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Good News: Folic Acid Prevents 1,300 Birth Defects Each Year!

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Prenatal vitamins folic acidAmong all the (sometimes scary) new scientific pregnancy findings we sort through every day, there’s a new one to report that’s nothing but good news.

According to new data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fortifying grain foods with the B vitamin folic acid has saved about 1,300 babies from being born with neutral tube defects—or serious problems in the brain and spine—each year since that program went into effect in 1998. Thanks to fortifying, the number of babies born in in this country with such issues has plunged 35 percent since that watershed year.

That said, about 3,000 pregnancies in the U.S. annually are still affected by neural tube defects. So want to make sure you’re getting enough of that folic acid good stuff? Here’s what to do, according to the March of Dimes’ recommendations:

  • Take a multivitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid every single day. That goes for all women who are capable of having a baby. (Currently only about a third of all women are doing this as recommended.)
  • Once you’re pregnant, take a prenatal vitamin that contains at least 600 micrograms of folic acid.
  • Eat as many foods as possible that contain folate, which is the naturally occurring form of folic acid. Such foods include leafy green veggies, black beans, OJ, and lentils. Enriched cereals, breads, and pastas also contain the nutrient.
  • If you have had a previous pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect, talk to your healthcare provider about starting a regimen of high-dose folic acid at least a month before you conceive, and all the way through your first trimester, per the C.D.C. guidelines.

Another heads up for Hispanic women in particular: The new research shows that this group is about 20 percent more likely to have a child with such a defect than causasian women, and the reason for that is likely dietary: Wheat flour is fortified with folic acid, but corn masa flour isn’t (although the March of Dimes and other groups are working to make the F.D.A. fortify that, too.)

Just one more (encouraging) reminder to take those prenatal vitamins and eat a healthy diet during pregnancy!

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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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How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy: Making a Healthy Dinner
How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy: Making a Healthy Dinner
How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy: Making a Healthy Dinner

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Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Her “Horrible” Pregnancy

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Kelly Clarkson River RoseIf you didn’t have a blissful pregnancy experience, you’re not alone. Kelly Clarkson is the most recent celebrity mama to open up about the major challenges she faced while pregnant, in fact going so far as to call that period of her life “horrible” on BBC’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

She told host Nick Grimshaw on the program, “I was hospitalized. It was just kind of a bad pregnancy, so I had to take off way more time than normal.”

While she doesn’t give us a lot of details in the latest interview (and admits that the experience hasn’t scared her off from wanting baby number two “…in like a year”), we know she struggled with acute morning sickness, as she gave plenty of candid interviews on the topic throughout her pregnancy with daughter River Rose.

I vomit a good dozen times a day. It’s like bad. I vomited before coming out here,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in December 2013. “I’m not even kidding, it’s so bad. It’s so bad. It’s, like, so gross.”

She added, “My nails are short, my hair still falls out—it’s not all lush and beautiful. And I have no glow. Unless it’s, like, something left over from a bad throw up. It’s horrible.”

Clarkson, of course, isn’t the only mom in the public eye to have a tough go of pregnancy. Kate Middleton famously suffered hyperemesis gravidarum, or morning sickness so severe as to be debilitating. Gwyneth Paltrow, Molly Sims, Mariah Carey, and Kate Winslet are also all among the stars who have copped to suffering bad morning sickness during their pregnancies.

Did you?

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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.

Snacks That Fight Morning Sickness
Snacks That Fight Morning Sickness
Snacks That Fight Morning Sickness

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Zooey Deschanel Is Pregnant!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Zooey Deschanel and Jacob PechenikWe’re ridiculously excited about the latest celebrity pregnancy newsNew Girl star Zooey Deschanel, 34, has confirmed that she is pregnant with her first child! She and boyfriend Jacob Pechenik, 42, are expecting their new addition sometime this summer.

The couple begun dating in mid-2014 after they met on the set of Rock the Kasbah, which Pechenik co-produced.

Deschanel recently confirmed the couple’s exciting news to PEOPLE.com, saying, “Jacob and I are over the moon. We are so excited to meet our little one.”

We’re over the moon, too! And how fun is it that Zooey’s sister (and star of Bones), Emily Deschanel, is also pregnant at the same time? Emily is expecting her second child with husband and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star, David Hornsby, later this year, and is already mama to a 3-year-old son named Henry. Talk about a ready source of pregnancy advice and mom-advice—not to mention a sympathetic ear when it comes to morning sickness (if she’s having any), weird pregnancy symptoms, and kooky cravings.

Now, we can only hope a She & Him lullaby album is also in Zooey’s future…

Congrats to Zooey (and Emily, too)!

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Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump
Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump

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Did Beyonce Just Make a Pregnancy Announcement?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Beyonce and Jay ZWill there soon be a brand new addition to the Carter family?

Beyonce shared a photo via Instagram on Sunday morning that has fans buzzing with questions about a possible pregnancy announcement. The caption-less image shows Blue Ivy playing nearby her Grammy-award-winning mother who is completely buried in sand. What’s the catch? It appears that there’s a baby bump on top of Beyonce’s stomach.

One excited follower commented, “This picture is going to break the Internet. If this is a clever pregnancy announcement, congratulations to you and your family!”

As we all know, back in September, Jay Z helped fuel rumors by reportedly changing lyrics to a song during a performance in Paris while on their On The Run tour, rapping, ‘Cause she pregnant with another one’ in the song Beach Is Better.

If it’s true, Queen Bey’s cheeky, wink-and-a-smile Instagram approach is much different from her queen-of-the-world on-stage pregnancy announcement at the 2011 VMAs.

Representatives have yet to comment on the rumor. In the meantime, we’ll be waiting patiently (kind of!) for confirmation Blue Ivy will soon be a big sister.

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Jessica Biel STILL Isn’t Confirming She’s Pregnant (And That’s OK!)

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Jessica BielIt’s time to call a spade a spade: Jessica Biel is pregnant.

Yes, rumors have swirled for months that Justin Timberlake’s bride was expecting the couple’s first child, but the star never confirmed. So we hung back and waited expectantly (ahem) for an official pregnancy announcement to come down. So far, it hasn’t — but a photo snapped yesterday of the star dressed casually in West Hollywood clearly shows a significant baby bump (as does the one shown here). The jig is up.

So Jessica is apparently going to be one of those stars who simply never officially confirms the obvious news. In that way, she’ll follow in the footsteps of the likes of Zoe Saldana, who let her bump (twin bump, no less!) grow and grow without any official discussion of the matter. And then one day she delivered, and that was that!

Being all up in pregnant stars’ business is my job. And as much as I enjoy it—even lamenting here just yesterday how Blake Lively’s fabulous pregnancy in the public eye was simply too short—I have to respect a family who wants to keep their joyful personal news just that.

Let the sweet nesting happen behind closed doors, while all the speculation happens on the other side of them.

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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.

Playing Charades to Break the Baby News
Playing Charades to Break the Baby News
Playing Charades to Break the Baby News

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