Monthly Archive for February, 2013

The Maternal America Cheryl Maternity Swimwear

The Maternal America Cheryl maternity swimwear is new for the Spring 2013 season. It comes in a cool and refreshing mint color for some extra flare whether at the beach or by the poolside. The top has a small halter tie to add support but you can easily wear it strapless. Just take that tie and make a bow out of it. Up or down it has real style and elan.

The top is ruched at the middle between the cups. There’s a slight conture under the slightly padded cups which will give you a bit of a lift.The bottoms are ties at the side. It’s a great feature to help keep pace with your growing figures.

Maternity Leave Policy Around The World — US Is Not The Best.

Have you ever wondered what the maternity or parental leave policies are in the rest of the world? If you are in the United States, then there is a 95% chance that it is better than what you are currently getting.

In fact, about 2/3rds of the countries in the world pay out 100% of your salary for a given period of time. May of these countries have the government picking up the bill, according to the International Labour Organization

Most countries allow for paid leave for 12 to 16 weeks. Australia allows for up to 1 year but it comes at the price of not being paid. The US hits the norm at 12 weeks but that too is without any guaranteed pay.

Studies have shown that there are benefits to keeping new parents happy by retaining them through leave. It often costs as much as 50 to 200% of an employees salary to replace them. Google extended their leave policy from 3 months to 5 and the new mother fallout rate dropped by half.

While it may seem counter-intuitive to pay for a new parent’s time off to spend with their child, it does end up making good economic sense for the employer with the added benefit of having a happier family.

Country Length of Leave % of Wages
Afghanistan 90 days 100
Algeria 14 weeks 100
Angola 90 days 100
Antigua/Barbuda 13 weeks 60
Argentina 90 days 100
Australia 1 year 0
Austria 16 weeks 100
Bahamas 8 weeks 100
Bahrain 45 days 100
Bangladesh 12 weeks 100
Barbados 12 weeks 100
Belarus 126 days 100
Belgium 15 weeks 82
Belize 12 weeks 80
Benin 14 weeks 100
Bolivia 60 days 100
Botswana 12 weeks 25
Brazil 120 days 100
Bulgaria 120-180 days 100
Burkina Faso 14 weeks 100
Burundi 12 weeks 50
Cambodia 90 days 50
Cameroon 14 weeks 100
Canada 1 year 60
Central African Rep. 14 weeks 50
Chad 14 weeks 50
Chile 18 weeks 100
China 90 days 100
Colombia 12 weeks 100
Comoros 14 weeks 100
Congo 15 weeks 100
Costa Rica 4 months 100
Côte d’Ivoire 14 weeks 100
Cuba 18 weeks 100
Cyprus 16 weeks 75
Dem. Rep. of the Congo 14 weeks 67
Denmark 18 weeks 100
Dominica 12 weeks 60
Dominican Republic 12 weeks 100
Ecuador 12 weeks 100
Egypt 50 days 100
El Salvador 12 weeks 75
Equatorial Guinea 12 weeks 75
Ethiopia 90 days 100
Finland 105 days 80
France 16-26 weeks 100
Gabon 14 weeks 100
Germany 14 weeks 100
Ghana 12 weeks 50
Greece 16 weeks 75
Grenada 3 months 100
Guatemala 12 weeks 100
Guinea 14 weeks 100
Guinea-Bissau 60 days 100
Guyana 13 weeks 70
Haiti 12 weeks 100
Honduras 10 weeks 100
Hungary 24 weeks 100
India 12 weeks 100
Indonesia 3 months 100
Iran 90 days 66.7
Iraq 62 days 100
Ireland 14 weeks 70
Israel 12 weeks 75
Italy 5 months 80
Jamaica 12 weeks 100
Japan 14 weeks 60
Jordan 10 weeks 100
Kenya 2 months 100
Korea, Republic of 60 days 100
Kuwait 70 days 100
Laos 90 days 100
Lebanon 40 days 100
Lesotho 12 weeks 0
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 50 days 50
Liechtenstein 8 weeks 80
Luxembourg 16 weeks 100
Madagascar 14 weeks 100
Malaysia 60 days 100
Mali 14 weeks 100
Malta 13 weeks 100
Mauritania 14 weeks 100
Mauritius 12 weeks 100
Mexico 12 weeks 100
Morocco 12 weeks 100
Mozambique 60 days 100
Myanmar 12 weeks 66.7
Nepal 52 days 100
Netherlands 16 weeks 100
New Zealand 14 weeks 0
Nicaragua 12 weeks 60
Niger 14 weeks 50
Nigeria 12 weeks 50
Norway 18 weeks 100
Pakistan 12 weeks 100
Panama 14 weeks 100
Papua New Guinea 6 weeks 0
Paraguay 12 weeks 50
Peru 90 days 100
Philippines 60 days 100
Poland 16-18 weeks 100
Portugal 98 days 100
Qatar 40-60 days 100
Romania 112 days 50
Russia 140 days 100
Rwanda 12 weeks 67
Saint Lucia 13 weeks 65
Sao Tome/Principe 70 days 100
Saudi Arabia 10 weeks 50 or 100
Senegal 14 weeks 100
Singapore 8 weeks 100
Solomon Islands 12 weeks 25
Somalia 14 weeks 50
South Africa 12 weeks 45
Spain 16 weeks 100
Sri Lanka 12 weeks 100
Sudan 8 weeks 100
Swaziland 12 weeks 0
Sweden 14 weeks 75%
Switzerland 8 weeks 100
Syria 75 days 100
Tanzania 12 weeks 100
Thailand 90 days 100
The Gambia 12 weeks 100
Togo 14 weeks 100
Trinidad/Tobago 13 weeks 100
Tunisia 30 days 67
Turkey 12 weeks 66.7
Uganda 8 weeks 100
Ukraine 126 days 100
United Arab Emirates 45 days 100
United Kingdom 14-18 weeks 90
United States 12 weeks 0
Uruguay 12 weeks 100
Venezuela 18 weeks 100
Viet Nam 4-6 months 100
Yemen 60 days 100
Zambia 12 weeks 100
Zimbabwe 90 days 60

Maya Rudolph Shows Off Baby Bump At Costume Designers Guild Awards

Maya Rudolph looks radiant! The pregnant Up All Night actress showed off her baby bump on the red carpet at the Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The 41 year old Maya is expecting her fourth child with father Paul Thomas Anderson who is a movie director.

Maya was seen in a loose, leopard print caftan taling with her friends from SNL.

In addition to her regular SNL friends, she was also seen with producer Lorne Michaels as well as always fashionable Anne Hathaway.

Maya Rudolph sat near Amy Poehler, Wiig and Lorne Michaels. Maya went on stage later to introduce Steve Martin who in turn presented Lorne Michaels with the Distinguished Collaborators Award.resented the Distinguished Collaborator Award to Michaels.

Congratulations to Maya on her baby to be. She certainly knows how to “Rock the Bump!”

Kate Rocks Her Bump!

In her first public engagement since announcing her pregnancy in December, Kate Middleton visited the Action on Addiction center Hope House yesterday in South London. During her visit the Duchess of Cambridge opened up about her difficult morning sickness and bonded with one expectant mother, Natalie, who was receiving treatment at the center.

Natalie, 28, who is expecting her second child in July, just like the Duchess, shared her conversation with Kate with The Mirror. Natalie said: “We’re due about the same time. She’s been unwell and feeling better now and I felt pretty much the same the first time.”

Speaking to the Duchess she said: “This is my road to recovery. When I was in addiction, my life was in complete darkness and then gets a lot brighter.”

With Kate replying: “Well done to you for getting sober.”

Afterwards Natalie said: “I’ve got to say I’m sober and clean. When I was in the darkness I never thought that would happen.”

Kate’s visit was to raise awareness for the charity, of which the Duchess is patron, but the Kate’s beautiful appearance with her growing baby bump in a Max Mara wrap dress stole the show.

Chief Executive of the charity, Nick Barton said Kate was very well received by the women at the Center: “She was wonderful with the clients. They fell in love with her. They opened up to her.

“She’s such an easy person that they were talking to her in a very comfortable way, and I think surprised themselves at how easy that she made it for them. She seemed in good spirits, in good health, and very comfortable.”

Pregnant Fergie Is Expecting A Baby!

Singer Fergie, 37, and husband actor Josh Duhamel, 40, announced via Twitter on Feb 18th that they are expecting their first child this summer. “Josh & Me & Baby makes three!!!” she tweeted. Earlier this month Duhamel told iVillage he would be a strict dad, “I will probably be a bit of a disciplinarian,” he said. “But at the same time, we’ll have a lot of fun.”

Josh‘s new romantic film Safe Haven which he costars with Julianne Hough as his love interest is currently in theatres!

We look forward to plenty of fashion forward maternity clothes styles by Fergie this Spring during her pregnancy. All the best to the happy couple during this exciting time!

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The Prego Maternity Swimwear Laguna Halter Baby Doll

The Prego Maternity Swimwear Laguna Halter Baby Doll is a colorful variation on the classic baby doll currently sold by in basic black and brown.

The blue and aquamarine color of the tropical flowers with their yellow accents is calm and elicits a feeling of being on a Hawaiian Island lounging about while the ocean waves lap at your feet and the cool breeze plays with your hair.

Like all the baby dolls, this maternity swimsuit has a longer top skirt that provides more than sufficient coverage across the top of the bell and then down below the bikini bottoms.

The extra wide straps are adjustable and provides some of the best bust support you will find anywhere. The cups are lightly padded. There is more than enough room at the skirt to allow for your ever expanding belly — even at the 9 month mark!

Maternal America Skinny Ankle Maternity Jeans

Who says a maternity jean must be boring? Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to wear a pair of jeans with those awful cutout panels that go over your belly. Instead, look to the Maternal America Skinny Ankle Maternity Jeans in their great turquoise color. Put these pants on and people will wonder if you really are pregnant because they fit so well!

They fit under your belly the same as the ever popular Maternal America Megan Jeans and have a wide elastic waist band to keep them from falling down. Unlike other jeans, these pair are so comfortable that you will never want to take them off.

The pant legs taper down at the ankle to give that nice fitted and slenderizing look. Pair with a nice baby cap T-shirt and you are ready to hit the town with your girlfriends.

What’s more, many of our customers like these jeans so much that they continue to wear them even after their pregnancy. It’s really hard to tell that that you were wearing them while pregnant.

At $92, they are a bargain and most likely will never make it to the laundry basket!

The Prego Maternity Bahama Nite Posh Swimwear

The Prego Maternity Bahama Nite Posh swimwear will make you wish you were lying on a sandy beach looking up at the stars. It’s a super comfortable maternity bathing suit with a rich brownish gold floral pattern on a black base. The styling, color and pattern will make your admirers think the suit is more expensive than it really is.

The Bahama Nite posh maternity swimsuit comes with adjustable straps to help get your sizing right. The top is padded and very supportive with the wide straps which makes it a good option for the women bigger on top.

The bottoms are black and fit below the belly. Like all Prego Maternity Swimwear, this suit is made really well!

Bikini Thief St Barts Maternity Swimwear

One of the hottest maternity bathing suits out this season is the St Barts by Bikini Thief. This two piece maternity swimwear comes with bikini style bottoms and a ruched side top which allows you to make it snugger and show off more belly.

What makes this bathing suit so popular is the incredibly detailed and embroidered pattern across the front of the top. It’s an embellishment that will make others think you have just paid well over a hundred dollars though it’s priced at only $75!

The top is a wide tank strap style but unlike many of those pre-pregnancy suits, the back criss crosses to give you that extra support you need. An elastic band under the bust line helps to hold you in place. The top will show you off a bit but not so much that you need to be embarrassed.

The Bikini Thief St Barts comes in Red and Black and is available in XS to Large.