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Pregnancy Exercise The Deep Core: Why it Matters and How to Strengthen It

The Honest Blog Great articles, quotes and inspiration behind Jessica Alba’s Honest Co.

3 Tips for Setting Up a Nursery on a Budget – U.S. News

2014 Trend: Arrows in the Nursery

Parents Choosing Homemade Baby Food Over Brands – The New York Times

Quiz: Which Country Shares Your Parenting Values? 

An Adorable Camping Nursery Just In Time For Summer

Movie Mothers, The Good and the Bad

Mass Email Mistake by Shutterfly- False Pregnancy Congratulations!

Pregnant Drivers – USA Today

 

Baby Brain- Studies Show Heightened Intuition and Sensitivity

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Scientists in London have recently found evidence that pregnant women use their right brains more than new mothers do, as they prepare to bond with their babies. “The results suggest that during pregnancy, there are changes in how the brain processes facial emotions that ensure that mothers are neurologically prepared to bond with their babies at birth”, said Dr Victoria Bourne, from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway.  Findings also suggested that the hormones activated during pregnancy fine tune the intuition that helps a woman understand her baby’s needs from the moment the child is born.  

Researchers examined the brain activity of 39 pregnant women and new mothers as they looked at images of adult and baby faces making either positive or negative expressions. The results showed that pregnant women used the right side of their brain more than new mothers, particularly when processing positive emotions. 

Pregnancy At Every Age

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The Pros and Cons for pregnancy in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s from Baby Center:  Ever wonder if a certain time in your life is better for starting a family than others?  There will never be a “perfect” answer but what is considered your ideal age is based on your lifestyle, health history, career and financial stability.  The following list of advantages and disadvantages can help inform you on pregnancy at different chapters in your life and provide you with a greater understanding of the choices you have.  

Your 20’s

+ From a strictly biological standpoint, the 20s is the best decade for conceiving and carrying a baby: Experts say the average woman’s fertility peaks when she’s 24 and in your 20’s you have about a 25 percent chance of getting pregnant in any single ovulation cycle. Your chances of conceiving within a year of trying are about 98 percent in your early 20s and about 84 percent by your late 20s.  You can also expect a low risk of miscarriage, premature birth and down syndrome.  Lastly, at this age you are still very energetic and flexible in life, making it easier to wake up in the middle of the night and then function well during the day.  

– In your 20’s you generally have less life experience, career stability and financial stability.  Young mothers are more likely to fall into depression and feel overwhelmed and unprepared for motherhood; behavioural issues are more common in younger mothers.   Young fathers may also feel neglected because the couple have not yet been able to spend years building a relationship, experiences and trust before having a child.  

30’s

+ During this stage you are more secure in your career and relationship, and you also have a larger financial cushion established.  Physically, you still have a lot of resilience and stamina, and a flexible attitude.  Women at this age are also more likely to be emotionally mature and able to focus on a child, maintain work relationships and find time for yourself.  In your 30’s you also have used your 20’s to have some adventure, focus on yourself first and build your personal identity.  

– In your early 30’s fertility is still strong but at 35, the decline in fertility begins to increase more rapidly. Age 35 is also the point when Down syndrome and other genetic abnormalities become more of a concern, so experts routinely recommend amniocentesischorionic villus sampling, or other detailed fetal screening during pregnancy from the mid-30s on.  The rate of miscarriages slowly rise throughout your 30’s and in your mid to late 30’s caesareans are more common.   Your chances of conceiving within a year of starting to try are about 75 percent but in your late 30s your chance of getting pregnant within a year drops to 65 percent.

40’s

+ Many 40-plus women do get pregnant, some using fertility treatments and some not. And recent studies have shown there may be benefits to waiting to have children, for both you and your child. You’ve had time to grow and to see the world; you’re more likely to be secure financially and more comfortable in your career.  There’s also some evidence that older mothers, who generally are better educated than young mothers, make wiser parenting decisions.

– The largest downside to putting off pregnancy until your 40s is significant: It’s harder to get pregnant the longer you wait. Researchers found that 40-year-old women treated for infertility had a 25 percent chance of achieving pregnancy using their own eggs. By age 43 that number dropped to 10 percent, and by 44 it had plummeted still further, to 1.6 percent.  Pregnancy complications are another concern. In your 40s you’re far more likely to develop problems like high blood pressure and diabetes during pregnancy, as well as placental problems and birth complications. Finally, the cost of fertility treatments can be very expensive and you and your partner may have to continue working past retirement age to support your children, while friends are retiring.  

For more information visit “Age and Fertility”.  

Body Oils 101

With the cold February air, nothing beats soft, silky skin and body oils are a sure way to get there. Especially when you are expecting, body oils can help with stretch marks, sooth your irritated, dry skin and uplift your spirits.  Most have a smaller ingredient list than creams and lotions, and are based primarily on natural oils like almond, argan, grapeseed, sunflower and avocado oils.  Here are some picks that I really love and recommend for a “spa” experience at home!  Or even better yet, for Valentine’s Day use body oil for a romantic night in.

xo Christinna

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Dry Oils (Left to Right): Fresh Rice Oil, $48; Nuxe Multi-Usage Oil, $29; Kiehls Superbly Restorative Argan Oil, $34  Luxury (Left to Right): Omorovicza Blissful Frankincense Oil, $75; Diptyque Satin Oil, $58  All Natural (Top to Bottom): Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Oil, $6.50; Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil, $90  For Stretch Marks (Left to Right): African Botanics Stretch Mark Botanical Oil, $70; Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil, $57

Nursery Trends 2014

2014 Design Trend via the Bump: Seriously Stylish Nurseries

 

Trends like chevron and accent walls are being left behind in the dust by more sophisticated and grown up trends for 2014.  The nursery is no longer a separate entity from the rest of your home, but an extension of it.  Abstract art, big prints, bright colors and bold shapes will be popping up across the nation, in addition to contrasting textures.  There is so much room to experiment with faux fur, felt plush toys, velvet and  even tufted cribs.  It seems that these daring risks are a result of parents wanting the room to be enjoyable for the rest of the family and a room that won’t quickly go out of style as the baby grows older.

Below are some inspiration photos to create your own “seriously stylish” nurseries for 2014!

xx Christinna

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Restoration Hardware Tufted Crib and Neutrals   

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Dark Nursery Walls and Urban Color Palettes

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 Reclaimed Wood Walls and Pops of Color

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 Dark Navy Walls and Golden Accents and Accessories