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Maternity Coupons + Books for Expectant Moms

Be sure not to miss Destination Maternity’s up to 50% off fall sale: www.destinationmaternity.com/sale.asp

Free Shipping at Destination Maternity on orders over $100 use promo code: DMFS10. Valid Oct 7-11.

Also, there is an up to 30% off fall sale at Motherhood Maternity
http://www.motherhood.com/sale.asp

Free Shipping at Motherhood Maternity on orders over $75 use promo code: MHFS10. Valid Oct 7-11.

New Books for Expectant Moms from Meadowbrook Press:

The Official Lamaze Guide (2nd Edition)
This new edition has been updated to reflect the latest evidence-based research on pregnancy and childbirth. Since the first edition, childbirth in the U.S. has gotten riskier. The cesarean rate has continued to rise; now almost one third of women in the U.S. have a cesarean. There’s been a shocking rise in the maternal mortality rate. More babies are admitted to NICUs, and there’s been an alarming increase in incidences of postpartum depression and post traumatic stress disorder related to childbirth. BUY ONLINE (no affiliate link)

Guía sencilla para tener un bebé (Spanish Edition of The Simple Guide to Having a Baby)
This Spanish edition of The Simple Guide to Having a Baby is available at the same price as the English edition—a welcome change for healthcare organizations, hospitals, clinics, and childbirth educators who had been paying significantly more for an imported Spanish edition. BUY ONLINE (no affiliate link)

Maternity and Motherhood Monday: Heidi Klum’s New Maternity Collections

I love Heidi Klum. I usually don’t care about celebs, but I like Heidi’s spirit. She seems to really value motherhood, her husband, as well as her life as a businesswomen. Love that!

Heidi is coming out with two new maternity collections that have people excited. They officially launch both in Motherhood Maternity and A Pea In the Pod stores nationwide as well as online on February 12, 2010.

Her two collections include the 15-piece Lavish and 14-piece Loved. They promise to deliver supermodel style at the Motherhood price point.

Above is the flyer I received this weekend announcing the collections. I’m really looking forward to seeing them when they hit the racks.
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Valentine’s Day Sizzles for Expectant Moms

Mothers Work, Inc.On Christmas Eve I was complaining on Twitter because it wasn’t even Christmas  yet and Target was already putting out Valentine’s Day items. But if you stop to think about it, Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it!

Destination Maternity understand how fast time flies, from nine months for pregnant moms to seasonally for the rest of us.

This Valentine’s Day, Motherhood Maternity has you covered with 3/4 Sleeve Faux Wrap Maternity Dress in deep red ($29.98). Also check out the Sleeveless Babydoll Maternity Blouse ($68.00) the and Long Sleeve Button Front Maternity Shirt ($29.98)


Checking Your Thyroid During Pregnancy + Maternity Style

The second most likely diagnosed disease during pregnancy behind breast cancer is thyroid cancer. We don’t hear about thyroid disease very often, but an estimated 20 million people have been diagnosed with some form of thyroid disorder. Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.

The risk of hypothyroidism goes up during pregnancy and even after delivery, so the next time you have a prenatal visit, make sure to talk to your O.B. about your thyroid.

Click here to read, Thyroid Disease and Pregnancy, an online brochure from the American Thyroid Association.

Maternity Must-Have

If there is one thing that’s certain it’s this: Being pregnant is not the time to lose your sense of style. In fact, it’s the perfect time to push the limits of your style creativity. Thanks to forward-thinking, hip designers you can do that.

This 100% Make Love Not War funky maternity tee from Spunky Sprout will make your belly stand out in the crowd and put a little pep in your step when you’re out and about.

Find the tee on spunksprout.com. Price: $56.00

Pregnancy Doesn’t Give You the License to Pig Out

Silky Pregnancy

OK…I admit it: When I was pregnant with my second daughter I ate everything under the sun. In fact, the day she was born I recall eating Chinese sesame chicken and a coke. Both my pregnancies were vastly different. For my first, I did everything by the book and for my second I did everything by my taste buds! While I wasn’t obese I sure was pushing it. I couldn’t stop eating and subsequently I have battled my weight ever since.

A new study from Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Reasearch says obese women gain too much weight during pregnancy and tend to keep 40% of the weight gained during pregnancy after the baby is born. That’s a lot of weight!

Here are some valuable tips for controlling excess weight gain during pregnancy.

— Every day eat 8-12 fruit and vegetable servings, 3 servings of low-fat dairy, 5-9 ounces of protein-rich foods, 6-10 servings of whole grains, and 3-7 teaspoons of healthy fat (e.g., olive or canola oil, nuts).
— Eat regular meals and small healthy snacks between meals.
— Reduce fat to less than 30 percent of calories.
— Reduce consumption of sweets and sweetened drinks.
— Keep a food diary to check for nutritional adequacy and portion
management.
— Eat only 100-300 extra calories per day beyond what your calorie needs were before you became pregnant.
— Exercise 30 minutes on most days. If you aren’t exercising, talk to
your provider about how to start an exercise program.

Test Your IQ on Premature Birth Rates in the U.S.

Happy Mother Holding BabyAs you’re probably aware, the infant mortality rate in the black community is 2.3 times that of white babies according to the Office of Minority Health. Researchers, doctors, and even our government cannot determine why black babies are dying at such alarming rates, but there is power in knowing as much as possible about infant mortality and knowing resources that are available to you in order to save your child.

Below are four questions about infant mortality I hope you will answer or either pass along to your readers. Answers are after the jump.

1. QUESTION:

What is preterm birth?

a. Preterm birth is childbirth occurring earlier than 39 completed weeks of pregnancy
b. Preterm birth is childbirth occurring earlier than 40 completed weeks of pregnancy
c. Preterm birth is childbirth occurring earlier than 37 completed weeks of pregnancy

How many babies in the United States are born premature?

a. 1 in 5 babies
b. 1 in 12 babies
c. 1 in 14 babies

3. QUESTION:

Which women are at the greatest risk of preterm birth?

a. Women who have had a previous preterm birth
b. Women who are pregnant with multiple babies
c. Women with a short cervix
d. All of the above

4. QUESTION:

True of False: Can preterm birth can be predicted?

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The Swine Flu and You: What Every Expectant Mother Should Know By Charles Hux, MD

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There is a new strain of flu virus called the H1N1 or swine flu virus. This virus is quickly spreading throughout the world, causing much worry and fear among the general population and the medical community. Over 90% of flu cases this year will be caused by the H1N1 strain of virus.

As with the most strains of the flu virus, young children, the elderly, those with comprised immune systems and pregnant women are especially at risk. The H1N1 strain of flu carries a greater risk of complications and death compared to the traditional flu. This is due to the fact that the H1N1 virus causes more severe respiratory complications much faster.

As a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, I am very concerned that pregnant women understand the dangers of not being vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and particularly the H1N1 strain of virus. Pregnancy weakens a woman’s immune system making her more susceptible to catching viruses. A pregnant woman who already suffers from asthma or another chronic respiratory condition is at a greater risk for complications. There is an 8 percent or 1 in 12 risk of death if, a pregnant women becomes infected with the H1N1 virus. In addition, if a pregnant woman needs to go to the hospital and ends up on mechanical ventilation due to respiratory complications, the baby can suffer from decreased oxygen. This has the potential of causing neurological damage to the baby. It is also important to note that the majority of pregnant women who did not survive after contracting the swine flu were otherwise healthy.

Getting both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine is the best protection you can have to avoid contracting the flu. You should get both vaccinations to be fully protected. These vaccinations will also give protection to your unborn baby for the first six months of life. It is best to get both the vaccines before you become pregnant or if you are already pregnant in the first trimester of pregnancy. If possible it is important to try to avoid getting sick with an illness that will produce a fever, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. Having a fever in the first trimester doubles the risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect such as spina bifida. In addition, women who contract the swine flu are at a higher risk of a premature delivery.

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Apparel Announcements

SKU10029One of the hottest maternity lines to hit the market since Liz Lange is now set to launch on Target.com.

Moody Mamas, the brand that has graced the pregnant bellies of celebs like Laila Ali, Heidi Klum, and Jessica Alba is now available to everyday moms who want to look fantastic during their pregnancies and beyond. Moody Mamas’ style transitions well post-pregnancy.

Click here to see their collection on Target.com and visit MoodyMamas.com for their whole collection.

FUNKOOS.com

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If you visit as many mom blogs and parenting sites as I do, then you know there are a plethora of companies out there that make organic clothes for babies and toddlers. How can you tell them apart?

Different companies have different styles. That’s a given. But when companies go beyond the call of duty and give back to charity and make the working conditions better for those laborers who manufacture their end product, that makes me very content and that’s a deal-sealer for me.

Funkoos not only had hip styles for your little one, they also manufacture their products in fair-trade factories that are certified by Global Organic Textile Standards.

On the Net: www.funkoos.com

Pregnant Women Urged to Get H1N1 Vaccine

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pregnant women who have contracted the H1N1 virus have died at a rate six times higher than the general population. Because of this physicians are encouraging expectant women to get the H1N1

“All pregnant women should be vaccinated,” urges Dr. Gerson Weiss, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. “Pregnant women are immunocompromised, in a sense, because they have to have in themselves the ability not to reject the baby. So that’s a window that the virus clearly is taking advantage of.”

The CDC has a very comprehensive web site that tells you everything you want and need to know about the H1N1 virus including:

Beautiful Maternity Sweaters for Fall

I cannot believe fall is officially here. Where I live it does take a while for the leaves to finally start turning colors and the nippiness to touch the air, but that time has finally arrived. And you know what that means: sweater time!

For all of you out there who are expecting, look no further than Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in a Pod for the latest cashmere and wool sweaters that will enhance your growing belly and keep it snug and warm.

greysweaterMotherhood Maternity grey heather cowl neck tunic sweater with button tab sleeve – $39.98

brownimageMotherhood Maternity brown heather cable toggle sweater coat – $44.98

fur A Pea in the Pod Collection faux fur vest – $195
On the Net: www.motherhood.com | www.apeainthepod.com