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.
Congratulations to the stunning Bryce Dallas Howard and her handsome husband Seth Gabel on their second pregnancy! In just a few short weeks, their four year old son Theo will be joined by a new baby brother or sister. We love Bryce, not only for her phenomenal acting skills but also for her candidness in discussing her struggles with post-partum depression. We could not be happier for the lovely family!
Bryce’s stunning red hair and porcelain skin are gorgeous, and we love how she has chosen to play up her beautiful features with a plethora of colors. Not shying away from any color, she chooses bold hues that truly make a statement. From deep blues to bright pinks to rich greens, the colors she chooses exude happiness and confidence. No matter what one’s coloring, adding bold and rich hues to one’s wardrobe is an excellent way to pep up one’s maternity wardrobe. This past June, Bryce rocked a gorgeous pink gown at the MTV Movie Awards. The flowing fabric in shades of pink was stunning, and the rope belt created a flattering empire waist. We also love the confidence Bryce exuded in her marigold gown that she recently wore on the red carpet. Paired with her deep red hair, the golden hue has an autumn feel. The empire-waist emphasis fits her baby bump beautifully, while her clean and simple styling really lets the dress shine.
No matter what one’s coloring, adding bold hues to one’s maternity wardrobe is stylish and truly exudes confidence. It can be added in subtle ways, such as a sapphire colored t-shirt or a deep red scarf. If one wants to be a bit bolder, try a pair of purple skinny jeans paired with a white tank or an emerald green cocktail dress. Congratulations to the Howard-Gabel family!
Jennifer Aniston, pregnant? Tongues are wagging after Jennifer’s appearance Monday evening at Elle’s 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute. Wearing a gorgeous silver mini-dress, the slightest hint of a bump showed beneath the sequins. Although nothing has been confirmed by her or her reps, we are hoping that the bump is indeed a little bundle of joy! Jennifer recently moved in with her boyfriend, the dark and handsome Justin Theroux, and with the love one sees between them we would not be surprised if they decided they were ready to add a baby to the family.
Jennifer’s style is always impeccable, and we are sure her maternity style would be just as effortlessly fashionable. She manages to have a beach-goddess, hip city girl look all combined in one. By combining her softly curled hair with a black studded jacket, she expertly mixes softness and hardness. If Jennifer is pregnant, (fingers crossed!) we know we would love her maternity style. For running errands around New York City, we could see her rocking a great pair of boot cut jeans, a classic white tee, and a short, fitted blazer. 1 in the Oven’s InvisiBelly Maternity Jeans paired with Shade’s Maternity Baby Tee would work perfectly for her, and are great versatile options. Pairing it with a black blazer and black espadrilles or boots would complete this look, and stay true to her style.
Jennifer loves to show off her gorgeous legs, and this is easily a look she can wear during pregnancy. For a date night with Justin, or a fun night out with her BFF’s, we think a short dressed paired with some funky black heels is a must. Olian’s ¾ Sleeve Animal Print Dress is sexy and classic, with the funky leopard print making a statement and the black trim bringing the whole look together. Jennifer can style it with her trade-mark soft waves, a chunky gold watch, and her favorite pair of black heels. We hope that the little bump we saw is indeed an indication that Jennifer is pregnant!
With just one more week to go before her due date, we know Tori Spelling and hubby Dean McDermott must be so excited for the arrival of the newest addition to their family! Throughout her pregnancy, Tori has looked chic and stylish while still being comfortable and relaxed. One of her pregnancy staples has been the maxi dress, in which Tori has looked truly stunning! Maxi dresses are a great idea for pregnancy, as they combine style and comfort in one. Just this week, Tori was spotted shopping for Halloween decoration in a beautiful, floral printed maxi dress. Its modified sweetheart neckline and empire waist flattered her baby bump. She wore hers with a sleeveless lace blouse, but with fall in full swing one can pair it with a great cozy cardigan. For a similar look in a beautiful autumn orange, try Maternal America’s Strapless Dress/Skirt. This maxi, which can also be worn as a skirt, looks great with a brown or white cardigan and brown strappy sandals.
We also love Tori’s use of color throughout her pregnancy. She chooses vibrant hues that exude happiness. At the end of August Tori was spotted with her adorable children wearing a loose fitting, ¾ length sleeve, deep blue dress. The vibrant blue fabric compliments her skin tone beautifully while making a statement. With autumn here, a ¾ length sleeve transitions perfectly from warmer to cooler weather. If you like Tori’s look, Maternal America’s Front Tie Keyhole Dress is similar with a rich, blue hue and those ever versatile ¾ length sleeves. For fall, pair it with tights and flat boots or ballet flats.
We are so excited for the impending arrival of Tori and Dean’s third child! Congratulations to the happy couple and we look forward to seeing the newest addition to their family.
Little Black Dress? Try Little Black Maternity Bikinis! 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!
When Beyoncé and Jay-Z announced their pregnancy last month, we were so excited for the incredible couple! We were also incredibly excited for the gorgeous maternity fashion we knew Beyoncé would wear, and she has not disappointed. From red-carpet dresses to running errands around town, her maternity fashion is stylish, eye-catching, and oh-so gorgeous.
Just a few weeks ago, at the launch for her new fragrance, Beyoncé sparkled and shined in a short, blue sparkling tunic and sequined blazer. Pairing it with black heels, she accented her gorgeous legs. We love that she chose a short dress to show off her legs but stayed more covered on top. Balancing an outfit this way is sexy and classy. Maternal America’s Navy Shift Dress has the same loose feel. Pair it with a fitted blazer and sparkling gold jewelry for the perfect date-night outfit.
Looking radiant in a more casual look, Beyonce rocked a printed white tee and black skinny jeans at the U.S. Open Men’s Final Match. We love the black, white, and gold palette she chose, and the comfort which the soft tee and stretchy jeans provide. For an equally stylish yet comfy look, pair Maternal America’s Belly Support Leggings in black with Olian’s Off The Shoulder Tee. The loose fitting tee ruches underneath the belly for comfort and has a glam feel with its off-the-shoulder cut. Pair it with cute sneakers or ballet flats and a funky statement piece of jewelry for a true Beyoncé look.
Beyonce’s maternity wardrobe stays true to her style and personality, while ensuring her comfort throughout her pregnancy. She recently spoke to E! News of the joys of pregnancy, stating “[Pregnancy] is the most incredible gift anyone can have. I’m very excited. I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been.” Congrats, Beyoncé and Jay-Z!