Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beyonce's Bare Belly Full-Term Blue Ivy Photo won't silence naysayers



Aaah! First come love, then come marriage, then come Beyonce with Blue Ivy in a baby carriage.

Perhaps to silence the numerous conspiracy theorists who do not believe megastar Beyonce Knowles was actually pregnant with her daughter Blue Ivy and hired a surrogate to carry her instead, Bey and her husband Shawn "Jay Z" Carter showed a nude bump maternity portrait in a video slideshow during their joint performance last week at the

During their performance of “Young Forever and Halo” at the Saturday, September 13th show at the Stade de France in Paris at a show taped and aired for HBO, the background video  also included video of the couple exchanging their vows in their New York city apartment in 2011 and Mrs. Carter holding baby blue shortly after giving birth to her with the hospital monitors in the background.


I suppose the reason she didn’t share them immediately was to avoid coming off reactionary and as if she was validating the rumors by responding.  But needless to say, the extensive time lapse will still induce naysayers. They said the ultrasound video flashed during her 2013 HBO show didn't convince them. Neither did paparazzi photos of the couple while Beyonce was about 6 months pregnant and wearing a bikini. This may not either.

Though, clearly,  in photos a couple of years ago, while she was pregnant, one  could clearly see weight gain in Bey’s face, neck and arms which are classic for pregnant women and pretty hard thing to fake when you’re not really preggers.


Needless to say, it is quite very possible that the die-hard naysayers and haters will still doubt the authenticity of the images.


Oh well! Leave them with their "beliefs" we say.

Doubters will always doubt.  Think about it. There are people around today who still believe Elvis and Tupac are alive, that the moon landing and the September 11 attacks never really happened and that aliens captured the missing Malaysian flight...though where did that plane go? Really now? Ha!

Check out the whole performance with the video here:

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REDDIT SURVEY: Late Summer and these 4 days see most US Births


This coming Thursday, September 25th and Friday, September 26th is among the 4 most common birthdays for babies born in the United States.

Dan Lin, a University of Virginia grad student analyzed Centers for Disease Control data from 1994 to 2003 and determined that the months of August and September are the most popular months for births.  He found that 9 months after days when there are major snow storms in many parts of America,  most babies are born on September 12, 18, 25 and 26.




Lin also discovered that holidays like New Year's Day, the 4th of July and Christmas are among the least likely days Americans give birth.

The most common day babies are born is Tuesday, while Sunday is the least common day.


Interesting stuff!

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Tyler Perry confirms he is expecting; but with his Ethiopian model girlfriend?



At director Tyler Perry's 45th birthday celebration this weekend, during which Stevie Wonder performed, Perry announced to friends that he will be a dad soon, Bossip reported.

He did not mention with whom, neither confirmed if it is with his on-again-off-again Ethiopian girlfriend, model and philanthropist, Gelila Bekele.

Congrats to him and whomever he is expecting with! 


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Halloween Costume Idea: Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball'


This year, Miley Cyrus won the MTV VMA for the Video of the Year for her song "Wrecking Ball" and in homage to that win, wouldn't this be a super cute costume for a pregnant woman?

It's funny and cute and pop culture relevant!

h/t Mariama Jalloh-Heyward for the find from Goosecow blog.
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Alicia Keys poses nude with a public service message

Alicia Keys became the latest in a slew of celebrity women to pose nude while pregnant but Keys' share on her Instagram account this Saturday was for a good cause. 

In the pic with her only covering her bare breasts with her hands, the singer-songwriter plugged her new world peace campaign linked to her latest song and hashtag movement, #WeAreHere.

"'It's you and me on a mission to create a kinder and more peaceful world': Alicia Keys posted this photo of her bare pregnant tummy on Saturday with a peace sign painted on it to help promote the #WeAreHere Movement," she captioned the photo. 

Keys and her husband producer/ recording artist Swizz Beatz are expecting their second child. The my are parents to their 3-year old toddler Egypt. The couple announced the news this past July. Keys is 8 months preggers. 


Here are other celebrity women who posed nude while pregnant since Demi Moore did it in Vanity Fair in 1991, including Nia Long, Tia Mowry, Mariah Carey and Kim Zolciak-Biermann
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Study: Low iron intake in pregnancy linked to autism


A new study by UC-Davis researchers found a five-fold increase in autism spectrum disorder in children born to mothers with low iron intake and some metabolic conditions.

"Iron deficiency and its resultant anemia is the most common nutrient deficiency … affecting 40 to 50% of women and their infants," said Rebecca Schmidt, assistant professor at the UC-Davis Department of Public Health Sciences and a MIND Institute researcher, in a written statement.

"Iron is crucial to early brain development, contributing to neurotransmitter production, myelination and immune function," Schmidt said. "All three of these pathways have been associated with autism."

Research has been conducted previously on the link between autism and mother's intake of folic acid, but this research is the first to look at iron intake as a possible contributor, Schmidt said. UC-Davis' MIND Institute -- Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders -- is a collaborative international research center examining causes and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. 

The study is expected to be published online this week by the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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6 Things the most Successful Parents do


Being a parent is very hard, but there are some basic tenets that the most successful parents adhere to that help them raise pretty balanced, conscientious and successful children.

Here are 6 habits of highly effective parents in infographic form:

Habits of Effective Parents
Source: Early-Childhood-Education-Degrees.com/

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

End of Season Fashion Mix Up: Ideas to save on fly maternity wear


It's close to the end of summer. Now is a good time to take advantage of end of the season sales and buy items for next summer. You get to save money on last season's fashions as stores try to empty their inventories. 


Head to discount outlet stores like Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Ross for some great deals. If you do not have these stores in your area, many are now online and ship to anywhere in the United States. 

This is also a good time to take advantage of consignment shops as people start to clear out their closets for the fall, the thrift stores and second hand stores may be restocked with some good finds.

Here are some of our favorites looks we spotted about the net to share give you some ideas for mixing and matching and putting together fab looks.
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This Week's Celebrity Moms out-and-about PHOTOS



Some of our Bellyitch BumpWatch moms-to-be like Kelly Rowland and Kourtney Kardashian and alums like Fergie, Kate Hudson and others were out and about this week in and out of LAX including...

Kourtney Kardashian was spotted  coming from a party at The Grove in LA with daughter Penelope, beau Scott Disick and son Mason.



Kelly Rowland cusping her bump while running errands. 
Jennifer Hudson was signing autographs with fans at LAX.



Melissa Joan Hart and her kids and nanny were hitting the Cali streets too. 


Kate Hudson looked fab coming off a flight at LAX.


While Fergie was too but arriving. 

Hotness!

Photos: Sellrbrity Rick/Paparazzi Channel


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10 iPhone Child Discipline Apps for Parents

In light of the NFL Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson controversy in play now, it's key that parents be able to arm themselves with an arsenal of discipline tools beyond spanking. 

When it comes to Apple’s powerful and popular iPhone, it seems that there’s very little the mobile device isn’t able to streamline and simplify. 

Thanks to the App Store and the developers that make it great, there are even offerings to help busy parents track and manage parenting and disciplinary tactics. 

These 10 apps are among the most popular and useful for keeping up with kids’ behavior, as well as the rewards and consequences of their behavioral choices.

1. Positive Parenting Practices – This $3.99 app is geared towards parents who espouse a more lenient, gentle approach to discipline. Positive Parenting Practices is more than an app detailing disciplinary methods, offering valuable insights into the motivation behind kids’ problem behavior and real-life solutions.

2. KidChart – Charts are great tools for tracking kids’ accomplishments, chores and behavior. Unfortunately, they’re also rather difficult to carry in your pocket. That’s where this $0.99 app comes in, putting the power of a full-sized paper chart at your fingertips. KidChart is also an effective way to monitor kids’ daily behavior for later discussion, when cooler heads allow for constructive conversation.

3. hAPPy Family – Encouraging positive behavior on the go is easy with this powerful app, which rewards kids with collectible marbles, ocean animals, treasures, insects or candy when they make the right choices.

4. iGrounded – Teenagers are notorious for pushing boundaries a bit too far in a bid to assert their burgeoning independence. A game of consequences that you’re able to edit and modify to suit your teen’s individual needs, iGrounded is available in the app store for $0.99.

5. iReward – The customizable motivational charts provided by this $4.99 app are designed for use by parents, caregivers and educators to reward good behavior. Traditional rewards, like gold stars, are among the options offered by this simple but powerful application.

6. Timeout – Ultimate Discipline Tool – Tracking the length of a timeout to provide kids a visual representation of how long they are sentenced to this punishment is a snap with this application. The app isn’t loaded with extra features, but it does deliver exactly what it promises.

7. Tymoot – Designed by a parent for parents, Tymoot is a $0.99 app that helps you create and set timeout timers. However, there’s a bit more to this one than meets the eye due to the Wheel of Discipline feature that allows your children to spin the virtual wheel in order to be “sentenced” to one of eight customizable punishments.

8. Caught Being Good – The free CAUGHT BEING GOOD app takes the spinning wheel of chance approach to rewarding kids for undirected good behavior. You can change, add or remove any reward, and also set the probability of a particular one appearing. Surprising your child with an unsought reward for good behavior that you have not requested or directed is an effective method of encouraging her to continue on the right path, even when she doesn’t think you’re there to see her.

9. Positive Discipline – Rather than a traditional punishment and rewards systems, the Positive Discipline approach relies upon a motivational system that helps kids to develop strong moral fiber, character and a sense of self-reliance. Encourage a sense of connection with the respectful, encouraging tone that motivates kids to make the right decisions in their daily lives, autonomously.

10. Rich Kids – Behavior & Reward Contracts for Child Discipline – This $2.99 app combines positive reinforcement parenting tactics with a method of teaching the fundamentals of financial responsibility that helps kids grow into the well-rounded, well-adjusted adults they were meant to become. Suggested for kids between the ages of three and 15, Rich Kids is an effective tracking and incentive tool.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Usher kisses Alicia Keys Bump at iHeart Radio Music Fest


So cute was Usher tonight at the iHeartRadio Music Festival kissing Alicia Keys' growing baby bump backstage during the weekend event at the MGM Village in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Keys and her husband producer/recording artist Swizz Beatz are expecting their second child together.

The couple are parents to 2-year old Egypt.

Adorbs!
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Shield your bump like Carrie Underwood in a peplum waist top



If you want to playfully shield a burgeoning bump from onlookers -because you haven't announced your pregnancy yet, or you have but want to avoid bump gawkers, do like Carrie Underwood did when she accepted the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award at the 8th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on September 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Go with a peplum top or a dress with a peplum waist element to it to shield the belly. It worked well for Underwood, who recently announced she and hubby Mike Fisher are expecting their first child together.

Here are ways to do it:



photo: Getty
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