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  • Summer Maternity Swimwear Styles

    Summer has officially begun, so it’s time to hit the pool or the beach to soak up the sun or cool off in the water. Pregnancy is no time to hide in the house or shy away from the pool just because you don’t have a swimsuit that fits or you feel too big for the beach. Now is the best time ever to be pregnant with tons of cute maternity swimsuit styles to choose from to complement your unique shape and your personal style. Even better, since summer is already underway, many maternity stores are discounting their maternity swimwear so you can find super chic maternity designer swimwear for super cheap prices! Here are a few recommendations of sexy and fun summer swimsuit styles to check out:

    Maternal America’s Jenni Tankini is a surefire bet to flatter almost any body shape. This suit offers a flirty cut and a fun fiesta print. The halter style is always flattering and slimming to your upper body giving a sexy look to the shoulders and bust. The Jenni Tankini offers supportive padding and shape to the bust with an attractive O-ring halter style which also gives a pretty ruching effect. The cute side sash tie bottoms fit under the belly and allow the perfect fit to your changing shape to fit throughout your entire pregnancy (and beyond!).

    If you are looking for a tropical escape, take a peek at Prego Maternity’s South Seas Strapless Mini. Prego Maternity makes high quality and superior supportive strapless suits for maternity swimwear. This summer’s South Seas print in chocolate brown and turquoise flowers with chocolate bottoms will put you in a laid back island mood in no time at all. The bottoms fit over the belly but are fully covered with the strapless mini dress style top. An optional halter string is included for an alternate look and for a little added insurance and support when lap swimming.

    Whether you are pregnant or nursing postpartum, the BelaBumBum Nursing Tankini is a sexy and flattering suit for both during and after pregnancy. This summer’s black and white floral pattern is classic, tropical and timeless. You will love the stretch and feel of this maternity and nursing swimsuit with adjustable tank straps and discreet nursing access under the black empire waist sash tie. This top even looks great out of the pool and worn casually with jeans or capris.

    Finally don’t forget your beach cover-up. Maternal America has a super cute sash tie cover-up in both white and black with a deep V-neck and pretty pleats across the belly that is especially designed for maternity. This cover-up is so versatile you can pair it with pants or capris for casual wear too. If you are looking for a more festive pattern, then check out Maternal America’s Mesh Carnival Print cover-up in strapless. This cover-up has pretty front smocking and an optional halter string tie. The light mesh fabric is perfect for hot days and an airy breezy feel and look.

    So grab a towel and beach bag and head to the sand or water. You have no excuse not to hit the beach or pool this summer once you are suited up in style!

  • Maternity Swimwear Colors

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    Bright and bold colors are always fashionable during summertime, and this season is no exception. With hues ranging from turquoise to emerald green to deep red, the colors seen on the runway and in stores exemplify this trend. One great way to incorporate bold colors, if you are not used to wearing them or a bit uncertain about how to pull them off, is through your maternity swimwear choice. Maternity swimwear has evolved incredibly over the year, and now boasts some of the most fashionable and on trend swimwear styles out there. During pregnancy one wants to be comfortable, especially when being active at the pool or beach, but one also wants to feel beautiful and fashionable. Choosing a maternity swimsuit in a bold and beautiful hue will add style and shine, allowing you to look and feel your best!

    If pink is one of your favorite colors, there is no better way to wear it than on a swimsuit. Hot pink in particular is perfect for the summer, as it is fun and festive, and one gorgeous maternity swimsuit is the Nursing Swimwear Tankini from Belabumbum. This is hot pink suit is great for many reasons, including the fact that it can be used during and after pregnancy. It is so cute and fashionable, however, that one would never guess it is nursing swimwear! Adjustable straps allow it to be tailored exactly to your body, while the empire waist band is figure flattering and comfortable. With the hot pink contrasting with the light pink band, the perfect maternity swimsuit is created. Another option which incorporates a bold pink is the Hula Retro Halter from Prego, brand new for the 2010 season. The Hawaiian floral print top, in different shades of pink and brown, is fun and flirty. As comfortable as it is cute, an adjustable halter top provides excellent bust support and side-tie bottoms are easy to adjust to your changing shape. If pink is your color, this is a great option for the beach!

    MA-CARRIE_1Blue is a perfect color for swimwear, as it emulates the ocean or pool water. For those who love to wear shades of blue, there are some beautiful deep blue maternity swimsuits available this season. One stunning new design this season comes from Maternal America. The Carrie Tankini Swimsuit is designed in a rich royal blue, a color which looks beautiful on all skin tones. With its sweetheart neckline and halter top design, this swimsuit has a fun retro feel. Adjustable tie bottoms which fit below your belly make this maternity swimsuit perfect for all stages of your pregnancy. Cute yet comfy, this suit is a fun and functional option. Another beautiful blue tankini from Maternal America is Aqua Flutter Halterkini, in a gorgeous turquoise/aqua hue. The perfect hybrid between a bikini and a halterkini, this maternity swimsuit has sheer coverage over the belly while providing excellent support at the bust. Adjustable halter ties allow the suit to be tailored just for your body. From deep royal blue to a bright aqua hue, there are many bold shades of blue which are perfect for your maternity swimsuit.

    Maternal America COCO Maternity SwimsuitJewel tones are incredibly flattering, and shades of green are no exception. The Coco O-Ring Tankini in Glacier from Maternal America is an incredibly detailed and trendy swimsuit in a deep emerald green. Its brown bead embellished halter strap contrasts beautifully with the deep green. One of the best selling suits this season, function is not forgotten as an adjustable halter top and side-tie bottoms allow the suit to be tailored specifically for your body. From the pool to the beach to lounging in the hammock, this swimsuit is sure to make a statement. For another gorgeous green jewel toned maternity swimsuit, try the Jade Empire Tank from Prego. Its deep color is fun and an eye catcher. The emphasis at the empire waist is figure flattering, while the wide adjustable straps provide excellent support. These jewel tones are on trend yet also timeless.

    Overall, choosing a maternity suit that is comfortable, functional, and makes you feel great is incredibly important. Bold and bright colors, from hot pinks to deep greens, add fun and style to your wardrobe. Choose something in which you look and feel great and you will enjoy every minute in the outdoors.

  • Show Off Your Assets

    Whether pregnant or not, you always want to dress to play up your assets. When you are pregnant, you may gain new assets, like a bigger chest or a more voluptuous bottom. Now is the time to experiment with some new styles and show off your curves.

    Show Off Your Chest

    nursing tankiniWhen you are pregnant, your chest may "pop" long before your belly does. This is the time to play up your chest with flirty necklines and a little more cleavage. Experiment with sweetheart design dresses and tops with show off your shoulders and give a smooth foundation. Invest in a well fitted bra for a smooth sculpted look. Make sure you your bra cups, straps and underwires don't dig into your skin as you don't want to constrict breasts, just support.

    The kimono top style works very well for both maternity and postpartum for nursing. Pair this wide V neck style top with a pretty necklace and just a enough cleavage and you will be a showstopper. Collarbones are always sexy to show off as well. So, if you have defined collarbones, wear a scoop neck or bodice top without a necklace and some spotlight earrings. Avoid turtlenecks and high necklines that just add bulk. Shapeless tops that many pregnant women opt for make larger bust and a pregnant belly just look big overall and do not flatter your curves. Generally more fitted is more flattering than bulky shapeless designs that just adds weight.

    Flaunt Your Butt

    crop jeansIf you have a great butt, then play it up. Fitted jeans with cute seamed pockets add that bit of accentuation to your assets. However, jeans and pants with big flap back pockets actually increase the volume of your backside without defining your curves. Skirts or pants with contoured seams give a rounded smooth appearance to the bottom and de-emphasize the sides, particularly if want to play down your hips. Ruching designs in a dress or long fitted top that extends along the entire back to the bottom gives a voluptuous sexy look without adding volume or pounds. Cropped jackets that hit higher on your waist show off your bottom, especially when they are in a contrasting color to your pants. TIP: Thongs or seamless briefs are better undergarments when wearing snug pants or dresses and thinner fabrics.

    If You Love Your Arms

    Then play them up with ruffled cap sleeve tops or dresses or a racer-back tank with a sequined front that defines shoulders and plays up arms. Try a strapless or one shoulder dress to put the focus on your arms and shoulders. A choice necklace with a fancy neckline can always help draw attention to arms. Also, a dark color bottom with a lighter color top draws eyes upwards.

    Show Off Your Legs

    Just because you have a baby bump doesn't mean you have to hide your legs. In warmer weather don't be afraid to wear some short shorts or babydoll dresses. Avoid long and mid calf length skirts or loose pants and capris that hide legs and add bulk. Play up your legs with sheer, opaque or textured tights. Remember to moisturize legs or even try a light faux tanner to even out skin tone and add a hint of color.

    Pregnancy can be a fun time to experiment with different kinds of fashion and styles. As you body is constantly evolving each month, try to highlight a different asset as you shop for new maternity clothes. Look for clothes that have a lot of stretch to take you through the season as your belly grows. Remember that fitted is often more flattering and slimming than the undefined tented look our mothers were subject to during their pregnancies. Fashion should be fun, so enjoy your new curves!

  • Drinking More Milk And Less Soda Helps To Build Strong Bones

    This article by Elena Conis, at the Los Angeles Times

    Want strong bones? Eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D, get plenty of exercise — and maybe steer clear of soda.

    In recent decades, as consumption of the beverage has steadily displaced the consumption of others —particularly milk — studies have consistently linked soda consumption with weaker bones. Now scientists are trying to figure out how and why, precisely, drinking soda may affect skeletons.

    One theory is that a component in cola may cause bone to deteriorate; another is that people who drink soda simply drink (and eat) fewer nutritious foods.

    In the 1990s, several studies suggested soft-drink consumption might be linked to lower bone mass and reduced bone accretion — the process by which bone is built up — in children, especially teens.

    In a study of 127 teens that was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in 1994, teenage girls who drank carbonated beverages were three times as likely to suffer bone fractures compared with girls who didn't drink soda. A study by the same author published in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine in 2000 showed the same effect — and an even stronger one for girls who drank cola beverages, who were five times as likely to suffer bone fractures.

    Researchers surmised at the time that soda took its toll on bones because children who drank soda did so in place of milk. Soda drinking was also seen as a marker for a generally unhealthful diet lacking items that help foster strong bones.

    It does seem to be true that soda drinkers have worse diets overall. In a study published this month in the Journal of the American Dietetic Assn., for example, among 170 girls followed from age 5 to 15, those who drank soda at age 5 were less likely to drink milk throughout childhood than 5-year-olds who did not drink soda. And they were more likely to consume diets lacking in calcium, fiber, vitamin D, protein, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.

    Such findings are significant because as much as 90% of bone mass is acquired in youth, particularly from age 16 to 25, says Dr. Jeri Nieves, director of bone density testing at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, N.Y.

    Children who fail to get enough bone-building nutrients and bone-thickening exercise in their youth end up with increased risk of osteoporosis and fracture as they get older, adds Dr. Robert Murray, director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

    But there is also evidence that drinking sodas — specifically, colas — may take a direct toll on the skeleton, says Dr. Katherine Tucker, professor of health sciences at Northeastern University in Boston.

    In a large, well-designed study published by Tucker and colleagues in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2006, women enrolled in the ongoing Framingham Osteoporosis Study who drank just three or more colas a week had a 3.7% to 5.4% lower bone mineral density in their hip bones when compared with women who didn't drink the beverage.

    The study also showed what scientists call a dose response: The more soda participants drank, the lower their bone mineral density.

    The effect was seen only with colas — non-cola soft drinks, such as ginger ale and orange soda, had no effect on bone density. That finding led Tucker and colleagues to suggest that the phosphoric acid in cola is behind its bone-weakening effects.

    Phosphoric acid is added to colas for its tangy flavor. It's not normally found in the food chain, Tucker says. When ingested, it causes the acidity of the blood to increase; to adjust the blood's pH, the body draws calcium out of bones and into the bloodstream.

    These proposed effects of phosphoric acid on bone are largely theoretical, but they are supported by animal studies and some human research. A Danish study published in the journal Osteoporosis International in 2005 measured the blood levels of bone minerals in a group of men after they consumed a low-calcium diet and 2.5 liters of soda daily for 10 days, and then again after they consumed a normal diet and 2.5 liters of skim milk for 10 days.

    During the cola-drinking period, the men had higher blood levels of the bone mineral phosphate, the bone turnover protein osteocalcin and a substance called CTX — results that indicated minerals were being removed from bone, and not replaced, during the soda-drinking period.

    Scientists are continuing to test the theory that phosphoric acid in soda harms bones. But even if it turns out that phosphoric acids cause only small or temporary changes in bone composition, these can add up over time, Tucker says.

    In the meantime, Nieves suggests, it's probably wise to limit your intake of soda.

    "It's not like alcohol, where one drink a day is OK," she says. "Because bone mass is constantly changing throughout life, soda can cause bone loss at any stage."

  • Maternity Clothes For All Body Types

    When you are pregnant, suddenly your shape and size are changing daily. What looks used to work well and flatter your figure may suddenly look ridiculous or unflattering on your evolving frame. This can be particularly challenging around the Holiday Season or for more dress-up occasions when you really want to look your best and not let pregnancy get in the way. Here are some general guidelines to dressing when pregnant according to you shape.

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    When you are pregnant don't be afraid to show some skin. A pregnant body can be very sensual and you still have great assets. So don't be shy about showing off great legs or pretty arms, shoulders or going strapless. Be sure to define your shape the way your like it. You want some definition to you pregnant belly without going uncomfortably skin tight. Grecian can be flattering as it can drape over your curves to show off the gist of your belly without showing your belly button in detail. However, too big equates to baggy which only makes you look bigger. An empire waist looks that are more contained look great on almost any pregnant body type. Belting dresses beneath the bust can create this look. Deep shades like teal and plum that are popular this season are flattering on pregnant shapes, particularly if you are further along than busy patterns or metallics

    Busty

    Maternal America Flutter SkirtIf you are the busty type you are probably three times more busty when you are expecting. Your body has taken on new dimensions and everything you try on seems to be accentuated by your pronounced cleavage. A good look to try to de-emphasize the chest is a flirty dress in one shade. By sticking to one shade of color your figure becomes elongated and you look much leaner and slimmer.

    Also going with a more tailored or structured dress that gives you a clear silhouette, you better define your shape. For example, instead of going hippie chic, go with better bust support and strong vertical pleats. A hemmed and pleated knee length flirty dress with a structured chest and wide straps will do wonders for your figure. Finally, always look to support and lift. Forget strapless or backless dresses as you will never find the level of support you need. Always look for a dress or top with wide enough shoulder straps for a supportive bra.

    Hippy

    Maternal_America_Embellished_DressA skirt or dress with inverted pleats keeps hips looking narrower. An A-line skirt is also a good choice for camouflaging hips. Even just a flared hem de-emphasizes the hips. Again choose structure in defining your silhouette so you show off a small empire waist and don't get swallowed in something loose and baggy. Remember to show off your best assets, so if you have pretty shoulders, flaunt them with a sleeveless bodice dress, strapless or one shoulder style. Draw attention to your best body parts up high - look for a jeweled neckline or brighter colors around the face or neck. Even wearing some bling jewelry will keep the gaze upwards.

    Petite

    If you are petite and you don't want to tower in platform shoes or stilettos when you are pregnant, there are some other tricks to add some length to your frame. If you have great legs, then show them off. Go for shorter hems and sheerer hose to elongate your shape. Show off some skin somewhere- arms and necklines are a great place to start. Pleats and bubble hem can work well if its not overdone - you want to add some volume without looking like a powder puff. Accessorize smartly. A few well chosen pieces that don't weigh you down is all you need to add some height.

    Tall

    If you are tall, then you have a lot of choices. Tall frames can get away with prints and patterns, horizontal stripes and all the usual hazards most women need to avoid can actually be more flattering when tall. Do make sure your clothing fits you well. Beware of cuts that tent out and make you appear bigger than you are or that miss your curves. Sleek and fitted always looks better no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy. Do be careful with super short hemlines and minis as they can make you look like a giant whose clothes got shrunk in the dryer. Otherwise, have fun with accessories as you can get away with more to wear as you have more space to fill!

    So whatever your shape, find some maternity clothes that fit and flatter your figure and make you feel as beautiful and sexy and as you truly are. Bottom line, if you feel great in the clothes you are in, then you will project that to those around you.

  • Water babies 'have better balance and grasping skills' than non-swimmers

    The following article was posted at the Daily Mail:

    Teaching babies to swim from just a few months old helps them to develop impressive physical skills later in life.

    A university study found baby swimmers balance better and grasped objects more easily than non-swimmers.

    This difference persists even when children are five years old, according to the research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
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    Three-month-old babies can hold a standing balanced position in the water, scientists reported

    Professor Hermundur Sigmundsson from NTNU and Professor Brian Hopkins from Lancaster University, compared 19 baby swimmers against a control group of 19 children who had not participated in baby swimming.

    The only factor that separated baby swimmers from the control group was swimming. All other factors, such as the parents' education and economic status, were the same.

    The baby swimmers had participated in swimming classes for two hours a week from the age of 2-3 months until they were about 7 months old.

    A typical session might involve helping the baby do a somersault on a floating mat, having the baby dive under water, jump from the pool edge, and balance on the hand of a parent while reaching to pick up floating objects.

    When they were five the two groups were tested with a number of exercises such as balancing on one foot, skipping rope and catching a beanbag.

    The researchers said the results were startling.

    'We saw very clearly that baby swimmers were the best in exercises that related to balance and the ability to reach for things,' says Professor Sigmundsson.

    Professor Sigmundsson says he was simply overwhelmed by what the instructor was able to get the babies to do.

    'The instructor was able to bring three-month-old babies right up to a balanced position, standing on his palm. The babies locked joints - it was amazing to watch,' he said.

    He believes that the survey shows that specific training in young children gives results.

    'It's incredibly exciting that specific training for young babies has an effect later in life. Development is a dynamic interplay between maturation, growth, experience and learning.

    'Our study shows that we must never underestimate the learning aspect.'

    The study was published in the May 2010 issue of Child: Care Health and Development.

  • Sexy Nursing Dresses for Spring and Summer

    I love when the warm weather starts each spring and summer season because it means I can finally bring out my favorite fashion staple: the dress. Whether it is a sundress, a maxi-dress, or a cute LBD, I wear dresses every chance I get. For a variety of reasons they have become my favorite fashion staple. Dresses are effortless, comfortable, and easily create a fashionable outfit with just one piece of clothing. They can be dressed up or dressed down, worn for a night out on the town or for a day at the beach. When nursing, dresses are a great staple to pepper your wardrobe with, as you will find comfort, practicality, and fashion all in one. Nursing dresses are stylish yet functional, and the variety available ensures that every nursing mom will find something to fit her needs.

    OV181_5Maxi dresses are huge this season, as they are a stylish and comfortable option for expectant and nursing mothers. A hugely popular option this year is the Beach Maternity/Nursing Dress from 1 in the Oven. Effortlessly classic chic yet trendy at the same time, this gauze fabric dress will keep you comfortable all day long. The light-weight fabric makes this perfect for the beach, a lunch around town, or running errands. When paired with cute strappy sandals or flip-flops, an entire look is instantly created. The gorgeous neckline and empire waist are incredibly flattering, and the flowing fabric creates a sophisticated look. Easy nursing access is designed with a four-button closure, making this dress both a practical and stylish option.

    Another maxi dress which is a great stylish option for your spring and summer wardrobe is the Maternity & Nursing Maxi Dress from Japanese Weekend. A v-neck design creates a long and slimming look and the empire-waist highlights the smallest part of your body. A geometric tribal pattern highlights one of the biggest trends this season and creates an allover cohesive look. With easy and discreet nursing access, this nursing maxi dress is perfect for a day or night out on the town.

    0MA-D8049_2When the weather is warm, throwing on a cute sundress is a quick and easy way for a busy mother to instantly put together an entire outfit. One of my favorite dresses is Maternal America’s Nursing Dress. This sexy and sophisticated dress can easily be worn dressed down with gladiator sandals and a big bag, or dressed up as the perfect LBD with heels and a shiny clutch. The crossover design with wide shoulder straps provides support for the nursing mother while also creating easy and discreet nursing access. The super-soft fabric drapes stylishly over your belly if you choose to wear this as a maternity dress, or gently hides your postpartum baby weight. Effortlessly stylish yet practical, this nursing dress is a fantastic option for nursing mothers.

    An incredibly cute and stylish LBD is the Lucy Maternity/Nursing Dress from 1 in the Oven. Hitting just above the knee and designed with a flattering scoop neck, this dress is incredibly versatile. Easily dressed down with flats or sandals during the day or dressed up at night with some funky heels, it can be worn in a variety of different settings. Made of super soft Modal fabric and designed with a flattering empire waist, you will be comfortable and stunning. Easy and discreet nursing access is created by simply lifting the top layer at the empire line to access two nursing slits. One of the best features of this dress is the gentle pleating at the belly, which helps to hide and postpartum baby weight. This LBD is comfy, stylish, and will fulfill your nursing mom needs!

    Overall, adding several go-to dresses to your spring and summer wardrobes is a great idea for the busy nursing mother. A dress creates a quick, stylish, and comfortable outfit very easily, leaving you feeling and looking beautiful. Whether you choose to dress it up or down, a nursing dress is a perfect staple for the busy mother.

  • Kourney Kardashian’s Belly Bandit

    Kourtney_Kardashian1After pregnancy and the excitement of the newest addition to your family, all mothers deal with the reality of the postpartum belly. As one transitions out of pregnancy, the additional weight can be a bit frustrating to deal with. Exercise and healthy eating are important, but with the busy and hectic schedule of having a new baby in the home, this can be difficult. Anything to help the process along and get one back to one’s pre-pregnancy shape is amazing, and mothers are constantly on the look-out for tools and tricks that will help them feel and look great. The Belly Bandit, an abdominal compression wrap, is hugely popular with new mothers and has worked wonders for celebrity moms, including the beautiful . Kourtney who loved it so much that she collaborated with its designers to make one that has her own signature sassy and sexy style.

    The Belly Bandit is an abdominal compression wrap which helps bring you back to your pre-pregnancy body. It has a variety of benefits, the most obvious being that it helps you regain your pre-pregnancy shape. However, it also helps to decrease bloating caused by water retention, give added leg and back support, and reduce the swelling of the uterus. While you are nursing, it has the added benefit of helping you with your posture so that your back pain is reduced. These benefits explain why the Belly Bandit is so popular with moms everywhere.

    The Belly Bandit assists you in regaining your pre-pregnancy shape and is incredibly easy to use. This abdominal compression wrap simply wraps around your belly and uses Velcro to fasten itself. It is smooth with no tags so that it is very comfortable to wear. The lightweight and tagless design is made so as not to irritate your skin. As you wear it throughout the day, you will be comfortable and at ease while paying extra attention to your posture. Worn underneath your top, your confidence will be boosted as you subtly regain your pre-pregnancy shape.

    Kourtney_Kardashian-2The Belly Bandit is being worn by moms everywhere, including tons of new celebrity mothers. From Minnie Driver to Julie Bowen to Brooke Muller, it has helped celebrity mothers regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. Kourtney Kardashian is no exception. After using it and falling in love with the way it made her feel and the results she got, Kourtney decided to team up with the Belly Bandit team and create her own design. Her new band is sexy and stylish, just like she is. This Limited Edition design is a must have for all new mothers, as you will feel stunning and sexy when you wear it! A silky tan fabric lines the inside while a beautiful faux lace design is on the outside. What makes Kourtney’s design extra special is that it is so stylish that it is the first design that can be worn over one’s clothing. To help you regain your shape and still feel sexy, try Kourtney Kardashian’s Limited Edition Belly Bandit. Its style and results will truly surprise you!

    When buying your Belly Bandit, there are a few helpful hints to keep in mind when trying to decide on the correct size. If you are purchasing it early on in your pregnancy, buy one to two sizes up from your pre-pregnancy size. When purchasing towards the end of your pregnancy, measure your belly at about eight months pregnant, as this will generally be your size directly post-partum. If you are purchasing it just prior to pregnancy, subtract three to five inches from your waist for the correct size. Choosing the correct size is important so that it works correctly and is comfortable as you wear it.

    The Original Belly Bandit has been hailed by mothers as a must have tool for getting your body back to its pre-pregnancy size, and Kourtney Kardashian’s Limited Edition version simply makes a great product even better. The stylish and sexy design leaves you feeling stunning and confident. To regain your pre-pregnancy shape and feel sexy while doing it, try adding Kourtney’s new design to your post-pregnancy wardrobe. You will look and feel great!

  • Plan Your Babymoon!

    Whether you are expecting your first child or your third, the anticipation leading up to the arrival of the newest member of your family can be a busy time, with preparations and adjustments in full swing. As a way to diffuse the stress and to spend some special one-on-one time with your partner, a new trend has recently taken off: the Babymoon! A Babymoon is a trip designed for expectant parents to relax and rejuvenate before the newest member of the family arrives. To eliminate the stress and bring you and your partner even closer together, a Babymoon is a great way to prepare for the birth of your child. Choosing the right Babymoon for you is important, and with a few quick tips you will be enjoying a relaxing vacation in no time!

    One Day Getaway

    The One Day Getaway Babymoon is a great option if you do not have a lot of free time, but still want to rejuvenate and relax with your partner. Although in all likelihood you will not be able to go to a tropical beach for the day, you can book a full day at a wonderful spa where you and your partner will be pampered. There are many upscale spas that specialize in pre-pregnancy treatments, such as special massages or belly facials. The maternity massages are relaxing and comfortable, as many spas use adjustable beds and add special cushions to ensure you are comfortable. These one day spa getaways are romantic as well, as they offer couples massages and treatments. Simply being able to relax and not worry about anything will bring you and your partner closer together.

    Extended Escape

    The Extended Escape Babymoon is perfect for those couples who have several free days that they can use to sneak off on a special vacation. When choosing where to go, it is important to choose what is most relaxing to you. Whether that is going to a tropical paradise where you can relax at the beach or finding a luxurious hotel in the middle of your favorite city, there are plenty of Babymoon options to suit every couple’s tastes. It is truly about bonding with your partner and rejuvenating yourselves in preparation for the birth of your child.

    There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your Babymoon destination. If you will be flying or travelling for longer distances, consult with your doctor beforehand and make sure that there is good medical care at whichever destination you choose. Also, try to plan your Babymoon during the second trimester of your pregnancy, as doctors have recommended the time between eighteen and twenty-four weeks as being the safest time to travel.

    Keep in mind is that while any relaxing trip as a couple is perfect for a Babymoon, many resorts offer packages designed specifically for an expectant couple. With pre-pregnancy massages for the expectant mother as well as spa services designed specifically for men, these resort package deals are a great option when looking for a Babymoon that will require little planning and truly provide relaxation.

    If you are going to a beach destination spot, or even one where there is an inviting pool where you will be lounging. Shop for your maternity swimsuit well in advance so you won’t be stressed out trying to find one at your vacation destination when you find your pre-pregnancy bikini no longer fits. Also, not all local maternity stores carry maternity swimwear. If you do order online, order well in advance so you have chance to try on your suit and make sure you like it in case you want to order a different color or size. You want your vacation to be as stress free as possible, so have your bag packed with all essentials well in advance!

    A Babymoon, whether one day or one week, is a great way to bond with your partner and prepare mentally and physically for the birth of your child. Such an exciting time in your life calls for celebration, and relaxing and pampering yourself with your spouse. From a spa visit to relaxing on the beach, there is the perfect Babymoon option for every couple. You will feel close, connected and refreshed, and ready for the newest addition to your family.

  • Paula Patton's Red Carpet Pregnancy Style

    At the Academy Awards this past weekend, expectant mother Paula Patton looked absolutely stunning. Co-starring in the Oscar winning film "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire", in which Paula demonstrates her incredible acting abilities; she rocked the red carpet at seven months pregnant. Married to her high school sweetheart, singer and songwriter Robin Thicke, they are expecting their first child (a boy to be named Julian!) in May. This entire awards season Paula has looked gorgeous in every gown she chose, with her maternity red carpet style being impeccable at every event.

    At the "Keep a Child Alive" gala in November, Paula wore a gorgeous and modern cocktail dress. Still at the beginning months of her pregnancy, she chose a visually interesting abstract dress. The abstract design makes an otherwise simple dress modern, and the shape of the dress fit her beautifully. The longer sleeve is sophisticated and also draws the attention upwards. With a simple, pulled back updo, Paula truly looks stunning. For a similar look that can be dressed up or down, try the Beaded Print Dress from Maternal America. The abstract pattern and ¾ length sleeve mirror Paula's flattering look. A v-neckline elongates the neck and frames the face beautifully, while the bead detailing at the bust creates a great shape and visual interest. From day to night, this dress works for many occasions.

    In January, Paula was seen at many red carpet events, looking equally gorgeous at every one. At the People's Choice Awards she wore a gorgeous LBD (little black dress) which was very figure flattering and a great choice for expectant mothers. The deep v-neck creates a longer and leaner look, while the gathering underneath the bust accentuates the smallest part of the body while still flattering the baby bump. For a similar style but more casual look try the Organic D&A Maternity/Nursing Dress from Japanese Weekend. A v-neck and empire waist is figure flattering. Like Paula's dress, small cap sleeves are cute and trendy (and great for those with smaller shoulders, as they balance out the body). For a great night out look, Maternal America's Beaded Diamond Dress provides the same great neck and bust line, creating an elegant yet sexy look.

    One of my favorite looks of Paula's many gorgeous red carpet appearances was at the Golden Globes in mid-January. Her dress absolutely wowed me! The strapless gown accentuated her shoulders and created a beautiful neckline. The cinched empire waist drew attention to the smallest part of the body, above the natural waist, and then gracefully skimmed her body, creating a long and lean look. The sparkling of the dress, combined with the gorgeous jewelry she wore, really made a statement. A similar red carpet look is the Sleeveless Maxi Maternity Dress from Olian. Although not strapless, the intricate strapped design draws the attention upwards, creating a beautiful neckline. A delicate empire waist gathers just underneath the bust and drapes beautifully to the ground. Adding bold sparkling earrings and a great bracelet create the jeweled look of Paula's Golden Globe worthy gown.

    At the Academy Awards just last week, Paula hit another high style note with her beautiful red gown. At seven months pregnant, she looked radiant and stunning, celebrating her baby bump and accentuating all her best features. A wide v-neck elongates the neck and shows off her gorgeous shoulders. With the added ruffle at the neck (a hot spring trend!) a visually interesting neckline is created. Since there is more skin showing on top, a longer dress is the perfect way to go, as it balances out the entire look. I love that Paula chose to wear red. It makes a statement, looking classy and subtly sexy in one. Paula has her hair pulled back, which is always a great option when wearing a dress with an intricate neckline. Also, if your shoulders or collarbone are one of your favorite features, it is a great way to show them off.

    Throughout all stages of her pregnancy, Paula has looked stunning on the red carpet. With her growing baby bump, she demonstrates great ways to wear maternity fashions. Although most of us will not be walking the red carpet, certain aspects of her gowns work well for any occasion. A gorgeous neckline, an empire waist, or some funky jewelry looks great for many maternity clothes. Congratulations Paula and Robin! We can't wait to see baby Julian!

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