Archives for July 2011

Beautiful Summer Maternity Clothes for Under $30!

It’s July and we are definitely feeling the summer heat, aren’t we?! For the pregnant ladies, hot is even hotter, and we want to help you cool off a bit. We’ve rounded up some sizzling fashions that you can buy with a click of the mouse, so you don’t even have to get off your chair.

Skirts, tops, leggings, dresses, swimwear… Check out these great summer maternity fashions for UNDER $30. They’ll keep you looking hot, at prices that won’t have you breaking out in a sweat!

Below: Sleeveless Stretch Dress in Pink (also Black) only $19.98 by Motherhood Maternity.

Sleeveless Stretch Fabric Maternity Dress

Below: Sleeveless V-Neck Knit Dress -Underwater Jade $27.99 at Target

Product Image Liz Lange® for Target® Maternity Sleeveless V-Neck Knit Dress -Underwater Jade

Below: Shirred-Neckline Dresses $29.94 by Old Navy

Below: Short Sleeve Flutter Sleeve Dress $24.98 by  Motherhood Maternity

Short Sleeve Flutter Sleeve Maternity Dress

Below: Green Print Strapless Maxi Dress $29.99 Kiki’s Fashions

Below: Smocked Lace-Trim Dress $29.94 by Old Navy

Below: Elbow Sleeve Hardware Detail Top $19.99 by  Motherhood Maternity.

Elbow Sleeve Hardware Detail Maternity Shirt

Below: Tons of tanks & Camis for just $9.99 at Target

Product Image Liz Lange® for Target® Maternity Long and Lean Tank - Fresh White Product Image Liz Lange® for Target® Maternity Cami - Black

Below: Green Striped Short Sleeve Shirt $22.99 by Kiki’s Fashions

Below: Sleeveless Tie Detail Blouse $24.98 by Motherhood Maternity

Sleeveless Tie Detail Maternity Blouse

Below: Fold-Over Skirts $17.50 by Old Navy

Below: Fold-Over Panel Crop Pants $19.99 at Target

Product Image Liz Lange® for Target® Maternity Fold-Over Panel Crop Pants - Black

Below: Knee Length A-Line Skirt $19.98 by Motherhood Maternity

Secret Fit Belly(tm) Knee Length  A-line Maternity Skirt

Below: Maternity Bootcut Pants $22.99 Kiki’s Fashions

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Below: Maternity Jersey Legging 2-PACK $19.00 by Old Navy

Below: Ruffled Bandeaukini Swim Top $24.99 at Target

Product Image Liz Lange® for Target® Maternity Ruffled Bandeaukini Swim Top - Black/Blue

Prenatal Vitamins Help Prevent Autism

Another huge reason for taking prenatal vitamins! In addition to warding off birth defects and assisting with proper fetal growth, a new study shows that taking prenatal vitamins may help prevent autism and autism spectrum disorders, reducing the risk by some 40 percent.

According to researchers, the three months before conception and the first month of pregnancy are the most vital times for taking prenatal vitamins. So women who want to or may become pregnant should be particularly vigilant during this time frame.

Folic acid is one of the essential ingredients in prenatal vitamins, and plays a major role in healthy fetal development.  Talk to your doctor about a healthy diet and appropriate prenatal vitamins.

Are Hopsital Births Now “Scarier” Than Home Births?

AP reports that home births are on the rise by a dramatic 20 percent, from 2004 to 2008, accounting for 28,357 of 4.2 million U.S. births. And lest you think it is only the tree-huggers or families who are uninsured and can’t afford a hospital birth, think again.

Sherry Hopkins, a Las Vegas midwife, has attended the home births of many well-educated, affluent, informed women, including a pediatrician, an emergency room doctor and nurses. Home births are the new “it” thing to do.

“I do think there’s a backlash against what’s happening in hospitals,” said Gina Crosley-Corcoran, a Chicago blogger and pre-law student, who gave birth to her third baby (a V-bac) at home. “Women are finding that the hospital experience wasn’t a good one.”

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The hospital birth experience does seem to be becoming increasingly invasive and drug-dependent.  There are relatively minor inconveniences such as being poked by needles, fetal-monitoring, and being told what position to labor in. Then there are bigger concerns such as cord-clamping,  inducement, soaring C-section rates, and brachial plexus injuries. And then there is the matter of comfort: birthing mothers want to feel at ease in their own surroundings, going at their own pace, without interference from doctors who want to speed things up so they won’t miss dinner.

Dr. Joel Evans, a board-certified OB-GYN who supports home birth, calls the medical establishment “resistant to change, resistant to dialogue, resistant to flexibility.”  For many women, hospital births have become a stressful, medicalized experience where every birthing woman is treated under the same protocols.

Home births are not for everyone, especially those who are high-risk. Emergencies do happen, so it is important to be close to a hospital in case you need to be rushed there. An informed decision, careful examination of the pros and cons, together with expert advice, is always the way to go.

Robbie Davis-Floyd, a medical anthropologist at the University of Texas at Austin and researcher on global trends in childbirth, says: “Women who are truly educated in evidence-based maternity care understand the safety and the multiple benefits of home birth.”

Read more: Home birth on the rise by a dramatic 20 percent

If you have had a home-birth of are thinking of having one, we’d like to hear about it! Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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