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Friday, September 27th, 2013
Actress and momtrepreneur Tia Mowry-Hardict may always seem upbeat and über-positive, but she went through a very dark period when she was struggling with infertility. The cause? Endometriosis, which is an abnormal growth of cells from the lining of your uterus that appear outside of the uterine cavity. It can be painful and cause fertility issues. Now, 35, Tia was diagnosed with Endometriosis at 27, and underwent two surgeries and a major lifestyle change before getting pregnant with son, Cree, now 2.
Tia shares her experiences with Endometriosis, as well as some smart pregnancy tips all moms-to-be can learn from.
Due to your Endometriosis diagnosis, you had two surgeries and were told you needed a third. Was there ever a point where you thought you wouldn’t be able to have kids?
Yes, despite my diagnosis I still wanted to try and have a baby, but not being able to have kids was an immediate fear. It made me feel out of control. I knew that I desperately wanted to have children and after speaking with a nutritionist that came recommended by my doctor, I was reassured that with the right eating habits and lifestyle changes (no sugar, no carbs!), I would have a better possibility of getting pregnant. I started to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I became extremely health conscious, changed my diet, and I think those changes helped with ultimately getting pregnant.
Now that you are a mom, what do you wish you could tell your pregnant self about all of the fears you had about being a mom?
The baby is going to come when he/she is ready and it’s really important to let nature take its course. There’s only so much we can control, like vitamins, exercise etc…but when all is said and done, the baby will come out however he/she is meant to come out. You have to be ok with that.
What were you most excited about when you were pregnant?
I was most excited about seeing my baby (and my belly) grow.
What were you most scared of?
Natural childbirth! And like any mom I was anxious about making sure my baby was healthy.
What was the best piece of advice you received while pregnant?
Sleep while you can!
How did you get through the not-so-fun parts of pregnancy? Any tips for moms-to-be?
For the nausea that comes with morning sickness, what really, really helped me were seasickness bands. You wear them and they work on a pressure point that deals with seasickness. For exhaustion, listen to your body. When you’re tired, rest. Don’t try to be superwoman. But also don’t be afraid to exercise when your’re feeling up to it. My advice for women struggling with stretch marks would be to use Stretchy by needbrands.com, a line of products I launched with my sister Tamera.
Why did you two decide to launch your own line for pregnant women, moms and babies?
We felt that there were certain products that didn’t exist out there that we absolutely could have used during our own pregnancies. So, if there was a need on our end, there must be other moms out there looking for the same types of things. Milky—an herbal tea supplement to help boost the quality and quantity of your breast milk—is important because it is a need (no pun intended). It’s quick, convenient, affordable, natural and tasty. Next up, we’re looking to have six more products in stores at Destination Maternity nationwide by January 2014, that focus on the needs of moms (during and post pregnancy) babies, infants and toddlers.
Was it hard to be a working mom-to-be?
It was really challenging. The hardest thing was hiding my pregnancy for the first two months. When you’re working on a set, it can be extremely hard. I found myself running to the bathroom several times with morning sickness
, but had to tell those around me that I had gastro-intestinal issues. I’d also fall asleep in between takes. I didn’t really deal with mommy brain until after
I had Cree. I went to the grocery store once and left my car running the whole time! I found the best way of working through all of the absent mindedness was to write everything down.
You have your series of yoga DVDs. How do you think yoga can help pregnant women?
Yoga opens up parts of the body that otherwise stay shut down, and it helps with breathing techniques, which are vital to the childbirth process. Yoga also helped me lose weight post-baby but it’s important to remember that it deals with more emotional and spiritual weight than physical. Yoga combined with cardio and weight training is ideal. I gained 60 pounds when I was pregnant and it took two years to get back to where I was pre-pregnancy.
On Instant Mom you fall in love and you’re suddenly a step-mom of three. What tips have you learned from your character that you can share with other moms with newly blended families?
Even though you are a step-mom, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be a mom to the children. A mom is someone who nurtures and loves, and shares responsibilities with the rest of the caretakers in the family. Having kids is a blessing.
Tia Mowry-Hardrict’s new show, Instant Mom, debuts Sunday, Sept 29, at 8:30 p.m. on Nick at Nite, then airs again at 10:30 p.m. on Nick Jr. The third season of her reality show Tia & Tamera premieres on E! Tuesday, Oct 15, at 9 p.m. And her Need products are available at Destination Maternity.
TELL US: What are your best pregnancy tips for other moms-to-be?
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Monday, September 2nd, 2013
Of course coconut is yummy—macaroons, Pina Coladas, delicious cream pies, oh my! But did you know that coconut oil and coconut milk are also terrific for pregnant women (and not just to fill their sweets cravings)? Cue an image of yourself lying on an exotic beach somewhere with a fresh coconut in hand.
According to the Western A Price Foundation, a nutrition research charity, pregnant women should consume two tablespoons of unprocessed coconut oil per day, either in a smoothie or in place of other oils or butters. Rich in anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, coconut oil can help prevent colds, flu and other viruses—which is especially helpful when you don’t want to be taking over-the-counter remedies—and strengthens the immune system of both the pregnant mom and unborn baby.
Coconut oil also helps relieve morning sickness, heartburn and constipation (three icky side effects of pregnancy). Other women swear the super-moisturizing oil even prevents stretch marks when it’s rubbed on the belly on a regular basis. And for those of you planning to breast feed, coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which is supposed to stimulate milk production during pregnancy and after birth.
Coconut oil isn’t the only part of the coconut that can help with pregnancy, either. Coconut water has lots of benefits as well. Coconut water is fat-free and one of the richest sources of electrolytes (think: natural sports drink that’s going to keep you well-hydrated). It is high in potassium, magnesium and protein and is a good source of dietary fiber, calcium and Vitamin C.
It also helps with circulation, which is especially important when you’re pregnant because your blood volume increases by 50 percent. Poor circulation leads to foot and leg pain for mom, and in extreme cases can lead to lack of oxygen to the baby. Another persistent problem many pregnant women suffer from is urinary tract infections. Since coconut water is a natural diuretic, it flushes you out faster and can help to prevent infections.
It sounds like a pregnant woman’s miracle to me! I heard about the morning sickness benefits of coconut water when I was pregnant, but I had no idea how good coconut oil would have been for me as well. As with all things when you’re pregnant, though, consult your doctor before jumping into a high coconut oil or coconut water diet because it’s still possible to overdue a good thing.
TELL US: Have you incorporated coconut oil and coconut milk into your pregnancy diet? Have you felt any positive changes?
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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
If you watched America’s Next Top Model, you know that Lisa D’Amato doesn’t sugar coat things. So it was no surprise that the outspoken contestant, and winner of the All-Stars season in 2011, told People magazine that, “The whole pregnancy glow thing is a joke! There is nothing pretty about pregnancy except creating a life – other than that I think it’s pretty gross.”
While I may not have put it so bluntly myself, I have to agree with Lisa. When you’re pregnant, it’s like your body is on cruise control. It knows what to do, even if you don’t! I was warned about morning sickness, but you don’t fully comprehend what it’s going to be like until you’re, ahem, down on your knees worshipping the porcelain god at all hours of the day. The overwhelming feeling of nausea is your new normal (at least for 70 percent of you who will have morning sickness, the other 30 percent are off the hook—and you have won the million dollar jackpot as far as I’m concerned!).
Now, I’m going to enter the unmentionables territory—the stuff we ladies don’t usually talk about. Pregnancy also brings with it the trifecta of discomfort: heartburn, constipation and/or diarrhea, and flatulence. No matter how much you mentally prepare for it, it’s going to be worse than you can even imagine! Add to that all of the bathroom breaks needed because you’re trying to stay hydrated and the larger the baby gets the more bladder pressure you’re feeling from your growing baby. And as things begin to loosen up “down there” to prepare for your baby’s arrival, a sneeze or a loud laugh can cause you to unexpectedly have an accident (so wearing panty liners is a really good idea, especially in the third trimester!).
You can also say buh-bye to those perky breasts of yours, because they are now larger than ever (which could seem like a good thing for about a minute!), sagging where they’ve never sagged before, and your areolas are going to get larger and darker in an almost alien-like way. You suddenly don’t recognize the body you’ve had your whole life!
While pregnancy can be “pretty gross,” you just have to keep reminding yourself that the prize at the end is a beautiful baby. Bonus: once you are able to go through all of that yourself, you’re going to be strong enough to handle anything your baby throws at you (atomic diapers and all!).
TELL US: What gross thing were you most surprised about during pregnancy?
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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
When I found out I was pregnant it was like I was back in college and needed to cram for a big exam. I was reading every pregnancy-related blog, magazine or book I could get my hands on so I could be prepared for what I—and my body—was about to go through. At my doctor’s visits, I was the annoying kid in class who kept raising her hand to ask yet another question. What can I say? Even though I hate to admit it, I’m Type A.
The internet is both a blessing and a curse when you’re pregnant, because you can Google anything and everything at any hour of the day to get answers, but there is so much conflicting information out there that you end up driving yourself crazy with worry.
I went into my check-ups thinking I had all of this medical knowledge from the internet, but most of the time my OB told me not to believe anything I read online—especially when it came to medications and what was safe to take during pregnancy. (And even more importantly, what wasn’t safe during pregnancy!) She told me what I could and couldn’t take for cramps and headaches—acetaminophen was ok, but ibuprofen and naproxen weren’t—and seasonal allergies—she suggested I not take anything, though Benadryl and Claritin were widely considered acceptable online.
Now a new study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology conducted at UCLA with women who have hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a severe form of morning sickness shared by Kate Middleton, show that those who took antihistamines (which are contained in many over the counter cold remedies, decongestants, sleep aids, and even products designed to relieve morning sickness) are significantly more likely to have premature births, babies with low birth weight, breathing and feeding problems, infections or developmental issues. In the study, more than 50 percent of the HG patients who experienced the above problems took some form of antihistamines.
While the study only proves a link between adverse birth outcomes in women with HG, it begs the question: Are antihistamines safe during pregnancy for any woman—whether she suffers from HG or not? Is taking something to relieve a short-term cold or allergy problem worth putting your unborn child at risk? Trying to figure this out on your own will drive you nuts. Consult your doctor before taking any over the counter medication—regardless of what you read on the internet. Your baby’s health is worth the extra effort.
TELL US: Have you given up any medications while pregnant?
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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Sarah Michelle Gellar probably won’t be happy to hear this, but she will forever be Buffy Summers to me—no matter what amazing roles the Emmy-winning actress goes on to play (including her part as ad exec Sydney Roberts in the new CBS series, The Crazy Ones, opposite Robin Williams, which debuts this fall). I loved her as the girly lingo-slinging, kick-butt vampire slayer who was always there secretly saving the world, and looking awesome while doing it.
Now mom to Charlotte, 3, and Rocky, 8 months, Mrs. Freddie Prinze, Jr. is a superhero of another sort (don’t all mothers deserve that status?!), and, since she’s been through it twice, I knew she’d have some amazing pregnancy wisdom to share.
I sat down for a chat with Sarah—who was on the cover of Parents when she was five years old!—to chat about her favorite tips for moms-to-be, and found out about her new mission to save babies lives. Here’s what went down:
When you’re pregnant, you’re so worried that you’re going to do something wrong—not eat well enough, not exercise enough…
You know, with my first I actually went into labor during Pilates. I told my trainer, “I’m cranky today,” but it turned out I was in labor but didn’t realize it!
No way! Well, that’s a crazy story you can share with Charlotte one day! Some women love being pregnant; others just can’t wait to get it over with and have the baby. Which were you?
I loved being pregnant because there was a baby growing inside me. Were there some parts that weren’t so fun? Yes. No one likes morning sickness! But I like crackers and pasta, so it wasn’t so bad.
You already had a girl, so how did you react when the doctor told you that you were having a boy with Rocky?
Actually, it’s a funny story. I saw the sonogram before the doctor even came into the room, and I [saw the penis and] was like, “Oh, that’s a boy!” The tech was like, “Let’s wait for the doctor, but I think your hunch is right.”
I’m amazed you could make it out. I feel like most pregnant women have no idea what they’re looking at on sonograms.
I’ve always been able to look at the screen and say, “That’s the foot, that’s the head.” It’s a hidden talent. I am really good at it!
Which did you gain more pregnancy weight with: Charlotte or Rocky?
That’s an interesting question, because you don’t count the things the same way the second time around because you’re chasing a toddler. I wasn’t aware of how much weight I had gained or when I started showing with the second pregnancy.
You’re just too busy to, huh?
Yes, and I’m lucky because my kids are just one day apart (by three years) so at least with milestones I can remember when they happened because they’ll be the same age exactly at the same time.
You couldn’t plan that even if you tried!
No, you couldn’t. By the way, it makes birthday planning very difficult.
Was it easier being a clueless first-time mom, or a second-time mom with a toddler running around?
Ultimately it’s easier the second time because you know more. Kids are very fragile but they’re also very resilient. I don’t question myself in the same way now.
What’s your best advice for nervous moms-to-be?
Being pregnant, and then having a baby, is very overwhelming. But you need to learn to trust yourself and your instincts. The first time around I didn’t believe I could do it and I was really hard on myself. I wish I realized then, “You know what? I did a pretty good job.” But I’m not perfect. I still put diapers on backwards! I can’t tell you how many times a day I’m still like, “Wait a minute—what’s going on here? Oh, I put it on backwards!” Or snaps on onesies—why are they so hard? Each set of snaps should be color-coded so the red goes to the red, the blue to the blue, etc. The zippered onesies may seem easier but trust me the first time you zip your baby’s skin, you want to kill yourself. You have to just let it go, though. That happened to me, and you know what? My kids lived and they don’t even remember it.
How did you balance work, a toddler and being pregnant with a second?
It’s a juggling act. Anyone who says it doesn’t take a village is either lying or is totally kidding themselves. I’m fortunate that I have an incredibly supportive village and I have wonderful friends. Also there’s a lot of OCD scheduling with colored pens. Having a child is the best medicine for being a control freak because you can’t control everything. You just go along for the greatest ride of your life and enjoy every minute.
You first heard about how deadly Pertussis (whooping cough) is to infants while you were pregnant with Charlotte, right?
Yes, I had already had the Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) vaccine and booster because I had been traveling to underdeveloped countries overseas [for charity work], and then when I was pregnant my OB asked if I had had the vaccine and if I was up to date. She was the one who explained to me how extremely dangerous Pertussis is for infants. I thought it was something that everyone knew about. When I found out not everyone did, I wanted to be a part of the campaign to get the information out there so adults can help prevent their loved ones from suffering from it. I liken the vaccines to when you have a new baby and someone comes to visit you automatically ask them to use hand sanitizer. This is the same thing. It’s about keeping your children safe.
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Sarah aims to save lives as the spokesperson for the March of Dimes and Sanofi Pasteur campaign, Sounds of Pertussis. The goal is to educate adults about the deadly threat of whooping cough (Pertussis) amongst infants. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that America is currently experiencing the largest outbreak of reported Pertussis cases in 50 years. With infants not being able to get vaccinated until they’re two months old, and with it sometimes taking up to three doses for them to be completely protected, babies are the most susceptible to Pertussis.
The good news is it is preventable. In 80 percent of the reported cases, the infants contracted it from a family member and in 50 percent of the cases, parents were the ones who exposed their babies to the disease. So if adults are vaccinated, and they keep up their booster shots as directed by a doctor, the chance of their children or other infant family members being hospitalized or dying from Pertussis is greatly decreased.
Pledge to get your Tdap vaccine and spread the word to your family members on the Sounds of Pertussis page on Facebook.
TELL US: Did your OB tell you to get your Tdap vaccine? Have you gotten it yet?
Image of Sarah Michelle Gellar courtesy of the Sounds of Pertussis Campaign.
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