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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

Looking For A Satisfying And Healthy Pregnancy Snack? Try An Avocado!

Avocados are one of those foods that everyone in my house can enjoy without complaining. Avocados are available and tasty year round thanks to growing in various regions including California, Florida, Mexico and Chile. My finicky 8 year old daughter will eat them sliced up any day of the week and positively gleams when she sees them on her plate, as if I slaved in the kitchen to prepare something extra special for her. As a toddler she would stuff them to her mouth so quickly that they would end up smeared all over her face and hands while perched in her highchair. We joked that her creamy smooth complexion was result of her daily avocado facial masks during mealtime.

Avocados are one of those foods that don’t take a lot of preparation to taste good. You can slice them up for sandwiches are salads. You can puree them for a healthy smoothie or throw them in cooked dishes. Avocados are so versatile with a mild flavor and smooth texture that they compliment just about anything from chips, salad, poultry, fish or beef. Whether you are a meat-eater, fish veggie or a vegan, avocados are usually allowed on the menu.

Odd fact – although you will usually find avocados stacked next to the vegetables in the grocery store, they are actually a fruit. Avocados are native to South and Central America. The two most common varieties are Hass and Fuerte and over 90 percent of the nation’s avocados are the Hass variety from California. Florida produces the Fuerte varieties that are larger and have more water and less fat than the Hasses.

Avocados are a suburb healthy treat for anyone and especially good for curbing that afternoon snack attack that many pregnant women often feel in even greater force than the rest of humanity and that a carrot or celery stick just won’t satisfy (although maybe when dipped in some salty guacamole). Although a medium avocado has about 30 grams of fat, it’s mostly the monounsaturated “good fat” that boosts good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol. A typical serving of avocados is about 1 ounce, which is approximately 3 slices and only 5 grams of “good” fat. Avocados are also a good source of lutein, an antioxidant that is good for the eyes.

Popular Super Bowl Treat:

The Hass Avocado Board estimates that over 71 million pounds of the purple-black Hass avocados will be consumed during this year’s Super Bowl parties. That equates to more than 27 feel of avocados, enough to cover an entire football field “end zone to end zone.” We can assume that most of those avocados will be consumed in the form of guacamole dip.

The most important element in making really good guacamole is using very good, ripe avocados. To find just the right ripeness, press the outside of the avocado gently. If there is a little bit of give, then the avocado is perfectly ripe. If it is hard, it is not ready and if there is too much give, then the avocado is probably too ripe and will not taste good. If you have your “perfect” ripe avocados, all you really need is salt and lime juice (lemon juice is also good if you don’t have a lime). The other good ingredients to add are cilantro, chiles, onion and tomato. However if you are prone to morning sickness, simpler is better, just use the ingredients that don’t make you avert your ever powerful nose during pregnancy (although many pregnant women swear that spicier is better when they are expecting).

Here’s a good recipe I found with these very ingredients which serves 2-4. Double or triple for larger servings and adjust the chiles portion of the recipe for your level of preferred spiciness.

Prep time: 10 minutes,

INGREDIENTS

2 ripe avocados

1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)

1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced

2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped

1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

A dash of freshly grated black pepper

1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped

Garnish with red radishes or jicama. Serve with tortilla chips.

METHOD

1 Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl.

2 Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (Don’t overdo it! The guacamole should be a little chunky.) Add the chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper and mash some more. Chili peppers vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness. Be careful handling the peppers; wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near your eyes with your hands for several hours.

Chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor, so don’t chop the tomatoes or add to the guacamole until ready to serve.

Remember that much of this is done to taste because of the variability in the fresh ingredients. Start with this recipe and adjust to your taste.

3 Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation from the air reaching it. Refrigerate until ready.

4 Just before serving chop the tomato; add to the guacamole and mix.

Refrigeration Tips:

Only refrigerate ripe avocados as unripe ones will not ripen in the cold. You can store ripe avocados in the refrigerator up to 5 days. If you store too long, the flesh will darken and turn into flavorless mush.

Pureed avocados can be stored in the freezer up to 4 months for use in dips, sauces and spreads. Make sure you place pureed avocados in an airtight container leaving about an inch of head space. Also, for better flavor add a tablespoon of lime or lemon for each avocado you blend in your blender.

So go for that guacamole dip without guilt this Super Bowl Sunday, it’s good for you and your baby and yummy to boot!

Learning To Say “NO”, Everyone Mom and Expecting Mom’s Right and Prerogative!

This week I was out sick with some version of the flu. Admittedly I got a flu shot a few months ago, so I’m not positive it was the flu, but it was not pleasant and had me coughing and sneezing in my bed for most of the week. I can only imagine that it would have been ten times worse if I had not gotten the flu shot. So at this point I am at a loss with how to qualify it, do I say “I have the flu” and provoke everyone’s sympathy and judgment (for assuming I did not get a flu shot) or just go with the generic “I’m sick” description to include any and everything and maybe leave some doubt as to how sick I truly am. The short and long of it is that I am really sick and should not be around the general public coughing and sneezing involuntarily and generally spreading my germs to innocent children, parents, preschool teachers and strangers alike.

I did find, however, there is a silver lining in this yucky sinus infection I am a victim to. That lining revealed itself with a “get out of jail free” card that I have been using like a madwomen on every single engagement and activity I have been assigned to this week. It has been nice to “just say no” and have no guilt for an entire week of getting out of an overbooked schedule of school volunteering, carpooling, field trips, gym classes, and even social engagements with friends. With the exception of getting my kids out the door in the morning to their respective schools and preschools and aiding with their homework and dinners in the evening, I largely have been at my own disposal for most of the week which has been nothing short of lovely. My husband has pitched in more to let me grab an extra 15 minutes or so of sleep in the morning. He has helped with my 4 year old’s transportation to preschool by re-arranging his business meetings. I opted out of the fieldtrip to the library, lunch with a friend, my scheduled workout at the gym, my hosting of a dinner with friends, a design meeting to redo my bathroom, volunteer ski coaching this weekend and some other volunteering at the school and church. Instead I have enjoyed some much needed time alone to read the news, a novel, a few self help books that I find interesting and insightful, some time to shop online for much needed furniture for the house and a great excuse to go to bed an hour earlier. Even my babysitter the other day took pity on me to do the extra dishes in the sink and vacuum all the kids’ rooms. Overall it’s been a pretty good deal. My mother even called worried about me and telling me “to get to the doctor right away!” I didn’t get to the doctor but I drank in the extra maternal attention and felt loved like child. Just this morning I felt like a real hero trudging to the bus stop with my kids. Wrapped in extra layers of clothes, hair array and clutching tissues in my hand, I greeted my fellow moms with my red nose and rasping voice, evoking sympathy and support from my neighbors for my mere effort of leaving my bed to accompany my kids out the door.

As a result of this greater restfulness and empowerment to make my own choices of spending time to recuperate I have felt like a better person and a better mom, more grounded than ever before. Why isn’t life always like this? Apart from the annoying hacking cough and nose drops throughout the night so I could breathe, it’s nice feeling more cared for and generally getting out of an overbooked schedule. It’s also nice to do this without feeling any major guilt, my main culprit in life since being a fulltime mom to three little ones and quitting my corporate job.

My take-away from this experience is that life goes on without me. I am needed and loved for what I can do and the relationships I have, but sometimes I overvalue my importance. I mistakenly feel that if I’m not fully present and perfect for every last demand made on my time, the whole world will collapse and my kids will suffer. The truth is that my kids learn a little more self-reliance when I am not 100% well and present in their lives and a little failure on their part, like forgetting to finish all their homework or practice their piano one week, may result in a lesson well learned- that of learning the ramifications of not doing their part and getting a bad grade or feeling embarrassed for not being prepared for class or a music lesson. The stakes are not high now, they are in elementary school and they can afford a few failures that may protect them from greater failures down the road when they do not have their mom hovering over them to assure they fail at nothing at all.

I also learned that saying “no” is very empowering. As a mom I often forget that “no” is even an option. Also, since I quit my fulltime demanding corporate job and work for myself , I often feel that I am at everyone’s disposal – any class that needs a last minute volunteer, that’s me. If the 3rd grade teacher needs an extra parent for the field trip, I’m there. If my friend needs me to carpool last minute and take her daughter across town to a girl’s scout meeting in the evening that’s totally inconvenient to my Friday night, sure I can do that! (We’ll just eat dinner a little later!) If my son’s preschool teacher needs someone to pitch in last minute for snack day, I can do it! In order to prove myself the ever mighty mom and community helper, I am generally at anyone’s disposal anytime of the day or week. Being sick has forced me to say “no” and surprisingly no one is angry about it, in fact they are quite sympathetic and caring about my condition. I can really lounge in bed all day and feel good about it. I just got my first full night’s sleep in over a year the other night as I woke up feeling slightly better. Then I thought, “oh no”, I’ll need to go to that PTC at the school tomorrow night and cook for that homeowner’s potluck on Saturday. Maybe I’m still sick enough to stay home?

I now realize how silly this all is. Does it really take coming down with the flu where I am not physically able to do as much to figure out that “no” is a word we are all capable of using when we need to/want to. Although it is good and admirable to pitch in over and beyond the call of duty now and then, it should not be a habit. Just being a mom is going beyond the call of duty every single day and just because we don’t get a paycheck or a pat on the back for that all consuming, most important job in the world, does not mean we don’t get to say “no” when we feel like it and take time out to refuel before we really are physically sick and emotionally drained. “No” is a privilege and a right we should remember to employ anytime we need to as it will allow us to draw boundaries to protect ourselves and make our own voluntary decisions more wholeheartedly. It also allows our “yeses” to be more real, more enjoyed and more purposeful. Yes, we do still have the right to choose what we do and don’t want to do, just maybe not when it comes to helping our kid in the bathroom!

Pregnancy is great time to gain experience at saying “no” if that’s something you need a little more practice at doing. Pregnancy affords you all kinds of luxuries you can and should take advantage of – like a more doting partner, unfamiliar men opening doors for you and giving up their bus seats. Morning sickness is no picnic, but it does afford you the right to say “no” to your well meaning family members who want you to attend a certain family wedding across the country or participate in the weekly family potluck. It even allows you the privilege of saying “no” to your employer regarding working overtime, travel or working at all. You have your doctor’s permission if need be to enforce that “no” to guard your health and that of your developing baby’s. Believe me, those “no’s” are worthwhile and will be excellent practice for you when you are a mom and find yourself becoming a professional juggler more often than not. If you want to be a really good mom, learn your “nos” now and make it a useful word in your vocabulary. Your friends and loved ones may be a little shocked at first if they are not used to hearing you say it, but it gets easier over time for them and you. My 4 year old knows about this magic word already and I guess he sees it works for him from time to time as he keeps using it unabashedly, maybe I should take some lessons from him!

Chely Wright and Wife Expecting Twins!

Country singer Chely Wright and her wife, Lauren Blitzer-Wright, are expecting twins this summer.

The couple, who married in August 2011, made the announcement on Howard Bragman’s YouTube series, Gwissues, Wednesday.

The babies are due in July, but Wright, who is carrying them, expects she’ll have to deliver a month early, as is common with twin births.

“We’re excited to be parents,” she told Bragman. “We hope we don’t mess it up too badly.”

Congratulations to the happy couple, we wish them all the best!

It’s Safe for Pregnant Women to Receive a Flu Shot, New Study Confirms

You’ve probably heard how bad the flu is this year with the particularly strong strain of the H3N2 virus. People tend to be sicker for longer periods of time and with stronger symptoms than normal. Already 47 states have reported widespread cases and the number of infected are rising fast.

“We’re seeing people, very high fever, often they’re laying down curled up, looking very unwell,” Dr. Michele Hayek reports with North Atlanta Urgent Care.

Apart from washing your hands frequently, the best thing you can do to protect yourself from the virus is to get vaccinated now. “It still offers a lot of immunity even getting it this time of the year,” Dr. Hayek says. “So, I would still definitely recommend getting a flu shot.”

A new large study released by the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday confirms that it is safe for pregnant women to get a flu shot. The research found no evidence that the vaccine increases the risk of losing a fetus and may prevent some deaths. Research shows that getting the flu while pregnant increases the risk if fetal death.

“This is the kind of information we need to provide our patients when discussing that flu vaccine is important for everyone, particularly for pregnant women,” said Dr. Geeta Swamy, a researcher who studies vaccines and pregnant women at Duke University Medical Center.

The new study was led by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. It tracked pregnancies in Norway in 2009 and 2010 during an international epidemic of a new swine flu strain.

The study focused on more than 113,000 pregnancies. Of those, 492 ended in the death of the fetus. The researchers calculated that the risk of fetal death was nearly twice as high for women who weren’t vaccinated as it was in vaccinated mothers.

The study also showed that infants picked up protection for the virus when their mother’s were vaccinated while pregnant. Infants cannot receive the flu shot until 6 months of age, so getting early protection is a huge benefit to protecting their health.

Influenza germs can live on a surface up to eight hours and also can be breathed in when someone coughs or sneezes and the virus is airborne.

Doctors recommend kids scrub their hands long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Also, everyone should try to keep their hands away from their mouth, nose and eyes. Of course this is next to impossible for babies and young children, so the next best thing is to vaccinate.

“There is a long-standing concern about giving any medicine to a pregnant woman. But this study should ease any worries about the flu shot,” said Dr. Denise Jamieson of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The vaccine is safe,” she said.

Kim Kardashian Is Looking To Be More Private In Her Pregnancy

Kim Kardashian, who has never been one to shy from the limelight, surprised everyone with Kanye West’s impromptu announcement of her pregnancy at his concert in Atlantic City, NJ on Dec 30th. Amazingly Kim was able to go under the radar as tabloids speculated over Jessica Simpson’s quick second pregnancy and then focused on Kate Middleton’s acute morning sickness.

Kim said it was nice to be out of the media spotlight during the early stages of her pregnancy while the royal couple got all the attention.

“I’m obviously so happy for them, but if anything I loved the privacy, ” the 32-year-old reality TV start said in an interview last Wednesday.

Of course that bit of privacy is over now that the “Big Reveal” was made by boyfriend Kanye West at his concert. Kardashan says that her motherly instincts have made her more guarded in her personal life now that the word is out.

“I think that definitely kicks in where you’re like, ‘Ok, I have to go in protect mode,’ an as ironic as it sounds, you live your life on a reality show but then when you grow up…certain things change your life that make you want to be more private and this I definitely one of them.”

Kardashian and West went public with their relationship in March. Kardashian married NBA player Kris Humphries in August 2011 and their divorce is not finalized.

Kardashian is due in July.

A new season of her reality show with her sister Kourtney, “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,” premieres Sunday on E! (9 p.m. EST).

Jenna Bush Hager Announces Pregnancy

It seems that every day a celebrity or household name is expecting a baby. The latest in the line of famous pregnancies is former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager who is celebrating her first pregnancy with her husband, Henry Hager.

The mom-to-be recently reported to access Hollywood, “I’m feeling great. My parents are really excited, obviously. This is the one gift they’ve been bothering me about.”

“They’ve been harassing me and my husband about it for five years,” she continued, laughing. “Literally, at our rehearsal dinner they brought it up…But they’re really thrilled of course.”

Bush Hager, who is a correspondent for the Today Show, revealed her pregnancy news publically on the program last week. She’s due in the Spring 2013 but still needs to make preparations for the baby.

“We still have a while to go and really we’re just celebrating the gift that will come in several months,” Bush told Access Hollywood.

“A White House Christmas: First Families Remember,” premieres on Thursday, December 20 at 8 ET/PT.

Hosted by Meredith Vieira, the special looks at Christmases past and present and features members of presidential families over the last 50 years, including First Lady Michelle Obama, and former First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter.

“Warm and fuzzy doesn’t really describe it,” Bush Hager said when asked about the memories that spring to mind when thinking of her Christmases at the White House during her dad’s two terms in the Presidency.

“The White House is such a magic place during the holidays… People come from all over the country to decorate it and then to see it, and you know, it’s just a really special place and that’s one of the reasons that we produced this special, all of these women and men – Michael Regan, as well — we all have had the privilege of living history and being in this place so we wanted to share some of that magic.”

TummyStyle congratulates Jenna Bush Hager on her first pregnancy and wish her all the best.

Kate Deals with Severe Morning Sickness

Although we would like to say congratulations are in order for the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William, it seems it may be a long 9 months of pregnancy for the royal couple with their recent announcement of Kate’s pregnancy along with severe morning sickness. Kate was said to be on the mend and “feeling better” Tuesday after her second day in a London hospital, according to the statement from St. James Palace.

Kate is believed to be only in her first trimester, possibly around 8 weeks pregnant, and this announcement is undoubtedly much sooner than they would like. However, the strong outpouring of support for the Duchess may be just what they need to deal with what could be a very challenging pregnancy ahead for Kate. Her condition, diagnosed as hyperemesis gravidarum, affects about 1 in 50 women who are expecting. The symptoms are severe vomiting that can last for the full duration of the pregnancy and may lead to dehydration if not treated. Kate is reportedly on an IV drip and taking pills to combat the nausea while she is on a “period of rest” at home.

Although severe morning sickness, as in Kate’s condition, can be serious for the mother and baby if the mother is very dehydrated (some people with this condition can vomit 30 times a day), if treated effectively with fluids and anti nausea medication, the majority of mothers go on to have healthy full term babies. There is even some studies showing that there are fewer miscarriages and preterm labor among women who have nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (although plenty of women experience no queasiness at all and go on to have delightful healthy pregnancies and babies).

Most studies do not explain why nausea in pregnancy can be sign of a healthy pregnancy although it is linked to higher levels of pregnancy hormones such as estrogen and hCG during pregnancy. There is also a slightly greater likelihood of twins with women with greater nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

The Duke of Cambridge is “immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received” his spokesman said. No doubt Kate’s condition will raise awareness of extreme morning sickness during pregnancy.

William, 30, is second in line for the throne after his father, Prince Charles. William’s first child, whether it’s a boy or a girl, would be third in line to become the monarch under the new rules. This baby would be the first grandchild for Prince Charles and the third great grandchild for Queen Elizabeth.

We wish Kate all the best with the rest of her pregnancy and hopefully some relief as she is treated effectively by her doctors and receives plenty of TLC from friends, family and her many well-wishers.

Coming To America To Have A Baby

A home in the Southern California town of Chino Hills is being offered to Chinese for a maternity holiday. The idea is for pregnant women to come live in the home so that they can have a US born baby.

For $5000 to $15000 per month one can stay at the hilltop seven bedroom home. The package includes food, travel, sightseeing and the hospital stay for the babybafter being born.

Such packages are already common for Korea mothers who will often come to the United States early in their pregnancy but shorter than their tourist visa stays. Coming earlier in a pregnancy is safer for travel and helps to avoid immigration from refusing entry.

With uncertainty in other parts of the world, as well as some of the best prenatal and post pregnancy medical care, the United States is a logical choice to have a birth for many women.

Megan Fox Looks Pretty In A Floral Maternity Dress

Megan Fox showed us once again that pregnancy does not have to be frumpy fashion. The 26 year old actress rocked a pretty black floral knee length dress while out with a gal pal in Los Angeles on Sunday (August 19). She also paired this stylish dress with some fearless high red velvet platform open toe shoes for a truly fierce look to offset the more conservative dress.

Megan has an upcoming film, This is 40, which is the sequel to the hit movie Knocked Up and also stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segal and Chris Dowd.

Florals are a big trend this season in dresses, tops and even swimwear fashion. Some great maternity dresses that play up the floral print are Japanese Weekend’s Red Maternity Sun Dress. This dress would look great with some red pumps, even if you don’t go for the red velour platforms shoes Megan sports!

Olian’s Short Sleeve Maternity Dress is another pretty choice with a shorter hemline and a while backdrop with fushia flowers and stripe accents on the sleeves, neckline and empire waistline.

Also, Olian’s Floral Ombre Dress is season favorite with fitted black bodice top, turquoise waistline and white, black and turquoise floral print apron skirt that is just stunning. This dress can be worn anywhere from a wedding to lunch with friends.

So, throw in some floral prints and play up your feminine side like Megan during your pregnancy. Also, have some fun with your footwear, but you may want to play it on the safe side in those last months of pregnancy when your balance may be challenged!