Category Archives: mothers

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

Moms of Color Spread Their Wings

Back in 2004 I remember penning an essay for Literary Mama called Unsung Motherhood. I was frustrated because there were painfully few blogs and sites for and about moms of color. I wrote:

What I am getting at is there is a noticeable dearth of positive information, resources, books, periodicals, and websites about black mothers on the Internet, save a few random, self-published sites by a minute smattering of black mothers and a few books that show up in online bookstore inventories. When I simply searched for print magazines for black mothers, I found nothing. That I can handle. But when I searched for websites tailored to black mothers, black mothering, and black motherhood (something that in my mind should exist), I found mostly academic studies and statistics about what is wrong with black mothers and how “bad” black mothering adversely affects black children.

That was then. Now more than five years later, things have surely changed. There are countless black mom bloggers, group blogs for mom bloggers of color, and sites geared specifically to moms of color. It’s a brand-new day and I am thrilled that I stuck around to see the transformation.

One of the newest blogs on the block is one you’re sure to love. It’s called Moms of Hue and was started by two extraordinary women, Renée Ross and Kristina Daniele. When you’re looking for a great group blog to read, I highly suggest adding them to your feed reader!

On the Net: www.momsofhue.com

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?

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

One Mom Enacts the “Blending Principle”

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Yesterday I talked about Bonnie St. John, who’s featured in the November issue of “O” magazine. It was so great to see her again. I interviewed her in 2004 and went into my archives to share the article with you. Hope you enjoy!


bonniestjohnyellowcoachI first learned about Bonnie St. John one overcast and humid Saturday afternoon in May when I casually perused a magazine for which I had been sent a free trial issue. As Saturday is my traditional “relax and recoup” day, I was thrilled to have something brand new to sit back and sink my teeth into, and since the magazine was all about mothers I flipped through each page with great interest and excitement. I was poised to briefly enter the lives of the moms who had been featured in the issue and jot down some of the advice they shared and grab a brilliant idea or two here and there along the way.

During my third run-through of the magazine I was finally struck by a medium-sized sidebar Q&A interview, nearly hidden, on the bottom left side of a page placed in the middle of the issue. I remember clearly that two distinct things immediately grabbed my attention. One: the woman being highlighted was a black mother and two: there was a photo of her, microphone in hand, grasped to perfection, smiling and confidently giving a speech to an audience that I couldn’t see but could imagine was undoubtedly packed to capacity.

After closely reading the entire interview — which was far too short to satisfy my curiosity — I discovered that this woman was a motivational speaker and also a home schooling mom. As a home schooling mother too, her responses in only a few words piqued my interest and I knew then that I wanted to feature her life and story in Mommy Too! magazine. Although I was excited about the prospect of highlighting a black mother who I could tell was creating her life’s dream and succeeding at her calling, little did I realize that I would meet one of the most extraordinary women I’ve met in my life and will probably ever meet during my entire lifetime. Her name is Bonnie St. John, a truly extraordinary mom.

Continue reading One Mom Enacts the “Blending Principle”

Fall Fashions from Motherhood Maternity & A Pea in a Pod

Aah, the joys of pregnancy! I really miss those days. Being an expectant mom over eight years ago was the best time of my life. I think it’s because I was fascinated by how much my body was changing and how awe-struck I felt with actually carrying another human being inside my body.

For those of you who are so lucky to be carrying a little one right now, Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in a Pod have you covered with cute, sassy, stylish, and inexpensive maternity wear for fall.

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Purple rib henley with rhinestone buttons ($19.98) layered under black marled sweater vest ($34.98) paired with destructed boot cut jeans ($44.98)

image[35]Black matte jersey party dress with beaded bodice – $44.98

image[39]Sapphire cowl neck modal jersey top ($85) and black sequin skirt worn ($195) with black princess coat ($315)

Oh, and by the way, Nicole Richie has a fab new exclusive collection of maternity wear at A Pea in a Pod. I like the look of the flowy tops and long skirts.

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Help the Quints — A Little Goes A Long Way!

sudanese-quintupletsSome very generous mom bloggers have come together to help the Sudanese family of recently-delivered quintuplets. Although much has been promised to help them after their birth, they haven’t received much at all. They go through 40 diapers a day. A day! And they really need some assistance.

You can access the Amazon registry here! And you can read more about this wonderful effort from fellow moms at OneDollarGive.com.

Essence’s February Issue + Mahogany Butterfly

feb09If you aren’t a subscriber to Essence magazine, the February issue is one to pick up on the newsstand. 

You’ll like their beauty picks, Fab in a Flash, and Cheap & Chic sections. The Essence editors did a fabulous job picking products that will make us look beautiful, but won’t make us break the bank!

The cover story featuring Tyler Perry (pg. 113) is also a nice read. Even though I didn’t learn anything new about Perry, it’s always beneficial to feed off his success and analyze how his mind works. I love that he hasn’t forgotten where he came from and is forever grateful for the blessings that have been bestowed upon him. He always has a lot of wisdom to impart upon his fans and I soak it up whenever I read something from him. 

There is also an uplifting piece called Turn Your Life Around (pg 135). It gives an abundance of advice and anecdotes about ways to make life-altering transitions for the betterment of your life. 

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On another note, I am now a contributing editor to Mahogany Butterfly’s Beloved section which is all about motherhood. Be sure to visit. I will cross-post links to a lot of the articles here so you won’t miss a thing 

Jennifer James, Editor

Shameful: Trying to Profit Off Malia and Sasha

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I’ve never been a fan of Beanie Babies. In fact, I’ve never purchased one for our daughters. I tend to back slowly away from trends and fads, especially when it comes to my children. 

I’m so glad our first lady disapproves that Ty, Inc is profiting off dolls they have named after first daughters Malia and Sasha. The dolls don’t look anything like the Obama girls. I guess they think all black girls look alike. Shameful!

“We believe it is inappropriate to use young private citizens for marketing purposes,” Ms. Obama’s spokeswoman said.

Read more on Chicago Business.

– Jennifer James, Editor

Mother-to-Be Jill Scott on Pregnancy and Motherhood

jillscottartEssence.com has a wonderful feature article on their Web site today. If you haven’t heard the news yet, Jill Scott is pregnant and expecting a son in April. What’s so amazing about her pregnancy is that she was told that would never be able to conceive, but as we all know, everything is on God’s timetable. 

Here’s some sage advice from Jill to other moms:

It’s so hard to believe, it’s hard to have faith, especially when things aren’t working out. It’s difficult and a challenge when you continuously ask for what you want and need in your life or at least what you think you want and need in your life, but that’s when you have to believe and have faith the most. Who knows how the blessings will flow or at what time or what hour those lessons are going to come. So I’d simply share to learn to be grateful for everything. When you give up, when you start to believe again, when you’re crying, when it hurts so bad, when you’re too embarrassed to face anybody— whatever—just be thankful because I believe that’s all God really wants from us is to be appreciative. It’s been my way of thinking and I’m hoping to teach this lil’ one these things.

Read Jill Scott’s interview about her pregnancy and motherhood on Essence.com.

Celebrate Your Growing Belly

When I was pregnant — both times — I didn’t have the forethought to celebrate my growing bellies and commemorate the memories with a belly cast. There is only one thing I regret about my pregnancies and this is it: Not doing a belly cast. If you are pregnant right now, seriously consider doing one before your baby is delivered and you lose the moment forever.

I saw this gorgeous belly cast today — all decorated in beautiful mosaics — on a blog and it re-ignited how much I regret not savoring my own pregnancies.
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We have added belly casting kits to our store so you don’t have to search the Web for the best ones out there.

+ Here are a few archived posts about belly casting:

If you do a belly cast, please send pictures for our belly gallery to mommytoo {at} gmail.com.

Jennifer James, Editor