Friday, May 26, 2006

Gwen had a boy!

UPDATE: Stefani and Rossdale named their son Kingston James McGregor. He was born with a full head of hair, and weighed 7 1/2 lbs. ----------------------- According to Us Weekly, Gwen Stefani gave birth to a boy shortly after 1pm today. Stefani had a C-section delivery. Gavin Rossdale, father of the baby, annouced the birth of his son to family and friends in the waiting room. They are considering to name their new baby boy Kingston. Reportedly, he was born with a thick thatch of hair. CONGRATULATIONS!

Pregnancy and Exercise

Contrary to earlier beliefs, pregnant women no longer have to spend their nine months resting. In fact, it was believed that women could lose the baby by exercising. However, recent studies have shown that exercising during pregnancy is beneficial. Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy: Some of the benefits a woman may gain through exercise during pregnancy:
  • Reduces back ache
  • Reduces constipation
  • Reduces bloating swelling
  • Reduces gestation diabetes (only occurs during pregnancy)
  • Increases energy
  • Improves mood
  • Improves posture
  • Promotes muscle tone and strength
  • Allows better sleep
  • Joints become more mobile
  • Helps with balance and heart rate
Types of Exercises For Pregnancy: Not all pregnant women can do every exercise but there are some that are useful. Choose safe exercises that involve lying on the back. Don't do anything that leads to discomfort. These include:
  • Brisk walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Aerobics (keeps the heart rate strong and helps with breathing)
If there are no complications, then do some running, play tennis and badminton. Netball, football gymnastics and horseback riding are not recommended. Its is possible to fall doing the latter. Precaution When Exercising Doctors advise that if you experience any of the following ailments while exercising, stop and see your doctor. Dizziness, feeling faint, shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle weakness, headache, calf pain or swelling, increased movement of the baby or fluid leaking from vagina.

Does Bullock Have A Baby Bump?

Does Sandra Bullock have a baby bump? Rumor has it that she might be pregnant. She is doing the celebrity hiding baby bump manuever- holding jacket in front of belly. If she is actually pregnant, CONGRATS to her and husband Jesse James!

New Celebrity Mommy Photos

Jennifer Garner with daughter Violet
Kate Winslet with son Joe
Britney Spear's baby bump

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Who Needs To Know Mom's Carrying A Diaper Bag?

Luxury Diaper Bags! Susanne Maddux San Francisco has a new line of fashionable baby totes for stylish moms. These bags are sturdy and strong, and with style. I love them! They come in 6 different colors. There is definitley enough cargo room. With 3 large cargo pockets, you'll have all the space for the changing pad, diapers, wipes, and don't the forget baby bottle. Luxury Diaper Bags will be ready to ship June 15. Check it out!

Get Motivated. Get Moving.

Between the morning sickness, fatigue, and other pregnancy discomforts, exercising may be the last thing on your mind. Consider the following ways you can get motivated with your exercise routine:
  • Consider breaking up your exercise into segments. This will ensure you get the exercise you need while maintaining your energy level throughout the day.
  • Start small and gradually increase the fitness routine and time spent exercising each day.
  • The hardest part is starting. Think hou great you will feel once you establish and exercise routine and start getting compliments on the way you look.
  • Find something you love to do - walking, jogging, swimming, dancing- and accommodate it to your growing belly.
  • Use exercise time for creative meditation, to listen to your favortie music or to simply relax.
  • Exercise with a friend or group for motivation and support.
  • Know that regular exercise will help you tone your muscles, build stamina, and strengthen your focus and determination- traits that can help ease your labor and delivery.
  • Remind yourself that keeping in shape now will help you get back your shape after pregnancy.

Assisted Fertilization Could Boost Pregnancy Complication Risk

Researchers say they've found the first evidence directly linking assisted reproductive techniques, such as in vitro fertilization, to an increased risk of a potentially dangerous complication called placenta previa.

In placenta previa, the placenta covers or partially covers the cervix, blocking a baby's passage into the birth canal. It can cause serious or life-threatening complications, including hemorrhage and the need for Caesarean section in mothers, and prematurity and perinatal problems in babies.

The study of more than 845,300 pregnancies in Norway between 1988 and 2002 concluded that mothers with single-baby pregnancies conceived through assisted reproductive techniques (ART) had a sixfold higher risk of placenta previa, compared with natural conception. Mothers who conceived both naturally and through ART had a threefold increased risk.

"What this means in absolute terms is that, after adjusting for factors such as maternal age, which tends to be higher in ART pregnancies, the risk of placenta previa rose from about three in 1,000 births to 16 in 1,000 births for ART pregnancies compared with the general population," study author Dr. Liv Bente Romundstad, of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at St. Olavs University Hospital in Trondheim, said in a prepared statement. Risk for placenta previa rose "from about seven in 1,000 births to 20 in 1,000 births for those who had both assisted and natural conceptions," she added.

Some previous studies have suggested an association between ART and increased risk of placenta previa, but the Norwegian researchers say their study is most extensive and the first to indicate a direct link.

They're calling on ART centers worldwide to collect more data on the potential problem.

"Although the risk of placenta previa is considerably higher with ART, it is still quite rare, which means it will probably take several thousand pregnancies to get sufficient data to be able to make any definite recommendations about clinical practice," Romundstad said.

Source: Forbes

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Ten tips for a healthy pregnancy

Pregnancyandbaby.com informs us with 10 tips for a healthy pregnancy. Please read... A healthy pregnancy begins with a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet. These ten diet and lifestyle tips are not just for getting pregnant -- they're also perfect for carrying a healthy baby to term! "Indeed, these 10 tips are probably best... throughout one's life for optimal health and prevention of virtually all the major illnesses of American society, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and even many cancers," says James Kenney, PhD, Nutrition Research Specialist at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Aventura, Florida and fellow of the American College of Nutrition. Here's how to start: 1. Enjoy a variety of vegetables every day (not just spinach, a la Jennifer Lopez). Shoot for at least 5 servings daily. How can you do that? Start by helping yourself to big salads. Also try bringing large bags of baby carrots and other veggie munchies to work. And when dining out, ask your server to double -- even triple -- the amount of vegetables in your entrĂ©e or pasta. For both you and baby, the benefits are priceless. 2. Eat at least 4 servings daily of fruit. And no, fruit won't make you fat! "Numerous studies have found just the opposite. People who eat a lot of fruit are far more likely to maintain a healthy weight throughout life compared to people who don't," says Dr Kenney. 3. Eat at least 6 servings daily of whole grains and starchy vegetables, like whole-grain bread, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, corn, yams and potatoes. They're filling, satisfying, and chock-full of nutrients. Plus, these fiber-rich foods will help prevent constipation, a common complaint during pregnancy. "One reason women have trouble with constipation is because they've been prescribed large amounts of supplemental iron, which can cause constipation. The good news is that women who eat a healthy diet usually don't need a lot of supplemental iron during pregnancy," states Dr Kenney. 4. Drink or eat moderate amounts -- about 3 to 4 servings daily -- of calcium-rich foods. Calcium is needed for proper bone formation in the baby. It also helps build and preserve mother's bone density. For heart health, stick to lean, low-in-saturated-fat choices like nonfat milk, nonfat yogurt, nonfat sour cream and cheese, and fortified soymilk. Many vegetables, especially leafy greens, also contain a lot of calcium. 5. Enjoy moderate amounts, about 3 servings daily, of protein-rich foods. Protein is important for the baby's growing tissues. Your best bets are foods low in fat, advises the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Excellent lean, protein-packed choices include most selections of seafood, skinless white poultry, lean red meat like grass-fed, free-range bison and elk (limit animal protein to 1 serving daily), and plant proteins like beans, peas, tofu, tempeh, and seitan. 6. As healthful as most fish are, rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats, do steer clear of varieties that are high in mercury. Too much mercury may cause neurological damage in fetuses. In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration advised that women who are pregnant or might become pregnant avoid high-in-mercury fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. Lower-mercury fish may be consumed up to 12 ounces weekly, advises the FDA. Common varieties of lower-mercury fish and seafood include mussels, salmon, pollock, lobster, and canned mackerel and sardines (with no salt added). 7. Avoid alcohol. There is no safe amount of alcohol a woman can drink while pregnant, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fetal alcohol syndrome, caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy, is characterized by growth retardation in babies, facial abnormalities and central nervous system dysfunction. 8. Limit caffeine-rich food and drink, such as tea, coffee, soft drinks (including Sunkist orange soda) and chocolate. Be sure to read labels when grocery shopping -- more than 200 foods, beverages, and over-the-counter medications contain caffeine! 9. Queasiness and morning sickness are common during pregnancy. To help you feel better, try eating five or six smaller meals a day instead of three large ones. "In fact, eating smaller, more frequent meals is a healthy way to eat throughout life," advises Dr Kenney. "The healthiest, longest-living people on earth, the men and women of Okinawa, Japan, enjoy several small meals over the course of a day and have a centuries-old tradition, called hara hachi, of eating only until they are about 80% full. We recommend the same for guests at the Pritikin Longevity Center and call it 'Don't stuff, don't starve.'" 10. Exercise regularly. It can lessen fatigue, provide a sense of well-being, and increase the likelihood of early recovery after delivery. "But always check with your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise program, especially during pregnancy," cautions Scott Danberg, MS, Director of Exercise at the Pritikin Longevity Center. For most pregnant women, safe exercises include walking, swimming, and cycling on a stationary bicycle. "And keep in mind that continuing to exercise after the birth of your baby is a great idea. Exercise can really help get you back in shape –- and stay in shape throughout life," says Danberg.

Gwen Stefani Fashionably Pregnant

Gwen Stefani is always stylish and she continues to be while pregnant with her first. People.com has a special Gwen Stefani feature where you can check out all of her maternity styles. You can also rate her look as a "Hit" or "Miss" on the Photo Poll. It's interesting to see all of the results. I must say that she is definitely a "Hit!" The picture to the left was taken on Tuesday while leaving an Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills. It is considered to be her "last days," because she was apparently due last week.

Pitt and Jolie ask Namibian governor to name baby

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will let Namibian politician Samuel Nuuyoma name their new baby according to the Daily Mirror. Namibian Governor Samuel Nuuyoma has announced that the expecting parents have offered him the opportunity to come up with a name for the baby. Nuuyoma said, "When she goes to the hospital, as the father of the region, I will be informed and I wil go there." "I will announce the good news and I will be naming the baby." He wouldn't give out any hints about what the name might be, but it could be a matter of days before we find out. He described Jolie and Pitt as "good people, peace-minded and ready to help."

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Steps To Ensure A Healthy Baby - Before Pregnancy

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report seeks to improve preconception health and health care. The advice is aimed at patients, doctors, public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers and government agencies. The steps recommended for patients include: Develop a "reproductive health plan," which describes if and when you want to have children. (The same advice applies to men and couples.) Use your regular doctor visits as an opportunity to discuss your risks - including chronic medical conditions and behaviors that might negatively impact a pregnancy - and learn about how to reduce them and improve future pregnancy outcomes. If you have a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, asthma or epilepsy, get it under control. Also, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to handle prescribed and over-the-counter medications should you become pregnant. Get a "pre-pregnancy checkup" just before attempting conception. This visit would advise a woman on what she should do and expect in the months to come. Aim to reach a healthy weight before getting pregnant. Don't smoke, and be aware of alcohol's effects on a developing fetus. Besides maintaining a healthful diet, take a daily folic acid supplement, which has been shown to decrease the risk of neural tube defects. Talk with your doctor about which foods to eat and which to avoid. Fish consumption, for example, should be limited due to concerns about mercury contamination, according to the March of Dimes.

Geri's Baby Bluebell Madonna

Geri Halliwell, Ginger Spice, speaks openly about her pregnancy, her new baby girl, and why she named her Bluebell Madonna in a 19-page interview with Hello! Magazine. She made no mention of Bluebell`s father, Hollywood scriptwriter Sacha Gervasi. Explaining the unusual choice of name, Halliwell said: "As I walked round the park in the last few weeks of pregnancy, I seemed to see bluebells everywhere. "But what really clinched it for me was my mother telling me that the bluebell is increasingly rare, so it`s a precious flower, which seems just right for my daughter. "There`s a good reason I picked Madonna as a middle name too. As she came out of my tummy, Bluebell had both arms flung wide in the air as if announcing to the world, `Hi! I`m here!` "She was screaming her head off, as though she was shouting, `Hello, Wembley!` No one else has that name, apart from the Virgin Madonna and the singer, whom I love." Halliwell took further inspiration from her heroine Scarlett O`Hara, who named her daughter Bonnie Blue in Gone With The Wind. She described being a mother as "like having my own little doll". "It`s just overwhelming, the biggest life-changing experience that`s ever happened to me. "No success, nor all the money in the world could match being a mother with Bluebell in my arms," she said. Halliwell is said to have "frozen out" Gervasi, 40, after their affair ended. In the interview she referred to herself as a single mother. Asked if there was a man in her life, she replied: "No, and to be honest I don`t really care." The former Ginger Spice posed for a series of pictures with Bluebell at her home in north London. Bluebell was delivered by Caesarean section in a "traumatic" birth. Halliwell`s sister Natalie was at her bedside. The singer said she had no idea that she was expecting a girl. She now plans to settle in England and have "loads" more children.

Namibians call for a "Brangelina" baby holiday

This cannot be serious....

Half of Namibians voting in an informal radio survey believe the day Angelina Jolie gives birth should be declared a national holiday, an honor usually reserved for kings, queens and national heroes.

"We have a tie, it's 50-50," the DJ for popular local radio station Radio Wave announced on Tuesday after listeners were asked whether the "Brangelina" baby should be accorded the honor. She said voting was still going on.

Hollywood stars Jolie and Brad Pitt sparked an international media frenzy when they arrived in Namibia with her two adopted children to have their first child.

But while residents of the southern African country have so far been unfazed by the visit, local media is now getting into the act, with the daily Namib Times speculating that the baby might arrive at the weekend or early next week.

The couple have remained almost invisible in their beach resort in the tiny village of Langstrand on the country's desert coastline, shielded by tight security.

Source: Reuters

Monday, May 22, 2006

Can I Breastfeed If I Have Implants?

With all the media surrounding Britney Spears lately, she has been a topic of conversation with my co-workers and I. During our breaks, of course! One of my co-workers asked if she breast fed Sean Preston. I didn't know. But that brings up the question, can you breastfeed with implants? I know that their are some people who disagree that Britney Spears has breast implants, but that's beside the point. I am curious to know if a mother with breast implants could breastfeed her child. I hear "Yes," sometimes "No," and most of the time, "Depends on the implants." But which is it? If the implants do affect the breastfeeding process, could it have been a selfish thing for a mother to do? I know many mother's choose not do breastfeed because of many reasons, but could breast implants just be an egotistical reason for depriving their baby of their mother's milk? "If the baby can't be breastfed at least her boobs look good." I would really like to know with all sarcasm put aside. Are their any mothers, or anyone who knows someone, who has breastfed with implants? If it is proven that a mother cannot breast feed with implants, what are your thoughts? Do you agree with the cost of having great looking boobs, while your baby goes formula? Or were you trying on Nursing Bras at 8 months?

Heidi Klum has a day out with the kids

Heidi Klum is out with her Nanny, Mom and children, Leni, 2, and Henry who is 9 months old. They were taking a nice stroll in New York City over the weekend. Check out more pics of Heidi with family here.

Brad Pitt takes the kids for a bike ride

Brad Pitt went on a bike ride with his adopted children, 16-month old, Zahara, and 4 year old, Maddox. How cute are those training wheels? Angelina Jolie must be relaxing at home. It seems like the whole family is anticipating the arrival of their new little one. Any day now! Source: Just Jared

Is pregnancy riskier for teens than for adults?

Yes, according to Dr. Laura Riley, an obstetrician and director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital. In general, the lowest risk pregnancies are those in women between 25 and 35. At the extremes of age -- teenagers and women 40 and over -- the rate of pregnancy complications rises.

Among other things, said Riley, teenage women are at higher than normal risk for pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure in pregnancy that, if untreated, can lead to coma and death. The treatment is often to induce labor because once the baby is born, the mother's blood pressure usually returns to normal.

Teen mothers are also more at risk for pre-term delivery because ''teenage girls are more likely to have the worst diet in the world, make poor food choices, smoke, have more stress, and are less likely to be married," she said.

One reason that babies of teenage mothers often have low birth weight is that what few nutrients they do eat go to nourish their own growing bodies, not their fetus. As Columbia University researchers wrote in a study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ''much of the maternal nutrient intake supports maternal growth, to the detriment of the developing fetus."

The good news is that teenage pregnancy and birth rates have dropped by one-third since the early 1990s in all states and among all racial and ethnic groups, said Bill Albert, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington, D.C. Research suggests that this is due to teenagers delaying sex and using contraception more reliably.

Source: Boston News