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How to Prepare for the Hurricane

Friday, August 26th, 2011

In our September issue, we have a timely story by Parents advisor and pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., on how to prepare for an emergency. It’s an incredibly helpful piece; Dr. Swanson breaks down the exact steps we should all take and the supplies—there are many—we should have on hand to get through three days. For all of you on the east coast, it’s worth reading the story and seeing which supplies you already have in your home, and which you may need to collect before the storm hits.

You may be especially nervous if you’re pregnant or home with a newborn. With that in mind, our friends at the March of Dimes shared some helpful preparation tips geared toward exactly those families:

1)   Pregnant women should know the signs of labor, and if they experience any of these symptoms, should not wait for them to just go away. They should seek immediate medical care. Preterm labor is any labor before 37 weeks gestation. The signs of labor are:

• Contractions (the abdomen tightens like a fist) every 10 minutes or more often

• Change in vaginal discharge (leaking fluid or bleeding from the vagina)

• Pelvic pressure—the feeling that the baby is pushing down

• Low, dull backache

• Cramps that feel like a period

• Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea

2) Pregnant women should pack prenatal vitamins, or perhaps an extra supply of over-the-counter vitamins, along with extra maternity clothes.

3) Fill prescription medications in advance.

4) Have bottled water and non-perishable food supplies on hand. Try to stock food that is high in protein and low in fat.

5) New parents who may need to stay in a shelter should consider bringing a safe place for their baby to sleep, such as a portable crib, as well as extra diapers and other basic medical supplies.

6) New parents also should take special steps to ensure they have food for their infants. The stress of a hurricane may affect lactating women’s milk supply, although breastfeeding can be calming for both mother and baby.

7) In the rare instance it becomes impossible to continue to breastfeed, mothers may consider weaning their baby. If they choose to switch to formula, parents should use pre-prepared formula because there may be concerns about the quality of the water supply. Do not use water treated with iodine or chlorine tablets to prepare powdered formula.

8) Pregnant women should do their best to eat regularly and nutritiously and remain hydrated. They also should do their best to get enough rest.

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Choosing Not to Have Twins

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The gut-wrenching article, “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy,” by Ruth Padawer, which will be published in The New York Times Magazine this Sunday but is available online now, is a must-read. It uncovers the growing trend of secretive selective reduction in women who are pregnant with twins—a topic that is fraught with emotional and ethical issues that Padawer explores deftly. Even if you are pro-choice, contemplating choosing to abort one of your healthy twins is painful, and yet the couples in the article speak honestly and compellingly about their difficult decision. Certainly, parenthood is more demanding and exhausting than any of us knew beforehand, and parenting twins can be an overwhelming and intense experience. But our children also bring us ineffable joy that we can’t imagine living without. Please read and share this story, and tell us what you think about this uniquely 21st century issue.

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Pregnant Belly Art: Moms-to-Be Hire Professional Artists

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

pregnant belly art, painted belly, pregnancy, watermelon bellyLots of moms-to-be experiment with belly art during pregnancy whether they incorporate their bump into a Halloween costume or paint their belly to create a fun photo. But now more and more moms-to-be are taking pregnant belly art to the next level – hiring professional artists to create painted bellies that are even more wild, wacky, and to some, beautiful.

We’re all for embracing your pregnancy and showing off your bump, but is paying a pro going too far? NY Daily News reports that expectant moms are paying around $250 to be painted with FDA-approved theater makeup, a process that can take up to three hours. And professional belly painters (yes, they do exist!) say they’re getting busier and busier.

Mariah Carey may have had something to do with the booming belly art trend. She showed off painted bumps via Twitter twice earlier this year – once as an Easter egg and once as a half pink, half blue butterfly in honor of her twins-to-be, now Monroe and Moroccan Scott. We don’t know how much Carey paid for her belly artistry, if anything at all, yet we do know her budget for such things is larger than that of the average mom-to-be.

As a parent or expectant mom, do you think professional belly painting is a frivolous or irresponsible way to spend a few hundred dollars?

Did you paint your bump? Share your best shot in our pregnant belly art photo gallery.

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Kate Hudson’s Gender Predicting Pendulum Test Failed

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Kate Hudson pregnantKate Hudson and fiance Matt Bellamy welcomed their new addition on Saturday night — a baby boy. The couple decided not to find out the baby’s gender during her pregnancy, but Hudson was convinced she was having a girl thanks to a few gender predicting old wives’ tales. Wrong! Even though gender predicting tricks like the Ancient Chinese Birth Chart are fun ways to ponder whether a boy or a girl is on the way, it seems they really are nothing more than old wives’ tales.

Hudson tried the pendulum test on the Today show back in April. She held a ring tied to a piece of hair in front of her bump and it went in a circle, supposedly indicating that she was expecting a girl. She also said she was carrying the baby differently than she did when she was pregnant with her first son Ryder, now 7 years old. Hudson used the pendulum test during her first pregnancy, too, and back then it predicted a boy correctly.

So is Hudson disappointed with baby boy number two? We doubt it. Hudson did tell Entertainment Tonight, “If it comes out a boy … to see the look on Ryder’s face. I mean, forget it.”

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Do Parents Regret Wacky Baby Names Later?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

baby namesYou’ve probably felt buyer’s remorse, but what about namer’s remorse? A unique name like Mowglis or Boulevard might sound like a good way to set your child apart from all the Jacob‘s and Isabella‘s when you name him, but once your baby starts to develop a personality and go to school with his unique name, will it still sound so perfect?

According to a British study sponsored by parenting site, one in five parents regretted their name choice after finding a more fitting one later or realizing it was too unusual.

Celebrity parents continue to lead the wacky baby name charge. Or should we call it a competition? Alicia Silverstone named her son Bear Blu; Mariah Carey called her twins Monroe and Moroccan; and Antonio Sabato Jr. just gave his newborn the Hawaiian middle name Kamakanaalohamaikalani — at least it’s a middle name.

TODAYMoms even found a name-happy mom who gave her daughter seven unusual names instead of just one. The list includes Astravaganza and Angeletta, but not the name her 15-year-old daughter goes by today — Lola.

Perhaps your kids will thank you later for if you give them a popular name.

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Alicia Silverstone Welcomes Baby Boy, Bear Blu

Monday, May 9th, 2011

alicia silverstoneAlicia Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki welcomed a baby boy last Thursday, May 5, just in time for the first time mom to celebrate her first Mother’s Day.

Mom and Dad are completely in love with their beautiful baby boy, according to a statement from Silverstone’s rep. At birth he weighed in at 7 lbs., 15 oz.

The couple named their son Bear Blu, joining the ranks of celebrity parents opting for a super-unique baby name rather than a classic or popular one. Knowing that Silverstone is a major animal lover, PETA activist, and vegan, maybe an animal-themed baby name shouldn’t surprise us.

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Top Baby Names for 2010

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

top baby names of 2010, most popular baby names, 2010 baby namesThe U.S. Social Security Administration just announced the top 100 baby names for 2010 and Jacob and Isabella are the most popular baby names for the second year in a row. While the top 10 girls names of 2010 include the same mix as 2009′s list, two new names made it into the top 10 list for boys: Anthony and Aiden.

Top 10 boy names for 2010: Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Jayden, William, Alexander, Noah, Daniel, Aiden, Anthony

Top 10 girl names for 2010: Isabella, Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Madison, Chloe, Mia

Try our baby name finder to find your own top baby name, and read on to see the full list of the top 100 boys and girls names for 2010.


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April Showers

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

I know, I know—it isn’t April anymore. But the baby shower I attended in Arlington, VA. this past Saturday was on April 30, so I feel this title still applies.

I have to preface this post by saying I had only been to one baby shower before this past weekend, so admittedly I have very little expertise in the field. Still, I feel pretty confident in saying that this one was fabulously fun. The party throwers (sister of the Mom-to-be, Lisa, and best friend of the Mom-to-be, Bailey) made sure to add plenty of personal touches and surprises for Alison, so that the day really felt special, and not generic.

Another post preface—I am not now, nor have I ever been, a crafty person. However, this past weekend I crafted like my life depended on it. And let me tell you, I feel quite ready should another baby shower appear on the horizon (I’m talking to you, sister!).

Read on to see some of the personal touches Lisa and Bailey came up with, and feel free to steal them for your own party planning.

And check out the Etsy shop that created the banner above here.


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