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Hallelujah And Amen! 6 Non-Religious Reasons To Take Your Child To Church

October 21st, 2016 - By MommyNoire Editor
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I’m a sold-out, born-again, Bible totin’ Christian. I’m not a person who will brow beat everyone with scriptures or stand ready to cast the first stone. But I love having a relationship with God and I’m thankful for a strong faith that has provided me with the spiritual support that I’ve need in difficult times. When my daughter was born, there was no question about whether my husband and I would raise her to go to church. That was just a given. Our main objective was for her to get a strong spiritual foundation. However, I’ve found that her connection to the church has also provided more parenting perks than I could have ever imagined. Here are just a few of the non-religious reasons why going to church is a winning move for my family:
Friends – Church has provided my daughter with a group of friends outside of school from all walks of life. She looks forward to seeing the same children every Sunday, and I love the fact that her friends are receiving the same spiritual foundation that my daughter receives.

Community – We live in an age where it can be challenging to authentically connect with people in real life (social media absolutely does NOT count!). Church activities like the annual picnic or monthly game nights give our family a chance to really get to know people who share our interests and have kids too.

Routine – Fast-paced and frantic. . .that’s how I would describe daily family life. Every day is a mad rush to get dinner cooked, get to soccer or music practice, and get homework completed. Then there’s always the great unknowns that get thrown into the schedule like a dental appointment, hubby having to work late or a school project. No matter how crazy and unpredictable the week has been, our family knows that Sunday morning is the same. I think my daughter welcomes the relief of this routine as much as I do.

Family-Friendly Activities – I live in a small community and the options for activities that I can do with my entire family are extremely limited. But our church keeps our family social calendar active. When I plan to take my family to a church event I never have to worry about what my daughter will be exposed to or if there will be foul language.

A Chance To Give Back – Like most faith-based organizations, our church is big on giving back. There’s always a community service event going on such as a food drive, clothing drive or a ministry at a local children’s home. It’s given me an opportunity to introduce my daughter to philanthropy. I believe this exposure to community service has made her a more caring individual.

Safe, Free Childcare – Yeah, I know it seems shallow, but every parent knows that finding safe, free childcare is better than stumbling on a winning Lotto ticket! The fact that my church offers childcare during worship service is excellent! I can get the weekly motivation that I need without having a little person next to me begging for a drink of water or to use the bathroom. And my daughter gets to learn a Sunday school lesson while spending time with her friends. Everybody wins.

Of course, there are dozens of more spiritual reasons why church is a great look for my family. But honestly, the six reasons non-spiritual reasons I listed above are enough to keep us connected to church for years to come.

What’s your place of worship? How has regularly attending a place of worship affected your family?

Yolanda Darville is a wife, mom and freelance writer focusing on issues that make a difference. She’s on Twitter @YolandaDarville.


Playdate At My House Or Yours? Definitely Mine!

October 21st, 2016 - By MommyNoire Editor
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I’m an incredibly paranoid mom.  All of the pedophile stories, school shootings and kidnappings that are being reported on the news on a nearly daily basis have my nerves on edge.  I only have one child, and it’s my mission in life to protect her from all the crazies out there.

It’s been easy to keep my little one safe up to this point.  I simply take her everywhere with me and guard her like a hawk.  But now that she’s in elementary school it’s harder.  She’s a very social kid, and at least once a week she comes home requesting a playdate with a friend.  I have no problems with playdates – they are a fabulous way for kids to have fun.  As long as they are at my house, not theirs!

I will happily provide the entertainment at my house, bake the cookies and supervise the playdate.  Heck!  I’ll even come up with some fun crafts to keep the kiddies occupied for hours.  It’s all good, as long as the playing happens at my place.

The reason is simple.  I have absolutely no idea what is going on at her classmate’s homes.  I have no way of knowing if there’s a creepy, dirty old uncle that lives with them or if their parents secretly sell drugs from the back of their house.  Maybe they run a porn shop in their basement.  Okay –it may sound laughable, but the reality is I just don’t know.

So when my little girl gets that inevitable invitation to play, I always arrange for it to be at my place.  Or I suggest a public, neutral place where I can hang out and observe.  Playdate at the public park?  Fabulous!  Hang out at Chuck E. Cheese’s?  Great!  Your backyard?  No, I don’t think so.  Slumber party at your place??  Um, hold on while I do a background check on you, your parents and your grandparents.

Don’t get me wrong.  I have some very close girlfriends and family members who also have children.  I know them well and I trust them.  My daughter is free to play at their house with their kids any day of the week.  But that’s because we’ve built that trust overtime.

My little girl is so precious to me.  Much too precious to entrust her to strangers all in the name of fun.

Am I wrong?  Do you let your kids go on playdates without your supervision?

Yolanda Darville is a mom, writer, and blogger focusing on philanthropy and empowering women.  

I’m An Introverted Mom, But Here’s How I’m Raising My Girls So They’re More Outgoing

October 13th, 2016 - By MommyNoire Editor
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Although it is a source of great joy, parenting is not an easy job. If you are an introverted mom, raising children who are outgoing can be even more challenging. My girls are involved in everything from dance class to a junior sorority. I’ve always been an introvert, so while I admire my children’s willingness to try new things and their openness to meeting new people, it places me in the precarious situation of having to interact and make friends with other parents. This is not easy for me because making friends is not something that has come naturally to me. But, because I love my girls and I want them to continue to be outgoing, I’ve found three simple steps to follow when I’m faced with new social situations. If you’re an introverted parent, hopefully they’re helpful to you, too.

Don’t overthink things. No two introverts are alike, but one thing a lot of us have in common is our tendency to make assumptions and over-think things when it comes to social situations. Introversion is not the same thing as being anti-social, but we can spend a lot of time in our own heads thinking about the risk of putting ourselves out there. So much so, we hesitate when it is time to put ourselves out there. When my kids have new activities and I know I will have to socialize, I don’t allow myself to think on things too much or worry about rejection. There are some activities my kids are involved in where the parents are nice and it’s easy to strike up cordial conversation. And then there are other activities where the moms run in cliques and won’t associate with you if they don’t already know you. I’ve learned to be okay with things either way. I have found that that it is best to just focus on my kids and make sure they’re getting the most out of their activity. If the parents are easy to get along with, that’s a bonus.

Relax and be approachable. There is no hard or fast rule that says you have to make friends with other parents. But, if your kids are going to spend a lot of time together, it doesn’t hurt to at least be open to the possibility of forming an acquaintance. If you come across as tense in social situations it can make you seem unapproachable. I am a very shy person and it doesn’t take much for someone to misconstrue my shyness for being standoffish. Based on what I’m told, nothing could be further from the truth; once people get to know me, they tell me I’m funny and engaging. However, when I tense up in new social settings it gives the perception that I don’t want to be bothered. While I do value my alone time, I still want to form new friendships. I have found that the best thing to do is relax and consider myself among friends. When I approach things this way, it’s less stressful and I meet some really cool people in the process.

Follow my kid’s lead. I know some moms who can enter a room and before I know it, she’s become chairperson of the dance committee. That is just not me. Most times, I want to find an unassuming corner I can sit and read in until the event is over. My kids would be mortified, so that won’t work. Thankfully, my kids have really good social skills, so most times I can just follow their lead by striking up conversation with the parents of kids my kids already made friends with. The fact that our kids are getting along is a natural ice breaker and a low-stress way for me to strike up conversation without feeling out of place or awkward.

Although I’m quite content by myself, I no longer dread going into new social settings. It’s an opportunity to expand my circle and live beyond my comfort zone for a little while.

Are you an introvert? How has it impacted your ability to make friends?

Airline Launches Child-Free Zones On Airplanes And Parents Are Not Happy

October 12th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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If I’m being honest, I usually panic when I see too many children waiting to board flights with their parents. At times they can be quite obnoxious and lack serious boundaries. However, I never thought airlines would have child-free zones on their air crafts to appeal to travelers who are childless.

Mirror UK reports IndiGo Airlines is banning children under the age of 12 from eight rows of seating and parents are fearful that other airlines will follow suit. In a statement about their latest policy, IndiGo noted that traveling parents should keep in mind “the comfort and convenience of all passengers, rows one to four and 11 to 14 are to be kept as a quiet zone.” Mirror states children will also be banned from sitting in emergency seating on IndiGo, as well.

Mother Laura Brook told Mirror UK that the ban is ridiculous and she shouldn’t have to explain to other passengers why her one-year-old son is crying. “I’m not going to explain myself to an adult who should understand that babies do cry,” she said.

Brook continued to point out that children are sometimes better behaved than adults. “What about the people making noise after having too much to drink? It was a new experience for all of us as we’d never flown as a family before. With all their worries, parents don’t need all this added stress,” she claimed.

Airlines like Virgin and BA have assured traveling families that they will not ban children from certain areas of the plane and will continue to be “family friendly.”

IndiGo revealed they decided to have child-free zones after other Asian airlines had similar changes.

Should all airlines adopt IndiGo’s new policy or allow children to sit anywhere on their planes?

There’s No Training Like Home Training: Why Don’t Kids Get It Anymore?

October 10th, 2016 - By MommyNoire Editor
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“You got anything to eat in here?” she said as she opened my refrigerator door and began to poke around. Just a few minutes earlier, she’d casually walked in, picked up the remote without a word and started changing the TV channels.

No, this wasn’t my child enjoying her own house. It was a child visiting for a play date. Unfortunately, our tiny visitor was grossly abusing my offer to make herself at home. Although I was shocked at her behavior, I didn’t blame her – I blamed her parents.

Have you noticed that our children are sorely lacking the manners that use to be so basic? But at the same time, they’re having more and more play dates at other people’s homes. When we send our kids out with “no home training” as we say down South, we create a recipe for them to embarrass us and themselves.

Now don’t get me wrong, my little girl is nowhere close to being a graduate from the Emily Post Institute for Immaculate Manners, but we try to instill the basics in her. Like most eight year olds, she forgets to say “please” and “thank you” and she often chews with her mouth wide open. But we correct her whenever possible. And because we consistently emphasize manners, she is slowly (very slowly!) becoming conscious of her behavior and she’s starting to correct herself. However, I’ve noticed that some of her friends treat good manners like a foreign language that has never, ever been spoken at their house.
Let’s save ourselves the embarrassment of not having our children asked back for another playdate because of their bad manners. Let’s commit to teaching our children these five basics:

1. To wait before entering someone elses house – Most children barge right in as soon as the door is opened. They’re excited and eager to play and explore. We have to teach them to greet the person who opens the door and wait to be invited in.

2. How to introduce themselves to adults – Every child over the age of six should be able to confidently look an adult in the eye when being introduced. Our children should also be able to tell the adult they are being introduced to their name and some basics in an audible voice. For example, “Hello, Mr. Johnson. I am Janet and I’m 7 years old. I attend XYZ Elementary School.”

3. To say “please” and “thank you” – This should be a regular part of their routine at home, school or in public. The more they practice, the more these courtesies become second nature.

4. How to talk to adults respectfully – I grew up in a traditional southern household where phrases like “sir” and “ma’am” were as holy as anything in the Bible. Many grew up with a different standard and view these terms as archaic and unnecessary. That’s fine, as long as we teach our children that they can NOT talk to adults the way that they talk to their peers. A “yes, Mr. Johnson” will take them much further than a “Yeah, ok.”

5. How to act in another person’s home – While we want our children to feel comfortable in any setting, they need to be aware of how to act when they are in someone else’s home. A good rule of thumb is for them to ask before they act. They should ask before they help themselves to food and ask before using items that don’t belong to them.

Our babies are young, but not too young to understand that they are being judged by their manners or their lack of manners. What basic manners are you teaching your little ones?
Yolanda Darville is a wife, mom and freelance writer focusing on issues that make a difference. To read more of her writings connect with her on Twitter at @YolandaDarville.

Tyler Perry Talks Keeping His Son Hidden And Why He’ll Have To Get A Job Like Everyone Else

October 10th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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While chatting with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show recently, Tyler Perry, who was celebrating his TLC show Too Close to Home getting a second season, talked about something he rarely touches on publicly — family life. Perry is the proud dad of 2-year-old Aman Tyler Perry and raises the little one with his girlfriend Gelila Bekele. And while he loves talking with friends in media about the impact Aman has had on him (including encouraging Tyler to lose weight so he can be around longer), you won’t see any images of the child anytime soon. Tyler told the hosts that he doesn’t want to expose his son to such negativity. He just wants to enjoy parenthood privately and allow his son to be a kid, undisturbed, as well.

“Me and mom are here, we’re just enjoying it. Loving every moment of it,” Tyler said of raising Aman. “I love waking up in the morning, him come running to me. Those hugs? It’s life-changing. And I know there are no pictures of him, but that’s not something we do. We’re not the kind of parents — my son’s not famous. We’re trying very hard to keep him protected so that he can know who he is before he gets into the crazy bull crap of this social media world.”

Perry’s response is in the same vein of Halle Berry’s response to people on Instagram asking if she is ashamed of her children because she doesn’t show their faces. As she put it, “It’s my belief, and I’m not criticizing others who have different beliefs, that it’s my job as their mother to protect their privacy as best I can. When they grow and they’re of age and they want share their images on the internet, that will be for them to decide, not me. Feel me?”

I know that’s right. But back to Perry!

The writer, director, producer and actor also stated that he wants to raise Aman to be independent. Same goes for Tyler’s family. While he is worth around $400 million, the 47-year-old said he’s not giving handouts to anyone in his life.

“I say no a lot, man. I’m not doing that. I’m not no bank,” Tyler said. “I have my aunts I take care of and sisters and brothers, but you’ve got to be working. You’ve got to have a job. You’ve got to work for me to help you. I’m not welfare. I don’t do that. I don’t care if you have a little job making $200 a month or something, I will help you to support your life if you’re my family. But the thing is, you’ve got to work. I don’t do that charity thing. It’s going to be the same thing for my son. He’s going to have to go to work. He ain’t going to be one of those kids sitting around here with their hand out driving this car and that car and living rich. Naw, brotha. Mommy and daddy got money. You ain’t got none.”

Alicia Keys Celebrates Swizz Beatz’s Ex-Wife, Mashonda Tifrere, And Their “Blended Family” In New Song

October 7th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Alicia Keys has done something pretty unprecedented, folks. Her newest song, “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” is a tribute to Mashonda Tifrere, hubby Swizz Beats’s ex-wife, Tifrere’s son, Kasseem Dean Jr., and the importance of putting aside contention for the sake of your family. And the song is pretty great.

Keys discussed the song’s meaning on social media and via her website before it was released early this morning.

“My new song Blended Family (What You Do For Love) will be available everywhere at Midnight. I’m so excited for you to hear this song. It means so much to me and our whole family,” she said. “The understanding, compassion and support we’ve found is a powerful testament to the healing that comes when we choose love. Especially for the kids… the most important part of our lives. Celebrating Mashonda for our commitment to each other with support and true growth.”

The song features A$AP Rocky (who shares his own unique family story) and most times, is addressed to Kasseem, affirming the singer’s love of him (“I may not really be ya mother, but that don’t mean I don’t really love ya”) as well as the support he has in his blended family. The lyrics that stood out to me most were the ones that acknowledged their complex beginning:

I know it started with a little drama…

I hate you had to read it in the paper

But everything’s all right with me and your mama

Baby, everybody here you know adores you

And I think it’s beautiful

I think it’s perfect

I know hard it gets, but I swear it’s worth it

That’s what you do, what you do, what you do, what you do for love

There ain’t nothin’, there ain’t nothin’, there ain’t nothin’ I won’t do for us

It may not be easy this blended family but baby, that’s what you do, what you do, what you do, what you do for love

The song exudes positive energy and is quite beautifully produced. The greatest thing about it, though, is that everyone involved in its creation supports it.

Tifrere shared the news of the song on her social media:

Swizz Beatz also praised the progress he, along with Keys and Tifrere, have made over the years. “I am truly proud of all of us 🙏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Blessings and positive vibes only #blendedfamily”

Of course, we know that things weren’t always so copacetic. Tifrere once publicly scolded Keys for carrying on a relationship with the producer while she was trying to repair her marriage to him, writing, “You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create…”

Keys would eventually respond to the drama by saying that she started dating Swizz while he and Tifrere were separated. And while that didn’t sit well with the public, the three slowly started to move toward reconciliation. As Keys told Wendy Williams in 2014:

“It’s about the kids: When everybody is able to be an adult, which we all are able to be, and we’re able to really recognize that actually, there’s a beautiful value about the way that we can all influence each other’s lives and the lives of the kids. They can really see that they have more than one woman to look to and say, ‘What can I learn here?’ ‘What can I learn there?’ and guidance and love. And it’s fatherhood and motherhood and it’s friendship. It’s really, really important and I think it’s so beautiful. It doesn’t always work but it’s totally possible. And it can work when everybody really wants to do the right thing for the children.”

It’s really amazing to see all parties come together for something great. It’s a testament to the power of healing. While many people on the outside still criticize Keys for the way she came to be with Swizz, the woman who would have the most to be upset about has let it go for the betterment of their blended family. That’s truly something to applaud — however you feel about the situation.

The song will be featured on Keys’s new album, Here, set for release on November 4. Check out “Blended Family” below or on your streaming service of choice.


Did You Know? Hospitals Can Charge You For Holding Your Newborn

October 5th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Holding Your Newborn


For years I’ve wondered why some women were adamant about not having hospital births for their children; now, I know why.

Refinery 29 reported the story of a new father who shared a photo on Reddit of his family’s hospital bill after his wife gave birth to their son. Highlighted on the bill was a charge for “skin to skin after c-sec.”

“During the C-section, the nurse asked my wife if she would like to do skin to skin after the baby was born. Which of course anyone would say yes too. We just noticed it on the bill today,” halfthrottle captioned his post.

According to Fit Pregnancy, skin-to-skin touch between a mother and child is imperative after giving birth because it helps the infant adapt to its post-birth environment and generate the mother’s milk production. “When your baby was in the womb, she didn’t need to regulate her own temperature. Since your skin is the same temperature as the womb, Baby will find it easier to adapt; [Dr. Shah, who is the assistant professor of pediatrics and neonatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine] told Fit Pregnancy ‘When mom and baby are together, hormones that regulate lactation balance out, helping [her] produce more milk.’”

After halfthrottle revealed the additional charges the hospital added to the bill, many Reddit users were outraged and began lamenting about the capitalist health care system we have in the U.S. Despite their opinions and theories, one Reddit user who’s a nurse stepped forward to explain why the hospital charged the couple a petty $39.95 for halfthrottle’s wife to hold their son.

“Doing ‘skin to skin’ in the operating room requires an additional staff member to be present just to watch the baby. We used to take all babies to the nursery once the NICU team made sure everything was okay. Skin to skin’ in the [operating room] is a relatively new thing and requires a second Labor and Delivery RN to come into the [operating room] and make sure the baby is safe,” the nurse shared in the Reddit thread.

“The Mom is still being closed up after the delivery. She is anesthetized from the chest down and may feel faint, or nauseated. Someone needs to be there to make sure that the baby doesn’t slide off of her chest onto the floor, and to pick up the baby if she starts feeling unwell,” she continued.

Given that information, Refinery 29 journalist Sara Coughlin claims the real issue here is the fact that hospitals “lack transparency” with their patients and should provide concise, comprehensive information on parents should expect when giving birth at their facility.

Do you agree?

Co-Sleeping: Getting Your Child Into Their Own Bed

October 4th, 2016 - By MommyNoire Editor
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Since the late 1960’s physicians have advised against sharing a bed with your newborn, toddler and school-aged children. Co-sleeping was labeled at best a “you’ll be sorry” habit and at worst, the cause of clingy children and SIDS.  While many parents, especially black and Latino parents, have ignored what studies say, it was still taboo.  Admission of co-sleeping was not to be shared with the pediatrician or other families simply because it wasn’t medically or socially acceptable.

As time has passed, however, so many parents have come forward and shared the perks of sharing the bed with their child and especially with nursing newborns.  They’ve said their babies and children sleep longer and more deeply when in the bed with them. Plus, co-sleeping gives children the increased security he or she may need in their early months and years.

A recent article published on Ask Dr. Sears noted the following: “What I noticed in the early years of sleeping with our babies, I watched the sleep-sharing pair nestled next to me. I truly began to believe that a special connection occurs between the sleep-sharing pair that has to be good for baby. Was it brain waves, motion, or just something mysterious in the air that occurs between two people during nighttime touch? I couldn’t help feeling there was something good and healthful about this arrangement.”

There are plenty of benefits to co-sleeping, but what usually isn’t discussed is how to break the habit. When a child has slept with his mother and father for the greater part of his life, how does one break the nighttime pattern and introduce sleeping alone? At what age should a child be sleeping on his or her own? We asked a few parents if they participated in co-sleeping and how they successfully broke the habit. Here’s what they had to say:

At Four Months Pregnant, Fitness Guru Massy Arias Still Has A Six-Pack And The Internet Can’t Believe It

October 4th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’ve been following fitness guru and health coach Massy Arias on Instagram for a while now. Arias, along with other women of color who train like Lita Lewis and Marissa of Body Concept in Chicago keep me motivated when I’d rather be somewhere eating all the carbs I can consume while catching up on 90 Day Fiancé.

Anywho, Arias has everyone talking right now because despite being 19 weeks pregnant, she still has a pretty mean six-pack. Of course, the 27-year-old Dominican beauty has been serious about fitness and her diet for years now (you have to be to call this a snack), so her muscles are well-defined at this point. As she shared in a recent post, Arias’s abs aren’t meant to make any other expecting (or non-expectant women) feel bad. She actually hopes that through posts of her workouts, diet and more, she can encourage women in general to be active:

My goal is to keep living and preaching about a healthy lifestyle. Couple of days before going into 19 weeks of pregnancy and I’ve never felt better. Being active and eating healthy isn’t only about maintaining a healthy looking body, for me it has meant staying physically but most importantly, mentally healthy as well. I am not doing this for me, but for the beautiful princess that is growing inside of me. Even though I’ve been so active for many years now and my routines might be a bit more advanced than what my fellow expecting mothers might be able to do at this point, I want to continue to inspire you all (pregnant or not) to be active. We will all grow at different rates and every woman’s body is different. My starting point and all the years of training has a lot to do with my own growth so take this into account before comparing your pregnancy with any other woman, including mine. I’ll be starting YouTube blogs very soon as soon as my 2.0 #ma60day launches. So get ready to get tons of education in a warrior/fun type of way. LE’TS MOVE, LET’S BE HAPPY, LET’S LOVE OURSELVES! WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #ma30day #mawarrior #childofGod #prego #fitmom #Mondaymotivation __________________________________________________ La meta es seguir llevando y educando sobre llevar un estilo de vida saludable. Al acercarme en unos pocos días a las 19 semanas de embarazo, quiero seguirles hablando que este estilo de vida para mí no es más que mantener un cuerpo estético. Para mí ha significado mantener mi salud física pero también mi salud mental. Yo no estoy haciendo esto para mí, si no para la hermosa princesa que hoy crece dentro de mi. Mi punto de comienzo y los años de entrenamiento que llevo tienen mucho que ver en cómo mi embarazo está progresando. Todos los embarazos son diferentes así que no te compares con ninguna otra mujer. Comensare episodios de YouTube donde estaré educándolos con mis mejores consejos. DALE! WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #hijadecristo

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More and more women are going into their second trimester with abs, and experts say that’s perfectly healthy and pretty normal during a first pregnancy, as rectus muscles separate when you deliver. “Some women don’t show, Alyssa Dweck, M.D. said in an interview with Shape last year about women with abs far into pregnancy. “The rectus muscles might be so well defined that they’re masking her growing uterus.”

At the same time though, as The Bump pointed out, you shouldn’t strive to get yourself some abs if you’re already expecting. However, you should just work out some, and do core exercises to prevent diastasis recti.

Fitpregnancy encourages moms-to-be to keep moving, with simple Pilates-based moves, curls and planks being their exercises of choice. Parents (and Andrea Orbeck) also has a few ab exercises they recommend pregnant women do a few times a week (2-3 times) that could aid in making the delivery process smoother. That includes heel slides, alternating heel drops, and double heel drops.

Check out a few more images of Arias, including how she works out during pregnancy, below. Don’t try this at home if you’re pregnant unless you’ve talked to a doctor and/or worked out at an intense level before baby. Again, the more work you do before pregnancy, the more it shows. As Arias told People last year, she has no background in athletics, but she knew she was determined to change her life by getting fit.

“I had no background in sports and I wasn’t athletic,” Arias said. “Today it’s a different story. I didn’t know that I was going to be able to do all the things that I’m doing now. I didn’t know that I had the potential to be this athletic. I think it’s just that the energy you put out, you get back.”


Omg my loves, today the baby is 4 months strong 👶🏽☺️ follow my journey on Snapchat: MassyFit READ BELOW: So my belly today is playing hide and seek. Some days I see a little bump but then the next day belly is gone. Skin is normalizing and almost blemish free. I haven’t lifted heavy these 4 months to protect the baby but now this little thing is secured and I can lift again. Not doing excessive weight either but in comparison to what I used to lift before, it will be more than what some could lift. Remember, I have a lot of strength so don’t be alarmed. Women lose tons of muscle mass during pregnancy so 2nd trimester will be the best time to pump some iron and mantain muscle mass. Let’s get it @mawarriors WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #prego #ma30day #mawarrior #16weeks #girlboss #girlpower ____________________________________________________________ Mis amores hoy el bebe cumple 4 meses 👶🏽☺️, que felicidad. Síganme en Snapchat: MassyFit. Tengo ya 4 meses sin levantar pesado para proteger a este bebe. Hoy la barriga no sé dónde está pero el bebe está creciendo y súper sano. Ya que el bebe está seguro y buen implantado es hora de levantar pesado y recuerden que mi fuerza es mucha así que cuando me vean levantando no se alarmen. La mujer pierde muchísimo músculo durante el embarazo y el 2ndo trimestre es buenísimo para mantener masa muscular porque ya el cuerpo se ajusta y se nivela! Así que vamos al mambo! Esta será una jornada interesante. Mi objetivo es ser activa durante el embarazo completo! WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #hijadecristo

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HAPPY FRIYAY, TAG YOUR BFF HERE IS AN AWESOME BODYWEIGHT ROUTINE FOR LEGS. GREAT FOR BEGGINERS AND MOMS EXPECTING (2nd trimester ). Reps and sets will depend on your fitness level. 3-4 sets of 12-15 reps should be a great range. You can make this harder by adding Dumbbells or barbells to each movement including the side plank. LET’S MOVE IT MOVE IT! WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #prego #19weeks #childofGod #mawarrior #ma30day __________________________________________________ FELIZ VIERNES MIS AMORES AQI ESTA TU RUTINA DE HOY PARA PIERNAS. BUENISIMA PARS PRINCIPIANTES Y MADRES EMBRAZADAS EN EL 2ndo TRIMESTRE. Las repeticiones y series dependerán de tu nivel de entrenamiento pero de 3-4 series de 12-15 repeticiones es un buen rango. Si quieren progresar la rutina solo agrega resistencia con mancuernas y barras. DALE, A MOVERNOS! WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #hijadecristo

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HAPPY MONDAY, HERE’S TODAY’S WORKOUT ROUTINE. TAG BFF 🌞 Mini bands available : @mawarriors WOD: 3-4 sets 12-15 reps Note: this routine is safe for 2nd trimester of pregnancy. The goal is to keep your heart rate stable and not over 150 beats per minute for a long period of time. You can do these using only your body weight. Ladies, listen to your bodies first. You shouldn’t be out of breath and unable to carry a conversation. You can mantain your level of fitness depending on where you were before you became pregnant. I don’t recommend if you were very sedentary, to start an intense routine that your body isn’t used to. Consult your doctor first. WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #ma30day #mawarrior #childofGod __________________________________________________ FELIZ LUNES MI GENTE, AQUÍ ESTÁ LA RUTINA DE HOY. Menciona a tu mejor amigo/a mini bandas disponibles : @mawarriors RUTINA: 3-4 series 12-15 repeticiones. NOTA: esta rutina es segura en el 2do trimestre de embarazo. Tu objetivo es llevar un ritmo cardiaco controlado sin llevar a los 150 latidos por segundo por mucho tiempo porque el bebé necesita oxígeno. Puedes hacer esta rutina solo usando tu propio peso. Reinas, escuchen a sus cuerpos. No recomiendo que si llevabas una vida muy sedentaria antes de concebir, comiences una rutina muy avanzada que tu cuerpo no este aconstumbrado. Si pueden mantener tu estado físico durante el embarazo, solo tomando en cuenta que hay siempre que consultarlo con tu doctor! WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #hijadecristo

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