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  • Shakira Talks About Challenges of Being a New Mom

    New mama Shakira looks fabulous just months after giving birth to son, Milan. However the 36 year old first time mom recently revealed that dropping the pounds to be in shape to promote “The Voice” was extremely stressful and difficult.

    “I know I had to come back here to do “The Voice” two months after I had delivered a baby. I didn’t have my four months of maternity like every woman on Earth has. I’m not trying to complain, but it’s been a process full of challenges.”

    Shakira went on to add that the pressure to shed the weight for our generation is much more intense than it has been for previous generations of women. She said, “I think that our mothers and grandmothers weren’t under the pressure women of today are after delivering a baby. My dad says there’s nothing better than meat over the bones. So he likes my mom a little chubby. She was never under the pressure to have to get to her old weight – and she never did.”

    I’m sure that the pressure as a rock star is even more intense than the pressure most women face. However the example we see in the media of super swelte new moms like Beyonce and Shakira just months after giving birth, can make us all feel a little inadequate. So, it’s a nice reality check to hear that it was extremely challenging for them as well, even with all the dieticians/chefs, personal trainers and nannies at their call.

    Shakira was also very honest about the ups and downs of new motherhood to a newborn. She told US Weekly, “I didn’t expect babies to need so many diapers! Nobody told me they needed to be changed so often! I mean he’s a great, great, baby. He’s an easy one, I think. But nobody told me it would be this hard. It takes a lot of energy from you.”

    I always admire a star that says it like it is! It also shows that she is putting in the effort as a new mom and not just token baby carrying on a shopping photo op excursion. Being a mom is hard work, but it is also so worth it!

  • Maternal America Eva Maternity Swimwear

    There is nothing more trendy than the Maternal America Eva Maternity Swimwear this season. The French style navy stripes look like something right off the Paris runway. The thin navy stripes against the white background makes a real presence. Not only that, but the thin lines break up any edges and have a real slimming effect.

    The bottoms are a navy that matches the navy stripes. The bottoms tie at the sides which allow for adjustability throughout the pregnancy. They sit just below the belly and are very comfortable.

    The top can also work well as a strapless (as long as you aren't too busty!). Just untie the halter string and make a bow on the front. The sides at the bust have a semi-stiff stays which do add in some more support.

    Overall, this is one of the hottest and best selling maternity swimsuits of the season. Great styling and fashion to keep you looking great throughout your pregnancy!

  • Maternal America Mint Gumballs Maternity Swimwear

    The Mint Gumballs maternity swimwear by Maternal America combines two disparate fashion trends into one great maternity swimsuit.

    The top is a an overlay of green and white gumballs with a navy in the empty space while the bottom is a classic navy and white stripes.

    The top can be worn strapless (if you aren't too busty) and has a navy striped halter tie that slips through a ring at the bust. The top also come with adjustable side ties for a snug fit all during your pregnancy.

    The bottoms have adjustable side ties as well to grow with you as you progress along in your pregnancy.

    It's one of the many stylish maternity swimsuits by Maternal America this season!

  • Prego Maternity Swimwear Betsy Bikini

    You don't need to wear a pink wig with bangs to look great in this maternity bikini.

    This maternity swimwear is a combination of a soft rose flower pattern with great leopard print spots. The pink roses are highly contrasted against the black backgroud with tinges of copper leaves.

    The bikini bottoms have a wide band of leopard prints which adds a wildness against the roses. Matching the print is a small bow off of the bikini top. This bikini top is extra supportive with light pads. The straps are wide and comfortable without any digging into your shoulders.

    Pair it with a nice casual wrap around skirt and some espadrilles and you'll look really sharp. It's a sure way to turn eyes. It's great around the pool or down at the beach. You'll find it's so comfortable you might even just want to wear it around the house!

  • Maternity Clothes Of Women In 1595

    Here's a painting by Marcus Gheeraerts II called "Portrait of an Unknown Lady." It's a nice example of a royalty in a maternity dress. The woman's outfit is elegantly embellished in pearls on top of embellished lace. A structual bodice most likely provides a puffout of the sleeves. It was likely made out of silk or a fine cotton and took months to sew.

    It is interesting to see a bit of uplift on the bra and the lady obviously needed a bit of extra support as is evidented by the four thin straps that likely go over the shoulders.

    The Dutch style collar would have been uncomfortable but stylish for the period. The hairband pushed the hair into a heart shape. Her hair has added jewels most likely pearls and a rubies. Since there was no lipstick at the time, she would have used crushed red coral, but, seeing as the artist could make any modifications, he would have painted her lips a brighter red.

    Guessing by her size, she's probably third trimester and would have had an awful time standing for such a long time. More likely is that her dress was put on a form  (or a stand in person) and she sat on a chair when the time came to paint her face and hands.

    The artistry is very magnificent and shows a skill of white on grey to express depth and contour. Overall, it's a really beautiful dress but probably not all comfortable. A really nice show piece.

  • Breastfeeding Can Extend Your Life (New Research!)

    If you are wondering where to stand on the breastfeeding v. formula debate, some new research may make that decision a little clearer.

    A mass study published that past Wednesday in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that exclusively breastfeeding your baby for at least six months could cut your chance of dying from cancer and all other diseases by 17%. This includes an 8% reduction in dying by heart disease alone.

    Previous studies on breastfeeding have primarily looked at the affect on the baby or the short term health benefits to the mother, such as weight loss.

    "No previous study has investigated the association between breastfeeding and mortality in the mother," lead researcher Anne-Claire Vergnaud said. She added that "failure to breastfeed" related to an increase in premenopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer and diabetes.

    The study also confirmed previous findings on health benefits to the baby from breastfeeding including less likelihood of adult obesity or even being overweight, which reduces risk for seven different types of cancer as well as diabetes.

    AICR Director of Research, Susan Higginbotham explains the connection between breastfeeding and longevity, "Physical changes in breast tissue that accompany milk production provide some protection as well." Since breast tissue cells are shed during lactation, the cancer risk is decreased. She adds, "Because cells have potential DNA damage get shed before they can spark the cancer process." Also, longer breastfeeding helps by reducing menstrual cycles and the lifetime exposure to hormones such as estrogen that can increase the risk of breast cancer.

    Only 16% of US women exclusively breastfeed their babies for six months and 36% breastfeed exclusively for three months, so many American women are clearly missing the health benefits for themselves and their babies that exclusive breastfeeding has to offer. 47% of women in the U.S. breastfeed the first six months while also supplementing with formula.

    Clearly the breast is best not only for your baby and for helping with your pregnancy weight loss, but also for your long-term health, reduced chance of cancer and overall longevity. That’s a powerful reason to breastfeed your baby!

  • Eat Your Protein When You Are Pregnant Or Nursing!

    We all know that foods Salmon that are packed with Omega 3s fatty Acids are a go-to for women of all ages. Salmon has the added benefit of mood stabilizing your hormones by boosting your serotonin levels in your brain which helps you to feel-good. Higher levels of this naturally occurring feel-good chemical can help ward off depression or baby blues. Salmon is easy to make and throw on a salad for a great and healthy left-over meal. Health experts recommend having salmon at least once a week for optimal benefits.

    What you might not know is that high protein foods like eggs and spinach are really important for you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The Institute of Medicine recommends eating 425 mg of choline for all women, 450 mg if you are pregnant and 550 if you are breastfeeding. Both spinach and eggs with the yolk contain choline which is a nutrient that helps your baby’s brain develop.

    Spinach has the added nutritional benefit of folate which helps prevent birth defects. The National Institute of Health recommends women eat 600 mcg of folate when pregnant and 500 mcg when nursing. One half cup of spinach, or similar green, provides about 130 mcg of folate, so about one-third of what you need. You can make up the difference by taking a supplement recommended by your doctor. However, just cooking a daily spinach omelet can give you and your baby the nutritional boost you need each morning.

  • Prego Maternity Swimwear Betsy Halter

    Here from Prego Maternity is the very feminine loooking halter style maternity bathing suit. It comes in a black base fabric with lovely pink roses with copper brown leaves. The pink roses are grouped together to give the suit a bouqueted look.

    The top has adjustable halter straps and with the elastic band under the bust you will get excellent support. The bra is lightly padded to give you a smooth look. Side ties on the bottoms provide for some space to grow as you may need.

    This is will really look stylish and sexy in this and all prego maternity swimsuits.

  • Maternal America Stork Pattern Maternity Dress

    Here's a new fun and sexy maternity dress from Maternal America called the Stork Maternity Dress. It has an oragne, navy, and white striped pattern with storks blended throughout the pattern. In fact, if you don't really look, you many not even recognize them. That is the beauty of this maternity dress. It's so subtle that it looks elegant and rich.

    The shoulders are wide and move down into a V-neck pattern for a level of sexiness. Wear it with heels or flats. Put on a long gold necklace with some dangling earrings and you create a style that really says wow.

    The fabric is soft and feels really smooth against skin and will be keep you comfortable all day long.

  • Prego Lulu Strapless Mini Maternity Swimwear

    New from Prego Maternity is the LuLu Strapless Mini. It comes in a Betsy Johnson inspired print with with a black and white fluer de lis and flower pattern. The pattern works really well to hide your belly. It's really attractive and makes the suit look like it should cost well over twice its price!

    LIke all great Prego maternity swimsuits, the top has a wide elastic band under the bust for superior support. And, for women who are looking for just a bit more support, there is a detachable support strap.

    The skirt portion of the top extends down low to provide maximum coverage of your behind. The bikini bottoms fit under the belly.

    This is definitely one maternity bathing suit you will want this season!

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