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Monthly Archives: September 2011

  • 1 in 5 Canadian Women Having Babies Later In Life

    The study by the Canadian Institute of Health Information notifies that one out of five babies born in Canada are of mothers who have given birth at around 35 years of age, and older.

    According to the study, among babies born between 2006 and 2009, 17.9% of them were born out of mothers who were 35 or above. Also, it has been notified that the rate is highest in B. C. as compared to other provinces, as 22.3% of the babies were born to the mothers aged 35 and above.

    It has also been revealed that B. C. has the highest rate of pregnant mom aged above 40, as 3.9 of the pregnant women fall in that age group.

    Experts say that the women who become pregnant after 35 have twice more chances of suffering from gestational diabetes and those above 40 are thrice more likely to suffer from the ailment compared to the women who become pregnant at an early age.

    Gestational diabetes results in delivery complications due to the high blood pressure condition and it can occur when pregnancy hormones obstruct the insulin from metabolizing sugar and other carbohydrates.

    A study by the Canadian Institute of Health Information indicates that 20% of Canadian mothers are having babies when they are older than 35 years. British Colombia has a higher rate at 22.3% compared to the other provinces at 17.9%.

    Studies have shown that women above 35 are twice as likely as other younger age groups in having gestational diabetes and women about 40 when pregnant are three times as likey.

    Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy. While there may not be any symptoms present some symptoms may include:

    • Blurred vision
    • Fatigue
    • Frequent infections, including those of the bladder, vagina, and skin
    • Increased thirst
    • Increased urination
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Weight loss in spite of increased appetite

    Most women with normal pre-natal care should receive a gestational diabetes test if they are over 35.

  • Maternity Bikinis Are A Fashion Hit!

    Bikinis are all the rage on pregnant celebrities this season! From beach days to yacht cruises, we are seeing maternity bikinis everywhere. Maternity bikinis are a fabulous choice, as they allow plenty of room for one’s baby bump to grow and never feel restricting. Different from a regular bikini, they are designed with extra bust support and adjustable straps so that they can be fitted to one’s body throughout one’s pregnancy.

    Back in February, when the gorgeous Selma Blair was just starting to show, she rocked her beginning baby bump in a fun, brightly printed floral bikini. She paired it with a chic cowboy hat for added sun protection and to add an additional splash of style. There is no better way to honor one’s pregnancy than in a fresh and happy print! For a similar option, Prego’s Kona Skirted Bikini has gorgeous chocolate brown flowers against a bright aqua background.

    White bikinis are another popular choice as they look gorgeous against tanned skin, and surfer-girl Kate Hudson was spotted wearing a super cute one in March, four months before the birth of her second son. We love how she paired it with a shell necklace and printed sarong wrap, staying true to her laid back style.

    Many women shy away from bikinis during pregnancy since their bodies are changing. However, if a bikini is something you normally like to wear, go for it! Make sure the maternity bikini you buy has plenty of bust support on the top and that the bottoms fit comfortably beneath your baby bump. As long as you are comfy, you will look and feel amazing!

  • Jennifer Garner Is Pregnant!

    Gorgeous Jennifer Garner and handsome husband Ben Affleck just announced that they are expecting their third child! Congratulations to the growing family…we could not be happier for them! The newest addition will be joining big sisters Violet Anne, 5 ½, and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, 2 ½. Will it remain an all-girl brood or will a little brother be added to the mix?

    Over the years, Jennifer and Ben have impressed us with their hands-on parenting style. We see them out and about the town, taking the girls on play dates, music lessons, and daily grocery trips. We also love all the cute mommy-daughter time that Jennifer puts in with her girls! Just this week after announcing her pregnancy, Jennifer and Violet were out running errands together. Jennifer wore stylish jeans, a loose fitting top, and a tailored blazer. Combining a blazer with a looser top is a great idea, as a good fitting jacket adds structure and a slimming look to any outfit. Paired with dark wash jeans, it is a look that can easily be dressed up or down. For one similar to Jennifer’s, pair a black blazer with Maternal America’s Laced Sleeve Kimono Top and Megan Blue Jeans.

    The beautiful Jennifer glams it up and looks stunning for red carpet events, but we also love her casual and relaxed style in her day to day life. During this pregnancy, we would love to see her in some cute and casual sundresses. Maternal America’s Navy Shift Dress looks great on any skin tone, as does their beautifully printed Dakota Kimono Tunic. Easy to wear with flats or sandals, these dresses are casual yet chic, and sure to keep any expectant mother comfortable throughout the day.

    Congratulations to Jennifer, Ben, and the two proud big sisters…we look forward to seeing the newest addition!

  • Beyonce Knowles Is Pregnant!

    Congratulations to the incredibly talented Beyoncé Knowles and her equally talented husband Jay-Z on the announcement of their pregnancy! At the Video Music Awards last night, Beyoncé, 29, showed off her burgeoning baby bump while walking the red carpet in a stunning red, Lanvin gown. She looked gorgeous in the flowing dress, pairing it with statement earrings and dramatic bracelets. We love the beautiful draping of the dress…so striking! Smiling and holding her belly as she walked the carpet, her happiness was contagious. Later in the evening, Beyoncé took the stage to perform and unbuttoned her jacket at the end, revealing her baby bump to an excited and cheering audience and her beaming husband!

    This is the first child for Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and we could not be happier for the lovely couple. Speaking to People, Beyoncé’s former band mate Kelly Rowland said, “I think she'll be an incredible mother, because she's always been motherly. I think that she takes after so many traits from her mother. And I just think it's going to be so natural for her. It’s natural for her now!”

    We are so excited to see what Beyonce’s maternity wardrobe will be! With her own clothing line and impeccable fashion sense, we know she will be rocking gorgeous outfits on the red carpet as well as just out and about. For a date night with her husband, we think Maternal America’s Embellished Bell Sleeve Tunic paired with studded heels would look fabulous. Congratulations to the happy couple!

  • Pregnant January Jones Is Due In September

    Congratulations to the talented and beautiful January Jones on her current pregnancy with her first child! Due the end of September, we could not be happier for her. In May, the Mad Men actress expressed her happiness to People over how her pregnancy was going. “I feel great. I haven't had any weird physical side effects…I feel pretty lucky so far.” She also stated that she had no strange food cravings yet, much to her disappointment! "It's a bummer. I wish I had something weird to tell”. What January has had, though, is fabulous maternity style. She manages to look effortlessly on trend while being incredibly comfortable. By pairing funky fedoras and military inspired boots with soft, feminine dresses, a styled and polished look is instantly created. Last month she was spotted around town in a floral maxi dress paired with lace up work boots and an edgy leather belt. Her eye for accessories, and combining soft and hard elements, keeps her look fresh and hip without sacrificing comfort. This look is easy to do at home. Take your favorite maternity sundress and pair it with chunky leather boots or even a studded Grecian sandal. Feathery earrings can add a bohemian effect, and a gauzy cardigan adds feminine detail while adding a bit of warmth for the evenings.

    January’s penchant for gorgeous maternity dresses has not gone unnoticed, as she rocks them all. Maternity dresses are easy, comfortable, and look great on everyone. Just last month she wore a ruffled, printed dress paired with a cardigan and strappy sandals. This look is perfect for around town or going out to lunch or the movies. For a similar look, Maternal America’s Asymmetrical Ruffle Dress, paired with gold flats and bangles, is a stylish and stunning choice. At the X-Man premiere in May, January was the belle of the ball in a navy and black empire-waist dress that accented her baby bump beautifully. The Embellished Dress from Maternal America exudes the same deep navy color as well has highlighting directly underneath the bust. Dress it up with black strappy heels for a look similar to January’s! With her stylish maternity choices, January looks great no matter where she is headed.

  • Tori Spelling and Toni Collette In Their Little Black Maternity Bikinis!

    Little Black Dress? Try Little Black Bikini! We are loving the black maternity bikinis that are hugely popular this summer season with expectant mothers. Pregnancy is a time to celebrate one’s curves, and there is no better or sexier way to do so than in an LBB. Always busy mama Tori Spelling, who is expecting her third child with handsome hubby Dean McDermott this October, was spotted taking a stroll on the beach in May in a stylish black bikini. She was glowing! Black is always classic, adds a hint of sexiness, and never goes out of style. We love its halter style as it provides extra support for one’s changing bust size during pregnancy. For a similar look, try Prego’s gorgeous Bow Tie Bikini. With its extra stretchy material that is made to hug one’s curves, it can be worn all throughout pregnancy and beyond!

    Another celebrity mama, the uber-talented Toni Collette, was spotted on the beach back in February, two months before giving birth to her beautiful baby boy Arlo, in a super-cute LBB with dainty white polka dots. The polka dots give this swimsuit an extra feminine touch and the adjustable straps allow Toni to customize its fit. We love the added ruffle detail as well. Prego’s Black Dot Bikini provides a similar look. The rectangular ring design at the bust is incredibly stylish, and the bust support offered is excellent. For all those mamas who want to bare their bod, a classic yet comfortable way to do so is with a stylish LBB!

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