With the ever increasing expansion of technology and the ability to share information via various social media platforms, we are all battling “information overload.”

Trying to disseminate and decipher information can be particularly overwhelming for new and expectant “Mommies.”

Monica Byrd, a Washington-D.C. based writer, speaker and publisher of The Pregginista and The Charm Chat, says that “As an expectant mommy, I felt as though I was going mad, just trying to figure out how to streamline all of the information. You used to be able to pick up “What to Expect When Expecting” and that was all you needed. That was the ultimate guide to becoming a mommy. But now it’s almost like most expectant and new mommies, go through sensory overload because resources are so much more accessible. There is just a plethora of information and it’s hard to know where to start.”

So, how do you determine that which applies to you and decipher fact from plain ole hearsay? Unless a family member or close friend is expecting at the same time you are, the experience can be isolating. Most expectant “Mommies” tend to feel all alone. And many “Daddies” are clueless.

I’m a mother of three, and I recall that feeling: it was shortly after I found out I was pregnant with my first child. But I was lucky: one of my closest friends was pregnant at the same time I was, with her second child. I was relieved because I felt I did not have to go through the experience alone (even though Daddy was present). I had the benefit of being able to go to my close friend because this was her second time around. My friend was able to offer everything from nausea remedies and stylish maternity apparel brands to labor and delivery classes and breastfeeding tips. My friend even went so far as to take me to a yoga instructor specializing in pregnancy relaxation techniques whom my friend worked with during her first pregnancy.

The experience showed me the most reliable of information is not the Internet but close friends and family who are already mothers. They help you overcome the information overload. You are most at ease when you can rely on a voice that you trust. They have your best interests at heart. The same as it applies to a job or finding a new restaurant or travel destination, when in doubt, ask someone who’s been there, done that.

When you are able to connect directly with those who can relate to the experience of becoming a new Mommy, it’s much easier to pick and choose that which applies to your own personal experience.

The same can be said of your physician.Your doctor is one of your best resources. When trying to figure out that which I should lend the most attention to, my own obstetrician provided great tips on healthy eating, weight gain and signs that something may be wrong. She helped to ease what are normal moments of anxiety. And after my first child was born, my daughter’s pediatrician is the one who further advised me on that which I needed to do to ensure my home was safe and secure which included everything from outlet protectors, crib set-up, the best humidifier brands, at-home remedies and more.

Promotional image for Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show. (Erin A. Martin/Bag Ladies Radio)

The power of social media has produced all types of blogs specifically dedicated to becoming a Mommy and being a Mommy. The need to provide more forums where new and expectant “Mommies” can connect is what prompted Monica Byrd to create “The Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show,” a sophisticated soiree for expectant Moms where they can celebrate the journey amongst other Moms, together while participating in informational sessions, taking in a maternity apparel runway show and reviewing product and vendor displays.

“It’s so empowering when you can connect and mingle amongst those who can understand and relate to your experience,” Byrd says. “You get the answers you need and have a much better sense of what to expect.”


Please tune into Bag Ladies Reality Radio’s newest segment, Mommy Mid-Day. The segment airs weekly on www.bagladiesradio.com. This week’s featured guest is Monica Byrd, creator of the The Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show. Monica will discuss the experience of becoming a new Mommy, the concept that is The Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show and the importance of bringing “Mommies” together.

The segment airs live on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bagladies/2011/10/04/mommy-mid-day Tuesday, October 4th 2011 at 2pm EST.

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Mommy Mid-Day

Mommy Mid-Day will encompass the same candor, humor and most importantly, the reality that Bag Ladies Reality Radio is known for. However, the tone of Mommy Mid-Day is personal and intimate and will consist of one-on-one interviews with featured guests. Mommy Mid-Day will speak to the joys and the fun of parenting but also the challenges in an effort to further support the Bag Ladies Radio audience and the reality of their lives. Mommy Mid-Day is a recurring weekly segment, airing at 2 p.m. EST every Tuesday on www.bagladiesradio.com.

Erin A. Martin is the mother of three beautiful children, an executive level project manager, and avid lover of good food, wine, and a good cigar. She realized that she really had something to talk about and wanted to lend a voice to the reality of life, living and being a woman. Thus, Bag Ladies Reality Radio was born.

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