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Record Cold Temps: Stay warm with BIG Scarves

Brrrrrrr! All across the United States, many regions are feeling the chill of blistering arctic like cold and winds.  In some areas and cities, like Minnesota, officials are even warning residents to remain indoors and avoid going outside.

Frostbite is real, peeps.

If you must venture out this winter, and are preggers or not, an absolutely fly and chic way to accentuate your winter outerwear is thick chunky sweater scarves. They serve a dual purpose of keeping you warm and adding style and trendy function to your look. If you find a comfy scarves in a style and material you like, splurge, if you can, and get one in at least one other color.

Stay Fab! Shop Fab Scarves!

– Maria

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New Year New You: 4 Health Tips for Moms-to-be

While many people are dieting and changing their exercise and eating habits for the New Year, pregnant woman too can adjust theirs as well, not for losing weight, but for maintaining and elevating their health while carrying their babies.

Below are 4 tips from Veria.com, an online extension of the national health and wellness TV network Veria Living, to ensure a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Stay hydrated
Drink 8-10 cups of water each day. Even slight dehydration can dramatically reduce energy level. Avoid reaching for caffeinated beverages – anything more than two cups of tea or coffee a day can reduce your body’s levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin
Think of lean proteins, including eggs and poultry,
 as your friend
Remember to include some in each meal. Lean protein is super rich in B vitamins, which help convert food into energy.

Eat every 3-4 hours,  3 meals and 2 snacks
Not going more than 3-4 hours without food helps to stabilize your blood sugar. When blood sugar drops from lack of food you feel tired and cranky.
Take fish oil supplements

2,000 mg fish oil daily during pregnancy was found to reduce the incidence of Postpartum depression following delivery. If you didn’t take fish oil while pregnant, it is never too late to start. Other studies have found a higher intake of Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil will decrease depressive symptoms in non-pregnant individuals as well.
It’s Important to differentiate between the typical “new mom blues” and Postpartum depression. Some common symptoms of Postpartum depression are depressed mood, sleep problems, loss of appetite and trouble caring for your infant.
If you suspect you have Postpartum depression contact your healthcare provider to discuss treatment options.
Be well!

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Idris Elba confirms girlfriend pregnancy rumors, latest tweets trigger massive panties dropping


And in stalking gorgeous men whose significant others’ are expecting news….

Idris Elba created Twitter mayhem this Saturday when he sent out a provocative tweet that referenced his manhood. See, it’s not just the female celebs who get off on attention. That tweet got retweeted over 7,500 times and faved about 8,600+ times and counting.

AND he kept at it with a follow up saucy Tweet about “releasing the beast” and acknowledgment of the furor and the fact he’s gotten a massive amount of new followers since it.

Well played, handsome Afro-Brit God, well played.

Expect to see men in big bow ties and other celebs hopping on the peen tweet bandwagon soon.

And it was only last December that he was finally admitting to the public that he and his girlfriend, make up artist girlfriend  Naiyana Garth  are expecting.

Lucky woman! Blessed couple!

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9-year old girl helps mom deliver her baby sister (VIDEO)

A 9-year old Chicago girl helped deliver her own baby sister last week when her mom went into labor at home.
Rather than panicking when her mom Monique Meza went into rapid and active labor last week, Alyssa Meza used knowledge she acquired watching medical shows on TV to help her mom  give birth to her sister, and even unwrapped the umbilical cord from the baby’s neck after delivery.
“She said she felt the baby coming out, and I told her to push the baby out and I’ll catch the baby,” Alyssa told ABC Chicago.  “She got scared. I (caught) the baby, grabbed the towel and wrapped her around.” 
 Alyssa realized the baby was discolored and sprung into action again.
“The umbilical cord was actually around the baby. It was like two around. So I had to unwrap it a little and I ran next door to grab my neighbor because the baby was a little purple,” she added.
A neighbor called emergency services which transported mom and baby to the hospital. Mom and baby are doing fine after being monitored and released before New Year’s Day.
Brave and very smart girl as not too many kids would be able to take charge like that and save their sibling’s life.
“I expected it from her, but as much maturity that she has shown me, at her age, very mature,” mom Monique Meza told ABC Chicago.
Check out the full video to the story:

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Donald Faison and Cacee Cobb’s son Rocco wins fave Hollywood baby name contest


We asked Bellyitch Readers to pick among the bevy of unique names celebrities who gave birth this year gave their babies and to select the rock star/Hollywood name they liked best.

Readers loved the name ROCCO best!

That is the name comedic actor Donald Faison and wife CaCee Cobb gave their son, born August 15, 2013.

His name beat out the one Cacee’s best friend Jessica Simpson and her husband NFL‘s Eric Johnson named their kid Ace Knute. Rocco also bested North West, daughter to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West; Axl  Jack, Fergie and Josh Duhamel‘s son, and even actress Kate Winslet’s  son Bear.

With a dad whose last name is RockNRoll, we were just certain he’d win!

Oh well.

We get it. It’s cute but has to grow on folks.

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Debunked: Tiger Mom Amy Chua’s new book on why some cultural groups are failures

Peter Mahakian
The infamous Yale Professor who brought us the New York Times best selling Battle Hym of he Tiger Mom” is back! 
This time, Amy Chua has paired up with her Jewish husband Jed Rubenfeld in a new book where the two enumerate the cultural (read: ethnic) groups that make the best and most superior mothers, and thus produce superior children.
They are: 
Cuban exiles
In The Triple Package, Chua and Rubenfeld list three characteristics they say make mothers in these groups exceptional: Superiority Complex, Insecurity and Impulse Control. 
The  New York Post did a good job summarizing these attributes but in a nutshell it comes down to parents in those groups (1) believe they are better people than and superior to others, (2) are insecure about being called out as not being genuine or shamed if they fail, and (3) can control impulses to spend too much or get sidetracked; and are resilient and focused in the pursuit of success.
African Americans are not successful because since the civil rights era, they, as a group, have lived their lives being told and made to feel inferior. Because of that, they lack the superiority complex needed to be successful people.
Interesting theory. 
The conservatives who believe that black Americans’ historical reliance on government assistance have created people who are weighted by living their lives as victims of oppression may agree.
Controversy sells. 
Chua knows this given the success of her first book. The villain in any movie, TV or book series is memorable, get airplay and stay on the minds and mouths of the public.
So who cares if the theories are based on disjointed themes, fallacies and are layered with inconsistencies, right?
For example, how can one think they are the best yet live their lives in constant fear of being labeled a “fraud”, and insecure?  That would mean they are thus inferior to those who live and behave freely without that irrational fear.  
Thus, Chua and Rubenfeld’s version of “superiority” amounts to self-induced false bravado based on awareness of ancestral greatness, that is then used as a coping mechanism to propel one forward, as a buoy from  sinking under the weight of others’ criticism. 
No thanks. They can keep that.
And shouldn’t we want secure and content parents who teach their children to be genuine in their selves?
The book seems to elevate social climbers, people who spend their entire lives clawing to the top of the socio-economic ladder only to be miserable, friendless and on anxiety meds and in therapy.

It also seems to equate success with wealth and success in work and business, while discounting the costs.
Be mindful that many rich people struggle with drugs and alcohol abuse, and also India and China have a  high suicide rate some of it induced by pressures from parents and their society to succeed.

So success at what cost and by what standards?

One study found that rich kids are more likely to use drugs than poor ones, and rich teen girls have more abortions than poor teens. All of the measures of success can be countered with research that digs into them. 
Finally, the distinctions between a Nigerian and a Ethiopian mom; an Indian and Pakistani mom; a Lebanese American and a Syrian-American mom are negligible. Whatever qualifying measures Chua and Rubenfeld came up with to pick out one over the other could probably be seen in abundance in another closely related group with similar ethic, cultural and historic backgrounds.
Rather, it is arbitrary to make distinctions and apportion them to such large groups.

It all comes off as unsubstantiated and a bit silly. But it will get us all talking for sure. Look at us now.

What do you think about Chua’s new book? Have you read it? Will you?

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Gwen Stefani for O.P.I. was Met Ball’s “Punk” theme inspired (PHOTOS)

Recall when we were stalking checking out mom-to-be again Gwen Stefani‘s Twitter stream and we caught her in the middle of a photo shoot, grinding?
Well it was for a campaign for O.P.I. nail polish which just signed the No Doubt front woman to be featured as a spokesperson.  The colors have launched and are now available on line and at national retailers and beauty supply stores.
O.P.I stated in its release these Gwen colors were initially inspired by the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala which had a theme last year, “Punk: Chaos To Couture”
The collection of polishes all that celebrates “the role of music as a major influence in fashion.”
The collection features five nail colors and includes a four-piece mini pack and two-piece set with base coat named “Lay Down That Base”. The polishes retail for $9 each and the mini-pack is $12.95.
So far I’m in love with Hey Baby & Love, Angel, Music Baby, so Posh!
Check out some of the various campaign pics:



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Study: Vitamin D supplements in pregnancy linked to strong baby muscles

Researchers have suggested that babies are likely to have stronger muscles if their mothers had a higher level of vitamin D in their body while they are pregnant.

In the research vitamin D levels were measured in 678 mothers in the later stages of pregnancy.

When the children were four years old, grip strength and muscle mass were measured. Results showed that the higher the levels of vitamin D in the mother, the higher the grip strength of the child, with an additional, but less pronounced association between mother’s vitamin D and child’s muscle mass.

Lead researcher Dr Nicholas Harvey, Senior Lecturer at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU) at the University of Southampton said that these associations between maternal vitamin D and offspring muscle strength may well have consequences for later health; muscle strength peaks in young adulthood before declining in older age and low grip strength in adulthood has been associated with poor health outcomes including diabetes, falls and fractures.

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