A ‘Bachelor’ Baby Pad: Get J.P. and Ashley’s Nursery Style!

Vanessa Antonelli, Ashley Rosenbaum and J.P. RosenbaumWhen Bachelor couple J.P. and Ashley Rosenbaum visited our offices, they told us why they love their son’s name: Fordham sounds strong and, in Ashley’s words, is “setting him up for success.” The little guy’s new nursery, as it turns out, is pretty powerful as well! The couple worked with designer Vanessa Antonelli—who has also done baby rooms for Danielle and Kevin Jonas, Rosie Pope, and Kendra Wilkinson—to make a nursery in their Miami home that’s both modern and nature-inspired.

“After brainstorming with Ashley I learned that she likes both rustic and modern decor. I spent some time at the drawing board to have the two work together in a way that makes sense,” Antonelli says. “Adding in acrylic [in the crib] makes a nursery instantly feel modern. The nature-inspired colors and wood elements gave it the rustic feel she wanted and softened it up for a baby.”

The wall behind his crib is perhaps the most dramatic touch; it was an ordinary wall at the start of the project and Antonelli used Stikwood, which is made of reclaimed wood and adheres permanently to a wall surface, to transform it to look like a deep-woods lodge. (The cost of the entire wall was roughly $1,200.)

J.P. and Ashley Rosenbaum Baby Nursery


Ford sleeps in BabyLetto’s Harlow convertible crib ($600); Antonelli refinished the base to change it from gray to a warm brown. Inside is Nook’s organic Pebble Pure mattress ($395), so pretty it doesn’t even need a sheet; the cover it comes with can easily be thrown in the wash.

The glider and ottoman both came from Little Castle, where everything is customizable and chairs start at approximately $700. The Cobblestone Pillow ($59), from OiloStudio, sits on the glider. Ford’s bouncer seat, beside his crib, is Nuna’s Leaf ($220). And of course he’s got his name on the wall in big, bold letters! That’s a sign of parents who are super-excited to welcome their baby to the world. —Jessica Hartshorn

Related: The Bachelor’s Ashley and J.P.: “Mommy Guilt Is Real!”

Jessica Hartshorn is the Entertainment Editor at Parents and the Senior Lifestyle Editor at American Baby, where she is literally paid to talk about pregnancy, birth, and babies all day.


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Rachel Zoe Launches a Maternity Line: Here’s How to Get It!

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Attention all pregnant mamas! Stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe is launching her first ever maternity line for A Pea in the Pod. In honor of the occasion, Parents’ Ruthie Fierberg caught up with the mommy of two—Skyler, 3, Kaius, 1—about her inspiration for the line, must-have maternity fashion items, and how she handled her pregnancies. Plus, we’ve got a treat for you readers: Access to the special pre-sale of Rachel Zoe for a Pea in the Pod beginning March 3.

Parents: What made you want to design a maternity line at this point in your life?

Rachel Zoe: Women kept asking me about it and I wanted to translate my collection into a maternity language, so to speak. Pregnant or not, women should always have the ability to enjoy clothes. For me, it made sense to work with A Pea in The Pod—they’re making dressing well accessible to a market that didn’t always have that.

P: What are you hoping moms will love about Rachel Zoe maternity that’s different from other maternity clothes?

RZ: It doesn’t feel like clothes you only wear when you’re pregnant. It looks like clothes that work into your life before, during, and after pregnancy. It’s fun—with prints and stripes it feels modern and fresh.

P: What was your biggest fashion woe during your pregnancies?

RZ: That awkward phase when you transition from looking like you put on a lot of weight versus actually looking pregnant. And not being able to wear some of my favorite clothes…mostly anything that had a waist.

P: What’s the one fashion item all expecting mamas must have?

RZ: A great pair of leggings and a great jersey dress. Whether it’s a black tunic or maxi, jersey basics are staples you can layer under a great jacket, cardigan, trench, anything!

P: What was your craziest pregnancy craving

RZ: I had reverse cravings—things that I loved, I couldn’t stand. And instead of sweet berries, I just wanted tart and sour…tons of grapefruit.

P: Did you have any strange pregnancy symptoms with Skyler or Kaius? If so, how did you cope?

RZ: Skyler was really easy. Kaius was tough for the first three month. I was really sick and tired. I tried everything, but nothing really helped.

P: Overall, how would you describe your pregnancies? Did you enjoy them or were they more challenging times?

RZ: I loved being pregnant! I actually envy pregnant women. I feel so healthy and happy. I think pregnancy is the most amazing and mind-blowing thing in the world.

Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she’s practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is our resident theater aficionado and can be found constantly running around New York City to find the best new show, the most awesome dance party, or the hottest Bikram yoga studio. Follow her on on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.

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Celebrity Gender Reveal: Anna Duggar Is Having a…

Josh and Anna DuggarThere are lots of Duggar pregnancy updates in the news these days, what with Anna Duggar and Jill Duggar Dillard both expecting—but here’s the latest: Anna and Josh have shared their baby’s gender, and they’re having a baby…girl!

The couple, who are already parents to Mackynzie, 5, Michael, 3, and Marcus, 1, found out the boy-or-girl news via some adorable duckie-decorated gender-reveal cupcakes provided by DC Cupcakes (nice cross promotion, TLC!). People.com posted a video of the couple biting into the cupcakes with their kids before turning them around to reveal the pale pink frosting inside and announcing the happy news. (Side note: Anna’s sister-in-law, Jill, also thought she was carrying a girl, but it turns out that the Duggar-Dillards are expecting a boy!)

Related: Celebrity Gender Reveals: How Stars Shared the Boy or Girl News

Now, Anna and Josh apaprently need to come up with another girl name that starts with the letter “m.” But while Josh told People.com that he and Anna are “close to announcing a name,” he did tease a little, saying that they’ll probably continue the m-name trend they started with Mackynzie, but “we’ll just have to see.”

So, stay tuned to see if, say, a baby Madeleine or Malayah or Macayla will join the family, or if they’re going to surprise everyone.

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Image: Instagram/Josh Duggar

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Study Offers New Findings on Obesity and Pregnancy

Pregnancy and obesityIf you carry extra weight and you’re pregnant or plan to get pregnant, you’ll want to read this.

A new study is offering the first-ever guidance for pregnant women in various categories of obesity—and the the findings suggest that obese women should not gain any weight at all until they’re about halfway through their pregnancies (or even later!).

The study, which was conducted by Jennifer Hutcheon, Ph.D., and a team at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh and published in the March issue of the journal Obesity, is the first to offer guidance for mamas with class II (a BMI of 35-39.9) and class III obesity (BMI of greater than 40), instead of lumping all obese patients into a single category.

“This study is very important for obese women that are entering pregnancy. There are current guidelines on the amount of weight gain recommended for women based on their BMI, but those guidelines group all obese women with a BMI of 30 or over,” says Pari Ghodsi, M.D., an ob-gyn at Northlake OB-GYN, in Plano, Texas. “This study breaks that down even further, dividing obese women into different categories, classes I, II, and III. It looks at the weight-gain patterns of these women.”

We already know that obese women don’t need to gain as much weight during pregnancy as women with normal body mass indexes. And we know that it’s dangerous to be morbidly obese in pregnancy.

“We also know that morbid obesity is associated with many pregnancy complications such as still birth, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, growth restriction, preterm birth, large babies, labor complications and increased risk for cesarean,” says Dr. Ghodsi. “This study is the beginning of getting more information depending on the class of obesity and therefore fine-tuning the current recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy for obese women.”

But what does this all mean for real moms-to-be, right now? Dr. Ghodsi says that more research needs to be done to assess the amount of weight obese women gain and its association with pregnancy complications. “Then further recommendations can be made,” she says. In the meantime, “if you are pregnant, it’s important to follow your doctor’s recommendation for weight gain based on your current BMI.”


How much weight should you gain? Check our pregnancy weight gain calculator. And sign up for our pregnancy newsletters to keep up with the latest pregnancy news.

Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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The Maternity Care Report Every Expectant Mom Should Read

Maternity careWhen it comes to your maternity hospital, do you know what you’re getting into?

The 2014 Maternity Care Report, a new report from nonprofit watchdog the Leapfrog Group, takes a look inside the safety and quality of care with regard to such issues as elective early deliveries, episiotomies, and high-risk deliveries.

The group, an employer-based coalition that advocates for better safety and transparency in hospitals, analyzed voluntarily-given data from 1,501 hospitals around the country and found that there’s been a lot of progress in recent years—but there’s also still plenty of room for improvement.

For one thing, many hospitals miss the mark for high-risk deliveries: Only a fourth of all hospitals meet the group’s standard, which is to maintain a lower-than-average morbidity/mortality rate for very-low birth weight babies and ensure that at least 80 percent of mothers receive antenatal steroids prior to delivery. That indicates too many very low birth weight babies are born at facilities that may not be prepared for their special needs.

But there’s good news, too: The study showed that the national average for early elective deliveries (before 39 weeks without medical necessity) hit its lowest rate since Leapfrog began public reporting on them in 2010—just 3.4 percent. Nearly 750 reporting hospitals achieved the Leapfrog standard. (See if your state has improved!)

More good news: According to the report, episiotomy rates are improving. Two thirds of hospitals hit the target of 12 percent or less for the once-routine procedure. Still, more than a third of birthing hospitals allow too many episiotomies, according to the group. Going forward, Leapfrog will actually reduce its target rate to a scant 5 percent to encourage further movement on the stat.

“The Maternity Care Report reveals that hospitals are making continued gains in the quality of maternity care offered,” Leapfrog president and C.E.O. Leah Binder said in a statement, “yet the data also demonstrates that there is substantial room for improvement.”

Want to know where your state—and your hospital—stands? Search here to find out!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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