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The 3 Things to Do to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests

One of the best things about hosting dinners, parties, get togthers and out-of-town family guests during the holidays is the fact that you are forced to get your home in order.

That is precisely what happened when I accepted the task of hosting my extended family for Thanksgiving last week.

Step 1: Declutter

The first order of business was to de-clutter all of our non-liveable spaces which for us included the basement. It had been the dumping ground for baskets of laundry that needed to be washed, for piles of newspaper, mail and other papers that needed to be sorted and for any and everything that my Type A/OCD’esque brain could not stand to see occupy space upstairs in our main living quarters.

It took me one sleepless overnight adventure, but I did it! I bagged up the junk, and managed to push, lift and carte all the various crates of stuff into the laundry room, our utility room or behind the wet bar that we do not use.

Step 2: Invest in Home Goods and Accent Pieces

Then, I headed out to my local thrift stores, home discount outlets and home improvement stores and invested in pillows, games, a dart board, throws, sheets for a couple of unused mattresses I decided I’d turn into a lounge centerpiece and a few other decorative knick knacks.

You can create a color scheme for creating a cohesive look my purchasing colorful pillows from Amazon starting around $7 each delivered to your home for free if you have Amazon Prime. { Sign up for PRIME HERE if you don’t}

Step 3: Hire a Cleaning Service to finish the job

If  you have your go-to cleaning service, call them to help you do the professional level polishing, mopping and cleaning. If you don’t, there are lots of apps now that will give you the options to pick. I have used HANDY (and am an affiliate for it). ‘

With Handy, you enter what task you want to have done, or in the case of home cleaning, how many bedrooms, bathrooms and floors are in your home. Then you can either schedule a weekly, bi weekly, monthly cleaning plan or just select one time to try out the person or service you will ultimately pick!

Our cleaners took 4 and a half hour to give our home a super deep cleaning it needed. I had planned to save money by washing the base boards and crown molding myself before they arrived but I ran out of time to complete that task. They handled it superbly and did a masterful job cleaning the dust off the fans in each room, washing down stained walls, mopping, scrubbing filthy bathtub, and leaving our home spotless. I could not have asked for anything more. They went above and beyond and did an excellent job. Masterful and thorough. I could breathe easier figuratively, knowing my guests would be coming to a very clean home and literally, that all the dust and grime had been scrubbed away!

I’m so happy that I considered scheduling routine maintenance every two weeks.  You can also book them for handyman, plumbing, minor furniture assembly and more. We had someone come fix a hallway light that had been out for over a year, and hired yet another handyman to change the door knobs on all of our closet, bedroom and bathroom doors. They were all wonky and a lot of them stopped locking altogether.

Overall, the quality of work was superb because

That’s it! I highly recommend you follow the aforementioned steps to getting your home Holiday ready and to really check out HANDY and at least sign up for FREE to see if it is something you can fit into the family budget at least once!

Another option is to consider Amazon Home Services.

It works a similar way in that after you input all the detail about your home, the service hand selects a few service providers local to you to get it done.

Amazon Home also offers additional services like Treadmill, Elliptical and Exercise Equipment set up, Carpet Cleaning, iPhone Repair, TV Wall mounting, Framed Photo or Picture mounting, Home Theater set up and Furniture Assembly

SIGN UP FOR AMAZON HOME HERE!

Good luck and take time to enjoy your family, friends and the Holiday Season, in general!

Get Fresh Groceries Delivered to Your Door All Year FREE

This post contains affiliate links. If you elect to click and sign up for some of these services, I will earn affiliate commission from your sign up. 

If you are expecting and standing on your feet and walking aisle to aisle to go grocery shopping might be out of the question, especially if you are on bedrest.

Thank goodness for technology and the gig economy, a lot of apps and services have cropped up to take the work out of it for you. For a small delivery fee, you can have someone do the shopping for you.

If you play your cards right, and organize accordingly, could arguably get free deliveries for a year. Sign up for each of the services for the first free months and try a new one each month then cancel before you are billed. Then when you’re done researching which store has the best prices and best delivery services, you can re-ignite your membership at the winning service!

There is a way to get free groceries for life. Keep reading this roundup to find out which will give you that option:

Instacart is the go to service for quick and effective grocery delivery. Customers select groceries from various retailers, then a personal shopper does the shopping and deliver the groceries to them when they are finished. This service started several years ago but only recently took off to become the industry disrupt or and standard. You can try it for the first month is FREE.

I first used Instacart a few years ago when my husband and I were away on a couple’s vacation and we wanted to deliver food home for our babysitter (my mom). It was easy to pick fresh ingredients and have them delivered thousands of miles away! It was soooo awesome! I’ve since used it again in crunch times.

This option  is great for those who live in cities and who don’t have cars also.

Also, if you want to make extra money for the holidays for an upcoming trip, consider being an Instacart shopper. 

Fresh Direct is another competitor to Instacart and it will give you 60 days of free delivery but the other draw back is that it is limited and doesn’t’ serve all areas. Click HERE to see if your home is covered and if so, enjoy this deal!

Amazon got into the market with its Amazon Pantry offering which is quite identical to Instacart in every way. However, the bonus for Prime members is their membership gets them  free deliveries all the time so long as they order over $35 (or $50 in expensive NYC) .

Sign up for PRIME HERE if you do not already have it.

Also, customers in Amazon Fresh cities will be able to order fast 1-2 hour delivery windows, which is much faster than the usual 3-4 hour window.

 

You knew Target would get on the bandwagon and via it’s shopping partners at Shipt, you can get your first delivery order FREE!

And the good thing about using Target is that you can have other essentials and not just groceries delivered to your home. Sign up for Target FREE delivery via Shipt HERE!

If you live in the states with Safeway Grocery stores, you can get your first order delivered free and a $20 credit towards your groceries. Use promo code Save20 on your first order.

Also, people who live in states and cities with a GIANT grocery store can also get the benefit of a month’s worth of free grocery delivery when they sign up. SIGN UP for Peapod by GIANT here!

Not everyone is comfortable having others do their grocery shopping for them and so these options are not the cup of tea for all, but for those who are cool with nixing one more thing off the weekly to-do-list, take every advantage now!

How to Create a Christmas Budget and Avoid Going into Debt {9 Tips}

With the weather starting to cool off, thoughts naturally begin to gravitate to the upcoming holiday fun and festivities.

However, going into debt for that fun and being stuck paying off your Christmas bills isn’t likely to make your New Year’s very bright. Everyone has heard the adage that it’s better to give than to receive, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune in the process.

Instead, do your giving in a sensible way and don’t go overboard. Check out these ideas for creating a Christmas budget that will still allow you to celebrate the season richly.

  1. Create a spreadsheet. Using Excel or some other spreadsheet program, create a spreadsheet with the headings: Gift Recipients, Budget, Actual, Gift Ideas and Leftover. These are the basics, but feel free to customize this spreadsheet for your specific needs.

2. Make a list of gift recipients. Determine the list of people who you are going to give gifts to this year. Try to keep the list confined to just those people that are closest to you, like your immediate family and closest friends. If money is tight this year you may want to agree to not exchange gifts with your friends or neighbors this year.

3. Establish a budget for all of your expenses. These expenses will include gifts, holiday cards, decorations, holiday food and other miscellaneous holiday expenses. If you are travelling for Christmas then you’ll also need to include expenses for travel, lodging and food.

4. Divide up the budget into categories. Next to each gift recipient you will need to put a budgeted amount that you want to spend on that person. For holiday cards you will need to determine how much you will spend on a photographer, cards and postage. Each of these items can be a sub category under ‘cards’. Decorations can be divided up into a budget for a tree if your family buys a real one each year, lights, ornaments and other decorations for the house. The holidays usually mean big meals shared with additional people, so be sure to budget extra money for groceries for the month of December. Will you do any baking or eating out with friends? Make sure to have a line item for these things as well. It’s also a good idea to designate an amount for unexpected expenses that pop up along the way, like wrapping paper, tape and shipping expenses.

5. Create a gift list. You will want to keep this list with you to make sure that you do not go over budget, so you might as well use it for your gift ideas as well. The column you created for gift ideas is where you will add items as they come to you.

6. Figure out how you will set aside money. Some people put a certain amount of money aside in savings all year long in anticipation of Christmas. Others start closer to Christmas and watch their pennies in other ways. Maybe you don’t eat out as often or you skip picking up that latte in the morning so that you can put money away for Christmas expenses. Staying on a budget will allow you to adjust certain categories so that you will have the money you need for Christmas.

7. Don’t use credit. Use only cash, check or debit card when doing your shopping so that you are not tempted to go over your budget. Set aside a certain amount of cash in an envelope for each category and make sure that you keep your receipts in that envelope so that you can track your purchases. Having the receipts may also come in handy if you need to return or exchange anything.

8. Avoid unnecessary expenses. Try to skip the things that you don’t really need. If you’re out shopping and a vente peppermint mocha sounds good, resist the urge and stick to your budget. Try to find items on sale or use a coupon whenever possible to reduce your overall expenditure.

9. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you go a little over for one person don’t flip out. Just try to save a little money somewhere else so you can still come out even at the end of the month. Watch adding too many extra line items to the budget. You can easily blow the budget by tacking on too many little extras.

There are many things to see and do for free during the Christmas season, so don’t miss out on the season’s festivities just because you are on a budget. Keep in mind what’s important during this holiday season and don’t let stressing out over money overshadow your enjoyment.

The REAL Best Cyber Monday Deals

Conventional wisdom now clearly states that unless a retailer is offering at least 40% off the orginal price of an item, then it is not really a “deal” per se.

For that reason, our curated list of deals have savings of over 40% and/or over $100 off.

 

Here they are:

Sceptre 50-Inch Class 4K Ultra HD (2160P) LED TV, $189.99 (orig. $399.99)

RCA 43-Inch Class FHD (1080P) Roku Smart LED TV, $199.99 (orig. $399.99)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 32GB Android P Wifi Black, $149 (orig. $219)

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, $49 (orig. $99.95)

CHI Original Ceramic Hair Straightening Flat Iron, 1-Inch, $52.78 (orig. $99.98)

Dyson V7 Motorhead Origin Cord-Free Vacuum, $179 (orig. $279)

Skullcandy Venue Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Wireless Headphones in Moab Red, $99.99 (orig. $179.99)

Hover-1 Pioneer Electric Folding Scooter, Black with 8.5” Air-Filled Tires, $198 (orig. $348)

Ninja 4-Quart Air Fryer, $59.49 (orig. $109)

Sky Rider Thunderbird Quadcopter Drone with Wi-Fi Camera, $19.97 (orig. $39.99)

KitchenAid Classic Plus Series 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, $199 (orig. $279)

The HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 Wireless all-in-one ink ready printer is down from $179 down to $69.99

Also, an Envy 5014 Wireless all-in-one printer with a $10 Instant Ink printer that normally cost $119 printer is down to $29.99 and a $59.99  and a HP DeskJet 2680 Wireless all-in-one printer with $10 instant ink for just $19.99 in white.

Good Luck and Here are What the most popular retailers are offering today:

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Cyber Monday: Best Time to Nab Huge Discounts Off High Cost Items Will be Left On Your Baby Registry

Cyber Monday is a great time to get those things for the baby on the way. Although you can expect to get a lot of items for your bundle of joy on the way from the baby shower, if you plan to have one, the larger and more expensive ticket items will usually be un-bought and left on  your registry.

The parents usually end up having to pick up the cost of these more pricey baby items.

So for you guys, if that’s you, or for grandparents, doting aunts or God parents or office co-workers that are planning on going in on one of the larger items, Cyber Monday is great for getting a deal that can be shipped directly to the soon-to-be new parents.

Here are the best deals we could find on 7 high ticket items that we curated for you expecting parents out there:

The best deal around is the $111 you will save when you purchase the highly valued and reviewed Maxi Cosi 5 in 1 modular travel system. This all-in-one system that included an infant chair and stroller that can be used a  carriage when baby is young through their toddler years regularly comes at a price of close to $400! It’s down to $288.00 over at Amazon.com where you can get a sense of how well this may work with your family from the reviews.

 

The Maxi Cosi 5 in 1 modular travel system includes the lightest infant car seat in the Maxi Cosi class and comes complete with the stay in car base and a STYLISH, easy to maneuver stroller

Save $100 on Graco® Grows4Me™ 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat. It is only $149.00, down from $249.00 at Buy Buy Baby. This seat can be used from the time you bring home the baby from the hospital until they are a toddler and are ready to convert to booster seat around age 4 or so.

Save $66 on 4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth enabled high-tech baby swing, down to $153.00 from $219. It was the “it”baby swing from a few years ago, can be hooked up to a remote music player, different recline positions and is Bluetooth enabled. The price stops a lot of people from investing in it but you can knock close to $70 off thru Cyber Monday at Target!

Also save up to $60 or more on Dressers for the baby’s nursing and get free shipping from Buy Buy Baby. This Storkcraft combo dresser, for example, was originally priced at $199 and is now just $139 thru Monday! We still have our baby dresser and our kids are 11, 14 and 17!  Getting a decent quality dresser is essential because it lasts years!!

Get up to 60% off the entire site at Carter’s, the place you go to stock up on all the baby essentials from nb to 24 months. You can purchase lots on a budget that will grow with baby. And now is the best time to stock up for the next two years when your money will be going towards other things like childcare! oy!

Save $40 on JOOVY Nook High Chair which is $79.99 down from $119 at Amazon.com 

I love the Joovy brand and this foldable high chair is great for families that live in apartments or small town houses or homes or simply want a chair they can travel with or fold down flat and store away. It has  a large tray that easily swings open to get baby in and out and the tray is safe to put in the dishwasher.

I recliner, rocking chair or glider for the nursery will be an investment because it needs to be comfy for mom and stand the test of time so this will be one of the most expensive items to get for that baby.  You Take $69 off Abbyson Living® Ashlyn Nursery Swivel Glider Recliner is $359.99 at BuyBuy.com down from $464.00. Bonus! Thru Monday, BuyBuyBaby will give you $100 for every $300 you spend online and you can use that coupon to purchase other items for baby.

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Well we are good and deep into the Holiday Gift buying season with the launch of Black Friday today and continues thru Cyber Monday Here are the best deals I spotted of the items on sale at retailers  on my list that I thought I would share. For my college bound teen, I am digging this HP – 14″laptop for $199
Walmart has a ton of TVs on sale but most are sold out by now but you can still collect a 32″ HD TV by Sceptre for just $79 with free shipping or pick up It’s winter so this imported Serpa to Mink comforter set regularly price $159.99 for $49.99 at Kohl’s is right up alley! The set comes with a Comforter, Sham and 2 Throw pillows. Nice !
The HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 Wireless all-in-one ink ready printer is down from $179 down to $69.99 Also, an Envy 5014 Wireless all-in-one printer with a $10 Instant Ink printer that normally cost $119 printer is down to $29.99 and a $59.99  and a HP DeskJet 2680 Wireless all-in-one printer with $10 instant ink for just $19.99 in white.
I love the Salvatore Ferragamo shades I was gifted from my ad partner at SmartBuyGlasses and want to pick up a few pairs for my sisters. It is having a Black Friday Sale with up to 70% off.
Amazon is selling the Apple airpods for $139.99 down from $159.99. Even though it is not in stock currently, Amazon is still letting you order it when it comes back into stock Instapot sells for $99 normally but Kohl’s has it on sale for $64.99!

Sceptre 50-Inch Class 4K Ultra HD (2160P) LED TV, $189.99 (orig. $399.99)

RCA 43-Inch Class FHD (1080P) Roku Smart LED TV, $199.99 (orig. $399.99)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 32GB Android P Wifi Black, $149 (orig. $219)

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, $49 (orig. $99.95)

CHI Original Ceramic Hair Straightening Flat Iron, 1-Inch, $52.78 (orig. $99.98)

Dyson V7 Motorhead Origin Cord-Free Vacuum, $179 (orig. $279)

Skullcandy Venue Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Wireless Headphones in Moab Red, $99.99 (orig. $179.99)

Hover-1 Pioneer Electric Folding Scooter, Black with 8.5” Air-Filled Tires, $198 (orig. $348)

Ninja 4-Quart Air Fryer, $59.49 (orig. $109)

Sky Rider Thunderbird Quadcopter Drone with Wi-Fi Camera, $19.97 (orig. $39.99)

KitchenAid Classic Plus Series 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, $199 (orig. $279)

 

Last Minute Guide to Dressing for Thanksgiving Dinner

thanksgiving outfit

If you are expecting this Thanksgiving and are toting around a sizeable bump, God knows you may  not be looking forward to standing on your feet preparing a meal and hopefully, you have been invited to someone else’s home this year and/or your family is giving you a pass on cooking so you can just kick up  your feet and relax.

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Here is a guide for what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner this year:

1. Start with a shirt in breathable fabric like jersey knit or cotton.

2.Then layer a light cardigan or collared shirt over that and finally a denim, leather or cotton blazer.

How to dress your bump

 

3.For the bottom, go with a comfy pair of dressy leggings or denim maternity stretch jeans with a pair of red ballet flats.

4. Carry a large clutch to hold your stuff and then work it!

Stylish and comfy!

 

5 things NOT to wear at Thanksgiving!

Have fun and good luck enduring the endless belly rubs and all the love!!!

How to Host a Friendsgiving Right

In the past five or so years, hosting a Thanksgiving meal among friends a week before the actual holiday has become a standard part of the celebration for many young adults, an Atlantic article proudly boasts.

Friendsgiving is a mashup of the word “friend” and “thanksgiving” that refers to a large meal among friends eaten during the Thanksgiving season. The level of formality is dependent on the participants, but the word first appeared around 2007 as an informal replacement for the holiday typically spent with family.

While the trend is credited to the GenY/Millennial generation, personally, my friends from college and I  who are GenXers have been gathering during the Thanksgiving season to gather, reconnect and have a great time. I guess thanks to our young friends, we now have a fancy name for it. (Add Friendsgiving to Bingewatching, Bromance,)

As  the Atlantic notes, “slapping a catchy name onto an existing concept can, after all, make it seem trendy or suddenly ubiquitous, even if the thing itself has been around for decades.”

True !

A blogger over at CHOWHOUND has ideas of how to host your own based on her experience:

Potluck – Designate a dish and create some competitions amongst your friends. Even the worst cooks can bust out a family standby dish that will impress! We send out a Google Sheet so people can sign up for dishes. You can see our list this year to the right. We expect between 18-26 people, so we broke down dish categories asking people to make enough food for 10. This not only takes care of all the staples, but it also allows some creativity and inevitably tasty food.

Booze – Depending on your crowd, you will probably do some drinking. Supplying wine and beer for the entire crowd can get expensive. We have a line item on our food spreadsheet so friends can also sign up to bring wine in 2 bottle increments (we learned a lesson last year, more wine!).

Table/Settings – This next section is a serious tip, not just for Friendsgiving, but for any time you are hosting a party. Get your house and table ready way in advance. If you can do it the night before, do so! It will save so much stress and time if you get all of the gritty details done the day before. Clean your house, set the table (or at least plan out your settings), and separate glassware, flatware and dinnerware so you aren’t furiously cleaning the day of the party.

Large Parties – Our table got big last year. We sat 27 in our tiny apartment. Outside of the logistics to get seats and table space for everyone, the one thing that helped the most was getting disposable (compostable) plates and larger serving plates. We wanted all the food on the table, so we had the turkey and all the side dishes separated on smaller multiple serving dishes places throughout the table.

Fun Tips – Since all our friends don’t know each other, we made everyone pick a # out of a bowl and numbered all the seats so everyone was randomly seated next to each other which was a big hit!

Enjoy! Go Big or not at all. If you have a Friendsgiving, please tag us in the photos at @Bellyitch on all social!

Pregnant Woman’s Thanksgiving Tips on Avoiding Intrusive Questions and Fights

 

Tis the season for conspicuous consumption and overeating.

Also, welcome the season of family gatherings, togetherness and bonding. Sadly, this is also a time for tension, rudeness and gaffes, feeding grudges, creating new ones and dodging snarky barbs, criticism and other well-meaning but annoying questions and comments from family members.

My audience is pregnant women mainly so if you’re expecting, I know your emotions are on level 100 and tolerance for bull is at -100!

Here are some quick tips I thought of to set you and the kids straight in the manners department and for escaping the family gatherings still loving one another, well, mostly.

Moms-to-be – Bite your tongue, mama! Bite it! If it will help, carry a squeeze ball to torture when you run out of nerves to handle some of the intrusive questions and comments you will get:

  • Were you trying?
  • Did you want a boy/girl?
  • Why did you pick that name?
  • So you are sticking with that name (the passive aggressive version)
  • Another one?
  • This is it right? (the passive aggressive version)

Your Kids- Your children might have heard you talking about Aunt Sally’s no-good boyfriend with no job or Uncle Rob’s arrest or Cousin Barb getting fired for the 3rd time this year. Remind them to not bring any of this  up or butt in with an opinion on whatever personal stresses, trauma or gossip they may or may not have overheard you yapping about this year. Trust.

Manners – If you’re hosting, remind the kids of basic manners. You know they won’t remember.  Tell the kids to take coats and throw them gently in that pile on the bed when there is no more room in the coat closet.  Remind them to say please, and thank you and to share their toys with their cousins and other children coming over. And to play nice and try to stick to the basement. Ha! Just kidding, but yeah.

If you are going over someone’s house as a guest, remind them to not complain out loud about Great Aunt Wilhelmina’s funny smell, or twist up their noses at your cousin’s girlfriends attempt as string bean salad. It’s hard not to wear emotions on your sleeve when you’re staring at raisins in a macaroni dish, but blame the Food Network (in  your head) and don’t start any beefs over it.

Dinner Topics: Politics and Religion – Try to avoid both topics especially in these contentious times. If they come up , switch up the convo.  Even if everyone in the family are of the same political bent, these are still complex topics that can get heated and go from 0 to 100 Real Quick!

Clean Up – Know when to call it a night and rap up. If you’re a guest, don’t take all of the people’s leftovers in the carryout container you brought with you. Leave them a spoonful or two.

But do offer to do the dishes, or send in one of your older children to help. You’ll still get the credit! ha!  If you’re expecting, you’ll probably get a pass anyone on clean up duty because you shouldn’t be on your feet anyway!  Yeah, milk this pregnancy for all it’s worth! ha!

If you’re hosting and you had enough, feel free to hug and kiss the last stragglers good night, blame it on the baby and leave them right there and all the dishes for your spouse and kids to clean up. Hopefully, they’ll get the hint and exit after you leave. Ha! That’s not rude. Is it? ha!

I think that’s it!

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What to Do If You’re Involved In A Car Accident While Pregnant



There at 170,000 car collision accidents in the U.S. involved pregnant women in 2018, according to a study by researchers at the University of Michigan. While some of these collisions were deemed as minor accidents, some of these cases were more severe.

It is one of the risks that pregnant women need to watch out for while on the road. But being pregnant should not stop you from hopping on a car to reach your destination. As a matter of fact, riding a car to go to your dream babymoon destinations  different parts of the country can be more convenient than flying.

Just make sure that you are following these helpful tips while on the road in case you met an accident before reaching the end of your journey.

Go Straight to The Nearest Hospital

Go The most logical step that pregnant women must immediately do after a car crash is to see a medical practitioner. According to legal experts from FVF Law, having a doctor check a person’s condition after a car crash is the most ideal way to rule out the possible injuries sustained during the accident.

The doctors will start monitoring the pregnant woman and her baby to check for fetal distress as well as other possible problems through different lab procedures.

Talk To The Obstetrician

The pregnant woman must also inform her obstetrician while on her way to the hospital. The specialist should be kept in the loop regarding all the treatments that the victim must undergo since the doctor will be the one to take care of her and the baby. If the victim and the unborn child is still fine, then the obstetrician can take over and provide the necessary follow-up care until the due date.

The specialist will also provide all the necessary information regarding the victim’s pregnancy and the accident. This is needed to file for claims later on.

Hire A Legal Counsel

If the pregnant woman will demand claims due to the car accident, then she must have a lawyer by her side to help her with the case. The experienced lawyer can take over all the stressful tasks of filing for claims to ensure the safety of the mother and the baby.

The lawyer will take care of all the investigations and talk to the insurance companies. He or she may also coordinate with the doctor and the hospital to get pieces of evidence for the claims.

This is very necessary since the pregnant woman needs all the time to recuperate and heal from the injuries in order to care for the life inside her womb.

Once a pregnant woman receives the go signal from the medical experts for release, she still needs to watch out for signs of possible after-effects.

These include vaginal bleeding, premature contractions or other kinds of abdominal pain, or unusual fluid leaks. She must also observe if the baby’s movements suddenly decreased.

If any of these signs appeared, then she needs to return to the doctor immediately to get the best treatments.