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Good News: Today is the 1st Day of Spring {ICYMI}

Last week, Facebook and Instagram were down last week for an entire day…then when it came back, the College Admissions cheating scandal took over our news feeds and…

Isn’t it great that today is the first day of Spring?!?

You deserve some good news, and some more good news in the form of past posts you might have missed:

  • First, excellent news for future expecting moms! Researchers are developing a test to help moms-to-be test at home if they have preeclampsia!
  • Also, last week, we heard bout the demise of yet another mall staple retail clothing store, H&M, which is closing up dozens of store nationwide. Gasp! Here is why I’ll miss it.
  • Coming to the end of Tex Season and if you’ve vowing to reign in your spending and save for a home, vacay, or biz or “just because”, I’ve got 21 apps to share that can help you get your financial house in Order for the New Year this tax season and beyond.
  • And for those of you keeping up with expecting celebrities, check out this post about who is delivering a baby this year.
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  • Prepping the nursery? Here are tips on how to create a calming nursery.
  • For my fashionistas, check out what all the stylish expecting Instagrammers are rocking and how to get away with the Neon trend sensibly this season. You can do it! It’s easy!
  • And just for fun, the names of the naughtiest boys and girls names are out. See if your name or a name you planned to give your future child is on it!
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An At-Home Preeclampsia Test Is Being Developed

Dr. Kara Rood speaks with a pregnant woman during a prenatal visit.

A new test to easily diagnose preeclampsia earlier in pregnancy is being developed by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Preeclampsia is a potentially life-threatening condition that affects about one in 20. Both mom and baby are at risk and because the symptoms of the condition mirror regular normal pregnancy symptoms like swelling and headaches, it is pretty hard to diagnose. Often times, it isn’t caught until much later in a woman’s pregnancy.

The newly developed test uses a special red dye that reacts to unique proteins in the urine of pregnant women with preeclampsia.

This means, a mom-to-be can quickly and easily diagnosed for the condition during a prenatal visit.

“Without the certainty of this test, providers tend to be overcautious because this is definitely a condition that we can’t allow to go untreated,” said Dr. Kara Rood , lead author of the study and maternal-fetal medicine physician at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “This test helps us to quickly provide care to women with preeclampsia, while avoiding unnecessary admissions or even early deliveries.”


Researchers expect the new rapid test to be FDA approved in the next few years so that OB/GYNs nationwide can use it to identify cases of preeclampsia.

“Giving birth is the only cure for preeclampsia, but it can develop as early as the second trimester,” Rood added. “The quicker we identify women with the condition, the better chance they have of carrying their babies to full term and having a healthy delivery.”

Dr. Rood hopes it will also be available at home for monitoring pregnancy complications more conveniently.

Carrie Underwood Welcomes 2nd Son, Jacob Bryan

Congratulations to country singer Carrie Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher on the birth of their second child together, son, Jacob Bryan.

The American Idol Champ shared the news on social media.

“Jacob Bryan Fisher entered the world in the wee hours of the morning on Monday…his mom, dad and big brother couldn’t be happier for God to trust them with taking care of this little miracle!” Underwood shared with her fans on social media Wednesday along with a series of family photos. “Our hearts are full, our eyes are tired and our lives are forever changed. Life is good…” given birth to a baby boy!

The new arrival joins older brother, Isaiah, in the Fisher family.

Last year, Underwood shared that she had suffered a few miscarriages before successfully.

Congrats to her!

Chelsea Clinton is Expecting Third Child

Congratulations to former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband

Marc Mezvinsky on expecting their third child.

Clinton tweeted the news on Tuesday.

“Marc and I have loved watching Charlotte be such a wonderful big sister and we’re excited to watch Aidan become a big brother! We cannot wait to meet our newest addition later this summer,” Clinton tweeted.

They are already parents to couple two children, 4-year old Charlotte, 4, and 2-year old Aidan, 2.

The new arrival will be here later this year!

Clinton wed Mezvinsky in 2010 and became mom to Charlotte in 2014 and Aiden in June 2016. 


Meghan Markle’s Baby Won’t Be a Prince or Princess but Earl or Lady

Even though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed in October that they are expecting their first child and that their baby would be born in spring 2019, they had never revealed how far along she was until recently.

At an event, 37-year-old Meghan Markle reportedly shared the news that she is, in fact, six months pregnant, and due at the end of April or the beginning of May.

According to multiple sources, Markle shared her due date with royal onlookers while chatting about motherhood during a visit to the English town of Birkenhead on Jan. 14.

Emily Nash, the royal editor at U.K.’s Hello! Magazine, tweeted the news.

Kensington Palace has not confirmed Markle’s exact due date.

Per royal protocol, Global News Canada reports, if they have a boy, he will be called Earl of Dumbarton -— the secondary Sussex title — before inheriting the dukedom, and a daughter would be Lady (her name) of Windsor unless Queen Elizabeth issues a change to call them Prince and Princess as she did with Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s kids.

Singer Kehlani Shares Radiant Maternity Portraits

Singer Kehlani updated her fans and followers with a series of new pregnancy progression photos on her Instagram.

In one of her posts, “The Good Life” singer looked absolutely radiant and captioned one post, “A&I”which are the initials of her soon-to-be born daughter’s name.

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‘Us ft our lemon tree,’ she captioned another one of the shots taken by photographer Aris Jeromem standing in front of a citrus tree peeking over a concrete wall.


In a recent interview with PEOPLEmagazine, the 23-year old talked about preparing for the birthing experience and expressed being anxious and “excited” about the forthcoming child birth process.

She told the magazine she has always been “interested” in the ‘extreme pain but also extreme beauty” of childbirth.  

The artist is currently expecting her first child with her guitarist Javie Young-White.


Here are some other super cuter maternity pics from her IG:


Also, congrats to her for getting her first Top Ten Record:


Cardi B Breastfeeds A Baby in New Controversial Video

In her newly released music video for her latest hit single, “Money“, rapper Cardi B promotes breastfeeding by featuring shots of herself nursing an infant. Well more likely it is a doll and not her 6-month old daughter Kulture with estranged hubby Offset.

The shots in the video that was dropped on Friday, December 21 of her holding a baby to her breast dressed in high fashion couture amidst is set among  abundant glorious conspicuous consumption and female body glorification!


The video is visually stimulating and the ornate costuming and setting inside a bank and I think a museum is bold but nothing you wouldn’t expect from a woman on top of her game and with a very generous music video budget.

She pays homage to photographer Thierry Mugler’s 1999 Playboy shoot, and Lil Kim while pole dancing and playing the piano naked.

People on Twitter noted it is reminiscent of Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” and Beyonce’s “Partition” videos.

It is definitely got people with talking with half of the people I saw on Twitter saying she is personifying feminism, empowering sex workers via all the images of strippers, while normalizing breastfeeding and the message that a woman can be a mom, career woman and have it all. 

Others are saying the breastfeeding images juxtaposed with so much “T &A” sets back the movement to normalize breastfeeding through declaring that the female breasts are not sexual objects but objects for nourishing a child.

Either way, the video is quite an exhibition. WATCH!

Study: Giving Obese Pregnant Women Metformin Does Nothing

Among pregnant women with obesity, the use of metformin in addition to diet and lifestyle did not affect birth outcomes when compared with similar women who received placebo along with diet and lifestyle, according to findings from a randomized controlled trial in Australia.

“While metformin in addition to dietary advice reduced weekly pregnancy weight gain, it did not impact clinical pregnancy and birth outcomes,” Jodie Dodd, MD, PhD, professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Adelaide and maternal fetal medicine specialist at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in North Adelaide, Australia, told Endocrine Today. Metformin from early pregnancy for women who are overweight or obese is not recommended.”

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