Friday, July 16, 2010

This Week's Celebrity Baby Bumps

I think it's safe to assume that Ali Larter is pregnant (in white), despite no official announcement. We got a glimpse of Drew Brees' expectant wife in pink at the ESPY's and Danica McKellar sparkled in silver at the premiere of Inception.


Woman Pregnant with 2 Babies Due a Week Apart

A Utah woman is pregnant with two babies, due at two different times.

Angie Cromar says her first ultrasound surprised both her and her doctor.

She discovered she was pregnant with two babies at two slightly different stages of development -- about four days apart.

"[He said] I'm five weeks and four days in one, and six weeks and one day in the other."

She knew she was born with the rare condition called didelphys, meaning two uteruses. It was never an issue in her other pregnancies, but this time she conceived in both.

The chances of this happening are one in 5 million.

Her doctor says less than 100 double pregnancies like this have been reported worldwide.

Cromar, a labor and delivery nurse, knows the rarity can bring about complications like pre-term labor and low birth weight.

She says she's a little nervous but also very excited.

Cromar is now 20 weeks along.


Formula-Fed Babies Protected From Milk Allergy

A new study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology says that feeding infants formula in their first days of life prevents babies from developing an allergy to cow's milk.

In the study, the longest and largest prospective study of its kind, the researchers looked at the feeding history of 13,019 infants. Children who were started on infant formula containing cow's milk protein in the first through the 15th days of life were almost completely protected from developing Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMA) -- 19 times more protected than babies fed cow's milk protein after 15 days. CMA can be dangerous to babies, leading to rashes, respiratory problems, shock and even death, so this boost to the immune system early in life acts as a "vaccination."

What's interesting about this study (besides the obvious) is they recommend that babies get one bottle of formula every day for the first 15 days of life. Something we've been told to avoid at all costs.

Introducing formula later than 15 days has no value and can even trigger a cow's milk allergy if given during the three- to five-month period after birth. Which is the previous recommendation for introducing a bottle, if not introducing formula.

The study doesn't advocate for formula or decry breastfeeding, explaining that you can nurse all day long, just slip in some formula at some point.

Of course, as the doctor points out, giving the baby a bottle is an excellent way for dad to step in and bond with the baby too.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Victoria's Secret Model Doutzen Kroes Is Pregnant!

Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes is three months pregnant, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports.

The father is DJ Sunnery James, who Kroes has been dating since August 2009.

"Sunnery and I are in the clouds. The critical first three months have gone well and I feel good," gushed the mom-to-be.

The 25-year-old Dutch beauty will continue her modeling duties as far into her pregnancy as possible according to the newspaper. Doutzen also states that past pregnant Angels like Heidi Klum and Adriana Lima are her inspiration.


Study: Gaining too much weight during pregnancy could pose future health risks

Many women pack on too many pounds during pregnancy and now a new study indicates the extra weight can cause health problems decades later.

Researchers at the University of Queensland followed 2,000 pregnant women and then evaluated them 21-years later. Researchers discovered the ones who gained too much weight were nearly five times more likely to be classified as obese in two decades.

23-year old April Chalk is pregnant with her second son and admitted she ate a lot of french fries during her first pregnancy.

"It definitely took longer to get it off than to put it on," Chalk said. "It's hard to find the time when you're taking care of the baby and working and doing all of your other stuff too."

Chalk was able to lose her pregnancy weight but others aren't so lucky.

Baylor-Irving OB/GYN Patrick Weix advises patients to watch their weight during pregnancy.

"One of the things we try to point out to people is that yes--you are eating for two but the second one is this big," Dr. Weix said as he held his thumb and index finger close together.

Dr. Weix tells patients with food cravings to choose something healthy--easier said than done when for years the mantra has been--you're eating for two.

"The weight gain during pregnancy is not probably causative of the later obesity," Dr. Weix sad. "But it may show weight gain during pregnancy may show up in patients who have that tendency to gain weight later."

And that could lead to a host of other health issues including high blood pressure and diabetes.

The threat of being classified as obese in twenty years gives women like April Chalk another reason to watch her pregnancy weight right now.

"You definitely have to make it a priority if you ever want to exercise enough to get it off," Chalk said.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Nina Garcia Expecting Baby No. 2!

Congratulations to Project Runway judge and Marie Claire editor Nina Garcia and her husband David Conrad, who are expecting their second child. We can't wait to see her showing off her fabulous maternity style!

Nina's big news was announced via Twitter yesterday, and the 45-year-old fashionista confirmed to E! that she's "so excited" about the baby on the way.

The new arrival, due in December, will join Nina and David's 3-year-old son Alexander.


50 Fabulous Superfoods for Pregnancy and Postpartum

If there's ever a time to be thoughtful about your diet, it''s during your pregnancy and postpartum period. The nutrients that you take in are what builds and feeds your baby essential that you give it only the best. Here are 50 foods that nurses agree on for next or expecting moms. They pack a nutritional punch for pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women.


Now more than ever, it's essential that you stay hydrated to provide your baby with the water it needs.

  • Increase your water consumption: Whether you're pregnant or breastfeeding, you need to up your water consumption.
  • 100% fruit juice: Although actually eating fruit is ideal, fruit juice is a good substitute for sodas and other drinks with empty calories.
  • Protein

    Proteins are the building blocks for your baby. Eat these foods to make sure you're getting enough.

  • Chicken: Chicken offers moms a good, low-fat source of much-needed protein.
  • Peanut butter: Peanut butter is filling, full of folate, and a good source of protein.
  • Unprocessed meats: Meats in their natural, but fully cooked, state are an excellent source of protein.
  • Soy: While you're dealing with morning sickness, soy can help you get the protein you need.
  • Couscous: Flavor up couscous or eat it plain to get protein in pregnancy.
  • Fiber

    Although hormones may have your system backed up, you can stay regular with the help of these fiber-full foods.

  • Raspberries: Enjoy some tart raspberries for sweetness and fiber.
  • Apple: Grab an apple on your way out the door for some fiber on the go.
  • Figs: Figs pack in an amazing amount of fiber, bananas, calcium, and iron.
  • Bananas: Bananas can fill you up with both fiber and potassium.
  • Vitamin C

    Build collagen, healthy skin, and bones with this important vitamin.

  • Oranges: Many women crave oranges in pregnancy, and it's no wonder why-oranges are packed with the Vitamin C you need.
  • Lemon: Satisfy your sour craving and a need for Vitamin C with lemons.
  • Green pepper: Get your Vitamin C by throwing some green peppers in your salad.
  • Orange juice: Orange juice can give you Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and more for pregnancy.
  • Watermelon: Watermelon offers a hydrating, Vitamin C-packed treat.
  • Strawberries: Throw some strawberries in your smoothie or salad for Vitamin C.
  • Folic Acid

    Ward off common birth defects by eating these foods rich in folic acid.

  • Asparagus: Folic acid can be found in asparagus.
  • Corn: On the cob, creamed, or even frozen, corn can give you the folic acid your baby needs.
  • Spinach: This dark green leaf is full of folic acid.
  • Peas: Peas are good for naturally occurring folate.
  • Beans: Beans are great for protein, folate, and complex carbohydrates.
  • Chickpeas: Enjoy some hummus to get your serving of folic acid.
  • Zinc

    Zinc is great for keeping away colds drug-free in pregnancy, plus the careful building and functioning of DNA.

  • Eggs: Eggs aren't just great for protein-they can pack in the zinc you need for breastfeeding.
  • Mozzarella: Mozzarella cheese is packed with zinc for moms.
  • Lobster: Crack open a lobster for a tasty serving of zinc.
  • Calcium

    Protect your bones and give your baby's teeth and bones a good start by loading up on calcium rich food.

  • Yogurt: Yogurt is a good source of protein and calcium, and tastes great with fresh fruit and nuts.
  • Milk: Lowfat milk offers so much per serving, especially calcium and protein.
  • Go nuts: Almonds and hazelnuts can provide you with some of your calcium needs.
  • Raw vegetables: Many raw vegetables offer a good serving of calcium.
  • Broccoli: Broccoli isn't just a great source of calcium-it has Vitamin C, folate, and B6.
  • Carbohydrates

    Long-lasting carbohydrates can offer fullness and the energy you need to keep going.

  • Oatmeal: This fiber-full breakfast and snack is great for carbohydrates, too.
  • Whole grain bread: Whole grain bread can give you a good dose of fiber and nutrition while offering healthy carbs.
  • Whole flour: Whole flour offers a great way to get your zinc.
  • Popcorn: A handful of air-popped popcorn offers fiber and useful carbs.
  • Blueberries: Keep your energy levels high with these berries that are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Whole grain cereal: Whole grain cereal is easy to eat and full of good carbs, vitamins, and other nutrients.
  • Brown rice: Brown rice can give you long-lasting energy.
  • Iron

    Be sure you're getting enough iron to keep your energy levels up.

  • Lean beef: Lean beef is a good source of protein and iron.
  • Artichokes: Add artichokes to pastas and salads for an iron boost.
  • Dried fruit: Dried fruit like prunes and raisins are great for iron.
  • Mollusks: Enjoy mollusks including oysters, clams, and scallops for iron.
  • Vitamin A

    Eat these foods for Vitamin A, which is essential to embryonic growth.

  • Carrots: Carrots don't just help your eyesight-they're packed with the Vitamin A you need.
  • Cream cheese: Spread some cream cheese on a fortified whole grain bagel for a little tasty Vitamin A.
  • Sweet potatoes: Enjoy a sweet potato baked or even as sweet potato fries to pack a Vitamin A punch.
  • Fatty acids

    These foods with fatty acid are incredibly valuable for growth and development of your baby.

  • Seeds: Seeds an supply your body with essential fatty acids.
  • Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds are a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Shrimp: Throw some shrimp on the barbeque, in your salad, or in your pasta to up your Omega 3 fatty acid intake.
  • Salmon: Salmon is a powerhouse full of DHA, and an even help your mood.
  • Mood

    Treat yourself now and then for a mommy pick me up.

  • Dark chocolate: For new moms, dark chocolate full of antioxidants just might be the ticket to busting a bad mood.

Source: Nursing Schools

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Appel & Frank's 'Babes & Babies' Shopping Event

Modern moms are invited to shop at Appel & Frank's 'Babes & Babies' event because their little ones should look as stylish as they do! The event will feature over 50 designers and companies offering merchandise including baby and toddler clothing, accessories, resources and much more. In addition, there will be complimentary gift bags for the first 300 families, a raffle, and an on-site photographer offering mini photo shoots. The event will be held on Sunday, July 18th from 9:00am - 2:00pm at the JCC of San Francisco (3200 California Street @ Presidio). Tickets are FREE when you enter the discount code Parenting at Tickets will be $5 at the door.

Vince Vaughn & Wife Expecting First Child!

Wedding Crashers star Vince Vaughn, 40, and wife Kyla Weber, 32, are expecting a baby following their wedding in early January, a source confirms exclusively to In Touch.

Last September, Vaughn said after spending years as a bachelor, he was ready for his life to be about other things - even a baby! "It's the first time that I really want to have kids," he said. A friend of the couple tells In Touch that the two are "thrilled" about the news.


C-Section Scar Appearance Similar With Staples, Sutures

There is little difference in cosmetic outcomes for patients whose cesarean section wounds were closed by staples and those whose wounds were closed with subcuticular sutures, according to research published in the July issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Antonella Cromi, Ph.D., of the University of Insubria in Varese, Italy, and colleagues studied 123 patients who were randomized to skin closure after cesarean section with either staples or one of three types of subcuticular sutures. Scar appearance across the different approaches was compared.

At both two and six months, the researchers noted no differences in subjective or objective rating across the groups, as measured by the Vancouver Scar Scale, the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale (POSAS), and a visual analog scale. Patient assessment and objective scores correlated, most strongly between observer and patient pieces of the POSAS.

"The results reported herein show that in women undergoing cesarean delivery there are no long-term differences in cosmetic outcomes between stapled wounds and those closed with subcuticular sutures using different materials. Therefore, the final decision about the choice of method and suture materials should be made balancing patient comfort (e.g., not having to remove sutures) and surgeon needs (time saving with staples may not be of importance in an elective setting but may be more relevant in an emergency situation in the setting of a busy labor and delivery unit)," the authors conclude.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Scott Stapp Welcomes Baby No. 3!

Congratulations to rocker Scott Stapp and his wife Jaclyn!

The happy couple welcomed son Daniel Issam Stapp at 3:01 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, the Creed frontman announced via Twitter.

"It is such a true blessing to be a father and husband," Stapp, 36, says. "Again, I am reminded of how deeply I love, how deeply I respect, how deeply I admire and how deeply I appreciate my best friend, my only love, my wife — Jaclyn."

The couple are already parents to 3½-year-old daughter Mil├ín. Scott also has a son Jagger, 11, from a previous marriage.


History of Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes Helps Predict Its Return

Women who had gestational diabetes in their first and second pregnancies are at greatly increased risk for the condition in future pregnancies, a new study finds.

Gestational diabetes can lead to early delivery, cesarean section and type 2 diabetes in the mother, and may increase a child's risk of developing diabetes and obesity later in life.

"Because of the silent nature of gestational diabetes, it is important to identify early those who are at risk and watch them closely during their prenatal care," lead author Dr. Darios Getahun, a research scientist/epidemiologist in the research and evaluation department at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, said in a Kaiser news release.

In this study, researchers analyzed the medical history of more than 65,000 women who delivered babies at a Kaiser Permanente Southern California medical center between 1991 and 2008.

Compared to women who didn't have gestational diabetes in their first and second pregnancies, those who had the condition in their first but not second pregnancies were more than six times as likely to develop it in their third pregnancy. Women who had gestational diabetes in their first and second pregnancies were almost 26 times more likely to have it during their third pregnancy, the team report.

The risk of gestational diabetes recurrence was higher in Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders than in whites. Recurrence was also more common in women 30 and older and in those with a longer period of time between any two of their successive pregnancies.

The findings, published online in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, highlight the importance of educating and counseling pregnant women who developed gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy, said the researchers.

"Clinicians should be aware and counsel potential pregnant women about their increased risk and that early detection and initiation of treatment is important, because unrecognized or untreated gestational diabetes is likely to lead to adverse maternal and fetal outcomes," Getahun said.