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A couple of weeks ago, we reported that singer and producer Marsha Ambrosius was expecting a child with her man, fellow musician Dez.
And while we already thought the two were pretty cute, with an amazing chemistry, as seen in her video “Have You Ever.” They took it to a whole ‘nother level in a recent Instagram video.
In it, Marsha brushes her teeth and dances to Drake’s “Controlla” while Dez sings to her growing stomach.
It’s pretty adorable. But then the moment goes from sentimental to sensual as Marsha turns around and bends over to use the sink. It was the then that the wining really began.
Check out the video below that so many are calling relationship and life goals.
Being pregnant means that there are a lot of things on the “can’t do” list. You can’t sleep on your belly. You can’t skydive. You can’t ride a roller coaster. The list seems endless! At the top of that list is have a cocktail. Pregnant women can’t have cocktails. Counting down to your due date often revolves around having a celebratory cocktail. Some of my mommy friends even popped bottles at the hospital post-delivery. Unfortunately if you’re a breastfeeding mom, the wait is even longer. UGH!
The mocktails are made with fresh ingredients unless otherwise specified. Wachtel warns that while juice from concentrate seems like a shortcut, it lessens the nutritional value of the mocktail. Taking the time to muddle, mix, blend, chop, and juice fresh ingredients is important to mocktail recipes. With names like the ‘Beet Down’, ‘Lamb’s Blood, and ‘Carrot vs Stick, these cocktails are healthy with plenty of flavor and personality.
While it may seem difficult to mix and muddle, mocktails are pretty easy to put together. While a centrifugal or cold press juicer makes things easier, a blender, some water, and a fine strainer will work just fine. Ingredients and flavors can be substituted, increased, or decreased so that the drink can be catered to your taste. If a larger quantity is needed, simply do that math. As long as the ratios remain the same within the recipe, things will come out just fine. Check three of our favorite mocktails below and head over to Craft Mocktails for some additional mocktail options.
When cocktails can be integrated back into your regularly scheduled diet, simply add a few splashes of your favorite alcohol to any of these for a kicked up version of your fave. For now, enjoy these.
Green Apple Juice 4 oz
Lime Juice .25 oz
Raspberries 6-8 depending on ripeness
Mint leaves 6-8
Add cilantro sprigs (leaves removed) and mint oil for garnish. Muddle raspberries and mint in a mixing tin. Add juice and ice, shake and fine strain into a coupe. Carefully place cilantro sprigs and garnish with mint oil. Enjoy!
Fresh OJ 4 ounces
Ginger 2 slices
Muddle ginger to a mixing glass or tin. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with drops of chili oil and a whole chili.
Beet 2 ounces
Green Apple 2 ounces
Ginger 2 slices
Toast sesame seeds in a dry pan until light brown. Mix in kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Dip rim of glass into a plate of fresh juice or honey syrup. Dip in sesame/salt/pepper mixture and set aside. Muddle ginger to a mixing glass or tin. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and fine strain into the rimmed coupe glass. Garnish with drops of sesame oil and enjoy!
There are several things expecting moms can do to prepare down there for baby. While most are exciting, there is one exercise that’s boring yet crucial. Kegel exercises.
But Kegels don’t have to be a bore.
Minna Life, makers of kGoal, a smart Kegel exerciser + app just released a new game on the app. Shape Shift will challenge women to trace shapes as they move across the screen so that they stay engaged while practicing Kegel exercises. While the app helps women keep track of their progress and endurance, the insertable device provides valuable bio feedback so mom knows if and when she is fully contracting and releasing her pelvic floor muscles.
According to Minna Life’s pelvic floor specialist Liz Miracle, MSPT, WCS, most women can contract their muscles, but they don’t release them all the way. Just like doing bicep curls you want to fully contract and extend your forearm so you get the most of the exercise.
Mommynoire: First, what are Kegels?
Liz Miravle: Kegel exercises are the lifting and releasing of the pelvic floor muscles, encouraging proper function of the pelvic floor. Proper function of these muscles is not only related to sexual health and satisfaction, but they assist in childbirth, contribute to stability of the pelvis and help keep women from leaking urine or stool.
Why are Kegel exercises so important?
Kegel exercises are a big deal is because pelvic floor muscles are a vital part of the body’s core. Our core is literally the center of our body providing support and stability for all motion. Ignoring the pelvic floor can result in poor bladder control, abdominal or back weakness, or even decreased sexual function. In addition, what many people don’t consider is that they play a role in stability. Without good stability our balance becomes impaired and could lead to injury.
Should we be doing Kegel exercises from the time we’re 21? When’s the right time to start?
Women should start thinking about their pelvic floor after their first visit to the gynecologist. This is when many women begin to learn about their bodies. Unfortunately, since the perception is that young women have strong pelvic floors this is ignored, when in truth many young female athletes suffer from urinary incontinence due to sports activities like running on hard pavement and jumping, or tumbling. Strong pelvic floor muscles are an important part of good health through all stages of adulthood.
Some women worry that by performing Kegels, other things (like orgasms) will happen. Is that true?
Squeezing your pelvic floor muscles alone will not cause an orgasm. While strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles may improve the quality of an orgasm, you should not be worried that exercising them will have unwanted “side effects.” Many women exercise their pelvic floors throughout the day, in the car, sitting at work, even while breastfeeding their baby.
What was the motivation or inspiration for Minna Life to create the KGoal?
Despite the fact that the pelvic floor muscles are a critical part of a healthy, fit body, the level of education as to why they matter is sorely lacking, as are tools to help women manage and improve their pelvic floor fitness. We wanted to change that.
How exactly does the exerciser and app work?
The kGoal device provides tactile biofeedback so you know if you’re contracting and fully releasing the right muscles. The device connects to the app via Bluetooth and provides guided 5-minute workouts and games as well as the ability to track your exercise progress and history. The newest game is called Shape Shift and challenges users to open and close a set of gates to allow different shapes through.
Any other tips?
Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles doesn’t have to be hard. As few as three five-minute workouts per week can make a big difference. And for those experiencing significant weakness, they should considering practicing their Kegels up to three times a day.
In addition to practicing Kegel exercises, women should choose good posture when sitting – don’t sit with your tailbone tucked. Remember, the pelvic floor muscles work best when the pelvis is in balanced, or neutral, similar to in Pilates. When exercising your pelvic floor muscles, be sure that you are not only lifting, but also fully releasing. Muscles function best within their full range of motion.
Thinking about changing your travel plans due to concerns over the Zika virus? For women — in particular, anyone planning on having children — the disease has made us a lot more likely to say “Maybe I’ll stay at home.” Even a few athletes have passed up on going to Rio for the Olympics in August over concerns.
Just how worried should you be? We’ve got the answers to all of the questions you have and things you’ve been worrying about when it comes to traveling while the Zika virus continues to make headlines. If you’re worried about the effects that such a disease could have on you and your future family, read on to find out what you need to know about changing up (or keeping) your travel plans this year.
Nigerian author and feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently sat down to speak with London’s Financial Times, for lunch. She ordered a Nigerian mocktail, saying “This is just very sugary, very sweet. I would probably have a glass of wine, but I’m breastfeeding, I’m happy to announce.”
So not only did Adichie go through a whole pregnancy, she delivered a baby and no one knew about it. While the media and paparazzi don’t hassle literary and feminist icons in the way the do pop stars, actors and entertainers, it’s still no small feat that Adichie was able to keep this out of the public eye.
Then she describes what motherhood has been like for her.
“This is the first time I’m saying it publicly. I have a lovely little girl so I feel like I haven’t slept … but it’s also just really lovely and strange.”
And then she spoke about the reasons she kept the news of her pregnancy from the public and even some in her personal life.
“I have some friends who probably don’t know I was pregnant or that I had a baby. I just feel like we live in an age when women are supposed to perform pregnancy. We don’t expect fathers to perform fatherhood.”
Chimamanda stays preaching to the masses.
And it’s not just pregnancy that women are asked to perform. Women are supposed to perform to get into a relationship. Then once they’re in one they’re supposed to perform within the confines of it and for the approval of others as well. And a part of that performance requires that said woman get married within a set time frame. And then once she gets married, she’s supposed to have a baby within a set time frame. We want to see how much weight she gains, we want her to be happy after she delivers the baby, adjusting mentally, spiritually and emotionally to being responsible for a new life, immediately. And then, most importantly, we want her to lose the baby weight in a predetermined time frame. You know, the #Snapback.
We want to tell the woman how she should raise her child. We want to see how long she’s going to breastfeed and whether or not she’s going to do it in public. And then we want that performance to include a mode of discipline. We watch the production and ask is this mother going to spank or use the time out method. Will she have a nanny? Will she work or stay at home? The world, whether it’s your family, friends and your social media followers— or the actual world is watching.
And she’s right.
Women really do spend far too much of our time performing. And so congratulations to Chimamanda not only on having a lovely, little girl. But also on having the foresight to know she didn’t want to do it in the public eye.
Late last week, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and her husband Cory Hardrict celebrated the fifth birthday of their son, Cree. And as he continues to grow (along with his luscious hair), the topic of baby No. 2 keeps coming up. It’s not surprising when you consider that the actress has been talking about possibly bringing another child into the world for years now, and was even in a competition of sorts with sister, Tamera, to see who would give birth to their second child first. But as she revealed to People, an endometriosis diagnosis has made it harder than she would like to conceive a second time around.
“I do suffer from endometriosis,” the 37-year-old told the publication. “So there’s a little bit of a challenge there, but I will say this: I am working on my diet.” She went on to say that she hopes that changing her diet will help her “clean myself out and get rid of inflammation in my body.” Let Tia tell it, “endometriosis basically grows from inflammation.”
That doesn’t mean she and her husband have slowed down their attempts to have a second child. However, she does admit that she’s not trying to get her hopes up too high at this point.
“[We’re] trying, but I don’t want to put too much hope into it. I don’t want to be let down.”
With that in mind, what role does your diet play in such a disorder?
According to experts, it is true that a change in one’s diet can help with the symptoms of endometriosis. It can reduce your cramps, inflammation, estrogen levels, help move out toxins, boost your immune system, and balance your hormones. Less symptoms can mean less chance for endometriosis to progress further.
And according to AmericanPregnancy.org, while some women deal with infertility because of endometriosis, with the right treatments (including laparoscopy), the possibility of getting pregnant increases. But fertility problems can increase as the severity of the disease increases, and as women with it get older.
There is no one known cause of endometriosis, but as pointed out by endometriosis.org, “it is highly likely that certain genes predispose women to develop the disease.”
And according to UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology:
One idea is that when a woman has her period, some of the blood and tissue from her uterus travels out through the fallopian tubes and into the abdominal cavity. This is called retrograde menstruation. Another idea is that some cells in the body outside of the uterus can change to become the same kind of cells that line the uterus. This is a common explanation for endometriosis at unusual sites like the thumb or knee. Another possible explanation is that the cells from the lining of the uterus travel through the blood vessels or through the lymphatic system to reach other organs or body areas. Also, endometriosis can spread at the time of surgery. For example, a woman with endometriosis that undergoes a cesarean section could inadvertently have some endometriosis cells attach to the abdominal incision so that she has endometriosis in the scar from the surgery.
It reportedly impacts an estimated one in 10 women during reproductive years.
But with all that being said, I’m hopeful that Tia and Cory will be able to have another child, as previously mentioned, it’s something she’s openly spoken about wanting for a while. And considering that there are women who’ve had children after endometriosis diagnoses and dealing with a wide variety of symptoms, it’s very possible.
Demand for the abortion pill has increased in several Latin American countries where citizens are currently suffering from the Zika virus, says the New England Journal of Medicine. In their latest study conducted with Women on Web, a non-profit organization that provides the abortion pills mifepristone and misoprostol in countries where doctors don’t administer abortions, researchers focused on how the Zika virus affects the choices pregnant women have to make specifically in Latin America.
What the authors found was demand for abortion pills has increased from 36 to 76 percent in countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras since the Pan American Health Organization put out an alert in 2015 that Zika causers birth defects. Orders for the abortion pill in Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela have doubled since that time. And while these percentages may seem realistic because of the Zika virus’ prevalence in tropical areas, Gilda Sedgh, the principal research scientist at Guttmacher Institute, revealed that the percentages may be skewed because Women On Web’s research in the study only accounts for the women they’ve serviced in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The study authors also noted their “approach may underestimate the effect of the advisories on demand for abortion since many women may have used an unsafe method, accessed misoprostol from local pharmacies or the black market or visited local underground providers. But accurate data on these choices are difficult to obtain. Thus, our data provide a window on how concern about Zika virus infection may have affected the lives of pregnant women in Latin America.”
Despite the differing claims the researchers have, one fact remains clear: women in Latin America don’t have access to even satisfactory reproductive health care. Jezebel reports from a recent study in The Lancet that an estimated 6.5 million abortions are performed every year in Latin America, with the majority of them being illegal. Women on Web released emails that have been sent to them by women in Latin America to depict the lack of health care access and issues women face in their countries:
“I contracted Zika 4 days ago. I love children. But I don’t believe it is a wise decision to keep a baby who will suffer. I need an abortion. I don’t know who to turn to. Please help me ASAP!”- Anonymous, Venezuela.
Another, from Colombia, wrote:
“Here Zika is a major problem and the health authorities do not help with it … I have no resources at this time and want to ask for your help because fear overwhelms me. What if the baby is born sick?”
The World Health Organization has predicted more than 4 million people in the Americas will contract the Zika Virus by 2017, making this abortion pill trend seem likely to continue.
It’s been a week or so since Angela Simmons revealed to the world that she and her fiancé, Sutton Tennyson, are expecting their first child. But if you follow Simmons, you already know that she doesn’t play when it comes to her daily workouts with her trainer(s), and she’s not going to hold back in the gym just because she’s expecting.
Of course, it’s been stated by experts that working out while pregnant is fine. However, how hard you can go is dependent on how hard you were going before the baby. If you rarely exercised pre-pregnancy, you need to talk to your doctor first and then take things light and slow. But as for the women who get side-eyes for lifting weights like it’s nothing while toting a large baby bump, it’s safe to assume they were working even harder before the baby.
And that’s why Simmons hasn’t turned down the intensity on her workouts just yet. She shared video of the work she is putting in at the gym for her “fit mommy journey.”
Of course, there were the usual comments about her doing too much, with Instagram followers saying, “all this extra stuff is ok but isn’t really best for the baby,” “I would just stick to brisk walking,” and “Sit down u pregnant.” However, Simmons is working with multiple trainers who keep an eye on her movements, and she doesn’t seem to be doing more than she was pre-pregnancy.
Plus, experts say that it’s important to work out when expecting, as studies have shown that children who were exposed to exercise while in the womb had improved mental and physical health from childhood on into adulthood. Not to mention that according to the American Pregnancy Association, working out while preggers can help with the pains that come with carrying a child, including backaches, swelling and constipation. It even works to boost your energy, mood, improve your posture, and help you sleep better. And pregnancy exercise can also help you cope a little bit better with your labor and get you back in shape faster once the baby is here.
So, it’s recommended that moms working out stay especially hydrated, avoid contact sports and exercises where you’re expected to be on your back, do workouts that keep you moving (so you don’t become dizzy trying to hold your balance in one place), and take it easy. Listen to your body, sit down when you start to feel tired, and focus on maintaining and feeling good, not on trying to lose weight you’re gaining during pregnancy. Not the time for that, sis.
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With that being said, were you physically active while pregnant? If so, what were you doing and how did exercising make you feel during the pregnancy process? Better? Tired? Overwhelmed?
As for Angela, exercising in the gym clearly makes her feel great because she’s in there like swimwear.
Congratulations are in order!
“Underground” star Jurnee Smollett-Bell kicked off the week with some major news: she’s expecting her first child with husband, Josiah Bell.
The 29-year-old mom-to-be made the announcement on Instagram when she posted an adorable photo of herself and Josiah cradling her baby bump.
“He+Me+Baby= Three. So in love with this beautiful blessing God has given us. #WeArePregnant!!” she wrote Instagram.
Smollett-Bell’s older brother, “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, also took to social media to gush over the good news.
Aaaaaaaaah I’ve been waiting for thiiiiiiiiis!!!!!! My baby is having a baby! 🙌🏿 love y’all so much! https://t.co/qhPmaaCmgP
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) June 7, 2016
According People, Jurnee and Josiah tied the knot in October of 2010.
We are so happy for Jurnee and her family. She’s such a beautiful person, inside and out, we’re sure she’s going to make a great mom.
Health Officials Suggests Traveling Couples Abstain From Sex For 8 Weeks After Returning From Area With Zika Virus
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently announced that couples who have traveled to countries where Zika virus is prevalent should hold off from sex or conceiving longer than initially thought. The Cut reports, “men and women who’ve traveled to countries with active transmission of the Zika virus and don’t develop any symptoms are ‘strongly recommended’ to use condoms or remain abstinent for eight weeks, twice as long as the previous recommendation.” NBC News reports, The WHO doubled the abstinence period from four to eight weeks after scientists learned that the virus remains longer in bodily fluids.
Although it is suggested that couples should play it safe for eight weeks, it is recommended that men should have protected sex for as long as six months because the Zika virus survives longer in semen than it does in blood. Unfortunately, citizens who reside in third world countries may have a harder time adhering to these regulations because they may not have access to the information or may not believe in using contraception because of religious beliefs.
Christian Lindmeier, a spokesperson for The WHO, shared that “the guidance is to delay or consider delaying pregnancy, certainly recognizing that this is tough for some populations,” because the virus may vary from region to region. Lindmeird also revealed there are studies currently being formulated to find out what sustains the Zika virus in particular regions for longer time periods.