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International Bump Watch: Parisian Fashion Blogger Frédérique Harrell



So, I spent part of the morning IG stalking one of my fave fashion bloggers,  Frédérique Harrell who is expecting her first child and looking fabuliciois doing it.

The Parisian stylist lives in London with her husband of two years, Tom.

This is the first child for the couple due this November.

I love that she isn’t afraid to play with color, texture and patterns even while pregnant.

Frédérique colors outside of the lines! Here are some of my fave maternity looks she has shared with her 102K IG followers.

Simply Gorgeous!!!!!

A 60-year old Indiana Woman Welcomed Twins Yesterday

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When Claudette Cook of Indiana met her husband Ross at church 10 years ago, doctors told her that they would never have children because of her advanced age, but 10 years later at age 60, she is now a mom to twins.

Claudette and Ross got the go-ahead from an in vitro fertilization specialist last fall to start a family and a year later were successful and welcomed twin sons Isaac and Isaiah on Sunday, October 2.

“Isaac came out first, and Isaiah came out second,” Cook told the local news after she beat all the odds to welcome the fraternal twins.

“I cried. I was like, you know, you look at TV and you see other people in the delivery room and you’re like, oh my goodness. And, it was me. So, joy, it was so sweet,”  ABC News reported she said while holding her husband, Ross’s, hand. “Everything changed in that moment. Once they’re born, your life changes.”

The boys weighed 5 lbs each and arrived via C-Section. The couple gave credit to their tiny miracle to prayer.

“Doors started opening up, and BAM, here they are,” Cook said. “Age is but a number with God. Plus, I was healthy and in shape. I was like, yes, I know I can do this – I know I can. No matter how hard it was, He brought me through it all, so, awesome God.”

WFIE reports that it will be a couple of weeks before they can take their newborns home. The twins are healthy and their mother is doing just fine.

No doubt, this will and has been the subject of lots of water-cooler conversation today. Share your thoughts with us on social!

Bump Watch: The Weekend Maternity Casual Wear Edition

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Weekends are for casual wear and if you are a expecting celebrity, you can expect the papps to be there to capture every moment. And so it was for these four actresses who were featured in the media recently:

Olivia Wilde was looking super cute in overalls accessorized with a choker and cute leather tote bag in Hollywood. (In Style)

Teresa Palmer went with an off the shoulder Bohemian dress and sandals. (Daily Mail)

Natalie Portman opted for a floral top over comfy denim deans and sandals (In Style )

Katherine Heigl did a grey v-neck tea with cropped yoga pants  (In Style)

Learn: How to Select the Perfect Fit Bra for Each Stage of Your Pregnancy

 

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Finding the right bra can be a challenge for any woman. And there are loads of bra brands and lots of different styles to select from, depending on how they will be used: sports bras, lingerie, daily, formal events etc. There have been reports that have said the average woman owns over 16 different bras. Wowza!

When one is pregnant, she has additional issues related to engorged and growing breasts, breast milk leakage and nursing. Each stage of the pregnancy calls for a different type of bra. Our friends at Cake Maternity put together an infographic that breaks down the different bra types.

Check it out here and get informed:

 

 

 

VIRAL: City Hall Weddings, And Here’s One with a Pregnant Bride

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This month, a very simple and elegant courthouse wedding went viral. Since then, many future brides have been reconsidering all the exorbitant costs of an expensive wedding and reception. What is also catching their attention are all the other gorgeous courthouse and city hall elopment wedding photography sites like this one, this one and this one. 

We spotted a beautiful wedding, taken at the San Francisco City hall by photographer Margaret Mahoney. And what makes it stand out is that the bride Nicole is preggers in this photos with her groom Jesse.  The images are breathtaking and enticing. The City Hall encourages all future brides and grooms in the Bay area and beyond to consider having their nuptials there!

Enjoy these photos!

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Preginistas: Your Le Tote Designer Maternity Closet is HERE! (Subscription Box)

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Earlier this week, we blogged about how the subscription box biz model is making toy shopping easier for parents. Pregnant women and moms-to-be are in luck!

Le Tote, the clothing subscription box company that ships members unlimited number of apparel and accessories each month, is now in the maternity wear business.

For a fee of $69 monthly, you’ll get 5 new items (3 clothing and 2 accessories) recommended. You select which you want and then get them shipped to you to wear as long as you want. When you’re done ship it back.

It takes the effort, time and stress out of finding chic maternity and well styled maternity clothing. And, you get a chance to wear all of the high end brands you may not necessarily want to fork over hundreds of dollars to acquire for a limited period of time.



Also, if you’re a fashionista and are love to wear different styles without repeating, then what a wonderful way to show off a very robust wardrobe without getting broke in the process!

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Le Tote gets hundreds of brands and fresh styles each week.

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It’s a preginistas dream come true! Your Instagram page will be amaze-balls!

 

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With hundreds of brands and fresh styles arriving every week, you’ll love exploring new looks.  And you can get your first deliver for 50% off! Sweetness!

Maternity Capsule Collections Can Get your Thru Your Entire Pregnancy

Dressing a bump is fun, there’s no doubt. It’s a rare time when our proportions get flipped around and a bulging belly is something to show off rather than disguise.

But that full belly is actually a fairly short blip in the whole process — a process that presents new challenges for dressing with each phase. And don’t forget about after the birth and the possibility of months of nursing.

With that in mind, here are some pieces to get you through the early months, those big-belly days and beyond — when you need all the help you can get.

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6 iPhone Apps to Get You Thru Bedrest

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Nothing frees up your time like being told you have to stay on bed rest for the remainder of your pregnancy, and if you don’t have enough distractions you can quickly find yourself bored out of your mind. Of course you can play your favorite games like Words with Friends or Wheel of Fortune, but after a while even those will lose their luster, and you’ll need something else to occupy your hours.

Here are 6 iPhone applications that will help take up some time and answer any questions you may have regarding concerns about the baby that may pop into your head while you are lying in bed.  There’s an app for everything from saving for college to listening to the baby’s heartbeat:

1. CollegeSave This application allows you to do the calculations to determine how much per month you will need to save in order to pay for your child’s college tuition.  If you start early then you will have the advantage of compounding interest and you won’t have to put as much away each month versus starting when your child is 10.

2. Soundhound Ever been bored and start humming a song and wish you knew what the song was?  With this application you can hum a few bars and it will use its vast library of over a million tunes to identify the song.  Want to come up with a bunch of lullabies for your baby?  This application can help with that.

3. iPregnancy  Want to know what’s going on inside your body at this very moment?  iPregnancy tells you how big the baby should be, what’s going on physically with the baby, keeps track of appointments and has a great baby name function to help you figure out what you are going to name your little peanut when the time comes.

4. ZipList  You may be on bed rest, but the rest of the family still needs to eat.  Don’t feel like you have to rely on your partner to handle everything with this application.  Now you can look up recipes, create a grocery list, sort the items on the list by aisle in the store, and then text everything to someone else to run to the store for you.  If your family runs out of anything they can scan the barcode using this application and it will automatically be added to the list.

5. My Baby’s Beat With this application you can actually use the microphone on your iPhone to hear your baby’s heart beat and your own.  You can record the heart beat and e-mail it to

6. After Baby is born: BabyTimer  This application allows you to keep track of the number of wet and dirty diapers your baby has each day.  It also keeps track of feedings so that you can report all of this information back to your pediatrician.

Good luck moms!

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Angela Simmons is still slaying the Preggo wear game



Have you been keeping up with Angela Simmons on Instagram?

If you have, you’d notice that she has been keeping up with posting her usual exercise videos but has switched to prenatal yoga. She has instilled the talents of wellness trainer to the stars, The Glow Maven, Latham Thomas.

And she also is giving Rasheeda and Draya Michele a run for their money with her chic maternity outfits.

Check out our faves and head over to her gram to peep the designers’ names. Note: Her shoe game is on point too!







Study: Exercise During Pregnancy Lessens C-Section Risk

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A new Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology confirm the importance of exercise while pregnant to reduce risk of having a pre-term baby or other complications.

Researchers looked at data from over 2,000 pregnant women and compared those who exercised and those who did not  The women who exercised were more likely to deliver vaginally—as opposed to having a C-section—and less likely to have gestational diabetes and high blood pressure.

The key is to maintain your current level of activity, not increase it, according to the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

The Academy recommends that all women who have no complications with their pregnancies get “30 minutes or more of moderate exercise a day on most, if not all, days of the week.”

Women can  do what they want but should avoid exercise that can risk abdominal trauma (like horseback riding or skiing).

They should tell their docs of their exercise plans and stop and tel their doc  if they experience any pain, discomfort, or have any worries.

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