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Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • Maternal America Beaded Zebra Tankini Maternity Swimwear

    Now on sale at TummyStyle.com is the Maternal America Beaded Zebra Tankini at only $59.95. This great animal print maternity swimwear comes with thick beads on the halter tie for extra embellishment. The bottoms are tie style which is great for any adjustments that need to be made as your pregnant size get ever so slightly larger. The zebra stripes not only look great but help to reduce the appearance of your belly. Additionally, the ruching at the sides pulls the suit tight to give it a nice fitted look which may be preferenctial for some women than the skirt style top.

    Currently, with the Valentine's Day Sale of 20% off, you can purchase this wonderful suit for $47.96.

  • Valentines Day Sale -- 20 Percent Off All Items!!

    Now at TummyStyle. 20% OFF everything at TummyStyle both regular priced and on sale.

    Look for your favorite nursing pajamas, maternity swimwear, or maternity dress.

    Hurry before the sale ends!

  • Pregnant Busy Philipps Shows Off Baby Bump at SAG Awards

     

    Philipps chatted to E! about her strategy in dressing for the awards in her third trimester of pregnancy.

    “It was hard to decide which way to go. Do you hide the bump, do you show it off?' the Cougar Town said of her Gabriella Candela gown.

    'I went with show it off! I embraced it!'

    Busy, who is due in June, said she's been craving sandwiches. She also opened up about announcing her pregnancy on Twitter, joking, 'I didn't want people to think I was just getting chubby. I was excited to share the news!'

    Dressing in the latter stages of pregnancy can be a tricky thing, but typically showing a bump, particularly when it is a big bump, with a stretchy tight wrap clothing or ruching, does more to show off your overall glamour and style than placing tent clothing around it try to disguise it, which only makes you look “bigger” particularly if the emphasis is to hide your belly.

    Another good rule of thumb is to go for solid colors and less busy patterns if you are in the later stages of pregnancy with a bump that feels more like a mountain. A full length maxi dress or gown in a solid color in the later stages of pregnancy will greatly elongate your look and streamline your figure. The early and mid months of pregnancy are generally a better time to mix up the patterns and prints, before the bump becomes the main focus of your shape. Also, as we all know, darker colors are more slimming and the winter months are a good time to take advantage of that strategy.

    Pregnancy is a beautiful time in life and one you will want to remember fondly. If you have fun with your curves and bump at each stage of your pregnancy than you will feel as beautiful as you look.

  • Light During Pregnancy Is Important For Fetal Eye Development

    A fascinating new study of mice during pregnancy, leads evidence that pregnant humans also need light during pregnancy to aid in proper fetal eye development.

    A new study conducted by scientists from Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and recently published in the journal Nature, reveals information about the importance of sunlight during pregnancy for the eyesight of babies that are born prematurely. The study concluded that the eye, which requires light in order to see, also needs light to develop normally during pregnancy.

    Co-author Richard Lang, PhD, a researcher in the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center said:

    "This fundamentally changes our understanding of how the retina develops. We have identified a light-response pathway that controls the number of retinal neurons. This has downstream effects on developing vasculature in the eye and is important because several major eye diseases are vascular diseases."

    Lang collaborated with David Copenhagen, PhD, a scientist in the departments of Opthalmology and Physiology at UCSF. Mouse models were used in their study which produced surprising outcomes:

    Copenhagen commented, "Several stages of mouse eye development occur after birth. Because of this, we had always assumed that if light played a role in the development of the eye, it would also happen only after birth."

    The researchers in the current study revealed that the activation of the newly labeled light-response pathway must occur during pregnancy in order to achieve the precisely planned program that creates a normal eye. They point out that it is crucial for the right number of photons to reach the mother's body by late term pregnancy.

    The team of scientists completed several experiments using laboratory mouse models that let them look at the light-response pathway's purpose and parts. Mice were raised in darkness, and in a regular day-night cycle starting at late term pregnancy to examine the comparative outcomes on vascular progression of the eye.

    The scientists confirmed the purpose of the light response pathway by changing an opsin gene in mice known as Opn4 that creates melanopsin which stops the initiation of the photo pigment.

    The melanopsin protein is there in both humans and mice during pregnancy. The authors say they will continue to examine how the light-response pathway might impact the probability of pre-term babies developing retinopathy of prematurity and its relatedness to other eye conditions.

    So get outside and into the sunlight during your pregnancy as much as possible on a regular basis. The natural light not only helps your mood but is essential for your baby’s healthy eye development!

  • Michael Bublé And His Wife Are Having A Baby Bublé!

    Buble, the Canada-born crooner, and his wife Luisana Lopilato, is pregnant with their first child. The couple announced on Thursday that they are expecting with a 22-second YouTube video set to the song “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet.” The video starts with the text “Mike, LU and Mini Buble!!!” and displays images from his wife’s live ultrasound as well as cute photos of the couple.

    "We're having a baby Bublé!!!" was written in both English and Spanish with audio of children cheering.

    Bublé and Lopilata, an Argentinian actress, were married in 2011 in Buenos Aires. The happy couple has always been very vocal about their desire to have children. Soon after their nuptials Buble told ET Canada, "I've said to her a million times I'd love to have kids. "But I always say to her when you're ready — when you feel like you've lived and you've partied and done all the things you want to do. When you've worked your butt off, then tell me."

    He added, "All my friends have babies so every time one of them says, 'Guess what, you're going to be an uncle,' part of me is so happy for them and the other part of me is jealous."

    Lopilato also announced the pregnancy news on her Facebook page:

    I wanted to share with you this great joy with which God has blessed our families and us. Thanks to my family for being with me in every second of my anxiety for wanting to tell, and take care of me with love as they do every day. Thanks to my friends for being as happy as me and giving me the most beautiful hugs. And thanks to God for giving me one of the most beautiful joys and opportunities that a woman can get.

    The couple did not reveal how far along the 25-year-old actress and model is in her pregnancy.

    Congratulations to the adorable couple on their pregnancy!

  • Learning To Say “NO”, Everyone Mom and Expecting Mom’s Right and Prerogative!

    This week I was out sick with some version of the flu. Admittedly I got a flu shot a few months ago, so I’m not positive it was the flu, but it was not pleasant and had me coughing and sneezing in my bed for most of the week. I can only imagine that it would have been ten times worse if I had not gotten the flu shot. So at this point I am at a loss with how to qualify it, do I say “I have the flu” and provoke everyone’s sympathy and judgment (for assuming I did not get a flu shot) or just go with the generic “I’m sick” description to include any and everything and maybe leave some doubt as to how sick I truly am. The short and long of it is that I am really sick and should not be around the general public coughing and sneezing involuntarily and generally spreading my germs to innocent children, parents, preschool teachers and strangers alike.

    I did find, however, there is a silver lining in this yucky sinus infection I am a victim to. That lining revealed itself with a “get out of jail free” card that I have been using like a madwomen on every single engagement and activity I have been assigned to this week. It has been nice to “just say no” and have no guilt for an entire week of getting out of an overbooked schedule of school volunteering, carpooling, field trips, gym classes, and even social engagements with friends. With the exception of getting my kids out the door in the morning to their respective schools and preschools and aiding with their homework and dinners in the evening, I largely have been at my own disposal for most of the week which has been nothing short of lovely. My husband has pitched in more to let me grab an extra 15 minutes or so of sleep in the morning. He has helped with my 4 year old’s transportation to preschool by re-arranging his business meetings. I opted out of the fieldtrip to the library, lunch with a friend, my scheduled workout at the gym, my hosting of a dinner with friends, a design meeting to redo my bathroom, volunteer ski coaching this weekend and some other volunteering at the school and church. Instead I have enjoyed some much needed time alone to read the news, a novel, a few self help books that I find interesting and insightful, some time to shop online for much needed furniture for the house and a great excuse to go to bed an hour earlier. Even my babysitter the other day took pity on me to do the extra dishes in the sink and vacuum all the kids’ rooms. Overall it’s been a pretty good deal. My mother even called worried about me and telling me “to get to the doctor right away!” I didn’t get to the doctor but I drank in the extra maternal attention and felt loved like child. Just this morning I felt like a real hero trudging to the bus stop with my kids. Wrapped in extra layers of clothes, hair array and clutching tissues in my hand, I greeted my fellow moms with my red nose and rasping voice, evoking sympathy and support from my neighbors for my mere effort of leaving my bed to accompany my kids out the door.

    As a result of this greater restfulness and empowerment to make my own choices of spending time to recuperate I have felt like a better person and a better mom, more grounded than ever before. Why isn’t life always like this? Apart from the annoying hacking cough and nose drops throughout the night so I could breathe, it’s nice feeling more cared for and generally getting out of an overbooked schedule. It’s also nice to do this without feeling any major guilt, my main culprit in life since being a fulltime mom to three little ones and quitting my corporate job.

    My take-away from this experience is that life goes on without me. I am needed and loved for what I can do and the relationships I have, but sometimes I overvalue my importance. I mistakenly feel that if I’m not fully present and perfect for every last demand made on my time, the whole world will collapse and my kids will suffer. The truth is that my kids learn a little more self-reliance when I am not 100% well and present in their lives and a little failure on their part, like forgetting to finish all their homework or practice their piano one week, may result in a lesson well learned- that of learning the ramifications of not doing their part and getting a bad grade or feeling embarrassed for not being prepared for class or a music lesson. The stakes are not high now, they are in elementary school and they can afford a few failures that may protect them from greater failures down the road when they do not have their mom hovering over them to assure they fail at nothing at all.

    I also learned that saying “no” is very empowering. As a mom I often forget that “no” is even an option. Also, since I quit my fulltime demanding corporate job and work for myself , I often feel that I am at everyone’s disposal – any class that needs a last minute volunteer, that’s me. If the 3rd grade teacher needs an extra parent for the field trip, I’m there. If my friend needs me to carpool last minute and take her daughter across town to a girl’s scout meeting in the evening that’s totally inconvenient to my Friday night, sure I can do that! (We’ll just eat dinner a little later!) If my son’s preschool teacher needs someone to pitch in last minute for snack day, I can do it! In order to prove myself the ever mighty mom and community helper, I am generally at anyone’s disposal anytime of the day or week. Being sick has forced me to say “no” and surprisingly no one is angry about it, in fact they are quite sympathetic and caring about my condition. I can really lounge in bed all day and feel good about it. I just got my first full night’s sleep in over a year the other night as I woke up feeling slightly better. Then I thought, “oh no”, I’ll need to go to that PTC at the school tomorrow night and cook for that homeowner’s potluck on Saturday. Maybe I’m still sick enough to stay home?

    I now realize how silly this all is. Does it really take coming down with the flu where I am not physically able to do as much to figure out that “no” is a word we are all capable of using when we need to/want to. Although it is good and admirable to pitch in over and beyond the call of duty now and then, it should not be a habit. Just being a mom is going beyond the call of duty every single day and just because we don’t get a paycheck or a pat on the back for that all consuming, most important job in the world, does not mean we don’t get to say “no” when we feel like it and take time out to refuel before we really are physically sick and emotionally drained. “No” is a privilege and a right we should remember to employ anytime we need to as it will allow us to draw boundaries to protect ourselves and make our own voluntary decisions more wholeheartedly. It also allows our “yeses” to be more real, more enjoyed and more purposeful. Yes, we do still have the right to choose what we do and don’t want to do, just maybe not when it comes to helping our kid in the bathroom!

    Pregnancy is great time to gain experience at saying “no” if that’s something you need a little more practice at doing. Pregnancy affords you all kinds of luxuries you can and should take advantage of – like a more doting partner, unfamiliar men opening doors for you and giving up their bus seats. Morning sickness is no picnic, but it does afford you the right to say “no” to your well meaning family members who want you to attend a certain family wedding across the country or participate in the weekly family potluck. It even allows you the privilege of saying “no” to your employer regarding working overtime, travel or working at all. You have your doctor’s permission if need be to enforce that “no” to guard your health and that of your developing baby’s. Believe me, those “no’s” are worthwhile and will be excellent practice for you when you are a mom and find yourself becoming a professional juggler more often than not. If you want to be a really good mom, learn your “nos” now and make it a useful word in your vocabulary. Your friends and loved ones may be a little shocked at first if they are not used to hearing you say it, but it gets easier over time for them and you. My 4 year old knows about this magic word already and I guess he sees it works for him from time to time as he keeps using it unabashedly, maybe I should take some lessons from him!

  • Maternity Swimwear by Bikini Thief -- Blue Pisces Dream Tankini

    The Bikini Thief Blue Pisces Dream Tankini is a great new style of maternity swimwear. It comes as a two piece maternity bathing suit with ruched sides that can be adjusted. The bottoms are extra supportive for your growing belly. The Pisces pattern is reminiscant of a Roman mosaic with the fish swimming through a an undulating stream of wavy lines. This suit will look great on you and feel great as well!

    At $75, it's a bargain you can enjoy before and after your pregnancy!

  • Chely Wright and Wife Expecting Twins!

    Country singer Chely Wright and her wife, Lauren Blitzer-Wright, are expecting twins this summer.

    The couple, who married in August 2011, made the announcement on Howard Bragman's YouTube series, Gwissues, Wednesday.

    The babies are due in July, but Wright, who is carrying them, expects she'll have to deliver a month early, as is common with twin births.

    "We're excited to be parents," she told Bragman. "We hope we don't mess it up too badly."

    Congratulations to the happy couple, we wish them all the best!

  • Skakira Gives Birth To Baby Boy!

    Congratulations to Columbian songstress, Shakira, 35, and her boyfriend, professional soccer player Gerard Pique, 25. The two welcomed a baby boy on Tuesday, according to Shakira’s personal website.

    “We are happy to announce the birth of Milan, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain,” the statement read. “The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification. “

    Shakira had already hinted to her fans via Twitter, where she has more than 19 million followers, that her baby was due to arrive soon. Tuesday morning she tweeted, “I’d like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life. Shak”

    Just last week Shakira announced she and Pique were throwing a “virtual baby shower” to support UNICEF and would “soon be welcoming” their first child, though they did not specify any dates.

    The couple reportedly scheduled the birth so that Pique could be sure to be there to welcome their baby.

    Congratulations to Shakira and Gerard for their baby boy!

  • It’s Safe for Pregnant Women to Receive a Flu Shot, New Study Confirms

    You’ve probably heard how bad the flu is this year with the particularly strong strain of the H3N2 virus. People tend to be sicker for longer periods of time and with stronger symptoms than normal. Already 47 states have reported widespread cases and the number of infected are rising fast.

    “We’re seeing people, very high fever, often they’re laying down curled up, looking very unwell,” Dr. Michele Hayek reports with North Atlanta Urgent Care.

    Apart from washing your hands frequently, the best thing you can do to protect yourself from the virus is to get vaccinated now. “It still offers a lot of immunity even getting it this time of the year,” Dr. Hayek says. “So, I would still definitely recommend getting a flu shot.”

    A new large study released by the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday confirms that it is safe for pregnant women to get a flu shot. The research found no evidence that the vaccine increases the risk of losing a fetus and may prevent some deaths. Research shows that getting the flu while pregnant increases the risk if fetal death.

    "This is the kind of information we need to provide our patients when discussing that flu vaccine is important for everyone, particularly for pregnant women," said Dr. Geeta Swamy, a researcher who studies vaccines and pregnant women at Duke University Medical Center.

    The new study was led by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. It tracked pregnancies in Norway in 2009 and 2010 during an international epidemic of a new swine flu strain.

    The study focused on more than 113,000 pregnancies. Of those, 492 ended in the death of the fetus. The researchers calculated that the risk of fetal death was nearly twice as high for women who weren't vaccinated as it was in vaccinated mothers.

    The study also showed that infants picked up protection for the virus when their mother’s were vaccinated while pregnant. Infants cannot receive the flu shot until 6 months of age, so getting early protection is a huge benefit to protecting their health.

    Influenza germs can live on a surface up to eight hours and also can be breathed in when someone coughs or sneezes and the virus is airborne.

    Doctors recommend kids scrub their hands long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Also, everyone should try to keep their hands away from their mouth, nose and eyes. Of course this is next to impossible for babies and young children, so the next best thing is to vaccinate.

    “There is a long-standing concern about giving any medicine to a pregnant woman. But this study should ease any worries about the flu shot,” said Dr. Denise Jamieson of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "The vaccine is safe," she said.

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