Friday, April 06, 2007

New Coach Baby Diaper Bag

You know I never talk much about fashion, but today I will. I think my blog needs a touch more of fashion for those moms who are interested in looking stylish. I am not one to splurge on clothing and since having a baby, I know that I don't come first anymore. But sometimes I like to treat myself to something nice. Check out this coach diaper bag! If you want to still look stylish while carrying a diaper bag this is the way to go. Coach's new Healthy Child Baby Bag, $348, in a new "scribble" design, is big enough to cart everything and stylish enough to save you from that gooey Mommy-and-Me look. The bag comes with a diaper changing pad, plenty of pockets and a detachable shoulder strap. The bag is only available on Coach.com, and 20% of online sales will benefit Healthy Child Healthy World, an organization that educates parents on how to create healthy environments for their children with cleaner, safer choices at home. No wonder moms like Jennifer Garner, Brooke Shields and Monet Mazur are already toting it. Source: People, MaternityandStyle

Vitamin Pills Prevent Low-Weight Babies -Study

Extra vitamin supplements can reduce the risk of having an underweight or undersized baby, and all pregnant women in developing countries should get them, researchers said on Wednesday. But the team, reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine, said the supplements did not lower the likelihood of premature birth or losing the fetus before birth. The study, conducted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, involved 8,468 pregnant women who were free of the AIDS virus and who received iron and folic acid supplements, both proven prenatal treatments. Half were given supplements containing vitamins C, E and a mix of B vitamins. The rest got placebos. The fetal death rate stayed around 5 percent and the rate of premature delivery was nearly 17 percent regardless of whether mothers got the vitamins, the team, led by Wafaie Fawzi of Harvard University's School of Public Health, reported. But the risk of having a low birth-weight baby dropped from 9.4 percent among the placebo recipients to 7.8 percent for the babies whose mothers took the supplements. "In light of these findings, we recommend that multivitamins be considered for all pregnant women in developing countries, regardless of their HIV status," Fawzi said in a statement. His team previously found supplements saved the lives of babies of HIV-infected women. About 20 million low birth-weight babies are born each year, 96 percent of them in developing countries. Babies of low birth weight, defined as less than 5.5 pounds (2,500 grams), are more likely to die young, have growth and learning difficulties and may later be prone to diabetes and heart disease. "Many developing countries have a system for providing prenatal iron and folate supplements; the supplements are produced in bulk by the United Nations Children's Fund at an estimated cost of less than $1 per person for the duration of the pregnancy," the researchers wrote. Adding the extra vitamins, they said, would probably increase that cost by just 20 cents, "and scaling up prenatal multiple micronutrient supplementation could be a highly cost-effective approach to improving both outcomes among pregnant women in developing countries." Source

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Celebrity Nannies: Blessing or Curse?

This is brought to you by MamaPop. I thought it was funny, yet TRUTHFUL. Take a look and get a laugh! After reading some of these I'm starting to believe some nannies can be a curse. But we all know, in our normal lives, they are truly helpful! Bruce Willis & Demi Moore had four at once.

Jude Law slept with his.

Robin Williams ended up marrying his.

Madonna recently had to stop hers from telling all.

Britney Spears got nude in front of hers.

Tom Cruise is said to have the most iron-clad confidentiality agreements with his.

Noel Gallagher and Patsy Kensit have been known to provide flats and sports cars for their's.

We're talking about nannies of course: the silent backbones of most every celebrity family. Leslie Gornstein from Live Daily interviewed Kim Hong, former nanny to an action-movie mogul's family, and broke down the fundamentals:

"Most celebrities have at least three nannies per kid--one for weekdays, one for weeknights and a third for weekends and trips. Lucky nannies get a whole $30 per hour. That's enough to buy, well, nothing, actually, over at Fred Segal and all the other fancy shops where they must take the young (ones) to buy their mini-Uggs.

The nanny is responsible for packing lunches, preparing dinner, playing games, reading bedtime stories, overseeing homework assignments, bathing the children, making sure they brush their teeth, dressing them appropriately, picking up after them, and transporting them to and from school, karate class, the chiropractor, Spanish class, birthday parties at other celebrities' homes and any other trip.

The kids usually end up treating their nannies like assistants."

While most nannies are bound by their confidentiality agreements - Tom Cruise reportedly won't even allow his to divulge who they work for - some go on to make a lucrative career with their celebrity experiences.

Suzanne Hansen's book You'll Never Nanny In This Town Again became a NY Times Bestseller when it promised juicy tidbits about her former employer, Hollywood uber-agent Michael Ovitz, exposing intimate details of his family's life from marital spats to what they ate for dinner.

It makes you wonder, is hiring a nanny worth it? Would you trade your privacy to have the help?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Weight Gain in Pregnancy Predicts Weight of Child

Women who gain excessive or even the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy are more likely to have an overweight child than their counterparts who don't gain enough weight, new research shows.

In light of the obesity epidemic that is sweeping many developed countries, the new findings suggest that guidelines dictating appropriate weight gain during pregnancy may need to be revised, according to a report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

"Maternal weight gain during pregnancy is an important determinant of birth outcomes," lead author Dr. Emily Oken, from Harvard Medical School in Boston, said in a statement. "Our study shows that excessive weight gain during pregnancy was directly associated with having an overweight child."

Current recommendations for maternal weight gain in pregnancy are based on guidelines set forth by the Institute of Medicine in 1990. Compared with earlier recommendations, these guidelines generally allow greater weight gain in light of evidence that women with low pregnancy weight gains have a higher risk of having an infant with a below-average birth weight.

However, in recent years, many have questioned whether these guidelines actually promote better birth outcomes, particularly within developed countries.

Oken and her colleagues conducted a study of 1,044 mother-child pairs. The women were divided into three groups based on whether their pregnancy weight gain was below, within, or above the values set by the Institute of Medicine.

According to the guidelines, the amount of weight that should be gained, based on the mother's BMI before pregnancy, ranged from 25.35 to 35.27 lb. for women with a normal BMI, 27.56 to 39.68 lb. for a low BMI, 15.43 to 25.35 lb. for an overweight BMI, and at least 13.23 lb. for women with an obese BMI.

Excessive weight gain was noted in 51 percent of subjects, adequate weight gain in 35 percent, and inadequate weight gain in 14 percent. Mothers with excessive or adequate weight gain were roughly four times more likely than those with inadequate weight gain to have a child who was overweight by age 3.

"Because childhood obesity is increasing in prevalence and effective treatment remains elusive, preventing childhood obesity remains critical," Oken emphasized. "The Institute of Medicine may need to reevaluate its recommendations for weight gain in (pregnancy), considering not only birth outcomes but also risk of obesity for both mother and child."

Source

Home Births Offered to all Pregnant Women In England

All pregnant women in England will be offered the choice of a home birth overseen by a midwife, the health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, pledged today.

Under a new plan for maternity services expectant mothers will be offered a "full range of birthing choices," including home births, by 2009. Setting out the plans, Ms Hewitt said pregnant women would be given minimum guarantees about the level of service they can expect from the NHS.

She said: "I am making it absolutely clear: if you have a baby at home or indeed in a midwifery-led unit, it is only a professionally qualified midwife who can supervise that birth."

She acknowledged a current shortfall in midwives but said 1,000 were in training and would qualify in the next couple of years. And she insisted that the ambitious "gold standard" plans would not be financed by cuts elsewhere in the NHS.

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