Monday, February 28, 2011

The 70s diet fad of injecting pregnancy hormones for weight loss is back!

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ABC reports the return of a 1970s diet fad 
With one-third of Americans obese and many more overweight, the nation is desperate for a weight-loss miracle. But the return of the hCG diet -- a fad  popular in the 1970s that combines daily injections of "human chorionic gonadotropin" and extreme caloric restriction -- has some weight-loss experts worried. 
"We're so desperate to have good solutions for weight control that a lot of people with good common sense literally suspend it when it they confront weight-loss claims," Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, said. "This diet is appalling. It takes irresponsible diets to new heights."  
HCG is a hormone first produced by the developing embryo and then the placenta during pregnancy to help nourish the womb.
Because calories are re-routed from mother to fetus during pregnancy, hCG diet promoters say, injecting the hormone will help curb appetite and allow dieters to get through a day on the energy equivalent of a turkey sandwich.
I have heard of women using it to achieve extreme weight loss for fitting into skimpy Caribbean carnival costumes. Trinidad & Tobago's Greatest Show on Earth is set for next Monday and Tuesday and I guess in extreme cases.... also Check out these before-after pics I found online of people who did this crazy diet and lost a bunch of weight after under 30 days, but hormones aside, I would imagine anyone taking in 500 calories a day would lose this much weight! Certainly, it cannot be a long term solution. The things we do for the sake of skinny-ness.


Bump Watch: Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham pre Oscar event

4 months preggers Jessica Alba and daughter Honor

Victoria Beckham hiding her bump with her cache. David and their sons were there too.

Bellyitch Bump Watch Babes, Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham were among several celeb attending a Pre-Oscar party in Beverly Hills, CA on Saturday afternoon (February 26) at the Coldwater Canyon Park.
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Bump Watch: Rachel Zoe at pre-Oscar gifting suite

Pacific Coast News

 Rachel Zoe and hubby Rodger Berman  were spotted at the Jayeoni Moore's pre-Oscar Studio gifting suite in LA last Saturday looking for some swag for their impending arrival.  Wow, can't believe she is due in April and is about 7 months preggers! She looks fab with her tiny belly.

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Review & Giveaway: Playtex Infant Lil Gripper Cups

Playtex® recently introduced its new  Infant Lil’ Gripper cup.  The brand has a great reputation and I've used various products for all of my children at different stages of their infancy to early childhood.  That being said, I didn't expect anything less from these new products.  At first blush, I loved the fun colors the round bulbousness of the cups. 

The cup is wonderful for transitioning a baby from drinking a bottle to starting a cup.  Using the review sample on my godson, he was able to easily manipulate the thick handle, given that he is still learning to master his grip and picking up objects. The sipper holes are adequately sized to allow enough liquid to pass through, yet the flow control contraption was great so not too much liquid came out. When the kid gets older you can simply remove it.  I liked the fact that it didn't have too many crevices which would make it hard to maneuver a bottle brush. 

And it was a good size, width wise, in that it could hold a good amount of milk or juice for a one year old and you wouldn't have to worry about having to refill it. Some baby to toddler transition cups are so small that you end up having to refill them a few times because they don't hold enough liquid for a thirsty baby. That can be inconvenient. 

Overall, the Infant Lil’ Gripper cup, passed the test for maneuverability, ease of cleaning, size, color and ease of milk flow. Also, because I fancy myself an eco-friendly person, it is great that the cup is BPA-free and Phthalate-free!

The Canadian division of Playtex is giving away a set of Playtex infant products to Canadian readers, including:

  • Playtex® First Sipster® Trainer Cup
  • Playtex® Drop-Ins Original Nurser
  • Playtex® Ortho-Pro® pacifier and Playtex® Ortho-Pro® pacifier with sterilizing cover
  • Playtex® Binky® Silicone pacifier
To enter, simply LIKE the blog on facebook and enter below.  For one additional entry, tweet the contest and for 3 additional entries, create a blog post about the contest on your own blog or site.  PLEASE NOTE for the last contest GIVEAWAY on Bellyitch, the first two names selected by to win the prize in that contest did NOT LIKE the page on Facebook and FORFEITED  their win. Don't forget to LIKE Bellyitch on Facebook to qualify.

Contest is open to Canadian readers only.  Deadline March 12 at midnight.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bump Watch: Natalie Portman at the Oscars

Natalie Portman wore a gorgeous purple silk chiffon dress bathed in  Swarovski crystals.  She paired it with a pair of amethyst Tiffany earrings. Love the draping! Very cute look mama!

During her acceptance speech last night, she indicated that her fiance dancer/Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied had given her the most important role of her life, gesturing toward her belly! awwww! Too Sweet! (Check out her acceptance speech below)

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Bump Watch: Alyssa Milano debuts bump

Newly announced pregnant Alyssa Milano revealed her bump on the red carpet last Wednesday during the Los Angeles premiere of “Hall Pass,” a new  starring Owen Wilson in theaters this weekend.
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Breast-Feeding May Cut Obesity Risk in Kids of Diabetic Moms

Infants whose mothers had diabetes during pregnancy are at increased risk for childhood obesity, but breast-feeding lowers that risk, a new study suggests.
Among babies exposed to diabetes in utero, those who were breast-fed for six months or more were no more likely to put on extra weight when they were 6 to 13 years old than children whose mothers did not have diabetes during pregnancy, the investigators found.

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Bump Watch: Jewel on the Red Carpet

Singer Jewel looked radiant in a sparkly number at the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute to Barbra Streisand held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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Black History Month Videos for HomeSchoolers

With Black History Month ending Monday, I realize that I didn't really do one post in honor of African American Heritage month. Boo on me! Parents, should check out the video series that  Nick Jr. put together about "people" who made history that is shown all day long on that channel.  The series features mini videos about the president, playright  Suzan Lori Parks, Alexa Canady, the first African American woman neurosurgeon; Brave Bessie, the first black woman to fly and the inventors of the wrench,  the traffic light, the super soaker toy, the potato chips, all African American, among others! 

They are great for homeschoolers.

Also, check out a 4 minute segment from local Fox News DC channel, myfoxdc,  of some local children in full character, hair and makeup as famous African Americans that was organized by the Blacks in Wax museum. I was most impressed by how great a job the kids did personifying Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Michael Jackson, Shirley Chilsom, Venus & Serena Williams, The Supremes, Arthur Ashe and even DC Mayor Vince Gray! Have patience through the introduction, it's worth it and definitely share it with the kids!


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Friday, February 25, 2011

Bump Watch: @ReaganGomez's Twitter Profile

Reagan with the character Cleveland. She voices his daughter Roberta on the Family Guy spinoff
The Cleveland Show

Wasn't it just the other day that I said I hadn't seen Bellyitch Bumpwatch Babe Reagan Gomez-Preston much around? Well duh! I found her posing in an adorable baby belly pic on her Twitter Profile looking just as cute as ever and tweeting hilarious stuff!

"You know you're almost due when your belly hangs out of the bottom of your maternity shirt, she tweeted today and "once I outgrew my maternity clothes it was time for baby to exit!! That or wear a tent!"

Best known for her role on WB 90s sitcom The Parent Hood and now the voice for Roberta Tubbs on The Cleveland Show, Reagan and her husband DeWayne Turrentine are expecting their second child in Early April. Not sure what the sex of the baby is, but he or she will have the couple's first child, a daugher Scarlett, for a big sister. 

Note to self: Create a Follow List of all the BBB's on Twitter. STAT!  LOL!

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Eco Friday:10 Ways to protect yourself from toxic scents

Author Beth Greer put together a pretty awesome post in the Washington Times that tackles toxic fragrances that can have negative impact on a variety of demographic, including PREGNANT WOMEN. Check out the piece and in particular the:
Ten powerful ways to protect yourself from toxic synthetic fragrances:
    1. Avoid air fresheners. They are made with synthetic fragrances, containing phthalates. 
    2. Watch for any product that lists "fragrance" or “parfum” on the label -- these are FDA-approved catch-all words synonymous with hidden phthalates. 
    3. Products that claim to be "fragrance free" or “unscented” could contain masking agents that give off a neutral odor, so it is best if the word "fragrance" does not appear on the label at all.
    4. Look for scents that are naturally derived or are plant-based or labeled as 100% essential oils. These are not the same thing as fragrance oils which are artificially created and contain synthetic chemicals.
    5. If a product says “Made with...” it can mean as little as 1 percent of the ingredients in the bottle.
    6. For scented candles, try those made from soy or beeswax, and make sure their fragrance is made from 100% essential oils. 
    7. To clear the air use a non-aerosol citrus spray containing only citrus peel extracts, which are effective at dissolving airborne odors, instead of scented aerosol sprays, liquids that emit a continuous scent, or solid air fresheners.  
    8. Labels that claim a product is "natural" or "biodegradable" do not mean that it is necessarily free of synthetic fragrances or other chemicals
    9. Certified Organic products do not contain synthetic fragrances.
    10. Make requests at hotels, car rental companies, dog groomers, schools, and offices to not use scented cleaning products.

Beth GreerSuper Natural Mom™, bestselling author of Super Natural Homeradio talk show host, former President of The Learning Annex, Certified Build It Green healthy home makeover specialist, eliminated a sizable tumor in her chest without drugs or surgery. She’s leading a movement of awareness and responsibility about healthy home environments and informs and inspires people to transform their homes into safe havens. Beth consults for residential and commercial clients nationwide. Follow Beth on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook or read more on The Washington Times Communities.

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What to pack for toddler's day out

Here is a Guest Post from a visitor across the pond targeting my UK Readers.

New mums are so lucky when it comes to children's fashion as there is such a wonderful selection of clothes ranging from rugged dungarees and denims to pretty frilly dresses and skirts.  Just looking back at the awful pictures of me as a child just goes to prove that there was very little choice – what was my mum thinking putting me in those mid-brown corduroy dungarees!  Whether you are heading off to the beach, a picnic or a trip to the zoo, you can guarantee you will be able to find children’s clothing to suit all occasions.

Living in the UK means you have to be prepared for all types of weather, one day it could be raining, the next glorious sunshine and then the day after it could be blowing a gale with a cold chill in the air!  Thankfully packing kids clothing for little ones doesn’t mean that you have to take a suitcase as everything is so small it can all be packed away in a neat children’s rucksack that your kids will no doubt love carrying around with them.  Girls dresses do look so pretty but remember on a hot day the shoe string shoulder straps will be no protection from the midday sun so be sure to pack a lightweight cardigan.  It is much better to cover up, as I am sure many of you have experienced, putting sun lotion on a moving toddler requires a lot of skill!

Not all beaches in the UK have soft golden sand so why not invest in some jelly shoes or crocs to protect little feet from standing on painful pebbles and hot sand.  The shoes are well ventilated so feet stay cool therefore preventing the shoes from rubbing the feet.  And if it is dry and sunny, then don’t forget a hat and some super cool UV sunglasses, plenty of drinks and things to do like a ball, Frisbee or activity book.

Boys love to climb and it doesn’t seem to matter where you go, they always come home looking like they have just completed a marine assault course so good quality boys clothing is best!  The last thing you want is your day spoilt by torn jeans or trousers.  You also want to make sure they have lots of protection, little toddlers still like to crawl around on their hands and knees and so the better the fabric quality the less likely they are to hurt themselves.  And don’t forget to pack the first aid kit for minor cuts and grazes!

If your toddler isn’t potty trained then you will need to take the usual paraphernalia with you such as nappies and wet wipes and don’t forget your changing mat so you can change baby wherever you are, if you are traveling a long distance this may mean a baby change in the boot of the car!  Make sure you take double the amount of nappies that you would need for the day just in case, they are so light adding in a few extra won’t matter and it will save the panicking if you are stuck in traffic on the way home.  And a change of clothes is a must, toddlers and even older kids often don’t seem to care if they are fully clothed and run into the water at the lido!

And for the inevitable UK weather don’t forget the rain macs and wellies.  Have you ever tried telling a child that you are not going to the beach because it is raining?!  Pack-a-macs are perfect for days out as they roll up into a ball and often have a clip that you can attach to a rucksack.  Buy in nice bold colours to brighten up the dullest of days.   And don’t forget a carrier bag for the kids muddy boots to save your car interior.

Some children’s clothes are just not practical for fun days out; anything made out of cashmere for example is a definite ‘no’.  Climbing around on an adventure playground is one way to test your expensive children’s clothes for durability!  Save your favourite items for Sunday lunches in the local gastro pub or afternoon tea with friends.

So make sure you are well prepared for all eventualities, these days, practical yet stylish children’s clothing means that our toddlers can have a great day out while being comfortable and safe.  Just make sure you have a chamomile tea at the ready for the end of the day, you’re going to need it!

Guest post from Trotters Childrenswear. Trotters are a UK children’s clothing retailer, providing quality classic children’s clothing through their 5 UK stores and online”

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Bellyitch reaches half a MILLION hits!

Woo hoo!! Thanks for all who check in here regularly! Couldn't have reached this milestone without you!
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Bump Watch: Tia Mowry at Children's Dream Awards

Tia Mowry at the Children's Dream Awards in California on Wednesday, February 23 wearing a limited edition Isabella Oliver Sequin Dress.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Babies Doing Something Bib/Onesie GIVEAWAY winner announced!

Congratulations to 

Kristi K

for winning a pair of bibs and a onesie from Babies Doing Something compliments of Parent company, Brothers Doing Something which was reviewed earlier.

Stay tuned for more contest and giveaways and for exclusive giveaways via Bellyitch Fanpage on Facebook!

"Like" Bellyitch today!

The original 2 WINNERS that RANDOM.ORG picked as a winner DID NOT follow instructions AND FOLLOWED THE BLOG so they forfeited their win! Tsk Tsk. Tsk.

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Bump Watch: Kim Zolciak, bikini cover model

First Kendra, now Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak, is the second reality star to pose in a bikini on a cover of a gossip mag.  In the mag, she reveals how she gained 20 lbs during her 1st two trimesters and that her boyfriend Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann approves of her extra eating.  The two plan to move in with each other, may get married and have at least another child, Kim shared in the inside story.  

"I'll be 33 when I have this baby, and I'm more in touch with my body now," Kim tells Life & Style. The reality star, who already has two daughters, Brielle, 13, and Ariana, 9, from a previous marriage.

I can't believe I am so much older than Kim. Wow!!
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ali Larter reveals longevity of maternity clothes

Heroes actress Ali Larter was recently spotted out and about wearing her Isabella Oliver Ruched Tank maternity dress, showing how versatile, and long lasting a good maternity wear collection can be.  A much hidden secret is that the baby bump can last for months after giving birth and your maternity clothes are the most forgiving and can be the most comfortable pieces to wear post-natal and as you shrink back to pre-pregnancy size.

Larter gave birth to her first child, a son Theodore Hayes MacArthur last December 20.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

5 Fun Ways to Announce your Pregnancy on Facebook

There's been a lot of debate lately on whether it's appropriate toannounce your pregnancy to the world on Facebook. But setting the controversy aside, the fact is people are doing it.
A LOT of people.

from The Stir, here are 5 ways to announce your pregnancy on Facebook
1. A picture of your current child holding a sign announcing they're about to be a big sister/brother.
Why It Works: It has the aww factor. When my friend Ashley put up this photo of her daughter Addy, I melted instantly (if your ovaries don't flip at that one, your heart is made of STONE I say!)
2. A status update that announces you're growing a penis (for a boy) or a second vagina.
Why It Works: Because who doesn't like talking dirty?
3. Put a bun in your (actual) oven and snap a photo for your profile.
Why It Works: It shows you have a sense of humor -- and probably won't be the type to update with every bowel movement.

READ  the other two at The Stir.

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Alyssa Milano confirms pregnancy!

Alyssa Milano confirmed via twitter today that she and her Hollywood agent husband Dave Bugliari are expecting their first child. 

"Yes, it's true. And we couldn't be happier. Thank you for your warm wishes and love!" Milano tweeted today. Her rep told E! news that the baby is due this fall.  Milano and Bugliari, who works for Creative Arts Agency, married in 2009.

Congrats to them!! And so the Hollywood Baby boom gets even BIGGER! And just the other day, I was watching her on an informercial and thinking, when is she going to have a baby!?!

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Facebook bans Demi Moore Inspired Belly Bump profile

So after watching, loving and being inspired by the movie "The Social Network" this weekend, I have a day's worth of Facebook-themed posts today, it looks like...LOL!

Check this gem from Made for Mums:

Social networking site Facebook has banned a pregnant woman's naked picture after she posted it on her Facebook page as her profile picture. 
Pregnant Angela Hurst, 34, was stunned when the tasteful naked picture of her showing off her baby bump was taken off her page, with Facebook claiming that it breached the site's nudity rules. Emulating Demi Moore's famous naked pregnant pose for Vanity Fair in 1999, mum-to-be Angela had a professional photographer take the shot but Facebook deemed it too revealing.
"The picture was a bit of fun and not at all seedy - all my 'bits' were covered," Angela said, reports The Sun. "It was something nice to remember my pregnancy by and was not sexual - and if Demi Moore can do it, why can't I?" 
Facebook has stuck by its ruling and stated, "Our rules prohibit nudity on the site."

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Egyptian man names newborn daughter Facebook

You can't make this stuff up, man! LA Times reports:

An Egyptian man has named his recently born baby girl "Facebook" in the wake of the 18 days of protests that used social media as an organizing tool to overthrow the government there.
Al-Ahram, an Egyptian newspaper, first reported that Gamal Ibrahim, a man in his 20s, chose to name his first daughter Facebook as a way to honor the role the website played in Egypt's undergoing revolution, according to CNN.
Google executive Wael Ghonim is among the many Egyptian organizers who used social media to mobilize demonstrators with his "We Are Khaled Said" Facebook page.
Ghonim has said he started the page days after Khaled Said was killed in public by Egyptian police, with the police receiving no punishment for the man's death.
Other websites and social media services, such as Twitter and YouTube, were also used by organizers in the protests that began Jan. 25, and the words "Facebook" and "Twitter" were seen on signs and spray-painted on walls during the demonstrations.

A translation of the Al-Ahram report provided by the website TechCrunch said: "The girl's family, friends and neighbors in the Ibrahimya region gathered around the new born to express their continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook. 'Facebook' received many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the new name."
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I don't want to say he setting her up to be teased at the playground but, I'm just saying!

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