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Veteran TV Journalist Lisa Ling joins the Pregnant over 40 club 



Veteran journalist Lisa Ling is making her first appearance on the celebrity “over 40 and pregnant club“.

The 42-year old host of the hit CNN show This is Life with Lisa Ling and her husband, Dr. Paul Song, 50, will be welcoming their second child this summer.

The View alum revealed the news to US Weekly last December.

They’ve been married since 2007 and suffered through a miscarriage two years before welcoming their first child, daughter Jett Ling Song, three years ago.

The former host of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN TV has been an advocate for miscarriage and pregnancy loss support and launched a website to raise awareness.

CDC: Almost 300 US Pregnant women Have  Zika



The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that more than 270 pregnant women in the United States have tested positive for the Zika virus.

The announcement today is the first time that the agency has publicly released the number of pregnant women affected by Zika in the United States.

The women worry about whether their babies will be born with birth defects, federal health officials announced.

So far, less than a dozen of these women have had an “adverse event,” such as a miscarriage or the birth of a baby with a defect, CDC officials said.

“These new numbers reflect a broader group of pregnant women — pregnant women who have any laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection, and whether or not they recalled symptoms — compared with numbers previously reported,” the CDC said in a statement.

The numbers include women who have already given birth, those who have miscarried and those who may have had abortions because of birth defects.

These visualizations further breakdown the incidences.

Data curated by HealthGrove


Data curated by HealthGrove

Woman Copies Viral Photo for her Pregnancy Announcement, it goes Viral too

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After undergoing several rounds of  in vitro fertilization (IVF) and taking fertility pills to try to get pregnant following a miscarriage, finally got pregnant.

Inspired by a viral photo posted the fertility clinic of Sher Institute last year, Rodeffer put her own success story on social media. She decided to model her pregnancy announcement after the viral photo.  She arranged the empty pill bottles and syringes in the shape of a heart, and positioned a photo of her latest sonogram and a onesie with the words “Worth the wait and wait and wait” inside in an Instagram photo.

Her photo too, posted a month ago actually, has gone viral now that a bunch of media outlets are finally reporting about it.

“I was adamant that my announcement not only show my joy and thankfulness, but also the struggle that it took to get there,” she told Inquisitor. “I wanted to acknowledge the struggle that anyone dealing with infertility goes through.”

Mother’s Day in Memoriam: Ways to Honor Your Infant You Lost

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Mother’s Day can be a tough holiday for women who have lost a baby through miscarriage, pre-term loss or still birth. Also for those who are struggling to conceive, the day can be a hard one to endure. However, the day also represents a great opportunity to pay tribute to our angels in heaven.

For Infant Loss Awareness, here are some ways to celebrate the spirit and/or memory (depending on your belief set) of your lost baby.

Check out Mother’s Day & Infant Loss Awareness: Honor Your Angel Baby

by Mommy Week {Ashley} at Mode

OWN TV Reality TV star Evelyn Lozada Suffered her Second Miscarrage

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Sad news for OWN channel reality TV star Evelyn Lozada. The Livin Lozada star revealed in a recent edition of Life & Style magazine that she suffered two miscarriages in under a  year.

Lozada gave birth to her and fiance LA Dodgers baseball star Carl Crawford‘s first child together a couple of years ago. In addition to her 2-year old son Leo, she also has a daughter Shaneice Hairston, who also stars in the show with her mom.

She discovered the news while spending the holidays with Crawford’s family, she told the magazine.

“I was literally miscarrying my baby.” But she kept it a secret at the time because she “didn’t want to dampen the mood,” adding, “I miscarried on Thanksgiving Day.”

This makes a total of two since giving birth to Leo. During season one of her show, she also had a miscarriage which played out in episodes.

“I was like, this cannot be happening to my life again,” the shoe designer and boutique owner added.

But she is not giving up.

“I love being a mom,” she said. “After two miscarriages, it makes me want to be a mom even more.”

We’re sending out positive vibes and prayers to her and the fam.

 

Prince Was a Father-to Be Twice, Lost Live Born son to Rare Disease

 

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The death  of a child can put a strain on most relationships and marriages and perhaps was the root of Mayte Garcia and the late Prince Rogers Nelson’s split in the 1990s.

The teen dancer-turned first wife of the pop icon who died last Thursday, April 21 told People magazine upon hearing the news of the death that he is “with our son now.”

The couple married in 1996 when she was 22 and he was 37 and a year later welcomed a son they named Boy Gregory. Sadly, the newborn passed away a week later from a rare birth defect called Pfeiffer Syndrome. Garcia later suffered a miscarriage after that loss.

The two divorced in 2000, shortly after the loss of their expected children and reports indicate that impending strife over the loss led to the demise of their marriage.

In a statement to PEOPLE  magazine after Prince’s death, Garcia, who appeared on the VH1 reality TV show Hollywood Exes,  said, “I can’t even think of the words of what I’m feeling. This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated.”

“To lose two babies is really scary… it really caught on me emotionally, physically, everything. It took me at least 15 years to get over it and still, to this day, I miss my son. I believe a child dying between a couple either makes you stronger or it doesn’t. For me, it was very, very hard to move forward and for us as a couple I think it probably broke us,” she said in an interview in 2012.

Prince later married our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Manuela Testolini in 2001 before divorcing five years later in 2006. Testolini has two children with Halle Berry’s ex-husband singer-songwriter Eric Benet.

This photo from our feature on her was one of our most pinned images on Pinterest ever.

photo: Getty, Instagram

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7 Things We are Digging This Spring

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Regularly, friends and potential partners and others send us lots of fun items, services and other products to check out. We do an informal review and periodically share our impressions of them with you guys. Our swag closet of stuff has been brimming and we’ve been checking out some of the inventive, innovative and yummy goodies that make life easier for moms, family and others.

Here are 7 things we’re digging this Spring!

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1. RawSpiceBar is a subscription box that delivers 3 freshly ground, exotic and global flavors from around the world for $6/month.  Each box includes three  kitchen-tested recipes and an origin & history of spices from that region.  The creators collaborate with chefs who have an expertise in one specific region or geography, ensuring authenticity of each of our flavors and dishes.  Past spice boxes have included IstanbulNavajoJapanese, among many others.

Over 3,000 customers and more are enjoying the boxes and the company was  recently featured in The Kitchn, Tasting Table & Lifehacker.  Nice!  Per the company, here are a few highlights about Raw Spice Bar”

  • Freshly ground: ­ Our spices are whole toasted, ground and blended just a few days before we ship directly to your door so you can have your spices the way you have your coffee (fresh!).
  • Perfectly sized: ­Each of our spice blends are perfectly portioned to create a dish serving 8-12. Our recipes are kitchen tested and loved- and almost always will include an option for vegans, carnivores and vegetarians.
  • Spice discovery:­ Our blends are from old family recipes or our curated chefs- so you can explore new spice blends from experts all year long.

We got the Ethiopian kit and made some Shiro, and Mesir Wot with Injera using the spices. It was really good and almost authentic. At least it looked authentic. (smile)

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2. Spring Cleaning also means redocorating and hooking up the backyard and other areas for entertainment given that the warmer months of the year are prime time for having guests over the house. Re-invigorate a room with new easy-to-install recessed lighting.

You can update the look of your kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom lighting fixtures using EzClipse which require absolutely no tools to install. They are idiot proof. In fact, I easily attached them to our recessed lighting and the effect is a new look in no time. It’s a relatively super cheap way to bring a room to life as the clips run between $20 to $50 each! Sweet!

EzClipse magnetically attaches directly to the metal trim of recessed light fixtures, changing the décor in just seconds. EzClipse offers three lines o flight conversion to revamp drab lighting fixtures: Choose from Low Profile, Stylish or Shade options that offer something for any room in your home.

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3. If you are having a Spring or Summer Baby and are entering into your final trimester in pregnancy, it may be time get your hands on a Belli Ultimate Stretch Mark Protection Kit.

The kit includes:

WASH with Pure & Pampered Body Wash to gently cleanse without stripping skin of its natural oils. It is lavender scented. Hmmm. My favorite relaxing scent;

PREP with Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub to wash away dead skin cells and reveal new, healthy. This is great because when you are pregnant, your skin can get very oily and so periodic facial scrubs are essential for keeping the skin fresh. Belli’s PREP does the trick and is infused with essential peppermint oil which is wonderful for calming nausea;

PROTECT with Elasticity Belly Oil by massaging into skin morning and night anywhere skin needs to stretch. You really cannot avoid stretch marks if your body and skin is predisposed to get them, but it doesn’t hurt to keep amply moisturized your thighs, shoulders, arms and other areas where stretching happens during pregnancy. This product has Gotu Kola extract and Vitamin E, both which are known for combating scarring. It also has a nice fragrant lavendar oil scent to it; and finally,

MOISTURIZE with All Day Moisture Body Lotion, a luxurious cream that deeply moisturizes and comforts dry skin. This product containts essential lemon oil and Elasticity Belly Oil’s lavender which offer a spa-like experience. Belli Skincare products are allergy tested, free of paraben preservatives, phthalates, and artificial dyes or fragrances, and made in the USA. And, for expecting and new moms the products are teratology screened to avoid ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or miscarriage in published medical studies, snd Lactmed screened to avoid any ingredients that could be harmful if passed through breast milk.

The Belli Ultimate Stretch Mark Protection Kit is $75 available at belliskincare.com.

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4. If baby has arrived and you are looking for a video monitor, consider Motorola’s MBP853CONNECT and MBP853CONNECT-2 wi-fi baby monitors that help you keep up with your day-to-day tasks, while keeping a watchful eye on your baby!

Product highlights include: Wi-fi capable; a high sensitivity microphone to pick up every tiny whimper or cry from baby; an out-of-range alert that tells you when you’ve ventured too deep in the yard or basement so that you won’t be able to get the benefit of the monitor; a room temperature display so you are reminded if the nursery is overheated or too cold; a two-way communication function so you can call down to a family member to bring up a bottle, toy, blanket while you are feeding, rocking the baby to sleep or entertaining baby and don’t want to leave the room; infrared night vision so you can check out baby even if the lights are all off in the nursery and 5 lullabies that play to shussh baby back to sleep or keep them sleeping through a nap.

It’s about $200 and worth the security.

Mess No More Liquid Nail Tape   DIY Manicure   Nail Art – Kiesque  Inc.

5. It’s time to show off the nails and toes again. We are fans of DIY nail design on the blog and we know now that Kiseque makes Liquid Palisade which is a unique painter tape for at-home manicures. They’re a must-have and we’re loving creating different designs. 

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6. For baby showers and baby’s First Birthday, consider gifting your little one or a new baby in the family a personalized books. I have several of these for each of my children. I See Me creates them and the quality is exquisite! They are also wonderful baptism and Godparent gifts for first personalized books and gifts. I got the My Snuggle Bunny book for my new Goddaughter and niece and it was a hit at the baby shower!

It drew in lots of ooohs and aaaahs! Definitively a gift that helps you shine at the shower.

Spice Cake with Pecans and Dates – Matthews 1812 House

7.  If you want to send a gift to someone who is getting better in the hospital, just had a baby, or are thinking of something yummy to give to mom for Mother’s Day, consider  checking out Matthews 1812 House which has a variety of decadent desserts for Mom. From tasty cookies like the Triple Chocolate Cookies, to succulent brownies like the Chocolate Chip Brownie Bar, to salty sweets like the Parmesan Cheese Bites, Mom will love these mouthwatering gifts. Plus, a variety of gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan items are available, making them a perfect fit for every mom!

We got a sample in our office the other day and it lasted less than a day they were that good! The packaging is attractive and mom (or grandmom or a Godmom to your kids)  will love it!

There you have it, 7 super cool products to check out this Spring and for Mom’s Day, Baby Showers, Baptisms and other events in your life. Enjoy!

 

Janet Jackson is Planning a Family; Not all World Tour Fans Happy with the News

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Janet Jackson is starting her family and the news is not sitting too well with all of her fans.

This morning, on her Twitter account and Facebook accounts, she announced to them that she will be halting the second leg of the tour to support her 11th album, “Unbreakable”, to “plan” a family.

 

“We’re in the second leg of the tour, and there actually has been a sudden change. I thought it was important that you be the first to know,” she said. “My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour.”

Not all replied to the news with joy and congratulations. Some expressed disappointment because it has been over a decade since the youngest of the popular musical Jackson family released an album or went on tour. She had previously delayed to start of the Summer 2015 when her dad was temporarily ill and then delayed it again, mid-tour, when she was advised to have surgery last December 2015.

One commenter on her Facebook version of the announcement wrote: “Why plan a tour for a specific year and for specific dates if you know you were wanting to start a family? Congratulations to you and your husband and I send my best wishes to you both but I still think it’s extremely unfair that us UK fans missed out on seeing you and it’s obvious those dates won’t be rescheduled as we got our money back. It’s not really fair is it?”

Another wrote: “Starting a family the same year you come out with a new album after 7 years of silence. Great choice. I wish you all the best in your life but your credibility has gone honey. You sound like a robot btw. I have a feeling your husband is owning you, really hope i’m wrong. So long.”

Jackson plead for understanding in her video.

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“Please, if you can, try to understand that it’s important that I do this now,” she continued. “I have to rest up; doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can.”

Jackson turns 50 this May. At that advanced age, Jackson’s doctor is correct to recommend she rest up. This is the case whether it is to ease the chances of her becoming pregnant, if she is undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization) or other treatment to conceive herself or avoid a miscarriage or other complications, if she is already pregnant.

She did not confirm whether she is actually preggers on the video.

Many other fans supported her decision and admonished those who were not as supportive.

“Congratulations Janet!!! A baby any fan who can’t understand that isn’t worth having. I’ve been a fan sinve I was a little girl and i love the idea of Janet Jackson having a legacy not only in music and entertainment but life for you i hope you allow us to enjoy this miracle with you. Love always and forever #RhythmNation #JanetJacksonlegacy” a respondent commented.

Jackson is married to Arab fashion tycoon Wissam Al Mana. This is her third marriage. She was married very briefly to James DeBarge in her early 20s and for a longer period of time to Rene Eizondo. Neither of those marriages produced any children.

Before this third delay, the tour, Pollster listed i among one of the top 20 highest-earning tours, BBC notes.

Unlike previous tours where the platinum selling singer wears and arrangement of sexy and revealing clothing, she has performed fully covered during this tour as her husband is from a Muslim country where modesty is mandatory for women.

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Jackson last played at the Dubai World Cup on 26 March.

We support all pregnancies and love babies at Bellyitch and so we are wishing her nothing but success and health in this new journey to motherhood!

Congrats, Janet!

Photo: Getty,Screen grab

The One April Fool’s Day Joke this TTC Couple didn’t Want to See Anyone Pull

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Infertility is real and about 12 percent of women ages 15 to 44 struggle to conceive, according to the Centers for Disease Control. So for many of them, like Rhode Island school teacher Chelsey Kimmel, seeing April Fool’s jokes from women pretending to be pregnant is no laughing matter.

Kimmel told ABC news that she warned her social media followers on Instagram to think twice before sharing a pregnancy joke on April Fool’s Day.

 It’s been 18 months since the 24-year old and her partner of five years have been trying to conceive successfully. They suffered a miscarriage  last October and  are due to start another round of in vitro fertilization in 10 days, ABC reports.

“I’ve known people for a long time who joke that they’re pregnant and this year it hit me that it does hurt,” Kimmel told ABC News. “I struggle with real posts of people I know and love when they really are pregnant, but when people make a joke [about it], women like me, who want more than anything in the world to be pregnant … it just really hits home. It can hurt.”

It didn’t stop people, including celebs like Gwen Stefani, from sharing a sonogram on her Instagram today with the caption, “It’s a girl.”

One commenter with the handle bankstonlife wrote about Stefani’s joke, “Respect lost, obviously the completely clueless people on here have never lost a child!! Joking about a pregnancy when soooo many have suffered a loss during pregnancy is insensitive!!!”

It’s very sensitive issue indeed. There were several others too leaving similar responses.

“There are a lot of emotions and energy we invest when facing fertility issues. Seeing people joke about being pregnant is deflating.”  said Ellicott City, Maryland engineer Qiana Gabriel.

She said she told her husband that she planned to stay off of Facebook today after seeing five friends joke that they were pregnant.

Consider this your warning for next year folks.

photo: courtesy Ericka Chick photography

The UK Greenlights Designer Baby Research but Not For What You Think

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Today, regulators in Great Britain granted permission for researchers to begin genetically modifying human embryos.

When many people think of genome editing, one think of movies like Gattaca and people toying around with pre-determined characteristics in order to create babies with ideal traits, eye color, hair color, abilities and such. There are tons of ethical and moral concerns.

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But the Francis Crick Institute in London plans to study the embryos for 14 days in order to try to figure out why some embryos result in a miscarriage and others grow until term. The European nation’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) approved the plans proposed by stem cell scientist Kathy Niakan.

The group will use leftover embryos donated from IVF couples and study a single cell til it grows to about 250 cells.

Niakan will utilize a genome editing procedure called Crispr-Cas9 to turn genes on and off in early stage human embryos. She will then monitor how the modifications will impact placenta development. This editing procedure permit scientists to make precise DNA changes with the potential to correct faulty genes and treat genetic disorders.

Correcting disorders is one thing. Ethicists fear this technology will soon allow parents to select the traits they want their future kids to have.

After studying the cell growth, the embryos will be destroyed. A couple of years ago the US Food and Drug Administration held hearings to discuss proposals to do the same here but it ultimately was not approved.

There was a lot of outrage over harvesting and growing embryos that will never be implanted in a  woman but instead destroyed. Here you go inserting concerns about the destruction of embryos. And a look a this amazing footage of a very active fetus inside her mom’s womb.

 

Amazing Footage of Life in the WombWOW. Check out these 4D ultrasounds videos. Life is a miracle!

Posted by Pro-Life Wisconsin on Thursday, August 27, 2015

h/t The Guardian

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