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Shakira Talks About Challenges of Being a New Mom

New mama Shakira looks fabulous just months after giving birth to son, Milan. However the 36 year old first time mom recently revealed that dropping the pounds to be in shape to promote “The Voice” was extremely stressful and difficult.

“I know I had to come back here to do “The Voice” two months after I had delivered a baby. I didn’t have my four months of maternity like every woman on Earth has. I’m not trying to complain, but it’s been a process full of challenges.”

Shakira went on to add that the pressure to shed the weight for our generation is much more intense than it has been for previous generations of women. She said, “I think that our mothers and grandmothers weren’t under the pressure women of today are after delivering a baby. My dad says there’s nothing better than meat over the bones. So he likes my mom a little chubby. She was never under the pressure to have to get to her old weight – and she never did.”

I’m sure that the pressure as a rock star is even more intense than the pressure most women face. However the example we see in the media of super swelte new moms like Beyonce and Shakira just months after giving birth, can make us all feel a little inadequate. So, it’s a nice reality check to hear that it was extremely challenging for them as well, even with all the dieticians/chefs, personal trainers and nannies at their call.

Shakira was also very honest about the ups and downs of new motherhood to a newborn. She told US Weekly, “I didn’t expect babies to need so many diapers! Nobody told me they needed to be changed so often! I mean he’s a great, great, baby. He’s an easy one, I think. But nobody told me it would be this hard. It takes a lot of energy from you.”

I always admire a star that says it like it is! It also shows that she is putting in the effort as a new mom and not just token baby carrying on a shopping photo op excursion. Being a mom is hard work, but it is also so worth it!

Maternal America Eva Maternity Swimwear

There is nothing more trendy than the Maternal America Eva Maternity Swimwear this season. The French style navy stripes look like something right off the Paris runway. The thin navy stripes against the white background makes a real presence. Not only that, but the thin lines break up any edges and have a real slimming effect.

The bottoms are a navy that matches the navy stripes. The bottoms tie at the sides which allow for adjustability throughout the pregnancy. They sit just below the belly and are very comfortable.

The top can also work well as a strapless (as long as you aren’t too busty!). Just untie the halter string and make a bow on the front. The sides at the bust have a semi-stiff stays which do add in some more support.

Overall, this is one of the hottest and best selling maternity swimsuits of the season. Great styling and fashion to keep you looking great throughout your pregnancy!

Maternal America Mint Gumballs Maternity Swimwear

The Mint Gumballs maternity swimwear by Maternal America combines two disparate fashion trends into one great maternity swimsuit.

The top is a an overlay of green and white gumballs with a navy in the empty space while the bottom is a classic navy and white stripes.

The top can be worn strapless (if you aren’t too busty) and has a navy striped halter tie that slips through a ring at the bust. The top also come with adjustable side ties for a snug fit all during your pregnancy.

The bottoms have adjustable side ties as well to grow with you as you progress along in your pregnancy.

It’s one of the many stylish maternity swimsuits by Maternal America this season!

Eat Your Protein When You Are Pregnant Or Nursing!

We all know that foods Salmon that are packed with Omega 3s fatty Acids are a go-to for women of all ages. Salmon has the added benefit of mood stabilizing your hormones by boosting your serotonin levels in your brain which helps you to feel-good. Higher levels of this naturally occurring feel-good chemical can help ward off depression or baby blues. Salmon is easy to make and throw on a salad for a great and healthy left-over meal. Health experts recommend having salmon at least once a week for optimal benefits.

What you might not know is that high protein foods like eggs and spinach are really important for you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The Institute of Medicine recommends eating 425 mg of choline for all women, 450 mg if you are pregnant and 550 if you are breastfeeding. Both spinach and eggs with the yolk contain choline which is a nutrient that helps your baby’s brain develop.

Spinach has the added nutritional benefit of folate which helps prevent birth defects. The National Institute of Health recommends women eat 600 mcg of folate when pregnant and 500 mcg when nursing. One half cup of spinach, or similar green, provides about 130 mcg of folate, so about one-third of what you need. You can make up the difference by taking a supplement recommended by your doctor. However, just cooking a daily spinach omelet can give you and your baby the nutritional boost you need each morning.

Prego Maternity Swimwear Betsy Halter

Here from Prego Maternity is the very feminine loooking halter style maternity bathing suit. It comes in a black base fabric with lovely pink roses with copper brown leaves. The pink roses are grouped together to give the suit a bouqueted look.

The top has adjustable halter straps and with the elastic band under the bust you will get excellent support. The bra is lightly padded to give you a smooth look. Side ties on the bottoms provide for some space to grow as you may need.

This is will really look stylish and sexy in this and all prego maternity swimsuits.

Maternal America Stork Pattern Maternity Dress

Here’s a new fun and sexy maternity dress from Maternal America called the Stork Maternity Dress. It has an oragne, navy, and white striped pattern with storks blended throughout the pattern. In fact, if you don’t really look, you many not even recognize them. That is the beauty of this maternity dress. It’s so subtle that it looks elegant and rich.

The shoulders are wide and move down into a V-neck pattern for a level of sexiness. Wear it with heels or flats. Put on a long gold necklace with some dangling earrings and you create a style that really says wow.

The fabric is soft and feels really smooth against skin and will be keep you comfortable all day long.

Prego Lulu Strapless Mini Maternity Swimwear

New from Prego Maternity is the LuLu Strapless Mini. It comes in a Betsy Johnson inspired print with with a black and white fluer de lis and flower pattern. The pattern works really well to hide your belly. It’s really attractive and makes the suit look like it should cost well over twice its price!

LIke all great Prego maternity swimsuits, the top has a wide elastic band under the bust for superior support. And, for women who are looking for just a bit more support, there is a detachable support strap.

The skirt portion of the top extends down low to provide maximum coverage of your behind. The bikini bottoms fit under the belly.

This is definitely one maternity bathing suit you will want this season!

Looking For A Tasty Way To Add Vitamin D To Your Diet?

New research has found that it is very important for pregnant women to get enough Vitamin D for their infant’s healthy development. When pregnant we need more than the recommended 200 milligrams supplement of Vitamin D.

This quick and tasty omelet dish from Fit Pregnancy is an easy way to add both Vitamin D and protein to your healthy diet. Among the many great things that Vitamin D will do for your body it will also help your baby absorb bone building calcium and phosphorous.

1⁄2 cup baby bok choy, washed and chopped into bite-sized pieces

1⁄2 cup mushrooms (any variety), wiped clean and sliced

1 teaspoon sesame or other cooking oil

2 eggs

2 ounces canned cooked baby shrimp

1. In a small pan, sauté bok choy and mushrooms in 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil for 2 to 4 minutes.

2. In a bowl, beat the eggs with a fork.

3. Preheat an 8-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Coat with a few spritzes of cooking spray.

4. Add egg mixture and swirl around until pan is evenly coated.

5. When eggs begin to set slightly, run spatula under cooked egg and tip pan to allow the uncooked egg to flow underneath. Keep doing this all the way around until center is set, about 2 minutes.

6. Top half of the eggs with mushroom mixture and shrimp, then fold in half using the spatula. Cover and cook over low heat until omelet fluffs up, 30 to 40 seconds. Carefully slide omelet onto plate.

Nutritional information per serving

Per serving: 256 calories, 26 g protein, 3 g carbohydrate, 15.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 181 mg calcium, 3.6 mg iron, 88 mcg folate, 1 g fiber

Antidepressants Are Safe During Pregnancy, New Study Results

We have all heard about the Baby Blues and the more serious Post Partum Depression, but many times depression during pregnancy goes untreated and under the radar. Depression anytime can be serious matter, but new research now shows that it is very important, and not harmful, for depressed expecting mothers to get treatment.

Previous research showed that pregnant women who took SSRI antidepressants gave birth to smaller babies with hindered physical development. New research at Northwestern University showed that babies born to mothers who took SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy were the same height, weight and head circumference by the first year. The only different was infants were slightly shorter at birth, but the babies usually caught up to normal size in a few weeks.

Untreated depressed mothers are at risk for their appetite, nutrition, prenatal care and increased alcohol and drug use. Depression in mothers is also associated with premature birth and low infant birth rate, which increases the baby’s risk of heart disease.

The good news from this study is that pregnant women should not hesitate in seeking healthcare professionals to treat their depression and that antidepressants do not appear to pose the health risks once believed on developing infants.

Kim Kardashian Admits The Celebrity Pregnancy Is Not always As Easy As It Looks!

Kim Kardashian made her pregnant mom fans feel a little better the other day by admitting on the Red Carpet of her new movie, Temptation, that’s she’s just as human as the rest of us with a bout of pregnancy fatigue to contend with:

“Being pregnant is not as easy as my sister made it look or as my mom has made it look. I like to be active ….but I’ve been chilling out. I took a week off, just to rest and it was amazing.”

We’re glad that Kim is taking care of herself first as we know she keeps a busy schedule. Pregnancy is a good time to slow down and listen to your body. If you feel tired and run down, take some extra rest. Overall you may need to adjust your routine for less stress and more R&R. You deserve it and it’s good for the baby!