Friday, June 23, 2006

Nelly Furtado on Motherhood

Canadian Native, Nelly Furtado, was interviewed by Access Hollywood about Motherhood and how it has changed her as a person. Access wanted to ask if Nelly has put the fearlessness, that she says has come to her through motherhood, into her music.

“Yeah, I think so,” Nelly said. “When they become toddlers, walking, talking, singing, dancing, it’s like you have no choice but to experience life again, like you’re a child again, and it really had a positive impact on me. This album is very youthful.”

Does her two-year-old daughter’s energy rub off, Access asked.

“It really did rub off on me, yeah, her energy,” Nelly laughed. “I recorded this album in Miami and South Beach, Florida, and I was literally making sand castles with her by day at the ocean, and by night, I was cutting tracks with Timbaland.”

Finally, with Nelly looking absolutely toned and gorgeous in her videos, Access wanted the secret behind her fantastic shape.

How’d ya do it Nelly?

“I just think motherhood made me better, I think it rejuvenates you as a person, mind, body and spirit, and I think every women is different. For me, (my daughter) is almost three-years-old now, and the first couple of years I did struggle. I was a little overweight, and I was nursing her, and I kept the weight on for a while, and then I just started working out a little more.”

Nelly lifted weights to get back her flat tummy. But she keeps herself mentally fit too.

“You don’t try to kill yourself over it,” she said. “The stress I think is the worse part. I just try to stay stress free and live in the moment.”

Source: MSNBC

Traveling While Pregnant

Now that it's summer, most likely you'll be indulging in a bit of summer travel. So how to stay safe while pregnant? A little extra planning, precaution, and care will ensure your safety and that of your baby. Always check with your doctor before traveling, and make sure he or she knows when you are going, where, and for how long. Foreign Travel Foreign travel poses important issues for pregnant women. For example, your body may not be accustomed to bacteria and diseases that are prevalent in some foreign countries, making you susceptible to upset stomach, diarrhea, and dehydration. Language problems can also make accurate diagnosis and correct treatment difficult. The following are some additional issues to consider when traveling internationally while pregnant: - If at all possible, travel with at least one companion. - Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at or 1-877-394-8747 to receive safety information and vaccination facts related to your travel itinerary - Drink only bottled water. Don’t use ice cubes made from tap water in your drinks and don’t use glasses or cups that have been washed in tap water. Canned juices and soft drinks are acceptable alternatives. - Make sure any milk you drink is pasteurized - Avoid fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or can be peeled - Only eat meat and fish that are well cooked - Check medical facilities at your destination and whether your insurance will cover you while there Traveling to high altitudes is not recommended while you are pregnant. Altitudes over 13,000 feet should be avoided, and heights of 8,000 feet and higher should be avoided in late or high-risk pregnancies.

Pregnancy at (unaccustomed) high altitude has been associated with intrauterine growth retardation and higher rates of pregnancy-induced hypertension.Before traveling abroad, know your blood type and determine whether the blood supplies are screened for HIV and hepatitis B at your destination. Hepatitis E (HEV) can be especially dangerous for pregnant women. HEV is caused by ingesting water contaminated with feces.Pregnant women are more susceptible to malaria and if infected, they are more likely to suffer a severe reaction.

Pregnant women are twice as attractive to mosquitoes as other people. Researchers believe this is due to the fact that pregnant women breathe 20 percent heavier and have a higher body temperature, which may result in more perspiration. Breathing and sweat both attract mosquitoes. The mortality rate for pregnant women infected with malaria is 2 to 10 times higher than other adults. There are also a limited number of preventative drugs and treatments for malaria that are safe during pregnancy. While few problems have been reported, you should avoid excessive use of DEET-based insect repellents since they are absorbed through the skin. Lemon eucalyptus-based repellents are not readily absorbed through the skin, so they may be a better choice for pregnant women. However, neither type of repellent has been formally tested for pregnant women.

More research is needed to determine the effect of West Nile virus on unborn babies. In 2002 there was one case of transmission of West Nile virus from a mother to her fetus. The newborn was later born infected with the virus and had severe neurological problems. However, it was never proven that the West Nile virus caused the baby’s abnormalities. Several other mothers infected with the virus in 2002 did not pass the infection on to their fetuses and the baby’s were born normally. If you think you may be infected with West Nile virus (symptoms include fever, headaches, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, confusion, muscle weakness, and sensitivity to light) you should see your doctor immediately and be tested for the virus.

Air Travel

Most airlines allow pregnant women to travel domestically up to their 36th week and internationally up to their 32nd week. However, each airline has its own policy, so check with your airline before you fly. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the safest time for you to travel is during your second trimester. You’ll generally be feeling your best and have the lowest risk of miscarriage or premature labor. Women in their third trimester are advised to stay within 300 miles of home in case of sudden complications.

Depending on your size while pregnant, you may have a harder time getting comfortable in a coach airplane seat. If you can’t afford to upgrade your seat, request an aisle seat at the bulkhead for maximum space. Be sure to bring a bottle of water with you on the plane and drink frequently to counteract the effects of the low-humidity cabins. Get up and walk around every half hour if possible and stretch your legs often to prevent phlebitis. Always wear your safety belt while seated, and be sure it is placed low on your pelvic bone, and never across your belly.

While you are pregnant, travel on major airlines with pressurized cabins and avoid smaller (un-pressurized) planes. If you must take a smaller, un-pressurized plane, avoid flying at altitudes above 7,000 feet.CruisesTraveling by sea while you are pregnant is generally considered safe. However, most cruise lines have restrictions against women sailing during their third trimester. If you are taking a cruise during your first trimester, the motion of the boat may exacerbate your morning sickness.

Check with the cruise line to determine whether there is a physician on board in case you develop any complications. Many smaller ships (those with 100 passengers or less) generally do not have medical personnel on staff. Larger ships are also more stable on rough seas. For the smoothest ride, get a cabin in the middle of the ship, close to the water line.

Make sure that your health insurance policy will cover you if you develop any complications while on board or at a port-of-call. Also, check your scheduled ports-of-call to find out about their medical facilities and other safety issues such as water supplies, disease outbreaks, etc. Less developed countries may have a shortage of trained doctors and nurses, sterile equipment, and safe blood.

Car Travel

Car travel is safe during pregnancy, although you may need to allow extra time for bathroom and stretch breaks on long trips. Always wear your seat belt low across your pelvic bone and never across your belly, and position the shoulder belt snugly between your breasts. Air bags are as safe during pregnancy as they are at any other time, so don’t disconnect them. There is a potential risk associated with airbags because they open with such force; however, the benefits of their use outweigh the risks. To minimize the risk of injury during airbag deployment, sit as far back as possible – at least ten inches from the dashboard or steering wheel, wherever the airbag is located.

If you are in a car accident of any sort, regardless of severity or how far along you are in your pregnancy, you should be checked out by a doctor immediately, even if you feel fine.Buses and trains tend to have narrow aisles and cramped bathrooms; however, both modes of transportation are safe during your pregnancy. Be sure to hang on to the seat backs when walking up and down the aisles.

If you experience any of the following complications while traveling, you should seek immediate medical attention: Bleeding Contractions Impaired vision Ruptured membranes Abdominal pain or cramping Passing clots or tissue Headaches Excessive swelling of your legs

The bottom line for traveling while pregnant is to take extra precautions, listen to your body, and always discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you leave.

Now That You've Received a Receiving Blanket, What Do You Do With It?

Welcome baby with a beautiful, soft blanket made just for newborns. There is nothing that can help a baby feel more secure and relaxed than being swaddled in a warm receiving blanket. Receiving blankets come in a variety of materials, textures, colors, and prints. The size of receiving blankets varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some blankets are 30 x 40, large enough to cover a toddler while others may be only 30 x 34. It's only a few inches but it can make a big difference. You can choose from lightweight brushed cotton for summer to cozy cotton fleece or a boxed thermal weave for the winter months. A new favorite is the cotton jersey knit receiving blanket. which is buttery soft. Some receiving blankets are designed with a hood attached at one corner of the blanket. This is similar to the way a baby bath towel is designed. Using a hooded receiving blanket helps to keep your baby extra warm because the hood reduces the amount of body heat lost through your baby's head. This style of blanket would be the best choice when you take baby out on a crisp morning to run errands or head to the grocery store. Receiving blankets are very comforting for your little one and they're just the right size to use to swaddle your baby. Swaddling is a way to snugly wrap a baby in a blanket for warmth and security. It will also keep babies from being disturbed by their startle reflex. Swaddling can also serve as a way to help keep your baby warm and toasty for the first few days of life until the body's internal thermostat fine tunes itself. Most important, swaddling can help a baby calm down. Most likely you'll be given a lesson in this ancient mothering skill before you the leave the hospital. Try swaddling your baby after you've made sure your baby isn't hungry, wet or tired. Swaddling can help settle a baby. Many times babies will become overstimulated and swaddling can help them cope by giving a baby the opportunity to feel something close and tight like the security felt in the womb. Here are step-by-step instructions to swaddle your baby: Lay a blanket on a flat surface and fold down the top right corner about 6 inches. Place your baby on his back with his head on the fold. Pull the corner near your baby's left hand across his body, and tuck the leading edge under his back on the right side under the arm. Pull the bottom corner up under your baby's chin. Bring the loose corner over your baby's right arm and tuck it under the back on his left side. Some babies prefer to have their arms free, so you may want to swaddle your baby under the arms so there is access to hands and fingers. A baby should not be swaddled after they are one month old since it can interfere with mobility and development as your baby grows older. By this time, most babies are routinely kicking the covers off anyways.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Britney in OK! Magazine

In the upcoming July 3rd issue of OK! Magazine, Britney Spears opens up and talks about baby number 2. She looks beautiful in these two dresses, pictured below. Unfortunately, people reacted negatively to Britney in her last TV interview with Matt Lauer. But it seems that she has redeemed herself in this upcoming issue of OK! She definitely looks beautiful! What do you think the advantages are of being a younger mom? My mom was a young mom, and I've looked up to her. I just feel that it's so important to instill so many good beliefs in your children. I think I'm younger doing that -- I'll have more energy in being able to bring up more positive kids than if I'm 40! But there are parents that are 40 that do a damn good job. I always wanted to be a young mom. Do you know the sex of the baby yet? We don't know. I dont care, as long as it's healthy. That's all that matters. Were you surprised how quickly you became pregnant after Sean Preston? Yes, very surprised, but I was excited! I was a little scared at first becauseI was shocked because it was so soon. I was like, Its okay -- I love boo-boos! Have you thought about how many kids you would like to have? I could have three. If I did have three, I would wait a lot to have the next one. How did Kevin react when he found out you were pregnant again? He was a little shocked (laughs). He was like, Whatever you want to do, baby! Hes like, I'm excited for you! Lets' just go for it. Source: Just Jared

PregWatch Summer of 2006

Yesterday Celebrity Baby Blog posted which stars they believe will announce a pregnancy or adoption by the end of 2006.

Here is the list:

Leann Rimes

Nicole Kidman

Katie Holmes

Carnie Wilson

Reese Witherspoon

Jennifer Aniston

Angie Harmon

Jennifer Lopez

Tori Spelling

Eva Longoria

Courteney Cox-Arquette

Most of the celebrities above have been rumored to be pregnant or have talked about wanting a baby. What about Sandra Bullock? She could be added to the list. Do you agree with Celebrity Baby Blog? Are their any other celebrities you think will be preggo soon?

If Only They Made Them in My Size!

Onesies are getting so sassy and clever these days. While you can stock up on the less expensive everyday and plain onesie, onesies that have a distinctive design or catch phrase can be the perfect going out outfit. Here are some recent favorites.

From Urban Smalls. Because being bald when you're that small is beautiful!

From All Kids Can Fly. Perfect for the little ballerina in your life.

Summer Safety for Pregnancy

While summer may conjure up images of fun vacations, picnics, barbeques, and balmy evenings spent outside on the porch, the reality may be a bit less bucolic, especially when you're pregnant. Summer heat can exacerbate any discomfort you may be feeling due to hormonal fluctuations, extra body weight, and other physical changes. In addition, the heat can be dangerous for you and your baby if you become overheated, dehydrated, or develop hyperthermia (not to be confused with hypothermia, which is caused by extreme cold). Early signs you are dehydrated include thirst, dry or chapped lips, dry skin, fatigue, and constipation. You may also notice that your baby is less active than usual. If you experience any of these symptoms, go somewhere cool, sit down, and drink cool water or fruit juice. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, lie down on your left side and place a cool cloth on your forehead and neck. Hyperthermia is the general name given to several heat-related illnesses, including heat cramps, exhaustion, and stroke. Heat cramps are the least severe of the heat-related illnesses and they are often the first sign that your body is stressed due to increased temperature. Heavy perspiration causes excessive loss of electrolytes, which leads to painful muscle spasms. If you experience heat cramps, treat them as a serious warning that unless you reduce your body temperature, you could develop a serious heat-related emergency. Heat exhaustion is a more serious and complex condition that can result from prolonged exposure to high temperatures, restricted fluid intake, or failure of your body's temperature regulation mechanism. If you develop heat exhaustion, your skin may feel cool, moist, and pale. You may also suffer from headache, nausea, weakness, exhaustion, dizziness, faintness, mental confusion, and have a rapid, weak pulse. Your breathing may become fast and shallow, and your blood pressure may drop. Heat exhaustion can develop rapidly into heat stroke, a potentially life threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention when problems first appear. Heat stroke, like heat exhaustion, is a product of prolonged exposure to high temperatures, restricted fluid intake, or failure of your body's temperature regulation mechanisms. However, the impact on your body is much greater with heat stroke. If you develop heat stroke, your body temperature reaches 104°F (40°C) or higher, and you may also experience mental confusion, combative and bizarre behavior, staggering, and faintness. Your pulse will be strong and rapid (160-180 beats per minute) and your skin will become dry and flushed. You will sweat very little and can quickly lose consciousness or have convulsions. While it may seem logical that all the extra fluid that you're carrying in your ankles, hands, and belly would protect you and your baby from dehydration, it may actually contribute to dehydration. Fluid retention moves the fluid out of the cells where it's needed, and into the spaces around them, causing the swollen and puffy look you may be experiencing.Dehydration can be especially dangerous when you're pregnant because it can cause your baby's heart to beat too quickly and increase your risk of preterm labor. The likelihood of preterm labor increases because dehydration decreases your blood volume, thereby increasing the concentration of oxytocin, the hormone responsible for uterine contractions. In addition, your baby is always 1 degree Celsius (nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than you are, and it cannot sweat to lower his or her body temperature. Avoiding fetal heat stress is especially important during the first trimester when your baby's major body systems are developing. Hyperthermia may be associated with some birth defects, including heart problems, abdominal wall defects, and nervous system malformation. If you experience any of the following symptoms, see your doctor immediately: More than five contractions or cramps per hour Bright red vaginal bleeding Acute or continuous vomiting Low, dull backache Intense pelvic pressure To stay cool during the summer months and protect you and your baby from dehydration, drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water each day - more if you are active or sweating a lot. Eating lighter meals can also help you stay cool since large meals increase your metabolism, which can make you feel hotter. Try making healthy popsicles by freezing fruit juice, or eat out at an air-conditioned restaurant to avoid using the stove or oven to cook lunch or dinner. Spend as much time in an air-conditioned environment as possible. If you don't have access to air conditioning, a fan and an air filter or dehumidifier can help. However, if the temperature is in the high 90s or higher, a simple fan will not prevent heat-related illness. Limit the time you spend outdoors during the midday hours; if you must be outside, rest frequently in the shade. Choose lightweight, loose-fitting clothing in light colors, and wear a hat when you are in the sun. Sunburns impair your body's ability to cool itself and cause a loss of body fluids, so always remember to wear a good sunscreen with at least SPF 15 that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Try taking a cool shower or bath or, if you have access, a refreshing dip in a swimming pool. Even if you don't have access to a full-sized pool, lying in a kiddie pool or just soaking your feet can help cool you off.By paying attention to your body's warning signs and following these simple tips, you can stay cool and healthy during the dog days of your summer pregnancy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

MDMoms Baby Products

If you're like me, you trust seeking advice from those who are moms or a medical professional. What about a mom who is a medical professional? Or a medical professional that's a mom? That's the idea behind MDMoms, a line of products for babies that are made by two pediatricians that just happen to be moms! Here's what they write on their website: As board-certified pediatricians, we understand that babies aren't miniature adults. They need special products formulated just for them, with ingredients that are gentle, pure and effective. And they think like moms too! Our packaging is designed with baby's safety in mind, too. Tubes have flip caps, so you can open and apply products with one hand. Bottles have wide bases, so they won't tip over. Pumps lock, so your baby can't sample our body wash while you're soaping his back. Alcohol swabs come in single unit doses, to reduce the chance of spills. Their website is great - they have a full list of products and each product description includes a safety tip, advice and a full list of ingredients.

True or False? – Sex during pregnancy can induce labor


Expectant mothers awaiting the end of their pregnancy are often told that sex can induce labor. Compare that method with running around the block a few times or drinking castor oil — two other folk beliefs — and it's no surprise that surveys of pregnant women have found sex to be the most popular option.

Whether the method works is another story. According to a study released this month, the first to examine the belief, having sexual intercourse in the late stages of pregnancy does not hasten labor and delivery, and, in fact, it may do the opposite.

The study, in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, followed 93 women in their third trimesters, all of whom answered questions about their sexual activity and underwent cervical examinations at regular doctor's visits. Those who reported having sex in their final weeks of pregnancy — about half — delivered on average at 39.9 weeks, compared with 39.3 weeks among those who had abstained.

The study also revealed something else. Part of the scientific explanation for the belief is that human sperm contains the hormone prostaglandin, believed to stimulate the cervix and help start contractions. But prelabor exams showed no signs of this effect in any of the women who were sexually active, said Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University and the author of the study.


Sex during the late stages of pregnancy does not hasten delivery.


Sun And Vitamin D Protect Baby's Bones

Most women know that consuming ample amounts of milk or other calcium-rich foods during pregnancy is good for both mom's and baby's bones. But a second ingredient in the formula for strong bones-vitamin D-may be neglected. A new study shoes that when a pregnant woman is deficient in vitamin D, her child's bone density later in life may be at risk. British researchers gauged the body build, nutrition and vitamin D status of pregnant women who went on to give birth in 1991 and 1992. Nearly half either showed evidence of insufficient vitamin D or were flat-out deficient in the vitamin. Nine years later, the researchers examined the women's offspring and found that children whose moms were low in vitamin D during pregnancy had lower-than-normal bone mass. Vitamin D deficiency is common in pregnant women, says Cyrus Cooper D.M., the study's lead investigator. He notes that it's important to build high bone mass early in life to reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later years. Women whose last trimester of pregnancy falls in the winter months, when sunlight is reduced and thier production of vitamin D slows, may need to take supplements to protect their children's future bone health. The vitamin is found in fortified milk and cereals, fatty fish and eggs and is produced in the body by exposure to sunlight. Source: Fitpregnancy

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Non-Stress Test

During pregnancy the obstetrician really has two patients the expecting mother and her baby. So often the expectant mother is viewed as the sole patient. Usually family and friends will always ask, "So how are YOU doing?" Your doctor will ask and seek to answer how your baby is doing. The best way to determine how well a baby is faring in the uterus is by performing a non-stress test. This type of test can be performed at anytime in pregnancy when your doctor or midwife has some concerns, or at 41-42 weeks when the baby is presumed to be overdue. The non-stress test is done on the baby by measuring the fetal heart rate in response to the baby's movements during a given time frame.The non-stress test is usually performed by your doctor's or midwife's office and it's free of pain and risk to both mother and baby. During the test an external fetal monitor is attached to the mother's belly to record the baby's heart rate. While the baby's heart rate is being recorded, the mother is asked to signal the doctor or monitor when she feels the baby move. The heart rate of a healthy baby accelerates by about 15 beats per minute with movement. If a baby's heart rate does not increase during a 40 minute test period, this suggests that the baby's health may be in jeopardy. While a reactive (baby moving with accelerated heart rate) non-stress test tells the doctor a baby is in all likelihood healthy, a nonreactive (no acceleration of heart rate with baby's movement) non-stress test may be a false alarm more than 75% of the time. The baby may be sleeping or just not in the mood to kick around during the testing time period. Rest assured, if there is no activity during the test, as soon as you leave the doctor's office and head home your baby will probably start kicking in every direction and putting on a show (this is known as the Murphy's Law of Pregnancy). Another type of non-stress test is the Fetal Acoustical Stimulation or Vibroacoustic Stimulation Test. This non-stress test evaluates the reaction of the baby to sound or vibrations. This test has been found to be more accurate than the traditional non-stress test. Finally, many doctors and midwives will rely on the oldest test of a baby's well-being known to man, the good old-fashioned at home fetal movement assessment, better known as the 'how many kicks an hour test.' Though this method is not foolproof, it can furnish some indication of the baby's condition and can be used to screen for possible problems. If the mother fails to notice adequate activity, the doctor will usually perform one of the more scientific non-stress tests. Source: Pregnancy Weekly

Heidi Klum And Seal Are Expecting

According to Us Weekly, Heidi Klum and Seal are expecting a third child! Yes, it looks like she is pregnant again! Its baby season, I love it! A source close to the couple confirms her third pregnancy with Us Weekly. “You’d never have known if you saw her at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards [on June 5],” says the source. “She’s just starting to show.” Klum, 33 — along with her family — are currently in NYC finishing up the latest installment of Project Runway, which debuts July 12 on Bravo. “She’s in a really good place,” says the source. “She loves her family. She loves being a mom.” A rep for Klum had no comment. Heidi Klum and Seal have 9 months old son,Henry, and 2 year old daughter, Leni, from Klum’s previous relationship with race car driver Flavio Briatore.

Jennifer Garner New-Mom Workout

She had to get back to work busting baddies on Alias just two months after the arrival of baby Violet on December 1st. But actress Jennifer Garner took a moderate approach to shedding the baby weight. "The first month she did nothing more than walk," says trainer Valerie Waters. "Childbirth is serious, and the body needs recovery time." By week five, Garner eased into the following workout. (Women who undergo C-sections should hold off on serious exercise until week seven.) The Routine Circuit training, which requires moving from exercise to exercise without stopping, is fast and effective. "Some of Jen's workouts were only 15 minutes and totally doable in a new mom's schedule," says Waters. Target Area "A nursing mother needs to strengthen her back and work large muscle groups," says Waters. An effective exercise for Garner? Squats. "I look for ways that Jen can burn the most calories and exercise more than one muscle at a time. A squat works your butt, your hamstrings, your quads and your core." The Circuit At first, Garner did each set only once, then worked up to repeating them three times. Squats 12 Reps Chest Presses 12-15 reps with 5-lb. dumbells Reverse Lunges 6 reps on each leg, alternating Bent-Over Rows 12 reps Shoulder Presses 10 reps with 5-lb. dumbbells Biceps Curls 10 reps with 5-lb. dumbbells Kick-Backs 10 reps with 5-lb. dumbbells Crunches 2 sets of 10 Source: People Extra

Monday, June 19, 2006

Nicole Kidman Might Be Pregnant

The soon to be Mrs. Keith Urban has been seen about town with what looks like a baby bump. Nicole Kidman not only getting married not long after her ex, Tom Cruise, did, but she is rumored to be having a baby – just like Tom. The 38-year-old actress, who was married to Cruise for 11 years before they split in the late ‘90s, is preparing to marry country singer Keith Urban. The couple has been seen out and about together, Kidman reportedly carrying a little more weight than usual. The couple will arrive in Australia this week after spending months together in Nashville, to New York, Alaska and China. Kidman is supposed to meet her two adopted children, Isabella and Connor, in Sydney, where her marriage to Urban is said to be held.

Biggest Isn't Better

Everyone wants a big, bouncing baby. But be careful what you wish for. An analysis of 24 studies found that infants who were at the highest end of the body mass index or weight spectrum (such as the 95th percentile) or who grew rapidly during thier first two years were at increased risk of obesity later in life. The authors recommend breastfeeding up to 6 months of age as a way to moderate an infant's growth. Source: British Medical Journal and Fitpregnancy

Mama Monkey's Etsy Shop

"Hip Handcrafted clothes for you and your monkey!" Here is a fun clothing site for Mommies and Babies. Mama Monkey's Etsy Shop has cute maternity clothing and adorable, funny baby and children clothes. I recommend checking the site out if you're looking for something new for yourself, your baby or even as a creative gift. The clothing on Mama Monkey is unique and something you won't see at a department store. This is because the creator and designer is a stay at home mom! She has lots of experience in apparel design. Check it out, Support the stay at home moms!