Posts Tagged ‘ Pregnancy ’

American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Juno Blu Breast Pump Bag Sweepstakes

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

At first glance, I didn’t understand why someone would design a high-end bag for a breast pump. My pump came with a bag, and though it was nothing gorgeous, it was fine. Worrying about a breast-pump bag being too ugly is maybe the very definition of a first-world luxury problem, IMO. 

But in the past few months I’ve talked to a few different pump companies about how the Affordable Care Act impacts their business, because a small piece of that insurance puzzle is that new moms have their breast pumps covered. The way that will work, it seems, is that some pumps will be pared-down and come largely without bags. That makes the cost more reasonable for the insurance companies, and gets women with health insurance a pump that’s paid for.

That will leave those women without a “free” bag for carrying their pump. Still a luxury problem, yes, but in America, we have a solution you can purchase to solve every problem, this one included! Juno Blu is a new line of breast pump bags that seriously look nothing like breast pump bags. They are first and foremost luxe bags, with a pocket for a pump snuck in. When you’re done with pumping, you can still gets years of use out of the bag.

Juno Blu bags cost $185, which does negate the savings you may have received by getting your pump covered by insurance. But the lovely moms behind the company do have their own story of why these bags can help pumping moms feel less self-concious, which I’m always all for. A mom should pump as long as she dang well pleases, and I hate to think that embarrassment would hold anyone back.

Not to get sidetracked, but because I managed to pump for a full year after each of my kids, I always try to help out other moms. Here is our latest American Baby story on pumping-at-work success, and it’s a good one! And here’s a breast pumping made easy video that includes some of my favorite tips.

And to that end, Juno Blu is going to send THREE lucky winners one of their pretty bags. If you win, you get to chose your favorite! And I wish you many months of easy pumping!

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Wednesday, November 20, and don’t forget to read the official rules here. Be sure to check back here on November 21 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there. Goody luck!

Our winners have been chosen. Congrats to Courtney Kittel, Monica Desiree, and Becky Gian Campeau!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a $150 Gift Card for Fourth Love’s Cool Maternity Clothes

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with your wardrobe, especially when it comes to the attire from new maternity line Fourth Love. Equal parts roomy and stylish, the clothes ensure you don’t have to sacrifice trends or comfort in the nine months ahead.

Whether you’re rocking a bump in this faux-leather sleeve dress or keeping things simple with a polka dot blouse, the collection is definitely savvy to all the latest dos in fashion. Just browsing through the line’s website will have you remembering favorite pieces you treasured pre-pregnancy.

Inspired by mom Susan Cho after the birth of her second son, Fourth Love is meant to transcend every stage of pregnancy and beyond, making the clothes not only cute, but also durable. Beside the classic, cool designs, the collection is also big on giving back, donating 10 percent of profits to help other expecting mothers like yourself.

Good news for you, Fourth Love is giving away a $150 gift card to use on the brand’s website for one lucky mom-to-be to snag a hot mama outfit of her own.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Wednesday, November 13, and don’t forget to read the official rules here. Be sure to check back here November 14 to see who was chosen and look out for a message from us on Facebook. Goody luck!

Our winner has been chosen. Congratulations to Melissa Hidalgo-Ruiz!

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Hallmark’s Pics ‘n’ Props Kits: Keep Track of Important Milestones

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

If you’re a shutterbug and you have a child who’s heading (back) to school, consider picking up a School Days Kit from Hallmark’s Pics ‘n’ Props line.  Also featured in the Goodybag section of our September 2013 issue, the kit comes with fun, chalkboard-themed photo props (a chalkboard and inserts for preschool through 12th grade) that your child can hold up for the camera each year on the first day of school. A photo album is also included, along with journal cards for your child to write down his first-day thoughts.

After taking first day photos, don’t forget to post them to Instagram and include #parentsbts. We’re regramming select photos on the Parents Instagram page.

Don’t have a child in school? There are also kits for pregnant moms (Baby on the Way, to keep track of week-by-week growing bellies, and Boy Watch Me Grow! and Girl Watch Me Grow!, to keep track of growing babies). Or celebrate first birthdays (with gender-specific color banners) and upcoming holidays.

The creative kits are great for moms who are short on time or who lack DIY know-how — so start snapping away!

 

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Fall Maternity Clothing, Up to 40% Off

Monday, August 19th, 2013

maternity jacketAutumn is a-coming! Prepare for its blustery days and chilly nights with these chic maternity clothes. They’ll help you stretch your pregnancy wardrobe — and they’re all currently available at a discount at Shop Parents.

• Weather fall’s drizzles and breezes with a versatile button-front twill jacket.

• Stay cozy (and comfortable) in a fashion-forward colorblocked sweater or jaunty striped pullover.

• Swap your mini skirts for on-trend denim like the Slim Fit Skinny Flare jeans, or show off those shapely gams with jersey leggings.

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What You Need to Know About Mental Health Medications and Pregnancy

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Today, I had the honor of going to a March of Dimes editorial luncheon that focused on the risks and benefits of mental health medications during pregnancy. March of Dimes is an organization that is near and dear to our hearts, as our very own American Baby/Parents editor-in-chief Dana Points is the chair of its National Communications Advisory Council. This year, March of Dimes is celebrating its 75th anniversary and continues to work toward helping women have healthy, full-term babies.

Mental health medications, and medications in general, have become more common in our society, and that extends to pregnant women. According to the CDC, about 90% of women take at least one medication during pregnancy. Roughly 70% percent take at least one prescription medication. But just how safe is it to take medications, specifically mental health medications, when you have a baby on the way? There is no concrete answer to this question.

According to Dr. Christina Chambers, director of Clinical Research at Rady Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego, it can be difficult to know for sure what role any given drug may have played in causing a birth defect. One out of every 33 babies has some type of birth defect regardless of whether Mom took any prescription drugs.

The decision to take these medications should be made on a case-by-case basis, and pregnant woman should only stop taking them with their doctor’s approval. Dr. Kimberly Yonkers, director of the PMS and Perinatal Psychiatric Research Program at Yale University, emphasized the importance of balancing possible risks and benefits of any medications given to the mother and the baby. For some women, it may be best to stick to their regimen, while other women can go off their medication under close supervision.

For more information about drug use during pregnancy, you can visit the March of Dimes page.

Image: Closeup portrait of a 4 month old baby via glayan/Shutterstock.com

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Playground made from trash gets children back in the swing
Ruganzu Bruno and his troupe of fellow eco-artists created a playground made of recycled materials to raise awareness about environmental degradation. (via CNN)

Pregnancy Hormone May Predict Postpartum-Depression Risk
Levels of a stress hormone released by the placenta could predict a woman’s risk of developing postpartum depression, new research suggests. (via Yahoo! News)

NYC School Principals Send Letter Refusing To Consider Recent State Test In Fall Admissions
Principals around New York City are fighting back against what they see as flawed state tests. (via Huffington Post)

Report: Nation’s kids need to get more physical
The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject. (via Yahoo News)

Parents Argue School Is Violating Separation Of Church And State
Does teaching yoga in public schools violate the separation of church and state? That’s what two parents are contending in a lawsuit against Encinitas Union School District in California. (via Huffington Post)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Student Fires Police Officer’s Handgun On Northern Virginia School Bus
A student accidentally shot a police officer’s handgun on a Northern Virginia school bus on Monday. Four students were on the bus at the time, along with the police officer, the bus driver and a bus aide, and no one was hurt. (via Huffington Post)

Bed rest during pregnancy could worsen risk for premature birth, study shows
New research is raising fresh concern that an age-old treatment for troubled pregnancies – bed rest – doesn’t seem to prevent premature birth, and might even worsen that risk. (via Fox News)

Video Game to Help Kids Fight Cancer
Re-Mission 2 is a collection of six free online games–accessible via Web browser or Apple iPad–that share the theme of taking the fight to cancer. They do this by arming patients with a virtual arsenal of chemo, radiation and targeted cancer drug attacks designed to crush advancing malignant forces. (via Yahoo News)

Philadelphia doctor guilty of murdering infants in late-term abortions
A Philadelphia abortion doctor was found guilty on Monday of murdering three babies during late-term abortions at a clinic serving low-income women. (via Yahoo News)

Buena Vista School District Officially Closes For Year, Offers ‘Skills Camp’
For the 400 or so students in Buena Vista, Mich., school is over, even though the academic year isn’t supposed to end until the middle of June. Instead, they will likely attend “skills camp.” (via Huffington Post)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, May 10th, 2013

U.S. approves Novartis drug Ilaris to treat childhood arthritis
Novartis said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved its drug Ilaris to treat a serious form of childhood arthritis. (via Reuters)

Give immigrants healthcare access: U.S. kid doctors
A group representing U.S. pediatricians said this week that its members should pay special attention to the healthcare needs of immigrant children and support health insurance for all – regardless of legal status. (via Reuters)

Pregnancy Interventions Widespread, Not Always Desired, National Survey Shows
Nearly 60 percent of moms said they believe giving birth is a natural process that should not be interfered with unless medically necessary, however the same women reported significant intervention when they were in labor, according to a new national survey. (via Huffington Post)

Texas May Soon Require Cameras In Special Education Classrooms
A bill that would require video cameras in all special education classrooms was passed in the Texas Senate in April and is currently being considered by the state’s House Public Education Committee. (via Huffington Post)

Kids of Tiger Moms Are Worse Off
In her controversial memoir, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” Yale law professor Amy Chua defended her draconian parenting methods, explaining how being a controlling “Chinese-style” parent drives Asian-American children to succeed in ways that permissive “Western-style” parenting does not. But a recently released decade-long study of 444 Chinese-American families shows that the effect tiger parents have on their kids is almost exactly the opposite. (via Yahoo)

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