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Friday, April 18th, 2014
Proud second-time mama-to-be Christina Aguilera posted her first pregnancy photo on Instagram and Twitter—an adorable snapshot of herself with fiancé Matt Rutler’s hand lovingly resting on her bump. The caption? “Baby loves NYC.” So cute!
Christina—who is expecting a girl—is reportedly nearing the five-month mark soon, and I remember those early months of pregnancy, where you’re showing, but your belly hasn’t fully popped, so you’re wondering, “Can people tell I’m pregnant, or do I just look like I scarfed down a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts?” Don’t worry, Christina, your beautiful glow gives it away. Pregnancy suits you!
Maternity fashion can be tough. As your breasts, belly and butt expand, you’re suddenly dressing this body you don’t even recognize. Some women embrace their bumps and wear very fitted clothes; others start stealing their hubby’s oversized sweatshirts and call it a day (No judgements!). I love that The Voice’s pop diva is still staying true to her style—only comfier—with her glam signature peep-toe pumps and ruby-red lips paired with a cotton tee shirt and leggings (a pregnant woman’s BFF).
We’ll probably be catching Christina—who is already mom to son, Max, 6—in workout gear during her pregnancy as well. Before getting pregnant, Christina went through a pretty dramatic weight loss, and got into a healthy routine, putting her on the right track to be a warm and cozy nest for her little one. So I can’t imagine she’d be dropping that routine now, knowing that diet and exercise are über-important to a baby’s development.
Regardless of what she wears, we can’t wait for the next cute bump pic!
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TELL US: What wardrobe pieces are part of your signature maternity style?
Image of Matthew Rutler and Christina Aguilera via Instagram.
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Thursday, April 17th, 2014
In a time where there’s an app for just about anything (including the best time to go to the bathroom during a big-screen movie—which comes in very handy while you’re pregnant!—now a brand-new app called StorkDiet Guide to Conceiving Girls claims to be able to tell you how to give birth to the baby gender of your choice. The secret, they say, is what you eat!
According to Business Insider, the app, which costs $9.99, is based partly on a study of 740 first-time mamas done by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford that found women who ate more calories, sodium, and calcium were more likely to have boys, while women who ate less of those things were more likely to have girls. The study proved not to be 100 percent fail-proof (surprise, surprise!). In fact, just 56 percent of the women who ate the “boy” diet had sons.
The app’s creators claim that their 9-week diet and conception-timing program has a higher success rate of 81 percent.
This is the third time in just over a week that I’ve heard something about wanting to choose your baby’s sex. First, Snooki said that she really hopes she has another boy, because she’s “not ready for a diva mini-me.” Then came the news that Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis and his girlfriend chose to have IVF so they could choose the sex of their babies and screen for genetic diseases. The couple says they wanted girls because that’s what they know (both only have sisters).
As much as I’d like for my son to have a little sister, I don’t think I would ever go to great lengths to make that happen. I guess I’m old fashioned in that I’d rather leave it to chance, and be surprised on that awesome day when you finally find out your baby’s sex. It seems a bit like a bad science fiction movie to me to be able to decide what you do or don’t want to have (cut to the scene when there are no women left on the planet). But to each her own! That’s the wonderful thing about life—and this app: the choice is yours.
Wondering if you’re having a boy or a girl? Check out our Ancient Chinese Birth Chart!
TELL US: Would you buy an app to try to conceive a girl?
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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Last month news broke that Mila Kunis is expecting her first child with fiancé Ashton Kutcher. Now Us Weekly is reporting that the longtime friends and former That ‘70s Show costars are expecting what’s sure to be a beautiful baby girl! Just think: Mila’s stunning blue eyes with Ashton’s killer cheekbones and infectious smile. Not to mention the sense of humor she’ll probably have with these two as her parents.
While Mila—who was recently crowned Best Villain at the MTV Movie Awards—isn’t as much of a girlie-girl as her That ‘70s Show character, Jackie, I can’t help but think how Jackie would have reacted if she were the one with the baby news. I’d like to think she’d be jumping up and down, and would go right out and buy a closetful of feminine onesies and frilly, lacy pink dresses for her little princess and rows and rows of shoes.
No word on whether Mila has embarked on a super-sized baby shopping spree just yet, but sources say she loves being pregnant and that she and Ashton are so happy to be bringing a little one into the world together. Ashton is even said to be setting up playdates with his former That ‘70s Show castmate, Danny Masterson, and his daughter Fianna Francis.
It’s the first child for both, but Ashton has plenty of experience around girls, thanks to his marriage to ex Demi Moore, where he was a bonus dad to her three daughters. He may not have diaper duty experience, but he’s definitely versed in teenage girl problems!
Wondering if you’ll have a boy or a girl? Take our gender prediction quiz!
TELL US: What’s the best parenting advice you’ve ever gotten that you’d like to pass on to Mila and Ashton?
Image of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis via Twitter.
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
File under Pregnant Women Just Can’t Catch a Break! It seems pregnant women need to follow the message from Goldie Locks and the Three Bears: You don’t want to be eating too much food or two little food, you want to be eating just the right amount—unless you want your kids to be overweight.
You probably already know that research says that if you gorge yourself on junk food while you’re pregnant, your child has a bigger chance of getting addicted to junk food, and to grow up to be obese. But now a new study in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which observed 4,000 pregnant women and their children, says that eating too little while pregnant can have the same effect. So as much as it is important to curb your crazy pregnancy cravings (but do let yourself indulge in some!), you don’t want to overdo it with a restrictive diet while you’re pregnant either.
Not only do you need to make sure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need to have the energy to carry your baby, but he or she needs a healthy diet in utero as well. Otherwise, there could be long-lasting consequences to the child’s metabolism, appetite control, and fat storage. So you could be contributing to childhood obesity before you even have your baby!
According to the study, children of women who were a healthy weight before getting pregnant ended up being affected the most by what their moms ate while pregnant. A slim woman who ate too much in pregnancy was 80 percent more likely to have a heavy child than one who ate the right amount. That may not surprise you. But a woman who was a healthy weight before pregnancy, who ate too little, was still 63 percent more likely to have an overweight or obese child. Say what? It seems virtually impossible to know how much to eat!
Talk to your doctor about what is the right amount of weight gain for you, as each woman is different, but here are some general guidelines. If you were a normal weight before pregnancy, a 25-35 pound weight gain is best. If you were underweight, you should gain 28-40 pounds. If you were overweight, you should only gain 15-25 pounds. If you were obese, 15 pounds is sufficient, and if you are carrying twins, aim to gain 35-45 pounds.
How much will you gain? Check out our pregnancy weight gain calculator!
Pregnancy weight gain: What’s normal, what’s not?
TELL US: How much weight did you gain while pregnant?
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Monday, April 14th, 2014
Pregnant women are being prescribed opioid painkillers—a narcotic!—even though the risks to the developing fetus are still pretty unclear. Findings from two different studies show that as many as 23 percent of pregnant women may be taking opioids (most commonly for back or abdominal pain). Meanwhile, pregnancy is a time when women tend to be super-cautious in pretty much every other area of their pregnant lives, giving up alcohol, caffeine, sushi, soft cheeses and cold cuts. Um, which sounds like a bigger health risk to baby: a heavy-duty narcotic or a piece of fish?
As reported in the New York Times, “in both studies, the opioids most prescribed during pregnancy were codeine and hydrocodone. Women usually took the drugs for a week or less; however, just over 2 percent of women in both studies took them for longer periods.” Some doctors and scientists are now speaking up because they are seeing a connection between first trimester use of opioids and neural tube defects. According to the Times article:
“Mothers of children with neural tube defects reported more early opioid use—3.9 percent—than mothers of children without such congenital defects—1.6 percent.”
“Opioid use in very early pregnancy is associated with an approximate doubling the risk of neural tube defects,” said Martha M. Werler, the senior author and a professor of epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. “About half of pregnancies are not planned, so that’s a big chunk of women who may not be thinking about possible risks associated with their behavior.”
Particularly at the end of pregnancy, prolonged use of opioids can also lead to addiction in infants, a problem known as “neonatal abstinence syndrome.” A 2012 study in JAMA suggested the incidence of babies born addicted is on the rise.
It sounds like doctors are just blindly overprescribing to me. In the past 30 years, the use of prescription medicine by pregnant women in their first trimester has increased more than 60 percent, while the use of four or more medications has more than tripled, according to a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
I don’t mean to sound insensitive to those in real and chronic pain, but women have been having babies since the beginning of time and general pregnancy pains likely haven’t gotten any worse. So do so many moms-to-be really need to be taking these super-strong painkillers? I would rather live with the annoying back pain—a short-term problem—than know that something I took while pregnant contributed to a life-long health problem for my child. But according to research, that may just be me.
TELL US: Do you think doctors should be prescribing narcotics to pregnant women?
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