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By Cortney Clift, Brit + Co

Motherhood is no cakewalk. Unless you mean literally walking through a pile of cake, in which case that is highly likely. Whether you’re in need of some serious advice or just some reassurance that you’re not in it alone, these 15 books on the trials and tribulations of motherhood are sure to do the trick.

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by Casey Watkins, Brit + Co

In case you didn’t know, being pregnant on Mother’s Day qualifies as that little mama’s first legit Mother’s Day. Whether you have a bestie who is in her first trimester or about to pop, it’s time to start searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. And because rocking a bump is hard work, you’ll want something to help her relax and feel prepared for the months to come. Take a look at these 13 Mother’s Day gifts that are perfect for any soon-to-be mama.

1. Mama Bee Skincare ($20): Skincare is even more important when you’re preggers. Set her up with some all-natural goods that will keep her feeling soft.

2. Organic Diapers ($14): Any mom will tell you that you can never have too many diapers. Gift her some patterned, eco-friendly ones that you know will be good for the baby.

3. Lavender Calendar ($16): Help your fave preggo lady relax with a stress-reducing candle like this one from the B+C Shop.

4. The Belly Book ($11): Pregnancy is a magical-yet-difficult time. Help the soon-to-be mom record all the pros and cons with this nine-month journal.

5. Knitting E-Class ($20): Not only will this be a source of entertainment, but she’ll get some nice baby stuff out of it too. That’s definitely a win-win.

6. Reading Material ($19): If you know that your friend is planning on breastfeeding, stock her up with a good book to read during all that down time.

7. Beach Ball T-shirt ($30): This shirt (above) is almost too adorable for words. Beach-ball belly FTW!

8. Cotton Swaddle ($38): Find the most natural cotton swaddling blanket possible and then help her practice for the real thing.

9. Organic Nursing Scarf ($60): Scarves are a new mama’s best friend. Not only do they make a fashion statement, but they also act as a stylish and functional nursing cover.

10. Dotty Tumbler ($14): Those pregnant ladies need lots of liquids. With a pretty tumbler like this one, she’ll be hydrating all day long.

11. Push Pack ($45): If your bestie’s due date is closing in, this collection is the perfect Mother’s Day gift. We’re positive it has things in there that she hasn’t thought of.

12. Black Leather Bag ($119): Don’t let your BFF be a victim of the drab diaper bag. Gift her a massive leather tote to carry all those new-mom essentials.

13. Subscription Box ($30): Gift your pregger pal with a monthly subscription box to keep her happy and healthy. With everything from pre-natal fitness DVDs to maternity wear, these goodies are sure to keep her and the baby in good spirits.

 This post was originally published on Brit + Co by Casey Watkins.

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By Samantha Guthrie, Today Moms

Hi everybody. Like expectant parents everywhere, my husband and I are thinking a lot these days about baby names. We bandy names about, try them out on paper, say them out loud to see how they sound. And yes, we have been known to call different names out to my belly, to see if the baby answers to the name by kicking his/her approval. (Note to other expectant parents: this strategy does not work.)

It’s been interesting to see how Mike and I view names. I like an unusual name — not something funky or too showy or trying too hard — but something that not every kid in kindergarten is going to have. Mike likes traditional names, especially ones with history or family meaning. (And I do, too, of course.) But I admit I had to laugh when, when considering a certain boy name, he worried, “I like it, but won’t people will be asking all his life, how do you spell that??”

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Nameberry went to the Women 2.0 conference looking for business ideas and found something even more meaningful: A charitable partner that shares our homegrown origins and mission to help expectant and new parents.  Samahope is an organization that crowd-funds individual doctors who provide medical services for people in need, many of them women and children, around the world.  We’ll be doing lots over the coming months to support Samahope; find out more about their amazing doctors and how you can contribute to their inspirational work here.

Samahope cofounder Shivani Garg Patel, pictured here, is expecting a baby of her own.  Here, she shares the story of launching her organization at the same time as she’s launching her family.

Creating a human being and creating a social venture have a lot in common: Unexpected challenges, incremental growth, and the immense satisfaction of making something out of thin air. Not only do both endeavors involve a tremendous amount of change, but it’s the kind of change that makes you realize your life will always be different from the way it was before.

I launched Samahope, which funds doctors who provide medical treatments for women and children in need around the world, because I wanted to do something deeply meaningful to me. Growing up, I traveled to India to visit my extended family and became keenly aware of the economic disparity that exists there. In college, I led a student-run non-profit that provided free medical, social, and legal services to homeless and low-income individuals in the Bay Area. After initially working at Microsoft as a product manager and then McKinsey as a strategy consultant, I was also lucky to work with social impact organizations like the World Bank, World Health Organization and Grameen Foundation. These experiences instilled in me a desire to use my skills to change the world, so in business school I investigated how technology could help alleviate poverty.

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By Meg Caswell, HGTV Star

They say the “nesting gene” tends to kick in during the third trimester for most new mothers. As a designer however, I’ve been nesting from day one! Here are my top tips for creating a calming, beautiful baby room without breaking the bank.

1) It’s The Baby‘s Room – But You Have To Live In It
Every parent wants their baby’s room to be perfect but keep in mind that your baby won’t be able to fully appreciate your design aesthetic for quite a while. Therefore, when designing your nursery feel free to go with style that you enjoy. Pick colors, furniture, and artwork that calms you and makes you feel at home. Babies pick up on their parents’ moods so the more at ease you are, the more at ease your baby will be.

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