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Royal Wedding May Spur New Baby Name Trend

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

baby names, baby naming, royal baby namesAs William and Kate prepare for their highly anticipated royal wedding day, are their names getting ready to jump to the top of the list of trendy baby names? Lesley Bolton, author of The Complete Book of Baby Names, thinks so. She predicts that tomorrow’s big event will spur a trend in royally inspired baby names.

“With the royal wedding taking center stage, we’re going to see a big boost this year in more formal, classic names, and of course those with a royal history,” Bolton says. “While there will certainly be an uptick in Williams and Catherines, we’ll also see a rise in names such as Liam, Wilhelm, Katarina, and Caitlyn, all variants of the couple’s names. Along the periphery, we’ll find names such as Charles, Elizabeth, Victoria, Alexander, Edward, and Caroline.”

Why do names in pop culture rise to the top of baby name lists? If we do see an uptick in royal names, it doesn’t necessarily mean parents are naming their children after Prince William or Kate Middleton. It’s more about the fact that these names are given greater presence, hitting the radars of larger numbers of expecting parents, says Bolton.

“Like any other trend, it takes a little while for a name to be considered overused and thus old-hat,” Bolton explains. “It starts out being used by the trendsetters, then works its way down to the everyman (where it gains the most ground), and then finds itself in the back of the closet, likely to be pulled out and worn fresh in another eighty or so years.”

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Kate Hudson Uses the Pendulum Test to Predict Baby’s Sex

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

pregnant kate hudsonPregnant Kate Hudson revealed her gender predicting trick on the Today show yesterday morning, saying she used the pendulum test to predict whether she’s having a boy or a girl. So what is the pendulum test and what does it say about Hudson’s baby-to-be?

The exact process differs depending on who you ask. But basically you dangle a chain with a charm over your palm or your belly. If it swings back and forth it’s a boy, and if it goes in a circle it’s a girl. Hudson used a ring tied to a piece of her hair instead, and the pendulum test revealed she’s having a girl. But for believers of gender predicting tricks associated with how you carry your baby — Kate says she’s carrying no differently than she did with her son Ryder. Maybe she should try our Ancient Chinese Birth Chart to predict her baby’s gender next.

“I keep saying ‘she,’ but she’s so nuts in here, she’s so wild. I kinda feel like it’s got the Hawn gene — my mom’s lineage for sure. Dancing every day,” Hudson said.

So is it a boy or a girl for Hudson? We’ll have to wait until July to find out for sure. The Something Borrowed star also recently announced that she is engaged to the baby’s father, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy.

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Mariah Carey Shares Her Easter Egg Painted Belly

Monday, April 25th, 2011

mariah carey easter egg bump, belly art, pregnancy belly, pregnancy belly art, mariah careyMariah Carey showed off a new painted belly over the weekend. This time she sported a giant Easter egg belly featuring a blue and a pink heart as a nod to “Dem Babies” as Carey likes to call her twins-to-be. As with her previous butterfly belly art, she posted the photo on Twitter saying “HAPPY EASTER! Ummm.. READY!!!!!!!!!!!! Done and done.”

Carey is due to deliver her twins any day now, so it’s no surprise she’s ready to meet her babies, but we’ll miss her painted bellies.

Did you you paint your belly for Easter?

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Progesterone Can Reduce the Rate of Early Preterm Birth

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

A new National Institutes of Health study found that progesterone reduced the rate of preterm birth before the 33rd week of pregnancy by 45 percent for one category of at risk women.

The study, published online in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology today, focused on women who had a short cervix, which is a risk factor for preterm birth. Progesterone is a naturally occurring pregnancy hormone, and a short cervix may be a sign of a progesterone shortage.

Beyond reducing the risk of early delivery, the progesterone treated women’s babies were less likely to develop respiratory distress syndrome, a common breathing complication of preterm infants.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 1 in every 8 babies in the U.S. are born prematurely each year. Preterm infants are at high risk of long term health and developmental problems including learning disabilities, blindness, deafness, cerebal palsy, and early death.

So for women with a short cervix — which can be identified through routine ultrasound screenings — progesterone treatment could be an important way to increase the length of pregnancy, resulting in healthier babies.

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Mariah Carey Shows Off Her Pregnant Belly Art

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

pregnant belly, mariah carey, butterfly belly, mariah's pregnant belly, belly artMariah Carey gave her pregnant belly an artsy makeover on Sunday in honor of her 42nd birthday,  and she shared her butterfly belly art on Twitter for all to see. She called it an attempt at festiveness and says she is so ready already!

Surprisingly Carey, who is expecting twins in a few weeks with her husband Nick Cannon, still felt like celebrating after her pregnancy scare over the weekend. She went to the hospital  thinking the babies were coming early, but it was a false alarm.

In true Carey style, she chose a  hand-painted butterfly for her belly art, with the phrase “dem babies.” Since the couple is expecting a boy and a girl, the butterfly’s half blue and half pink design is likely a tribute to her babies-to-be.

Want to show off your pregnancy belly?

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Womb Transplants May Become a Reality

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Womb transplants may soon become an option for women born without a womb, or those who’ve had their wombs removed due to disease. Animal experiments have been successful and now doctors are ready to try implanting donor wombs into the body’s of wombless women desiring to conceive and carry their own baby, according to an article in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research.

A womb transplant wouldn’t be easy, or budget-friendly though — a close tissue match must be found (from a mom or sister for example) and immunosuppressant drugs would be required to prevent organ rejection, a c-section is a must because transplanted wombs wouldn’t be able to handle the strain of natural childbirth, women would likely need IVF to become pregnant in the first place, and the womb would need to be removed after one or two pregnancies.

As a medical advancement, the possibility of a womb transplant is impressive, but do we really need to go there? IVF and other fertility treatments can help pregnancy become a reality for many women, and for women who can’t conceive and carry their own child even with those technologies, this may be the only answer — but should there be a point at which we say there simply isn’t an answer? Even with the ability of womb transplant technology, very few women will be able to afford the costly production it requires, and many are still questioning the safety of the procedure.

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Dads Get Postpartum Blues Too

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

dad and pregnancyYou know that new moms often experience depression and severe mood swings, but now new research confirms new dads feel the baby blues, too — and it may change how they parent.

Authors of a new study published in the April issue of Pediatrics interviewed  more than 1,700 dads of 1-year-olds and found that 7 percent of those dads experienced depression. That said, depressed moms outnumber depressed dads…by a lot. About 80 percent of new moms experience the baby blues, and 10 percent suffer from full-blown postpartum depression (PPD) in the first year.

The interesting aspect of this study is that the University of Michigan researchers found that in some instances, depressed dads treated their kids differently. While all of the dads, regardless of their mood, were equally likely to engage in interactive play, singing, and rhymes with their kids, depressed dads were nearly 4 times as likely to spank their kids and 62 percent less likely to read to their kids. Previous research has shown that depressed moms are more likely to spank their kids, too, but in both cases many other factors may be involved in the increase of spanking.

So, whether you’re feeling the blues yourself, or if you partner is, be sure to talk to your doctor, or even your child’s pediatrician about your feelings. PPD and the baby blues are treatable.

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Moms Post Pregnancy Test Results on YouTube

Monday, March 14th, 2011

signs of pregnancyYou think you may be pregnant. So when you head to the bathroom to pee on a stick, do you grab your video camera? More and more moms are filming their intimate pregnancy test moments and posting them on YouTube for any stranger that stumbles across their “OMG I’m pregnant” moment to watch.

Just search YouTube for “pregnancy test results” and you’ll find plenty of plus signs and joyful crying for your viewing pleasure. Slate coined these videos the WombTube and selected five of their favorites to share that range from wacky to “why do I want to watch this?” to sweet.

Most of the pregnancy test takers post their videos long before the three-month mark — the time many experts agree is safe to share the news because the risk of miscarriage has declined significantly — and some even broadcast their results live! Many of the women have also been struggling with trying to conceive, and are now vlogging their tests online for all to see, hopefully garnering support.

Sure, breaking the news via your baby’s first ultrasound pic on Facebook is cute, but do you really need to broadcast the personal moment of a pregnancy test to the world?

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