Victoria Beckham gave birth to a baby girl this weekend, naming the 7 lb, 10 oz newborn Harper Seven. While we imagine little Harper will soon rival Suri Cruise in chic kiddie outfits, we're still focused on her ultra-chic mom. Already mother to Brooklyn, Cruz, and Romeo, Victoria Beckham seems to have pulled off the impossible: looking incredibly chic throughout pregnancy. After combing through the evidence, we're left with this: VB knows what works. Forget elastic waistbands and flats, the designer stays true to her roots with a maternity style that doesn't skimp on leather leggings, slick blazers, and oh, so very high heels. One thing's for certain, this little Beckham is on the road to inherit one killer wardrobe. In honor of Victoria Beckham's impeccable pregnancy style, click through for a few of VB's top maternity style moments, and see just how she pulls it off.
Is a pregnant woman's skin sweeter than others? It's quite possible that it is!
Last evening a vacationing Tori Spelling tweeted, "Liam helped me count my bug bites... 62 BITED in 3 days! NO JOKE! Guess these island bugs love some pregger skin!" Her tweet reminded me that I experienced something similar when I was expecting, and just hadn't mentioned it to anyone.
A quick search of the web proved that there is a link between the two. According to WebMD:
"Mosquitoes can smell their dinner from an impressive distance of up to 50 meters . . . This doesn't bode well for people who emit large quantities of carbon dioxide. 'Any type of carbon dioxide is attractive, even over a long distance,' [Joe] Conlon says. Larger people tend to give off more carbon dioxide, which is why mosquitoes typically prefer munching on adults to small children. Pregnant women are also at increased risk, as they produce a greater-than-normal amount of exhaled carbon dioxide. Movement and heat also attract mosquitoes."
Did you experience anything similar, and how did you treat them?
Jessica Alba knows how to bump it up a notch. The sexy starlet continues to be a fashion icon during her second pregnancy. We've gathered some of her most stylish looks throughout her pregnancy – including maxi dresses, platform heels, oversize sweaters, and parachute pants – to see how she pulls it all together. The expectant mama's fashion choices minimize her belly and elongate her arms and legs. Click through to see how she does it!
You’ve made it to the third trimester — celebrate! Do a little extra something for yourself this week; you deserve it.
Screening for Gestational Diabetes
This is your last week to take your "one hour glucose challenge" test, if you haven’t already done it. One hour prior to your regular blood test, the lab technician will give you a super-sweet drink that tastes a lot like 7Up. If this test result comes back high, you will be given another test to verify if you have developed gestational diabetes.
Sign Up for Classes
Your hospital or birth center should offer courses on childbirth, breastfeeding, and baby care basics. There are also often classes for expectant dads (who may be feeling a little left out by now). In addition to new skills, classes can offer you a new opportunity for bonding with your partner: there’s nothing like a birth class to inspire awe in your partner at the work your body is doing and will do. Classes are also a chance to meet new parents who may be future friends for you and your baby.
Now’s the time to start thinking about things to buy for your baby (and for you.) Check out our list of mom-recommended new baby essentials.
Your Body at 27 Weeks Pregnant
Around this time, some women will feel an unpleasant sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them as they sleep: it’s restless leg syndrome, which is very common in pregnancy. Stretching before bed, increasing your iron supplements, and cutting down on caffeine may help.
Your Baby at 27 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is now about 14 1/2 inches (37 cm) in size and weighs about two pounds (900g); she’s about the size of a head of lettuce. Her hearing is completely developed, so go ahead and talk, sing or read to her if you haven’t started already. It may feel a little funny, but she can really hear you!
The preceding information was adapted from The Pregnancy Companion.
Just like Hollywood produced a handful of celebrity pregnancies this year, so did the fashion world. Three Victoria's Secret models — Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima, and Miranda Kerr — were with child, as were Nina Garcia, Stella McCartney, Claudia Schiffer, and Rachel Zoe. A few of them have given birth already, while we're still waiting to meet the remaining fashion babies. Click through to see these ladies in all their pregnant fabulousness, then vote on your favorite pregnant fashionista of 2010 at the end.
I'm 26 years old and I've been hooking up with a guy for almost a year. Originally I asked him if he had a gf and he said no. When I found out I should have ended it but, I couldn't, it was too easy.
He lives across the street. We were free at the same time . . . it's just perfect. He is much younger than me as well, he's 21, the gf is 19 and away at school most of the time. Well, 2 months ago I missed a couple of days of my pill and didn't think anything of it, and continued to have sex with him, and now I'm pregnant.
I just want some opinions on how I should go about telling him. I'm definitely keeping the baby, and have no problem raising the baby on my own. I make good money and have family so, honestly I can do it, but he is the father and he should know. Just a little stuck, I guess because I have grown to like him and I really feel bad about the whole situation now.
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I'm 23 years old, and I was seeing this girl in a sexual relationship. I specifically told her it would be nothing beyond physical, because I am traveling overseas for Graduate School (that, and I did not like her anything beyond that). I decided to break it off, but before I could, she told me she was pregnant. Obviously, this was unexpected (she was on the pill, although I was stupid not to use a condom as well). I know this is going to make me sound like a bit of a monster, but I really have no feelings for the girl. In fact, since then I have come to not like her at all, and even if it is from me being upset at all of this, the best I will ever be able to do is be ambiguous about it.
Read the rest below.
- Learn how to make steamed artichokes. — Chow
- What not to eat when you're pregnant. — The Epi-Log
- Find out where some of Gourmet's editors have ended up. — Good Bite
- Domino's Pizza is now stalking people who haven't tried its new recipe. — Slice
- Watch Josh Ozersky introduce Katie Lee to egg foo yong. — Ozersky.TV
- In-N-Out Burger has raised the price of its burgers. — Grub Street LA
- What does Jeremy Fox, ex-chef of Napa's famed Ubuntu, have up his sleeve? — Feast
- San Francisco could be going meatless on Mondays. — Eater SF
- An inside look at Genoa's pesto showdown. — The Atlantic
Pregnant and high, 37-year-old Sandria Doremus entered a treatment facility in Greenville, SC, with the hopes that she could get off drugs and properly care for her baby. Her other motivation? She wanted to avoid being incarcerated after she gave birth.
It could easily have happened to her. A hospital reported her drug use to the police — as required by law.
Although this practice has abated, since 1989, at least 126 women in South Carolina have been arrested and charged with harming their fetuses by abusing drug and alcohol, according to the National Advocates For Pregnant Women. Only about 80 pregnant women around the country were arrested on similar charges in the same time period. Although local and state agencies across the country have attempted to prosecute pregnant women for drug use, their cases are usually rejected by the courts.
Although many women say that they're glad they had a chance to clean up and be sober mothers, some women admit that their fear of being arrested kept them from getting treatment earlier.
"These are addicts who become pregnant," says Lynn Paltrow, executive director of the National Advocates For Pregnant Women. "They aren't women who chose to use drugs after becoming pregnant."
What do you think about criminalizing addicted women who get pregnant?
Is there any stage of life a woman doesn't have to look good in a bikini? I'm guessing the answer is no. A picture of pregnant women parading around for a pregnant bikini contest has been making the rounds, and when searching around I found another image from Big Woodrow's 4th Annual Pre-Labor Day Pregnant Bikini Contest last year in Houston. What do y'all think?