Practicing good habits while pregnant can be extremely tricky. While we all know we need to avoid tobacco and alcohol, sometimes the changes aren't so cut and clear.
A lot of the foods usually good for us become dangerous when we're carrying a baby. As a Latina woman, I had to make some drastic changes to my diet when I became pregnant. I had to cut out a lot of the foods from my culture that I thought were good for me. I figured, since these foods had protein and calcium, they would be healthy and needed to create strong bones. But when you're carrying a baby, you have to be extra careful.
It's extremely important to know which foods are dangerous to eat. So that when the time comes where your hormones are going crazy and the cravings start kicking in, you can plan around this and find alternatives.Continue Reading >
When dad-to-be Raul Betancourt first found out his wife was pregnant, he decided to share the news with friends and family in a special way. The result is "Miracle Inside The Box," an amazing video that captures his loved ones' priceless reactions and has quickly gone viral.
In the footage, everyone is given a simple brown box and asked to open it. When they confusedly do so, the response is instantaneous: they gasp, laugh, and scream as they catch their first glimpse as the items inside: photos of the happy parents-to-be alongside two positive pregnancy tests!
Aww ... what an awesome and unique way to make the big announcement! Watching their sweet surprise unfold seriously almost brought tears to my eyes. And they're not the only ones to get creative when it comes to sharing the news. Check out Betancourt's "Miracle Inside The Box" and 4 other amazing pregnancy announcements below:Continue Reading >
The Low GI eating plan (also known as the low-glycemic diet) is the topic of the book The Low GI Eating Plan for an Optimal Pregnancy, coming out in April. Lucky for you, we have a sneak peek at the revolutionary diet, which breaks down how choosing your food according to the glycemic index (how carbohydrates affect our sugar levels) can help your health and most importantly, how this type of diet can help you concieve and stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.
Actress Halle Berry and her French boyfriend, actor Olivier Martinez, are expecting their first child together, confirmed the actress's rep to the Los Angeles Times today! Berry already has 5-year-old Nahla from her former relationship to Gabriel Aubry and word has it she's already three months along into her pregnancy.
TMZ broke the news this afternoon and says that sources say that Berry is done with her first trimester and already knows the gender of the baby which is reportedly a boy. Um, Halle Berry has to be one of the hottest pregnant women then, because wasn't she in a bikini like just last week?!Continue Reading >
Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed that she suffered a tragic miscarriage after becoming pregnant a third time. The Oscar winner caused an uproar last week over her children's questionable eating habits, but has now shocked us by exposing the miscarriage that almost claimed her life. In an interview with the U.K. Daily Mail, Paltrow intimately shares the details of the scare that has yet to discourage her from adding to her family with husband Chris Martin.
The actress, who has two other children, 8-year-old Apple and 6-year-old Moses with the Coldplay musician, expressed the heartbreak she went through when she was expecting her third child. The pregnancy which she says almost killed her is something many mothers can relate to whether they already have children or are expecting.Continue Reading >
I'm a big fan of unique baby names. I haven't made any decisions, but I know for sure that when the time comes, I don't want anything that can be found on the top 500 names for kids, you know what I'm saying?
I used to hate my name--Mariela--when I was a kid for a few reasons. Mainly, no one could ever pronounce it, and also all the other kids in my very homogeneous town in Connecticut were always asking, "Mariela? What kind of a name is that?!"
Shaming and ridiculing teens is definitely NOT the correct way to prevent teenage pregnancies--which is why I think New York City's newest campaign to prevent adolescents from becoming parents is horrible and terribly misguided.
The U.S. is one of the few developed countries with a very high rate of teenage pregnancies, something which I've never really understood. We're living in a pretty modern country where, despite the fact that poverty and lack of education do exist, we're so much better off than many other places in the world. Rampant teen pregnancies is why I've always maintained that it's extremely important to speak clearly and openly to teens regarding how to prevent pregnancy, but also about their options once they do become pregnant.Continue Reading >
When a woman becomes pregnant, everyone around her tries to guess the baby's gender. So when I heard that there ARE ways to determine the gender of an unborn baby (without actual lab tests), I was floored.
That exactly what Jena Pincott claims to have found out in her new book, Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? She takes down those old wives tales a notch and actually shares some super interesting info on how to tell if you should be shopping for pink or blue.
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Celebrity pregnancies are in full bloom--and with that comes all the fun at guessing at what these tiny celeb tykes will be named. Take for example Jessica Simpson, who is currently pregnant with baby number two. Simpson has been more than open about her pregnancy and the baby's gender (she's having a boy!) and now, there are rumors that she plans on naming him Ace.
Whether the baby name hearsay is true, we can't wait to find out what his REAL name is going to be! However, Simpson hinted in an Elle magazine interview last year that people would understand the meaning of the name. "It's nothing shocking and nothing you'll have to add to the dictionary," she added. Hmm, while we wait for her to confirm the rumor, we've come up with a list of names that we are sure will guarantee future success and riches--some or all may inspire her--or you if you're expecting!
Check out our list after the jump!
If you're constantly struggling to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies the reason may have something to do with your diet during pregnancy. A new report reveals that pregnant women who consume more fruits and vegetables are more likely to have children who are less fussy eaters. This proved to doctors that babies get a taste for healthy foods before birth through the amniotic fluid and after through breast milk.
Researchers say that babies are already hardwired to enjoy salty and sweet foods, and may have a harder time adjusting to the initial taste of green vegetables. But by adding these to your pregnancy diet, you may just avoid having to deal with the picky eater woes.Continue Reading >