular phase ends with ovulation. Then comes the luteal phase, which proceeds until the end of your cycle (the day before your next menstrual period).

When the egg is released from the ovary, it begins its journey through the fallopian tube and towards the uterus. If the egg is fertilized by sperm on the way, it will implant into the lining of the uterus. If this happens, congratulations, you are pregnant. If it does not happen, your uterus will shed its lining in what we know as the menstrual period, and your cycle will begin again. The average female will go through this ovulation phase about 400 times in her life.

When do You Ovulate?

Most women tend to have predictable cycles and ovulate about 15 days before their next menstrual period, but there are many exceptions to this rule. Even women who typically have predictable cycles can be thrown off by things like stress or medication. This is why knowing the signs of ovulation is so important. Here is one bit of information that may help you understand your cycle better: The first part of your cycle, the follicular phase, is the part that is more likely to vary in length. Where as the second part of your cycle, the luteal phase, is more likely to remain consistent for you. It is not necessarily the same for all women, but it likely to be the same for you. This phase typically lasts 14 days.

Ovulation occurs between the follicular and luteal phases. So if your luteal phase is 14 days, you will ovulate 15 days before your next menstrual period. Your luteal phase may be longer or shorter, so adjust as necessary when you get a better understanding of your specific cycle.

Now, in terms of getting pregnant, the trick is figuring out when you ovulate. Fortunately, there are many signs that can tell you when you are most fertile. Familiarize yourself with these 12 signs of ovulation and you will greatly increase your chances of getting pregnant in any given cycle.

1. Basal Body Temperature Increase

Your basal body temperature (BBT) is your body’s lowest temperature, attained during rest. Charting your BBT can provide clues to when you ovulated. If you take it every morning, you will notice that it will remain lower before ovulation and rise after ovulation. At this time, it will increase by about 0.5 to 1.0 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Cervical Mucus Changes

In the beginning of your cycle, your cervical mucus will be dry or non-existent. When you are getting ready to ovulate, it will gradually increase and change in texture until it becomes the consistency of raw egg white. This is called Egg White Cervical Mucus (EWCM) and it is a good indication that you are fertile.

3. Cervical Position

In addition to your cervical mucus changing, your cervix itself will also go through some changes. When you are not fertile, it will feel about as firm as the tip of your nose. It will also be lower in the vagina, closed and dry. When you are fertile and due to ovulate, it will feel Soft like your lips, High, Open and Wet (SHOW).

4. Positive Ovulation Prediction Kit

There are over-the-counter ovulation prediction kits (OPK) that can tell you whether you are ovulating. These kits test levels of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) in your urine. A positive result means that ovulating is imminent.

5. Saliva Ferning

This technique is rarely used these days, but it is possible to see signs of ovulation under a microscope. If you look at your saliva under a microscope while you are ovulating, you will notice a ferning, or snowflake, pattern.

Note: the first five signs can be experienced by most woman during ovulation. The following signs are experienced by some women. If you do not experience the following signs, do not worry. It does not mean you skipped a cycle.

6. Mittelschmerz

Some women experience cramping pain during ovulation called mittelschmerz (meaning “middle pain” in German). It will only be present on one side of your abdomen. About 20% of women experience this pain, so do not worry if you are not one of them.

7. Ovulation Bleeding

Some women experience light spotting when they ovulate. This can be due be a temporary drop in estrogen when the egg is released. This causes the uterus lining to decrease a little, releasing blood.

8. Breast Tenderness

Similar to when you are getting your period, your breasts may feel tender to the touch when ovulating.

9. Abdominal Bloating

Again, like with your menstrual period, you may experience bloating during ovulation.

10. Heightened Senses

Hormones surge during ovulation and they may cause you to be on high alert. You may notice better vision, hearing or taste.

11. Increased Sex Drive

Studies have found that some women have an increased sex drive around the time of ovulation.

12. Nausea or Headaches

Hormone changes may also cause nausea or headaches around the time of ovulation.

Author Bio

Phil Druce launched OvulationCalendar.com after a personal family battle to get pregnant. Ovulation Calendar aims to provide the necessary tools and educational resources for those couples hoping to achieve a safe and healthy pregnancy.

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From the moment you see those two little lines on your pregnancy test, you start day dreaming about pink or blue. Whether you plan to find out during your pregnancy or wait to be surprised at delivery, there are fun ways to try and predict your baby’s gender along the way. I wouldn’t be totally honest if I said I hadn’t done half of these myself.

1. The Way You Are Carrying

This old wives tale says that the way your are carrying will determine of you are having a boy or girl. If you are carrying the baby high then its a girl, and if you are carrying a baby low its a boy. This is especially fun in public when strangers decide what you are expecting by examining your bump.

Source: Walmart

2. Baby’s Heart Rate

At your next doctors appointment make sure to ask your practitioner what your babies heatbeat is reading on the doppler. They say if it’s 140 or more beats per minute it’s a girl, and under 140 beats per minutes it’s a boy.

Head over to Walmart.com to pick up your very own doppler to have at home.

3. Sweet or Savory

Are you craving all things sweet? Legend has it a baby girl is growing in your belly. If you can’t get enough of the salty and savory, you’re carrying a little boy.

4. Chinese Birth Chart

This ancient Chinese birth chart is supposed to be able to predict your baby’s gender by the age you were when you conceived and what month you conceived in. You can try it yourself here.

5. Breakout Mode

Hello bad skin? If you are struggling with constant breakouts during your pregnancy then you very well may be having a girl, they do say little girls steal their mothers looks after all! If you are living in that pregnancy glow then soak it up, a baby boy might be on his way.

  6. Ask The Ring

Slip off that wedding band and find some string. Loop the wedding ring through the string and hold it over your bump. If the ring swings in a circle then its a girl, if it swings in a back and forth motion then its a boy. This one is fun to try but how true the results are, we don’t know.

7. Sickness

Have you been sick as a dog during your first trimester, and even beyond? Then get ready, a little girl may be coming. They say girls make mama sicker then little boys. I’m not sure the science behind this is totally accurate, although I have seen this been true for many friends.

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When you’re a first time mom, figuring out what you need to bring to the hospital can be really confusing. Obviously, you have no idea what to expect, which means you’ll either not bring enough, or you’ll bring way too much. With my first child, I was not prepared at all because when I was admitted to the hospital 10 days prior to my due date, I hadn’t even packed a bag yet. Way to procrastinate, I know. But while being there I certainly learned what you do and do not need to bring with you to the hospital. You can find endless amounts of articles on the internet about what you SHOULD pack in your hospital bag, but today I’m actually going to tell you what you DO NOT need to pack in your hospital bag. There are a few things that you really do not need to bother with and if you do, you’ll just be wasting space in your bag. So here’s my list of items NOT to pack in your hospital bag for your maternity stay in the hospital.

1. Underwear

Okay, I already know what you’re thinking – “There’s no way I’m not going to wear underwear at the hospital!” I completely agree with you, but here’s the thing – you will be wearing underwear, just not your own. The hospital provides these amazing mesh underwear for you to wear after birth which is perfect because one, they’re stretchy as heck which means they’re super comfy, and two, since you’re going to be bleeding after birth you won’t care if you get blood all over those things. You can just throw them away and put on a new pair. No sense in ruining your perfectly good underwear from home.

2. Diapering Products

You’re having a baby, which means you’re going to need diapers and wipes to change them right? Wrong! The hospital will have wipes, diapers, and even diaper cream for you if you need it. Don’t wast space in your bag for stuff like that.

3. Pre-Pregnancy Clothes

Look ladies, I know as first time moms we all think as soon as that baby pops out that our bodies are going to go back to their glorious pre-pregnancy weight and shape. Well, I have bad news for you…you’re still going to have a belly. That means your pre-pregnancy clothes still aren’t going to fit. So bring some comfy maternity clothes to wear in the hospital as well as for the trip home. Trust me, the last thing you want is anything tight around your stomach (especially if you have a c section) or anything tight “down there.”

4. Full Beauty Bag

I know we all have wonderful aspersions to look like those beautiful mamas we see on Pinterest after they’ve given birth, but the reality is you probably won’t have time, or energy, for that matter, to shower, shave your legs, blow dry your hair, then curl it, then do a full face of make up. I was in the hospital for 3 days after I had my son because he came via C-section and guess how many times I was allowed to shower? ONCE! Just bring a few makeup essentials and maybe a curling iron to style your unwashed hair. But don’t think you’ll be doing full glam, because you won’t. There just won’t be time to do all of that between taking care of a newborn and getting rest.

5. Feminine Pads

I’m sure you already know that you’re going to bleed after birth. A whole lot actually. As a first time mom you might automatically think you need to pack some pads to soak up all that blood. Well guess what? The hospital gives you these giant pads that are the most amazing thing ever for after birth. Trust me, you’ll need the biggest pads you can get, and they have them already there for you. You can also take a bunch when you leave, so take as many as you can because you’ll need them for a few weeks.

6. Your Bed Pillow

Okay, I’m sure there will be lots of moms that disagree with me on this but honestly, the hospital has A MILLION pillows for you to use. If you like having your head more elevated, then ask for more pillows. Don’t waste space in your bag or in your hands to bring your pillow from home. I do, however, suggest that you bring a nursing pillow, especially if it will be your first time nursing. Nursing can be really difficult and confusing and having a nursing pillow to help support you and your baby will make it much easier.

7. Entertainment

So, I know you’re probably thinking you’ll need to pack a few books and movies to occupy all that down time when you’re in the hospital, right? Well, let me clue you in on something – there is no down time. Okay, so technically there is, but when you do have a few minutes when you’re not taking care of your new baby, you should be SLEEPING. You will be so tired after you’ve had your baby and when you go home you won’t have nurses there 24/7 to take care of you and your baby. You’ll be doing a lot more of the work yourself the second you walk out of that hospital, so you’ll need all the rest you can get. If you want to bring like one book, then go ahead, but don’t bring so many books and movies thinking that you’ll be on a vacation for a few days with nothing to do, because, trust me, you won’t.

8. No Extra Room

I know you can’t technically “pack” this but trust me you will not want to pack your bag so full that you don’t have any extra room to take anything home. While at the hospital you will get diapers, wipes, pads, underwear, nipple cream, a bugger sucker, a water cup, gifts from visitors, etc. You will need extra room in your bag, or even a separate bag for all that stuff, otherwise you’ll be making a million trips to and from your car and your hospital room.

Mary Mulroney
Hi there! I'm a beach lover, thrift store addict, crafting and DIY obsessed, mama of one son, and soon to be one daughter. My husband and I have been married for 5 and a half years and honestly couldn't be happier. We love our little life together as a family and spend every minute that we can together.
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After finding out you are pregnant in the first place, discovering your baby’s gender is probably the most exciting time of your pregnancy. Whether you mean to or not, you usually start picturing your baby as a boy or girl soon after you see that plus sign appear on your pregnancy test. It’s natural and makes you feel connected to that pea sized baby immediately. When asked if they want a boy or girl, you will most likely hear everyone say “oh, it doesn’t matter as long as they are healthy.” And while that ultimately rings true once the baby is born, the fact of the matter is most of us secretly have a preference, if only for a little while. When the time comes for your much anticipated ultrasound, you may not hear the announcement you were expecting.

If you’re feeling a little down and out, know that you’re not alone! What you’re experiencing is gender disappointment and there are many articles on sites such as Today.com, Parents.com, AllParenting.com, and Babble.com that discuss this real issue. Unfortunately, many people use shaming and negative language when discussing gender disappointment, claiming it’s a ridiculous topic, that you should just be happy you’re having a baby, and how they may have suffered a loss and how they would be thankful just to have a child of their own. By no means are we comparing gender disappointment with those sentiments or losses, but we do acknowledge its a very real feeling for many women, and we’ve got some tricks for getting past it and back to happily expecting your new little one.

1. Embrace Your Emotions

Once you find out your new baby is not the boy or girl you wanted, you probably feel a lot of pressure to say that you’re completely happy and not admit disappointment. As a mother, you instantly feel you have a responsibility to love your child no matter what, so having feelings of disappointment that your little girl is actually a little boy can make you feel guilty and like you’re already failing as a mother. But that’s not true at all. People get disappointed about all sorts of things, so it’s completely ok to experience it regarding such a huge change in your life. You don’t need to attach guilt to feeling disappointed, just be honest with yourself and others that “yes, I wanted a girl, but I know my son will be a blessing.” A quick google search will let you know that you are not alone, and there are tons of support groups online.

2. Give Yourself Time

You don’t have to have resolved all your feelings of gender disappointment by the time you leave the doctor’s office after your ultrasound! If you find out the gender of your baby at 20 weeks, you still have several months to work through your feelings and get excited about your future son or daughter. Remember, don’t attach guilt to not immediately being delighted about the gender. It’s just something you have to work through. Once you feel you’ve achieved it, be ready for some ups and downs that may come randomly, as you find yourself shopping in the boys department and catching sight of some adorable Mary Janes. It’s completely normal, and will most likely disappear the moment you hold your baby for the first time.

3. Think About Why You’re Disappointed

Many women think they don’t have much to offer one gender, so they grasp onto the other. For example, a woman who grew up with all brothers may think she doesn’t know how to play dolls or have tea parties, so she favors having a son where she can play games she’s comfortable with. The wonderful thing about having children is that each and every one is different- you have no idea if you will have a tomboy on your hands or a son that loves reading and acting. If you are still nervous, then try and hang out with young children who you can play with and to start abating your fears. You will do just fine!

4. Take Steps To Accepting The Gender Of Your Baby

Many women who experience gender disappointment feel anger. They feel disconnected from their baby, refuse to search for baby names and avoid the baby clothes section. Once you’re feeling like you can, start taking steps to embrace your baby. Pick out some nursery items, buy an adorable baby blanket and talk to your belly. Know that this too, will pass. If you find that you are experiencing extreme gender disappointment or gender depression, it may be time to talk to a professional. If this is something you can process and work through before your baby arrives, all the better!

5. Seek Help Postpartum

If you are still experiencing gender disappointment after the birth of your child, its time to seek some help from a professional. Experiencing long term disappointment of you child’s gender can lead to postpartum depression, which directly impacts your health and wellness as you take on the new role of mother. Welcoming a child in to your home is difficult under the best circumstances, much less if you are experiencing some emotional issues that require some help. There is no shame in needing help, just be sure you get it so you can be the best mother you can be.

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I'm a born and bred Southern California native and currently the managing editor at Red Tri. I get to share my life with my husband of 13 years and our beautiful, 5-year old daughter. In my free time you'll catch me cheering for the Dodgers, cooking, baking, reading, crafting and probably watching a little HGTV!
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Dressing your body when you’re pregnant can be very difficult and frustrating. Not only is the size of your belly changing from day to day, but so is almost every other part of your body, whether you like it or not. When you’re pregnant you want to be comfortable, but being comfortable doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice style. Now a days there are some awesome maternity clothes that will not only keep you comfy but looking fashionable, as well. We’ve rounded up our top 8 maternity clothing pieces that you must-have if you want to look cute while pregnant and still feel great.

Source: destinationmaternity.com

1. Maternity Jeans

When I was pregnant with my son I under estimated the importance of having a good pair of maternity jeans. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes since I wouldn’t be wearing them for very long. As a result, I bought one of those maternity bands to wear over my normal jeans. Boy, was that a mistake. After the first few weeks it became really uncomfortable, but I just tried to live with it. My husband finally convinced me to get some real maternity jeans and from the second I put those babies on I never wanted to take them off. They made all the difference in how comfortable I was from day to day, not to mention how I felt I looked in my clothes. They looked and fit so much better on my body than using the maternity band.

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If laughter is the best medicine, get ready to be healed! Oh my gosh, I love a good laugh. I especially love laughing when I see someone’s reaction to receiving an embarrassing gift. Maybe it’s because I don’t get embarrassed easily, and I’m a big smart alec. I was raised by a father who was always playing jokes on us and his brothers (my uncles) were also big jokesters. Now that I’m a mom, I can’t wait to start embarrassing my kids! Err…I mean…

These gag gifts are great to give a friend with a sense of humor. I’ve always felt like gag gifts are a waste of money, but these are so funny, I would buy each one twice! Seriously. If you have a baby shower to attend soon, consider adding one of these to your mom-to-be friend’s gift bag. (You should probably get them something really nice too, not just the gag gift.)

source: Urbasm

1. Crib Dribbler

I remember getting one of these from my cousin, and thinking, “what in the WORLD is this? Is she serious?” It actually took a phone call to my mother and a curiosity about what was actually inside the box to figure out that it was a gag gift! No, our children are not gerbils. But holy moly, this makes me crack up just thinking about it!

If you need ideas on pranking other friends for the holidays, check out Urbasm, where there are more fun gag gifts to make you giggle.

source: Amazon

2. Dirty Diaper Survival Kit

Even though baby showers are most often held for moms, it’s usually acceptable to include a gift or two for dad (especially for co-ed showers). I know there are moms out there who are grossed out by changing diapers, but let’s be realistic. Dads are the ones who freak out over feces. What I find funny about this kit is that it includes a nose clip- my husband actually uses one! So you see, it’s perfect for squeamish papas who fear diaper duty.

Head over to Amazon to get one of these for your expectant mom friend(s).

source: Baby Recs

3. The Snotsucker

I honestly don’t know if this is intended to be a gag gift or not. But considering the thought of using it actually makes me gag, I’ll go with yes. You basically stick one end in your baby’s nose and the other end in your mouth. Suck out the snot and then, I don’t know, spit it out? Swallow it? Rinse it down with a bottle glass of wine? It comes with a little foam piece that acts as a barrier, so the snot apparently doesn’t make it into your mouth. If you’re brave enough to use this for real, I guess more power to you. But give it to someone without that little foam piece and watch them squirm!

Get more information on this questionable product over at Baby Recs.

source: fredandfriends.com

4. Li’l Lager Baby Bottle

In my family, there are a lot of rednecks drinkers. I’m not a big one myself, but I wouldn’t be surprised if one of my family members actually used this product. I mean, yeah, it’s funny. But only give it to a mom who’s smart enough not to use it in public. Those CPS people mean business (or so I hear), and you don’t want to be held responsible when your friend gets arrested. No, really, you know she’d expect you to bail her out of jail, right?

For the big drinkers in your social circle, snatch one of these up from fredandfriends.com. The site has lots of funny and clever stuff to check out.

source: Amazon

5. Pee-pee Teepee

You know, if you are going to be a parent, you should realize that there is about a 150% chance you’ll be peed or pooped on in your life. I suppose that’s why someone invented this. But really, it seems to me it would be more trouble than it’s worth. By the time you get it ready, hold it up and cover that little wee wee, the pee is bound to be flying all over anyway!

If you think your almost-a-mom friend would get a kick out of this, you can find a pack on Amazon.com.

source: Amazon

6. Billy Bob Grillz Pacifier

Have a mom-to-be friend who is a little…gangsta? She’ll probably love this pacifier. If she’s all about luxury, then surely she’ll want to fill her baby’s mouth with gold, right? The interesting thing is, this product says it is for ages “3 months to 99 years,” so I guess after the baby loses his baby teeth, he can suck on this until his adult teeth come in.

You can see the other style this pacifier comes in by visiting Amazon.com. Holla!

source: Joker Greeting

7. Nonstop Baby Crying Card

What is something parents absolutely hate? A baby who won’t stop crying. For first time moms, a reality check might be the perfect baby shower gift, and this card is a great way to give them that. Once you pull the tab to engage the card, it plays the sound of a baby crying for more than 3 hours. Even when the card is closed. But worst of all, it starts playing louder when the button is pushed to try and stop it! This card is so, so bad. But it’s also so so good!

Send one to your baby shower guest of honor by purchasing it from Joker Greeting. The company has other prank card items to look at too.

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There is so much about your second pregnancy that no one tells you. Like, maybe they just assume because you’ve done it before it’s all the same. Or they are so focussed on telling you how much harder life with two kids is that they just forget about the good stuff you’ll experience as well. Well, I for one was super surprised by how many new experiences I’ve had already, and how different it has felt to my first pregnancy. But once I started talking to other moms I realized I wasn’t in it alone. Here are some of the things no one told me about second pregnancies, in case you are about to embark on the exciting adventure of baby number two!
1. You Might Be Even More Excited
I’m quite possibly even more excited about my second pregnancy than I was with my first. Even though I was over the moon giddy about my bringing my first baby girl into the world, I had no idea what to expect or quite how deep a love for your own child truly runs. This time around I’m already dreaming of sweet newborn cuddles, watching my first born love on her new baby sister or brother and all the other heart explosions that a new baby brings.
2. And Possibly Even More Scared
Just like I am more excited for baby two, I’m also equally terrified. With your first baby you have a certain amount of naïveté going into it. I would shrug off the “get sleep while you can” and “kiss your social goodbye” life comments, because, who really thinks those are actually helpful?! But after a very sleepless 2 years I am slightly horrified that I’m actually embarking on this journey again, with a two year old in tow nonetheless.
3. You’ll Be Way Less Bothered About “Stuff”
From the moment I found out I was pregnant with my first baby I immediately started look up tiny baby items and researching which stroller I wanted to get. I’m quite ashamed to admit how many hours I spent obsessively pouring over my baby registry. The day our stroller arrived, I put it all together and practiced pushing it around the house. This time around I haven’t even thought about what baby items we might need, and I’m secretly hoping we have another girl so I re-use all the many, many clothes I have neatly stored away.
4. And Sometimes You Forget You Are Actually Pregnant
Well, maybe not for the first 12 weeks but you may find after the nausea and fatigue starts to subside and more good days take over the bad, you actually forget once in a while you are really pregnant. This happened me to me a few times already. That is before the little person inside started kicking and punching all day long. Being busy with a toddler and working from home I find that I have to remind myself that I’m growing a person and it’s important to take breaks and time out for myself. Even if that means sitting down with a cup of tea and ignoring the laundry during nap time once in a while.
5. You’ll Probably Prepare Less
With my first pregnancy as soon as I found out I was expecting I downloaded all the Apps and went out and got my very own copy of What To Expect When You Are Expecting. I read a ton of information on pregnancy and birth, I went to the classes and even watched home birth videos. I wanted to know everything I could. You will feel a bit like a veteran since this is your second time, but you will also probably just not have the time to devote endless hours of reading and research. And then theres the nursery, I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking out paint colors once the baby is already 6 months old.
6. How Exciting It Is To Share Your Pregnancy With Your Firstborn
Well, that title is pretty self explanatory but it’s been so true for me. My little girl is 2 years old (going on 12), and from the moment I told her there is a baby in my belly she has connected to the concept of having a baby sibling. While I know she doesn’t truly understand what it all means, she talks, cuddles and demands to see my growing tum everyday, all while bathing the bump and I in endless kisses.

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Moms and delicious cocktails go together like peanut butter and jelly, especially on those hot summer evenings or friend-filled brunch dates. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a fruity summer cocktail or even something a little stronger when the mood hits you. For expecting mothers though, enjoying a nice cocktail is obviously out of the question, but that doesn’t mean you have to be left out of all the fun. Mocktails combine the deliciousness of traditional drinks without all of the alcohol, essentially turning them into sweet pieces of heaven. The mocktails on this list are about to give you some serious cravings.

Source: themerrythought.com

1. Watermelon Mojito Mocktail

Sweet and fruity watermelon and slightly tart lime juice combine in this summer-perfect ginger ale based mojito. The fresh mint leaves and chilly ice succeed in making this mocktail as awesome and refreshing as possible.

Check out The Merry Thought

Source: 40aprons.com

2. Cucumber Ginger Mocktail

This classy mocktail is perfectly refreshing, lightly spiced, and delicious enough to leave you craving it all of the time. The ginger and cucumbers are made into a delicious syrup with a bit of sugar, then combined with water to make the actual mocktail. It is ridiculously simple and completely satisfying. Plus, ginger has been known to calm upset stomachs, so this is perfect for morning sickness!

40 Aprons  is a fantastic source of delicious recipes, pregnancy tips, and overall inspiration.

Source: runningtothekitchen.com

3. Blackberry Lemon Mocktail

Fresh blackberries and classic club soda turn this simple lemonade into something that is hard to get enough of. For this recipe, you can use your favorite store-bought lemonade or spice things up with your own delicious creation.

Visit Running To The Kitchen for helpful travel tips, tasty recipes, and handy how-to guides.

Source: themerrythought.com

4. Moscow Mule Mocktail

Typically, Moscow Mules are made with vodka and ginger beer, but this delicious non-alcoholic version utilizes club soda instead of alcohol to keep the delicious ginger based taste alive and the acidity from the limes as strong as ever. This Moscow Mule may be a little tame but it still has one heck of a kick.

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Source: theartfuldesperado.com

5. The Italian Bramble Mocktail

This fruity cocktail is just as sweet and delicious as its gorgeous image would have you believe. Delicious blackberries and juniper berries mix perfectly with lemons and sparkling water to create something completely decadent.

Find fresh design tips and truly original recipes at Artful Desperado.

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6. Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail

People everywhere may turn their noses up at the strong, slightly sour taste of grapefruits, but this amazing mocktail shows us just how delicious it can be. Fresh grapefruit juice is mixed with a homemade rosemary infused simple syrup and a healthy dose of sparkling water to create this refreshing summer mocktail.

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7. Virgin Ginger Mimosa

No good brunch is complete without at least one mimosa and these sweet and sparkly mocktails are the perfect way to prepare yourself for a busy day. While the recipe uses sparkling water instead of sparkling wine, they’re so good that even your champagne-loving friends won’t be able to get enough.

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8. Frosted Lime-Berry Spritzer

This half-frozen mocktail is just as delicious as it is refreshing, and if you can’t take our word for it, just try it out yourself! A homemade fresh blueberry syrup and the perfect blend of sparkling water and fresh limes are all you need to create this delicious drink.

Chelsea’s Messy Apron has tons of delicious recipes to keep your family full and happy.

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Pregnancy can be a really beautiful thing, but it can also be really strange. I always pictured pregnancy to be this beautiful, amazing experience where I would have the “pregnancy glow” and it would be like I was floating on clouds. For the most part, I really did enjoy being pregnant and I loved most parts of it, but I have to say, there are so many things that are not fun, but just weird and painful that happen when you’re pregnant. These things aren’t always talked about and unless you’re really close with someone that is pregnant or has been pregnant, you might never hear about these things until it actually happens to you. To prepare yourself for some of the weird stuff that’s going to happen to your body some day, check out these 12 strange things that happen during pregnancy.

1. You’ll Forget A Lot…And I Mean A Lot

When you’re expecting, you have a lot on your mind. Nursery colors and decor, what bottles to buy, how to deal with labor pain, how you’ll survive on such little sleep…I could go on and on. Since so much of your brain is taken up by thoughts like this, it’s no wonder that pregnant women are so forgetful! This was one of the most frustrating parts of pregnancy for me. I’m usually not a forgetful person, but man it seems like every time my husband asked me to do something, I would completely forget about it. And of course, he doesn’t understand and then you have to try to explain something called “pregnancy brain” and he’ll think you’re crazy.

2. Your Belly Button Is A Strange Place

I never really had any weird encounters with my belly button during my first pregnancy, but near the end of my second pregnancy, I noticed some weird things about my belly button. It seemed really dirty, even though I have always washed inside of it often. The strange thing was that it didn’t clean easily. I had to scrub really hard for the stuff to come out. At first I thought it was just me, but when I looked it up on the internet, there were so many other women that experienced the same thing, which made me feel better because I started thinking I was really gross.

3. Hemmoroids Are Alive And Well

Oh boy, this is a fun one. Hemorrhoids are no joke people, and they are very common during pregnancy. You may get them because you’re constipated and having a hard time passing a bowel movement, or maybe you’re taking extra iron supplements prescribed by your doctor which is causing them. Either way, it doesn’t really matter WHY you get them, what matters is that they HURT! If you do get them, be very sensitive to the area and ask your doctor the best steps to take in order to help them go away.

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The ever popular gender reveal cake has been a staple on the dessert tables of many a baby shower. Whether or not the shower is specifically “reveal” themed, incorporating a gender reveal cake is a great way to add a little bit of fun and tons of mystery to any party. Much like babies themselves, gender reveal cakes are different, unique, and totally adorable. Some feature an adorable little saying while others are spunky and minimalist, pink, blue, or neutral, these cakes are going to give you a serious case of heart eyes.

Source: twotwentyone.net

1. Perfectly Subtle

It doesn’t get any more classic than simple polka dots on a white backdrop. This simple cake not only looks ridiculously delicious, but it’s subtle and cute enough go with any party decor and the small splattering of blue frosting on the inside is just the ride side of low key.

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Source: artisancakecompany.com

2. Creative and Non-Traditional

If you get the sudden urge to ditch the pink and blue altogether and go with something completely off the wall, this cake is perfect! The cute little phrase combines with the gorgeous beehive inspired cake makes one adorable little pun.

Find amazing extraordinary cakes, tutorials, and recipes at Artisan Cake Company.

Source: Half Baked Co.

3. Cute As A Baby’s…

A baby shower isn’t a baby shower without a little potty humor, and this cake is definitely indicative of that. Pink and blue frosting roses split down the middle and topped by a diapered little baby butt and chubby little feet. It literally doesn’t get any more adorable than this cake.

Head on over to Half Baked Co.  for awesome, colorful cake galleries.

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