When should I tell people I’m pregnant?

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Content warning: This article contains subject matter surrounding miscarriage and pregnancy loss. 

Hi all! Its Caitlin here on the blog this week and I am so excited to be a new regular here!

I live in Alberta with my husband, our 18 month old daughter, Aileen, and our 5 pets. I love all things Lil Helper, but also crafting, gardening, and animals. I’m also a preschool teacher and I can’t wait to talk about all things kids and life! 

This week I’m sharing my thoughts on one of the big first trimester questions – when should I tell people I’m pregnant?

I’m currently 14 weeks pregnant and anxiously waiting for those lovely first trimester symptoms to ease. Its been about 10 weeks of nausea and complete exhaustion. There is no glow here. If I’m being honest, I don’t enjoy being pregnant, and I’m not good at it. Particularly, the secret-keeping part, because, with my symptoms, this pregnancy has been written all over my face since about 5 weeks. 

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Breastfeeding‌ ‌While‌ ‌Pregnant‌

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Hey yall, its Jess again! 

I know I said that I would finish the series on fur babies and children but something struck me today and I just have to write about it. 


cat Breastfeeding gif Breastfeeding‌ ‌while‌ ‌pregnant‌ by LilHelper.ca Blog

Breastfeeding has been a huge part of my everyday since I had my daughter almost 22 months ago. 

Then, I got pregnant and everything was so different. I joined all the support groups because I had no idea if I had to do anything differently and I realized something– not many people knew either.  

funny gif of a cute girl wearing pink jacket Breastfeeding‌ ‌while‌ ‌pregnant‌ by LilHelper.ca Blog

Let’s break down the biggest myth real quick: 

Can you breastfeed safely while pregnant? 

YES you can.
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Pregnant Chicken Gives a Cluck

As many of you know, we have partnered with Pregnant Chicken. As 2013 winds down, Pregnant Chicken is keeping to her promise to sell the items she’s received over the year and donate the proceeds to charity. This year, the chosen charity is:

Young Parents No Fixed Address

Young Parents No Fixed Address (YPNFA) is a network of about 30 Toronto agencies and organizations dedicated, for the past 15 years, to building strong community partnerships to address the challenges faced by young homeless/street involved, pregnant and parenting youth & their children.

Our Target Group is focused on pregnant and parenting youth under the age of 25 & their children.

You can read a bit more about what Pregnant Chicken is offering in her blog post found here.

We are very proud to be a part of this. Lilhelper.ca items up for bidding are three bamboo diapers, five designer cotton change mats, and two fleece mattress protectors.

We’ve included the auction links below.

Links for the Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Diaper:

To remedy a diaper rash, pediatricians recommend to air-out your child’s bum and to keep it dry. Lil Helper’s Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Diaper is ideal for use during a diaper rash and preventing further breakouts.

Three of these (in varying colours) up for grabs on Pregnant Chicken’s auction.

The Mayo Clinic says that: “diaper rash is commonly linked to continuously wet or infrequently changed diapers, diarrhea, and using plastic pants to cover diapers.” All of these issues surrounding irritant diaper dermatitis (IDD) or diaper rash can be prevented by using our Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Diaper. Here’s how:

Diaper 1

Diaper 2

Diaper 3

Links to the Designer Cotton Change Mats:

Five of these (in varying colours) are available on Pregnant Chicken’s auction.

Cotton Top Layer: The top layer is a super soft, pre-washed cotton fleece (80 cotton/20 polyester). It provides cushioning in addition to great absorption. This fabric is manufactured in Canada. Use the cotton fleece side when you are out of home, so that the waterproof and wipeable layer touches the surface.

Waterproof Bottom Layer: The bottom layer of the diaper change mat is lined with a waterproof cotton. Basically it is cotton which is laminated with a thin layer of plastic making it completely waterproof and wipe-clean. Use this wipeable surface while changing your baby at home.

Change Mat 1

Change Mat 2

Change Mat 3

Change Mat 4

Change Mat 5

Links to the Fleece Mattress Protectors:

Super Soft Top Layer: The top layer is a soft fleece (100% Polyester) that provides cushioning to you baby. Also even when wet, the fleece feels relatively dry.

Two of these are available on Pregnant Chicken’s Give a Cluck auction

Waterproof Bottom Layer: The bottom layer of the diaper change mat is lined with a medical grade waterproof material. Now you can lay your baby down for a nap on your single girlfriend’s prized mattress without any worries.

Thirsty Middle Layer: There is a hidden layer of 100% cotton jersey in between the top & bottom layer, that provides an amazing amount of absorption even for the growing bladder of a toddler.

Fleece Mattress Protector 1

Fleece Mattress Protector 2

If you are not wanting to participate in any of these auctions, please do consider donating this season, whether with money, or donating items to your local charity, or just helping out a neighbour!

And remember that when you shop from Lilhelper.ca, you are always donating to our Baby Do Good program! For every three diapers we sell, we donate one to charity. Here is a link to one of our recent donations: Cloth for a Cause (and QUADS).