Category: Maternity

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.

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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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Are Royal Babies Spaced too Close Together?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by No Comments

Now that the Royal family has confirmed that Kate Middleton is pregnant for the second time, amid the buzz about a second royal heir being on the way is talk about whether or not 13 months is two short a time between pregnancies.

That is the amount of space between my own children, and while it wasn’t what I had “planned” I rolled with it. But 13 months is shorter than the 18 months recommended by Mayo Clinic and other organizations including the March of Dimes.

However, there is also research that suggests too much time between babies is not good either.

One of the cited possible risks based on the limited research is that the baby is at risk of a lower birth weight and small gestational size.

In my case that didn’t happen. My son actually weighed over two pounds more than my daughter and was an inch and a half longer. I’m not saying that is proof that the research is wrong, just that for me it was absolutely not the case.

Other possible risks include the potential for the placenta to partially or completely detach from the inner wall of the uterus before the baby is delivered, or that the placenta may attach to the lower part of the uterine wall and cover the cervix partially or all together in women who had a Caesarian section with their first child.

Aside from these risks there may be an increased risk of autism in the second child and some experts point to how an unplanned pregnancy and closely spaced pregnancies can put women at a socio-economic disadvantage.

I can say this is not the case for William and Kate. First of all, they probably planned this pregnancy…that is my guess not a substantiated fact.

Secondly, finances are not a factor for them, and even the stress of having kids close together will be much different with the help of a nanny, the Royal Chef, and all the other support most people don’t have.

While pregnancy and breast feeding take a toll on the mom’s body and diminish the supply of nutrients available, women in good health, who take their prenatal vitamins and have access to good prenatal care should be okay with the 13-month spacing according to some experts.

So are the Royal babies spaced to close together? Not really.

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Second Royal Baby on the Way

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 by No Comments

It’s official! Prince George is expecting a baby brother or sister.

The announcement made on Twitter says that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “are very pleased to announce” they are expecting their second child. Both Prince William and Kate are now 32 and their first child turned one in July.

A statement from Buckingham Palace says “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.” And guess what! Royal watchers are just as thrilled and so are the capitalists who profit from such news.

For instance, the online betting site Paddy Power is already featuring novelty bets on the gender, hair color, and name of the new baby.

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At this time, no due date has been announced, but along with the information that has been released the palace said the pregnancy is still within the first trimester. Poor Kate is experiencing acute morning sickness again and has had to cancel some scheduled engagements.

So far, this time fighting the inconvenient side-effect of extreme nausea hasn’t sent her to the hospital. Instead the palace’s statement said, “The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace,” which is where the couple lives.

Prime Minister David Cameron also shared his congratulations on Twitter, saying, “I’m delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby.”

Along with the happy news comes speculation on what maternity fashion she’ll don this time around.

Will she wear some of her maternity clothes from her first pregnancy? Possibly, but we have to remember that Prince George was born in the summer, while this baby will be due in the spring. Different seasons call for different maternity clothes in my book, unless you’re into a one-size fits the whole pregnancy approach, which I can tell you the fashion conscious Kate will not be.

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Baby Sends Thumbs Up from the Womb

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 by No Comments

Ultrasounds offer a unique glimpse and a first baby pic before our children are born.

Seeing your baby for the first time is more special than words can tell, and for one couple, when they got a thumbs up from their baby, they thought it was really exceptional.

According to the baby’s father, Brandon Hopkins, his wife is actually expecting twins and is due in January. At this time they don’t know the sex of the babies. Even so, the twins or at least one of the twins is already famous for the thumbs up photo.

The proud dad-to-be posted the pic on his Facebook page, and then his brother posted the same sonogram pic to Reddit where the responses exploded. Some have even nicknamed the baby the “Fonzie fetus” after the iconic cool guy from Happy Days.

After the surprising response, the uncle of the babies called his brother to let him know, “Your babies are famous.” They even made the news on WCVB Channel 5 Boston.

It is really a cool shot. I mean I got excited to see thumb sucking! A thumbs up is like a positive message sent ahead. However, I can’t help but think about after the kids are born.

This is a story that will become part of their family lore passed from one generation to the next, but will the kids wonder which of them gave the thumbs up? You know what I’m talking about. The sibling rivalry thing boasting about who does something better. Which one will be able to say, “I was famous before we were born”?

Luckily because they don’t even know the sex of the babies at this time I don’t think that will happen. Instead, this now famous picture and bit of celebrity as a viral sensation will be something the entire family can cherish as a whole unit. It is special.

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What Is Average Birth Weight these Days?

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 by No Comments

Three of my friends and I were sharing our birthing stories a couple of evenings ago after one of the women told of how their daughter was under 5 pounds when she came home. Yes, she was a preemie. Her now teenage daughter walked over to us to remind her mother that she’s not so little any more.

The conversation went on to tell birth weights of our various children, and all of us thought our eight-pound-something kids were plenty big. The daughter asked what average was and it raised the question in all our minds. We all thought the seven pound range was average territory, but with so many extremely big babies being born these days is there a new normal?

According to Kids Health, “Most full-term babies (born between 37 and 40 weeks) weigh somewhere between 5 pounds 8 ounces (2,500 grams) and 8 pounds, 13 ounces (4,000 grams).” So that means the average is about the same as what we thought weighing about 7.5 pounds.

So what’s making so many babies tip the scales at weights like 14, 15, and even 16 pounds? One of the things that plays a role is diet and weight before you get pregnant and while you’re pregnant. That means those of us who are overweight to start can expect to have a heavier baby. Does that mean the baby is born “overweight?”

At the other end of the spectrum, if we don’t take in enough nutrients, then our baby might be smaller. Other factors that can influence birth weight are lifestyle habits like drinking and smoking and health issued like diabetes.

Things we have no control over include genetics and our own birth weight and the sex of the baby (boys tend to weight more than girls). Firstborns usually weigh less than their siblings, too. All of this makes me wonder if the rise in obesity and overweight is being passed on to the next generation! All the more reason why we should try to get ourselves in shape before we get pregnant!

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Christina Aguilera Welcomes Daughter Summer Rain

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 by 1 Comment

Christina Aguilera and her fiancé Matt Rutler welcomed their first child together on Aug. 16. According to an article in Us Weekly, the baby was delivered via Caesarian section at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and, the 33 year old star announced via Twitter that the baby’s name is Summer Rain.

As with any baby name, people will be divided as to whether or not they like the name choice. I think this particular name is pretty. It doesn’t sound gimmicky, silly, or like a forced effort to be different. Instead it has a casual elegance to it.

Summer can be a girl or boy name and it means “summer season.” It actually was somewhat popular back in the late 90s. According to the Government Social Security Administration it ranked 188 in popularity last year which means it is still pretty popular.

Summer Rain is Aguilera’s second child and the first for her fiancé, who she met on the set of her 2010 film Burlesque where he worked as a set production assistant. She and ex-husband Jordan Bratman share custody of her six-year-old son, Max, who she also had by an elective scheduled C-section.

At the time she had told People magazine, “I didn’t want any surprises. Honestly, I didn’t want any [vaginal] tearing. I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section [anyway]. The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time I was ready to be done early.”

According to one article I read, one third of celeb babies are born by C-section. That’s one decision I don’t think I’d make, but there are pros and cons for both sides of that issue. I’m happy all is well with the baby and mom, and wish the entire family all the best.

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