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Did You Know These Stars Were Pregnant? Shows That Played Hide The Baby Bump

February 10th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When an actress on a popular TV show gets pregnant, directors are faced with a dilemma: how to write a very noticeable baby bump into the show for a character who isn’t expecting. Some TV shows are obvious. Giant props, carefully placed characters, lots of flowy shirts and roomy jackets can block a baby bump. But most of us already know what’s underneath — and not just because we saw the positive pregnancy test on Instagram several months earlier.

Some shows, however, are great at hiding pregnancies for the small screen. So good, in fact, that we didn’t even know that some of these actresses were pregnant when they shot certain seasons. Now we feel like there are more than a few shows we need to re-watch for a good game of “Did you see how they hid the belly?”

Check out the shows that helped hide these star’s pregnancies the best.

Heart Rate On Fleek? Fitbit Reveals Woman’s Pregnancy

February 10th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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A simple inquiry on Reddit as to the reason a woman’s Fitbit heart rate would be so high all of a sudden revealed something very interesting. Not only can the fitness tracker keep up with your steps, the miles you’ve walked, and the calories you’ve burned, but it can also give you the heads up when you’re pregnant.

A man named David turned to Reddit last week to figure out if there was something wrong with his wife’s new Fitbit Charge HR. According to him, the tracker was reading incorrectly:

“My wifes fitbit is showing her heartbeat being consistently high over the last few days. 2 days ago, a somewhat normal day, she logged 10 hours in the fat burning zone, which i would think to be impossible based on her activity level. Also her calories burned do seem accurate. I would imagine if she was in the the fat burning zone she would burn a ton of calories, so its not lining up.
Im not sure if something is wrong with the sensor. is there a way to reset or recalibrate the device? Id like to try that before I contact customer service about a possible replacement.”

While some told him to reset the tracker, one asked, “Has she experienced anything really stressful in the last few days or is it a possibility she is pregnant?”

During pregnancy, medical experts say that the heart has to work much harder. Therefore, heart rate increases vastly, as does cardiac output.

David responded to the question with “Pregnancy is a strong possibility, didnt know that would jack up the heart rate. I might be a dad, YIKES. now i gotta watch my own heart rate lol.”

As it turns out, his wife definitely is pregnant. It was quite the pleasant surprise, especially since, according to USA Today, David and his wife had been trying to have a baby for a few months. They had no clue that her gadget snafu would reveal that their efforts had been successful. David announced the news in the same place he was given the heads up to try for a pregnancy test: Reddit.

“Thank you all for your overwhelming support! Its been awesome to read all the comments and well wishes, even the comments questioning whether I am in fact the father (gotta have a sense of humor on here, right?) I just wanted to say this is indeed real, I do not work for fitbit, this is not guerrilla marketing. This is real, the fear is real, the excitement is very real! I am a regular guy who was just looking for the communities help with his wife’s technology issue (we’ve all been there, right?). Little did i know I got alot more than I bargained for! Now I’m a regular guy who is preparing to have his first child brought into the world, god willing, in Oct 2016.”

So the lesson in all this? If your fitness tracker has you burning uber amounts of fat and your heart rate at a very high number and you know you haven’t been working hard enough to have such results, you might want to get a pregnancy test…

Got Stretch Marks? Chrissy Teigen Shares Her “Liquid Gold” Solution

January 30th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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As women, we know all have felt the wrath of stretch marks. From puberty to pregnancy and weight gain to loss, we’ve all been a victim of those stubborn lines on our tummies, inner thighs, buttocks, and upper arms.

One person that knows all about them and has embraced them publicly is model Chrissy Teigen. Just last spring she took to Instagram and showed off her own marks, proudly calling them her “tiger stripes.”

Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!

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Now, nearly six months pregnant and awaiting the arrival of her first child with husband John Legend, her stretch marks are still a concern, and she’s taking all steps to prevent them from becoming a more profound issue.

“I love how I’ve gone about my whole stretch-mark lotion routine,” she told Cosmopolitan. “I am so lucky that I have a relationship with La Mer, because I lather this stuff on. It is no joke. I wanted to make sure I did it because I am a stretch-mark girl, so I knew that I would get it pretty badly. I wanted to make sure I started it before I started noticing them. So every single day — it’s about 15 to 20 minutes of my day — I sit and just rub this La Mer.”

While the La Mer Concentrate that Chrissy uses isn’t made as a lotion for the entire body, she admits that she doesn’t follow the instructions closely. “It is meant to just dab on specific spots because it’s basically liquid gold. And I have found myself lathering it on me.”

So, we know what you’re thinking: “$340 for a 1 oz. bottle?” But hey, it costs to keep yourself up, right? “It’s the most luxurious thing I do in my entire life,” Chrissy explained. “So I do that and then I do a layer of their body cream and then I’ll actually pick it out from under my fingernails, that’s how liquid gold it is, and put that part on my face. I do not spare a drop.” Nevertheless, we don’t all have that La Mer hookup like Teigen but more power to her!

Would you cash out on this “liquid gold” or are you more of a DIY gal?

Fetuses Have Favorite Foods? Surprising Things Babies Do In The Womb

January 27th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Ever been curious about what’s going on in there? You know that the little ones love to move around (you can see it too!) and get their kick on. But they do a lot more than “kick” back and relax, waiting for you to pop them out. They’re quite active. They figure out what foods they like and don’t like early on, learn how to make faces, learn languages, freak out when you do, listen to the music you do (yes, the little ones jam out) and a whole lot more. They’re more advanced in the womb than you think. With that being said, get ready to be blown away by these surprising things babies do in the womb.

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They Taste What You Eat

By 20 weeks, babies can “taste” what you eat through the amniotic fluid. And they have a sweet tooth! Babies swallow twice as fast after you eat something sweet and slower when you eat something sour.

“No Excuses”: Is Video Of Weight-Lifting Mom-To-Be Shaming Pregnant Women Into Getting Fit?

January 27th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If health and fitness were important to you way before you found out you were bringing life into the world, it only makes sense that you would try to find ways to continue working out even as you get further and further along in your pregnancy. And while Charlotte from Sex and the City had to get over her fears that enjoying her daily jogs would harm her unborn baby, some women have no problem going straight from the doctor’s office to the gym. They are not afraid to go all out on the track, in the gym and for whatever form of exercise they enjoy, in general.

But when is your commitment to your health going too far as a pregnant woman? When are you potentially doing too much? And when is it clear that you’re more concerned with keeping your figure together than the well-being of your baby?

Those are the questions people are asking after watching this video:

As you can see, it’s a heavily pregnant woman doing pull-ups at the gym. No biggie, right?
Well, further along in the video she can be seen weightlifting, doing deadlifts, weighted squats, and swinging a heavy kettlebell. It’s clear that this woman was a gym rat way before baby, but her decision to stay that way during her pregnancy has brought out quite a few critics on social media, especially since the caption for the video, posted by a page called “Ratchet Videos,” is “No Excuses!!!”:

“im sorry im about working out and living a healthy lifestyle but this is excessive. get that bullsh-t #noexcuse sh-t out of here. caring for an unborn innocent child is way more important than how you look. what the hell is wrong with this world we live in.”

“I don’t think it should say no excuses. Sorry but some women can’t even walk let alone get out of bed some days. Big ups to you if keep healthy and exercise and keep fit while pregnant but sorry some of us can make excuses. I definitely would not have been able to do this while spewing half the day away. Gaining weight is perfectly fine and all apart of the journey”

“To everyone saying that its okay as long as she did it before pregnancy I’m sorry but you’re wrong.
Both my doctor and fitness trainer told me not to be lifting any weights at all and that my workout should consist of walking, swimming, and yoga specified for pregnancy.
Lots of women hate to admit it but you do have to slow down when you’re pregnant, the baby is depending on you.”

“I think we live in a generation where people love to show off and do everything for the Internet.. Fitness can wait while she’s pregnant.. Smh.”

“You should be ashamed for shaming pregnant women. Light exercise like yoga is fine but stuff like this is dangerous to the mother and child. So get that no excuses bullsh-t outta here.”

The majority of people who saw the video didn’t approve of it, mainly because they felt what she is doing appears dangerous. But also, because, as they pointed out, every woman’s pregnancy is different, and the assumption that each and every woman with child should be able to go hard (or go home) in the gym like the woman above is unfair. And according to those on social media, promoting videos like this is a form of shaming pregnant women.

But you should know that medical professionals do say that exercising during pregnancy is a very good idea though the level of exercise you do depends on your level of activity before pregnancy. If you were working out at a strong rate, the Mayo Clinic says you should be able to continue at the same level as long as you have approval from your doctor and feel okay. But if you weren’t really active beforehand, moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes is a good option. Exercise during pregnancy, in general, can help with back pain, improve your energy levels, increase your stamina, and, of course, quell weight gain. And more importantly, according to the Mayo Clinic, it could reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, having pregnancy-related high blood pressure, and lessen postpartum depression symptoms.

Walking, light, low-impact aerobics, swimming, yoga and strength training is good. However, you’re recommended not to lift very heavy weight. Professionals say that you should stay hydrated and not overexert yourself.

Whatever you do, do you. Don’t feel the pressure be Jillian Michaels while carrying your child or to lift the weights the woman above seems to be capable of hoisting and heaving if that’s not your thing. Go at a pace that works for you and your doctor. Be safe and listen to your body for the sake of yourself and your little one.

But what say you when it comes to this video? Is she doing too much? Is this pregnancy shaming orr are people overreacting?

Pregnant And Traveling? Avoid These 21 Countries

January 25th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The CDC has issued a travel alert for people traveling to the Caribbean or Latin America in response to the ongoing outbreak of the Zika virus. Symptoms of the virus include mild fever, rashes, conjunctivitis and headaches. These signs usually begin two to seven days after being infected via the bite of Aedes mosquitoes which carry the disease. It’s noted, though, that 80 percent of those who’ve been diagnosed with the Zika virus did not show any signs of contracting it.

Unfortunately, women deciding to become or who currently are pregnant should avoid the outbreak regions because, once infected, the Zika virus can be transmitted from mother to baby during the pregnancy or at the time of birth. The virus has been linked to babies being born with underdeveloped brains and some of countries have advised their citizens to not become pregnant at a;;. To matters worse, there is no treatment or vaccine for the Zika virus.

According to the BBC, the virus was first detected in 1947 in monkeys in Africa. Over the past 69 years, short-lived outbreaks have occurred in other continents such as Asia and South America.

The following countries reportedly have the Zika virus now and are advised against as travel destinations:

Barbados
Bolivia
Brazil
Cape Verde
Colombia
Ecuador
El Salvador
French Guiana
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Martinique
Mexico
Panama
Paraguay
Puerto Rico
Saint Martin
Suriname
Venezuela

It should also be noted that the Andes mosquito that carries the virus is found in all countries with the exception of Canada and Chile.  Aside from the Zika virus, people should also be concerned about contracting dengue fever and chikungunya from mosquitos, as well.

For more information on how women can protect themselves from this virus, visit CDC.org.

Her Name Is Lincoln: Why You Should Consider A Gender-Neutral Name For Your Baby

January 21st, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Want to give your baby a head start? You might want to consider a gender-neutral name. Studies show that kids with one are more successful in competitive fields like law. Plus, they’ll have something in common with all the other babies with these gender-neutral names that have been seriously trending over the last few years.

Study Claims Pregnant Mothers Should Avoid Eating Potatoes, But Why?

January 15th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The latest study conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Harvard University claims expectant mothers should not eat potatoes because it can cause gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes causes pregnant women to develop high blood glucose levels, especially if they are overweight, older than 25 or of a certain ethnicity (African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander).  Interestingly, more than 90 percent of the women who participated in this study racially identified as white.

The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, monitored the eating habits of 15,000 women over ten years. After completing their daily food diaries, 854 of the participants were diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The women who developed the disease consumed more potatoes before they became pregnant, however, the study claims the severity of their diabetes was not recorded. In their conclusion, the study states: “Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a common complication of pregnancy characterized by glucose intolerance with onset or first recognition during pregnancy. GDM is not only associated with adverse perinatal outcomes, it is also related to increased long-term cardiometabolic risk in both mothers and their offspring. Previous studies have found that a diet with a higher glycemic index is related to higher plasma glucose.”

In order to avoid being diagnosed with the disease, the study notes pregnant women should have a varied diet of beans and grains, instead. Reason being, those food choices have low glycemic indexes, along with vegetables; unlike potatoes that have high glycemic levels that made blood sugar increase.

Interestingly enough, The Today Show investigated more about the women who participated in the study and found they were not only overweight prior to the start of the study but they also smoked. The media outlet noted: “The study found that after adjusting for age and other dietary and non-dietary factors, total potato consumption still had an effect on the relative risk of gestational diabetes, including nearly double the risk for women who ate at least, five servings of potatoes per week.”

When asked about the study’s results, Rachel Berman, registered dietitian and Director of Health at About.com told Mashable: “The bottom line is: be smart about your portions, choose a variety of high fiber foods, and be mindful about how your food is prepared. Potatoes are nutrient-dense with beneficial vitamins and minerals but often are found in fried or chip form.”

Unfortunately for some women, foods like potatoes, help them with nausea symptoms they experience while pregnant.

Twins After A Vasectomy? Ways You Didn’t Know Birth Control Could Fail You

January 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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After hearing about the Jets cornerback who managed to impregnate his wife with twins after his vasectomy, we all were shocked–and a little frightened.

Curious about just how reliable your birth control methods really are? Check out the real statistics on birth control effectiveness. Thankfully, there are ways of increasing your odds of staying protected–and without child.

A Romantic Getaway: The Best BabyMoon Ideas

January 5th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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A babymoon is an absolute must for parents to be. Once your little bundle comes you won’t have any adult time especially in the first six months. You will be focused on the safety, nutrition, health and overall love you are giving your new baby. A babymoon allows you to have a time out and spend much needed quality time with your partner. But deciding what type of babymoon to choose can be challenging. Here are some of the best babymoon ideas for a romantic getaway.

THE BEACH
A beach getaway is a great idea for a babymoon. It can be a relaxing and soothing environment. The vitamin D you both will soak in will help you feel rejuvenated but remember to stay hydrated and carry lots of bottled water with you. Plus, the water can be great to take some of the heavy feeling away and can help temporarily relieve any aches and pains when you are in your third trimester. You and your partner can have lunch on the beach or maybe even a romantic night out on the town walking along the boardwalk.

A NATURE BABYMOON
Many times pregnancy tends to trigger a deeper connection or wanting one, with life and nature so a babymoon that keeps you connected to nature is always a healthy choice. You can keep it local and simple while you and your partner take part in slow nature walks or swimming but if you are itching to get out of town and your funds will allow then why not a cozy mountain resort. The two of you can snuggle and remind each other of the reasons why you love one another and reminisce on what brought you two together in the first place.

A SPA BABYMOON
There is nothing better than getting pampered and relaxing all day. You can keep it local or plan a spa vacation out of town. Many spas offer couples packages that include facials, massages, mud baths and a host of other relaxing items. Make sure that when you set up the appointment they know exactly how many weeks you are because they may have some treatments that they don’t recommend in the third trimester. Also double check with your doc first about what you are setting up. As an added bonus treat yourself to a manicure, and pedicure too.

A CITY ADVENTURE BABYMOON
Do you and your hubby have a big city you love but you’ve never been to? Well, take this time to plan a trip to this much-awaited destination. You can sight see, visit museums and galleries and go to a romantic dinner. Not to mention all of the fun shopping you can do as you collect souvenirs and throw in some mommy fashion and beauty goodies too if you want.

OUT THE COUNTRY BABYMOON
As long as your doc approves there is no reason why you can’t skip out the country with your boo for a few days. But make sure you are following airlinee policy because some airlines have restrictions on when you can travel in the third trimester. Plus, who knows the next time you will be able to travel abroad now that you’ll be a new parent so live it up in a safe and fun way while you still can.