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February 22, 2022

Charlottesville Pregnancy and Newborn Resources


As a Charlottesville maternity and newborn photographer, I meet A LOT of new moms…all with varying journeys through pregnancy and postpartum. This post is meant to be a super helpful gathering of Charlottesville pregnancy and newborn resources from aaaaaall their words, advice, experience, wins, and fails.

Their collective knowledge is the goldmine of real-talk we all need.

I’ve also included links for where to find local businesses that offer specific services for women in pregnancy and postpartum.

This of this as your curated list of recommendations for moms by moms.

really cool, local moms who you can trust.

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Charlottesville Pre/Postnatal Doulas + lactation support

  • Milk & Cradle LLC Tikara Cannon │ Certified Breastfeeding Specialist + Postpartum doula
  • Lauren Durer │ Doula + childbirth classes
  • Candice Saunders │ *doula in training; helpful tips, support, & insight around birth + new motherhood via social media on Instagram @whoknewmama
  • Cox Pregnancy + Birth Support │ Kelly Cox, doula + birth support, pre + postnatal yoga

Physical healing + postnatal exercise in Charlottesville

  • Women in Motion │ Michelle Little DPT │ orthepedic + performance physical therapy, pre + postnatal physical therapy, pregnancy prep classes │ in person & virtual
  • One Fit Mother Cville indoor + outdoor workouts, core classes, community, + education for moms in all stages (bring the babe along!) │ first class free
  • Be Squared Nutrition │ Bethany Blalock, nutrition assessments and plans especially for new moms, infants, + young kids
  • Zoom Cycle – Indoor training, cycling, + sculpt │ “cardio without too much pressure on the pelvic floor”
  • Walking!

Other advice from our mamas: 

“Don’t stress about losing the weight. Eat well for you and your baby’s well being”

“Listen to your body and be kind to it.”

“Shove food in your mouth and relax bc you just popped out a baby!”


Maternity clothing in Charlottesville + Online Boutiques

  • Green Bean Baby Boutique │ organic + eco-friendly | based in Charlottesville
  • Darling Boutique qualilty second-hand items | based in Charlottesville
  • Roolee │ Utah-based boutique with comfortable, stylish maternity & nursing-friendly pieces
  • Pact Organic │ organic + eco-friendly maternity staples
  • One Loved Babe │ stylish maternity, nursing-friendly, and baby pieces
  • Love Olive Co │ Idaho-based boutique with boho maternity + nursing-friendly peices

Favorite baby + toddler resources in Charlottesville

Charlottesville prenatal massages + feel-good body things

Other Amazing Charlottesville-Based Resources for New Moms

Even more (personal) Charlottesville pregnancy and newborn resources:

I’ve grouped topics with more personal information and recommendations like:

  • “what I wish I knew,” &
  • “worst advice I got”
  • “things from my registry I didn’t really use,”
  • “best books for maternity leave,”
  • “best take-out for tired nights”

all in this guide.

The Firefly tribe is both resourceful and funny 🙂 Just sign up here for more bonus recommendations sent right to your inbox!

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Other reads related to pregnancy and newborns:

How I handle sibling challenges in newborn photo sessions

4 tips for lifestyle newborn sessions with 2 under 2

The Alternative to a “cake smash” session