Archives for March 2011

How Early Can You Take a Home Pregnancy Test?

The suspense is killing you… could you be pregnant? Some pregnancy test kits say that you can use the test three to four days before your missed period, but it might be too early to be accurate. If you do, you’re more likely to get a false negative (the test says you’re not pregnant but you really are).

You will get a more truthful reading if you wait until after your period is due. Menstruation occurs on average 14 days after ovulation, so the likelihood of a false negative is low once a period is late.

Whenever you decide to do it, you’ll get the best results if you test first thing in the morning, and follow the test’s instructions. If it’s positive– congratulations! If it’s negative, and you still haven’t gotten your period, try again in a few days. If you get a faint positive reading, you probably are pregnant, since false positives are very rare. Wait a couple days and test again.

How Pregnancy Tests Work

Pregnancy tests detect the chemical markers associated with pregnancy, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which can only be detected after implantation. It is commonly believed that an egg implants in the uterus wall 7 days after conception, but research shows that first appearance of pregnancy hormone, hCG, due to implantation occurred 6-12 days after ovulation, with the majority of pregnancies implanting 8-10 days after ovulation.

Every woman is different, and the time it takes for the fertilized egg to implant in your uterus wall can vary.  If you don’t get a positive sign on your pregnancy test, it doesn’t mean that you are not pregnant. You may have ovulated later than you thought (meaning that conception and subsequent hCG production didn’t happen as you calculated) or that, for you, implantation took longer than the average.

If you want a review of  different types of pregnancy tests, click over to 10 Home Pregnancy Tests (and How to Use Them)

The sensitivity of the pregnancy tests on the market today vary greatly. The more sensitive the test, the greater the chance it will pick up your pregnancy before your period is due. Visit Baby Hopes’ pregnancy test comparison page for info on various types’ sensitivity in picking up the pregnancy hormone hCG.

Spring 2011: Maternity Fashion Trends

Aren’t you ready to shed the layers? Winter doesn’t seem to be quite over yet, but those heavy sweaters and coats are getting to be so last season! Let’s take see what we have to look forward to as spring blows in! Here are a few of the latest maternity trends for Spring 2011!

Classic Americana

Red, white, and blue are star colors this season, while stripes are always classic. Preppy plaids, jeans, and rolled-cuff khakis give you some relaxed looks for weekend barbecues in the yard.

Short Sleeve Bow Detail Maternity Dress
Orange Pin-tucked Top by Gap $39.50
Short Sleeve Bow Detail Maternity Dress by  Motherhood Maternity $24.98


The military look continues to be popular and versatile.  Light military jackets are great for the transition between winter and spring, or for layering when it’s cool outside.  Military accents can also be found on dresses, pants, and tops.

Convertible Sleeve Button Front Maternity DressClassic Long Sleeve Maternity Coat by Olian Maternity

Convertible Sleeve Button Front Maternity Dress by Motherhood Maternity $38.98

Classic Long Sleeve Maternity Coat by Olian Maternity $120.40

Vintage Floral

This look comes in beautifully ruffled dresses, tiered tops, and artisan tees. Dress it up with sequins and bows, or dress it down with stud details, cargo pockets, and military jackets.

3/4 Sleeve Trapeze Maternity Blouse by Motherhood Maternity $34.98

Embellished Slub-Knit Tees by Old Navy $16.50

Soft and Feminine

Celebrate pregnancy with clothes that make you feel womanly. Soft pastels, pristine whites, feminine ruffles, and pretty prints paired are accentuated by belts and bows to show off your blossoming figure.

Sleeveless Sash Belt Maternity Blouse

Sleeveless Sash Belt Maternity Blouse by Motherhood Maternity $24.98

Embellished Drop-Waist Tops by Old Navy $16.50

Nursing On the Go with the GoPillow!

Ever tried breastfeeding your baby on a warm day? Outdoors? In an office? A mall? A park?

We all know the standard breastfeeding position: Mom cradles the baby’s head on her arm, so that baby can rest and feed comfortably.  Boppies and breastfeeding pillows are nice too.  But if you’ve ever breastfed a baby you might also recall the way your arm and the baby’s head get sweaty and sticky on warm days, making the whole experience not so comfortable after all.

Here’s an amazing product that excels in the multitasking department. Moms everywhere give it two thumbs up and we think it’s a great idea, too! The GoPillow serves the following needs:

  • A wearable breast feeding pillow, which cradles baby’s head while keep everyone sweat-free (on warm days) and cozy (on cool days)
  • Designed for comfortable cradling
  • Built-in cover-up blanket which you can throw over your shoulder for privacy
  • Pillow and body wrap for babies and toddlers, great for on-the-go naps
  • Portable diaper changing surface
  • Sun and wind shield for babies and toddlers
  • Arm cushion for carrying babies and toddlers
  • Arm warmer during cold weather (especially during outdoor activities)
  • Super soft plush available in baby pink or baby blue.

Here’s a very short video illustrating how the GoPillow can be used:

It’s great for babies…

…and toddlers!

For more info and to order, visit

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