Monday, April 30, 2012

Study: Smoking while pregnant leads to autism in baby




Pregnant women who smoke may be at higher risk for having a child with high-functioning autism, such as Asperger’s disorder, according to preliminary study findings by researchers involved in the U.S. Autism Surveillance Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


“It has long been known that autism is an umbrella term for a wide range of disorders that impair social and communication skills,” says Amy Kalkbrenner, assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, lead author of the study.


“What we are seeing is that some disorders on the autism spectrum, more than others, may be influenced by a factor such as whether a mother smokes during pregnancy.”


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White House bumpwatch: Reese Witherspoon and Anna Paquin on WHCD event red carpet



Anna Paquin and Reese Witherspoon both opted for black on the red carpet of the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, DC this Saturday, April 27.

Paquin, who just announced that she and True Blood co-star and hubby Stephen Moyer are expecting their first child together, looked absolutely radiant in a chic and elegant silk jersey gown by French designer Herve L. Leroux. Jersey is THE best fabric to wear when pregnant because it is comfortable, breathable and forgiving. 


Witherspoon went with a bump hugging  black Monique Lhuillier gown featuring an asymmetrical neckline and keyhole detailing.

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Bump Watch: Yandy Smith interview with Mashonda


Reality TV star Yandy Smith sat down with her VH1 Love and Hip Hop  co-star Mashonda, model and ex wife to rapper and producer Swizz Beatz - currently married with child to Alicia Keys.  On a recent post on Mashonda's website, Yandy goes into motherhood and her plans after baby. Check it out HERE.

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Trend Alert: The Assymetrical Dress, pregginista style

Kate Hudson was positively radiant at the Chanel Benefit Dinner For The Natural Resources Benefit in a draped asymmetrical dress.

So it seems this season's trend, the Assymetrical dress, is nothing new to a pregnant woman well into her second or third trimester of her pregnancy. Most dresses will naturally rise in the front on account of her bulbous belly anyway! So you, my fair pregnant style maven, are in style without even trying. But just to humor ourselves, let's take a look at various asymmetrical dresses available now that a pregginista could possibly rock effortlessly with style and flare.




Jennifer Garner attended a special screening of Butter at the 2o11 AFI FEST in Hollywood last November 2011.




ASOS Maternity


January Jones in an asymmetrical dress last September 2011.


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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bump Watch: Neve Campbell dog walking in LA

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Actress Neve Campbell was spotted walking her dog in Los Angeles Saturday, April 27. Lovely maternity top. Is it me or does she always seem relaxed and mellow? She is too cool for school in her fashionable aviators.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar is pregnant with her second child




Sarah Michelle Gellar and husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. confirmed to People  that they are expecting their second child. The new arrival will join big sister 2-year old Charlotte, seen being toted to Ballet Class last week by Gellar.





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Clutch magazine tackles the "Pregnancy Pact", calls it a trend

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Recall last year when I posted about a pregnancy pact in an all-girls Baltimore school and was lambasted for accosting and shaming black girls unfairly? Well it seems like the digital online magazine, Clutch has discovered a Facebook Group photo of another group of girls, sadly all black again, and it reports that it is a trend. Author, Risa Dixon who is 26 and pregnant herself, blames shows like MTV's 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom  reality TV shows for glamorizing teenage pregnancy.I would say that studies show that teen pregnancy in the US and worldwide is going down so these pacts, if real, may be the minority and do not reflect generally teens nationwide. Still, if true, that would be a very disturbing trend. 


 I won't go into it more, check out the article yourself over at Clutch.

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Bump Watch: Molly Sims and hubby out and about





Parents to be Molly Sims and hubby Scott Stuber were spotted out and about in Beverly Hills yesterday, April 27.The couple are expecting their first child a boy in June.



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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Should you give your kid omega-3 fish supplements?



If your child is not eating a meal of fatty fish like salmon or sardines at least once a week then it is a good idea to give him a daily fish oil supplement. Oily fish includes salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, eel, pilchards and fresh tuna and if your child eats a meal with one of these fish once or twice a week then he will probably receive the level of omega-3 fatty acids his body requires. Popular fishy meals that kids like are [More...] fish sticks and canned chunk light tuna but they are not a good source of omega-3s although they are low in mercury.  Solid white albacore is a type of canned tuna that contains a higher dose of omega-3s but it usually is higher in mercury content so some experts recommend that children avoid it.

Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids (specifically DHA and EPA) which are required for your child’s optimum brain and eye development and experts claim that they play a significant role in improving intelligence, memory, co-ordination and enhancing your child’s concentration skills at school.

Ideally it is better for your child to get all his nutrients from his meals as he will benefit from the nutrients in other foods at the same time. However, many children do not eat enough of the right fatty fish that contain the desired levels of omega-3s and especially if you are trying to avoid fish with high levels of mercury. Cold water fish often referred to as fatty fish contain the highest amounts of omega-3s.

The capsule supplements are not a good idea to give your child as they pose a choking risk but you can easily purchase the liquid form. It is very important that you check you are buying highly pure oil from the flesh of fish, not from the livers as these can contain harmful toxins and excessive levels of vitamin A. Your child may not like the fishy taste of the liquid supplement so there are varieties that disguise the fishiness with citrus and vanilla flavours. You can blend the supplement with milk or a juice too. Begin with a low dose at a meal time so one teaspoon a day for a week and then you can increase this to two to three teaspoons per day if your child is willing. There are no known side effects.

If your child is not eating the servings of fatty fish listed below at least once a week then a supplement is recommended.

•    1-2 years old – 1 ounce of fatty fish
•    3-6 years old – 1.5 ounces of fatty fish
•    6 years plus – 2 ounces of fatty fish

Eirian Hallinan has written numerous articles in the parenting field. She believes in healing naturally, and is fascinated by the many theories of colic.
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Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley adopted second child

Grey's Anatomy  alum Katherine Heigl and hubby Josh Kelley have adopted their second daughter, a rep for the actress confirms to Us Weekly. No other details were available. The couple, who wed in 2007, adopted daughter Naleigh from South Korea in 2009. 

Heigl has an adoptive sister, Meg, who was born in Korea.

"Josh and I started talking about [adoption] before we were even engaged,"  USWeekly quotes the Knocked Up  star telling Scholastic Parent & Child back in February. "[M]y parents adopted [Meg] three years before I was born. I wanted my own family to resemble the one I came from, so I always knew I wanted to adopt from Korea."
 
Congrats to the growing family!
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The Doctors explain how the pregnant "man" was able to have a baby (VIDEO)

Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Lisa Masterson, Dr. Marci Bowers, Thomas Beatie, Dr. Travis Stork

Tune in to this Tuesday, May 1 episode of the CBS syndicated show The Doctors which will feature the pregnant "man", Thomas Beatie, as a guest. Dr. Marci Bowers explains in this short video below how a person born a woman and underwent reconstructive surgery to become a man was able to use her female reproductive organs and produce babies. Fascinating stuff!

Photo courtesy : “CBS Television Distribution / Stage 29 Productions LLC”


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Bump Watch: Kristin Cavallari noshing in Beverly Hills




Mom-to-be Kristin Cavallari was spotted heading to nosh at a Beverly Hills, California restaurant on April 25. Cavallari and fiance Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler are expecting their first child this summer.



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10 ways to use building blocks to teach kids


How many of you think that blocks are just for building and stacking?  A good many of you I would bet. And those are the most common ways. However this is a place to think outside the box – or block as the case may be.  You can use building blocks in a lot of different and creative ways.  Check out 10 cool ways to use building blocks for kids.

  1. Learning colors:  The nice thing about building blocks for kids is that they come in such bright fun colors.  You can build with the blocks with your child and while you build you can say what color the block is.  As your child starts to learn their colors you can ask them to hand you a red block or another color to reinforce their learning. 
  2. Teaching them addition and subtraction: You can use anything to teach addition and subtraction, but you already have the blocks so why not use those?  Gather up the blocks and ask your child what 1+1 is.  Then show them with the blocks, if I add one block to another block how many would I have?  If they hesitate, help them count the blocks.  This will become especially necessary as you get into adding bigger numbers.  Many times showing a concept visually will help your child learn quicker. 
  3. Teaching them multiplication: When teaching multiplication let your child know that multiplication is repetitive addition.  So if you multiply 2×3 you will need to put up three rows of two blocks.  If they can count by 2’s all the better.  Show them that they can just do 2, 4, 6 and get the answer.  Or they can count all of the blocks and get the answer too. 
  4. Use them with play dough: Many block sets come with several cylinder pieces that can be used as a rolling pin to roll out the play dough.  You can then show your child that by pressing the blocks onto the play dough they will be able to make the different shapes. 
  5. Use them to paint with: Most paints will wash off the blocks as long as the blocks are sealed so this craft should do no damage to the blocks.  By dipping the blocks into different washable paints and pressing them to drawing paper your child can make an imprint of that shape.  Then they can use the different shapes and make houses, robots or anything else that their imaginations can dream up. 
  6. Make a path with them to practice soccer: Do you have some blocks that your 4-5 year old isn’t playing with as much?  Use them instead of cones for your new soccer player to practice dribbling around.  Use the bigger blocks and set them out about 3 feet apart at the beginning and push them closer together as your child gets better at dribbling. 
  7. Decorate for a birthday party with them: This is a particularly good theme for a toddler because they love building blocks at this age.  Stack the blocks on the cake table as a cool centerpiece or put them in various stacks on the mantel or side table.  Bringing the theme around the room will just reinforce your theme and make it all the more unique and adorable, not to mention at a very low cost to you since you are decorating with something you already own. 
  8. Use them as a cupcake stand:  While you are decorating with the blocks for the party you can use them to make a one of a kind cupcake stand.  Stack the blocks in various levels or steps and fill with cupcakes.  The display will be fun and colorful and the kids and adults will love it. 
  9. Play games with them:  Need games for the party?  Break the kids up into several smaller teams and give each team a bucket of blocks.  Start the timer and see how high they can build a tower in 1 to 3 minutes.  Then let them knock them down.  You can also use the blocks in a scavenger hunt.  The kid to find the most blocks in the yard wins a prize. 
  10. Use them as cool wall art:  A contemporary art piece is easy enough to create yourself using some old building blocks.  Let your child help you.  Take a board cut as big as you would like the art piece to be.  Paint the board and then stack the blocks up in an interesting shape, only 2-3 layers deep.  Once you have decided on the final shape hot glue the blocks down and give them a final paint job if you’d like them to be all one color that matches your d├ęcor or if you are using it in a kid’s room you might want to leave it bright and colorful.  You’ve made your own art piece for next to nothing.


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Friday, April 27, 2012

Bump Watch: Alyson Hannigan, shopping at Rosie Pope's


Speaking of Rosie Pope (from an earlier post today), actress Alyson Hannigan was seen leaving Rosie Pope's store on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, California on Tuesday, April 24, looking pleasant! I guess a great shopping trip will do that for you.




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Review: Mia Mariu beauty line for women of all shades


Move over MaryKay and Avon. Make room for Mia Mariu! Founder and CEO Jeannie Price heads the make up and skin products line that also allows women, including stay-at-home moms and others looking for side money, to sell the line of natural health and beauty products via an online boutique. 

Off the top, I was immediately intrigued by the product manual I received with my review products, Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser ($19) and sample sizes of various moisturizers and microdermabrasian treatments. The make up products and foundations, in particular, include colors and bases that would accommodate a variety of shades for women of all colors, including the women with olive undertones of Asian descent, and those with darker skin complexions of African and Hispanic decent. The line includes products for fairer skin women as well. Lovely. There is even an online function that enables users to select what color products is best for their complexion.

The gel cleanser pumps out smooth and you only need a very small amount because as you spread it on your face a very healthy lather of foam is produced. It left my skin feeling very clean. The moisturizer went on evenly and wasn't too thick or sticky. I  have sensitive skin so I couldn't handle the more abrasive microdermabrasian samples, but Mia Mariu promises the product does not contain too much harsh chemicals. 

I love skin care and spa treatments and believe all women (and men) should get themselves pampered once in a while. Moms and pregnant women, especially can easily lose track of themselves while caring for their families and not treat themselves well enough. The products in this line range in price from $20 to $44 and an entire treatment collection cost $186. That would be the equivalent of products used during several facials. Depending on where you live a facial can cost $35 and up per treatment. It also includes several anti-aging products.

I love the concept and was so glad to learn of the company. 

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Bump Watch: Rosie Pope at Mattel Little Mommy event


Rosie Pope, star of Bravo's reality series, "Pregnant in Heels," holds Mattel 's Little Mommy baby doll during the Little Mommy Day event at Dylan's Candy Bar in New York, Thursday, April 26, 2012. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Mattel)

A very pregnant Rosie Pope, who stars in Bravo TV's reality TV show Pregnant in Heels, was photographed at the unveiling of Mattel's Little Mommy doll line at  Dylan's Candy Bar in New York on Thursday, April 26. Other celebrity guests in attendance included 90210 Tiffani Thiessen, Gossip Girl's  Kelly Rutherford  and alice + olivia designer, Stacy Bendet and their children. 

Last October, Pope announced that she and her husband were expecting their third child. Much of the debut season of Pregnant in Heels focused on Pope and her husband's attempt to get pregnant again with their second child. After the couple stopped in vitro process, following a sad ectopic pregnancy, they got pregnant without medical intervention with their second son Wellington, now 1-year old. They also have a son J.R. I wonder if they are expecting a girl this round.
 
Pope and Tiffani Thiessen with daughter Harper, play w/ Little Mommy baby dolls  (Diane Bondareff/AP)



Pope w Kelly Rutherford with her daughter Helena,   (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Mattel)



Rutherford, Pope and and alice+olivia designer Stacey Bendet  (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Mattel)



Tiffani Thiessen looks on as her daughter Harper kisses a Little Mommy baby doll  (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Mattel)



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Study: Most unintended pregnancies occur in 20s



Half of pregnancies among all U.S. women are unplanned, but among unmarried women ages 20–29 two-thirds of pregnancies are unintended, researchers say.

Mia Zolna and Laura Duberstein Lindberg of the Guttmacher Institute in New York said nearly 10 percent of unmarried women ages 20-29 -- 95 per 1,000 -- experienced an unintended pregnancy in 2008, a slight increase since 2001, when it stood at 92 per 1,000.

"One of the most powerful ways that we can improve the health and well-being of women and their families is to make contraception easier and more affordable to use," says Guttmacher policy expert Adam Sonfield. "Expanding insurance coverage and public funding for the most effective methods of contraception -- and for the counseling and education needed to help women and couples choose the method that is best for them -- can go a long way toward reducing unintended pregnancies and births in this high-risk age group."

In 2008, black and Hispanic women had rates of unintended pregnancy twice those of their white counterparts, while rates among poor women were more than four times the rate for women in the highest income group, the researchers.

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