Category: Maternity

Preemie Born at 23 Weeks Celebrates 1st Birthday

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 by No Comments

First birthdays are special, but for 25-year-old Rachel Crockett, the celebration for her son Conner marked a milestone many said would never happen.

Back when her water broke at 23 weeks, doctors delivered the bad news. Her baby was going to die. But when she saw his heartbeat on the scan, she knew differently. She knew she could save him.

Studies show that babies born at 39 to 41 weeks of pregnancy do better than those born 37 or even 38 weeks. When Rachel’s water broke at 23 weeks, her doctors told her she would miscarry.

In the UK, abortion is limited to 25 weeks or less. Rachel and her partner Craig Walkow told the doctors they wanted to save the baby, but even though Conner’s heart still beat, they were told her “case” would be treated as a miscarriage.

Desperate, they knew they had to find a specialist hospital to save their baby. They found one 39 miles away, but doctors said she couldn’t be transferred unless the hemorrhaging stopped.

Time was running out. She did the only thing she could think. She lied and said the bleeding had stopped.

They made the transfer to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and a day later she gave birth to Conner. She was only 23 weeks and two days along and the baby came into the world weighing only 1 pound 2 ounces.

“We thought we would never get the baby we always wanted, but I pushed them.” Rachel Crockett via the Daily Mail

Conner celebrated his first birthday in October, 2014. It was a milestone many didn’t think would ever happen.

Conner was in the hospital for the first 7 months of his life. He suffered many setbacks including fungal meningitis, perforated bowels, and a brain bleed. He also had to undergo eye surgery to have his retinas reattached after they started to detach due to a condition brought about by the ventilators.

While Connor has already faced more challenges than many children face their entire childhood, with more undoubtedly in the future, Rachel doesn’t regret her decision. In fact, now she calls on maternity units to do more to save babies who are routinely considered “unviable.”

She is also pushing to have the abortion limit amended to 20 weeks. She says, “I think the abortion limit should be lowered to 20 weeks – especially considering what happened with Conner. By then, you can see their sex – they are a person.”

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Link Round-up: Avoiding Toxins, Healthy Meals, Fingerpainting with Starburst, and More

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for avoiding toxins while pregnant, treats, healthy meals, a new fingerpaint idea, and more.

A Beautiful Mess shared a giant skillet brownie recipe.

Mind Body Green shared 14 tips for minimizing toxins while pregnant.

Bitz n Giggles showed us how to make a Snicker caramel apple dip.

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Uncommon Designs Online showed us how to make monogrammed pumpkins.

Life a Little Brighter showed us how to make Starburst fingerpaint (that’s one idea for getting rid of the Halloween candy!).

Luv a Bargain shared a cilantro lime chicken with zucchini and spinach recipe.

Play Dates on Fridays took a look at some of the insecurities we have as parents and how they sometimes show up in daily conversations.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Uncommon Designs Online

Royal Baby Number 2 Due in April

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 by No Comments

Prince William and his wife Kate have formally announced their second child is due in April.

That ends speculation as to when, and amid rumors of a baby girl on the way, they did not reveal whether they are expecting another son or a little girl. However, the formal announcement did rule out twins by using the singular word “baby.”

Kate has been out of the public eye with severe morning sickness since September 8 when the world found out she was expecting again. Since then, royal watchers have been waiting for any bit of news or a glimpse of the popular Duchess of Cambridge.

As for the due date, now, we can quit guessing and mark our calendars for April, the same month the royal couple will celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary on the 29th.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015.” – official palace press release

As for Kate’s morning sickness, Kensington Palace has said that her condition is “steadily improving,” and if all goes according to plan she will return to her schedule of engagements on Tuesday, October 21, when she is to accompany her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, to welcome the president of Singapore and his wife.

The Duchess usually keeps quite a busy social schedule, so her absence has left a big hole. Along with greeting the President of Singapore and his wife, she is also planning to attend the Wildlife of the Year Awards Ceremony at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday evening. Only time will tell if she is really up to it.

Now that she will be back in the public eye, I’m sure we’ll be seeing every phase of royal baby bump number 2 and the Duchess’ maternity fashion choices highlighted at every occasion.

The baby will be a brother or sister to one-year-old Prince George and will be fourth in line to the British throne following Prince Charles (grandfather), Prince William (father), and Prince George (brother). While Prince George is a direct heir to the throne, the new baby is considered his alternate.

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Man Arrested After Calling Wife Fat 2 Days After Giving Birth

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 by 1 Comment

Back when I had my first baby, the doctor told me to keep my weight gain to 15-18 pounds for the entire pregnancy. Amazingly I did it.

Yet even with that, I’ll never forget lying on the hospital bed after giving birth, turning on my side and realizing that my flabby belly was resting on the bed beside me. As a first-time mom riding a hormonal roller coaster of happiness mingled with uncertainty that I was up to the job, it was a mental adjustment to say the least.

Would my body ever return to pre-baby fitness? What would I wear home from the hospital? Nothing would fit, so it was maternity clothes.

I can’t imagine what I would have done if had come home to a husband who called me “fat” or told me to quit being lazy so I’d burn calories. And all this when my daughter was two days old!!

No that didn’t happen to me, but that’s exactly what happened to one Georgia woman. She and her husband got into an argument after the dog pooped in the house and he told her to “quit being lazy and burn some calories” by cleaning it up. Remember we’re talking two days after giving birth.

During the exchange he told her he didn’t take off work to help her out after giving birth, but to have a “vacation.” He went on and threatened to leave her because she was fat!

She walked out the door and went to a neighbor’s house where she called the police for help in removing her personal belongings and the baby from the home. When the police arrived, the husband said his wife was only acting like that because of “female problems.”

These situations can be tricky for the police, but it turns out that when the husband told the wife to go f*** herself, he was taken away in handcuffs and charged with disorderly conduct. I have some good ideas for an “appropriate” sentence for this guy, how about you?

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Kate Middleton Morning Sickness Waning

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 by 1 Comment

Kate Middleton has been out of the public eye since Kensington Palace made the official announcement that she is expecting her second child with Prince William last month.

Just like when she was expecting Prince George, she is suffering from a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. It’s caused her to cancel multiple royal engagements including her first solo tour to Malta at the end of September.

However, it looks like she’s ready to step back into the limelight.

According to Us Weekly, the “Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to greet the President of Singapore and his wife during a royal engagement on Oct. 21.”

The royal couple is scheduled to meet with their guests on behalf of Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Garden Hotel in London and as of now it looks like Kate plans to be there.

A Kensington Palace source told Us that the intensity of the Duchess’ sickness took everyone by surprise, but that the baby is well and that Kate Middleton is doing her best to stay healthy.

During her absence, she has written letters of apology. One such letter written when she had to cancel her appearance for the launch of The Art Room’s ninth center in the U.K. In it she says, “I am truly sorry that I cannot be with you all today as you celebrate this milestone. As patron of The Art Room, I feel great pride to see the work that the charity is doing. Vulnerable children flourish in the safe havens that The Art Room provides; this highlights just how important it is to support children at a time when they most need help and support.”

I hope she feels well soon as she presses forward to meet all her obligations. Part of me wonders if she is having another boy since this pregnancy is mimicking her first. I only say that because I experienced heartburn with my daughter but not with my son.

Time will tell, but I’d love to see them have a little Princess, wouldn’t you? No one knows officially how far along Kate is, but rumor has it the baby is due in April 2015.

Photo credits: The Incredible World

Casual Maternity Wardrobe Basics

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 by 1 Comment

When I was expecting the first time, I didn’t need to actually wear maternity clothes until I was about five-and-a-half or six months along.

By that time, the practical part of me didn’t want to spend a fortune on a maternity wardrobe I’d only be wearing for less than four months. However, on the other hand, I didn’t want to look like a frump making do for that time either. So I decided on a few basics that I could mix and match.

With my daughter, I was due in early spring. So I needed clothes to take me through the last months of winter. For me, essentials included a several long tank tops that I could wear for layering warmth, or just wear around the house when my hormones ran warmer than the thermostat registered.

Finding tank tops long enough to cover a growing belly can be a challenge, but Forever 21 offers several options that can work. I also figured I’d could wear them after the baby was born.

Long-sleeve tees were my other staple wardrobe piece. Calvin Klein long sleeve tees offered enough fashion sense to make me feel like I still looked good, and they were relatively inexpensive.

The one item in my wardrobe that was true maternity wear was my maternity jeans. I confess, at first I just unzipped my regular jeans, but that doesn’t work well when you’re walking around. I tried buying jeans bigger than my normal size, but they really didn’t fit my legs right.

So I broke down and bought three pair of maternity jeans at Old Navy. They fit my legs, and they didn’t look like grandma jeans. I also had a couple pair of leggings I’d wear around the house. All I had to do is slide the waistband under my belly.

The last thing I bought, that I’d never even heard of before, was a maternity bra. Who knew that I would change two cup sizes! I bought bras that doubled as nursing bras so I only had to spend money once on bras I wouldn’t be wearing post nursing.

If you’re expecting, my recommendation is don’t bother putting off getting clothes you can wear through your pregnancy. You’re going to have to buy them anyway. Go ahead and shop for clothes you like, maternity pants that still look like regular jeans, and shirts that will cover your belly.

And just so you know, my shirts were too stretched out to wear when I wasn’t pregnant.

photo credit: Helga Weber via photopin cc

Link Roundup: Halloween Foods, Cronuts, Fight Aging, and More

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has Halloween and fall-inspired foods, glow-in-the-dark pumpkins, homemade cronuts, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make Halloween bat burgers.

Living Locurto taught us how to make Frankenstein Halloween Pops.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her pregnant girl’s guide to what to sleep, eat, and wear.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make cronuts.

Mind Body Green shared seven ways to fight the effects of aging.

I Love to Create showed us how to make glow-in-the-dark pumpkins.

Tone It Up shared a recipe for healthy, yet decadent and divine, mocha brownies.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and A Beautiful Mess

Coconut Oil New Best Friend During Pregnancy

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 by 1 Comment

Want to avoid ugly stretch marks during pregnancy? Turns out that coconut oil may be the thing you’re looking for.

It keeps skin smooth, soft, and supple, and can help prevent stretch mark, and is said to even help existing stretch marks fade. However, they all fade over time so I’m not sure the coconut oil can be awarded this recognition.

However, it’s not all about stretch marks, it has other properties that make it beneficial. In fact, in recent years, some nutritionists have labeled it a superfood. Besides all that, it is a natural product that can be used from head to toe during pregnancy (and any other time) without worry of chemicals.

  • Moisturizer: Don’t limit the use of coconut oil to your stomach or other areas threatened by stretch marks. It works great for a whole body moisturizer. It’s antibacterial qualities can also help fight flare-up as your skin adjusts to all the hormonal changes.
  • Makeup remover: Coconut oil works well as a makeup remover, even on delicate skin around the eyes. It even takes off waterproof mascara! As a bonus, its moisturizing qualities help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, too.
  • Conditioner: Use it as conditioner for your hair. Just apply warm oil to your hair before bed and wash it out in the morning. To apply rub the oil between your palms, and run through your hair. The vitamins and minerals in coconut oil help keep hair nourished and helps prevent damage from combing and brushing.
  • Mouthwash: Coconut oil has been used as a folk remedy for centuries in a practice known as oil pulling. Basically take a tablespoon and swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes. It kills damaging bacteria, can help get rid of bad breath, and if done faithfully is said to whiten teeth, too.

While all these uses are external, some suggest taking it as a dietary supplement as well. Wellness Mama talks about adding ¼ to ½ cup of coconut oil in smoothies or tea each day for its immune boosting properties and to support the baby’s brain development.

Before you do this, though, be sure to talk with your doctor to get his input. He knows your medical history and what is best for you and your child.

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Jessica Simpson Says Life Better Married and Done Having Kids

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 by No Comments

Jessica Simpson and hubby Eric Johnson tied the knot back on July 5th. It was one of those celebrity weddings revealed after it happened to ensure their privacy.

Once they had officially said, “I do,” the wedding pictures made it to the tabloids, magazines, and social media where everyone commented on the dress and how great Jessica looked at her new weight.

Jessica’s weight has been an issue of gossip and weight gain was a reality with her pregnancies. The couple has two children, daughter Maxwell, 2, and son Ace, 14 months.

The singer/entrepreneur had gained a lot of weight with her first pregnancy. It resulted in her overweight pictures being plastered all over the covers of celebrity magazines.

After her daughter was born she had lost 50 pounds before getting pregnant with her son. With her second pregnancy she knew she’d gain weight, but she stayed more active and ate healthier.

She continues to do so since her son’s birth and became a spokesperson for Weight Watchers as she lost the baby weight. She has also admitted that her husband, Eric, a former NFL tight end, helps keep her motivated.

In a recent interview for “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Simpson talked about the couple’s future plans, and when asked if there was a chance that Maxwell and Ace would have another sibling, the 34-year-old mom said, “Oh, we are done. I say we’re done. I don’t want to accidentally get pregnant one day and then that poor kid feels like it wasn’t meant to be or something. We’ve got the girl and we’ve got the boy.”

She also went on to talk about her marriage to Johnson and said that she felt like they were in a new chapter of their relationship. “We have felt like ever since we got married, we’ve been kind of living on this honeymoon. Life is better.”

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