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  • Abortion Rate Drops to 18 Year Low

    The pregnancy rate for women in their early 20s has fallen nearly 18% from 1990 to 2008. Additionally, the abortion rate over the same period of time has dropped by 32 percent, states the National Center for Health Statistics. The government report believes that women are deciding to delay having babies until later and using more effective birth control.

    Another report released by the Guttmacher Institute stated that based up on the government statistics, teen abortion rate was down 59% in 2008 when compared to 1988. When compared to 1990 the tean pregnancy had dropped by 42%.

    Stephanie Ventura who wrote the report, "Estimated Pregnancy Rates and Rates of Pregnancy Outcomes for the United States, 1990-2008.", for the National Center for Health Statistics stated that abortion rates have dropped across all age groups.

    Women in their 20s are waiting to get pregnant. Also, there are better birth control methods and use of condoms. Other methods include contraceptive patches that release the hormones throughout the day.

    The report stated that for all age groups in 2008, 65 out of 100 were live births, 18 abortions, and 17 were fetal loss (miscarraige). In comparison to 1990, 61 were live births, 24 abortions, and 15 ended in fetal loss.

  • A 16 Month Pregnancy!

    9 months is too long to be pregnant for many women but if you are an elephant then you have to hang on for 16 months. Added to this is the fact that the elephant babies are a lot bigger than the average human at 250 pounds.

    The elephant is an Asian elephant known as Rose-Tu and lisves at the Oregon Zoo in Portland. What is really amazing abou this is that you will need to look really close if you want to see any sign of bulging in Rose-Tu's belly. Zoo veterinarian Mitch Finnegan states that the elephant abdominal's organs move around to make room for the baby. It's harder to notice with elephants and many animals than it is to see if a human is pregnant.

    There are currently about 38,000 to 51,000 Asian elephants remaining in the wild. Much of their decline is due to the loss of habitat and fight for their land with humans.

    Asian elephants are considered highly endangered in their range countries, threatened by habitat loss and conflict with humans. It is estimated that only around 38,000 to 51,000 remain in fragmented populations.

    Rose-Tu has given birth to before while in the zoo back in 2008. At that time she almost trampled her baby to death but zookeepers intervined to ensure the health of her baby.

    We wish Rose-Tu luck!

  • Jessica Simpson Is Just A Normal Mother

    Credit: Carter Smith/ELLE.

    On May 1st Jessica Simpson, 31, gave birth to her daughter, Maxwell Drew Johnson, who weighed 9 pounds and 13 ounces and measured 21.75 inches! Jessica and her fiancé Eric Johnson decided to use the name Drew because it's Jessica's mother's maiden name.

    It’s nice to finally see a “normal” baby name from a celebrity after a trend of celebrity baby names that sounded more like fruits, plants, cars, verbs and adjectives than anything a human being would go by. For most of us, this odd celebrity naming convention just furthers the gap between clearly privileged celebrities and the rest of us normal folks with baby’s names like “James” or “Audrey” who either stay at home with us as we try to multi-task with carpools and older kids activities or who get sent to preschool or daycare was we try to multitask at work and quickly change hats to fulltime mom when we get home for evening and weekend shift.

    Jessica Simpson is one billionaire celebrity new mom that I can’t help but like. She’s very endearing and relatable with her upfront humorous honesty about everything and particularly her above average pregnancy weight gain. While most celebrity new moms often seem to the average mom like myself like some alien from outer space who look perfectly manicured throughout their effortless pregnancy, gain the perfect amount of weight in all the right places only to be placed on the cover of magazine weeks after birth with their swelt pre-pregnancy figure all intact. It does set the bar rather high for the rest of us “normal” moms without the benefit of special cooks, round the clock nannies and personal trainers and of course professional airbrushing in our photos.

    It’s a bit of relief seeing a celebrity who “has it all” looking like most of us when she’s pregnant in her final trimester. She even shows she is a loyal trooper as a friend as she doesn’t shirk her bridesmaid responsibilities and dons the ill-fitting pre-ordained bridesmaid dress in her last weeks of pregnancy (which she has to know all the world will soon see in photos).

    Jessica has weight gain much like I did in my first pregnancy which is basically everywhere and in a way that goes beyond flattering in the final countdown months and weeks. However, she does not hide from the cameras or shun interviews or appear embarrassed by her plus size pregnancy figure as you might expect from most former size 0 sex symbol celebrities. Instead, she appears to embrace her new full figure and weight gain with confidence, humor and grace which I think is our best take-away from her example.

    I’m sure Jessica will have her enviable figure back in no time she is fulltime breastfeeding her baby in addition to recently signing a $4 million deal with Weight Watchers. (The rest of us would have been happy to have this deal for free, given the appropriate childcare, transportation, overall support for our house and older children, support for our day jobs, meal prep, housecleaning, etc) However, since this is Jessica Simpson, who I would like as my new BFF, I can’t help but support and cheer her on!

  • Pregnant Athlete To Compete In London Olympics

    Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi from Malyasia will be 7 months pregnant when she competes in the London 2012 Olympics. But, it's not in track, swimming or other sports that require her extreme exertion. Suryani competes in shooting.

    Given that shooting requires a steady hand we hope the olympic athlete has a baby who is calm and doesn't kick her pregnant belly too much!

    One suggestion of maternity clothes for Suryani would be the Maternal America Hoodie Maternity Track Suit. It is soft and stretchy. There's plenty of room at the belly. The pants have a tie at the waist to allow for the changing shape. Sizes run from Small to Large and run $129.

  • Pregnant Kristin Cavallari Getting Ready For Maternity Clothes!

    Congratulations to reality starlet Kristin Cavallari and NFL quarterback Jay Cutler on their pregnancy! The engaged couple recently released a statement saying, “We are thrilled to announce we are expecting our first child together.” Sources close to the couple have also echoed these sentiments, telling US Weekly that Kristin “is really happy. She is in the early stages, but she can't wait to be a mom”. Although not showing yet since she is not due until the end of July, Kristin has been spotted out and about wearing some super stylish outfits that work well for both the beginning pregnancy stages and beyond.

    Just a few days ago Kristin was seen out to lunch is a cute black shirtdress, blazer, and black tights. A shirtdress is super comfy and stylish. As one’s baby bump grows, choose one where the tie is higher up to create a slimming and flattering empire waist. Adding tights is perfect for the cooler weather, and the structured blazer creates a finished as well as figure flattering look both during pregnancy and after. For a similar look, pair the Maternal America Beaded Diamond Dress with their Maternity Leggings and a matching black blazer. Throw on a bright scarf or statement earrings for a pop of color!

    Kristen rocked another stylish look while out shopping in late January. She paired dark wash skinny jeans with a beautiful loose fitting blouse. We love the mix of loose and tight, as it is very flattering. The blouse works well for both pregnancy and postpartum, as it has room for one’s bump to grow yet is also slimming once one has given birth. Try pairing the Olian Long Straight Leg Elly B Jeans with their Button V-Neck Maternity Tunic Top for a similar look. Throw on flats for daily wear or heels to dress it up at night.

    Congratulations to Kristen and Jay! We are looking forward to the arrival of their baby as well as seeing what stylish maternity clothing Kristen will wear!

  • Pregnant Jennifer Garner Due This Month!

    Jennifer Garner was recently spotted strolling New Years Day in Pacific Palisades California with her girls Violet and Seraphina, husband Ben Affleck and her mother. The 39 year old actress is due in a few weeks and appears to have her mom, Patricia, at hand for help with the big day just around the corner.

    Dressed comfortably in jeans, ankle boots and V neck sweater, the actress shows us that even the fittest of Hollywood celebrities look “ready to pop” during the last few months of a healthy pregnancy. As Jennifer shows with her laid back style, it’s important to look and feel comfortable with the maternity clothes you wear, especially during the latter part of your pregnancy.

  • Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Baby Arrives!

    Congratulations to Beyonce and Jay-Z who welcomed a baby girl late Saturday night at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

    According to the New York Daily News, Beyonce checked into the Manhattan hospital Friday night under the name “Ingrid Jackson.” The superstar couple’s infant daughter was named Blue Ivy Carter and arrived via Caesarean Section with rapper husband Jay-Z at his wife’s side.

    Jay-Z took every precaution to ensure the safety and comfort of his newborn daughter by spending $1.3 million to rent out and entire fourth floor of the hospital. Hallways were cleared for the musicians and waiting rooms were closely guarded by their bodyguards. Reportedly the hospital staff was asked to turn off their phones and security cameras were covered with tape.

    Beyonce’s sister, proud aunt Solange, announced the arrival of her new niece on Twitter yesterday.

    “The most beautiful girl in the world.”

    Beyonce had announced her pregnancy onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards last August.

    The Houston Chronicle reports that mom and baby are both doing well.

  • Maternity Swimwear For Your Babymoon

    A pre-baby vacation filled with pampering, sleep, and relaxation…sound good? We think so, as do the growing number of couples treating themselves to a restful trip before the baby arrives. So popular, this pre-baby vacation has become known as the Babymoon and is the “last hurrah” for soon to be parents. The Babymoon is designed for relaxation, peacefulness, and bonding time with one’s partner. It is a time to reconnect, put aside the day to day distractions, and focus on one’s relationship. For a relaxing and romantic getaway, there are many Babymoon options available.

    Many couples enjoy a destination Babymoon, and choosing a beach getaway is a great idea. One can fly to resorts in Mexico, the Bahamas, or Turks and Caicos for the ultimate Babymooon experience. Here one can lie on the beach, share a couple’s massage, and take romantic strolls in the evening. For these tropical getaways, one needs the perfect maternity swimsuit. A pretty choice for this special time is the Maternal America Black Flutter Halterkini. The halter top has a flattering empire waist design and a mesh fabric that covers one’s baby bump, which is sexy while still providing that extra bit of coverage. A bikini is also perfect for this special time, and is great for tanning on the beach. BelaBumBum’s beautiful Fuchsia Ring Maternity Bikini has a tropical feel with its gorgeous pink color, and the silver rectangles at the bust and hip add the perfect festive touch.

    If one does not have a lot of free time for a getaway, a one day Babymoon is a great alternative. Even one day of relaxation with one’s partner provides bonding and rejuvenation time. For a short Babymoon, spend the day relaxing at a spa. Many spas offer couples services as well as services geared specifically for mothers-to-be, such as a pregnancy massage.

    No matter how much time one has for a Babymoon, there is an option for everyone. From a tropical getaway to a rejuvenating spa day, spending this special time with one’s partner is the perfect way to prepare for the arrival of one’s baby.

  • Hilary Duff Is Pregnant!

    Lizzie McGuire is all grown up! The beautiful Hilary Duff and her cute hockey player husband Mike Comrie are expecting their first child together this February. Hillary announced her pregnancy on an October 14th appearance on The Ellen Show, stating, “"I haven't told anyone yet. I wanted to tell you first. I just found out.” As to the baby’s gender? "It's a boy! I had a feeling it was a boy the whole time," she gushed to Ellen. We are so excited for the sweet couple, who also just celebrated their first year of marriage.

    Throughout her pregnancy, Hilary has been staying healthy and in shape with lots of work out sessions, and looking cute in the process. On November 2nd, she was spotted leaving the gym in cute ankle length leggings, and a V-neck tee. The tee was cut extra-long to provide plenty of coverage for her growing baby bump. For a similar look, pair Maternal America’s Maternity Leggings with Shade Maternity’s Baby Tee. Comfy and stretchy, one will feel and look great throughout one’s workout. The following day, Hilary sported a similarly comfortable look while rushing through JFK Airport. She highlights her baby bump in a cute long-sleeve white tee, black stovepipes, ankle booties, and a cozy black scarf. By sticking to classic colors and shapes, she looks both chic and comfortable. We love how she layered a striped tank underneath the white tee to provide extra length and coverage!

    Hilary transitions easily from day to night, as she showed us this Monday at the Hollywood launch of The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer. She rocked a sequined, citrus-hued mini dress that showed off her curves beautifully. Pairing it with gold jewelry and nude pumps created a perfectly modern look, and her long, soft waves of hair contrasted the tightness of the dress perfectly. Congratulations to the happy couple!

  • IVF : Less is More

    A new study by researchers at the University of Iowa found that women who had only one empbryo implanted didn't have that much lower probability of becoming pregnant than those with more than one.

    From 1980 to 2004, the rate of twins rose 70%. This, as one would expect, is most likely because of an increase use of fertility drugs and use of in vitro fertilization (IVF). In 2006, the twin rate was 32.1 twins per 1,000 births (3.2%) in the US. Interestingly, the Yoruba in West Africa has the highest twin rate at 45 to 50 per 1,000 (4.5 to 5.0%). This is thought to be because of yams which are an important part of their diet has a naturally occuring phytoestrogen causing the ovaries to release an egg from each ovary.

    IVF experts have been pushing for using few embryos, and preferably a single one, as it reduces the complications associated with multiple and premature births.

    Even still, many patients still request multiple embroyos when undergoing IVF treatment. This is inspite of knowing that a single embryo has the same chances as multiples.

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